Making the First Mark
Junior thrower Darian Brown made the first mark in the Sun Belt Conference Jan.15 by earning Sun Belt Athlete of the Week. Brown set a new Houston Invitational meet record in the weight throw with a distance of 19.25 meters to win the event. The distance he threw was the farthest in the Sun Belt this season. In addition to the weight throw, Brown also put up the second farthest distance in the conference in shot put. He threw the shot put 16.82 meters, which was good enough for fourth place at the Houston Invitational.
Recognition on another Court
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has listed Texas State senior tennis player Jessica Kahts as one of the top 16 players in the region in the organization's preseason singles rankings. Kahts earned the regional ranking after finishing 11-4 in four tournaments last fall. She had a 4-4 record while playing against players who were regionally ranked at the end of the 2013 season. A native of Benoni, South Africa, Kahts has an 82-33 overall record in her career and enters the spring with a 40-16 career dual-match record after serving as Texas State's No. 1 singles player each of the last three years.
The #NOLABound Tailgate Tour is coming into town Jan. 25 at Strahan Coliseum, as part of the men and women’s basketball doubleheader against Troy. The tour is to inform fans about the upcoming Sun Belt Conference Tournament held on March 12 through 16 in New Orleans, La. The #NOLABound Tailgate Tour event will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. in the grassy area outside the main entrance of Strahan. The tailgate event, will feature games, social media contests and a homemade jambalaya recipe professionally prepared by the “New Orleans Jambalaya Girl” and Kristen Preau, Cook Me Somethin’ Mister! owner. In addition to the tailgate, there will be in-game promotions at both the men and women’s games. During the women’s game, fans will be given rally towels. During the men’s game, Coach Danny Kaspar mustaches will be featured, which have been popular for fan bases throughout his career.
Retiring Good Ole No. 42
Texas State athletics announced Jan. 16 the jersey of former men’s basketball player Jeff Foster will be retired during halftime of the Feb. 8 game against Louisiana-Lafayette. Foster played for the Bobcats from 1995-99. He was a two-time All-Southland Conference honoree, including being on the first team in 1999 . Foster was one of two Bobcats to be named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1999. As a senior at Texas State, Foster was third in the country in rebounding averaging 11.3 per game. As a sophomore he was a member of the 1997 team that made the NCAA Tournament, one of two appearances in school history. Foster owns the school record for most blocked shots in a career with 111. During his 111-game career, Foster started 89 of them and is currently 16th on the all-time scoring list with 1,084 points. Following Foster’s career at Texas State, he went on to play 13 seasons in the NBA, all with the Indiana Pacers. He was drafted with the 21st pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by Golden State who traded him to Indiana. Foster is currently third in Indiana Pacers franchise history with 817 games played, behind only Rik Smits and NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller.
Basketball Teams get TV Shine
KXAN has partnered with Texas State to air seven Bobcat basketball games live from Strahan Coliseum beginning Jan. 25 when the men’s basketball team takes on Troy. The games will air on KBVO and The CW Austin with a doubleheader March 1 featuring the men and women’s basketball teams against Georgia State. This is the first time local fans can watch the games on broadcast television.