Allison Brouillette

Veterans react to Fort Hood shooting that left three soldiers dead, 16 injured

James Rominger has been deployed to Germany, Japan, Korea and Vietnam and served in the Army for more than 30 years. He says soldiers are prepared for the worst when serving overseas, but they do not expect to be attacked at home.

“It’s incomprehensible that things like this could happen at a place that you feel like should be the safest place in the world,” said Rominger, a former senior command sergeant major.

Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire April 2 at Fort Hood, killing three fellow soldiers and injuring 16 more before turning the gun on himself. Fort Hood, approximately 98 miles from San Marcos, is the site of a mass shooting in 2009 carried about by former Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others.

Softball still winless on road after 19-7 loss

The Texas State softball team was defeated by Texas 19-7 Wednesday night, extending its losing streak to four games while remaining winless on the road this season.

The Bobcats gave up a season-high 19 runs and 15 hits to the Longhorns, falling 32-12 all-time against Texas.

“We didn’t keep (the Longhorns) from scoring,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “It’s hard to win games when you can’t keep the ball in the ballpark.”

The Bobcats gave up four home runs in the contest. Taylor Thom, Texas shortstop, led the Longhorns offensively, hitting two home runs in the game while going 3-3 at the plate. Thom scored 3 runs and had seven RBI.

Baseball to face Arkansas State after winning first two conference series

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Texas State has yet to lose a weekend conference series this season and is looking to keep the streak alive as the ball club travels to Arkansas State this weekend.

The series marks the third conference matchup for the Bobcats this year. The Red Wolves are tied with the Bobcats for second place in the Sun Belt, with both teams possessing 5-1 records in the conference.

Arkansas State returns to action Friday after winning a game against the Memphis Tigers, defeating the team 10-7.

The team is fourth in the conference in batting average with .285 and leads in walks at 114.

Arkansas State ranks third in the conference in sacrifice flies and bunts. The Red Wolves are second in stealing, with 37 bases stolen out of 41 attempts.

Beyond the Game: Tyler Pearson, senior catcher

Before Tyler Pearson, senior catcher, could walk, he would grab a ball, any ball, and haphazardly throw it toward his parents. Pearson’s form, at the time, was not refined, and the ball would veer in multiple directions.

Pearson’s parents would toss the ball back, and he would repeat the process—throwing and catching. Pearson could play catch all day. The word “ball” was one of his first words.

“He never went anywhere without a ball in his hands,” said Kathy Pearson, his mother.  

Todd Pearson, his father, coached football for Monterey High School in Lubbock. With his father’s coaching background, Pearson’s sports trajectory was a logical one—his father coached him until he was nine while his mother, a teacher, provided support.

Longhorns' baseball coach gains historic win against Bobcats

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The Texas State baseball team fell to Texas 5-1 Tuesday night in Austin as Longhorns Coach Augie Garrido picked up his 1,894th victory, the most college baseball wins in history.

The Bobcats were held hitless until the top of the third. Colby Targun, junior outfielder, recorded Texas State’s first hit.

“We have to get better offensively,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “Mike (Silva) is working really hard with these guys to make them better. That’s what we will be working on tomorrow in practice and get after it then.”

The Longhorns entered the matchup against the Bobcats with the fifth best team ERA in the nation at 1.84.

Texas has won 20 consecutive games against Texas State with 11 decided by two runs or fewer.

A glimpse into the life of Alkek Library’s namesake

One of the most instantly recognizable images of Texas State is Albert B. Alkek Library, a giant, seven-story home to thousands of documents, works of art, films and other resources for students. Though most Bobcats pass through or by the library each day, few are aware of the prolific life of the building’s namesake.

Albert B. Alkek was no stranger to philanthropy. The accomplished businessman amassed considerable wealth as a player in the South Texas petroleum business in the first half of the 20th century and donated much of his wealth back to the Texas
community.

Woodlands developers in process of obtaining permits for housing on Cape’s Camp

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Developers of The Woodlands of San Marcos, which will be built on the disputed Cape’s Camp property, are working toward breaking ground after Planning and Zoning commissioners approved the second phase of the environmental protection plan this January.

City councilmembers approved zoning changes that would allow Georgia-based Dovetail Development to build a 306-unit, 1,000-bedroom apartment complex off River Road and next to Interstate Highway 35 with a 5-2 vote in January 2013.

John Foreman, the city’s planning manager, said now that the environmental protection plan is approved, the developers have to survey the land to set property boundaries and obtain various permits.

Baseball defeats Hilltoppers, improves in Sun Belt Conference

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The Texas State baseball team won two out of three games at Western Kentucky over the weekend, improving to 5-1 in the Sun Belt Conference.  

The Bobcats scored a season-high 13 runs in the second game of the series, forcing the second loss at home for the Hilltoppers.

“We played better,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “The team played with more emotion. We didn’t play very good on Tuesday and even though we lost, we played good on Friday as well.”  

Garrett Mattlage, junior shortstop, recorded a career-high seven RBI on the afternoon as well as going three for five with a run scored.

The team struck first when Tyler Pearson, senior catcher, connected with a triple over the center fielder’s head.

Softball defeats Iowa 4-0 Wednesday night at home

The Texas State softball team won its 18th game of the season Wednesday night against Iowa 4-0, matching the total amount of wins the team had in 2013.  

Rayn House, junior pitcher, threw her eighth complete game shutout and earned her 15th win of the season, giving up two hits and two walks and striking out seven batters. House has pitched nine straight games for the Bobcats since March 5 against Texas A&M.

“I try to go out every game and be loose and do my job,” House said. “It’s really easy when I have an offense that is as great as I do and a defense that is as great as I do. I can trust they’re going to do what they need to do and it takes a load off of my shoulders.”

South By Southwest to boost San Marcos economy

With visitors from across the country descending on Austin for the South By Southwest festival, San Marcos officials and business owners expect their proximity to attract an increase in guests.

More patrons are expected to attend SXSW this year than in any previous years, according to the festival’s website. This year, about 72,000 registrants and artists signed up for the festival.

Festival-goers are looking to San Marcos for accommodations for a number of reasons, said Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez, executive director of the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau.

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