Kris Boyd, a Gilmer graduate, and the University of Texas Longhorns will attempt to secure the Big 12 Conference title for themselves today.
It won’t be easy as the University of Oklahoma Sooners, who are ranked sixth in the country among NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Series teams, will provide the opposition. Texas is ranked 11th in the country.
The Longhorns won their three final regular season games, the most recent against the University of Kansas, beating them 24-17. Boyd had four tackles and broke up one pass.
The game is scheduled to be played at 11 a.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
■ Ann Hollas (Spring Hill) helped lead the Stephen F. Austin State University volleyball team to the NCAA Division I Playoffs after they won the Southland Conference Tournament.
They defeated Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (3-1), Houston Baptist University (3-0) and University of Central Arkansas (3-0). SFA is 32-2 overall and 16-0 in the SLC. They have won the last 29 matches in a row.
In the title win over UCA, Hollas had 21 assists, six digs, three service aces, two kills and two block assists. They earned the right to play UCA for the title by topping HBU. Hollas has 22 assists, 11 digs, four block assists and two kills. She had a triple-double in the win over TAMU-Corpus Christi as she had 20 assists, 10 digs, 10 kills and three block assists. She hit .391 in the contest.
The Ladyjacks fell in straight sets to Texas in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Hollas recorded a 16-assist, 11-dig double-double.
■ Mikai Brown (Spring Hill) also competed in the Southland Conference Tournament. The Abilene Christian University player had eight digs and two assists in their 3-2 loss to Houston Baptist.
■ Chaston Brooks (Tatum) had seven tackles as his college team, Lamar University, lost a 16-13 decision to University of Northern Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Division I-Football Championship Series. Brooks also had an interception and return of four yards. Fellow Lamar player Garrett Bowery (Union Grove), Lamar’s starting right guard, helped them post 417 yards of offense.
■ Bresha Orange (Pine Tree) had 408 kills and a .281 hitting percentage this year. The University of St. Thomas senior two-sport athlete, who played in 28 matches and made 11 starts, also had 259 digs, 56 blocks (nine solos), 15 assists and 15 service aces.
■ Jalen Carr (Longview) had 40 tackles for Southwestern Oklahoma State University this year. Carr, a freshman defensive back, led SWOSU in interceptions (four) and interception return yardage (92). He also led the Bulldogs in punt returns as he had seven punt returns for 34 yards. Other stats included one fumble recovery, a sack and 11 passes broken up by the former Lobo.
■ Faith Landreneaux (Carthage) helped Bethune-Cookman University split their two matches at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, which was held in Washington D.C. Landreneaux had three kills, three block assists and two digs in the 3-2 win over Coppin State University. In the 3-0 loss to Howard University, Landreneaux had three block assists, two kills and two digs.
■ Kaitlyn Adams (Longview), a Louisiana Tech junior, had 247 kills, 64 digs, 29 blocks (two solos), six assists and four service aces. Adams played in 27 matches and made 19 starts.