Here are the standings for all boys basketball districts involving Big Country schools through Jan. 18 (with last week’s results, Tuesday’s schedule):
The Cisco Loboes may have only played one game last week (beating Hamlin 76-41). But senior guard Layne Edgar made the most of it.
Scoring 39 points with a 5-of-9 tally from 3-point range, he narrowly missed a monstrous triple-double, finishing with nine rebounds and eight assists.
In his spare time, he collected six steals in a truly dominating performance worthy of our Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for the Week ending Jan. 16.
Most of us know a football player who lives in the weight room, who’s always dependable and who always does what his coaches ask him. He always puts the team first. He’s early to arrive and late to leave. And he seldom needs direction because he always pays attention.
You know the type. But you seldom hear about them, since there is no specific category to put them in and the media doesn’t recognize these qualities.
This is the guy who always sets a good example. He doesn’t complain and above all else, is tough mentally and physically. He’s not necessarily the best player on his team (though some are). But he’s definitely the guy who gets the most out of whatever talent he was born with.
Welcome to the 2020 “True Grit” team — the one place in the Big Country where guys who fall into this category are recognized for it.
Here are our superlative award winners for the 2020 All-Big Country Preps football team. For the rest of this year’s selections, click the links below.
Here are our first-team selections for the 2020 All-Big Country Preps football team. For the rest of this year’s selections, click the links below.
Here are our second-team selections for the 2020 All-Big Country Preps football team. For the rest of this year’s selections, click the links below.
Here are our third-team selections for the 2020 All-Big Country Preps football team. For the rest of this year’s selections, click the links below.
He’s been consistently pouring in points since the season’s outset. So it’s not a surprise that Dublin senior guard Daniel Escobar has taken our first Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for 2021.
Helping the Lions to wins over Eastland (69-42) and Millsap (79-43), Escobar finished the week with a total of 63 points through the two games, including a 38-point night in the Eastland win.
But scoring was only a portion of his overall contribution.
The year 2020 is finally behind us — a fact I think we can all celebrate as a positive.
A wretched year in so many ways, 2020 presented unique challenges most of us never could have envisioned and brought levels of heartbreak and hardship we may never experience again in our lifetimes.
But even out of bad years, good stories can arise. And as a website devoted to highlighting the positives in our narrow area of focus, we’re going to revisit some of the best today.
As has become a New Year’s Day custom here at Big Country Preps, it’s time once again to revisit the biggest Big Country sports stories of the past year. And while narrowing and compiling that list is never easy, and always leaves worthy stories unaccounted for, we hope you enjoy looking back at some of the highlights from a tough year.
As we say goodbye to 2020 (thankfully), we turn our attention to the local athletes and coaches who produced some positive memories for area sports fans.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 10 stories from last year:
VIDEO PODCAST NO. 11: Cisco coach Kevin Stennett joins the show and to talk about his experience at CHS and this week’s regional semifinal clash with Hawley. Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood examine this week’s regional semifinal pairings.
Top games of this week discussed: All playoff pairings involving Big Country teams from Class 1A-4A this week are mentioned.
Top games of last week discussed: Sweetwater vs. Celina, Hawley vs. Sundown, Albany vs. Ralls, Wall vs. Bushland, Brock vs. Denver City, Jim Ned vs. Dalhart, San Saba vs. Panhandle.
REGION I-2A DIV. I
Cisco 46, Olton 15 — Hunter Long threw for 210 yards and two scores and rushed for 101 yards and three more TDs to lead Cisco to a rout of Olton.
Leading 6-0 early on, the Loboes blew the game open with a 27-0 second quarter.
After kicking off our boys basketball position rankings series on Monday with the guards, we now shift our attention to the forwards.
For the second installment in our three-part series, we rank the area’s top-10 players at that position with others to watch in 2020-21.
We hope you enjoy our list.
With boys basketball season upon us, it’s time to shine a spotlight on some of the players we’ll be writing and you’ll be reading about throughout the 2020-21 season.
For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all positions on the area boys basketball scene, we’ll be taking a look at the Big Country’s top guards, ranking our top 10 with a list of others to watch this fall.
We hope you enjoy reading through our list.
WALL — After missing the district title game with Cisco last week with a private medical issue, San Saba senior running back Justin Yarbrough made up for lost time on Friday, rushing for 129 yards and a score in a 31-17 bi-district win over Forsan .
Yarbrough scored on a 6-yard pass and a 21-yard run and Stone Sears added a pair of TD runs to lead San Saba (9-2), which advances to face Panhandle (9-2) in the area round.
With the score tied at 10 at the break, San Saba gained the upper hand in the second half by stopping the Buffaloes on five of their final six possessions.
REGION I-2A DIV. I
Hawley 34, Goldthwaite 20 — Trailing the Eagles 20-19 at halftime Thursday, the Bearcats finished the game with 15 unanswered points to fend off an upset bid and advance to the area round of the playoffs.
Hawley (9-2) outgained Goldthwaite by a 394-254 margin, getting 125 yards and three touchdowns passing from Rodey Hooper and 151 yards and one TD rushing from Xavier Rodela.
The Eagles (3-8) led by quarterback Jackson Patrick, who passed for 96 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a team high 68 yards on nine carries.
LAST WEEK: 26-4, .866
SEASON TOTAL: 377-81, .823
Week 12 of the football season is here. And you know what that means.
The horses are at the starting gate with a finish line set up in Arlington for the state championship games.
More than 97 percent of the teams won’t make it. And by the time Thanksgiving arrives, 75 percent of them will already be finished. Such is the magnitude of our postseason.
In the meantime, hundreds of teams from Class 1A through 4A have their dreams of reaching Jerry World still intact. Classes 5A and 6A will start their postseason journeys in mid December, after having their seasons delayed by COVID-19.
That said, it’s time to choose which of our Big Country entries have the best shot of conquering their regions. Who are the favorites? Who are the dark horses? An perhaps most importantly, where are the elephants in the room — the teams from outside of our area with the most potential to spoil the Big Country’s chances?
Let’s get started, shall we?
With the girls basketball season underway, it’s time to take a look at the players who will be making the biggest impact during the 2020-21 season.
For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all positions, we’ll be taking a look at the Big Country’s top guards, ranking our top 10 with a list of others to watch this season.
As with any such list, these rankings are subjective. We hope you enjoy reading through our selections.
Here are the updated Big Country football playoff pairings, results:
SAN SABA — It was billed as a possible preview to a late postseason matchup in Region I and it was also the Big Country Preps Game of the Week.
But when sixth-ranked San Saba and No. 8 Cisco finally kicked off on Friday at Rogan Field, the game took an abrupt 90-degree turn into something totally unexpected — a dominating 48-6 rout posted by Cisco.
Hunter Long rushed for 198 yards and accounted for three scores and Jerrod Fisher rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns to lead Cisco (7-3, 5-0) which locked up its 10th straight district title and extended its 55-game district winning streak with a masterpiece of execution.
San Saba fell to 8-2 and 4-1 after being held to a season-low 136 yards in total offense, including just 20 in the first half.
Sixty years and 11 presidents ago, the Hermleigh Cardinals enjoyed their last 10-0 regular season in 1960. This year, however, offered HHS an opportunity to snap that streak with a 9-0 start.
They would only need to beat Ira last week in their season finale to make it happen.
Well … it didn’t happen. In fact, it wasn’t even close.
San Saba 43, Coleman 10 — The Armadillos (7-1, 4-0) rolled up 464 yards in total offense including 360 yards on the ground to set up a winner-take-all district title game with Cisco next week.
Stone Sears led San Saba with 207 yards and one score on only 16 carries.