Dylan Fritelli

Alex Okafor lifts the 2012 Alamo Bowl trophy above his head following the Longhorns’ 31-27 victory over Oregon State.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Peart | Daily Texan Staff

The Academy handed out the Oscars on Sunday, but award season isn’t quite over. Texas’ athletic shortcomings in 2012 were well-documented — the football team was crushed by Oklahoma again, the baseball team didn’t make the NCAA tournament and, in the same calendar year, the basketball team was bounced in its first NCAA tournament game and then began the next season without star paint guard Myck Kabongo. There were some, um, silver linings, however. The envelope, please ...

Best Actor - Alex Okafor

Third baseman Erich Weiss and golfer Dylan Fritelli were considered for this, but Okafor’s Alamo Bowl performance put him over the top. The Pflugerville product made 68 tackles, a whopping 18 of them for a loss, including 12.5 sacks and 20 quarterback hurries, both team-highs. The 4.5-sack effort he turned in during Texas’ triumph over Oregon State last December was a fitting end to his career and may have earned him a spot in the first round of April’s NFL Draft.

Best Actress - Blaire Luna

Luna went 22-6 with a 2.31 ERA last year, when she nearly led Texas to its first Women’s College World Series berth since Cat Osterman was on the 40 Acres. Her 10.6 strikeouts per seven innings was good for No. 3 nationally. The ace also became the second Longhorn, along with Osterman, to record 1,000 career strikeouts. 

Best Actor in Supporting Role - Hoby Milner 

Milner started out last season in the Longhorns’ starting rotation but, by the end of the year, he was the team’s setup man. What seemed like a demotion proved to be mutually beneficial for both Milner and his squad. Texas had a reliable option behind closer Corey Knebel and Milner, who admitted to being more comfortable coming out of the bullpen, ended up being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh round of last year’s MLB Draft. 

Best Actress in Supporting Role - Hannah Allison

Allison was an essential piece to the Longhorns’ championship puzzle last season. She averaged more than 10 assists per set this past year and had 254 assists in six NCAA Tournament games, including a mind-boggling 53 in the Final Four five-set triumph over Michigan. As great as Bailey Webster, Haley Eckerman and Khat Bell were, Texas would not have won a national title without Allison.

Best Picture - Men’s golf team’s national title win

Texas captured two national championships over the last 12 months, one in volleyball and one in men’s golf. But the Longhorn volleyball team swept Oregon in their national title game, leaving little doubt who the best squad in the country was. The Texas men’s golf squad, on the other hand, provided much more drama on its way to winning a championship. Senior Dylan Fritelli sank a 30-foot, title-clinching birdie putt on the final hole of the Longhorns’ national championship clash with Alabama, sending his teammates in a frenzy and giving Texas its third national title in men’s golf.

Best Director - Jerritt Elliott

After several uncharacteristic losses in non-conference play, Elliott, the head volleyball coach, talked about how he was toying with his lineup, still unsure of what group of players would work. Texas began the year by losing three of its first nine matches, but reeled off 17 straight wins, including a school-record 15 in a row to begin Big 12 play, before falling to Iowa State in five sets in its regular season finale — a loss some players said would actually serve the Longhorns well in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Sure enough, they blazed their way through the tournament, losing just one set in their first four NCAA Tournament matches, all of which were in Austin, before battling back in a five-set win over Michigan and a sweep of Oregon in the title match. Eddie Reese, John Fields and Augie Garrido are really good at what they do, but Elliott may very well be the best coach on campus.

Handing out Oscars for the best performances in Texas sports this past year

Best Actor - Alex Okafor

Third baseman Erich Weiss and golfer Dylan Frittelli were considered for this, but Okafor’s Alamo Bowl performance put him over the top. In 2012 the Pflugerville product made 68 tackles, a whopping 18 of them for a loss, including 12.5 sacks and 20 quarterback hurries, both team-highs by far. The 4.5-sack effort he turned in during Texas’s triumph over Oregon State last December was a fitting end to his career and may have earned him a spot in the first round of April’s NFL Draft.

Best Actress - Blaire Luna

Luna, a local product from Austin's Bowie High School, went 22-6 with a 2.31 ERA last year, when she nearly led Texas to its first Women’s College World Series berth since Cat Osterman was on the 40 Acres. She’s off to a scorching start this season, going 7-0 with a 0.50 ERA in her first seven outings as the Longhorns (16-1) are off to their best 17-game start in school history. She almost tied her career-high by striking out 16 Tulsa hitters in Sunday’s win without issuing a single walk. Luna and the Longhorns could very well be Oklahoma City-bound in a few months.

Best Actor in Supporting Role - Hoby Milner 

Milner started out last season in the Longhorns’ starting rotation but, by the end of the year, he was the team’s set-up man. What seemed like a demotion proved to be mutually beneficial for both Milner and his squad. Texas had a reliable option behind closer Corey Knebel and Milner, who admitted to being more comfortable coming out of the bullpen, ended up being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh round of last year’s MLB Draft. 

Best Actress in Supporting Role - Hannah Allison

Allison was an essential piece to the Longhorns’ championship puzzle last season. She averaged more than 10 assists per set this past year and had 254 assists in six NCAA Tournament games, including a mind-boggling 53 in the Final Four five-set triumph against Michigan. As great as Bailey Webster, Haley Eckerman and Khat Bell were, Texas would not have won a national title without Allison.

Best Picture - Men’s golf team winning a national title

Texas captured two national championships over the last 12 months, one in volleyball and one in men’s golf. But the Longhorn volleyball team swept Oregon in its national title game, leaving little doubt who the best squad in the country was. The Texas men’s golf squad, on the other hand, provided much more drama on its way to winning a championship. Senior Dylan Frittelli sank a 30-foot, title-clinching birdie putt on the final hole of the Longhorns’s national championship clash with Alabama, sending his teammates in a frenzy and giving Texas its third national title in men’s golf.

Best Director - Jerritt Elliott

After several uncharacteristic losses in non-conference play, Elliott, the head volleyball coach, talked about how he has been toying with his lineup, still unsure of what group of players will work. Texas began the year by losing three of its first nine matches but reeled off 17 straight wins, including a school-record 15 in a row to begin Big-12 play, before falling to Iowa State in five sets in its regular season finale – a loss some players said would actually serve the Longhorns well in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Sure enough, they blazed their way through the tournament, losing just one set in their first four NCAA Tournament matches, all of which were in Austin, before battling back in a five-set win over Michigan and a sweep of Oregon in the title match. Eddie Reese, John Fields and Augie Garrido are really good at what they do, but Elliott may very well be the best coach on campus.

Coming off two straight tournament wins and with the nation’s top two golfers at their disposal, top-ranked Texas has a good chance to win their third straight tournament this weekend.

Senior Dylan Fritelli and freshman Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 and No. 2 college golfers in the country, respectively, according to Golfweek’s most recent rankings, were recently named finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, which is awarded annually to the college golfer of the year. Fritelli and Spieth will try to help the Longhorns navigate a tough field in the Western Intercollegiate that includes six of the top 13 squads in the country — No. 3 USC, No. 5 Cal, No. 6 Oregon, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 Stanford, and No. 13 San Diego State.

At the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin Mar. 31 and April 1, Texas triumphed by 16 strokes and was the only team to finish the tournament under par (-9). Fritelli, Spieth, and junior Julio Vegas were all tied at 5-under-par for the individual lead while senior Alex Moon finished in a tie for second place at 4-under-par.

The Longhorns won their next tournament two weeks later at the Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga. at the week before the Masters was played there. The victory didn’t come as easy as the previous one as Texas needed a two-hole playoff to put away Augusta State.

Among the other teams in this weekend’s tournament are San Jose State, New Mexico State, Cal-Irvine, Denver, Hawaii, Hawaii-Hilo, and Kansas.

Men's Golf

The Longhorns used their last two tournaments to become the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. Now they’re using this week’s tourney to keep that coveted spot atop the rankings.

Texas is well on their way to winning their third consecutive tournament at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational as Jordan Spieth maintained his spot at the top of the individual leaderboard. The freshman shot a 1-over 73 and holds a four-stroke lead over Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers and Andrew Yun, who each sit at -2. Junior Julio Vegas and senior Dylan Fritelli are not far behind Spieth. Vegas posted a 1-over 73 to bring his overall score to 143 (+1) for the tournament, good for fourth through two rounds. Fritelli shot a team-best 1-under 71 Monday to break even for the tournament at 144 (E).

The Longhorns, who notched a 20-stroke victory in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and a 16-stroke win at the Jack Nickalus Invitational earlier this month, lead the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational by 10 strokes halfway through the tournament. At -2, Texas is the only team under par with No. 32 LSU a distant second at +8. The Longhorns will tee off with the Tigers and No. 11 North Florida, who is in third place, at +11, beginning at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Printed on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 as: Texas looks to win third-straight tourney, leads by 10 strokes after second round