Silver Stars Host Hoops and Hounds

The San Antonio Silver Stars will host its annual Hoops & Hounds Night when it takes on the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m. in the AT&T Center. In honor of Hoops & Hounds, the Silver Stars would like to introduce fans to their pets.

Name: Riverbottom Blue Steel Appel aka Blue
Age: Four Months

Center Jayne Appel added Blue to the Silver Stars family this season. She purchased the dog with her mother while she was visiting San Antonio.

“Blue is a really good friend of Chips and Aussie, Tully’s dogs,” Appel said. “They play and stay together when we are on the road. Even though he’s young Blue already knows how to ring about when he needs to go outside.”

Names: Kade and Kobe Young
Ages: Four Years

Forward Sophia Young adopted dogs Kade and Kobe from the pound.

“Kobe is a Mama’s boy and he runs on three legs,” Young said. “Kade is the man of the house, he is in control of everything that goes on. When he’s ready for bed he just stares at me like ‘aren’t you going to come and put me to sleep?’”

Names: Chips and Aussie Bevilaqua
Ages: 3.5 and 2.5 Years

Guard Tully Bevilaqua rescued both her dogs, Chips from a shelter in Indiana and Aussie from an owner who had to let him go when he was sixth months old due to an expanding family.

“Aussie got his name from being a mix of Border Collie and Australian Shepherd,” Bevilaqua said. “Aussie is always the one being blamed for something happening because he is apparently the crazy one of the two. Chips once ate an entire pair of jeans when she was younger and Aussie once ate a tray of unbaked cookies waiting to be put in the oven. Needless to say you can’t take your eyes off exposed food for a second. As crazy as they are they are adorable and so great with my son Parker. He loves his brother and sister!”

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Silver Stars will host Hoops & Hounds Night on August 28 when they face off against the Minnesota Lynx at 2 p.m. in the AT&T Center. Tickets to the game for fans and their dog start at $20.

The first 2,500 fans will received a pet food scoop at the door, courtesy of HEB – one of the presenting sponsors of the 2011 Silver Star season. The first 600 fans with a dog who enter through the Bud Light Courtyard will also receive a waste bag dispenser, courtesy of Locke Hill Pet Feed & Lawn Supply and the Silver Stars.

Locke Hill Pet Feed & Lawn Supply is also sponsoring a canine costume contest through Fans can vote for their favorite dog in costume now at The three finalists will be unveiled at the game with the winner selected through in-game text message voting.

The Silver Stars will also be collecting bedding, leashes, collars and toys at all five entrances. Fans who donate an item will receive two ticket vouchers to an upcoming game. All items collected will be donated to the Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare (AAPAW). There will also be a dozen non-profit organizations on the Plaza Level with adoptable dogs.

Tickets for Hoops & Hounds and all Silver Stars home games are available at all San Antonio Ticketmaster locations, including by phone at (210) 225-TEAM, or online at or Tickets can also be purchased at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on weekend event days starting at 10 a.m. or by calling (210) 444-5090.