The former Pirate football coach sits in the driver's seat for one of the state's most successful athletic programs in Class 5A.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a team punctuated by youth and promise for the future, underdog Monterey took the diamond with nothing to lose Friday night in the first game of a Class 5A bi-district series against 6th-ranked Amarillo High.
A windy and rainy night at O’Banion Field featured Lubbock Coronado and Canyon Randall combining for 30 runs in the opening game of their Class 5A bi-district playoff series.
FORT STOCKTON -- Evan Johnson doubled and scored three runs, and Haydden Kennard scattered six runs over 6.1 innings to help Frenship notch an 11-7 victory against El Paso Americas in the first game of a Class 6A bi-district playoff series.
To become the hunted in the playoffs, you have to accomplish a lot over the months leading up to this point of a season.
Pirate seniors Cade Bingham & Kaleb Scull talk about their team's first challenge this week vs. Tascosa.
Cadon Everett didn’t wait too long to get Trinity Christian started Monday night against Dallas Shelton, and he made sure the finish was quick as well.
COLLEYVILLE -- Lubbock Christian pitcher Riley Schroeder dodged trouble on a regular basis Tuesday night against Covenant Christian, and that kept the Eagles in range in a TAPPS Division III area-round playoff game.
ABILENE -- Lubbock Christian had to wait a while to get the TAPPS Division III playoffs started, but once the Eagles took the diamond on Monday, they made sure their bats were busy.
WOLFFORTH -- Falling back to earth wasn’t a matter of Frenship playing bad baseball Friday as much as it was Odessa Permian aggressively seizing the moment. Doesn’t make a pair of losses sting any less for the Tigers, though.