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Texas State Baseball Team Hero

Check out my feature story over the Texas State baseball team student manager Will Grant.

(Thanks to Luke Sherley, Granger Studdard and Coach Jeremy Fikac for being apart of the interview. Also a big thank you to the Texas State baseball team, and Sports Information Department for making this interview and story possible.)

By: Kiersten Ehr
Twitter: @KierstenEhr

Texas State Football Players Give Back To Community On Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2016
By: Kiersten Ehr

For Valentine’s Day this year some of the Texas State football players decided to give back to the community and elderly by stopping by the San Marcos Rehabilitation and Health Care center.

Photo Credit: Kiersten Ehr

 

The Texas State football players involved were Gabe Schrade, Kian Scheonborne, Inoke Langi, Jordan Mittie, Willie Williams, Stedman Mayberry, Will Copa, Karee Berry, Jeff Banks, Louis Rubin and Cody Casey.

The residents at the healthcare center were all smiles as the football players danced with them and gave the women roses.

 

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Texas State football player Gabe Schrade organized this event to make a difference for others who might be alone on Valentine’s Day at the healthcare center.

“We organized this to give back to the elderly and people in the nursing home. We wanted to dance with them and give them a fantastic Valentine’s Day,” said Schrade.

 

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Jamie Vanostrom, a resident at the San Marcos Rehabilitation and Health Care center, said that people in nursing homes are often forgotten and that she was very glad the football players came to see them. Vanostrom said, “It made our day.”

Rena Herrera, a nurse at the center, said that it was nice having the Texas State football players volunteer.

“We felt the emotion from all of their years through their hands when we danced.
It was really special not only for them but for us as well.  We definitely got more than we probably gave,” said Schrade.

 

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“I had a great time. This brightened my day, just talking to older people about where they are from and what they like to do. It touched my heart a little bit,” said Cody Casey, a Texas State football player.

The Texas State football players may have delivered Valentines but their hearts were touched today by residents at the San Marcos Rehabilitation and HealthCare Center.

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Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day
Until The Next Time,
Your SportsChic
~Kiersten Ehr~

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RECAP: Texas State Football Head Coach Dennis Franchione Retires After 40 Years Of Coaching

By: Kiersten Ehr

SAN MARCOS– Texas State University students and alumni awoke to the news Tuesday that football head coach Dennis Franchione will be stepping down from coaching for the Bobcats after the 2015 football season with a record of 3-9.

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Photo Credit: Kiersten Ehr- Texas State Head Coach Dennis Franchione pictured with quarterback Tyler Jones 2015. 

 

Franchione emailed the entire Texas State football team that he is retiring from coaching football after his five seasons coaching the Bobcats in San Marcos, Texas.

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Career At A Glance

Franchione took over the head coach position for Texas State in 2011 to help with the transition for Texas State, after jumping into new conferences.

Texas State was part of the Division 1-AA Southland Conference 1987-2012, WAC (Western Athletic Conference) Division 1-A 2012-2013,  and then moved in the Sun Belt Conference Division 1 FBS (NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-A, is the top level of college football in the United States).

Coach Fran in his five years had two bowl eligible seasons  with Texas State with an overall 20-28 record for the Bobcats. However, Texas State was not selected for any bowl games.

Through thick and thin, the 2015 season was Franchione’s worst season, record wise, which made the Bobcats end up 10th for the Sun Belt Conference.

Before coming to Texas State, Fran had experience coaching at Texas A&M, Texas Christian University, Alabama, New Mexico, Southwestern College and Pittsburg State.

Franchione coached for a career total of 40 years.

One of only four active coaches with 200 victories.

Fran has a 210-126-2 overall record and even helped set the stepping stones for the successful football careers of NFL potential hall of fame  players Brian Urlacher and LaDainian Tomlinson.

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Brain Urlacher- Photo Credit: Chicagonow.com
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LaDainian Tomlinson

 

 

Texas State originally offered Franchione a five year extension contract before the 2013 season began, but with an embarrassing 3-9 season that ended too soon…Fran will now leave Texas State with two years left in his contract which will open the door for a new coach to come in and take over.

A Texas State football player requested anonymously today that he was surprised that Franchione decided to step down.

“When I first heard the news I was shocked. I feel like coach Fran still should be the coach, and with out a doubt he would of gotten the team back on track. Now for far as future hopes for the team( Texas State) I know they will be a good team next year. The team recruited some good players.”
-Texas State football player 

The question that all Texas State University students, alumni, fans and staff will ponder is who will be the next head coach for the Texas State University football program and lead us back to a winning season?

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Photo Credit: Kiersten Ehr 

What are your thoughts and opinions on this bold move by Franchione? Let me know on Twitter @KierstenEhr  #SportsChic

Until The Next Time,
I’m Kiersten Ehr
Your SportsChic

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Texas State Struggles With Bowl Eligibility

By: Kiersten Ehr
KTSW-FM 89.9 Sports Reporter

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SAN MARCOS—For homecoming weekend with an attendance of 15,241 at Bobcat Stadium, Texas State played with diligence in Saturday’s match-up against New Mexico State, but the Bobcats were unable to win the battle against the Sun Belt Conference’s leading rusher Larry Rose III.

The running back that caught all the attention for New Mexico State, Rose rushed 207 yards and received 87 yards against the Bobcats defense. The Bobcats had three offensive turnovers that helped pave the way for NMS to win 31-21 (NMS 2-7, TXST 2-6).

After New Mexico State’s first win last week 55-38 in overtime over Idaho, Texas State Quarterback Tyler Jones mentioned that the team was aware that the Aggies had some momentum and some highs going into the game against the Bobcats.

“They’re a good team,” said Jones. “I just think they had some better blitzes and stuff at different times than what we expected. It’s understandable, we’re going to have our highs and lows, but they didn’t do anything particular that we just weren’t ready for.”

Jones stood out leading the team in his seventh rushing touchdown this season, the most of his career, and the junior QB finished the night with 287 passing yards.

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Damani Alexcee led the team defensively with 12 tackles over the Aggies.

The Bobcats have been struggling with finding the right balance on the field to have another shot at being bowl eligible this season. Alexcee said this is the point in the season that the team has to come together.

“At that at the end of the day, we’re still a team,” said Alexcee. “Everybody that was here together in the beginning of August is still here right now.”

“We just have to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves, do we really want to finish this season right as a band of brothers?” said Alexcee.

Half-way through the season, Head Coach Dennis Franchione is still determined to make sure his team finds the answer to win in dire situations to pull out with a victory especially on home turf.

“Our team just can’t seem to find a way right now and that’s on me,” Coach Franchione said. “I accept full responsibility for that. We’ve got to find a way for them to find a way. As coaches and myself, we’re struggling doing that right now.”

Positive Texas State Highlights:

Lumi Kaba had a career night making a 66-yard punt and a 59-yarder in the second quarter.

Ryan Carden caught a 48-yard pass for the longest gain of his career.

Robert Lowe had 88 rushing yards.

C.J. Best had 74 receiving yards on six completions.

GAME STATS:

First Downs: NMSU 26/ TXST 20

Total Offensive Yards: NMSU 527/ TXST 400

Passing Yards: NMSU 297/ TXST 287

Rushing Yards: NMSU 230/ TXST 113

Penalty Yards: NMSU 5-37/ TXST 4-30

3rd Downs: NMSU 13-23/TXST 7-15

4th Downs: NMSU 2-3/ TXST 2-2

Time of Possession: NMSU 32:29 TXST 27:31
NEXT GAME: Texas State will be home against Georgia State at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Last season the Bobcats won the match-up over the Panthers 54-31 in Georgia. To listen to the game tune into KTSW-FM 89.9 to hear Texas State broadcasters Brant Freeman and Bill Cullhane.

WHERE DO THE BOBCATS STAND: There are two more home games at Bobcat Stadium (11/14 & 11/19), then Texas State plays two on the road. If the Bobcats want to reach bowl eligibility the team has to win every game moving forward. Texas State is 1-3 in the Sun Belt Conference and 2-6 overall.

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~SportsChic

Sneak Preview To My Interview With TXST Softball Player Courtney Harris

By: Kiersten Ehr
KTSW sports reporter

{This is a sneak preview to my interview with the senior softball player Courtney Harris. The full length interview will be on the KTSW website within this week- be sure to follow twitter at @KTSWSports & @KTSW_899}

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Photo Credit: Used from Courtney Harris’s twitter account @sportneyy
From the Round Rock High School Dragon Softball field to the Bobcat Softball Complex in San Marcos, Courtney Harris has been a familiar part of softball in central Texas for years. In her senior season as the Texas State third baseman. She has been apart of the Bobcats success this year with the 32-20 record. In Harris’s college career she has had 459 at bats 89 hits and 17 home runs. I was able to sit down with Harris as she shares her story on and off the field.

Harris started following sports after watching her family inspired her to play the game she loves. Growing up Harris had a coach inspire her and encouraged her dreams to pursue playing collegiate softball. Harris mentions how he was able to have such a positive impact on her life.

CH: I have two older brothers and from the time I could walk I was in the stands watching them play sports. That’s how I got into it. I started playing t-ball when I was five and I just played softball ever since. One of my coaches in Arizona coached me for quite a few years, he was one of the best coaches I’ve ever had and you could tell he sincerely wanted us to succeed. He got joy seeing us continue onto the next level and he would do whatever he could to make sure that happened. He would go above and beyond to do what he could to help us reach our goals. He pushed me harder than I thought I ever could because he knew there was more in all of us.

Off the softball field Harris is just like any other college student and likes to catch up on some good t.v. by enjoying some quality time with her Netflix. Harris also likes to keep her sports interests in professional teams in the great state of Texas as she looks up to the tight end Dallas Cowboys Player Jason Witten.

CH: Netflix is like my best friend. I’ve watched One Tree hill, I’ve watched Gossip Girl twice, Pretty Little Liars, Parenthood, Vampire Diaries. The list continues. I’m a Cowboys fan but I’ve always liked Jason Witten. He wasn’t like a huge D1 athlete and just how he portrays himself on and off the field I just really like him a lot.


Here is Courtney’s favorite song ‘All I Need is You’ by the famous Christian Rap singer Lecrae

Courtney Harris is currently enjoying her senior year playing for Texas State Softball at third base. Harris is playing in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament here in San Marcos tonight  at 6:30 p.m vs. No.6 UL Monroe. You can listen to the Texas State Softball game on KTSW 89.9. San Marcos. You can get the rest of my one-on-one interview with Courtney Harris on the KTSW WordPress blog within this week. at http://ktsw.txstate.edu/

Freshmen twin sisters create a legacy for Texas State softball

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The Rupp sisters and myself (Kiersten Ehr) after a Bobcat win

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Sara and Randi Rupp have done everything on the softball field together for 15 years. This year the freshmen continue that streak here at Texas State. Pitching for the Bobcats, Randi is already becoming an all star as she threw her 21st complete game and eighth shutout of the season in the Incarnate Word series on April 1st. Her eight shutouts now leads the nation in that category. Randi gets help at the plate as Sara backs her up as catcher. You can only imagine they are on the same page for success.

KE: The girls have the advantage of reading each others actions and motives during games to help each other in crucial situations. This sisterhood has grown and continues to grow while playing in a collegiate level. Randi explains how much she relies on Sara backing her up behind the plate while keeping her focused.

Randi: For me with her being my catcher she automatically knows if I’m doing something wrong or what my pitch is going to be. She’s been catching for me for 15 years and we have that bond. We are super close and honestly I wouldn’t want to throw with anyone else except for her. It does make us better together.

KE: Every moment during a game for the Bobcats the Rupp sisters take each pitch to each inning as a learning tool to help them develop into star athletes in their careers as well as a leaders for the team. Sara points out that growing together with Randi is very important in their sisterhood as well as being teammates.

Sara: I feel like we learn with each pitch always something new to do. It helps us every game even if we are struggling we know to come back that next inning and get back in the grove.I feel like we are here to help each other and to grow with each other. To improve together.

KE: In this first year at Texas State the freshman twin sisters are learning to adapt under pressure in game winning situations. This has only strengthened their passion to become a greater version of themselves as they soak in the knowledge from upperclassmen. Randi says all the hard work has finally paid off.

Randi: To me it honestly tells me that everything I have done in the previous years have paid off now and it’s only going to make me better as I’m a senior. I’m getting experience now, I’m learning now.That will only help you as you get older and you’re playing as a senior you’re that much better. I have talked to the previous players that were here last year and they said that we are that much better this year than we were last year. She said we are all learning together and having a big freshman group come in. We are all learning as upperclassmen are helping us get into the groove of things now and being great leaders.

KE: Sara adds that this season is all about learning the little things. When the girls become upperclassmen they can then teach the new teammates tips to success.

You learn the little things now so that as you get older the little things will help you out. Playing as a freshmen is a big deal. You get to learn the game. Everything is real fast once you get to this level and as playing as a freshman it’s fast. You get the experience and even each day I will learn something new. If I get it now it will help me in the future. We still need to keep learning as we go but to keep that  confidence as we go through conference. To just get better and better each day.

KE: Sara and Randi Rupp are continuously growing as leaders and as teammates as the duo strives to fight for the Sun Belt Conference title in May. Randi Rupp continues to be dominate in the circle for Texas State as she currently ranks fourth in the nation in strikeouts with 192. and first in shutouts owning seven. She owns a team leading 15-9 record in the circle for Texas State. The girls are proving to set high standards for other freshmen athletes and teammates, that with a little heart and passion you can achieve excellence and a brilliant legacy.

I’m Kiersten Ehr with KTSWSports.

Epic battle deserves praise for #TXST baseball

A great spring night for baseball:

After a tough 6-4 Texas State loss to No. 10 UT Longhorns- the Texas State Bobcats who overall have a record of  10-13-1- almost prevailed with a win that would go down in history.

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I made sure that I had all my homework done to watch this sold out & PACKED game. My goodness I barely found a seat. Luckily some very kind gentleman moved down for me. I had never seen Texas State fans sitting next to UT fans-but if you’re desperate for a seat it comes with the game.

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Texas State was up 2-0 for the first two innings then let UT bat around making the game quite a nail biter for fans. Then it just came down to not scoring runs on base. UT is No. 10 for a reason and have always been Texas State rivals, but the Bobcats gave the Longhorns quite a scare for a while. The fact that TXST almost beat UT is a pretty great accomplishment. To go through pitcher after pitcher for UT- they knew the Bobcats wouldn’t give up without a fight.

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As a fan and spectator for entertainment purposes- I absolutely loved the environment around the stadium. I watched fathers with their daughters and sons bond over the game while explaining baseball rules- I heard cheering to singing to songs in between innings- smelled delicious hot dogs- witnessed selfies being taken- clapping- standing up in applause. These are classic moments that make even the closest baseball games all worth the time you spend watching.

Great job Bobcats. Your fans are proud of your hard work.

The power of a press pass

““A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.”- Mary Lou Retton

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There is no other power that can compare to having the power to interview.

I think of interviewing as a glimpse into the life of another person that only I can have the control of what to ask and say. Simply knowing when to speak-when to hold the power of silence -and using listening skills. It takes countless interviews to master the craft.

As a sophomore at Texas State, I have interviewed athletes that can potentially have a future in sports post graduation. That is something I take great pride in. Only I will have those moments and memories to boast about to other people if and when they are shown on ESPN someday. Pretty awesome. Yes, well I think so.

Just last Wednesday, I interviewed two twin sisters who are freshman on the Texas State Softball team- Randi and Sara Rupp- pitcher and catcher- who I think will have tremendous impact on the direction of the season. I had the privilege of announcing the Texas State softball game in which the bobcats won, and after the game I ran, well tried to on the field to get a quick Q&A with head coach Woodard and twin sisters.

—- One of my greatest prides so far in my college experience has definitely been to wear a press media pass for Texas State athletic events. It’s a priceless reward and opportunity and I intend to represent KTSW Sports and my beautiful school with the best of my abilities.