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May 13th, 2013
GRAND PRAIRIE â€” If you had told Howard College Head Baseball Coach Britt Smith a month ago that his team would be one game away from the Region V championship, he may not have believed you.
All season long, Smith has been critical of his squad's overall effort.
â€śThey are a selfish team,â€ť Smith proclaimed a few weeks ago.
Since then, Smith has changed his tune a bit. And for good reason â€” the Hawks went up against nationally-ranked Grayson College in the tournament opener and came away with a 10-5 win.
ODESSA â€” The Hawks fought through a season of adversity, but now they can breathe for a moment â€” Howard College baseball will be represented at the Region V Tournament in Grand Prairie. But first, they had to get past Western Junior College Athletic Conference rival Odessa College.
It was the epitome of a must-win game Saturday as the Hawks' postseason fate would be determined by the outcome of the final meeting of a four-game series â€” as well as the regular season â€” between the Hawks and the Wranglers.
LUBBOCK â€” The promising season is over. One game away from the Region V title game, Howard College was upset for the second time in the tournament by Midland College on Sunday, this time by a score of 8-2.
The Lady Hawks entered the Region V West Softball Championship Tournament as the top seed after claiming the Western Junior College Athletic Conference title. They were ranked No. 7 in the nation and they held an overall record of 49-9.
MIDLAND â€” After pounding Fort Stockton 14-5 in the bi-district round, Big Spring found themselves on the ropes Saturday in Game Two of a three-game affair against Andrews.
Having lost Game One by a score of 10-5, The Lady Steersâ€™ had to win in order to force a Game Three, but errors â€” 14 in two games to be precise â€” led to too many Lady Mustang runs, while Big Springâ€™s offense was helpless through seven innings.
ANDREWS â€” For the second straight year, Big Spring has advanced to the area round of the playoff after winning a best-of-three series against Pecos in Game Two on Saturday, 5-4.
The Steers and the Mustangs were in a dogfight until the bottom of the seventh. Then, Big Spring's grit came through yet again.
Gunnar Kennedy â€” who pitched a complete-game for the Steers â€” led off with a double to kickstart a BSHS last-inning rally.
Clean-up batter Max Pappajohn was walked intentionally, but was erased on a Fielder's Choice when Joseph Morelion made contact.
AUSTIN â€” After the first round of action at Jimmy Clay Golf Course, the Big Spring boy's golf team is sitting in sixth place with a combined score of 336.
All five Steer golfers managed to shoot in the 80s despite facing yet another day of bad weather on the links.
Tyler Bryan shot 82; Tate Kennedy and Devin Roberson each recorded 84 strokes, Ryan Pollard shot 86 and Jason Guevara rounded out the Steers with a total of 88.
SAN ANGELO â€” Just as its first playoff opponent, Clyde-Eula did, No. 9 ranked Eldorado jumped out to an early lead over Forsan on Thursday at Lake View High School.
The Lady Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the first after a pair of base hits and a couple of errors were committed by the Lady Buffaloes.
"I don't know why we start out that way," FHS Head Coach Shanna Taylor said with a laugh. "It could a be jitters we have to get past. But the girls never seem to get in panic mode."
Part of the reason the Lady Buffs keep their cool comes from high-intensity practices.
ODESSA â€” An explosive nine-run seventh inning broke a 5-5 tie Monday at Odessa College as Big Spring shelled Fort Stockton, 14-5 to advance to area round of the playoffs.
Offensive output was a concern for BSHS Head Softball Coach John Sparks as he prepared his squad for postseason play, but the Lady Steers responded when it was needed most.
Tied at 1-1 after a RBI double by Mercedes Ruiz sent Ayana Gomez home in the top of the second, Big Spring's lineup took charge in the top of the third.
SAN ANGELO â€” Head Softball Coach Shanna Taylor has never lost a bi-district playoff round in her tenure as manager at Forsan and Clyde-Eula was unable to change that Saturday, as the Lady Buffaloes routed the Lady Pirates, 13-2.
Eula did give Forsan a little scare in the early going.
A walk, a stolen base and a RBI single gave the Lady Pirates a 1-0 lead they would hold until the top of the third.
LUBBOCK â€” Big Spring runner Gustavo Lugo will have another chance to win gold at the state meet as he finished in second place in the 3,200 with a time of 10:03.98 at the 3A region I meet at Texas Tech's Fuller Track over the weekend. Lugo also placed fourth in the 1,600. As a team, BSHS placed second in the 1,600. Chris Nunez missed reaching the state finals in discus by less than two feet.
On the girl's side, the Lady Steers placed fifth in the 800 relay.