Doane Adds Equestrian Team

With summer around the corner, the Doane Tigers are concentrating on finishing up the academic year. There is going to plenty of time to practice and hone their skills for the next sports season; and it will take a lot of hard work and preparation to keep Doane rising in the 2013-2014 sport season. In the meantime, we are taking a look at the changes that will be happening in the Doane college athletics department.

As of yet, the most interesting development has been the announcement about Doane college’s first equestrian team that will start in august. Jacque Carter, the school’s president, commented that the decision to add the team was based on Doane commitment to provide students with well-rounded academic, as well as, extracurricular opportunities.

The new team will be the 24th intercollegiate sport and be open to all students with no experience requirements. Students will compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). The IHSA team was established in 1967 and encompasses 370 college equestrian teams and 8,300 riders.

Doane College will be competing in Zone 8, Region 3. This pits the Tigers against other schools like Colorado College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Carroll College, University of Montana, Utah State University, Rocky Mountain College, Montana State University, and College of Southern Idaho. The riding disciplines of this western region emphasize a specific style of horsemanship and reining.

The equestrian team will be stationed at the Thunderstruck Farms, which lies only 15 minutes away from campus. The owner of the Farm – Tricia Brown – is an accomplished horse trainer and instructor who has been in business for over 25 years. Tricia is classically trained and focuses on the dynamic of the horse and rider and how the two work together. With an impressive resume, Doane college is happy to announce that Tricia will serve an equestrian coach for the new team.

In addition, Tricia’s beautiful 240-acre farm will be valuable to the team’s development. The farm offers many amenities, including an indoor and outdoor arenas, and is equipped for colt training, reining training, lessons, and clinics.

We hope you are as excited as we are about the new team. Go Tigers, let’s keep Doane rising!

Four Doane Players Are Named All-GPAC

The Great Plains Athletic Conference – (GPAC) announced four players from Doane College who achieved all-GPAC status.

The Tigers tied a school record with 21 wins and opened the season with nine straight victories, which sets yet another school-record. Doane finished the season 21-10 overall and tied for fourth in the GPAC.

Leading the way is Nick Reed. He is junior from Syracuse and has led the team in scoring with 16.6 points per game. He was second on the team with 5.7 rebounds per game and 88 assists. Reed is a three-time First Team selection.

Earning Second Team honors was Connor Beranek and Shavontae Samuels. Beranek, a freshman, was named the GPAC Freshman-of-the-Year after averaging 15.9 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game. He also led the team with 33 blocks on the season. Samuels, a senior transfer from Chicago, Illinois, was third on the team in scoring with an average of 13.9 points per game. He led the team with 137 assists and 50 steals.

Jens Scholl, a senior from Ruskin, Nebraska, earned honorable mention honors after posting 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He hit the 1,000-point career mark in January of this season.

Well done guys! We are excited to watch Doane rising!

Tigers Fall Short Against Morningside

Morningside defeated Doane in the first round of the GPAC Men’s Basketball Conference with a close score of 69 to 66. The Tigers got their game together towards the end of the second half, almost making up a nine-point deficit. But, the end-of-the-game push was not enough.

This game ends the Tiger’s seasons at 21-10. The score ties the school record in wins – a good sign for the season ahead.

Taking a look at the game. The Tigers led the first half with a six-point lead ending at 32-36. The second half got off to an ambivalent start. Morningside opened with a seven point streak to which Tigers responded with a ten point streak.

The Tigers continued to dominate until the last ten minutes of the game. They scored 11 points in a row and continued to hold the advantage for almost the rest of the game.

The teams briefly exchanged leads when Tigers pulled ahead at 3:13 remaining with 56-54. But the tide turned once more with Mustangs scoring back-to-back three-pointers.

The game was stopped after Tigers caught the ball at half court, following an inbound pass. After the discussion with officials, the clock was reduces to three seconds as it was determined that the ball was touched prior to the catch. Following the timeout the Tigers were unable to score any baskets and Morningside came out on top.

Nick Reed Recieves Emil S. Liston Award

Nick Reed has been selected as the 2013 NAIA Emil S. Liston Award recipient for men’s basketball.

This is a monumental achievement for the Tiger’s basketball team. The last and only other recipient of this award was Lindsay Anderson, a member of the women’s basketball team. Anderson won the award in 2008 has been the school’s all-time leading score player in women’s basketball.

“Nick is a fantastic team leader – someone I can always count on to be doing the right thing on and off the court,” said coach Jim Weeks. “He leads by example with his effort, intensity and determination.”

Nick Reed – Tiger’s Rising Star

Nick Reed is a rising star. This is year he was nominated for the NAIA Emil S. Liston Award at the Great Plain’s Athletic Conference. This is a prestigious achievement – the conference nominates only one student athlete each year.

A little history about the Emil S. Liston award. The award was named in honor of the NAIA’s  first executive secretary who founded the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketbal (NAIA), helped put the men’s basketball team on their feet, and organized the first tournaments. Since 1950, the award has been given to a junior basketball player – one from the women’s team and one from the men’s team – who has demonstrated excellence in playing ability, scholarship, and character.

Nick is a great student and doesn’t let his athletic ambitions get in the way of education. Pursuing a major in Exercise Science with a minor in Biology, Nick has maintained a 3.7 GPA, been selected a scholar-athlete, was placed on Dean’s list last year, and is part of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Nick is indeed a rising star. Over the last two year he was named a Capital One Academic All-American and was selected GPAC All-Conference first team. In 2011, he was GPAC Freshman-of-the-Year and a four-time GPAC Player-of-the-Week honoree.

Nick leads the team in scoring with 1,034 career points and is second when it comes to rebounds and assists. He averaged 16.6 points per game and shots 49 percent from the floor. He is the team captain and an inspiration to the other players on the team. We hope to see Nick lead the Tigers to more victories!

Head Coach – Jim Weeks

The Tiger’s Head Coach is Jim Weeks – a Doane college graduate and former member of the Tiger track and field team. Weeks was named head coach of the program in March of last year. He is a former head basketball coach of the Beatrice High School where he served for 24 years and has an impressive coaching resume.

His first year with Tigers was groundbreaking. Scoring 21 wins, the team tied the school single-season record. In 2012 the team had another strong start,  setting a new school record with nine victories. At the end of the year, Doane had four players named All-GPAC and one player named a NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.

Coach Weeks holds a number of awards. While coaching at Beatrice High School in 1998, Weeks was named the Lincoln Journal Star and Nebraska Coaches Association Coach-of-the-Year.  Huskerland Preps honored Weeks with the coaching honor in 1998, 2005 and 2008.  In 2012, the Nebraska Coaches Association honored Coach Weeks with the Ed Johnson Award.

In 1989, Weeks took over Beatrice High’s head coaching duties and quickly got the team back on their feet. New coaching lead the team to 15 State Tournament appearances, 13 Final Fours’, three State Championships and three State Runner-Up finishes. Even more impressive was that for majority of his career at the high school, 17 years to be precise, Weeks managed to get his teams rated in the Top 5 in the Class B final season rankings.

In addition to his work as a basketball coach, Weeks coached the Orangemen track teams, leading them to five State Championships.

Athletic Director Greg Heier who hired Jim Weeks as the new head coach was blown away by the resume. “I wanted somebody with a successful track record as head coach,” said Heier. “Jim really stood out.”

In the short time as head coach Jim Weeks has managed to greatly improve Doane’s athletic department. We look forward to seeing the Tigers score more victories in the future!