Monthly Archives: November 2010

Richland college basketball team to host annual Joe Huey Thanksgiving Classic over weekend

For sports enthusiasts who are looking to watch some highly competitive basketball games over the holiday break, the Richland College men’s basketball team is set to host its third annual Joe Huey Thanksgiving Classic on Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 26.

Joining the T-Ducks in competition over the course of two days are Brookhaven College, Mountain View College, Connors State, Southern-Shreveport and Bossier Parish.

Game times are as follows:

Friday, November 26

 4 p.m.  Brookhaven vs. Bossier Parrish

6 p.m. Mt. View vs. Southern-Shreveport

8 p.m.  Richland vs. Connors State

 Saturday, November 27

2 p.m.  Mt. View vs. Connors State

4 p.m.  Brookhaven vs. Southern-Shreveport

6 p.m.  Richland vs. Bossier Parish

Cost is $5 per and is free for kids under 12. In addition, coaches’ passes will be available. For more information, contact coach Jon Felmet at 972.238.6244.

About Joe Huey

Joe Huey was an assistant coach at Richland College from 1996-1998.  He helped lead the T-Ducks to its first national championship in 1999.  He was respected by many coaches within the Dallas-Fort Worth area as he spent 40 years in the teaching and coaching profession.  He spent 19 years at Sunset High School. In fact, Micheal Hinojosa, Dallas ISD’s superintendent, was a former player and spoke at Coach Huey’s funeral in 2007. Huey started coaching within the DCCCD at Brookhaven College in 1991 before coming to Richland College with long-time coaching friend, Chester Story, in 1996.

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A deep, young basketball team ready for season to begin

As the Richland College basketball team looks to rebound from a 7-21 season last year, one thing is certain for head coach Jon Felmet’s squad this year: The T-Ducks are deep at each position.

However, in order for the T-Ducks to translate this luxury into success, “the players will need to stay ‘bought in,’ ” Felmet explained. “Our issue last year was that we had several guys who thought their abilities were much higher than Richland College, and they never bought into the work that was expected.”

Although the team is young, this is not an issue with this unit as the T-Ducks open their season tonight – the beginning of a tough non-conference schedule. Each game the T-Ducks play this season to prepare for Metro Athletic Conference play is against a Division I junior college.

“Our fans will see a deep, tough, hard-nosed team,” Felmet said. “Our strength could potentially be in our numbers. We have seen signs of several guys pushing for minutes, which lead to our weakness – consistency. There have been a few guys who have been at the top of the depth chart, at the bottom and middle. The inconsistency is major right now. That happens with young guys, though, and we have 11 of those.”

The T-Ducks also have four returning players from last year in Ricky Roberts of Clarksville, Thomas Davis of Lufkin, Perry Jackson of Milwaukee, Wis. and Matt Brown of Tatum.

Roberts, who red-shirted during the 2009 National Championship season, is expected to bring toughness and leadership in the post while Davis, voted MAC Freshman of the Year last season, will have to step up and show the coaching staff that last season was not a fluke, Felmet says.

Meanwhile, if Jackson, who red-shirted last year, can get past injuries, Felmet expects him to provide toughness on the defensive end of the floor and scoring on the offensive end.

Brown, Felmet describes, is a big, strong physical guard who has done a good job of playing his role in scrimmages leading up to tonight’s opener.

“If these four guys can bring more consistent leadership then the 2010-2011 season will be a fun one,” Felmet said. “If they do not, we will have a roller-coaster season, and the sophomores will look back and say ‘what if’ or ‘I should have.’ ”

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Men's soccer team headed back to National Tournament; seeking sixth national championship

The Richland College men’s soccer team is heading back to the NJCAA Division III National Tournament after the T-Ducks defeated Cisco College, 4-1, in the Region V Tournament title game on Saturday, Oct. 30.

The T-Ducks, who ended last season as runner-up in the national tournament, are seeking their sixth national championship. Richland will enter the tournament on Nov. 13-14 in Herkimer, New York, with an 11-3 record.

“This feels good and the guys deserve it.” T-Duck coach Sean Worley said after his team’s victory. “I really enjoy going [to the national tournament] but, more importantly, it is for the players. For them to go, it’s tremendous. This is a once in a lifetime experience for them.”

The T-Ducks jumped out to a quick lead when they scored within the first five minutes of the game off a corner kick. During the play, Cisco’s goalkeeper mishandled the ball, leading to an easy open-net score for Richland.

Less than two minutes later, the T-Ducks scored again before adding a third goal with 12:30 left to play in the first half to enter intermission with a 3-0 cushion.

Cisco would cut the lead to 3-1 early in the second half but a fourth goal by Richland with 18:07 left in the contest put the game away.

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