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March 19th, 2011
The Big Spring Lady Steers had no shortage of opponents Friday night.
For starters, there was the visiting Sweetwater Lady Mustangs, who spotted the Lady Steers a six-run lead, then came roaring back with six runs of their own.
Then, there was the Lady Steers themselves, who gave the Sweetwater rally a helping hand with ineffective pitching and two three errors.
Finally, there was Mother Nature, who proved to be the toughest opponent of the night.
Big Spring High School Softball Coach John Sparks said the Lady Steers will have to rely on pitching and defense for any success they have this season.
A prime example of Sparks' comments came Wednesday. Big Spring managed only three hits against San Angelo Central, but received sterling performances from pitcher Logan Yarbar in particular and the Lady Steers' defense in general en route to a 3-1 victory over San Angelo Central at the BSHS Softball Complex.
A quick lesson from Baseball 101: When your pitcher throws strikes, the game becomes a lot easier.
Two varying examples of this rule were on display during the Big Spring Steers' doubleheader vs. San Angelo Lake View Tuesday afternoon. In game one, both the Steers and the Chiefs had trouble finding the strike zone and the end result was a 13-12 marathon win for the Steers. In the nightcap, however, Big Spring pitcher Jacob Acosta consistently got ahead of the opposing batters and the Steers cruised to a relatively easy 7-3 victory.
The Howard College Hawks are well-represented as the Western Junior College Athletic Conference honors were announced this week.
Probably the highest honor for Howard was Carlos Emory being named MVP of the conference. Shavon Coleman, Corey Stern and Joe Bright all earned honorable mention.
With little time left on the clock and the Hawk needing a big shot, Emory was often the go-to guy. The most memorable shot the sophomore took is probably the 3-pointer that gave the Hawks the lead at Midland College with 15 seconds left.
It wasnâ€™t exactly a night full of offense for Brownfield and Big Spring in their matchup Tuesday at Steer Park.
Big Spring third baseman Jacob Acosta changed all that with one swing, though.
Acostaâ€™s three-run RBI double sparked a five-run third inning as the Steers went on to beat the Cubs 12-2 in five innings.
The Steers were up 3-1 before Acostaâ€™s blast to left field, but they hadnâ€™t had an extra base hit. Ascotaâ€™s double went past the Brownfield left-fielder and Gunnar Kennedy, Jared Deporto and Max Pappajohn were sent home. The Steers went from a 3-1 lead to an 8-1 lead.
POST â€” Starting fast was key for the Garden City Bearkats against No. 10 Ira in Wednesdayâ€™s regional quarterfinal.
The exact opposite happened.
â€śWe picked a great time of the year to play our absolute worst quarter of basketball, worst half of basketball,â€ť GCHS Koby Abney said. â€śI donâ€™t think we were overwhelmed by the moment, but we just didnâ€™t play well. You canâ€™t do that in the quarterfinals. There are no bad teams.â€ť
The Bearkats struggled early on the way to a 69-50 loss Wednesday in Post, ending their playoff run.
Big Spring standout guard Luke Adams has been named District 5-3A's Most Valuable Player.
Adams' honor is the biggest for Big Spring as 5-3A's all-district boys' basketball selections were announced today.
Including Adams, the Steers had six players receive honors. Sophomore big man Chazzell Robinson was named Newcomer of the Year. Senior guard Tristian Clay made first team all-district, Mike Menefield and Marc Segundo made the second team and Devante Lloyd earned an honorable mention selection.
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.