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High School Volleyball: Contreras shines despite season opening loss

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

San Marcos’ season is off to a rough start after Monday evening.

Despite 11 kills from senior Alex Contreras, the Lady Rattlers dropped their season and home-opener to the Bastrop Bears, 3-0 (25-15, 25-19 and 25-19) inside the Snake Pit.

A few hitting errors during the opening set left San Marcos playing from behind early. Despite being a team with eight seniors, last year’s senior-laden team meant there is still a lot of varsity inexperience in 2016. It showed early.

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College Football: Bobcats training for a "title fight"

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

The regular season is a prized title fight.

That’s how head coach Everett Withers views it. The Bobcats may be knocked around, they’ll certainly throw a few punches of their own, but they can’t win or lose via knockout. It always comes down to a decision at the end of a 12-round match, or this case a 12-game season and Texas State wants to win by unanimous decision.

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College Football: Franchione undergoes successful cancer surgery

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Former Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione underwent a successful cancer surgery to remove a kidney Friday. Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman was the first to report.

According to the American-Statesman, Franchione was diagnosed after the doctor removed a golf-ball sized tumor three weeks ago following an MRI on his back.

The 66-year-old retired coach is expected to make a full recovery in the next four to six weeks.

College Football: Can Spaziani fix New Mexico State's defense?

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Head coach Doug Martin knows his offense will be fine.

When a mid-major program like New Mexico State lands a premier talent like Larry Rose III and surrounds him with a quality receiving corps, any coach would feel confident about his team’s ability to score points. The Aggies weakness was on defense.

New Mexico State started a lot of youth in 2015 and only gave up less than 30 points once — against Texas State. The Aggies were last in the Sun Belt in nearly every defensive category so Martin made the defense his top priority.

College Football: Finding playmakers in the secondary and on special teams

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

There aren’t a lot of names changing in the secondary or on special teams, but expectations certainly are.

Brandon McDowell, Dila Rosemond, Stephan Johnson, Javante O’Roy, Clarence Guidry III and Damani Alexcee all played at least five games last season so in games reps won’t be the concern. Secondary is easily one of the Bobcats’ more experienced unit, but it was also one of the more targeted units last season.

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