Three teams see post-season action; football team wins bowl game

Jan 06, 2014 by

Three of TJC’s fall sports teams participated in post-season action, with two making strong bids to bring the College its 50th national championship. In the end, men’s soccer and women’s volleyball settled for second-place finishes while the Apache football team won its first bowl game in a decade.

Football

The Apache football team experienced one of its most successful seasons in years, with a dominating bowl game victory over the Garden City (Kan.) Community College Broncbusters in the Football Capital of Kansas Bowl.

Through the freezing temperatures and icy/snowy conditions in Pittsburg, Kan., the Apache defense held Garden City to minus-2 rushing yards and sacked the quarterback nine times. On the offensive side of the ball, the Apaches generated 530 yards en route to posting 47 points. With the help of sophomore quarterback Randy Price (Offensive MVP) and sophomore linebacker Larry Thomas (Defensive MVP), TJC defeated Garden City CC, 47-21.

The Apaches’ two regular-season losses were a come-from-behind victory by Trinity Valley Community College in Athens and a 33-24 Southwest Junior College Football Conference playoff loss at home to Navarro.

The Apaches finished the season ranked No. 10 by the NJCAA.
Men’s Soccer

The Apaches advanced to the NJCAA national soccer tournament for the fifth straight season, but home-field advantage wasn’t enough to garner a victory over top-ranked Iowa Western Community College.

The 2013 national championship game proved to be an instant classic. The Apaches scored first in the first half, but Iowa Western CC netted the equalizer late in the second half. After 90 minutes of regulation and two, 10-minute golden-goal overtimes, the score remained 1-1 and forced a shootout to decide the champion. The Apaches dropped the decision 3-1 in the shootout. They ended up 19-3 on the season with national runner-up honors. The Reivers finished off the Apaches in penalty kicks, 1-0, to preserve a perfect 25-0 season.

TJC finished the year with a 19-3 mark, their only two regular-season losses coming at the hands of Richland College and San Jacinto-South.

Volleyball

The Tyler Junior College Apache Ladies headed to the national volleyball tournament for the second year in a row, but were bested for the fifth time during the season by in-state rival Blinn College, 3-1, in the championship match. The Lady Buccaneers finished the season 40-3. The Apache Ladies finished the season at 34-5, losing only to Blinn College.

Women’s Soccer

The Apache Ladies finished their season with a record of 16-3-1 after losing 1-0 to third-ranked Navarro College in the Region XIV championship match, in Corsicana. It was the second loss of the season to the Lady Bulldogs, who advanced to the national championship tournament. TJC finished the season ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA.

For more on TJC athletics, go to apacheathletics.com.


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