Author: Zach Duncan, Special to Big Country Preps

STATE SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Coahoma, Stamford, Hermleigh set to compete for titles

The Big Country will be heavily represented at this week’s UIL state softball tournament as Coahoma, Stamford and Hermleigh will vie for championships.  

The action begins Tuesday as the Lady Cardinals take on Chireno at 10 a.m. in the Class 1A semifinals. Stamford will take the next step in defending its Class 2A championship by facing Lovelady at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the semis.  

Making its first state appearance since 2008, Coahoma will meet Franklin at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Class 3A semifinals. All games will be played at the University of Texas’ Red and Charline McCombs Field.  

Here’s a look at what each team is facing in Austin: 

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FEATURE: Goodwins to square off in father-son showdown for trip to the state tournament

The text came across Tyler Goodwin’s phone once Ira got off to a great start against Westbrook and after Nazareth had already locked up its berth in the Region I-A finals.  

“I think I’m going to puke,” it read.     

Don’t blame Kristi Goodwin for feeling this way. Either her husband, who has spent the past 24 years coaching at Ira, will lead the Bulldogs to their first state tournament in program history.  

Or her oldest son will return the Swifts to Dell Diamond in his first season as their head baseball coach.  

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FEATURE: Big Spring freshman the lone representative at state for the Lady Steers

Zach Duncan, Special to Big Country Preps

Niomi Wines isn’t surprised she qualified for the UIL Class 4A state track meet.  

The Big Spring freshman will compete in the high jump at 9 a.m. Thursday and then turn around and run the 200 later that night.  

“I thought it was a realistic goal, I just had to work a little bit to achieve it,” Wines said. “It was very realistic from the start.”  
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FEATURE: Whitmire’s aggression in the circle paying off for Breckenridge

By Zach Duncan, special to Big Country Preps

Chloe Whitmire isn’t afraid to challenge opposing batters.   

The Breckenridge sophomore has always had the heat to back up that aggressive mindset. Now Whitmire also has tweaked her off-speed repertoire, making her one of the Big County’s toughest pitchers to hit. 

“With my catcher in front of me and a solid defense behind me, it gives me the opportunity to really try some of the big bats,” Whitmire said. “Sometimes it gets us in trouble, but that’s just how we play.”  

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FEATURE: Stamford’s Faulks a top regional threat in 300 hurdles

Dylan Faulks admits to having a love-hate relationship with the 300 hurdles.  

The Stamford senior owns one of the best times at the Class 2A level and is hoping to return to state next month. As a junior, Faulks finished seventh last year in Austin, but he’s already running a faster time heading into regionals.  

“The thing I like most about track is that it is a gut sport,” Faulks said. “Especially the 300s, not everybody can do it, so it makes it special.”  

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FEATURE: Maiden relays a threat to win three state titles

Haskell’s girls relay teams truly believe they can beat anybody at the Class 2A level.  

That confidence was instilled last year when they captured three relay medals at state. It’s only grown under new coach Mindy Myers, who’s no stranger to success on the sport’s biggest stage.   

Last week’s area track meet was the next step of progression for the Lady Indians, who ran their fastest times of the year in the 4×100 (50.01), 4×200 (1:45.27) and 4×400 (4:06.42).   

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FEATURE: Winters’ Jalomo, a genuine Big Country star at shortstop or behind the plate

When Winters senior Saleen Jalomo steps into the batter’s box, everyone holds their breath.  

One dugout prepares for Jalomo to either rip the ball into the gap or over the fence, while the other dugout braces for potential damage.  

Lady Blizzards coach Kendra Bryant knows something special could happen on the next pitch. Meanwhile, Jalomo simply focuses on waiting for a good pitch. 

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FEATURE: Multi-sport standout Roberson at his very best in track and field

Photos courtesy of Cassie Gang Photography

Coleman’s Devinar Roberson has an explosiveness that can’t be taught.  

He’s motivated by a play-to-win mentality. And he doesn’t mind putting on a show, either.  

Those qualities make Roberson not only a state title contender in multiple field events, but also a must-watch competitor every time the senior jumps.  

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FEATURE: Clyde standout Payton Phillips hoping for a return trip to Austin

Payton Phillips knows where she wants to visit next month.  

The Clyde junior enjoyed her first experience at the UIL state track meet last spring, competing in the 3A long jump and 100 hurdles. It left Phillips wanting more.  

“My experience at state was eye-opening because I got to see competition like I haven’t seen before,” Phillips said. “Seeing so many great athletes pushed me to run and jump to my fullest potential.”  

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FEATURE: Jaybirds heading into the playoffs simply wanting to enjoy the experience

When the UIL boys basketball playoffs start this week, Jayton will enter as one of several highly ranked favorites to capture Region I-A.  

A third trip to state in four years would be quite an accomplishment for Ryan Bleiker’s program. However, that’s not on the mind of the longtime Jaybirds coach right now.  

“We really do just try to enjoy the process, enjoy each win,” Bleiker said. “What I never want to happen is that we take things for granted, that winning a bi-district game doesn’t mean as much. I really want us to try and enjoy each moment while also having goals, but those goals will come if we enjoy the process.”  

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FEATURE: Basketball-mad Coahoma senior Ashford looking to finish strong

Photos courtesy of Lyndel Moody/Coahoma ISD

Raheem Ashford loves basketball. 

If the senior isn’t playing the sport for Coahoma, he’s probably watching a game on television. If he’s not doing that, he’s likely playing NBA 2K. 

“Basketball is what I do in my free time,” Ashford said. “I’m just strictly a basketball guy. I ran track last year and I’ve tried baseball, but I feel like basketball is the only sport for me.” 

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FEATURE: Solid foundation, depth the keys for Jim Ned girls heading into playoffs

Claire Graham is focused on enjoying the moment.

As Jim Ned’s lone senior, she knows more than most about the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult Region I-3A.

But Graham also is aware of the keys to district and postseason success. The Lady Indians’ leadership is a main reason why they’ll head to the playoffs with a 30-1 record and No. 5 state ranking.

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FEATURE: Snyder’s Murillo not just a top-flight scorer

Photos by Jose Jimenez/Snyder News.

There’s no denying that Snyder’s Eber Murillo is one of the Big Country’s most dangerous offensive weapons.  

But labeling Murillo, who averages 21.2 points a game, as purely a scorer doesn’t do the senior justice.  

Tigers coach Lee Scott depends on the 6-foot-4 Murillo to defend the opponent’s best player, whether it be a guard or forward. He leads Snyder in both rebounds and blocks.  

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FEATURE: Roscoe girls enjoying banner season

There’s something special brewing in Roscoe, and girls basketball coach Shella Arnwine is the first to admit that.  

The Plowgirls are now 23-6 after knocking off Forsan Tuesday night and sealing the program’s first district championship in more than a decade.  

However, these impressive accomplishments only tell part of Roscoe’s story.  

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FEATURE: Haskell’s Hanson closing memorable high school career

Haskell’s Delaney Hanson admits sports have only been a portion of her high school career.  

But what a four years it has been on the hardwood for the Maidens’ 6-foot post who plays like a guard.  

While college lingers on the horizon, Hanson is squarely focused on leading Haskell to a playoff berth in a rugged District 10-2A race. Hanson enters Friday’s critical home game against Cisco averaging 16.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and two blocks.  

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FEATURE: Brock’s Jones waiting out foot injury as playoffs approach

The last few weeks have been tough on Brock’s Nathan Jones.  

A competitive person at heart, Jones wants to be out on the court helping the Eagles. But the University of Minnesota football signee also knows the importance of letting his foot injury heal.  

The plan is for the All-Big Country Preps standout to return during the second half of district, which means fans will soon be seeing Brock’s 6-foot-6 post who averaged 19 points last season.  

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FEATURE: Hard-working Merkel senior O’Malley looking to finish career off right

Alyssa O’Malley’s happy place is inside a basketball gym.

That’s where the Merkel senior spends most of her free time, honing her shot and working on her craft.

“A special coach once told me that there is always someone out there working harder than you,” O’Malley said. “There is a lot of pride taken into my work ethic as I know that the preparation side of the game is vital to the way I perform.”

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FEATURE: Stamford girls still thriving under new coach and new tactics

Joe Crabb knew he was inheriting a talented girls basketball team when he became Stamford’s coach over the summer.  

But Crabb had no idea the profound impact the Lady Bulldogs would have on him in such a short amount of time.

“It’s a special, special group to me. I’ve liked all my kids I’ve ever coached, but I feel like we’re a really close group,” Crabb said. “It’s been a blast. They’ve given me a new lease on life, rejuvenated me for sure.”  

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GAME STORY: Albany pulls away from Windthorst to avenge last season’s loss

GRAHAM — As quarterback Cole Chapman continued backpedaling to take one last knee Friday night, Albany’s celebration could finally commence.  

The fourth-ranked Lions had waited a long time to get the better of defending champion Windthorst. Thanks to another quick start and a relentless defense, Albany avenged last year’s disappointment with a 28-14 victory at Newton Field. 

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GAME STORY: Santo falls to Windthorst, 40-7

rioGRAHAM — When Santo’s option offense gets rolling, it puts opponents on edge and drains precious minutes off the clock.  

But the Wildcats couldn’t gain any traction Friday afternoon against No. 3 Windthorst’s dominant front. 

That translated into a lot of Santo punts and short fields for the Trojans, who kept their title defense hopes alive with a 40-7 victory at Newton Field. 

Windthorst (12-1) advances to play Albany next week for the Region II-2A Division II title, while Santo ends one of its best seasons in school history at 11-2. 

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FEATURE: Stephenville’s Reese Young spearheading a quietly effective defense

Stephenville’s prolific offense garners much regional and statewide attention.  

While the headlines are deserved, another crucial reason why the No. 2 Yellow Jackets are one game away from a perfect regular season has to do with the guys on the other side of the ball.  

Linebacker Reese Young and his defensive brethren have made a stark improvement from a year ago.  

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FEATURE: Strong senior class fueling Wylie volleyball into playoffs

The seven seniors that Wylie volleyball coach Shay Cox works with hold a special place in her heart.

Five of them were in Cox’s fifth grade PE class when she started out with the district, and Cox has enjoyed watching them grow and thrive on a yearly basis.

Entering the playoffs Tuesday with a 6 p.m. match against Amarillo Tascosa at Lubbock Coronado, the Wylie seniors are guaranteed just one more match. But both Cox and her core group of leaders are determined to extend their time together as long as possible. 

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FEATURE: Hoops-crazy Lingleville enjoying fine football season

Photo by Keith Philips

Now is usually about the time Lingleville is counting down the days until basketball season.  

The Cardinals have had only two winning seasons since football returned in 2010, and expectations for this fall weren’t sky high after last year’s 1-9 record.  

But football is all the buzz these days in western Erath County as Lingleville (6-1) has been one of the Big Country’s biggest surprises. Coach Ken Davis and the Cardinals have won six straight games heading into Friday’s critical District 13-A Division I matchup against Baird.  

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GAME STORY: Jacksboro edges Eastland 51-48 in wild District 5-3A DII clash

JACKSBORO — Eastland’s Judson Beard sliced through Jacksboro’s defense for a 57-yard touchdown Friday night with 2:34 left, propelling the Mavericks back into the lead.

But no advantage seemed to be safe in a District 5-3A Division II shootout at Tiger Stadium.

Jacksboro had just enough time to answer as quarterback Lando Belcher scored from four yards out with 42 seconds remaining, lifting the Tigers to a wild 51-48 victory.

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FEATURE: Resurgent Baird Bears seeking to continue climb in Schlieve’s second season

Photos by Sarah Schlieve

Baird has experienced growth in Derek Schlieve’s second season running the football program.

The Bears got off to their best start in a couple decades, winning their first five games and handing Gordon its only loss of the season.

Even though their momentum was slightly dashed after Friday’s 78-30 loss to Fort Worth Covenant Classical, Schlieve is insistent his guys are remembering the big picture.

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FEATURE: Close-knit Benjamin volleyball team outperforming expectations despite youth

Photos by Brittany Lowe 

The Benjamin volleyball team’s theme this season is “Believe in We.”  

It’s a three-word motto the Lady Mustangs have taken to heart during a successful 2021 campaign despite depending on a heavy dose of underclassmen.  

That belief in each other has forged a dynamic team chemistry that is one of the reasons Benjamin is ranked No. 18 in the state at the Class 2A/1A level.  

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FEATURE: Albany’s Chapman making move to quarterback look easy

Albany’s Denney Faith had high expectations before the 2021 season regarding Cole Chapman taking over the reins of the Lions’ attack.  

Faith had seen Chapman excel at the position at lower levels. He’d seen Chapman thrive on varsity last season at receiver and cornerback.  

Faith also knew the supporting cast Albany had would be able to put Chapman in the best position possible to succeed.  

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FEATURE: Cotter’s arrival in Albany gives Lady Lions one of the area’s most versatile players

Albany’s Sarah Beth Cotter is still relatively new to volleyball.  

Those who’ve been the victim of her thunderous kills lately would be slightly surprised to find out Cotter didn’t begin playing the sport until the eighth grade.  

That’s when she enrolled in Albany ISD after previously having been home-schooled.  

“I begged my mom to let me go to public school so I could play multiple sports,” Cotter said. “I had only played tennis my whole life but wanted to try something new. The switch wasn’t too hard because I already knew most of the girls at my school and on my sports teams.”  

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FEATURE: Mann, Thornton join forces to help Santo to 6-0 start

Photos courtesy of Jim Taylor

rioAfter Santo knocked off Rio Vista in the first game this season, head coach Devon Mann had a gift to deliver.

Mann admittedly isn’t a big fan of delving out game balls, but he made an exception in Week 1, presenting the pigskin to someone he knows well – Santo’s all-time winningest coach Randy Thornton.

After four years away running Hico’s program, Thornton has returned to the small Palo Pinto County town and joined Mann’s staff as the offensive coordinator.

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FEATURE: Snyder’s versatile Burns as good on the backline as she is at the net

Action photos by Ali Martinez. Portrait by Mindi Bredemeyer. 

Joanie Burns has worked hard to become a valuable, versatile player in Snyder’s attack.  

But while the senior has put in dozens of hours to hone her craft, she doesn’t quite see it as a burden.   

“I would say I’ve worked hard,” she said. “However, it’s not work when you love what you’re doing.”  

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FEATURE: Resurgent Lady Eagle volleyball a Big Country surprise in 2021

Abilene High School is enjoying a turnaround season under first-year head volleyball coach Caroline Cleveland.  

The Lady Eagles have won 19 games heading into Tuesday’s match against Frenship. Even though they haven’t gotten off to the best district start, Cleveland sees how much potential her girls possess nearly every day.  

One example of that upside is sophomore setter Shea Bruntmyer, who is thriving in her first season as a six-rotation player.  

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FEATURE: Lambert rapidly becoming one of the area’s top quarterbacks

Lambert

Stephenville’s successful quarterback lineage is one of the Big County’s most impressive athletic accomplishments.

Junior Ryder Lambert knows that tradition well. He can’t pick just one quarterback when asked who he enjoyed watching lead the Yellowjackets’ offense while growing up.

But he doesn’t have to look very hard for motivation, either.  

“I can say that I am lucky to be coached every day by one of the best with coach (Kelan) Luker,” Lambert said of his quarterback coach who led Stephenville to a championship in 1998. “I hope to represent Stephenville as well as he did and hopefully bring home a state title.”

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FEATURE: McMurry-bound Miller leading the way for Wylie volleyball

As the setter for Wylie’s volleyball team, Lexi Miller knows the Lady Bulldogs’ attack goes through her.  

By running a 5-1 rotation, Wylie coach Shay Cox puts a lot on her senior, who has rarely left the court the past three seasons.  

“Lexi knows who to get the ball to and who’s getting the job done,” Cox said. “We talk about mixing it up – you don’t want the defense to key in on one hitter. Lexi works hard to balance it well and puts us in a good position.”  

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FEATURE: Father and son Price combo leading Early’s football resurgence

Daniel Price admits to getting caught up in the moment and having the occasional proud dad moment on the sidelines this season.  

Early’s head football coach has a lot to be excited about these days. The Longhorns are off to their best start in some time, having beaten Bangs, Tolar and Comanche handily.  

Leading an offense that’s averaging 46 points per game is Daniel’s oldest son, Jaxyn. The junior quarterback has looked sharp in his second season as a starter, having already thrown for 621 yards and 10 touchdowns.    

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GAME STORY: Holliday whips Eastland 52-7 behind 326 rushing yards

HOLLIDAY – The two Eastland-Holliday showdowns last season featured double-digit rallies and frantic finishes.  

But the Mavericks’ visit to the No. 7 Eagles Friday night lacked any drama compared to the previous meetings.  

Holliday gashed Eastland for 326 rushing yards and forced six turnovers in a statement-making 52-7 victory that was all but decided by halftime.  

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FEATURE: Former Early coach staying close to the game he loves

Blake Sandford has been around the Big Country long enough to know about the region’s high-quality baseball players and coaches.  

After retiring from Early ISD in December, Sandford finally has some spare time. So the former major league scout and Brown County coach has started his own instructional baseball business as a way to help grow the sport even further.  

Hitman Baseball Academy is at its early stages right now, but Sandford is hopeful his 20-plus years of experience attracts youth who want to improve in all aspects of the game. 

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GAME STORY: Coahoma opens with win over Wichita Falls City View

IOWA PARK— Makayla Calvio admitted she felt a little nervous in the seventh inning of Coahoma’s series opener against Wichita Falls City View.  

But the freshman pitcher also trusted the Bulldogettes’ defense in case a play needed to be made.  

That’s exactly what happened as center fielder Shae Lang snagged a hard-hit line drive and doubled off a Lady Mustang at second base, sealing Coahoma’s 3-1 victory.   

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FEATURE: Stephenville sprinter Cameron hoping to keep streak going at state

Victoria Cameron hasn’t been beaten to the finish line this year in the 100 and 200.  

That the Stephenville sophomore is undefeated in the sprints heading into Thursday’s Class 4A state meet isn’t a surprise to Cameron’s coach.  

Jeremiah Butchee has worked with plenty of prolific track athletes during his career. What makes Cameron special is that she has one of the best starts out of the blocks Butchee has ever seen.  

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FEATURE: Comanche decision to lean on freshman pitcher is paying off

The impromptu meeting came on the Saturday morning of Comanche’s tournament in Clifton.

Roland Silva was contemplating who to start in the circle against Gatesville when a small group of Maidens approached the softball coach.  

“A couple juniors and seniors came up and said we enjoy getting a shot to pitch, but we’re a much better team with Riley in the circle,” Silva recalled. “I told her, ‘These girls are depending on you.’ We’re a much more confident team with her out there.”   

That was the day when Comanche went from having a pitching rotation to leaning almost solely on Riley Riordan. The freshman hasn’t disappointed as she’s posted a 13-6 record with a 2.88 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 116.1 innings while batting .463.  

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FEATURE: Aggressive, care-free Coleman softball team proving to be a difficult foe

Photos courtesy Coleman softball parents and Kathy Turner of Coleman Today News

Saturday was a missed opportunity for Coleman’s softball team.  

With a chance to win the District 6-2A title outright, the Bluekatts suffered a lopsided loss against Eldorado.  

But second-year coach Cody LeCroy looks at the situation as a learning experience for a youthful Coleman squad that has unlimited potential. After all, when you start more freshmen than seniors, you’re bound to have a couple hiccups along the way.  

“You don’t want to lose by any means. I told them, remember this feeling, it’s not a good feeling,” LeCroy said. “Remind yourself how much harder we have to work and how important the little things are.”  

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FEATURE: Pandemic couldn’t halt progress for Jim Ned sophomore Saling

His favorite sport was on hiatus. His freshman track season was on the verge of being canceled before it even really began.

But that didn’t keep Jim Ned’s Chris Saling from pounding the asphalt once a week, timer in hand.

When the UIL halted athletics last spring because of COVID, Saling still made it out to the track on days the Indians had meets scheduled. He detailed his progress in the 400, 800 and 3,200 meters by recording his times and sending them to coach Dustin Todd. 

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FEATURE: Rapidly improving Clyde softballers get boost from Puryear, Kirksey

Photos by Seth Larue

It took almost until mid-April for Clyde’s softball team to reach a winning record.  

But there aren’t many area softball teams currently more dangerous than the Lady Bulldogs, who have grown tremendously over the past two months.   

Senior Paige Puryear and junior Maddi Kirksey are two reasons why Clyde is surging. Puryear has gotten comfortable in the circle, while Kirksey is a dependable catcher hitting a blistering .672. Puryear isn’t too far behind, batting .557 from the leadoff spot.  

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FEATURE: Sweetwater multi-sport star Foster finds stride on track as one of area’s top hurdlers

To trace the origin of Harrison Foster’s breakout in track, one must look back months ago to Sweetwater’s football season.

Foster emerged as a key player for the district champion Mustangs, catching 10 touchdowns and becoming the team’s second-leading tackler on defense.

“The success I had during the football season brought me with more confidence, and I started believe that I can do more than I thought I could,” Foster said. “With the success we had during football, it brought our team a lot closer. Especially with all the multi-sport athletes, those relationships can carry over and start us off on a good note.”

Foster’s 2020-21 athletic season has a chance to end on a great note as the junior is one of the Big Country’s top hurdlers. Foster owns the area’s top time in the 300-meter hurdles (39.96) and has also run a sizzling 15.12 in the 110 hurdles.

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FEATURE: TLU-bound Tomlinson and McIrvin give Stephenville a dangerous 1-2 punch

Kaida Tomlinson and Katie McIrvin are the first two batters in Stephenville’s softball lineup.  

The seniors are also Nos. 1 and 2 on the Honeybees’ defense as Tomlinson has taken over pitching duties and McIrvin starts at catcher.  

Stephenville’s top players will also be linked once they graduate this spring with both heading to play college softball at Texas Lutheran.  

But Tomlinson and McIrvin aren’t quite done leaving an imprint on the Honeybees’ program as they push toward a playoff spot in Parker Smith’s first season as head coach.  

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FEATURE: Anson’s Gallentine crashes through the 40-foot barrier in shot put

Meadow Gallentine felt confident before last week’s District 10-2A Meet.  

But even the Big Country’s top thrower was a little surprised when she surpassed the 40-feet mark, reaffirming her chances of making a trip to Austin next month.  

“When I hit 40 feet, it was such a surreal feeling,” Gallentine said. “I couldn’t believe it. I remember telling my teammates that I had it in me to throw 40 at that meet.”  

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FEATURE: Jones’ difficult journey serves as an inspiration for Eula and beyond

Eula baseball coach Tanner Thompson wasn’t alone Monday morning once he pulled up to the high school baseball field.  

About 10 Pirates hung around the diamond at dawn taking batting practice. It wasn’t a coincidence Cameron Jones’ pickup truck was parked close by, his headlights providing illumination until the sun came up.   

“He has an immediate impact on all the other kids,” Thompson said of Eula’s lone senior. “He shows these kids that if you do work hard, you can get where you want to be.”  

Where Jones is these days is starting at catcher and hitting in the No. 2 hole for the Pirates. But it’s the journey that Jones took to get there that makes his story the most powerful.  

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FEATURE: Brock boys track team off to record-setting start

Records have been falling on a consistent basis for the Brock boys track team as a couple relays and two individuals have looked in peak form heading into this week’s district meet.  

It started with the quartet of Eli Potts, Luke Dillingham, Kutter Wilson and Cash Jones running a 42.06 in the 400-meter relay and a 1:28.68 in the 800 relay at the Peaster Meet two weeks ago.  

Potts also set the Eagles’ long jump record at that meet with a distance of 22 feet, 3 inches. Then junior Nathan Jones got into the action Thursday in Springtown, breaking the school’s shot put and discus marks.  

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McGehee to leave Sweetwater for Magnolia West

Sweetwater is in the market for a new athletic director and head football coach now that Ben McGehee is taking over the program at Class 5A Division I Magnolia West.  

McGehee finished with a 23-21 mark in four seasons leading the Mustangs. Sweetwater made the playoffs on three occasions, bowing out to Celina 37-22 in the area round to cap off an 8-2 mark in 2020.  

McGehee, who couldn’t be reached for comment, took over the Mustangs’ program a couple months after Shane Mobley led Sweetwater to the 2016 Class 4A Division II title game. Sweetwater compiled a 10-3 record in his first season, then followed that up with 1-9 and 4-7 marks.   

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FEATURE: May, Sterling City brace for rematch in state title game

When May lost narrowly lost to Sterling City in the second week of the regular season, coach Craig Steele didn’t really imagine he’d see the Eagles three months later in a much bigger setting.  

Steele believed his Tigers had a chance to have a special year. He also felt that Sterling City was a top contender in its region.   

“But there’s so much season left, and you don’t know about injuries and things that can go wrong,” Steele said. “They’re good enough to get there, but there’s lots of good teams in the west. And I thought we could be good enough, but there’s lots of good teams in the east.”  

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FEATURE: Shift to the outside proving to be a good move for Withers, Stephenville

Photos courtesy of Stephenville High School 

Stephenville’s volleyball team took a major step forward by sweeping Brownwood on Friday night.  

The 16th-ranked Honey Bees not only avenged their only district defeat, but also accomplished one of their goals in winning the 6-4A title.  

Landri Withers has been an integral part of Stephenville’s success once again in 2020, but this time the junior has been making the biggest impact as an outside hitter.  

Stephenville coach Shay Douglas said she changed her standout player’s role for multiple reasons that are beneficial both now and in the future.

Landri Withers
Landri Withers
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