Sunday, October 18, 2009

UTSA Roadrunner Ruckus

There was a nice crowd for Friday evening's UT-San Antonio's Annual Roadrunner Ruckus. The crowd was treated to player introductions, a video of last season's highlights, a slam dunk contest (won by Freshman Melvin Johnson III) and a three point contest where the Lady Roadrunners trio (led by Round Rock McNeil's "Downtown" Amber Gregg) smoked the Men. The highlight of the night though was the dance off between the two teams. The kids did a great job. What a life, to be a college student and athlete!The Lady Roadrunners celebrated their 2nd consecutive Southland Conference title last year, narrowly losing in double OT to powerhouse Baylor in the NCAA Tournament.

The Men's team fell short in the championship game of the Southland Tourny to Stephen F Austin last spring, but according to ESPN return one of the most experienced teams in the country with 8 seniors. They'll be led by the NCAA Steals Leader, Junior G Devin Gibson clearly the best backcourt player in the the SLC and a future pro. Even more impressive is that Gibson is on pace to graduate a year early, this coming spring with a degree in Information Systems!

Below: Men's Head Coach Brooks Thompson strikes what might be his most relaxed pose of the year as he watches the festivities unfold.

Pflugerville Connally's Jr G Chip Ivany, and Round Rock McNeil's Amber Gregg pose for Texas Basketball Inc. They have been friends now since they played in the 7th grade.

The joys of a parent, enjoying their child's productive life unfold before their eyes. Am I really that short? lol

I sat next to Mr. and Mrs Tommy (Speedy) Gregg during the Ruckus. Coach Gregg, along with Fonzell Martin runs the Austin Elite girls program. Basketball aside we are both tickled that our kids will be working on their Master's degrees. Chip in his 5th year because of his redshirt transfer year from South Alabama, and Amber a year early becaise of accelerated summer school attendance. Great job with basketball in the community Tommy, and with raising a fine daughter!