Former local hoop stars find themselves on the bench


Two former area basketball stars find themselves on the bench (in a good way) as the newest college basketball season gets cranked up in earnest with the new year.

Austin Falke, who led Thorndale to its first of backto back state championships in 2007 and was the Class A player of the year that season, was named an assistant coach at Schreiner College in Kerrville and is in charge of the junior varsity program.

Falke played for three years at Stephen F. Austin and was an assistant there last season while he earned his Masters.

Former Rockdale standout Lance Loewe has stepped directly out of his uniform and into a suit and tie at East Texas Baptist as a student coach.

Loewe played for the Tigers for two years after a stellar high school career before moving into coaching.

“Funny, he’s a 5-foot-10 guard working with the posts,” said father and former Rockdale coach Dusty Loewe.

East Texas (6-6) upset Mary Hardin-Baylor (9-3) last Thursday night.

Classified as a junior, Loewe needs just 27 hours to graduate and carries a 3.75 grade point average. He was all-American South Conference, all-academic last season.

Coaching is a family business for the Loewes. Beside pop Dusty, sister Miranda is a coach in the RISD.

—bm– It’s hard to believe, but the Youngblood twins of Thorndale —Morgan and Lindsey—are seniors in college.

The 5-foot-11 Morgan, who has started for the Rambelles since she was a freshman, leads the 6-5 team in minutes played, three-point shooting and steals.

The Belles were 13-15 last season and fell in the Lone Star Conference tournament semifinals.

“She has worked extremely hard in the weight room and on the court since the day she stepped on campus, says Angelo State Coach Sally Brooks. “She has developed her game to make herself more valuable to the team. She has led the team in taking charges the last two years and has been selected by her teammates for the “Tough as Nails” award for two years in a row. She has always been willing to sacrifice for the team.”

After suffering a knee injury last season, twin Lindsey has decided not to play basketball this season and has transferred to Texas-Arlington.

Lindsey was also a starter for the Rambelles during her career.

While at Thorndale, the Youngbloods led the Lady Bulldogs to a No. 1 ranking, three trips to the regional finals and an appearance at the state tournament.

The 5ive (amended)

In the wake of Rockdale opponents Cameron and Navasota winning state championships, a couple of weeks ago, there was an impressive list of teams in this space that the Tigers have faced in the past seven years that have won state or played for a state championship.

To make it even more imposing, there are two more teams that should be added to that list that were omitted: Robinson and China Spring.

Robinson lost to Liberty-Eylau 35-34 in the 2006 finals and China Spring fell to Celina 21-14 in the 2007 title game.

Robinson edged Rockdale 27-21 in 2006, while the Tigers played China Spring twice in 2007, getting knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the Cougars on a last-second field goal.

1. Cameron*–2012.

2. Navasota*—2012

3. Cameron—2010.

4. Carthage*—2008

5. China Spring—2007

6 Liberty Hill*—2007

7. Liberty Hill*—2006

8. Robinson—2006

9. Hutto—2005 *State champions

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