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March 2nd, 2011
Big Spring softball head coach John Sparks believes Jillian Valle is his go-to hitter right now.
She proved why that may be the case Tuesday afternoon.
Valleâ€™s game-winning home run in the seventh inning pushed the Lady Steers past Greenwood, 6-5 at home Tuesday.
It was her second home run of the game. She finished the day going 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
Sparks said Valle was as clutch as she could be. The Lady Steers were on their last out when Valle hit the bomb.
The Garden City Bearkats simply havenâ€™t been tested yet in the boysâ€™ Class A Division II playoffs, but they might see a challenge today against No.10 Ira in the regional quarterfinal matchup.
Garden City and Ira â€” two schools familiar with each other â€” face off at 6 p.m. today at Post High School in Post. Garden City beat Hermleigh 72-36 in the bi-district round and Dell City 72-42 in the area round. Ira had a bye in the bi-district round, but beat Valentine 70-35 in the area round. The winner of this one faces the winner of the Baird-Lipan regional quarterfinal.
ODESSA â€” The Howard College womenâ€™s basketball team thought it was in the Region V Tournament after beating Frank Phillips to end the regular season.
They had to play one more game, however.
The Hawks beat New Mexico Junior College 66-61 Monday in Odessa in a game that determined which team will go to the Region V Tournament, which begins Thursday.
BRECKENRIDGE â€” The Big Spring Steers were hanging on by a thread for most of Fridayâ€™s Class 3A area championship game against No. 4 Kennedale.
The Wildcats couldnâ€™t exactly put the Steers away early and the Steers couldnâ€™t seriously make a game out of it.
But like elite teams do, Kennedale wore down Big Spring on the way to a 74-43 win, ending the Steersâ€™ season.
The Big Spring Steers are trying not to put too much pressure on themselves as todayâ€™s area championship matchup against No. 4 Kenndale at 8 p.m. in Breckenridge approaches.
After the Steers won Tuesdayâ€™s bi-district playoff game against Bowie, head coach Cliff Thompson mentioned if Big Spring beats Kennedale, there wonâ€™t be any movies made labeling it as the greatest upset of all time.
The message has been simple: Donâ€™t be nervous, just believe.
Howard College womenâ€™s basketball head coach Earl Diddle clearly was in a better mood by the end of Thursday night than he was before the regular season finale against Frank Phillips College started.
At one point, all he knew was New Mexico Junior College and Odessa College needed to lose and his team had to win if the Hawks wanted to return to the Region V Tournament. They could only control the latter.
However, with all the odds in the world against them, the Hawks took care of business and so did New Mexico and Odessaâ€™s opponents. By the end of the night, Diddle was a happy man.
Rip Griffin Center
Big Spring vs. Kennedale
Breckenridge High School
Stanton vs. Bushland
Rip Griffin Center
- 8 p.m.
Monahans High School
Sands vs. Spur
- 6:30 p.m.
Post High School
The Howard College womenâ€™s basketball team needs a lot of help as far as making the Region V Tournament is concerned. Head coach Earl Diddle knows that much.
In order to clinch a berth, the Hawks not only have to take care of Frank Phillips at 5:45 p.m. today in Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, South Plains has to beat New Mexico Junior College and Midland College has to beat Odessa.
â€śWeâ€™ve got to do what weâ€™ve got to do and then weâ€™re at the hands of these other people, which is not a real good feeling,â€ť Diddle said. â€śBut thatâ€™s the position weâ€™re in.â€ť
CISCO â€” Riding the wave of momentum that got them in the postseason â€” and guard Kevin Dunn â€” the Bowie Jackrabbits tested the Big Spring
Steers early in Mondayâ€™s bi-district playoff game.
To combat that, the Steers didnâ€™t just rely on Luke Adams. There was Marc Segundo and Tristian Clay hitting big jumpers and Mike Menefield and Devante Lloyd dominating in the post.
Everything fell into place for the Steers on the way to a 77-47 win to start the boysâ€™ Class 3A playoffs.
ODESSA â€” Tyler Fulton and Grayson Gray have been big for the Stanton Buffaloes all season.
So why would that change in Tuesdayâ€™s bi-district playoff game against Kermit?
The two combined for 42 points in the Buffsâ€™ 57-48 win at Odessa College in Odessa.
Stanton head coach Ken VanCuren said he was impressed with the way his team stepped up at the right time.