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The Recruitment of Dunn is Done

chloe dunnAnd just like that it’s over.  Levelland Loboette senior catcher Chloe Dunn certainly had to be a target of college recruitment but that party is already done as late last night the Loboette announced via social media sources that she has committed to play college softball at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis.

Dunn has been a staple behind the plate for the Loboettes for three seasons and had a solid season both behind the dish and at the plate for Levelland in 2019.

Dunn led the offense hitting a team high .528 while leading the squad with 57 hits, doubles with 17, and triples with six in 35 games.  She also led the team with 49 runs scored and finished second with 44 RBI.

Dunn caught 151 innings in 2019 and threw out three-of-nine on stolen bases while picking off two.

Dunn said via Twitter, “Very happy to say that I’m continuing my adventure with school and softball on a full ride to Southwest Tennessee Community College.  SUPER blessed to have this opportunity and  I can’t wait to live in Memphis, Tennessee!”
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The Southwest Tennessee Saluqis went 28-and-28 in 2019 and were eliminated from the playoff field in the opening round of the NJCAA Region Seven Tournament.

Chloe Dunn is the daughter of Cody and Jessica Macias Dunn and Mike and Jordan Cole.

 

Fighting Fire with Golf? Why Not!

Sundown Fire Golf TournamentYep, fighting fires with golf is a real thing when you attend the 2019 Sundown Volunteer Fire Department Golf Tournament July 13th.

The tournament is a four-man scramble with flights beginning at 8:00am and 2:00pm.  Cost of the tournament is $80 per player or $320 for a team of four.

Your entry fee includes entry into the tournament and several in tournament contests such as the Longest Drive Hole on #6 and Closest to the Pin on Hole #7.  There will also be a 10′ Circle Hole on #4 and a Rope Hole on Hole #5.

For more information or to enter contact Cole at 891-5999, Cindy at 891-6567 or the Sundown Municipal Golf Course at 229-6186.

The tournament is limited to 16 teams in each flight.

Kaytlyn Miller Earns 5th place National Finish Saturday at College National Finals Rodeo

KaytylyMilerCASPER, Wyoming — Competing against the nation’s top rodeo athletes in the finals of the College National Finals Rodeo Saturday night, South Plains freshman Kaytlyn Miller earned a fifth-place national finish in goat tying.

Miller, who qualified for the finals after a 12th place finish in the first three runs, turned in a time of 6.2 in the finals, capping the event with a 26.4 average and 72.5 points for South Plains. The Lady Texans end the year with a 14th place team finish, racking up 172.5 points at the CNFR.

Weekly recap:

Miller, one of four Lady Texans competing at the CNFR, qualified for the goat tying finals after a 12th place finish following the first three rounds of the event. Miller clocked a 7.3 in her first run, before turning in a 6.3 in the second round, and a 6.6 on Friday night, totaling a 20.1 average. Miller also competed in breakaway roping for the Lady Texans, finishing 27thnationally after running a 12.2, 3.1 and a no time in her final run.

Sophomore Kody Criswell earned a 29th place national finish in breakaway roping for the Lady Texans, including a second place finish in the third round of the event, clocking a 2.2 and tallied 70 points. Freshman Elle Eagles tacked on 30 points in goat tying, no timing in her first run, before posting a  6.1 in the second run, and a 6.7 in the third round, capping the event with a 12.8 average.

The Texans were represented by three cowboys in team roping, including freshman Hayden Cloward who finished 15th nationally with 55 points. Cloward ran a 6.7 in the opening round, no timed in the second and capped the week with a 12.0 in his third run to end with an 18.7 average. Freshman Grady Quam finished 32nd nationally, running a 7.7 in his first round and no timed in the final two rounds, picking up 25 points. Hadley Cloward placed 34th, clocking a 10.3 in the first round and no timed in the final two rounds.

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

Lobo Baseball Camp and Loboette Basketball Camp Open Next Week

Double LTwo more camps are on the schedule next week as Lobo Baseball Camp and Loboettte Basketball Camp open.

The Lobo Baseball Camp will be held at Lobo Field June 18th through June 20th with campers ages 8 through 10 in camp from 9:00am to 10:45am and campers ages 11 through incoming Freshmen in camp from 11:00am to 12:45pm.

Cost of the camp is $35 per camper and due to multiple camps during May and June, you may postdate your check.

The camp is under the direction of Lobo Baseball Coach Brent Paris and his coaching staff.  It is a great opportunity for aspiring players to learn proper baseball skills and become a better baseball player.  Focus skill sets will include throwing/pitching, infield/outfield and hitting.

For more information email Coach Brent Paris at lparis@levellandisd.net.   Each camper will receive a Lobo Baseball “WIT” backpack.

Loboette Basketball Camp also opens next week and while the sign-up deadline has passed, the camp will be held at Gano Tubb Gymnasium opening on Monday June 17th and will run through the 20th.

The camp, under the direction of Levelland Loboette Coach Clay Barnett, will run grades 3rd through 5th from 9:00am to 11:30am and grades 6th through 9th from 9:00am to 12:30pm.

Cost of the camp is $50 and for more information you can email Coach Barnett at claybarnett@esc17.net.

Lobo DC Ty Byrd Headed for Rio Vista

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Coach Ty Byrd with 2019 Seniors Izac Anthony and Chris Gerber

Levelland Lobo Football Defensive Coordinator Ty Byrd is closing his career  in Levelland and heading to Rio Vista for the 2019 season.

Behind Byrd, the Lobo defense certainly made strides as the Lobos went 14-and-eight over the course of two seasons while winning a District Championship in 2019 and reaching the 4A Area Championships two seasons in a row.

The first year of the Byrd defense allowed just over 27 points per game to allowing just over 21 points per game in year number two.

Byrd heads for the Rio Vista where the 3A Eagles went two-and-eight in 2018 and will take over an ailing defense that gave up over 43 points per game in the 2019 district schedule.

Byrd will also serve as head boys track coach for the Eagles.

Best of the luck to Coach Ty Byrd and thanks for your service to the Lobos.

Quintanilla and Villegas Honored at Lone Star Varsity High School Sports Awards Banquet

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Sundown’s Steven Quintanilla

More than 250 athletes assembled from around the South Plains last night for the second annual Lone Star Varsity High School Sports Awards banquet and Sundown’s Steven Quintanilla was named the LoneStar Varsity Male Athlete of the Year and Levelland’s Miranda Villegas was named LoneStar Varsity Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Steven Quintanilla has been nothing shy of a sensation at Sundown as he has complied an amazing career totaling nine medals at the state level in Cross Country and Track and Field combined. That run included three time State Champion in Cross Country, two 3200 gold medals and two 800 golds.

He is the son of Mike and Melissa Guererro, and Steven Quintanilla, Sr and will continue his career at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

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Levelland’s Miranda Villegas

Levelland’s Miranda Villegas continued her honors run as well as the four year Loboette starter was named the LoneStar Varsity Girls Basketball Player of the Year award.

Villegas poured in over 17 points per game over the course of the 2018-19 campaign. That while shooting over 54% from the field and 78% from the free throw line, Villegas also averaged almost four rebounds per game along with three assists and almost four steals. In four years starting for the Loboettes she won 123 games as a starter and didn’t miss one game in four years. That is a streak of 147 games played in a row.

Miranda is the daughter of Jesus and Maria Villegas of Levelland and will continue her basketball career at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Levelland’s Natalie Velardez was recognized as LoneStar Varsity Oustanding Achievement award winner. She is the daughter of Jacob and Linda Velardez of Levelland and will continue her career at Concordia University Texas in Austin.

“It’s always a joy to bring together such a talented group of athletes from around the South Plains,” said Carlos Silva Jr., sports editor of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “More so, it’s always nice to allow these great athletes to recall some of the special moments and accomplishments they have accomplished throughout the athletics seasons.”

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was the guest speaker for the event.

For more go to http://www.lubbockonline.com.

(Thanks to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, http://www.lubbockonline.com)

Sold Out: NCAA Lubbock Super Regional

TexasTechLogoLUBBOCK, Texas – Tickets for the 2019 NCAA Lubbock Super Regional from June 7-9 at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park have officially sold out.

The No. 8 Red Raiders (42-17) host No. 9 Oklahoma State (39-18) for a best-of-three series beginning Friday at 2 p.m. on ESPN 2. Game two is slated for 5 p.m. on Saturday on ESPNU, with an ‘if necessary’ game scheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPNU.

Super Regional tickets can be picked up at Will Call beginning on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., at the main Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office located at the Southeast Corner of Jones AT&T Stadium between gates 5 and 6. The ticket office will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Starting Friday, tickets can be picked up at the Rip Griffin Park ticket office behind home plate beginning two hours before the first pitch of each game.

In addition, season ticket holders/Red Raider Club members who held reserved parking for the 2019 season are encouraged to use those passes throughout the Super Regional. Parking passes for the R-23 lot near the Rawls College of Business will be valid on Saturday & Sunday. Tech will also offer complimentary parking in the commuter lots located near Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park similar to the regular season.

Students can claim tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 10 a.m., Thursday at the Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park box office. Texas Tech has held 300 complimentary seats for students (one ticket per student). All students must be present and show a valid Texas Tech I.D. in order to claim a ticket. Only students who paid the athletic fee in the spring semester are eligible for the student tickets.

A reminder that Texas Tech’s Clear Bag Policy is in effect. Additionally, no re-entries will be allowed for all Super Regional games.

For ticket questions, please contact the Texas Tech Ticket Office at 806-742-TECH.

(Thanks Texas Tech University Athletic Department, http://www.texastech.com)