Weekly updates 4/10-17/2014

April 17th, 2014


  • Broncs take top three spots in men’s and women’s hammer throw April 11 in the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinal Invitational at Tom Benson Track Stadium

  • Broncs had 12 top-five finishes April 12 in the Cardinal Invitational

  • Next event is April 17 at the Cal State LA Twilight Open in Los Angelas, Calif.

  • Next event is Mount Sac Relays April 17-19 in Walnut, Calif.

  • Next event is Long Beach State Invite April 19 in Norwalk, Calif.


  • Won against Utah Valley University Wolverines 6-2 April 11 at Brent Brown Ballpark in Orem, Utah

  • Won against the Wolverines 13-0 ending in the seventh inning due to 10 run rule

  • Lost to the Wolverines 14-11 at Brent Brown Ballpark

  • Bryan Ramirez earns Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week

  • Next series is against Bakersfield April 25-27 at Edinburg Baseball Stadium

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Weekly UTPA Sports Updates 3/30- 4/2/2014

April 3rd, 2014


Lost to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders 15-7 April 2 at the Edinburg Baseball Stadium.


Women’s Golf

Junior Melissa Bernal finished in a tie for 17th place at the Husky Invitational April 1 at the Riverbend Country Club in Sugarland, Tx.


Men’s Golf

Finished their final round with a 304. For a ninth place finish at the ULM Wallace Jones Invitational on April 1 at the Southern Pines Golf Club in CALHOUN, La.


Men’s Tennis

Lost against the University of Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns March 30, 1-6 at the Cajun Courts in Lafayette, La.

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What is the problem here?

March 27th, 2014

Former National Football League Head Coach and player Herm Edwards once said, “Players play to win the game.” If that saying rings true, then what is the problem with a teammate who is gay? If they show the work ethic that is necessary to win, would you treat them any differently?

Speaking as an athlete who competes in different leagues, played and continues to play various sports, winning should be the only thing that matters. At the end of every season athletes tend to care more about the win/lose column, striving for wins to outweigh the losses, and that the team at least had a chance to be called champions.

Throughout time people and sports have evolved. In 1946, Kenny Washington became one of the first African American professional football players, 26 years after the NFL was formed. Though a handful of blacks had played in the early days, this marked the first time in modern NFL history that an African American was paid to compete for a professional team, the Los Angeles Rams. As time passed he was able to change people’s perspective of “colored” athletes.

Now in 2014, Michael Sam Jr. made history by announcing his sexual preference Feb. 9, just three months before the NFL Draft. When ESPN featured Sam and his breaking news it quickly went to his University of Missouri teammates to ask about Sam’s “coming out.” Most of them talked about him being a great person, a workhorse on and off the field, and a person who came in and took care of business.

As a teammate, all you can ask for is a fellow player who is serious when it’s game time, a person not going to lollygag, someone who wants to be there – not just to play, but to win. Athletes of all types should be judged on work ethic and how they perform in the game.

The choices we make are our own and how we choose to handle the situation of a gay athlete varies from person to person. We have learned not to judge a man by the color of their skin, why can’t we do the same for athletes, regardless of sexual orientation?

Understandably, gay athletes must be aware of the media attention waiting when they make it known that they are openly gay. Some teammates may get annoyed or distracted by the media attention, but over time if every person on that team shows the media and everyone else that they are there to compete and win, then the day that these athletes admitted to the world that they are “gay and proud” will be a distant memory.

Times have changed but the end result has stayed the same, athletes want to be successful and have a chance at winning the championship. So does it really matter if your teammate is gay or straight? Is it going to change the way you prepare for a game?

If the team goal is to win the game or get to the championship then you’re not going to worry about who your teammate likes. The worry is to take care of business on the playing field, and to win.

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Weekly Updates 3/20-26/2014

March 27th, 2014


  • Won 9-4 against New Mexico State University March 21 at the Edinburg Baseball Stadium

  • Lost 7-4 to the New Mexico State Aggies March 22

  • Lost 3-2 to the New Mexico State Aggies March 23

  • Lost 11-0 to Texas Christian University March 25 at Lupton Field in Fort Worth, Texas

  • Next game March 28 against Seattle University



  • Finished in 13th place at the Plantation Inn Intercollegiate in Crystal River, Fla.

  • Next match March 31-April 1 at the Husky Invitational in Missouri City, Texas



  • Lost 4-3 to the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals March 21 at the Orville Cox Tennis Center

  • Lost 6-1 to the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners at the UTSA Tennis Center

  • Next match March 28 against the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, La.



  • Won 5-2 against the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals March 21 at the Orville Cox Tennis Center

  • Next match is the WAC Championship April 25-27 in Las Cruces, N.M.



  • Took seven first place finishes at the IBC Bank Cactus Cup in Kingsville March 22 at Javelina Stadium

  • Junior Leocajuan Williams named WAC Track and Field Athlete of the Week

  • Next match March 27-29 at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas

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Double header upset for Arlington

March 11th, 2014

Early on the UTPA Broncs baseball team has taken home a three-game winning streak against the Arlington Baptist Patriots. The game ended in a double header March 8.

The Broncs last game against the Patriots allowed for a 4-2 victory at the Edinburg Baseball Stadium. Originally, the game was meant to spread from March 7-9. But because of bad weather heading toward the Rio Grande Valley, Saturday’s game was turned into a double header, forcing the Broncs and the Patriots to play a total of 18 innings with only a 40 minute prep time in-between.

According to the Bronc third basemen, Alberto Morales, the team held together through the day. It was not easy but in the end its what they had to do.

“Anytime you get three wins on a weekend its good,” Morales said. “These (doubleheaders) are just a mental grid. You know you got to play 18 innings and you just got to grind it out. Fatigue is going to kick in but the mental side is the strong side.”

While the Broncs ended their back-to- back weekend, Kyle Tokunaga had his first start of the season against the Patriots March 8. He pitched a total of seven innings and led the team to a 5-2 game against their opponents.

“It felt pretty good,” Tokunga said. “Went out there, threw a lot of strikes, threw a lot of ground balls and that’s what you got to do when you go pitch, you got to give your team a chance to win. Getting strikes-that’s what is going to do it.”

With their noses to the grindstone, the Broncs pulled through against the Patriots but know that they still have a whole season ahead of them. With their first Weastern Athletic Conference game coming up, Morales and his team are eager to move up in the ranks of this new conference.

“We are excited for our first WAC weekend, which is coming up two weeks from now (March 21).” Morales said. “It’s exciting and we are ready to play. As a team we are just trying to win a WAC championship…first year will be a big deal for us…but that is what I am looking forward to.”

Although the Broncs ended this spring break weekend with a win they will head out on a 7 game road trip starting March 11-12. The first stop will be College Station, where they will battle it out against the Texas A&M University Aggies for the first time this season.

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Early 1960’s dynasty

December 4th, 2013

In 2011, the 1961 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championship men’s tennis team was inducted into the University of Texas-Pan American Athletics Hall of Fame.

Members of that hall of fame team included current Hall members Ken Lang (HOF Class of 2009), John Sharpe (HOF Class of 2008) and Don Russell (HOF Class of 2007). Its other members were Harold Natho and Jim Watson.

“As a championship team or esteemed individuals, they each represent the proud tradition of Bronc Athletics,” former UTPA Director of Athletics Chris King said at the Hall of Fame ceremony in April 2011.

Although in 1960, in Kansas City, the Broncs could have won their first championship, they fell short against a Lamar Tech dynasty. The Beaumont school had won the previous five titles, and the Broncs took the national runner-up spot that season. The 1961 men’s tennis team was the first of five championship teams, in a row for the UTPA, or Pan American College as it was called then.

In 1961 and 1962 PAC took the championship, winning by 19 and 18 points over Southern Oklahoma. In ‘61 Sharpe won the NAIA national singles title as part of the team’s championship victory. Sharpe paired with teammate and fellow Hall of Fame member Russell to win the NAIA national title in doubles.

The Broncs’ closest victory came in 1964 when Corpus Christi University was four team points away from taking its first title.

The 1961 team was the first team to claim a national team title for the school. The 1960 unit was national runner-up but like any good team regrouped and went 12-4-1 overall the 1961 season, finishing first in the nation.

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broncs defeat Cardinals

December 1st, 2013

Sophomore, Shaquille Hines, had career-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds in his first-career double-double. His performance lead the Broncs to victory against Lamar University Cardinals 66-61 Nov. 27 at the Montagne Center in Beaumont.

Hines was one of three Broncs (4-4) in double-figures. Javorn Farrell scored a game-high 22 points with six rebounds and one steal. senior Jamal Dantzler scored a season-high 10 points, five rebounds, one block and two steals, a career-high.


Marcus Owens of the Cardinals made a three-pointer that brought them within one point. After a Hines’ jumper gave the Broncs the lead, the Cardinals were not able to come close to the Broncs for the rest of the game.

The Broncs will be back in action Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. when they visit Bradley University in Peoria, IL.

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Weekly updates Nov. 14-22

November 21st, 2013

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Mens Basketball vs Sam Houston Nov. 8.

November 11th, 2013

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Volleyball vs. Chicago State Nov. 7

November 8th, 2013

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