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Lobos Use Big Defense and Big Third Quarter in 59-to-46 Win Over Lamesa, Levelland Remains in Second in District

LoboBasketball 2018 19The Levelland Lobos scored 20 in the third frame on Tuesday night and behind a stellar defensive effort the Lobos beat the Golden Tornadoes from Lamesa 59-to-46 to move their record to 15-and-10 on the year and remain in second in the district at the turn.

Four different Lobos scored in the front quarter to put Levelland in front 12-to-ten after one quarter and despite the Lobos falling behind late in the second frame, Jacob Ramirez would hit a buzzer beater three to close the half with Levelland in front 21-to-19.

The halftime speech from Lobo Coach Jordan Elam must have been a dandy as the Lobos came out on fire in the third.

Levelland got six from Bryant White in the third and along with four from Bryan Gonzales the Lobos broke loose for a 20 point third frame. While the Lobos got down 20 in the third, they would hold Lamesa to just ten points and took a 41-to-29 lead into the fourth.

That would be enough.

Lamesa did manage a 17 point fourth quarter but Levelland scored 18 of their own and the Lobos won going away Levelland 59, Lamesa 46. The win moves the Lobos to 15-and-ten overall and remain second in the district at three-and-one.

Nearly every Lobo scored in the contest. Isaiah Salazar tossed in 13 while Jakeevian Ford and Bryan Gonzalez scored ten each. Jacob Ramirez added nine while Bryant White hit for eight and Broderick Golightly added six from the bench. Caleb Reyna tossed in three in the win.

Lamesa got 15 from Jackson Naper in the loss but he was the only Golden Tornado in double figures as Levelland held Lamesa to just over 11 points per quarter.

The Lobos hit 25-of-56 from the floor at 47% but struggled from behind the arch hitting three-of-15 and the free throw line was a mystery as well as they connected on just six-of-14 from 15 feet.

While the shooting was not great the defense was.

Levelland committed just eight turnovers in 32 minutes while forcing 24 turnovers on Lamesa. The Lobos would score 17 out of turnovers.

The Lamesa Golden Tornadoes fall to one-and-two on the year and remain in a tie with Canyon for third place in the district. That tie will get broken on Friday night when the Eagles head to Tornado Alley.

The Levelland Lobos move to 15-and-ten overall and sit second in district play at three-and-one at the turn. The Lobos take Friday night off before heading to Canyon on Tuesday.

Games at Canyon will begin with both Junior Varsity teams playing at 4:30pm, Varsity Girls and Freshman Boys tip at 6:00pm and Varsity Boys and Freshman Girls go at 7:30pm.

Catch the Levelland Lobos and Loboettes on Tuesday night on KLVT AM1230 and www.klvtradio.com with the pregame show starting at 5:30pm.

4A DISTRICT 3 SCOREBOARD
Levelland 59, Lamesa 46
Lubbock Estacado 73, Canyon 48

DISTRICT STANDINGS
(1) Lubbock Estacado 3-0
(2) Levelland 3-1
(3t) Canyon 1-2
(3t) Lamesa 1-2
(5) Hereford 0-3

Friday January 25th
Hereford @ Lubbock Estacado
Canyon @ Lamesa
Levelland (Idle)

Tuesday January 29th
Levelland @ Canyon
Lamesa @ Hereford
Lubbock Estacado (Idle)

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Villegas Pours in 33, #2 Levelland Blasts Lamesa 74-to-17 To Clinch Playoff Spot

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Levelland Senior Miranda Villegas

Levelland senior guard Miranda Villegas flat went off on Tuesday night turning in 33 points to pace the #2 Levelland Loboettes as they blasted Lamesa 74-to-17. The win moves the Loboettes to 26-and-two overall, four-and-one in district and clinch a 2019 playoff spot.

It was a fast start on both ends for the Loboettes as they scored the first 20 of the game and didn’t allow a Lamesa field goal until the 2:13 mark in the front quarter.

Behind 18 front quarter points from Miranda Villegas, Levelland led 26-to-two at the end of one quarter and never looked back.

Levelland led 46-to-ten at the half and held the Golden Tornadoes to just one point in the third quarter to lead 63-to-11 after three and roll on for the 74-to-17 win.

Miranda Villegas flat went off knocking down 33 for the Loboettes while nearly every Loboette scored. Natalie Velardez tossed in nine while MaKayla Escue tossed in six and Saidee Mendoza added five off the bench. Cami Garza, Kiahra Graves, Allie Latham and Brooke Lamb scored four each, Brytnee Bordayo tossed in three and Madi Ruiz scored two in the win.

“It was a great night for Miranda (Villegas)” said Loboette Coach Clay Barnett after the win, “But it is truly a team win. We did a good job defending and the girls did a great job getting the basketball to her and creating opportunities for her to score.”

Lamesa didn’t get anyone into double figures. Samaje Mason led the Golden Tornadoes with six in the loss.

The Loboette offense was good and the defense was even better.

Levelland shot 28-of-54 from the floor at 52% but struggled from behind the three point arch at three-of-13 and from the free throw line at 15-of-29, however, those struggles disappeared in the defensive effort.

Levelland blocked 11 shots, held Lamesa to just six field goals, eight free throw attempts and hung 31 turnovers on the Golden Tornadoes in the win.

The Lamesa Golden Tornadoes move to oh-and-five in district play with three to go. They will host the #1 Canyon High Lady Eagles on Friday night. The Lady Eagles clinched a playoff spot with a win over Lubbock Estacado on Tuesday night.

Levelland takes Friday night off with a playoff spot in the their pocket and three games to go. Levelland goes to Canyon on Tuesday January 29th before hosting Hereford for Senior Night on February 1st and wrapping up the regular season at Lubbock Estacado on February 5th.

Games at Canyon will begin with both Junior Varsity teams playing at 4:30pm, Varsity Girls and Freshman Boys tip at 6:00pm and Varsity Boys and Freshman Girls go at 7:30pm.

Catch the Levelland Lobos and Loboettes on Tuesday night on KLVT AM1230 and www.klvtradio.com with the pregame show starting at 5:30pm.

(thanks to Levelland Loboette Basketball and Debbie Blackshear for the photo)

4A DISTRICT 3 SCOREBOARD
Levelland 74, Lamesa 17
Canyon 54, Lubbock Estacado 26

DISTRICT STANDINGS
(1) Canyon 5-0*
(2) Levelland 4-1*
(3) Hereford 2-2
(4) Lubbock Estacado 1-4
(5) Lamesa 0-5
*clinched playoff spot

Friday January 25th
Hereford @ Lubbock Estacado
Canyon @ Lamesa
Levelland (Idle)

Tuesday January 29th
Levelland @ Canyon
Lamesa @ Hereford
Lubbock Estacado (Idle)

KLVT Area Basketball Scoreboard (Tuesday January 22nd, 2019)

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Frenship 47, Odessa 34
Lubbock Monterey 44, Plainview 43
Lubbock High 68, Lubbock Coronado 45
Levelland 74, Lamesa 17
Canyon 54, Lubbock Estacado 26
Shallowater 44, Denver City 33
Lubbock Roosevelt 42, Brownfield 37
Idalou 64, Litlefield 26
Abernathy 40, Slaton 38
Seagraves 54, Tahoka 28
Smyer 46, Plains 34
Whiteface 54 , Morton 45 (OT)
Whitharral 49, Springlake-Earth 35
Anton 45, Cotton Center 23
Ropes 37, Roby 32 (Non-District)

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Frenship 71, Odessa 57
Lubbock Monterey 86, Plainview 53
Lubbock Coronado 83, Lubbock High 69
Levelland 59, Lamesa 46
Lubbock Estacado 73, Canyon 48
Shallowater 69, Denver City 39
Brownfield 90, Lubbock Roosevelt 44
Litlefield 45, Idalou 35
Tahoka 33, Seagraves 32
Plains 62, Smyer 41
Springlake-Earth 69, Whitharral 58
Morton 61,Whiteface 45
Anton 39, Cotton Center 36
Ropes 70, Roby 26 (Non-District)

36 South Plains College Athletes Named to WJCAC All-Academic Team

TexThe Western Junior College Athletic Conference has announced the All-Academic Team for the Fall 2018 semester, with 36 athletes from South Plains College earning academic honors.

The WJCAC All-Academic Team is an inclusive honor for all sports, recognizing student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.25 (2nd team) to a 3.64 – 4.0 (1st team).

Congratulations to all of the athletes from South Plains College who were named to the WJCAC All-Academic Team:

Women’s Basketball:
Reilly Dunn (1st team)
Gabbie Green (2nd team)
Chantel Govan (2nd team)
Caroline Germond (2nd team)
Romola Dominguez (2nd team)

Men’s Basketball:
Trevin Wade (2nd team)
Christian Wilson (2nd team)
Jonah Antonio (2nd team)
Trey Wade (2nd team)

Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country:
Alyssa Hernandez (1st team)
Akira Phillips (1st team)
Kodee Scott (1st team)
Ruth Usoro (1st team)
Dorcus Ewoi (2nd team)
Patrice Moody (2nd team)
Rocio Ramirez (2nd team)
Angela Rodriguez (2nd team)

Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country:
Donnis Blue (1st team)
Justin Dean (1st team)
Bryson Deberry (1st team)
Riley Finnegan (1st team)
Rylan Olguin (1st team)
Andrew Bosquez (2nd team)
Bryce Francis (2nd team)
Brandon Letts (2nd team)
Bryce Spencer (2ns team
Denny Whymns (2nd team)

Women’s Rodeo:
Delaney Kunau (1st team)
Carley Christian (2nd team)
Kelby Keeley (2nd team)
Shaylynne Raymore (2nd team)

Men’s Rodeo:
Hadley Cloward (1st team)
Hayden Cloward (1st team)
Colton McCarley (1st team)
Logan Kenline (2nd team)
Logan Wiseman (2nd team)

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

Zak Betancourt Named Lone Star Varsity Defensive Player of the Year, Three Other Lobos on Super Team

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Betancourt leading the tacklers in 2018. (Thanks Rennee Marler, Our Celina for the photo)

The Levelland Lobos under head coach Curtis Lowery and Defensive Coordinator Ty Byrd had one of their best seasons in quite some time and certainly had the horses to pull the wagon and Levelland Lobo Defensive End Zak Betancourt was named as the Lone Star Varsity Defensive Player of the Year from the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.

While Levelland recorded 192 tackles for loss, Betancourt bested the area with 150 tackles and an eye popping 42 for loss as the Lobos went eight-and-three overall and tallied a District Championship.

“I just told myself to go as hard as I can every play,” Betancourt told the the Lubbock Avalanche Journal’s Mike Graham. Betancourt listed at 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds said “I wasn’t the biggest and that mentality kind of worked for me.”

Betancourt is the son of Manny and Maria Betancourt of Levelland.

Other Levelland Lobos were named to the Lone Star Super Team including offensive tackle Miles Johnson who was named to the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Class 4A all-state team with a grade of 94 percent. Linebacker Jerrson Hernandez’s recorded 132 tackles with 24 for loss and four takeaways and Defensive Back Xavier Rodriguez finished his career with 138 tackles, 26 for loss, and had three interceptions while forcing seven fumbles.

Sundown’s Gus Davis also was tabbed to the Super Team as a Wide Receiver but might have been a hard choice what side of the ball to land him on. Davis caught for 1,085 yards and 12 touchdowns on 44 receptions. He also had 64 tackles, including seven for loss, and two interceptions as a standout linebacker for a Roughnecks squad that reached the Class 2A Division I regional semifinal round and closed the year with a 10-3 record.

Click here to find out more about the Lone Star Varsity Super Team.

WJCAC Scoreboard and Standings (January 22nd, 2019)

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Men’s WJCAC Scoreboard
New Mexico JC 83, Frank Phillips 55
Midland 62, Western Texas 55
Odessa 67, Clarendon 63
Howard 79, NMMI  59

Men’s Standings
(1) South Plains 6-0 17-1
(2) Odessa 5-1 16-4
(3) Howard 5-2 13-4
(4) Clarendon 4-2 13-7
(5) New Mexico JC 3-3 14-6
(6) Midland 2-4 7-12\
(7t) Frank Phillips 1-5 11-9
(7t) Western Texas 1-5 9-8
(9) NMMI 1-6 6-14

Schedule Thursday 01/24/19
South Plains @ Clarendon
Midland @ Howard
Frank Phillips @ Western Texas

Women’s WJCAC Scoreboard
Odessa 68, Clarendon 47
Midland 79, Western Texas 54
New Mexico JC 83, Frank Phillips 52

Women’s Standings
(1)  South Plains 5-0 20-1
(2t) New Mexico JC 4-1 16-3
(2t) Midland 4-1 15-3
(2t) Odessa 4-1 14-4
(5) Howard 3-3 8-10
(6) Western TX 1-5 5-12
(7) Frank Phillips 0-5 7-10
(8) Clarendon 0-5 7-14

Schedule Thursday 01/24/19
South Plains @ Clarendon
Midland @ Howard
Frank Phillips @ Western Texas

Levelland Stand Out Chris Gerber Headed to UTPB

img_20190121_113826Levelland standout Chris Gerber made public via twitter on Saturday that he has verbally committed to continue his football career at the University of Texas Permian Basin in 2019.

In just his second varsity season as a quarterback at Levelland ISD  Gerber rushed for over 1300 yards and threw for over 1800.

No word as of yet how Gerber plugs into the system for the Falcons as Gerber has played several positions on the field including at running back and defensive back in his Sophomore season and played frequently in his past two years in the Levelland secondary and even special teams.

Gerber noted via Twitter:  “First and foremost I would like to thank God for giving me the ability to play the game I love.  I would also like to thank my parents and every coach I’ve had for shaping into the person I am today.  After much thought I am excited to announce my commitment to UTPB.”

Chris is the youngest son of Sid and Eve Gerber of Levelland.  His eldest brother Matt is currently on the coaching staff at Midland Greenwood High School.  Brother Nick has recently transferred to West Texas A&M at Canyon to play for the Buffs.

Congratulations to Chris and his family.