The Texas State Athletics Department capped off a historic fall semester by honoring 19 Bobcat student-athletes at its Texas State Bobcat Club Ring Ceremony Friday morning inside the End Zone Complex at Bobcat Stadium. Texas State became the first Southland Conference school to win a football, volleyball and soccer championship during the same year. The Bobcat football and soccer teams also advanced to the NCAA Championships and nine student-athletes have been named to Southland Conference All-Academic teams.This year’s ring recipients include eight football players, three women’s track and field/cross country athletes, two baseball players, two softball players, two volleyball players, one men’s track and field athlete, one soccer player, one tennis player and one volleyball player.
To receive the Texas State Ring, each of the 19 student-athletes must have completed their eligibility at Texas State in good standing, graduate within one year after their NCAA eligibility has been completed and earned a “T” letter from the Athletics Department.
University President Dr. Denise Trauth presented the rings to each of the student-athletes. She was joined by Dr. Rusty Phillips, a former Bobcat track and field competitor who serves as the co-chair of the athletics pillar in the University pride in action campaign; Dr. Larry Ties, Texas State athletics director and head coaches for each student-athlete.
The football players honored were Corey Hickerson, Andrew Ireland, Freddy Paige, Michael Rutledge, Clint Toon, Jeff Bowen, Jevorress Crenshaw and William Harrison. The women’s track and field athletes were Tenley Determan, Lauren McKenna and Brittany Rosen. The baseball players were Elliott Babcock and Josh Walter, while the softball players were Kelsey Cammarata and Ashton Peters. The men’s track and field runner was Adam Higginbotham, while Emily Jones Wilkes of the volleyball team, Jerelyn Lemmie of the soccer squad and women’s tennis player Su Muller all earned their rings.
Paige, Rutledge and Jones Wilkes already graduated last spring and have worked on their postgraduate degrees while completing their eligibility this fall.
by Rick Poulter
Texas State Athletics