Category: Stephenville Yellow Jackets

COUNTDOWN TO TWO-A-DAYS: Stephenville Yellow Jackets

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 4A Division I with the Stephenville Yellow Jackets. On Friday, we will take a look at the Wylie Bulldogs, followed by the Cooper Cougars on Saturday.

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GAME STORY: Stephenville’s dream season ends with 13-0 loss

AUSTIN — Not all dream seasons end on a high note. In the case of the Stephenville Yellow Jackets, what is arguably the best season its baseball program’s history ended with a 13-0 loss to Texarkana Pleasant Grove in a Class 4A state semifinal Wednesday at Disch Falk Field. 

Blake Jennings tossed a two-hit shutout and JM Long was 2 for 3 with two triples and four RBIs to lead Pleasant Grove (34-8), which will take on either Sinton or Rusk in the 4A state title game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Disch Falk Field. 

For Stephenville, a 28-9-1 campaign ended with a frustrating day that saw multiple hard-hit balls directly at opposing fielders, while the Hawks were able to pile up 13 runs on seven hits, eight walks, three hit batsmen and two SHS errors. 

Continue reading “GAME STORY: Stephenville’s dream season ends with 13-0 loss”

FEATURE: Stephenville southpaw emerges as one of area’s top pitchers — at just the right time

In the final game of the 2020 football season, Stephenville junior Reece Elston suffered a broken ankle in a playoff game on Nov. 19 with Argyle that eventually required surgery. 

Nearly seven months later, the 18-year-old was celebrating a trip to state after delivering a complete-game three-hitter in a 6-1 win against … you guessed it … Argyle. As in, defending Class 4A state champion Argyle. 

Thursday’s win capped a 2-0 sweep of AHS by the Yellow Jackets and continued one of the more remarkable postseason performances — and comebacks — by any Big Country athlete in the 2020-21 school year. 

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GAME STORY: Elston pitches Stephenville past defending champs, into first state tournament

“We wanted to see the best. (Argyle) was the champions. We wanted to take the champs down.”

Those words from Stephenville baseball coach Justin Swenson were ultimately prophetic after the Yellow Jackets took down two-time defending state champion Argyle 6-1 at Abilene Christian University’s Crutcher Scott Field on Thursday night.

The win completed a two-game sweep of the Eagles, who have won four titles since 2014, and propelled Stephenville to the first state tournament in school history.

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GAME RECAP: Dill’s gem, Morrison’s triple fuel Stephenville past Argyle in Game 1

CELINA — Bryson Dill pitched a six-inning gem and Trace Morrison provided him all the support he needed with a two-run triple in the third to fuel the Stephenville baseball team to a 2-0 victory over Argyle on Wednesday in Game 1 of a best-of-three series for the Region I-4A championship.

Dill was brilliant all night, limiting the Eagles to three hits and three walks while striking out seven. And his lineup did just enough to make him a winner, scraping across two runs off Argyle starter Trevor Duck.

The victory puts the Yellow Jackets (27-8-1) in position to close out the series and claim Region I’s state tournament berth with a win in Game 2, which is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday at Abilene Christian University’s Crutcher Scott Field. Game 3, if necessary, would be played at 7 p.m. Friday back in Celina.

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GAME STORY: Stephenville sweeps series with Riverside

MIDLAND — As the drama surrounding the Stephenville Yellowjackets regional semifinal win over El Paso Riverside began to build on Saturday, there was a subtext throughout much of their 6-0 Game 2 victory. 

SHS starting pitcher Reece Elston was carrying a no-hitter throughout much of the game, finally losing it on a close call at first base when Riverside’s Dereck Nevarez beat out a ground ball for an infield single with two out in the fifth.

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GAME STORY: Stephenville takes Game 1 from Riverside, 11-6

MIDLAND — Building a big lead, losing it and recapturing the momentum has long been pointed to as one of the most difficult things to do in any sport.

Yet the Stephenville Yellowjackets did exactly that under late postseason pressure on Friday — handing El Paso Riverside an 11-6 loss in Game 1 of their Region I-4A semifinal series at Max Christensen Stadium. 

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GAME STORY: Elston’s gem, hot bats fuel Stephenville to bi-district sweep

GRAHAM — Stephenville baseball coach Justin Swenson was hoping to get his bullpen some work during his team’s Region I-4A bi-district series against Vernon. The Yellow Jackets wouldn’t let him.

After watching Bryson Dill deliver a complete-game gem in an 8-2 win in the series opener on Friday, junior left-hander Reece Elston followed suit in Game 2 on Saturday, pitching a five-inning two-hitter in a 12-2 run-rule victory at the Graham baseball field.

Taking a perfect game into the fourth inning, Elston ran into a little hiccup in that frame, losing his shutout on a walk and a pair of extra-base hits. But his lineup countered with eight runs in the bottom of the inning to stake him to a 10-run lead, and he put up his fourth zero in the fifth inning to end the game there by run rule.

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STATE TRACK ROUNDUP: Cameron pulls off stunning performance, Brock boys win team title

Not since way back in 1982 had any girl wearing a Stephenville uniform clocked a 100-meter dash any faster than Victoria Cameron did on Thursday. 

She picked the right time to do it — ripping through the girls 4A 100 meters in a blazing 11.48 seconds to capture gold at the UIL State Track and Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium. 

Cameron’s effort not only obliterated her previous personal best of 11.85, but it also smashed a 39-year-old school record of 11.70 and left race favorite Kaylee Lewis of Melissa with a distant second-place finish of 11.78. 

Lewis did come back for a measure of revenge, edging Cameron for gold in the 200. But Cameron’s gold-silver combination still stood as one of the top highlights for athletes in the Big Country Preps coverage area on Day 1, which also saw the Brock boys capture a 3A team championship.

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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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FEATURE: Stephenville sprinter Cameron hoping to keep streak going at state

Victoria Cameron hasn’t been beaten to the finish line this year in the 100 and 200.  

That the Stephenville sophomore is undefeated in the sprints heading into Thursday’s Class 4A state meet isn’t a surprise to Cameron’s coach.  

Jeremiah Butchee has worked with plenty of prolific track athletes during his career. What makes Cameron special is that she has one of the best starts out of the blocks Butchee has ever seen.  

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GAME STORY: Patient Stephenville offense rolls Brownwood

BROWNWOOD — Knowing that storms could potentially hit the area, Stephenville baseball coach Justin Swenson gave Tuesday night starter Bryson Dill a simple directive.

“Pound the zone and throw strikes.”

That’s exactly what Dill did and the Yellow Jackets took a 12-0 win over Brownwood in District 6-4A play Tuesday night at Morris Southall Field. Continue reading “GAME STORY: Patient Stephenville offense rolls Brownwood”

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 I-4A TRACK RECAP: Stephenville’s Cameron, Big Spring boys duo headline strong area showing

LUBBOCK — Big Country athletes accounted for 16 medals and clinched eight berths to the state track meet over the weekend at the Region I-4A meet Lowrey Field.

Area athletes claimed four gold medals, four silvers and eight bronzes during a strong all-around showing by the Big Country’s representatives Friday and Saturday.

Headlining the effort on the girls side was Stephenville sprinter Victoria Cameron, who swept the girls 100 and 200 meters, running the former in 12.12 seconds and the latter in a personal-best time of 24.81 to win the event by almost a second over Argyle’s Ja’Liyah Patterson (25.70).

On the boys side, the area’s gold medals came from Big Spring discus thrower Braxton Pearson (personal-best 160 feet, 1 inch) and Big Spring high jumper Kyler Seymore (personal-best 6-6).

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Escalon takes this week’s accolade

Our Big Country Preps Player of the Week for the Week ending April 17 could have only been better had he thrown a no-hitter. 

Breckenridge freshman Camden Escalon came within one hit of a no-no on Saturday in an 18-0 rout of Wichita Falls City view. 

Along the way he fanned 10 hitters against only two walks to improve his personal record to 2-0 on the year. 

As a team Breckenridge enters this week at 13-6 and 6-3 in district play. 

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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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