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Familiar Face Returns to Howard College as Head Baseball Coach


BIG SPRING – A familiar face will be seen on Jack Barber Field as Howard College has hired Jack Giese as the new head coach for the baseball program. Giese was previously with the Hawks as the associate head coach under Britt Smith when the Hawks won the NJCAA Division I National Championship in 2009. He will be on campus and officially begin his duties on August 1, 2021.


            The position was recently opened after the resignation of the Hawks head coach, Michael Lopez.


         “We are very excited that Jack is returning to our program,” said Mike Yeater, Athletic Director. “With his previous national championship coaching experience with our program as well as the other Division I and Minor League coaching experience that he brings to the table, our baseball program will be positioned for tremendous success.”


         Most recently, Giese has spent 6 years as a pitching consultant and recruiter with MVP Sports Group. Prior to that, he served 2 years as a Pitching Coach and Recruiter at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.


Following his stint with the Hawks and the National Championship win in 2009, Giese moved on to be a Minor League Pitching Coach with the Tampa Bay Rays.


“I’m excited to be coming back to Big Spring and Howard College”, said Giese. “I look forward to meeting the team and growing the tradition of excellence that has been started at Howard.”


Although this will be Giese’s first head coaching stint, his pitching coach record speaks for itself as he has worked and continues to work with several current Major and Minor League players, including 2 Cy Young Award winners.


“Jack has a lot of experience in player development,” added Yeater. “That in conjunction with his coaching and recruiting experience will be a huge asset for our program.”


That experience isn’t just limited to the United States as Giese was also tagged to travel to the Dominican Republic to work with pitchers at the Tampa Bay Rays Dominican Academy in 2010 and coached the 18U USA National Team in 2007.


“Being a first-time head coach, I couldn’t ask for a better place than Howard College,” added Giese. “I know the traditions here will guide us as we do things the right way both on and off the field and immerse ourselves in the team environment as well as our local and college community.”


The Hawks will soon be returning to campus in August as classes begin on August 25th.


For more information about Howard College and Hawk Athletics visit or


Big Spring YMCA Youth NFL Flag Football Sign-ups:

Sign-ups for Big Spring YMCA Youth NFL Flag Football are going on now for ages 3-14. Divisions will be split into the following age groups:


(3-4), (5-7), (8-10), and (11-13)


All divisions are Co-ed, and both girls and boys are welcome to play. Cost is $73 for YMCA members and $78 for non-members, and sign-ups will continue through August 11, 2021.

The YMCA of Big Spring encourages parents to not let money stop their children from participating in youth sports. Scholarships are available for participants, but all scholarships applications must be filled out and returned to the YMCA before registering your child for youth sports so that the discount can be applied to the registration form.


For more information, contact Dathan Jones, CEO of the Big Spring YMCA, at (432) 254-9949.


CISD's Shawver named TGCA 2020-21 1A-2A-3A-4A Softball Sub-Varsity Coach of the Year

COAHOMA — The Coahoma ISD Athletic Department is proud to announce that Katherine Shawver has been named the 2020-2021 1A-2A-3A-4A Sub-Varsity Softball Coach of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA).


“I was shocked when I heard,” Shawver said. “It hit me that other coaches in the state have taken notice of all the hard work our students, parents, and coaches have put in to continue a long tradition of Coahoma High School softball excellence and competitiveness. It’s a huge honor for me.”


TGCA is the one of the largest associations of coaches and the largest association for coaches of girls’ athletics in the United States, according to the TGCA website. Shawver was nominated for the honor by Bulldogette head softball coach Alex Orosco, and was selected by a committee of Texas coaches.


“Coach Shawver is present for this team 100 percent of the time. She is a true assistant,” Orosco said. “She always picks up the load for me without being asked. She has been a steady presence for the Coahoma softball program. She was here before I came  on board, she never misses a game, an event, or a practice, and she always has a positive attitude. She’s awesome, and the girls respond to her coaching well.”


Shawver has served as a sub-varsity coach at Coahoma ISD for the past seven years. This past season, her JV Bulldogettes were undefeated in district action and finished the 2020-2021 season with an 11-1 record. In the previous full UIL softball season, Shawver’s JV team lost only one district game for the 2018-2019 season. 


Shawver also serves as the assistant coach to the varsity Bulldogette softball team, which finished the 2020-2021 season with a 26-7 record, an undefeated district record, and an appearance in UIL Texas state playoffs regional quarterfinals.


The Missouri native credits the success of the Coahoma softball program to the work ethic of the players and support of their parents. 


“We are lucky to have excellent athletes to coach, and it started at home,” she said. “Many of these girls have been dedicated to the sport since they were little and had strong parental support to encourage them. It takes a community to develop a competitive program.”


As a Coahoma Bulldogette coach, Shawver feels her job is to help direct the player’s competitive nature to strive for excellence not only on the field but in all other areas of their life. 


“Wins are great, but we are also here to teach them life lessons,” she said. “In order for a team to be great on the field, the players have to work as a team and not play just for individual glory. 


“When we fall behind and find ourselves in a tense situation, they have to be able to handle the stress,” she continued. “Umpires are not always perfect, and players make mistakes. You have to let that go and persevere. We had a few games this year where we were behind, but we pushed through and came out on top.”


Before joining Coahoma ISD, Shawver played softball as a utility player for the Ottawa University Braves in Ottawa, Kansas, under head coach Jay Kahnt. 


“I would like to give a huge shout-out to my college. They just went to the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Softball World Series, and a shout out to my former head coach Jay Kahnt,” she said. “He just had his 500th win of his career. High school and travel ball taught me a lot about the sport, but Coach Kahnt also taught me a lot.” 


Shawver will receive her Sub-Varsity Coach of the Year award in July at the TGCA state convention. 


Big Spring Steer Baseball players receive All-District Recognition

Several Big Spring Steer Baseball players received All-District recognition for the 2020-2021 season. Those recognized are as follows: 


District Defensive MVP

Joshua Miramontes


2nd Team All District Pitcher

Ricky Escovedo


2nd Team All District Catcher

Marcos Paredez


2nd Team All District 1st basemen

Isaiah Diaz


2nd Team All District Utility

Maverick Yanez


Congratulations to all.


Hawk Softball Post Season Awards

The 2021 softball season may be over but the national postseason awards are continuing to flow in for the Howard College Hawks! The National Fastpitch Coaches Association recently released their annual student-athlete awards and the Hawks received some well-deserved recognition.


Sasha Willems, a freshman catch from Australia, garnered the Diamond Sports/NFCA NJCAA Division I Catcher of the Year accolade, hitting .450 with a team-best 17 doubles and 26 walks. She drove in 76 runs, scored 66 runs, slugged 1.076 and reached base at a .566 clip.


Willems joined teammates Barbora Saviola and Laela Minnich as unanimous first-team All-Americans.


Saviola captured NJCAA DI’s home run crown with 30 and ranked second nationally with a 1.250 slugging percentage. She drove in 80 runs, scored 78 times and swiped 26 bases without being caught.


The 2021 softball season may be over but the national postseason awards are continuing to flow in for the Howard College Hawks! The National Fastpitch Coaches Association recently released their annual student-athlete awards and the Hawks received some well-deserved recognition.


For more information on Hawk Athletics please visit


Wildcats fall to Nazareth in Regional Finals

The Westbrook Wildcats baseball team competed against Nazareth for the 1A Regional Final Championship last week. The Wildcats fell to Nazareth in two games, both with a final score of 17-2. Although Westbrook will not be moving on in the playoffs, they finished the season as Regional Semi-Final Champions. Congratulations to them on a great season.


Westbrook Wildcats Baseball teams Sweeps Baird for Regional Semi-Final Championship

The Westbrook Wildcats swept Baird in a 3-game series for the Regional Semi-Final Championship on Thursday night. The scores for those games are listed below:

Game 1: 7-6 in 8 innings
Game 2: 12-2 in 5 innings


The Wildcats will now face Nazareth for the Regional Finals. More information on that will be announced later. 


Big Spring's Castillo named to TISCA All-District Team

Big Spring High School’s Manuel Castillo was recognized by the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association by being named to the All-State team. Congratulations to him!


Lady Steer Softball Players Recognized in 2021 District 3-4A Selections

Big Spring Lady Steer softball players recently received recognition from the 2021 District 3-4A Selections. 


Brinly Watkins received the superlative of Co-Utility Player.


1st Team All-District:

  1. Kalyn Whitehead,  Jr.

  2. Kylee Lynch, Jr. 

  3. Vanessa Viasana, Jr. 

  4. Jocelyn Gonzales, Sr. 


2nd Team All-District

  1. Alex Enriquez,  Jr. 

  2. Sarah Wood, Sr. 


Coahoma and Stanton athletes named to 2021 District 5-3A All District Baseball Team

Coahoma and Stanton high schools both had 8 athletes recognized as part of the 2021 District 5-3A All District Team. Those recognized are below:


*1st Team All District*

Pitcher - Ky Kemper (Coahoma) and Tyler Benedict (Stanton)

Catcher - Seth Brooks (Coahoma)

2nd Base - Colby Carson (Stanton)

Short Stop - Billy Starr (Coahoma)

Outfield - Billy Bailey (Coahoma) and Miguel Moreno (Stanton)


*2nd Team All District*

Pitcher - Matthew Marquez (Stanton) and Bryan Martinez (Coahoma)

Catcher - Adam Booth (Stanton)

2nd Base - Chris Thurman (Coahoma)

Short Stop - Micah Hinojosa (Stanton)

Outfield - Grant Glidewall (Coahoma) and Aaron Escamilla (Stanton)

Designated Hitter - Kobe Cervantes (Coahoma)

Utility - Aiden Galaviz (Stanton)


Congratulations to all!



(Photo courtesy of Coahoma Media)


Coahoma Bulldogettes and Head Coach Alex Orosco receive 5-3A Softball All-District recognition

Coahoma High School had five softball girls make the 5-3A All-District superlatives and Head Coach Alex Orosco was named the 5-3A Softball Coach of the Year!


District MVP - Jocelyn Torres-Mendoza

Offensive MVP - Madison Rodgers

Defensive MVP - Kenzi Canales

Pitcher - MaKynlee Overton

Utility - Makayla Calvio

Coach of the Year - Alex Orosco


Coahoma went 8-0 in 5-3A District play and ended with a 26-7 overall record. They made the third round of the playoffs this year. It was the first time a Coahoma softball team has made it to the regional quarterfinals since 2014.


Coach Orosco has served as the head coach for the CHS softball team for the last five years. He has a 90-41 record as the head softball coach.


Bulldogettes named to All-District teams are listed below:


*First Team All-District*

Infield - Brynn Rodgers

Outfield - Karleigh Burt, Shae Lang, and Christian Everett


*Second Team All-District*

Cayhill Lewis

Alexcia Munoz



Also receiving 5-3A All-District recognition were five players from Stanton:


*First Team All-District*

Infield - Trinity Johnson, Zoey Ruiz, and Liliana Rodriquez


*Second Team All-District*

Julissa Ramirez and Mari Lozano


Softball / Baseball Playoff Update, 05/17/2021: Forsan Lady Buffs move on to Regional Semi-Final Round


Forsan Lady Buffs swept Floydada in two games with final scores of 11-3 and 4-3 to become the Regional Quarterfinal champions! The Lady Buffs will now take on Stamford in the Regional Semi-Final round of the 2021 Softball 2A Region 1 & 3.


According to Forsan ISD, Game 1 is scheduled for Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 5 pm at Abilene Wylie. Games 2 and 3 are set for Coahoma on Saturday at 3 pm and 5 pm. **NOTE: Games are subject to change.**


Coahoma Bulldogettes battled Jacksboro for the Regional Quarterfinal Championship in the 2021 Softball 3A Region 1 & 3 over the weekend but fell short in the 3-game series. 


Howard Lady Hawks played NJCAA Region V over the weekend. During the tournament they competed against Western Texas College and Odessa College. The lady Hawks won two games over the Lady Westerners with a score of 19-0, but fell to Odessa in 2 out of 3 games. 




Forsan Buffs competed against Hamilton in the Area Round of the playoffs for 2021 Baseball 2A Region 1 & 3. They lost both  games with final scores of 13-1 and 9-3. 


Westbrook Wildcats won their games over Cross Plains to become the Regional Quarterfinal Champions in the playoffs for 2021 Baseball 1A Region 1 & 3. Next they'll take on Baird in a doubleheader on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 4 pm. These games will be played at Abilene Cooper High School in Abilene. Game 3, if necessary, will be on Friday, May 21st. 



Coahoma Bulldogettes lost to Jacksboro with a final score of Game 1 was 11-2. Game 2 in the Regional Quarterfinal round will be today at 5 PM at Abilene Cooper. If needed, Game 3 will follow.


Forsan Lady Buffs won Game 1 in the Regional Quarterfinal round over Floydada; final score was 11-3. Game 2 will be today at 5 PM at Brownfield. If needed, Game 3 will follow.


Forsan Buffs won Game 1 over Hamilton in the Area round. Final score was 3-0. Game 2 will be tonight at Abilene Christian University and it begins at 7 PM. If needed, Game 3 will be held tomorrow at 7 PM at ACU.


Forsan Softball and Baseball teams and Bulldogettes to play in next round of playoffs tonight

Coahoma Bulldogettes will play their first game against Jacksboro at Abilene Cooper tonight at 6 PM for the Regional Quarterfinal round. Game 2 will be on tomorrow at 5 PM w/ Game 3 to follow if needed. 


Forsan Lady Buffs will compete against Floydada for the Regional Quarterfinal Championship in Brownfield Today at 5 PM. and Game 2 will be tomorrow at 5 PM with Game 3 to follow if needed. Send off for the Lady Buffs will be at 1:15 PM today on the three-mile road off of the U.S. Hwy 87 that turns into Forsan.


In Baseball action, the Forsan Buffs play Hamilton for the Area Championship at Abilene Christian University. Game 1 will be on tonight at 7 PM, Game 2 will be tomorrow at 7 PM, and Game 3 if needed will be on Saturday at 7 PM. Send off for the Buffs will be at 2:45 PM today on the three-mile road off of the U.S. Hwy 87 that turns into Forsan.


Forsan Lady Buff Rylee Evans to play basketball for McMurry University

Congratulations to Rylee Evans, a senior at Forsan High School, on signing her letter of intent to play basketball for McMurry University, a private Methodist University in Abilene, TX.


"It was super exciting. I'm really grateful for all of the support that they've shown me throughout the years, and I'm just really grateful for all of them," said Evans on celebrating the accomplishment with friends and family.


Evans says she’s been playing basketball since she was old enough to hold one.


"Since I could remember, my older sister played basketball so I was always with her at all of her basketball practices and stuff," said Evans.


While at McMurry University, Evans plans to study Business but says that may change over time once she gets her basics out of the way. She told KBest News that she’s super excited and grateful about the opportunity and can’t wait to see where it goes and what the future holds.


Big Spring's Phillip Lopez to compete in golf for University of the Southwest

Big Spring High School’s Phillip Lopez signed his letter of intent to play competitive golf for the University Of The Southwest, a private Christian university in Hobbs, New Mexico on Tuesday morning.


When asked how he felt to be able to have his signing while surrounded by friends and family, Lopez said he was speechless, "I'm glad that everyone got to come. I'm glad I got to sign. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm just glad that I'm doing it."


Lopez says he’s been playing golf competitively since the 7th grade, but it was in 6th grade that he was taught how to play by his family. 


"I just want to thank my uncle Matt, my uncle JR, and [grandfather] Pano. Their the ones who taught me golf. Without them, I wouldn't be here right now," said Lopez.


While at the University of Southwest Lopez plans to study Finance and Business and hopes to be a financial advisor.


Forsan and Coahoma Track and Field athletes compete at State Meet, 05/07/21

Coahoma High School's Vance Ott placed 1st in the 400 meter dash and the 100 meter dash in the wheelchair events at the State Track Meet that was held last week! He also earned silver in shotput! 


Forsan sophomore Aleena Nelson also competed at the State Meet on Friday, May 7, 2021. She placed 6th in shotput.




College and High School Softball / Baseball Playoff Update, 05/10/21


On Friday, Howard College recognized donors Sonic and Edward Jones for their donation to purchase the new softball scoreboard at Foundation Field. 


The Howard College Lady Hawks wrapped up their regular softball season with a conference championship! They are now the 2021 WJCAC Softball Conference Champs! This means they are now guaranteed to play at 5:30 pm this Friday, May 14, 2021, at Lubbock Christian.




Coahoma Bulldogettes swept City View over the weekend to earn the Area Championship! Final scores for those games were 3-1 and 7-2. The Bulldogettes will move on to the Regional Quarterfinal Game where they’ll play Jacksboro at Abilene Cooper. Game 1 will be on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 6 PM, and Game 2 will be on Friday, May 14, at 5 PM with Game 3 to follow if needed. 


Big Spring Lady Steers lost to Seminole on Saturday in the Area round of the playoffs. Final score Big Spring 4, Seminole 8.


This week, Forsan Lady Buffs will compete against Floydada for the Regional Quarterfinal Championship in Brownfield. Game 1 is Thursday, May 13th, at 5 PM, and Game 2 will be Friday, May 14th, at 5 PM with Game 3 to follow if needed. 





The Forsan Buffs swept Christoval on Friday afternoon with final scores of 10-9 and 14-7. The Buffs will move on to play Hamilton for the Area Championship at Abilene Christian University. Game 1 will be on Thursday, May 13, at 7 PM, Game 2 will be on Friday, May 14, at 7 PM, and Game 3 if needed will be on Saturday at 7 PM.


Coahoma Bulldogs lost to Wall in their Bi-District round. Final scores 10-0 and 21-2, both in favor of Wall.  



College Softball Update: Howard College Lady Hawks v. Odessa College, 05/04/21

Howard College Lady Hawks softball team played a doubleheader against Odessa College yesterday afternoon. They lost Game 1 with a score of 8-3, and won Game 2 with a final score of 12-11. They’ll play another doubleheader against the Odessa Lady Wranglers at 1 pm and 3 pm today. Listen to a live broadcast of those games on The Mighty 1490 AM and the new FM 103.9.


Softball / Baseball Playoff Update: Howard County Area High School Softball Teams Advance to Area Playoffs

**UPDATED on 05/04/21 to include information about Coahoma Baseball.**



Big Spring Lady Steers won Game 2 against Hereford on Saturday, May 1, 2021,  with a final score of 10-3! The Bi-District champs will now face off against Seminole in the next round of the playoffs.


Coahoma Bulldogettes swept Clyde in 2 games to win their Bi-District Championship this weekend. On Friday, April 30, 2021, they won 16-10, and on Saturday, May 1st, they won 20-3. Next, they will play against City View in a three game series for the area round of playoffs. Game one will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 7th, at Iowa Park. Game two will start at 4 p.m. Saturday in Coahoma and if necessary, game three will begin 30 minutes after game two. 


Forsan Lady Buffs won their game over Lockney with a final score of 9-0. They will now move on to the Area Playoff games against Clarendon at Littlefield on Thursday, May 6th, at 5 PM. If needed, Game 3 will be on Friday, May 7th, at 5 PM. 


Stanton Lady Buffs lost their Bi-District game against the Ballinger Ladycats on Friday afternoon. Final score was 17-3. Even though they lost the game, the Lady Buffs still made history as this was the first time the softball team had ever made it to the playoffs. 





Forsan Buffs Baseball team will play against Christoval in Bi-District games on Friday, May 7th, at 4:30 pm in Forsan. If a third game is needed, it will be played on Saturday, May 8th, at Bell St. Complex in San Angelo.


Coahoma Bulldogs won with a final score of 13-4 over Sonora on Monday night, 05/03/21. Coahoma will now face Wall in the Bi-District round. More information will be announced soon.


Big Spring Area High School Softball Update: 2020-2021 UIL Softball Playoffs

Big Spring, Stanton, Forsan, and Coahoma softball teams will all be moving on to compete in playoff games that begin this week.


Big Spring

Big Spring Lady Steers have a record of 6-2 in district and are ranked as the #2 team. They will compete against Hereford for the Bi-District Championship. Game 1 will be on Thursday, April 29th, in Hereford at 4:30 PM. Game 2 will be in Big Spring on Saturday, May 1st, at 1 PM. If needed, Game 3 will be held 30 minutes after Game 2 ends. Listen to a live broadcast of these games on The Mighty 1490 AM and the New FM 103.9.



**UPDATE #2** -- Stanton Lady Buffs v. Ballinger Lady Cats Bi-District Game 1 will be played in Forsan at 1:30 PM today - 4/30/21


---------------------Update #1 -------------------

**Update** -- Today's Bi-District game for the Stanton Lady Buffs in Sweetwater against Ballinger has been postponed. It has been moved to Friday, April 30th, at San Angelo Central at 7 PM.


----Original Info----

Stanton Lady Buffs have a record of 5-3-1 in their district and are ranked as the #2 team. They will compete against the Ballinger Ladycats on Thursday, April 29th, in Sweetwater. That game begins at 6 PM.



Forsan Lady Buffs earned the title of District Co-Championship with a record of 7-1. They will compete against Lockney in Sundown at 5 pm on Thursday, April 29th.



Coahoma Bulldogettes had a stellar season with a record of 8-0 in district and winning the District Championship. The Bulldogettes will take on Clyde in a Bi-District Game at 6 p.m. Friday at Hermleigh. Game 2 will be held at noon Saturday at Hermleigh with third game to follow 30 minutes after if necessary. 


Big Spring High School's Pearson and Seymore to compete in State Track and Field Meet in Austin.

Big Spring High School’s Track and Field team recently competed in the Regional Meet held in Lubbock this past weekend. Braxton Pearson placed 1st in Discus with a throw of 160’ 1”! Kyler Seymore placed 1st in the High Jump with a high jump of 6’6”! They’ll head to the Track and Field State Meet in Austin on May 6, 2021. 


Coahoma's Kolt Redden commits to Cisco College

Kolt Redden signed his commitment papers to join the Cisco College Rodeo program in the fall. Redden is a four sport athlete at Coahoma High School. He was the quarterback for the Bulldog football team, played basketball, track, and baseball. The Cisco Rodeo team competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).


Ott qualifies for state track and field in three events

Coahoma’s Vance Ott is state bound for track and field to compete against the best athletes in his division. 


The three-year Paralympic athlete has the fastest qualifying times in the 100 meter and 400 meter dash, and is third in shot put going into the meet, which will be held on May 8, in Austin. He will compete against the top nine athletes representing schools from Class 1A to 6A.


The Coahoma High School junior repeats as a state qualifier. As a freshman, he competed in all three events at the 2019 UIL state meet. The 2020 track and field season was cut short because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Regional Track Results for Forsan HS and Coahoma HS:

Big Spring area high schools competed at Regional Track Meet's last week and here are the results for Forsan and Coahoma.


Regional Track Update for the Forsan Buffs: 


Forsan High School recently had athletes competing in the Regional Track Meet last week. Freshman Austin Magness placed 5th in the 3200, and sophomore Aleena Nelson placed 1st in shot put! Congratulations to them!



Regional Track Update for Coahoma:

The CHS track team finished the Region I 3-A track meet strong.


Results from Finals:

(only 1st and 2nd place finishers advance on to state)

Wheelchair 100M & 400M  - Vance Ott, Gold! We expect to hear if Vance qualifies for the state meet sometime next week.

Women's 100M Dash - Christian Everett, 4th, 12.70.

Men's 400M Dash - Sean Striegler, 7th, 22.81.

Men's 4x1, 4x2 - 6th & 6th, 44.32 & 1:32:21. - JR Emerson, Austin Perkins, Tristian Guerrero, Billy Bailey, and Sean Striegler.






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