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February 24th, 2011
The Howard College womenâs 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.
âWeâve got to do what weâve got to do and then weâre at the hands of these other people, which is not a real good feeling,â Diddle said. âBut thatâs the position weâre in.â
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 Mondayâs bi-district playoff game.
To combat that, the Steers didnât 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 Tuesdayâs 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.
Everybody knows Garden City for its state championship football team, but the basketball version of the Bearkats might be ready to make some postseason noise, also.
Led by the senior duo of Aaron Long and Brett Chudej, the âKats opened the Class
1A Div. II playoffs with a convincing 72-36 shellacking of Hermleigh at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum Tuesday night.
Chudej scored 19 points and Long added 16, while Corbin Davis and Hayden
Halfmann chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively, to pace Garden City, which improved to 14-7 for the season with the victory.
LEVELLAND â The Big Spring softball team cruised to am 8-2 win against Levelland Tuesday night, upping its records to 2-2.
The Lady Steers rode the arm of Logan Yarbar, who was credited with the win.
Angelina Castillo was big, going 2 for 4. She batted in three runs in the sixth inning, ensuring the Lady Steers left Levelland with a win.
Outside of Castillo, Haley Dimidjian, Mackenzie Stone and Jiliian Valle all went 2 for 4.
What does a head coach whoâs never been to the playoffs tell his players about the playoffs?
Itâs something the eight seniors on this team can relate to.
âIâve talked to a lot of coaches who have been in my position and I just try to heed their advice and make it fun for the guys,â BSHS boysâ basketball head coach Cliff Thompson said. âFor a lot of them, I just make sure theyâre enjoying it because itâs the last time theyâll get to do this. For me, itâs a learning process, for them itâs the only chance they get.â
GAIL â The No. 11 Grady Wildcats didnât accomplish what they wanted to during the regular season â win the District 8A Division II crown.
However, before Mondayâs Class A Division II bi-district playoff game against New Home, Grady head coach Thomas Clay reminded his players they donât need that for a return trip to state.
The Big Spring baseball team took care of business Monday night, beating Monahans 8-2 to open the 2011 season.
Max Pappajohn was on the mound for the win.
Head Coach Bert Otto was impressed with his teamâs performance. He said this is about where the Steers were at last year, but he will learn what type of team he has quickly.
The Steers immediately dive in to their first tournament of the year at Lubbock Cooper High School. The tourney starts with Cooper at 10 a.m. and Hereford at 3 p.m. Otto said the Steers should also have Monahans again and Andrews.
ODESSA â Thursdayâs game against Frank Phillips College for the Howard College womenâs basketball team is now do or die.
The Hawk women fell to Odessa College Monday in WJCAC action, 66-45. The loss makes the regular season finale the biggest game of the year. Howard needs to beat Frank Phillips at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum and a New Mexico Junior College loss at South Plains in order to clinch a berth in the Region V Tournament. Frank Phillips has already been eliminated.
POST â The Big Spring Steers have had a little more than a week of preparation for their bi-district playoff game against Bowie Tuesday.
But the way they ended the regular season â a 69-54 loss at Abilene Wylie â is still fresh in their minds. So head coach Cliff Thompson and the Steers didnât mind expressing how good a 74-58 win over Paducah felt, even if it was a playoff warm-up game.
âWe needed that after that Wylie game,â he said. âWe didnât play well. Paducah is a good team. Just Monday, they beat Seminole, who won their
3A district. We played well and that was good to see.â