Mariah Medina

Beyond the game: Cedric Vallieres, senior infielder

Cedric Vallieres and his father packed up the car, leaving behind his Canadian roots for a new experience.

Vallieres knew no language but his first, French. It was a fight-or-flight experience when the car stopped in Clarendon.

“I opened the door, and it was just crazy how hot it was,” Vallieres said. “I was not used to it, but it’s my fourth year right now in Texas, and I love it.”

Vallieres said having no choice but to speak English to his teammates at Clarendon College, where he began his collegiate baseball career, helped him learn the language quickly. 

Get to know: Cody Lovejoy, senior outfielder

MM: If you could rename yourself, what would it be and why?

CL: These are really hard questions. I would never change my last name, that’s for sure.

MM: Do you know why your parents chose your name?

CL: My dad. He ropes and does rodeo a lot, so he told me they got “Cody” from Buffalo Bill Cody.

MM: What do you say to impress a girl?

CL: Just hit them with that ‘I play baseball.’ No, no, you can’t do that.

MM: What makes you proud?

Get to know: David Paiz, senior infielder

MM: If you could rename yourself, what would it be and why?

DP: I’ll probably just stick with my name: David.

MM: Do you know why your parents chose your name?

DP: My dad is David Sr. He wanted to keep the name going, so I’m David Jr.

MM: Is there any hashtag that appropriately describes you?

DP: #TigerWoodsLifestyle. I’m just trying to live his lifestyle, you know?

MM: The same Tiger Woods that cheated on his wife?

DP: No, no, see, I’m not married so it doesn’t—I don’t know, just his golf game, really.

Beyond the game: JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard

His last name is at the end of the alphabet, so JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard, sat nervously, waiting to walk across the stage.

JaMarcus’ peers received their diplomas and gave brief remarks. He could hear his mother, Emmaline, chanting “save the best for last.”

After a few moments, JaMarcus stood before a packed Southern University Superdome in his maroon cap and gown and could only look to the crowd in disbelief.

JaMarcus was not supposed to graduate.

“I didn’t expect to be where I’m at today,” JaMarcus said. “It’s only God that got me here.”

Men's basketball loses at home, 45-43

With his hands clasped over his head, JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard, could only watch as Georgia Southern celebrated their 45-43 win over the Bobcats. 

“When you put in time, and you really think—you know you’re supposed to be someone, it kind of hurts,” Weatherspoon said. “For myself, in the locker room, I kind of tried to lift everybody up. I tried to tell everybody ‘keep your head up, we got more, we got more,’ but tonight everybody wanted to win.”

For reasons Texas State men’s basketball Coach Danny Kaspar does not know, D.J. Brown, senior guard, drove into the paint only to be met by three Georgia Southern players.

Men's basketball looks to bounce back at Strahan

JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard, was initially a staple of the Texas State men’s basketball team’s starting lineup.

Weatherspoon assumed a new role that put him on the bench against Arkansas-Little Rock.

Coach Danny Kaspar has made several modifications to his team’s offensive scheme since the Bobcats last played Georgia Southern. Weatherspoon said not starting would have bothered him in high school, but he understands a greater goal is to be accomplished as the Bobcats begin a three-game home stretch against Georgia Southern.

Beyond the game: Kendell Ramlal, sophomore forward

Most kindergarten parents deal with issues of intellectual underdevelopment, but Cherrie and Keith Ramlal were different.

Their son, Kendell, now a sophomore forward for the Texas State men’s basketball team, was too smart.

“Kendell got bored very easily in school,” Cherrie said. “He only spent four months in kindergarten, and when we went back after Christmas break, they moved him up to the first grade.”

For Kendell, the learning never ended.

He completed three pages from five different workbooks to occupy himself during the summer. Otherwise he would get bored.

Kendell was the tallest in most of his classes, the youngest, and often the smartest.

Beyond the game: Wes Davis, senior guard

The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks earned their 12th win of the season over Southern Methodist University during the 2007 SMU Holiday Classic with over 2,400 people watching.

Despite the large crowd, Preston Davis was concerned about only one person—Wes, his younger brother.

“Just to see the look on his face,” Preston said. “We actually won that game, and just for him to see the school that was considered the smallest school to play SMU come in and win.”

Growing up, Wes Davis, senior guard, largely followed the example his brother set.

Preston led and Wes followed both in conditioning and playing basketball in the driveway.

Wes had no idea he would be following in his brother’s footsteps once again with college basketball.

Men's basketball loses seventh consecutive game against UT-Arlington, 66-55

Texas State men’s basketball Coach Danny Kaspar told the Bobcats they needed at least one win in order to “stay in the picture” during the practices leading up to their two-game road trip.

The Bobcats have dropped to 4-4 in conference play after losing to Arkansas State in overtime Saturday and suffering an 11-point defeat against UT Arlington Monday.

“We are not shooting the ball well right now,” Kaspar said. “We have to find a way to overcome that.”

The Bobcats shot less than 30 percent from the field, connecting on 16 of 54 shots.

Emani Gant, junior forward, was the only Bobcat who exceeded 45 percent shooting, making four of eight shots in the game. Gant accounted for 13 of the team’s 55 points.

Gant sets career-high in Bobcats' win against South Alabama

The Texas State men’s basketball team played its fifth game in 11 days, closing out a three-game home stretch with an 82-71 win over South Alabama.

While the Bobcats will return to the road Friday morning, Coach Danny Kaspar said the performance against South Alabama was an example of what the team needed if they desired to finish high in the conference.

"With this tremendous schedule the Sun Belt throws out at us, you know I don’t know who has worse road schedule this year—us or the Spurs," Kaspar said.

The win, a product of outside shots and rebounds, gave Ethan Montalvo, junior guard, and Vic Bermudez, senior guard, opportunities to contribute both offensively and defensively.

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