Category: Haskell Indians

GAME STORY: Hawley softball starts quick in run-rule win over Haskell

HAWLEY — The Hawley softball team used a dominant pitching performance by ShayLynn Bailey and clutch hitting throughout the lineup to take an 11-1 win in five innings over Haskell on Friday afternoon.

Bailey had a complete game in the circle and added RBIs on a double and triple as the freshman had a strong outing and fed off the defense behind her.

She allowed just four hits and struck out five without walking anyone.

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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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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


GAME STORY: Cisco stuns heavily favored Haskell, advances to regional tournament

TUSCOLA — Having already suffered a pair of sound defeats (65-46 and 59-49)  at the hands of Haskell in district play, the Cisco girls basketball team approached Tuesday’s regional quarterfinal with the Maidens without a hint of pressure.

All the stress, as it turned out, was on heavily favored Haskell, which suffered one of its worst shooting nights of the year in a stunning 44-41 upset loss to Cisco at Bill Thornton Arena. 

Braley Brunson scored 12 points and Justice Fox added 10 more to lead the unranked Lady Loboes (17-8), who gradually build a 17-point lead by the end of the third quarter before absorbing a furious Haskell rally in the fourth. 

No. 13 Haskell closed its season at 20-5, led by Delaney Hanson’s game-high 22 points. Savannah Camancho added seven more for the Maidens, which saw multiple shots from point-blank range fail to find the target with the help of some interior defense by the Lady Loboes. 

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SIGNING DAY: Eastland’s Morton headlines this year’s Big Country recruiting crop

With National signing Day officially in the books, it’s time to take a quick look at this year’s Big Country signees — the most notable of which is Eastland quarterback Behren Morton, who has inked a Letter of Intent with Texas Tech. 

Wall offensive lineman Tate Williams (Baylor) and Cash Jones of Brock (Georgia) were the area’s only other players to sign with power conferences.

Angelo State was among the busiest of the area’s bigger universities, snagging Tyler Simpson of Blanket, Logan Glover of San Saba and Kason Phillips of Stephenville. 

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GAME STORY: Stamford girls upset perennial power Haskell to open doubleheader sweep

STAMFORD — Dating all the way back to elementary school, a group of Stamford junior girls currently on the SHS varsity had been losing in basketball to a current group of junior girls from Haskell. Over and over again, they took one drubbing after another. 

That all ended on Tuesday in the first game of a varsity doubleheader at Stamford High School when the Lady Bulldogs, behind 20 points from Tylee Jo Bevel, upset the 15th-ranked Maidens 48-47 to hand Haskell (18-3, 11-1) its first district loss of the year. 

The Stamford boys claimed the nightcap, beating Haskell 46-38 to complete a varsity sweep. But it was the Stamford girls who stole the show on Tuesday, rallying to finally stop their old nemesis. 

With the score tied at 47 with no time left, Bevel drew a foul on a missed 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded. She went to the line and sank the winning free throw, but not before there was some drama. She had missed her first two shots with a rather loud contingent of Haskell students trying to distract her into a third. 

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