SUNDOWN -- As the sun went down in Sundown Friday night, things were looking decent weather-wise. Instead, what could have been an impressive scoring fest turned into a game that never happened.
Braxley Oaks turned in a big performance to help Lubbock Christian notch a four-set victory over Idalou on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles outlasted the Lady Wildcats 25-21, 17-25, 25-12, 25-10.
Three frontrunners have emerged in the early stages of the 2019 District 3-5A season, with Monterey, Amarillo High and Randall all unbeaten after the first few weeks.
Jermiah Dobbins set a goal before the season, one that is going to require a lot of work to reach.
Four Lubbock teams have made it through the first two weeks unscathed. Which 2-0 start is the most head-turning?
AMARILLO -- Lubbock-Cooper went north looking for its first District 3-5A victory on Saturday but came up empty-handed. The Lady Pirates fell to Randall 25-19, 25-15, 23-25, 25-10.
WOLFFORTH -- Armed with a new spot in the state rankings, Frenship barreled past Seminole on Tuesday.
AMARILLO -- Coronado remained hot Tuesday and opened the District 3-5A season with a road win at Palo Duro. The Lady Mustangs rolled past the Dons 25-18, 25-20, 25-17 for their fifth win in a row.
Nine teams in a district makes for a grind to begin with. When there are tradition-rich teams mingled with others hungry for breakthrough success, that just makes the gauntlet a little tougher navigate.
WOLFFORTH -- Trinity Christian nabbed a spot in the Gold Bracket of the Frenship Tigers Tournament by winning its first two matches Friday before a loss to Canyon.
LEVELLAND -- Trinity Christian took its show on the road and came home with a win Tuesday, edging Levelland in three sets 25-18, 25-23, 25-22.
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.
Monterey began the new volleyball season with a bittersweet day Tuesday, topping Greenwood then falling to Tascosa at The New Box.
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.
Like a lot of people, Kevin Spiller kept a mental journal of the sage advice he got from his father through the years -- those memorable nuggets of wisdom that can be applied to different facets of life when you get a little off track.
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.