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ThunderWolves take fourth straight RMAC championship

November 15, 2014 – 10:54 pm | One Comment

UPDATE!   CSU-Pueblo has a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs.  The first game for the ThunderWolves will be November 29 at the ThunderBowl, where they will play the winner of the first round …

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Pack and Rams are evenly matched for playoff game

November 26, 2014 – 9:22 pm |
Photo by Dustin Cox

Photo by Dustin Cox

After earning a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs, the Colorado State-Pueblo ThunderWolves are preparing to face a familiar foe in Angelo State, a team they defeated 45-24 last year in the Lone Star Classic at Cowboys Stadium.

Entering Saturday’s game, Angelo State will be riding in on a six-game winning streak. Two of those wins came in the Lone Star Conference playoffs, and last week, in the first round of the Division II playoffs, they won 42-41 on the road against Michigan Tech.

Overall, ASU is 9-2 on the season. One of their losses came against West Texas A&M, an opponent the ThunderWolves defeated in the opening game of the 2014 season.

CSU-Pueblo is currently on a five-game winning streak. They will enter Saturday’s game with only one loss that came at the hands of Fort Lewis College, who has only won three games all season. The ThunderWolves have won their last five games by an average of 30 points.

The Angelo State Rams are led by their dual-threat quarterback, Kyle Washington. Through 11 games he’s thrown for 3011 yards and 32 touchdowns. On the ground, he rushed for 922 yards and added nine more touchdowns. As a team, they are averaging 41 points, 198 yards rushing, and 284 in the air each game.

Last season, in their loss to CSU-Pueblo, Washington threw for 173 yards, one touchdown, and an interception; on the ground, he ran nine times for 139 yards, averaging 15 yards per carry.

For the ThunderWolves, offensively, they’re led by junior running back Cameron McDondle and quarterback Chris Bonner. This season, McDondle rushed for 1555 yards and 13 touchdowns. In each of the final eight games, he rushed for at least 130 yards. His highest total came in the final regular season game with 227 yards.

Bonner went through a tough three-game stretch early in the season, only completing 43 percent of his passes. But during the last five games, he’s completed 65 percent of his passes and averaged 242.8 yards per game, throwing 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

Defensively, the ThunderWolves are lead by senior defensive end Darius Allen. Allen was named the 2014 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

He is second on the team behind Morgan Fox for number of sacks and tackles with nine and 14 respectively. He is tied with linebacker Seth Brown in forced fumbles with three.

As a team, the Pack scores an average of 36 points a game and only allows 13 as a defense.

Saturday, the ThunderWolves will try to win their second postseason game since the program returned nearly seven years ago. In 2012, they defeated Indianapolis in the second round after a bye, but then lost 34-13 to West Texas A&M in the quarterfinals.

CSU-Pueblo will host the Angelo State Rams Saturday at noon at the ThunderBowl.

Seeing the value of Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 – 8:10 pm |

Many of us never truly understand the value of our everyday lives or the people we call family and friends, but we try, especially on Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving” is an expression of gratitude, the quality of being …

Local brew fest offers tastes of Colorado

November 23, 2014 – 1:43 pm |

The Big Bear Brew Fest, held at the Pueblo Convention Center Saturday, brought hundreds of people out for a night of beer and liquor samplings. More than 50 different breweries from all over the state …

CSU-Pueblo hosts student art show

November 19, 2014 – 5:45 pm |

Colorado State University-Pueblo recently welcomed students to show their art in the annual student art exhibition on campus.
Mike Womack, the Professor of Painting and Drawing at CU Boulder, chose art from various students to be …

Real Talk Today discusses teen suicide

November 19, 2014 – 10:47 am |

RealTalk TeenDeaths Nov11 from CSU-Pueblo TODAY on Vimeo.

Military training prepares Wilson for director position

November 19, 2014 – 10:33 am |

As the director of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Title IX at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Roosevelt T. Wilson has mastered the need to be prepared. He has brought years of military training and expertise to his …

RMAC highlights

November 19, 2014 – 9:13 am |

Student Engagement and Leadership presentation inspires students

November 17, 2014 – 10:57 pm |

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Student Engagement and Leadership office held an event to lead campus organizations to success Nov. 11.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., approximately 90 CSU-Pueblo student leaders were treated to a meal provided by Chartwells.
Following …

First taste of winter comes early to Southern Colorado

November 16, 2014 – 3:33 pm |

Pueblo and the rest of Southern Colorado have experienced an extreme weather change over the past few days, and there are predictions of a very cold and snowy winter this year compared to recent years.
According …

Student veterans discuss difficulties of transition

November 15, 2014 – 10:48 pm |

The Southern Colorado Press Club presented “From Soldier to Student; perspectives on the transition” Monday, and the presentation featured speakers Craig Staley and Paul Hendricksen. Both men are students at CSU-Pueblo and officers of the …

CSU-Pueblo hosts MatchWits competition

November 15, 2014 – 3:05 pm |

MatchWits, a game show style competition for high school students, has been bringing schools throughout Colorado together for years to compete on TV.
The program is produced by Rocky Mountain PBS on campus at CSU-Pueblo.
This competition, …

Veteran’s Day reunion sparks appreciation

November 14, 2014 – 8:49 am |

All week we have been hearing of Veterans Day events going on in Pueblo. The town has come together to offer food, places to stay and other benefits as a way of showing gratitude for …

Men’s club soccer team has a successful first season

November 13, 2014 – 12:30 pm |
Men’s club soccer team has a successful first season

Student athletes at Colorado State University-Pueblo used their diverse backgrounds and love of soccer to create a team all their own this year.
The CSU-Pueblo men’s club soccer team finished its first season in the Region …