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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.

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Short-handed Hawks upend NMMI, 68-58

January 18, 2011

ROSWELL, N.M. — The Howard College men’s basketball team wasn’t at full strength for Monday’s game against New Mexico Military Institute, but the Hawks still came away with a 68-58 win to move to 3-0 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.

Carlos Emory was huge with 22 points and seven rebounds. He rarely missed, too, shooting 14 of 18 from the field. Shavon Coleman also had 22 points and Corey Stern chipped in 13 points.

Steers get big win over Brownwood

January 15, 2011

BROWNWOOD — The Big Spring Steers had reason to worry when Brownwood jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter.
Head coach Cliff Thompson said it reminded him of the Levelland game when that team made eight consecutive shots to start the game.
But just like in that Levelland game, the Steers withstood the early run and this time, they ended up with a huge 66-56 win at Brownwood to open district play.

Area basketball: Coahoma boys, girls struggle at C-City

January 15, 2011

Coahoma boys
COLORADO CITY — Coahoma head coach Kim Nichols said Colorado City was solid on defense and Friday’s game proved just that.
The Bulldogs dropped a District 3-2A road game at Colorado City 54-26, giving them their fourth district loss of the season.
Nichols said his team had a good first half, but the Bulldogs weren’t able to pull it all together for four quarters. They were only down by six at the half. A 21-point third from the Wolves didn’t help Coahoma, though.
The Bulldogs get their first crack at Denver City on Tuesday as the second half of district play approaches.

Ross, Stone make Lady Steers dangerous from 3-point line

January 14, 2011

Big Spring guards Valerie Ross and Mackenzie Stone live behind the 3-point line.

The two await the moment defenses present an opportunity and leave one of them open, and once Ross and Stone get started, it’s hard to stop them.

“When me and Mackenzie are in, we just click,” Ross said. “It’s not competition, but when she makes one, I want to make one. It just helps us out.”

Howard women lose in OT, men edge NMJC

January 14, 2011

HOBBS, N.M. — The Howard College women’s basketball team scratched and clawed its way back into a tough game against New Mexico Junior College Thursday night, but ultimately, a few key turnovers doomed the Hawks in a 76-70 loss in overtime.

The Hawks (15-4, 1-1 in WJCAC play) were down by 10 deep into the second half, but made a push to tie the game at the end of regulation. The Lady T-Birds (15-3, 1-0) had a chance to steal the win with the last shot of the second half, but as soon as that was off the mark, Howard had a chance.

Area basketball schedule-Jan. 14

January 14, 2011

Coahoma
While the Coahoma boys are coming off their first win in District 3-2A play, the girls are hoping to get the bad taste out of their mouths from Tuesday’s loss to Lubbock Roosevelt. Both teams are on the road against Colorado City today. The girls play at 6 p.m. And the boys at 7:30 p.m.

Forsan
Both Forsan teams couldn’t get wins over Stanton at home, but they’ll have a chance for redemption at Slaton today. The girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.

Stanton

Show and Prove: District 5-3A play begins for Steers

January 14, 2011

After practice Thursday, Big Spring guard Luke Adams and boys’ basketball coach Cliff Thompson caught themselves in a conversation, mapping out different scenarios of how the Steers can clinch a playoff berth or, even better, win District 5-3A.

Actually, it’s been a recurring topic among the Steers this week.

Howard basketball in New Mexico for date with T-Birds

January 13, 2011

Howard women
Howard College women’s basketball head coach Earl Diddle believes New Mexico Junior College is the team to beat in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.

There’s reason to believe him, too, the way he describes the Lady Thunderbirds.

“I really feel that they’re one of the top teams in the league,” Diddle said. “They beat South Plains by 20 in the (WJCAC Pre-Conference Tournament). They pose a lot of problems for us. They shoot the 3 well and they have very, very good inside play. So they pose a lot of problems for everyone in the league.”

Stanton girls, boys steal wins at Forsan

January 12, 2011

FORSAN — Forsan girls’ basketball coach Robert Hillger didn’t have much explanation for Tuesday’s 44-41 loss to Stanton at home.

He said Stanton beat Forsan fair and square.

“I couldn’t figure out our identity Tuesday. At the beginning of the game, really the first half, we’re pushing and running and they’re making shots and we’re not. We like to push and run and we were down five (at the half) anyway, so I was like ‘Alright, we’re going to slow down the pace of the game. We’re going to dictate what we want to do and not let them dictate what we want to do.”

Late shot sends Howard men past South Plains

January 11, 2011

The defending national champions just needed a little bit of daylight.

In Monday’s WJCAC opener, South Plains looked like the better team for most of the game, but once Howard College found an opportunity to steal a win, the Hawks didn’t waste it.

“We feel like we just got outplayed for three-fourths of the game,” Howard head coach Mark Adams said. “But the last eight minutes, we showed some aggression. We were much more physical with South Plains and we hit some big shots.”

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