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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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Javelina football players break from spring practice.
Javelina football players break from spring practice.

With spring football wrapping up, first year head coach Daren Wilkinson and the Texas A&M University-Kingsville football team will wrap up practices at the Make A Wish Spring Game at Javelina Stadium on Saturday.

“We are looking for guys giving good effort,” Wilkinson said. “The players need to understand that they have to keep fighting harder from first snap to last whistle.”

The Javelinas will have their first spring tailgate with every student on campus invited to attend.

“I think it is great to have football back in general,” business major and Javelina football fan Marissa Torres said. “The tailgates are always fun and it always gets everyone ready for the season. I hope our team is better since we have a new coach and I just hope the weather doesn’t ruin the tailgate.”

The Javelinas are coming off a 3-13 season that not only put them out of contention early, but it was to bring the change at head coach giving Wilkinson and his new coaching staff the nod. David Brown II, Phil Serchia and Ronnie Palmer will join Wilkinson for the first time this season.

Brown II takes over as defensive coordinator after a season as the secondary and safeties coach at the University of Wyoming.

“We are starting with a clean slate,” said Wilkinson. “We have not plugged in a player as the starter in any position. Everybody has the opportunity to show us what they’ve got and prove to us why they belong here.”

The first tailgate of 2015 will begin at 3 p.m. with kickoff set to begin at 6.

“I am expecting a good game, we drafted teams today and I am excited about my team,” quarterback Trey Mitchell said. “What excites me the most is that I just get to have fun playing my last spring game.”

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Starting pitching once again stole the show as the Texas A&M University Kingsville baseball team took 3 of 4 games against the Angelo State University Rams at Nolan Ryan Field to improve to 15-3 at home, giving head coach Jason Gonzales his 200th win of his career. Ryan Benitez once again got the nod to face off against the third-place Rams who sent right-hander Steve Naemark to the mound. The two righties would pitch well, but it was Benitez who came out on top allowing 0 runs for the second consecutive start. Blake Johnson and Zach Smith would both finish 2-3 with two doubles, with Smith providing the only run for TAMUK. “Ryan pitched well and he has been solid for us all season long,” Gonzales said. We were able to rely on him and even though we didn’t score a lot of runs, our team was still able to pull out the win.” The Javelinas would get a similar performance in their second game with the Rams but this time it was Hayden James getting in on the pitching action. James would allow just one run in four innings pitched as he set up his offense to score 8 runs behind third baseman Cline Andrews and center fielder Brayton Carlson who combined for 4 runs on 5 hits pulling the Javelinas away for at least a series tie. “I felt good going into the game and I just needed to focus on executing pitches and once again hit my spots,” said James. “My defense played well behind me and that’s why I was able to go out there and get it done.” With James and Benitez providing consistent pitching, left hander Matt Terrones would make a name for himself after coming off his first scoreless outing of the season sas he got the start in the third game of the series. Terrones would allow just 4 hits in 7 innings pitched in his second consecutive shutout of the season. “I can’t say enough about what those three pitchers have done,” Gonzales said. “Matt is probably one of the biggest competitor’s that I know and its almost a fist fight when I want to pull him out because he wants to win so bad and when a guy fights like that and competes like that, that’s all you can ask for from a starter.” Although the Hogs would go on to lose the final game of the series, the Javelinas set themselves up grab a first place lead in the Lone Star Conference standings before they hit the road for nine games before coming home for Cameron University on April 10th. “We always preach that a great ball club and staff feed off each other,” Gonzales said. “The season is long and come April and May it is going to get hot and that is when we will really be tested. Our starters will need to have a bullpen that is ready and rested with four game series and double headers coming up.”

On March 22, Jason Gonzales earned his 200th victory as head coach of the Texas A&M University Kingsville baseball team, making him the fastest skipper in Javelina baseball history to reach the 200 win mark. Entering his seventh season as head coach of the Javelinas, Gonzales has lived up to all expectations on and off the field. Gonzales has taken the Javelinas to three NCAA South Central Regional Tournaments since taking over as head coach. With back to back-to-back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances; the Javelinas are set to continue their winning ways in 2015 with a head coach that knows his 200 wins are not just by his efforts, but from those around him. “What 200 wins means is a couple of things,” Gonzales said. “If I have been good at anything it is because I have been surrounded by good people. We have been able to recruit quality student athletes who have bought into the program we have in place.”
Gonzales, a native of Cuero, began his baseball journey starting at shortstop at Cuero High School, where he later graduated in 1988 before becoming an All-state baseball player.  He then would be taken in the MLB draft by the Atlanta Braves in 1988, but signed with the University of Texas. He then suffered an injury while at UT and transferred to Blinn Junior College where he played from 1990-1991. He was again selected by the Braves in the 1991 draft, but went to the University of Louisiana Lafayette where he played two seasons for the Ragin’ Cajuns.  Gonzales then served as an assistant for two years at Arkansas State and one season at Wharton County Junior College.  He returned to UL Lafayette in 1998 where he served as an assistant through the 2002 season. During that time, the Cajuns hosted their first NCAA Regional Tournament, advanced to the NCAA College World Series and won a pair of regional championships before coming to the Javelinas. “The good Lord told me this is where you need to be,” Gonzales said. I saw that the coaching job was open and my wife and I felt Kingsville was a place that we could come and build something special and when you walk with the Lord all you have to do is follow him and overall we just felt this is where we needed to be.” In 2014, the Javelinas advanced to the championship game of the NCAA South Central Region for the second consecutive season and were one out away from advancing to the College World Series before falling to Colorado Mesa. But 2015 is here and Gonzales knows that there is no room for excuses and knows that his ball club must continue to handle every situation with class and playing for each other. “Playing with class is a big reason we have been successful,” Gonzales said. “I give a lot of credit to my assistant coaches and I am thankful to have been surrounded by good people. A team that I admire the most is the San Antonio Spurs because they have always handled every situation with class and play their game the right way and that’s what we strive to be like.” With new faces on the field and most of their power bats graduating, the mindset has and always will stay the same in Kingsville. Whether it is playing small ball or relying on starting pitching, Gonzales knows adjustments are part of the game. “We are scoring runs differently than we did last year,” Gonzales said. “This year we are stealing more bases and beating teams with our pitching. This has been a very fun team to coach because we only have on starter from last year, so we recruited and been fortunate to have guys step up. The environment has remain the same and we have guys that are God fearing men and these guys enjoy the brotherhood.” The reigning Lone Star Conference champions currently sit at 19-12 overall and 13-6 in the LSC with an LSC best 15-3 record at home as they prepare once again for another LSC title run. “If all people say about me is that I won championships and reached 200 wins, then I think I failed as a man,” said Gonzales. I want to be known as a coach that created an environment for these guys to grow a brotherhood and have fun, love each other and create life long friendships that last them a lifetime.”

It is safe to say the Javelina baseball team is starting to get into form and play like the Lone Star Conference champions that they are.

With solid hitting and consistent defense, the pitching has been the key for head coach Jason Gonzales and company. Matt Terrones , Hayden James and Ryan Benitez have been nothing less than solid in their past three outings.  With their recent matchup against Cameron University, Terrones followed up last week’s win over nationally ranked West Texas A&M University with a shutout. The lefty struck out four Aggies and allowed just three hits in TAMUK’s first shutout since April 26, 2014 versus Angelo State.

Shortly after, James had another pitching performance to remember as the right-hander finished with an 11-strikeout performance against seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings.

The Aggies were only able to get one hit off the senior as James earned his first shutout as a Javelina.

So with the pitching in form and the offense clicking, Gonzales has to be pleased with the young players that are stepping up. Although the season is still young, these guys are on the right track to mirror what they did a season ago.

The Hogs will be looking to prepare for Eastern New Mexico this weekend in a four game set at Nolan Ryan Field. This will be their first matchup of the season with the Greyhounds.

  Looking at the numbers, the Greyhounds find themselves at the bottom of the LSC in fifth place above Cameron, but you won’t find any of the Javelinas taking them lightly. Look for TAMUK to take advantage of their LSC worst 7.20 ERA with 106 runs allowed.

The Javelinas find themselves at 11-7 and in second place in the LSC with their 5-2 conference record. TAMUK will look to use their .281 team batting average against Greyhound pitching. As for offense, the Greyhounds are hitting an impressive .296 against their opponents but you can bet TAMUK’S big 3 will be up for the challenge.

I look for the Javelinas to win the series 4-0 with the pitching picking up where it left off and the bats doing the same. I look for senior third baseman Cline Andrews to continue to swing the bat with this team leading with a .354 batting average to set the tone for his offense, while Javelina pitching finishes the job.

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Kathy Trevino

1. So Kathy, what inspired you to want to run?

Knowing that the man above blessed me with a talent that should be taken advantage of 100%.

 2. Who or what has been your biggest inspiration growing up?

My biggest inspiration growing up would have to be my amazing parents. They’ve always worked hard to give my siblings and I a better life then the one they had and for that I am forever grateful.

3. Who is your favorite athlete?

My favorite athlete would have to be Lolo Jones because of her hard work and dedication she puts on and off the track.

4. What is it like competing under Coach Ryan Dall?

It’s awesome! He is a great coach and has helped me improve a lot over time.

5. What do you enjoy the most about track here at TAMUK?

What I enjoy most about track here is that I’ve had the privilege to work with so many amazing ladies.

6. What is your goal as a student athlete?

My goal as a student athlete to be extremely successful both at school and on the track.

7. What do your teammates and coaches mean to you?

They mean the world to me because it wouldn’t be a team without them. They are all amazing people who have made a huge impact in my life.

8. What was your favorite track moment since  you have been a student here?

My favorite track moment would have to be when I made it to Outdoor track and Field National Championship last year for the second time to run the 400 Meter.

9. What is your ultimate goal in life?

My ultimate goal in life is to be very successful and be able to take care of my parents just like they did with me.

10. What are your plans with track and field after you leave TAMUK?

My plans with track and field after I leave TAMUK are still up in the air but I will continue running thats for sure.

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