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Merkel was going toe-to-toe with Big Spring heading into the second quarter, but in a flash, it looked like that never happened.
A strong second-quarter run propelled Big Spring past Merkel Friday 70-43 in the Steersâ€™ first home game in almost a month.
Luke Adams led with 19 points, but Tristian Clay and Marc Segundo were as impressive with 14 and 10, respectively.
The inside game with Cerbi Ritchey and Diamond Mayes is almost unstoppable and the same could be said for Valerie Ross and Mackenzie
Stoneâ€™s shooting efficiency.
If thatâ€™s sounds like a double-edged sword opponents want no part of, how much more dangerous are the Big Spring Lady Steers with speed in the backcourt?
The answer: very dangerous. At least thatâ€™s what head coach Mike Warren is counting on with LaShaunte Anderson, Bridgette Tuitt and Logan Yarbar.
Coahoma head coach Mitzi Bell can remember how big the Forsan game was when she was in high school at Iraan. Forsan head coach Robert Hillger can remember close games decided by buzzer beaters between the two teams.
Both coaches know the Coahoma-Forsan game at 6 p.m. today in Forsan means something to the players, considering the close proximity between the two towns and the familiarity the players have with one another.
These two teams being the same district this year makes things even more exciting.
The Big Spring Steers donâ€™t play horrible defense. In some cases, theyâ€™re far from it.
But to first-year head coach Cliff Thompson, they can never be too good on the defensive side of the ball.
Thatâ€™s one focus â€” among many â€” for the Steers as their third home game this season approaches. Thompson said the focus is starting to shift toward what the Steers have to do to get ready for District 5-3A play in January and at the top of his list is defense.
COAHOMA â€” As Pete Acosta was trying to recall how many people have congratulated him on his selection to the 2010 Class 2A All-State Football team, another bystander shouted his name from afar, hoping to do the same.
Safe to say Coahoma is proud of what the senior has done.
Acosta was named second team all-state by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors with three other defensive backs. He wasnâ€™t the only Bulldog on the list, either. Josh Castilaw earned honorable mention as an offensive lineman.
The Big Spring Lady Steers took care of business at home once again this season Tuesday. This time they cruised past Monahans 56-34 in Steer Gym for their 11th win of the season.
Like most games recently, this game was all about experimenting with different lineups and getting every player on the floor.
â€śWe started a different lineup, had an all junior lineup just to kind of look at that group and I thought they kind of got in there and got after it,â€ť head coach Mike Warren said. â€śAlthough, the score was close
COAHOMA â€” In a game like this, a nine-point deficit looked like it was too far out of reach for the Coahoma Bulldogettes heading into the fourth quarter.
But they didnâ€™t want to go 0-2 in district play. The fear of that happening alone sparked Coahoma in a thrilling 46-45 win over Post in District 3-2A action Tuesday in Coahoma.
The Bulldogettes were down 39-30 heading into the fourth quarter, but battled back to tie it thanks to a few baskets from Minnie Goodblanket and a clutch shot from Haley Pace with about a minute left in the game.
The District 5-3A honors for football were announced Monday with Brownwood being the last team knocked out of the playoffs.
The Big Spring Steers had 12 players earn honors, four of them on first team all-district.
Receiver Mike Menefield, offensive lineman Jackson Watkins, defensive end Devante Lloyd and safety Dennis Merworth earned first team
all-district honors. Merworth also earned a nod for honorable mention at receiver.
GARDEN CITY â€“ At the beginning of the 2010 season, Ian Schaefer wasnâ€™t quite sure the Garden City Bearkats would end up hoisting the UIL Six-Man Division I state championship trophy again.
At the very least, he didnâ€™t want to make a bold prediction. But the more this team came together, got better every week and stayed focused, the more Schaefer knew the Bearkats were on to something special.
GARDEN CITY â€” Garden City football players talk about head coach Vance Jones like heâ€™s a family member.
Itâ€™s just one way of putting his impact on the program in perspective.
â€śCoach Jones is like a second dad almost,â€ť running back Josh Colunga said. â€śHeâ€™s been there for us on and off the field. Heâ€™s a great coach. He knows what heâ€™s doing. He takes care of us a lot. Iâ€™m glad I did it under his judgement and his coaching staff. The rest of the coaches are awesome and I just want to say thank you to all of them.â€ť