PLN’s News, Notes, and Other Things

A Blessed Easter to all. By my count, I have not blogged in a solid week, and I do apologize, a lot has been going on with TAMUC related sports. The reason for my absence is due to a new start of a new career. For those who followed me from the first time I started back in 2011, I have worked at 3 different companies until I decided that Consumer Banking was just not my forte. I got into the Investment sides and the Mutual Funds market. These first 7 weeks are going to be a lot to pick up, and I have two exams I must pass just to keep my job to get my licensed to do the work I have to do. I have taken and passed these exams before, but it does not get any easier, believe me. Anyway, this is the best career opportunity that I have ever had since leaving Commerce almost 7 years ago with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, so my focus is on that, so the posts will be hit and miss for a while. Just a heads up.

Alright, so here we go for catch up.

Women’s Hoops-

The 2014 signing class was announced for HC Jason Brooks’ first group, adding two forwards and one guard. Artaejah Gay, a 6′ forward from Cedar Hill High School, south of Dallas. Gay was First Team 7-5A All-District after this past season and team captain. In the classroom Gay was a National Society of High School Scholars member. Hannah Clark is from just down the road as she played for Rockwall High School. Clark lettered in three seasons. Clark helped lead the Yellowjackets to a runner-up finish in the state playoffs during her junior season at Rockwall and after this season Clark was named to 12-5A All-District, and was described by the Dallas Morning News, as a true “coach’s player.” Khala Riley is from Arlington-Bowie High School and played at Cisco Junior College. Riley is a 5’6″ guard that spent two seasons at Cisco. This past season she was named to the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference Second Team All-Conference. At Arlington-Bowie Riley was a two year letterwinner for the Volunteers. Riley was named a team captain for her senior season in 2011-12 and was First Team All-District honoree that season. During the summer of 2011 Bailey was a member of the Texas Express and led them in scoring. HC Burton made is short and sweet on his newbies. 


We are very excited about Hannah, Khala and Artaejah joining the Lion Family. I’m glad to have them in Blue and Gold. Artaejah’s and Hannah’s skill set and height will allow them to play both forward positions for us, and Khala brings some much needed immediate scoring to our backcourt and has the ability to play both the one and two guard spots for us”

Welcome to the Blacklands Ladies!


Both the Men and Women Linksters will compete this coming week in the Conference Championships at Horseshoe Bay Country Club near Burnet down in the Hill Country, just north of Austin. Horseshoe Bay is a beautiful community from all accounts, the Men and women both had solid regular seasons, and look for CJ Clem on the Men’s side and Chantry McMahan on the Women’s side to lead their respective groups. Good luck to both squads and results will be posted as made available.

Track and Field-

It was a beautiful day in North Texas yesterday and it was made even sweeter by the TAMUC Men’s Track team winning the team title in the TAMUC invitational and the Women finishing second, just behind Tarleton State.

Full Results-

Yesterday was a great individual day for so many Lions and many records were broken and set. Twitter was just blowing up with how well the meet was going and it was a beautiful day for a great meet on the Blacklands.



Congrats to Lion Hoopster Taylor Phelps, a Senior from Grand Saline. Phelps will graduate in May with a Degree in Health and Human Services and then move to Columbia, Missouri to work as a Graduate Assistant in the Athletic Department and Mizzou. Taylor and I actually go way back. I went to High School at Grand Saline and his Dad was my Coach for 3 years and Taylor was just a little kid but he was our manager and ball boy and always made road trips with us. He graduated as a Valedictorian for his graduating high school class. Congrats to him and to Coach Phelps and his wife, I am sure you are all proud of Taylor. Represent us well up there Taylor, I know you will. Here is Taylor’s athletic profile at



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