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.
An uncertain future is a scary thing for a competitive athlete who isn’t ready to reach the finish line. So when two of Lubbock’s best pitchers from the 2019 season were left to wonder what lay ahead and didn’t have a concrete answer, there was some understandable angst.
A 2-way starter on the line in football, a cornerstone in powerlifting & wrestling and a member of the band, the Lubbock High senior makes an impact in a myriad of ways.
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…
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.
Lubbock Christian and Trinity Christian filled up the 2019 All-District 1-3A team in a season when both were contenders for at the state level.
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.
Not much separated the top four teams in District 3-5A this spring, and the all-district teams reflected as much. Amarillo, Coronado, Monterey and Lubbock-Cooper staged a five-week tug-of-war in league play, with the Sandies claiming the championship by a game over the Mustangs and Plainsmen…
Five Frenship players earned recognition on the 2019 All-District 2-6A team voted on by the league coaches.
ABILENE -- From the first pitch of the game until the last Friday night, Monterey did an awful lot of things right against Colleyville Heritage in the opening game of a Class 5A best-of-three regional series.
Braden Benton was barely able to walk when baseball first began to tighten its grip on his heart and soul. As the youngest of three brothers whose lives have revolved around the game, he never really had a choice.
Advancing five rounds deep into the playoffs requires a lot of ingredients, no matter what team or what level.
ABILENE -- An idea had already emerged in Monterey coach Kent Meador’s mind. Jaden Guerrero just added his own jolt of confidence to the equation.
Memories of a senior year are unique and pretty much impossible to replicate. When you are successful in various ways, sometimes those memories can intersect and stack up and maybe even blur together.
ABILENE -- Monterey walked onto the Crutcher Scott Field diamond in unfamiliar territory against Lake Dallas on Saturday, a season on a different precipice than it had been at any time in a magical postseason march.
ABILENE -- Monterey hitters produced their fair share of solid swings against Lake Dallas ace Ryan Depperschmidt on Friday, some that generated damage.
Pitching can seem like a complex, tough-to-master proposition for young players making the jump to the varsity level.
When Monterey rolls up to a ballpark and files off the bus, there aren’t going to be a whole lot of heads turned or lingering stares.
Figuring out the immediate future and trying to extend his high school baseball career are front-and-center on Briley Alexander’s mind right now.
Coaches are well-trained in spotting flaws in their own team or in a specific game. It’s usually pretty hard to convince them that something is perfect.
Every out matters in a game, each of the 21 a piece of the puzzle for the team that prevails.
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.
That whole game of inches thing? You can bet Monterey center fielder Briley Alexander will vouch for the theory after Thursday night.
MIDLAND -- Some late noise gave Frenship a chance to gain some momentum Thursday, and the Tigers need anything they can get with their season on the line.
Trey Stephens wasn’t sure what to expect because, well, he never really expected to be in the position he was in last Saturday.
Like most teams, Monterey relies heavily on the first three hitters in the lineup to account for a lot of offensive production.
WOLFFORTH -- Success has been elusive on the football field the last few years at Frenship as the Tigers work toward making progress at the Class 6A level.
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.
CROSBY -- Willow Park Trinity pitcher Chance Roberts stifled the Lubbock Christian offense like not many pitchers have all season in a TAPPS Class 3A state semifinal game at The Ballparks at Crosby High School on Wednesday.
For Lubbock Christian, the horizon for the end of the 2019 season has arrived, and the timing seems about right. Because the Eagles are where they have gotten very used to being at this time of year with a goal that remains the same, and they might just be playing their best baseball all season.
ANDREWS -- Bo Jacob Garza was understandably a little over-amped up when he stepped into the batter’s box Saturday against El Paso Eastlake.
ODESSA -- Baseball offers a lot of different ways to generate runs, and nobody understands that better than Monterey.
ABILENE -- Merritt McPherson smacked a run-scoring double to kick-start a four-run inning that spurred Lubbock Christian to a 6-2 victory against Colleyville Covenant Christian on Saturday in a TAPPS Class 3A state quarterfinal game at Crutcher Scott Field.
FORT STOCKTON -- Donte Hernandez and Justin Rodriquez have taken a liking to postseason baseball.