Coahoma ISD athletes will return to action on Monday to begin two-a-days after the UIL gave the go-ahead last week for Class 1A-4A programs to start the season on schedule.
“It’s exciting because now we have direction, and we are getting sports back,” said Chris Joslin Coahoma ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. “It’s been a little stressful because we’ve been sitting here making plan after plan and not really knowing what the future holds. Now it’s time to get going and that’s good. We are all excited to get back to it.”
The Coahoma Bulldog football team will kick-off the season with a Midnight Madness practice at 12:01 a.m. Sunday night/Monday morning at the Bill Easterling Memorial Stadium. The stands will be open for spectators.
“That event went over well last year,” Joslin said. “Our kids are excited for the return of football and this gives them a cool, evening first practice.”
Also returning on Aug 3, Bulldogettes volleyball players will report to the CES competition gym at 8:30 a.m. to begin two-a-days.
Professional, college, and public school sports programs across the nation shut down back in early spring in hopes of slowing down the spread of Covid-19.
By summer, UIL OK’d public school programs to hold conditioning programs under strict guidelines after the spread of the Coronavirus began to slow, but in June, summer workout programs were halted for a brief time in response to the surge of new Covid-19 cases in Texas.
Now with the resumption of sports, Joslin said the department will continue to strictly adhere to UIL Covid-19 guidelines as the program moves forward.
“Even if we come to a point when the UIL drops those guidelines, we are going to continue to clean the weight room the way we’ve been doing it,” he said. “We are going to clean all the locker rooms the same way. We bought face shields for all the kids in athletics. We are doing everything we can to get our kids to competition days.”
Cautious but optimistic is how Joslin described the attitude CISD coaches have in approaching the next few months.
“We are going to deal with stuff,” Joslin said. “Every school is going to have to deal with students and faculty getting sick, but if they are going to let us go, we are going to do it but do it cautiously.
“I think the kids are ready,” he continued. “Our coaches are ready to go. They love sports, but the kids are the real reason why we are in this job. Our student athletes have been shut down since March, and they are ready to get back.”
Today was a good day to be a Coahoma Bulldog fan! Five Coahoma High School graduates of the Class of 2020 signed with their colleges to move on to the next level of athletics.
Avry Burgans and Taylor Barnes are moving on to play College Baseball. Burgans will take the mound at TCS Post Grad Academy. Taylor will also top the mound at Wayland Baptist University. Three athletes from the Coahoma Bulldog Football team will not only play collegiate football, they will travel as a group to Abilene. The trio of Keegan Dobbs, Jonathan Schneider and Zack Schneider are no strangers to clearing the way for each other. They are all going to Hardin Simmons University.
This makes six Coahoma athletes that hive signed on to play at the college level. Caitlyn Corley signed with Sul Ross in December 2019 to play basketball.
The Coahoma ISD Athletic Department will host a signing ceremony on Monday to honor five CHS graduates from the class of 2020 as they commit to play on the collegiate level this fall.
“We are very proud of these young men as they take the next step in their lives, and proud to see that their hard work throughout the years as a Coahoma Bulldog has paid off,” said CISD Athletic Director Chris Joslin.”
A signing ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. at the Bill Easterling Memorial Football Field for the trio of Zack Schneider, Jonathon Schneider, and Keegan Dobbs, who have committed to play for the Hardin-Simmons Cowboy football team this fall, and for Taylor Barnes and Avry Burgans. Barnes will suit up as a Pioneer for the Wayland Baptist University baseball team in 2021, and Burgans will commit to play baseball at TCS Post Grad Academy.
“We planned to hold these ceremonies back in spring, but unfortunately, we had to close the campus in March and for the rest of the academic year because of the pandemic,” Joslin said.
“However, we weren’t going to let them go without recognizing that their hard work and effort has paid off.”
The public is welcomed to watch the ceremony, but will not be allowed on the field. Face masks will be required and social distancing should be observed for those attending the event. The public must remain in the stands.
Six CISD athletes from the Class of 2020 have committed to play on the collegiate level. In December of 2019, Cailtyn Corley signed to play basketball at Sul Ross University.
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) is presenting modifications to the 2020-2021 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines, set to take effect August 1, 2020.
The modifications to the 2020-2021 calendar differ by activity and conference and can be found on the UIL website and in the chart below. These adjustments reflect the public health situation at this time and the varying numbers of COVID-19 cases across different geographic areas of the state. This plan provides a delay for schools in highly-populated metro areas, primarily conferences 5A-6A, given the challenges with COVID-19 those communities are facing, while providing schools in other areas, primarily 1A-4A, an opportunity to start seasons on schedule. Acknowledging the situation is not always clear-cut and that COVID-19 affects every community differently, the plan also allows for local flexibility and encourages districts to plan for possible interruptions in order to complete district seasons.
Additionally, the COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year can be found at this link. This includes guidance around face coverings, general operations and protocol for individuals confirmed or exposed to COVID-19, congregate settings (band halls, locker rooms, etc.), practice and rehearsal activities, spectators and media, and concession stands and food service.
These guidelines are in addition to guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and intended to be implemented along with TEA guidance, which applies to UIL academic activities and extracurricular non-UIL activities.
With the understanding that not all schools will be able to start at the same time, this plan allows for schools to make playing decisions at the local level, and the UIL will work directly with schools that have scheduling issues not addressed in this plan to allow them flexibility to complete as many contests as possible.
“Our goal in releasing this plan is to provide a path forward for Texas students and schools,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “While understanding situations change and there will likely be interruptions that will require flexibility and patience, we are hopeful this plan allows students to participate in the education-based activities they love in a way that prioritizes safety and mitigates risk of COVID-19 spread.”
UIL will continue to work with state officials and monitor CDC and other federal guidance to determine any potential modifications that may become necessary.
Last week, Forsan High School announced that Coach Seth Johnson would be leading the Lady Buffs this year as the New Head Girls Basketball Coach.
Going into his 8th year with Forsan, Johnson had previously served as the Assistant Coach for the girls basketball team. He’s also worked with football and has been the Head Tennis Coach, which he continues to do. He also had experience coaching football, basketball, track, and some tennis in Ralls, just outside of Lubbock, TX.
Johnson told KBest News that his goal for the season is to work on being competitive.
"Our goals are gonna be to show up and try to get a little bit better every single day. We're gonna work really hard on the little things and try to let the big things take care of themselves," said Coach Johnson.
When asked what he looks forward to the most with the new school year, Coach Johnson said he looks forward to getting back to school and interacting with the kids.
Local sports program Joe Bright Basketball Training in Big Spring, founded by former Howard College Hawk Joe Bright, recently announced plans to expand into JB Sports Academy. In addition to teaching sports skills, the academy will also strive to teach life lessons.
"It's a special environment," said Coach Bright. "It's not just training. It's actually a program where they're actually learning life lessons and experiencing different things."
After purchasing a 2-acre lot at 1317 E. 6th Street, Bright’s goal now is to secure $90,000 in funds to build the JB Sports Academy facility and get it off the ground. He also has a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/f/jb-sports-academy) set up for anyone interested in making a donation.
As Forsan High School gets ready for a new school year, they also welcome additions to their coaching staff.
Janet Shelton joins the Forsan Buffs as the head Cross Country Coach. This will be her 5th year coaching, but her 22nd year in teaching. She told KBest News that she’s spent most of her time as an assistant Cross Country coach to her husband, Jeff, and spent 1 year as a Head Girls Track Coach for a year at Rankin ISD.
Shelton told KBest News that while with Ozona they were able to take a few athletes to the State competition in the last couple of years. This year, she’s looking forward to heading to State with the Forsan Buffs.
Shelton says that she and her husband are excited to begin their new adventure with Forsan ISD.
The Texas Rangers are scheduled to play the Colorado Rockies in the first regular season game ever at the new Globe Life Field on Friday, July 24 in the team’s 2020 opener. The complete 2020 60-game schedule was announced today by Major League Baseball.
The Rangers will open the 2020 season with a five-game homestand against N.L. West Division opponents, facing the Rockies on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 24, 25, and 26. The club will then host the Arizona Diamondbacks in a twogame series on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28-29 before going on a six-game, seven-day trip to San Francisco and Oakland.
The Rangers return home on Friday, August 7 for a six-game homestand that features a pair of A.L. West Division foes, the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners. Texas will be at home for 15 of 23 games between August 7 and 30. The club closes the regular season with a four-game series against the defending A.L. champion Houston Astros, September 24-27 at Globe Life Field.
In the abbreviated 60-game schedule in 2020, the Rangers will play 40 games versus A.L. West Division opponents, 20 at Globe Life Field and 20 on the road. That breaks down to three series and ten total games versus each A.L. West team. Texas will face the five N.L. West Division teams for 20 total contests, 10 at Globe Life Field and 10 on the road. That breaks down to eight total series, four home and four road. The Rangers will host every N.L. West club except San Francisco and will play at each N.L. West park except Los Angeles.
2020 game times were also announced today. For home games against Colorado and Houston, the normal game times will be 7:05 p.m. CT for weekday night games, 6:05 p.m. CT on Saturday, and 1:35 p.m. CT on Sunday. For home games against teams in the Pacific time zone (Arizona, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland, San Diego, Seattle), the normal game times will be 8:05 p.m. CT on weekday nights, 6:05 p.m. CT on Saturday, and 1:35 p.m. CT on Sunday. The club will play several weekday getaway games at 3:05 p.m. CT.
Per agreement with Major League Baseball, the Rangers will play 8:05 p.m. CT weekday night home games versus teams in the Pacific time zone with those clubs starting weekday night home games against Texas at 6:05 p.m. PT/8:05 p.m. CT. Please note that these weekday night game times may be adjusted if fans are allowed to attend 2020 Major League games.
Prior to the start of the regular season, the Rangers and Rockies will play a pair of exhibition games at Globe Life Field on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 21-22 with both contests starting at 7:05 p.m. CT.
For the full 2020 abbreviated schedule, click on the link below.
As Major League Baseball moves forward with its plan to begin a contracted 60-game schedule in late July, MLB has also announced the cancellation of Minor League Baseball’s 2020 season as a result of the Covid-19 virus.
“ It’s hard to believe,” said RockHounds general manager Monty Hoppel. “This is a first in my 37 years of baseball ... no season.”
The cancellation, which is the first in franchise history and a rarity for the Texas League, comes after nearly four months of discussions on whether or not a revised minor league season was feasible.
Minor League Baseball is comprised of 189 teams in 17 leagues in the US and the Dominican Republic. The RockHounds are members of the (class Double-A) Texas League, which includes eight clubs (four in Texas, two in Arkansas and one each in Missouri and Oklahoma), and is one of 14 minor leagues with schedules involving extensive travel, one of the major considerations involved in MLB’s decision.
The RockHounds had just concluded their annual spring hosting of high school baseball and were preparing for the April 9 Texas League home opener when the Covid-19 outbreak began to have an impact. In late March it was announced that the start of the season would be delayed until at least May 21.
“ Safety has been the top priority throughout the process,” Hoppel said. “The possible start date kept getting pushed back but we were patiently holding out hope that we could start in July and play into October, roughly a half-season. But, as time passed, we could see the writing on the wall.”
With no baseball on the diamond in 2020, Hoppel indicated the RockHounds will begin working closely with season ticket holders and corporate partners to “give them great value and look ahead to the 2021 season. Those relationships are as important to us as the game itself.”
The club is also preparing a series of events at Momentum Bank Ballpark beginning in July and continuing until next “Opening Day.”
There is baseball on the schedule. The RockHounds will host a two-day tournament on July 23 & 24, with teams comprised of graduating high school seniors from across the Permian Basin.
A Christian concert featuring Matthew West is set for September 30 and a Labor Day Weekend Fireworks night is also “in the works.”
The club stressed that all events at Momentum Bank Ballpark will be conducted within the latest safety guidelines. A copy of the team’s Covid-19 Safety Plan is available via the club’s web site (midlandrockhounds.org).
Hoppel summed up the sentiment of the RockHounds’ staff and ownership perfectly, saying “we sure will miss our fans.”