The Belles posted a 21-10 overall record in 2017 and made their seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA D-II Regional Tournament. They also finished with a 13-7 record in the Lone Star Conference and a 13-1 home record at the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. With wins against several top-ranked teams early in the season, the Belles moved up to No. 5 in the nation, the highest ranking in program history. Seniors Brianna Sotello and Morgan Seaton were named to the All-LSC first team, with sophomore Meghan Parker selected to the All-LSC second team. Sotello was also named to the AVCA All-Region first team and All-America second team.
Angelo State won its third Lone Star Conference Championship with a 13-5-1 overall record and a 9-2-1 mark in LSC play. The Belles were led by LSC Player of the Year, Trenadey Scott, who collected 15 goals and four assists while also earning third-team All-America honors from the United Soccer Coaches. Also for ASU, Sammy Cude was named LSC Goalkeeper of the Year, Cassandra Moosburger won LSC Newcomer of the Year, and head coach Travis McCorkle was named LSC Coach of the Year. The Belles also made their third appearance in the NCAA D-II South Central Regional Tournament, and defender Callie Smith was recognized for her performance on the field and in the classroom with a first-team USC Scholar All-American award.
The Rambelles finished fifth at the Lone Star Conference Championships while the Rams finished eighth. Kelsey Warren finished fourth individually to earn All-LSC honors on the women’s side, and Laban Kandie earned All-LSC honors with a seventh-place finish for the men. Kandie won three individual titles, including wins at the HSU Invite, the Naimadu Classic and the Islander Classic. ASU’s Reese Montgomery was also named to the LSC All-Academic Team after recording four top-15 finishes during the season.
The Rams finished the 2017 regular season with a 6-4 record and earned a spot in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl. The offense averaged 494.1 total yards per game, which ranked first in the Lone Star Conference and No. 7 in the nation. ASU was also the only NCAA D-II program in the country to have two quarterbacks each throw for more than 1,500 yards. On defense, the Rams swept the LSC post-season awards, with Markus Jones winning Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year, Justin Jackson winning Linebacker of the Year and Fred Lawrence winning Defensive Back of the Year. It was the first time ASU had ever swept the four LSC defensive awards.
After starting the season with six straight wins, the Rams finished with an 18-11 overall record and a 9-9 mark in Lone Star Conference play. That included a conference win over Tarleton State in Stephenville, where the Rams had not won since 2001. Ja’Michael Brown led ASU in scoring with an average of 13.4 points per game as the Rams presented a balanced offensive attack that included four players averaging in double figures for the year. Brandon Williams, James Kirksey and Brown all received LSC postseason awards for the Rams.
The Belles advanced to the NCAA D-II Tournament for the third consecutive season as they posted a 23-7 overall record and clinched a share of the Lone Star Conference Championship. ASU was led by LSC Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, Marquita Daniels, and LSC Defensive Player of the Year, De’Anira Moore. Moore also made history in a road game against Midwestern State, scoring 15 points with 14 rebounds and 10 blocks for the Belles’ first-ever triple-double. Daniels also etched her name into the record books by grabbing 103 steals to break the ASU single-season steals record. Dezirae Hampton, Ekiya Gray and Keanna Kelly also earned All-LSC honors, while Daniels and Moore were also named to D2CCA All-Region teams.
Head coach Kevin Brooks led the Rams to a 33-18 overall record and 14-10 mark in the Lone Star Conference as ASU posted its 11th 30-win season in program history. The Rams boasted the top pitching staff in the LSC with a team ERA of 4.17, and four ASU pitchers combined to claim seven LSC Pitcher of the Week awards during the season. Several Rams were named to various all-region teams, including Bradley Mathiowetz, Nicholas Novak, Jacob Boston, Kellen Rholl and Tyler Lesley. Rholl was then drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 25th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.
The ASU softball team had another stellar season, finishing 53-9 overall and making another trip to the NCAA D-II Softball Championships. Along the way, the Rambelles won their second straight Lone Star Conference Championship and swept through both the South Central Regional and Super Regional tournaments. Brandy Marlett threw her fourth and fifth career no-hitters, and Morgan Hill tossed her first no-hitter against UT-Permian Basin. Marlett earned second-team All-America honors, catcher Taegan Kirk was named to the All-America third team and second basemen Bailey Wallace earned All-America honorable mention. Sophomore Megan Gordon also earned national recognition as the NCAA Elite 90 winner for D-II softball, which is given to the student-athlete at the national championship tournament with the highest grade point average.
Taking the courts for the first time since 1986, the ASU tennis team finished 15-9 overall with a 3-3 record in Lone Star Conference play. The Belles marked several milestones throughout the season, including an upset of top-25-ranked Cameron, a No. 36 national ranking from the International Tennis Association and several individual rankings for players in both singles and doubles. Ena Ovcina was named the LSC Freshman of the Year and also earned All-LSC honors. Maria Delgadillo was also named to the All-LSC Team, while Zoë Gubbels was named the Sportsmanship Player of the Year.
The Rambelles golf team posted six top-10 finishes during the season and capped it all off by finishing in fourth place at the Lone Star Conference Championships. Their best team tournament was a first-place victory at the Lion Invitational. Top individual performances for ASU included Kamryn Cummings winning the individual title at the West Texas A&M Fall Invitational, and Mathilde Revilliod finishing tied for second at the Lion Invitational. Leah Meza also finished in the top five at the Lion Invitational.
Indoor Track and Field
ASU won two individual national titles and posted 12 All-American performances at the NCAA D-II Indoor Track & Field Championships. Kaitlin Lumpkins won the high jump and Kami Norton won the pentathlon to become national champions. Both were also named first-team All-Americans as they led the Belles to a seventh-place finish, the best in program history. ASU’s other All-Americans included Norton in the long jump, along with Daisy Osakue, Harry Maslen and the men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Deandre Wade, Ben Thiel, Marshall Tousant and Brett Rasberry. Wade was also a second-team All-American in the 200 meters, while Trenadey Scott and Trivett Jones also earned second-team All-America recognition. Prior to the national meet, Lumpkins was named LSC Field Athlete of the Year and Norton was named Track Athlete of the Year.
Outdoor Track and Field
Both the Rams and Rambelles finished in the top 10 at the NCAA D-II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Rambelles’ third-place finish was their best since winning the title in 2010. Both teams also won Lone Star Conference Championships for the outdoor season, sweeping the titles for the first time since 2013. Kami Norton won an individual national title in the heptathlon, while Daisy Osakue won the national title in the discus, setting a meet record along the way. Osakue also broke the all-time NCAA D-II discus record earlier in the season. Nils Fischer won an individual national title for the Rams, winning the javelin for the second straight year. Overall, the Rams and Rambelles earned 17 first-team and one second-team All-America honors. Norton was also named the LSC Female Field Athlete of the Year, and then claimed the Fred Jacoby Academic Athlete of the Year Award for the second straight season. She capped off her ASU career by winning the LSC Female Athlete of the Year Award.