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My college journey at Texas State

By: Kiersten Ehr
April 19, 2017

Just to fill you all in on what I have been up to lately let’s just say it’s been a journey filled with wonderful experiences at Texas State. 

For those of you who don’t know my story and how I got to be a part of amazing sports experiences let me start. 

2013-2014 Freshman year

Covering a Texas State football game 
  • Became a Sports Reporter, Sports Announcer, Social Media Content Contributor for KTSW-89.9 radio station run by students at Texas State. Covered softball, baseball and basketball.
  • Worked for the web content department for KTSW-89.9 writing and editing blogs.
  • Received the ‘Champion of the Month’ award for the web content team.
  • Joined the Texas State Broadcasting Society.
  • Served as the treasurer for the Association of Women in Communications chapter at Texas State.

2014-2015 Sophomore year

Working a high school football game on the sidelines 
  • Continued to work for KTSW-89.9 in the sports department.
  • Received the ‘Champion of the Month’ for sports department.
  • Started my SportsChic blog on WordPress.
  • Became a treasurer for the Texas State Broadcasting Society.
  • Summer of my sophomore year I became the sports intern for KABB FOX 29/WOAI NEWS 4 SA.

2015-2016 Junior year 

Surprise candid with Tony Parker
Inside the Spurs media room 
Anchoring on Bobcat Update with my friend Tony Balladares
Sports intern with Time Warner Cable 


  • Continued my sports internship with KABB FOX 29/WOAI NEWS 4 SA until December, 2015.
  • Became the president of the Texas State Broadcasting Society.
  • Received a paid position for the Texas State Athletics department to be a student worker videographer in December, 2015.
  • Sports Reporter/Anchor for Texas State Bobcat Update TV.
  • Received a sports internship with Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) in San Antonio (attended all Spurs home games in the spring schedule) for the spring semester. 
  • Received a paid marketing internship with the United Soccer League (USL) San Antonio FC owned and operated by the Spurs Sports and Entertainment. I interned for the entire inaugural season where I helped run the team Snapchat game day fan relations, promotions and marketing events. 

2016-2017 Senior year

Working an event at Toyota Field for San Antonio FC
View from Toyota Field
  • Active president of the Texas State Broadcasting Society.
  • Videographer for Texas State Athletics covering football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball. 
  • Received a marketing internship in January, 2017 with a internet marketing service  called Leadhub in San Antonio where I help write blogs for different clients in other states for their websites. 
  • Graduating in May, 2017 🙂 

As you can see I have taken advantage of joining several organizations, taking on leadership roles and having four different internships. My goal is to enjoy my job and career once I graduate. I hope to work in sports media/sports communications where I can take advantage of my knowledge of social media and marketing. 

What is SportsChic up to? 

I am applying for various sports related positions and would love to hear from my readers of any open positions that I would be qualified for where I can be a great asset for an organization.

I have loved this college chapter in my life and I can’t wait to start the next step in my life starting my professional career. I encourage everyone to make goals and follow them! 

Until the next time,
I’m Kiersten Ehr
Twitter/Instagram @KierstenEhr

Senior photo session February, 2017

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. “

Lights, Camera, Action

By: Kiersten Ehr
March 31, 2016

Hello my amazing friends, fans and followers.

It’s Kiersten Ehr your favorite SportsChic and I’m just updating you on what I’ve been up to lately within the sports world.


Get To Know SportsChic

Logo Created By: Rachel Sansing, Cover Art By: Jerome Bartlett
  • Only child born & raised in San Antonio, Texas (PROUD Native Texan) Spurs fan
  • My entire family is from Wisconsin
  • Born &  raised Green Bay Packers fan (My dad’s best friend has Packers season tickers right by the Lambeau Leap section in the end-zone… This is the way I get to see Packer games in Green Bay. Pretty amazing.
  • My dad’s father who I call Boppa is an alum from Notre Dame University in South Bend (Ever since I was a little girl I grew up watching Notre Dame football and basketball)

Balancing College & Sports Internships

Part One:

I currently work for Spurs Sports & Entertainment as a marketing intern (I help out with the Snap Chat account at @SanAntonioFC as well as taking pictures and videos for the team)for the new USL San Antonio Football Club which is basically owned by the Spurs. This is a soccer team that hopes to become a Major League Soccer team in the future.
~Here are some exclusive pictures that I captured for the San Antonio Football Club. We are very excited that this week is the first game for the regular season, and April 9th will be the home opener at the Toyota Field!

~You can check out the San Antonio Football Club at their website http://sanantoniofc.com/   Twitter @SanAntonioFC   Instagram @SanAntonioFC Snapchat @SanAntonioFC Facebook @San Antonio FC

Part Two:

I have another internship with Time Warner Cable News for the San Antonio location. Part of the internship allows me to attend a wide range of sports events. For example I can go to all the Spurs home games… yes I’m beyond blessed considering they are the Spurs and will most likely be in the NBA Championship series this year.
Here are some Exclusive pictures I have captured this year with TWC News. Enjoy! P.s. I went to the Biggest regular season game in the history of the NBA (Warriors at Spurs 3/19/16). Yes, I will also be going to the NBA playoff games when the Spurs are home (pretty amazing).

I hope you have a GRAND day and don’t forget to watch the Final Four in March Madness this weekend!

*Final 4 is in Houston, Texas at the NRG Stadium (Representing Texas :))
The first game will start at 5:00 p.m. with #2 Villanova Wildcats vs. #2 Oklahoma Sooners, and game 2 will start at 7:50 p.m. featuring the #1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. #10 Syracuse Orangemen. Both games will be televised on TBS).

Until The Next Time,
Your SportsChic,
~Kiersten Ehr~
Follow Me on Twitter/Instagram/SnapChat @KierstenEhr


Photo By: Tony Morano

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.


Photo Credit: Kiersten Ehr

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.


Photo Credit: Kiersten Ehr

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.


Photo Credit: Kiersten Ehr

“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.


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

Follow Me on Twitter @KierstenEhr


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Having Peace With Your Career Path

By: Kiersten Ehr
Jan. 25. 2016


First off I know that since it’s a new year some people may feel anxious, nervous, stressed out if you have a new job, looking for a job, feel too old but still need to work or simply have no idea what you want to do with your life…

I have some helpful advice for you to feel more positive and optimistic about your career path.

Even I admit at first I was anxious to pursue a career in sports broadcasting that consists of mainly men, but you know what I made a name for myself with my strong work ethic, and so can you!


During my orientation at my new internship for Time Warner Cable in Austin, I met the News Director Micheal Pearson who gave incredible advice about keeping humility. Mr. Pearson told the interns he jumped into a new career path from print journalism to broadcast television in San Antonio at about the age of 40.
With no education in mass communication only in journalism, at Texas State (Go Bobcats) Mr. Pearson said that he once  worked a 3 a.m. shift since that was the entry level position at that time.  Having shown humility to work his way up, Mr. Pearson proved himself at the age of 40 when he was up against 20-year- olds. Now Mr. Pearson is the News Director for Time Warner Cable in Austin.
The moral of the story is that people notice when you show humility, initiative and determination to reach your goals. 

I encourage all of you to make sure you find a job or career you are absolutely passionate about, because you don’t want to live with regrets of “what ifs” friends.
Even if you have a job that pays less than $10 an hour but you love what you do- then stick with what you love. Money doesn’t equal happiness. 


I found these amazing quotes that prove that you should live a life you love.
The famous saying goes, “LOVE WHAT YOU DO.” 

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs 

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” – Maya Angelou


“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

-Steve Jobs

Remember to Choose Joy and Find a Job You Love
Until the Next Time,
I’m Kiersten Ehr
Follow me on Twitter @KierstenEhr 



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.

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.


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.

Brain Urlacher- Photo Credit: Chicagonow.com
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?

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


Meet Brian Guendling ‘The Sign Language Man’ From Texas State Who’s Gone Viral

By: Kiersten Ehr

Photo Credit: Brian Guendling (Instagram @BGUENDLING) Brian is in the middle with the white shirt and black jacket)
SAN MARCOS– Texas State University’s very own Brain Guendling has gone viral world wide in his Youtube video ‘College Football Players Perform First Sign Language Concert Ever.”  

The music video targets the hearing impaired.  Brian’s background with special needs kids helped set the way for his global sensation that has made it’s way to ESPN, CNN, SI, national and international headlines as well as stardom for Mr. Brian Guendling. Brian’s intentions are pure as his passion is to have concerts for the hearing impaired.

Below is the link to Guendling’s Youtube sensation.


Meet Brian Guendling:

Photo Credit: @BGUENDLING Instagram
Brian is a junior  at Texas State in San Marcos, Texas where he plays football  (defensive end) for the Bobcats. A San Diego native, Guendling’s father (Mike Guendling) played football and hockey at Northwestern and was later drafted in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft for the San Diego Chargers as a linebacker.

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Photo Credit: @BGUENDLING Instagram (Brian and his dad Mike)
The Gist of it:  Brian Guendling is a Texas State football player and special needs student (An American hero if you ask me).


When Guendling’s mother was pregnant with Brian she was told he might be mentally challenged since his two uncles, both of which are wheelchair-bound, blind, and mentally challenged. Brian is not mentally challenged but he did not say his first word until he was four years old (was in special education classes up until high school where he struggled with short-term memory and grammar comprehension).


Cool Fact: Brian studied American Sign Language as an elective at a San Diego college during his junior year of high school according to Yahoo.

  • Brian Guendling performed Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’  on June 19th in sign language at a local San Marcos bar called Nephews with his football teammates as back up dancers


  • Guendling uploaded the video (what he called ‘the first sign language concert ever) to YouTube– as of July 17th the video has over 205,000 views
  • The rumor is Brian wants to make some videos using songs from LMFAO, Kesha, Bruno Mars and other popular artists
    Photo Credit: @BGUENDLING Instagram

How to Follow The Sign Language Man on social media:

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unnamed (1) @BGUENDLING

1377580_10152203108461729_809245696_n @”The Sign Language Man”  (Updated statuses, concert pictures, as well as location requests of the Sign Language Man)

‘My main goal is to bring music to the deaf community,’ said Guendling.

I’m a proud Texas State Bobcat and I’m looking forward to interviewing Brian in the fall for the upcoming football season. Way to go Brian! You make Texas State proud.

Until the next time,
I’m Kiersten Ehr


My Enriched Blogging Experience

{For my Fundamentals of Digital Online Media class project} 

I have been blogging for five months and I think it’s the way of the future. Personally for me I love blogging about what I love (my passion for sports) because it is relevant to the field I want to be in. I think blogging for Fundamentals of Digital Online Media has helped my personal brand vastly. I use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn to promote my blog posts and that helps get feedback instantly.

Photo Credit: Megan McGee

I have written blog posts on Texas State athletes and I promote them on their own social media accounts-this helps me share my links with them. They can then instantly share on their account-increasing my page views and followers. I’ve also realized how important it is to be a genuine reporter. If you maintain a positive and good relationship and actually care about the person you are interviewing– 10/10 they will help promote you and even want more interviews. I have had interviews with one of the best pitchers in the ‘Nation’ and it was an honor to write a story about her and her sister (Randi and Sara Rupp twinsisters-Texas State Softball- Big deal).

I think all the tools that I used in promoting my blog helped increase my number of followers. Through the word of the mouth I kept seeing my numbers increase especially through family and friends. I want to include more video content such as interviews with athletes and that will be the next task to tackle.

My prep materials before a Texas State Softball game

This experience will benefit my future since I like to write positive, entertaining blog posts about the sports culture and my personal experience. I think because I’m genuine about my passion, my fans and followers can feel that while they read. My whole goal is to inform and entertain others about sports.

So far I think I’ve achieved that through my positive feedback (I have a professional Sports Announcer/Broadcaster for Texas State–Bill Culhane– follow my blog and he has encouraged me to stick with it-he even promoted my blog on KTSW 89.9– definitely helps my confidence and passion grow).

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.- Philippians 4:13

~Kiersten Ehr~

The NFL Welcomes Five New Texas State Bobcats

Bobcat fans watched the NFL Draft in anticipation last weekend hoping to see some Texas State faces inducted to sign with NFL teams. Texas State proudly was represented as five new Bobcats will see the light and fame that the NFL (National Football League) offers. This is a huge praise for the Texas State athletic program as they are seeing national publicity attention. The Bobcats are the rising star in Texas and they are now gaining much deserved respect and will no longer be the underdogs.

Texas State Football players in the 2015 NFL Draft:

1. Craig Mager, CB (Corner back) drafted in the 83rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft with the San Diego Chargers.
One of two Bobcats invited to the NFL Scouting Combine- became the first Bobcat to play in the 90th Annual East-West Shrine All-Star Game on at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla- .A four-year letterman who started each of the 48 games in his collegiate career – was a 2014 All-Sun Belt Conference Second-Team by a panel of SBC coaches and selected media.

Photo credit: Texas State Athletics

2. David Mayo, Line backer, In the 5th round, 169th overall pick has drafted with the North Carolina Panthers.
(Height 6’2, #2 in the NATION with tackles 154, All American 4th Team, Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, weight 228) 

“I couldn’t be happier. I’m so excited to be in an organization like this. I visited there, and I really loved the coaches and staff. It’s going to be a great fit.” -NFL Draft

Photo Credit: Texas State Athletics

3. Terrence Franks, RB(Running back) has signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams.
In 2014 he played in 12 games, made two starts as a running back, rushed for 712 yards and eight touchdowns on 107 carries, caught 11 passes for 125 yards and three TDss, ranked 10th among among Sun Belt Conference rushing leaders with 59.3 yards per game. 

Photo Credit: Texas State Athletics

4. Will Johnson, Texas State Kicker, has signed with the Houston Texans.
One of two Bobcats invited to the NFL Scouting Combine( NFL combine is by invitation only- a week long event in February- college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, general managers, and scouts) named All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team punter by both College Sports Madness and Phil Steele -ranked second among league leaders and ranks 21st nationally with a punting average of 43.8 yards on 65 punts. 

Photo Credit: Texas State Athletics

5. Mike Orakpo, Texas State LB (Linebacker), has signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
In 2014,  Orakpo played in two games before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Navy. He has earned All-Sun Belt Conference Second-Team honors. In 2013, he tallied 71 tackles to rank fourth among team leaders- led the team with 4.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss of 38 yards and three forced fumbles.

Photo Credit: Texas State Athletics

Texas State players in the NFL:
Joplo Bartu- Atlanta Falcons- Linebacker
Darryl Morris- Houston Texans- Defensive back
Ty Nsekhe- Washington Redskins- Offensive lineman
Craig Mager- San Diego Chargers- Corner back
David Mayo- North Carolina Panthers- Linebacker
Will Johnson- Houston Texans- Kicker
Mike Orakpo- Arizona Cardinals- Linebacker
Terrence Franks- St. Louis Rams- Running back
Well done Texas State!
~Kiersten Ehr~

Why Sports Matter

By: Kiersten Ehr

Here is my video link that I made for my Fundamentals of Digital Online Media class. I chose to make a video on why people love sports and how it has impacted their life. Enjoy! I hope that you and others are inspired to watch or follow sports after you watch this.

A special thanks to the following:
Colin Woods, Texas State senior, KTSW Sports Announcer
Shannon Carrico, Texas State Atheltics intern
Bill Culhane & Brant Freeman, Texas State Athletics Sports Announcers
Thank you for giving great quotes and content.

I hope you enjoyed my video. Now have a great day and don’t forget to watch the NBA and NHL playoffs!

Meet Kelli Baker: Softball Star With A Heart For God

By: Kiersten Ehr
KTSW 89.9 Sports Reporter/Announcer

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.”

1 John 4:18

Kelli Baker–Photo Credit: txstatebobcats.com

Kelli Baker leads off for the Texas State Softball team in the batting lineup as she continues to drive in almost perfection at the plate. Her leadership as a junior second baseman is a key factor in the tremendous success the Texas State team has shown so far this season. Baker is a Christian student athlete with a passion for leading her team with a heart full of love and patience. I was able to have an interview with Baker as she shares her story on and off the field.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,” (1 John 4:18).This is Baker’s favorite Bible verse as she shares it on her twitter account for her fans. Baker’s faith in the Lord transforms her actions in daily routines with teammates.

KB: It’s a big part. Not only in sports but also in every aspect of my life. It makes me realize what I’m playing for when I’m doing bad. It also helps me realize how to treat my  coaches, teammates and umpires with respect, because I’m playing to glorify the Lord.

On Baker’s bucket list she humbly wants to serve her Lord and spread the word of God in Africa.
KB: I really want to go to Africa. I want to build a water well through Living Water International. I really want to do that someday and to spread the gospel.

Ever since Baker was a little girl she developed a love for the game of softball and since then has kept that love strong as she adds to the Texas State record books. She hopes to continue her passion with sports after graduation by becoming a physical therapist for sports teams.

Baker– Photo Credit: txstatebobcats.com

KB: My cousin played baseball in Ohio when I was four or five, I saw him at a game and I said oh mom that looks like fun I want to play. They signed me up and I’m still in love with the game. Here I am today. Obviously I love sports and I want to be able to work with athletes who have been injured, rehab them and get them back in their work as quickly as possible. I think it’s a way for me to stay in the sport when I’m too old to play.

Playing with a selfless attitude toward her team, Baker mentions everything she admires about playing at Texas State in San Marcos.
KB: I love the softball aspect– it’s a game I’ve played my whole life. I love my teammates. I even love all my classes that I take. They are all very interesting. I love the church I go to in Austin, the Austin Stone. I love everything about it (Texas State).

On Baker’s humorous side she likes to quote her favorite movies and watch Christmas movies in the summer just for the fun of it.
KB: I always quote Bridesmaids. The Grinch is another one of my favorites. I watch that even when it’s not Christmas time and also the movie The Heat gets me every time.

Baker mentions that her favorite role model and athlete is the NFL’s very own Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt a three time pro bowler.
KB: J.J Watt. I love him. I love his work ethic. I love him as an athlete. I just love how he handles himself and he’s a good role model for everyone in the community.

On game day Baker has a tradition to always listen to her inspirational music on her phone playlist to help her get focused on the game. Baker even made one of her favorite Christian rap songs her walk up song ‘Awesome God’ by R-Swift.
KB: I have a game day playlist on my phone. It consists mostly of Christian rap songs that I like because it pumps me up and it helps me remember who I’m playing for and what’s most important to me.

If Baker could have any superpower—this is what she picked— she’s definitely a girl with a sense of humor–
“To not have to sleep. That would be awesome, I could get so much done.”

While interviewing Kelli Baker her face lit up with joy while she talked about her love for the Lord and her life playing softball. I feel honored to write a story on this inspiring role model for girls who want to pursue their dream while staying true to their faith. Currently Kelli Baker continues to be a leader on and off the softball diamond as she is prepping for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in San Marcos in May as Texas State has the honor of hosting the event.

Until next time,
~~I’m Kiersten Ehr~~