Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016-Sports on the go!

LSU senior Tre’davious White, a Green Oaks grad, is one of eight Tigers named All SEC by the league coaches. The best of the league was announced yesterday, and not surprisingly, league champion Alabama paced the field with 11 selections.

White, a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, is one of five Tigers on the 1st team. Defensive teammate, linebacker Kendall Beckwith, running back Darius Guice, center Ethan Pocic and offensive lineman Will Clapp joined White as 1st-team choices. Guice earned 2nd-team honors as an All-Purpose player. Fellow running back, Leonard Fournette, defensive end Arden Key and safety Jamal Adams rounded out the LSU players on the 2nd unit.

Camping World Independence Bowl participant, Vanderbilt, will bring 1st-team linebacker Zach Cunningham, 2nd-team running back Ralph Webb and 2nd-team offensive lineman Will Holden to Shreveport to face North Carolina State on December 26th.

The leagues’ all-Freshmen team will be announced Thursday. During the selection process, league coaches couldn't vote for their own players.

Conference USA western division champion Louisiana Tech has 13 all-league selections, including first-team wide receiver Trent Taylor out of Evangel Christian Academy. Taylor set a CUSA record with 124 catches this season and also became Tech’s all-time leading receiver with 315 grabs in his stellar career.

The guy who delivered the majority of those passes this season, Ryan Higgins, was named 1st-team Quarterback. Taylor’s fellow receiver, Carlos Henderson, who led the league with 17 touchdown catches, also earned 1st-team honors---as a pass catcher and kick returner. Senior offensive lineman, Darrell Brown completed the Bulldog quartet on the 1st-team.

Defensively, lineman Jaylan Ferguson who led the conference with 14.5 sacks and senior safety, Xavier Woods represent the blue and red on the 1st-team defense.

Tech players on the 2nd-team include: Offensive linemen, Joseph Brunson and O’Shea Dugas; Linebacker Jordan Harris; Place kicker Jonathan Barnes, Long snapper Darrell Travis and Taylor as the punt returner.

Baseball’s off-season meetings, aka, “Hot Stove League”, cooked up a whopper Tuesday with White Sox ace Chris Sale shipping off to Boston in exchange for highly coveted Red Sox farmhands. Boston also nabbed Texas Rangers 1st Baseman, Mitch Moreland, agreeing to a 1-year deal worth $5.5 million with the free agent.

The Rangers will keep Carlos Gomez around for at least another season, signing the outfielder to a 1-year contract for $11.5 million. Gomez came to Texas from Houston just in time for the stretch run last season. He is expected to play centerfield this year after spending his time as a Ranger in 2016 as a left fielder.

The Houston Cougars have seen enough of the SEC on the road this season. Last week, LSU dealt the Coogs their first loss of the basketball season in Baton Rouge. Last night in Fayetteville, Arkansas handled their Houston guests, 84-74. The Hogs improve to 7-1 with the win.

Dusty Hannahs came off the bench for the second straight game---and it paid off, with the sharpshooter scoring 17 points in 17 minutes of playing time. He hit 6-of-11 shots from the floor during his highly efficient work night. Daryl Macon also tallied 17 points with preseason all-SEC pick Moses Kingsley contributing 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.

Houston led 35-34 at halftime but was done in by the huge gap in bench points. Arkansas’ subs--buoyed by Hannahs--outscored the Cougars bench, 34-14.

This was the first visit to Fayetteville by the Hogs old Southwest Conference rival, since 1991.