Gabby Tropea

Baseball loses to rival UTSA on road


Texas State baseball lost its third straight game against the UTSA Roadrunners Tuesday 7-2 on the road.

The Bobcats came into the match having lost four of their past five road games. Texas State is 5-10 away from Bobcat Ballpark.

UTSA came into the matchup with a 24-12 record. Texas State leads the all-time series against the Roadrunners with a 52-29 record.

The Bobcats had the bases loaded for Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, in the bottom of the ninth, where he hit a double to tie the game the last time both ball clubs met. Granger Studdard, freshman outfielder, brought in Mattlage for the win with his third walk-off hit of the season and his career.

Beyond the Game: Courtney Harris, junior third baseman


Courtney Harris, junior third baseman, has been playing softball since she could hold a bat. Her family legacy of playing sports is what originally got her onto the field and into the game.

Harris says her two older brothers, Connor and Colby Harris, got her involved in sports and have inspired her to be the best athlete she can be. The Harris family lived in Chandler, Ariz., before moving to Round Rock in 2009. Colby Harris played football and baseball at Hamilton High School in Arizona, and both he and Connor Harris played baseball. All three have been playing sports their whole lives.

Get to Know Cory Geisler, sophomore outfielder and pitcher


GT: What are some of your other favorite sports?
CG: Football and basketball.

GT: Did you fill out a March Madness bracket?
CG: I didn’t, but some of my friends have and I’ve followed along with it.

GT: What is your favorite thing to do on campus?
CG: Probably float the river.

GT: Where would you say is the best place to eat in San Marcos?
CG: It used to be the River Pub and Grill, but it’s not around anymore. So, I guess Grins.

GT:  If you could live anywhere in the world, would it be?
CG: Probably California, or I would stay here in Texas.

Get to Know: Raven Burns


GT: What do you like to do when you're not playing basketball?
RB: Listen to music. I'm the person on the team who's always up to date with

GT: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
RB: I'd stay in Houston. I love my city.

GT:  What is your dream car?
RB: An all-white Range Rover.

GT: Who is your celebrity crush?
RB: Chris Brown.

GT: What is your favorite restaurant in San Marcos?
RB: Chipotle Mexican Grill.

GT: What are you most looking forward to this basketball season?
RB: Going to New Orleans (Sun Belt conference championship tournament) and winning.

Beyond the game: Tina Valenzuela


According to junior track runner Tina Valenzuela, her ultimate goal at Texas State is to become an All-American track star.

Valenzuela said she began with track in 7th grade because she “wanted to be like her sister” who also ran track. She went to San Benito High School, where she was crowned district champion in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and the long and triple jumps—all multiple years in a row.

“My biggest struggle has been the transition from moving from high school to college with track,” Valenzuela said. “You go from being a stud in high school, and then in college you get put on your butt, basically. It’s a lot different.”

Get to Know: Kileah Mays


GT: What are your other hobbies?
KM: I really like fashion. I like to go thrifting and get clothes. I like to polish my nails, go shopping, paint and pretty much anything involving creative things. I’m really creative. I make a lot of things like my pillows in my room, curtains and stuff like that.

GT: What’s the most played song on your iPod right now?
KM: Probably Katy Perry’s “Roar.”

GT: Who is your celebrity crush?
KM: Idris Elba.

GT: What is your dream car?
KM: A Range Rover. All black, everything.

Bobcats face Hilltoppers Saturday at home for Senior Night


The Bobcats seek to further their two-home game winning streak Saturday when the team takes on Western Kentucky.

The 23 seniors on the football team will celebrate “Senior Night” during Saturday’s matchup against the Hilltoppers. Coach Dennis Franchione said he was proud of the young men that stuck through the process of transitioning to the FBS.

“This senior class is kind of a unique and special group,” Franchione said. “They’ve really been through a process that I don’t know if there are many classes out there in America that have gone through.”

Both teams will come into the game 2-3 in the Sun Belt Conference and 6-4 overall. The Hilltoppers are currently on a two-game winning streak after defeating Army 21-17 and Georgia State 44-28.

Texas State loses on road, scoreless in second half


Arkansas State defeated Texas State Saturday 38–21 with the Bobcats giving up a season-high 328 yards rushing to the Red Wolves.

Arkansas State became the fourth university in the Sun Belt Conference to become bowl-eligible with the win against the Bobcats. Louisiana—Lafayette, Western Kentucky and Texas State are eligible to be invited to a bowl.

The Bobcats gave up 5.8 yards per rushing attempt and did not score in the second half of Saturday’s game. Arkansas State ran the ball 57 times in the matchup and lost 5 yards on the ground.

“The kicking game was ineffective,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “Then, the offense didn’t score any points in the second half. We got beat in all aspects of the game.”

Football prepares to face Arkansas State, hope to move up in Sun Belt


Freshman Quarterback Tyler Jones getting ready to throw the ball

With three games left in the season and a bowl game on the line, the Bobcats will face second- place Arkansas State Saturday for a chance to move up in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Red Wolves have won back-to-back Sun Belt championships and have been to the Bowl for two consecutive seasons. Arkansas State won last year’s bowl game against Kent State 17–13.

The Red Wolves will come into the game 5–4 after beating Louisiana-Monroe 42–14 last weekend. The team has averaged 30.4 points per game while the Bobcats have averaged 28.8 points. Texas State lost 14–21 Oct. 12 to Louisiana-Monroe.

Beyond the game: Jason Dann


Portrait photo of Jason Dann

One kicking and punting position shared between three men has brought a competitive yet friendly nature to the Texas State football program this year.

Junior Jason Dann, placekicker and punter, has recently competed with his teammate Will Johnson, junior kicker, for the same position on the team. At the time Johnson was replaced, he was 0 for 5 on field goals and 13 for 13 on extra points.

“I’ve had my struggles,” Johnson said. “Jason (Dann) stepped up and filled my spot, and he’s done a great job. It’s a competition every week to see who will be punting and kicking.”


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