Category: Abilene High Eagles

LOCAL TRACK ROUNDUP: Wylie high jumper Maroney statebound after second-place region finish

Wylie sophomore Indiah Maroney punched her ticket to the Class 5A state meet over the weekend in Lubbock, finishing second in the high jump at the Region I-5A meet to earn a trip to the Austin in two weeks.

Maroney, the only local athlete to earn a spot at state, cleared a personal-best of 5-foot-5 to match region champion Anaya Potter of Justin Northwest, but she took a silver medal on attempts.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore, who also starts for the Wylie girls basketball team, accounted for eight of the Lady Bulldogs’ nine team points and the bulk of the 14 points earned by Abilene high school athletes at the Region I-5A and I-6A meets.

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FEATURE: Senior-fueled run to end district has AHS riding wave of momentum into playoffs

Five games into District 2-6A play, things weren’t going at all how the Abilene High softball team had hoped they would.

The Lady Eagles were 1-4 following consecutive losses to Midland Legacy (5-4), Wolfforth Frenship (9-6), Odessa High (8-6) and Midland High (2-0) and were at risk of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

But things took a dramatic turn with a 2-1 nine-inning win over San Angelo Central on March 29, which kicked off a 6-1 run to finish league play. That turnaround, fueled by a six-player senior class that wasn’t content to end district the same way it started, has AHS entering the postseason at 16-11 overall and riding a wave of momentum that few could have predicted just a month ago.

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GAME RECAP: Abilene High closes out District 2-6A play with 6-1 win at San Angelo Central

SAN ANGELO — The Abilene High softball team closed out the regular season with a 6-1 win over San Angelo Central on Friday, clinching the No. 3 playoff spot out of District 2-6A in the process.

The Lady Eagles, who won six of their final seven games to close district play, got a strong start from Diana Silva and scored in four of the first six innings to pull away for a comfortable road win.

The victory improved AHS to 16-11 overall and 7-5 in district play.

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GAME STORY: Abilene High softball drops nine-inning thriller to Midland High on Senior Night

The Abilene High Lady Eagles couldn’t extend their winning to six games Tuesday, dropping their Senior Night matchup with Midland High 4-3 in a nine-inning thriller.

Playing its final home game of the regular season, AHS had opportunities to take down District 2-6A’s second-place team. But the Lady Eagles couldn’t capitalize on some late scoring opportunities in suffering their first loss since falling to the Lady Bulldogs 2-0 on March 25 in Midland.

Abilene High, which was on the wrong end of a perfect game the last time it faced MHS starter Alex Aguilar, collected seven hits and two walks on Tuesday. But the Lady Eagles scored just one run after the third inning, stranding seven runners on base for the game, including six in scoring position.

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LOCAL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Farrar pitches Wylie past Coronado; AHS routs 2-6A leader Frenship

The Wylie softball team picked up a big win over District 4-5A co-leader Lubbock Coronado on Tuesday, riding a complete-game gem from junior Reese Farrar to a 2-1 victory at Bulldog Field.

Farrar gave up just three hits and four walks while striking out 11, putting up zeros in the final three innings to allow the Lady Bulldogs to go ahead for good on Hanna Hood’s RBI single in the fifth.

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LOCAL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Abilene High routs Legacy for third straight win; Wylie, Cooper fall

MIDLAND — The Abilene High softball team won its third consecutive game Friday, using a four-run third to erase an early deficit before exploding for eight fifth-inning runs to pull away for a 14-3 victory over Midland Legacy.

With the victory, the Lady Eagles improved to 13-10 overall and 4-4 in District 2-6A play, keeping pace with Odessa High for third place in the league standings while pulling a game ahead of Permian, which lost to first-place Frenship on Friday.

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GAME STORY: Abilene High gets much needed 2-6A win over Odessa High

The Abilene High baseball team has had its fair share of struggles this year with a young squad and a front-loaded District 2-6A schedule.

But on Friday afternoon at Blackburn Field, the Eagles snapped a six-game district losing streak with a 5-3 win over Odessa High.

The victory marked AHS’ second consecutive win — the Eagles beat crosstown rival Cooper in a nondistrict game on Saturday — and gave coach Lee Fletcher’s team its second win in district over the Bronchos.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kirbo vaults his way into the top spot

In a week loaded with top-flight performances, Big Country Preps would have had a difficult time choosing the Capital Farm Credit Player of the Week. 

But Stephenville pole vaulter Ben Kirbo made the decision easy by accomplishing something which hasn’t been done by a Stephenville track athlete in nearly three decades.

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GAME STORY: Abilene High snaps losing streak with strong showing against rival Cooper

Stepping outside of their respective district races for a rare April nondistrict game, both the Abilene High and Cooper baseball teams were hoping to snap losing streaks in the crosstown matchup Saturday at Cougar Field.

With a strong pitching performance from Danian Martinez and three big innings at the plate, the Eagles were able to accomplish that.

Trailing 1-0 after an inning, AHS scored four in the second and three in the third to take control early, before holding off a late Cooper rally in a 10-4 win over the Cougars. The Coogs pulled within four at 7-3 with two runs in the sixth, but the Eagles countered with a three-run outburst in the seventh to pull ahead by a game-high seven runs and held on from there for their fist win since March 10.

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GAME STORY: Barajas’ bat, superb defense lift AHS softball past Permian

The Abilene High softball team entered Friday’s District 2-6A game against Odessa Permian knowing that it needed to start the second half of district with a win.

The Lady Eagles, who opened district play with a 12-2 win over the Lady Panthers, completed the season sweep with an 8-3 home victory.

The win moved AHS (12-10 overall, 3-4 district) into a tie for third-place in district with Odessa High and marked Abilene High’s second straight victory following a four-game losing streak.

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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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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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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: Late homer sinks Abilene High softball in 5-4 loss to Midland Legacy

Leading Midland Legacy 3-2 with one out in the seventh, the Abilene High softball team appeared poised to improve to 2-0 in District 2-6A play Saturday at the AHS softball field.

But back-to-back hits put a pair of base runners on for Maci Johnson, whose second home run of the day fueled the Lady Rebels to a dramatic 5-4 win. 

Johnson, who put Legacy up 2-0 in the fifth with her first bomb, turned on another Diana Silva offering in the seventh, delivering what would prove to be the knockout blow in a back-and-forth affair.

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GAME STORY: AHS overcomes no-hitter by Gutierrez for extra innings win

After nine games on the road and a canceled tournament, Jenna Bane made her home debut as Abilene High’s softball coach against Stamford on Tuesday night.

It was a debut she’s likely never going to forget.

The Lady Eagles were no-hit by SHS’ standout pitcher Citlaly Gutierrez, striking out 22 times. But Kinzley Cantu’s ninth-inning fly ball to right scored Aubriana Camacho to break a scoreless tie and lift AHS to a hard-fought 1-0 walk-off win over the defending Class 2A state champion Lady Bulldogs.

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Abilene High, Cooper, Shotwell Stadium in line for facility upgrades

In a video released on Monday afternoon, Abilene Independent School District Superintendent Dr. David Young announced several upgrades coming to both high schools and Shotwell Stadium.

During a specially called meeting on Feb. 10, AISD school board members voted to use surplus funds from the school district to update the facilities at Abilene High and Cooper as well as the Shotwell Stadium pressbox.

These are in addition to a new video scoreboard at Shotwell Stadium in the north end zone that will be similar in appearance to the one in place at Wylie’s Hugh Sandifer Stadium.

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GAME STORY: AHS boys eliminated from playoff contention with loss to Central

A hard-fought, emotionally draining 58-56 weather-delayed, road win over Midland High on Monday night meant the Abilene High boys basketball team still had partial control over its playoff destiny.

The win, though, took a toll on the Eagles, who fell behind 14-0 to San Angelo Central on Tuesday night at Eagle Gym, creating a hole that Justin Reese’s squad couldn’t dig out of.

Central used the fast start and controlled the game the whole night on its way to a 65-48 win that, when coupled with Odessa Permian’s 39-37 win over Midland Legacy, clinched the final playoff berth in District 2-6A.

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LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Cooper swept at Lubbock Coronado; AHS teams victorious in Midland

LUBBOCK — The Cooper boys basketball team dropped a tough one at Lubbock Coronado on Monday, losing to the Mustangs 50-47 to fall out of a three-way tie for first place in District 4-5A.

The Cougars, who were tied with Lubbock Monterey and Wylie entering the day, moved to 17-10 overall and 4-3 in league play with their third loss in four games.

The setback leaves coach Bryan Conover’s team a game back of the district co-leaders, in a tie with Lubbock Cooper for third heading into Tuesday’s game against crosstown rival Wylie.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cross Plains sophomore takes this week’s award

When Cross Plains’ Cadence Wedeking has the range zeroed in, the scorer’s table may want to have a spare pencil handy just in case. 

Our Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week had one of “those nights” last week in a 69-20 win over Moran, connecting with five 3-pointers and finishing with 33 points. It was the third time this season the sophomore guard had connected from beyond the arc five times in one game.

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Big Country Girls Basketball Statistical Leaders (through Feb. 3)

Each Thursday night, Big Country Preps will publish area boys and girls basketball statistical leaders.

This database will be continually updated for our subscribers throughout the remainder of the season, using only those statistics submitted by area coaches.

Teams that do not submit their statistics in a given week will not be listed when our stats are posted, but will be added to the lists below as they are received in the coming days. 

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UIL REALIGNMENT: Abilene schools avoid surprises, welcome new challenges

While many coaches across the area and state were scrambling Thursday after being thrown a curveball by the University Interscholastic League, the leaders of Abilene’s three largest programs enjoyed a relatively peaceful realignment day, free of any major surprises.

Having learned in December that Abilene High would be dropping to Class 5A Division I and Cooper would be moving to 5A DII,  all AHS coach Mike Fullen and his Cooper counterpart, Aaron Roan, were waiting on was to find out their district. And both landed in leagues they expected.

Abilene High was sent to District  2-5A DI with Amarillo High, Amarillo Caprock, Amarillo Tascosa, Lubbock Cooper, Lubbock Coronado and Lubbock Monterey, while Cooper joins Wylie in District 2-5A DII, along with Amarillo Palo Duro, Lubbock High, Plainview and Wichita Falls Rider.

Fullen, Roan and Wylie’s Clay Martin all ended the day happy with their placement and relieved that their weather-impacted realignment went about smoothly as it could have.

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UIL REALIGNMENT: Big Country football landscape will change dramatically

While icy road conditions may have changed the UIL’s method of delivering the news, the results of its biennial realignment still offered the usual mix of surprises on Thursday. 

Held via live feed over the internet, area coaches learned their fate on the web. 

Topping the list of stunners for area teams would be the shift of Brownwood from its centralized home in District 5-4A DI to the far west in District 2.  There, the Lions will join Big Spring, Lubbock Estacado, San Angelo Lake View and Andrews — the last of which will produce a 480-mile round trip.

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SIGNING DAY: Abilene High brothers decide to stay home

Brothers Abel and Anthony Ramirez had options of where they could continue their career, but ultimately the duo decided to stay close to home so their family could continue to attend their games as they both signed to play at Hardin-Simmons University on Wednesday afternoon.

Abel, a quarterback, led Abilene High to the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, and his strong relationship with his wide receiver brother helped the Eagles in the fall.

The two now get to continue their careers at HSU, which has developed quite a pipeline to Abilene High.

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GAME STORY: Bronchos run away from Abilene High boys for 70-59 win

Trailing Odessa High 27-10 less than four minutes into the second quarter, the Abilene High boys basketball team rallied to pull within three late in the third Tuesday at Eagle Gym. But the Bronchos answered with seven quick points to go back up double digits and the Eagles never threatened again in a 70-59 loss.

Extended runs were the name of the game for OHS, which built its big early lead by scoring 23 of 26 points over the first and second quarters after falling behind 7-4 to open the game. 

Then after Abilene High narrowed the gap in the third, the Bronchos used a 23-10 run to go back up 16 with about five minutes remaining in the contest.

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Big Country Boys Basketball Statistical Leaders (through Jan. 20)

Each Thursday night, Big Country Preps will publish area boys and girls basketball statistical leaders.

This database will be continually updated for our subscribers throughout the remainder of the season, using only those statistics submitted by area coaches.

Teams that do not submit their statistics in a given week will not be listed when our stats are posted, but will be added to the lists below as they are received in the coming days. 

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Big Country Girls Basketball Statistical Leaders (through Jan. 20)

Each Thursday night, Big Country Preps will publish area boys and girls basketball statistical leaders.

This database will be continually updated for our subscribers throughout the remainder of the season, using only those statistics submitted by area coaches.

Teams that do not submit their statistics in a given week will not be listed when our stats are posted, but will be added to the lists below as they are received in the coming days. 

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LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Cooper, Wylie boys open District 4-5A play with victories

LUBBOCK — Led by forward Jaelyn Rivera, who dropped a career-high 28 points on Tuesday, the Cooper boys basketball team opened District 4-5A play with a 63-51 over Lubbock High, improving to 14-7 with the victory.

Rivera accounted for 12 of the Cougars’ 25 field goals and went 4 of 5 from the free-throw line to lead a list of three Cooper players in double figures. Jalen Cherry hit four 3-pointers on his way to 16 points while Colin Reed finished with 10.

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GAME STORY: Hot-shooting Eagles, sharp-dressed coaches pick up much-needed win over MHS

With his team coming off back-to-back losses to open District 2-6A play, Abilene High boys basketball coach Justin Reese felt he needed to shake things up heading into Tuesday’s home matchup against Midland High.

So naturally, as a superstitious former athlete, he chose to focus on the area most likely to impact the Eagles’ play in a positive manner — coaching staff wardrobe.

Trading in their khakis and polo shirts for suits, Reese and his assistants got just the results they were looking for as Abilene High knocked down 15 3-pointers in a 65-40 wire-to-wire win over the Bulldogs.

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EVAN REN’S 2021 TRUE GRIT TEAM: The toughest, hardest-working players in the Big Country!

Most high school football teams have that one player acknowledged by the coaching staff as the prime example of what a teammate should be. 

He’s the guy who seldom misses any practice time and is a regular in the weight room. He’s early to arrive. He’s late to leave, takes pride in being coachable but seldom needs direction. 

He always sets the right example for younger players. He doesn’t gripe and, above all else, he’s tough enough to make all the aforementioned traits possible. 

Know someone like that? Here is where they are honored. 

Welcome to Big Country Preps’ “True Grit” team — a collection of area players nominated by their head coaches, who exemplify the character traits football mentors want throughout their roster. 

Not all of them are great players. In fact, many of them will never play a down of college football. But every single one of them is making the most of their high school football experience and has helped those around them do the same.

We are absolutely honored to present these young men to you — the toughest, hardest-working football players the Big Country had to offer in 2021. 

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