Category: Hawley Bearcats

COUNTDOWN TO TWO-A-DAYS: Hawley Bearcats

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 Hawley Bearcats. On Sunday, we will take a look at the Stamford Bulldogs, followed by the Cisco Loboes on Monday.

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GAME STORY: Neve no-hits Hawley to fuel Albany to 4-0 win, series lead

When Albany pitcher Cade Neve is on, it can be a quiet day for the opposition.

Such was the case Friday afternoon at Abilene High’s Blackburn Field, where the senior right-hander pitched around four walks and a couple of errors to no-hit Hawley in a 4-0 win to open the Region I-2A quarterfinal series between the Lions and Bearcats.

Neve, who needed just 98 pitches to complete the game, was in complete control from start to finish, striking out eight Hawley batters to put his team within a win of a trip to the playoffs’ fourth round. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the same site, with Game 3 (if necessary) to follow.

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FEATURE: Hawley baseball: From 2-13 to the regional quarterfinals

Photos courtesy of Taylor Seago

The rebuilding Hawley Bearcats were 2-13 in nondistrict baseball games this season. A 5-5 record in District 8-2A, combined with a lost coin flip with Stamford, left Hawley as a No. 4 seed entering the Class 2A playoffs.

But since the postseason began, Hawley has won four of five games, including a two-game sweep of state-ranked De Leon and a marathon three-game series with Eldorado.

So as Hawley (11-19) prepares for its 2A regional quarterfinals best-of-three series against Albany, the answer everyone wants to know is: What happened to the Bearcats once the playoffs began?

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GAME STORY: Anson rallies from Game 1 loss, takes pair to eliminate Hawley

An offensive slugfest in Game 2 of the best-of-three Region I-2A quarterfinal between Anson and Hawley gave way to a pitchers duel in the finale and saw the Lady Tigers advance to the fourth round of the playoffs.

Anson forced the deciding game with a 13-8 win before claiming the series with a 6-4 decision at Abilene Christian University’s Poly Wells Field.

The Lady Tigers advance to play the winner of the Colorado City-Ralls series. The Lady Wolves won the opening game of that series 17-4.

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GAME STORY: Hawley softball cools Miles’ win streak and hot bats

Photos by Seth LaRue 

BROWNWOOD — Saturday’s Class 2A softball area playoff game between Hawley and Miles seemed more like two games. There was the first inning, which Hawley fell behind 3-0. Then there was the rest of the game, which the Lady Cats dominated with a dozen unanswered runs.

The Hawley Lady Cats completed a best-of-three series sweep of the Miles Lady Bulldogs with Saturday’s 12-3 decision as freshman pitcher ShayLynn Bailey settled down after a rough first inning and finished with a complete-game four-hitter.

Hawley (12-4) advanced to play the Anson-McCamey winner in next week’s regional quarterfinals. If it’s Anson, Hawley squeezed out a pair of one-run wins during their District 7-2A games earlier this season.

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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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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: 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. 

Enjoy.

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