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Hip-hop artist celebrated with event in Austin

A group of San Marcos and Austin residents joined forces Saturday to celebrate the birthday and legacy of one of hip-hop’s most influential producers, Dr. Dre.

The event, called Dre Day, is modeled after a theme held by Burlesque of North America, a graphic design company in Minneapolis. The annual bash began in 2003 and has since spread throughout the U.S. in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.

“I don’t know how many parties are going on that we don’t know about, but the goal is to turn it into a national holiday,” said Mike Davis, principal and creative director at Burlesque of North America and one of the original coordinators for Dre Day.

Texas State sweeps California—Riverside at home

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The Texas State baseball team came away with a three-game sweep at Bobcat Ballpark against California-Riverside over the weekend, improving its record to 5-2 on the season.

The Bobcats won the second of the three games Saturday in the bottom of the 10th when Granger Studdard, freshman outfielder, hit the single that gave Texas State an 8-7 victory.

Studdard was 0-1 in the count and sent the next pitch to left center field, bringing in Cody Lovejoy, junior designated hitter, from third and Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, from second.

Bike lanes, sidewalks to be added during Ranch Road 12 expansion

San Marcos will gain more bike lanes and sidewalks once expansions to Ranch Road 12 are complete in the fall.

The expansion is expected to begin in late fall and end in early 2016, said Project Manager Janae Ryan. Plans for the project are 60 percent complete at this time, Ryan said in a public meeting held Feb. 6 at the San Marcos Activity Center.

Construction will span from Craddock Avenue to Holland Street along Ranch Road 12, said Mary Mazzei, project manager for Halff Associates, the design firm working on the project. The plans include leveling the road in certain areas, creating sidewalks and bike lanes on each side of the road and adding new water utilities, Mazzei said.

Commissioners continue push for Freeman Ranch

Hays County officials are continuing to pursue an agreement with Texas State that would allow the construction of a youth agricultural facility on the Freeman Ranch property, despite university officials’ objections.  

The university was determined a potential site for the facility after county commissioners voted to close the Hays County Civic Center, the former home of local 4-H and FFA chapters, according to a Nov. 21 University Star article. Texas State responded with a letter rejecting the county’s proposal in December, citing legal conflicts with the terms of the Harold Freeman estate that owns the land.

Texas State defeats ULM, extends win streak

The Texas State women’s basketball team scored 45 points in the second half of Wednesday’s game to defeat the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 75-70.

Texas State will enter its Saturday matchup with Louisiana on a season-high three-game winning streak. The Bobcats’ last five wins have been by single-digits.

“The team has the ability to focus in a pinch,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “They’re hungry and they’re beginning to see the possibilities for them potentially. The focus is there, and that’s why in close games they’ve got it done. It’s called heart.”

Bobcats to face Louisiana teams at Strahan Coliseum

The Texas State men’s basketball team will host Louisiana-Monroe Thursday night and Louisiana Saturday afternoon, where Bobcat alumnus Jeff Foster will have his number 42 jersey retired at Strahan Coliseum.

Texas State previously beat the Warhawks 61-36 in its most lopsided win of the season to pick up the first conference win. Louisiana-Monroe has since gone 3-3, while Texas State’s record is 1-4 . The Bobcats are looking to stay focused near the end of games, where they have recently struggled.

“Almost every conference game since (Louisiana-Monroe) we’ve been right there,” said junior guard Wes Davis. “We just have to learn how to close out the game. That’s what we’ve been working on in practice.”

Beyond the game: Ashley Ezeh

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Although senior forward Ashley Ezeh has become an accomplished collegiate basketball player today, she did not set foot on the court until she was in middle school.

“I didn’t play any little league or anything,” Ezeh said. “Until my oldest brother Brian started playing for Prairie View A&M, and he was the star there, he got me interested.”

Ezeh’s brother was a guard at Prairie View and averaged 12 points, just under six rebounds and two assists in each game during his time there.

“I wouldn’t say he pushed me into the sport,” Ezeh said. “I just looked at him and wanted to fill his shoes, and it took off for me when I was in seventh grade and started playing AAU (Amateur Athletic Union).”

Beyond the Game: Coralee Ramirez

Senior outfielder Coralee Ramirez is a first generation college student who finds inspiration through her family’s support and life lessons of hard work.

Ramirez discovered her love of softball at five years old growing up in suburban Round Rock. Throughout her life she preferred to be outside playing sports, mostly with the boys, though that never fazed her.

“I would always get scraped up, and my mom would be crying ‘Oh you’re hurt,’” Ramirez said. “I just told her to slap a Band-Aid on it, and we’re good.”

Ramirez was a fairly quiet student during her freshman year at Vista Ridge High School.  She found athletics, specifically softball, as a way to help her branch out.  

Texas State falls short against WKU in close road game

In a game that was not decided until the final minute, Texas State came up short 64–68 to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Saturday night.

Western Kentucky controlled the offensive boards in Saturday’s game, outrebounding Texas State 9–4. The Hilltoppers outscored the Bobcats 12–3 in second chance points. The game went back and forth all the way to the end as the lead changed hands 11 times.

The starting lineup played most of the game, with one bench player participating for 15 minutes and the rest playing no more than eight. Usual starting senior guard Phil Hawkins was held to seven minutes as he was battling an illness before the game.

Bobcats defend tournament spot against WKU

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The Texas State men’s basketball team will take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Saturday for the first time in program history.

The Hilltoppers currently sit second in the Sun Belt at 5–2 behind the Georgia State Jaguars who are 7-0 in conference. Western Kentucky’s starting five brings the best team defense in the conference, .4 points better than the Bobcats. The team is on a three-game winning streak and has won five of their last seven matches.

“Every game I’m going to bring my best game,” said sophomore forward Emani Gant. “I’m going to practice trying to figure our opponent’s tendencies and what their goal is as a team. I feel my game will work well against these guys.”

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