Brad Bibb was an important bridge for the Coronado coaching staff between two highly successful coaches with very different styles.
ABILENE -- Reaching what seem like unscaleable heights usually requires a special team playing at a special level almost every time they step on the diamond together.
FORT STOCKTON -- Lessons come with losses in sports, and there’s no doubt Estacado learned plenty in a three-week postseason run that ended Saturday.
AMARILLO -- Bad days inevitably happen in baseball. Sometimes they stack on top of each other and a team has to figure out a way to fight out of a slump.
FORT STOCKTON -- El Paso Riverside’s offense was quiet most of the night against Estacado on Friday, but the one time the Rangers got noisy, man, did they do some damage.
Baseball is a sport that lends itself to a lot of shifting and juggling -- the notion of players settling on one position is usually a foreign concept -- and versatility is expected and appreciated.
Recipes for playoff success can include a lot of different ingredients. Pitching behind in counts and leaving pitches up in the strike zone aren’t among them, and in fact are an unsavory way to spoil any chance of prevailing.
ABILENE -- Two evenly matched teams collided Thursday night when Monterey and Justin Northwest met in a Class 5A regional semifinal series opener at Poly Wells Field,
Anays Perez has dazzled on the mound & Rylee O'Brien has been a force in center field and at the bottom of the lineup.
In the happy aftermath of his team’s gut-check regional playoff series victory against Abilene Wylie last week, Monterey coach Brian Cronk referred to the village his team has become in what it is already the most memorable season in program history.
For two weeks now, Lubbock-Cooper has taken a heads-down, businesslike approach to playoff opponents and the results have been hard to argue with: Two romps against Tascosa followed by a pair of one-hit shutouts to glide past El Paso Hanks.
HERMLEIGH -- For the first few weeks of the Class 5A playoffs, there had been a few blips of pressure and adversity in Monterey’s path. Not enough to cause much of a ripple as the Lady Plainsmen rolled through two opponents to take a historic leap and advance past the area round for the firs…
It was an electric atmosphere on Saturday at Matador Field when Estacado squared off with Seminole in a game-three matchup for the Class 4A area-round championship, and the Matadors and Indians certainly did their part to contribute to a memorable day.
FORT STOCKTON -- Missed early chances can haunt a team in postseason baseball, so when Lubbock-Cooper squandered an early scoring opportunity against El Paso Hanks in the second game of a Class 5A best-of-three area-round series, it could’ve been concerning.
Baseball tends to take on the personality of the West Texas weather every once in a while. Chamber-of-Commerce great one day, gloomy and treacherous the next. And never, ever predictable.
FORT STOCKTON -- Lubbock-Cooper got a stern test for 5 innings Friday when it tangled with El Paso Hanks in the opening game of a Class 5A area-round series.
HERMLEIGH -- Being familiar with each other figured to have advantages for District 4-5A foes Abilene Wylie and Monterey matched up to begin a Class 5A regional-round playoff series on Friday.
WACO -- Breaking through to reach a level that has never been reached before is a thrill for a team that been working toward a goal for so long. But when the final chapter takes a wrong turn, there is some bittersweetness involved.
Estacado is a team built on the foundation of a handful of seniors with a large core group of underclassmen supplying plenty of motivation to start thinking ahead about what might be on the horizon.
WACO -- Trinity Christian spent most of the last 3½ months testing its mettle against high-level competition with the idea that the pressure would pay off when things mattered the most.
CHICAGO -- In its 36th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade on Thursday announced Coronado’s Sawyer Robertson as the 2020-21 Gatorade Texas Football Player of the Year.
WACO -- Lubbock Christian was a dominant team the last few weeks of the season, running roughshod over any opponent that got in the way – and that’s a major reason why the Lady Eagles advanced to the TAPPS state semifinals for the sixth time in program history.
AMARILLO -- When you are a team built around a core group of seniors who have achieved high-level success for so long, it’s no surprise when you get the absolute best effort from opponents in a playoff setting.
FORT STOCKTON -- Frenship generated plenty of offense against El Paso Americas on Saturday on the second day of a Class 6A bi-district playoff series. But the Trailblazers churned out just a little more and that proved to be the Tigers’ undoing.
AMARILLO -- For a young team with plenty of potential, the lessons gleaned from a late-season push are the kind of valuable tool a coach hopes will be fuel in the offseason.
AMARILLO -- Mother Nature only delayed the inevitable for Estacado, although Hereford made sure the Matadors had to work hard to achieve what they were after on Saturday.
ABILENE -- Trinity Christian had a chance to make a first impression against Arlington Grace Prep on Saturday and sure made the most of it.
FORT STOCKTON -- History isn’t supposed to be this easy to create, but Monterey should made it look that way.