Category: Abilene High Eagles

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Fourth-quarter woes doom AHS boys in loss to Trinity

EULESS — Playing Euless Trinity on Friday with a chance to clinch at least a share of the District 3-6A championship, the Abilene High boys basketball team suffered a disappointing setback in its final game of the regular season.

Leading 31-28 at halftime and 42-40 after three quarters, the Eagles were outscored 22-9 over the final eight minutes to fall 62-51 for just their second district loss of the season.

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FEATURE: Abilene High’s McGee stepping out of brother’s shadow, into spotlight

As a seventh-grader in 2016, Abilene High point guard Jalen McGee got to watch his brother, Calvin, lead the Eagles to a 31-5 record and a district championship in his final high school season.

With a win Friday at Euless Trinity, the younger McGee and his AHS teammates would get to celebrate the school’s first district title since then.

That feat would add yet another parallel between the high school careers of the McGee brothers, who bear their share of similarities — both in playing style and achievement. But as inevitable — and, to a certain degree, flattering — as the comparison is, Jalen would just as soon be judged on the merits of his own play.

The junior standout, who like his big brother made the Eagles varsity as a freshman, has been working since then to make his own name at Abilene High. And much of the success of the 2019-20 AHS squad, which enters Friday’s matchup at 23-9 overall and 10-1 in District 3-6A play, can be attributed to the strides McGee has made in that pursuit.

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BCP Podcast No. 81: Evan, Daniel talk Ballinger boys hoops with coach Jamal Anene

In his four years as Ballinger’s boys basketball coach, Jamal Anene has built the Bearcats into a consistent playoff team. The same is true this year of BHS, which enters a big game Friday against San Angelo TLCA at 23-8 overall and 8-2 in District 4-3A.

Earlier this week, Anene took a few minutes to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about this season, his goals for the program and his unique background for the Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss the end of the girls basketball regular season and some of the biggest storylines in the final week of boys district games.

GAME STORY: Abilene High boys, girls sweep Weatherford on Senior Night

It took the Abilene High boys basketball team a little while to find a rhythm Tuesday against Weatherford’s zone defense. But once the Eagles got going, points came in bunches in a 72-29 win at Eagle Gym.

Leading just 10-6 after a quarter and 24-13 at halftime, AHS exploded for 29 points in the third quarter to run away from the Kangaroos for a blowout victory on Senior Night.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Priddy’s Evans takes award after leading Lady Pirates to district title

While the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches does not have the Priddy girls basketball team ranked at the moment, the Lady Pirates (20-7, 11-0 District 17-1A) are making enough noise to get noticed. 

And with last week’s sweep of Lometa (51-29) and Cherokee (59-52), it’s beginning to look as though PHS is capable of doing some postseason damage. 

Our Player of the Week, senior Linda Evans, led that charge with a combined 60 points through two games, including a 36-point effort with four assists in a district-title clinching win over Cherokee. 

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DANIEL YOUNGBLOOD: This week in Big Country boys basketball (Feb. 10-16)

It seems like basketball just started a few weeks ago, but — believe it or not — we’re down to the final two weeks of the boys hoops regular season.

And with just three more dates remaining before the playoffs begin, the urgency has never been higher for area teams. Whether they’re fighting for a district title, jockeying to improve playoff seeding or just trying to find a way into the postseason bracket, Big Country squads will have plenty to play for in jam-packed Tuesday and Friday slates this week.

Without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at what the schedule has in store.

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LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: McGee’s buzzer beater lifts AHS boys over Haltom

HALTOM CITY — Jalen McGee hit a long pull-up jumper just before the buzzer on Friday to lift the Abilene High boys basketball team to a 46-44 win over Haltom City Haltom in a key District 3-6A road game.

With the game tied at 44-all, the junior point guard dribbled the ball past midcourt and hesitated for a moment before driving just inside the 3-point line and pulling up just beyond the right elbow. A Haltom post player contested the shot, but McGee’s jumper found nothing but net to help the Eagles improve to 22-9 overall and 9-1 in league play.

Those points, McGee’s 18th and 19th of the game, completed a come-from-behind win for the Eagles, who trailed 17-5 after a rough first quarter.

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SIGNING DAY: Six Abilene High Eagles headed to Hardin-Simmons

Six Abilene High football players will be trading their black and gold for purple and gold after announcing their intentions to continue playing collegiately at Hardin-Simmons during a signing day ceremony Friday at the Chuck Moser Field House. 

Offensive linemen Khalil Spivey and Jaxon Smith, defensive end Dylan Wright, safeties Colton Wilson and Jorge Hernandez, and running back Davonta Mayse all chose to extend their time as teammates a few more years, accepting offers to play for coach Jesse Burleson and the Division III powerhouse Cowboys.

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BIG COUNTRY GIRLS STATISTICAL LEADERS (Scoring, rebounds, assists and steals through Feb. 7)

Big Country Preps publishes area boys and girls basketball statistical leaders each Thursday at 7 p.m.

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 BOYS STATISTICAL LEADERS (Scoring, rebounds, assists and steals through Feb. 7)

Big Country Preps publishes area boys and girls basketball statistical leaders each Thursday at 7 p.m.

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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GAME STORY: Abilene High boys survive test from Central, girls fall to Lady Cats

The Abilene boys basketball team faced more resistance than expected against a struggling San Angelo Central squad on Tuesday, but the Eagles did enough in the second half to pull away for a 57-47 win at Eagle Gym.

Playing two hours earlier than scheduled due to impending storms, AHS outscored the Bobcats 21-12 over the final eight minutes to put away a game that, to that point, had been a struggle throughout.

The victory, which came on the heels of the Eagles’ first district loss Friday at Hurst Bell, improved coach Justin Reese’s team to 21-9 overall and 8-1 in District 3-6A play.

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UIL sends Abilene High back west, Cooper east, keeps Wylie in holding pattern

Abilene High will be making its return to the Little Southwest Conference, Cooper will be heading east for the first time ever and Wylie will be staying put after an eventful realignment day for Abilene’s three public high schools.

The trio learned their new district situations for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years on Monday morning during the University Interscholastic League’s biennial reclassification and realignment, and each will be facing a different scenario in their new district home.

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DANIEL YOUNGBLOOD: This week in Big Country boys basketball (Feb. 3-9)

It’s hard to believe, but we’re rapidly approaching the home stretch of the high school boys basketball season.

District races are starting to take shape, making every game important for the teams still in district title/playoff contention.

With that said, let’s take our weekly look at the top matchups this week and biggest results from last week’s games.   

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If you’re not subscribed at Big Country Preps yet, here’s what you missed last month …

If you’re not subscribed at BigCountryPreps.com yet, this is what you’ve missed over the past month:
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— Evan Ren’s Big Country True Grit Football Team
— Four BCP Players of the Week
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LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Abilene High boys, girls fall at Hurst Bell

HURST — The Abilene High boys basketball team suffered its first defeat of the District 3-6A season on Friday, losing a 25-20 halftime lead in a 68-58 loss to Hurst Bell.

The Blue Raiders outscored the Eagles 21-12 in the third quarter to turn the five-point deficit into a four-point lead, before outpacing AHS 27-21 in the fourth to close out the victory.

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BIG COUNTRY BOYS STATISTICAL LEADERS (Scoring, rebounds, assists and steals through Jan. 30)

Big Country Preps publishes area boys and girls basketball statistical leaders each Thursday at 7 p.m.

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 STATISTICAL LEADERS (Scoring, rebounds, assists and steals through Jan. 30)

Big Country Preps publishes area boys and girls basketball statistical leaders each Thursday at 7 p.m.

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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BCP Podcast No. 79: Geter talks Cooper girls hoops turnaround with Evan, Daniel

Sitting at 22-8 overall and 4-1 in District 4-5A play, the Cooper girls basketball team is in the midst of its best season in more than a decade under the leadership of first-year coach Arsenio Geter.

Earlier this week, Geter took a few minutes to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about the Lady Cougars’ turnaround, the goals for the remainder of the season and the future of the program for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss some of the Big Country’s biggest surprises of the boys and girls basketball season.

GAME STORY: Abilene High boys rally past Richland to stay perfect in 3-6A

The Abilene High boys basketball team had its mettle tested by a desperate North Richland Hills Richland squad Tuesday night at Eagle Gym and came through in the clutch with a gutsy 54-50 victory.

After watching a 34-26 third-quarter lead turn into a six-point deficit (44-38) by the six-minute mark of the fourth, the Eagles closed the game on a 16-6 run to improve to 20-8 on the year and stay perfect at 7-0 in District 3-6A play.

AHS tied the game at 45-all on Jalen McGee’s floater with 3:34 to play and saw a 3-pointer by Richland’s Ikechi Osondu knot the score at 50-all with 1:56 remaining. But Khristian Johnson’s corner 3 at the 1:27 mark put the Eagles back on top, and Joe Joe Escobedo blocked a 3-point attempt in the waning seconds to end the Rebels’ comeback bid. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stamford’s Brewer is the top dog

Stamford move-in Austin Brewer has become just what he was expected to be at the Class 2A level: completely dominant. 

Having shifted from Class 5A Wylie to Stamford over the offseason, the 6-foot-10 senior is now a regular among our top weekly performances, and last week was no exception. 

In wins over Cross Plains and Hawley, Brewer posted a combined 59 points, 30 rebounds and 12 blocks to help SHS improve to 18-7 overall and 3-0 in district play. 

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DANIEL YOUNGBLOOD: This week in Big Country boys basketball (Jan. 27-Feb. 2)

We’re closing in on February and the Big Country’s boys basketball district races are heating up. 

With most of our leagues at or approaching the midpoint of their schedules, we’ve seen championship favorites established in some districts while other races remain wide open. And in most cases, playoff opportunities still remain for those who have fallen out of district title contention. 

With so much left to be decided, let’s take a quick look at the biggest storylines on the local and area boys basketball scene this week.

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BIG COUNTRY BOYS STATISTICAL LEADERS (Scoring, rebounds, assists and steals through Jan. 23)

Big Country Preps publishes area boys and girls basketball statistical leaders each Thursday at 7 p.m.

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 STATISTICAL LEADERS (Scoring, rebounds, assists and steals through Jan. 23)

Big Country Preps publishes area boys and girls basketball statistical leaders each Thursday at 7 p.m.

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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BCP Podcast No. 78: Eula’s Josh Fostel talks Pirate hoops with Evan, Daniel

Under longtime boys basketball coach Josh Fostel, the Eula Pirates have been among the best and most consistent Class 1A programs in the state. And EHS, which reached the state semifinals in 2007 before winning the state championship in 2011, has another strong team this year, sitting at 19-6 after routing Moran on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, Fostel took a few minutes to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about this year’s team, its 62-56 upset of Class 4A Brownwood last week and the program he’s built for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss some of the biggest boys and and girls basketball storylines of the season so far.

GAME STORY: Abilene High boys hold off Euless Trinity in District 3-6A action

Abilene High boys basketball coach Justin Reese believes Eagle Gym provides his squad one of the greatest home court advantages in the state.

A second-quarter 3-pointer by D.J. Modest sent the gym into a frenzy after cutting Euless Trinity’s lead to 15-14, and that set the tone for the rest of the game as the Eagles finished the first half of District 3-6A play at 6-0 with a thrilling 56-50 win Tuesday night.

“We are so grateful as a program because our crowd has been awesome since last year,” Reese said. “They give us a really big home-court advantage, which is how it used to be in the 80s and 90s, and so we are kind of getting that back. We are a hard out in Eagle Gym because our crowd gives us great energy and our kids play really hard.”

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eula junior leads Pirates to upset, claims weekly accolade

Within Eula circles, it may not have felt like an upset. But to the Big Country at large, the Class 1A Eula boys’ 62-56 win over a very good Class 4A team from Brownwood (19-5) was nothing short of eye-popping. 

Nonetheless, it happened, with junior guard Dakota Boles packed enough punch that night to earn our Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for the week ending Jan. 18. 

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LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Cooper girls pick up 20th win, AHS boys improve to 5-0 in 3-6A

WICHITA FALLS — The Cooper girls basketball team improved to 2-1 in District 4-5A play Friday and picked up its 20th win of the season in the process, routing Wichita Falls High 74-20. 

The game was well in hand after a quarter as the Lady Coogs raced out to a 22-3 lead eight minutes in and increased that to 39-12 by halftime before cruising in the second half to a comfortable win.

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BIG COUNTRY BOYS STATISTICAL LEADERS (Scoring, rebounds, assists and steals through Jan. 16)

Each Thursday at 7 p.m., Big Country Preps will publish area boys 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 STATISTICAL LEADERS (Scoring, rebounds, assists and steals through Jan. 16)

Each Thursday at 7 p.m., Big Country Preps will publish area 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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FEATURE: AHS post Watts growing into enormous potential for Eagles

As a sophomore on varsity last season, Nathan Watts showed flashes of the type of player he could be for the Abilene High boys basketball team and coach Justin Reese. But a knee injury midway through district play ended his season prematurely.

The extra time off only fueled the Eagles’ big man, who spent the offseason working hard to improve his physical condition and expand his skill set to be ready for a larger role this year.

That work has paid off in a major way and can be seen in Watts’ performance, which has earned him a place among the area’s top post players. And his presence and production, more importantly, have helped AHS build a 17-8 record that has featured a 4-0 start to District 3-6A action.

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BCP Podcast No. 77: Evan Daniel discuss Jim Ned basketball with coach Eric Phelps

Since taking over the Jim Ned boys basketball program, coach Eric Phelps has put his stamp on a program that has long been one of the Big Country’s best.

Earlier this week, Phelps joined Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood to discuss this year’s team, the pressure of leading one of the area’s most successful programs and his time as a Texas Tech student manager under Bobby Knight for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss the retirement announcement of longtime Wylie football coach Hugh Sandifer as well as the other prominent Big Country coaches who hung up their whistles this school year.

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: AHS girls pick up first district win, Wylie boys top Graham

The Abilene High girls basketball team picked up its first district win Tuesday, building a 22-11 halftime lead and holding on over the final two quarters to beat Haltom City Haltom 48-44 at Eagle Gym.

AHS, now 12-15 overall, got 20 points from Trakenya (KK) Roberson and seven apiece from Syncere Reed and Justine Martinez in improving to 1-4 in District 3-6A play.

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GAME STORY: Abilene High boys extend district win streak against Haltom

The Abilene High boys basketball team controlled Haltom City Haltom from start to finish Tuesday, using a 15-8 run through the first quarter to take control early in a 52-39 win at Eagle Gym.

Jalen McGee scored 15 points to lead AHS, while Nathan Watts and Jackson Stevens each added 10 as the Eagles improved to 17-8 on the season and remained perfect in District 3-6A play at 4-0.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Breckenridge senior takes the top spot

Not only are the Breckenridge Buckaroos off to a flying start at 17-3, but senior guard Aaryn Medina is drawing plenty of attention as well. 

Our Big Country Preps Player of the Week lit up both Boyd (64-28) and Millsap (72-57) to lead the Buckaroos to a district sweep last week, with an eye-popping 35-point scoring average for the two games. 

Along the way, he collected a total of 20 rebounds, eight assists and nine steals to keep the Buckaroos unbeaten in district play at 3-0. 

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