Author: Daniel Youngblood

GAME RECAP: Wylie bounces back with 10-0 rout of Wichita Falls High

WICHITA FALLS — The Wylie baseball team rebounded from Tuesday’s loss at Wichita Falls Rider with a blowout win in the same location Friday, blasting Wichita Falls High 10-0 at Hoskins Field.

Dash Albus and Brooks Gay combined for a two-hit shutout, and seven Bulldog players had at least one hit as Wylie improved to 8-5 overall and 2-2 in District 4-5A action.

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GAME STORY: Eagle rally comes up short in 4-3 home loss to Hurst Bell

An early 4-0 deficit proved too big a hole to climb out of for the Abilene High baseball team Friday, which saw a late rally come up short in a 4-3 loss to Hurst Bell at Blackburn Field.

The Eagles, who fell to 1-3 in District 3-6A play with the loss, scored two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to pull within a run heading into their final at-bat. But a double play erased a leadoff single in the seventh inning before AHS’ comeback hopes were officially dashed with a game-ending line out by Kallin Sipe.

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BCP Podcast No. 38: Evan, Daniel discuss All-Big Country Preps basketball teams

In this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast, Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood discuss the inaugural All-Big Country Preps boys and girls basketball teams, giving insight into the selection process and sharing their opinions the superlative award winners and first-tema selections.

To read more on this year’s selections, click the links below:

All-Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Superlatives: Boone, Richardson, Brewer top class

Here are the superlative award winners for the inaugural All-Big Country Preps boys basketball team. For the rest of this year’s boys and girls basketball selections, click the links below.

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

Here are our first-team selections for the inaugural All-Big Country Preps boys basketball team. For the rest of this year’s boys and girls basketball selections, click the links below.

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

Here are our second-team selections for the inaugural All-Big Country Preps boys basketball team. For the rest of this year’s boys and girls basketball selections, click the links below.

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

Here are our third-team selections for the inaugural All-Big Country Preps boys basketball team. For the rest of this year’s boys and girls basketball selections, click the links below.

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LOCAL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Bell tops Abilene High 2-1 in extra innings

HURST — The Abilene High baseball team was limited to two hits for the third consecutive game in falling 2-1 to Hurst Bell in eight innings Tuesday in District 3-6A action.

The Eagles (12-5 overall, 1-2 District 3-6A) rallied to tie the game at 1 in the sixth inning, but the Blue Raiders got a two-out RBI single from Colin Ruby in the bottom of the eighth to win the game with an unearned run.

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GAME RECAP: Washington tosses another no-no in AHS win over Weatherford

Senior ace Alyssa Washington threw her second consecutive no-hitter and the Abilene High softball team stayed perfect in District 3-6A play Tuesday with an 11-0 home win over Weatherford.

The Lady Bulldogs, who are now 16-1-2 overall and 5-0 in league action, opened up a 1-0 game with four runs in the third and six in the fourth to put the 10-run rule into effect.

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GAME STORY: Wylie run rules Wichita Falls for first district win

Leading Wichita Falls High by just one one run after 4½ innings, the Wylie Lady Bulldogs exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth and four in the sixth to claim a 15-5 run-rule win Tuesday at Bulldog Field.

Wylie (6-14 overall) pounded out 19 hits and took advantage of five Wichita Falls errors in evening its record at 1-1 in District 4-5A play.

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GAME RECAP: Odessa High rallies past Wylie softball for walk-off win

ODESSA — A six-run first inning wasn’t enough to push the Wylie softball team to victory Friday at Odessa High, where the Lady Bronchos rallied past the Lady Bulldogs for a 9-8 walk-off win.

Trailing 7-5 after 5½ innings, OHS took its first lead with a three-run bottom of the sixth. And after Wylie evened the score at 8 in the top of the seventh, the Lady Bronchos won the game in the bottom of the frame, scoring the winning run on a bases-loaded error with one out.

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GAME STORY: Wylie baseball holds off Cooper rally for 5-4 win

The Wylie baseball team took advantage of some shaky Cooper defense to build a 5-1 lead and held off a late Cougar rally for a 5-4 win Friday evening at Bulldog Field.

The Bulldogs, who outhit Cooper 10-5, seemed to be in firm control for most of the ballgame. But the Coogs scored two sixth-inning runs to trim the deficit to 5-3 and had the tying man on second when Wylie reliever Cooper Hrbacek induced a fielder’s choice ground ball for the final out of the game.

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GAME RECAP: Cooper softball falls 13-5 at Wolfforth Frenship

WOLFFORTH — The Cooper softball team pounded out 11 hits Thursday, including doubles by Symone Gary, Keiana Kemp and Aliyah Martinez, but it wasn’t enough in a 13-5 nondistrict loss to Wolfforth Frenship.

The Lady Coogs led after the top half of each of the first two innings, scoring two in the first and one in the second, but the Lady Tigers took their first lead with a three-run bottom of the second before taking control with a five-run third.

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LOCAL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Richland halts Abilene High’s win streak

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — The Abilene High baseball team saw its nine-game winning streak snapped Thursday in a 10-0 road loss to North Richland Hills Richland.

The Eagles (12-4 overall, 1-1 District 3-6A) fell behind 3-0 after an inning and trailed 7-0 after four before the game was ended by the run-rule with a three-run Rebel sixth.

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BCP Podcast No. 37: Abilene High softball coach Reese talks team hot start

After making a surprise run to the Region I-6A quarterfinals a year ago, the Abilene High softball team is off to a roaring start to the 2019 season, opening at 15-1-2 overall and 4-0 in District 3-6A play.

This week, second-year Lady Eagles coach Jim Reese took some time to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about the season his team is having, his coaching history and the interesting path he took into the game of softball.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel look back at the boys basketball state tournament, preview the upcoming All-Big Country Preps boys and girls basketball teams and discuss the area’s baseball and softball teams to watch.

LOCAL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: AHS’ Washington no-hits Haltom, Lady Coogs run-rule Rider

Senior ace Kaylen Washington tossed a five-inning no-hitter and the Abilene High Lady Eagles pounded out 22 hits in a 26-0 win over Haltom City Haltom in a District 3-6A game Tuesday at Abilene Christian University’s Poly Wells Field. 

AHS plated nine runs in the first inning, 12 in the second and five in the fourth before the game was ended in the fifth due to the 10-run rule.

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GAME STORY: Johnson’s one-hitter fuels AHS past Richland in 3-6A opener

The Abilene High Eagles only managed one run and two hits Tuesday night in their District 3-6A opener against North Richland Hills Richland. But with the way ace Ryan Johnson was throwing, that was enough offense to open league play with a victory.

Johnson, a senior right-hander, pitched a one-hit shutout at Abilene Christian University’s Crutcher Scott Field to carry AHS to a 1-0 win over the Rebels — the Eagles’ ninth straight victory overall.

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GAME RECAP: Hill brilliant once again as Cooper tops Wichita Falls

The Cooper baseball team improved to 2-0 in District 4-5A play on Tuesday, scoring a 6-1 home win over Wichita Falls High on the strength of another pitching gem by senior Braiden Hill.

Hill, who one-hit Wichita Falls Rider in a 4-1 road win last week, was brilliant once again, allowing one unearned run on three hits and five walks while striking out 11 over 6.2 innings.

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GAME STORY: No. 11 Aledo holds off Wylie for 8-5 win

The Wylie Bulldogs rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to pull within a run of Aledo in their District 4-5A opener Tuesday, but the No. 11 Bearcats regrouped after that to grind out an 8-5 win at Bulldog Field.

After Wylie had scored four in the fourth to cut the deficit to one at 6-5, Aledo answered with two in the fifth to go back up by three runs and held on from there for the victory.

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LOCAL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: AHS completes 4-0 run through Western Hills tourney

FORT WORTH — The Abilene High baseball team completed a perfect run through the Western Hills tournament Saturday, shutting out North Richland Hills Birdville 5-0 and routing Fort Worth Western Hills 13-2 to finish 4-0 at the event.

The victories improved the Eagles to 11-3, stretching the team’s winning streak to eight games.

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GAME RECAP: Midland High edges Cooper softball on eighth-inning passed ball

MIDLAND — A two-out passed ball in the bottom of the eighth provided the walk-off run for Midland High on Friday in 3-2 nondistrict softball win over Cooper.

The teams traded runs from the third inning to the sixth, setting up a 2-all tie at the end of seven innings. The game looked as though it might go to a ninth frame until a 1-1 pitch got past the Cooper catcher, allowing Bryleigh Morris to score the game-winning run.

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LOCAL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Abilene High tops Azle 5-3, Cooper falls to Birdville

FORT WORTH — The Abilene High baseball team improved to 2-0 at the Western Hills tournament Friday, downing Azle 5-3 on the strength of some early offense and a strong pitching effort by starter Bailey Aulerich.

The Eagles scored all their runs in the first three innings, amassing a 5-0 lead after the top of the third, and Aulerich took care of the rest, holding the Hornets to three runs — two earned — in a six-inning complete game.

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GAME STORY: Washington strong again as Lady Eagles take down Central

Senior right-hander Kaylen Washington gave the Abilene High softball team another gem Friday, pitching the Lady Eagles to a 3-0 start to District 3-6A play with a 6-1 win over San Angelo Central.

Washington, who is 5-0 over the last two weeks, took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, finishing with one run allowed on four hits and a walk over seven outstanding frames.

The win pushed AHS to 14-1-2 on the year, extending its unbeaten streak to 14 games.

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LOCAL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: AHS opens Western Hills tourney with win

FORT WORTH — Abilene High scored two runs in each of the first two innings and that was all the offense starting pitcher Ryan Johnson needed Thursday in a 7-3 win over Fort Worth Brewer on the opening day of the Western Hills baseball tournament.

Trailing 1-0 heading into their first at-bat, the Eagles tied the game on an error and pushed ahead on Josh Carroll’s RBI single, before adding two more runs to their lead the next inning on a passed ball and an error.

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GAME RECAP: Washington shines in circle as Abilene High softball shuts out Hurst Bell

HURST — Kaylen Washington tossed a complete-game shutout and the Abilene High Lady Eagles turned eight hits into seven runs Wednesday to rout Hurst Bell 7-0 and improve to 2-0 in District 3-6A play.

AHS, 13-1-2 overall, took control with a four-run second inning and added two more in the third to stake Washington a lead she would have little trouble protecting the rest of the way.

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BCP Podcast No. 36: Brock’s Boxell, Jayton’s Bleiker talk state hoops

The Brock Eagles and Jayton Jaybirds are headed to San Antonio for the UIL boys basketball state championships. But before they touchdown at the Alamodome for Thursday’s semifinals, their coaches — Brock’s Zach Boxell and Jayton’s Ryan Bleiker — took some time to talk to Big Countr Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss Wall and Hermleigh’s performances at the girls state tournament and the three regional tournaments involving area boys teams last week.

GAME RECAP: Hill pitches Cooper baseball past Rider in 4-5A opener

WICHITA FALLS — Braiden Hill pitched a complete game one-hitter and the Cooper baseball team scored four runs over the final two innings to open District 4-5A play with a 4-1 win over Wichita Falls Rider on Tuesday at Hoskins Field. 

Rider led 1-0 after scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Cougars rallied for a 2-1 lead in the sixth on RBI hits by J.D. Creel and Jacob Hummel, before adding a little insurance in the seventh. 

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FEATURE: Top-ranked Brock heads to state on a mission

For most high school basketball programs, a trip to a state tournament is a historic achievement. For the Brock boys team, it’s almost an expectation.

That’s what happens when you’ve made 12 state appearances in your program’s history, including 11 since 1992 and five since 2012.

But don’t let the Eagles’ businesslike demeanor or tempered reaction to a dominant regional run fool you: There’s nothing easy about what they’ve done this season. And though they are a confident bunch, their sky-high expectations come with a matching drive and work ethic.

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GAME RECAP: Cooper softball rallies past Wichita Falls in 4-5A opener

Trailing Wichita Falls High 5-3 through 5½ innings, the Cooper Lady Cougars exploded for six runs in the sixth to open District 4-5A play with a 9-5 win over the Lady Coyotes at Cougar Diamond.

After tying the game on Jennika Willis’ single and taking the lead on Keiana Kemp’s double, Symone Gary provided the big blow for the Lady Coogs, blasting a three-run home run to center with two outs.

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GAME STORY: No. 1 Brock routs Childress for I-3A title, gets back to state tourney

PLAINVIEW — Coming into Saturday’s Region I-3A title game against Childress with four state tournament appearances since 2012 and the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A, the Brock Eagles were expected by most to represent their region at the state tournament next week in San Antonio.

But that didn’t make the achievement of clinching yet another state berth any less satisfying for coach Zach Boxell or his squad.

Bradon Smith scored 20 points and Scott Thomas added 16 to lift Brock to a 58-40 win over Childress at Wayland Baptist University’s Hutcherson Center, improving the Eagles to 33-5 on the year and completing a dominant run through Region I in which the Eagles won each of their first five playoff games by at least 14 points.

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GAME STORY: No. 1 Brock fends off Brownfield to earn spot in I-3A final

PLAINVIEW — The top-ranked Brock Eagles are one win away from their fifth state tournament appearance since 2012 after riding a strong first half to a 67-52 victory over Brownfield in their Region I-3A semifinal Friday at Wayland Baptist University’s Hutcherson Center.

Brock outscored the Cubs 15-8 in the first quarter and 24-18 in the second to take a 13-point lead into halftime and kept Brownfield from ever making a serious run at the lead over the final two periods to improve to 32-5 on the year.

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Daniel Youngblood: Region tourneys offer challenges for area’s three survivors

After nearly four months of basketball, just three Big Country boys teams remain.

Brock, Jayton and Eula stand alone as the area’s last remaining survivors, and each now finds itself two victories away from a trip to San Antonio for the state tournament.

The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, must survive the field at the Region I-3A tournament in Plainview, while the Class 1A No. 9 Jaybirds and 11th-ranked Pirates will compete in the Region II-1A and Region III-1A tournaments, respectively.

Which, if any, of those teams will still be playing after this weekend? Only time will tell. But let’s take a look at what each group is up against, and what it will need to do to reach high school’s equivalent of the Final Four.

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BCP Podcast No. 35: Wall’s Lombard, Hermleigh’s Hopper talk state hoops

The Wall Lady Hawks and Hermleigh Lady Cardinals are state-bound. But before they arrived in San Antonio for Thursday’s semifinals, their coaches — Wall’s Tate Lombard and Hermleigh’s Duane Hopper — took some time to talk to Big Countr Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss the boys basketball playoff picture.

GAME STORY: No. 9 Jayton boys rally to beat Munday, earn spot in II-1A tourney

Trailing Munday by seven points with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter Tuesday, Jayton finished the game on a 28-7 run to defeat the Moguls 53-39 and advance to the Region II-1A tournament this weekend at Abilene Christian University.

After pulling within one point to close the third quarter, the Jaybirds opened the fourth with back-to-back 3-pointers, kick-starting a 20-5 final period that turned what had been a battle to that point into a comfortable victory at McMurry’s Kimbrell Arena.

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GAME STORY: Top-ranked Brock throttles Holliday, advances to I-3A tourney

GRAHAM — The top-ranked Brock boys basketball team jumped on Holliday early and never let up Monday, punching its ticket to the Region I-3A tournament with a 60-25 blowout at the Graham High School gym.

Coach Zach Boxell’s Eagles raced out to a 17-5 first-quarter advantage and pushed its lead to 45-11 by the end of the third quarter, before cruising in the fourth to the lopsided victory.

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