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February 22nd, 2011
What does a head coach whoâs never been to the playoffs tell his players about the playoffs?
Itâs something the eight seniors on this team can relate to.
âIâve talked to a lot of coaches who have been in my position and I just try to heed their advice and make it fun for the guys,â BSHS boysâ basketball head coach Cliff Thompson said. âFor a lot of them, I just make sure theyâre enjoying it because itâs the last time theyâll get to do this. For me, itâs a learning process, for them itâs the only chance they get.â
GAIL â The No. 11 Grady Wildcats didnât accomplish what they wanted to during the regular season â win the District 8A Division II crown.
However, before Mondayâs Class A Division II bi-district playoff game against New Home, Grady head coach Thomas Clay reminded his players they donât need that for a return trip to state.
The Big Spring baseball team took care of business Monday night, beating Monahans 8-2 to open the 2011 season.
Max Pappajohn was on the mound for the win.
Head Coach Bert Otto was impressed with his teamâs performance. He said this is about where the Steers were at last year, but he will learn what type of team he has quickly.
The Steers immediately dive in to their first tournament of the year at Lubbock Cooper High School. The tourney starts with Cooper at 10 a.m. and Hereford at 3 p.m. Otto said the Steers should also have Monahans again and Andrews.
ODESSA â Thursdayâs game against Frank Phillips College for the Howard College womenâs basketball team is now do or die.
The Hawk women fell to Odessa College Monday in WJCAC action, 66-45. The loss makes the regular season finale the biggest game of the year. Howard needs to beat Frank Phillips at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum and a New Mexico Junior College loss at South Plains in order to clinch a berth in the Region V Tournament. Frank Phillips has already been eliminated.
POST â The Big Spring Steers have had a little more than a week of preparation for their bi-district playoff game against Bowie Tuesday.
But the way they ended the regular season â a 69-54 loss at Abilene Wylie â is still fresh in their minds. So head coach Cliff Thompson and the Steers didnât mind expressing how good a 74-58 win over Paducah felt, even if it was a playoff warm-up game.
âWe needed that after that Wylie game,â he said. âWe didnât play well. Paducah is a good team. Just Monday, they beat Seminole, who won their
3A district. We played well and that was good to see.â
POST â Youth and inexperience caught up with the Grady Lady Wildcats when they met No.14 Paducah in the girlsâ Class A, Division II area championship Friday.
âWe shot ourselves in the foot a lot,â Grady head coach Ken Hefner said.âBut itâs not a lack of effort. The kids played hard all year long. They did some great things. Itâs just disappointing to finish on a night like this.â
Paducah handed a 58-35 loss to the Lady Cats, whose playoff run ended after a win over Ropes in the bi-district round Tuesday.
Big Spring girlsâ track coach Nick Roberson canât hide the excitement when he talks about the team he has this year.
Thereâs talent across the board and a good mix of youth and experience.
âOur expectations for our team this year are at the highest level,â Roberson said. âI have one expectation for this team and thatâs to be very successful. For years, Iâve been building. I havenât had any senior leadership or any leaders to speak up. Now my young ones have grown up, and Iâve got some young ones behind them.â
Western Texas had nothing to play for in Thursdayâs matchup against Howard College in Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
Sometimes those are the most dangerous teams.
The Hawksâ comeback was a little too late as they fell to the Lady Westerners 55-53 in WJCAC action.
More importantly, the loss ties Howard with New Mexico Junior College for the fourth and final spot for the Region V Tournament. Both teams are at 5-5.
In a game that lacked scoring, it's fitting the biggest play of the night happened on the defensive end.
Ropes' fourth quarter push was stalled after Grady's Sarah Clay blocked Samantha Medrano's 3-pointer, which could have given the Lady Eagles a 31-30 lead with a little under a minute left in the game.
Instead Grady held on for the 31-28 win in Class A Division II bi-district playoff action and a date with No. 14 Paducah in the area round.
Clay, who also had a team-high eight points, came up big at the right time for the Lady Cats.
MIDLAND â The emotion was clear on the Howard College bench.
They didnât want to possibly meet No. 5 Midland College again in the regional tournament knowing they went 0-2 against the Chaps during the regular season.
So even though the Hawks were down 18 at one point and it looked like the conference leaders were going to prevail again, Carlos Emory came through.
Emory hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the game to cap off a Howard comeback, leading the Hawks to a 76-74 win over the Chaps Monday in Midland. The Hawks were down by 10 with a little more than two minutes left.