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.
Facing an explosive El Paso Eastwood offense in the opening round of the Region I-6A Division II playoffs, the Abilene High Eagles knew they’d need to move the ball and score if they hoped to earn their first postseason win since 2016.
That’s where junior quarterback Abel Ramirez and senior running back Phonzo Dotson came in.
Taking turns leading an AHS offensive explosion, this duo helped the Eagles rack up 569 yards of total offense in a 42-35 win over the Troopers. And in the process, the pair has earned the Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for the week ending Dec. 12.
After highlighting the Big Country’s top guards and forwards the past two nights, we now take a look at the area’s best big men.
For the final installment in our three-part boys basketball position rankings series, we rank the Big Country’s top 10 post players.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through our rankings, and make sure to check back for all our boys and girls basketball coverage this season.
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 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.
Gatesville 46, Pecos 37 — Picking up a nondistrict game before their playoff opener next week, the Eagles dropped a competitive game to close the regular season at 3-5 overall and 1-3 in district play.
Pecos, which earned the No. 4 playoff seed out of this league with a win over Snyder last week, led 13-8 after a quarter and was within two scores heading into the fourth (32-21) but was unable to rally over the final 12 minutes.
The Eagles will open the playoffs next week against District 2 champion Lubbock Estacado (4-6, 3-1).
Sweetwater 48, Monahans 32 — The Mustangs wrapped up a perfect run through district play Friday, answering an early score from Monahans and leading the rest of the way in a 16-point win over Loboes.
Sweetwater, which wrapped up its regular season at 7-1 overall and 4-0 in league play, led 28-20 at halftime and outscored Monahans (4-6, 2-2) by a 20-6 margin over the game’s final 17 minutes to pull away.
Quarterback Leo Holsey had three touchdown runs to lead the Mustangs, who also got three touchdown receptions from receiver Darian Carr.
Midland Greenwood 17, Snyder 14 (OT) — The Rangers outlasted the Tigers in overtime, rallying from a 14-0 second-quarter deficit to force the extra period, before winning the game on a19-yard field goal by Rance Purser.
Greenwood (5-3, 3-1) got 200 yards and two touchdowns rushing from standout back Trey Cross, who scored late in the second quarter to pull his team within seven at halftime and late in the third quarter to tie the game.
Snyder (2-5, 0-2), meanwhile, got its touchdowns on a 6-yard run by Jorge Martinez and an 11-yard pass from Hunter Stewart to Cayden Hurtado.
Sweetwater 62, Pecos 39 — Quarterback Leo Holsey had a hand in all nine of the Mustangs’ touchdowns, passing for five and rushing for four to help Sweetwater clinch at least a share of the District 1-4A Div. II title with a win over Pecos.
SHS (6-1, 3-0) led by just seven at halftime (34-27) but was able to pull away after the break, outscoring the Eagles 15-6 in the third quarter and 13-6 in the fourth.
Monahans 46, Snyder 7 — The Loboes took control early and never relinquished it in a blowout win over the Tigers.
Leading 14-0 after a quarter and 21-7 at halftime, Monahans (3-4, 2-0) put the game away with a 19-0 run through the third quarter.
Snyder, now 2-4 overall and 0-2 in district, got its only touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Hunter Stewart to Mason Haynes.