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Kennedy Dendy and the Fall Ball Baseball Team

NCAA Baseball - Baylor vs  Long Beach State - March 5, 2006 Photo by Reuben Canales/Getty Images

In Memory of David Grotberg

  • David Grotberg, 19, of Fergus Falls, Minn., "one of our brightest stars," died Thursday night after a vehicle struck him as he rode his bicycle.

Classmate and friend, Siboneth Trujillo described him as “the way we should be”.

“He was very witty and funny, sweet and humble. He kind of gave us all a way that we should live like” Trujillo said.

He served as president of the Ballroom Dance Society and was involved in Alliance Bible Church in Waco.

  • The Honors Residential College held a gathering for support and prayer for students, faculty and friends Friday afternoon.

He was involved in the Honors College as a member of the Honors Residential College community and participated in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, the Honors Program and the University Scholars Program.

Dr. Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., faculty steward for the Honors Residential College and associate professor of religion, fought back tears as he conducted the service.

“When [David is] somewhere, it will be known. He’ll make a lasting impression. [David] loved his friends deeply. He’s very smart, very energetic, and just full of life. He had a whimsical nature about him. He’s gifted, and he brought a lot of joy,” Tran said.

“Like a lot of students in our community, David was amazingly gifted – smart, artistic, creative – but even among our students he stood out for his energy, charisma and winsomeness,” Tran said.

“He was surely one of our brightest stars, loved by so many and with such a boundless future. This is an unimaginable loss for our community, Baylor at large, and most certainly his family and friends.”

  • David Grothberg played trumpet for Baylor’s Golden Wave Marching Band. As a way to honor his life and memory, both bands from Saturday afternoon’s Red River Rivalry Game — Oklahoma and Texas — dedicated their halftime performances to him.

“We are devastated by the news of David’s passing,” said Isaiah Odajima, associate professor and associate director of bands in the Baylor School of Music.

“David was a bright shining star within the Golden Wave Band.

“He was a selfless young man, a giver of enormous positivity and energy.

“He was a servant leader within our band family.

“He loved the band, he loved Baylor, and above all else, he loved the Lord. He will be dearly missed,” Odajima said.

(KWTX TV 10 has this story.)

Today’s Events

Soccer

  • The Bears end their four-match road swing today with a 1 p.m. CT match at Texas Tech. The Bears are 2-1-0 on this four game road stretch, having swept the State of Oklahoma with wins over No. 22 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Bears lost at No. 4 West Virginia on Friday. Live TV Coverage of the Tech match is available from Texas Tech TV. The Lady Raiders are 8-3-1 overall on the season and 6-2-1 at home. The Bears are 9-4-1 overall on the season and 5-4-0 on the road.
Match preview from Texas Tech Athletics

  • John Werner of BearsExtra chronicles the sacrifices, travels, set backs, perseverance and success of Baylor Soccer’s Lauren Piercy in her journey to “become one of the best soccer players in the Big 12 in only her second season at Baylor.” WacoTrib has the full story here.

On many weekends throughout high school, she made the six-hour drive from her hometown of Amarillo through lonely West Texas towns like Childress and Vernon before hitting that final stretch from Wichita Falls to the Metroplex to play club soccer.

Then she’d turn around and drive back to play her high school sports. She not only starred for the Amarillo Randall soccer team, she played basketball and ran track. She even performed gymnastics until a knee injury sidelined her as a sophomore.

“I just didn’t have a social life,” Piercy said. “I missed a lot of high school events. I missed a lot of school, the prom, homecoming, football games. I had to sacrifice some basketball games to go to soccer, sacrifice some track meets. My mom would be driving the car and I would be changing out of one uniform and putting on another.”

Piercy made those long drives to Dallas with a purpose: She wanted to become an NCAA Division I soccer player. After committing to Baylor as a sophomore, her drive to be a top level player only intensified.

Piercy’s perseverance has paid off as she’s become one of the best soccer players in the Big 12 in only her second season at Baylor. Coach Paul Jobson isn’t surprised that she’s risen to the top so quickly because of her talent, athleticism and will to succeed.

“You’re looking at a kid who’s willing to drive from Amarillo to Dallas to practice and play games all over the country,” Jobson said. “There’s some commitment there. As we got to know Lauren we fell in love with her personality and who she is as a person. That commitment level to be the best player she could be and to put herself in the best environment, we knew that would fit in really well with what we’re doing here.”

Women’s Tennis

The BU sophomore began the day with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Georgia Southern’s Kristin Rehse in the quarterfinals. Profit then made the finale by taking a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Maria Avgerinos of Wisconsin.

In the singles quarterfinals, Theresa Van Zyl lost to Louisiana Monroe’s Tiffany Mylonas, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Meanwhile in doubles, Profit and Van Zyl took an 8-1 victory in the quarterfinals over Jennifer Brown and Sara Lizariturry of Mississippi State. Then the Baylor duo advanced to the doubles finale by defeating Georgia State’s Damira Muinovic and Kristin Rehse, 8-3.

Karina Traxler and Jessica Hinojosa fell to Troy’s Nancy Karaky and Alicia Rodriguez, 8-3,

In singles consolation play, Karina Traxler fell to Karaky, 7-5, 6-3.

In backdraw singles action, Hinojosa picked up a pair of victories over Wisconsin’s Michelle Linden, 6-1, 6-2 and Troy’s Sanae Ohta, 6-3, 6-2.

“The ladies battled hard today. I am proud of their effort and focus throughout this tournament. It's exciting to see Liz on the right track and competing full out again. Tomorrow's finals give Liz and Theresa some invaluable big match experience.” - head coach Joey Scrivano

Action will resume at 8:30 a.m. CT Sunday morning at the Hurd Tennis Center.

Men’s Tennis

  • Baylor men’s tennis senior Max Tchoutakian was knocked out of the singles main draw at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, ending Baylor’s participation in the event. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The senior Bear fell 6-3, 6-2 to Texas freshman Christian Sigsgaard, who has won 10-straight matches at the ITA event.

Tchoutakian is now 4-3 on the season and 3-1 against ranked foes.

Baseball

Kennedy Dendy and the Fall Ball Baseball Team

Benny Golson Quartet

Jazz saxophonist Benny Golson brings his quartet to Baylor University for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Jones Concert Hall in Baylor’s Glennis McCrary Music Building.

Golson, 87, is one of the last surviving links to the golden age of modern jazz and has written more than 300 works.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at www. baylor.edu/tickets or in person at the Bill Daniel Student Center.

For more information, call 710-3210.

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