For the next nine months, Cash Howard doesn’t plan on enjoying a whole lot of free time. After that, he might have to fill some voids, but the future can wait.
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.
Whenever a high school athlete endures an injury serious enough to cost them playing time, there tends to be a myriad of emotions.
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.
AUSTIN -- Lubbock athletes wrapped up the 2019 season at the State Meet in Austin on Friday and Saturday and showed up strong with a pair of state championships and a third-place finish as the centerpieces.
The 2019 UIL track & field meet rolls out Friday and Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Austin to cap a memorable spring for several Hub City athletes.
WACO -- Lily Alderson and Skye Dickey combined for three gold medals and the Trinity Christian girls had strong showings in two relays to fortify a second-place team finish at the TAPPS Class 4A State Meet last Friday and Saturday.
WACO -- Cash Howard capped one successful season before transitioning to a postseason run in another.
WACO -- Distance runners from All Saints and Southcrest Christian came up big at the TAPPS Class 2A State Meet to headline the Hub City’s contingent at that event last Friday Saturday.
WACO -- Paced by the familiar duo of Maggie Nicholson and Natalie Poe, Kingdom Prep’s girls turned in a strong showing at the TAPPS Class 1A State Meet on Saturday, missing out on a state championship by two points.
As the TAPPS state track & field meet plays out Saturday at Midway High School in Waco, competitors and spectators might be surprised with what they see from Trinity Christian’s Daniel Wheeler.
FORT WORTH -- Maggie Nicholson and Natalie Poe combined to score in seven solo events, as well as a relay, to help the Kingdom Prep girls claim the Class 1A North Region championship at Clark Stadium last weekend.
FORT WORTH -- All Saints and Southcrest Christian got solid performances from several athletes at the Class 2A North Region Meet last weekend at Clark Stadium.
FORT WORTH -- Four individual gold medals and a win in a relay anchored a championship performance by the Trinity Christian girls last weekend at the Class 4A North Region Meet at Clark Stadium.
FORT WORTH -- Lubbock Christian turned in a strong day at the TAPPS Class 4A North Region Meet last weekend with both teams finishing second overall and 24 athletes qualifying for the State Meet this weekend in Waco.
ARLINGTON -- Frenship athletes were unable to add any more state berths to the one Sarah Tackitt secured when the Region I-6A Meet wrapped up on Saturday.
Ty’Trice Conor is still in the early stages of her high school athletic career with two years and an awful lot of potential left on the horizon.
Estacado doesn’t have the largest contingent at the girls’ Region I-4A Meet, but there is plenty of speedy quality in the quantity that is present.
A busy day for Lubbock athletes at the Region I-5A Meet ended with one champion, a hurdler with a legitimate chance to claim a gold and a handful of competitors staying alive in multiple events.
ARLINGTON -- Sarah Tackitt didn’t reach the height she was hoping for or the goal she set for herself Friday at the Region I-6A Meet at Maverick Stadium.
Finding the right fit is vital to track & field athletes. There is often some trial and error involved as young, aspiring stars strive to make sure they are finding the right fit got their skills.
There doesn’t seem to be much doubt that big things lie ahead for Coronado’s Imari Jones on the football field.
When race time arrives, there has been no need recently for any of Estacado’s three lightning-fast sprinters to look very far for inspiration.
WOLFFORTH -- Four individuals and a busy boys relay team headlined the Frenship contingent that nailed down spots in the Region I-6A Meet when Peoples Bank Stadium hosted an area meet on Thursday.
The Hub City will be bustling with sports activity on Thursday as two spring sports seasons start the final home stretch and two others reach a crossroads of the end of the regular season and start of the playoffs.
Every track & field meet in April and May increases in importance, and that certainly holds true in Lubbock this week for a large contingent of Hub City athletes.
While Mother Nature grumbles, the weekend schedule will go on with a few adjustments to avoid the pending stormy conditions.