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 â€śHoward Bowl.â€ť
Both were less than pleased with the way their teamâ€™s played.
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 â€“ 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
Forsan seniors Sydney Holdampf and Kyle Stevenson have both been to the state tennis tournament in Austin before.
Although both of them were eliminated from play in the first round, they believe the experience will help them deal with the mental challenge of competing at such a level when they return to the University of Texas campus to take the courts once again April 30-May 1.
Holdampf and Stevenson played well throughout the year, leading Forsan to a first place finish in district and a second place showing at the regional meet where they each won in straight sets.
Zeslie Johnson, Kali Jerrell and Brushea Daniels of Howard College signed letters of intent to play basketball at their respective future schools Wednesday in the Hawk Room at the Dorothy Garret Coliseum on the HC campus. Each of the student-athletes received full scholarships, and are ready to take their educations â€” as well as their game â€” to the next level.
Jerrell, who signed with Stephen F. Austin University, said she has enjoyed the change Big Spring offered her.
What wears red and black, leads the nation in home runs and can strike out three opposing batters in a row? If you are a fan of Howard College softball, you would know the answer is Olive Noatala.
Noatala, a sophomore at Howard College is leading the nation (yes, the nation), in National Junior College Athletic Association play with 26 dingers.
Three of them were hit Wednesday during a doubleheader at Foundation Field against Frank Phillips College. Noatala also produced nine RBIs on the day bringing her total for the season to 74 â€” also on the nationâ€™s leaderboard.
Spectators at Foundation Field not only saw a doubleheader Wednesday at which the Howard College Hawk softball squad trounced Frank Phillips College 11-3 the first game and 12-0 the second, but were also treated to a homerun display â€” eight to be exact â€” by Hawk batters including a walk-off grand slam by the NJCAA home run leader, Olive Noatala, which ended the first game in dramatic fashion.
After falling behind 2-0 to the Plainsmen early in Game One, the HC hitting engine apparently just needed to warm up a little before cranking out the runs.
COLORADO CITY â€” The Coahoma Bulldogettes had one thing on their minds Tuesday â€” avenge their only District 3-2A loss to the Colorado City Lady Wolves and take sole possession of first place in the highly competitive region.
Unfortunately, that plan was dashed with a 7-3 loss which forced a three-way tie between Coahoma, Colorado City and Forsan.
After a rough outing during the first round of Region 1-3A tournament play Monday, the Big Spring High School Boy's golf team rallied back Tuesday, jumping ahead of Ft. Stockton and taking second place behind Andrews to punch their ticket to the state championship tournament in Austin.
The BSHS boys shot a total of 648 â€” 330 in the the first round and 318 the second. Tyler Bryan led the Steers with a two-round total of 157. Devin Roberson shot a 163, Tate Kennedy 164, Jason Guevara 169 and Ryan Pollard 171.
By BRIAN MCCORMACK
Wind whipped through Steer Park Friday and with a potential playoff spot at stake, the Big Spring Steersâ€™ baseball squad faced off against district leader Abilene Wylie (6-1), treating fans to yet another exciting outing.
Unfortunately, the Steers were on the short end of a 2-1 ball game despite Adam Francoâ€™s brilliant performance from the mound.
Franco recorded a loss but allowed only one Bulldog hit, striking out six batters. The hit that went through, however, was a two-run blast in the top of the fourth, propelling Wylie to a hard-fought victory.
By BRIAN MCCORMACK
ABILENE â€” The Big Spring High School Lady Steers won the District 5-3A Championship Friday, racking up 197 points to Wylieâ€™s 180, ending the Lady Bulldogs 20-year stranglehold on district titles.
Bridgett Tuitt led BSHS by winning five gold medals and setting a school record with a time of 24.2 in the 200 meter. Ambra Hill also left her mark in the record book with a time of 47.54 in the 300 meter hurdles.