To a high school kid, especially one bubbling with talent like Estacado’s Jermiah Dobbins, the concept of slowing down is sort of like trying to explain how their parents didn’t carry a phone in their pocket all the time or only had a handful of channels to choose from on television.
ARLINGTON -- Lubbock Christian wrapped up play at the Grace Prep Tournament with a pair of victories on Saturday. The Lady Eagles rolled past Community Christian (25-3, 25-5) and outlasted Ovilla Christian (25-19, 24-26, 15-9). Lubbock Christian (8-3) recorded 28 aces against Community Chris…
SAN ANGELO -- Coronado and Frenship got the weekend started right with three victories apiece Friday at the Nita Vannoy Classic.
Frenship and Lubbock High went toe-to-toe for a set before the Lady Tigers seized control and wore the Lady Westerners down on the way to a 25-21, 25-16, 25-6 victory Tuesday night.
As the husband of a teacher and father of two daughters, I have learned to understand how quickly each summer blazes by. Doesn’t make it any easier to accept, but I have learned to recognize that the early weeks of August are when the grind really starts to set in.
ABILENE -- Monterey stormed back from an up-and-down opening day at the Bev Ball Tournament to log three victories and take the Silver Bracket championship on Saturday.
SHALLOWATER -- Estacado broke the seal on its 2019 season with a pair of victories in three matches Friday at the BSN Shallowater Tournament.
DENTON -- Lubbock-Cooper roared back from a season-opening loss by dismantling three opponents on the first day of the Denton Ryan Kick-Off Classic on Thursday.
Summer comes to an early end, with beaches and barbecues replaced by renewed expectations as volleyball teams around Lubbock get the 2019 season rolling in season-opening matches on Tuesday.
This introductory column originally ran on Feb. 4, 2019. Not much has changed, but the last six months have certainly recharged an old sportswriter's batteries.
By the third year as a key member on the varsity for a program with top-shelf expectations, you had better possess a little swagger.
Usually when a freshman climbs up to the varsity level, there’s a measurable gap between their readiness and the tantalizing potential that has bubbled to the surface enough for a coach to elevate the player.
When Sonny Dykes got back home to Texas in December of 2017, there were a handful of things he had to do to get reacquainted with the state where he has spent a good chunk of his life and coaching career.
When you think about the term “full-circle,” it makes sense to consider it a journey that starts and ends at the same place. One circular trip to get back where you once were.
A banner spring on the diamond featured seven of Lubbock’s eight schools punching postseason tickets and five of those advancing at least to the third round -- highlighted by Monterey’s journey to the Class 5A regional final before falling to state champion Colleyville Heritage and Lubbock C…
Three district champions and three second-place crews highlighted the 2019 season in Lubbock and created plenty of strong individual performance along the way.
Everything looked and just felt right to Joe Cluley 3½ years ago when he was pondering a job offer to come to Lubbock and be the defensive coordinator at Estacado. Pretty much all the necessary boxes were checked.
It didn’t take a lot of math proficiency to figure out that Lubbock players would have an impact Saturday in the Greater West Texas Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Pirate Field. Not with 19 players from the Hub City in action in the annual event.
The rich history of Lubbock Independent School Athletics will take a spin in the spotlight Saturday when the Class of 2019 Hall of Honor selections are officially inducted.
Lubbock players will be impossible to miss when the Greater West Texas Baseball Coaches All-Star Games unfolds Saturday at Lubbock-Cooper’s Pirate Field/First United Park.
Lubbock-Cooper senior Jarred Gibson and Estacado junior Johnny Gomez were key cogs for their teams all spring long in 2019 and their seasons yielded an impressive honor.
Estacado’s dynamic duo headlined a crew of seven Matador players who earned All-District 3-4A recognition in a vote of league coaches – five on the first team and two on the second.
An unexpected return provided a nice spark for Coronado on Friday at the McGavock 7-on-7 Tournament.
The official start of the 2019 high school football season is 3 months away, but one of the biggest and best summer tuneups for the new season unfolds Friday in Lubbock and five Hub City programs are in the thick of things.
The summer season for high school athletes gets revved up this week, and for the fifth year in a row, that makes for a busy four weeks at and around Frenship High School for several Hub City boys basketball teams.
PLAINVIEW -- Game 2 of the Class 4A best-of three regional semifinal series between Hereford and Estacado seemed as if it was going to be yet another pitchers’ duel at Bulldog Field Thursday night.
Estacado has climbed back into rare postseason air the last two weeks by breezing past two foes not very familiar with how the Matadors go about their business.
AUSTIN -- Lubbock athletes wrapped up the 2019 season at the State Meet in Austin on Friday and Saturday and showed up strong with a pair of state championships and a third-place finish as the centerpieces.
FORT STOCKTON -- Donte Hernandez and Justin Rodriquez have taken a liking to postseason baseball.
FORT STOCKTON -- Johnny Gomez was dazzling with a complete-game six-hitter against Clint on Friday and Donte Hernandez socked a key two-out, two-run single that just eluded the second baseman as Estacado nipped the Lions 3-1 in the opener of the Class 4A best-of-three area-round series.
Filling out a lineup card can be the most routine thing a coach has to do, and for much of the 2019 season, Estacado coach Mark Llanas has been able to stick the mundane.
The 2019 UIL track & field meet rolls out Friday and Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Austin to cap a memorable spring for several Hub City athletes.
Softball and baseball playoff action gets underway all around West Texas the next two days with nine Lubbock teams taking aim at the next step down the postseason path.