Category: Abilene High Eagles

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Abilene High boys bounce back with win at Midland Lee

MIDLAND — The Abilene High boys basketball team shook off Friday’s loss to Odessa Permian to get back in the win column Tuesday, beating Midland Lee 56-42 to improve to 15-4 on the season and 4-2 in District 2-6A play.

The Eagles got off to a slow start, falling behind 11-8 after the opening quarter, but bounced back to take a 24-20 lead by halftime. After adding three more points to its lead with an 11-8 run through the third period, AHS put the game away in the fourth, outpacing Lee 21-14 for the frame.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cisco’s Edgar is the top dog

The Cisco Loboes may have only played one game last week (beating Hamlin 76-41). But senior guard Layne Edgar made the most of it.

Scoring 39 points with a 5-of-9 tally from 3-point range, he narrowly missed a monstrous triple-double, finishing with nine rebounds and eight assists.

In his spare time, he collected six steals in a truly dominating performance worthy of our Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for the Week ending Jan. 16.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

Evan Ren’s 2020 True Grit Team: The toughest, hardest-working players in the Big Country!

Most of us know a football player who lives in the weight room, who’s always dependable and who always does what his coaches ask him. He always puts the team first. He’s early to arrive and late to leave. And he seldom needs direction because he always pays attention. 

You know the type. But you seldom hear about them, since there is no specific category to put them in and the media doesn’t recognize these qualities.

This is the guy who always sets a good example. He doesn’t complain and above all else, is tough mentally and physically. He’s not necessarily the best player on his team (though some are). But he’s definitely the guy who gets the most out of whatever talent he was born with.

Welcome to the 2020 “True Grit” team — the one place in the Big Country where guys who fall into this category are recognized for it.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Wylie boys, girls sweep Lubbock High

The Wylie boys basketball team evened its District 4-5A record at 1-1 on Tuesday, blasting Lubbock High 50-27 at Bulldog Gym.

Trailing 12-11 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs outscored the Westerners 39-15 the rest of the way to improve to 5-8 overall.

Wylie took a 24-19 lead into halftime after outpacing Lubbock High 13-7 in the second quarter, before using a 15-2 run through the third quarter to take control for good.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

GAME STORY: Odessa Permian starts fast, shuts down Abilene High

Cold shooting nights have been rare for the Abilene High boys basketball team during Justin Reese’s three years leading his alma mater, but the Eagles had one Friday night.

AHS was held to just 22 points through the first three quarters as the Panthers rolled to a 64-48 District 2-6A win at Eagle Gym.

The poor shooting night resulted in Reese doing something that he had only done one other time in his career as a head coach — calling for intentional fouls in the third quarter to send Permian to the free-throw line to try and get his team back in the game.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Cooper boys open district play with win over Lubbock High

LUBBOCK — The Cooper boys basketball team kicked off District 4-5A play with a victory Tuesday, outscoring Lubbock High in each of the first three quarters of a 44-31 road victory.

Leading 13-7 after a quarter, the Cougars (10-4 overall, 1-0 in district) used a 13-6 run through the second quarter to take a 26-13 advantage into halftime. The Coogs then outscored the Westerners 12-5 in the third quarter to all but put the game away.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

GAME STORY: McGee leads Abilene High boys past Central after being honored for milestone

On a night when he was honored for eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for his career, Abilene High’s Jalen McGee added a few more to that total in a 76-52 win over San Angelo Central on Tuesday at Eagle Gym.

The senior point guard, who hit that milestone Dec. 18 against Cooper, scored a game high-tying 17 points to fuel a wire-to-wire victory over the Bobcats in a key District 2-6A game.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dublin’s Escobar takes the top spot

He’s been consistently pouring in points since the season’s outset. So it’s not a surprise that Dublin senior guard Daniel Escobar has taken our first Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for 2021. 

Helping the Lions to wins over Eastland (69-42) and Millsap (79-43), Escobar finished the week with a total of 63 points through the two games, including a 38-point night in the Eastland win. 

But scoring was only a portion of his overall contribution. 

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: McGee, Watts lead Eagles to blowout win at Midland High

MIDLAND — Jalen McGee scored 26 points and Nathan Watts added 20 to power the Abilene High boys basketball team to an 84-31 rout of  Midland High in a District 2-6A matchup Friday.

The Eagles (13-3 overall, 2-1 in district) led 33-21 at halftime, before outscoring the Bulldogs 27-10 in the third quarter and 24-0 in the fourth to pull way for the 53-point win.

Continue reading “LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: McGee, Watts lead Eagles to blowout win at Midland High”

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Abilene High boys bounce back, rout OHS for first district win

The Abilene High boys basketball team bounced back from Friday’s loss to Wolfforth Frenship in its District 2-6A opener with a comfortable win over Odessa High on Tuesday, scoring at least 17 points in every quarter of an 81-67 victory at Eagle Gym.

The Eagles (12-3 overall, 1-1 in district) raced out to a 17-4 lead after one period and were never threatened after that, outscoring OHS 21-16 in the second quarter and 25-16 in the third to take a commanding 63-36 lead into the final quarter.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

GAME RECAP: Slow start dooms AHS boys in district-opening loss to Frenship

WOLFFORTH — A slow start proved too much for the Abilene High boys basketball team to overcome Saturday in a 59-49 loss to Wolfforth Frenship to kick off District 2-6A play.

The Eagles fell behind 20-10 after the first quarter and struggled to fight their way back into the game after that in falling to 11-3 overall and 0-1 in league action.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

GAME STORY: Frenship ramps up pressure to pull away from Abilene High girls

The Abilene High girls basketball hung with District 2-6A leader Wolfforth Frenship for a half Saturday, but ultimately the Lady Tigers’ pressure defense was too much for the Lady Eagles in a 70-44 loss at Eagle Gym.

Leading just 28-21 at halftime, Frenship (13-4, 4-0) turned a bevy of AHS turnovers into easy buckets during 27-10 third quarter that turned a competitive game to that point into a runaway.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

DANIEL YOUNGBLOOD: Big Country Preps Top 10 Stories for 2020

The year 2020 is finally behind us — a fact I think we can all celebrate as a positive.

A wretched year in so many ways, 2020 presented unique challenges most of us never could have envisioned and brought levels of heartbreak and hardship we may never experience again in our lifetimes. 

But even out of bad years, good stories can arise. And as a website devoted to highlighting the positives in our narrow area of focus, we’re going to revisit some of the best today.

As has become a New Year’s Day custom here at Big Country Preps, it’s time once again to revisit the biggest Big Country sports stories of the past year. And while narrowing and compiling that list is never easy, and always leaves worthy stories unaccounted for, we hope you enjoy looking back at some of the highlights from a tough year.

As we say goodbye to 2020 (thankfully), we turn our attention to the local athletes and coaches who produced some positive memories for area sports fans. 

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 10 stories from last year:

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Abilene High girls rout Mineral Wells for second straight win

The Abilene High girls basketball team won its second game in as many days Wednesday, following Tuesday’s 54-33 win over Odessa Permian in its District 2-6A opener with a 73-23 nondistrict win over Mineral Wells.

The Lady Eagles, now 3-7 overall, held the Lady Rams to single digits in each of the first three quarters Wednesday, building a 24-5 first-quarter lead that they would stretch to 45-14 by halftime and 60-19 by the start of the final period.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: AHS boys finish strong in 22-point win over W.F. Rider

WICHITA FALLS — The Abilene High boys basketball team rallied from a first-quarter deficit to rout Wichita Falls Rider 64-42 on Monday, outscoring the Raiders 37-19 over the final two quarters to turn a four-point game at halftime into a rout.

The Eagles, who improved to 11-2 with the win, trailed 12-11 after a quarter before taking the lead for good with a 16-11 run through the second. Leading 27-23 at half, AHS took control quickly out of the break, outscoring Rider 18-8 in the third quarter before closing out the victory with another big period in the fourth.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

GAME STORY: Shorthanded Eagles fall to Denton Guyer in regional semis

ARLINGTON — Playing after Christmas for the first time in school history, the Abilene High football team saw its season come to an end with a 38-21 loss to Denton Guyer in a Region I-6A Division II semifinal Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

The Eagles were without starting quarterback Abel Ramirez, who was sidelined due to a concussion suffered last week, and turned to receiver Jeshari Houston to direct the offense.

AHS saw its deepest playoff run since 2016 come to an end with the loss and finishes the delayed season at 6-5.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

FEATURE: Abilene High seniors bring calm to stormy season, fuel team’s turnaround

Few teams in the state of Texas have faced the adversity the Abilene High Eagles have this season.

In addition to the COVID pandemic, which has impacted every program in one way or another, the Eagles had to watch their head coach, Mike Fullen, be diagnosed with colon cancer in August, miss the start of the season as a result, and undergo semiweekly chemotherapy treatments once he returned to the team in mid-October.

Add in a 1-4 start against a loaded early-season schedule, and it would have been understandable if an AHS squad that was short on experience to begin with had ended its fourth consecutive season without a playoff berth. 

With the Eagles now sitting at 6-4, following a five-game winning streak that has them preparing for a Region I-6A Division II semifinal matchup with Denton Guyer on Saturday, that’s obviously not how things played out. And while there are a number of factors to which that turnaround can be attributed, Fullen himself cites the steady leadership of his 36 seniors as one of the most important. 

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Abilene High boys keep roll going into Christmas break

SLATON — The Abilene High boys basketball team notched its fifth consecutive win Saturday, following Friday’s triumph over Cooper with a 63-46 victory over Plainview to improve to 10-2 heading into the Christmas break.

Jalen McGee led the Eagles with 16 points, helping AHS to a 15-6 first-quarter lead it would protect the rest of the way. Plainview pulled within eight (31-23) at halftime, before the Eagles took control for good with a 15-9 run through the third quarter.

In addition to McGee’s big night, AHS also got double figures scoring from Jackson Stevens (11 points) and Sami Kanayo (10 points). Nathan Watts added eight points and Jake Breckenridge scored six for coach Justin Reese’s squad, which saw nine players crack the scoresheet. 

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us