The Morning Wire: September 21

Your weekly recap of all things Lion sports related, let’s get to it.

Before we start with the sports recap, the Lion Wire would like to send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family of Dr Samantha Roberts. She fell ill during the game on Saturday night as she was cheering the Lions on and then was taken to the hospital where she passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 44. Dr. Roberts was a fan of this site and also a incredibly beloved professor of Health and Human Performance where she taught many Lion Student Athletes and was a diehard Lion fan. She was from England originally but quickly embraced Commerce and became embraced herself. She leaves behind a Son, Riley. Lion nation, we need to wrap our arms around this young man and all those that loved Dr. Roberts. We will post Memorial service information when it becomes available.

Also, I wanted to thank once again the Gentry Little, Russell and his wife Tiana, stadium workers, Hunt County EMS and the staff at Hunt Regional for their care with my own little episode. So many of you have reached out to me to ask how I am doing. My labs all came back fine, I did have a bad case of heat exhaustion, but the professionals and first responders took excellent care. Long story short, I had done a lot of strenuous things the days before and the day of and an I didn’t drink enough fluids and didn’t listen to my body. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY folks and if you don’t feel well, especially in what is left of this heat, get in the cool, hydrate, and if you feel you might go unconscious, get some help from a bystander if no medical personnel are around.

Ok, onto sports.

Volleyball-It was a rough weekend for the Lion Volleyball team as they dropped both matches to Eastern New Mexico and West Texas A&M, respectively. The Lions are now 1-5 overall and not off to a great start. They have a tougher road to haul as they take a weekend trip to San Antonio and Austin to face St. Edwards on Friday night and then St. Mary’s on Saturday Afternoon. They come back home the following weekend for tilts against Arkansas-Fort Smith and Oklahoma Christian.

Soccer-Neil Piper’s club notched a 2-2 tie against Oklahoma Baptist and their record now stands at 2-2-1 as they head into a tilt Wednesday at Dallas Baptist before heading back to Commerce for a Saturday afternoon game versus Texas-Permian Basin. The out of conference games are done and now all future matches are for the LSC crown, so now is the time for the home stretch.

Cross Country-Alex Speer was named LSC Freshman of The Week before leading the Lions at the Southern Stampede taking 31st leading the Lion Men’s team as they finished 17th out of 21 teams. The Women’s team did not compete. Both squads head to Huntsville, Alabama for the Chargers XC invite on October 9th, getting a much earned rest before the Lone Star Conference Championships on October 23 in Lawton, Oklahoma hosted by Cameron University.

Golf-The Lion Golf teams have started their schedule for the fall, as the Men are currently holding two golfers in 7th place at the New Mexico University invitational. Meanwhile, the Women are tied for 7th at the Dallas Baptist Invitational heading into the final day on Tuesday. The Lion Men are ranked 11th in the nation, while the Lion Women are ranked 14th.

Football-The Lions head south to Kingsville for one of the Lone Star conference’s most storied rivalries as they face the Javelinas of Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday for a 7 PM kickoff. The Lions have defeated the Hoggies 8 straight times going back to 2012 and look to have the longest win streak in rivalry history. General Chennault’s cup hopes to stay in Commerce for another year. The Lions are also under .500 for the first time since 2012 and not ranked in the AFCA polls since the 5th week of 2014. The Lions look to get a much needed conference win against their long time rivals and improve on both offense and defense. Russ will have the Pre-Snap read and the Blue Gang notebook looking at the matchups for this Saturday. The Hogs are 2-1 with wins over Eastern New Mexico and Western Oregon with a season opening loss to Saginaw Valley State.

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