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Duffield Jumping Back into Action

“Stay off of high jump competing and rest for six months or go ahead with surgery.” No athlete wants to hear these words — especially one who is training for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. After a month of resting, the training resumed and the pain returned. By December 2015, JaCorian Duffield could no longer jump or run and had to completely quit training. After going in for an MRI, his fear was confirmed: 10 stress fractures found in his … [More]

Tuning into Tech Sports Media

For fans of sports, there are countless places to go for sports coverage, news and commentary. But, often times, people do not realize how many outlets on campus fill this need. From the latest topics in the mainstream sports media to the lesser known sports organizations on campus, these outlets bring it all. Here are just a few of them: KTXT The Raider 88.1 – "In the Paint” with Derrick Holland When does it air? – 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. … [More]

Sports Concussions: A Lasting Impact

Sydney Cook remembers waking up in the hospital, with no recollection of how she got there. After watching a video with her mom sitting next to her, it became clear. During a Wylie High School soccer game, Cook went up for a header against her opponent, was hit in the back of the head and pushed onto the ground. The impact had her landing on concrete that was directly next to the field, head first. Cook blacked out. An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 … [More]

Intramural Spotlight: Technique Overpowers Strength

You may have seen it in movies, TV shows, or attempted to physically fight your sibling at some point. Many know martial arts, but not the specific forms behind the sport. JUDO Judo originated in Japan and was used by the samurai and feudal warrior class for over hundreds of years to hurt, maim or kill opponents in actual field battle. Techniques were modified and do not include kicking, punching or striking of any kind. The sport … [More]

Intramural Spotlight: Modern Dueling

Growing up, it would be hard to name a daredevil who did not want to try sword fighting or spend their days playing with sharp objects. Fencing roots travel back to duels and self-defense, but a modern twist to the popular sport developed with collegiate fencing in 1941. Compared to other sports, there are not many NCAA fencing teams, but many schools have club teams that participate in nation-wide tournaments, including Texas … [More]

Intramural Spotlight: In It to Quidditch No longer just a magical game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s "Harry Potter" series, Quidditch is becoming a popular sport amongst college students. In watching a game, you will see a field full of players running with brooms between their legs at all times. The objective is for the chasers to score a volleyball through one of the three hoops. The beaters use kickballs to disrupt opponents, and if … [More]

Red Raider Toddrick Gotcher is Now Balling in Greece

By Steven Rodriguez For most collegiate student athletes, the journey to the professional leagues is nothing short of impossible. This was not the case for Texas Tech basketball alumnus Toddrick Gotcher. Gotcher started his five-year career at Texas Tech in 2011 and has never looked back. He has now left United States to continue his dream of playing professional basketball in the Greek Basketball League for ASA Koroivos Amaliadas. “I … [More]

Not Your Average Recreation Center

One of the first things incoming students see on their school tour of Texas Tech is the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. The facility has many things to offer students besides a good workout. According to Texas Tech Rec Sports, the student recreation center offers a variety of services to students, including fitness classes, team sports and even jobs for students. Peewee Roberson, director of recreation sports, has been in his … [More]