Category Archives: Sports

Richland College Wrestling Team Defeats UNT

A Richland college wrestler walks away after winning his match.The Richland College wrestling team recently defeated the University of North Texas 41 to 12 at a dual match hosted at the Richland College gym Jan. 20. After UNT forfeited three matches to Richland, Richland won five of the eight contests remaining. Richland will be competing in a national tournament in St. George, Utah, on Jan. 28. Afterward, the team will return for the state duals and qualifier for the National Collegiate Wrestling Association tournament to be held in Allen, Tex., in March.


Richland College National Championship-Winning Basketball Team Awarded Championship Rings in Ceremony

 

The 2014-15 Richland College men’s basketball team players and coaches pose with their new championship rings. Photograph by Paul Knudsen.

The 2014-15 Richland College men’s basketball team players and coaches pose with their new championship rings. Photograph by Paul Knudsen.

The Richland College men’s basketball team clinched the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III men’s basketball title this spring, and yesterday these non-scholarship student athletes were awarded championship rings commemorating this athletic achievement.

The event, hosted on the Richland College campus, included brief congratulatory speeches from Richland College’s vice president for student development Tony Summers, Ed.D, Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) chancellor Joe May, Ed.D., DCCCD Foundation board secretary Ruben E. Esquivel, Richland’s head basketball coach Jon Havens, Richland’s athletic director Guy Summers and Richland College president Kathryn K. Eggleston, Ph.D.

“A lot of people in our district and our teams have the heart of a champion, but very few of them get to wear the ring of a champion,” said May. “And what we’re going to award today to you and recognize you for is something that I hope you will carry with you the rest of your lives as a reminder of not only what you’ve accomplished, but what you can do in the future, and I wish every one of you the best, regardless of what happens next in your lives.”

Each member of the basketball team was called up to receive his ring as family, friends and other attendees applauded.

This was Havens’ first year as head coach at Richland College, having previously been an assistant coach at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.

“We are incredibly proud of every one of you players who now wear this ring so proudly,” Eggleston said to the players after they received their rings. “It is absolutely awesome, and you will be quite the talk of the town as you leave here today and go out among your family, your friends and your classmates. It is well earned. You have earned it, wear it with pride, cherish the memories and remember at Richland we always say we play to a standard, not to a score. And you have lived up to that standard that we have set.”

Richland College’s previous national basketball titles were in 1999 and 2009. The Thunderducks finished the 2014-15 season with a final record of 27-3.

The Richland College 2014-15 basketball team roster is as follows: Brandon Woods (sophomore), Ryan Daniels (sophomore), Trey Hall (sophomore), Ishmael Donzo (sophomore), Trevon Jeffery (sophomore), Josh Francis (freshman), Terrance Cooper (freshman), Torrance Cooper (freshman), Kierre Moore (sophomore), Brad Umoru (freshman), Marques Smith (freshman), Robel Yoseph (freshman), Adarian Harris (freshman) and Jacques Stephenson (freshman). Head coach Jon Havens leads the team, along with assistant coaches Michael Gross, Brian Graham and Phil Key.


Richland College Basketball Team Wins NJCAA National Championship
Richland College basketball team on the basketball court holding trophy

Photo courtesy of NJCAA.

The Richland College men’s basketball team clinched the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III men’s basketball title after defeating the defending national champion team Rock Valley College (Illinois) in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y.

Despite facing a double-digit deficit in the second half, Richland College pulled ahead for a 67-64 win against Rock Valley, earning the Thunderducks their third national title in the program’s history.

“Winning the national championship in your sport is always the desire of everyone that plays or coaches,” said Jon Havens, Richland College head basketball coach. “It gives you a great sense of validation when you are trying to prove yourself. This group of guys can say for the rest of their lives that they were national champions! It’s just a special feeling to have watched this team come together and win what we all worked so hard to win.”

Sophomore Kierre Moore scored a game-high 20 points for Richland, and three other Thunderduck starters posted double-figures in scoring: Brandon Woods with 15 points, Trey Hall with 11 points and Ishmael Donzo with 12 points.

Moore was named tournament MVP by averaging 12.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in three championship games. Hall was also recognized with all-tournament honors, averaging 14.3 points and five rebounds during the tournament.

This was Haven’s first year as head coach at Richland College, having previously been an assistant coach at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.

“This year was an incredible journey for everyone involved,” said Havens. “I was a new coach to the players, and they were new to me. They embraced me, along with my philosophy of basketball, from day one. After losing our first two games, I told the guys that we had 23 more games left to try and achieve what we wanted to achieve. To then go on two long winning streaks and still have the guys come into practice wanting to learn and get better might be the most special thing for me. They embraced the process of what it takes to be champions.”

Richland College’s previous national basketball titles were in 1999 and 2009. The Thunderducks finished the 2014-15 season with a final record of 27-3.

The Richland College basketball team roster is as follows: Brandon Woods (sophomore), Ryan Daniels (sophomore), Trey Hall (sophomore), Ishmael Donzo (sophomore), Trevon Jeffery (sophomore), Josh Francis (freshman), Terrance Cooper (freshman), Kierre Moore (sophomore), Brad Umoru (freshman), Marques Smith (freshman), Robel Yoseph (freshman), Adarian Harris (freshman) and Jacques Stephenson (freshman). Head coach Jon Havens leads the team, along with assistant coaches Michael Gross, Brian Graham and Phil Key.


Richland College Soccer Players Named First Team All American

Two players from Richland College’s women’s soccer team and one from the men’s soccer team were recently selected as Division III First Team All American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Cassandra Andrade and Lauren Vasquez, both playing the forward position, were selected from the women’s team and Fernando Arellano, a central defense player, was selected from the men’s team.

To be selected as a First Team All American means that player is one of the top 11 NJCAA Division III soccer players in the country.

In addition to being named All Americans, both Andrade and Vasquez were named First Team All-Conference. Andrade was also named Metro Athletic Conference (MAC) Offensive MVP and Vasquez was named overall MAC Conference MVP.

“Both young women were very good for us this year,” said Richland College women’s soccer coach Scott Toups. “Lauren served as the team captain and also led the team in scoring. Her leadership is invaluable on and off the field. Lauren plays very hard and works harder than just about any other player I have ever coached.

“Cassandra was already a very accomplished forward when she returned to the team for her sophomore year. She scored 12 goals and had seven assists for 31 points this season. She drew a lot of attention from opposing team defenses, which created scoring opportunities for other team members. Both of these girls were successful because they had each other, along with a very good Richland team around them.”

On the men’s team, Arellano was not only the team’s best defender, but he also was a sophomore leader who organized, communicated and supported the defense and the team.

“Fernando was a key ingredient in our success,” said Richland College’s men’s soccer coach Sean Worley. “He is an excellent player and leader. He is well-liked and respected by his teammates and he was a pleasure to coach this year.”

Richland College’s women’s team ended with a 16-6-2 record, and the men’s team ended with a 24-2-1 record. Both teams played in their respective national championship games this season.


This week’s RLC update – T-ducks baseball win on April 20 earns Wharton 500th career victory

Employee Success — Congratulations to Richland Baseball Coach Joe Wharton on collecting his 500th career victory on April 20. In more than 12 seasons at Richland, Wharton has a combined 501-261 record and has led the Thunderducks to four NJCAA World Series championships (2002, 2003, 2004, 2009), along with two World Series national runner-up finishes (1999, 2000).  Richland also has qualified for the play-offs every year Wharton has been at the helm at Richland, and the Thunderduck baseball team will make its 13th straight appearance during this season’s playoffs. Wharton, who has also helped place more than 100 players at four-year universities, is a Dallas County product, graduating from R.L. Turner high school in 1989 where he earned All-District shortstop honors. He played at Baylor University and was selected first team all Southwest Conference and team MVP in 1993 before being selected by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft.


This week’s RLC update – Women’s soccer coach named Div. III Coach of Year

Employee Success – Congratulations to Thunderduck Women’s Soccer Coach Scott Toups on recently being named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Addidas Central Region-Division III Coach of the Year. Coach Toups is now a candidate for National Division III Coach of the Year. The awards ceremony will take place during the NSCAA Honor Awards banquet this week.


This week’s RLC update – Soccer players named All-Americans

Student Success – Congratulations to Thunderduck Women’s Soccer student athletes recently named as 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Performance Subaru Women’s Division III All-Americans. Letty Adame, Chelsea Palmer, and Regina Martinez all achieved First Team rankings. Congratulations also go to Thunderduck Men’s Soccer student athletes named as 2009 NSCAA/Performance Subaru Men’s Division III All-Americans.Victor Almendariz and Fernando Garza achieved First Team rankings, and Brett Garrett achieved Second Team ranking.


This week’s RLC update – Former T-duck athlete named NAIA Champion of Character

Student Success – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recently named Tito Salas, successful former Richland student athlete and current standout on the William Carey University men’s soccer team, as an Academic All-American and recipient of the NAIA Champion of Character Award for his team. Tito was honored for combining excellence in academics as well as athletics. During his senior season at Carey, he scored nine goals and had four assists and was named to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference All-Conference team.


This week’s RLC update – Former T-Duck named women’s soccer coach at Lubbock Christian University

Student Success – Congratulations to former student athlete and Thunderduck soccer player Babak Abouzar who was recently named head coach of the Lubbock Christian University women’s soccer team, which will play its first season in 2010. Babak began his college playing career at Richland, where he was a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American and helped Richland win one of its five NJCAA Men’s Soccer National Championships. He later transferred to Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., where he graduated in 2008 and served as a graduate assistant for the women’s soccer team.


This week’s RLC update – Baseball Coach Wharton honored

Employee Success – Congratulations to Richland Thunderduck Baseball Coach Joe Wharton who was recently named 2009 Diamond Sports ABCA Regional Coach of the Year for NJCAA Division III. Coach Wharton will be attending the Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year banquet in Dallas in January to accept this distinguished award.