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Photo by Abel Gonzales

A new season, a new head coach, and the start of a new era for the Texas A&M University- Kingsville football team, which proved to be more competitive than most of last season after falling 18-16 to the University of Incarnate Word at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.

In a game that marked the beginning head coach Daren Wilkinson’s career at TAMUK, the Javelinas came out looking like a different team from a season ago.

The Javelinas defense was solid from the get go and made their present felt early when they  recovered a fumble just five minutes into the game.

“The defense played great,” Wilkinson said. They played with effort and intensity. We had some issues on third down, but the effort was impressive and I am pleased.”

The first quarter belonged to the Javelinas as they also provided pressure on UIW’s first field goal attempt causing a miss with 7:36 left in the first quarter. At the 4:48 mark, Freshman Defensive-Back Devonte Williams intercepted a pass in the red zone stopping a Cardinal score. Questionable officiating stopped the Javelina’s drive Receiver Anthony Autry was held.

The Cardinals struck first with a Cody Seidel  field goal with 11:39 left in the half, giving them the 3-0 lead.

On the very next possession, the Javelinas took the ball and drove it for a touchdown by running back Joe Te’o, which was set up by a beautiful reception by Autry which downed him at the 1- yard line. With the extra point, the Javelinas took the 9-3 lead going into the half.

The Javelina offense came out strong on their first possession of the second half, as they  drove the ball to the 20-yard line, where QB Myles Carr, who threw for 176 yards, was intercepted in the end zone giving the ball back to the Cardinals.

“We can watch that stuff on film and correct.” Wilkinson said. “We need to correct the issues the team had on special teams and continue to get better.”

The Hogs would respond quickly with a Shawn Vasquez 8-yard touchdown run that made it  16-10 with less than two minutes in the 3rd.
The momentum of the whole game carried on to the fourth quarter again, as the Javelina defense came up huge again on fourth down and stopped the Cards dead in their tracks with 10:12 left in the game.

As the final minutes of the game were underway, Trent Brittain delivered a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Hicks with five  minutes left to tie the game at 16, with the Cardinals grabbing the lead 18-16 on a two point conversion,  which was blocked by the Javelinas defense initially.

“My guys worked hard for all four quarters,” Wilkinson said. If they continue like this it will spell great things for the season that lies ahead.”

The Javelinas will return home next week, where they will meet Missouri S&T at Javelina Stadium on September 12th.

“We just have to get back out there and work harder and make corrections for next week,” Wilkinson said. It was a competitive game and our guys work hard and compete.”



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10407989_864896286905314_4278800280338809763_nArguably one of the greatest defense backs to ever play in the National Football League, Darrell Ray Green paid a visit to students and staff at Texas A&M University-Kingsville not just to talk about his legacy, but on the impact his former school had on him in his pro football career.

Born in Houston, Green attended Jesse H. Jones High School where he was an All-State selection in track and an All-City pick in football before he would go on to play college football and track at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M-Kingsville).

“There was so much freedom to grow and develop at A&I,” Green said.

Green played 19 years in the NFL before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

“People told me the truth and stuck to their word and that played a huge impact on my career. The leadership that is still present today whether it has been successful or not, has had good people with a good head on their shoulders.”

In 1982, Green was selected by his teammates as captain and was named first team All-American, grabbing the Most Valuable Player award in the Lone Star Conference.

During his senior year, Green had 56 tackles, four interceptions and two punt returns for touchdowns.

He was selected to the Lone Star Conference Team of the Decade for the 1980s.

“I got most of my experience playing here at A&I,” Green said. “The Lone Star Conference was very competitive when I played and most guys went on to play in the NFL.”

Green was the last player selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

The first time he touched the ball, during a pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons, he returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown and during his first regular-season game, he made his first big play when he ran down running back Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys to prevent a touchdown.

Green started all 16 regular season games during his rookie season and finished fourth on the team in tackles with 109 and led the team in solo tackles with 79.

Green was runner-up for the Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year Award.

“It’s good to be back where it all started and I hope now I can have an impact on others and our students,” Green said.

“All around the country there are issues but I hope we can have that impact through mentoring and I’m sure glad that we can be here today,” he said.

Green said it was good to visit his “old stomping grounds” again.

Green also was on campus to  promote Leadership with the THINK Summit, which promotes the importance of self-confidence for youth. More than youth participated.

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Head coach Jason Gonzales brings the team together after the game for a  victory speech. The Javelinas finished the Lone Star Conference with 23 wins and 12 losses.
Head coach Jason Gonzales brings the team together after the game for a
victory speech. The Javelinas finished the Lone Star Conference with 23 wins and 12 losses.

The Lone Star Conference baseball crown will stay in Kingsville at least one more year after the Texas A&M University-Kingsville baseball team (29-21, 23-12 LSC) sweeping Tarleton State University (20-23, 13-19 LSC) 7-2, 5-2 and 8-5 to clinch the title in their final home series of the season at Nolan Ryan Field.

With the two wins on Saturday, the Javelinas become the top seed and will host the LSC Tournament May 7-9. As the No.1 seed, TAMUK and TSU will meet again in the opening round on Thursday.

First pitch for the Javelinas is set for 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 when they Javelinas get a rematch with Tarleton State University.

“It’s really tough to put into words what these guys have done,” said head coach Jason Gonzales. “We knew we had a very inexperienced team and that put a lot of pressure on these guys since they were picked to win the LSC.”

Starting pitcher Matt Terrones (8-1) got the start in Saturday’s first game providing solid work allowing just two runs in 5.1 innings pitched with four strikeouts.

“I can’t say enough about our offense,” Terrones said. “They exploded when we needed it and gave me a good cushion to where I can focus on doing my job and throw strikes.”

The Javelinas got things going early with senior second baseman Ryan Fickel leading the game with a double. TAMUK would add another run in the second on a fielder’s choice then score three runs on an RBI single by Zach Smith and Wallace to give the Javelinas a 5-0 lead off of Texan starting pitcher Kyle Gottardy.

“We just tried to stay concentrated on our game,” Terrones said. “I can’t say enough about my defense and offense behind me.”

In the final matchup with the Texans, Ryan Benitez (7-4) responded in the biggest game of the season by delivering 6.0 innings with only one run and six strikeouts.

“We knew as a team we needed to take these games if we wanted to win the conference,” Benitez said. “The only thing on my mind was the fact that I was blessed to be on the mound for the third and final game and have a chance to win the last game of the season.”

“We are 0-0 again going into the tournament,” Gonzales said. Now we get the opportunity to play at home where we have been pretty good all season long.”

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In spite of seven strong innings from five different pitchers, the Texas A&M University Kingsville baseball team (26-17, 20-9 in LSC play) lost their lead in the ninth inning and fell to the St. Edward’s Hilltoppers, 5-3, Tuesday night at Nolan Ryan Field.

Trailing 3-2 in the 7th inning, The Hipptoppers loaded the bases and would tie the game on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Steven Robertson who was just getting started. Robertson would go on to bat again in the ninth against Weston Silverberg and connect on an RBI double that would give his team the lead for good.

Dustin Luna got the nod to pitch with Ryan Benitez and Matt Terrones resting from starts against Eastern New Mexico two days prior. Luna pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless baseball with two strikeouts in his third start of the season.

“It’s a disappointing loss, especially when you have a lead in the ninth inning,” head coach Jason Gonzales said. “We played a lot of guys that haven’t played a lot this season but we cant make mistakes, especially this late in the season.”

The Javelinas got things going in the first-inning with an RBI single by Larren Artis who put TAMUK on the board first. The Hogs would hold that lead until the sixth, when SEU tied the game on a fielder’s choice. The Hilltoppers added another run in the seventh to take a 2-1 lead but the Javelinas would tie things up with an Wesley Aquliar Squeeze that scored David Massey.

“The defense played well and I felt like we scored enough runs to win,” Gonzales said. “When you have the lead in the ninth you feel good but tonight we just didn’t get it done.”

With the playoffs only a few weeks away, Gonzales knows his team needs to be ready to play their best ball.

“We just have to play better,” Gonzales said. “We just have to learn from the mistakes we made.”

The Javelinas will begin a three game road trip in San Angelo as they will take on the Angelo State Rams starting on Friday and with just seven games left, TAMUK will look to pad their two game lead in the Lone Star Conference standings.

“We have to go into that series in Angelo learning from the mistakes that we made tonight and make sure that we don’t repeat them,” Gonzales said.

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Kaina Martinez is on pace to compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x400m relay at the national championships.
Kaina Martinez is on pace to compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x400m relay at the national championships.

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Track & Field team traveled April 18 to compete in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet going up against strong Division I & II competition.

Jeron Robinson, junior high jumper, took the title, jumping  a season best 7-feet, 4.25 inches.  Courtland Wells of Southern Mississippi who took 2nd place with a jump of  6-feet, 0.25 inches.

Senior 400-meter runner Amber Perry was able to record the fastest time in the Lone Star Conference, crossing the finish line as a runner-up with a time of 53.98, which is now the 4th fastest time in Division II and just seconds behind the winner Mariam Kromah form Southern Miss who won the race with a time of 53.68.

800-meter specialist junior Michal Idziak is now in control of the event in the LSC after clocking a provisional time to take 3rd place in section A with a time of 1:49.81 and just seconds from the top two who also ran a 1:49.  Idziak is now tied for the fifth fastest time in the nation, is third best in Javelina history, and looking towards a stronger performance come conference and nationals.

Freshman runner (800) Francisco Solis was able to capture a 5th place finish in section B of the event to improve his time with a 1:52.39 competing against a strong field as well.  Solis is also focused for the 1500 meter run as he has a time of 3:56.48, which puts him in 4th place in the conference.

In the women’s 4 X 400 meter relay, the team of Jasmine Miller, Kathy Trevino, Kaina Martinez and Perry crossed the finish line in 5th place with a time of 3:42.85 but lead the conference with a time of 3:41.99.  They recorded the school’s second fastest finish and now hold the top four times and hope to continue to add more to the records book.

Head coach Ryan Dall will now get prepared to send his top athletes for the first time to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, April 25. The rest of the team will be competing on the same day but in Houston for the Rice Twilight meet.

Those will be the last two practice meets before the 2015 Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet that will be hosted by the Rams/Rambelles of Angelo State University in San Angelo,  May 7-9.

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Head Coach Wade Scott talks with his players during a timeout last season
Head Coach Wade Scott talks with his players during a timeout last season

After a school-worst 0-26 finish to the 2014-2015 season, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville women’s basketball team has decided to clean house, starting with the roster.

First-year head coach Wade Scott has decided to cut all players except for forward Ope Ibrahim, Kyra Bauer, Kaila Cihzer and guard Ashley Viera.

“I enjoyed all of these players and coaching them,” Scott said. “But at the end of the day it (coaching college athletis) is a business.”

Scott is coming off his first season as head coach and is the 13th head coach in Javelina women’s basketball history.  He joined TAMUK after eight seasons as an assistant coach on the University of Houston women’s basketball team.

“We had a lot of players commit (for next season) but I can’t say anything right now until compliance signs off.”

According to a former Javelina basketball player who asked not to be named, Scott made his decision to trim the roster just weeks after the final game of the season.

“I don’t agree with it at all,” she said. “I just feel like two of the girls that were kept don’t produce.”

Still, with a winless season, it was easy to see changes were coming, she said. And that could be a problem since more than half the roster still needs to be filled. The players cut include two who would have completed their college eligibility next year, she said.

“I feel like he (Scott) should have kept the soon-to-be seniors just because these girls have been at TAMUK since their freshman year,” she said. “For him to cut them because they weren’t his recruits is what hurt us.

“We did everything he asked and for him to penalize the girls who still have eligibility is wrong.”

Scott has signed two junior college players so far this recruiting season – Kaylin Roher and Kaylee Kana, who will join the Javelinas come fall.

 Kana is a 6-foot forward who played the past two years at Ranger College in Ranger, Texas, where she averaged 9.5 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game in 26 games.

 Scott now has a chance to build his team through recruting and avoic another winless season.

New faces and new chemistry could just be what the team needs  to turn the team around, she said, but she feels she and her former teammates got the short end of the stick.


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