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San Martians fear city losing authenticity

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Downtown construction is slated to be finished by summer, but some local residents say San Marcos has already lost its “small-town feel.”

Population growth, along with what some residents feel are superfluous development projects, have taken away the city’s small community feeling. City hall commissioned three downtown construction projects last year. The renovation plans involve full street reconstruction on LBJ Drive and Hutchison Street, new water and wastewater lines, widened sidewalks and the addition of bike lanes.

Texas State rap artist lives dream through music

Growing up in Arlington, Donovan Curry always believed he would go pro as a sports player, yet the discovery of rap music drew him to the studio and he never looked back.

Curry is focused on building a loyal fan base with performances in San Marcos and San Antonio. He recently captured the attention of fans across Texas State with his single “Put It Down.” 

Curry said his ability to relate to young people across the nation is one of the main reasons his music has been well received thus far.

“There are billions of people in this world,” Curry said. “Somebody out there will be able to identify with your music, and from there you can sell that person your dream and they will buy into it.” 

Bobcats face offensive woes after loss to Mountaineers

Coach Danny Kaspar does not make excuses when it comes to the Texas State men’s basketball team’s offense.

The statistics reflect an offense that is not gelling. Texas State is last in the Sun Belt in scoring and conference field goal percentage.

"Numbers never lie," Kaspar said. 

The Bobcats' 64-58 loss to the Appalachian State Mountaineers is their fourth consecutive defeat, dropping them to eighth in the conference.

Kaspar called the offensive performance against Appalachian State "dismal." Emani Gant, junior forward, said the team is going through a "rough patch."

“I’m frustrated right now," Kaspar said. “I’m at a loss for words. We have to shoot the basketball better. I’ve never had a team go through this bad in my history as a coach.”

Bobcats lose at home in 'dismal' offensive performance

Coach Danny Kaspar called the Texas State men's basketball teams' offensive performance "dismal."

Emani Gant, junior forward, said the team is going through a "rough patch."

The Bobcats' 64-58 loss to the Appalachian State Mountaineers is their fourth consecutive loss, dropping them to eighth in the Sun Belt Conference. 

“I’m frustrated right now," Kaspar said. I’m at a loss for words. We have to shoot the basketball better. I’ve not had a team go through this bad in my history as a coach.”

For a team who has not exceeded 60 points in four of the last six games, Gant's response to the offensive woes was simple. 

“We have to put a better job putting the ball in the basket," Gant said. "That’s pretty much it.”

Researchers at Texas State body farm facility identify remains of undocumented immigrants

Immigrants who died trying to reach the United States may be identified and have families notified thanks to university researchers at Freeman Ranch.

Kate Spradley, assistant professor of anthropology, works with graduate and undergraduate students to identify the bodies of immigrants who died crossing the United States border illegally.

“When I was a Ph.D. student, I became interested in this kind of work,” Spradley said. “When I was in Arizona studying, I found a program that helped identify the bodies of migrants that didn’t make it past the Arizona border. It was really inspiring because they had such a high identification rate in their state.”

Spradley came to Texas in 2008 and wanted to continue identifying bodies that were not properly buried.

Bobcats fall to Louisiana-Monroe for second conference loss

The effect of playing five games in the past 11 days, including two consecutive double overtime victories, took its toll on the Texas State men’s basketball team.

It materialized when D.J. Brown, senior guard, found Cameron Naylor, junior forward, for an alley oop that would have tied the game but missed the rim.

The Bobcats were forced to foul Louisiana-Monroe with eight seconds remaining in regulation.

Wes Davis, senior guard, forced a turnover with 1.7 seconds left on the clock, trailing 61-59 to the Warhawks. A turnover on the ensuing inbound pass secured the 62-59 loss for the Bobcats.

Bobcats prepare to face 'explosive offense' in must-win matchup

The next two games are critical for the Texas State football team.

Coach Dennis Franchione wouldn’t want it any other way.

Arkansas State is already bowl eligible. Texas State will enter tonight’s matchup fighting for an opportunity at a bowl game.

Franchione said the Red Wolves, who are coming off of a 37-32 loss against Appalachian State, will see some of their players return from injury.

The NCAA report lists three injured athletes as probable to play against Texas State, the most notable of whom is Arkansas State junior running back Michael Gordon, who has 844 rushing yards this season.

Colby Targun, senior safety, says the defense is expecting a versatile opponent with three receivers who each have over 400 receiving yards.

Men's basketball wins home opener against Lamar Cardinals

The Texas State men’s basketball team has opened the season 2-0 against Division I opponents for the first time since 1998.

The Bobcats led the entire game in their 65-55 victory against the Lamar Cardinals.

Lamar was within seven points of a tie with five minutes left in the game.

“I think Lamar is a good team,” Coach Danny Kaspar said. “I don’t think they are as good as Seattle, and there we go beating Seattle on their floor. Last year we seemed to play better away than we did at home. I hope that’s not (the) case because then we have a very immature team.”

Lamar came out attacking in the second half. The Cardinals, bolstered by their full-court press defense, went on a 7-2 run against the Bobcats’ defense.

Notebook: Texas State 76, Texas Wesleyan 57

WHAT THE WIN MEANS

The Texas State men’s basketball team finished its exhibition game against Texas Wesleyan with a 19-point win. Some will look at the score and wonder if the team will mirror coach Danny Kaspar’s winning record. However, the exhibition contest doesn’t mean much.

GOOD

Texas Wesleyan is a Division II program. Kaspar found solace in the fact that Wesleyan’s program added two Division I recruits, one of whom began his career with Kansas. Emani Gant, senior forward, expressed content but mentioned areas of improvement ranging from defensive play to the way the team “gels."

BAD AND UGLY

Men's basketball opens season with exhibition win

Despite what his players may think, Texas State men’s basketball Coach Danny Kaspar doesn’t want perfection. He wants improvement.

While the Bobcats secured a 76-57 win over Texas Wesleyan in their exhibition game Friday, Kaspar says the team has much room for progress on defense.

“I saw some good things," Kaspar said. "I saw some negative things out there. But I guess that’s what these exhibition games are for.”

In the Bobcat’s win over the Texas Wesleyan Rams, Kaspar said he saw glimpses of last season in his team’s play with regard to maintaining large leads. Last season, the team finished 1-9 in games in games decided by six points or less. 

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