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Coahoma High School head coach Trey Gardner and Forsan head coach Jason Phillips had a lot in common on Friday night as they watched their two teams square off in season-opening “Howard Bowl.” Both were less than pleased with the way their team’s played. Mistakes. Turnovers. Penalties. Missed opportunities. In the end, however, Gardner had a little less to be unhappy about.
Steers win season opener in dramatic fashion with a 41-yard "Hail Mary" pass in the end zone as time expires.
MONAHANS – The Big Spring High School defense had every chance in the world to fold up like a cheap suit on Friday night in front of a large crowd at Estes Memorial Stadium. Sure. At times, they were pushed around more than a lawnmower in Florida as they gave up 364 yards. Sure. They got a little help from the officiating crew that overturned a fourth-quarter touchdown that would have given the Loboes a lead with just ovet 2 minutes to play.
Kyler Franks and Joseph Melendez both rushed for a pair of touchdowns and helped the Bulldogs reel off a convincing 38-7 rout of the McCamey Badgers on Friday in front of a large crowd at Bulldog Stadium.
Jesse Cervantes rushed for three touchdowns on Friday night and helped the Forsan Buffaloes scratch their way into the win column with a dominating 57-0 rout of the Plains Cowboys.
Andrews 43, Big Spring 43; Forsan 28, Wink 20; Klondike 66, Sands 20
Big Spring 49, Snyder 6; Coahoma 19, Ballinger 14; Forsan 51, Anthony 0; Sands 103, Loop 76

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Big Spring fills vacant coaching positions

June 25, 2013

When Big Spring Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Phillip Ritchey began his search for a new baseball coach and basketball coach at the varsity level, he didn't anticipate both of them being plucked from 2A Skidmore-Tynan, located near Corpus Christi.

Bobby Smith, a successful baseball manager Ritchey has worked with in the past, and Adam Woolam, who brings 14 years of head basketball coaching experience with him, have been tapped to fill the vacancies left by former coaches Bert Otto and Cliff Thompson.

80th Annual Big Spring Reunion & Rodeo results and purse listings

June 24, 2013

Junior Bull Riding
Samray Hooper, Andrews, Texas (buckle winner).

Bareback Riding
Chris Harris, Itasca, Texas, 80 pts, $874.
Matt Crumpler, Winnie, Texas, $655.50
Kory Hart, Pagosa Spring, Texas, $437.00.
Chad Rutherford, Itasca, Texas, $218.50.

Tie Down Roping
Cody Owens, Rankin, Texas, 8.4, $1208.40.
Jerrad Hoffstetter, Lubbock, Texas, 8.4, $1208.40.
Kiel Rowan, O'Brien, Texas, 8.4, $1208.40.
J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas, 8.6, $704.90.
Jesse Clark, Portales, N.M., 9.0, $453.15.
Lane Dudley, Comanche, Texas, 9.5, $251.75.

Saddle Bronc Riding

Local youth to compete at world's largest junior rodeo

June 19, 2013

Big Spring’s Canyon Atkinson, a seventh grade student and son of Shannon and Belinda Crenshaw, has been riding bulls since he was seven years old. Atkinson recently qualified for the world’s largest junior rodeo, where he will compete against the best in the world.

The National Junior High Finals Rodeo will take place in Gallup, N.M., beginning June 23. Atkinson will join about 2,000 other young buckaroos at the yearly event, which features participants from 41 U.S. States, five Canadian provinces and Australia.

Dave Campbell's Texas Football — a fun read, but not gospel

June 18, 2013

Few things get me as pumped up about the upcoming football season as the day I receive my copy of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football in the mail.

Not that Campbell’s publication is the be all, end all of what will transpire during the season. Its predictions are often wrong, but it’s definitely a fun read if you are a fan of high school football and it contains a cavalcade of information on every team in the state.

Current, former Howard Hawks taken in MLB draft

June 13, 2013

Howard College's baseball program has a history of sending players off to the next level. Whether that level is a Division I school, a minor league squad or a major league organization, HC Manager Britt Smith can be counted on to root for their success.

This season, several Hawks, former Hawks and future Hawks have been eyed by the big league scouts. Topping the list of hopefuls is the 6'9'' David Palladino, a righty from Emerson, N.J. Palladino went in the fifth round and was taken as the 164th overall pick by the New York Yankees.

Coahoma, Forsan eliminated from playoff contention

May 20, 2013

CRANE — Fort Hancock may have ended Forsan's baseball season Saturday, but if you made the trek to Crane to watch the best-of-three, regional quarterfinal series you'd doubtlessly agree it was worth the price of admission.

The Buffaloes roared back after an 8-0 Game One loss on Friday to pummel the Mustangs 11-0 in the second outing Saturday. But in a hard-fought Game Three, Fort Hancock edged Forsan, 9-8 to move on to the Region 1-2A semifinals.

Disappointed with the loss — as any coach would be — Forsan Manager Jason Phillips still enjoyed being a part of such an exciting duel.

Hawks drop from tourney with loss to Grayson

May 15, 2013

GRAND PRAIRIE — Howard College's first order of business at the NJCAA Region V Tournament at QuikTrip Field was to find a way to win against No. 10 ranked Grayson College. The Hawks did just that, as they defeated the Vikings handily, 10-5.

After a 2-1 win over New Mexico Junior College and a 7-6 loss to Midland College, Howard was forced to face the Vikings, yet again.

This time, the Hawks found themselves on the receiving end of a 4-1 ballgame Tuesday — as well as eliminated from the postseason despite a solid effort by starting pitcher Diego Rodriguez and relief pitcher Blake Smith.

Hawks drop heartbreaker to Midland, still alive at tourney

May 14, 2013

GRAND PRAIRIE — Again, Midland College is a thorn in Howard College's side.

The Hawks (37-22) were cruising at the NJCAA Region V Tournament, having defeated tough opponents in No. 10 Grayson College, then New Mexico Junior College in the first two rounds of play.

But an unearned run scored by the Chaparrals in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday led to a narrow 7-6 victory, sending the Hawks to the loser's bracket.

Buffaloes, Bulldogettes advance in playoffs; Steers ousted

May 13, 2013

Baseball

Forsan
CLYDE — Forsan have been playing lights-out baseball for the previous few weeks. Most recently, the Buffaloes eliminated rival Borden County from postseason play after a 6-5, extra-inning affair that lasted nearly four hours.

Forsan jumped on Borden early, racking up runs in the first two innings to take a 5-0 lead.

Undaunted, the Coyotes returned the favor in the sixth, scoring four to pull within a run. BC tied it up in the top of the seventh to send the game into overtime.

Hawks take out Grayson and NMJC to advance at Region V tourney

May 13, 2013

GRAND PRAIRIE — If you had told Howard College Head Baseball Coach Britt Smith a month ago that his team would be one game away from the Region V championship, he may not have believed you.

All season long, Smith has been critical of his squad's overall effort.
“They are a selfish team,” Smith proclaimed a few weeks ago.
Since then, Smith has changed his tune a bit. And for good reason — the Hawks went up against nationally-ranked Grayson College in the tournament opener and came away with a 10-5 win.

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