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Editorial: Pros and Cons of Getting a Tattoo
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Friday, February 26, 2010
• Vol. 76 No. 19
Harris runs for City Council
By Jessica Shepard Staff Writer
Junior V’Keon Lacey had a portrait of his father tattooed on his arm Saturday at the West Texas Tattoo Convention.
Photo by Tim Lester
Tattoo artists make their mark Voices and music fill in the McNeese Convention Center airspace and disrupt the constant thrumming of tattoo art-
ists at work. Bulletproof Tattoo of San Angelo planned the first West Texas Tattoo Convention with
artists from all corners of the country. The convention inked the young and old Feb. 19-21
Over 50 artists turned out to work the convention. All artists were invited by Bullet Proof Tattoo.
Photos by Tim Lester
The West Texas tattoo convention was an invitation only event that drew more than 100 of the top tattoo artists in the nation. The event also included performances by the Central Mariachi Band, Grahms Wildcats and the Dead Horse’s Pretty things Peep Show.
Student Government president Jeff Harris Monday has filed for a city council position over District 5. “This is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile,” Harris said, “I hope to benefit the community as well as ASU students.” Harris is currently unopposed, but other candidates can file the necessary paperwork by March 8 and become a write-in candidate by March 15. “He is not the first student to apply for a city council position,” said Alicia Ramirez, city clerk. “Last year William T. Bryan Jr., a high school student and Lars Nyberg, a graduate student, filed to participate in the election.” Necessary qualifications require the filer to be a registered voter in San Angelo, not have any felonies and to complete all of the paperwork.
“I’m still a fulltime student and running for my next term as SGA President,”Jeff Harris said.
“If no one files, we can cancel the election and Jeff will hold that position by default,” Ramirez said. Harris said he is a strong supporter of private property rights, keeping a balanced budget and the city’s infrastructure. “Infrastructure is one of my top priorities,” Harris said. “Mainly, the infrastructure needs to respond and cooperate in a more timely and effective manner.” San Angelo City Council meets two Tuesdays a month and all council positions are part-time. “I’m still a full-time student and running for my next term as SGA President,” Harris said. Harris currently acts as his own campaign manager until next week. The last day to register to vote in San Angelo is April 8. Early voting is from April 26 to May 4 and the general election is on May 8.
Physical activity dropped from core requirements By Leah Waters Editor-in-chief Students entering in the fall will see changes in the core curriculum requirements, such as the elimination of a physical activity, said Dr. James Limbaugh, Interim Provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. This ‘restructuring’ of the core curriculum also calls for all students to take Communication 2301, a public speaking class, and re-establishes that all majors must take two hours of laboratory science. “When I began looking to prepare us to go through our reaccreditation under SACS, I realized that we actually had three different versions of the core,” Limbaugh said. “And I knew that for us to be in alignment for accreditation, I needed to get them
[core requirements] all pulled back together.” Limbaugh also said the 45hour advanced-hour requirement will be reduced to 42 hours, allowing departments flexibility needed to meet the 44-hour core requirement. This also means less upper-level hours students must take. “Part of the problem too is that the reaccreditation standards require that we engage in an ongoing assessment of student learning,” Limbaugh said. “When I discovered that we had varying numbers of the core curriculum, I could not assess it uniformly because some students were taking a core that was just a tiny bit different than others.” The Core Curriculum Committee recommended to keep the PA requirement and drop
Changes for students entering Fall 2010: Students must take a Communication 2301 Public Speaking Class All majors must take two hours of laboratory science. Students will not be required to take a PA
the upper-level hours to 39 to reduce degree plans from 130 total hours to 120. Dr. Limbaugh, however, made
the decision to drop the PA and bring all departments to a 42hour advanced requirement. “I took out physical activity beginning this fall because for the last two semesters, approximately 25 percent of the sections taught have been taught by individuals who do not meet the more stringent accreditation requirements,” Limbaugh said. These standards require graduate students to have 18 hours in their discipline in order to teach a class. Limbaugh said an audit revealed that a quarter of them did not meet these requirements. “I could not run the risk of continuing to offer a class that we weren’t sure they were certified to teach,” Limbaugh said. This decision leaves the departments with reviewing degree plans for the fall in order to
meet the changes. “Dr. Limbaugh’s goal is consistency, so basically we will be doing what everyone else is doing,” said Dr. Grady Blount, dean of the College of Sciences. Dean of the College of Business Dr. Corbett Gaulden said the changes are minor. One department will be adding in science labs and one department will be subtracting the PA requirement. “I think it’s a very reasonable thing… to get the curriculum issues back in order,” Gaulden said. The math department is echoing the same response. “If things work out the way expected,” said Dr. Paul Swets, dean of the College of Mathematics, “I think it will be a gain for students.”
Weekend Weather Sunny Chance of showers on Sunday
Fri. Hi 56, Lo 30 Sat. Hi 60, Lo 38 Sun. Hi 56, Lo 40
Check out our pictures of students in the snow on Page 3
Friday, February 26, 2010
Students receive tax help for free By Morgan McMillan Staff Writer
Photo by Derek Smith
The Planetarium in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building will be used as a museum instead of a classroom to meet the state space requirements. One of the Texas’ largest planetariums, its Spitz 512 projector projects more than 5,000 stars.
Planetarium to be used as a museum, not classroom By Morgan McMillan Staff Writer
When the temporary buildings went up by Johnson Street to create more office space, so did the state’s red flags. ASU did not meet the square foot standards set by the state, such as teaching, office, support, and research space, among many others, said John Russell, director of Facilities, Planning and Construction. ASU wanted to expand the university REC center, but could not until they applied with the state for permission. The state did not permit ASU at first. According to the state, ASU had enough square footage to conduct the classes that were needed. This is when the museums came into play. “Museums on academic
campuses are used as specialized exhibit or presentation space,” Pecina said. “The primary function of the space is not a classroom, lab or research space and does not contribute to the overall reported Facilities Inventory surplus/deficit numbers on our campus.” The museums are more of a “support room” for students learning according to Pecina. “A consistent efficiency in our use of space provides us the platform from which we can request funding from the State for additional buildings as our enrollment grows,” said James Limbaugh, vice president of Strategy, Planning and Policy and Interim Provost. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board set the state requirements by square footage, credit semester hours taken and the amount of square feet needed to pursue a
certain academic major. “We are constantly re-evaluating space on campus to determine its most efficient use,” said Greg Pecina, executive director for Business Services. “If we find inefficient space on campus, we take the opportunity to reallocate that space to a growing department or campus initiative.” But ASU, Russell said, is working towards correcting the problem. Meeting state requirements is not the only concern of ASU’s though. They are also trying to work towards making space issues better for students. “Our efforts in space efficiency plays a major role in determining the overall cost of operating the buildings on our campus,” Pecina said. “The way to hold down costs for students is to operate efficient facilities.”
Former Ambassador to Speak at ASU Foreign Affairs Program
Charles Ford, former U.S. ambassador, will speak March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Center. He plans to speak on the challenges for U.S. national interests in the Americas and the future role for trade and development assistance.
Students are advised to take advantage of the opportunity to have their taxes prepared without out of pocket expense. The Concho Valley Financial Empowerment Program is working with ASU’s community Development Initiatives to help students with the cost of having their tax returns completed by the April 15 deadline. “It is a great opportunity to take advantage of any credits you may qualify for without going through the confusion of the 1040 forms yourself,” said Alicia Henry, project coordinator of the Concho Valley Community Action Agency. “Why not have someone else do it for you?” Two ASU students are working as tax preparers through an internship for the program: Brad Berry and Kelsey Emmons. Berry and Emmons receive three hours of credit towards their majors, but it’s not just about the money and credits. “I love to see their smile when they see how much money they are getting back from their tax return,” Emmons said, “and I love hearing the stories they tell me about their lives. It’s a great way to connect with other community members.” Henry said students should
check with their parents first to make sure they are not claimed as a dependent on their parent’s tax returns. “There is a need in the San Angelo community, along with all communities, I believe, to have a place where individuals can get the tax help they need without being charged hundreds of dollars,” Emmons said. “Taxes are confusing to many people and they are not able to file by themselves. We hope to help those individuals out without charging them.” There are already approximately 75 individuals filing their returns with the CVFEP Emmons said. “The returns are processed electronically and customers are able to receive their refunds within 7-10 business days,” Henry said. “They are even able to have your refund automatically deposited into a checking or savings account.” Walk-ins and appointments are acceptable at 5301 Knickerbocker Rd. from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Appointments can be made by calling (325) 653-2411 or walking into the office. Students need to bring a valid driver’s license, their social security card, their income statements (W2 usually) and tuition payment information (1098T form), Emmons advised.
Senate Briefs By Jessica Shepard Staff Writer
In his executive report Monday, Student Body President Jeff Harris informed senators that he would travel to UNT and UTA to discuss and evaluate their book rental program on March 4 and 5. “We’re lucky enough that out of the eight schools in the pilot program, those two are close enough to travel to,” Harris said. “We’ll talk with their student governments and their students to see how they felt about the program.” President Pro Tempore AJ Lopez III discussed the new ring program that is in the stages of implementation. “If you are an incoming freshman, it will be like when you register for RamPark, except you’d register for the ring program,” Lopez said. “And it will start a little savings account for your ring when you are a senior or you have your 74 hours.” They’re still working on figures and account payrolls, Lopez said, but this is that will be coming up soon. “We are working with the Alumni Association and this is something they’re real eager about,” Lopez said. Committee reports were brief, but Skip Bolding, director of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management, reinforced the Environment, Health and Sports committee’s
efforts concerning recycling. “ASU is progressing more towards being a sustainable campus,” Bolding said. “Things like green buildings, recycling and reducing our carbon foot print.” We are starting out with recycling, Bolding said, since it is the easiest and will hopefully pave the way for other initiatives. “Since Nov. 13 we have collected over 38,000 lbs. of paper and 450 lbs. of plastic,” Bolding said. “I’m amazed at how much we generated in such a short time.” Every building on campus, aside from residence halls, have recycling bins, Bolding said. A list that shows the location of each bin and provides a link to the student organization that monitors it can be found online at http://www.angelo.edu/services/campus_sustainability/index. html. The Senators voted the Black Student Alliance as an official student organization. The Black Student Alliance is made up of the top members of other African-American student organizations on campus, such as BOSS or SWAG. “We are planning on being an effective governing board in monitoring other black student organizations,” BSA President Marissa Williams said, “as well as making sure they are doing effective programming throughout the year, not just Black History Month.”
Friday, February 26, 2010
Who needs class when there’s snow? Students show school pride, share snow skirmishes
Photos by Derek Smith
ASU students participate in snow ball ﬁghts and create school-spirted snowmen in the ﬂurry of snow received Tuesday. Other activities included snow cones and foot-printed treks through the snow to class. Despite the winter weather, classes still took place. “A residential campus with nearly 2,000 students in residence halls can never close due to weather,” University President Joseph C. Rallo said. “Students must eat, etc. We monitored regularly the weather and would have cancelled classes if necessary.” Approximately one-third of ASU’s 6,000 students live on campus, and about 4,000 students commute. “I was surprised the weatherman was correct that it was going to snow,” Aaron Buster, junior, said. “I was glad it did snow and was hoping for some kind of class cancelation or delay (mainly to avoid the Cal III test). It was fun watching other people make the snowmen and am surprised some of them are still around a couple days after.” The campus received four inches of snow Tuesday, coating the ground, bushes, trees and buildings, and breaking San Angelo’s February record.
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* The week of events brings in an average of $33 million to the city and county. * More than 1,000 riders apply to compete every year. * Riders from as far east as Australia and as north as Canada came to compete this year. * The Stock Show and Rodeo acts as a qualifier for the National Championship, and ranks 3rd largest in the state and 5th largest in the nation. * The reigning world champion of bull riding rode into the arena in a stretch limousine. * It takes over 1,000 volunteers to run the event annually. * Over the course of the Rodeo and Stock Show, over 100,000 people will visit. * The first San Angelo Rodeo took place in 1934.
Photos by Tim Lester
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What your opinion
Friday, February 26, 2010
he first annual tattoo convention in San Angelo placed students in a position to make a decision. Choices such as getting a tattoo are based completely on individual preference. Some people dive right in, while others debate the decision for a long time.
on getting a
reasons in favor
The of a tattoo seem endless. Some examples include : 1) Expression of self or art. Japanese letters, butterflies or unicorns express artistic sides of personalities. 2) A sign of love or in memory of a loved one. The awkward ex-girlfriendâ€™s name tattoo, or, â€œI Love Mom,â€? show up on biceps to portray affection and devotion - even after the relationship is over. 3) To be different. Bright splashes of colors across peopleâ€™s arms, legs or even faces cause them to stand out in a crowd. 4) To belong. Ink can create bonds between certain groups of people, such as best friends with matching hearts on their shoulders.
PHOTO BY TIM LESTER
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The a tattoo are easier to list. 1) Ink is permanent and expensive to remove. If the person grows weary of the tattoo or, in their older years, it starts to stretch, itâ€™s painful and expensive to eliminate from their body. 2) Health risk, such as dirty needles or allergens to the ink, cause a large range of problems. Those getting a tattoo risk Hepatitis B or C, HIV, or AIDS, as an example, if the needle or ink is not properly sterilized. 3) Depending on where the artists places the tattoo, people feel various amounts of pain. Body parts such as the neck or groin possess more nerve endings, and therefore more pain. 4) Visible tattoos, especially on the face, often discredit the wearer to potential employers, who view them as unprofessional. We would like to hear what your opinion is on tattoos. Give your comments at asurampage.com, and look for a poll next week.
â€œThe world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos.â€? Author Unknown
To our readers, In response to the Feb. 19 Ram Page story â€œKu Klux Klan rallies for new recruits,â€? many outraged readers have said that the story and its presentation were unacceptable, distasteful and insulting to African Americans and other campus minorities. In no way did we ever intend to harm our readers by printing something that would be offensive to any ethnicity, religion, or other minority group. It was never our intention to be insensitive to the history and struggles of the African American people in this community or around the world. We made a mistake in publishing this story. It was a last-minute effort to fill the page. This story and its presentation did not reflect the voice of the Ram Page staff,
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yet the whole staff now suffers because of that. The staff member who wrote and designed the page is no longer on staff. Editors made the decision to take the story offline Tuesday morning when we realized the concern. In an attempt to bring some resolution to the issue, the Black Student Association held a meeting in which Ram Page staff members served as panelists to answer questions about the story. The audience was also given the opportunity to voice concerns. After realizing the effect this story has made on the campus and the community, the Ram Page staff would like to apologize for any hurt we may have caused. We have learned a monumental les-
son. In our next issue, we plan cover a range of multicultural events taking place on campus and how students can get involved if interested. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Marissa Williams, the president of the BSA, for working cooperatively with us. We encourage readers to write a letter to the editor at rampage@ angelo.edu if they would like their voices heard about this matter or any other. Specific information about writing letters to the editor can be found below in our Publishing Policy. As sincere as we can put into words,
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Would you get a tattoo? Why or why not?
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â€œI did. I just wanted to express who I am. â€? Randall Thomas freshman
â€œNo, makes it harder to find a job that I would like.â€? Clayton Kessler junior
â€œI havenâ€™t thought about it.â€? Jose Cano freshman
â€œYes, I have one. Iâ€™ve just always liked clovers.â€? Alicia Cunningham senior
â€œAll mean something different - a music note, a heart and a duck.â€? Kristen Kallus freshman
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Friday, February 26, 2010
Rams drop OT heart breaker at Midwestern BASKETBALL
On the verge of knocking off the No.7ranked Midwestern State Mustangs (25-2, 10-2 LSC) for the second time this season, the Rams (16-10, 7-4 LSC) lost an overtime heart breaker Wednesday night in Wichita Falls 105-100. On Jan. 13 at the Junell Center the Rams handed Midwestern their first loss of the season 84-76. The Mustangs avenged that loss and dashed the Ram’s LSC South title hopesin the process, clinching the division crown for themselves. Tied at 91-91 with 16 seconds in regulation, the Rams had the ball and chance to seal the win, but a questionable nofoul call / turnover would send the game into the extra period. Four more ASU turnovers in overtime combined with Midwestern’s 8-of-10 shooting from the free throw line allowed the Mustangs to maintain their 22-year home win streak over the Rams. Junior guard LaMarshall Corbett
scored 31 points, the 11th time this season the LSC’s scoring leader has topped the 30 point mark. Senior Johnny Barnes recorded his fifth double-double of the season in the effort, scoring 23 points to go along with 15 rebounds. Off the bench, junior Chris Ellis had a season-high 17 points, while senior Stavon Williams added ten. The Rams wrap up the regular season on Saturday against Tarleton State then head to Bartlesville, Okla. next week for the LSC Tournament.
LSC South Division Men’s Standings Midwestern State Tarleton State Angelo State
West Texas A&M Eastern New Mexico
’Belles hit rough road on way to Bartlesville BASKETBALL
The Rambelle’s (12-13, 5-6 LSC) road to Bartlesville, site of the Lone Star Conference Tournament, took a turn for the worst Wednesday night as they fell to Midwestern State (8-17, 2-10 LSC) 69-67 in Wichita Falls. Junior Camille Perkins poured in 35 points, tying a career-high and moving her way closer to becoming the Rambelle’s all-time leading scorer. Senior Christie Rasmussen connected on 4-of-7 three pointers to score 12 as the ‘Belles hit 50 percent from behind the arc. Perkins accounted for 18 of the team’s 27 first-half points as they would trail by three, 30-27 at the break. Shooting over 58 percent from the floor in the second half, the ‘Belles rallied from as many as 11 back make it a onepoint game with 27 seconds to play. After recovering from two untimely turnovers, the Rambelles had on final shot but freshman Leah LeMaire’s potential game-winning three missed its mark as the buzzer sounded. Despite the loss, the ‘Belles still cling to a berth in the conference tournament needing a little help as they enter Saturday’s regular season finale hosting Tarleton State. Currently sitting in fifth in the LSC South, a win over the Tex-Anns and a loss by Texas A&M – Kingsville would ensure the ‘Belles their tenth straight tournament appearance. The team has made the LSC tournament in each of head coach Sally Brook’s ten seasons at Angelo State. Brooks has led the ’Belles to a 20789 record over that time and is the winningest active women’s basketball coach in the LSC.
Photo by Tim Lester
Senior Johnny Barnes recorded his fifth double-double of the season Wednesday night, scoring a career-high 23 points and pulling down 15 boards.
Rambelles take third in shortened roundup GOLF
Photo by Tim Lester
Junior Camille Perkins (24) scored 35 points, matching a career-high Wednesday night.
LSC South Division Women’s Standings West Texas A&M Tarleton State
10-1 26-2 8-3
Texas A&M – Kingsville 6-5
Eastern New Mexico
The Angelo State Women’s golf team placed third in the Lady Rattler Roundup after snow forced the cancellation of the final round in San Antonio. With a first round score of 315, the Rambelles were 16 strokes short of declared winner Tarleton State, who opened the tournament posting a 299. The Rambelles topped other eight teams in the field of eleven, finishing just seven stroked back of Northeastern State in second. Senior Raelyn Smith and freshman Maury McCormick tied for fourth on the leader board after recording matching scores of four-over 74 at Republic Golf Course. Freshman Whitney McAteer was declared the individual winner over Tarleton State’s Melanie Tham using a scorecard playoff, after both golfers finished the round tied at 73. The next highest Angelo State golfer was junior Randee Stegman at 15th with a 79, seven-over par for the course. Sophomore Serena Sosa and freshman Krista Czarnecki tied for 38th, finishing the 5,810 yard course with rounds of 86. The Rambelles return to action March 1-2 for the St. Edward’s Invite to be held at the Grey Rock Golf Course in Austin.
Lady Rattler Roundup
FINAL RESULTS Top 20 Teams Scores 1 Tarleton State 299 2 Northeastern State U 308 3 Angelo State Univ. 315 4 St. Edwards Univ. 320 5 West Texas A & M 324 6 St. Mary’s U. (TX) 328 7 Western New Mexico 332 Incarnate Word, U of 332 9 Hawaii-Hilo, U. of 348 10 SW Oklahoma State 354 11 Texas A&M Internat. 417 Top 20 Players 1 Whitney McAteer NEasternSt 36- 37 73 2 Melanie Tham TarletonSt 37- 36 73 3 Jacqueline Lau TarletonSt 36- 38 74 4 Raelyn Smith Angelo St 37- 38 75 Carla Cooper TarletonSt 36- 39 75 Maury McCormick Angelo St 38- 37 75 7 Andrea Lowe TarletonSt 39- 38 77 Katie Miller NEasternSt 39- 38 77 Jacy Benites St. Edward 38- 39 77 Dayna Bersamin HawaiiHilo 37- 40 77 Katy Ward TarletonSt 36- 41 77 12 Ursula Perez StMU-TX 41- 37 78 Glynnis Price W New Mex. 36- 42 78 Kelsay Kirkpatrick NEasternSt 37- 41 78 15 Randi Ono HawaiiHilo 40- 39 79 Randee Stegman Angelo St 36- 43 79 Kayleigh Giles St. Edward 41- 38 79 18 Brady Viertel OLLU 38- 42 80 Eva Rogers WTAMU 39- 41 80 Shaunda Petree NEasternSt 40- 40 80
Rams take three from Texans ’Belles go 3-2 at ACU Classic BASEBALL By Michael Whitson Sports Editor The Rams currently ride a three-game win streak after taking three-of-four games from Lone Star Conference foe Tarleton State Feb. 19-20. After opening the series with a 4-1 loss to the Texans, the Rams quickly regrouped to take the second game 18-6. Senior Keith Towne led the offensive
Photo by Tim Lester
Senior Zak Leonhardhart and the Rams took three games from Tarleton State. The Rams hit the road Feb.27-28 to face Northeastern State.
five runs batted in. “We were real upset about losing the first game, we were out to get four,” senior thirdbaseman Zak Leonhardt said. “We are finally starting to do the little things right and I feel Saturday (Feb.20) was a good turning point for us.” Feb. 20 the Rams took both games of the twin bill, pounding the Texans 13-5 in the first game and taking a 4-3 win in the nightcap. “The last three games were definitely good for our momentum going into this weekend,” senior shortstop Jason Morriss said. “We’ve got our feet under us now and have really high expectations for the rest of the year.” Morriss was named LSC Diamond Hitter of the week after going 6-for-12 during the series with a home run and three doubles. He also drove in five runs as well as crossing the plate five times himself. Head coach Kevin Brooks was pleased with the weekend results but not overly excited. “Three out of four is like holding serve,” Brooks said. “You’re not going to lose any ground, you’re not going to gain any, and we put ourselves in position where we need to gain ground.” Frustrated with the slow start Brooks feels the Rams have started to realize what is needed to achieve the high goals they have set. “How we’ve gone about playing the game (previously), I don’t feel like has been the same,” Brooks said. “If our effort and our mental preparation are good, I generally don’t worry about anything because I’m confident that we have the skill to be where we need to be.”
SOFTBALL By Kristin Hamnett Contributing Writer The No19-ranked Rambelle softball team (13-2) wrapped up the Abilene Christian tournament victorious after dominating rival team Emporia State. After opening the tournament Feb 19 losing their first game of the season to Cameron 5-3, the ’Belles rebounded to beat St. Mary’s 7-4. The second day of competition began with a 5-3 loss to Emporia State and ended with a 9-2 win over Henderson State. Then on Feb 21, the ’Belles got some revenge, defeating Cameron 3-2 to finish the ACU Classic with a 3-2 record. Senior Sarah DeMoss, right fielder for the ’Belles, was enthused when discussing the win against ESU. “The most substantial part of the game for me was the fact that we were really able to show our true colors,” DeMoss said. “We were able to fight through the whole way and showed what we were made of. “It was a huge deal to win, Emporia is the other (top) team in our region and will be against us in nationals. “We hope to continue winning and doing our best.” Seventh season Head Coach Travis Scott could not agree more about the importance of the Rambelles beating ESU in the tournament. “Winning was big. Emporia is a good team, always have been,” Scott said. “They will most likely be in the regional mix, and we should be as well. “There are still plenty of games ahead of us. Hopefully we have a chance in the LSC south.”
Photo by Kimberley Parker
Senior Sarah DeMoss (12) is batting .500 on the season and leads the Rambelles with 19 runs scored through 15 games.
With the ‘Belles stretch of wins, Scott has continued to prepare the players physically and mentally during practices in order to continue the streak. “We do not have any new strategies. We just go out on the field and continue to show we are ready,” Scott said. “Our winning is a team effort.” The Rambelles will return to the ASU Softball Complex this Saturday at noon when they host St. Edward’s in a key regional doubleheader. “The team is excited to play St. Edward’s because they are always good, and they are a little scrappy when talking in the dugout, making them real rivals,” Scott said. “We already beat them once; we would love to make a sweep.”