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South Plains Rodeo Set for 2018 College National Finals Rodeo June 10 Through June 16

SPCCNFRLEVELLAND — After compiling the most successful season in program history, the South Plains College women’s rodeo team will travel to Casper, Wyoming June 10-16 to compete against the nation’s best at the 2018 College National Finals Rodeo.

Led by head coach Kerry Doster, who was named the 2018 Western Junior College Athletic Conference Women’s Head Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Texans to their third consecutive Western Junior College Athletic Conference crown, the Lady Texans will kick things off on June 10 at 4 p.m. MDT when Lariat Larner takes to the arena in the breakaway roping event.

Larner, a sophomore First Team All-Conference selection from Stephenville will also compete in goat tying for the Lady Texans. Larner finished sixth overall in the Southwest Region in breakaway roping with 195 points and 11th in goat tying with 175 points. Larner will make her first of three runs in goat tying at 7 a.m. MDT on June 11.

Alex Odle and Jenna Dallyn will also be competing for South Plains in barrel racing and goat tying. Dallyn, a sophomore from Nanton Toliro, Canada was named a First Team All-Conference Selection for the Lady Texans after placing second overall in the Southwest Region in goat tying with 655 points. Dallyn will make her first of three runs in goat tying on June 11 at 7 a.m. MDT.

Odle will join Larner and Dallyn in the 7 a.m. slack on June 11, competing in the barrel racing event for the Lady Texans. Odle, a sophomore standout from Brush, Colorado, helped the Lady Texans capture the conference crown after placing seventh overall in the Southwest Region in barrel racing with 330 points.

As quite possibly the most decorated athlete in the history of the South Plains College men’s rodeo program, sophomore cowboy Chet Boren will make his final stand for the Texans as he will compete in both steer wrestling and tiedown roping for the orange and blue.

Boren, a sophomore from Vernal, Utah will make his second consecutive appearance at the College National Finals Rodeo after winning the region in steer wrestling and finishing second in the men’s all-around standings. Boren, who also finished 12th in tiedown roping, was named a First Team All-Conference Selection in both steer wrestling and tiedown roping. Boren will make his first of three runs in tiedown roping and steer wrestling in the Monday morning slack which gets underway at 7 a.m. MDT on June 11 with barrel racing.

How to watch:

The 2018 College National Finals Rodeo will be broadcasting the Wednesday through Saturday performances live on ESPN3. The CNFR will be available on the following devices and platforms:, iOS, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, Kindle Fire, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Xbox, Windows 8, and Roku.  You must receive TV video service from At&T, U-Verse, Charter, Optimum, Bright House, Comcast, Cox, Dish, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Midcontinent, or DirectTV. Online registration for WatchESPN is required through your TV service provider.

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


Lobo Tennis Camp Opens Thursday with Four Summer Dates

loboloyaltyLevelland Lobo Tennis has announced four dates for Lobo Tennis Summer Sessions that open on Thursday June 7th.

That first session will be followed by sessions on June 21st, July 12th and July 19th.

Camps will include 4th through 6th grades from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, 7th and 8th grades from 6:30pm to 7:30pm and Freshman through Seniors in from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Cost for the younger two groups is $15 per sessions with the advanced sessions at $25 per session.  There is a $5 discount per session if you pay for all four sessions in advance.

Levelland Tennis Coach Brady Dalton will facilitate the camp and reminds campers they will need to bring a water jug and their own tennis racket.

For more information contact Coach Brady Dalton at (940) 923-3139 or email to


Eight Super Regional Hosts Announced for 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship

ncaaINDIANAPOLIS – The eight super-regional hosts were announced today by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

The following four super regionals will be played Friday, June 8, Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10 (if necessary). The national seed is indicated before the team name, while updated records through the regionals are in parenthesis.

Games begin Friday, June 8 – All times are Eastern

*Game times and ESPN Network subject to change

No. 14 Minnesota (44-13) at No. 3 Oregon St. (47-10-1)

5 p.m. (ESPN2), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2), *9 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 11 Stetson (48-11) at No. 6 North Carolina (41-18)

11 a.m. (ESPN2), Noon, (ESPN2), *Noon (ESPN2)

Washington (33-23) at Cal St. Fullerton (35-23)

2 p.m. (ESPN2), 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU), *9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Mississippi St. (35-26) at Vanderbilt (34-25)

8 p.m. (ESPN2), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN), *6 p.m. (ESPN2)

The following four best-of-three super regionals will be played Saturday, June 9, Sunday, June 10, and Monday, June 11 (if necessary).

Games begin Saturday, June 9 – All times are Eastern

*Game times and ESPN Network subject to change

Auburn (42-21) at No. 1 Florida (45-18)

Noon (ESPN), Noon (ESPN), *8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Duke (44-16) at No. 9 Texas Tech (42-17)

3 p.m. (ESPNU), 6 p.m. (ESPNU), *4 p.m. (ESPN2)

South Carolina (36-24) at No. 5 Arkansas (42-18)

6:30 p.m. (ESPN2), 3 p.m. (ESPN), *7 p.m. (ESPN)

Tennessee Tech (52-10) at No. 13 Texas (40-20)

3 p.m. (ESPN2), 3 p.m. (ESPN2), *1 p.m. (ESPN2)

The determination of the Men’s College World Series order of first-round games both Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, will be announced Monday, June 11. The ESPN family of networks and will release the CWS game dates and times as soon as they are available.

The 72nd College World Series begins play Saturday, June 16, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.

(Thanks to the NCAA at

No. 9 Tech To Host Duke In Super Regional Round

DanLawFieldLUBBOCK, Texas – For the third time in program history, the No. 9 Texas Tech baseball team will host the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The Red Raiders (42-17) will face Duke (44-16) on June 9-11 in Lubbock, with the first game of the series set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, on ESPNU. Game two of the series is slated for 5 p.m. on Sunday on ESPNU, with the Monday if necessary game marked for 3 p.m. on ESPN2. It will be the first time the Red Raiders and Blue Devils have met on the diamond.

Tech swept the Lubbock Regional behind victories over New Mexico State and Louisville, while Duke claimed the Athens Regional, battling back from a first-game loss to win four-straight over Campbell, Troy & Georgia (twice) to advance to the next round of the NCAA Tournament.

Season ticket holders and Red Raider Club members have until 5 p.m. CT Tuesday to request tickets to the Super Regional. Season ticket holders have the first right to purchase their tickets from the regular season. All additional tickets requested are not guaranteed and will be awarded based on the Red Raider Club priority point system as well as ticket availability.

If seats remain following the season ticket holder/Red Raider Club priority request period, all remaining all-session tickets will go on sale to the general public at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Season ticket holders who purchased reserved parking for the 2018 season are encouraged to use those passes this weekend. Tech will also offer complimentary parking in the commuter lots located near Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park similar to the regular season.

In addition, Tech has held 300 complimentary seats for students and those tickets can be claimed on a first-come, first served-basis beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Rip Griffin Park box office. All students must show a valid Texas Tech I.D. in order to claim tickets.

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

(Thanks to Texas Tech Athletics,

Former Filly Kayla Koerner to Head Loboette Volleyball in 2018

KaylaKoerner.pngA name familiar to volleyball fans across the area is headed to Levelland as former Shallowater Filly player and All Saints Assistant Coach Kayla Koerner has been named as the new volleyball coach for Levelland’s Loboettes.

Koerner, a 2011 graduate from Shallowater, spent two seasons in the college ranks at Odessa as a Lady Wrangler in the inaugural seasons under then Head Coach Alana Rowland.

Following two years at Odessa College, she transferred to Texas Tech in the fall of 2013 to complete her college education before spending the last two seasons as the Junior Varsity Coach and Assitant Varsity Coach at All Saints Episcopal School in Lubbock. In that time, All Saints captured the TAPPS 2A State Championship.

“She is a hard worker, very organized, works well with kids and is very good with parents,” said Shallowater Volleyball Coach and Koerner’s high school coach Amy Mangum. “She has been helping us with summer club volleyball and is a very good young coach. Levelland is lucky to get her and I am excitied for her opportunity as a head coach.”

Koerner comes to Levelland after the retirement of Varisty Coach Shelly Kay and the resignation of Junior Varsity Coach Laurie Smith.

Koerner is the fifth head coach to skipper the Levelland Loboettes since 2010 after a five year stint by now Lubbock Cooper Head Coach Karli Morrison and one year with Coach Shelly Kay.

Levelland ISD Athletic Director Coach Curtis Lowery told KLVT Sports that Coach Rick Musemeche will stay on a the Loboette Freshman Volleyball Coach and the search for a Junior Varsity Coach is underway.

Kayla is the daughter of Pam and Gary Koerner of Shallowater and has yet to be officially assigned her educational roll at Levelland High School.

Congratulations to Coach Koerner and we look forward to a great season of Loboette Volleyball in 2018.

Lobo Basketball Camp Opens Monday June 11th

loboloyaltyAs the camp season for the summer rolls on, Levelland Lobo Basketball camp is next on the schedule.

The camp will run from Monday June 11th through Thursday June 14th at Gano Tubb Gymnasium at Levelland High School and will be open to incoming 3rd through 9th grades.

Third through fifth graders will camp from 9:00am to 11:30am and incoming sixth through ninth graders in camp from 9:00am to 12:00pm all four days.

The camp will be under the direction of Lobo Basketball Coach Jordan Elam and the Lobo Basketball coaching staff and will be a great opportunity for young players to learn proper fundamentals and become better players through fun competition and drill work.

Cost of the camp is $50 and you may mail your registration form and payment to:  Lobo Basketball, 2120 Longhorn Drive, Levelland, TX 79336.

For more details email jelam@esc17,net or call 292-4309.


Paris Named District Coach of the Year as the Lobos Rack Up Post Season Honors

LoboBaseballDistrictChampionsLevelland Lobo Baseball was not excepted to do all the well in 2018 after a massive graduating class, but all season long the Coach Brent Paris and his pack of Lobos proved the critics and pollsters wrong putting up a District Championship, Bi-District Championship, and Area Championship while battling to a 21-and-16 record.

The efforts have not gone unnoticed as Brent Paris has been named the Co-Coach of the Year for the 4A District Two.  He will share the title with friend and rival Coach Mark Llanas of Lubbock Estacado.

Levelland also tabbed the Co-Offensive Player of the Year in senior Tanner Marrow.  The senior third baseman hit .390 for the season while leading the Lobos in hits with 48 and was a co-leader in the RBI category with 28 runs driven in.  He also scored 20 runs for the Lobos and has been elected to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association North 2A through 4A All-Star Team.

He will play in that game on Saturday June 16th at Dell Diamond in Round Rock at 10:00am.

Zak Estrada was named as Co-Defensive Player of the Year as the Senior shortstop committed just 13 errors on 141 balls in play leaving his fielding percentage at a very good .908.

Junior Tristan VanZandt was named Newcomer of the Year.  In his first year on the varsity roster he hit .380 with 28 runs scored while reaching base nearly every other at bat.  He also hung a .890 fielding percentage in center field.

Levelland also added five to the first team including catcher Noah Ochoa, first baseman Logan Anthony, second baseman Jorge Mendiaz, utility player Zak Betancourt and designated hitter Matt Martinez.

Angel Pena and Straton Dobson both were named to the Second Team and Mike Estrada was a District Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to Coach Brent Paris and all the Lobo Baseball coaches and players on a great season.