The Coahoma High School softball team turned more than a few heads on the diamond this season. And it definitely showed when it came time to pass out all-district accolades.
Fresh off claiming the District 5-3A co-district championship, the Bulldogettes landed 11 players on the all-district team, including Jaydan Mann, Kenzi Canales and MaKynlee Overton who earned three of the district's top honors. All three CHS standouts were named among the top players in the district.
A junior, Mann turned in a stellar outing this season en route to earning the District 5-3A Offensive Player of the Year accolades. Mann led the team in almost every offensive category this season en route to guiding the Bulldogettes to a 19-5 record and a berth in the area round of the Class 3A state playoffs. For the year, she batted .494 and posted a team-high 29 runs batted in.
Canales and Overton were equally impressive in their freshman campaigns. Canales batted .321 and played a key role in Coahoma's ability to go 9-1 in district play with outstanding play as a catcher. She was selected the district's Newcomer of the Year. Overton was chosen the District 5-3A Pitcher of the Year in a rookie season that saw her hurl five shutouts.
Juniors Lexi Montelongo and Cassie Grant, along with senior Kamri Kemper and sophomore Kaitlyn Corley, also received plenty of praise from the district's coaches. All four were named to the first-team all-district squad.
Seniors MaKayla Overton, Raegan Deel and freshmen Ashley Romero and Macee Grant were named to the second-team all-district squad.
Grant finished second on the team in batting with a .388 average. Kemper hit .357.
** The 2018 All-District selections are...**
District MVP, Kaitlyn Turner, Clyde, Soph.
Offensive Player of the Year, Jaydan Mann, Coahoma, Jr.
Defensive Player of the Year, Peyton Lee, Clyde, Soph.
New Comer of the Year, Kenzi Canales, Coahoma, Fr.
Pitcher of the Year, MaKynlee Overton, Coahoma, Fr.
Co-Utility Player of the Year, Jacie Roberts, Clyde, Jr., and Karlee Hunt, Merkel, Sr.
Coach of the Year, Coach Sewell, Clyde
** 1st team All-District **
Lexi Montelongo, Coahoma, Jr.
Kamri Kemper, Coahoma, Sr.
Cassie Grant, Coahoma, Jr.
Kaitlyn Corley, Coahoma, Soph.
Carissa McMillan, Clyde, Sr.
Carissa Gordon, Clyde, Sr.
Kaelyn Miller, Clyde, Jr.
Haven Williams, Clyde, Jr.
Karena McCoy, Clyde, Jr.
Samantha Samford, Clyde, Jr.
Kaile Baker, Merkel, Jr.
Brookelyn Casper, Merkel, Sr.
Kamryn Flores, Merkel, Sr.
Tamren Pierce, Colorado City, Sr.
Chloe Castillo, Colorado City, Sr.
Taylor Epperson, Colorado City, Sr.
Jenna Moore, Jim Ned, Jr.
Malone Graham, Jim Ned, Soph.
Victoria Carby, Stanton, Jr.
** 2nd team All-District **
MaKayla Overton, Coahoma, Sr.
Ashley Romero, Coahoma, Fr.
Macee Grant, Coahoma, Fr.
Raegan Deel, Coahoma, Sr.
Brooke Widener, Clyde, Soph.
Sydney Leverich, Clyde, Soph.
Londen Brashear, Clyde, Soph.
Camry Lopez, Merkel, Sr.
Alexia Balvantin, Merkel, Sr.
Alexa Garza, Colorado City, Sr.
Marissa Reyna, Colorado City, Jr
Mia Monroe, Colorado City, Fr.
Laramie Hodges, Jim Ned, Soph.
Brooke Galvin, Jim Ned, Soph.
Grace Heuermann, Jim Ned, Sr.
Libby Tutt, Jim Ned, Jr.
Marisela Escamilla, Stanton, Soph.
COAHOMA - The CISD board of trustees approved the hire of Chris Joslin as the new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach today.
For the past two years, Joslin has been the offensive assistant football coach for the Rockdale High School Tigers. Last year, the Tigers went 13-3 for the season and clinched the 3A Division I state championship against the Brock Eagles at AT&T Stadium. In 2016, Rockdale advanced to regionals with an 11-2 record.
“We really loved our time here in West Texas,” Joslin said following his hire this morning. “When the position came open, it was really one of the only ones we looked at. We are really happy where we were at, but we love West Texas and jumped at the chance to come back here.”
Joslin added he is ready to step into his new position immediately.
“With it’s being so late, we’ve got to get busy right now meeting the coaches, trying to meet the kids as they come up and work out and getting everything in line before August gets here. It’s going to be a fast summer,” he said.
The move for Joslin means a return to West Texas and Howard County. For 10 years, Joslin was employed by Big Spring ISD as an assistant under the leadership of AD/Head Football Coach Phillip Ritchey.
For the majority of his time on the Steer coaching staff (2006-2007 to 2015-2016), Joslin was the offensive coordinator, backs/receivers coach. He was also the head coach of the junior varsity football team and, for a brief time, served as the interim AD after Ritchey retired. The Steers made six playoff appearances during Joslin’s time on the coaching staff.
Joslin also has a strong record of producing winning golf teams during his career. At Rockdale both his girls and boys golf team won back-to-back district and regional championships. In 2016-2017, the girls team placed third at state. During his time at Big Spring, Joslin took a number of golf teams to regional and state contests.
“We are very excited to welcome Coach Joslin and his family to Coahoma ISD,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs. “His success as a coach, a leader and a mentor for students will be an asset for our district, and we are honored to have him leading the Bulldogs and Bulldogettes.”
Joslin graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1993, earned his bachelor's in physical education from Tarleton State in 2002 and received his teacher’s certification from Weatherford College in 2004.
He was hired by Jacksboro High School from 2002-2003 through 2005-2006 where he coached football, golf, basketball, and track. During his tenure on the Jacksboro Tigers coaching staff, Joslin served as the offensive coordinator, wide receiver and secondary coach. The Tigers won two district championships and one district co-championship during this time. He also taught government, economics, health, PE, and several history courses.
Joslin will moved to Coahoma with his wife, Kristen, who was Director of Curriculum and Testing at Big Spring ISD before the family moved to Rockdale two years ago, and their two young children, Zoie and Austin. The couple’s oldest daughter, Trinady, will be attending college in the fall.
Joslin will take over leadership of the Bulldogs football team which went 7-4 last season ending with a bi-district appearance.
Goliad P.E. Teacher Joe Bright goes above and beyond helping students have fun while staying physically active in school, he also runs, Joe Bright Basketball Training, a program for local area students.
"My slogan is 'Let the dream begin,' says Bright. It's a hundred percent for the kids in the community [and] all around. It's just trying to teach them the basics, and at the same time let them know that [the program] is bigger than basketball."
Bright went on to say that his program focuses on building character and leadership skills. He advised that this training isn't exclusively for basketball skills and the conditioning and footwork can be beneficial for other sports, and noted that the lessons learned in the program can carry over to other areas of life. "It's definitely bigger than just basketball and wins and losses. What we do now carries over in the long run."
"I'm a former basketball player and I'm a firm believer in that," continued Bright. "Everything that I have learned and took from sports, I'm doing it now as a teacher."
Teaching kids lessons that they'll carry with them outside of basketball is something that Bright has a passion for, and he says that because of limited gym availability he's not able to accept all kids that want to sign up for his program. He stated that if anyone knew of a gym that's available for use or that's available to rent, he'd appreciate the information so he could reach out to them about using their facilities for his program.
Bright is originally from Chicago, IL. He later moved to Minnesota with his family where he graduated high school. He later attended Howard College and played on the 2009-2010 National Championship team. He was also named Region 5 Defensive player of the year once, he was also Named to the All- WJCAC Team his sophomore year. After graduating with his Associate's Degree, Joe attended Stephen F. Austin where he continued his college basketball career, and earned his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology.
You can keep up with Joe Bright Basketball Training through his Facebook page, Instagram - joebrightball, email Jabzoola@gmail.com, or call him at (763) 237-4800.
This summer, Bright will be working as Co-Director at the Nike Basketball Training Camp that will be held in Colorado City at Wolf Gymnasium from June 18-22nd. Ages eligible for this camp are 8-18 and it will be co-ed. For more information you can check out: https://www.ussportscamps.com/basketball/nike/nike-basketball-camp-wolf-gymnasium
Unfortunately, the Howard College Lady Hawk Softball season has come to a close. Howard won their first game this evening 8 - 5 over South Georgia State. Because of a huge upset earlier in the day Howard had to face arguably the best team in the Country, Chipola College from Florida. This game was never out of grasp for the Lady Hawks. Unfortunately, Chipola grabbed a 3 - 1 lead that they never relinquished.
The Lady Hawks season came to end but it is important to note they have played in four consecutive National Championship Tournaments - a feat very rarely seen. Congratulations to the Lady Hawks. They represented Howard College, Big Spring, the great State of Texas and College Softball with the highest level of class and integrity. KBEST Media loves our Hawk athletics!
Congratulations to Big Spring High School Senior Rachel McCalister on earning both a track scholarship and an additional $50,000 academic scholarship to attend Eastern Connecticut State University!!
BSHS Principal Mike Ritchey, advised the students in attendance to the Letter of Intent signing that Rachel had to put in lots of hard work, not only as an athlete, but into her academics as well.
Rachel told KBest News that she's been competing in track and field since junior high. When asked how she felt to be able to accept both scholarships for track and academics, Rachel stated, "I was really shocked to get both, but I'm blessed! Just like Mr. Ritchey said, it takes a lot of hard work in the classroom and I believe I accomplished that."
Rachel says that she will major in Pre-Med or Biology while at Eastern Connecticut State University.
UPDATE: Lady Hawks fell to Seminole State 8-5, but are ready to defeat Georgia State tomorrow night at 6pm!! Catch the action on KBest 95.7. GO LADY HAWKS!!!
Tonight at 6:00! Lady Hawks take on Seminole State of Oklahoma in the NJCAA Division 1 softball national championship—round 1 in a double elimination tournament. Hear all the action KBest 95.7, live from St. George, Utah !!!
Big Spring High School hosted their annual sports banquet yesterday evening, honoring students and overachieving coaches for their hard work and dedication to the program. Academics were also stressed as an important factor in athletics and several students throughout each sport were recognized for their academic excellence.
Coaches and teachers showed their appreciation for students as well as parents that helped to raise money for different sports in order to send them on trips and buy new equipment. Coaches gave heartfelt speeches regarding the pride they have in the program and emphasized that the main purpose of athletics is not winning, but teaching teenagers to better people.
The end of the banquet was an emotional one as various sports said goodbye to their seniors. The dedicated seniors, many of whom put in multiple years into the program were recognized for their hard work and coaches closed with a hopeful message about the bright future of the athletics program.
Summer Softball Camp
Coahoma High School softball coach Alex Orosco will host a softball skills camp for children in the third to sixth grade.
The camp will run from Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Coahoma High School Softball Field.
The cost is $50 per child or $80 for two children. Water will be provided. Bring a glove and bat if the child has one. Shirts and shorts are fine for dress.
Please register at: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSf2RY14agdgL7ECX…/viewform…
Payment will be taken on the first day of camp at the softball field.
Coahoma High School senior MaKayla Overton has been selected to play in the Big Country Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) All Star Softball game.
“MaKayla has been a varsity player all four years and looking at her success on the field it was important to nominate her as an all star player," CHS Head Softball Coach Alex Orosco said.
MaKayla was selected for the honor based on her character and leadership qualities as well as her athletic talents and abilities.
During her time at Coahoma High School, MaKayla has been an all-around athlete. In April, she was named MVP for volleyball and Offensive MVP for girls basketball. Academically, MaKayla is in the top 10 percent of her class. She is the daughter of Amy and John Overton
The FCA All-Star game will be played at 11 a.m. June 8 at Angelo State University Mayer Field in San Angelo. Around of 800 to 1,000 people are expected to attend the match. Before the game, the players will stay with a host family for a few days in San Angelo and attend a chapel service.
Established in 1954, FCA is the third largest Christian sports ministry in the world.
2018 FORSAN PLAYOFF GAME RESULTS, 05/11/18 - 05/12/18
Forsan Buffs and Lady Buffs continued to compete in playoff games this weekend, and here are the results:
The Lady Buffs had a best of 3-game series at Seminole against New Deal to become Quarter Regional Finalists. The Lady Buffs fell to New Deal within the first two games.
The Buffs played their final game this season against Stamford at Hermleigh for the Area Championship. Final score was 6-0 in favor of Stamford.
Congratulations to both teams for a hard fought season and to the Lady Buffs on earning their Area Champs title, and to the Buffs on earning their Bi-District Champs title!!
(Photos from Forsan School-District links.)
Hawk Rodeo student athlete Dalton Kasel, a bull rider from Muleshoe, Tx, is the reserve champion bull rider for the Southwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). Kasel will be traveling to Casper, WY for the NIRA National Finals Rodeo held June 10-16 to compete for the national title.
The Southwest Region is known to be one of the most competitive regions in the country. Howard College student athletes compete against contestants from other community colleges as well as universities. HC Hawk Athletics
FORSAN PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
The Forsan Lady Buffs are playing the best of 3 series with New Deal in Seminole for Softball Regional Quarterfinals.
Game 1: Friday, May 11th, at 5:00
Game 2: Saturday, May 12th, at 1:00
Game 3: 30 minutes following Game 2
Buffalo Baseball will be playing Stamford in Hermleigh at 5:00 pm on Friday for the Area championship.
Let's go Buffaloes!!
Congratulations to Kloee Gang, Big Spring High School Senior, on accepting a scholarship from Howard College to continue her Cheerleading career. Kloee says she plans to study sonography while at Howard College.
Let’s go Bulldogs/Bulldogettes!
A send off for the Bulldog baseball and Bulldogettes softball teams will be held at 1:40 p.m. Friday between the Coahoma ISD high school and elementary buildings.
The Bulldogs will compete in Bi-District play against the Dublin Lions in Hawley. Game 1 is set for 7 p.m. Friday with game 2 to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. A third game will follow right after game 2 if necessary.
The Bulldogettes will tackle the Henrietta Lady Bearcats for area play in Albany. Game 1 begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Game 2 will start at 2 p.m. Saturday with game 3 to follow if necessary.
(Photos and information from Coahoma Media.)
The Big Spring Lady Steers will be playing a 3-game series against the Venus Bulldogs in Hawley for the Area Championship this weekend. They'll play at 5 PM on Friday, and again at 5 PM on Saturday with a 3rd game to follow immediately after if necessary.
You can listen to a LIVE broadcast of these playoff games brought to you by KBest Crew Announcers Jamie Scott and Zach Campbell on KBest 95.7 FM!#SteerNation
Earlier today, Big Spring High School Seniors gathered around and celebrated the accomplishments of their fellow classmate, Ashley Gonzales, who signed her letter of intent to play softball at Western Texas College.
Gonzales has been playing softball since she was 5 years old and says that she plans to study business or accounting while at WTC.