Blacklands Report: Football drops to number 9, Soccer shuts out UTPB, Men’s XC Team wins SAU invitational, Women 2nd. Volleyball Falls in New Mexico, OPSU heading back to NAIA at the end of 2017.

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New AFCA polls came out and have the Lions dropping 5 slots to number 9. I knew this was coming, but I was thinking maybe a drop to # 7 at the worst, but then again when you lose a home game when you are up 12 with just under 5 minutes to go, that is what one would expect I assume. The next opponent is Western New Mexico, a conference newcomer. WNMU is 2-4, but are no pushover. They handily beat OPSU and UT-Permian Basin, so this is not a team anyone can write off. I will have the 5 thoughts about the game and the loss and how to improve on what we lost and the road going forward.

Soccer-

Soccer

The Lady Lions continue to have their success as they dropped UT-Permian Basin 5-0 and the night before defeated Angelo State 2-1. Neil Piper’s squad continues to show that they are the real deal and really have a great streak going right now. With an 8-3-0 record and a ranking of number 11, they are really showing that this is another very successful team that Piper has. The Ladies host Texas Women’s later this week in order to knock off the team that handed them their sole conference loss. The game is in Commerce and kicks off at 7 PM on the 12th.

Cross Country-

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HUGE props to the Men’s Cross Country Team for bringing home the Gold and the Ladies for bringing back the Silver in a team effort at the Southern Arkansas Invitational. Big wins for both squads heading into the conference meet in Commerce on the 30th. Top runners were Evan Luecke notching an individual bronze and Jasmine Amo getting 5th place to pace a Lady Lions team that put 4 in the top 10. Congrats to Coach Ross Smithey and major props again.

Volleyball

Volleyball

The Ladies dropped a hard fought match to Eastern New Mexico and Western New Mexico in consecutive days as the trip to the enchanted state proved to not be a nice trip for the Volleyball Ladies. The Ladies return on Wednesday night to Commerce as they host West Texas A&M in a 7 PM match hoping to break above .500 in conference play and get back to their winning ways.

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OPSU is leaving the NCAA for the NAIA

One Final piece of information, Oklahoma Panhandle State put out a news release announcing that they would be leaving the conference at the end of the year and the decision was mainly financial, as just about every decision regarding college athletics is. Truthfully, I don’t blame them. OPSU is in a great position to be very good in every sport on the NAIA level and they have been valiant in their efforts against LSC teams. I wish them well and look for big things for them in NAIA land.

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