Maggie Shipley, Mollee Priddy help Trinity women stay unbeaten in SCAC

Maggie Shipley was 8-of-14 from the field and led Trinity with 26 points on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Calgaard Gym in San Antonio. - photo by Joe Alexander
Maggie Shipley was 8-of-14 from the field and led Trinity with 26 points on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Calgaard Gym in San Antonio. – photo by Joe Alexander
Trinity hit 10-of-28 from 3-point range and rolled to a 91-48 victory over University of Dallas on Wednesday at Calgaard Gym.

Trinity is 3-0 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play and 10-2 on the season.

Maggie Shiple led the Tigers with 26 points and four assists. Mollee Priddee hit four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 17 points.

Maggie Robbins had 12 points and Carly Leong had 11.

Enzo Sechi, Kaleb Jenkins lead Trinity past Dallas

Enzo Sechi. Trinity men's basketball beat University of Dallas 74-75 on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Calgaard Gymnasium in San Antonio. - photo by Joe Alexander
Enzo Sechi led Trinity with 15 points in Tuesday’s conference victory over U. of Dallas.
Junior forward Enzo Sechi had 15 points and junior guard Kaleb Jenkins had 11 as the Trinity men’s basketball team beat the University of Dallas 74-65 on Tuesday at Calgaard Gymnasium in San Antonio.

Trinity improved to 11-2 on the season and 3-1 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Hailey Coleman leads Trinity women’s basketball to win in home opener

Hailey Coleman led Trinity with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Trinity women's basketball beat Worcester State 76-69 on Wednesday at Calgaard Gymnasium in San Antonio. - photo by Joe Alexander
Hailey Coleman led Trinity with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Trinity women’s basketball team beat Worcester State 76-69 on Wednesday at Calgaard Gymnasium in San Antonio. It was the first home game of the season for the Tigers (7-2 overall).

Hailey Coleman, a senior center, had a double-double for Trinity with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Ava Limonciello had 17 points and sophomore guard Maggie Robbins had 10 points.

Trinity plays at home again Thursday at 3 p.m. against LeTourneau.

AJ Clark, Ben Hanley, Kaleb Jenkins lead Trinity past Calvin

Trinity men's basketball beat Calvin 88-71 on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, at Calgaard Gymnasium in San Antonio. - photo by Joe Alexander
Trinity men’s basketball beat Calvin on Wednesday in the the Tigers’ final home game of 2021.
The Trinity men’s basketball team beat Calvin 88-71 on Wednesday at Calgaard Gymnasium.

AJ Clark had 18 points and 6 rebounds, Ben Hanley had 15 points and Kaleb Jenkins had 10 points and 3 steals for the Tigers.

Trinity is 10-2 on the season. The Tigers play their next game on the road on Dec. 30 at Incarnate Word.

Trinity men's basketball coach Jimmy Smith during the Tigers' victory over Calvin at Calgaard Gymnasium in San Antonio. - photo by Joe Alexander
Trinity men’s basketball coach Jimmy Smith during the Tigers’ victory over Calvin at Calgaard Gymnasium.

St. Mary’s guard Caleb Jordan records double-double, 1,000th career point

Caleb Jordan had a double-double and scored his 1,000th career point on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at St. Mary's. - photo by Joe Alexander
Caleb Jordan had a double-double and scored his 1,000th career point on Saturday at St. Mary’s. – photo by Joe Alexander
St. Mary’s senior Caleb Jordan recorded his first career double-double and reached the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Jordan finished with 16 points and 10 assists as the Rattlers won their 2021-22 home opener 97-70 over Huston-Tillotson on Saturday.

Josh Brewer led St. Mary’s with 21 points, Kobe Magee had 13, C.J. Washington had 12 and Ryan Leonard had 11.

The Rattlers evened their record to 2-2 with road games coming up against UT-Permian Basin on Dec. 11 and Angelo State on Dec. 13. St. Mary’s plays its next home game on Dec. 18 against A&M-International.

St. Mary’s men’s basketball plays home opener Saturday

Caleb Jordan had a team-high 17 points for St. Mary's in Monday's road loss to UTSA. - photo by Joe Alexander
Caleb Jordan had a team-high 17 points for St. Mary’s in Monday’s road loss to UTSA. – photo by Joe Alexander
The St. Mary’s men’s basketball team plays its first home game of the season on Saturday.

The Rattlers take on Huston-Tillotson at 4 p.m. at Greehey Arena.

St. Mary’s is coming off a 75-65 road loss to UTSA on Monday. The Rattlers trailied most of the game but were within five points with less than three minutes remaining in the game.

Caleb Jordan led St. Mary’s with 17 points, Mamady Djikine had 15 points and 8 rebounds, Kobe Magee 11 points and Emmanuel Ewuzie had 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Jim Zeleznak and St. Mary’s basketball coaching history

The St. Mary's men's basketball coaching staff including head coach Jim Zeleznak. - photo by Joe Alexander
The St. Mary’s men’s basketball coaching staff including head coach Jim Zeleznak. – photo by Joe Alexander
It was 23 seasons ago that St. Mary’s won the NAIA men’s basketball national championship.

Longtime head coach Buddy Meyer was at the Rattlers’ helm and Jim Zeleznak was the top assistant coach when they claimed the 1989 championship trophy in Kansas City. Both were former St. Mary’s players. Meyer had been a member of the Rattlers’ first team to reach the national tournament.

All these years later, the St. Mary’s coaching staff has a familar look.

Zeleznak is in his 17th season as the Rattlers’ head coach, having taken over when Meyer retired after 27 years.

Meyer’s son Bubba, who played for his father at St. Mary’s, is in his 21st season as the team’s assistant coach.

And Monday, when St. Mary’s made the short road trip to the north side of San Antonio to play UTSA, Buddy Meyer was in the stands right behind the Rattlers’ bench.

Trinity men’s basketball wins opener

Tanner Brown hit this 3-pointer with 8:21 left to put Trinity in front for good. - photo by Joe Alexander
Tanner Brown hit this 3-pointer to put Trinity in front for good. – photo by Joe Alexander
Tanner Brown hit a 3-pointer with 8:21 left to put Trinity in front for good in an 89-81 men’s basketball victory over Sul Ross in the season opener on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, at Trinity.

Enzo Sechi, a junior forward from Houston, led the Tigers with 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Brown, a sophomore guard from San Antonio, finished with 14 points. Jacob Harvey, a freshman guard from Huffman, Texas, scored 14 points off the bench.

Missions 2021 statistical notes on players like Jack Suwinski, Eguy Rosario, Reiss Knehr, Allen Cordoba, Esteury Ruiz

Esteury Ruiz slides into home with the San Antonio Missions' second run of the game in Tuesday's season-opening victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks. - photo by Joe Alexander
Esteury Ruiz slides into home with the Missions’ second run of the game on May 4 in the 2021 season-opening victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks.
Watching the local team’s star players move on is a part of minor league baseball that is fun, gratifying and frustrating.

One example of what the San Antonio Missions lost this season:

– Jack Suwinski led the team in home runs with 15. The 23-year-old outfielder was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization on July 26, so he was the Missions’ leader despite not being with the team for almost the last two months of the season.

More statistical notes:

– Eguy Rosario played more games in a Missions uniform than anyone else this summer at 114. Kyle Overstreet was second at 103.

– Rosario was second on the team in home runs with 12 and second in stolen bases with 30. Rosario was the Missions’ opening day second baseman and was with the team all summer, playing shortstop late in the season.

– Outfielder Esteury Ruiz led the Missions in stolen bases with 36.

– Infielder Allen Cordoba led the Missions in batting average at .299 (not including players who appeared in less than 10 games). Cordoba played in 74 games. He didn’t start playing until June 8.

– CJ Abrams entered the season as the Missions’ most highly regarded prospect. The 20-year-old shortstop was limited to only 42 games due to injuries. He finished second on the team in batting at .296, but went on the injured list for the second time on July 8 and didn’t play again.

– Adrian Martinez (7-3) led Missions pitchers in wins, led their starters in ERA (2.34) and was second in starts (13).

– Reiss Knehr was 6-1 in 11 starts before moving up to pitch for both the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas and San Diego Padres.

– Reliever Carlos Belen led the Missions staff in appearances with 39. Henry Henry (38), Nick Kuzia (37), Jose Quezada (35) and James Reeves (31) all had 30-plus appearances.

Some players were notable for what they did after they moved up.

– Jose Azocar played in 79 games for the Missions, mostly in center field. He batted .276 with nine home runs and six triples. He is batting .324 for El Paso, second on the team, and is currently leading the Triple-A West in triples with seven despite only playing in 37 games at that level so far.

– Robbie Podorsky opened the season with the Missions but never played at Wolff Stadium. After batting .370 in seven road games, the speedy outfielder was promoted to El Paso. He is batting .275 with five home runs in Triple A, but has been limited to 27 games due to injuries.

– Taylor Kohlwey leads El Paso in batting at .339. He was with the Missions on opening day and played in 18 games for San Antonio before moving up.

– Matt Batten is fourth in hitting for El Paso at .301. He was with the Missions on opening day and played in six games before moving up.

– Pitcher Caleb Boushley has made 15 starts with a 3-8 record in El Paso since being called up on June 21. He was 2-3 in eight games with the Missions.

– Knehr has appeared in seven games in El Paso, four as a starter. His role changed after leaving San Antonio, where he was a starter. He was called up to San Diego four times, appearing in eight games and starting twice. He has a 1-0 record and 3.93 ERA with the Padres.

Missions’ bullpen provides final highlight of season in loss to Hooks

The San Antonio Missions played their final game of the 2021 Double-A Central season on Sunday night at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Missions played their final game of the 2021 Double-A Central season on Sunday night at Wolff Stadium.
The San Antonio Missions’ 2021 season ended with a 9-1 loss to the Corpus Christi Hooks on Sunday at Wolff Stadium.

The Hooks jumped out to an early lead with six runs in the first inning and three more in the second.

The Missions’ only run came in the fourth inning, when Augustin Ruiz doubled and then scored on a double by Olivier Basabe.

In a final game of the season between two teams with losing records, Missions relievers shut out the Hooks over the final seven innings.

Sam McWilliams pitched the third inning and allowed one hit, Mason Fox went 2 1/3 innings and allowed one hit while striking out five, James Reeves pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one hit with five strikeouts, and Henry Henry pitched the last two innings and allowed one hit with two strikeouts.