Silatolu Earns All-Rookie Honors
Midwestern State offensive
lineman Amini Silatolu
outstanding first season in the National
Football League with the Carolina
Panthers. Silatolu, a consensus All-
American for the Mustangs in 2010 and
was named to the Pro Football
Weekly/Professional Football Writers of
America All-Rookie team.
The 6-4, 315-pound left guard of the
Panthers started all 15 games that he
played. He was injured in the next-to-
last game of the season and did not
play in the season finale. Despite his
injury, Silatolu was considered one of
the stars of the Panthers’ rookie class
and has the Panthers eagerly waiting his
return from the injured reserve list when
training camp opens in the summer.
Smith shared the league’s Newcomer of the Year honors, while freshman defender Javan
Toledo was chosen the Freshman of the Year.
Smith, Douthit, and Toledo were all chosen to the All-Lone Star Conference first team, as
were senior forward David Freeland, junior midfielder B.A. Catney, and junior goalkeeper
Ray Clark. Senior defender Fernando Garza was chosen to the All-LSC second team with
junior forward VcMor Eligwe and sophomore midfielder Andrew Power.
The Mustangs didn’t have the season they had hoped for in 2012, but a run at the Lone Star
Conference title helped make up for it. MSU suffered a 7-10-3 campaign, the first non-
winning season for MSU since a 9-11 year in 2000.
After working through key injuries throughout the year, the Mustangs finished LSC
play at 6-5-3, thanks in part to winning four of their last six heading into the conference
tournament. MSU was close, with three of the five LSC losses coming in overtime. The
Mustangs beat Abilene Christian 1-0 in the conference tournament opener, but lost to West
Texas A&M in the LSC semifinal to end the year.
Six Mustangs were on the All-Lone Star Conference team, led by LSC Freshman of the
Year forward Ashley Cottrell. She was joined on the first team by senior defender Hanna
Staley and sophomore midfielder Payton Fookes. Senior midfielder Maddie Fraser and
senior goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth were named to the second team with senior defender
Megan Barnhart selected as an honorable mention.
The MSU women’s basketball team received its first-ever national ranking as an NCAA
Division II program in December when the WBCA’s USA Today Sports Coaches Poll
ranked the Mustangs 25th.
While Coach Koby Styles admitted that it wasn’t the season he was expecting, “the
positive is that we have everyone returning for next year. The last time we didn’t qualify
for the national, we came back strong. It will be motivation for next year.”
Junior Ashley Flores repeated as an all-region runner and advanced to the national
championship race as an individual. She posted her second best time in a 6K event, but
was 92nd in the national run.
Mustangs had three runners on
the All-Lone Star Conference
team led by Flores, junior Janel
Campbell, and sophomore
Michelle Krezonoski. Junior
Abigail Gonzalez narrowly
missed out on All-LSC honors,
but was honored as the league’s
Newcomer of the Year.
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Texas-Permian Basin* 5 p.m.
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