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Riverside Stadium Turf Monday Update

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Riverside Stadium's infield has now been completely covered with a new artificial Field Turf. This was the scene I saw at Riverside Monday afternoon, after workers from Hellas Construction in Austin worked all weekend long to install the new turf. The workers told me they are not done yet. They still have to put in the foul lines and the on-deck circles, and the pellets of ground up Nikes still have to be put into the turf. The workers told me they hope to get done by Thursday. This replaces the turf that was ruined by the Guadalupe River flooding in August caused by Harvey. Victoria Generals G.M. Mike Yokum told me what he thought of the project's progress. "They made great progress on it over the weekend and it looks like it's just about finished. A couple more days and a lot of little details to be wrapped up. All in all it looks really good, looks sharp."  UHV baseball starts pre-season workouts at Riverside next Monday.

University of Houston-Victoria athletic fans will be in for a boot-scootin' good time on Friday, January 19 during the "A Night for the Jaguars" fund-raising event at the historic Club Westerner.

The evening unfolds with a reception for the sponsors of the event, followed by a dinner, beer and wine bar and live and silent auctions. The evening will be capped off with dancing and live country music featuring the Scott Taylor Band.

As the Jaguars compete in their 11th year of competitive sports, they have been successful both on the field and in the classroom. Nearly 2,000 student-athletes have proudly worn the Jaguar logo and claimed six conference titles and competed 12 times at NAIA national championships.

The Jaguars began their athletic program in 2008 with baseball and softball and added golf and soccer for both men and women in 2010. During that time they have compiled a 733-507-16 record in competition for a .590 winning percentage.

The Jaguars have also been honored with 25 All-Americans and 157 all-conference players since the inception of the athletic program.

Off the field the Jaguars have been just as successful.

Some 300-plus student-athletes have been named to the UHV President's List and Dean's List since 2011, while 121 have earned recognition as Red River Athletic Conference Scholar Athletes the past two years.

UHV teams have been recognized seven times for national team academic awards, while nine athletes have receive CoSIDA Academic All-District first team honors and two have gone on two be named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans,

Much of the success can also be attributed to the community support the Jaguars have generated over the years and from past Night for the Jaguars events.

Sponsorships for this year's event are available ranging from $5,000 to $500. The primary focus of the funds raised from this event goes to scholarships to help recruit the best and brightest student-athletes in efforts to win the school's first national championship.

Individual tickets are also available for the event for $50 individual or $90 a couple (two tickets).

Anyone wishing to become a sponsor for the event or wanting to purchase tickets can contact the UHV Office of Advancement at 361-570-4812 or they can go online at www.uhvconnect.org/event/NFTJ.

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