By day, he's the mild-mannered Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at Baylor. After work, he becomes one of the most dedicated anglers in the state of Texas. Keith Miller has one mission every day...to catch a fish. Sometimes he can be spotted at lunch time with his fish pole, combing the banks of the Brazos River near Baylor's Simpson Athletic Center. Each day after work, the neighbor kids wait patiently at his house by the back gate to accompany "Mr. Miller" to the neighborhood pond to catch of glimpse of the day's catch.
As a joke, Keith caught a fish every day during the 2009 calendar year. After taking a break in 2010, he's catching a fish every day from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012. His one rule: only catch fish with lures. That means no live bait, stink bait, etc. Rain or shine, Keith can be found in area ponds with his fishing pole.
This year's adventure is coordinated through Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Junior Anglers and Hunters of America in an effort to promote youth programs. Donations go to helping JRAHA's mission of promoting inner-city kids to fish and learning about being responsible with the environment.
Keith's year-long fishing exploits have been featured by several media outlets from all over Texas - Austin American-Statesman, KXAN, Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the Hill Country Times to name a few. Earlier this summer, Keith was featured in the latest Champion magazine published by the NCAA.
You, too, can follow Keith's pursuit of catching one fish every day on the "Catching a Fish a Day with Keith Miller" Facebook page. To learn more about upcoming Texas Parks and Wildlife events as well as Keith's upcoming appearances, visit TPWD's official web site and Facebook page.
Sic 'Em, Keith!
Incoming freshman Danielle Doty, who is on Baylor's All-Girl cheer squad, was crowned 2011 Miss Teen USA. She received her crown Saturday night in ceremonies held in the Bahamas. Check out Baylor Proud for more on Danielle's title.
Sic 'Em, Danielle, and welcome to Baylor!
Participating as an amateur, Baylor men's golf junior Ryan O'Rear finished in a 17th-place tie Sunday in the 41st Chesapeake Energy Texas State Open at The Cascades in Tyler, Texas. O'Rear finished 4-under after carding sub-par scores in three of his four rounds.
Led by Bill Allcorn, four former Bears finished in the top 20. Allcorn finished fourth overall after shooting 12-under; the Abilene, Texas, product shot combined 13-under-par over final 45 holes for the top-five showing. Jeremy Frye tied for eighth at 7-under, followed by Ryan Baca in an 11th-place tie at 6-under. Jeremy Alcorn tied for 14th overall at 5-under.
After spending the last year as teammates and doubles partners, Baylor's John Peers and Roberto Maytin were pitted against each other at a Futures tournament in Caracas, Venezuela. Coming out of the qualifier, Peers had not lost a set in advancing to a singles final for the second time in three weeks. On Friday, he rolled over fifth-seeded and 502nd-ranked Cristian Benedetti, 6-1, 6-3. Maytin, a junior-to-be, had a much tougher path, but knocked out three of the top seven seeds en route to Saturday's singles final. In the singles championship, Peers defeated Maytin, 7-6(4),. 4-6, 7-6(2).
Splitting up in doubles after two weeks together, Peers and Maytin both advanced to Friday's doubles championship. Maytin and fellow Venezuelan Piero Luisi defeated Peers and Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador in the finals, 6-4, 6-4.
After a successful three-tournament run in Venezuela, Peers and Maytin moved up to 879th and 1342, respectively, in the world. In the latest ATP rankings that were released Monday, former Baylor All-Americans Benjamin Becker and Denes Lukacs were 112th and 546th.
Former Baylor players Jordan Rux and Lenka Broosova advanced to the finals of the sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open National Playoffs. Playing in the qualifier in Arlington, Texas, Rux and Broosova defeated Kelsey Grambeau and Jordan Hart, 6-0, 6-1; survived a third-set super tie-breaker against Mate Cutura and Erika Emery, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-5); and rolled over the brother-sister tandem of Kenna and Kolby Kilgo of Crawford, 6-3, 6-4. But in the final, Rux and Broosova fell to Harrison and Samantha Adams of New Braunfels, Texas, 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7).