Archive - Sports Article
November 3rd, 2011
As winter approaches and the nights begin to get longer, the sun is quickly setting on another year of Steers' football, with the 0-9 Steers heading into Friday night's season finale in Snyder.
The 2011 season has been a disappointing one for Steer Nation, though fans saw their hometown boys come close in several games. The heart-breaking 7-6 season-opening loss to Fort Stockton seemed to set the tone for the season, as it would be the closest Big Spring would come to a win.
Welcome to the final week of the regular season. Get ready for a bumpy, hard-hitting ride. District 2-2A has all the excitement football fans could want this week, as three area teams jockey for position.
The 6-3 Coahoma Bulldogs have already clinched a playoff spot as they sit side-by-side with Idalou at 5-0 in district play. They will be playing for the district title Friday night in Idalou. Bulldogs' head coach Trey Gardner said it was a win-win situation for his team.
The Garden City varsity girls cross country team took first place at the District 10-1A meet in Lamesa recently. Kamie Halfmann took first place overall, with Vanessa Cardenas and Magdaly Huerta close behind in sixth and seventh place, respectively.
Hannah Halfmann finbished in 12th place, Brylie Schaefer in 14th and Holly Halfmann in 25th. The Lady Kats will compete at the Regional II 1A meet Saturday Nov. 5 at Vandergriff Park in Arlington. Start time is 12:05 p.m. They are coached by Amy Hoch-Niehues.
EASTLAND â€” In the swiftest of fashions, the Big Spring Lady Steers grabbed the Bi-District championship from the Vernon Lady Lions Tuesday night in Eastland. The girls needed only three games to claim the title and advance to a meeting with Kennedale in the Area round of the playoffs.
FORSAN â€” In a surprising display of defensive fortitude, The Stanton Buffaloes have caught up with the Forsan Buffaloes in the playoff race after defeating their district rivals 23-13 Friday night.
Unfortunately for both squads the tie is for fourth place in the district. Stanton and Forsan both stand at 2-3 in district play behind Hawley (3-2). Of course, Idalou and Coahoma are sitting pretty on top of the district, both without a district loss, but that will change Friday night when the two teams meet for the district championship.
The Forsan boys cross country team finished in first place in the district meet in Lubbock. This is the fourth consecutive district title for the Buffaloes and makes five out of the last six.
The boys had a perfect score, claiming the first five spots individually. Kyle Stevenson finished in first place overall with a time of 17:08, followed closely by second place finisher P.J. Horton with a time of 17:28.
Third place went to Tyler Evans with 17:35, while Matthew Mims took fourth place and Elgen Suazo took fifth place.
The Lady Steers clinched a playoff spot this week, defeating Brownwood in four games. Big Spring grabs the runner-up position for District 5-3A and will face the Vernon Lady Lions, District 6-3A's third place finisher either Oct. 31 or Nov. 1 in the Bi-District round of the playoffs.
The Lady Steers fell behind in the first game, eventually falling by a close 23-25 score. The games did not get any easier, but the girls of Big Spring forced things to go their way, winning three straight games by scores of 26-24, 25-23 and 27-25.
The future of the Forsan Buffaloes is sitting calmly in their own hands. This week, the 5-3 Buffaloes (2-2 in district) will take on Stanton in a clash of area teams looking to distance themselves from the herd and make the playoffs.
Idalou and Coahoma have already clinched a place at the table, though who gets to say grace will not be determined until the two teams finally meet Nov. 4.
It would be easy to look past Stanton for Forsan head coach Jason Phillips â€” and look at next week's match-up with Hawley (2-2) â€” but the Forsan helmsman knows better.
The Lady Steers took full advantage of a break in their district schedule to keep their skills sharp, defeating Greenwood in four games. After falling behind and losing the first game 20-25, the girls bounced back, taking the next three games 25-15, 25-18 and 25-17.
It was senior night at Steer Gym and the three graduating Lady Steers put up some impressive numbers for the hometown crowd.
Cerbi Ritchey led the team in three categories. The tall setter had 20 assists, 17 kills and 16 digs along with seven blocks and an ace.
District 2-2A is shaping up to go down to the wire this season with seven teams competing for three playoff spots. Right now, Idalou is sitting where they were predicted to be, undefeated (3-0) in district play. However, someone forgot to tell Coach Gardner's bunch out in Coahoma they are expected to finish in second place, not first. Currently, the Bulldogs are atop the district with a 4-0 district record after last week's thrilling 23-22 win at Forsan. Coahoma and Idalou are set to play Nov. 4 in the season finale.