From Staff Reports
Rising junior Jordan Kohl has made a huge impact on the Texas State volleyball team across her first two seasons in San Marcos, and now she is set to make a mark on an even bigger stage.
The San Angelo native, who is legally deaf, will participate in the 2016 World Deaf Volleyball Championships from July 6 through 15 in Washington, D.C. That will be the first of her two international competitions as she will likely play in the 23rd Deaflympics, which will be held next year in Samsun, Turkey.
After two all-conference seasons with the Bobcats, including a Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year campaign in 2014, Kohl now turns her attention to international play.
“Around my freshman year, one of our assistant coaches talked to me about it, and he knew a lot more information,” Kohl said. “I was interested with it, but I wanted to wait one more year to get a little bit more college playing time and experience.”
Kohl, who uses a hearing aid, has lost approximately 65 percent of her hearing ability at this point in her life. This past year was the first time in three or four years that she didn’t lose any more of her hearing ability, according to her mother Lori Kohl.
“They can’t tell me whether gradually every year it’s going to be worse until she’ll have to (do sign language) and read lips,” Lori Kohl said. “But, as of right now, she’s doing well.”
In preparation for the upcoming Deaf World Championship, Kohl practiced in Florida with other hearing-impaired athletes. This came after meeting some of the coaches, players and retired players from the Austin area.
“After that, I was just like, ‘I would not mind doing this. It’s a good opportunity and why not take it?’” Kohl said.
Kohl, who has been a dominant force in her two seasons for the Bobcats, will play for the first time without her hearing aids in Washington, D.C. next month, as mandated by the rules.
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Kaspar makes it official: Maxwell Starwood to join Bobcats in 2016
Texas State men’s basketball head coach Danny Kaspar announced the addition of Maxwell Starwood to the program on Monday. He is the seventh newcomer for the Bobcats for next season.
“Maxwell is a three-star recruit that we are very fortunate to get this late in the recruiting process. He is a very versatile player that can shoot, rebound and pass the basketball,” said Kaspar. “He originally signed with Tulane, but with the coaching changing he opted out. Through assistant coach Terrence Johnson we were able to make inroads in getting him to come to Texas State.”
Starwood is rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN and arrives via Reno International Prep in Reno, Nevada. This past season the 6 foot 8 forward averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game.
Before heading to prep school, Starwood graduated from University Lab High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He helped lead the Cubs to back-to-back Louisiana Class 3A state championships in 2014 and 2015 while compiling a 63-10 record.
Starwood averaged nine points and seven rebounds per contest as a senior and paced the team in blocks. His junior season saw him be named to the LHSAA All-Tournament team and was an all-district selection.
Joining Starwood in this year’s signing class are fellow freshman Marlin Davis, Nijal Pearson and Nedeljko Prijovic and junior college transfers Tyler Blount, Deris Duncan and Immanuel King.
“I am very happy with his signing and it gives us our best freshman recruiting class since I started here in the spring of 2013,” Kaspar said.
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