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Friday Night Lights will Shine On Video in 2021

According to reports from Austin this afternoon, the UIL Legislative Council has lifted the so called “Friday Night Lights” rule for the foreseeable future.

According to a report published by Dave Cambell’s Texas Football a vote on the rule out of the policy council passed the legislative council early Tuesday afternoon.

The move by the University Interscholastic League overturns a long standing rule that did not allow for video streaming of Friday night football games on any platform. The ruling was suspended in 2020 due to crowd restriction to make Texas high school football more available to fans.

While the rule lifts streaming video of games on certain internet platforms a ban on over-the-air broadcasts on television stations remains in effect.

Committee chair Aaron Hood made the presentation to the Legislative Council noting that the majority of school districts surveyed asked for the rule to be changed.

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Sundown Roughneck Football Schedule for 2021!

Mini-Skills Camp Coming for Young Baseball Players

Levelland Youth Baseball will host a Mini-Skills Camp Tuesday at 6:30pm at the playground behind Cactus Elementary Building.

Ages 6 through 12 welcome and there is no charge.

Wear baseball attire and bring your glove, bat and water bottle.

The camp will run about 90 minutes.

If you have a player that needs skill/fundamental work come on out. If you have questions call 806-893-9341.

Parents are welcome to attend, watch and learn how they can help their player with fundamental development at home.

The Wisdom from Within, Portwood Moves Up in the Lobo Dugout

When you take a head coach away from a program that has had some big successes in the last decade, sometimes the best wisdom comes from within that program. That certainly seems to be the case as Levelland Lobo Baseball Assistant Coach Chris Portwood has been reassigned to the head coaching position for 2021-22.

Portwood, a Lubbock High and Lubbock Christian University graduate, has been in the Levelland ISD system for six years serving as assistant coach under then head coach Brent Paris, assisting in various aspects of football and teaching Psychology/Sociology, World Geography and Physical Education.

“Well first I have to give all the credit to Coach Paris. He groomed me and taught me every chance he could,” said Coach Portwood in an email to KLVT Sports. “I wouldn’t be the coach I am today without guys like Coach Paris.”

It’s big shoes for the rookie skipper as Levelland went 26-and-eight record and a 15-and-oh record in district and a third Levelland district title. Coach Brent Paris has made the Lobos a playoff staple as Levelland went to the Area Championships this season before falling to Andrews and has been in the playoffs six out of his nine seasons. That includes a trip to the 4A Region One Semi-Finals in 2017 to go along with a 36-and-six record.

With that being said, Portwood is a big part of those successes arriving in 2017 for the Region One Semi-Final run.

“As for the Lobos, we are going to do what we always do and put our hard-hats on every day and go flat to work, no cheese,” said Portwood.

“I’m blessed to have this opportunity to be the Head Baseball coach in such a place that bleeds WIT and a program that is getting stronger every day. I can’t wait for the challenges ahead because our guys will grow tremendously. I know the kids we have here in LL are tough, resilient, and keep coming.”

While head coach retention seems to be an issue for Levelland, assistant coaches seem to be of the plenty. Coach Portwood should retain a very solid assistant coaching staff including veteran coach Jeff Harp and coach Paris’ scout and development coach Josh Gibson.

Portwood’s first assignment will be Levelland Lobo Baseball Camp coming up June 28th through June 30th. A link for the camp is posted below.

Levelland Lobo Baseball Camp 2021!

Former Red Raider Lyle Leong Jr Tabbed to Lead Lobo Football for 2021

Levelland ISD has been in the hiring coaches business and on Wednesday June 9th the Board of Trustees approved former Texas Tech Red Raider and Abilene High graduate Lyle Leong Jr as head coach for Lobo football and athletic director.

Leong, age 33, comes from an Offensive Coordinator position as San Antonio Highlands Owls went four-and-two in 2021 scoring 31 points per game in 2021.

“He brings an extensive knowledge to the game,” said Jeff Nothern. “He brings a love for the game and a love for kids and our program needs a shot in the arm right now.”

Leong played three seasons with the Texas Red Raiders before spending a short time in the NFL and CFL.

It will be a first time head coaching position for the coach.

It will be work cut out for the new Lobo coach as Levelland went two-and-nine in 2020 and didn’t pass the Bi-District Championship in the past two seasons.

The move comes just a few days after Levelland ISD promoted former Levelland Lobo Baseball Assistant Coach Chris Portwood to the head coaching position for Lobo Baseball filling the spot vacated when Coach Brent Paris left the fold for Melissa ISD.

Levelland ISD still has more hiring to do still needing to fill a vacancy for Levelland Loboette Volleyball and for Levelland Loboette Softball.

NCAA Super Regionals Nearly Complete

GAMES BEGIN FRIDAY, JUNE 11 – All times are Eastern

NC State (33-17) at No. 1 Arkansas (49-11)
6 p.m. (ESPNU), 3 p.m. (ESPN2), *6 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)


No. 13 East Carolina (44-15) at No. 4 Vanderbilt (43-15)
Noon (ESPN2), Noon (ESPN2), *3 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

No. 9 Stanford (36-15) at No. 8 Texas Tech (45-15)
3 p.m. (ESPNU), 3 p.m. (ESPNU), *3 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

No. 12 Ole Miss (44-20) at No. 5 Arizona (43-15)
9 p.m. (ESPNU), 10 p.m. (ESPN2), *9 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

South Florida (31-28) at No. 2 Texas (45-15)
9 p.m. (ESPNU), 9 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), *4 p.m. or 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

DBU (40-16) vs. Virginia (32-24**) or No. 11 Old Dominion (44-15**)
Neutral site games played in Columbia, South Carolina
**record is through games played June 8
Noon (ESPNU), Noon (ESPN2/ESPNU), *1 p.m. (ESPNU)

LSU (38-23) at No. 3 Tennessee (48-16)
7 p.m. (ESPN2), Noon or 3 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), *4 p.m. or 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

No. 10 Notre Dame (33-11) at No. 7 Mississippi State (43-15)
2 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), *7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

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Levelland Lobo Football Schedule for 2021 Released

More work to do for Levelland ISD Athletics as Volleyball Now is Vacant

And there is more work to do for Levelland ISD Athletics as Kayla Overton, formerly Kayla Koerner, is leaving Loboette Volleyball.

Overton, a Shallowater grad, is heading to Lubbock where she has taken a position as an assistant volleyball coach with the Lubbock High Westerners.

“Levelland will always hold a special place in my heart,” said Overton in a text message to KLVT Sports. “Your first head coaching job is always tough but I’m so thankful to have grown so much not only as a coach but as a teacher and a person as well. I love these kids and this program so much and wish them nothing but the best.”

Overton has spent three years with the Loboettes making the playoffs two out of three years but never advancing past the Bi-District round.

Levelland went four-and-six in district play in 2020 missing the playoffs after falling to San Angelo Lake View in a fourth place play in game.

For Levelland ISD it is coaching position number four needing filled as Andy Correll stepped down from the position of football coach and athletic director, baseball coach Brent Paris is leaving for a head coaching position in Melissa and Coach Callie Rodriguez is leaving Loboette Softball for an assistant job in Canyon.

The Levelland ISD Board of Trustees is set to meet in special session on Wednesday June 9th at 6:00pm with the only item on the agenda listed as “Personnel.”

According to an agenda packet, “A five person interview committee held interviews on Tuesday June 1st and Wednesday June 2nd,” for the position of football coach and athletic director and a recommendation will be made to the board by Superintendent Jeff Northern.

No word on the future of Levelland Lobo Baseball, Loboette Softball or Loboette Volleyball.

NCAA Regional Baseball is Set for the Weekend as the Red Raiders host Army, North Carolina and UCLA

NCAA Regional Baseball is on the way for the weekend as the #8 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders host Army, North Carolina, and UCLA starting on Friday.

The Red Raiders come in 36-and-15 overall and take on Army on Friday at 11:00am. The Black Nights are 28-and-23.

The opposite side of the card has the North Carolina Tar Heels at 27-and-25 taking on the UCLA Bruins at 35-and-18.

Second round games are set of Saturday in the double elimination field.

As the Red Raiders are a number eight seed for the tournament, the possibility exists they may also end up hosting a Super Regional before the tournament packs up and moves to Omaha.

Regionals (times listed are EDT)

Fayetteville Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 1 Arkansas (46-10) vs. NJIT (26-22), 3 p.m. ESPN3
Game 2: Northeastern (36-10) vs. Nebraska (31-12), 8 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

Ruston Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 16 Louisiana Tech 40-18) vs. Rider (23-16), 7 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: Alabama (31-24) vs. NC State (30-17), 3 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game Six

Stanford Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 9 Stanford (33-14) vs. North Dakota State (41-17), 4 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: Nevada (25-18) vs. UC Irvine (40-16), 9 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

Lubbock Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 8 Texas Tech (36-15) vs. Army (28-23), Noon, ESPNU
Game 2: North Carolina (27-25) vs. UCLA (35-18), 7 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

Tucson Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 5 Arizona (40-15) vs. Grand Canyon (39-19-1), 10 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: UC Santa Barbara (39-18) vs. Oklahoma State (35-17-1), 4 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

Oxford Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 12 Ole Miss (41-19) vs. SE Missouri State (30-20), 8 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: Florida State (30-22) vs. Southern Miss (37-19), 3 p.m., ESPNU

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

Greenville Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 13 East Carolina (41-15) vs. Norfolk State (25-26), Noon, ESPN3
Game 2: Maryland (28-16) vs. Charlotte (39-19), 6 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

Nashville Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 4 Vanderbilt (40-15) vs. Presbyterian (22-21), 7 p.m., SEC Network
Game 2: Indiana State (30-19) vs. Georgia Tech (29-23), 1 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

Austin Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 2 Texas (42-15) vs. Southern (20-28), 2 p.m., Longhorn Network
Game 2: Fairfield (37-3) vs. Arizona State (32-20), 7 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

Gainesville Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 15 Florida (38-20) vs. South Florida (28-27), Noon, SEC Network
Game 2: South Alabama (33-20) vs. Miami (32-19), 5 p.m., ACC Network

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

South Bend Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 10 Notre Dame (30-11) vs. Central Michigan (40-16), 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: Michigan (27-17) vs. UConn (33-18), 7 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

Starkville Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 7 Mississippi State (40-15) vs. Samford (35-22), 3 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: Campbell (35-16) vs. VCU (37-14), 8 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

Fort Worth Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 6 TCU (40-17) vs. McNeese (32-28), 7 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: Dallas Baptist (37-15) vs. Oregon State (34-22), 2 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3:
 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5:
 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7:
 Rematch of Game 6

Columbia Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 11 Old Dominion (42-14) vs. Jacksonville (16-32), 7 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: Virginia (29-23) vs. South Carolina (33-21), Noon, ESPN2

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7: Rematch of Game 6

Eugene Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 14 Oregon (37-14) vs. Central Conn. State (28-13), 5 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: LSU (34-22) vs. Gonzaga (33-17), 10 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7: Rematch of Game 6

Knoxville Regional

Friday, June 4:
Game 1: No. 3 Tennessee (45-16) vs. Wright State (35-11), 6 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: Liberty (39-14) vs. Duke (32-20), Noon, ACC Network

Saturday, June 5:
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Sunday, June 6:
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 7 (if necessary):
Game 7: Rematch of Game 6

Super regionals

Friday, June 11, to Monday, June 14

College World Series

Saturday, June 19, to Wednesday, June 30

Former Loboette Amber Kelly All-Star Bound

Former Levelland Loboette centerfielder and future Rend Lake College Lady Warrior, Amber Kelly is headed for the Greater West Texas Softball Coaches Association All-Star game in Lubbock.

Kelly, named Levelland Loboette Most Valuable Player for 2021 and Defensive MVP for 4A Region One District Three, was top three in nearly every offensive category for the Loboettes hitting .433 and reaching base over half of her at bats. She racked up 25 singles, nine doubles, five triples, and three homeruns on that season while adding 36 runs scored and stole 24 bases while being caught stealing just three times.

While her offensive production was notable, her defense was stellar as her field percentage was a solid .877 in centerfield.

The All-Star Game is set for June 11th at Lubbock Christian University.

Kelly is the daughter of Carolyn Kelly now of Midland and Tommy Kelly of Midland.