Month: March 2022

LOCAL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Cooper run-rules Lubbock High, Wylie edges Lubbock Cooper

LUBBOCK — Coming off a difficult 8-6 road loss to Lubbock Monterey on Friday, the Cooper softball team needed a win at Lubbock High on Wednesday to avoid an 0-3 start to District 4-5A play.  Playing a day later than scheduled due to heavy winds in the Lubbock area Tuesday, the Lady Cougars had little trouble accomplishing that, dominating at the plate and in the circle in a 10-0 run-rule victory over the Lady Westerners.

Summer Simmons and Jahlissah Marquez combined to pitch a two-hit shutout, and they got 14 hits from their offense, with six of those going for extra bases.

Cooper scored four in the first inning and two in the second to take control early, before tacking on a seventh run in the fifth inning and putting the 10-run rule into effect with a three-run sixth.

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LOCAL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Wylie rallies past Monterey, Cooper falls at Lubbock Cooper

LUBBOCK — The Wylie baseball team improved to 5-1 in District 4-5A play on Wednesday, scoring five runs in the fourth to rally from a 3-1 deficit and defeat Lubbock Monterey 6-3 at Moegle Field. 

Playing a day later than scheduled due to heavy winds in the Lubbock area Tuesday, the Bulldogs saw an early 1-0 lead erased by a three-run Plainsmen third. But the visitors answered with their offensive outburst the next half-inning to take the lead for good.

That big fourth inning made a winner out of Grayson Bearden, who relieved starter Tye Briscoe in the third and pitched the Bulldogs into the sixth. JT Thompson then put up zeroes in the final two innings for the save, completing 4.1 innings of scoreless relief.

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GAME STORY: Lee’s ninth-inning double fuels Abilene High to walk-off win over Central

Locked in an extra-inning thriller with San Angelo Central and struggling to find consistent offense against Lady Cats pitcher Allizaya Talamantes, the Abilene High Lady Eagles needed someone to come through in the clutch if they were going to pick up a key District 2-6A win and work their way back into the league’s playoff race.

Stepping up to the plate with a runner on second and one out in the ninth, junior outfielder Yani Lee decided she was going to be that someone.

After starting the game 0 for 3 and making a key base-running mistake that cost the Lady Eagles a scoring chance in the fifth inning, Lee — AHS’ nine-hole hitter — became the hero when she roped a hard line drive down the line in left. The hit scored pinch runner Germanie Williams easily, lifting AHS to a 2-1 walk-off win and igniting a celebration on the infield that saw Lee mobbed by her teammates near second base.

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GAME STORY: Upstart Lady Pipers stop Haskell 13-6

HASKELL — Coming off a 10-0 district loss to defending state champion Stamford last week, the upstart Hamlin Lady Pipers faced a difficult situation on Tuesday with a road date against an established program at Haskell. 

To the winner: a spot behind Stamford and an inside track for a high playoff seed. To the loser: A pressure-filled climb to make up lost ground. 

Score one for the Lady Pipers (14-3, 2-1 District 7-2A), who notched a 13-6 win over Haskell — a result some in the area may find surprising, given Hamlin’s struggles in recent years. 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jim Ned duo shares this week’s spotlight

Even in high school baseball, perfect games are rare. Two perfect games in one week in the same league are extremely uncommon. 

Two perfect games in one week, thrown by a pair of teammates are about as elusive as a Lochness Monster sighting.

And coincidentally, that’s about how often Big Country Preps names two players for the Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week. 

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Evan Ren’s 2022 Big Country Preps Gym Rat Team: The toughest, hardest-working players in the area!

Scoring and rebounding is only part of the story when it comes to basketball. Behind the scenes and beyond the view of the public, is where character is often measured. And it is with our Big Country Preps Gym Rat Team that we salute the individuals who exude the most of it. 

This team isn’t about who the best players are, though some of the area’s top players are on this list. 

The Gym Rat team is about effort, discipline, toughness, coachability and selflessness — traits that coaches love above all else and that championship foundations are built upon.

It is for that reason that our Gym Rat team is selected entirely by area coaches, described in their own words. And Big Country Preps is absolutely honored to present these individuals to you — the best “team players” (boys and girls) that the area had to offer during the 2021-22 season.

Players are listed in no particular order. 

Enjoy.

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2022 All-Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Superlatives: Hearne, Brekke, Cooper, Rigdon, Winters take top honors

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to release our 2022 All-Big Country Preps boys basketball teams. 

Here, you will find our Superlatives — Player of the Year, Offensive MVP, Defensive MVP, Newcomer of the Year and Coach of the Year.

For the rest of this year’s girls basketball selections, please click the links at the bottom of the next page.

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2022 All-Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Team: First-Team Roster

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to release our 2022 All-Big Country Preps boys basketball teams. 

Here, you will find our First-Team Roster — starters, sixth man and reserves.

For the rest of this year’s girls basketball selections, please click the links at the bottom of the next page.

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2022 All-Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Team: Second-Team Roster

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to release our 2022 All-Big Country Preps boys basketball teams. 

Here, you will find our Second-Team Roster — starters, sixth man and reserves.

For the rest of this year’s girls basketball selections, please click the links at the bottom of the next page.

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2022 All-Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Team: Third-Team Roster (w/ honorable mention)

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to release our 2022 All-Big Country Preps boys basketball teams. 

Here, you will find our Third-Team Roster — starters, sixth man and reserves.

For the rest of this year’s boys basketball selections, please click the links at the bottom of the next page.

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2022 All-Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Team: Rising Stars Team, the top freshmen and sophomores in the area!

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to release our 2022 All-Big Country Preps boys basketball teams. 

Here, you will find our Rising Stars Team honoring the top freshmen and sophomores in the Big Country — starters, sixth man and reserves. 

For the rest of this year’s boys basketball selections, please click the links at the bottom of the next page.

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2022 All-Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Superlatives: Graham, Applin, Galvin, Crabb and Dollar top the list

Big Country Preps is proud to release its 2022 All Big Country Preps girls basketball teams. 

Here, you will find our superlative award winners — Player of the Year, Offensive MVP, Defensive MVP, Coach of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

For the rest of this year’s girls basketball selections, click the links at the bottom of the next page.

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2022 All-Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Team: First-Team Roster

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to release our 2022 All-Big Country Preps girls basketball teams. 

Here, you will find our First-Team Roster — starters, sixth man and reserves.

For the rest of this year’s girls basketball selections, please click the links at the bottom of the next page.

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2022 All-Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Team: Second-Team Roster

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to release our 2022 All-Big Country Preps girls basketball teams. 

Here, you will find our Second-Team Roster — starters, sixth man and reserves.

For the rest of this year’s girls basketball selections, please click the links at the bottom of the next page.

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2022 All-Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Team: Third-Team Roster (w/ honorable mention)

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to release our 2022 All-Big Country Preps girls basketball teams. 

Here, you will find our Third-Team Roster — starters, sixth man and reserves.

For the rest of this year’s girls basketball selections, please click the links at the bottom of the next page.

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2022 All-Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Rising Stars Team: The top underclassmen in the Big Country!

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to release our 2022 All-Big Country Preps girls basketball teams. 

Here, you will find our Rising Stars Team honoring the top freshmen and sophomores in the Big Country — starters, sixth man and reserves. 

For the rest of this year’s girls basketball selections, please click the links at the bottom of the next page.

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GAME STORY: Gay’s pitching, offensive outburst help Bulldogs rout Cooper

Brooks Gay threw four no-hit innings and the Wylie offense capitalized on six errors by Cooper as the Bulldogs took a 17-1 win at Cougar Field in District 4-5A play on Friday night.

The top three hitters in Wylie’s lineup — Braden Regala, JT Thompson and Landon Williams — were a combined 3 for 8 with six walks, five runs scored and four RBIs.

That dominance at the top of the lineup set the tone for the Bulldogs offense early, allowing Gay to atone for a loss last week to Lubbock Cooper.

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GAME RECAP: Briscoe pitches no-hitter, Wylie bats explode in 17-0 win over Lubbock High

Wylie left-hander Tye Briscoe was nearly perfect on the mound and his teammates gave him far more run support than he needed Tuesday in a 17-0 win over Lubbock High at Bulldog Field.

Briscoe, who allowed just two walks in a five-inning no hitter, faced one batter over the minimum, striking out 10 in a dominating performance.

And the WHS lineup ensured that effort would be a winning one, scoring at least three runs in every inning to help the Bulldogs improve to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in District 4-5A play.

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LOCAL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Wylie, Cooper drop district openers; Abilene High falls to Odessa High

A seven-run bottom of the first wasn’t enough to fuel the Wylie softball team to a win over Lubbock Monterey on Tuesday as the Lady Plainsmen countered with 12 unanswered runs to hand the Lady Bulldogs a 14-7 loss in the District 4-5A opener for both teams at Bulldog Field.

Monterey scored at least one run in every inning, using a five-run fourth to take a 10-7 lead it would only add to from there.

Wylie, which was coming off a 1-0 walk-off win over Stamford on Saturday, fell to 11-5 overall and 0-1 in district play with Tuesday’s loss — the first meeting between the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Plainsmen since Monterey ended WHS’ season in the Region I-5A quarterfinals last season.

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GAME STORY: Coleman baseballers maintain district lead with important win over De Leon

COLEMAN — With area rival De Leon coming to town on Tuesday with designs on first place, the Coleman Bluecats got the one thing they wanted most in an effort to protect their district lead: a great pitching performance. 

Ryland Gentry threw a complete-game four-hitter with seven strikeouts and was 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead Coleman to a 7-2 win at CHS to keep the Bluecats (5-4, 4-0 District 7-2A) on top of the league standings. 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: C-City pitcher Kaci Rivera takes the top spot

It’s difficult to top back-to-back shutouts when searching for a Player of the Week, especially when one of the vanquished is a solid team from a higher classification.

That was the case last week for Colorado City softball pitcher Kaci Rivera, who held both Big Spring (7-0) and Borden County (6-0) to a goose egg, with 23 strikeouts in 14 innings of work. 

Our Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week allowed only five total hits in the two games, to go with two walks. 

“Kaci has really started to show her dominance on the mound,” coach Krysten Marr said. “She is a fierce competitor on both sides of the ball and we are excited to see how she does going into district play.”

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GAME STORY: Moore, Wylie outlast Gutierrez, Stamford in 1-0 walk-off thriller

The Wylie softball team didn’t muster much offense off Stamford ace Citlaly Gutierrez, but with the way Rylee Moore pitched for the home team Saturday, coach Heather Collier’s Lady Bulldogs didn’t need to.

WHS pushed across one run in the bottom of the eighth and that was all that was needed to pick up a 1-0 walk-off win over Stamford in the final nondistrict game for both teams.

Limited to just four hits while striking out 15 times, Wylie put a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the eighth and got an RBI single from Ryleigh Whitehead to break a scoreless tie and improve to 11-4 heading into Tuesday’s District 4-5A opener against Lubbock Monterey.

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GAME STORY: Cooper blasts way to 22-10 softball win at Brownwood

BROWNWOOD — The Cooper softball team closed out nondistrict play with a 22-10 win over Brownwood on Friday, taking advantage of 18 hits and 11 Lady Lions errors to turn a two-run lead after three innings into a run-rule victory.

The Lady Cougars never trailed after scoring four runs in the first inning. But holding just a 7-5 lead after three, it wasn’t until after an eight-run fourth that they were able to finally pull away.

The victory improved coach Stacey Herring’s team to 12-6-2 on the year heading into Tuesday’s District 4-5A opener against Lubbock Cooper.

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GAME STORY: Early softballers rally to upset highly touted Brock

 

EARLY — With district favorite Brock in town on Friday and Early playing the roll of underdog, the Lady Longhorns needed a triple dose of patience, confidence and luck to snap a losing streak to BHS that dated back at least nine seasons. 

As fate would have it, the Lady ‘Horns found all three in a stunning come-from-behind 7-6 win which saw them rally from a 6-2 deficit with five unanswered runs between the fifth and seventh innings. 

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GAME STORY: Brady earns important District 6-3A road win at Merkel

MERKEL — It’s all a matter of perspective. 

Following Brady’s 4-0 win at Merkel on Tuesday, the Bulldogs can easily view their victory as a clutch performance, marked by timely hitting and pitching that came through whenever they were needed.

Merkel, on the other hand, can view it as a day of missed opportunities, with  a dozen men left on base, including five who reached scoring position. 

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GAME RECAP: Briscoe, Bearden pitch Wylie to win over Lubbock Monterey in 4-5A opener

The Wylie baseball team opened District 4-5A play with a 3-0 win over Lubbock Monterey on Tuesday, getting a combined shutout from pitchers Tye Briscoe and Grayson Bearden at Bulldog Field.

Briscoe went the first 4.2 innings to earn the win, while Bearden recorded the final seven outs for a save.

The victory, which followed a 4-0 run at the Abilene ISD Invitational baseball tournament, improved Wylie to 8-2 on the season and 1-0 in league play.

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