Cassie Stricker— The Battalion






Sit back and enjoy the ride Aggie sports has to offer this season, says sports editor Angel Franco

To the faithful 12th Man,

My name is Angel Franco. I am a telecommunication media studies junior and the sports editor for The Battalion. I would like to personally congratulate you on surviving another long offseason without out our beloved fall sports. WE DID IT!

     Howdy and welcome to The Battalion’s Maroon Life: 2017 Fall Sports Preview. We created this special section for those who, like me and the entire Battalion sports staff, cannot get enough of sports. In this edition, we focus our spotlight on football, volleyball, soccer and cross country. We hope you enjoy the hard work that our editorial and design staff did over the summer.

     The start of a new season means new hope for what lies ahead this year. As the grass on Kyle Field is prepared for yet another grueling season of SEC play, students — current and former — hope to see a team with plenty of new faces take the conference by storm.

     In Reed Arena, the net is being set up and tied down for another season of hard spikes and nice digs. Coach Laurie Corbelli is getting ready to lead a team who is ready to return to the top of the conference after a tough 2016 campaign.

     At Ellis Field, the women are loaded with talent and ready to take on their tough schedule, which is in a new format allowing more home games. Coach G Guerrieri has a roster filled with international and domestic levels of experience that should help them push past their opponents this coming season.

     If this is your first year as an A&M student, let the spirit of the 12th Man take over and don’t be afraid to participate in one of the great traditions this amazing university has to offer: standing with the 12th Man. 

     I will never forget my first game at Kyle Field and the rush I felt when “Power” by Kanye West played with thousands to 12th Man towels waving in the air while the student section erupted as the team ran out of the tunnel. Fall in love with standing for hours at a time, being mesmerized by the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band at halftime and most importantly, aloe vera, that will help with the impending sunburn you will get at 11 a.m. when the Aggies are set to face Louisiana-Lafayette.

     Venture out to west campus and support the volleyball and soccer programs. Every opportunity to stand with the 12th Man only enhances your experience here, it did for me.

     The environment that this school provides on game day is one that is hard to resist falling in love 

with. Whether you are a big sports fan or not, just give it a try. I have seen some of the most non-sports people have a blast at a game. Just let the spirit in. I hope that reading this special edition only excites you for the season ahead.

     My fellow current students, thus begins another semester where homework will be crammed into Sunday after spending all of Saturday at tailgates and Kyle Field waiting for our favorite thing of the week to start. Also, don’t forget that with the start each new season, we have one less as student so make sure to take a step back and enjoy the time we have left, I know I will.

    To our former students and fans, may the memories that you made in your college days come back as you see the Corps of Cadets marching into the stadium or see the cannon go off when those Texas Aggies score a touchdown.

     On behalf of everyone at The Battalion, I am extremely glad to welcome you and sports back to Aggieland.


Thanks and Gig’em.


Angel Franco is a telecommunication junior and

the sports editor for The Battalion.