Power Plays Lift Gulls over Stars
Tonight’s game between the Texas Stars and San Diego Gulls brought together two teams on different trajectories. Texas has lost three in a row, and five of the last six games. San Diego, however, has won six of the last eight games. Texas leads the series this season 3-2-0-0, entering into this final meeting of…
Spurs Top #1 Magic in Final Second
The Austin Spurs are a team with great potential, but are having a difficult time consistently finding it.
The team snapped a four game losing streak against Santa Cruz. And took a must win game from the division leading Rio Grande Valley. But the Spurs dropped an easy win against Aqua Caliente, a team with…
McKenzie, Morin excel, but Stars Fall in Overtime
The Texas Stars may have entered into the holiday doldrums. The team is second in the AHL Pacific Division, having won eight of ten games. Most recently the team has gone 5-5 and rookie phenom goal tender Landon Bow has lost three of his last four games.
It should have been a good night…
Tale of Two Halves: Spurs Fall to Clippers
You can tell what kind of game the Austin Spurs will have by their warm-up. Being loose is always a good sign. Practicing passes above the hoop means a solid night for assists. Practicing individual slam-dunks indicates they are over confident. Tonight the over confidence did them in.
Tonight match-up between the Spur…
Spurs Take “Must Win” Game
Friday’s game for the Austin Spurs was the most important of the year. And it could have determined the course of the season.
The Spurs stumble coming out of the Thanksgiving break and had lost four of the last five. They had fallen to four games behind division leading Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Vipers, whom…
Stars Fall to the Reign
The Texas Stars have won eight of their last ten games, and have steadily risen in the Pacific Division of the AHL West. And tonight the Stars could lay claim to second play if they won their match-up against the Ontario Reign, and if the Stockton Heat lost to the San Diego Gulls. …
Spurs Top Warriors, Play Four Solid Periods
The Spurs are back. At least it appeared that way in Sunday’s match-up against the Santa Cruz Warriors. The Spurs has lost four games in a round and five of the last ten games going into the game. They needed to find their way to remain relevant.
Back was four competitive quarters of play. …
Stars Handle Ontario Reign
Who are these guys? Where did they come from? What happened to last season’s Texas Stars? You remember, the same guys that got chased out of their loading dock warm-up area by visitors.
This year’s Texas Stars are aggressive. They have a swagger. They fight every minute in a sixty-minute game. They even seem to be…
Stars Win in OT, Again!
The Texas Stars played hurry-up hockey against the Bakersfield Condors on Friday night. They picked their shots nicely, not blasting away like a drive-by-shooting. And the Stars’ won in overtime for the second game in a row.
Both teams played conservatively in the opening period. Bakersfield’s Brad Malone started the scoring at 3:40 with his…
Spurs Drop Fourth-in-a-row
The Austin Spurs can do it.
They’ve done it.
They were 8-3 exiting the Thanksgiving break. Since then they dropped four straight games,
including three at home, including tonight’s loss. In each of the losses the team did not execute in the first
three quarters. In each loss they dominated the fourth…
Travis Morin… He’s Back?!
Travis Morin was more present in Tuesday’s game against the Iowa Wild than he has been all season.
Morin yielded the team captain role to Curtis MacKenzie this season until three days ago when the Dallas Stars called up MacKenzie. Did this have an affect on Morin’s game?
Perhaps Morin was simply respecting the…
Are the Austin Spurs worn-out?
Friday’s game against the Salt Lake City Stars should have been a cakewalk for the Austin Spurs. Austin (8-3) was atop the Southwest division of the NBA G-League, while Salt Lake (1-9) was in the cellar. The Spurs had taken the first two meetings of the team this season. And the Spurs had the…
Sometimes They just have your Number
The Austin Spurs looked to be the favorite going into tonight’s game against the Texas Legends. The Spurs were 8-3 overall; the Legends were 4-5. Austin was 4-2 at home; the Texas was 2-3 on the road. The only stat leaning in favor of the Legends was they were 1-0 against the Spurs. …
Spurs Overcome Miscues, Down the Blue
The Austin Spurs should have had a walk-away win against the Oklahoma City Blue. OKC connected only 43% of field goals, made only 18% of three-point attempts, and was out re-bounded 56 to 30.
Instead sloppy play by the Spurs made it something of a contest. Austin lost the ball on 21 turnovers and 12…
Stars Surprise Rampage
Expectations were high for the San Antonio Rampage in Wednesday’s contest against the Texas Stars.
Goal tender Spencer Martin was just named player of the week. The team had a 0.643 winning percentage coming into the match. And the Rampage had won all three of the pairings against the Stars this season.
The result appeared…
Spurs: Huge Come from Behind Victory
This team may have what it takes.
They talk to each. They practice assists. They ignore bad officiating. And they don’t pucker-up when down by 22 points.
The Austin Spurs had all that, and more, in their game Tuesday against the Sioux Falls Skyforce before 6,759 fans at the HEB Center at Cedar Park. …
Goodbye to Seniors, on to SBC Tourney, TxSt Volleyball
A good coach makes a difference to a team. A good, long-term coach makes the difference
for a program. Karen Chisum is the difference to the Texas State Women’s Volley program.
Coach Chisum is completing her 38th season as the head coach of the Texas State women’s volleyball program. In her…
Stars Repel Shock and Awe Attack
The Grand Rapids Griffins drew a play from Desert Storm on Friday against the Texas Stars. Shock and Awe used overwhelming power and spectacular displays of force to paralyze the Iraqis in the Gulf War. It worked convincing against the Iraqis, but not so well against the Stars.
The first ten minutes of the…
Cracks in the NBA Glass Officiating Ceiling
This is my fifth season covering the NBA D League, now the NBA L League. A few times each season I would smile and think, “another crack in the glass ceiling,” when a woman was part of the officiating team. Imagine my surprise, and delight, when two women, Natalie Sago (#5) and Kelly Broomfield (9), were…
Paranormal Propels Bobcats, for a While
It might have been lingering Halloween spirits, or supernatural doppelgängers, but some paranormal presence infiltrated the bodies of the Texas State football team. On Saturday we saw a team that we had never seen before, for at least 30 minutes, as the Texas State Bobcats took on the evenly matched New Mexico State Aggies.
Legends Edge Spurs
The Austin Spurs (1-0) and the Texas Legends (0-0) went at it Saturday night and the pace was break neck. It took all of 12 seconds for Legend’s Johnathan Motley to score on a slam-dunk and the contest was on.
The Spurs controlled the first half, aided by the presence of San Antonio Spurs…
Austin Spurs Explosive Home Opener
The Salt Lake City Stars took on the Austin Spurs in the inaugural season of the NBA Gatorade League (G League). The league was previously known as the NBA Developmental League.
In addition to the new name, the league brings the first year of two-way contracts. The two-way contract makes it easier for player…
Almost Here… Austin Spurs Home Opener Friday
Optimism was the tone of the 2017 / 2018 Austin Spurs Media Day. The ensemble of 17 players and six coaches were introduced to the local press on Monday at the new Toyota of Cedar Park car dealership.
Two major differences this year: the addition of head coach Blake Ahearn and the return of…
Stars over Gulls in Battle of Fists and Sticks
You knew it would be a battle when the Texas Stars and San Diego Gulls entered the ice. The Stars’ fought with their sticks, the Gull’s with their fists.
San Diego is the second most penalized team in the AHL Pacific Division with 161 penalty minutes in just 8 games. Lead thug for…
Hamilton Takes Fifth US Grand Prix
“I love this track,” said Lewis Hamilton, “I think this track is now my favorite track to be honest.” And Hamilton showed that love with a brilliantly driven race, taking his fifth United State Grand Prix in six years. Hamilton looks to secure the Drivers Championship next week in Mexico City.
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