Reagan’s Will Carsten fields Division I opportunities in baseball and basketball
However, that’s exactly what Ronald Reagan High School graduating senior, Will Carsten, accomplished with opportunities to play baseball at Texas State, Miami and Oklahoma State among others or basketball at Southeast Missouri State, an offer he received in April. Carsten was coached by John Hirst and Chans Chapman at Reagan in baseball and baseball, respectively, and both coaches said Carsten’s work ethic allowed him to be such a successful multisport athlete. “I think he’s a great player. I think he’s got a really high ceiling,” said Hirst. Carsten decommitted from playing baseball at Tulane in December but the 6-8 right-handed pitcher knew his physical attributes could still make a bigger difference in baseball.
The Republic Golf Club will cease operations on May 3, 2020
San Antonio – The golfing landscape on the southeast side of San Antonio is going to look different after May 3 as the 212-acre property that encompasses The Republic Golf Course is being sold by Foresight Golf. He said he was particularly saddened to learn the news as a similar course on the south side, Pecan Valley, had closed in 2012. Our students will utilize other golf courses within Foresight Golf along with area golf courses for their internships.”The course fulfills an important need in the community as it is one of the only golf offerings on the city’s south side. Paul Espinoza has been visiting The Republic bimonthly and names both the course maintenance and affordability as factors that draw in local golfers. A press release from the ownership goes on to say that the closing “...follows national trends: approximately 100 to 200 golf courses closed across the U.S. annually since 2009.
San Antonio golf courses continue to provide recreation for locals during ‘Stay Home, Work Safe’ order
San Antonio – Opportunities to play sports – even recreationally – have been severely limited to combat the spread of COVID-19 and Monday evening San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff introduced a ‘Stay Home, Work Safe’ order set to go into effect Tuesday at 11:59pm, running through April 9. However, per the City of San Antonio, area golf courses remain open during the length of the order as long as staff and patrons practice social distancing, allowing locals to partake in one of the few sports still available. Andrew Peterson is the President and CEO of the Alamo City Golf Trail and believes traits inherent in golf make it a safe activity. “It’s self-isolation and social distancing so I’m kind of on my own and don’t go near anybody really,” Smithson said. It’s one thing I can do by myself.”With many people staying home from work and school to reduce the spread of the virus, the San Antonio golf courses have provided a much-need opportunity for leisure and exercise.
Reagan boys’ basketball coach earns 400th career victory
San Antonio – After 27 years of coaching, Ronald Reagan boys’ head basketball coach, John Hirst, eclipsed the 400-win mark December 28 in Austin. “It’s a time to reflect on, you know, people who’ve had an impact on your life and in your career. Hirst was also able to secure the win while his son Jacob, a senior power forward, was on the Rattlers roster. “He’s a great coach and I want to be like my dad,” Hirst said. After nearly three decades coaching, Hirst says the most important accomplishment in his career has been using basketball as a vehicle to teach his players to become responsible adults.