Category: Stamford Bulldogs

COUNTDOWN TO TWO-A-DAYS: Stamford Bulldogs

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 Stamford Bulldogs. On Monday, we will take a look at the Cisco Loboes, followed by the Coleman Bluecats on Tuesday.

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GAME STORY: Stamford rallies to beat Crawford, take Class 2A title

AUSTIN — With nerves frayed by a combination of state championship pressure and a raucous crowd from Crawford, the Stamford Lady Bulldogs were well on their way to losing Wednesday’s Class 2A title game at McCombs Field, trailing 3-1 in the fifth inning.

But a little break in the form of a lightning delay allowed Stamford to collect itself. And after Crawford pushed its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the frame, the Lady Bulldogs rallied with a four-run sixth en route to a 5-4 win. 

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GAME STORY: Gutierrez leads Stamford in 1-0 win over Weimar

AUSTIN — With two of the top Class 2A pitchers in the state going toe-to-toe, the general consensus was that one or two runs may be enough to win Tuesday’s state semifinal between Stamford and Weimar. 

As fate would have it, the Stamford Lady Bulldogs and University of Texas-bound pitcher Citlaly Gutierrez proved the projections correct in a 1-0 SHS win at McCombs Field. 

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PREVIEW: Upstart Lady Bulldogs ready to show state who they are, what they’re about

As the lone Class 2A qualifier making its state tournament debut this week, the Stamford softball team will be the new kid on the block when it takes the field for its state semifinal matchup with Weimar at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Texas’ Red & Charline McCombs Field in Austin.

But if you think the upstart Lady Bulldogs are happy just to be making the trip or have satisfied their goals by reaching the final four, think again.

While thrilled to have earned the opportunity in front of them, coach Cynthia Herrera and her squad still feel they have some unfinished business. And just two wins away from bringing Stamford its first softball state championship, the Lady Bulldogs aim to finish the job.

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SIDEBAR: Lone senior Terrell provides heart and soul for state-bound Stamford

While much of the focus throughout the Stamford softball team’s run to its first state tournament appearance has been on junior pitcher Citlaly Gutierrez, she’s far from the only Lady Bulldogs player with a unique story to tell.

On a young SHS squad made up primarily of juniors and sophomores, another is Laramie Terrell — the only senior on the entire roster for the Austin-bound Lady Bulldogs.

This week saw Terrell play a role in helping Stamford earn a state-clinching series sweep of Colorado City, just one day after walking the stage to get her diploma on Friday night.

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GAME STORY: Stamford clinches first state berth, eliminates Colorado City

Citlaly Gutierrez has been Stamford’s pitching ace since she stepped on campus, putting up mind boggling numbers in the circle.

Saturday morning at Abilene Christian University’s Poly Wells Field, the Texas commit made even more noise with her bat.

The junior’s three-run home run that cleared the batter’s eye in center field highlighted a five-run third inning and Stamford clinched the first state tournament berth in school history with a 8-2 win over Colorado City in the Region I-2A final, sweeping the best-of-three series.

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GAME STORY: Stamford uses big fifth inning to top C-City in opener of I-2A championship series

The Stamford and Colorado City softball teams kicked off their best-of-three Region I-2A championship series Thursday with the first state tournament trip for either school on the line.

While it was the Lady Bulldogs who came out on top 7-1 at Abilene Christian University’s Poli Wells Field, both coaches saw plenty of things to be excited about in the series opener.

For Stamford coach Cynthia Herrera, it was an opportunity to play and win in the hot and humid conditions like the Lady Bulldogs could face next week in Austin.

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GAME STORY: Gutierrez flirts with perfection in win over Forsan

When University of Texas commit Citlaly Gutierrez is on top of her game, the Stamford softball team is tough to beat.

On Thursday afternoon, the junior pitcher was a fifth-inning error away from a perfect game as the Lady Bulldogs beat Forsan 10-0 to open their best-of-three Region I-2A semifinal series at Wylie High School.

Gutierrez struck out 15 of the 16 batters that she faced while throwing 65 percent of her 74 pitches for strikes.

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FEATURE: Stamford’s Gutierrez as dominant as expected

The loud popping sound of the catcher’s mitt alone is enough to tell the uninitiated that Stamford pitcher Citlaly Gutierrez is a cut above the norm.

After that, a quick peek at her bio tells you what you may have already suspected. 

At the age of 16, Gutierrez is now throwing in the 65-mph range (Division I college velocity). She’s already struck out 750 batters in her career (despite last year’s COVID lockdown) and she’s already committed to the University of Texas as a junior. 

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GAME STORY: Gutierrez, Stamford bats dominant in I-2A quarterfinals sweep of Cisco

Stamford ace Citlaly Gutierrez did Citlaly Gutierrez things and her lineup had a pair of huge games at the plate Wednesday to fuel the Lady Bulldogs to a Region I-2A quarterfinal sweep of Cisco and into the fourth round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Gutierrez allowed one unearned and struck out 27 over 11 combined innings, while the SHS offense pounded out 26 hits — including eight for extra bases — to run-rule the Lady Loboes twice, 12-0 and 13-1, at Abilene Christian University’s Poly Wells Field.

The series victory, which improved the Lady Bulldogs to 26-5 on the season, earns Stamford a Region I-3A semifinals date with the winner of Forsan (17-3-1) and Floydada (25-0-1), putting coach Cynthia Herrera’s team just two rounds away from the first softball state tournament appearance in program history.

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STATE TRACK ROUNDUP (Day 2): Vancleave wins discus state title at the last possible moment

How many of you once dreamed of hitting a game-winning homerun or shooting the game-winning shot to win a championship?

Hamlin senior Jenna Vancleave experienced the track and field equivalent of the same dream on Friday in Austin, only she had an even greater sense of urgency.

Not only did Vancleave win the girls 2A discus state title on the final throw of the competition at the state meet, but she did it on what she knew would be the final throw of her career. Her performance shares the spotlight with Wylie’s Kylor Aguilar, who took gold in the boys 5A pole vault. 

“I just came in hoping for the best,” Vancleave said. “It was all in God’s hands.

“I was very nervous. My stomach hurt so bad, but my coaches talked to me and calmed me down. They were like, ‘You’ve just got to throw. Let it loose and relax.’ So I took that advice and and apparently it worked.” 

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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: Wylie senior Aguilar vaults way to honor

Kylor Aguilar’s high school athletic career has been filled with obstacles, but after beginning it with such promise as a state silver medalist as a freshman, the Wylie pole vaulter is on track to finish it in style.

Aguilar, who had his sophomore season derailed by a rare bone disorder and had his junior season shortened by the COVID-19 stoppage, is having his best high school season to date as a senior.

And after vaulting a career best 15 feet, 9 inches at the District 4-5A meet in Lubbock, he’s our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week for the week ending April 10.

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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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