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.
Intensity and hard work were two of the pillars that Ernest Mims got intimately familiar with when he was a three-sport high school athlete at Palo Duro.
Usually when a freshman climbs up to the varsity level, there’s a measurable gap between their readiness and the tantalizing potential that has bubbled to the surface enough for a coach to elevate the player.
Cam Grant is astute enough to understand how most opponents likely think when they see him and his Monterey teammates line up across from them on the court.
Odds are when Jeb Smallwood is on the basketball court, he’s going full-speed and not thinking a whole lot about the brakes. Understandable since the Frenship junior has been in the mode of making up time for most of the last 15 months.
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.
Summer vacation and history lessons aren’t exactly two things that get lumped together. The Frenship boys don’t mind blending a little business with pleasure, though.
The summer season for high school athletes gets revved up this week, and for the fifth year in a row, that makes for a busy four weeks at and around Frenship High School for several Hub City boys basketball teams.
Clashes of district leaders and potential frontrunners in baseball and a massive track & field get-together in San Angelo headline a weekend of activity for Hub City teams.
SNYDER -- For a half Friday night, upstart Monterey had Mansfield Timberview in a very unfamiliar and uncomfortable position in a Region I-5A semifinal game at The Coliseum.
Most basketball coaches will lean on the notion that even when a team isn’t shooting well, it can still do other things well.
Estacado has taken this whole pick-your-poison approach to a whole other level so far in the playoffs, and that adds an element of intrigue to the Region I-4A Tournament.
Among the gear Monterey packed for its short bus ride to Snyder for the Region I-5A Tournament, nowhere to be found are a staff and a slingshot or any other gimmicks for that matter.
A busy three days of action at the TAPPS State Tournament gets rolling Thursday night in Waco and Lubbock will have a strong presence.
CANYON -- Figuring out Pampa’s 2-3 zone defense was a challenge for Estacado early Tuesday in a Class 4A regional semifinal game.
CANYON -- On a night saturated with intensity, Monterey’s players didn’t have to do anything spectacular to achieve something the program hasn’t done in a generation.
As a game was slipping away and a season potentially nearing the finish line, Monterey senior Austyn Sanchez’s mind wandered to an unexpected place last Friday.
GAIL -- Monterey is alive and well in the Class 5A playoffs, thanks to some late-game execution that played out to perfection.
Estacado has the kind of talent that allows the Matadors to stand toe-to-toe with most opponents with their first five on the court.
The first step is always a big one in postseason play. It’s safe to say that Trinity Christian likes its initial performance of its 2019 playoff experience.