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FC: Athletics From A-Z | Jack Stewart and Harrison Wells

1: Table of Contents | A.Mike A. Myers B.Baseball C.Houston Cougars D.Houston Dynamo E.Earl Campbell F.Football G.Golf H.Josh Hamilton I.Mid Western State Indians J.Junior and Master Regional’s K.Kevin Durant L.Lions Municipal Golf Course M.Morrison and Bell Stadium | N.Nolan Ryan O.PBA Regional Ennis open P.Paintball Q.Quan Cosby R.USTA Regional Tournament S. Soccer T.Four States Triathlon U.Uvalde Memorial Park and Golf Corse V.Prairie View A and M Panthers W.Westlake Volleyball X.Xtream Paintball Y.PBA Southwest Region Young and Pratt Austin Z.Willie Zapalac

2: Map Of Texas

4: Venue | A

5: Mike A. Meyrs Stadium | Mike A. Myers Stadium is the home of The University of Texas Longhorn track and field and soccer teams and also home to the USATF Elite Running Circuit Austin Track Club. The 20,000 seat stadium hosts the historic Texas Relays annually in April, as well as the UIL track and field state championship in May. Located next to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the complex features a European-style layout with a full-sized soccer field in the middle. | www.texassports.com/facilities/myers-stadium.html

6: B | History

7: Baseball | While the exact origins of baseball are unknown, most historians think that it is based on the English game of rounders, a game which began to become quite popular in this country in the early 19th century. Throughout the 19th century baseball became popular in small towns and larger towns soon formed clubs. The first recorded baseball game was played in 1846. Cartwright and his Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York City lost to the New York Baseball Club in a game at the Elysian Fields, in Hoboken, New Jersey. | www.baseball-almanac.com/

8: C | Team

9: Houston Cougars | The University of Houston is the home to one of the most respected athletics programs in the nation. The Cougars have won 55 NCAA individual championships and 17 NCAA team titles, now been in 19 bowls, appeared in 5 NCAA Finals Fours in men's basketball, and earned a berth to the College World Series. In addition, UH can boast of more than 660 All-America award winners and 35 Olympic medal winners. The Cougars have reached an elite status in several professional sports. Including a Master's champion, an NBA MVP, a Cy Young Award winner, and three of the NBA's Top 50 Greatest Players. | www.uhcougars.com/

10: D | Team

11: Houston Dynamo | The Houston Dynamo is an American professional soccer club in Houston, Texas which plays in (MLS), the top professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. Dynamo entered MLS in 2005. Dynamo plays its home games at Robertson Stadium, located on the University of Houston campus in southeast Houston, where they have played since they started. The team is owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Brener International Group, and multiple world and Olympic boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya. The team's head coach is Dominic Kinnear. | http://www.houstondynamo.com

12: E | Individual

13: Earl Campbell | Earl Christian Campbell was born March 29, 1955, Tyler, Texas, the sixth of eleven children. His father died when he was 11 years old. He began playing football in fifth grade as a kicker, but moved to linebacker and then to running back in sixth grade. In 1973, he led John Tyler High School to the Texas 4A State Championship. Then the Oklahoma Sooners head coach Barry Switzer, tried recruited Campbell but failed. Then in 1974 the Texas Longhorns tried to recruit him and succeeded. As a collegiate running back for the Texas Longhorns, he won the Heisman Trophy in 1977 and he is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After his retirement, Campbell has suffered from debilitating injuries that resulted from his NFL career; he had surgery to remove three of his vertebrae, and he suffers from drop foot and persistent knee pain. | http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=40

14: F | History

15: Football | Football is believed to be based off of the ancient Greek game of harpaston. Harpaston is mentioned in classical literature, it is described as a “very rough and brutal game“. The rules of this ancient sport were quite simple: Points were awarded when a player would cross a goal line by either kicking the ball, running with it across the goal line, or throwing it across the line to another player. The other teams objective was simply to stop them however they could. There was no specific field length, no side line boundaries, no certain number of players per team. | http://www.historyoffootball.net/

16: G | History

17: Golf | No one really knows where golf came from. However it is clearly one of a family of club and ball games that were recorded across medieval Europe, and many of the unique elements of golf evolved in the port towns in south Scotland from the medieval period onwards. Golf spread from Scotland into the rest of the United Kingdom and then to the British and the United States during the late 19th century. | www.golfing-scotland.com/history.asp

18: H | Individual

19: Josh Hamilton | With one season under their belt, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays owned the first pick in the 1999 draft and were shopping for a franchise player. High school pitching prospect Josh Beckett was a possibility, as were college stars Eric Munson and Barry Zito. The Devil Rays considered Josh in this group, as well. The team eventually picked him because of his great makeup. Josh ended up signing for a then-record $3.96 million bonus. He had every reason to be confident at this point. He was a once-in-a-lifetime player. Josh predicted three years in the minors, 15 in the majors and then a five-year wait for the Hall of Fame. And as his first pro season unfolded, it looked like that timetable might be conservative. | http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/4652/josh-hamilton

20: I | Team

21: Midwestern State Indians | Midwestern State University is a public liberal arts college in Wichita Falls, Texas and a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. In 2009 it had about 6,500 students. Midwestern is one of four independent public universities in Texas, and is the state's only public liberal arts college. | aboutus.mwsu.edu

22: J | Competition

23: Junior and Master Regionals | Junior And Master Regionals is held from 6/25/2011 to 6/26/2011. This event is located in Alkek (Houston), Texas. Jr. Women 15-18 200m TTJr. Men 15-18 200m TT Master Women (50 , 40-49, 30-39) 200m TT Master Men (50 , 40-49, 30-39) 200m TT Jr. Women 10-14 1K Scratch Jr. Men 10-14 2K Scratch Jr. Women 15-18 4K Scratch Jr. Men 15-18 5K Scratch Master Women (50 , 40-49, 30-39) 10K Points Race (30 laps) Master Men 50 10K Points Race (30 laps) Master Men 40-49 12K Points Race (36 laps) | www.txbra.org/events/event.asp?EventID=2169

24: K | Individual

25: Keven Durant | Kevin Wayne Durant was born on September 29, 1988 and is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. A 6'9" forward and shooting guard who is also capable of playing power forward Durant was the consensus 2007 National College Player of the Year and the 2006–2007 Big 12 Player of the Year, and other awards. After an amazing freshman season at the University of Texas, Durant opted to enter the NBA Draft, where he was selected second overall by the Seattle SuperSonics. There he went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after his first season. In 2007, Durant signed an endorsement contract with Nike. In the 2009–10 season Durant led the NBA in scoring and became the youngest player ever to win the NBA scoring title. | www.nba.com/playerfile/kevin_durant/

26: L | Venue

27: Lions Municipal Golf Course | Lions Municipal is a traditional 18-hole golf course deep in the heart of Austin that presents a challenge to golfers of all skill levels. There is an iron-only driving range, a putting green and a chipping area. Says golfer Todd K., "I love Lions Municipal and play there at least twice a month. You never know who you will get paired with, which always makes for a fun and interesting golf game. The history and course design make for an enjoyable round of golf." | lionsgolfcourse.com/

28: M | Venue

29: Morrison Bell Track Stadium | The 400-meter track at Morrison-Bell Track Stadium was resurfaced prior to the 1992 season. The stadium has a capacity of 3,500 and surrounds Westcott Field. The eight-lane track is located just north of the Paul B. Loyd Jr. All Sports Center which encompasses the SMU Track & Field locker rooms for both the men's and women's team. Morrison-Bell is the training center for SMU Track & Field and Cross Country and has seen the Mustangs roll up three NCAA team titles, over 250 All-America honors and over 60 NCAA individual crowns. The track was resurfaced in 2003. | smumustangs.cstv.com

30: N | Individual

31: Nolan Ryan | Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. was born on January 31, 1947. He was nicknamed "The Ryan Express", and is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He is currently part-owner, CEO, and team president of the Texas Rangers. During a major league record 27-year baseball career, he pitched in 1966 and from 1968–1993 for four different teams: the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. Ryan, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, threw pitches that were regularly recorded above 100 miles per hour, even past the age of 40. | www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=ryanno01

32: O | Competition

33: PBA Region Ennis Open | The PBA Regional Tour does 2 major things. It provides a means for high level bowlers, to sharpen their skills for PBA Tournament's and allows competitors with full-time jobs the opportunity to compete at the professional level in weekend Around 200 of these professionally operated weekend tournaments span the U.S. and a minimum $400 for the last place cash spot. Also it gives tournament players credible lane conditions allowing them to use all their bowling skills. It offers athletes who embrace challenge the real sport of bowling to do what they like. | www.pba.com/Tournaments/Regional/2662

34: P | History

35: Paintball | The history of the paintball gun begins in the early 1970s, when it was used as a tool for marking trees and livestock. Charles Gaines, Hayes Noel and Bob Gurnsey were the first people to think up a new way to use the guns. In 1981, twelve friends played the first recreational paintball game using these industrial paintball guns from the Nelson Paint Company on a field measuring over 100 acres. Long stretches of quiet, with people busy stalking each other and worried about whether they were being stalked, were the norm. One of the first names given to the sport that we now call paintball was “The National Survival Game.” This name reflects the nature of paintball as it was first played – a small group of friends getting together in the woods to play total elimination games. Sometimes the friends broke into teams to play each other, but most paintball games were “every man for himself.” | http://history.paintballx3.com/

36: Q | Individual

37: Quan Cosby | Quantwan Cosby better known as Quan Cosby was born in Waco, Texas on December 23, 1982 is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football for the Texas Longhorns and also played four years of professional baseball for the Anaheim Angels. He was a 2 time All-State selection at quarterback an all State selection at defensive back An all State selection at kick returner and more. | quancosby.info/

38: R | Competition

39: USTA Regional Tournament Segment | Participants in USTA Regional Tournaments will need to meet the same US citizenship or certain alien eligibility requirements as in all USTA Junior National Championships. Number of Tournaments, Sanction Periods & Draw Sizes: Four times each year 8 concurrent USTA Regional Tournaments will be held in each age division. Each group of these USTA Regional Tournaments are referred to as "Segments." Tournaments during the traditional school year will last no longer than 3 days and will be sanctioned for a Saturday-Monday date block. Tournaments held during the traditional summer vacation will last no longer than 4 days and will be sanctioned for a Saturday-Tuesday date block. The date blocks for 2011 and draw sizes for each segment are as follows. | www.scribd.com/doc/38084722/USTA-National-2011-Tournaments

40: S | History

41: Soccer | Association football, commonly known as soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a round ball. At the turn of the 21st century the game was played by over 250 million players in over 200 countries making it the world’s most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field of grass or green artificial turf, with a goal in the middle of each of the short ends. The object of the game is to score by driving the ball into the opposing goal. In general play, the goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms, while the field players typically use their feet to kick the ball into position, occasionally using their torso or head to intercept a ball in midair. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is tied at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time and/or a penalty shootout, depending on the format of the competition. Every 4 year there is a World Cup that is hosted by FIFA and it is the biggest soccer tournament in the world. | http://www.soccer-fans-info.com/history-of-soccer.html

42: T | Competiton

43: Four States Triathlon | The location of the Four states triathlon is Lake Wright Patman which is south of Texarkana.This is the 14th Annual Four States Triathlon. This is the fastest triathlon in Texas. It is great for beginners. Some of the awards are: Awards to Top Three Overall Males and Female. Age Group Awards - Male/Female: 12-15 (3 deep), 16-19 (3 deep), 20-24 (3 deep), 25-29 (3 deep), 30-34 (5 deep), 35-39 (5 deep), 40-44 (5 deep), 45-49 (3 deep), 50-54 (3 deep), 55-59 (3 deep), 60+ (3 deep) Overall Grand Master's (50+) Male/female, Top Three Clydesdale (200+ lbs.) and Athena (150+ lbs.) Top Three Teams. THE RACE COURSE: | www.trifind.com/re_11553/FourStatesTriathlon.htm

44: U | Venue

45: Uvalde Memorial Park Golf Course | The 18-hole Uvalde Memorial Park golf course at the Uvalde Memorial Park facility in Uvalde, Texas features 6,238 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 70.0 and it has a slope rating of 121. It was Designed by Jep Willis and it opened opened in 1942. Clinton Baack manages the course as the Golf Professional. | www.golflink.com/golfcourses/course.aspx?course=1537756

46: V | Team

47: Prairie View A&M Panthers | Prairie View A&M University is a historically black university located in Prairie View, Texas Northwest of Houston and is a member of the Texas A&M University System. PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 academic majors, 37 master’s degrees and four doctoral degree programs through nine colleges and schools. PVAMU is one of Texas' land grant universities. | www.pvpanthers.com

48: W | Team

49: West Texas A&M University | West Texas A&M University's sports teams participate in the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference. Their athletic teams are nicknamed the Buffaloes or simply called the "Buffs." As of 2005, West Texas A&M University students compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, equestrian, football, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The equestrian, softball, and volleyball teams are composed only of women. The football team plays its home games in Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, and they have won Lone Star Conference championships in 1986, 2005, 2006, and 2007. The school's football rival is Eastern New Mexico University which WTAMU plays for the coveted Wagon Wheel Trophy. | www.wtamu.edu/

50: X | Venue

51: Xtreme Paintball | Xtreme Paintball is dedicated to provide people who love paintball the best experience possible. You can get maximum playing time there, utilize professionalism and are there on weeks, weekends and holidays. Xtreme Paintball is the closest paintball field to the Capital building! It is 14.7 miles from Central Austin. | www.xtremepb.net/pricing.html

52: Y | Competition

53: PBA Southwest Region Young and Pratt Austin Open | The 2009-10 Shark demonstrates the largest change from any of the patterns from last year. Returning to the Shark this season is the key characteristic of the “deep inside line” providing a decisive strategic advantage. The “out of bounds” on the outside portion of the lane has been increased, making errant shots wide of the target in danger of once again falling into the “moat”. With less oil being placed in the middle of lane on this season’s Shark, bowlers will see their ball roll earlier on the lane compared to years past. Bowlers who play the wrong angle on the Shark will feel as if the pattern is a “reverse block”. The scoring pace for this pattern will be medium with the champion having the ability to get the corner pins out while playing a tough angle. | www.pba.com/Tournaments/Regional/2550

54: Z | Individual

55: Willie Zapalac | Willie Frank Zapalac was born on December 11, 1920 and died on May 18, 2010. He coached at Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and the University of Texas and in the NFL at the St. Louis Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, and New Orleans Saints. While at the University of Texas, he coached under Darrell Royal for 12 years. During that time, Texas won 7 conference championships and 2 National Championships. He was known for producing many great offensive lines in the 'Wishbone' attack. For a period of 5 years at least one offensive lineman was named to All American teams and numerous players named to All SWC teams. Willie had two sons named Bill and Jeff that played football at the University of Texas. | www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/7017095.html

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