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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:
— 16 player features,
— On-site coverage of 18 of the area’s top games
— Boys and girls stat leaders (updated weekly)
— Area standings (updated twice weekly)
— Columns
— Our All-Big Country Preps football teams
— Evan Ren’s Big Country True Grit Football Team
— Four BCP Players of the Week
— Breaking sports stories. 
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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.

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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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LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Abilene High boys stay perfect in district with win at Central

SAN ANGELO — The Abilene High boys basketball team used a 21-point second quarter to erase a first-quarter deficit and took complete control after halftime in a 53-35 win over San Angelo Central on Friday.

Trailing 10-8 after one period, the Eagles outscored the Bobcats 38-20 over the middle two quarters to improve to 16-8 on the year and 3-0 in District 3-6A play.

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Evan Ren’s 2019 Big Country True Grit Team: The toughest players in the Big Country!

We all know a football player who almost never misses any practice time and practically lives in the weight room. He’s always early to arrive and late to leave. He’s coachable, but seldom needs direction because he always pays attention. 

You know who I’m talking about.

The guy who sets a good example for young players. The guy who never complains and, first and foremost, is tough mentally and physically. He may not be the best player on a team (though some of them are). But he’s definitely the guy who gets the most out of the talent he’s given. 

Welcome to the 2019 “True Grit” team — the one place in the Big Country where guys who fall into this category are recognized for it.

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BCP Podcast No. 76: Evan, Daniel discuss All-Big Country Preps football teams, area hoops

After a two-week holiday break, Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood return to the Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast to discuss the All-Big Country Preps football teams, released Wednesday.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel speak briefly on the Big Country hoops scene.

Continue to check back at BigCountryPreps.com each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when Evan and Dan discuss the current happenings in Big Country High School sports — often with an interesting sports figure from around the area.

You can also peruse our BCP Podcast archive, which features dozens of our previous shows with prominent coaches and Big Country media fixtures. 

Inquiries regarding these podcasts may be directed to Evan Ren at Evan.Ren@BigCountryPreps.com. 

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LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Cooper girls cruise past Sweetwater, Coogs top Graham

SWEETWATER — Trailing Sweetwater 19-17 after one quarter Tuesday, the Cooper girls basketball team bounced back with an 18-2 through the second period and cruised from there to a 62-34 nondistrict victory over the Lady Mustangs.

Jennika Willis scored 15 points, while Kaleigha Kemp and Dazz Larkins added 11 and 10 points, respectively, to help the Lady Cougars improve to 18-7 on the year.

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GAME STORY: Abilene High boys outlast Bell in District 3-6A thriller

The Abilene High boys basketball team improved to 2-0 in District 3-6A play Tuesday with another narrow win, following Friday’s 57-56 win at North Richland Hills Richland with a 60-55 home victory over Hurst Bell.

Trailing by a point after three quarters, the Eagles were able to grab a lead early in the final period and seal the victory at the free-throw line to improve to 15-8 on the year.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brownwood’s Thompson snags first award of 2020

As the Brownwood Lady Lady Lions gain momentum as a team, their offensive leader has remained steady throughout an up-and-down 13-9 season and current five-game winning streak. 

Senior forward Matyah Thompson, has been a rock of consistency thus far, but most recently her efforts placed her among the area’s elite — so much so that she has garnered our first Big Country Preps Player of the Week award of 2020. 

That’s saying a lot, considering this week’s award is the only accolade we give over the span of two weeks, to cover games played over the Christmas break. And as you’ll see, there were several great efforts from players around the area. 

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LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Abilene High boys open district with win, Cooper girls top Odessa High

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — The Abilene High boys basketball team opened District 3-6A play with a 57-56 win over North Richland Hills Richland on Friday, outscoring the Rebels 16-13 in the third quarter to break a 31-all tie before hanging on in the final period for the victory.

Paced by Nathan Watts, whose 22 points led all scorers, the Eagles edged Richland 26-25 over the final two quarters to improve to 14-8 overall and 1-0 in league action.

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AP ALL-STATE: Cooper’s Davis, Hawley’s Marshall headline area honorees

Cooper defensive back Dylon Davis and Hawley running Colton Marshall headlined a list of 48 Big Country players to earn all-state designation from The Associated Press Sports Editors last week, garnering player of the year honors for their respective classifications.

Davis, who led the state in interceptions this season with 16, was the defensive player of the year in Class 5A, while Marshall, a 3,500-yard rusher, was named Class 2A’s top offensive player.

Those two, who both led their teams to deep playoff runs, were among a group of 11 local or area players to earn first-team accolades, while the Big Country accounted for 15 second-team spots and 26 honorable mention nods across the five 11-man classifications.

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LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: AHS and Cooper girls, Wylie boys wrap up fall semester with wins

Leading San Angelo Lake View by seven points at halftime on Friday, the Abilene High girls basketball team outscored the Maidens 37-12 over the final two quarters to earn a 62-30 win and head into the Christmas break on a high note.

The Lady Eagles, who had lost three straight games and six of the previous seven heading into Friday’s matchup, got off to a fast start against Lake View, racing out to a 16-7 lead after a quarter. But the Lady Eagles were outscored 11-9 in the second quarter, keeping the Maidens within striking distance at the break.

That changed rapidly after halftime, though, as AHS outscored Lake View 19-6 in the third quarter to take complete control of the game.

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GAME STORY: Cooper boys slip past Abilene High in overtime to win crosstown classic

At several points during Friday night’s epic between the Abilene High and Cooper boys basketball teams, it appeared the Eagles had finally landed a stiff enough blow to knock out their archrival.

But while the Cougars may have been staggered a time or two in the second half, they never hit the canvas in a 78-74 overtime victory that will go down as a crosstown classic for those who played in the game and packed Cougar Gym to watch it.

Trailing by six points midway through the fourth quarter and by five with less than two minutes to play, Cooper countered every AHS punch with one of its own in regulation, before finally landing the match-ender in OT to win a thrilling — and draining — affair.

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BCP Podcast No. 75: Evan, Daniel talk state title game with Hamlin’s Russell Lucas

During his time at Hamlin, coach Russell Lucas has built the Pied Piper football program into one of the most successful consistent in all of the Big Country. But before this season, he had never coached a team in a state title game.

That will change Thursday when the Pipers take on Mart for the Class 2A Division II championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Earlier this week, Lucas took some time to talk with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about his team’s historic run and the challenges his Pipers will face in Arlington for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel close the book on Brock’s football season and talk some local hoops.

Continue to check back at BigCountryPreps.com each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when Evan and Dan discuss the current happenings in Big Country High School sports — often with an interesting sports figure from around the area.

You can also peruse our BCP Podcast archive, which features dozens of our previous shows with prominent coaches and Big Country media fixtures. 

Inquiries regarding these podcasts may be directed to Evan Ren at Evan.Ren@BigCountryPreps.com. 

If you have a suggested topic of conversation or a recommended guest, don’t hesitate to contact us! 

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