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South Plains Track & Tield Travel to Hobbs April 12-13 for Ross Black Invitational

TexanTrackandFieldLogoLEVELLAND — Each ranked third in the week two USTFCCCA national poll, the South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in Hobbs April 12-13 at the Ross Black Invitational at the Ross Black Field of Champions of the campus of New Mexico Junior College.

Action will get underway on Friday with the women’s long jump at 4 p.m., with running events to kick off with the women’s 4×100 meter relay prelims at 5 p.m. The meet will continue on Saturday at 10 a.m with the women’s javelin, with running events beginning at noon. Heartland Timing will provide live results which can be accessed with the link at the bottom of the page.

The Texans have tallied 25 national qualifying marks to date and brought home five event titles a week ago in San Angelo. The Lady Texans snagged a pair of event titles in their last outing and have racked up 18 national marks after four meets.

Last time out:

Sophomore Bryson Deberry kicked off the meet for the Texans as the sophomore from Plainview took first in the men’s high jump, clearing 7′ 1.5″. Sophomore Jesse Madrid was the first runner across the line in the men’s 3000 steeplechase, clocking a 9:41.09.

South Plains’ Andrew Bosquez continued his tear in the men’s 5000 meters, running a 14:58.63 to take the top spot for the Texans. Alex Kitum also placed third in the race in 15:18.95, hitting a national qualifying mark. In the men’s 400 hurdle finals, Moitalei Mpoke and Deion Lightfoot went 1-2 as Mpoke crossed the line in 51.11, while Lightfoot took second in 53.67.

The Texans posted the top time in the men’s 4×100 relay as Brandon Letts, AJ Pemberton, Adrese Atkins, and Willari Watson ran a 40.01 to take first overall. Freshman Bryce Spencer used a throw of 171′ 5″ to take sixth in the men’s javelin, while sophomore Riley Finnegan placed sixth in the men’s discus finals with a throw of 163′ 6″.

The Lady Texans picked up a pair of event titles on the weekend, the first coming in the women’s 5000 meters final as freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed first in 17:25.78. Freshman Lynda Martinez followed up with a top finish in the 1500 meters, clocking a 5:11.50 for the Lady Texans.

In the women’s 100 meters, sophomore Ruth Usoro turned in an 11.83 to take fifth for South Plains. The Lady Texans placed a pair of runners in the 400-meter finals, as Geordan Blanchard took second in 58.09, while Alyssa Hernandez ran a 1:00.35, good enough for fourth.

Freshman Itzel Garcia-Santos earned a second place finish in the women’s 800 meters, clocking a 2:14.97. Running out of lane six in the women’s 400 hurdles, sophomore Janiel Moore turned in a 1:04.37 to take third for South Plains. The Lady Texans closed out the meet with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 4×100 relay as Usoro, Patrice Moody, Elon’a Jones, and Blanchard posted a 46.70.

Up next:

Following the meet in Hobbs, South Plains will head to Abilene April 24 for the Oliver Jackson Twilight, followed by a short trip to Lubbock on May 4 for the Masked Rider Open on the campus of Texas Tech University.

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

South Plains College Rodeo Travels to Big Spring April 11-13 for Howard College Rodeo

Texan Rodeo LogoLEVELLAND — Each sitting third in the Southwest Region with a pair of rodeos remaining, the South Plains College men’s and women’s rodeo teams will travel to Big Spring April 11-13 for the Howard College Rodeo.

After winning the Western Texas College Rodeo last weekend, the Lady Texans head to Big Spring with 1,704.5 points, trailing only Tarleton State (2,356.6), and Weatherford College (1,742.5). The Texans have totaled 2,535 points to date, trailing Tarleton State (3,085), and Clarendon College (2,835) for the top two spots in the men’s division.

Freshman Kaytlyn Miller won the women’s all-around title in Snyder after racking up 380 points for the Lady Texans and currently sits atop the region women’s all-around standings. Miller placed first in goat tying, running a 7.1 in the long round, which she followed up with a 6.8 in the finals, ending the event with a 13.9 average and 170 points. Miller followed up with a third-place finish in barrel racing, tacking on 140 points for the Lady Texans, before ending the weekend with a sixth-place finish in breakaway roping, picking up 70 points.

The Texans placed four ropers in the team roping finals a week ago, including Grady Quam who paired up with Cisco’s Paden Bray as the duo ran a 6.3 in the long round and a 5.8 in the finals, capping the event with a 12.1 average, good enough for second overall and 115 points. South Plains sophomore Stefan Ramone joined up with Tarleton State cowboy Jhett Trenary, running a 5.9 in the long round and a 6.2 in the finals, ending with a 12.1 average to tie for second and tack on 135 points.

Ramone added 80 more points for the Texans in tiedown roping, running an 8.1 in the long round and a 12.6 in the finals to take fifth overall. Kenline earned a fifth-place finish in steer wrestling with 35 points after running a 5.6 in the long round 14.7 in the finals, while Dawson Stewart placed eighth with a 19.0 average, tacking on 50 points for the Texans.

Following the trip to Howard, South Plains will have a week off before closing out the year in Stephenville at the Tarleton State University Rodeo April 25-27.

Howard College Rodeo full draw:

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

Loboette McKayla Escue Inks with Midland College


MaKayla Escue celebrating her signing with her fellow Levelland Lobottes!

Levelland Loboette Basketball Senior McKayla Escue has officially moved on and the  forward has inked with the Midland College Lady Chaps for the 2019 season.

Escue averaged 11 points per game through 2018-19 while pulling down 7.8 boards and blocking over two shots per game.

The Loboette has been a varsity roster player for three seasons and was named to the First Team All-District team for 2019 while the Loboettes went 32-and-four and to the 4A Region One Finals.

“I am really excited about the opportunity” said Escue at the signing.  “The coach (Coach Ron Jones of Midland College) was very persistent about getting me to Midland.  The team was very welcoming to me and I think it’s a good fit for me.”

The Midland College Lady Chaps, part of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, went 22-and-eight in 2018-19 while taking fourth place in the WJCAC and went to the Semi-Finals of the NJCAA Region Five Tournament before being knocked out by New Mexico Junior College.

MaKayla is the daughter of Tim and Kim Escue of Levelland.


Hereford Scores Six Unearned Runs, Levelland Falls to the Whitefaces 11-to-8

LoboBaseballLogoThe Levelland Lobo defensive woes continued on Tuesday night as six unearned runs led to the Lobos demise.  They dropped their return to district play 11-to-8 to the Hereford Whitefaces and slide to one-and-four in district play.

Levelland got a promising start as Angel Pena singled to start the first.  He would steal second, advance to third on a Betancourt ground out and score on a wild pitch to put Levelland in front one-to-nothing after one.

Hereford would get one in the second on a single from DJ Ellis and a RBI double from Seth Dixon to tie the game at one-to-one but it didn’t last long.

Levelland would score in the second when Jerrson Hernandez reached on a fielder’s choice, advance on as Dylan Bordayo was hit by a pitch and Zak Betancourt walked.   Hernandez scored on a wild pitch and put Levelland back in front two-to-one after two.

Levelland stretched the lead in the third with a Dylen Wolfe single and walk to Mike Estrada.  Both would score on a Jerrson Hernandez triple and after three the score stood Levelland 4, Hereford 1.

Then it fell apart.

Hereford would three singles attached to a walk and a hit batter.  Toss in a Levelland error and the Whitefaces plated four runs in the top of the fourth and took a five-to-four lead after four.

Hereford got two more in the fifth on three errors and two walks and despite the Lobos getting two back in the bottom of the fifth on a two run single from Dylan Bordayo, Hereford stayed in front seven-to-four through five.

Hereford would get four more in the top of the sixth on a pair of singles, two more walks and two more errors and Levelland trailed 11-to-six to the bottom of the seventh.

At moments the Lobos appeared to rally in the seventh but they really didn’t.

Angel Pena would single with one out in the frame and Zak Betancourt promptly drove in Pena on an RBI double cutting the lead to Hereford 11, Levelland 7.  Noah Ochoa would strike out but Drayton Salinas would follow with a pinch hit double scoring Betancourt and Levelland narrowed the lead to 11-to-eight.  Unfortunately, that would be followed by a strike out of Logan Anthony and three hits coupled with three strike outs would not be enough and Hereford hung on for the 11-to-eight win.

The loss drops Levelland to one-and-four on the district schedule and 14-11-and-1 in 2019.  Hereford improves to three-and-two in district play.

Hereford got 11 runs on ten hits with one error and left 11.  Levelland scored eight runs on 11 hits with five errors and left 12.

Noah Ochoa suffered the loss working four innings with five runs allowed.  Those came on seven hits with three walks, a hit batter and three strikeouts.  Straton Dobson worked two innings with six runs allowed however none of those were earned.  He gave up two hits, four walks, a hit batter and struck out.  Brandon Tejirina worked an inning of scoreless relief on a hit, a hit batter and a strike out.  All told, Lobo pitching would give up ten free passes in seven innings.

The Lobos would leave eight runners in scoring position in seven innings.

The Lobos slip to 14-11-and-1 on the season and to one-and-four in district play as they travel to Hereford on Friday.  Game time is set for 5:00pm with Lobo Pregame Show set for 4:30pm on KLVT AM1230, and KLVT Facebook Live.

(1) Canyon 6-1*
(2) Lubbock Estacado 4-2*
(3) Hereford 3-2
(4) Levelland 1-4
(5) Lamesa 0-5
*playoff lock

Levelland @ Hereford
Canyon @ Lamesa

Levelland @ Lamesa
Hereford @ Lubbock Estacado

Lamesa @ Levelland
Lubbock Estacado @ Hereford

Lobos Ready to Bounce Back Tuesday Night

LoboBaseballLogoIf it seems like awhile since the Levelland Lobos have played baseball, you’d be correct and with the new district format, Levelland has been off since March 29th.  Levelland will look to bounce back into district play Tuesday night hosting the Hereford Whitefaces at Lobo Field.

After winning 11 of their first 13, the Lobos found some struggles opening district play one-and-three and having dropped five of their last seven.

With that being said and with four district games left, the Levelland Lobos are still in the hunt for a playoff bid and could still content for the top half of the district.

While the opportunity to win the district looks thin, the Lobos split a pair with Estacado to open the season and while the Matadors would need to drop a couple along the way, if the Levelland Lobos could run the table, that could vault the black and red up as high as second.

The Lobos host Hereford on Tuesday before traveling to Hereford on Friday this week.  They wrap up the season with a pair against the currently winless Lamesa Golden Tornadoes.

Catch the Levelland Lobos live on KLVT AM1230, and KLVT Facebook Live.

(1) Canyon 5-1
(2) Lubbock Estacado 4-2
(3) Hereford 2-2
(4) Levelland 1-3
(5) Lamesa 0-4

Hereford @ Levelland
Lamesa @ Canyon

Levelland @ Hereford
Canyon @ Lamesa

Gabbie Green Tabbed as NJCAA First Team All-American

GreeninPinkLEVELLAND — South Plains sophomore do-it-all guard Gabbie Green added yet another accolade to her resume on Monday as the 5-7 Bellville, Texas product was named an NJCAA First Team All-American, selected by the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee.

Green, who earlier this year was named the Region V Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, as well as a WBCA All-American, led the Lady Texans to the Elite Eight at the NJCAA Women’s Basketball National Tournament, as well as the program’s first-ever No. 1 national ranking in the NJCAA women’s basketball national poll.

Green, who averaged 14.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, ranked second in the region with 197 total field goals and fourth in the region with 136 assists. One of the top scorers in the country this season, Green ranked third in the region with 504 total points and ranked third in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference with 17.1 points per game during league play.

A catalyst for the Lady Texans on both ends of the floor, Green scored in double figures 23 times during her sophomore stint, most notably, a 34-point performance in the Lady Texans’ 61-55 conference road win over No. 23 Midland on Jan. 31 in which Green finished 14 of 22 from the floor and drained four of eight 3s in the contest.

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

Gaige Prim Named NJCAA First Team All-American

PrimDunkLEVELLAND — Leading the Texans to a Region V title and a berth in the NJCAA Men’s Final Four, South Plains sophomore forward Gaige Prim was recognized as one of the nation’s best Monday, earning First Team All-American honors after a stellar year on the hardwood.

Prim, who will continue his career at Missouri State next season, was undoubtedly the top interior post player in the country this season, recording 23 double-doubles while averaging 20.7 points per game. During the Texans’ postseason run, Prim helped South Plains receive an automatic berth to the men’s national tournament with a 27 point, 14 rebound performance in a 73-71 victory over Odessa College in the Region V title game in Abilene.

Prim would then lead the Texans to a pair of victories over No. 15 Trinity Valley and No. 10 Eastern Florida State at the NJCAA Men’s Basketball National Tournament and went off for 29 points and 15 boards in the Texans’ Final Four matchup with No. 3 Vincennes. Prim earned All-Tournament honors after averaging 22.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in Kansas, ending the year with a double-double in four of his last five games.

Shooting a 64.8 percent clip from the field on the year, Prim averaged 11.5 rebounds per game and shot over 72 percent from the free throw line. Prim ranked second in the NJCAA with 392 total rebounds, and third nationally in both offensive rebounds (145), and defensive boards (247). Prim’s 11.5 rebounds per game ranked fourth nationally, and also ranked seventh in the country with 261 total field goals.

Playing in arguably the toughest conference in the country, Prim had his way with opposing defenses in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, leading the league with 115 total field goals, and ranked second in field goal percentage with a 63.9 mark from the field. Prim led the WJCAC with 155 rebounds and was first in the league with 63 offensive boards.

Prim, who was named the Region V Player of the Year as well as the Most Valuable Player in the WJCAC on March 12, scored at least 20 points 19 times this season, most notably, a 31 point, 11 rebound performance against Seward College in the Texans 79-76 victory of the Saints on Nov. 9.

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