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After going 3-1 in the Fredricksburg tournament, Big Spring boys basketball coach Cliff Thompson believes heâ€™s watching his team learn from the mistakes it made at the beginning of the season.
Thatâ€™s good news, too, considering district play is about two weeks away.
â€śThe first part of the season was up and down, but weâ€™re kind of on a roll now,â€ť Thompson said. â€śI think weâ€™ve been improving all year.â€ť
The Steers took care of Randolph 62-32, lost to St. Andrews 61-56, beat Rouse 65-55 and defeated Ingram 68-39 in the Fredricksburg tournament to move to 13-6 on the season.
The Garden City Bearkats were led by Josh Coulnga and Brett Chudej all season during their run to a second consecutive state championship.
So, it seems right the two swept the district's Offensive and Defensive MVP awards.
With the Six-Man Division I District 7 football honors being released, Coulnga was named Offensive MVP and Chudej, who regularly made plays at linebacker, was named the district's Defensive MVP.
The Bearkats had 13 players earn honors. Chudej, Reggie Halfmann, Ruben Mier and Brian Hirt earned multiple honors.
Coahoma quarterback Tanner Ruiz and Stanton linebacker Grayson Gray won District 2-2A Offensive and Defensive MVP honors with the all-district selections being announced this week.
The Coahoma Bulldogs, including Ruiz, had 12 players earn honors.
Dakota Griffith was named first team running back, Hunter Williams was named first team tight end and Josh Castilaw, off his all-state selection, was named first team center.
Justin Coker nabbed second team fullback and Sheigh Cravens was second team receiver. Jacob Echavarria made the second team as an offensive lineman.
FORSAN â€” A big third quarter and a little bit too much speed was Coahomaâ€™s undoing as Forsan got a big 47-39 win in District 3-2A play over the Bulldogs Friday in Forsan.
The story for the Bulldogs was the way they came out in the second half.
It was tied at 14 heading into the third quarter, but the game got away from Coahoma a little bit. CHS head coach Kim Nichols said his players couldnâ€™t keep up in transition in the third and most notably, Forsanâ€™s Ty Johnson was tough to slow down.
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