Former Aggie loses father to cancer: Vernon Lee Starks, father of former Texas A&M women's basketball standout Takia Starks, died Thursday after a five-year battle with lymphoma cancer. He was 49.
Starks coached all of his children through AAU and YMCA basketball, Takia, in particular at the age of 8. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Houston. He is also survived by his oldest daughter Shatika, oldest son Vernon, Jr., son Dante and son Monte (Termaine).
A memorial service to honor Starks is scheduled for Tuesday at Fall Brook Baptist Church, 12512 Walter Road, Houston, 77014. A wake will be held in the morning from 10-11 a.m. followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m.
Aggie men name new assistant coach: Jim Anderson has been named assistant men's golf coach at Texas A&M, head coach J.T. Higgins said Friday.
Anderson replaces Jonathan Dismuke, who was hired as the head coach at the University of Houston earlier this month.
Anderson comes to A&M after two years as an assistant at New Mexico. He was a semifinalist for the Jan Strickland National Assistant Coach of the Year last season after the Lobos finished sixth at the NCAA West Regional.
A native of Sioux Falls, S.D., Anderson was a four-year letter-winner at New Mexico from 2001-04. He was recruited by Higgins and played for him for one season before Higgins became A&M's head coach in 2001.
TRACK & FIELD
Lee, Henry take fourth in sprints: BERLIN -- Texas A&M's Muna Lee, running in the 200 meters, and Tabarie Henry in the 400 each placed fourth in their respective finals while Simone Facey added a sixth place effort in the 200 on Friday at the world championships.
A&M volunteer assistant Wallace Spearmon will be added to the United States' men's 400 relay lineup if the team competes in the finals. The U.S. won its qualifying round in a time of 37.97 but was disqualified for passing the baton outside of the 20-meter zone on the final exchange. Officials with USATF appealed the decision.
The men's long jump final will feature former A&M standout Fabrice Lapierre as the second jumper in a field of 12.
-- Special to The Eagle