Homecoming spread p. 4 & 5
Soccer season nearing end p. 7
Young voters rush to have a voice in 2012 election
Volume 79 Issue 9 Oct. 26, 2012
Tuscany incident still in minds of ASU students a week later Victim awake, but still in hospital Dillon Brollier Editor
Photo Illustration by Rio Velasquez
Early voting gets the ball rolling for Nov. 6 Rachel Riggs Staff Writer If students are registered to vote outside of San Angelo but still want to vote in the upcoming Presidential Election, they have until Nov. 2 to send in an absentee ballot. Here’s how to do it. First, students must go to <http://www.sos. state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqabbm. shtml> and fill out a request for a ballot by next Tuesday, Oct. 30, to be sent to them by mail. Mail or fax the completed application to the county clerk’s office in the county in which one registered to vote. Wait for the ballot to come by mail, fill out the ballot, and sign. Mail the ballot back to the county clerk’s office before the polls close next Tuesday, Nov. 6. If students are registered to vote in Tom Green County and would like to vote before Nov. 6, stop by and see Elections Administrator Vona McKerley at 113 W. Beauregard Ave. during business hours. The early voting process guarantees that everyone, especially students, get a chance to make their voices heard, Student Body President Hector Romo said. The only credible excuse for not voting in the upcoming election is if one is not a U.S. citizen. “I am ironically the exception to the rule,” Romo said. “You would assume since I’m the President of the Student Body that I need to be voting
to set an example, but I’m technically Romo said. The Student Government not a citizen of the United States.” Association is also in the process of Although Romo said he cannot facilitating information about the vote, he still thinks the upcoming election to students. election is important. Freshman Cheyenne Jackson If students do not vote, they do said she registered to vote during one not have the right to complain about of the voters registration drives in the administrathe University tion and they do Center, but not get to ensure she doesn’t that the country know whether goes in the dior not she will rection that you vote in the upwould like for it to coming elecgo, Romo said. tion. “On Facebook “I haven’t I see posts from personally students who been affected are complaining by politics about how the in the past administration is four years,” carrying out busiJackson said. ness in Washing“I don’t reton, D.C., and I ally like Romask them if they ney because voted and they say he will take no,” Romo said. away women’s “You don’t have rights, but the right to say - Student Body President Obama’s not those things if you Hector Romo that great eididn’t vote.” ther. I will try Senior Morto make up my gan Solsberry said mind by Eleche would request an absentee ballot tion Day.” from his hometown in Plano. Students should be enthusiastic “It’s our right as Americans to about this election because the canvote,” Solsberry said. “This election is didates have vastly different views on really important because we haven’t the economy and on foreign policy, made progress during this term.” Romo said. Groups and organizations throughout the campus have promoted the election by holding regisSee Involved tration drives and putting up posters, Page 3
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“You have two candidates who are completely different. Both have good plans for the country. Regardless of which candidate you support, he is going to bring the country into a whole different level.”
The young woman who was shot at the Tuscany apartments on Oct. 16 is awake and has been identified as 20-year-old Cheyenne Fincher. Fincher was shot when Ronald Montana was unloading his gun and the gun fired, according to an affidavit by detective Kelly Lajoie. In the document, Montana said there were five people in his apartment at the time of the incident. Blanca Escobedo, who was in the apartment, said to Lajoie that Montana had been walking around the apartment with the gun and the gun went off when Montana walked past Fincher. Montana was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest last Wednesday. The close proximity of the apartments to ASU has one students concerned not only for themselves, but for their fellow classmates. “I am an RA at Plaza Verde in building three, so when I first read that it was at Tuscany apartments I thought that it was really too close,” senior Alfonzo Lopez said. “That situation being so close to campus, I did not feel safe. I told my residents to be vigilant, especially around Tuscany.” Montana has since posted bond that was set at $75,000. Investigators had been looking for 21-year-old Juan Sanchez, who left the scene at the time of the incident, for questioning. Sanchez went to the San Angelo Police Department last Friday and spoke to investigators regarding the case, SAPD spokesperson Tracy Gonzalez said. Sanchez has not been charged with anything regarding the shooting incident. ASU police sent out alerts last Tuesday advising faculty, staff and students to avoid the 1800 block of S. Fillmore due to the incident. ASU and SAPD responded to the scene when reports were made that a woman had been shot. ASU police assisted SAPD by setting up a perimeter while city officers carried on their investigation.
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Friday, Oct. 26, 2012
Events Calendar Get involved on campus! Here’s what’s going on this week.
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Friday, Oct. 26 ASU Chorale: Hermitage Concert - Christoval 7 p.m. @ Mt. Carmel Hermitage, Christoval, TX. Housing and Residential Programs: Texan Hall Blackout 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. @Texan Hall Saturday, Oct. 27 Day Mountain Bike Trip 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. @X Bar Ranch Concho Valley P.A.W.S. Hot Dog Run 6:30 p.m. @ Santa Fe Golf Course, San Angelo, TX Monday, Oct. 29 Sculpture Exhibit: “Path and Pattern” by Bill Molthen 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. @ Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, room 193, 2602 Dena Drive UCPC Weekly Meeting 5:30 p.m. @ Houston Harte University Center, room 110-111 Photo Illustration by Rio Velasquez
Tuesday,Oct. 30 IM Kickball Registration Meeting 7 p.m. @ Center for Human Performance IM Ultimate Frisbee Registration Meeting 7 p.m. @ Center for Human Performance Music: Senior Recital - Caitlyn Murray 7:30 p.m. @ Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, Eldon Black Recital Hall Wednesday, Oct. 31 Happy Halloween! Graduate & Professional School Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ Houston Harte University Center Music: Student Recital 4 p.m. @ Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, Eldon Black Recital Hall
Thursday, Nov. 1 Last day to Drop classes for the Fall 2012 semester. You can get a drop slip from the professor of the class you are dropping and take that slip to the Registrar’s office in the Hardeman building, room 200. Dead End Career 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. @ University Center Spine Keeping the Books: Better Business Through Bookkeeping 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. @ 2222 Dena Drive, Rassman Building, room 100, San Angelo, TX 769090001 Soccer: Lone Star Conference Championships 12 p.m. to Nov. 4, 11:59pm @ TBD
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New scholarship enough for free ride at ASU Rachel Riggs Staff Writer ASU last week announced a scholarship called the Carr Distinguished Scholarship, which will cover the full cost of attending college for five academically superior students next fall. The scholarship will
provide $15,000 per academic year and $60,000 in all, which will cover tuition, fees and room and board for four years, according to the press release. “This will be the most prestigious scholarship offered by Angelo State University and will help bring further honor to the legacy of Robert and Nona Carr, who established the Carr Endowed Scholarships to benefit Angelo State University students,”
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Dr. Javier Flores said. Freshman Keshia Parker said that she would have tried harder on her ACTs if the new scholarship had already been in place. “People are going to want to try harder to be academically superior so they can get this new scholarship,” Parker said. “It’s going to make academics more competitive.”
Qualifications for the scholarship include a high school grade point average of 3.5 or above and a 32 or above on the ACT or a 1400 or above on the SAT. Candidates who meet criteria will fill out an application that will be reviewed by a committee. The committee will then invite selected candidates to an expenses-paid trip to campus for an interview, according to the press release.
Artists come to ASU for Salmon Sculpture Symposium Austin artist’s work on display in Carr Felicia Villarreal Dillon Brollier Contributor Editor ASU will present Friday, Oct. 26, the Salmon Sculpture Symposium on campus in the Eldon Black Recital Hall in the Carr EducationFine Arts Building. “I heard about this event a while back, and I have been looking forward to it ever since,” said student Zack Weber said. “I love art and appreciate the hard work that goes into it.” The Symposium will feature artists Bill Molthen, a metal works and graphics artist from Austin, Texas, Jesus Morales and competition juror, Jed Morse, curator of
the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. A reception will be held throughout the day in the Art Gallery, room 193 where Molthen’s gallery is on display until Nov. 2. The Symposium will be split into two separate parts. The morning panel will feature Stephen Daly, chair of the Texas Sculpture Group, and Erin Vaden, public art manager for the Texas Tech University System. The afternoon session will feature Morse, Morales, and will later be joined by Daly and Vaden, according the symposium press release. “Words cannot say how astounded I am for the Salmon Sculpture Symposium,” student Alexa Williams said. The Salmon Sculpture Sym-
posium will be presented by the Sculpture Network of Texas in collaboration with San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, the First Annual Salmon Sculpture Competition, Angelo State University’s Department of Art and Music and Texas Tech University’s School of Art. The symposium is free to the public and will take place in the Eldon Black Recital Hall of the Carr Building from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The symposium is co-sponsored by ASU, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Sculpture Network of Texas and the Texas Tech School of Art. For more information, contact the ASU Art and Music Department at 325-942-2085 or the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts at 325-653-3333.
Studio One performs at symposium barbeque
Photo by Tim Peevy Members of Studio One display their talents ant the symposium BBQ.
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012
Living Without Limits
Living Without Limits gave students the opportunity to simulate how the physically disabled went around with their daily routine. The event focused on celebrities who reached great heights while overcoming their disabilities. Some students would go through the food line with blinding goggles on (left) with only a guide’s voice to direct them to the food. The food provided (right) was based off Christine Ha’s cuisine from the television show Master Chef, where she was the first handicapped winner. The event was sponsored by the Multicultural Center and was held in the UC on Tuesday Oct. 23. Outside originations that helped included Disability Connections, West Texas Light House, Department of Assistive Rehabilitative Services, and MHMR Services of the Concho Valley. Photos by Rio Velasquez
Correction: In the Oct. 19 issue of Ram Page a picture of ‘Belles soccer coach was misidentified. The coach in the picture on page five was assistant coach Stephanie Sanchez.
Involved students find way to vote away from home Continued. from p. 1 “You have two candidates who are completely different. Both have good plans for the country,” Romo said. “Regardless of which candidate you support, he is going to bring the country into a whole different level.” Sophomore Jacob Ebanks is one of those enthusiastic students. “Voting makes me feel like I have a super power,” Ebanks said. Freshman Daniel Humbert said he thinks that the outcome of this election will have an effect on us. “Each candidate’s plans for the economy are completely different,” Humbert said. Freshman Rafael Arellano said he does not plan on voting because he does not see the point. “Both parties are saying critical points but not really saying anything at all,” Arellano said. “Why are we so concentrated on electing a president when the congress is really in charge anyway?” To those students who are undecided or unsure, Romo said he advises them to get informed on the issues and then exercise their right to vote. Websites that offer help to undecided voters include: http://www.votehelp.org/, http://2012.candidate-comparison.org/, http://www.barackobama.com/, and http://www. mittromney.com/. If you have questions, call the local Elections Administrator Vona McKerly at (325) 659-654.
Annual Blackout party returns to campus Oct. 26 Residential Programs draws anticipation for 4th annual party Rachel Riggs Staff Writer Students are invited to blow off some steam from mid-terms at the annual Blackout rave-party on Oct. 26 at the Texan Hall Community Room at 9 p.m. “The Blackout experience is basically a rave party with hip-hop and techno music,” Residential Programs Area Coordinator Travis Taylor said. Freshman Cheyenne Jackson said she was invited by her friend. “After she told me what it was and how fun it would be, I was sold,” Jackson said. “I will definitely be there.”
This is the fourth year Texan Hall has hosted the event, Taylor said. “When we first hosted Blackout, we kind of stumbled into it,” he said. “Students really responded positively to the event, and it has grown every year since then.” Students are encouraged to dress up in bright colors that will be enhanced by the black light, but they can also come in a white T-shirt, Taylor said. “AMAS and ASA will be doing strolls, or organized routines,” Student Hall director Joshua Bennett said. “A break-dancing group will also be there.” There will also be face painting, refreshments and a candy bar, Taylor said. “We usually end the night with paint drumming, where students get to bang drums covered in
paint,” he said. The first 50 students in line will receive a free Blackout T-shirt, and more T-shirts will be given out through the night, Taylor said. Last year, the line to enter the party was long and wrapped around Texan Hall, Bennett said. “We had about 600 students come last year,” Bennett said. “We hope for more this year.” Check out and “like” the Blackout 2012 Facebook page to request music and to be entered in a prize drawing, Taylor said. “We put the most resources of any of our programs into the Blackout party,” Taylor said. “The staff really cares about this event and it pays off. It’s a quality event, and I hope people come enjoy themselves.”
Student service fee hot topic at SGA meeting New student organization up for evaluation Alix Henry Contributor Soon to be ASU President Dr. Brian May made a guest appearance at the Student Government Association meeting Monday evening and had some positive things to tell the members. “Whatever is important to you is important to me,” May said, “You’re not here for me, I’m here for you and so are our entire faculty and staff. You are the customer and what we need to do is make sure you have the best education that you can have when you leave Angelo State.” The big topic of the night was about the Student Service fee. Hector Romo, SGA president, said that the student services fee “is the largest pot of money at the university that is paid directly by the students.” The student services fee covers anything from athletics to student government, cheerleaders and the Angelettes. Romo said that one of the main concerns the students had was that 65.92
percent of the money received from the fee goes to athletics. That comes out to $1.9 million dollars and is something that students did not feel well about, he said. This money is on top of the normal operating budget and the $25 athletic fee students already pay with tuition. Dr. Javier Flores, vice president of Student Affairs, came to the meeting to explain the Student Service fee committee that is being set up to re-evaluate how the student service fee is distributed among the different departments. Flores said he wants to recap the budget that was passed in the summer. The student services fee committee will be appointed by the president and will be run primarily by students along with university officials. SGA recognized The Young Americans for Liberty as a new student organization and were up for evaluation for the Center for Student Involvement. Jordan Oaks, Young Americans for Liberty representative, said that this organization will focus on politics and will give students a place to voice their political opinions. Young Americans for Liberty hopes to make ASU a more politically active campus.
Photo by Rio Velasquez Student Body President Hector Romo addresses the student senate at this week’s SGA meeting. The student services fee was topic of interest the meeting.
First Place Student Organization Winners departmental door decorating contest: Educator Preparation Information Center step contest: African Student Association washer tournament: Geological Exhibition Organization run-through sign: Tri-Beta brisket cook-off: Block and Bridle kickball tournament: Pi Kappa Alpha canned food castle competition: Sigma Kappa parade: Society for Physic Students think fast game show: Alpha Phi Omega spirit stick: Pi Kappa Alpha for the fifth consecutive year.
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Photo by Rio Velasquez During the pep rally on Friday, volunteers were chosen from the audience to participate in a dance contest. Roscoe stood by and cheered on the dancers who were dancing to â€˜90s music.
Photo by Tim Peevy Wide Receiver (No. 6) Dakarai Pecikonis runs with the ball in hopes of making a first down against their opponent. The final score on the game was 17-16 ASU.
Photo by Tim Peevy The ASU Cheerleaders kept the crowd pumped at the parade downtown Saturday morning. The girls chanted different routines and stopped to toss the flyers.
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Photo by Tim Peevy The Concho Educators supported the Rams during the homecoming parade and at Ram Jam. The Concho Educators are main supporters of ASU Homecoming.
Photo by Rio Velasquez The African Student Association performed their Power Ranger theme step routine at the pep rally Friday night. ASA was the overall step contest winner. AMAS came in second and Pi Kappa Alpha was third.
Photo by Rio Velasquez Photo by Tim Peevy Tri-Beta was the winner of the Run-through sign contest. Tri-Beta members held their sign for The Ram Band drumline preformed at Ram Jam on Saturday afternoon before the football players as they ran through prior to the start of the game. the football game.
Darcy Musick and Kiel Sieckmann won the title of Homecoming King and Queen. Both students represented Block and Bridle. Photo by Tim Peevy
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Darcy Musick and Kiel Sieckmann
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An origin of Halloween. Fun for all or detriment to our faith? Lisa Dees Copy Editor When most people are carving jacko-lanterns, trying on costumes and buying candy for those trickor-treating, I can’t help but wonder where these strange Halloween traditions emerged. Just about every Halloween tradition stems from a pagan, satanic belief. According to preparingforeternity. com, Halloween began in Europe and was greatly influenced by the Celts and Druids.
The Celts and Druids set aside a day, Oct. 31, to celebrate all that was evil and to honor and communicate with the dead. The people carved pumpkins as a warning so that others would not offend the devil. They went house to house gathering food to “appease” the evil spirits with an offering. They also feared animals because they were regarded as sacred. But it did not end there. When food sacrifices and jack-o-lanterns weren’t enough, the Celts and Druids would sacrifice animals, crops and even themselves. Other places in Europe during the Dark Ages, held a satanic festival on Halloween, in which people believed demons roamed the streets at night. I think it’s pretty easy to just ignore the above information. I mean, after all, those are just ancient beliefs. You don’t have to believe that just to enjoy Halloween, right? If we profess to be Christians, we must first seek the will of God. It is an abomination to God to dabble
in anything pertaining to honoring or communicating with the dead, spiritualism, worshiping the devil, or regarding anyone or anything above the Lord. Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says that practicing human sacrifice, divination, fortune-telling, interpreting omens, sorcery, casting spells, consulting with mediums, spirits or the dead is detestable to the Lord. Isaiah 8:13 says, “You are to regard only the Lord of Hosts as holy. Only He should be feared; only He should be held in awe.” If Halloween can be celebrated by avoiding the appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22), then by all means, celebrate. But do bear this in mind: Halloween is not the day of the dead. And it is not a day for the devil and his angels. My friend, Clifton, had it right when he said, “On Oct. 31, when the sun rises and sets, it’s because God set in motion. Every day belongs to the Lord, and no day has or ever will belong to the devil.”
Freshmen reality check; Life catches up with us in a big hurry
Even with the blessing of being able to go home I know many people who have tried this and they Riley Mashburn so often, I’m still finding that I’m losing contact with aren’t so lucky. Some people can make it through and Online Editor some of the friends I never thought I would grow are able to bridge the distance.
My first semester at ASU has been great! Now that we’re right at half-way through the semester, I know many people who haven’t been able to go home yet. I’ve been fortunate to be able to head north almost every weekend to see my family, friends and my girlfriend. But as it goes, there never seems to be enough time to visit those you are close to when you do get the chance to head back home.
away from. I think we all lived in the state of mind that we’d always have our friends from high school. “We’ve been friends since elementary school, we’ll never lose contact!” As I’m sure many freshmen are starting to realize, this is not the case. People go off to different parts of the state (if they are still in the state), and the friends you used to spend every day with are suddenly hours away and busy on their own completely different schedule. Then you have the art of the long-distance relationship with that significant other. My personal experience with this has had some bumps in the road along the way, but three months into the semester, we’ve made it work.
When I pitched this article to the Ram Page staff, I got some comments from the older staff members like, “Are you going to cry?” and, “Are you going to be okay?” The answer is yes, I certainly will. I found comfort in the fact that as you lose the friendships you had in high school, you gain many more in due time. The friends I’ve met through Ram Band and my jobs are most definitely interesting characters. There are really only a couple of friends from high school that I expect I’ll be able to keep in contact with, which is a sad reality, but they are my closest friends who will always have my back.
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Rams edge out A&M - Commerce for homecoming victory Rams have first 100 yard rusher of season Stephen Cogan Staff Writer The Rams improve to 4-4 after winning their Homecoming game against Texas A&MCommerce 17-16 in their Lone Star Conference matchup on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Rams were down 13-0 at the half, but rallied from defeat by scoring two touchdowns and kicking a 27-yard field goal to put the Lions away. The Rams’ defense gave up 229 total offensive yards and two touchdowns in the first half. In the second half, the Rams’ defense gave up three points and 11 total offensive yards while sacking the Lions’ quarterback twice. When Athletic Director Sean Johnson was told that senior running back Donovan Roberts was the first ASU running back to gain 100 yards rushing in a game this season, he said, “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.” Roberts dictated the ground game for the Rams with his 104 rushing yards on 14 carries and one catch for eight yards. With seven seconds left in the fourth quarter and a 17-16 lead, Head Coach Will Wagner opted to let Roberts run one
Photo by Tim Peevy Quarterback Blake Hamblin went 16 for 23 with 122 yards and a touchdown in the Rams homecoming victory against Texas A&M Commerce. Hamblin and the Rams will take on Texas A&M Kingsville next saturday in Kingsville.
last time rather than try for a field goal. “If they would’ve blocked it [the field goal] and returned it for a touchdown, we would’ve lost,” Wagner said. “So, I was hoping that Donovan could run out the clock and if they did get the ball, they’d have very little time to score.” When informed of what he had done, Roberts had a few words to say. “First of all, I’ve got to give
all the credit to my O-line,” Roberts said. “They are the ones that made the holes and got me the yardage. It feels great to help my team get a win. That’s all we really care about is wins. Yards don’t really matter that much, but it feels great to get a win.” Besides Roberts, sophomore Blake Smith and junior Jermie Calhoun had big days for the Rams. Calhoun scored the team’s
second touchdown on a threeyard run in the third quarter and finished the day with 37 yards rushing. Smith had 32 yards rushing and made two key plays that set up ASU’s scores. The first was a must-have third and two play that Smith converted that set up Calhoun’s touchdown carry on the next play. The second was a fourth and one play that Smith con-
verted that led to the Rams kicking the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter. “Everybody else is out here giving it 100 percent for me,” Smith said, “My offensive line, my receivers, quarterback and the defense is going all out. What goes through my head right then is that I have to go all out and do whatever I can to get that one yard, two yards, whatever it is to get that first down.” Junior quarterback Blake Hamblin completed 16 of 36 passes for 122 yards and threw a three-yard pass to junior wide receiver Dakarai Pecikonis for a touchdown. While the Rams did win, Wagner said he was not satisfied at beating a 1-5 West Texas A&M-Commerce team by a solo point. “We’ve got to play to our level,” Wagner said. “We can’t let who we’re playing against dictate the way we want to play. We can’t go up against a great team and play our best game and then come to a team that’s really struggling to find a win and play down to their level. We’ve got to play at an extremely high level every week in this conference to be successful and to be a championship football team.” The Rams’ next opponent will be Texas A&M University-Kingsville in Kingsville on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
Photos by Tim Peevy The Rams were set and ready to go (right) as the offensive line opened up many gaps for running back Donovan Roberts (No. 2 left) to run through in the 17-16 homecoming day victory. Roberts was the first Ram to run for over 100 yards this season in the game against Texas A&M Commerce. Athletic Director Sean Johnson said, “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.”
‘Belles pick up big win before heartbreaking loss, leading to their LSC season finale against Incarnate Word Team ready to take on the road games, conference tournament Mariah Powell Managing Editor The Rambelles brought their all to the soccer field, Oct. 19, with a 5-0 win over Eastern New Mexico, gaining their sixth shutout of the season. However, they lost their spark to West Texas A&M, Oct. 21, in a 2-1 game. “Our substitutes got in and made an impact, which is fantastic,” Head Coach Travis McCorkle said. “I think as you go through the season you start to identify your role on the team and subs can become disappointed or discouraged, but things have happened throughout the season and I was really proud to see the subs go in.” Sophomore Lauren Bateman scored the first two goals for the ‘Belles in Friday’s game. Following her successful shots were junior Maggie Schaffer and sophomores Brittany Martinez and Kayla Gregory. “It was just great to add another goal to the team; we were trying to keep on scoring because usually we’re a team that let’s up the last few minutes and we wanted to prove that wrong,” sophomore Kayla Gregory said.
McCorkle said the team played a great first half in their game against West Texas A&M, but did not find a follow-up goal in the first half as they should have. “I want to thank the seniors because all five of them have been fantastic to our team in one way or another,” McCorkle said. ���We are really fortunate to have had them on the team and contribute the way that they have.” The team moves on to play Incarnate Word, Oct. 26, in San Antonio. “We have had a lot of success on the road so that’s a good thing and hopefully we can get that bi-day before the conference tournament starts,” Gregory said. This will be their last Lone Star Conference game of the season. “I hope that the Incarnate Word game is a win for us,” McCorkle said. “I felt that we outplayed Incarnate in our first game, but did not get the goal we needed. If we play like we did last time with our passing and possession we will be fine. This time we need to be more clinical in our finishing. We have to get our goals so that can get them under pressure so they then have to attack us. If we do so we will get the win.” The ‘Belles are 7-5-1 going into their last game of the Lone Star Conference. After this game the team will be ready to head off to the first round of the championship Nov. 1 - 4.
Photo by Rio Velasquez Sophomore Amanda De La Cruz battles to protect the ball against defenders from West Texas A&M. The ‘Belles delivered a 5-0 drubbing against Eastern New Mexico before falling in a close one to West Texas A&M 1-0.
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First place ‘Belles to take on reigning Lone Star Conference champions
Photos by Rio Velasquez Sophomore Shelby Wilt (left No.1) had a solid game in a rowdy and loud Junell Center crowd (right) against the Incarnate Word Cardinals. The sophomore leads the team in digs and added 11 more digs to help the ‘Belles win w their annual “Dig Pink” game to raise money for cancer research.
Home court advantage at stake for ‘Belles Stephen Cogan Staff Writer The ‘Belles are ready for the rematch of the season after winning home matches against Abilene Christian University and the University of Incarnate Word. The ‘Belles have sole possession of first place in the Lone Star Conference with a 20-3 overall record and a 13-1 conference record. The ‘Belles now will battle the West Texas A&M Lady Buffalos, the current and six-time consecutive Lone Star Conference Champions, on their home court to decide who is the number one seed for the Lone Star Conference Tournament on Nov. 15-17. The Lady Buffalos have a 20-3 overall record as well, but have an 11-2 conference record, which ties them for second in the Lone Star Conference. The ‘Belles’ one conference loss was to the Lady Buffalos in Canyon, so if the ‘Belles lose to the Lady Buffalos,
they will be in second place because of the two losses against the Lady Buffalos. West Texas A&M is now in this do-or-die situation after a major upset loss to ACU, a team that was 8-12 at the time. Head Coach Chuck Waddington said his players took a lesson from that match and from their own match against ACU. “I think the biggest thing is this match right here was an eye-opener,” Waddington said. “The fact that Abilene stepped up their game and they beat West Texas [A&M] tells me they are good enough to beat anybody. It was kind of a wake up call for us, and it really helped us prepare this week.” The ‘Belles won their match against ACU in three sets by scores of 25-18, 2513 and 25-21. Sophomore Shelby Wilt, the team leader in digs, went on the offensive against ACU and served 12 consecutive points against the Wildcats in one set. “I was just taking it one point at a time,” Wilt said. “This past week, we’d been working on serving tough, so I was just trying to bring what we’ve
been doing in practice into the game.” Wilt said she hopes she continues to develop and grow as a player with the ‘Belles. “Shelby is a play maker,” Waddington said. “She makes everyone around her better, and that’s what I love about her the most. She plays with such a passion and she makes the other kids next to her want to play hard, too. You can’t teach somebody to do that. She’s fun to coach and willing to do whatever you ask her to make herself better.” While Wilt was serving points, freshman Haley Bianco was earning her first Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week award by making 17 digs and helping the ‘Belles keep their undefeated streak at home. “I feel awesome,” Bianco said. “I’m so excited to be granted with that. It’s amazing to think that I can come in as a freshman and win that award.” Bianco said the only thing that she has worked on in practice has been defense and getting her speed up. The women went on from ACU to play the University of Incarnate Word in their annual Dig Pink match where they raised money for breast cancer re-
Lone Star Conference Championships Cross Country at Lawton, OK Men’s Results Women’s Results Jamin Goecker* - 25:46, 10th overall Annifer Flores* - 22:39, 5th overall Dylan Littlejohn - 26:16, 17th overall Emeline Crutcher* - 22:42, 6th overall Tomas Callejas - 26:22, 19th overall Kami Orsak - 24:00, 27th overall Graham Hazlewood - 26:47, 29th overall Jessica Boudrea - 24:03, 28th overall Josh Day - 26:47, 30th overall Katy Williams - 25:02, 43rd overall Isac Valdez - 26:55, 35th overall Chastity King - 25:12, 45th overall Anthony Rabaey - 30:31, 62nd overall *= All - LSC team
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search while wearing pink uniforms. The women won in three sets by scores of 25-9, 25-14, and 25-16 while raising $2,200. “It’s a big deal especially for me,” senior Katie Coleman said. “I’ve had cancer in my family, so it hits home.” The women move on from their two wins to face West Texas A&M on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Junell Center in a match that could determine who has the best record in the conference. “That’s something that we try to put out of our minds honestly,” junior Shelbi Goode said. “We have to approach this like any other match and just come in and play our game.” Waddington said he has high hopes for this team. “I feel like this is a team that can win it all, but it doesn’t just happen.” Waddington said. “We have to earn it.” Whether the women know it or not, they have their coach’s love. “I love my girls,” Waddington said. “I love my team, my staff; I love them all. They work their tails off for me and for this school. I hope the school is proud of them because they do a great job.”
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