WIldcats making name in college
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 24, 2006 - A pair of former Sulphur Springs Wildcats earned All-Conference honors in college recently, and others are finishing up their seasons.

Kendall Wright, a sophomore wide receiver for Northwest Missouri State University, and Ryan Henry, a sophomore quarterback at Belhaven College, were both rewarded for their outstanding seasons with All-Conference honors.

Division I

Jonathan Lindley, cornerback for SMU, has accounted for 34 tackles and six pass break-ups this season, plus he returned a fumble 80 yards for a touchdown against UT-El Paso. The Mustangs are currently 6-5 with one game to play and have already become bowl eligible for the first time in 22 years.

Keenan Clayton, safety for the No. 13-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, has 12 tackles, one for a loss, and one pass break-up. The Sooners are 9-2 and headed to a bowl depending on their finish in the Big 12 Conference.

Jose Vargas finished his redshirt freshman season as an offensive lineman for Iowa State.

Division II

Kendall Wright and Northwest Missouri State are undefeated (11-0) and looking to earn a repeat trip to the NCAA Division II championship game after finishing as runners-up last year. After a first-round playoff bye, the Bearcats host Midwestern State on Saturday. Wright was a First Team All-MIAA pick after catching a team-high 68 passes for 879 yards and five TDs this year. he also rushed three times for 39 yards, returned 29 punts for 297 yards (10.2 average) and one TD, and returned 10 kickoffs for 209 yards (20.9 average). He was the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 2 after returning a punt 68 yards for a TD against Missouri Southern.

Spenser Daniel, freshman kicker at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (6-5), led the team in scoring with 47 points. He was 8-of-13 on field goals, 23-of-27 on extra points and averaged over 52 yards on 17 kick-offs. He also punted 11 times for a 35.5-yard average.

Rolaundo Wright, a sophomore wide receiver at Arkansas Tech (6-3) caught seven passes for 108 yards and one TD. He also had nine special teams tackles. His younger brother, Torrence, is a freshman offensive lineman.

Klint King, senior safety at Southwest Baptist (1-9), played in six games after coming off two knee operations in the last two years. He had 17 tackles, one for a loss, with one sack, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.

Cole Strawn, King's teammate at Southwest Baptist, played in five games at defensive line as a true freshman. He recorded six tackles.

Division III

Ryan Henry was named Second Team All-Mid-South Conference at quarterback after throwing for 2,950 yards and 24 TDs. He completed 156 of 337 passes and led the Blazers to a season-ending six-game winning streak. Belhaven College finished 6-5, its first winning season since 1999.

KeKe Sims, a senior cornerback at Hardin-Simmons, finished the season with 46 tackles and one interception. He also broke up four passes as HSU finished with an 8-2 record.

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