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WT, Lubbock Christian announce Rivalry on the Range


The West Texas A&M and Lubbock Christian athletic departments today announced the establishment of the Rivalry on the Range series in a press conference at Palo Duro Golf Course in Canyon.

The year-long competition will include 15 sports in which the two schools compete against each other. At the end of the school year, the institution with the most points will be crowned the champion and receive the series trophy.

"We are excited to welcome Lubbock Christian to the Lone Star Conference," West Texas A&M Director of Athletics Michael McBroom said. "The level of competition between our two institutions is second to none and adding contests between our athletic departments will only generate more attention for Division II athletics. The short travel distance down I-27 will allow BuffNation to support their teams on the road."

"With LCU joining the Lone Star Conference and the proximity of LCU and West Texas A&M, it only made sense to create a rivalry series between the two programs," Lubbock Christian Interim Director of Athletics Scott Larsen said. "LCU and WT have played some great games over the years and we look forward to extending this rivalry across all sports on an annual basis. We are excited about the Rivalry on the Range and its positive impact on each institution and our respective communities for years to come."

The Rivalry on the Range scoring components will include head-to-head battles in men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and softball. Additional points are available in Lone Star Conference and NCAA postseason play.

For the sports of cross country, golf and track and field, which do not have head-to-head meetings, the program that records the best finish in each conference championship for those sports will receive points.

Fans can learn about the point system, get news on upcoming games and follow the teams' standings on www.RivalryontheRange.com.

The first rivalry event is set for Sept. 21 when WT hosts LCU in volleyball.

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