Archive - Sports Article
June 20th, 2012
Summer league basketball is more than just a recreational activity, it is crucial preparation â€” at least that's how the Lady Wildkats, an elite traveling basketball squad comprised of Big Spring and other athletes sees it.
The team has been competing in invitational tournaments in the previous weeks and holding its own even though most of the teams they play are from larger schools and more populated cities.
9-10 year olds
Games played at Northern Little League, Midland
10-11 year olds
Bryson Van Vleet
Games played at North Ector 8901 Andrews Hwy, Odessa
11-12 year olds
One of the toughest jobs in all of sports has to be pitching in the major league. Not too many are called to take the mound against the best batters on the planet, but Reid Scoggins â€” who just wrapped up his collegiate career as a Howard College Hawk â€” was selected in the 15th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on day one of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
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 RBIâ€™s and a record 32 home runs.
â€śOlive is the best player I have ever coached,â€ť said Kelly Raines, Hawk softball head coach. â€śShe 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€ť
Big Spring YMCA to host 3-on-3 hoops tourney
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.