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Men win first soccer game of season
Men's Soccer, Sports

Men win first soccer game of season

Men win first soccer game of season David Gomez Jr. | BridgeTAMIU junior Lassana Diakite attempts to steal the ball from a South Dakota Mines player during Thursday evening’s game, Sept. 9, 2021, at home. The Dustdevils won their first game of the season, 3-2.
Young student athletes learn to grow
Softball, Sports, Volleyball, Women's Basketball

Young student athletes learn to grow

Young student athletes learn to grow By Marlene GonzalezBridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 Becoming an adult is part of life for everyone, but each person switches to adulthood differently. Some are surrounded by family and others learn on their own. “I moved out at 18 years old and was homesick for a while,” Texas A&M International University freshman basketball forward Ally Winnen said. “I missed my family, my twin sister and my pets back home.” Originally from Westlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, Winnen always knew basketball would give her the opportunity to study away from home after graduating high school. In 2020, she was named Second Team All-State and All-District, as well as 2020 Regional Player of the Year and Lorain County Ms. Basketba...
Driven by the profession
Features, Humans of TAMIU, Intramurals, Sports

Driven by the profession

Driven by the profession Former TAMIU Rec Sports director keeps busy By David SolisBridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 Former director of TAMIU Rec Sports, Sylvia Barrera, always had a drive for teaching and leading. Her focus always remained in growing as a teacher, coach and director. Barrera started her teaching career at Christen Middle School in 1981 as a physical education teacher and coach. “I got the opportunity to work with a great staff my first year that welcomed me to the program and helped me grow as an educator and a person,” Barrera said. As she slowly built a reputation for herself, she was given the opportunity to coach the girls’ basketball program at Cigarroa High School in 1983. She led the program to new heights, advancing to t...
Women set up a challenging schedule
Sports, Women's Basketball

Women set up a challenging schedule

Women set up a challenging schedule By David SolisBridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 After a successful 2020-2021 season for the TAMIU women’s basketball program, teammates seek to improve through a tougher schedule. Coach Nate Vogel has been adamant in playing tough competition year in and year out. This upcoming season may be the perfect time to add Division I opponents and challenge the Dustdevils early in the season. “It’s a lot easier to schedule tougher opponents when you’ve had success. Last year, we beat TAMIU-CC and Weber State University in back-to-back games—both Division I programs,” Vogel wrote in an email. “So, we want to test ourselves early on against bigger schools to prepare us for conference games.” Having to replace Nicole Heyn, w...
Two runners look to new season
Men's Cross Country, Sports

Two runners look to new season

Two runners look to new season By Isabela Barrientos Bridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 Hopeful to accomplish what they began during the 2020 cross country season, juniors Nicholas and Ruben Martinez prepare for this season. After having their previous season end abruptly, as the result of their teammate’s false  positive COVID-19 test, the two runners are eager to begin the 2021-2022 season. Both Martinezes used the off-season to focus on improving and preparing for what lies ahead: The Sept. 18 Westside Classic in San Antonio and the Sept. 25 Texas A&M Invitational at College Station. “Around this time last year, I hadn’t started running,” Nicholas Martinez said during the off-season. “I am now training a little more on my own, and am al...
Men’s basketball finishes season 1-13
Men's Basketball, Sports

Men’s basketball finishes season 1-13

Men's basketball finishes season 1-13 By Cesar OldhamBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, May 5, 2021 After a difficult season, the men's Dustdevils basketball team limped away with only one Lone Star Conference win. The success was a 81-68 win against Oklahoma Christian University. Andrea Arias | Submitted Tre Thomas drives the ball in his game against Angelo State University on Feb. 26. Men's basketball coach Rodney “Mac” McConnell joined Texas A&M International University in March 2020 as the seventh coach for the team in Dustdevil history. “We showed glimpses of what we can be and [can] build on for the future,” McConnell said. “No head coach wants to win only one game in a year, no matter the circumstances. Therefore, I would say that this year's team ha...
Golf team works to keep safe
Men's Golf, Sports, Women's Golf

Golf team works to keep safe

Golf team works to keep safe By Eric PeraltaBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, May 5, 2021 As pandemic concerns continue, the TAMIU golf team follows policies to keep its athletes safe. Redshirt sophomore Yuliana Yapur, of Morelos, Mexico, plays on the Texas A&M International University women's golf team. The team is led by coach Rudy Gonzalez, who oversees both golf teams. courtesy godustdevils.comGolf coach Rudy Gonzalez “For our practice, we now are separated from the men's team,” Yapur said. “This means that while the men's team goes out to play nine [or] 18 holes, the women stay, putting or at the range hitting balls and vice versa. “For competitions, we used to play with other schools in the same group. Now we play our rounds of 18 or 36 holes with ...
Dustdevils swept by Buffs
Baseball, Sports

Dustdevils swept by Buffs

Dustdevils swept by Buffs By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Thursday, April 22, 2021 The Dustdevils baseball team fell to the Buffs during Sunday’s cool, overcast game. The Buffs held their No. 5 spot after taking the lead early on during the afternoon game at Texas A&M International University’s Jorge Haynes Field. T. Rob Brown | BridgeTAMIU senior outfielder Phillip Sanchez heads for home before scoring a run against West Texas A&M University on Sunday afternoon, April 18, 2021, at Jorge Haynes Field. TAMIU lost 9-4. By the dugouts, remnants of flower seeds covered the nearby floor on both sides of the field. Hollering distractions, and support, resounded from both teams since fans are still not allowed on the bleachers. Business started to pick up dur...
Making Dustdevil history
Features, On Campus, Softball, Sports

Making Dustdevil history

Making Dustdevil history By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, April 9, 2021 After pitching a perfect game, one Dustdevils softball pitcher was named Wilson/NFCA National Pitcher of the Week. Sophomore Erika Cortez went on the field with the intention to help her team win the game against West Texas’ Lady Buffs. In that, she succeeded perfectly and made Texas A&M International University athletics history. “I was just trying to take it inning-by-inning, and go in there calmly,” Cortez said. “I wasn't trying to overpower myself. I was just trying to get my team ahead so we [could] score and win this game and I just took it inning-by-inning.” David Garcia | BridgeTAMIU pitcher Erika Cortez warms up before taking the field recently. She said she left ev...
Putting the backswing into tennis court construction
On Campus, Sports

Putting the backswing into tennis court construction

Putting the backswing into tennis court construction By Leslie Villafana MartinezBridge contributing writerPublished Saturday, April 3, 2021 The construction of 21 tennis courts defies the COVID-19 pandemic and cold temperatures to bring back outdoor activities and sports for summer 2022. In a joint effort, Texas A&M International University and the City of Laredo create a sports complex on campus, which highlights 21 new tennis courts. Senior Director of Campus Safety and Planning Trevor Liddle said the Laredo Engineering Department and other professional organizations oversee the design and construction of the tennis facility, while TAMIU provided the land. “This is an exciting collaboration between TAMIU and the city to bring access to a world-class tennis facility t...
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