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City continues courts complex construction
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City continues courts complex construction

City continues courts complex construction By Silvia BlancoBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 [Editor’s Note: This is ongoing coverage of the tennis courts construction, which The Bridge began reporting on in 2019 by David Gomez Jr. and continued with a story by Leslie Villafana Martinez on April 3, 2021. Our most recent story was by Cristian Alardin on Nov. 19, 2021.] Despite delays, construction continues on the city’s new tennis courts located at TAMIU. In an effort to bring a new tennis facility to Laredo, the city and Texas A&M International University partnered to make the complex a reality. The completed City of Laredo Tennis Complex at TAMIU is expected to include 18 courts, concession stands and locker rooms. The courts were originally s...
SPORTS: Rec Sports focuses on future of intramurals
Intramurals, Sports

SPORTS: Rec Sports focuses on future of intramurals

SPORTS: Rec Sports focuses on future of intramurals By Bianca FloresBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 As Recreational Sports takes off this semester with new events, new employees and greater participation, it plans to support that increase. Its Intramural Sports program hosts a multitude of sports from basketball, soccer, volleyball and even less-strenuous activities such as 8-ball and ping-pong; more so, it offers job opportunities for those seeking work at Texas A&M International University. Marco Villarreal | BridgeTwo unidentified competitors play indoor soccer during an intramural game. During the past couple years, intramurals experienced low summer participation due to a decrease in the campus’ active population. This Fall 2022 semester...
SPORTS: Dustdevils ‘have fun’ during comeback 
Sports, Volleyball

SPORTS: Dustdevils ‘have fun’ during comeback 

SPORTS: Dustdevils ‘have fun’ during comeback  By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 TAMIU defeated the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 3-1, in what was a close contest until they started having fun on the court. “Our team is definitely a team that thrives on feeling and body language and our body language was down,” coach Brittany Harry said. “It didn’t look like we were having fun. “And [assistant] coach Gilbert [Vela] said ‘have fun.’” Harry jokingly took credit for a timeout called by the Lions in the third period, which granted the Dustdevils the momentum to strive past them in a 13-1 run on Oct. 1 at the Texas A&M International University Kinesiology and Convocation Building gymnasium. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeDustdevils volleyball t...
SPORTS: Esports team improves in communication, camaraderie
Esports, Features, Sports

SPORTS: Esports team improves in communication, camaraderie

SPORTS: Esports team improves in communication, camaraderie By Glenys MaldonadoSports EditorPublished Friday, Oct. 28, 2022  With esports on the rise, TAMIU’s Rocket League team launched to a strong start this season. With a variety of teams, Rocket League shined and put their name on the boards. “Rocket League is a competitive video game which involves cars and soccer combined,” coach Ethan Garcia said. “The point of the game is to outscore the opponent and win three out of five games to secure a win. My favorite thing about the game would have to be that it is unique and a very complex game to learn, but once you are able to understand the controls it gets really fun.” Texas A&M International University’s Rec Sports esports program did not develop an accelerating...
SPORTS: Two players help lead TAMIU volleyball
Sports, Volleyball

SPORTS: Two players help lead TAMIU volleyball

SPORTS: Two players help lead TAMIU volleyball By Paulina PerezBridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 Two TAMIU volleyball players continue to lead the team with their continuous successful contributions. Graduate student and outside hitter Mackenzie Catalina was born in Cedar Park, Texas; she continues to play on the volleyball team after her four undergraduate years. Catalina reached a milestone in her volleyball career by making 1,000 kills. David Gomez Jr. | Bridge FileVolleyball outside hitter Mackenzie Catalina serves against University of Texas-Permian Basin on Oct. 22, 2021, in the TAMIU gymnasium. Opposite hitters Sammantha Herrera (13) and Hannah Thompson (14) also wear pink jerseys as they look on. “I broke multiple records including most kill...
SPORTS: Women’s soccer hopes to dominate season
Sports, Women's Soccer

SPORTS: Women’s soccer hopes to dominate season

SPORTS: Women’s soccer hopes to dominate season By Glenys MaldonadoSports EditorPublished Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 On the soccer field, the TAMIU women utilize their team chemistry for cohesive gameplay. “Personally, I think our chemistry within the team could not be better,” midfielder Andrea Castellanos said. “We all get along pretty well and support each other on and off the field. I think we bond the most when we are in the locker room before or after games since we are all together focused or reflecting about our games.” Audrina Rosales-Streeter | Special to The BridgeTAMIU graduate student Blanca Osorio (8) drives the ball down the field against Texas Woman's University forward Keely Chapman (19) at TWU's field on Sept. 17. As she noted, that chemistry is also highlig...
SPORTS: Dustdevils keep tunnel vision in course, classroom
Sports, Women's Cross Country

SPORTS: Dustdevils keep tunnel vision in course, classroom

SPORTS: Dustdevils keep tunnel vision in course, classroom By Glenys MaldonadoSports EditorPublished Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 Women’s cross country team members represent the Dustdevils on the course, in the classrooms, as they hone in on the Fall 2022 season. Faith Kiprotich ran for Texas A&M International University for the past couple years. “For us, our team is so competitive,” Kiprotich said. “Today, you will see one girl be No. 1, the next day you’ll be seeing another girl finish first. It is really competitive, which makes us really strong. It is not competitive in an ugly way, but in a good way that will push each other. I love that about my team; you never know who’s going to get No. 1. Everyone is responsible for being No. 1.” Courtesy Coach Benny RodriguezThe...
SPORTS: Women’s soccer looks forward to next season
Sports, Women's Soccer

SPORTS: Women’s soccer looks forward to next season

SPORTS: Women’s soccer looks forward to coming season By Jordan MaseBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, May 18, 2022 The Fall 2022 women’s soccer season kicks off Aug. 25 when the Dustdevils attempt to bring down the Griffins. Missouri Western State University visits TAMIU for the 8 p.m. game. After a tough first season back from COVID-19, the TAMIU women’s soccer team ended with a record of 3-14-1 overall with 2-10-1 in the Lone Star Conference. The women brought in some new recruits who have been successful at their previous junior colleges. Especially after a challenging previous season, the positivity is a credit to the team and coaching staff. Creating a positive environment for the players to thrive can be challenging. Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge FileTAMIU ...
SPORTS: Star softball pitcher returns
Softball, Sports

SPORTS: Star softball pitcher returns

SPORTS: Star softball pitcher returns By Katherine AlemanBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, May 17, 2022 After being out for the season, star pitcher Erika Cortez returned to the softball field. Cortez, a criminal justice major with a minor in kinesiology, experienced a respiratory condition that made her unable to play. “I’m happy to be able to play back on the field,” Cortez said. “Not being part of the game has been hard.” TAMIU softball coach Scott Libby said, “[This season] it’s been a little bit challenging just for the fact that a player of ours last year was so valuable to us as a pitcher.” David Garcia | Bridge FileTAMIU junior pitcher Erika Cortez warms up before taking the field in this Spring 2021 file photo. During the last week of April, Cortez...
SPORTS: Libby works to improve softball program
Softball, Sports

SPORTS: Libby works to improve softball program

SPORTS: Libby works to improve softball program By Katherine AlemanBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, May 17, 2022 With 13 years at TAMIU, softball coach Scott Libby continues to create an influence on his players and the field. Before Libby became the Texas A&M International University coach, he worked at William Howard Taft High School in San Antonio as an English teacher and softball coach. Courtesy TAMIU Sports InformationCoach Scott Libby, TAMIU softball When Libby began working at TAMIU in 2008, the softball team was fairly new to the University. Over the past few years, Libby guided the softball team and learned from those challenges. During his first season in 2009, he underwent an easy transition since he was familiar with the players. However, com...
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