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Texans Take Down Fourth-Seeded Bruins 79-to-78 Wednesday in Kansas and Advance to NJCAA Elite Eight

nationaltourneyHUTCHINSON, Kansas — The Texans needed both.

Trailing 78-77 with eight ticks left in regulation, South Plains’ Deshawn Corprew stepped to the charity stripe for a one-and-one following a blocking foul called on Salt Lake’s Hunter Schofield.

The 6-foot-6 swingman from Norfolk, Virginia made the most of the opportunity, knocking down consecutive free throws to put the Texans up one. Needing one final stand, the Bruins pushed the floor for an opportunity to win it, but Dalven Brushier’s desperation 3 from the top of the key clanked off the side of the rim as South Plains knocked off the fourth-seeded Bruins 79-78 Wednesday at the Hutchinson Sports Arena to advance to the Elite 8 against Connors State (31-3) at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

“We didn’t want our season to end today, and my teammates just told me to stay poised and I was able to knock down both shots and help get us the win,” Corprew said. “Ben’s shot was really big and he’s been doing that for us most of the season. It feels great to win this one and we’ve come a long way and I’m really proud of everyone on this team.”

Trailing 78-74 with under a minute to play, Corprew found teammate Ben Perez in the corner as the sophomore guard from San Diego, California drained a 3 to bring the Texans within one. Following a timeout from South Plains head coach Steve Green, Salt Lake’s Bushmen Ebet put up a 3-ball from the corner which fell short, giving the Texans an opportunity to retake the lead in the final seconds as they picked up their ninth win in the last 10 outings.

“The shot felt really good, and Deshawn was able to find me with a good pass right in the pocket and I was able to do my job from there,” Perez said. “This was huge for us because at the beginning of the year if we would have faced some adversity, we probably would have crumbled and let the game slip away, and I’m really proud of the guys to withstand that pressure and come out on top with the win.”

Leading 37-34 at the half, South Plains (25-8) opened its lead to five on a layup from Isaiah Maurice with 19:52 to play, which the Bruins answered with a 9-0 run to take a 43-41 lead with 17:46 left. Freshman Keith McGee would put South Plains back up 48-47 with a runner from the baseline to recapture the lead with under 15 minutes to go.

McGee would then find Perez at the top of the key as the 6-foot-3 sharpshooter knocked down a trey to put the Texans up five with 12:24 to go. Perez would then put South Plains up eight, 63-54, this time with a 3 from the right wing with just over 11 minutes remaining.

“We hit some shots when we had to, and we also put ourselves in a situation where we definitely had to dig ourselves out of a hole,” Green said. “It was hard fought and a slowed played game, and execution was vital, and when we did it we scored and when we didn’t I think we went into a slump. We got a lot of points off of called plays, and the game was slow enough today where we had to call a lot of stuff.”

The final four minutes of the contest saw five lead changes as South Plains shot 40 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3 in the second half. Salt Lake shot 55 percent from the floor and 55 percent from the 3-point line in the contest but lost the battle on the glass as South Plains outrebounded their counterpart 40-31 and forced the Bruins into 18 turnovers.

Sophomore Isaiah Maurice led all scorers with 22 points to go along with seven boards, knocking down 10 of 16 shots as he recorded his fifth consecutive game with at least 20 points. Perez netted 18 points, six rebounds and three assists, bucketing 6 of his 13 attempts from the field and was 5 of 9 from the 3-point line.

McGee finished with 15 points, five assists and four steals while Christopher Orlina chipped in 11 and Corprew netted seven points, snagged six rebounds and handed out five assists. Kur Kuath led the Bruins (30-4) with 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the field over 29 minutes. Christian Gray finished with 13 points and four boards for Salt Lake while Bushmen and Brushier each had 11 and Jordan Gilliam finished with nine.

The South Plains College Texans move to 25-and-eight on the year and advance to play Connor State on Thursday at 6:00pm in the Elite Eight of the 2018 NJCAA National Tournament from Hutchinson. Pregame show starts at 5:30pm on KLVT AM1230 and

(Thanks Jordan Irvine, Sports Information Coordinator, South Plains College,


South Plains Primed for Sweet 16 Matchup with Salt Lake Wednesday at National Tournament

SPCfor03212018HUTCHINSON, Kansas — Following a 91-71 win over Highland Community College on Monday in the opening round of the 2018 NJCAA Men’s Basketball National Tournament, the No. 13-seed South Plains College men’s basketball team will square off with the fourth-seeded Salt Lake Community College Bruins on Wednesday at noon at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

South Plains improved to 24-8 on the season with Monday’s victory and come into Wednesday’s Sweet 16 matchup as winners of eight of their last nine. 6-foot-10 sophomore forward Isaiah Maurice led all scorers with 22 points against the Cougars, his fourth consecutive game with at least 20 points and his 19th double-digit scoring performance this season.

Averaging 91.5 points per game in their last four outings, South Plains shot 51.5 percent from the floor against Highland including 10 3s as they placed five players in double-digit scoring figures. The Texans dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Cougars 43-28 and scored 38 points in the paint while forcing Highland to shoot just 41 percent from the floor in the contest and 29 percent from the 3-point line.

South Plains will look to slow down a Bruin offense who is averaging 90 points per game this season and shooting 49.1 percent from the field on the year. Boasting a 30-3 record on the year, Salt Lake is led by sophomore guard Bushmen Ebet who is averaging 14.5 points per game, shooting 48.7 percent from the field this season. Sophomore Christian Gray is averaging 13 points and a team-high 5.3 rebound per game for Salt Lake including an 18-point performance in the Bruins’ 89-86 win over Arizona Western in the District One title game on March 10.

Catch the South Plains College Texans live on KLVT AM1230 and as Michael Wiiest will call the courtside action with pregame set for 11:30 p.m.

Should the Texans come out victorious on Wednesday, they will await a matchup with either No. 5-seed Coffeyville or No. 12-seed Connors State on Thursday at 6 p.m. Coffeyville and Connors State play at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

(Thanks Jordan Irvine, Sports Information Coordinator, South Plains College,

South Plains Rodeo Travels to Sweetwater March 22-24 for Ranger College Rodeo

SPCRodeo2018LEVELLAND — The South Plains College men’s and women’s rodeo teams will return to the arena this weekend at the Ranger College Rodeo in Sweetwater March 22-24.

With six rodeos complete, the Lady Texans sit atop the Southwest Region standings with 1,381 points, followed by Tarleton State who sits in second with 979 points, while Eastern New Mexico, Weatherford College, and Texas Tech round out the top five. The Texans come into the weekend ranked sixth overall in the region with 935 points, as Tarleton State, Odessa, Weatherford College, Western Texas College, and Clarendon make up the top five spots to date.

Last time out:

The Lady Texans captured the women’s team title at the Odessa College Rodeo on Feb. 25, extending their lead in the region as sophomore Lariat Larner won the women’s all-around title with 160 points thanks to a pair of top-five finishes.

Sophomore Jenna Dallyn, who currently sits second in the region in goat tying with 495 points, racked up 155 points as she posted a time of 7.1 in the long round followed by a 6.9 in the finals of the goat tying event to capture the event title. Larner tallied 60 points in goat tying as she ran a 6.5 in the long round and a 9.9 in short round, placing fifth for the Lady Texans and currently ranks sixth in the region with 175 points.

Kashley Seitz added to the Lady Texans’ point total with 95 points in the breakaway roping event as she posted a 2.8 in the long round which she followed up with a 3.2 in the finals to earn a fourth place overall finish. Larner would earn her second top-five finish in breakaway roping, running a 2.5 in the long round and a 3.8 in the finals, racking up 100 points to place third overall, as she currently ranks 15th in the region with 100 points.

Sophomore Alex Odle will look to make her push to the top of the regional standings as she enters the weekend sitting in third place with 330 points. Odle trails only Madeline Dickens of Odessa College, who is first in the region with 500 points, and Sadye Simpson of Weatherford College who is second with 340 points.

The Texans rode their way to a sixth-place finish in Odessa, adding 180 points to their season total. South Plains’ Chet Boren and Hadley Cloward placed second in team roping as they ran a 5.9 in the long round and 20.7 in the short to finish with 130 points. Sophomore Zack Kirkpatrick teamed up with Texas Tech’s Kade Cotton in team roping as the duo ran a 7.2 in the long round and missed in the short round as Kirkpatrick tallied 50 points for South Plains.

Kirkpatrick and Boren will look to climb the leaderboards in steer wrestling, each ranked inside the top six in the region. Kirkpatrick is tied for fourth in the regional standings with 220 points, while Boren is sixth with 205 points. Boren also ranks inside the top 10 in team roping, currently tied for eighth with 130 points.

(Thanks Jordan Irvine, Sports Information Coordinator, South Plains College,

Levelland Loboettes Drop District Opener to Seminole Maidens

loboloyaltyLevelland Loboettes Varsity watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in an 8-to-2 loss to Seminole on Tuesday as Levelland opens the district at oh-and-one.

Seminole took the lead on a in the first inning while the Loboettes struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Seminole, giving up eight runs.

Seminole got on the board in the first inning as an error scored one run for the Maidens.

Seminole hung up four more runs in the sixth inning behind RBI from Hayven Perez and Jody Vaughn.

Miranda Villegas, Sckylar Alvarez, Covarrubias, Valarie Maravilla, and Chole Dunn each managed one hit to lead the Loobettes who managed to crack the board with two runs in the seventh but it was too little too late and Levelland fell eight-to-two.

Seminole got eight runs on ten hits with no errors while Levelland scored two runs on five hits with three errors.

Jodi Vaughn pitched Seminole to victory. She allowed five hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out 17 and walking one.

Christen Covarrubias took the loss for Levelland Loboettes Varsity. She lasted seven innings, allowing ten hits and eight runs while striking out three and walking one.

The Levelland Loboettes move to 12-11-and-one on the season and oh-and-one in district play as they prepare to host Brownfield on Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 5:30pm at Loboette Field.

The Lady Cubs opened the 2018 district slate with a four-to-two over Lamesa on Tuesday.

Seminole 8, Levelland 2
Brownfield 4, Lamesa 2
Denver City 21, Lubbock Estacado 0

(1t) Brownfield 1-0
(1t) Denver City 1-0
(1t) Seminole 1-0
(6t) Lamesa 0-1
(6t) Levelland 0-1
(6t) Lubbock Estacado 0-1

DISTRICT SCHEDULE (Friday March 23rd)
Brownfield @ Levelland
Denver City @ Seminole
Lubbock Estacado @ Lamesa

NJCAA National Championship Scoreboard Update (Updated 3/21/18 07:05)

nationaltourneyMonday Scoreboard
#16 Barton 86, #17 Tyler 63
#9 Trinity Valley 100, #24 Baltimore City 54
#15 Western Nebraska 87, #18 Holmes 73
#10 Southern Idaho 119, #23 Snead State 82
#13 South Plains 91, #20 Highland 71
#12 Connors State 84, #21 Central Georgia Tech 78

Tuesday Schedule
#14 Motlow State 77, #19 Otero 76
#11 Hutchinson 84, #22 Cape Fear 60
#16 Benton 85, #1 Indian Hills 83
#8 Eastern Florida 85, #9 Trinity Valley 80
#2 Northwest Florida State 109, #15 Western Nebraska 91
#10 Southern Idaho 103, #7 Odessa 95

Wednesday Schedule
#13 South Plains vs. # 4 Salt Lake (12:00pm) LISTEN LIVE
#5 Coffeyville vs. #12 Connors State (2:00pm)
#3 Vincennes vs. #14 Motlow State (6:00pm)
#6 Florida Southwestern vs. #11 Hutchinson (8:00pm)

Levelland Cowgirl Inks with South Plains College


Coach Kerry Doster along with Levelland’s Kenzee Kent and her parents Keith and Keely Kent.  (Thanks to Rebecca Macha, Levelland ISD Athletic Secretary for the photo)

South Plains College picked up a local cowgirl on Tuesday as Levelland’s Kenzee Kent has inked with the South Plains College Lady Texans for the 2018-19 rodeo season.

Kenzee Kent is a senior at Levelland High School and will be in the breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing ranks for the Lady Texans coming up.

The Lady Texans have been having a hayday kind of a year in 2017-2018 as they currently sit in the top slot of the points in the NCAA Southwest Region with four rodeos left this spring.

“We are excited to have her compete with us next year,” said South Plains College Coach Kerry Doster.  “She has had the opportunity to hang around our practices the last couple of years and we think it will make the transition to the college level easy for her next season.”

Kenzee is the daughter of Keith and Keely Kent of Levelland.

NJCAA National Championship Scoreboard Update (Updated 03/20/18 14:35)

nationaltourneyMonday Scoreboard
#16 Barton 86, #17 Tyler 63
#9 Trinity Valley 100, #24 Baltimore City 54
#15 Western Nebraska 87, #18 Holmes 73
#10 Southern Idaho 119, #23 Snead State 82
#13 South Plains 91, #20 Highland 71
#12 Connors State 84, #21 Central Georgia Tech 78

Tuesday Schedule
#14 Motlow State 77, #19 Otero 76
#11 Hutchinson 84, #22 Cape Fear 60
#1 Indian Hills vs. ##16 Benton (2:00pm)
#8 Eastern Florida vs. #9 Trinity Valley (4:30pm)
#2 Northwest Florida State vs. #15 Western Nebraska (6:30pm)
#7 Odessa vs. #10 Southern Idaho (8:30pm)

Wednesday Schedule
#13 South Plains vs. # 4 Salt Lake (12:00pm) LISTEN LIVE
#5 Coffeyville vs. #12 Connors State (2:00pm)
#3 Vincennes vs. Motlow State (6:00pm)
#6 Florida Southwestern vs. #11 Hutchinson (8:00pm)