Not much has changed in a year.
Sam Houston State and North Dakota State each proved itself as the top two football programs in the Football Championship Subdivision. Once again, the Bearkats and the Bison will square off in Frisco for the FCS national championship.
Just like it was last winter, there aren’t enough tickets for the FCS national title game to go around.
In the few days since both top-seeded North Dakota State and Sam Houston State clinched spots in the championship game, tickets for the game have flown off the shelves, figuratively.
There a few select tickets left to be purchased by students and season-ticket holders. The only remaining possibility to acquire tickets would be through third-party reselling websites such as Stubhub.com.
As soon as the Bison and the Bearkats won their semifinal contests on Friday and Saturday, respectively, fans from their respective teams began flooding to the NDSU and SHSU athletic department websites as well as the NCAA.com website looking for tickets. By Sunday, all of the NCAA’s allotment of tickets for the general public were sold out.
Both Sam Houston and North Dakota State were distributed 4,000 tickets to sell.
The Bearkats ticket office began selling tickets for alumni and the general public online on Saturday night as well as in person at the ticket office on Monday morning. By lunchtime on Monday, all of the tickets for the general public were sold.
Sam Houston season-ticket holders still have time to guarantee their spots for the national championship game, but must do by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
There will be approximately 1,000 tickets available for students to purchase today. Students will receive an email with a password and instructions to purchase tickets online through the NCAA website beginning today at a time to be announced. Tickets will be $40 per ticket. The NCAA will charge a 10 percent per ticket fee and a $5 per order fee. Students will have the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets through Friday at 5 p.m., as long as tickets remain. December 2012 graduates will be considered as active students.
For anyone else who is not a student or a season-ticket holder, third-party ticket reselling sites would be the only remaining option. That option is also not a cheap one. As of Monday evening, there were a little less than 500 tickets available on Stubhub.com ranging from $160 to $3,100 per ticket.
In mid-October, it was reported by the Associated Press that about one-third of the 7,400 tickets made available to the public for January’s Football Championship Subdivision title game in Frisco were bought by people with North Dakota addresses.
Along, with playing the first semifinal game on Friday night, Bison fans were able to scoop up a good chunk of the available tickets.
Demand is even higher for tickets for rematch between North Dakota State and Sam Houston State in FCS national title game
Not much has changed in a year.
Future Hornets take the field
Never before has there been Stars of Huntsville Softball Camp, and it’s not every day that Huntsville’s youth softball players have an opportunity to learn the game’s fundamentals from the town’s most experienced players and coaches.
On Monday, nearly 25 campers took the field at Kate Barr Ross Park and were instructed by Huntsville Hornets softball head coach Rick Burns and several members of his team. The players, coaches and campers battled through the heat to have a successful day that saw many of the campers receive one-one-one instruction.
SHSU’s Ridings honored by Southland Conference
Longtime Sam Houston State sports information director Paul Ridings has been named the 2014 recipient of the Southland Conference’s Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award.
The honor will be presented during the Southland’s Football Media Day luncheon July 23 at L’auberge Resort in Lake Charles, La.
Huntsville Heat win tourney title
The Huntsville Heat played in Alvin over the weekend in a benefit tournament that drew 52 teams.
The benefit tournament was hosted by the Alvin Girls Softball Association for one of their own Alvin Bayou Babes players, Natalie Mota, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.
Ever since he was drafted in the 23rd round in 2010 by the Minnesota Twins, former Trinity Tiger and Sam Houston State Bearkat pitcher Dallas Gallant has been on the road to the majors.
Despite having to undergo two surgeries on his elbow, Gallant continues to do what he needs to in the minor leagues to take the next step in his career.
Running down under
The roads were closed and 3,834 runners were lined up preparing to try and catch Huntsville High School cross-country star Blake Thomason as she ran down the Gold Coast of Australia.
The Huntsville High School sophomore cross-country and track and field star is used to competing against runners from different parts of the country. But this time, Thomason took her talents to the world stage.
BEARKAT BASEBALL — Atwood returning for senior season with Kats
Good news arrived last week for Bearkats baseball and new head coach Matt Deggs.
Center fielder Colt Atwood will be back in uniform for Sam Houston State next spring.
Atwood was selected in the 38th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics on June 8.
Huntsville Steppers shine in track meet
Each weekday, the Huntsville Steppers head to practice at Huntsville High School and run through the hot summer heat.
It’s the work they’ve done when the spotlight isn’t on them that helped the team excel July 11 and 12 at Baylor University in Waco in a regional meet to qualify for the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Games of Texas. The Steppers earned 16 medals and qualified 12 runners for the TAAF’s Games of Texas, set for July 31- Aug. 4 at Texas A&M University.
Making dreams come true
Chris Spikes was covered. The Jasper High School wide receiver had a cornerback draped all over him during one-on-one drills at Friday’s Elite Kat Football Camp at Bowers Stadium.
But with one leap, Spikes snatched the ball out of the air and touched his feet in the end zone, causing a stir among the players standing along the sideline. Spikes had no idea that he had also grabbed himself a Division I scholarship offer from Sam Houston State.
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In the world of pro rodeo, the Calgary Stampede provides a great model for other events to follow.It’s the ultimate lucrative, all-star, outdoor summer rodeo. The 2014 edition, which began July 4, and concluded Sunday, featured a field of 20 credentialed riders in each event, including 19-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion Trevor Brazile, 2004 Professional Bull Riders world champion Mike Lee and three-time world bareback riding champ Kaycee Feild.
Building for the future
Jordan Kader didn’t do much wrestling toward the end of the first day of the Huntsville Hornets Wrestling Camp on Monday.
As the campers practiced sit-outs and body rolls, Kader, who is a rising senior at Huntsville High School and has twice wrestled in the UIL state tournament, kept a watchful eye over youngsters Isabell Sournell and Taryn Cahill. She patiently instructed the duo of future Hornets, using her three years of experience to guide them through a myriad of drills.
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