Haron Saenz

Local band works hard for fame

The San Marcos-based punk rock band Abandoned Under Fire is on a mission to reach superstardom no matter how long it takes.

Robert Lee, lead guitarist and vocalist, and Brandon DeLeon, drummer, founded the band in 2009 during their freshman year of high school, Lee said. Abandoned Under Fire was originally formed as a death metal thrash band.

The group has a collection of performances under its belt, Lee said. Abandoned Under Fire won its first Battle of the Bands competition in 2009.

Popular metal bands like System of a Down, Metallica and Megadeth were all early influences, DeLeon said.

Jonathan Arredondo, backup guitarist and vocalist, said the band gained a diverse sound over time. They began with heavy metal and developed into a punk rock sound.

Beyond the Game: Rachel Grout

A young girl, out of breath, peered at the sideline to find her coach. She needed reassurance that she was in the correct position.

The coach smiled and nodded as the whistle sounded to continue play.

This was the relationship Rachel Grout, freshman midfielder, and her father, Tim, had while she was growing up. Tim coached both of his daughters in basketball, softball, soccer and track.  

“Rachel, as well as her older sister, really loved sports,” Tim said. “She liked the competition. She liked the comraderie.”

Rachel stood out amongst her peers at five years old playing in Plano, Texas, the hotbed for soccer recruitment.

Soccer defeats Texas A&M Corpus Christi in home opener


The Texas State soccer team defeated the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Friday night, 2-0, in the first all-time meeting between the teams. The Bobcats have allowed one goal this season, with two shutouts. 

Tori Hale, senior forward, scored her second goal in three games in the 12th minute, assisted by Jourdan Brown, senior midfielder. Kassi Hormuth, freshman forward, recorded her second goal of her career in the 60th minute.

Hale and Hormuth have accounted for all four goals this season.

The Bobcats dominated time of possession as they outshot the Islanders 8-1 in the first half and 22-4 in the game, with eight shots on goal.

The Bobcats, 2-0-1 overall, return to action on Sunday against Northwestern State at 1 p.m. 

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