Back-to-back champs! Apaches capture 2nd consecutive World Series title

Aug 06, 2015 by

Apaches take 2nd consecutive NJCAA Division III World Series title

The Apaches baseball team (41-8) defeated Joliet Junior College, 10-9, May 27 in Kinston, N.C., to become the 2015 NJCAA Division III National Champions, defending their 2014 title won in Tyler. The back-to-back national title run brought to 52 the number of athletic championships in the history of TJC Athletics.
“This group represented our school and city extremely well,” said Head Coach Doug Wren. “We had great fan support all season. The fan support was tremendous in North Carolina as well as from afar with tweets, emails, calls and texts.”

Wren was named Coach of the Year, while pitcher Cody Brown, who won Game 1 and saved Game 4, was named Tournament MVP.
Following the season, freshman Jace Vines of Tyler was named the 2015 NJCAA DIII Baseball Pitcher of the Year. With a 10-1 record, the right hander finished tied with teammate Brown as the only NJCAA Div. III pitchers at the 10-win mark.  baseball 1

Vines and freshman teammate Zane Ancell Tyler were named to the First and Third Teams All-NJCAA season lists.
Derek Clemons earned the 2015 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award on the NJCAA Division III Team with 208 putouts, 16 assists, 0 errors, 2 double plays, and a 1.000 fielding percentage during the 2015 season.

TJC finishes 3rd in National Sweepstakes Cup

The National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) announced the winners of the 2014-15 NATYCAA Cup Standings. Iowa Central CC captured the scholarship college division with 169.5 points, Herkimer CCC won the non-scholarship division with 152.0 points and Mt. San Antonio took home the State Association title with 187.5 points. Tyler Junior College finished third in the scholarship division, which is the 2nd highest finish in school history and the second time TJC was among top finishers.
Schools are rated on points in their top five men’s and top five women’s programs. A national championship is worth 20 points, a runner-up is worth 19, and so on. TJC accumulated 141.5 points (NATYCAA).

Inaugural softball season a success

The Apache Ladies softball team completed a successful inaugural season May 4 with a Region 14 Tournament loss to tourney host Angelina College. Despite not advancing, the ladies finished the year with an impressive 38-19 overall record.

Men’s, women’s tennis players named to All-American teams

Six TJC tennis players were named to Tennis ITA All Americans. For the men, Logan Powell, Vaughn Hunter, and Zach Northey, all of Tyler, made the list. For the women, Elizabeth Bagerbaseh, Joanna Savva and Paige Murdock, all of Tyler, were recognized.

ASA tennis teams defeat Apaches, Apache Ladies in finals

ASA (N.Y.) bested TJC’s men’s tennis team in the NJCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship in Plano in May, tallying 50 points over TJC’s 43. It was ASA’s second-consecutive national championship claim against TJC.

Winning in all nine flights of competition, ASA (N.Y.) cruised to victory in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship in Tuscon, AZ, in May, besting the Apache Ladies of TJC. The Apache Ladies finished the regular season with a 13-6 mark.



Features, Summer 2015

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