Archive - May 2012 - Sports Article
The Howard College Hawks baseball team â who finished with a 45-12 record â might not have reached all of their season goals, but the squad has been showered with recognition from both the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) and Region 5.
The 2012 WJCAC All-Conference team recognized three players while also giving the nod to Coach Britt Smith as the WJCAC Coach of the Year as he led the team to a record four consecutive conference championships.
Howard College Hawks softball player Olive Naotala was named to the NJCAA Division I Softball First Team All-American for her outstanding performance as Hawk in the 2011-2012 season.
Naotala finished the season with a .445 batting average, .967 slugging percentage, 98 RBIâs and a record 32 home runs.
âOlive is the best player I have ever coached,â said Kelly Raines, Hawk softball head coach. âShe was 3rd team All-American last year and to come out as a sophomore and be even better â that is a hard thing to do.â
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The Howard County Titans are on a roll. The elite 8-and-under traveling baseball squad comprised of kids from Big Spring, Coahoma and Forsan is currently ranked first in the West Texas division standings. They have won four out of six tournaments they have competed in this season and are preparing for a state vs. state, king of the hill-style competition being held Saturday in Ruidoso, N.M.
Most of the young athletes also play Little League baseball, but there are differences between the Titans' league and Little League play according to team manager Angela Brooks.
ST. GEORGE, Utah â After losing to Salt Lake Community College in Game 2 of the national softball championship tournament, Howard College was tasked with the difficult chore of winning up to seven consecutive games against the stiffest competition in the nation in order to avoid elimination and keep its hopes of coming home the No. 1 ranked junior college softball squad in the country alive.
The Hawks' offense seemed up to the challenge after coming out on top of a veritable slug fest in Game 3 with Seminole State College, as they downed the Lady Raiders by a score of 12-9.
LUBBOCK â It wasn't exactly how Howard College Head Baseball Coach Britt Smith wanted the season to end, but as he pointed out after the Hawks' 5-2 loss to the Cisco College Wranglers on Wednesday, âThese guys went 91-25 in two years. That's .800 baseball â you can't ask for much better than that.â
One bad inning â the top of the second â would come back to haunt the Hawks as the normally dependable starting pitcher Logan Ehlers and the defense gave up five Cisco runs on five hits, a walk and an error.
â(Ehlers) was on short rest,â Smith said. âHe didn't have the same velocity.â
When introducing Diamond Mayes to the crowd who gathered to watch her sign a letter of intent to play basketball at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Big Spring High School Athletic Director Phillip Ritchey said âDiamond (Mayes) is what all Big Spring Steers â Lady Steers should be like.â
Mayes, who has played on the varsity basketball team for four years, as well as other sports, received a full scholarship to OWU.
What drew Mayes to the school was the similarities between there and Big Spring.