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February 11th, 2013
Backed into a corner. That's how Howard College Head Coach Earl Diddle described the Lady Hawks, who have struggled to establish dominance since Western Junior College Athletic Conference play began.
However, on Saturday, HC may have found their rhythm against one of the best team in the conference, defeating South Plains College 54-52 in gritty fashion.
â€śI'm really proud of the way they came back,â€ť Diddle said. â€śThey did a great job defensively, they rebounded the ball â€” their spirit in the second half was really good.â€ť
FORSAN â€” A pair of Forsan student-athletes â€” P.J. Horton and Brendan Roman â€” signed letters of intent to attend Arlington Baptist College on Friday. Roman will be on the private, four-year school's track and field squad, while Horton plans to run track and cross country.
Both seniors are excited to take their athletic ability to the collegiate level.
â€śI chose Arlington Baptist because they told me I would run. I won't have to redshirt. I will be running my freshmen year and the coaches told me if I'm in the top seven on the team, I will go to nationals.â€ť
A few weeks ago, not too many people expected much out of the Steers, who seemed befuddled on the court from the start of District 4-3A, which they opened with four straight losses.
But Head Coach Cliff Thompson insisted it was just a phase his squad was going through while they found their identity.
Apparently, they found it.
Big Spring has won four of their last six games, including a thrilling win over Greenwood last week and Friday's season-ending, 74-54 rout of Sweewater.
CLARENDON â€” The Lady Hawks came away with a 66-50 road win against Clarendon College in what Head Coach Earl referred to as â€śa pivotal gameâ€ť.
â€śI was really impressed with the way we came out and played,â€ť Diddle said of his squad's performance. â€śThey played well defensively and really had no mental lapses even though Clarendon is a tough team to play against. They are very unorthodox.â€ť
HC led the Lady Bulldogs by 12 at the halfway mark, who pulled within eight in the second half of play, but couldn't complete the rally and fell short in the final minutes of play.
Before Big Spring senior Chris Nunez signed his letter of intent to play football at West Texas A&M University in front of a foyer packed with family, friends and classmates, Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Phillip Ritchey had a few remarks about his success.
MIDLAND â€” The Howard College women had a chance to avenge their Jan. 7 home loss to Midland College on Monday, but the Lady Chaparrals hung on to edge the Hawks 63-61 despite a strong effort on the road.
â€śI thought we played really well defensively,â€ť HC Head Women's Coach Earl Diddle said. â€śWe did a good job on their All-American, Achiri Ade, and we were in a good position to win the game, but you've got missed free throws, missed blockouts â€” that's how you get beat.â€ť
BORGER â€” Continuing their four-game road trip, the Hawks visited Frank Phillips College on Thursday where they picked up another conference win, downing the Plainsmen 94-69.
That puts the Hawks in the top of the pack, where they are battling New Mexico Junior College, Odessa College, South Plains College and Midland College for conference supremacy.
â€śWe're all kind of bunched up,â€ť Howard College Head Coach Mark Adams said.
The Plainsmen were overwhelmed from the start.
Cameron Forte scored a game-high 29 points for the Hawks, who led FPC by 18 at the half.
Big Spring Little League is now holding open registrations for all age groups. The league â€” which is the largest per capita in the United States with over 670 participants last year â€” has undergone some minor changes this season.
The age range has been expanded to 4-16 years. Previously, the cut-off was 15 years old. There will also be a new division for 13-year-old kids.
It took the Lady Steers (16-14, 4-4) over five minutes to score during Tuesday's meeting with No. 17 Abilene Wylie. Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs seemed as if they couldn't miss a shot, outscoring Big Spring 32-5 in the first half.
With about four minutes remaining before halftime, a fire alarm was tripped, halting the action for about 10 minutes. It was just a false alarm, but unfortunately for Big Spring it didn't interrupt Wylie's rhythm. The Lady Bulldogs went home with their perfect District 4-3A record intact after a 60-24 blowout win.
The Steers kept their chance of earning a postseason berth alive Friday with a 67-43 rout of visiting Snyder.
Less than a minute into the game, Tyler Graves put up four points and Tavaris Walker registered his first two points of the outing, putting BSHS up 6-0.
Looking dominant on defense, the Steers forced three straight turnovers â€” all of which turned into points.
Snyder was unable to put together a meaningful rally, as BSHS led the Tigers from start to finish.