After another successful season, 11 Tyler Junior College Apache soccer players signed with four-year schools. Pictured are some of the signees (from left) Wayne Hall (University of South Florida), Joseph Pratt (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Casey Osborne (St. John's University), Patrick Foley (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Nathan Trout (California State-Fullerton), Oneil Fisher (University of New Mexico) and Alan Rovira (University of Cincinnati). Not pictured: Chris McGaughey (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Tyler Atwell (Marshall University), Essie Aburime (Georgia Gwinnett College) and Hamza El Otmani (Molloy College).
Former Apache Center Fielder Eric Weiss recently signed with the Los Angeles Angels after being drafted in the 35th round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. While at Tyler, Weiss posted a .401 batting average with 73 RBIs and 35 stolen bases leading the Apaches to an overall two-year record of 85-26 along with a NJCAA District C Championship (2010), NJCAA National Runner-Up (2010), and NJCAA District C Runner-Up (2011). Before heading to Texas A&M - Corpus Christi to continue his collegiate career, Weiss played in the NJCAA Texas-New Mexico All Star Game, earned NJCAA All-American honors, named to the NJCAA Region XIV All-Academic Team, and graduated with his Associate of Arts degree.
Tyler Junior College's Freshman First Baseman Eric Stegent (Brenham, TX) earned this coveted award with a fielding percentage of .995 in 42 games played for the Apaches during the 2013 season. Stegent becomes the fourth Apache and first TJC freshman to earn this award. Stegent joins the ranks of Former Apaches Cody Ellerbee (2012), Josh Bates (2010), and Jose Molina (2007) and also becomes the first TJC Freshman to win the Gold Glove Award®.
Tyler Junior College Sophomore Jacob French and Freshman Anthony Soriano have been awarded 2013 NJCAA All-American honors. French, a right handed pitcher from Kingwood, TX, was named to the Second Team All-American list boasting a 1.99 ERA with a record of 9-3, 2 saves, and 69 strikeouts. Soriano, an outfielder from Flower Mound, TX, was named to the Third Team All-American list led the Apaches with 62 hits, 45 singles, and 14 doubles in route to a .339 batting average for the year.
The Tyler Junior College Apaches finished ninth in the NJCAA DII National Golf Tournament after Friday's final round at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course. The Apaches' Tyler Terry and Conlan Laporte earned All-America honors.
Terry finished strong by taking ninth place individually. The sophomore from Hurst had a 72-hole score of even par 288 (73-72-70-73). By placing in the top 10, Terry earned first-team All-America honors. He also earned All-Tournament honors.
The Tyler Junior Colege Apaches moved from 10th place to sixth after Thursday's third round of the NJCAA Division II National Golf Tournament at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course.
The fourth and final round is Friday.