TJC Notebook: Apaches baseball to hold annual 'Halloween Game'

photo by Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph Tyler Junior College baseball player Landon Brune, dressed as the Anchorman movie character Ron Burgundy, stands at first base with assistant coach Trenton Buchhorn, dressed as an officer from the television show Reno 9-1-1, during a special Halloween game Thursday Oct. 30, 2104 at Mike Carter Field in Tyler, Texas. The Tyler Junior College baseball team players and staff wore Halloween costumes as they played a simulated baseball game using a pitching machine. The winner of the game will have the home field advantage in the upcoming Black vs. Gold World Series, an intrasquad scrimmage series the school holds each fall.

Not sure if there will be ghosts and goblins at Mike Carter Field on Friday, but the Tyler Junior College baseball team is hosting their second annual Halloween game.

The nine-inning game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Doug Wren’s three-time national championship squad has a lot of fun with the game. Last year, players were dressed as Superman, tacos, penguins, Batman and many others.

It is worth the time if you can get away. Plus, it’s tough to beat an afternoon at the ballpark.

TRAVELING WEST

The Apache football team takes the long trip to the Land of Enchantment to face New Mexico Military Institute.

The contest is scheduled for 2 p.m. (Mountain Time) at Colt Field in Roswell, New Mexico. TJC (4-2, 3-2) is ranked No. 10 in the nation, while the Broncos (5-2, 3-2) are No. 14.

It is a key game as both teams are in the hunt for a postseason berth in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. Only four teams make the playoffs. No. 4 Trinity Valley (6-1, 4-1) leads the conference, followed by TJC, NMMI and Kilgore (4-2) all at 3-2 in league play. Right behind are Blinn (5-3, 3-3), Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (3-4, 3-3), Navarro (4-3, 2-3) and Cisco (0-7, 0-5).

Other conference games on Saturday include: Arkansas Baptist at NE Oklahoma, 2 p.m.; Kilgore at Trinity Valley, 3 p.m.; and Cisco at Navarro, 3 p.m.

TJC coach Danny Palmer said the Apaches will leave Friday morning and travel to Lubbock to work out at Texas Tech’s Jones AT&T Stadium. After the workout, they will travel the remaining three hours to Roswell.

The contest matches two of the top quarterbacks in Juco football, Palmer said - the Apaches’ McLane Carter, the former Gilmer High School standout, and the Broncos’ Jordan Ta’amu.

Carter, a freshman transfer from the University of Incarnate Word, has thrown for 2,049 yards and 19 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has connected on 121 of 202 passing attempts.

The Apaches are averaging 57.5 points and 651.2 yards per game, while giving up 32.2 points and 475.3 yards.

Ta’amu, the Pearl City, Hawaii sophomore, is a dual-threat QB who has connected on 159 of 257 pass attempts for 2,403 yards, 29 TDs and six interceptions. He has rushed for 302 yards and seven touchdowns on 98 attempts.

The 6-3, 200-pounder has been offered by New Mexico, while Oregon, Minnesota and Hawaii have shown interest.

The Broncos are averaging 47.0 points and 553.1 yards per game, while giving up 27.3 points and 304.9 yards.

NMMI not only has collegiate sports, but also high school athletics.

Roger Staubach, the 1963 Heisman Trophy winner and two-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys, played one season at NMMI before enrolling at the Naval Academy.

The Broncos close out the regular season on Oct. 29, traveling to Corsicana to meet Navarro College. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.

The Apaches’ final regular season game is also on the road on Oct. 29 against rival Kilgore College. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.

ALL-TJC SINGLES FINAL

It was an all-Apache affair in men’s single at the ITA Oracle Cup, held at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona last week.

Jorge Martinez won the Juco championship over teammate and top-seeded Ferran Calvo.

In the semifinals, Calvo outlasted Abraham Baldwin’s Yohan Nguyen 6-1, 5-7, 7-5, and Martinez, took down No. 3 Ismael Mzai of Seminole State 6-0, 6-2.

In the Super Bowl championship, Azusa Pacific’s Oliver Frank won over Martinez, 7-5, 6-1.

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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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