The 2016-17 season was filled with highlights and headlines for the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Awards were won, records were broken and five Southland Conference titles made their way back to Huntsville.

With the upcoming 2017-18 athletic season nearing its start, Bearkat Athletics will take a look back at the 2016-17 season throughout the summer months, highlighting the best of the past year.

Continue to keep tabs on GoBearkats.com and follow @BearkatSports on Twitter to catch the top stories of 2016-17 as they are unveiled.


Memorable First Half: Kats close record-breaking first half with No. 2 ranking   

HUNTSVILLE – For the sixth time in the last seven years, the Sam Houston women's bowling team was selected to participate in the NCAA Championships. This past spring, the Bearkats were one of eight teams announced to the field as the No. 4 overall seed in the tournament.

After three days of competition, the Kats reached the National Semifinals before falling to eventual national champion McKendree. Trailing the top-seed three games to one, Sam Houston fought back. The Kats, using a lineup that included two freshmen and a sophomore, took games five and six, to force a decisive game 7.

Despite some early misses, the Bearkats pushed McKendree to the 10th frame before falling short.

“I think we have the kind of team that doesn't quit,” said junior Heather Penatzer following the loss. “We knew we were capable of getting on a roll and we just wanted to keep putting pressure on them.”

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Best of 2016-17 in Bearkat Athletics Schedule
No. 20 – Softball Sweeps HBU To Clinch SLC Tournament Berth
No. 19 – Football Clinches Southland Conference Title
No. 18 – Baseball Opens SLC Play With 13 Straight Wins
No. 17 – Men's Golf Takes Second At Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational
No. 16 – Briscoe Throws 7 TD As Kats Blast ‘Jacks In Battle Of The Piney Woods
No. 15 – Gettwart Leads Women's Tennis To Win At First-Place Lamar
No. 14 – Three Bearkats Reach 1,000-Point Mark For Careers
No. 13 – Women's golf wins school-record five tournaments
No. 12 – Offensive outburst leads Women's Basketball to win over Demons
No. 11 – Women's Tennis Clinches First Tourney Berth Since 2013
No. 10 – July 12
No. 9 – July 14
No. 8 – July 17
No. 7 – July 19
No. 6 – July 21
No. 5 – July 24
No. 4 – July 26
No. 3 – July 28
No. 2 – July 31
No. 1 – Aug. 2