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Lubbock, TX, United States

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Past articles by Mike:

Red Raider football team shows out in spring game, poised to make run in fall

FRISCO — Alan Bowman and the rest of his teammates weren’t in a vacuum while the Red Raiders basketball team made its run to the → Read More

6A/5A Super Team

It was a mixed bag for large-sized South Plains teams.Lubbock-Cooper enjoyed the most wins in program history and reached the Class 5A Division II quarterfinals and Coronado kept on keeping on. Those two teams, however, were the only ones to make the postseason.But each area team had at least someone who stood out this season. Monterey produced a high-level recruit just as the Mustangs did.Who’s… → Read More

Class 2A/TAPPS Super Team

It was a big year for many small schools and most of the success was enjoyed on the Class 2A and TAPPS level.New Deal advanced all the way to the 2A Division I state championship game and finished the season with a 15-1 record. Their final reward is six selections to the Lone Star Varsity 2A/TAPPS Super Team.It was a great year for many schools with big strides taken by Floydada, Farwell and… → Read More

Frenship's Tackitt signs with Tech track

WOLFFORTH — Sarah Tackitt was a little reluctant the first time a middle school coach recommended she try pole vaulting.It's a sport that demands a certain amount of technique just to avoid a trip to the hospital and so much more to become a legitimate contender on a weekly basis.Tackitt knew right away the art would take her a ways vertically with hard work. Thursday, though, she fully grasped… → Read More

Lubbock High girls take second, finish top among 5A teams at Lubbock ISD Invitational

Trey Hayes sat down in the bleachers Saturday afternoon at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center after completing the Lubbock ISD Invitational.He had run the gauntlet as one of the two key overseers of the swim meet and spent more than 24 of the past 48 hours at the natatorium.Bbut it was all good.The Lubbock ISD swim coach got the place cleaned up ahead of schedule after putting on an event teams from… → Read More

Lady Raiders host Baylor following Lady Bears' historic win

Marlene Stollings has said multiple times that part of the Lady Raiders job appeal was the opportunity to catch the program back up to the top programs in → Read More

New Deal wins fifth straight, handles Plains

NEW DEAL — Kyler Bean had to wait longer than normal to make his head coaching debut.It comes with the territory at a Class 2A school with a strong athletic reputation, where most athletes are shared across all sports. But no team in Texas got off to a later start then the Lions because key players like DK Blaylock and Layton Reed led a charge to the state football championship round of… → Read More

LSV Column: It was a fun year in Lubbock sports

You think you've seen all you're going to see in the world of high school sports on the 363rd day of the year and then someone does something new.Lubbock- → Read More

Cooper girls shock Frenship in OT

The 2018 chapter of the Lubbock-Cooper and Frenship girls basketball rivalry fittingly ended with overtime in the Chick-fil-A Bracket’s championship game Saturday at the FiberMax Caprock Classic.The teams faced off twice this season under special circumstances, once in the Caprock and once 14 days beforehand as a precursor to a Texas Tech men’s basketball game at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.And… → Read More

Fillies win first Caprock title, beat Ropes

Chuck Darden seemed pretty relaxed heading into the New Year’s vacation phase of the basketball season.He saw a family friend waiting for him in the tunnel Saturday some 10 minutes after putting the finishing touches of a 47-32 win against Ropes in the Advanced Graphix Bracket from small-school girls teams the FiberMax Caprock Tournament at Lubbock Christian University’s Rip Griffin Center.“Hey,… → Read More

Frenship clamps down on Andrews to begin Caprock run

WOLFFORTH — Frenship's first game of the FiberMax Caprock Classic was a dream for coach Trent Hilliard, players and parents alike.Every single able- → Read More

Local teams excited to be part of massive Caprock Classic field

Any area coach will tell you the FiberMax Caprock Classic is the "Grandaddy of them all."This tournament, featuring 89 boys and girls teams in four brackets from across the state and even from abroad played across the Lubbock area Thursday through Saturday, is the perfect launching pad for district play coming up in January. It's also a good way to get back up to game speed for teams that have… → Read More

Whitfield proud to be part of New Deal's best season

ARLINGTON — Jett Whitfield had the dubious honor of being the New Deal players’ voice following a 44-6 loss to Mason in the Class 2A → Read More

Hill, Lions enjoying the ride to Class 2A D-I state title

NEW DEAL — Matt Hill is a lot like his players waiting to wake up from a dream, or waiting for something to come up that cancels the Class 2A Division I championship game.The fifth-year head coach and New Deal native got close as a player when the Lions made it to the state semifinal round in 1987. But it will be all new for the head man and virtually his entire roster when they face off against… → Read More

Coronado's Conwright, Monterey's Alexander sign LOIs

Seth Parr stood in front of his team Wednesday at Coronado's auditorium, looked Blair Conwright in the eyes and told him that the Mustangs and all of → Read More

Lions confident ahead of state title game

NEW DEAL — The best players and teams shine when the the spotlight is brightest.There are a couple of New Deal offensive players seeking to enhance → Read More

Freshman Eaton plays vital role for New Deal

NEW DEAL — Leric Eaton was in a weird spot as a day-one starter for the Lions.He knew he could play, but he wondered how receptive the older players in the locker room would be to him.It turns out he fit in just fine with a New Deal football team competing against an also unbeaten Mason team for the Class 2A Division I state championship at 11 a.m. Thursday at AT&T Stadium. He leads the team in… → Read More

Lady Raiders deal with good, bad news following seventh win

There were four Lady Raiders on the podium Tuesday, all going through different emotions after playing instrumental roles in a 76-58 win against Southern → Read More

Lady Raiders deal with good and bad news after earning seventh win

There were four Lady Raiders on the podium Tuesday at United Supermarkets Arena all going through different emotions after playing instrumental roles in a → Read More

Chemistry is at an all-time high for New Deal's O-line ahead of state game

NEW DEAL — Kevin Gentry has thought about it a lot watching football on TV and now playing as the starting center for state finals-bound New Deal. → Read More