Christian Tucker at UTSA men’s basketball practice

Christian Tucker at UTSA's first official men's basketball practice of the season on Sept. 26, 2022, at the Convocation Center. - photo by Joe Alexander
Christian Tucker at UTSA’s first official men’s basketball practice of the season on Sept. 26, 2022, at the Convocation Center.
Christian Tucker is a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard from Chandler, Arizona.

Tucker played in 25 games as a freshman and made six starts. He averaged 3.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

Josh Farmer at UTSA men’s basketball practice

Josh Farmer at UTSA's first official men's basketball full practice of the season on Sept. 26, 2022, at the Convocation Center. - photo by Joe Alexander
Josh Farmer at UTSA’s first official men’s basketball full practice of the season on Sept. 26, 2022, at the Convocation Center.
Josh Farmer is a 6-foot-9 sophomore from Houston. He played in 23 games as a freshman, averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.

San Antonio Missions 2023 schedule

Wolf Stadium, home of the San Antonio Missions. - photo by Joe Alexander
Wolf Stadium, home of the San Antonio Missions. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Missions announced their 2023 schedule today. The Missions are the Double-A farm club of the San Diego Padres and play in the Texas League.

Home games in bold
(as of Aug. 30, 2022)

APRIL
DATE OPPONENT

Thursday, 6th at Tulsa
Friday, 7th at Tulsa
Saturday, 8th at Tulsa
Tuesday, 11th vs. Frisco
Wednesday, 12th vs. Frisco
Thursday, 13th vs. Frisco
Friday, 14th vs. Frisco
Saturday, 15th vs. Frisco
Sunday, 16th vs. Frisco

Tuesday, 18th at Corpus Christi
Wednesday, 19th at Corpus Christi
Thursday, 20th at Corpus Christi
Friday, 21st at Corpus Christi
Saturday. 22nd at Corpus Christi
Sunday, 23rd at Corpus Christi
Tuesday, 25th vs. NW Arkansas
Wednesday, 26th vs. NW Arkansas
Thursday, 27th vs. NW Arkansas
Friday, 28th vs. NW Arkansas
Saturday, 29th vs. NW Arkansas
Sunday, 30th vs. NW Arkansas

MAY
DATE OPPONENT

Tuesday, 2nd at Tulsa
Wednesday, 3rd at Tulsa
Thursday, 4th at Tulsa
Friday, 5th at Tulsa
Saturday, 6th at Tulsa
Sunday, 7th at Tulsa
Tuesday, 9th vs. Corpus Christi
Wednesday, 10th vs. Corpus Christi
Thursday, 11th vs. Corpus Christi
Friday, 12th vs. Corpus Christi
Saturday, 13th vs. Corpus Christi
Sunday, 14th vs. Corpus Christi

Tuesday, 16th at Midland
Wednesday, 17th at Midland
Thursday, 18th at Midland
Friday, 19th at Midland
Saturday, 20th at Midland
Sunday, 21st at Midland
Tuesday, 23rd vs. Amarillo
Wednesday, 24th vs. Amarillo
Thursday, 25th vs. Amarillo
Friday, 26th vs. Amarillo
Saturday, 27th vs. Amarillo
Sunday, 28th vs. Amarillo

Tuesday, 30th at Frisco
Wednesday, 31st at Frisco

JUNE
DATE OPPONENT

Thursday, 1st at Frisco
Friday, 2nd at Frisco
Saturday, 3rd at Frisco
Sunday, 4th at Frisco
Tuesday, 6th vs. Wichita
Wednesday, 7th vs. Wichita
Thursday, 8th vs. Wichita
Friday, 9th vs. Wichita
Saturday, 10th vs. Wichita
Sunday, 11th vs. Wichita

Tuesday, 13th at Amarillo
Wednesday, 14th at Amarillo
Thursday, 15th at Amarillo
Friday, 16th at Amarillo
Saturday, 17th at Amarillo
Sunday, 18th at Amarillo
Tuesday, 20th vs. Midland
Wednesday, 21st vs. Midland
Thursday, 22nd vs. Midland
Friday, 23rd vs. Midland
Saturday, 24th vs. Midland
Sunday, 25th vs. Midland
Wednesday, 28th vs. Frisco
Thursday, 29th vs. Frisco
Friday, 30th vs. Frisco

JULY
DATE OPPONENT

Saturday, 1st vs. Frisco
Sunday, 2nd vs. Frisco
Monday, 3rd vs. Frisco

Tuesday, 4th at Corpus Christi
Wednesday, 5th at Corpus Christi
Thursday, 6th at Corpus Christi
Friday, 7th at Corpus Christi
Saturday, 8th at Corpus Christi
Sunday, 9th at Corpus Christi
Friday, 14th vs. NW Arkansas
Saturday, 15th vs. NW Arkansas
Sunday, 16th vs. NW Arkansas

Tuesday, 18th at Frisco
Wednesday, 19th at Frisco
Thursday, 20th at Frisco
Friday, 21st at Frisco
Saturday, 22nd at Frisco
Sunday, 23rd at Frisco
Tuesday, 25th vs. Corpus Christi
Wednesday, 26th vs. Corpus Christi
Thursday, 27th vs. Corpus Christi
Friday, 28th vs. Corpus Christi
Saturday, 29th vs. Corpus Christi
Sunday, 30th vs. Corpus Christi

AUGUST
DATE OPPONENT

Tuesday, 1st at Arkansas
Wednesday, 2nd at Arkansas
Thursday, 3rd at Arkansas
Friday, 4th at Arkansas
Saturday, 5th at Arkansas
Sunday, 6th at Arkansas
Tuesday, 8th at Springfield
Wednesday, 9th at Springfield
Thursday, 10th at Springfield
Friday, 11th at Springfield
Saturday, 12th at Springfield
Sunday, 13th at Springfield
Tuesday, 15th vs. Midland
Wednesday, 16th vs. Midland
Thursday, 17th vs. Midland
Friday, 18th vs. Midland
Saturday, 19th vs. Midland
Sunday, 20th vs. Midland
Tuesday, 22nd vs. Amarillo
Wednesday, 23rd vs. Amarillo
Thursday, 24th vs. Amarillo
Friday, 25th vs. Amarillo
Saturday, 26th vs. Amarillo
Sunday, 27th vs. Amarillo

Tuesday, 29th at Wichita
Wednesday, 30th at Wichita
Thursday, 31st at Wichita

SEPTEMBER
DATE OPPONENT

Friday, 1st at Wichita
Saturday, 2nd at Wichita
Sunday, 3rd at Wichita
Tuesday, 5th at Midland
Wednesday, 6th at Midland
Thursday, 7th at Midland
Friday, 8th at Midland
Saturday, 9th at Midland
Sunday, 10th at Midland
Tuesday, 12th vs. Springfield
Wednesday, 13th vs. Springfield
Thursday, 14th vs. Springfield
Friday, 15th vs. Springfield
Saturday, 16th vs. Springfield
Sunday, 17th vs. Springfield

San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr.’s second rehab game with San Antonio Missions

Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres played shortstop and batted leadoff for the San Antonio Missions against the Wichita Wind Surge on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, at Wolff Stadium. It was his second rehab game.

Tatis finished 0-for-3. He grounded out hard to first base in the first inning. He flied out to center in the third inning. He grounded out to third in the fifth inning after hitting a very long line drive foul down the left-field line.

His most notable defensive play was an over-the-shoulder catch on a fly ball in short left field.

He was replaced in the sixth inning.

Tatis is expected to travel with the Missions on their upcoming road trip, which begins Tuesday in Frisco, Texas.

San Antonio officially back in the game: Hines Ward to coach city’s XFL team

XFL San Antonio head coach Hines Ward (center) talks to fans in Arlington when the league announced its 2023 teams on Sunday, July 24, 2022. (photo via XFL on YouTube)
XFL San Antonio head coach Hines Ward (center) talks to fans in Arlington when the league announced its 2023 teams on Sunday, July 24, 2022. (photo via XFL on YouTube)
It will be four years from the time the San Antonio Commanders made their debut in the AAF in 2019 until the city’s new team kicks off the 2023 XFL season in February.

The XFL officially announced on Sunday that San Antonio is one of eight teams that will be part of the league when it resumes action. The season opens Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023.

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward will be San Antonio’s head coach.

Ward made his first order of business stirring up the in-state rivalries. Arlington and Houston will also have teams in XFL 2023.

“I’m know how competitive Texas is so I’m going to put it out there right now, go San Antonio! We will bring home the Texas state title.”

“The state of Texas is so passionate about football,” Ward said. “I’m know how competitive Texas is so I’m going to put it out there right now, go San Antonio! We will bring home the Texas state title. …

“When we come here to Arlington, we go to Houston, I want to hear all the boos because I guarantee when you’re in the Alamodome, we’re going to boo the crap out of yourself too.”

When the Commanders played in the AAF in the spring of 2019, Ward served as that league’s director of player development.

Ward is best known from his 13 seasons as an NFL receiver, including two appearances in the Super Bowl. He is the Steelers all-time leader in receptions. He was most recently the wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic University. He was also an assistant coach with the New York Jets and interviewed for the Houston Texans head coaching job.

Ward envisions the XFL bringing the fans a closer look at what goes on within the teams as the games happen.

“At the end of the day the fans, they want transparency” Ward said. “They want to see the connection that the coaches have with the players. They want to hear the dialog that goes on. They want to go behind enemy lines, what really goes on and hear the conversations.

“They want to see that engagement between the coaches and the players. Hopefully this season will be transparent to the fans. We want to bring that entertainment to you guys.”

SAN ANTONIO STAFF:

Head coach: Hines Ward
Director of team operations: Jose Jefferson
Director of player personnel: Will Lewis
Offensive coordinator: Jaime Elizondo
Defensive coordinator: Jim Herrmann

XFL 2023 TEAMS:

San Antonio
Arlington
Houston
Las Vegas
Orlando
St. Louis
Seattle
Washington DC

The San Antonio Commanders made their AAF debut on Feb. 9, 2019, at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders made their AAF debut on Feb. 9, 2019, at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander

XFL to announce 2023 cities tonight

XFL JPG LOGOThe latest version of the XFL takes a major step tonight when the pro football league announces the cities and stadiums that will host teams for the 2023 season.

Recent reports indicate former Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Hines Ward will be the head coach of a San Antonio team.

The announcement will be made in a town hall style meeting at 7 p.m. and will be streamed on XFL.com.

XFL owners Dany Garcia and Dwayne Johnson and league president Russ Brandson will take part in the announcement.

The eight league coaches will also be involved – Reggie Barlow, Anthony Becht, Terrell Buckley, Jim Haslett, Wade Phillips, Bob Stoops, Rod Woodson and Ward.


Video via: www.youtube.com/c/xfl

UTSA baseball’s Daniel Shafer – photo gallery

UTSA pitcher Daniel Shafer playing against Stanford on Feb. 28, 2022, at Roadrunner field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA pitcher Daniel Shafer playing against Stanford on Feb. 28, 2022, at Roadrunner field.
Daniel Shafer was one of UTSA’s top relief pitchers early in the 2022 season.

The junior right-hander from Willis, Texas appeared in 16 games in relief and recorded a 3-1 record with five saves and a 3.29 ERA.

Shafer went a stretch of six straight appearances without allowing an earned run. He did not pitch after April 24 due to an injury.

UTSA baseball’s Garrett Poston – photo gallery

UTSA's Garrett Poston playing against Florida International on April 22, 2022, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Garrett Poston playing against Florida International on April 22, 2022, at Roadrunner Field.
UTSA’s Garrett Poston batted .311 in 43 games including 35 starts with two home runs and 26 RBIs.

The sophomore from Clear Creek High School in League City in the Houston area led UTSA in on-base percentage at .450 with the help of 26 walks.

UTSA baseball’s Leyton Barry – photo gallery

UTSA infielder Leyton Barry playing against UT Rio Grande Valley on May 3, 2022 at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA infielder Leyton Barry playing against UT Rio Grande Valley on May 3, 2022 at Roadrunner Field.
Leyton Barry led UTSA in batting in 2022 at .343 and held down the starting second base position. He also had 38 RBIs and a team-high seven stolen bases in 56 games.

In 2021 he batted a team-best .382 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 31 games.

A 6-foot-2 junior from Houston, he went to IMG Academy in Florida in high school.

UTSA’s Jonathan Tapia – photo gallery

UTSA's Jonathan Tapia playing against Marshall on May 7, 2022, at Roadrunner Field. - photo by Joe Alexander
UTSA’s Jonathan Tapia playing against Marshall on May 7, 2022, at Roadrunner Field.
Jonathan Tapia played in 56 of 58 UTSA games in 2022, seeing time mostly at third base but also playing in other infield spots and in the outfield.

The senior from O’Connor High School batted .309 with six home runs and 50 RBIs in 2022. In 2021, he batted .295 with 24 RBIs in 46 games.