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Lobos Rally for Three in the Ninth to Clinch 2019 Playoff Spot, Levelland Defeats Lamesa 7-to-5 with Free Baseball

LoboBaseballLogoThe Levelland Lobos gave the fans some free baseball on Tuesday night but also provided a three run ninth, a 7-to-5 win at Lamesa and 2019 playoff spot for the Lobo faithful.

Levelland got on the board on the first two pitches of the game as Angel Pena doubled to left of the first pitch and on the second pitch, Zak Betancourt singled to center and the Lobos jumped out to a one-to-nothing lead.  After stealing second and advancing to third on a Noah Ochoa ground out, Betancourt would score on a RBI single from Tristan VanZandt and Levelland led two-to-nothing after one inning.

Noah Ochoa would work around a pair of base runners in the third and got out of a bases load jam in the fourth and Levelland led two-to-nothing through four.

The Lobos got what appeared to be insurance runs in the fifth when Pena would walk, Betancourt would single and Pena scored on a RBI single from Noah Ochoa.  Bentancourt would score on a Tristan VanZandt fly ball and Levelland pushed the lead to four-to-nothing to the bottom of the fifth.

Lamesa would not go away.

The Golden Tornadoes would load the bases on a hit batter and two walks in the fifth and Dobson Munoz would answer the call with three run double to left-center.  He would score on a RBI single from Ernie Morales and the game was tied Levelland 4, Lamesa 4 after five.

After a quiet sixth, the Lobos would get two bases runners in the seventh with one out but after back-to-back strike outs the rally went for not.

Lamesa would get base runner  in the sixth but that would be wiped away on a double play.  They got another in the bottom of the seventh but left that one standing and even got a runner to third in the eighth but he was left standing as well.

Levelland finally broke through in the ninth.  Zak Betancourt would double to start the inning and after a Noah Ochoa pop out, Dylen Wolfe would walk and set Levelland first and second with one out.  Both would advance on a fly ball from Tristan VanZandt and Betancourt would score moments later on a wild pitch and Dylen Wolfe would follow him in on a Lamesa throwing error putting Levelland in front six-to-four.  Drayton Salinas would add a third run and Levelland went to the bottom of the ninth leading seven-to-four.

Lamesa would not go away quietly.

The Golden Tornadoes would load the bases on a hit batter and two walks and score on a fielder’s choice leaving the Tornadoes first and third with two out.  After a rocky start, Zak Betancourt would bounce back and record a ground out for the third out and the Levelland Lobos hung on for the seven-to-five win and clinch a playoff spot for 2019.

Levelland would get seven runs on nine hits with two errors and leave 10 on.  Lamesa scored five runs on eight hits with three errors and left 13 on.

Both starters pitched well but neither figured into the decision.

Noah Ochoa started for the Lobos and worked seven and a third while allowing four runs.  Those came on eight hits with six walks, a hit batter and four strike outs.  Brandon Tejerina tossed just two-thirds of an inning but iced the Golden Tornadoes in the eighth to record the win while throwing just seven pitches and recording a strike out.  Zak Betancourt took a inning of work in a save allowing a run on two walks and a hit batter.

James Rodriguez pitched well for the Tornadoes in the start but didn’t figure in either.  He worked seven innings allowing four runs on eight hits, two walks, two hit batters and 10 strikeouts.  Ernie Morales took the loss working an inning and two-thirds. He allowed three hits with two walks,  Max Rodriguez closed the contest working a third of an inning with a walk and a strike out.

The win moves Levelland to 15-12-and-1 on the year but more importantly to two-and-five in district play and that is enough to get to the 2019 4A playoff round.  The Golden Tornadoes drop to oh-and-seven in district play.

The Lobos and the Tornadoes will meet on Good Friday to wrap up the regular season with game time set for 1:00pm at Lobo Field.

(1) Canyon 7-1 DC
(2) Lubbock Estacado 5-2*
(3) Hereford 4-3*
(4) Levelland 2-5*
(5) Lamesa 0-7 (out)
*playoff clinch   DC — District Championship

Lamesa @ Levelland
Lubbock Estacado @ Hereford

Levelland Loboettes Out Bashed by the Lady Eagles, Levelland Sits Third in District for 2019

LoboBaseballLogoThe Levelland Loboettes got a ton of offense on Tuesday night but Canyon got a little more as the Lady Eagles won the match up with the Loboettes 13-to-8 leaving the Loboettes in third place in district for 2019 and the Canyon High Lady Eagles as district champions.

Runs came in bunches all night as Canyon High went deep twice in their first two at bats. Back-to-back solo homeruns from Courtney Williams and Isabel Padilla would put Canyon in front two-to-nothing after a half inning.

Levelland answered right back with free passes to Sckylar Alvarez and Gaezjia Holland followed by a two RBI single from Kirston Montgomery to tie the game two-to-two after one.

Courtney Williams struck again in the second. Her two run homerun put Canyon back in front four-to-two and that lead lasted just moments as Levelland got three in the bottom of the frame on a passed ball and a two RBI double from Mica Contreras. That rally put Levelland in front five-to-four after two.

Canyon continued with the long ball into the third and a solo homerun from Lia Gutierrez and a three run shot from Canadian Callahan put the Lady Eagles in front eight-to-five and Levelland never recovered again.

The fourth and fifth went by pretty quietly before Danielle Burns and Lia Gutierrez both went deep in the top of the sixth running the score to Canyon 12, Levelland 6 to the bottom of the sixth.

Levelland got a couple back in the bottom of the sixth when Kirston Montgomery blasted a two run homerun. Her first long ball of the year narrowed the score to Canyon 12, Levelland 8 through six and that was as close as it would get.

Isabel Padilla would conclude the scoring as she hit her second homerun of the night in the top of the seventh and finalized the scoring with Canyon taking the win 13-to-8 and dropping the Loboettes 19-and-10 overall and three-and-four in district play. Canyon improves to seven-and-oh in district play and clinches the district championship.

Canyon would get 13 runs on 18 hits with three errors while Levelland put on eight runs with six hits and one error.

The Lady Eagles would hit eight home runs in total in the contest.

With one left to play in 2019 the Levelland Loboettes are now no longer able to move up in the district as the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes have locked in second with a win over Hereford on Tuesday night and conclude their district slate at 6-and-2 overall.

The Levelland Loboettes travel to Hereford on Good Friday with third place on the line. A Loboette win would clinch third for the Loboettes while a Hereford win would mean a tie for third.

Game time on Friday is set for 12:00pm.

(1) Canyon 7-0 DC
(2) Lamesa 6-2*
(3) Levelland 3-4*
(4) Hereford 2-5*
(5) Lubbock Estacado 0-7 (out)
*Clinched Playoff Spot  DC District Champion

DISTRICT SCHEDULE (Friday April 12th)
Levelland @ Hereford
Lubbock Estacado @ Canyon
Lamesa (Idle)

Loboettes Clinch Playoff Spot with Win at Estacado

LoboBaseballLogoKirston Montgomery rolled a shutout, Gaezjia Holland hit three homeruns and drove in six as the Levelland Loboettes buried Lubbock Estacado on Friday and behind a 24-to-nothing win, they clinch a playoff spot for 2019.

Levelland racked up 23 hits in the game in the offensive onslaught.

Kiki Childers, Mica Contreras, Gaezjia Holland, Angelina Jacuinde all doubled in the win while Jaclyn Puente tripled and Holland went yard three times.

Holland drove in six while Amber Kelly added four RBI in the five inning win.

Levelland got 24 runs on 23 hits with one error while Lubbock Estacado was shutout on three hits with four errors.

Kirston Montgomery took the win working five shutout innings while allowing three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

The Levelland Loboettes move to 19-and-nine on the year and to three-and-three in district play.

That win will clinch a playoff spot for the Loboettes for 2019 with two games to play.

The Loboettes host Canyon on Tuesday night for Senior Night. Senior Night activities are scheduled to start at 4:30pm with first pitch 4:45pm.

Levelland travels to Hereford on Good Friday with first pitch set for 12:00pm.

(1) Canyon 6-0*
(2) Lamesa 5-2*
(3) Levelland 3-3*
(4) Hereford 2-4*
(5) Lubbock Estacado 0-7 (out)
*Clinched Playoff Spot

DISTRICT SCHEDULE (Tuesday April 16th)
Canyon @ Levelland
Hereford @ Lamesa
Lubbock Estacado (Idle)

DISTRICT SCHEDULE (Friday April 12th)
Levelland @ Hereford
Lubbock Estacado @ Canyon
Lamesa (Idle)

Lobos Shut Out at Hereford, Levelland Still Looking for a Playoff Bid

LoboBaseballLogoThe Levelland Lobos are still looking for a playoff spot with two games to play as Levelland was shutout by the Hereford Whitefaces on Friday night five-to-nothing.  The loss drops the Lobos to 14-12-and-1 on the year and one-and-five in district play.

Hereford’s Carson Altman kept the Lobos at bay all night as the Lobos got single base runners in the first, third, fifth, sixth and seventh.

Hereford got two on the board in the fourth on a pair of singles and a pair of Lobo errors.  Hereford scored three in the fifth on four hits and a walk.

Hereford scored five runs on nine hits with two errors and 11 left.  Levelland was shutout on three hits with five errors and left four.

Altman pitched a seven inning win on 107 pitches.  He gave up three hits, a walk and struck out nine.

Straton Dobson took the loss in four innings of work.. He allowed five runs with four earned on eight hits, three walks and struck out five.  Brandon Tejerina worked two innings of scoreless relief on 37 pitches.  He allowed just one hit with three strikeouts.

Levelland drops to 14-12-and-1 on the year and one-and-five in district play.  Hereford moves to four-and-two in the district.

Levelland has two more opportunities to clinch a playoff spot as they head to Lamesa on Tuesday and host Lamesa on Friday.

(1) Canyon 7-1 DC
(2) Lubbock Estacado 4-2*
(3) Hereford 4-2*
(4) Levelland 1-5
(5) Lamesa 0-6
*playoff clinch   DC — District Championship

Levelland @ Lamesa
Lubbock Estacado @ Hereford

Lamesa @ Levelland
Hereford @ Lubbock Estacado

Bontrager Returns to the Court After a Year Hiatus

Jeff BontragerFormer Levelland Lobo Basketball Coach Jeff Bontrager is returning to the court after a year in the bleachers as veteran coach has been announced as the new head coach of the Westbrook Lady Cats at Westbrook ISD.

Bontrager, orginally from Maconaquah High School in Bunker Hill Indiana, came to Texas after his first four years of college at the University of Indianapolis where he play college football for the Greyhounds.

Bontrager came to Texas via Southern Methodist University for his undergrad work and after graduation stepped away from the coaching field for a five year stint working in the health club field.

His first job teaching and coaching came at Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving Texas as he started his coaching career as the Defensive Coordinator for the high school and served as junior high boys basketball and baseball coach.

Bontrager served as the head basketball coach at Crosbyton for eight years and spent five years in Vernon before landing his longest coach stint, head coach of the Levelland Lobos for nine seasons.

In Levelland Bontrager would find his 300th and 400th career wins along with several playoff berths, and the 2016 4A Region One Championship.

Westbrook, located between Big Spring and Colorado City, is 1A Region Two District 13.  The Lady Cats went 18-and-nine in 2019 and were eliminated by Benjamin in the 1A Region Two Area Championships.

Texans Place Second, Lady Texans Take Sixth Saturday at Howard College Rodeo

Texan Rodeo LogoBIG SPRING — The South Plains College men’s and women’s rodeo teams capped off the Howard College Rodeo Saturday night with the Texans picking up a second place team finish, while the Lady Texans took sixth overall on the weekend.

With a single rodeo remaining and a regional title hanging in the balance, the Texans are currently fourth in the Southwest Region with 2,885 points, with Tarleton State (3,330), Clarendon College (3,120), and Weatherford College (3,095) holding the top three positions.

The Lady Texans, who are currently third in the region with 1,777 points, are just 50.5 points behind Weatherford (1,827.5) for the second spot. Tarleton currently holds the top position with 2,621 points. The top two teams from each division will advance to the College National Finals Rodeo.

Colton McCarley picked up the Texans’ sole team title in Saturday night’s team roping finals, paired up with Texas Tech’s Cameron McCarley. The duo posted an 8.3 in the long round and won the short round with a 6.1, capping the event with a 14.4 average and 120 points.

Grady Quam added another 60 points for the Texans in team roping thanks to a sixth-place finish, running a 6.5 in the long round before missing in the finals to end the event with a 106.3 average. The Texans tacked on another 30 points in team roping thanks to Britton Bedke who placed seventh with a time of 6.7 in the long round, before missing in the finals, ending with a 106.5 average.

Bedke added another 75 points with a fourth-place finish in tiedown roping, running a 10.1 in the long round and a 12.7 in the short round, finishing with a 22.8 overall average. South Plains’ Logan Kenline placed fourth in steer wrestling, running a 5.2 in the long round and an 8.5 in the finals to end the event with a 13.7 average and 90 individual points.

Dawson Stewart tacked on 65 points for the Texans with a sixth-place finish in steer wrestling, posting a time of 5.1 in the long and a 9.8 in the finals, ending with a 14.9 average. South Plains’ Kaytlyn Miller, who leads the women’s all-around standings with 1,087 points, placed fifth in breakaway roping, picking up 70 points after running a 2.9 in the long round before missing in the finals, capping the event with a 102.90 average. Elle Eagles qualified for the goat tying finals after running a 9.9 in the long round, before posting an 11.9 in the short round to end the event with a 21.8 average and 2.5 points for the Lady Texans.

South Plains will be off next weekend before wrapping up the season with a trip to Stephenville April 25-27 for the Tarleton State University Rodeo.

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

South Plains Track and Field Bring Home Six Event Titles at Ross Black Invitational

TexanTrackandFieldLogoHOBBS — The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up action at the Ross Black Invitational at the Ross Black Field of Champions on Friday, bringing home six event titles.

Due to frigid temperatures and deteriorating weather, South Plains did not compete on Saturday.

“I thought we handled the weather well on Friday and competed hard despite some challenging conditions,” South Plains head coach Erik Vance said. “Both the men and women’s side did some good things, and our throwers did well and our 10k runners competed hard and got qualified. More than anything I was pleased with how we handled the conditions and didn’t let it affect us for the most part.”

Freshman Scott Frazier won the men’s pole vault for the Texans after clearing 13′ 11.25″ on the second attempt of his first bar. Sophomore All-American Asani Hylton took second in the pole vault Friday, clearing 11′ 11.75in his first vault appearance of the outdoor season. In the men’s hammer throw, South Plains freshman Bryce Spencer placed second with a throw of 131′ 5″.

“Scott and Asani did a good job in the vault and had a solid outing,” Vance said. “We’re in a position right now where clearing bars is important, but we’re trying to clear some really high bars, and Friday that was challenging with the conditions, and that’s one area where they can really affect you. Overall, though, we did a good job all around and had a good regular season meet.”

Sophomore Riley Finnegan won the men’s discus for South Plains with a mark of 155′ 9″, while Spencer earned a third-place finish with a throw of 148′ 3″. Sophomore jump specialist Holland Martin won the men’s long jump and recorded a personal best, soaring 25′ 11″. Denvaughn Whymns and D’Juan Martin went 2-3 in the long jump for South Plains, as Whymns turned in a jump of 23′ 10.75″, while Martin went 23′ 8.75″.

“Holland is a big part of what we are doing and will play a big part in the type of success we have come the national meet,” Vance said. “He did really good in both jumps and it was nice to see him hit that big one. That was definitely good for him and he was out there motivating his teammates and get them going, and they were out there having fun.”

South Plains’ Ruth Usoro notched a third-place finish in the women’s long jump for the Lady Texans, jumping 19′ 11″ on her third jump of the afternoon. South Plains went 1-2 in the men’s 10000 meters as sophomore Andrew Bosquez was the first runner across the line in 32:34.54, while freshman Alex Kitum took second in 33:00.76.

The Lady Texans won the women’s 10000 meters as freshman Gladys Jemaiyo took the top spot with a time of 35:40.46. In the men’s 200 meter prelims, freshmen AJ Pemberton and Adrese Atkins placed first and second for South Plains, as Pemberton ran a 21.50, while Atkins turned in a 21.65. Pemberton also won the men’s 100-meter prelims in 10.70, while Atkins took third in 10.77.

Sophomore Filmon Beyene won the men’s 5000 meters for the Texans, clocking a 15:51.91. In the women’s 5000 meter finals, freshman Angela Rodriguez took fifth in a time of 19:54.75. The Texans placed a pair of hurdlers in the top three of the men’s 110-meter hurdle prelims as Deion Lightfoot won in 14.53. while Decoven Young took third in 15.37.

“I think our teams are coming together and doing some things we want to see at this point in the year,” Vance said. “We’re moving forward and making improvements, and over the next few weeks we want to see both teams keep working hard to improve before we head to the national meet.”

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