November 8th, 2012
Bianca Torre doesn’t know how many points she’s racked up in her past three seasons at UTPA, nor does she really care, but tomorrow night the University’s women’s basketball season tips-off and, with it, a new record will most likely
Eight months ago, as the women’s basketball season was coming close to an end, Bronc basketball fans packed the Field House to see history in the making. Then-junior guard Torre started the game 16 points behind the all-time leading
All Torre wanted to accomplish that February night was to beat Utah Valley, who had proceeded to talk smack about the Broncs since they last beat the Broncs 66-51 on the road.
After forcing the game into overtime and coming within one point of breaking the 9-year-old record, it seemed the audience would get their wish.
Just as Torre stole the ball from UVU and exploded across the court to complete a routine jump shot, she crashed to the floor. Although her teammates secured a win against the Wolverines (71-70 in overtime), Torre was unable to return to the game and had to sit out the rest of the season.
“My hamstring had been bugging me and I remember (Coach Downing) called a timeout and I didn’t even go to the huddle, I went to the trainer, and they stretched me out,” Torre explains. “I went back in and, a couple of seconds later, that’s when I got the steal and I was dribbling down and just did a jump shot and it gave out. Something just didn’t feel right.”
Although Torre ended the season three games earlier than planned, and one point shy, due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, ACL, she has undergone surgery and extensive therapy and is determined to leave it all out on the court her senior season. The Broncs start the season on the road to play UTSA, and should be the game where Torre shatters the record.
The Harlingen native, who has been playing basketball since the second grade, remembers watching her brothers Michael and Albert play hoops with his friends across the street and wanted to join in, but they would brush her off.
“I always wanted to play (with them), but they always told me that I was a girl and couldn’t play,” Torre recalls. “So I wanted to prove them wrong.”
The Bronc guard took it upon herself to seek help. A family friend, Frank Hernandez, who played basketball in high school and lived across the street from Torre, agreed to coach the 7 year old so she could play with
Torre would get up early in the morning and wake up Hernandez so they could practice and after school they’d go back at it, attacking the court.
Once in middle school and high school, Torre participated in other sports, like softball, volleyball and track, but basketball was still her passion.
Even though Torre’s mother never played any sports and money was tight at times, she registered Torre at The Boys and Girls Club and both her parents made sure to attend as many games as they could.
“Basketball was always different. I had a different feel for it,” Torre explains. “It just made me feel complete. I’m alive playing, nothing matters.”
Torre’s skills on the court drew the attention of South Alabama University, but something about living in the Valley always made her want to go to UTPA. After being rudely told by other high school coaches that the University’s basketball program wasn’t up to par, she decided she wanted to once again prove the naysayers wrong.
And that she has. Besides her assault on the record books, the program is on their winningest stretch of three years.
“I just want to be an inspiration, help people out. Especially, being from the Valley, they probably think that they can’t do things,” said the 5-foot-5 guard. “Like sports-wise too, because of their height or something. I just want to be an example that, whatever you want to be, you
can achieve it.”
October 25th, 2012
Sam Williams, pioneer of collegiate basketball in the late 1950s, the “Father of Broncs Basketball,” UTPA Hall of Famer and men’s basketball head coach emeritus, passed away Monday due to natural causes. He was 88.
“Williams was at the forefront of integration and presided over the most successful period of Broncs men’s basketball so certainly he’s meant a lot to the program. He also gave the community a team to rally behind,” Athletic Director Chris King said. “It is important to remember that Williams also taught for more than 30 years at Pan Am, so between his former players and students, there are countless people in the Rio Grande Valley today who were touched by Williams.”
Williams’ best-known legacy is that of his team winning the NAIA National Championship in 1963, drawing attention to Pan American College. He was also awarded the NAIA National Coach of the Year award. The next year the Broncs played their way to the title game before losing, their third post-season appearance in a row.
The Field House center court was rededicated in Williams’ honor and he was named head coach emeritus, Nov. 20, 2010. Williams and UTPA Hall of Famer Al Ogletree are the only two coaches in school history to earn that exalted status.
“Sam Williams is one of the greatest coaches that ever worked at this institution. He’s the Father of Bronc Basketball,” King said. “He helped to lay the foundation that got this program to the NCAA Division I level and allowed us to expand to where we are today.”
MORE THAN A COACH
Williams’ players always saw their coach, who guided Pan American from 1959-1973, as a father figure, the one to go to when they had problems on and off the court. He was respected by all.
“He was always there when you needed him, whether it be just a little bit of help with your studies or just with your family,” said Jim Board, who played for Williams in the mid-1960s. “He was always a big help. He helped my wife get a job.”
Board, who graduated from Pan American College in 1965 and was part of the ’64 title game finalist, credits his late coach for helping him finishing his college education at Pan American after Board decided to leave St. Edward’s University.
Williams brought players from all over the nation, hailing from New York, Indiana and from different parts of Texas, such as Houston.
“He just put it all together. Everyone bought into his program,” Board said. “That made a bunch of guys just play together.”
According to Board, Williams was ahead of his time. The UTPA Hall of Famer was one of the first coaches to integrate his team, welcoming black players onto the court in the late 1950s. Board recalls making a trip to Dallas with the team and not being allowed in restaurants because of the black players.
“It just seemed like he did the right thing all the time,” Board said. “I’m sure there were some mistakes that he and everybody makes in their lifetime, but he put everything together.”
Memorial services for Sam Williams will be held Oct. 26 and 27. Friday’s gathering will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kreidler Funeral Home, located at 314 N. 10th St. in McAllen. The memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. also at Kreidler Funeral Home.
UTPA Athletics will host a special celebration in Williams’ honor during homecoming at the Field House Feb. 16, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, Williams’ family is asking that donations be made to the Sam Williams Endowed Scholarship fund. Interested parties should make the check out to the UTPA Foundation, with “Sam Williams Endowed Scholarship” in the memo and send it to UTPA Athletics at 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg, 78539.
October 6th, 2012
! La segunda parte de “For the Artsy Type” comienza!
Cuando tuve la oportunidad de ir de vacaciones a Europa quede completa y totalmente enamorada de una moda en particular—los Harem pants.
Por un tiempo los veíamos por todos lados y literal en cada esquina alguien los tenía que tener puestos.
Aparte de ser súper cómodos y fashion, tengo el presentimiento que los veremos de nuevo más seguido. De Psy los uso durante una de sus conferencias de presa y claro que obviamente gracias a MC Hammer.
Y como el blog pasado fue de arte, ahora digo que tu deberías de ser una pieza de arte andando con pantalones Hermes o Parachute.
“When are we going thrifting again? Vintage shopping relaxes me.”
“Horita una chavo grandotote y gordotote me dijo que si quería ser famosa que porque él conoce a gente en Los Ángeles.”
Pantalones/ Pants: Target
The second part of “Fort the Artsy Type” is starting!
When I had the opportunity to go on vacations to Europe I completely and totally fell in love with a particular style—the Harem Pants.
For a while we would see them everywhere and literally on every corner someone had to be wearing them.
Aside of them being super comfortable and fashiony, I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing them more often. As a matter of fact Psy wore them to a recent press conference, and ofcourse, obviously thanks to MC Hammer.
And since the last blog was about art, now I say that you should be your own master piece with a pair of Hermes of Parachute pants.
*Si es que no te atreves o no sabes cómo los podrías usar, aquí te va–espero que esto te ayuden:/ If you don’t dare or don’t know how to wear them, well here you go–I hope this helps:
- Escoge la tela correcta/ Select the right fabric
- Aprende que corte va mejor con tu cuerpo/ Know what finish goes best with your body
- Mantén tu outfit simple/ Maintain your outfit simple
- Las blusas se ven mejor fajadas/ Tops look better tucked in
- Los accesorios te ayudara a que se vea mas femenino/ Accessories will help it look more feminine
- Los cintos y los Harems son mejores amigos/ Belts and Harems are bestfriends
- ¡Tacones!/ Heels!
October 2nd, 2012
Por si no sabes (que la verdad dudo que lo sepas), aparte de estudiar Comunicaciones también estudio Arte.
Y para los que estén familiarizados con las clases de arte sabemos que tenemos que usar un gran portafolio para cargar con las mil y un cosas que nos encargan. Y si no, seguramente han visto a un rarín como yo cargando ese súper gran portafolio negro o azul o de color cobre.
Y como no soy la única, ni seré la única tomando clases de arte, no era la única cargando con esa cosota (obviamente).
Y aun que pienses que soy una exagerada, y si, lo admito—lo soy, me mataba saber qué era como los demás.
Así que puse manos a lo obra y la creatividad empezó a fluir (jaja si como no).
Entonces, resumen de la primera parte de este blog: si eres Art Major o Art Minor (como yo) y también cargas con ese portafolio aburrido puedes personalizarlo a tu gusto.
Materiales: lo único que necesitarás será cinta del color que tú gustes ($3.99-$4.99 en Hobby Lobby), tijeras, tu portafolio aburrido ($7.99+ en Hobby Lobby), paciencia y creatividad.
Todo lo puedes encontrar en Hobby Lobby o en Michael’s.
Se diferente y creativo.
Espero que te haya gustado esta simple idea, aquí te va mi pieza maestra.
In case you don’t know (which I doubt that you do), I study art aside from studying communication.
For those who are familiar with art classes, we know that we have to use a big portfolio bag to carry the million projects that are assigned. If you aren’t, surely you’ve seen a silly person like me carrying that super big black, blue or copper portfolio.
So, I got hands on one and the creativity began flowing (haha yeah not really).
If you are an Art Major or Art Minor (like me) and carry around that boring portfolio you could personalize it to your liking.
Materials: all you’ll need is duck tape of the color that you like ($3.00-$4.99 at Hobby Lobby), scissors, your boring portfolio ($7.pp+ at Hobby Lobby), patience and creativity.
And you’re set!
You can find everything at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.
Be different and creative.
I hope you liked my simple idea, and here’s my master piece.
September 29th, 2012
So I’ve been a Greek for a while now and I’ve heard quite possibly everything about Greek relationships. Here are 5 Things I feel Fraternity Guys should know about a Sorority Girl.
1. It’s called being social
When dating a sorority girl, you must know that just because she is dating you, doesn’t mean she can’t talk to other fraternity men. Being social is a part of the Greek life experience.
2. Nobody likes a blabber mouth.
It’s cute when you brag to your brothers about us, but don’t tell them EVERY detail of the relationship. Know the limit.
3. “Bro’s before…”
Yes, we know you are crazy about your brothers, and if you could, you would be with them 24/7, but don’t forget to make some time for us, even if it’s for a little bit.
4. We are dating you, not your fraternity.
You and your sorority girl break up. It happens. Always remember, just because things didn’t work out between you TWO, doesn’t mean your fraternity has to break ties with her as well or get in on the drama.
5. Don’t hate, appreciate.
As sorority girls, we bust our butts to try to have the highest Greek GPA, throw the best formal, have the most community service hours, to always look our best, etc. Appreciate our efforts. A little complimenting goes a long way.
Little Miss Greek Life
August 1st, 2012
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A previous version of this graphic was incorrect. The current version reflects accurate percentages and winners via The Texas Tribune.
Several politicians won their party’s candidacy in the primary runoff elections Tuesday. Primary runoff elections happen when no candidates running for the same position receive over 50 percent of the party vote. In this case, the two candidates with the most percentage of the vote go into a runoff election to determine the candidate. These winning candidates will run against their opposition in the general election Nov. 6. Some candidates, like Terry Canales for District 40, will run unopposed in the general election.