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
Fresh off of a weekend filled with scrimmage action, the Lady Steers will be on the road tonight as they head east to take on the Eagles of Abilene High School. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start in Abilene, preceded by JV and freshman games.
The Lady Steers take the court this year with an experienced team, having lost only three players to graduation this last summer. Head Coach Lynn Osborne said she was ready to get the girls on the court and see what they could do.
With this summer's unusually hot conditions, the coaching staff at Big Spring have instituted some changes when it comes to football practices. Two-a-days still started Aug. 1, as they did across the state and most of the nation, but a concentrated effort is being made to keep the players hydrated and ensure their safety.
â€śWe have scheduled water breaks throughout our practices,â€ť Head Coach Phillip Ritchey said. â€śIn addition, the boys are encouraged to go get water any time they need it. We don't want them wasting time asking. We want them to just go get it.â€ť
The Big Spring Steers began two-a-day practices today at the ATC. Steers Head Coach Phillip Ritchey and his coaching staff began the day by running the players through basic warm-up routines, before breaking them down into individual skill stations.
The large group of football players took the field in a run and never slowed down during the practice, even when the sun started to get high in the sky and the temperatures got even higher. Each drill was finished with the players yawping, â€ťWin!â€ť
Monday morning, the Comanche Trail Ladies Golf Association held a low-ball team tournament which showed two teams ending the day in a tie for first place. Shirley Long, Jo Ann Hilger and Annie Ward comprised the first team, while the second winning team was made up of Mary Gilbreath, Ramona Weaver and Dee Jenkins. The two teams each finished the nine-hole round with a score of 43.
A stroke behind the two leaders was the team of Betty Murphy, Trish Gabbard and Gus Leonardi with a 44-stroke round. Ward and Gabbard tied for the lowest number of putts for the day.
John and Diana Dodd, proprietorsâ€™ of Big Spring Bowl-A-Rama, presented a $500.00 check to Pastor Rob Dalsing and the members of Birdwell Lane Baptist Team for capturing the crown as League Champions at the bowling alley recently.
During the entire 10 week event, despite being in 5th place at the end of week three, with only seven weeks remaining, they never became discouraged or lost their positive attitude of â€śwe can do itâ€ť.Asit turned out, they were right.
The Comanche Trail Ladies Golf Association met again this last week at the course for a little golf. In the individual play Monday, Joan Daniels recorded the low gross, while Shirley Long had the lowest net score. Betty Murphy had the fewest putts among the ladies.
Thursday, the ladies were joined by the men for a couples tournament. First place went to the team of Jimmy Foresyth, Deanna Foresyth, Joe Sharpnack and Patsy Sharpnack. The team came in four strokes under par during the nine hole outing.
Comanche Trail Golf Course is hosting its City Golf Championship tournament July 30-31. The tournament will be open to any Howard County resident or current annual member of CTGC or Big Spring Country Club. The field will be divided into three divisions: Womenâ€™s, Menâ€™s and Menâ€™s Senior (55 or older).
Men must declare themselves eligible for the Championship Flight before play begins. Flights will be determined after Saturdayâ€™s (July 30) rounds are completed. Trophies will be awarded to the winners of each flight.
The Lady Hawks of Howard College fell in consecutive shutout losses on Friday to end their season at the NJCAA tournament in St. George, Utah. The Hawks bats only accounted for a combined five hits in the two games,while giving up nine.
Iowa Western knocked Howard out of the double elimination tournament with a 4-0 shutout. Iowa only had five hits in the game, but accumulated 14 base runners in the game, due to walks, errors and hit-batsmen.
Despite the losses, Head Coach Kelly Raines was very pleased with Howard College's season.
The Howard College Hawks put a bow on their 2011 baseball season by placing several players on the all-conference and all-region teams.
Howard finished the seasaon with a 46-13 record and their third straight Western Junior College Athletic Conference title. The Hawks narrowly missed making their third trip to the national junior college World Series, losing to Grayson in the championship game of the Region V baseball tournament.
Along with the head coach, five Howard players were named to the all-WJCAC team.
This weekend teams will face off at the Crossroads of West Texas Golf Classic.
The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting it's annual golf tournament May 20, 21, and 22 at the Big Spring Country Club Golf Course.
â€śThis is a great way for the chamber to raise funds,â€ť Scott Mackenzie, chairman of the Chamber golf tournament, said. â€śThe more funds that can be raised, the more the chamber can do for its members.â€ť