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TAMIU esports takes competitive gaming to next level
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TAMIU esports takes competitive gaming to next level

TAMIU esports takes competitive gaming to next level  By Dulce CastellanosBridge contributing writerOriginally published in the print edition on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 Several of the esports teams on campus are taking it to the next level—not Level 2, but the national level. Call of Duty Esports team member Ivan Larumbe said, “It is a big deal.” Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeAn unidentified esports player live streams on Nov. 2 at the Dusty’s Den Game Room near the Student Center. The National Association of Collegiate Esports, the largest membership association of varsity esports programs at colleges and universities across the U.S., added Texas A&M International University organizations to its ranks. Competing at a varsity level in competitive gaming comes with perks, be...
Records-breaking Dustdevils rally past Rattlers
Sports, Volleyball

Records-breaking Dustdevils rally past Rattlers

Records-breaking Dustdevils rally past Rattlers  By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefOriginally published in the print edition on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 The Dustdevils triumphed in a dramatic win over the Rattlers on Friday and broke records on Saturday. Texas A&M International University gets past St. Mary’s University on Nov. 5, inside the Kinesiology and Convocation Building, in a close, nail-biting victory. Many kills, aces and blocks took place as the Dustdevils would win the first set and then trail the following two. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeOutside hitter Mackenzie Catalina jumps up for a kill attempt against St. Mary’s University on Friday, Nov. 5, in the TAMIU gymnasium. Catalina broke the school all-time record for kills. Setter Maison Kosse (18) looks on; Ko...
Dustdevils outjoust Knights
Men's Basketball, Sports

Dustdevils outjoust Knights

Dustdevils outjoust Knights By Orlando GonzalezBridge contributing writerOriginally published in the print edition on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 After three consecutive wins in the regular season, the Dustdevils keep their momentum going with a 3-0 record. Coach Rodney “Mac” McConnell’s men’s basketball team defeated Chadron State University, South Dakota Mines University and stomped all over Southwestern Adventist University. Following Monday night’s 79-41 victory romp, Nov. 15, at home against SWAU, Texas A&M International University’s men showed they are a force to be reckoned with. This followed a 52-48 win on Nov. 13 over SDMU at Rapid City, South Dakota, and an 82-73 win on Nov. 12 over Chadron State at Chadron, Nebraska. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeSenior Greg Bowie II eyes ...
Trick-or-Treat: Participants earn points at Rec Center
Features, On Campus, Sports

Trick-or-Treat: Participants earn points at Rec Center

Trick-or-Treat Participants earn points By Carolina CruzBridge Staff WriterOriginally published in the print edition on Nov. 19, 2021 From Oct. 1 to 31, the TAMIU Rec Center conducted its Trick or Treat Point Challenge. Students earned points by attending Rec Sports events and entered for a chance to win various prizes. TAMIU Rec Sports personal trainer Angela Salas said the purpose of this challenge is to motivate people to participate in more Rec-sponsored events.  “The Trick or Treat Point system is something the Rec has been doing in order to get more participants to join either fitness classes or any events that the Rec is hosting,” Salas said. Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeAn unidentified competitor lifts weights during the Trick-or-Treat Point Challenge event, whi...
Campus tennis courts continue construction
News, On Campus, Sports

Campus tennis courts continue construction

Campus tennis courts continue construction By Cristian AlardinBridge contributing writerOriginally published in the print edition on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 City of Laredo officials say the TAMIU Tennis Complex should be completed in early 2022. Laredo Communications Administrator Noraida Negron wrote in an email that the project, formally introduced on June 8,  nears completion. Though the initial discussion on campus occurred earlier on Sept. 9, 2019, when Texas A&M International University administration held a referendum regarding the complex’s creation. Rosalinda Puentes | Special to The BridgeCampus tennis courts under construction in October. The tennis court is a joint effort developed from the City, its recreation department, the TAMIU Athletics Department, ...
Maroon Madness Returns
Entertainment, Features, Humans of TAMIU, Life & Arts, Men's Basketball, On Campus, Photo Essay, Sports, Women's Basketball

Maroon Madness Returns

Maroon Madness Returns By David Gomez Jr. Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Maroon Madness brought the return of food, fun and competition to TAMIU after two years since the 2019 offering.  The Texas A&M International University Kinesiology, Wellness and Recreation Center again housed one of TAMIU’s biggest annual events. Before the start of basketball season, the event takes the form of a pep rally to bring an escape after midterms. Kicked off at 4:30 p.m. by the Spooky Fest, food and games occurred on the lawn in front of the building before the doors opened at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeA crowd of students compete for a free Dustdevils baseball cap during Maroon Madness on Thursday, Oct. 28, in the TAMIU gymnasium. ...
Return of intramurals
Intramurals, Sports

Return of intramurals

Return of intramurals By Delilah RamosBridge contributing writerPublished Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 When the preface “Return of” appears, some can only finish it with “the Jedi” or “the King” but some TAMIU students answer “intramurals.” Back in September, the program relaunched after a yearlong break due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Rec Sports intramural specialist Xcaret Ramirez said she’s happy for this comeback. “Witnessing the energy created by active people enjoying their sports, the ref whistles reverberating off the walls and seeing months of planning coming through fruition has been very rewarding,” Ramirez said. Some students expressed how they missed the opportunity to compete against friends and have a good time. TAMIU student Victoria Alfaro likes to...
Something to prove: Young team faces coming season
Sports, Women's Basketball

Something to prove: Young team faces coming season

Something to prove Young team faces coming season By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 With a team consisting of mostly first-years and sophomores, women’s basketball plans to prove themselves. “We have 10 new players this year,” coach Nate Vogel wrote in an email to The Bridge. “We’ve added some very talented freshmen, as well as some transfer students.  “We are very excited with what we’ve seen by these new players. Our returners have improved since last season so we’re excited to see what’s in store for this team.” Alan Rodriguez | Bridge FileWomen’s basketball coach Nate Vogel speaks to the crowd during the 2019 Maroon Madness event in the gymnasium on campus in this October 2019 file photo. This may be a team of fresh faces, but...
TAMIU baseball program reflects on new coach
Baseball, Sports

TAMIU baseball program reflects on new coach

TAMIU baseball program reflects on new coach By Kenya GarciaBridge contributing writerPublished Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 Lots of changes happened in TAMIU athletics during the novel coronavirus pandemic; for baseball, it involved the hiring of the program’s fifth coach. Texas A&M International University hired coach Phillip Middleton last semester to lead the team at Jorge Haynes Field. As Middleton entered the program, he brought with him a great amount of coaching experience from NCAA Divisions I, II and III. Middleton’s experience includes developing and working with players of the year, conference honorees and many successful programs. A new coaching staff took over and implemented its new techniques into the Spring 2021 baseball season for the Dustdevils. TAMIU base...
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.
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