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March 22nd, 2013
Hutchinson, Kan. â€” Another thrilling season of Howard College men's basketball is in the books.
The Hawks â€” who received an at-large bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association championship tournament â€” was eliminated Thursday by a scrappy Vincennes squad, 70-65.
It looked like business as usual for Howard in the opening minutes of play.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. â€” The Howard College menâ€™s basketball team had never seen a crowd like they did Tuesday at the National Junior College Athletic Association championship tournament as they were tasked with facing the hometown team â€” Hutchinson Community College (31-2) â€” which was in the national tourney for the first time since 1997.
But, the Hawks have some big time players who made some big time baskets down the stretch to take a commanding lead they wouldnâ€™t relinquish and removed the Blue Dragons from the bracket with a 92-69 win.
It was a tight game for 30 minutes.
SNYDER â€” Big Spring Head Baseball Coach Bert Ottoâ€™s team is off to another good start.
Using a little small ball, patience and luck, the Steers won their district opener on the road against Snyder by a score of 2-0.
Both teamsâ€™ bats were quiet to start off, when in the top of the fourth inning, Haegan Rodriguez led off with a stand-up triple.
Gunnar Kennedy then hit a ball hard to the Tigersâ€™ short stop who committed a throwing error, allowing Rodriguez to cross home plate and Kennedy to advance to second base.
SNYDER â€” District play has been full of ups and downs for Big Spring â€” and itâ€™s only the first week.
After a 12-2 run-rule victory over Wylie to kick off 4-3A action, the Lady Steers lost by the same score to Snyder on Tuesday, also in run-rule fashion.
â€śThey did to us exactly what we did to Wylie,â€ť BSHS Head Coach John Sparks said.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. â€” A dominant first half and another strong performance from the Howard College starting five propelled No. 13 seed Howard College to a 63-54 victory over Eastern Mississippi (20th seed) Monday to open National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament play at the Sports Arena.
Of Cameron Forte's 18 points, 16 came in the first stanza. The Hawks (29-5) opened the game with a 12-0 run, putting the Lions (20-8) in the hole early.
LUBBOCK â€” Howard College's whole season came down to a free throw. With the game tied at 59 with 4.32 seconds left on the clock, if New Mexico Junior College's Desmond Lee missed his second shot from the line, the NJCAA Region V championship game at the Rip Griffin Center would have likely gone into overtime. But he made it, putting the Thunderbirds up 60-59.
LUBBOCK â€” Two down, one to go. The Hawks started off strong in the semifinal round of the NJCAA Region V tournament Friday at the Rip Griffin Center against conference foe Odessa College â€” who Howard dispatched twice already this season â€” but the Wranglers battled back to give the Hawks a scare before a strong second half showing by the seven-foot Goran Huskic, who keyed the Hawks' 71-56 win.
COAHOMA â€” It was a tough season for the young Bulldogette hoops squad (4-11, 1-4), but like many other Crossroads area sports teams, they are young and full of promise.
And that's not just coachspeak either. Three CHS basketball players were selected to represent the school and they are all underclassmen â€” a good sign of things to come, according to Head Girls Basketball Coach Paul Hartman.
The Hawks have been eliminated from postseason play, but went out with their heads held high after a 55-38 victory over Frank Phillips College on Thursday at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
Tori Tucker scored a game-high 21 points, while Destinee Thrash added eight and Teiona Tarrant chipped in seven for the Hawks.
It was a bittersweet end to a year full of obstacles for Head Coach Earl Diddle â€” who dealt with the loss of multiple starters throughout the season.
SEMINOLE â€” And then there was one. No. 8 Grady rolled past Ropes in a Class A, Division II regional quarterfinal playoff round Tuesday, routing the Eagles 72-38 using a balanced offensive attack and aggressive defense.
With the win, the Wildcats (25-6) advanced to the regional semifinal, where they will meet the winner of the Whitharral-Nazareth game which is being held today due to a weather postponement.