From Texas State to Hollywood Hills, Grimes’ talent resonates with ‘Voice’
By Catherine Harper
Texas State alumnus and country singer Curtis Grimes got his start on NBC's "The Voice."
Texas State University alumnus Curtis Grimes could not have imagined that one call would change his life in January 2011. After auditioning earlier that month for NBC’s “The Voice” — a singing competition moderated by celebrity judges — Grimes’ country stylings hit the mark with producers and he was on his way to stardom.
“They reached out to me at first with an e-mail saying they’d like me to audition after they’d seen some of my shows on YouTube,” Grimes says. “The whole experience was awesome.”
After flying to Hollywood, Grimes worked with music coach Cee Lo Green each week of auditions, making it to the quarter-finals on the show. His success with the singing competition has awarded him national exposure, with his new album Doin’ My Time hitting the Top Texas 15 and his new single “Irresponsible” on airwaves last month.
Before his singing success, Grimes was immersed not in music but in baseball as a pitcher at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. After transferring to Texas State in 2005, however, Grimes struck a chord with the music scene in San Marcos.
“Texas State definitely influenced me music-wise, since the country scene is so strong down there,” Grimes says, speaking from his tour stop in West Texas. “It’s kind of a central hub of country music. There were artists like Randy Rogers and Ryan Turner coming from there, so it’s where I found a lot of my influences.”
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Texas State student-athletes
to play on over holiday break
By Mary Kincy
Earlier in 2011, Texas State men's basketball took on the University of Texas-Arlington.
While the majority of Texas State students are enjoying a much-anticipated break from all things collegiate, Bobcat student-athletes will play on during the holiday cessation of classes.
Basketball action continues when Texas State women’s basketball takes to the court at Kennesaw State University on Monday, Dec. 19, then takes on Belmont on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Continue reading
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Chisum, in last Southland season,
earns acclaim, honors — and wins
Texas State volleyball coach Karen Chisum (center) is in her 32nd season as coach of the Bobcat team. Flanking her are players Caleigh McCorquodale (left) and Amber Calhoun.
By Mary Kincy
Karen Chisum counts it a privilege to be a Bobcat. “It’s not a right,” she explains. “Everyone doesn’t get to. You’re recruited out there to perform, to exceed expectations and to be successful.”
It’s advice she’s taken to heart during the course of more than three decades as coach of the Texas State volleyball team, earning a record that ranks her the sixth-winningest active head coach in NCAA Division I volleyball.
Chisum’s accomplishments were honored recently when she was named to the 2011 class of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at Texas State (She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the university in the 1970s.). Further acclaim came in mid-November, when the Southland Conference league office named Chisum its Coach of the Year following a 24-7 (15-1 in the Southland) record over the season that earned the 2011 team the program’s sixth Southland Conference regular season championship. Continue reading
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Two former Bobcats make
pro baseball debuts
Third baseman Kyle Kubitza and pitcher Joe Dvorsky, both selected in the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month, have launched their pro careers in different corners of the country.
Kubitza joined the Danville (Ga.) Braves in the Rookie-level Appalachian League on June 21, and he has appeared in seven games for the Atlanta Braves’ affiliate. He was the organization’s third-round draft selection.
Dvorsky made his debut a day later, pitching an inning for the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He was the 35th-round pick of the Chicago White Sox. Continue reading
Goldschmidt to compete tonight
in Southern League homer derby
Former Texas State first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who leads all Double-A players in home runs this season with 22, will take part in the Southern League Home Run Derby tonight in Jackson, Tenn.
The competition is part of the league’s all-star celebration. The all-star game, in which Goldschmidt is a starter for the Southern Division, is Tuesday.
Pitcher Mike Hart continued his hot streak last week. Hart, a reliever for Class A Burlington, has given up just two hits and no runs in June.
Here’s the weekly update of former Bobcats playing pro baseball: Continue reading
Franchione to speak
at Bobcat Club luncheon
Texas State coach Dennis Franchione will discuss the future of Bobcats football at a luncheon in Austin next month.
Sponsored by the Bobcat Club, the event will be July 13 at noon at the Austin Club, 110 E. 9th St. Tickets are $25, with tables for 10 available for $250.
He will talk about Texas State’s transition to the Western Athletic Conference, the university’s growth and the upgrades being made to the athletic facilities, including the $32 million addition to Bobcat Stadium. Continue reading
Bobcats’ Alastair Jones
advances at British Amateur
Texas State golfer Alastair Jones has advanced to the match play portion of the British Amateur Championship after finishing second in the stroke play part of the tournament in Merseyside, England.
Jones, who is from Cardiff, Wales, shot a 3-under-par 68 in the second round. He finished the two rounds at 140, just behind Greg Eason of the University of Central Florida.
Sixty-four golfers advanced to the match play part of the 116-year-old event. Competition continues through Saturday. Continue reading