Last fall was, for lack of a better term, a roller coaster ride for Aggie football and fans.
For the second consecutive year, the Games of Texas will be hosted by Bryan-College Station in partnership with Texas A&M. The Olympic style amateur games will be held from July 30 through Aug. 3 and will have competition that will span throughout the Brazos Valley twin cities.
Over the course of the five-day competition, athletes will compete in events including boxing, skate- boarding, golf, tennis, swimming, pickleball, track & field, archery, disk golf, judo and soccer.
Kelli Nesbitt, Marketing Coordinator for the Col- lege Station Parks and Recreation department, said the Games have been hosted all around the state of Texas but there may not be any more favored venue for the Olympic style event than Bryan-College Station.
“Last year we received multiple comments on ‘this being the best games yet,’” Nesbitt said. “We attribute that to the hometown hospitality and premier athletic facilities in Bryan-College Station including Texas A&M University Blue Bell Park, Mitchell Tennis Center, Rec Center, College Station High School, G. Hysmith Skate Park and more.”
Nesbitt said the Games will have an impact on the local economy, and have a track record to prove it.
“In 2014, only 220 participants were from Col- lege Station, which means the rest – along with about 20,000 of their coaches, family members and friends – were visitors who dropped an estimated $6 million into the local economy over a four day period,” said Nesbitt.
The Games held in 2014 had one of the most competitive turnouts in the history of the competition. There were 97 Games of Texas records set in 2014 including 33 in Track and Field as well as 64 in swim- ming.
Nesbitt said it is a treat for the athletes of all ages to compete in a venue that has first class facilities such as those at Texas A&M University.
“Not often do youth athletes get the opportunity to compete in world class facilities such at the Texas A&M Rec Center and Mitchell Tennis Center,” said Nesbitt. “Swimming being held at the Texas A&M Rec Center has been the talk of TAAF for the past year.”
The open ceremony of the Games will be held at Blue Bell Park on Friday at 6:45 p.m. The athletes will be led into the park by the First Lady of Aggieland, Reveille IX.
A week from Sunday, the Texas A&M football team will report for its preseason training camp after a summer of workouts and seven-on-seven action. For the third time in four years, head coach Kevin Sumlin has a quarterback decision on his hands.
Courtney Williams, senior guard for the Texas A&M women’s basketball team, was selected this summer to compete in the Pan American Games as a part of Team U.S.A.
It’s a busy time of the year for football coaches and media members alike. Kevin Sumlin and other SEC coaches are preparing their rosters for the upcoming season, and the media is getting its first true look at what their respective teams might look like come September.
In Hoover, Alabama this week, SEC Media days were held, which is the unofficial start of college football season. Tuesday, the Aggies and Kevin Sumlin spoke about the upcoming year and the changes surrounding the program.
In one day, A&M has lost “soft commitment” from five star offensive tackle Greg Little, four star wide receiver Tren’Davian Dickson -- who was considered a heavy lean to A&M committed to archrival Texas -- and now Aggie basketball lost their fourth player this offseason when Peyton Allen decided to transfer on Tuesday afternoon.
Aggie basketball took quite a hit this offseason. Devonte Fitzgerald (Minnesota), Avery Johnson Jr. (Alabama), and Antuan Space (UMass) have all departed this offseason, and Tuesday the depth chart took another hit. According to multiple reports, Peyton Allen will transfer from Texas A&M, effective immediately.
Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel returned to College Station for a public autograph signing session Sunday evening at Aggieland Outfitters on University Dr.
The release of the A&M men’s golf team schedule Monday afternoon revealed that the Aggies will kick off their 2015-2016 campaign this September. Their schedule sees them leaving the mainland United States.
A&M kicks off their season in Illinois, as they travel for the Fighting Illini invitational from Sept.18-20 in Olympia Fields Country Club. They then will make a trip to Valentine, Nebraska for the Jackrabbit Classic, which will be hosted by South Dakota State.
A trans-Atlantic trip is on the horizon as the Aggies head to Ireland in mid-October for the Irish Invitational. The final event for A&M in the fall will be a west coast trip to Carlsbad, California for the Gifford Collegiate.
After a nearly two month break during the winter, the season will fire back up when A&M heads to Jacksonville to play at TCP at Sawgrass for the Sea Best Invitational. Two weeks later, A&M will leave the mainland again to travel to the scenic island of Kauai, Hawaii for the John A. Burns Invitational.
The Aggies will take a road trip in March when they will set their sights on Lafayette, Louisiana for the Louisiana Classics Tournament. A&M will then head to the Grand Canyon State for the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Arizona.
A&M will travel to the east coast a week later for two com- petitions. First, A&M will be in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the General Hackler Championship at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club on March 12-13. A move south to the state of Florida will wrap up the Aggie road schedule, where they will compete in the Floridian Invi- tational which will be held in West Palm Beach from March 21-22.
Only one home event is scheduled for A&M all year, and it will take place in April. The Aggies return home for their final competition of the year — the Aggie Invitational at the Traditions Club on April 2-3.
After a long, well-traveled season, the SEC Championships will be held in Georgia at the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons. Then, the NCAA regionals will be held at various host campus sites from May 16-18.
This year, a team will be awarded the national title in Eugene, Oregon at the Eugene Country Club from May 27-June 1.
Every two years, the University Games are held all around the world. This year in Gwangju, South Korea, Texas A&M is represented by four swimmers, as well as by head coach Steve Bult- man. Senior Sarah Henry (USA), freshman Lisa Bratton (USA), and sophomore Franko Jonker (South Africa) and Sycerika McMahon (Ireland) are the Aggies who were selected to participate in the games from July 4-11.
So far, the Aggies have garnered a combined three gold medals — two of which were awarded to Sarah Henry.
To kick off the games, Henry struck her first gold with a win in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:38.88. It was a come- back effort for her as she trailed the leader by .69 seconds going into the final leg, the freestyle. Henry stormed back to defeat Barbora Zavadova of the Czech Republic by two seconds.
Lisa Bratton, the freshman who had already broken records in her first season, was up next and she did not disappoint. Bratton earned the second Aggie gold medal of the games in the 200 meter backstroke. She trailed for most of the race, but in the final 50 meters she caught fire and left everyone be- hind to complete a lifetime best of 2:09.31.
On day three, Henry came through with her second gold medal of the games in a Team USA 800 meter freestyle relay. She earned the medal after help- ing her team to the fastest qualifiers from the prelims. However, she did not swim in the final, where Team USA won with a time of 7:53.88.
Other Aggies have competed at a high level as well. Franko Jonker and Sycerika McMahon both advanced into the semifinals of the 100 meter breaststroke, but both could not advance to the final, coming in sixth and eighth respectively. Jonker also went to the 200 meter breaststroke semifinals after winning her preliminary heat. However she was even faster in the semis, but did not advance to the final.
Also competing is former Aggie all-American diver Cameron McLean, who represents his home country of Canada at these games. He placed seventh in the men’s seven meter springboard with a score of 337.90, and placed 18th in the men’s three meter springboard dive.
At the conclusion of the 2015 Aggie baseball season, Nick Banks and Ryan Hendrix made the turnaround to play for Collegiate Team USA in North Carolina. It is a familiar experience for Banks, as he also made the 2014 roster. So far this summer, both of them have kept a hot streak going.
The new south end zone of Kyle Field that was introduced less than a year ago has already been tested for its structural soundness. During the Thanksgiving game held in College Station last season between Texas A&M and LSU, there was slight up-and-down movement detected.
After spending eight seasons on the west coast with the Los Angeles Clippers, former Aggie basketball standout, Deandre Jordan reached an agreement to become a member of the Dallas Mavericks. After averaging a double-double in what was no doubt the best year of his career, Jordan received the maximum contract from the Mav's for four years and $80 million dollars.
Howard Joffe, former A&M women’s tennis head coach, accepted a job in Austin Tuesday and will assume his duties as the Longhorn’s head coach July 9.
The Texas A&M basketball program has big expectations for the 2015 season. Not only are fans and players setting their standards high, but national analysts everywhere are also predicting special things for the future of the Aggies.
Seven of Texas A&M’s track athletes competed in the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Oregon this past weekend and six more competed in the USATF Junior Championships.
A&M’s Jeff Maggert is quickly becoming a star on the Champions Tour.
Quinn Pesicka, the nine-year-old girl honored at a Texas A&M soccer game last fall, died Saturday after a life long battle with cancer.
For the past few years it has seemed as though there is some sort of construction underway everywhere you turn on Texas A&M campus. A big chunk of that construction, in terms of surface area as well as longevity, has been the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center.
One week after losing A&M legend John David Crow, the Aggie community said goodbye for the final time Tuesday afternoon.
The Texas A&M men’s basketball program released its 2015-16 non-conference schedule Friday, revealing the grueling road the Aggies will take before entering conference play.
John David Crow was not only an Aggie football hero, but he was the face of Texas A&M. Over the years, he left his mark on the university, and his death Wednesday night at age 79 is a huge loss for the Aggie community.
The Texas A&M community lost a family member, icon and legend in every sense of the word. John David Crow, A&M’s first Heisman winner and only winner until Johnny Manziel in 2012, died surrounded by family around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at age 79.
As Texas A&M athletics enters the lull of summer, the A&M Volleyball team is preparing for their tough schedule, which was announced Wednesday afternoon.
With three starts on the mound and 281 total pitches thrown, A&M pitcher Matt Kent was a savior for the Aggies multiple times throughout the postseason.
Five players from the 2014-2015 Texas A&M baseball team were drafted in the 2015 MLB Draft. Here is a look back at their great careers in Aggieland.
The Texas A&M women's track and field team placed third in the NCAA Championships Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.
Over the last three days, Major League Baseball has been holding their player draft for 2015. After three days, 40 rounds, and 1,215 picks, five Aggie baseball players were selected by Major League teams.
After a long season with tough and competitive track meets, the No. 3 men and No. 4 women’s track teams head to Hayward Field at the University of Oregon to compete in the NCAA Track & Field Championships which begin on Wednesday.
It started back in the cold month of February. It began with a 24 game winning streak and culminated in one of the most successful seasons in Aggie baseball history. After fighting off elimination four times this postseason, A&M needed one more win for the ultimate goal: the College World Series.
As Sunday afternoon rolled around, Texas A&M once again faced elimination from the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time this postseason. In what was an absolute pitchers’ duel, senior leadership by Blake Allemand, and another magician-like performance from Matt Kent, the Aggies defeated TCU 2-1 on a walk-off sacrifice fly to force a Super Regional deciding game three on Monday night.
For the first time since 2011, Aggie baseball made the NCAA Tournament Super Regional. A&M and TCU faced off on the diamond for the 253rd time ever on Saturday afternoon. In what was a slugfest at the start, A&M let the game run away from them late, and ultimately fell to TCU in game one of the series by a 13-4 margin.
The Texas A&M basketball team will get an early start to their 2015-16 season when they take an 11 day trip to Italy and Greece this August.
If one were to look on the Twitter sphere right now, one would see TCU fans in a rage. Why? Because of a huge blunder by the TCU athletic department, many Aggie baseball fans have managed to buy tickets for this weekend's Fort Worth Super Regional.
It’s long been a joke among Aggies that their former conference rival, the University of Texas, has a fan base loaded with people that never attended the school. A popular t-shirt even says, “If you see someone wearing an A&M shirt, they went to A&M. If you see someone wearing a t.u. shirt, they went to Walmart.” These so-called “t-shirt fans” are often ridiculed on message boards such as TexAgs and Aggie Yell for caring so much about a team that they have no affiliation with.
Despite record-breaking rainfall in the recent weeks, the Kyle Field renovation has remained on schedule and is set to be ready for the home opener come Sept. 12.
Aggie baseball is coming off the most entertaining weekend of baseball all season. After dropping a game to California, A&M won their way through the winners’ bracket to win the College Station Regional. For the first time since 2011, and the sixth time in program history, Texas A&M will play in the NCAA Tournament Super Regionals.
Some time ago, before some current A&M students were even born, Texas A&M had one of the scariest defenses in all of college football. In fact, the defenses of A&M were so dominating, the term “the Wrecking Crew” was coined during the 1980s and 1990s.
Texas A&M's winning weekend of NCAA Regional baseball action at Olsen Field included great pitching, manufactured runs and two wild celebrations after hard-fought victories over California.
In a long weekend, the Aggies were faced with, and overcame adversity like no other time during this season. After dropping a heart breaker to California on Saturday night, the Aggies had to win three straight, including beating California twice, to advance out of their regional. A&M got the wins they needed to set up a regional championship game for all the marbles on Monday.
Aggie baseball has come a long way this season. They started 24-0 in what ended up being the second longest winning streak of the college baseball year, behind Illinois, who won 27 in a row. They faced controversy, losing three of their final five SEC series to end the season. But nothing they faced has been as intense as the last two days of baseball at Olsen Field.
Coming into Sunday, A&M had to win not one, but two games to keep their season alive. The team came through in the biggest of ways, notching a 4-3 drama-filled, extra inning win over California on Sunday night to force a deciding, winner-take-all regional final on Monday evening. The two went to extra innings for the second time within the last 24 hours.
Out of the forty nine Aggies who participated in the NCAA West Preliminary rounds in Austin, twenty eight of them will be moving on to Eugene, Oregon to compete for the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Texas A&M will be represented by 15 men competing in 11 events while the A&M women have 13 athletes competing in 10 events.
Sunday afternoon A&M faced a possible end to their season, as they played in an elimination game in the College Station Regional. After dropping a heart breaking 2-1 decision to California, A&M responded with a huge win, an 8-1 shellacking of Coastal Carolina to keep the season alive.
After winning their opening game of the regional, A&M needed just two wins to advance to the Super Regionals. Saturday night, the Aggies had a tough fight on their hands, as they eventually fell in 14 innings to the California Golden Bears. The loss means that A&M is now on the brink of elimination going into Sunday.
Coming off their loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament, and after being snubbed for a national seed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee, the Texas A&M Aggies said they were playing with a chip on their shoulder. They started the regional off on the right foot, shutting out Texas Southern, 5-0 to advance to the winners’ bracket of the regional. A&M was led by another solid performance from Matt Kent on the mound, and the hot bat of Nick Banks.
For the 10th time in school history, the Aggies will host the NCAA Regional, which begins on Friday.
The beginning of summer brought along with it the conclusion of Aggie tennis and golf. The women’s golf team as well as both the A&M tennis teams saw their seasons come to a close recently as they bowed out of their respective NCAA Championship tournaments.