Big Spring Herald Weekend

Second Time Around

- By STEVE BELVIN Contributi­ng Writer

Glad to see Big Spring put into a football district with more than four teams. A four team district just cheapens the playoffs. Everybody gets in. Give the teams something to play for. Team reaches the playoffs and never wins a game?

Brownwood usually has a quality football program. Lots of tradition there. As I recall Big Spring was pitted with Brownwood in a district a few years ago. It was nothing nice for the Steers.

Talk about tough times. Lubbock High football hasn't had much luck. The senior school of the Lubbock school district has a hard time competing in sports, particular­ly in football. Lubbock High moved down to 5A-div. I from 6A.

Thing is the district they are moving to may be tougher than the one it left. Instead of playing Amarillo High and Lubbock Monterey they'll be playing the likes of Abilene Cooper and Wichita Falls Rider. Rider went four rounds deep last year. Talk about futility .In the, last 10 football seasons Lubbock High is 13-84. The Westerners haven't had a winning season since 1965.

Their last win was Sept. 4, 2020. The Westerners defeated Big Spring 48-12 in Lubbock. The two teams play again this season.

COAHOMA DISTRICT GETS EVEN TOUGHER.

Coahoma pretty much stayed i the same football district. The only exception is Littlefiel­d is in and Reagan County is out. The is league is super tough in football. Last year Idalou, Lubbock Roosvelt and Abernathy were ranked in the top 10.

The shift to spring sports is also tough - Ballinger, Clyde Coleman, Merkel, San Angelo Grape Creek, San Angelo Texas Leadership, Jim Ned and Wall.. Coahoma's current district of Stanton, Odessa Compass, Sonora, Reagan County and Crane is no comparison. The new district will be a beast in softball, baseball and basketball.

FORSAN WILL BE A TRAVELING

Forsan sports fans are hoping the price of gas goes down before the 2022 football season begins. Their district (3-2A) is Anthony, Reagan County, Christoval, Ozona and Sonora.. Adding Anthony puts a strain on things. Anthony is located in El Paso County. I know I used to live in El Paso. I went to many festivals in Anthony and Anthony, New Mexico, they border each other.

Mileage from Forsan to Anthony is 377 miles, five hours. It's even worse for Christoval. It travels 427 miles.

AREA GRIDDERS MAKE ALL-STATE

Several Crossroads area football players have been named to the Texas Sports Writers Associatio­n All-state teams.

In Class 3A, Stanton placed two players on the Honorable Mention squad - defensive back Miguel Moreno and linebacker Eddie Wittenbarg­er, both seniors.

In Class 2A, Third Team honors went to Forsan junior offensive lineman Nolan Park. He was also named third team kicker. Also making third team for Forsan was senior defensive back Caden Morgan. Forsan senior defensive back Major Stockton was named to the Honorable Mention squad.

BS TENNIS OFF TO GOOD START

The Big Spring tennis team is off to a good outing in spring tennis individual play. That shouldn't be a surprise since Big Spring did well in the fall. "We won district championsh­ip team in the fall. We went four deep in the playoffs. Our girls have been our strong suit," said Big Spring coach Dana C. Jones.

Last Saturday Big Spring won the team championsh­ip at the Sweetwater Invitation­al. The girls' doubles team of Lexie Rodriguez and Grace Marquez won first place, defeating teammates Hannah Bell and Haden Bell. Natalia Lopez was second in girls singles and Anaya Limaye and Kaiden Roberts finished third in mixed doubles,

Eric Landin was third in boys singles and Mason Patterson and Matthew Salazar placed third in boys doubles.

Big Spring competed in Lubbock this weekend.

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