The former Pirate football coach sits in the driver's seat for one of the state's most successful athletic programs in Class 5A.
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.
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.
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…
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 -- 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.
FORT STOCKTON -- History isn’t supposed to be this easy to create, but Monterey should made it look that way.
HAWLEY -- Ashlyn Lott allowed just one unearned run over 5 innings with 5 strikeouts to spur Lubbock Christian past Arlington Pantego Christian 11-1 in a TAPPS Division III regional-round playoff matchup.
FORT STOCKTON -- Monterey’s offense showed up early and often Friday in a Class 5A area-round playoff series against El Paso Jefferson, scoring in every inning for an 18-3 victory in 5 innings at Prowler Field .
When Coronado tangled with Randall last week in the Class 5A bi-district round, there wasn’t a ton to take away from the opening game, other than the Lady Mustangs flexing some muscle in an impressive lopsided victory.
Lady Mustangs will lean on Thurman's clutch bat & Flores in the circle and sat the top of the batting order against El Paso Hanks.
For most of this season, Lubbock Christian coach Ches Tucker knew that practices -- and sometimes even games -- were going to be a timeshare situation.
ABILENE -- Trinity Christian’s offense wasted no time setting the tone Tuesday and Lilli Underwood made sure the early support was plenty in an area-round romp against Fort Worth Lake Country in a 15-0 triumph at Poly Wells Field.
FORT STOCKTON -- Frenship’s offense never found a rhythm Saturday against El Paso Americas on the second day of a Class 6A bi-district series.
It took a little more work than the first step on Thursday, but Coronado is headed to the Class 5A area round.
Monterey figured to get a sharper, more desperate effort from Plainview when the teams reconvened Friday for the second game of a best-of-three series at Lady Plainsmen Field.
AMARILLO -- Coronado’s bats took a little while to get revving Thursday night against Randall in the opener of a Class 5A bi-district playoff series.
PLAINVIEW -- Alexis Lusk didn’t go to the plate with any visions of grandeur Thursday night when Monterey was hitting in the top of the 1st inning against Plainview in the first game of a Class 5A best-of-three playoff series.
Monterey added the final touch to its first-ever District 4-5A championship by outslugging Lubbock High 10-4 Friday at Lady Plainsmen Field.
WOLFFORTH -- Any questions about where Frenship’s motivation was Friday night in the regular-season finale were answered pretty quickly.
ABILENE -- Coronado’s bid to stay within a game of the District 4-5A lead took some twists and turns Tuesday at Abilene Cooper, and the last change didn’t go the Lady Mustangs’ way.
After a few early chances slipped though Monterey’s grasp Tuesday night, Tatianna Trotter wasn’t about to let another golden opportunity get away.
It was a windy, frigid day at Lady Plainsmen Field when the top-two teams in District 4-5A battled in the renewal of their old rivalry.
Staring at a loss that could’ve dashed the chance at a District 4-5A championship, Coronado came out fighting in the last 2 innings Tuesday to rally past Abilene Wylie.
Lubbock Christian sent 20 batters to the plate in an explosive 7th inning to snap a tie in a slugfest with Division III-District 1 rival Trinity Christian on the way to a 25-11 triumph.
MIDLAND -- Frenship kept its hopes of a District 2-6A title alive with a 7-1 victory over Midland Lee on Saturday at Gene Smith Field.
ABILENE -- Makenna Sandoval and Tatiana Trotter both hit inside-the-park home runs and drove in 3 runs apiece to help Monterey stay in a first-place tie in District 4-5A with an 8-4 victory against Abilene Wylie on Friday.
Hollyn Joachim homered twice and drove in five runs, and Monterey scored all seven of its runs in the final two innings in a 7-1 victory against Lubbock High in District 4-5A play on Tuesday.