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UTPA alum no longer a roadrunner

July 24th, 2013

Guadalupe “Wally” Barrera pitched his last game with the Roadrunners July 11. He was originally drafted June 18 by the pro club. He had previously played four years for the University.

According to Barrera he was cut from the pro team to make room on the roster for incoming players. Barrera explained that two teams in the same league as the Roadrunners folded; the McAllen Thunder and the Louisiana Aces. When a team folds this means the team, in a sense, disbands and ultimately does no longer exist, this can be caused by a lack of money or a lack of talented players.

In the case of the Thunder and Aces the players from these teams were up for grabs. Each other team in the league were given four extra roster spots to accommodate the additions from the folded teams.

When it came to the Roadrunners, according to Barrera, they took seven or eight incoming players from the folded teams and cut several Roadrunners, such as himself to make room on the roster.

Despite the sudden end to his pro career with the Roadrunners, Barrera is optimistic.

“At least I was close to home,”  Barrera said, as he explained his thoughts on the day of his drafting. “Ultimately that’s what I got to do, I could play, I could start my pro career and I would be only 20 minutes away from the field.”

Though Barrera’s plans for a future in pro ball have not been extinguished, he still plans to continue training and looking for a team to draft him. He has plans to help a friend teach youth baseball camp, something that, according to Barrera, is close to his heart.

“I don’t plan to be a bum,” Barrera explained. “I know when I was a kid I enjoyed going to these camps and getting help and wanting to go to the next level. I just really enjoy giving back to the community.”

Barrera may have only played a short time for the local pro team but according to him, he has no hard feelings about getting cut and he won’t let this stop him.

“That’s just pro ball,” Barrera said.


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Last GWC player finishes 14th

June 24th, 2013

Freshmen Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial alumnus Joshua Rosalez finished 14th out of 18 in Des Moines, Iowa during the preliminary round of the 800 meter run. Rosalez missed a bid into the finals by 1.37 seconds.

The 18-year-old, who was competing in the men’s outdoor track and field team at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships, was the University’s remaining athlete to compete under the Great West Conference division on Thursday.

Rosalez’s finish marked the end of the Broncs 2012-2013 competition year and the participation as members in the GWC. The University will be entering the Western Athletic Conference July 1.


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Western Athletic Conference update

June 22nd, 2013

The University will join the Western Athletic Conference July 1.

Most recently, the 2013-2014 WAC Board of Directors announced several sports-related issues, such as championship dates and settings, had been approved for the nearing academic year and those to come, as stated in a press release from the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

WAC, established July 27, 1962, is an American collegiate athletic conference organization that works with institutional athletics, such as football and basketball, throughout the Western part of the United States to give student-athletes the ability to gain exposure in some of the nation’s markets.

The Board announced in the press release that they were now devoted to the development of a strategic plan to help work with conference growth through a digital campaign and a new marketing/branding campaign. It was determined that the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will travel back to Las Vegas to compete in the Orleans arena March 12-15 2014.

The University’s volleyball team will be the first team in UTPA history to compete in the WAC with their season set to begin Aug. 30, 2013.

2013-14 WAC Championship Schedule

 Sport                                     Date(s)                                        Site/Host                                        Who Qualifies?

Cross Country                   Nov. 2, 2013                             Seattle, Wash./Seattle U                           All teams

Women’s Soccer               Nov. 8 & 10, 2013                   Las Cruces, N.M./New Mexico State     Top four seeds

Men’s Soccer                    Nov. 14, 15 & 17, 2013            Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Force      Seven eligible teams

Volleyball                           Nov. 25-27, 2013                     Phoenix, Ariz./Grand Canyon               Top six seeds

Indoor Track & Field          Feb. 26-28, 2014                     Moscow, Idaho/Idaho                                 All teams

Swimming & Diving            Feb. 26-March 1, 2014           San Antonio, Texas                                      All teams

Basketball                          March 12-15, 2014                  Las Vegas, Nev.                                 Eight eligible teams

Women’s Golf                   April 25-27, 2014                     Mesa, Ariz.                                                   All teams

Tennis                                April 25-27, 2014                    Las Cruces, N.M./New Mexico State    Six eligible teams

Men’s Golf                          May 2-4, 2014                         Las Vegas, Nev.                                           All teams

Softball                               May 8-10, 2014                        Seattle, Wash./Seattle U                 Five eligible teams

Outdoor Track & Field          May 14-17, 2014                     Orem, Utah/Utah Valley                       All teams

Baseball                                    May 21-25, 2014                         TBD                                                       TBD

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Sam Street earns ABCA honor

June 20th, 2013

Right-handed starting pitcher Sam Street was honored as part of the American Baseball Coaches Association South Central All-Region Second Team. The announcement was made June 15, 2013 when Street was voted by the region’s 38 head coaches.

The ABCA is an organization that was established in New York City, N.Y. June 29, 1945 as a way to organize college baseball and give it direction.

Street, who has been awarded the Great West Conference Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year and is five-time GWC Pitcher of the Week, earned a total of 95 points giving him the most points earned among the three starting pitchers on the second team.

The points are awarded by the coaches with each student-athlete getting 10 points for a first team vote and five for second team. Street is the first Bronc to receive this award since 2006 when Tim Haines was honored as well.


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May 24th, 2013

The UTPA men’s baseball team fell 4-1 Thursday against the eighth-seeded Chicago State University Cougars at the Great West Conference Tournament in Newark, N.J.

The Broncs (28-30) walked off the Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium after Cougars (10-44) starter James Tucker proved to be dominant from the outset. Tucker, who is 3-6, allowed a hit to the Broncs over the first eight innings.

After CSU placed runners on the corners with two outs during the fifth, Cougars infielder, Mattingly Romanin hit an RBI-single to knock out Dylan Badura (3-7) with a score of 4-0.

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Six Broncs earn All-GWC Honors

May 22nd, 2013

UTPA junior and pitcher Sam Street was titled the Great West Conference pitcher of the year and newcomer of the year by GWC Monday.

With a third rank in the NCAA in complete games (seven), Street shares the honors with his fellow Broncs Alberto Morales, junior utility player, Chris Torres, senior catcher and Riley Goulding, senior second baseman. Alex Howe, junior outfielder and Dusten Knight, senior pitcher, round up the rest of the members that were honored.

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Closing out the season

May 21st, 2013

Although Senior Day May 18 did not yield the results the Bronc baseball team would have liked, it marked the end of a historic series against Great West Conference defending champion Utah Valley University.

The series against UVU started May 16 with a 13-0 win for the Broncs, the first-ever win against the Wolverines and the first team to mercy rule them, ending the game in six and a half innings due to having a lead of 10 runs or more, with junior pitcher Sam Street on the mound.

In the first game of May 17’s doubleheader, pitcher Dustin Knight kept the Wolverines at bay, only allowing two hits, to claim a 3-1 win. The second game of the day proved a little harder, trailing 5-4 going into the ninth inning, but good batting led the Broncs to their eventual 6-5 win.

Taking three of the four games, the Broncs claimed the series against UVU, the first team to do so in the GWC.

“You always want to win everything, but when you win three out of four, it’s a great weekend,” Head Coach Manny Mantrana said.

As much as the Broncs wanted to take out the brooms May 18, the Wolverines rallied to take game four. UTPA took the early lead, finishing the fourth inning 10-2, but UVU outscored the Broncs 14-2 in the remaining innings to take back the game and win 16-12.

“UVU has been the best team in the conference the past three years,” Mantrana said. “Being able to take three out of four from a good program like that is good. Right now we’re seeded second, the goal is to finish above .500 so we need to go into the conference tournament and do well and build off what we did last year.”

The final game of the series, and regular season, ran four hours and 37 minutes long, but families and friends stuck it out.

“It was definitely a boost of morale having them out here,” said senior Shane Klemcke about his family in the crowd. “Especially staying for all five hours of the game.”

Currently in New Jersey, competing in the GWC tournament, UTPA won the first game 7-6 against New York Institute of Technology May 21.

The Broncs will move on to face either No. 3 Houston Baptist or No. 6 New Jersey Institute of Technology May 22 at 6 p.m. eastern time.

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Infielder earns GWC honor

May 9th, 2013

Infielder Alberto Morales was named the Great West Conference Player of the Week Wednesday, after hitting .538 in five games last week.

A junior from Bronx, N.Y., Morales tied his career-high with three hits and secured his team-leading fifth home run this year during the Broncs 9-0 win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against North Dakota.

With the Broncs 4-2 fall in the second game of the doubleheader, Morales has an overall hitting of .300 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 24 RBI.


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Sophomore finishes top six

April 29th, 2013

Blake Peterson, sophomore for the University of Texas-Pan American women’s golf team, broke into the top 10 contenders, obtaining sixth place in the third round of the Great West Conference Friday. Shooting a team best of 79, Peterson finished the event with a final score of 248 after firing two birdies and a team best of 24 pars.

The news came after the University women’s golf team saw a nine-stroke  increase in round two of the Great West Conference Championships Thursday.

The women’s golf team shot a 343 after a 352 shoot for the first round, giving them an overall score of 695. The Broncs were led in the second round by Blake Peterson with a shooting of nine for her time-high 16 pars to finish with a score of 83. Peterson was tied for seventh with a total score of 169.

Houston Baptist’s Kelsey Lou-Hing won the individual medal, shooting a 236. The Broncs fired a final round of 323, a 20 stroke improvement from round two and a 29 stroke improvement from the first. The women’s golf team finished fourth with a total of 1,018. First was given to the University of Washington Huskies with a score of 977.

The Broncs will close the season May 10-12 at the PGA Minority Championships.

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