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Local Players Selected in Major League Baseball Draft

For the first time ever, West Texas A&M had two players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft. They were among five local players selected on the final day of the draft.

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West Texas A&M Pitcher Marshall Kasowski was taken by the Dodgers in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball Draft yesterday, while his Buffaloes teammate Joshua Payne, another pitcher, went in the 22nd round to the NY Mets.

Two other college players from the area were drafted. Addison Russ of Randall and Houston Baptist was selected by the Phillies in the 19th round. Also, former Amarillo High and Southeast Louisiana player Carson Crites went in the 25th round to the Twins.

Another Randall player, Heston Kjerstad, was selected by the Mariners in the 36th round. His older brother Dex Kjerstad plays in the Marlins organization.

– The Lone Star Conference and the City of Frisco announced Wednesday an agreement that moves the LSC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship tournaments to Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas, beginning in 2018. The two-year agreement also includes an option for a third year (2020). The LSC Tournaments have been played in Allen, Texas the last five years.

– Derek Fisher homered and had an RBI single for his first major league hits in a nine-run sixth inning to help the Houston Astros to a 13-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

– New Oklahoma Sooners head football coach Lincoln Riley is hiring his former boss.  Riley was an assistant under Ruffin McNeil at East Carolina.  Now, McNeil will join Riley’s staff at OU. McNeil is best known for his ten seasons as a defensive coach at Texas Tech.  He spent the last two years at Virginia.

– Longtime Clarendon Broncos football coach Gary Jack is leaving to become the head coach and athletic director at Callisburg. Jack spent 13 seasons at Clarendon.

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