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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. 

Daniel Guerrero elected to third term as mayor

Incumbent Daniel Guerrero was re-elected Tuesday night as San Marcos mayor with a predictable majority.

The polls closed and the numbers rolled in, and Guerrero secured his third term with 64.08 percent of the vote. Opponent Jonathan Sorenson garnered 21.24 percent of the vote. Patrick Montgomery had 14.68 percent.

Guerrero watched, surrounded by friends and family as results came in at Palmer’s Restaurant Bar & Grill. Guerrero spoke on the challenges throughout his campaign and attributed much of his success to those close to him.

Local farmer discusses effects of drought, life in agriculture

Nestled away near the end of El Camino Way rests Caskey Orchards, a 10-acre farm with the sort of rustic character that can only be fostered over countless afternoons as paint fades and rocking chairs creak on porches.

Cliff Caskey grows peaches throughout the year and sells exclusively at farmers markets in Central Texas. Like many other farmers, Caskey has suffered from severe drought conditions and suburban growth.

"I lost trees because I didn't have enough water to keep them alive," Caskey said. "With limited growth on the trees because of limited water, it's been hard."

This year, Caskey suffered a 55 percent crop loss due to difficult weather conditions. The loss made producing his weekly quota of 50 to 100 boxes of peaches difficult.

UPDATE: Body found near North LBJ Drive construction

6:25 p.m. UPDATE: The death of Gregg Candelora has preliminarily been ruled a suicide. Candelora was found in a wooded park area yesterday and San Marcos Police investigators working on the case learned new information and found more evidence that indicates he took his own life.

After conducting an autopsy earlier today, the Travis County Medical Examiner's office has preliminarily ruled Candelora's death as a suicide. Candelora's family has been notified.

 

11:14 a.m. UPDATE: San Marcos police have identified the body found yesterday in the 800 block of Chestnut Street near a construction project.

Gregg G. Candelora was found deceased Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 11:45 a.m. Candelora had been reported missing by his brother and his ex-girlfriend. 

Percentage of smokers at Texas State decreases following campus smoking ban

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Recent surveys conducted by the American College Health Association reveal with the implementation of the tobacco-free policy on campus, the number of frequent smokers at Texas State has decreased from 22 percent to 15 percent since 2011.

The campus community has reaped significant benefits since becoming a tobacco-free campus, said Emilio Carranco, director of the Student Health Center. 

“I think people are realizing that smoking and exposing others to secondhand smoke is a real risk to self and others, and it’s translating into changes of behavior,” Carranco said. “We’ve got fewer students that are smoking regularly and more students who are thinking about quitting. That is really good for the health of our campus community.”

Trauth opens door to students, addresses community concerns

A growing number of students are attending Texas State, but President Denise Trauth believes the mantra of the university’s community continues to be “big but small.”

Trauth sat down with students for her 13th annual Open Door session. Students had the opportunity to voice their concerns and present questions to Trauth and Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs, Tuesday in the LBJ Student Center.

A range of students brought a variety of questions to the session. Trauth was encouraged by the diversity of questions and people at the session.

Q&A The Lonely Biscuits, Funk-Rock-Pop fusion group

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Everything about funk-rock-pop fusion group The Lonely Biscuits would indicate they have been at this a long, long time. Though the group is nothing if not seasoned and professional, many would be surprised to learn band members Nick Byrd, Sam Gidley, Grady Wenrich and John Paterini are still enrolled as seniors at the illustrious Belmont University. “We miss a lot of Friday classes,” Nick, the group’s bassist, laughed, explaining that the school works with them to allow for band-related travel. And it’s paid off.

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