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Coyote Basketball hosts international team at LSC-Kingwood

Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Sport Club Basketball Team will have another milestone on its record as they host the Australian National Junior Team on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fitness and Training Center.

The honor of hosting an international team starts with strong leadership guiding the college’s basketball program. Alan Wright, Kinesiology professor and director of Intramurals and Sport Clubs at LSC-Kingwood, said he and Head Coach Melvin Marks have worked to develop the team into a well-respected and competitive program.

“These qualities allowed us to be one of the few teams considered for this opportunity,” Wright said. “Many international teams travel abroad for competition, NCAA and NJCAA teams are allowed to play a certain number of non-conference games so we are an attractive option due to our competitiveness and high level of organization.”

This is the first time that the Coyote Sport Club Basketball Program will host an international sports team. Although this honor is rare, it is a testament to the team’s hard work, dedication and passion for the game.

“This exhibition game benefits our college by giving us international exposure for our Sport Club program and allows our student athletes to play against a very talented team,” Wright said.  “Our players realize how rare of an opportunity it is for them to not only represent our college and state, but also our country.”

LSC-Kingwood’s Sport Club Basketball Program is currently 4-0 in Lone Star College System’s Sport Club Spring League and 11-2 overall in 2011 league play. In addition to their high ranking, the team won the Fall League Championship in 2008 and 2010.

“We attribute our success on the court to the fact that we are an up tempo, strong team who works together by playing a solid defense and successfully shooting three-point shots,” said Marks.

Demonstrating their skills on the court has led several of Marks’ players to make the League All Tournament Team. Current players on the tournament team are Chris Weldon and Lyonne Richardson; former players are Dustin Hawkins, Josh Collins, Melvin Roberts and James McGowen. Robertsand Collins earned scholarships to St. Thomas University and Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, respectively.

Leading scorers on the Coyote Sport Club Basketball Program are Weldon, Joquin Chappell and Brock Lunardi; top rebounders are Andrew Romo, Lunardi and Tray Leonard; leading in assists are Richardson, Weldon and Colby Daniels; leading in steals are D.J. Stearns, Weldon and Richardson; and those with the most blocks are Romo and Rodrick Johnson.

“Our team has an excellent chemistry that allows them to play very well together. Our motto is teamwork makes the dream work,” Marks said.

According to its website, The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Basketball program is one of the eight founding sports at the AIS and offers residential scholarships to both men and women. The AIS program has developed a strong tradition of striving for excellence in basketball and in life and has produced many star players. For more information on the AIS, visit http://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/.

Everyone is invited to attend this free event. For more information on the exhibition game, call Alan Wright at 281-312-1508 or Melvin Marks at 281-312-1657.

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For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm

With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for spring 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.