Category: Wall Hawks

COUNTDOWN TO TWO-A-DAYS: Wall Hawks

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 3A Division I with the Wall Hawks. On Saturday, we will take a look at the Brock Eagles, followed by the Snyder Tigers on Sunday.

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GAME STORY: Brock advances with 5-2 win over Wall

Meeting in postseason play for the fourth straight season (excluding the 2020 lockdown year), the Brock Eagles and Wall Hawks have grown quite familiar with one another, despite being separated by nearly 200 miles. 

Saturday saw the end of yet another tough series between the two Region I powers, with Brock taking Game 3 of their 3A quarterfinal series 5-2 at Abilene Christian University. 

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GAME STORY: Hawks, Williams hang on to beat Holliday 2-1 in Game 1

Wall starting pitcher Austin Williams was facing his final batter, regardless of the outcome. 

With his pitch count reaching 109, Williams was allowed to face Holliday cleanup hitter Dalton Anderson with two outs in the seventh inning with two outs, a 2-1 lead and a man in scoring position. 

As it turned out, Wall coach Jason Schniers’ decision to leave his tired starter in was the correct one. Williams fanned Anderson to end the game and give the Hawks a 2-1 win in Game 1 of a Region I-3A area series at Hardin-Simmons University. 

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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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FEATURE: Wall’s Tate Williams set tone for final track season with record day

Wall senior Tate Williams had been eyeing the school record in the shot put since his freshman year. So when the time finally came earlier this spring, he didn’t just break the 52-year-old mark, he surpassed it three times in one day.

The record-setting day came Feb. 25 in a dual meet with Christoval. Just out of basketball season, Williams had practiced throwing the shot put for only two days before breaking the school record of 55 feet, 1¼ inches set in 1969 by Glen Dierschke.

Williams’ second throw of the day was 55-1½, surpassing Dierschke’s record by one-fourth of an inch. Williams’ third throw was 55-6½, improving his brand new school record. His fourth throw was 57-8½, establishing a new Wall record by more than 2 feet.

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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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GAME STORY: Dublin boys stun Wall at buzzer, advances to I-3A quarterfinals

BROWNWOOD — Through the first two rounds of the Class 3A postseason, the Dublin Lions have had more thrilling moments than some teams experience in an entire season.

After edging Holliday 85-82 in overtime in the bi-district round, the Lions rallied in the fourth quarter for a 57-56 win over Wall on Wednesday night in a Region I-3A area round matchup at the Brownwood Coliseum.

Senior Daniel Escobar took an inbounds pass from midcourt and, after a Wall defender jumped too soon trying to contest the shot, hit a jumper from just a couple of feet to send the Lions faithful into a frenzy.

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