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No. 1 Texans Fall to No. 3 Odessa 74-68 Thursday

ODESSA — The top-ranked South Plains College men’s basketball team battled back from a 16-point second half deficit to get within four points in the final minutes of Thursday night’s showdown with third-ranked Odessa, but a pair of timely free throws in the final seconds would be enough as the Wranglers topped the Texans 74-68 at the OC Sports Center.

Despite the loss, the first for South Plains this season moving their record to 17-1 on the year and 12-1 in league play, the Texans earned a share of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference title, which they split with Odessa, who also finished with a single loss in conference.

Following Thursday’s game, the Texans were named the No. 1 seed in the WJCAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, which came via a coin flip tiebreaker. South Plains will make their postseason debut on Tuesday, April 6th at 8 p.m. at Lubbock Christian University. The Texans will take on the winner of Monday night’s 6 p.m. matchup which features fourth-seeded Howard College, who will await the winner of Clarendon College, the fifth seed, and Midland College, the eighth seed, who play at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Trailing by 14 at the midway point, The Texans would get within striking distance at the 14:46 mark of the second half as sophomore big man Yuot Gai dropped in a jump shot to trim the deficit to 45-36. South Plains continued to chip away, getting within five with 9:21 to play thanks to a Philmon Gebrewhit 3-pointer to bring the score to 56-51 in favor of Odessa.

Odessa would answer and extend their lead back to nine, 70-61 with under five minutes left on a jumper from Alphousseyni Diedhiou. South Plains responded with a 5-0 run, getting within four, 70-66 on another 3 from Gebrewhit with 2:50 to go. Following a pair of free throws from the Texans’ Jevonnie Scott which brought the score to 72-68, South Plains would foul Odessa’s Tre Richardson with 29 seconds to play. Richardson knocked down a pair of free throws to put the Wranglers up six in the final seconds, evening the series at a game apiece in league play.

South Plains’ Rivaldo Soares led all scorers in the contest with 21 points and 13 boards, connecting on 6 of 13 shots from the field, and was 3 of 7 from distance over 40 minutes. Gebrewhit provided 14 points off the bench for the Texans, pouring in a trio of 3s and was 5 of 6 from the charity stripe. Gai netted 12 points and five rebounds while Benjamin Bayela had eight points and Dalph Panopio had six points.

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

Senior Centerfielder Amber Kelly Inks at Rend Lake

Levelland Athletics got their first spring commit on Wednesday when Levelland Loboette senior centerfielder Amber Kelly signed at letter on national intent for Rend Lake College in Ida Illinois.

Kelly, a third year starter and staple in the Levelland Loboette batting order and outfield, announced she would be heading north to join the Warrior program earlier in the year but made it official on Wednesday in the signing at Levelland High School.

Under first year head coach Callie Rodriguez, Kelly leads the Loboette offense hitting .456 going into the fourth game of district play on Thursday. She also leads the Loboettes with 27 runs scored, second with an On Base Percentage of .513 and leads the team with 20 stolen bases.

Kelly will be studying Secondary Math working toward becoming a high school math teacher and softball coach.

Rend Lake College, located in Ida Illinois and southeast of St. Louis Missouri, is a public community college with Warrior softball coached by Dawn McClellan.

Kelly is the daughter of Carolyn Kelly of Levelland and Tommy Kelly of Midland.

Check out the video of the signing on link below.

AMBER KELLY SIGNS WITH REND LAKE COLLEGE VIA KLVT FACEBOOK LIVE!

Wolfe Drives in Four, Levelland Wins Sixth Straight in District Play

Levelland Senior Dylen Wolfe goes deep for the Lobos Tuesday Night in the 12-to-two win over Sweetwater (thanks Veronica Muniz and Krista Wolfe for the photo)

The Levelland Lobos got four Dylen Wolfe RBI including a two run homerun as the Lobos won their sixth straight in the district 12-to-two over Sweetwater on Tuesday night. Levelland moves to 14-and-five on the year and six-and-oh in the district.

Sweetwater got on the board first as Darian Carr walked to start the inning and scored on a Lobo throwing error. That error would also allow Ector Martinez to go all the way to third and he would score on a Leo Holsey RBI single to put Sweetwater in front two-to-nothing after a half inning.

That would be all Sweetwater would get while the Lobos got a bunch.

Zaiden LeCroy would single with one out in the first and score on a Dylen Wolfe double cutting the lead to Sweetwater 2, Levelland 1 after an inning.

After a quiet second, Levelland would tie it in the third went LeCroy would walk, move to second on a second Dylen Wolfe hit and score on a Blake Klose single.

With a two-to-two tie heading to the fifth, the Lobos cut loose.

14 Lobos would bat in the fifth as Joel Pena started the frame with a hit by pitch, stole second and scored the go ahead run on a Zaiden LeCroy single. Dylen Wolfe would follow with an opposite field two-run homerun and the onslaught was on. Singles from Blake Klose and Reigan Vestal would follow. Klose would score on a throwing error running the score to Levelland 6, Sweetwater 2. After Tyler Marrow flew out and Dylan Bordayo struck out the rally looked to be dying but Levelland had other ideas. RJ Ochoa would reach on error and Reigan Vestel would scored on a Michael Bush single. A walk to Joel Pena, another Sweetwater error, Wolfe hit by a pitch and a Blake Klose walk would bring Reigan Vestel back o the plate. He would rip a two RBI single and Levelland would score 10 in the fifth ending the contest in five innings Levelland 12, Sweetwater 2.

Levelland collected 12 runs on ten hits with one error and four left. Sweetwater scored two runs on four hits with four errors and left four.

John Flores would pitch his second district win of 2021 working five frames and allowing two runs with one earned on 75 pitches. He allowed four hits with two walks and struck out eight.

Krystian Gomez pitched four innings in the loss. He threw 66 pitches allowing seven runs with five earned on eight hits, two walks, a hit batter and no strikeouts. Thomas Hernandez tossed two-thirds in relief allowing five runs with none earned on two hits, two walks, a hit batter and one strikeout.

Dylen Wolfe would go three-for-three with four RBI including the two-run homerun while Reigan Vestal added two RBI on a pair of hits and Zaiden LeCroy took two hits and scored four runs in the win.

Wolfe noted after the contest, the homerun was an honor to long time friend and New Mexico high school football standout Kooper Davis from Hobbs. Davis, a standout quarter missed his junior season due to the shutout down of high school sports by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. He would take his own life in December 2020.

Levelland moves to 14-and-five on the year and six-and-oh in district play as they head to Sweetwater to take on the Mustangs Good Friday to wrap up the three game series.

Levelland is two-and-oh against the Mustangs going into the roadtrip.

First pitch on Friday is set for 12:00pm with Lobo Pregame Show at 11:30am on KLVT AM1230, http://www.klvtradio.com and on Levelland Sports Nation on Facebook.

DISTRICT SCOREBOARD:
Levelland 12, Sweetwater 2
Lubbock Estacado 12, Big Spring 0
Snyder 7, San Angelo Lake View 5

DISTRICT STANDINGS:
(1) Levelland 6-0
(2) Lubbock Estacado 5-1
(3) Snyder 3-3
(4t) Sweetwater 2-4
(4t) Big Spring 2-4
(6) San Angelo Lakeview 1-5

DISTRICT SCHEDULE (Friday April 2nd)
Levelland @ Sweetwater
Big Spring @ Lubbock Estacado
Snyder @ San Angelo Lake View

DISTRICT SCHEDULE (Tuesday April 6th)
Levelland @ Lubbock Estacado
Snyder @ Sweetwater
Big Spring @ San Angelo Lake View


Loboettes Bury San Angelo Lake View and Win Their First District Contest

The Levelland Loboettes broke out Tuesday night burying the San Angelo Lake View Maidens under 15 runs in five innings and the Loboettes grabbed their first district win with a 15-to-three win.

Levelland got four walks in the first inning along with a Natalie Coronado single and a pair of Maiden errors to get a five run first.

San Angelo Lake View would answer with a run in the second on a Felicity Harris that would cut the lead to Levelland 5, San Angelo Lake View 1 to the bottom of the second but the Loboettes went right back to work.

Amber Kelly would triple and double in second as the Loboettes sent 13 to the plate. Deliah Rodriguez would add a double and Kiki Childers and Madalon Rico would add singles. Toss in three walks and a couple of Maiden errors and Levelland would hammer out eight runs to take the lead to Levelland 12, San Angelo Lake View 1 after just two innings.

The Maidens would get a couple of runs in the third on a pair of singles, a walk and a Loboette error but Levelland got those back in the third on a Childers double along with singles from Erica Castillo, Deliah Rodriguez and Madalon Rico to round out the scoring and a 15-to-three Levelland.

The Loboettes would scored 15 runs on 12 hits with one error and left six on while San Angelo Lake View got three runs on five hits with four errors and five left.

Levelland got a five inning win from Natalie Coronado as she allowed three runs on five hits, two walks and struck out six.

Amber Kelly went two-for-two at the plate with a triple and double with two RBI while Erica Castillo drove in three and KIki Childers collected two hits in four trips.

The Levelland Loboettes move to nine-13-and-one on the year while moving to one-and-two in the district.

The Loboettes stay home the rest of the week as Big Spring comes to town on Thursday with Varsity at 5:00pm and Junior Varsity to follow.

Catch the Loboettes live on KLVT AM1230, http://www.klvtradio.com and on Levelland Sports Nation on Facebook with Loboette Pregame Show at 4:30pm.

DISTRICT SCOREBOARD
Levelland 15, San Angelo Lake View 3
Big Spring 8, Snyder 6
Sweetwater 12, Lubbock Estacado 0

DISTRICT STANDINGS:
(1t) Big Spring 3-0
(1t) Sweetwater 3-0
(3) Snyder 2-1
(4) Levelland 1-2
(6t) Lubbock Estacado 0-3
(6t) San Angelo Lake View 0-3

DISTRICT SCHEDULE (Friday April 2nd)
Big Spring @ Levelland (Thursday April 1st)
Lubbock Estacado @ San Angelo Lake View (Thursday April 1st)
Sweetwater @ Snyder (Saturday April 3rd)

DISTRICT SCHEDULE (Tuesday April 6th)
Levelland @ Lubbock Estacado
Big Spring @ Sweetwater
San Angelo Lake View @ Snyder

No. 5 Lady Texans Defeat Frank Phillips 54-46 Monday to Capture Western Junior College Athletic Conference Title

BORGER — Facing one final road test holding a single game lead in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, the fifth-ranked South Plains College women’s basketball team battled their way to a 54-46 win over Frank Phillips College Monday to capture the WJCAC title.

The Lady Texans end the regular season as winners of seven straight, finishing with a 16-3 record overall including a 13-2 mark in league play. South Plains wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the WJCAC Women’s Basketball Tournament which will be held April 5-7 at Lubbock Christian University. SPC will receive a first-round bye, and will tip-off at 2 p.m. on April 6th against the winner of Clarendon and Howard College.

An anchor for the Lady Texans in the paint all season, freshman Debora Reis led the Lady Texans on the offensive end once again against FPC, recording her 15th double-double of the year. Reis dropped in 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting and snagged 15 rebounds, six on the offensive end. Viktoria Ivanova chipped in nine points for South Plains who shot 40.9 percent from the field and were a perfect 16 of 16 from the free throw line.

Dyana Offutt netted eight points for the Lady Texans while sophomore Grace Hunter had seven points and nine boards. Shayla Moseberry provided six points coming off the bench for South Plains who received 10 points from their bench in the contest.

South Plains stifled the Lady Plainsmen on the defensive end, forcing FPC to shoot just 32 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from distance. SPC won the battle on the glass 31-23, scoring 24 points inside the paint and netted seven points on second chance opportunities.

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

No. 1 Texans Pummel Frank Phillips 84-63, Set Up Showdown with No. 3 Odessa Thursday for Conference Title

BORGER — Sophomore Jevonnie Scott led all scorers with 18 points and eight boards Monday as the top-ranked South Plains College men’s basketball team pummeled Frank Phillips College 84-63 at the Borger Activity Center.

The Texans improve to 17-0 on the year and 12-0 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference and will look to capture the WJCAC title outright with a win on Thursday against No. 3 Odessa College, with tip slated for 6:30 p.m. In their previous meeting on March 4, the Texans bested the Wranglers 96-93 in overtime at the Texan Dome.

South Plains shot 45.2 percent from the floor against FPC, knocking down eight 3s as Scott finished 6 of 13 from the floor and was 6 of 8 from the free throw line over 26 minutes. Sophomore Rivaldo Soares netted 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting to go along with seven rebounds in 27 minutes.

Philmon Gebrewhit poured in 16 points and a game-high seven assists coming off the bench for the Texans, connecting on 6 of 12 shots and was 3 of 8 from distance over 29 minutes. Sophomore big man Yuot Gai chipped in nine points and snagged 11 rebounds for South Plains while Dalph Panopio had 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists for SPC.

The Texans dominated the glass, outrebounding FPC 48-33, and scored 36 points inside the paint. South Plains forced 11 turnovers in the game resulting in 10 points on the offensive end and tallied 13 points on second chance opportunities. 

Frank Phillips shot 36.9 percent from the floor and were just 5 of 21 from the 3-point line. Jalen Colling led the Plainsmen with 11 points while DJ Richardson had 10 and Lance Amir Paul had eight points and six rebounds for FPC.

With a win Thursday, the Texans will lock up the No.1 seed in the WJCAC Men’s Basketball Tournament which will be held April 4-7 at Lubbock Christian University. 

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

Loboettes and Loboettes Take Seconds at the 2021 Levelland Relays

The Levelland Loboettes hung 174 in a second place finish at the Levelland Relays while the Lobos took second at 129 points.

The Loboettes would grab seven gold medals as Ciarra Sanchez would win the 400 Meters in 1:05.63 while Addi Hill would win the 3200 Meter Run at 13:31.30. Levelland also took gold in the 4×100 Meter Relay in 51.98 while Sarahi Baeza took the Pole Vault gold at 19′ even. Mallary Blocker won the Triple Jump at 33′ 0.50″, Laci White won the Shot Put at 35′ 1.50″ and Olivia Velardez won the Discus at 100′ 3.00″

Levelland would add silvers in the 100 Meters with Sarahi Baeza, Reagan LaBadie in the 200 Meters, the 4×200 Relay, and the 4×400 Relay.

Addi Hill added a third in the 800 Meters, Heidi Marquez took third in the 3200 Metes, Mahalie Stafford took third in the High Jump, and Ariel Lofton took third in the Pole Vault.

Levelland’s Loboettes would finish second behind Seminole at 199 points.

The Lobos would take second at 129 points with Seminole winning the team gold at 226 points.

Marco Guillen took second in the 100 Meter Run while Matthew Bautista took third in 400 Meters and the Lobos added a second place finish in the 4×200 and a third in the 4×100. Jacob Garza finished third in the Pole Vault, Nick Martinez third in the Long Jump and Taeshawn Jones third in the Long Jump. Erick Marchum added third in the Discus.

The Lobos and Loboettes are back in action for District Track at Snyder Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Roughnecks State Powerlifting Champs!

The Sundown Powerlifters had a day in Abilene on Saturday as the Roughnecks won a state title in Division Three.

Sundown tallied 27 points while Post finished second at 18th points.

Pablo Mendoza was a state champion while Aidon Olivas, Kevin Garcia and Andy Castillo all took silver medals.

Nico Rodriguez took third place and Diego Hernandez added a fourth place for the team.

No. 7 Lady Texans Win Sixth Straight, Top Howard 68-47 Saturday

BIG SPRING — The seventh-ranked South Plains College women’s basketball team took one more step towards capturing the Western Junior College Athletic Conference crown Saturday, defeating Howard College 68-47 at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.

South Plains holds a one-game conference lead over Midland College with a single game remaining, locking up at least a share of the conference title and a No. 1 seed in the WJCAC Tournament. The Lady Texans will close out the regular season on Monday in Borger when they do battle with Frank Phillips College at 5:45 p.m.

Leading 27-25 at the half, South Plains would come out of the break and shoot 61.5 percent in the third quarter as sophomore Jordan Brown scored seven of her final 12 points in the third, knocking down a pair of jumpers and was 3 of 3 from the free throw line. South Plains continued to chip away in the fourth, shooting 56.3 percent in the final stint as Deborah Reis dropped in eight of her game-high 15 points in the final 10 minutes. Reis would finish with 18 boads and five steals, her 14th double-double this season.

Grace Hunter dropped in nine points on 3 of 6 shooting over 16 minutes for South Plains while Martyna Czescik had eight points and six rebounds coming off the bench for SPC. Sophomore Shayla Moseberry provided seven points over 20 minutes for the Lady Texans who shot 45.6 percent from the field and were 12 of 15 from the charity stripe.

The Lady Texans would go on to lead by as much as 21 in the final quarter, forcing Howard into 19 turnovers in the contest as the Lady Hawks shot just 30 percent from the field and were 2 of 13 from distance. South Plains won the battle on the glass 35-25, netted 19 points off turnovers, and scored 22 points inside the paint.

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

South Plains College Rodeo Teams Wrap Up Ranger College Rodeo Saturday

SWEETWATER — The South Plains College men’s and women’s rodeo teams were back in the arena this weekend at the Ranger College Rodeo at the Nolan County Coliseum.

The Lady Texans added 50 points to their season total, moving into second in the Southwest Region standings following a seventh-place finish on Saturday. The Lady Texans have accumulated 1,045 points to date, trailing only Weatherford College, who is first in the region with 1,205 points. The Texans also finished seventh on the weekend, adding 140 points to their season total. The Texans moved into eighth in the region standings, totaling 658 points on the year. 

South Plains placed three in Saturday night’s goat tying finals, including Savanah Nelson who placed seventh overall. Nelson turned in a 6.9 in the long round and a 7.9 in the finals, earning 10 individual points. Elle Eagles took ninth overall in goat tying, running a 7.0 in the long round and an 8.4 in the short round. Madison Rice tallied 50 team points for the Lady Texans, finishing 10th overall in goat tying after turning in a time of 6.7 in the long round, and a 14.3 in the finals.

The Texans notched 140 points in team roping as Stefan Ramone and Tee McCloud placed sixth overall. The duo won the long round with a time of 4.6 but missed in the finals. Ramone and McCloud netted 70 points each for South Plains.

South Plains will be back on the saddle April 8-10 in Big Spring for the Howard College Rodeo, followed by a trip to Snyder for the Western Texas College Rodeo April 15-17.

Ranger College Rodeo resultshttps://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/a81ea265-e415-45dc-89f4-ba4f43fa8aa1/downloads/RC%202021%20SHORT%20ROUND%20AND%20AVERAGE%20RESULTS.pdf?ver=1616900771712

Region Standingshttp://www.collegerodeo.com/standings/2014-2015-southwest-region-standings/

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