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Football is just around the corner, and we at 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 3A Division II with the Comanche Indians. On Friday, we will take a look at the Dublin Lions, followed by the Eastland Mavericks on Saturday.

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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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FEATURE: Comanche decision to lean on freshman pitcher is paying off

The impromptu meeting came on the Saturday morning of Comanche’s tournament in Clifton.

Roland Silva was contemplating who to start in the circle against Gatesville when a small group of Maidens approached the softball coach.  

“A couple juniors and seniors came up and said we enjoy getting a shot to pitch, but we’re a much better team with Riley in the circle,” Silva recalled. “I told her, ‘These girls are depending on you.’ We’re a much more confident team with her out there.”   

That was the day when Comanche went from having a pitching rotation to leaning almost solely on Riley Riordan. The freshman hasn’t disappointed as she’s posted a 13-6 record with a 2.88 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 116.1 innings while batting .463.  

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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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COACHING HIRE: Comanche goes south to bring Escobar home

Photos courtesy of Joaquin Escobar

Joaquin Escobar has made a career out of taking downtrodden programs and turning them into perennial contenders.

Now the 1991 Comanche High School graduate gets to embark on a new challenge as he takes over a strong program and looks to elevate it to new heights.

Escobar was named the Indians new head football coach and athletic director on Monday night, replacing Stephen Hermesmeyer, who left for Troy last month. Continue reading “COACHING HIRE: Comanche goes south to bring Escobar home”

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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GAME STORY: Maidens hang on to beat Eastland 8-6, avenging early season loss

COMANCHE — The old baseball adage of “hit’em where they ain’t” was applied to softball on Friday by the Comanche Maidens, who literally singled their way to an 8-6 win over area rival Eastland at CHS. 

Mackenzie Foley was 4-for-4 with a double and freshman Riley Riordan went the distance in the circle to lead Comanche (14-6, 5-3 District 8-3A), which saw 12 of its 13 hits land as singles in an important league win.   

Trailing 1-0 early on, the Maidens gained a permanent upper hand in the bottom of the second when they struck for five runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman.  This included RBI singles by Madelyn Martin, Lynzie Day and Kaycee Schoen, along with an RBI fielder’s choice by Alize Lopez. 

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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. 


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BREAKING: Comanche’s Stephen Hermesmeyer named as new AD-football coach at Troy

Comanche Athletic Director–Head Football Coach Stephen Hermesmeyer has been named as the new AD-head football coach at Troy High School.

Hermesmeyer has posted an 84-64 career mark in 13 years of coaching, including a four-year stint at Winters from 2008-2011. 

At Comanche, Hermesmeyer was 61-42 in nine seasons, including three straight district titles between 2016-2018. His most recent club finished the 2020 season at 8-3.

“It’s been a tremendous nine years,” Hermesmeyer said. “Comanche is a great community with a great staff, hard-working kids and tremendous support from everyone and I’m very thankful for that. 

“I enjoyed being able to raise my kids there.”

At Troy, he will inherit a 5-5 club while replacing coach Ronnie Porter, who stepped down in January. 

“I’m leaving a great job and great community for a new opportunity in my career,” Hermesmeyer said. “Sometimes in life you’re ready to turn the page to a new chapter. 

“Change isn’t always something that people enjoy, but you have a choice with change. You can either make it great, or figure out what’s wrong with it. But I’m just excited about having an opportunity to go and prove myself again — to get it going at a place I’m not familiar with. 

“There’s great football played along the I-35 corridor and we’ll be playing some bigtime opponents. It’s a new chapter in my life as far as the coaching part of it.

“It will more than likely be my last stop in the coaching ranks and I’m ready to get it started.” 

Hermesmeyer has remained a wing-T coach throughout his coaching career and intends to retain a ball control style of offense at THS. 

The challenge ahead is, by all accounts, quite difficult. 

Based in District 11-3A DI, the Trojans have a league slate with the likes of Lorena, Cameron Yoe, Rockdale and Little River-Academy in the mix. 

A year ago, Troy’s non-district schedule was murderous, with powerhouses such as Salado (11-2) and Class 3A DII state runner-up Franklin (12-3) both on the menu.

“I’ve always been a wing-T guy, a power-run guy with hard-nosed defense,” Hermesmeyer said. “It’s hard to have a physical defense without having a physical offense. … We’re still going to have that same mentality of being hard-nosed, grind the football, make the clock run and play great defense.

“We’ll definitely be the oddball down there, because there’s a lot of spread offenses and a lot of great athletes. But sometimes being the oddball isn’t a bad thing.”


CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jim Ned hurler takes this week’s top spot

With the second-ranked Jim Ned baseball team off to a 12-0-1 start, it only stands to reason that some of the Indians will begin making appearances in this column. 

This week, Jim Ned’s Blaine Palmer has snagged our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week for the week ending March 13 with a two-sided performance worthy enough for a doubletake. 

To begin with, Palmer delivered five perfect innings in a 20-0 win over Brady that saw him fan 14 hitters. He followed that with four solid innings in a 13-1 win over Eastland in the Jim Ned tournament with four more Ks. 

His pitching line for the week: nine innings, one hit, 18 Ks, no walks and no runs allowed.

Oddly enough, his pitching performance was so good, it nearly overshadowed a red-hot week at the plate that saw him finish a combined 7 of 10 with a double, two triples and seven RBIs. 

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

With our Capital Farm Credit-Big Country Preps Player of the Week shut down due to weather last week, we have extended our list of eligible nominees back two weeks to recognize the top performances over the past 14 days. 

As a result, Westbrook’s Kenan Morris tops our list and takes this week’s award. 

Morris, who dropped in 18 points in a district finale against Ira, lifted the Wildcats to their 22nd straight league win in the process. A few days later, he poured in 22 points to bo with eight boards and three assists in a warmup game with No. 17  Lingleville. 

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