Jordan Cole

Get to know: Hunter Lemke

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Junior pitcher Hunter Lemke steps into big shoes this season as the team’s designated closer, replacing Jeff McVaney as the all-time Texas State career saves leader.

JC: Who is your celebrity crush?

HL: I’d have to say either Jennifer Aniston or Blake Lively.

JC: If you could pick any place in the world to vacation, where would it be and why?

HL: Oh, that’s a tough one. I’d have to say some self-secluded island with a secret house. I’d just stay out there for a week or two.

JC: Who is your favorite athlete?

HL: Derek Jeter.

JC: What is your favorite sports team?

Inside the Lines: Kyle and Jack Finnegan

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Love of the game is often passed along from father to son in sports, and Texas State’s Finnegan family is no different.

Kyle and Jack Finnegan, junior and freshman, are pitchers for the Texas State baseball team. Their faither, Willy Finnegan, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1981 after his junior year at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He spent three years in the minors and has served as a mentor, coach and leader for his sons.

 “He would always tell us old baseball stories and just cool, interesting stuff that would get you excited about the game,” Kyle Finnegan said.  “He wouldn’t force us to work at it. He would kind of leave it up to us if we really loved the game, and we definitely did.”

Inside the Lines: Colby Targun

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Most student athletes focus their time and energy in one sport, but sophomore Colby Targun is making a difference in two.

Targun is a rare athlete who plays two sports for Texas State. He is the second baseman for the baseball team and a safety on the football team.

“Some guys have the ability, even more than Colby, but are afraid of the moment,” said baseball coach Ty Harrington. “Colby doesn’t run from the moment. He steps into the moment. He likes being in those moments and really has the ‘it’ factor.”

The team member from Scottsdale, Ariz., has been a gifted athlete his entire life. Targun was a two-time all-state performer who led his team to the championship in 2009 and 2010 at Chaparral High School in Arizona—and that was only in football.

INSIDE THE LINES: Andrew Stumph

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Andrew Stumph, senior catcher for the Texas State baseball team, has never had to be the Bobcats’ vocal leader.

Last year’s big three, Jeff McVaney, Tyler Sibley and Casey Kalenkosky, have graduated, and the 6-feet, 215-pound senior from Katy High School is expected to become the new voice of the Bobcats.

“He needs to be a leader back there,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “He’s always been kind of a quiet person who has done his part, but now he needs to verbalize and vocalize his thoughts and feelings of what the team needs to do. He has a lot of thoughts going on (in) his mind because he is such an intelligent player. Now, he needs to let it out to the people around him so they can be better.”

Two weekend wins raise volleyball to fifth in conference

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The Texas State volleyball team carried its momentum into the WAC this past weekend, defeating the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs and Texas-Arlington Mavericks and losing just one set in the process.

The Bobcats are now 9-9 overall and have won nine of their last 10 sets, which moved the team up two spots to fifth place in the conference.

The Bobcats came out strong against the Mavericks after their Sept. 29 sweep of the Seattle University Redhawks. Coach Karen Chisum said it was the team’s best game  of the season.

Chisum is glad to see her team playing with the tenacity and momentum she has expected all year long.

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