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Gipson ended the season with the WAC Player of the Week award

STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton’s Montre Gipson was named Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the TicketSmarter Western Athletic Conference March 1-7.

Gipson, a junior guard for DeSoto, helped the Texans end their first season in Division I with a bang, averaging 20.5 points per game in a street sweeper in the UT Rio Grande Valley. It was the first WAC run of the season for the Texans, who ended the year with three direct conference games and seven of nine total games 10-10.

On Friday he put up 17 points in a 65:47 win. He increased his game on Saturday, accumulating 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting and adding seven rebounds and five assists to a 69-58 win. During the week, Gipson shot 64% off the ground, 67% on 3-pointers and 83% on the free throw line. That season he was fifth in the WAC with an average of 15.3 points per game and was at the top with an FG percentage of three points at 0.500 points.

It is the premier WAC Player of the Week award for Tarleton Men’s Basketball.

Wilson Receives FCS Honorable Mention Player of the Week


STEPHENVILLE – Ronnell Wilson was a dominant force in Texas football’s win over Mississippi College last weekend, and his record breaking afternoon earned him the Stats Perform National Player of the Week award.

Wilson set a career high with 22 tackles, including nine solo stops. He also made 5.0 tackles for a loss, 2.0 sacks, and forced two fiddles – one of which was returned 48 yards for a touchdown by Benjie Franklin on the game’s third possession.

His 22 tackles are the first 20 tackles in Tarleton’s NCAA history and the first by Texans since 1993. Before Saturday, Devin Figures and Marc Martinez, 19, held the single-game record in Tarleton’s NCAA period.

Wilson joins Clint Jentsch (24 vs Ouachita, 1993), Larry Fowler (25 vs McMurry, 1981) and Tally Neal (28 vs ACU, 1975; 29 vs Texas A&I, 1975) as the only recorded Texans in program history To do at least 20 tackles in a single game.

His record breaking performance was enough to win him the Stats Perform FCS Honorable Mention National Defensive Player of the Week. He joins Cameron Burston as the first two Texans to be recognized weekly this season.

Khaw, Rodriguez led Texans after day one of the UTRGV Invitational


STEPHENVILLE – Junie Khaw and Sofia Rodriguez are both in the top 20 of the singles ranking after 36 holes and lead Tarleton at the UTRGV Invitational in McAllen, Texas.

The Texans are in seventh place, carding a 323-321-644 (+68) after playing 36 of the 54 holes at McAllen Country Club on Monday. Texas A & M-Corpus Christi leads the 10-team field with a 601 (+25). As a team, Tarleton recorded 89 pars, finishing fourth in the tournament, and 10 birdies.

Khaw is looking for her second straight top 10 result to start the season after firing a 77-76-153 (+9) to finish ninth that day. Khaw posted 21 pars and four birdies leading the team on the par 72, 6,024 yard course. Khaw had 13 pars in the first round and shot 1-over on the top nine. In the second round, Khaw had a total of three birdies and was +1 on the back nine.

Rodriguez is one punch behind Khaw, cards a 76-78-154 (+10) and is tied for 12th place. Rodriguez leads all 59 players with 24 pars in 36 holes. She also added a pair of birdies. In the opening round, Rodriguez screwed the first hole, the par 4 number 12, and finished the back nine 1-over. The second child had 13 pars through the first 18 holes. Rodriguez added 11 pars in the second round and again shot 1-over on the back nine.