Archive | October 2012

Bearkats-Aggies Football Matchup To Be “Televised”

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

COLLEGE STATION— Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State and the Southeastern Conference announced today the Nov. 17 football game between the Aggies and the Bearkats will be televised on a pay-per-view basis by FOX Sports Southwest for distribution in the state of Texas, as well as on ESPN GamePlan nationwide.

The football game will kick at 2:30 p.m. central from Kyle Field.

Additional details regarding distribution and cable systems will be available in the coming weeks.

One thing about the broadcast that is for certain is the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band performance will be seen in its entirety.

This Time Really Is Different

by Cheval John

With the presidential election right around the corner, the main concern is the economy.

Some say that we are at a recovery while others believe that it will get worse.

Voters are wondering if we will ever see America return back to it’s “glory days.

To understand where we are today, we have to understand the past and that is where guest writer, Dr. Brian Domitrovic comes in.

He has written a book called “Econoclast, The Rebels Who Sparked The Supply-Side Revolution And Restored America’s Prosperity,” which deals with the ecomonic recovery during the Reagan Administration.

He writes a weekly blog called “Past and Present” for Forbes and have given presentations at various conferences that includes the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Houston Branch).

He has made appearances on radio nationally on shows like the Lars Larson Show and Voices of America and television appearances on various shows like Lou Dobbs Tonight and The Kudlow Report.

He is an Associate Professor of History at Sam Houston State University and currently serves as the Chair of the Department.

Now without further delay, here is Dr. Domitrovic:

We never seen a recovery from a recession this poor since the Great Depression.

There is some competition, and it comes from the stagflation era of the early 1980s.

The general rule is that a deep recession brings a sharper recovery, and the reason is simple mathematics.

Growth rates are calculated in the following manner: new GDP is divided by previous GDP (Gross Domestic Product), and the steeper the recession, the lower that denominator.

The lower the denominator, the greater will be a growth rate with any given numerator.

In the Depression, growth was very sharp out of the 1933 trough (40% for four years), but it still gave way to a nasty recession in 1937-38 that took unemployment to 17%.

This is the benchmark for failed recoveries: a resort to 17% unemployment.

In 1980, there was a recession, a mild one, and the recovery was meek, at 2.5% in 1981, and this gave way to another recession where unemployment just about hit 11%.

But then growth caught fire, 17% over the next three years, and 3.5% per year after that.

Today, the recovery from our Great Recession, in the aftermath of which there was 10% unemployment, has been at best on 1981 standards.

We used to recover from deep recessions with 17% growth for three years as the recovery.

Now we plod along at 1-2% per year out of a very deep swoon.

The only time we’ve done worse in the modern era is the 1930s.

Hambleton Named SLC’s “Freshman Of the Year”

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

Goalkeeper Kylie Hambleton earned conference “Freshman of the Year” honors and six Bearkats were named to the all-league team as the 2012 women’s soccer All-Southland Conference team was announced.

Seniors defender Kayla Anderson and midfielder Kirby Zak and freshman Katie Ferrera were selected to the All-Southland second team.

Seniors defender Amanda Biega and Tricia Mallory and Hambleton were honorable mention award winners.

Ferrara was the Bearkats’ leading scorer with four goals this season. Mallory and Zak each scored three goals apiece.

Anderson, Biega and Hambleton were the heart of a Bearkat defense that set a school season record allowing only 18 goals in 18 matches this year.

The Kats shutout seven opponents.

In goal, “Freshman of the Year” Hambleton ranked second in the conference in saves per game (5.36), third in save percentage (.843) and fourth in shutouts (6).

She played in net for 14 of Sam Houston’s 18 matches this season.

Sam Houston faces Oral Roberts in the first round of the Southland Conference post-season tournament at Cowgirl Field in Lake Charles, La., Thursday.

“It’s great to see three of our six seniors earn All-Southland Conference honors,” SHSU head coach Tom Brown said. “This year’s senior class is the first in the 10-year history of the Bearkat soccer program to lead the team to the conference tournament each of the four seasons here.”

2012 All-Southland Conference Soccer Teams

First Team
G Lacey Lee SFA
D Lauren Parks ORU
D Breanne Vernon SFA
D Megan Dunnigan SFA
M Kylie Louw SFA
M Laura Sadler SFA
M Jennifer Abernathy ORU
F Adriana Lucar Central Ark
F Chelsea Raymond SFA
F Zuri Prince SFA
F Maiya Cooper SE La.

G Lacey Bockhaus SE LA
D Leslie Shurtleff SFA
D Amber Thornhill Lamar
D Kayla Anderson SHSU
M Kristin Bos Lamar
M Katie Ferrara SHSU
M Kelsey Salcido SE La.
M Kirby Zak SHSU
F Sarah LaLanne McNeese
F Megan Giles ORU
F Jannet Hernandez Lamar

Honorable mention: Kimmy Albeno, F, LU; Kayla Keller, F, ORU; Spencer Valdespino, F, NICH; Whitney Booth, F, ORU; Ashlee Savona, F, NWLA; Tricia Mallory, F, SHSU; Kayla Vera, F, SLU; Lisa Topping, MF, LU; Becky Johnson, MF, SFA; Lauren Stillians, MF, SLU; Karly Dagys, MF, SLU; Allison Hall, D, ORU; Shanyce Shaw, D, SLU; Amanda Biega, D, SHSU; Cheyenne Maxwell, D, SLU, Alejandra Amador, D, LU; Megan Snelling, D, MCN; Kylie Hambleton, GK, SHSU; Bailey Fontenot, GK, LU; Helen Erb, GK, ORU.

Player of the Year – Kylie Louw, Stephen F. Austin
Freshman of the Year – Kylie Hambleton, Sam Houston State
Newcomer of the Year – Adriana Lucar, Central Arkansas
Coach of the Year – Tony Amato, Stephen F. Austin

Cleveland Named SLC’s “Offensive Player of the Week”

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

Sam Houston senior outside hitter Kendall Cleveland has been named as Southland Conference volleyball “Offensive Player of the Week” after leading the Bearkats to a pair of road victories that landed SHSU in first place in the 2012 Southland race.

Cleveland led the team offensively as the Bearkats knocked off both Oral Roberts and Central Arkansas on the road. Central Arkansas was a perfect 11-0 at home prior to the loss.

Sam Houston extends its winning streak to 11, the longest current streak in the league this year and longest for the Bearkats as an NCAA Division I team.

The Houston, Texas (Cy Creek), native was nearly perfect in the front line with only nine hitting errors in 89 attempts.

The senior produced a career best 22 kills in the Oral Roberts victory and knocked down 14 kills in the UCA win.

Cleveland sits fifth in the Southland with 3.23 kills per set.

Sam Houston setter Tayler Gray took honorable mention honors for Southland “Defensive Player of the Week”.

The Bearkats have five matches remaining in the regular season with two this week at home at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Sam Houston plays host to Southeastern Louisiana Thursday night at 7 p.m. and Nicholls State Saturday at 10 a.m.

Bearkats Moving On Up To No.4

by Cheval D. John

After dismantling Lamar Cardinals 56-7, the Sam Houston State Bearkat football team moved up two spots to No.4 in the Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision polls and the Coaches Poll.

This marks the 21st consecutive week that the Bearkats have been ranked nationally in the top 20.

The Bearkats were led behind junior running back Tim Flanders’four touchdowns on 131 rushing yards.

His efforts earned him the Southland Conference (SLC) “Offensive Player of the Week.”

He is now No.3 in the Southland Conference for rushing touchdowns (47) and total TDs (50) and No.6 in SLC rushing yards (3,395).

The Bearkats return to Elliot T. Bowers Stadium for their final home game against Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Saturday at 2 p.m.

They are currently in second place in the SLC standings and are two wins away from clinching a share of the SLC title.