Tonight, June 29th, 2018 the second race of the 7th annual Moonlight Rave Run Series in Big Spring State Park will take place. If you haven’t registered online at Permianbasinevents.com, then make plans to arrive to early to register for the race. On-site registration will be from 10:15 PM to 11:30 PM and cost is $25 per person. The race will begin at Park Headquarters at the top, and limited parking is available by the playground. Be advised that gates will close at 11:30 PM and will not reopen until 1 AM.
According to Craig Felty with Permian Basin Events, funds raised from the event will be donated back to the Big Spring State Park to purchase a mobile events sign.
Congratulations to 2018 Big Spring High School graduate Noah Gonzales who recently signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play baseball at The University of the Southwest, a private university in Hobbs, New Mexico! The university competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Hawk Softball head coach Kelly Raines and assistant coach Shelby Shelton were recently tabbed as the West Region National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) coaching staff of the year.
Raines and Shelton led the Hawks to the NJCAA Division I Softball national tournament in May in St. George, UT and ended being eliminated by the eventual national runner-up Chipola, 3-1, on May 17th.
After being crowned as WJCAC conference champions the Hawks sealed the Region V West Championship for the 4th year in a row leading to their 4th consecutive trip to the national tournament. In the 2018 season the Hawks had four separate win streaks of seven or more games including one of 14 consecutive victories.
Raines has been at the helm of Hawk softball for 13 seasons racking up numerous championships, and several trips to the national tournament.
After beginning her collegiate career with Howard, Shelton went on to play at UT Tyler and, after graduating, returned to Howard College for the last 3 years as Raines’ assistant.
The pair will be recognized at a NFCA ceremony to be held in December.
Photo attached: Left – Shelby Shelton; Right – Kelly Raines, contributed along with story by Howard College.
Howard College Hawks had successful seasons on their respective court and field but they also had successful seasons in the classroom based upon the recent list of NJCAA 2017-2018 Academic All-American Award Winners. Hawks placed 28 students on the list with 10 on 1st Team; 7 on 2nd team and 11 on 3rd team.
** National Junior College Athletic Association
2017-2018 Academic Student-Athlete Award Winners
Student-Athlete - Sport - Team
Addison Lewis - Softball I - Third Team
Addyson Moseley - Basketball I - Third Team
Alexis Velazquez - Softball I - Third Team
Andrija Blatancic - Basketball I - First Team
Austin Smith - Baseball I - First Team
Brayden Dragoo - Baseball I - Third Team
Brett Cain - Baseball I - First Team
Chandler Coates - Baseball I - Second Team
Daria Vatrushkina - Basketball I - First Team
Jack Pagenkopf - Basketball I - Third Team
Jacob Salim - Baseball I - First Team
Jake Hutchings - Basketball I - Second Team
Kaitlyn Johnson - Softball I - First Team
Kaki Simpson - Basketball I - Third Team
Lance Russell - Baseball I - Third Team
Lavonna Milford - Basketball I - First Team
Madison Neff - Softball I - First Team
Madoline Seumalo - Softball I - Third Team
Mason Peterson - Baseball I - Third Team
Michael Hellums - Baseball I - Second Team
Paige Hallam - Softball I - Third Team
Parker Wayne - Baseball I - Second Team
Rebecca Laberge - Basketball I - Third Team
Saul Garza - Baseball I - Second Team
Tayiah Hamilton - Softball I - Second Team
Taylor Allison - Basketball I - Second Team
Tristan Peterson - Baseball I - First Team
Victoria Sorokina - Softball I - First Team
Criteria used for selections to the academic teams is as follows:
First Team Academic All-Americans 4.00 GPA
Second Team Academic All-American 3.80-3.99 GPA
Third Team Academic All-American 3.60-3.79 GPA
Hawk baseball led the pack with 11 athletes, softball had 8, women’s basketball had 6 and men’s basketball had 3.
The final team GPAs for Hawk Athletics were also impressive. The GPAs were calculated using the NJCAA Team Academic award criteria and all 2017-2018 classes and grades were utilized except developmental courses and grades.
Congratulations to all of these student athletes on a job well done!
FITNESS EXTRAVAGANZA! Sunday June 24th. Starting at 1:00pm-9:00pm. If you ever wanted to try a fitness class at the Y now is your time. FREE TO THE PUBLIC!! Come try spin, boot camp, power pump, aqua aerobics, 30 min HIIT, 30 min abs, yoga and Zumba. Baby sitting available. Schedule of classes is as follows:
1:00 - Spin (Ida Chavira)
2:00 - Cardio Circuit (Clarissa Carrisalez)
3:00 - 30 minute ABS (Jana McQueary)
4:00 - Spin (Kaitlyn Grant)
5:00 - Yoga (Daun Garrett)
6:00 - Aqua Aerobics (Suzanne Markwell)
7:00 - Power Pump (Larenda Larson)
8:00 - Octane 30 min HIIT (Elvira Conner)
9:00 - Zumba (Elvira Conner)
School may be out for summer, but Stanton High School’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jerry Burkhart continues to prepare for his first football season with the Stanton Buffaloes. Burkhart, who led his last school, Richland Springs, to a record 8 state championships in 6-man football, was hired earlier this year after John Peterson, former AD and Head Football Coach for the Buffaloes, stepped down from his position.
When asked what he felt is a big part of his transition from 6-man to 11-man football, Coach Burkhart stated that working with approximately 80 kids, which is about 3 times more kids than he worked with at his last school may make managing practices challenging, but he noted that he’s been blessed with a good number of coaches in order to isolate kids down to groups of 10 so they can focus on the fundamentals and other aspects of the sport.
Burkhart advised that he had 7 years of experience coaching 11-man football earlier in his career; and went on to say that expectations for him are the same, and he keeps the same goals.
“I like district championships, but I like state championships a lot better. So, that’s our goal – to go to the state championships. It’s a process, and the biggest thing is you got to get the kids believing in you, and they got to believe in the Coach and know that we believe in them," says Burkhart.
Event though Burkhart has several state championships under his belt, he maintains that the only way to be successful is “to put God in your program.”
Catch a sneak peek of Coach Burkhart in action tomorrow evening, as he coaches the Public School 6-man team for the 2018 Don Hardin Texas Bowl 6-Man Football All-Star Game. Also, don’t forget you can catch a live broadcast of that game brought to you by our KBest Sports Announcers – Mark Richardson and Josh Caudill.
Jaydan Mann added a new page to her resume. And, Mann, it is one that will enable her to extend her high school playing days.
Mann, whose performance on the diamond this season as a starting player for the Coahoma Bulldogette softball team drew statewide attention, was named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association's 2018 all-star team.
“Jaydan embodies a team-first attitude with everything she’s involved in from the classroom to band to athletics,” said Bullogette softball coach Alex Orosco. “Jaydan always thinks about the big picture and that is just one of the many reasons we are very proud she’s part of our Coahoma family.”
As a junior, Mann capped off a stellar season helping to the lead the Bulldogettes to a 19-5 record and a berth in the area round of the Class 3A state playoffs. For the year, she helped led her teammates offensively, hitting .494 and posting a team-high 29 runs batted in. She also hammered out 10 doubles, eight triples, and a home run.
Mann will play on the Blue team, which will consist of athletes from Class A to 4A schools. She will be joined on the Blue roster by fellow District 5-3A competitor Jacie Roberts of Clyde. Other players from the area making the list included Marley Moralez of Andrews and Rayne Jones of Borden County.
The TGCA all-star game will be played at 7 p.m. on July 10, in Arlington, Texas.
To be selected, players are nominated by their coaches and then chosen by the TGCA all-star committee.
Recent Big Spring High School graduate Aaron Olague will be continuing his baseball career at the next level, playing baseball for the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies! During his time at BSHS, Aaron was an asset to the Steers Baseball team.
CHS Head Softball Coach Alex Orosco and his assistants Haley Higgins and Katherine Shawver held a very successful softball camp last week.
“This camp was an excellent opportunity for kids to practice the skills they already have and to learn new tricks,” Orosco said.
“We appreciate all the parents who allowed their kids to participate. The future of Coahoma athletics looks bright.”
The Coahoma Futures Softball Camp was catered toward refining competitive skills for children in the third to sixth grade and was very well attended. Members of the 2018 Bi-District Champion Coahoma Bulldogettes also assisted with the camp.
(Information and photo contributed by Coahoma Media.)
Logan Franklin’s performance on the mound this year as a starting pitcher for the Coahoma Bulldogs certainly made an impression with area coaches. The Coahoma standout was named the District 5-3A co-Pitcher of the Year along with Jim Ned’s Cagan Evans.
Overall Franklin was among five Bulldog players to make the all-district team.
On the mound, Franklin led Coahoma with an earned run average of 2.22 and helped propel the Bulldogs to an 8-3 district record and an appearance at bi-district playoffs. The senior was also deadly on offense, batting .485 for the year with a whopping 29 runs batted in. During the season, he hammered out eight doubles.
Seniors Zach Holmes, Braden Pearson and sophomore Gaige Hill were also named to the first-team all-district roster for their standout performances on the diamond in 2018.
Holmes was selected as a first-team Infielder and played a key role for the Bulldogs at the plate. He batted a .437 average and had scored 32 runs for the season. Hill, who was named the first-team catcher, capped his season with a .324 batting average. Pearson was selected as first-team utility player. He batted .361 this season knocked in 25 runs and hit six doubles and a home run.
Rounding out the accolades for the Bulldogs was sophomore Zack Schneider who was selected to the second-team outfield. Schneider posted a .357 batting average, 25 runs, five doubles and a home run.
MVP, Payton Laughlin, Clyde, Jr.
Offensive MVP, Cayman Freiman, Clyde, Sr.
Defensive MVP, Ethan Hawk, Clyde, Jr.
Pitcher of the Year, Logan Franklin, Sr., Coahoma and Cagan Evans, Jim Ned, Fr.
Newcomer of the Year, Dylan Neuman, Clyde, Fr.; and Jayden Foss, Merkel, Fr.
Catcher of the Year, Kendal Morgan, Clyde, Jr.
Pitchers: John Thornmyer, Jim Ned, Sr.; Evan Cox, Stanton, Fr.; OJ Cano, Merkle, Sr.; Riley Rice, Clyde, Jr.; Joey Gutierrez, Colorado City, Soph.
Infield, Zach Holmes, Coahoma, Sr.; Reese Bryant, Jim Ned, Jr.; Garrett Vanderveen, Stanton, Soph.; Rylan Holloway, Merkel, Jr.; Christian Deal, Clyde, Soph.
1st Base, Chris Thormeyer, Jim Ned, Jr.; and Noe Ureste, Stanton, Jr.
Outfield, Caden Martin, Jim Ned, Fr.; Reid Harris, Colorado City, Jr.; Mitchum Burleson, Clyde, Sr.; Isaiah Cortez, Clyde, Sr.; and Andrew Wheeler, Stanton, Sr.
Catcher, Gaige Hill, Coahoma, Soph, and Zack Owens, Merkel, Sr.
DH: Payton Burton, Clyde, Jr.
Utility: Braden Pearson, Coahoma, Sr.; and David Ochoa, Stanton, Soph.
Pitchers: Jackson South, Clyde, Soph.; Erick Hernandez, Colorado City, Sr.; and Ethan Senne, Jim Ned, Jr.
Infield: Ty Doty, Jim Ned, Jr.; and Aaron Hernandez, Stanton, Sr.
1st Base: C.J. Ugalde, Merkel, Jr.
Outfield: Zack Schneider, Coahoma, Soph.; Cooper Castro, Jim Ned, Jr.; Dylan Martin, JIm Ned, Soph; Marcus Gutierrez, Colorado City, Sr.; David Hadley, Merkel, Jr.
Catcher: Jacob Munoz, Colorado City, Jr.; Dylan Bryant, Jim Ned, Jr., and Tomas Zarate, Stanton, Sr.
Utility: Bradlee Leverich, Clyde, Sr.
(Information and photos contributed by Coahoma Media.)