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Clean Sweep: Texans, Lady Texans capture Outdoor National Titles Thursday in Levelland

LEVELLAND — One final race, or in this case, two, for an opportunity to cement your spot in the record books and earn the title of national champion.

The task was clear – finish what you started.

The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams did just that Thursday in front of their home crowd at the Texan Track and Field Complex, as South Plains brought home two national crowns, winning the men’s and women’s NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.

“We have an unbelievably hard working group of kids, and they wanted this and they are the ones that did this,” South Plains head coach Erik Vance said. “We just try to put them in the right places, and they fought every inch, every second, and did everything they could possibly do to go get two trophies. Now, here were are, we got them both.”

Leading New Mexico Junior College by a single point heading into the final race of the meet, the South Plains College women’s 4×400 team comprised of Anna-Kay Allen, Jordan Brown, Keshana Page, and Camille Lewis finished third in a time of 3:47.84, one spot ahead of the Lady Thunderbirds, to take the women’s national title with 110.3 points.

This is the first women’s team title for the Lady Texans since 2015. New Mexico Junior College placed second with 108 points, with Iowa Central finishing third with 81 points.

The Texans faced a daunting task – outrun Barton County, who posted the top 4×400 time in the country heading into the national meet.

Challenged accepted.

Led by sophomore All-American Khaleb McRae, the Texans trailed the Cougars by two points heading into the men’s 4×400 relay. South Plains found its stride at the perfect time, as Shevoie Reid, Isaiah Palmer, Gabriel Woodard, and McRae ran a blistering 3:06.71 to take national gold, with Barton County placing second in 3:07.19. The Texans added 10 points to their final team total, tying Barton with 101 points each to finish as co-National Champions. Cloud County finished third with 96 points.

“Khaleb is one of the single most competitive kids I’ve ever been around,” Vance said. “He wants to win as bad as anyone there is, and he’s just that kind of guy. I felt confident when got it to him, and Barton has some great runners and we knew they were going to lay it out there. When I watched him get through 200 meters, I had the same feeling as I did at the 2018 indoor meet, and knew we had it. He closed the deal, and finished off the relay and finished off the sweep.”

Onaara Obamawagun, the reigning indoor national champion in the women’s triple jump capped off her career with a gold medal in the women’s outdoor triple jump with a mark of 43′ 9.75″.  Dejah Fuller earned a sixth-place national finish in the triple jump with a mark of 38′ 4.75″. Tony McNeal picked up six points for the Texans in the men’s triple jump, soaring 50′ 6″ to earn a third-place national finish.

In the women’s 4×100, Rosemary Chukwuma, Page, Joniar Thomas, and Success Umukoro won national gold with a time of 44.83. In the men’s 1500 meters, Mehdi Yanouri added four points for the Texans with a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:57.00. Umukoro would then win national gold in the women’s 400-meter dash, crossing the line in 53.95. McRae would follow up with a top finish in the men’s 400 meters, leaving no doubt as the decorated sprinter ran a 45.82, nearly a second faster than the rest of the field.

The Lady Texans added three points in the 100-meter hurdles as Tia Harry crossed the line in 14.18 to earn a sixth place national finish. The Texans notched six points in the 110 hurdles as Justin Guy ran a 14.00 to earn a bronze medal. Solidifying herself as one of the top sprinters to compete for South Plains College, Chukwuma won national gold in both the women’s 100 meters and 200 meters, posting an 11.26 in the 100m, and a 23.18 in the 200m.

“I don’t know if there is another word for this besides pure joy,” said Vance, who was named the Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Meet. “This is what we do it for, and this is what all these kids have worked for. I’m just excited for them.”

Meet results: http://www.spato.us/cresults/2021/spcnjcaaoutdoor/

(Thanks Jordan Irvine, Sports Information Coordinator, South Plains College, http://www.spctexans.com)

KLVT Area Championship Baseball Update (In Area Round)

5A

Bi-District …..Lubbock Cooper Swept Amarillo Tascosa
AREA ROUND: Lubbock Cooper vs. El Paso Hanks — Fort Stockton High School Best of Three
G1: Friday May 14th, 5:00pm G2: Saturday May 15th, 12:00pm G3: Saturday Following G2

4A

Bi-District Levelland Defeats Pampa 2-and-1
AREA ROUND: Levelland vs. Andrews — Seminole High School Best of Three
G1: Friday May 14th, 5:00pm G2: Saturday May 15th, 12:00pm G3: Saturday Following G2 LISTEN LIVE ON KLVT!

Bi-District Lubbock Estacado sweeps Hereford
AREA ROUND: Lubbock Estacado vs. Seminole — Home and Home Best of Three
G1: Lubbock Estacado 11, Seminole 0 G2: Friday May 14th 7:00pm Estacado G3: Saturday Following G2

Bi-District Snyder sweeps Dumas
AREA ROUND: Snyder vs. El Paso Riverside — Best of Three Series
G1: El Paso Riverside 2, Snyder 0 G2: Friday May 14th, 11:00am G3: Friday Following G2

3A

Bi-District Littlefield sweeps Kermit
AREA ROUND: Littlefield vs. Abernathy — ONE GAME ONLY, Friday May 14th, 4:00pm, Lubbock Cooper High School

Bi-District Shallowater sweeps Dalhart
AREA ROUND: Shallowater vs. Lamesa — Lubbock Christian High School Best of Three
G1: Shallowater 9, Lamesa 1 G2: Friday May 14th, 7:30pm G3: Saturday May 15th, 12:00pm

Bi-District Lamesa Sweeps Alpine
AREA ROUND: Lamesa vs. Shallowater — Lubbock Christian High School Best of Three
G1:  Shallowater 9, Lamesa 1  G2: Friday May 14th, 7:30pm G3: Saturday May 15th, 12:00pm

2A

Bi-District Smyer Sweeps Lockney
AREA ROUND: Smyer vs. West Texas — Amarillo High School Best of Three
G1: Friday May 14th, 5:00pm G2: Saturday May 15th, 12:00pm G3: Saturday Following G2 LISTEN LIVE ON KLVT!

Panther Basketball Camp is Coming Up

Whitharral will be hosting a Panther Basketball Camp coming up May 26th through the 28th at the high school gym.

The camp will be open for incoming 2nd through 5th grades from 8:30am to 11:30am and incoming 6th through 9th graders from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

The camp will be run by Panther and Lady Panther coaches Fryer, McCann and McCann and the cost of the camp is $50.

A link to the online registration form is posted below and deadline for signup is May 18th.

CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTRATION FORM!

High School Baseball Off the Area Around Across the KLVT Listening Area

5A

Bi-District …..Lubbock Cooper Swept Amarillo Tascosa
AREA ROUND: Lubbock Cooper vs. El Paso Hanks — Fort Stockton High School Best of Three
G1: Friday May 14th, 5:00pm G2: Saturday May 15th, 12:00pm G3: Saturday Following G2

4A

Bi-District Levelland Defeats Pampa 2-and-1
AREA ROUND: Levelland vs. Andrews — Seminole High School Best of Three
G1: Friday May 14th, 5:00pm G2: Saturday May 15th, 12:00pm G3: Saturday Following G2 LISTEN LIVE ON KLVT!

Bi-District Lubbock Estacado sweeps Hereford
AREA ROUND: Lubbock Estacado vs. Seminole — Home and Home Best of Three
G1: Thursday May 13th, 7:00pm Seminole G2: Friday May 14th 7:00pm Estacado G3: Saturday Following G2

Bi-District Snyder sweeps Dumas
AREA ROUND: Snyder vs. El Paso Riverside (TBA)

3A

Bi-District Littlefield sweeps Kermit
AREA ROUND: Littlefield vs. Abernathy — ONE GAME ONLY, Friday May 14th, 4:00pm, Lubbock Cooper High School

Bi-District Shallowater sweeps Dalhart
AREA ROUND: Shallowater vs. Lamesa — Lubbock Christian High School Best of Three
G1: Thursday May 13th, 7:30pm G2: Friday May 14th, 7:30pm G3: Saturday May 15th, 12:00pm

Bi-District Lamesa Sweeps Alpine
AREA ROUND: Lamesa vs. Shallowater — Lubbock Christian High School Best of Three
G1: Thursday May 13th, 7:30pm G2: Friday May 14th, 7:30pm G3: Saturday May 15th, 12:00pm

2A

Bi-District Smyer Sweeps Lockney
AREA ROUND: Smyer vs. West Texas — Amarillo High School Best of Three
G1: Friday May 14th, 5:00pm G2: Saturday May 15th, 12:00pm G3: Saturday Following G2 LISTEN LIVE ON KLVT!

Thomas Crowned Women’s Long Jump National Champion, Nieto Takes Second in Men’s Pole Vault Tuesday

LEVELLAND — The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams began their quest for a national crown Tuesday on day one of the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at the Texan Track and Field Complex.

Joniar Thomas brought South Plains College its first individual national champion in the women’s long jump, notching 10 points for the Lady Texans. Thomas went 20′ 5″ to earn national title honors, while teammate Onaara Obamawagun tallied three points, placing sixth in the long jump with a mark of 19′ 4.75″.

The Texans picked up six points in the men’s long jump, as Tony McNeal went 23′ 11.50″ to take third in the event. South Plains added 10 points in the men’s pole vault, as Thomas Nieto took second with a clearance of 17′ 0.75″, racking up eight points, while Scott Frazier got over the bar at 14′ 7.25″, good enough for seventh and two points. The Texans added six points in the men’s 4×800 relay, as Dwight Mason, Issac Hastings, Mehdi Yanouri, and Javon-Taye Williams took third in 7:43.80.

The Lady Texans added six points to their team total in the women’s 4×800, as Cemore Donald, Esmeralda Espinoza, Lexi Jackson, and Camille Lewis took third in a time of 9:52.10. After four events in the heptathlon, Thomas sits second with 3068 points. New Mexico Junior College’ Luisarys Toledo is currently first with 3149 points. Thomas won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.32, and also placed first in the 200-meter dash in 24.74. Thomas earned a second-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 5′ 1.75″, and was third in shot put with a throw of 32′ 5″.

Action is scheduled to continue Wednesday morning with the men’s decathlon at 9 a.m. Field events will kick off with the men’s shot put at 11 a.m., with running events slated for a 1 p.m. start with the women’s 1500 meters. The entire meet will stream live at spctexans.com and live results can be found here: http://www.spato.us/cresults/2021/spcnjcaaoutdoor/

(Thanks Jordan Irvine, Sports Information Coordinator, South Plains College, http://www.spctexans.com)

Sundown ISD Hosting Physicals on Wednesday

Sundown ISD will be hosting physicals on Wednesday May 12th at the field house.

If you are participating in athletics or in band for the 2021-22 school year you will need a physical.

7th and 8th grades will start at 2:00pm, 9th through 11th at 3:00pm, and 6th grade and non-athletic physicals starting at 4:00pm.

Cost of the physicals are $20 via cash or check.

Lobo and Loboette Sports Banquet Returns!

After missing out on 2020 due to the pandemic, the Levelland Athletic Booster Club returned to the Mallet Event Center on Monday and celebrated the 2020-2021 Lobo and Loboette Sports Banquet.

Levelland Cross Country:
McKenna Ruiz, Fighting Heart Award
Addy Hill, Female Runner of the Year
Alexis Mendez, Male Runner of the Year

Levelland Loboette Volleyball:
Cailee Miller, Most Improved Player
Chloe Constantino, Defensive MVP
Mahalie Stafford and Micahela Watkins, Co Offensive MVPs
Illiyana Gonzales, Fighting Heart Award
Kaylee McCarter, Most Valuable Player

Levelland Lobo Football:
Michael Bush, Fighting Heart Award
Dylan Bordayo, Utility Player of the Year
Jason Ramirez, Special Teams MVP
Isaiah Salazar, Offensive MVP
Skyler Davis, Defensive MVP

Sports Medicine/Student Trainers:
Laynee Newberry, Newcomer of the Year
Graciela Maldonado and Jasmine Jasso, Trainers of the Year

Levelland Lobo Basketball:
Taeshaun Jones, Sixth Man Award
Dylan Bordayo, Heart of a Lobo
Bryant White, Defensive MVP
Zaiden LeCroy and Isaiah Salazar, Gano Tubb Award

Levelland Loboette Basketball:
Mahalie Stafford, Fighting Heart Award
Myka Graff, Defensive MVP
Allie Latham, Offensive MVP
Emma Kent, Most Valuable Player

Levelland Pack Tennis:
Angel Lopez, Most Improved Player
Martin Nieland and AnaDelia Sanchez, Fighting Heart Award
Christian Harvill, Boys Most Valuable Player
Delaney Peck and Felicia Vasquez, Girls Most Valuable Player

Levelland Lobo and Loboette Golf
Britton Davis and Kiara Doshier, Most Valuable Girls Golfers
Hunter Read and Max Vergara, Most Valuable Boys Golfers

Levelland Lobo Baseball
RJ Ochoa, WIT Player of the Year
Zaiden LeCroy and Dylan Bordayo, Golden Glove Award Winners
John Flores, Joel Pena, and Tyler Marrow, Pitchers of the Year
Reigan Vestel and Blake Klose, Offensive Players of the Year
Dylen Wolfe, Most Valuable Player

Levelland Loboette Softball
Madalon Rico, Newcomer of the Year
Jaclyn Puente, Golden Glove Award
Chloe Constantino, Silver Slugger Award
Amber Kelly, Most Valuable Player

Levelland Lobo Track
Marco Guillen, Outstanding Track Athlete
Isaiah Salazar, Outstanding Field Athlete

Levelland Loboette Track
Ciarra Sanchez, Most Improved Athlete
Olivia Velardez, Newcomer of the Year
Sarahi Baeza, Raegan LaBadie and Mahalie Stafford Most Valuable Athletes

Highest GPA Awards
Bryant White and Michaela Watkins

Dan Humphries Memorial Scholarship Award Winner
Hunter Read

2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients
Holly Royal, Dylen Wolfe, Hunter Read, Allie Latham, Mallary Blocker, Isabel Martinez, Sarahi Baeza, Michaela Watkins, Michael Bush, Mahalie Stafford, Delany Peck, Bryant White, and Britton Davis

Levelland Athletics To Host Pre-Participation Examinations

Levelland ISD will be having their annual Pre-Participation Examinations on Thursday May 13th at 4:00pm at the Levelland Middle School.

Boys will report to LMS Gym B with the girls reporting to LMS Gym A.

Cost of the exams are $15 each and you may pay in cash or make checks payable to the providers either “Greg McKay,” or “Tommy Vidales.”

Both athletes and band members will need the examinations and you will need to have a medical history form completed and an account at planeths.com before the exam.

Athletes can pickup those forms from the Levelland High School Fieldhouse, and band members may acquire that form from your band director.

All incoming 7th, 9th and 11th graders for the fall term of 2021 will need the examination. Also, due to a temporary rule put in place by the UIL, incoming 8th, 10th and 12th graders may not have a current physical. If you have any doubt that you are in need of the physical, you are encouraged to complete one.

Please wear athletic attire for the exam and if you have any further questions contact Levelland ISD Athletic Trainer Randy Jackson at (806) 894-8515 Ext 4222 or Levelland ISD Athletic Administrative Assistant Christie Rendon at (806) 894-8515 Ext 4203.

Sundown Celebrates Athletes on Tuesday

The Sundown Roughnecks and Roughettes will be celebrating their athletes on Tuesday May 11th.

The 2021 Sundown ISD Athletic Banquet is set to start at 6:00pm and you can RSVP on the Sundown Athletic Booster Club Facebook page.

The event includes a BBQ meal and cost of the tickets are $10 each. Those may be purchased at the door.

Lobos Rally from One Back for Bi-District Championship

The Levelland Lobos headed into the 4A Region One Bi-District Championship series on a 15 game winning streak and while the streak snapped on Friday night, the Lobos season continues and Levelland rallied from one back to take a Bi-District Championship over the Pampa Harvesters and advance to the 2021 4A Region One Area Championships.

Pampa 5, Levelland 3 (Game One)
Despite a fairly good outing from Joel Pena on the mound on Friday night, the Levelland Lobos fell to the Harvesters five-to-three in the 4A Region One Bi-District Championship opener.

Pampa would send nine to the plate in the second and on two walks and four singles would string together a three run inning. Levelland would get one back in the bottom half on a walk to Dylan Bordayo, a single from RJ Ochoa and a RBI hit from John Flores. It would leave Pampa in front three-to-one after two innings.

The Harvesters would get single runs in the third and fourth. Sam Anguiano would reach on a Lobo error in the third and score on a Troy Perez single. Cayden Stout would single to start the fourth and score on an Anguiano hit and Pampa led five-to-three to the bottom of the fourth.

Levelland would get two back in the bottom of the fifth on a walk to Michael Bush, a double from Joel Pena and back -to-back RBI singles from Zaiden LeCroy and Dylen Wolfe. It cut the lead to Pampa 5, Levelland 3 after five but Levelland would not get any closer and Pampa took the five-to-three win.

The Harvesters would get five runs on nine hits with no errors and ten left while Levelland plated three runs on eight hits with one error and seven left.

Armando Miranda went the distance for the Harvesters tossing seven frames and allowing three runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Joel Pena took the loss tossing five and a third and allowing five runs with four earned. Those came on nine hits, four walks, and six strikeouts. Dylen Wolfe worked an inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief on three walks, and one strikeout.

The five-to-three loss snapped the 15 game win streak but Levelland returned on Saturday with a vengeance.

Levelland 12, Pampa 6
While the Lobos didn’t get their normal run production on Friday night, they made up for it in Game Two on Saturday putting up five runs in both the second and the sixth and taking a convincing 12-to-six win in the 4A Region One Bi-District Championship series.

Nine Lobos batted in the second inning and while Blake Klose reached on an error to start the frame, Reigan Vestal would single behind him and Dylan Bordayo would walk. RJ Ochoa would hit a ball to third and the Harvester third baseman uncorked a wild throw home allowing both Klose and Vestal to score. John Flores would than walk to reload the bases and Michael Bush didn’t waste the opportunity. He would rope a double down the leftfield line scoring three and Levelland had a five-to-nothing lead after two innings.

Pampa didn’t give in without a fight.

Nolan Groomer would connect on a three run homerun in third cutting it to Levelland 5, Pampa 3 after three.

Pampa got another run in the fourth on a walk and a sac fly cutting it to five-to-four after four.

The Harvesters would take the lead in the fifth on a Armando Miranda double, a Lobo error and a sac fly from Sam Anguiano and Pampa had a six-to-five lead to the sixth.

The lead was very short lived.

Levelland would send nine more to the plate in the sixth and after a leadoff walk to Michael Bush and Joel Pena reaching on an error, singles from Zaiden LeCroy and Dylen Wolfe would follow. Another run would score as Reigan Vestal reached on an error, and yet another on a sac fly RBI from Dylan Bordayo. RJ Ochoa would finish the party with a RBI single and Levelland pushed across five in the sixth to take a 10-to-six lead.

The Lobos added two more in the seventh but wouldn’t need them as the Lobos took the 12-to-six win to tie the series at one game each.

Levelland scored 12 runs on 11 hits with one error and left ten standing while Pampa got six runs on seven hits with four errors and three left.

Tyler Marrow battled his way through seven innings for the win. He tossed 104 pitches with 70 strikes allowing six runs with four earned. Those came on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

Hunter Nichols started for the Harvesters but didn’t figure in as he tossed five innings allowing five runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. The loss was charged to Rhett Hill in one inning of relief allowing five runs with one earned on three hits, a walk and one strikeout. Nolan Groomer closed in an inning of relief allowing two runs on three hits, one walk and one strikeout.

The Lobos would take the 12-to-six win and even the series at one game each heading to the third.

Levelland 4, Pampa 1
John Flores, enough said. Levelland went to game three on Saturday afternoon and the Lobo right hander tossed a a gem allowing one unearned run across seven frames and Levelland took a four-to-one win and the 4A Region One Bi-District Championship from the Pampa Harvesters.

Levelland got a run in the third on a Tyler Marrow triple and a wild pitch.

They would add another in the fifth as Joel Pena singled, stole second and scored on a Zaiden LeCroy single.

Pampa would finally get on the board in the top of the sixth as Nolan Groomer reached on an error and scored on a Sam Anguiano double cutting the lead to Levelland 2, Pampa 1 to the bottom of the sixth.

That would be as close as the Harvesters would get as Levelland added two in the sixth on a Harvester error and a double from Reigan Vestal. That would be plenty as the Lobos rolled up the Harvesters in the seventh and recorded the four-to-one win and the two-and-one 4A Region One Bi-District Championship.

Levelland scored four runs on five hits with two errors and left four while Pampa got one run on six hits with one error and left six.

John Flores was on point tossing seven innings on 85 pitches with 55 strikes. He allowed one unearned run on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

Tyler Reed was the hard luck chuck loser working six frames while allowing four runs with three earned on five hits, two walks, a hit batter and five strikeouts.

Flores certainly got some defensive help as Levelland turned double plays in the first and fourth to back up their starter.

The two-and-one series win moves the Lobos to 25-and-six on the season and adds a 4A Region One Bi-District Championship to their trophy case to go along with their district championship.

Gold ball number three is on the line Friday and Saturday as the Lobos meet the Andrews Mustangs in the 4A Region One Area Championship with all three games to be played at Robert Ryan Field in Seminole. Game One is Friday May 14th at 5:00pm with Game Two on Saturday May 15th at 12:00pm. Game Three will follow Game Two if needed.

Catch the Lobos live on KLVT AM1230, http://www.klvtradio.com and on Levelland Sports Nation on Facebook throughout the 2021 4A Region One Area Championships.