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Thursday, April 27, 2006 - Page 1C By Miguel Peña The University Star
standout on the ﬁeld, a diamond in the rough, Barrick Nealy has had the world on his shoulders and a collegiate career for the record books, but this is only the beginning.
Among Bobcat football players, there are hallowed names that have left their mark and have contributed to the Texas State tradition. Nealy is such a name. All in all, he was responsible for 70 touchdowns, 7,206 passing yards and 1,727 yards rushing. In his senior year, Nealy was named the Southland Conference player of the year and established the record for career passing yards at Texas State. But Nealy is not the only senior of mention, as the possibility for a few other players to make a run at the professional ranks exists. Senior defensive tackle Fred Evans will be one of the most likely to be taken in the later rounds of the NFL Draft this weekend, along with wide receiver Markee White, who caught 56 of Nealy’s passes for 786 yards and ﬁve touchdowns. Thomas Keresztury, who played offensive tackle, opened a lot of holes for the running backs, while Cory Elolf is a likely candidate for clubs needing a punter. With character and ability, Nealy is the highest-rated player to come out of the Bobcat football program since Ricky Sanders, who earned two Super Bowl rings with the Washington Redskins. The Cleveland Browns, meanwhile, drafted quarterback Spurgeon Wynn in 2000. Wynn was one of ﬁve quarterbacks to get drafted before Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots. Nealy credits coach David Balliff ’s arrival in San Marcos as a turning point regarding community interest toward the Bobcats’ football program. “The whole community has been so supportive. I have had the chance to meet a lot of people that have been there for me,” Nealy said. “Coach Bailiff has introduced me to a lot of people and helped me build relationships with Bobcat fans and alumni.” The Bobcats’ football fortunes hit some bumps in the road during Nealy’s ﬁrst two seasons on campus. “It got to the point where we, as seniors, were frustrated with our performance. We knew there was no other
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A.D. Brown & Spencer Millsap/Star feature photo LEAVING HIS MARK: Dallas native Barrick Nealy left his mark on Texas State by becoming one of the best quarterbacks this school has seen. Nealy was the 2005 Southland Conference Player of the Year and had more than 1,700 career rushing yards and more than 7,000 passing yards en route to leading Texas State to its ﬁrst Southland Conference championship this past season.
team that had the talent we had,” Nealy said. “People were talking about potential but nothing ever happened. But there was something about the senior class; we knew it was our year.” As a senior, Nealy’s contributions on the ﬁeld marked the pinnacle of a threeyear career that started in 2003 and ended with a 2005 SLC title and a run in the playoffs. The Bobcats’ season ended one game too soon. Northern Iowa’s overtime victory during the semiﬁnal playoff round prevented Texas State from playing for the national championship. “I remember driving around the night before our game with Georgia Southern, and I passed by the stadium, and I saw a big group of people in the parking lot ready to tailgate,” Nealy said. “I stopped my car, walked up and talked
to them for a while. It made me think about what we came from to what we did. It was something I will never forget.” But what is next for the football standout? All signs point to a future in the National Football League and with the draft scheduled for Saturday — the time has come for the future to begin. Since the end of the 2005 season, Nealy has kept busy. He attended the Combine in February and has met with 20 of the 32 NFL teams. Franchises such as the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bangles all have Nealy on their radar screens. Besides his contributions on the ﬁeld, Nealy has been a highly visible member of the community, volunteering for
such civic programs as Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity. He has performed well in the classroom and is one semester short of completing his bachelor’s degree in sports science. “Character helps, but at the end of the day, they are looking for a football player,” Nealy said. “I think they overexaggerate character; it never hurts to have talent and carry yourself well, but the NFL coaches want players.” So far, the most interest has come from the Bengals and Texans and at this point it is a crapshoot to see where Nealy will go in the draft. “I had the privilege to work out with Coach (Ken) Zampese, the offensive coordinator, and Jon Kitna. They gave me a chance to see hands-on what they are all about,” Nealy said. “Hopefully, I put
on a good show for those guys; at least it was a good experience.” Several people are hoping that Nealy will be able to stay in Texas, and with an aging Drew Bledsoe in the Dallas Cowboys’ starting lineup, a mobile quarterback with a strong arm could be a nice ﬁt. “Between Dallas and Houston, it is a coin toss. I like Houston,” Nealy said. “I got the feeling they were looking for a guy like me and I think that I would have a lot to learn from a guy like David Carr.” Wherever Nealy winds up, there are sure to be thousands of Bobcat fans who will be keeping their eyes on the NFL for the chance of seeing one of their own suit up for a Sunday or even Monday Night game.
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A year of Bobcat sports
exas State experienced the highs — football reaching the Division I-AA playoffs — and the lows — basketball ending up with a 3-24 record and losing the head coach. Through it all, Texas State athletes excelled and continue to represent our school.
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(Clockwise from upper right): Sophomore hurdler Katya Kostetskaya does drills during pre-season practice, which has paid off during her successful track season thus far. Senior guard and fan favorite Chris Langhorne goes up for a jumper; freshman runner Stephen Darnell sprints and sophomore defender Kim Phillips dribbles the ball during a Texas State 6-2 win over Nicholls State. Boko the Bobcat, seen crowd-surfing at Bobcat Stadium, was crowned the 2006 USA National Mascot Champion.
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(Clockwise from upper left): Sophomore middle blocker Brandy St. Francis goes up for a spike against the University of Texas. Despite the 3-0 loss to the Longhorn, the volleyball team made strides. The baseball team stands for the ďŹ‚ag before a game and has had a productive season and is currently hovering around .500. Senior forward Tamara Thompson goes up for a shot during her last game in a Bobcat uniform. Another Bobcat who has seen his last game in uniform, senior quarterback Barrick Nealy, leaps into the endzone during a 49-7 bashing of McNeese State. Danielle Mask watches her ball during pre-season practice and sophomore outďŹ elder Jill Kloesel slides into second during a Texas State softball game.
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Summer Recreation Outdoor Recreation trips By Carl Harper The University Star Lisa Carter, graduate assistant of Outdoor Recreation, will be heading up a series of events that students can attend starting this month. This program offers several activities for people who love the outdoors, such as rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing and kayaking. With day and weekend trips through extended weeklong trips, everybody who wants to attend an event should have the opportunity to do so. An upcoming one-day trip is the Moonlight Float on the San Marcos River, which will be held on April 25. But the big trip that has everybody talking is the Whitewater Rafting trip to Colorado, which will be held May 21 through 27. This trip will consist of rafting down the Arkansas River through Brown’s Canyon and camping on the side of the river at night. The staff plans to take the group rock climbing by Lake George and then camping at the Eleven Mile State Park. The last day in
Colorado will be more rafting experiences through the infamous Royal George with Class V rapids and 1500-foot sheer cliffs along side the river. Then, the group will conclude the vacation by camping at Trinidad State Park. The trip does have a cost depending on whether one is a student or with the public, but the Outdoor Center will provide all transportation and equipment that is needed. Students or anyone interested in this event, along with upcoming summer events, can ﬁnd more information at the Outdoor Center at Sewell Park or by logging onto the Campus Recreation Web site. Carter, along with other staff members, believes these specialized trips are a great way to introduce people to each other in a different setting away from class and campus organizations. Goals include for the groups to work on building their self-esteem and leadership skills and to just get away from the intoxicating life and have fun in a unique environment.
WITHIN REACH: Mindy Jarrard, fashion merchandising senior, runs from a Blazers team member during the beginning of intramural football championships on Nov. 2.
Student Rec Center classes By Joshua Zapata The University Star As the spring semester rolls to a close, students enrolled in summer classes may be surprised by the opportunities presented by the Student Recreation Center. A multitude of classes are available for a relatively low price that range from belly dancing to lifeguard certiﬁcation classes. The Lifeguard Training classes are held at the Aqua Sports Center and provide up to three years of certiﬁcation of lifeguard certiﬁcation. This is a valuable tool, as not only do Texas State students pay less for this certiﬁcation; but it allows students to get a job as a lifeguard for the next three summers. Not only do students become certiﬁed from the Lifeguard Training classes, but they are taught and certiﬁed to perform correct CPR, ﬁrst-aid and how to operate an automated external deﬁbrillator in case of cardiac arrest. These can be valuable skills to have in a repertoire and are often what saves lives during
emergency situations. Even if life-guarding is not something that you would want to pursue, during the summer, the Aqua Sports Center’s 25-yard pool will be open for lap and informal swimming to Texas State students. “It’s a friendly environment and its nice change from the heat. Despite there being a lot of swimmers, it’s cool,” Jerry Wight, management freshman. This opportunity may be a saving grace for the out of state students who are unaccustomed to the brutally hot Texas summers. Another option for the summer school students is to take dancing classes located at the SRC. These classes, usually held during the evening, are not only a great alternative for exercise but great for anyone trying to learn something new. There are two dance courses offered, ballroom dancing and belly dancing, which are taught by highly qualiﬁed instructors. They offer a new and innovative experience that should be a part of a successful and fun summer.
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Risk Takers Armando sanchez/Star ﬁle photo
IN FULL SWING: Senior Sarah Stultz, seen throwing on Jan. 23, was named Southland Conference Athlete of the Week earlier this month for her Texas State record-breaking hammer throw of 183-02.
New records across the board for track and field athletes By Carl Harper Sports Reporter Looking back on the 2006 season for the track and ﬁeld athletes, there were a number of them who brought new records to themselves, the school and the conference. Along with the new broken records came many students who are qualiﬁed for the Midwest Regional, which will take place on May 26 and 27 in Austin at Mike A. Myers stadium. The student athlete for Texas State who has made the most noise this season is senior Sarah Stultz, who was formerly known as Sarah Baker prior to the season. During the ﬁrst day of the Southland Conference Indoor championships in Houston in mid February, she set the SLC record by winning the weight throw with a mark of 18.29 meters, which beat her previous record in 2005 when she won the event with a mark of 17.27 meters. The Bobcat Open marked the ﬁrst meet for the outdoor season and also a big day for Stultz as she swept the discus and hammer throw with marks of 47.68 and 48.38 meters. But it wasn’t until the next meet in San Antonio at the UTSA Relays where she qualiﬁed for the Regional in discus with a throw of 16.69 and gave the ﬁfth best mark in school history. She came close to hitting the qualifying mark for the hammer throw at the Texas Invitational but was held off until the Texas Relays, where she captured it with a mark of 55.55 meters. Then she beat the school’s record with a throw of 55.83 meters in the hammer throw this last weekend at the Texas Twilight in Austin. Another athlete who has impressed the school and the SLC is freshman Robert Melin. He would always ﬁnish in the top three for the weight throw during the Indoor season, but was never pleased with his performances until the outdoor season began. On April 1 in Houston at the Rice Bayou Classic, just a week after he had qualiﬁed in the hammer throw with a mark of 58.68 meters, he became the ﬁrst Texas State athlete to qualify in two different events, as he threw the discus 52.54 me-
ters for a qualifying mark. His progress has continued, as he has been consistent at placing in the top three for both events at each meet. Camilla Davis wasted no time this season as she got her momentum going her way early in the indoor season. At the Albuquerque Invitational, she clocked in with a time of 7.60 seconds in the 60 meters, which was represented as the best in the SLC this season at the time and posted a time of 24.74 in the
200 meters which was another SLC best. She also participated in other events such as the long jump and the 100 meters, which she placed ﬁrst in at the Bobcat Open and the UTSA Relays. Teammate RaShandra Harris also ran alongside of Davis in the 60 meters, where she hit her season’s best mark of 7.62 in Albuquerque and is ﬁfth all-time at Texas State. Harris has also found success by running with the 4x200 relay team, which highlighted the UTSA Relays by
placing second. Senior Jacque Iwuchukwu has made her stand as a leader for the women in the triple jump and long jump this spring. In Albuquerque, she posted a mark of 12.85 in the triple jump, which was the best for the SLC at the time. She also grabbed a ﬁrst-place ﬁnish in triple jump at the SLC Indoor championship to end the indoor season strong. As the outdoors got underway, she has remained persistent despite some differences in the atmosphere. She posted a win in the triple jump and second in the long jump at the Bobcat open and a win in triple jump at the Texas Invitational while earning a qualifying mark. Then she bettered her qualifying mark at the David Noble Relays in triple jump with a leap of 41-05. In multiple events this season, Chris Demerson has put up some great posts on the scoreboard. At the Bobcat Open, he won the 110-meter hurdles along with the long jump and placed second in the triple jump. At the Texas Invitational, he placed ﬁrst in the long jump with a mark of 7.24 meters, but did not grab a qualifying spot until the David Noble Relays, where he won the event by jumping 7.52 meters. In the men’s pole-vault, it has been Kevin Galbreath and Dmitri Kabakov who have led the way for the ’Cats. Galbreath was jumping a consistent 4.65 meters in the Indoor season and then started hitting the 5.03 meters mark as early as the UTSA Relays, where he ﬁnished ﬁrst as Kabakov came in second. As for many of the athletes, the David Noble Relays was one of the best events where many Bobcats performed well. Kabakov won the event and qualiﬁed for the Regional as his teammates Casey Cummings and Eric Williams tied for second place. Following them up were Peyton Carrol and Galbreath, tying for fourth. For the women’s side of pole vault, transfer student from Texas Tech Britni Lawrence has Spencer Millsap/Star ﬁle photo been the key jumper to watch. The Bobcat Open was her ﬁrst RAISING THE BAR: Sophomore Britni Lawrence, seen jumping NCAA event to jump for in over during the Texas State Open on March 10, recently set the secondhighest jump record at Texas State with a jump of 3.8 meters at the Texas Relays competition.
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Disabilities can’t keep quad rugby athletes from wreaking havoc on wheels By April Dupre Special to the Star
named Murderball for its violent nature. Today, it has grown to become an international sport. There are only two seconds There are more than 45 teams in left on the clock, and the Texas the United States, and there are Stampede is up by one. Hover- at least 20 international teams. ound has the ball and a chance to Currently, this is the fastestscore. With sweat dripping from growing wheelchair sport in the their hands to world and is a their wheels full-metal sport and their eyes at the Paralymfocused inpics. Wheeltensely on the chair racing, other team, curling, swimTexas Stamming and tenpede blocks the nis are all sports goal and wins in the Parathe game. lympics. The Mark ZuPa r a l y m p i c s pan shows off occurs after the the speed of Olympic games his wheelchair and is held in as the Texas the same locaStampede, a tion. The only quadr ipleg ic real difference rugby team is that the Parafrom Austin lympics is for begins its celeathletes with bration. Along a physical diswith Zupan, ability. Devon Saul, Each of these a Texas State players has a recreation and different story. administraZupan’s injury tion senior, occurred in brings energy — Mark Zupan Florida when to a game some he ﬂew out of Quad rugby player the back of a would call exfor Texas Stampede truck. In Octotraordinary. The Texas ber 1993, ZuStampede was the best team in pan and his best friend, Chris the nation for two consecutive Igoe, were out drinking; Zupan years. This season, however, the fell asleep in the back of Igoe’s team placed third at the Moun- truck. Later that night, Igoe got tain and Heartland Sectional in the vehicle, was driving home National Championships hosted and had an accident. Zupan’s at the University of Texas Rec- body was thrown from the back reation Center April 7 through of the truck and into a canal 9. Quad rugby was developed where he spent nearly 14 hours in Canada and was originally holding on to a branch until he
f you look at rugby itself, it changes your life because it introduces you to new ideas … You learn stuff in rehab, but you really learn stuff from your friends from rugby. You learn everyday stuff; you learn better ways to do things. You have camaraderie that can go across the world.”
WHEELS OF STEEL: Mark Zupan of Austin and a star in the ﬁlm Murderball, throws the ball to a teammate during a Texas Stampede match.
April Dupre/Special to the Star ROUGH ROLLERS: (Above) Steve Pate, seen here crashing into opponents and Todd Caschette play for the Texas Stampede during the national championships for quadroplegic rugby in Austin. (Below) The Texas Stampede get pumped up for a game during a timeout at the Mountain and Heartland Sectional national championships.
was found. He went into hypothermia, and as a result, he became a quadriplegic. Zupan went through several months of recovery where he had to relearn how to do everyday tasks, like sitting up. After being introduced to the sport, he began playing competitively in 1996. In 1999, he moved to Austin where he started playing with the Texas Stampede. Today, Zupan is an engineer in Austin. Playing rugby has changed his life completely. “If you look at rugby itself, it changes your life because it introduces you to new ideas,” Zupan said. “You learn stuff in rehab, but you really learn stuff from your friends from rugby. You learn everyday stuff; you learn better ways to do things. You have camaraderie that can go across the world.” Since his accident, Zupan has traveled to more countries, met more people and has experienced more at 30 than other people would in a lifetime. This year, Zupan attended the Academy Awards. “It’s something that you don’t expect. It’s something that you don’t ever think you’re going to be a part of, and to be a part of it was such an honor. It was fun. It was strange. It was pretty surreal,” Zupan said. Another member of the team, who knows what it’s like to suffer an injury from a vehicle accident, is Saul. In April 2002, Saul and his girlfriend were in a car. She was driving, lost control of the car, and Saul’s seatbelt did not withstand the crash. He met James Coach Gumbert about a year later and has since played with the Stampede. “Rugby introduced me to a whole world of difference. We are the same athletes as we were
back before we got hurt, we’re just on wheels now,” Saul said. Quad Rugby is played with a volleyball on a basketball court. Goal lines are at each end of the court. Each player has a special wheelchair made to ﬁt his or her own body and position on the team that can withstand the brutal game. Because many of these players have little movement in their ﬁngers, gloves are worn. Glue is added to the gloves in order to secure the grip of the ball. Most of the players have sustained cervical-level spinal injuries, and they each have impairment in all four limbs. The higher the break in the neck, the greater the impairment. The players are given a classiﬁcation number ranging from 0.5 to 3.5 depending on the severity of the injury. The least impairment being a 3.5 and the greatest impairment being a 0.5. Four players from each team are allowed on the court at a time, and the court must total no more than eight points for each team. Gumbert has been coaching the Texas Stampede since 1998 and has loved every second of it. His ﬁrst year, the Austin team placed seventh at nationals and has never ﬁnished lower since. In 1999, he started coaching internationally and in 2002, became an assistant coach for the USA team. In 2005, Gumbert was appointed head coach of team USA. Gumbert broke his neck 25 years ago in a Christmas night car accident. He had surgery the next day. Things seemed to be ﬁne, but three months later he found that the bone they placed in his neck did not heal. Gumbert had another surgery, died on the operating table and woke up paralyzed. From that day forward, his whole life changed, and rugby has been a tremen-
dous part of it. “Rugby, in a small way, is the other part of my life. Everybody needs a purpose in life, and this sport gives me a lot of purpose,” Gumbert said. He has seen what a difference this sport has made in other people’s lives and ﬁnds it amazing to be a part of that development. Robert Boothby, also known as “Bootsy,” is a 4-foot-tall, loudmouthed player who is always full of energy. Bootsy has arms that continue no farther than his elbows and legs that do not extend past the knee. Regardless of his disability, he walks, drives and accomplishes everyday tasks. Bootsy’s experience is different because he has lived with his disability since birth, so he doesn’t have the same adjustments to make as others. “Someone who doesn’t have a disability doesn’t completely understand what they have gone through,” Bootsy said. Bootsy has experienced pain in a different way. Growing up with a disability was tough for him.
“You don’t understand what is different about you,” he said. Thus, he has no prior knowledge of what it would be like without a disability. After high school, Bootsy went on to graduate with an associate’s degree in liberal arts science from Massasoit College in Massachusetts. Today, he is a personal trainer and helps motivate others who have been injured. Bootsy has played for Texas the past three years and has played rugby off and on for the past 14 years. Bootsy has formed a strong connection with Texas Stampede. “The Texas Stampede has helped me quite a bit … When I see what these guys go through having this life altering change … I respect them so much for that, and it makes me want to grow — in the ways that I can — to be a better person,” he said. Each team is allowed to have one international player a year. Geremy Tinker is from New Zealand and has been playing See ROLLING, page 7C
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Student concentrates on career path, Olympic dream following tragedy By April Dupre Special to the star
April Dupre/Special to the Star PREPARING TO PLAY: Robert Boothy of Austin practices with the Texas Stampede on March 5 at Jowers Center.
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with the Texas Stampede for four seasons now. Tinker broke his neck playing rugby, but he didn’t let his injury stop him from playing the sport that he loved. He has been playing rugby for 14 years, and it certainly shows. Tinker plays with the Stampede for one part of the season and New Zealand for the other portion. He has played in the Paralympics with New Zealand for two years, once in Sydney and once in Athens. With New Zealand, Tinker played against the United States in the international tournaments. The team’s biggest challenge is beating the United States, because it has never won a game between the two teams. “It is cool to play against them and play with them at the same time,” Tin-
ker said. Tinker said wheelchair rugby has helped him form a lot of great relationships and improve his quality of life. He heard about the sport while he was in the hospital. As soon as Tinker could sit up, he went to watch a game. “I saw these guys smashing the hell out of each other, crashing each other, and I thought, ‘That’s the game for me; I got to get into that,’” he said. Once Tinker obtained his medical release he began playing, and he hasn’t looked back ever since. Some of the players on the Austin team will play on the U.S.A. team, including Zupan, Norm Lyduch, Steve Pate and Gil Garcia. Because these players were on the U.S. team last year, they will automatically play this year. Tryouts for the other members are scheduled for May now that the season
for the Stampede is ﬁnished. Now that the season is over, players are focusing on practicing for the international competition, which means they are playing year round. The United States hopes to repeat last year’s success of winning the gold medal. Garcia has been injured for nearly 13 years. Besides playing for the Stampedes and now for the U.S. team, he teaches wheelchair sports and does many demos at Texas State. “Its been great. It’s been a good ride for 13 years,” he said.
Devon Saul is a Texas State recreational administration junior. He was born and raised in Austin and went to school at Bowie High School where he was on the wrestling team. He won three state titles and received a wrestling scholarship to Florida State, but did not get to pursue it because of his accident. Saul’s car accident occurred four years ago during his senior year of high school. He was with his girlfriend at the time, who lost control of the car, causing Saul’s seatbelt to fail. He broke his neck, instantly paralyzing him from the neck down. Saul spent about six months in rehab at Saint David’s regaining function. About a year after his accident, he met Coach James Gumbert who introduced him to wheel-
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STRIKE A POSE: The Texas Stampede poses for a team photo after competing in the national championships for wheelchair basketball on April 8 in Austin.
chair rugby. He has been playing the sport ever since. Saul went to school at UT for about a year and a half, but felt the school was too large for him. He says, “When I transferred here, I met and talked to more people in one semester at Texas State than I talked to a full year and a half at UT.” For three years, Saul worked for Austin Parks and Recreation. He helped run an after-school program at Zilker Park for children with severe and moderate disabilities. Today, Saul works with the Texas State Outdoor Center’s Adventure Trip Program. Workers there take people hiking, rock climbing, rafting and out for all types of outdoor activities. They organize group trips for kayaking, whitewater rafting and ﬂoats down the river. Special trips can be arranged for a group at
a low price. The center’s workers rent activity equipment like canoes, camping gear and just about anything people need for the outdoors. Right now, Saul is creating the ﬁrst adaptive paddling program for Campus Recreation. This would allow anyone with a disability to be able to participate in this activity. After graduation, Saul hopes to get a job working at a recreation center with a program for children. Eventually, he would like to open a recreation center of his own. Part of the reason Saul chose recreation is because he is a peopleoriented major. “I like people, I like to have fun and I get to make money doing it.” Besides playing rugby, Saul also likes to go kayaking and play tennis. Currently, he is trying out for the U.S. Paralympics team and hopes to compete in Beijing in 2008. FIERCE FOCUS: Recreational administration major Devon Saul focuses on the game after throwing the ball during the championships on April 8 in Austin at UT.
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Texas State prepares for remaining conference games Baseball team uniting, making the pack unstoppable for Southland Conference By Chris Boehm The University Star With 11 games remaining in the regular season, the Bobcats get set to run through the heart of Southland Conference baseball, with three series against top division foes. Texas State, 14-7, sits in a virtual tie with the University of Texas-San Antonio, 12-6, for second place, both looking up at Lamar University, 17-4. The Cardinals rank ﬁrst and second in hitting and pitching, respectively, and have lost just twice in their last 13 games.
The Bobcats play Lamar this weekend in a three-game series at the Bobcat Baseball Field, starting with Friday’s ﬁrst pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. “The energy level is good right now, and day by day we’re starting to better know who we are,” said head coach Ty Harrington. “All the team’s we’re playing now are at the top of the conference. It’s going to be fun and interesting, and we just need to continue to improve on a daily basis.” Aside from Lamar, Harrington’s club faces fourth-place University of Texas-Arlington
Monty Marion/Star ﬁle photo CLOSE TO HOME: Senior Heath Keel, seen rounding third base during the Bobcats’ game against UT-Pan American on March 22, has four homeruns and 20 RBI under his belt as the Bobcats prepare to play Lamar on Friday at Bobcat Field.
before ﬁnishing against the Roadrunners. Each series will be at home, with the exception of the last, versus UTSA. The Roadrunners and Bobcats will open the series in San Antonio before playing the ﬁnal two at the Bobcat Baseball Field. “It always makes a difference getting to play at home,” said third baseman Cassidy Dresch. “We’d much rather have the crowd yelling for us than at us.” Texas State comes in having claimed its sixth Southland series victory of the year, going 21 against Sam Houston during the weekend. The Bobcats have won 10 of their last 14 games. “We’re feeling pretty good right now. We were down a bit at the beginning of the year, but we’ve talked about that,” said pitcher Scott Moore. “It’s not like we were playing bad baseball; we just hadn’t put it together as a team, and right now we’re doing that.” Moore has been one of the reasons for the team coming together. The lone senior in the starting rotation, he leads the conference in strikeouts, with 93, and paces the club in innings, wins and complete games. We put the pressure on ourselves,” Moore said. “As a staff, we always want to go out and give our team a chance to win the game. Earlier we were struggling to hit, but now we’re all coming around. (Assistant coach) John Maley expects a lot from us, and do we of ourselves.” As a unit, the staff tops the league in ERA, led by newcomer Justin Fiske. The junior transfer owns a 1.76 mark, ﬁve saves and also leads the conference in appearances, at 23. Freshman Mike Hart, 2-2, has also been a welcome addition to the staff, stepping right into the rotation and holding a 3.20 ERA, eighth in the conference. The left-handed pitcher from New York has struggled recently, though, lasting only 1.1 innings his last start, a loss in Huntsville on Sunday. In his last two outings, Hart has given up nine runs in four innings of
Monty Marion/Star ﬁle photo LIGHTNING LUKE: Senior outﬁelder Luke Cannon, seen batting on the March 29 game against Rice, leads the Bobcats with 11 homeruns and 42 RBI.
work. “We’ll deﬁnitely need him (to be pitching well) down the stretch,” Harrington said. “He’s been very competitive for us year, and he’ll bounce back.” Apart from Fiske, Texas State’s bullpen sports four players with ERAs at or below 3.00: Jarod Garza, Jason Baca, Chris Hill and David Wood, whose 1.23 in 14.2 innings would pace the conference had he logged enough work. Offensively, the Bobcat lineup can be credited with team’s improvement going into conference play. Texas State is averaging 8.2 runs in its last 10 games, and has scored at least 13 three times. “We had a tough non-conference schedule, and a we played a lot of top 20 teams,” Dresch said. “It’s tough going into conference play with a losing record, but now we ﬁnally know each other as a team. What people don’t realize is we had just one player, (catcher) Dawid
Bednarek, as a returning starter from last year’s inﬁeld.” Outﬁelder Luke Cannon has made perhaps the biggest impact, leading the conference in home runs, 11, and batting percentage, .704, and leads the team in hits, doubles, triples and RBIs. The senior has already eclipsed most of his 2005 totals, when he hit .228 with four home runs in 127 at-bats. “He was injured last year, and he’s also matured a lot,” Harrington said. “He’s taking advantage of the opportunity to play everyday, and he’s earned that right. He now understands what Luke Cannon has to do to be successful at the plate.” Along with Kyle Jones, .290/1/20, newcomers Wood and Thomas Field have also provided a needed spark. Wood, a junior from Temple College, is hitting .417 over his last seven games while bringing his RBI total to 33, one behind Cody Merrell for the team lead. Field, a freshman shortstop,
sits in the nine spot after starting the season at lead off, but has adjusted well to what Harrington called a “second leadoff hitter.” Field leads the team in walks, 19 and ranks fourth in the conference with 14 stolen bases. His replacement at the top of the order, Dresch, will look to get going in the second half after missing two months earlier in the season because of a wrist injury. The senior is hitting .257 after playing just over half the team’s games to this point, but rides a ﬁve-game hitting streak, including a 2-5, three-RBI performance in a win over SHSU Saturday. “It’s in the past now, and it wasn’t tough at all to come back and (step into the top of the order),” Dresch said. “I’ve never been more excited to get out there and play with these guys. What was tough was sitting for two months watching them get better together and not being a part of it.”
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a year because of injuries and she came out on top, winning it with a vault of 3.80 meters while qualifying for the Regional. At the UTSA Relays, Lawrence bettered her Bobcat Open performance by jumping 3.81 and posted the second-best mark in Texas State history. Rebekah Vickers and Ashton Baldwin have been consistent by hitting the 3.65 meters mark. Kemuel Morales started off the Outdoor season strong by winning the Bobcat Open in shot put with a throw of 17.15 meters and kept thriving through out the season. At the UTSA Relays, he captured a qualifying mark by placing second with a throw of 17.24 meters and then later increased his strength by throwing it 17.36 at the Texas Twilight that was good for a fourth-best mark since the opening of the school. Finally, one more female athlete to keep tabs on as we inch closer to the SLC championships and the Midwest Regional is Katya Kostetskaya. As early as the Albuquerque meet, she put a time of 54.94 seconds in the 400 meters by placing sec-
ond and continued to come out strong at the SLC Indoor championship by winning it for her second year in a row with a time of 55.29. Teammate Liudmila Litvinova came in third in that event with a time of 55.51. Kostetskaya also anchored the 4x400 meter relay team on that same day to a ﬁrst place ﬁnish with a time of 3 minutes, 45.56 seconds, which beat the old school record that was set in 2004 of 3:47.56. For the Outdoor season, she has competed in the 400-meter hurdles and qualiﬁed in her ﬁrst event which was the Texas Invitational on March 25. There she placed second with a time of 58.63. At the Texas Twilight, Kostetskaya put on a remarkable performance as she hurdled in her best time of 57.06, which was just 0.05 seconds off the school record that she set last year as a freshman. The team now has the Drake Relays, the Rice Twilight and the Houston Invitational before the SLC championships, which will begin on May 13 in Arlington. From there, they will proceed onward to the Midwest Regional, which will be in Austin and then potentially out to Sacramento, Calif. for the NCAA championships on June 7.
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OFF THE BLOCKS: Sophomore Erroll Harris, seen on March 25 during the Texas Invitational in Austin, recently took fourth place in the 400-meter dash at Saturday’s Texas Invitational meet in Austin.
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Freshman Bobcats bringing skills, leadership to softball By Carl Harper The University Star The Texas State 2006 softball team has had a compelling and successful year so far with more intense games to come. As the team winds down the season, it has one conference series left visiting Louisiana-Monroe before the Southland Conference tournament begins May 5. The softball team holds a slim SLC lead over UT-San Antonio and UT-Arlington. The team has great leadership coming from upper-classmen such as Kristin Gunter and Amy Hromadka, but the six freshmen on this year’s squad have also developed and brought their own swagger to the team. The rookies have made an impact of the team’s success this season. Born in Pasadena, Alex Newton spent her high school days in LaPorte. Newton has been the full-time starter at shortstop and has not missed a game all year. Besides in games played, Newton leads the freshmen in at-bats, total bases and RBI and is tied for most home runs at ﬁve with Ali McCormack. She has an overall batting average of .271, which is second behind Karen Taylor and ﬁfth best on the team. At LaPorte High School, she played multiple positions including third base, outﬁeld and pitcher under R.D. Moore. Not only did Newton letter all four years in softball, but also won numerous awards that she
has lived up to at collegiate level. Newton was a U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award winner. She was listed in the Who’s Who in Sports and Who’s Who Among American High School Students. In her high school sophomore year, Newton batted .487 and was named to the All-State team. She was a three-time, ﬁrst team AllGreater Houston Area and ﬁrst team All-District. Playing alongside of Newton in the middle inﬁeld is second baseman Ryan Kos. Born in Bellville, she played second base lettering all four years of her eligibility under Coach Renee Bialas at Magnolia High School. Kos earned team MVP honors — ﬁrst team All-County, second team Louisville Slugger/NFCA high school region, Montgomery County MVP, TCGA allState ﬁrst team and second team All-Greater Houston Area her senior year. Kos won the Montgomery County co-Defensive Player of the Year following her junior season. At Texas State, she has only missed two starts at second base and leads the freshmen in runs scored with 25. Kos has struggled a bit at the plate, only batting .221 this season and in the ﬁeld with a percentage of .924, but leads the freshmen in defense with 82 putouts. A native Texan born in San Antonio, Tamara Keller offered a clutch playing style for Medina Valley High School by lettering all four years at shortstop. Medi-
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SWAT: Freshman outﬁelder Jetta Weinheimer, seen here in the Bobcats April 5 game against Houston, has made her contribution at the plate, earning 10 RBI, and scored seven runs.
Monty Marion/Star ﬁle photo THE BULL STOPS HERE: Freshman Alex Newton denies a stolen base during the Bobcats’ April 12 game at the University of Texas while fellow freshman Ryan Kos protects against a missed throw. Both freshmen have added their skills on the ﬁeld while staying consistant at the plate.
na Valley was a four-time district champ, and Keller was named to the ﬁrst-team All-State in 2005. She became a member of a Class 4A state ﬁnalist team in 2003. As a Bobcat, Keller has found herself as a utility player. With a .253 batting average, Keller has only missed one game this season. However, she has started every conference game and has been the second biggest offensive threat for the freshmen, as she has a .317 conference batting average behind Karen Taylor, who is at .324. Ali McCormack comes to Texas State from Denton, where she played at Billy Ryan High School. She is lettered in high school three times playing third base and shortstop. Her teammates voted her as the Offensive Player of the Year in 2004 and became the ﬁrst Ryan High School player to hit a home run out of Tina Minke Field in 2002.
She was a three-time All-District team member and the District 6-4A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. In NCAA play, she has only started in eight of the 33 games. McCormack has come through in the clutch when the team has needed her. McCormack has ﬁve home runs, one of those coming in a close conference game earlier in the season. Her latest came last weekend in the SLC series against Nicholls State. She leads the freshmen with a .622 slugging percentage. Karen Taylor was born in Dallas and went to school just north of there at Plano East High School. Taylor was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 2003 as she maintained a .329 batting average throughout her high school career. She lettered every year and was named the Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. Taylor leads the Texas State
freshmen corps with a .287 batting average. She has appeared in 39 games 31 of them at catcher behind starter Ashton Peters. Jetta Weinheimer was born, grew up and attended high school in the Fredericksburg area. Also lettering four times, she played catcher, shortstop and center ﬁeld. Some of her accomplishments included being a four time All-District pick, three time All-State, three-time Player of the Year and Who’s Who Among American High School Athletes. With the ’Cats, Weinheimer has appeared in the outﬁeld 29 times, starting 24 of them, and currently sports a .966 ﬁeld percentage. The freshmen have been valuable to the Texas State softball program this season with performances that has contributed to the team’s goal of being a dangerous threat during the SLC tournament.
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SUMMER WORK for ambitious and hard working student. Earn 3 hrs college credit and $700 per week. GPA 2.5. Call Joe at 512-557-4383.
!BARTENDING! Up to $300/ day. No experience necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ ok. 800-965-6520 x 157. LIGHT AND SPACIOUS 2/1,
1000 SF apt., built in 2002, with ﬁreplace, large kitchen, balcony, sunset hill country views, free health club membership on property, available 6/21. Ideally suited for professor, married couple or grad student who appreciate beautiful quiet serene surroundings. Quick easy access to Austin and San Marcos, located in Wimberley near RR12 on RR3237. $850 /mo. Call 512-560-6761.
for 30-90 days temporary employment to ﬁnish out intermediate school in Dripping Springs and project in San Marcos. May lead to permanent employment or just summer work. Call our ofﬁce 512-396-3300.
SUMMER HELP FOR WATCHING 2 CHILDREN
during the day in my home starting May 30. Must be dependable, with child care background, and own transportation. Call Lisa at 210-602-1095.
TOP BOYS SPORTS CAMP IN MAINE! PLAY & COACH
SPORTS*HAVE FUN*MAKE $$$. All team & individual sports, All watersports, hiking/climbing, A&C. TOP SALARIES, Free Room/Board/Travel. Apply online: www.campcobbossee.com. Call: 800-473-6104.
GRUENE RIVER COMPANY, tube and boat rental, is looking for responsible cashiers and drivers. Call 830-625-2800
MISCELLANEOUS WE PAY UP TO $75 per online survey. www.cashtospend.com
ATHLETIC, OUTGOING MEN for calendars, greeting cards,
etc $75-200/hr, no exp. needed, (512)684-8296.
ROOMMATES LOOKING FOR FEMALE ROOMMATE for summer/fall of 2006. Room with attached bath and free cable, located across the street from the McCoy Building. $335/mo Call Su at 512-366-0553.
2 ROOMMATES, $400/mo, all bills pd. Call Joaquim Sorta (512) 618-9589.
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FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED AT BOBCAT VILLAGE. Very clean, 2/2 private bed and bath. $520/mo. all bills pd. Call Haylee 979-236-4078.
SERVICES GREAT JOB!
Dependable, responsible, attentive female to care for handicapped boy. Every other Sat. and Sun. 9am-8pm, $8.00/hr with bonuses. Call Jenny 392-9737. Leave message. WWW.STUDENTATTORNEY.COM
SUBLEASE MAY THRU JULY SUBLEASE AT THE VILLAGIO. $489 a month. Call 281-236-5750.
EX 2 TO SUBLEASE FOR THE SUMMER. Cost $399/
month. Any questions call Jasmin @ 956-324-8407.
TAKE OVER MY LEASE-
Female wanted to take over lease starting May 12; $409, personal bathroom, w/d, furnished, tanning bed, ﬁtness center. Call for more details, (210) 685-8493.
1/1 APT. FOR SUMMER. Water and wireless internet included. $434/mo. available 5/15. Call (210) 844-6516.
TAKE MY ROOM THIS SUMMER. Own bed/bathroom.
Ex2. $299/month. May Free! Contact Eddy at (512)913-1627 or email@example.com
WANTED BUYING both civil war or early TEXAS NEWSPAPERS,
swords, guns, letters, documents, clothes, pictures, etc. 512-557-7224.
WANTED: USED CARS, TRUCKS, VANS. Any condi-
tion. Running or not. If you have something to sell please call Willis Mitchell. 512-353-4511.
Richard, Ana, Lindsey-
it has been a crazy time, but I am so glad the three of you were part of it...
I am very proud of all of you and can’t wait to hear about all of your new adventures. -Jodie
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