Rugby’s Fresh Faces: An Interview with Iz and Pax

Freshmen Pax Vanbaber of Illinois and Iz Nearman of Hawaii came to Arkansas State to continue with their love of rugby. As newcomers to a team that finished second in the country last year, they have much to learn, but say they are willing to give their all to earn their spots on the team.

Rugby’s 15s season will start in the Spring.

Take a look at the interview I had with these young hopefuls.


Red Wolves Volleyball Looking Forward to Conference Tournament

This Sunday the Lady Red Wolves will take on in state rival UALR for the best record in the Sun Belt’s west division. Currently both teams are 6-4 in conference play which makes Sundays matchup even more of a key game as the east is locked up by WKU with a perfect 12-0 conference record. Looking to shine Sunday is outside hitter Jasmine Terry, Terry is a pivotal piece in the Red Wolves offense as she was named the Sun Belts player of the week last week after their resounding 3-1 win over MTSU. After the match on Sunday the Red Wolves only have two matches remaining before the conference tournament takes place in Bowling Green, Ky. Currently A-State is 2nd place in assists in the Sunbelt, 2nd in kills. 1st place in both categories is WKU who happens to be in the top 25 nationally and has been there for most of the year. Not bad company to be in. For stats for all sunbelt teams and leagues follow the link below. Also remember to stay tuned for the remainder of the yeaar as it winds down, the Sunbelt tournament will start November 11.

For updates on any Red Wolf athletic team including womens volleyball follow the link below.


The Lady Red Wolf Golf Team Set to shine in the 2012 – 2013 Golf Season

Alyssa Goodin talks about the team and their preparation for their fall and spring season.  Goodin has been playing golf for many years. In 2011-2012, she participated in the Lady Red Wolf Classic. She shot 87 in the first round, 93 in the second and finished 38.

Goodin prepares for the 2012-2013 season.

Coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw, a Canadian native, is the Women’s Golf coach for her third season. Shaw is a former member of the Canadian National team in the early 1990s, and she brings her wealth of playing knowledge to the ASU line up.

ASU Women’s Golf coach, M.J. Desbiens Shaw

Audio of Coach M.J Shaw talking about the Team.

Abi Laker, a freshman from Oxfordshire, England, has already picked up her first career tournament Championship at Marilynn Smith Sunflower International.

ASU Women Golf Team

ASU has been runner-up for its first two tournament of this season moving up one place in the final standings. Looking at the golf team’s schedule, it is easy to know how much time and practice these young women put in to achieve results. The ASU golf-playing season is both for the fall and spring with the Lady Red wolves billed to take part in 10 tournaments before their first Sunbelt conference game in April 2013.

Lady Red Wolf


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ASU Volleyball Player To Watch 2013

Taylor Szypulski is a 5’10 Outside Hitter from Houston, Texas. She is a Redshirt Sophmore this season for the Lady Red Wolves and is my player to watch in 2013. In 2011, Szypulski set career-highs in attacks, attacking precentage, assists, aces, blocks, and kills. She ranked third on the team in two different categories with 284 kills and 240 digs. She also ranked fourth on the team 36 blocks. She also added 24 service aces and was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. In November of 2011, Szypulski set a career-high 18 kills against North Texas. She looks to make a big impact for the Lady Red Wolves in 2013 and that is why Taylor Szypulski is my 2013 Player To Watch.

Thomas Walton

Player Profile: Thomas Walton

Sport: ASU Track- Pole Vaulting 

Classification: Freshman

Hometown: Batesville, AR

Thomas Walton has been pole vaulting since the 7th grade at Batesville High School. During his time in high school, Walton placed 3rd in 5A his junior and senior year. He also recorded his highest vault of his career of 14′ 4” while placing 3rd in the Meet of Champs which consists of competitors of every classification across the state.

With 4 members on the Men’s Pole Vaulting team, Thomas said he felt the biggest adjustment from high school to college is the strength and conditioning required of college athletes. Walton has gained 8 lbs in just four weeks. He accredits his progress to his strength and conditioning coach. Coach Stanley requires pole vault specific exercises which Thomas feels has greatly helped him. Walton also thinks the support of the senior leadership on the team will only further progress his abilities toward the future.

Indoor Track season begins on December 1st followed by Outdoor Track season in the spring.