Category: Colorado City Wolves

COUNTDOWN TO TWO-A-DAYS: Colorado City Wolves

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 Colorado City Wolves. On Thursday we will take a look at the Forsan Buffaloes, followed by the Haskell Indians on Friday.

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GAME STORY: Stamford clinches first state berth, eliminates Colorado City

Citlaly Gutierrez has been Stamford’s pitching ace since she stepped on campus, putting up mind boggling numbers in the circle.

Saturday morning at Abilene Christian University’s Poly Wells Field, the Texas commit made even more noise with her bat.

The junior’s three-run home run that cleared the batter’s eye in center field highlighted a five-run third inning and Stamford clinched the first state tournament berth in school history with a 8-2 win over Colorado City in the Region I-2A final, sweeping the best-of-three series.

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GAME STORY: Stamford uses big fifth inning to top C-City in opener of I-2A championship series

The Stamford and Colorado City softball teams kicked off their best-of-three Region I-2A championship series Thursday with the first state tournament trip for either school on the line.

While it was the Lady Bulldogs who came out on top 7-1 at Abilene Christian University’s Poli Wells Field, both coaches saw plenty of things to be excited about in the series opener.

For Stamford coach Cynthia Herrera, it was an opportunity to play and win in the hot and humid conditions like the Lady Bulldogs could face next week in Austin.

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GAME STORY: Colorado City battles back to sweep pair, take thrilling series from Anson

On Wednesday, in the opener of its Region I-2A semifinal series against Anson, the Colorado City softball team watched the Lady Tigers mount a late comeback to hand them a tough 10-9 loss.

On Saturday, it was the Lady Wolves’ turn to rally.

Facing elimination in Game 2, C-City built an early 7-0 lead and held off Anson from there for a series-extending 13-7 victory, before rallying from a 4-0 deficit for a 7-5 win in the deciding third to outlast the Lady Tigers in a thrilling and hard-fought series.

The victory pushed the Lady Wolves into the fifth round of the Class 2A playoffs, where they’ll take on area power Stamford for the Region I title next week.

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GAME STORY: Sixth-inning rally lifts Anson to shocking win over Colorado City

Through the top of the sixth inning on Wednesday afternoon, every single break went the way of the Colorado City softball team in its Region I-2A semifinal opener against Anson at Abilene Christian University’s Poly Wells Field.

In the bottom half of the inning, however, all the breaks went Anson’s way and the Lady Tigers came from behind for a 10-9 win in the first game of the best-of-three series.

Whitney Wilson started the inning with a walk and Landry Overby followed with a mammoth home run to left field that cut the Lady Wolves lead to 9-6 but keyed the six-run rally.

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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: Wylie’s Farrar pitches her way to honor

As a sophomore in her first playoff action, leading a fourth-place team against a district champion, no one would have blamed Wylie pitcher Reese Farrar for having jitters in the opener of her team’s Region I-5A bi-district series against District 3-5A champ Amarillo High.

If she did, she did a darn good job of hiding it.

All the right-hander did was pitch a six-inning no-hitter with 10 strikeouts to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 10-0 victory in Game 1 and set the tone for a big series sweep, earning our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week honor in the process.

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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 I-2A TRACK RECAP: Three Coleman athletes, Forsan’s Nelson headed to state

CANYON — With only one area district in Region I-2A, the Big Country didn’t have a huge contingent of athletes at the regional meet Friday and Saturday at West Texas A&M. But that didn’t keep the area from making an impact.

Coleman jumper Devinar Roberson claimed a pair silver medals to earn state berths in the high jump and triple jump on the boys side, while three area girls earned four spots at the state meet next month in Austin.

Coleman’s Abbi Allen claimed two of those, finishing second in the high jump and long jump, while teammate Jordan Rae took silver in the triple jump and Forsan thrower Aleena Nelson earned the area’s only gold medal in the shotput.

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

Our Big Country Preps Player of the Week for the Week ending April 17 could have only been better had he thrown a no-hitter. 

Breckenridge freshman Camden Escalon came within one hit of a no-no on Saturday in an 18-0 rout of Wichita Falls City view. 

Along the way he fanned 10 hitters against only two walks to improve his personal record to 2-0 on the year. 

As a team Breckenridge enters this week at 13-6 and 6-3 in district play. 

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FEATURE: Young Rivera proving to be one of the top all-round players in the Big Country

COLORADO CITY — Entering the 2021 season as a 15-year-old sophomore, Colorado City’s Kaci Rivera was a largely unknown commodity. 

Having lost most of her freshman season due to the COVID lockdown, Rivera was essentially making her varsity debut when play resumed this year. 

She is currently making up for lost time — both as a hitter and a pitcher. 

Entering this week, Rivera was in the top 10 in virtually every offensive statistic on the Big Country Preps softball leaderboards (published each Thursday), hitting for both power and average. 

In the circle, she and teammate Riley Johnson have formed one of the better 1-2 pitching duos in the area among Class 2A clubs. Rivera has contributed eight wins and as of this writing, is in the area’s top 10 in innings pitched (69), ERA (2.23) and is one of only five Big Country pitchers with more than 100 strikeouts (103). 

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GAME STORY: Colorado City uses quick start to top Forsan in important district matchup

FORSAN — On a cold, dreary Friday, the Colorado City softball team had enough energy to muster a quick start, and enough poise to hold off a Forsan rally in a 14-6 win at FHS.

Mallory Kern was 4 for 5 with two doubles and Kaci Rivera was 3 for 5 with a double, triple and five RBIs to lead Colorado City (19-6, 5-1 District 4-2A), which has forced a first-place tie with Forsan in the league standings. 

The Lady Buffaloes (11-3-1, 5-1) were led by Aubrie Smith, who was 2 for 4 with a three-run homer and by Kelcey Zubiate, who was 2 for 4 with a run scored. 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aspermont junior takes this week’s award

A strained hip may have slowed Aspermont junior Sadie Gentry, but you’d never know it by watching her compete. 

A week ago, Gentry took gold in the high jump (4-8) and the 400 meters (63.8) at the District 15-1A meet. She then helped the 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams take district titles as in 52.9 and 4:33, respectively.

Her four district titles were more than sufficient to earn her our Capital Farm Credit Player of the Week/BCP Player of the Week award for the week ending April 3. But when you add the fact that she was nursing a sore hip and following orders to not overdo it, her performance becomes even more significant. 

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