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S: SPORTS IN TEXAS by: Paige and Gabbi

BC: Second Half | And they all lived happily ever after...

FC: Super Sporty Texas from A-Z By: Paige and Gabbi P.3 | GO TEAM!

1: Super Sporty Texas A-Z | BY: Paige H. and Gabbi M. P.3 TX history

2: A- Andy Roddick B-Buffalo Stampede 5k Race C- Cycling D- Destinee Hooker E-El Paso Diblos F- Firemen's 5k G- Golf H-Houston Rockets I- Ice Hockey J- Gerald J Ford Stadium K- Katy Trail 5k L-Laredo Heat M-Maverick Stadium | N- Nowitzki Dirk O- Odessa Jackalopes P- Pirate Stadium Q- Quentin Jammer R- Rice Owls S- SAC Stadium T- Tennis U- University Of Texas V- Volleyball W-Whitney Hedgepath X- Xk Run Y- Texas Youth Race Z-Zephur Bulldogs | TABLE OF CONTENTS

3: Andy Roddick is a professional tennis player. He is currently living in Austin, Texas. As a kid, Andy took tennis lessons in a group that included San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees and Cleveland Cavaliers center Chris Mihm. In 2003, at 21 years and two months, Andy became the youngest U.S. male ever to finish at the top of the year-end rankings. | ANDY RODDICK | Athlete

4: The Buffalo Stampede is in the Brazos Valley, in Texas. Its an event designed for serious runners! These are "ChronoTrack System" timed races with disposable bib tags on USATF Certified courses helping the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. The Half-Marathon course is gently rolling, scenic, relatively flat, fast, and takes you through open country and past neighborhoods and parks. It has a downhill 2-mile finish, and offers you a great chance for a PR and a tune-up for marathons.The 5K follows the first 1.55 miles of the Half-Marathon course. | BUFFALO STAMPEDE HALF MARATHON AND 5K RACE | Race

5: Cycling | Cycling was invented as a sport in 1868. Since then thousands of races have been set up for this demanding sport. Texas is said to have the 3rd most races in the US. In 1886 an organization was made to benefit the cyclist, League of American Wheelman, or LAW. The first bike was invented in 1817, since then we have built off the original model of the bike. Cycling is leisurely and great exercise, but many train for this sport. | Sport

6: DESTINee HOOKER | Destine hooker was a NCAA champion for the University of Texas. She was an all-American and Big 12 champion in the long jump, sprints and relays. That was from 2004-06 before turning professional and competing in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Destinee competed with Marshevet during the 2006 indoor and outdoor seasons, helping UT win the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championship. She graduated early from high school (in December of 2005), and was enrolled at UT in January of 2006 to compete in track and field. | athlete

7: EL PASO DIABLOS | The El Paso Diablos are an independent minor league baseball team. Their team is located in Northeast El Paso, Texas. As a member of the American Association independent league, the team plays over 90 regular season games per year from May to August. They play 50 home games played at Cohen Stadium. | Team

8: Firemen's 5k | The Firemen's 5k was established in 1999 by Gary Stevenson in memory of the firefighters who died while fighting a church fire in Lake Worth, Texas. The 5k originally began as a way to benefit the familes. However, in 2001 the families decided to continue the 5k in Phillip Dean's and Brian Collin's memory and for one hundred percent of the proceeds to benefit The Compassionate Friends and The WARM Place. Both of these organizations are grief support groups to aid people when a loved one has died. It is a way to give back to the community who so generously gave after the death of these fine young men. The tradition continues to honor Brian and Phillip and the great men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep others safe. | Race

9: The game of golf has many variations, stroke play, match play, skins etc.“Stroke play” is by far the most common game played by the average golfer and those at professional tournaments. Texas is home of one of the tournaments in the PGA tour, the Valero Texas Open. When you get to the course you will tee off according to your tee time. The maximum number of golfers allowed in a group is 4. Each hole in golf is assigned a “par”. That means that you are expected to get your ball in the hole in that number of shots. Generally you are allowed 2 putts after reaching the green so the par of a hole is determined by the length of the fairway. | GOLF | Sport

10: The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. The team plays in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the NBA. The Rockets made their first appearance in the playoffs in 1969. In 1984, the Rockets drafted Hakeem Olajuwon who, paired with Ralph Sampson and both collectively known as the "Twin Towers", led them to the 1986 Finals in their second and third year respectively, where in another brave effort they lost again to the Celtics. The team repeated as champions in 1995 with a memorable run as the 6th seed in the West and sweeping the heavily favored Orlando Magic led by a young Shaquille O'Neal. The Rockets did not advance to the finals again, and missed the playoffs from 2000–2003. | Team

11: Ice Hockey | An official ice hockey game consists of five players and one goalie per team at a time. A professional Ice hockey player for ATM is Brian Young. The game begins with a face-off, which is when the referee drops the puck in the middle of two opposing players, who try to control the puck to a teammate. The object of the game is to hit the puck into the opposing team's net with a stick, as long as the stick that makes contact is not above shoulder level. When a player is penalized, his or her team must play short-handed, creating a power play for the opposing team. If the defending team knocks the puck out of the defensive zone past the opposing team's goal (not in the goal), he or she is guilty of icing. Icing results in a face-off deep in the defensive zone of the guilty team. | SPORT

12: Gerald J Ford stadium- Gerald J. Ford Stadium is a stadium in University Park, Texas, one of the two "Park Cities" that form an enclave within the city limits of Dallas. The stadium is used primarily for football, and it is home to the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Mustangs and is frequently used for local high school football games. It was the last on-campus stadium in NCAA Division I-A (now Division I FBS) to open in the 20th century. The stadium is named after Gerald J. Ford (who should not be confused with former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford), a billionaire banker who provided most of the funding for its construction. | Gerald J Ford Stadium | Stadium

13: KATY TRAIL 5K | RACE | The Katy Trail 5k Takes Place In Katy Texas. More than 5,000 people participated in the 13th annual Katy 5K on May 12. This helped to raise money to maintain and improve the Katy Trail. Although it’s a city park, the Katy Trail relies on private donations for 95 percent of its annual operating budget. Co-chairs Becky Frey, Matt Lucas and Paige Nash lined up a fantastic list of sponsors to help underwrite the event. Trailblazer sponsors included Luke’s Locker at the $25,000 level and Ralston Outdoor at $20,000. Others were American National Bank, Bicycles Plus, Cityville Katy Trail, Rose Walker LLP, Swoon (The Studio) and Travis Walk/Terrace House.

14: Laredo Heat | Laredo Heat is an American soccer team based in Laredo, Texas. It was founded in 2004. They play in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference. The team plays its home games at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex, where they have played since 2008. Laredo Heat's colors are red, black and white. | -Team

15: Maverick Stadium | Maverick Stadium is a favorite for high school games, a popular playoff venue, and now used by the Arlington community for a number of great annual events. With 15,000 seats, Maverick Stadium in Arlington may not be a college football venue any longer, but the community still uses it for such events as Texas' famous annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games. Events that have been hosted here are the Special Olympics, many concerts, and regularly, Arlington Independent School's football games. The University itself uses the stadium for other sporting events, including their track and field.

16: And they all lived happily ever after...

17: Dirk Nowitzki | Dirk Nowitzki is an athlete on the Dallas Mavericks. This star was born in June 19, 1978, in Wurzburg, Germany. Dirk has been in the NBA since 13 years old, to entering when he was 20. He left his military service in Germany to become the 7th pick in the NBA draft in 1998. Dirk got 45 minutes in front of coaches to show what he could do. In the private workout, Dirk showed his athletic ability, shooting persistence, passing skills, and agility. This got all the coaches raving about him. Now dirk is still with the Mavericks, averaging 21 points a game. | Athlete

18: Odessa Jackalopes | The Odessa Jackalopes are a hockey team that is located in Odessa TX. The team is in the CHL, or the Central Hockey League.The jackalopes play their home games at Ector County Coliseum. In 1997 the team was formed and in their first season, their home games brought 4,000 people to the coliseum. Now the team brings about 3,200 people to the stands. The team is open for new kids every season, so its a great community sport! | Team

19: Pirate Stadium | Pirate Stadium is a high school stadium in Rockport Texas. The field includes a soccer field, football field, and track. The stadium is home of the Rockport-Fulton Pirates. Though the stadium is a bit small, it can only seat about 3400 people. The stadium also has grass fields and is wheel chair accessible. The Pirates have a great stadium. | stadium

20: Quentin Jammer | Quentin Jammer is number 23 for the San Diego Chargers. He attended Texas University until he got drafted. He is 6ft 204 lbs and he is 32, he has made no sack for this season. In his 10th season he has made 53 tackles, and no fumbles. He played on the football team at Angleton High School. | Athlete

21: Rice Owls | The Rice Owls are the Rice track and field team, located in Houston Texas. The team will compete at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Championship. Clayton Chanley and Chris Sanders, the owls star runners, plan to win their events of the two mile run. The team practices on the Houston trails, running about 20 miles a practice. The title that they will be competing for is the championship out of all the other universities near them. | TEAM

22: SAC Stadium | The SAC stadium is located in El Paso Texas; it's a great football stadium. This stadium includes a football field, soccer field, and a track. This stadium can seat up to 13,00 people. Its architecture is in a horse shoe formation. This stadium is the main field for El Paso high school. | Stadium

23: Tennis | Tennis is a very celebrated sport. There are many Texan tennis players such as Andy Roddick. There are also many huge tournaments that are dedicated to the sport. The sport was invented in the 12th centenary by the French. Its was a spin off of handball, but they added the racket for challenge. Even KIng Louis x died after a hard game of tennis. Then known as Jue de paume. Tennis remains a great sport for all ages. | SPORT

24: The UT Stadium is the main stadium for the Texas Longhorns, in Austin, Texas. The stadium is the sixth largest in Texas. The massive field can seat up to 85,123 people. It also has 2,100 club seats, and 47 suits.The university sent 8 million dollars on a 55ft high and 134ft wide recap screen. This stadium has been played in by the best of the best. | UT Stadium | Stadium

25: Volleyball | Volleyball is a known world wide sport. It was originally a mix of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball- with less contact. The sport was invented by a business man in 1895. On 1896, July 7th, the first "game"of volleyball was played at Springfield College. Also in 1900 the first specially designed ball was made. Many tournaments are made to play volleyball, in fact UT rank 4th in the nation as a team. | Sport

26: Whitney Hedgepeth | Whitney Lynn Hedgepeth was an Olympic swimmer. She swam year round for The University of Texas, until she made it to the Olympics. In the 1996 summer Olympics she won the gold medal for the 4x100 relay, she also got two silver medals for 100 and 200 meter backstrokes. Later she was entered in the Texas Longhorn hall of honor. She earned this spot for setting the record for womans 200 backstroke. This record would stand until 2001. Now she works with her community, giving swim lessons and coaching local kids at the pool, as well was coaching masters. | Athlete

27: The capital 10k run is held in our own great town, Austin, Texas. This 10k is said to be the largest in Texas, also the fifth largest in the nation. every year this race brings silliness and seriousness to the Austin streets! Many train and do the time section for the 10k race, but many people bring their family, dress up, and walk, jog, or run it! In 2012 th race will have it 36 anniversary. | Capital City Xk Run | RACE

28: Texas Youth Race Week | This is a junior Olympic sailing race. The event is held by Lakewood yacht club, Houston yacht club, and Texas Corinthian yacht club. The sailors start at Galveston bay, and end up there after a the long journey. This race is so big in the sailing world that they dedicate an entire week to it- this week is called Texas Youth Race Week. Millions of boys and girls attempt this race every four years. This is a great event to see. | Race

29: Zephyr High School | Zephyr High School is located in Zephyr Texas. This high school is home of the Bulldogs. The team colors are maroon and white. The Zephyr football team is ranked 96th nationally. The bulldogs are at a rating of 48.6. The ranking is how they are in The 96%. They have a nice stadium at their school used for football games, and track meets. | Stadium

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