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The College Report: Gilmer product Webb top tackler for Missouri in SEC title game

Dec. 11, 2013 at 11 p.m.


In a game where 101 points are collectively scored by the two teams, defense is usually not the focus.

But, Gilmer graduate <em>Braylon Webb</em>, playing for one of the best teams in the country, the University of Missouri Tigers, against one of the best teams in the country, Auburn University, put on a defensive show.

The Missouri Tiger defensive player led his team with 12 tackles, including eight solos, in a 59-42 loss in the SEC championship game Saturday in Atlanta.

Ashleigh Simmons (Hawkins) has scored 112 points for the University of Louisiana-Monroe women's basketball team. The 6-foot-1, senior forward, who has started every game, is averaging 28.5 minutes per game. She averages 18.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game and has connected on 44 of 70 field goals and 24 of 41 free throws. In ULM's latest game, an 85-83 win over Stephen F. Austin, Simmons bucketed 22 points by hitting 6-of-11 field goals and 10-of-17 free throws. She completed the double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds. She started and played 31 minutes.

Southern Methodist University's <em>Abbey Bybel</em> (White Oak) pounded down 12 kills as SMU downed University of Houston 3-0. Bybel, who hit .450 in the contest, also had four digs and two block assists. In a win over Rutgers, Bybel had 15 kills wit ha .429 hitting percentage.

Adan Olivares (Gilmer) was selected an All-South second team D3Football.com. Olivares, a Louisiana College junior, scored 65 points this year, by booting 41 extra points and eight field goals. He missed only three field goals and five extra points. He was second on team in scoring. Beau Brewer (New Diana), who played in 10 games for Louisiana College, finished with 78 tackles (30 solos). He was second on the team in total tackles and second in assisted tackles (48). He had 3.5 tackles for 11 yards of loss, which included a quarterback sack for four yards. He had an interception return of seven yards and one kickoff return of six yards. He defended three passes and broke up two others. Otis Chatham (Tatum) had 10 tackles (three solos). He was in on a tackle for one yard of loss.

Henderson State University defeated University of Arkansas-Monticello 67-60, behind the 24 pounds of <em>Tiara Davis</em> (Longview). Davis, who emerged off the bench and played 26 minutes, hit 7-of-10 from the field and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. She also had nine rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Arkansas Tech's <em>Emily Todd</em> (Longview) had 11 digs and nine kills in a loss to University of Minnesota-Duluth 3-0. Todd hit .250 in the match.

Desmond Fite (Tatum) had three solo tackles for Sam Houston State University in a 30-29 loss to Southeastern Louisiana University in the second round of the NCAA Division I-Football Championship Series Playoffs.

The Tarleton State University football team thought they had an additional game on the schedule, until the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl was canceled due to the weather. Tarleton State finished the year with a 7-3 mark. They were 5-1 in the Lone Star Conference. They were going to face Ouachita Baptist University in the bowl game. Tarleton State's <em>Julius Hurndon</em> (Daingerfield) finished the year with 25 tackles, 18 of which were solos. He also had a quarterback sack for a loss of seven yards and two pass breakups. <em>Torean Sheppard</em> (Longview), who played in two games, had one assisted tackle.

University of Arkansas ended its volleyball season with a loss to Creighton University in the NCAA Division I Regional. Arkansas freshman <em>Savannah Voelzke</em> (Spring Hill) finished the season with 27 kills, 14 digs and five blocks (one solo).

<em>(Email: dan62801@aol.com)</em>

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