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Gipson earns Preseason All-WAC first team honors

DENVER – In a Tarleton basketball career filled with firsts, senior Montre Gipson has added yet another installment to his laundry list of individual feats. 


The 5-11 guard garnered Preseason Media All-Western Athletic Conference first team accolades on Tuesday as announced by conference officials. Gipson was one of eight players to receive first team credentials. He was also selected to the Preseason Coaches' All-WAC second team as voted on by conference head coaches. 

As a team, Tarleton was picked to finish ninth in the media poll, ahead of Lamar, UTRGV, Dixie State and Chicago State. The Texans and Vaqueros tied for the No. 9 spot in the coaches' poll with 48 points each. 

Gipson earned his individual honor on the strength of an inceptive inaugural season in Purple and White. In April 2020, he became the first-ever Division I basketball signee in Tarleton sports history when he followed head coach Billy Gillispie from Ranger College to Stephenville. Following a standout 2020-21 campaign, Gipson was named to the All-WAC Newcomer and Honorable mention teams. He was also the first men's or women's player in school history to receive TicketSmarter WAC Player of the Week recognition after picking up the honor for March 1-7. 

Originally from DeSoto, Gipson projects as one of the elite offensive players in the conference this winter. He led Tarleton in scoring last season, averaging 15.3 points per game. Gipson was also tops for the Texans in assists per game (3.0), minutes per game (32.8) and free throw percentage (85.2). 

Escamilla named to Preseason All-WAC second team

DENVER – Ahead of her senior season, Tarleton women's basketball's Marissa Escamilla was acknowledged by Western Athletic Conference media members as one of the conference's elite post players.

Marissa Escamilla

A 5-9 forward, Escamilla was named to the Preseason Media All-WAC second team on Tuesday as announced by the conference. Escamilla was one of just 19 players to receive Preseason All-Conference credentials. 

The honor marks Escamilla's second set of All-WAC accolades. The Burnet native was selected to the All-WAC honorable mention team at the conclusion of the 2020-21 campaign. 

She averaged 15.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest in conference games and grabbed the most offensive rebounds (59) of any WAC player. Escamilla also ranked fourth among her conference peers in rebounds per game and fifth in points per game while her 70.1 percent clip at the foul line was ninth-best in the WAC. 

Serving as Tarleton's "sixth player," last winter, Escamilla proved to be Tarleton's leader at both ends of the court in the Texans' first season at NCAA Division I. She led Tarleton in scoring and rebounding, as she averaged 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the season. Escamilla also recorded the most 20-point games (3) and double-doubles (5) of any Texan. All three of Escamilla's 20-point performances came opposite conference competition as did each of her double-doubles. 

Texan Baseball to host clinics on renovated field Nov. 13

STEPHENVILLE – After a summer of field updates, the new turf is ready for camps beginning in November. The Texan Baseball staff is hosting a hitting clinic and a pitching and catching clinic on Saturday, Nov. 13 in Stephenville.

The pitching and catching clinic will run from 9 a.m. to noon with the hitting clinic set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Campers will have the opportunities to get instruction from the Tarleton coaching staff. The clinics are available to students in 9th through 12th grade.

The cost for each camp is $100. Online registration is available at TexanBaseballCamps.com.

Texan women's golf completes fall portion of season

FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Tarleton wrapped up its fall tournament slate of the 2021-22 season on Tuesday at the Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The Texans finished 13th on the team leaderboard, shooting 942, a +78 on the Par 72 course at Ptarmigan Country Club. Round 2 was the best round for the Texans, as all five players shot under 80 in the round, the first such occurrence of the year.

Sofia Rodriguez was the leader for Tarleton once again, posting a 54-hole score of +16, 232, carding 74-78-80. She finished tied for 45th in the 81-woman event. Mathilde Brogens tied for 56th at +20, carding 80-78-78 for a 236 total. Angela Inocian (T-64th) shot 77-79-83, +23 (239). Beatrice Grise was a stroke behind her at +24, carding 85-74-81 for 240, tied-67th. Bridgett Joeris completed the group with a +30 (246), scoring 80-79-87 (74th).