The NewsWire: All Sports Report

A lot to get to as always, so let’s go.

After the 8-7 win over North Alabama on Friday, The Lions moved up to # 3 in the nation, the highest ranking the Lions have enjoyed since they were # 2 during the 1988 season. The win was the biggest in the Carthel era and the program keeps going to heights that have not been seen in Commerce in a long time. Here is the newly released AFCA DII poll-

2017 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – September 4, 2017

Rk School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev.
1. Northwest Missouri St. (34) 1-0 850 1
2. Ferris St. (Mich.) 0-0 799 3
3. A&M-COMMERCE 1-0 776 5
4. Shepherd (W.Va.) 1-0 726 7
5. California (Pa.) 1-0 675 8
6. Indiana (Pa.) 1-0 649 9
7. Colorado St.-Pueblo 1-0 644 12
8. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 1-0 541 13
9. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 1-0 502 17
10. LIU-Post (N.Y.) 1-0 486 14
11. North Alabama 0-1 468 6
12. Minnesota St. 1-0 412 20
13. Central Missouri 1-0 401 21
14. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 0-1 338 2
15. Emporia St. (Kan.) 0-1 310 4
16. Midwestern St. (Texas) 1-0 298 24
17. Colorado Mesa 1-0 293 23
18. Indianapolis (Ind.) 1-0 246 NR
19. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 1-0 201 NR
20. Albany St. (Ga.) 1-0 197 NR
21. Minnesota-Duluth 0-1 139 10
22. Tuskegee (Ala.) 1-0 138 NR
23. Henderson St. (Ark.) 1-0 126 NR
24. West Chester (Pa.) 1-0 101 NR
25. West Georgia 1-0 79 NR

Huge Congrats to Lion Chris Smith who was named conference player of the week for his 6 tackle performance that also saw him sack UNA QB Blake Hawkins in the end zone with 4:08 left to go that gave the Lions two critical points and gave the ball back to the Lions that resulted in the game winning drive.




The Lions Volleyball squad picked up two wins and dropped two at the Tarleton State Invitational. The Lions defeated Southwest Baptist and Maryville College before losing to 18th ranked Central Oklahoma and 23rd ranked Rockhurst. At 2-2, the netters head to Pueblo, Colorado for a date with 12th ranked Wayne State and then take on Tournament Host CSU-Pueblo later that night.


Neil Piper’s Club started the season off right with two big wins. The Lions won Friday night in Commerce defeating Florida Tech 2-0 and then went back onto the pitch to defeat Central Oklahoma 2-1 in a come from behind fashion.

After a scoreless first half vs Florida Tech, Sophie Haywood put in a header in the 49th minute. The Lions would clinch the game barely 5 minutes later when Delaney Bunselmeyer took a corner kick and put it in the back of the net.

Against Central Oklahoma on Sunday, UCO struck first in the 30th minute to go up 1-0. The Lions came back when Izzy ward hit the equalizer just before the half at 1 a piece, and Sophie Haywood found the net for the second time in 3 days in the 48th minute as the Lion defense clamped down and earned a 2-0 record. The Ladies hit the pitch again on Friday against St. Mary’s in Commerce.


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