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BSB: SLC Announces 1990's All-Decade Team


 

 

June 13, 2013

Southland Conference 1990's All-Decade Team

FRISCO, Texas – UT Arlington had six former Mavericks named to the 1990's All-Decade team. Chris Gay, Clay Gould, Karl Heckendorn, John Lackey, Matt Mize and Jose Rubiera were honored with a selection.

The Southland Conference, as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration, has announced its All-Decade Baseball Team for the 1990s. The team includes stars from its member institutions from the 1990 season through 1999.

 

A total of 56 student-athletes makeup the 1990s all-decade team, including honorees from nine of the 10 institutions in the league during that era. Northwestern State placed a league-high 12 student-athletes on the team while McNeese State had nine and Nicholls State had eight. Louisiana-Monroe had seven honorees followed by Texas-Arlington with six and Texas State and Sam Houston State with five apiece. Southeastern Louisiana and Texas-San Antonio each placed two student-athletes on the all-decade team.


 

 

 

"With a number of emerging programs, Southland Conference baseball in the 1990s maintained its level of competitive success and national prominence,” league commissioner Tom Burnett said. “Many of the greatest players in league history participated in this decade and went on to more success in the major leagues.”

 

Northwestern State’s Jim Wells was tabbed as the coach of the 1990s all-decade team. Setting the Northwestern State program on a successful course for the next two decades, Wells led the Demons to three Southland regular-season championships in 1991, 1993 and 1994, and an appearance in an NCAA Regional in 1994. His clubs were 192-89 (.683) overall and 64-38 (.627) in Southland play. He coached two Southland Players of the Year, a Hitter of the Year, two Pitchers of the Year and 15 first-team all-conference selections. After departing to take over the program at Alabama after the 1994 seasons, Wells’ three coaching successors all won more than 60 percent of their games through the 2002 season.

 

Among Wells’ all-conference players, seven found their way to the all-decade team, led by three-time all-conference outfielder Terry Joseph, who earned the honor from 1993-95. He was also tabbed as the league’s top player and hitter in 1995. Kyle Shade, the conference’s all-time career batting average leader (.427), earned a spot on the all-decade team after earning all-conference in the outfield in 1992 and 1993 while being named the player and hitter of the year in 1993. Other two-time all-conference selections include shortstop Troy Conkle (1992-93), third baseman Matt Donner (1994-95) and pitcher Reggie Gatewood (1993-94), who was tabbed was tabbed the pitcher and newcomer of the year in 1993. Wells’ other players on the all-decade team include outfielder Brian Carlin, an all-conference selection and the 1991 player and newcomer of the year, and all-conference pitcher Barry Shepherd, the 1991 pitcher of the year.

 

Other Demons on the all-decade team include shortstop Ryan Anholt, an all-conference pick who earned player and newcomer of the year honors in 1998; outfielder Josh Hoffpauir, who was tabbed top newcomer in 1997; pitcher Brian Lawrence, an all-conference selection in 1997 and 1998 and the player of the year in 1998; all-conference pitcher Adam Stout, the 1999 newcomer of the year; and, pitcher Skip Madden, who earned pitcher of the year honors in 1996.

 

Eight other players on the all-decade team were named player of the year, including McNeese State pitcher and former head coach Terry Burrows (1990), who was also tabbed pitcher of the year the same year, and outfielder Deron Hofstetter (1994), who earned hitter of the year honors in 1994; Texas State first baseman Gary Herman (1992), who was a two-time hitter of the year in 1991 and 1992; Texas-Arlington outfielder Clay Gould (1993), the namesake of the Southland Coach of the Year Award; Sam Houston State pitcher Stephen Prihoda (1994); Louisiana-Monroe outfielder Shannon Cooley (1996), outfielder Tommy Lewis (1997), who also earned hitter of the year honors in 1997, and pitcher Ben Sheets (1999), who was also the 1999 pitcher of the year and a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal team; and, Texas State catcher Chad Spears (1997).

 

Additionally, Nicholls State’s Greg Gravois holds the conference career records for triples (19) and Southeastern Louisiana’s Macky Waguespack is the conference’s all-time career home run leader (56).

 

The Southland Conference will continue to recognize all-decade teams in the coming days.

 

 

Southland Conference 1990s All-Decade Team (1990-99; 56 players)

Name, Team

Pos.

All-SLC

Superlatives

Ryan Anholt, Northwestern State

SS

1998

1998 Player of the Year, 1998 Newcomer of the Year

Cody Arcement, Nicholls State

P

1998

1998 Wins Leader

Ben Broussard, McNeese State

1B

1998, 1999

1998 & 1999 Hitter of the Year

William Brunson, Texas State

P

1992

1992 Pitcher of the Year

Brent Bubela, Sam Houston State

C

 

1996 Batting Average Champion, 1996 Tournament MVP

Terry Burrows, McNeese State

P

1990

1990 Player of the Year; 1990 Pitcher of the Year; Former McNeese State Baseball Coach

Brian Carlin, Northwestern State

OF

1991

1991 Player of the Year, 1991 Newcomer of the Year

Alby Carvajal, Texas State

DH/1B

1989, 1990

1990 Hitter of the Year

Troy Conkle, Northwestern State

SS

1992, 1993

 

Shannon Cooley, Louisiana-Monroe

OF

1996

1996 Player of the Year

Clint Cortez, Nicholls State

P

 

1995 & 1996 Strikeouts Leader

Andy Davis, Louisiana-Monroe

DH/OF

1991, 1992

 

Matt Donner, Northwestern State

3B

1994, 1995

 

Kelly Eddlemon, Sam Houston State

3B

1999, 2000

 

Gavin Fingleson, Southeastern La.

2B

 

1999 Hits Leader

Reggie Gatewood, Northwestern State

P

1993, 1994

1993 Pitcher of the Year, 1993 Newcomer of the Year

Chris Gay, Texas-Arlington

P

1992

1992 Pitcher of the Year

Clay Gould, Texas-Arlington

OF

1993

1993 Player of the Year; Namesake of Southland Coach of the Year Award

Clint Gould, McNeese State

1B

1993, 1994

1993 Tournament MVP

Greg Gravois, Nicholls State

OF

 

Southland Career Triples Leader (19)

David Hawkins, Nicholls State

P

1992

1992 ERA Leader

Karl Heckendorn, Texas-Arlington

OF

1992, 1993

1992 Newcomer of the Year

Harold Henry, Louisiana-Monroe

OF

1990, 1991

 

Gary Hermann, Texas State

1B

1991, 1992

1991 & 1992 Hitter of the Year, 1992 Player of the Year

Shawn Hill, Nicholls State

P

1993

1993 ERA Leader

Josh Hoffpauir, Northwestern State

OF

 

1997 Newcomer of the Year

Deron Hofstetter, McNeese State

OF

1994

1994 Hitter of the Year, 1994 Player of the Year

Jacques Jobert, Nicholls State

2B

 

1998 Tournament MVP

Terry Joseph, Northwestern State

OF

1993, 1994, 1995

1995 Hitter of the Year, 1995 Player of the Year

Jeff Juarez, Texas-San Antonio

OF

1998, 1999

 

Greg Kubes, Sam Houston State

P

1997

1997 Pitcher of the Year

John Lackey, Texas-Arlington

P

 

2002- MLB, Los Angeles (AL), Boston

Jason Lecronier, McNeese State

OF

1994, 1995

1994 Newcomer of the Year

Brian Lawrence, Northwestern State

P

1997, 1998

1998 Pitcher of the Year

Tommy Lewis, Louisiana-Monroe

OF

1997

1997 Hitter of the Year, 1997 Player of the Year

Brent Lockwood, Nicholls State

SS

1996

1996 Hitter of the Year, 1995 Newcomer of the Year

Skip Madden, Northwestern State

P

 

1990 Newcomer of the Year

Ben Mann, Louisiana-Monroe

P

1996

1996 Pitcher of the Year

Matt Mize, Texas-Arlington

3B

1998, 1999

 

Scott Pederson, Texas-San Antonio

OF

1994

1994 Tournament MVP

Darwin Pennye, Texas State

OF

1988

1988 Hitter of the Year

Kevin Perret, Nicholls State

3B

1997

1997 Batting Average Champion

Stephen Prihoda, Sam Houston State

P

1994, 1995

1994 Player of the Year

Ryan Robertson, McNeese State

C

1994, 1995

 

Jose Rubiera, Texas-Arlington

OF

 

1991 Batting Average Champion

Jon Saylor, McNeese State

P

1995

1995 Pitcher of the Year

Kyle Shade, Northwestern State

OF

1992, 1993

1993 Hitter of the Year, 1993 Player of the Year; Southland Career Batting Average Leader (.427)

Ben Sheets, Louisiana-Monroe

P

1998, 1999

1999 Player of the Year, 1999 Pitcher of the Year; U.S. Olympic Team Gold Medalist, 2000 Atlanta Olympics

Barry Shepherd, Northwestern State

P

1991

1991 Pitcher of the Year

Chad Spears, Texas State

C

1997

1997 Player of the Year

Adam Stout, Northwestern State

P

1999

1999 Newcomer of the Year

Corey Taylor, Louisiana-Monroe

OF

1997, 1998

 

Ron Thames, Sam Houston State

1B

1996, 1997

 

Mike Trahan, McNeese State

2B

 

1996 Newcomer of the Year

Brian Vidrine, McNeese State

OF

1990

1990 Batting Average Champion

Macky Waguespack, Southeastern La.

DH

1999

Southland Career Home Run Leader (56)

 

Coach of the Decade: Jim Wells, Northwestern State

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