Category: Cisco Loboes

COUNTDOWN TO TWO-A-DAYS: Cisco Loboes

Football is just around the corner, and we at BigCountryPreps.com are committed to bringing you the information you need to prepare for your favorite team’s season.

We’ll be releasing our Big Country Preps Preseason Football Preview, the most comprehensive look at the upcoming Big Country football season anywhere, on Saturday, Aug. 14. But you won’t have to wait until then to sate your gridiron appetite.

Leading up to the first day of fall football practice on Aug. 2, we’ll be spotlighting each 11-man team in the area and posing some of the key questions they’ll face in 2021 as part of our annual “Countdown to Two-a-Days” series.

Today, we stay in Class 2A Division I with the Cisco Loboes. On Tuesday, we will take a look at the Coleman Bluecats, followed by the De Leon Bearcats on Wednesday.

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GAME STORY: Gutierrez, Stamford bats dominant in I-2A quarterfinals sweep of Cisco

Stamford ace Citlaly Gutierrez did Citlaly Gutierrez things and her lineup had a pair of huge games at the plate Wednesday to fuel the Lady Bulldogs to a Region I-2A quarterfinal sweep of Cisco and into the fourth round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Gutierrez allowed one unearned and struck out 27 over 11 combined innings, while the SHS offense pounded out 26 hits — including eight for extra bases — to run-rule the Lady Loboes twice, 12-0 and 13-1, at Abilene Christian University’s Poly Wells Field.

The series victory, which improved the Lady Bulldogs to 26-5 on the season, earns Stamford a Region I-3A semifinals date with the winner of Forsan (17-3-1) and Floydada (25-0-1), putting coach Cynthia Herrera’s team just two rounds away from the first softball state tournament appearance in program history.

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EVAN REN: Handicapping the boys state track meet.

Having already released our picks for the girls state track meet earlier this evening, we now present the boys event, using the same approach. 

We’ll comb through each event involving a Big Country athlete (or athletes) and assess if they are favorites, dark horses or long shots to get on the medal stand. 

Let’s not waste any time. Let’s dive in. 

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EVAN REN: Picking the favorites, dark horses and longshots at the girls state track meet

I don’t care who you are — even if you’re a non-fan when it comes to track and field. 

The excitement of the state meet in Austin will capture your attention if you catch sight or sound of it. It’s inescapable. 

And once per year, it is my pleasure to examine the multitude of Big Country athletes heading to Austin for the event and pick who we can expect to see on the medal stand from our area. 

Let’s begin with the girls side, looking at each event in which a Big Country athlete has qualified for state. 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Clyde’s Phillips earns this week’s spotlight

In a week filled with unforgettable moments, several of our nominees handed in by area coaches could justifiably be called our Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week. 

We finally settled on Clyde sophomore Payton Phillips, who stunned attendees at the Region I-3A meet by taking gold in both the long jump (18 feet, 6 inches) and the 100 hurdles (15.12) — breaking school records that were 25 and 15 years old, respectively. 

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REGION II-2A TRACK RECAP: Haskell girls top Stamford for team title

SPRINGTOWN — The Haskell girls track team made a remarkable showing at the Region I-2A track meet Friday and Saturday at Porcupine Stadium, sweeping all three relays to run away with the team title.

The Maidens finished with 106 points to top second-place Stamford by 26 points, headlining an outstanding weekend for Big Country athletes and teams.

In all, area competitors accounted for 33 total metals and 26 state berths, with the bulk of those coming on the girls side of things. Big Country girls claimed 10 gold medals and eight silvers out of their 23 total medals.

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Evan Ren’s 2021 Gym Rat Team: The toughest, hardest-working teammates in the Big Country

While scoring and rebounding garner much of the attention in basketball, there are other elements, crucial to success, that seldom grab headlines. 

Behind the scenes is where character, effort and sacrifice set the foundation for teams to reach their full potential. And it is with our Big Country Preps Gym Rat Team that we salute the individuals who bring these elements to the table. 

This team isn’t about who the best players are — though some of the area’s top players are on this list. 

The Gym Rat Team is about outworking, outhustling and outgiving everyone around you, both on the floor and off. Hard-working, honest, selfless, tough, coachable kids are what we seek for this roster. 

A Gym Rat Team member can be your best player or the last player off the bench. But the one thing all of them bring is an uncompromisingly good attitude. 

It is for that reason that our Gym Rat Team is selected entirely by area coaches. And Big Country Preps is truly honored to present these individuals to you — the best “team players” (boys and girls) that the area had to offer during the 2020-21 season.

Players are listed in no particular order. 

Enjoy.

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GAME STORY: Lipan rallies twice to eliminate Cisco 59-52

GLEN ROSE — Two things worried Cisco coach Kevin Hearne heading into Friday’s Region II championship game with Lipan. First, the Indians’ ability to get 3-pointers from multiple sources. And secondly, their ability to quickly adjust on the fly to alter the course of a game. 

Both factors were on display at Tiger Arena as the Indians rallied from two separate deficits to eliminate the Loboes 59-52.

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EVAN REN: Cisco boys must clear difficult Lipan hurdle, Brock to get a second shot at Shallowater

The two largest boys programs still alive in Big Country Preps’ coverage area — Brock and Cisco — will both have their work cut out for them heading into this weekend’s regional finals. 

There’s no real surprise there. 

The cupcake tray was emptied four rounds ago and anyone you meet this late in the dance isn’t there by accident. 

Brock (28-2), our lone Class 3A team to retain a pulse, will square off with Shallowater in a rematch of last year’s 53-45 regional semifinal loss to the Mustangs. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. Friday at Angelo State University. Cisco, which is making its first appearance in a regional final since 1996, will tangle with perennial power Lipan in Glen Rose at 7 p.m. 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Morrison takes home this week’s accolade

When one hears the name of Trace Morrison, the first thing that may come to mind among Big Country Sports fans is Stephenville’s utility man extraordinaire who earned All-Big Country Preps honors as a receiver, punter and place-kicker.

Well, you’ve got the right guy. You’ve just got the wrong sport this time around. 

As it turns out, Morrison is also one of the area’s top baseball players, as evidenced by him taking our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for the week ending Feb. 27.

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GAME STORY: Workmanlike effort lifts Cisco past Seymour in regional quarterfinal round

ANSON — The Cisco Loboes have been showing more zone looks defensively since Christmas and in Saturday’s Region II-2A quarterfinal with Seymour, it paid off with a dominating 56-36 win at Anson High School. 

Layne Edgar poured in 19 points and Stephen Bird added 16 more to lift Cisco (18-3) which will face Bogata Rivercrest in the regional semifinals at a site and time to be determined. 

Cisco never trailed after opening the game with a 7-0 run, limiting Seymour to single-digit scoring in the first, second and third quarters. Seymour’s Grant Wright was the lone Panther to deliver significant offensive punch, leading SHS with 14 points. Teagan McMorris and Joe Trepanier added six each. 

“We played excellent defense,” Cisco coach Kevin Hearne said. “All the film we had on Seymour was mainly against man-to-man and (Wright) can really take over games. 

“So we thought the zone would kind of slow him down as far as penetrating. They have some good shooters, but we’ve played teams with good shooters before and we can cover out on them.  And that was the key — the old basic 2-3 zone came in big for us today.” 

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PHOTO GALLERY: Haskell-Cisco girls basketball region quarterfinal playoff (92 images)

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LINK … GAME STORY: Cisco stuns heavily favored Haskell, advances to regional semfinals

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