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Texans make Final Four appearance at NJCAA National Championship

After capturing a national title a year ago, the South Plains College men’s basketball team advanced to the 2019 NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament, but fell short after reaching the final four.

The second-seeded Texans fell to No. 3 seed Vincennes State College (Indiana) 85-67 in a semifinal game of the NJCAA tournament.

The NJCAA tournament was held on March 18 – March 23 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

SPC didn’t allow the Trailblazers to secure much of a lead for the majority of the first half, controlling Vincennes’ lead to within one or two possessions until the final four minutes. The Trailblazers utilized a 13-7 run in a four-minute span to widen the gap to 38-31 by the end of the first half.   

The Texans re-gained some ground at the beginning of the second half, tying the game at 47 after two made free throws from sophomore Deon Barett with 14:32 on the clock. Vincennes then went on an 11-1 run in the next two minutes to take a 10-point lead at 58-48.

Despite the Texans’ best efforts, the Trailblazers continued to tack on points, increasing the deficit through the remainder of the second half.

Sophomore Gaige Prim led the scoring for the Texans, recording a double-double with 29 points and 15 rebounds, despite having to return to the bench after picking up his fourth foul early in the second half. Prim shot 10-for-16 from the field, with nine of his points coming from the free-throw line.

Sophomore Chris Orlina poured in 14 points, knocking down four of his nine attempts from the floor. Barett added seven points, shooting 2-for-6 from the field, including one three-pointer. Sophomore Jonah Antonio chipped in six points on 2-for-7 shooting from the floor, hitting a pair of three-pointers

Redshirt-freshman Christian Wilson tossed in six points off of the bench, shooting 2-for-2 from the field and hit both of his free-throw attempts in his 13 minutes on the hardwood.

Despite shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, the Texans were out-rebounded 30-40 and had a 14-4 turnover margin.

SPC topped Eastern Florida State College 82-74 in the Elite-Eight round of the NJCAA tournament on March 21.

Orlina led all scorers with 23 points, shooting 6-for-10 from the field, including 2-of-4 from behind the three-point arch. Orlina also hit nine free-throws and pulled down six rebounds. Barett poured in 19 points on 6-for-13 shooting form the field, including 5-of-10 from behind the three-point arc.

Prim recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 4-for-6 from the floor and adding eight points from the free-throw line. Sophomore Trey Wade had nine points on 4-for-7 shooting.

Sophomore Koray Gilbert added seven points, while Antonio had five and sophomore Charles Jennings had three.

The Texans shot 49.1 percent from the field and 37 percent from the three-point arch. They also out-rebounded the Titans 37-26.

SPC knocked out Trinity Valley Community College 82-75 in the Sweet 16 round of the NJCAA tournament on March 19.

Prim and Wade led the scoring for the Texans. Prim poured in 22 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field. He also hit 10 free throws and grabbed nine rebounds. Wade shot 10-for-16 from the field, including one three-pointer, accumulating 22 points as well.

Barett recorded 15 points, shooting 4-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-7 from behind the three-point arc. Antonio added 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting from the field.

SPC shot 49.1 percent from the field and 35 percent from the three-point line.

The Texans competed in the NJCAA Region V tournament held on March 7 – March 9 at the Moody Coliseum in Abilene.

In the first round, SPC topped Temple College 87-79 on March 7. Wade recorded a career-high 31 points in the victory.

The Texans then defeated Ranger College 85-75 in the semifinals of the Region V tournament on March 8. Prim and Orlina paced SPC with 29 points and 18 points, respectively.

The Texans secured the Region V title after pushing past Odessa College 73-71 in the Finals on March 9. Prim led the scoring with 27 points, while Orlina wasn’t far behind with 20 points in the win.

Track teams open outdoor season with top performances

The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the outdoor season by earning multiple event titles in their first two meets.

The teams competed in the Fearless Champions Open held on March 23 on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

In the women’s 1,500-meter run, freshman Dorcus Ewoi placed first with a time of 4:44.20. Freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed third, posting a time of 4:52.26.

Sophomore Ruth Usoro placed first in the women’s 200 meters, crossing the line at 23.46.

In the men’s 110 meter hurdles, sophomore Deion Lightfoot placed first with a time of 14.30. Not far behind was freshman Decoven Young, who placed seventh with a time of 14.74. Sophomore Brandon Letts placed third in the men’s 100-meter dash, posting a time of 10.43.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Lightfoot placed fifth with a time of 53.09. Japhet Toroitich placed first in the men’s 800 meters, crossing the finish line at 1:56.36.

In the men’s 4,000-meter run, Jesse Madrid placed first with a time of 15:26.85, while Filmon Beyene clocked a time of 15:45.06, good enough for fourth place. In the men’s 1,500-meter run, sophomore Andrew Bosquez placed second with a time of 4:00.93.

Letts, A.J. Pemberton, Adrese Atkins and Willari Watson placed second in the men’s 4×100 meter relay with a time of 40.05.

D’Juan Martin placed fourth in the men’s long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 3.25 inches. Denvaughn Whymns placed fifth with a mark of 22 feet, 7.75 inches.

In the men’s high jump, Bryson Deberry placed second, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 11 inches on his second attempt.

The teams opened the outdoor season by taking three event titles at the Wes Kittley Invitational held on March 16 on the campus of Abilene Christian University.

Bosquez placed first in the men’s 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:59.93. In the men’s 100-meter hurdles, Whymns placed first with a time of 14.39, while Lightfoot placed second with a time of 14.46.

In the men’s 100-meter dash, Willari Watson placed second, crossing the finish line at 10.71.

Alex Kitum placed third in the men’s 5,000-meter run, posting a time of 15:12.28. In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Madrid placed third with a time of 9:50.06.

Deberry placed first in the men’s high jump, clearing the bar at 7 feet, 1 inch on his third attempt. In the men’s hammer throw, sophomore Riley Finnegan placed second with a throw of 135 feet, 5 inches.   

Freshman Bryce Spencer placed third in the men’s javelin throw, hitting a mark of 183 feet, 7 inches.

In the women’s 1,500-meter run, Ewoi placed fourth with a time of 4:54.10. Jemaiyo placed third in the women’s 5,000-meter run, crossing the line at 17:41.86.

In the women’s 400-meters, Janiel Moore placed third with a time of 58.58. Freshman Hanah Mills placed fifth with a time of 59.48.

In the women’s javelin, freshman Akira Phillip placed fourth with a throw of 134 feet, 7 inches.

Teams impress at Sweetwater Rodeo

The  South Plains College men’s and women’s rodeo teams won  three events at the Ranger College Rodeo, drawing them closer to the top of the Southwest Region .

The Lady Texans finshed third on the weekend  after earning 162 points. Tarleton State won with 310 points, while Weatherford College placed second with 180 points.

The Texans finished fourth with 225 points. Ahead of them were Western Texas College with 310 points, Weatherford College with 495 points and Tarleton State with 595 points.

The event was held March 24 in Sweetwater.IMG_1170

With three rodeos left, the Lady Texans are currently sitting in third place in the region with 1,324.5 points. They trail Tarleton State and Weatherford College, who have a 2,245 and 1,505 points, respectively. The Texans are in fourth place in the region standings with 2,155 points, whileTarleton, Weatherford and Clarendon are the front runners now.

  Freshman Elle Eagles led all Texans with 150 points and an average of 14.3 in goat tying. She placed first with a time of 7.6 in the long round and 6.7 in the finals.

The Texans had two cowboys in the steer wrestling finals. Logan Wiseman won the event with 123.3 points. Dawson Stewart grappled his way to third place, adding 80 points to the total. Wiseman had a time of 4.7 in the long run and 3.9 in the finals. Stewart had times of 4.9 in the long round and 4.6 in the finals.

Stefan Ramone teamed up with Tarleton State cowboy Jhett Trenary in team roping. They placed fist with a time of 12.4 in the finals, collecting 120 points.

The Texans gained another 20 points when Colton McCarley paired up with Texas Tech’s Cameron McCarley. They averaged 19.0 for the rodeo.

McCarley was one of three Texans competing in the tiedown  roping finals. He placed  fifth with a time of 19.6 and was awarded 55 points.

Hayden Cloward placed sixth in  tiedown roping with a time of 23.0 and earned 20 points for the Texans. Britton Bedke placed seventh with a time of 109.5. He ran the fast time in the long round, before missing the finals and received 50 points.

The two teams return to action on April 4 at the Western Texas College Rodeo in Snyder.

Track teams earn top marks at Matador Qualifier

The South Plains College men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams closed out the regular season by winning four event titles at the Texas Tech Matador Qualifier on Feb. 15 at the Sports Performance Center on the campus of Texas Tech University.

In the men’s long jump, sophomore Holland Martin placed fist with a jump of 23 feet, 0.5 inches on his fifth attempt. Martin also placed first in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 50 feet, 5.25 inches.

In the men’s high jump, sophomore Byrson Deberry placed second, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 9.75 inches, while sophomore Asani Hylton placed third after clearing 6 feet, 9.25 inches.

Sophomore Deion Lightfoot placed first in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, posting a time of 8.05. Freshman Decoven Young placed third in the event with a time of 8.43.

In the men’s 3,000-meter run, freshman Alex Kitum placed second with a time of 8:54.66. Sophomore Filmon Beyene posted a time of 9:03.71, good enough for fifth place in the event. In the men’s mile run, Jesse Madrid placed second with a time of 4:32.32.

In the men’s 4×400 relays, sophomore Willari Watson, Hylton, Martin and freshman Japhet Toroitich placed third with a time of 3:20.49.

Freshman Dorcus Ewoi placed first in the women’s 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:32.88. In the women’s mile run, freshman Nyia Sena placed fifth, posting a time of 5:38.33.

In the women’s 600-meter run, sophomore Janiel Moore posted a time of 1:37.08, good enough for third place. Freshman Itzel Garcia-Santos finished eighth with a time of 1:41.13.

In the women’s 4×400 meter relay, Moore, freshman Elon’a Jones, Hanah Mills, and Garcia Santos posted a time of 3:58.79, good enough for second place.     

In the women’s long jump, Jones placed third with a jump of 18 feet, 3 inches.

The teams concluded the indoor season at the 2019 NJCAA Indoor National Championships on March 1 in Pittsburg, Kansas. Results were not available at press time.

Rodeo team begin spring season with strong performances

The South Plains College men’s and women’s rodeo teams began the spring season by posting top marks at the Odessa College Rodeo.

The Texans placed first in the Rodeo, while the Lady Texans placed second in the competition that was held on Feb. 21-Feb. 23 at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa.

The Texans accumulated 585 points during the three-day competition, moving them to second in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region standings with 1,930 points on the season. Clarendon College sits atop the Southwest Region standings with 2,270 points.

Freshman Hayden Cloward and junior Hadley Cloward placed first overall in the team roping event. The duo posted a time of 5.7 in the long round and followed up with a 5.7 in the finals, accumulating 360 points. Freshman Grady Quam teamed with Cisco College’s Paden Bray to post a 6.0 in the long round and a 15.5 in the finals, adding 100 points for SPC.

In steer wrestling, sophomore Britt Bedke placed second after posting a time of 4.1 in the long round and a 5.1 in the finals, accumulating 125 points. Jesse Kindt placed sixth with a time of 4.5 in the long round but missed the mark in the finals, adding 35 points.

The Lady Texans totaled 295 team points, keeping their third place spot in the NIRA Southwest Region with 1,167.5 points.

Sophomore Delaney Kunau placed second in breakaway roping, posting a time of 2.3 in the long round and a 2.9 in the finals. She ended with 145 points. Freshman Elle Eagles placed second in barrel racing, posting a time of 14.45 in the long round and 14.21 in the finals, totalling 125 points.

In goat tying, sophomore Shaylynee Reymore placed fourth with a time of 6.9 in the long round and a 6.9 in the finals.    

  

Texans add two victories during final home games

The South Plains College men’s basketball team closed out the final two home games of the season with dominating victories.

The Texans eviscerated Clarendon College 107-72 on Feb. 25 at Texan Dome. With the victory, SPC moved to 23-4 on the year and and 12-3 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.

IMG_0766.JPGSPC struggled midway through the first half, allowing the Bulldogs to lead by as many as four points at the 9:57 mark.

However, the Texans found their stride, utilizing a 31-8 run during the next 10 minutes, leading by 21 points going into halftime. SPC would not relinquish the lead during the next 20 minutes, leading by as many as 38 points.

Sophomore Deon Barett poured in 22 points, three rebounds, four assists and five steals. He knocked down eight of his 15 shots from the floor and was 6-for-11 from behind the three-point arch. Sophomore Chris Orlina scored 21 points off the bench on 6-for-10 shooting from the field. He also had five assists, two steals and nine rebounds.

Sharp shooter Jonah Antonio dropped in 18 points from behind the arch, to go along with his five rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Trey Wade put up 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field. He also added eight rebounds and two blocks.

Sophomore Charles Jennings chipped in 16 points off the bench, hitting five of his 11 shots from the field. He also contributed six rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Gaige Prim scored seven points on 2-for-3 shooting from the floor, while sophomore Koray Gilbert added five points on 2-for-3 shooting from the field, including a 3-pointer.   

The Texans secured a 98-68 victory against Western Texas College on Feb. 18 at Texan Dome.

With the victory, SPC improved to 22-4 on the year and 11-3 in conference play.

The Texans set the tone in the first half with a 32-8 run during the first 12 minutes of play to get an early lead on the Westerners.

SPC didn’t relinquish the lead once in the contest, inflating their cushion to as many as 40 points at the 10:01 mark of the second half.

Prim led all scorers with 26 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds and two steals. Orlina shot 7-for-9 from the field, including one from the three-point line. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and 17 points, posting a double-double.

Jennings tallied 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including one three-pointer and six free-throws, to go along with three rebounds.

Wade posted 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. He also had five rebounds. Antonio added nine points, while Wilson added four. Antonio hit three field goals, including two 3-pointers.

SPC shot 75 percent from the field in the first half, while holding WTC to just 39.3 percent shooting from the field. The Texans also out-rebounded the Westerners 33-17 for the contest.

The Texans attempted to secure a share of the WJCAC championship on Feb. 28 against Odessa College in the final game of the regular season. Results were not available at press time.

Major league roster changes make for more predictable baseball season

The clinking of cleats, the popping of leather and the crack of the bat can only mean one thing that: Major League Baseball is back.

With Manny Machado recently signing with the San Diego Padres, very few big free agents are left. So it’s time for some predictions for the divisions and how I believe the 2019 MLB season will shake out.
American League East
The Boston Red Sox will be looking to defend their World Series title. After afranchise-record 108 games won last year, they went 11 -3 in the postseason. But there are questions about their bullpen after star closer Craig Kimbrel recently signed with the Atlanta Braves. It leaves space for up-and-coming closers such as Matt Barnes. the addition of Nathan Eovaldi could give them a very dangerous starting rotation again.

The biggest challenge for the Red Sox to repeat will be the New York Yankees. The New York Yankees added James Paxton to their starting rotation, and having J.A. Happ for a full season elevates their rotation to be just as dangerous as the Red Sox. The new contract signed by Zack Britton, arguably the best closer in baseball a year ago, and the arm of Adam Ottavino will probably give the Yankees the best late-inning bullpen in baseball. Gary Sanchez will be healthy and have a bounce-back year. With Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, the Yankees will challenge the Red Sox for the division crown.

The Tampa Bay Rays are the long shot to win the division. With Blake Snell and the addition of Charlie Morton, the Rays look to have another strong rotation in the AL East.
The Toronto Blue Jays are rebuilding but still have a number of top prospects to keep their fans entertained. Their fans should be very excited about Vladimir Guerrero Jr and what he’ll bring to their franchise, much like his father did.

The Baltimore Orioles lost 115 games last season. but without much hope they are rebuilding. The only bright spot is the number of draft picks they have as compensation   for  Machado and much of what they traded away at the All-Star break.

My prediction is the Red Sox lose the division for the first time in three years to the New York Yankees, but the Red Sox claim the wildcard spots.

AL Central

The Cleveland Indians have won three consecutive American League Central titles, and that doesn’t seem to be coming to an end anytime soon. Their starting rotation is very much still intact, with Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, and Carlos Carrasco. This will be the key to their success this season. The loss of Michael Brantley in the outfield hurts them, but between Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, their offense should be able to put up enough runs to support their stellar pitching staff.

The Minnesota twins took a step back after a wild card loss in 2017. With Joe Mauer retiring, they’ll be looking to replace veteran leadership. If Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano perform like they did in 2017,the Twins are likely in for another wildcard round.

The talent really drops off after the Twins in the Central. The Chicago White Sox didn’t end up signing  Machado or Bryce Harper. But their top prospect, Eloy Jimenez, will be the key to their offense. The addition of Kelvin Herrera should help mold a young pitching staff.

The Kanas City Royals have a longer rebuild because of a poor farm system depleted by their World Series runs in 2014 and 2015. Kansas City is probably slightly better than the Detroit Tigers, but it would not surprise me if both teams lose more than 100 games.

My prediction is the Cleveland Indians will win their fourth  division title. The Twins will hang around for a little but, will  settle for a wild card.

AL West.

The Houston Astros  had back-to-back 100 win seasons and have won two consecutive division titles. The Astros lost Morton to free agency and are likely to lose Dallas Keuchel, who is still unsigned. Lance McCullers Jr. is out for the season, which leave lots of questions about the starting rotation that will still be anchored by veteran Justin Verlander and Cole Garrett. A high-powered offense got even stronger by adding Michael Brantley, and starting shortstop Carlos Correa should have a bounce-back year after being injured in the second half of last season.

The Oakland Athletics shocked the league baseball with their 97 wins and a wildcard spot last season. Matt Chapman ,Matt Olson, Chris Davis and Steven Piscotty lead the lineup that caught most teams by surprise. The big question for the Athletics will be  Mike Fiers in the rotation.

The Los Angeles Angels seem hell-bent on wasting a generational talent in Mike Trout. They have done the bare minimum again in adding Matt Harvey to the rotation and signing  catcher  Jonathan Lucroy. However, it seems they will be around a 500-team again this season. With Mike Trout being a free agent in 2020, I would be looking for him to seek success with another franchise.

The Seattle Mariners have not made the post-season since 2001, and it seems that streak is likely to continue. They are mainly focused on rebuilding the farm system and cutting down the payroll, so it will be a long season for the Mariners as they start to rebuild.

The Adrian Beltre era has come to an end for the Texas Rangers, and that doesn’t seem like there’s much of a bright future in Arlington. Don’t be surprised about anyone on the trading block this season.

My prediction is that the Astros will win their third consecutive title, but the Athletics  have  the best chance to dethrone the them.

The AL championship game will be a repeat of the 2017 season, with the Yankees and Astros meeting up and the Yankees winning in six games.

National League

National League East

The National League East could be the most competitive division in baseball with the Atlanta Braves and their roster of young talent who seem to be the front runners of this brutal division. Ronald Acuna Jr, and Ozzie Albies will lead the offense, along with rising superstar Freddie Freeman. The young pitching rotation will be the key to Atlanta’s success. The question is, can they hold everyone else in place in this brutal division?

The Washington Nationals lost Bryce Harper to free agency, but not everything looks so dim. Patrick Corbin, Geo Gonzalez, and Tanner Rogue will be the keys to the team. Brian Dozier playing second base will add to the offensive production and a more balanced lineup.

The New York Mets did the most in the off-season, signing Robinson Canó from the Mariners and adding Wilson Ramos and Jed Lowery. The question is, can the Mets stay healthy? It all comes down to the health of their starting rotation. For the past few seasons, it seems that they  have  been cursed.

The Philadelphia Phillies won the off-season with sign of Harper. But that’s not the only big-name they are after, as they are also after Dallas Keuchel. The team spent a lot of money on Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, and David Robinson.  These guys will anchor the Phillies this season and put together a really good team.

The chaos of the Miami Marlins continues in 2019, with their biggest contribution to the MLB season being the trading of All-Star catcher JT Realmuto. With new owners in place for only the second season, it will take quite some time for the Marlins to turn the corner.

My prediction is with the Phillies signing Harper, they will be the team to beat, with Atlanta finishing second and taken a wild card spot.

The NL Central was a three-way race last year between the Cubs, Cardinals and Brewers, and it looks like much of the same this season.

The Cubs still have the most talented roster in the division with a full season from Cole Hamels and a healthy Yu Darvish, look for the Cubs to have the strongest rotation in the Central. Chris Bryant and Wilson Contreras should have bounce-back seasons, making them the most dangerous lineup in the National League.

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The St. Louis Cardinals madethe biggest move in the division, this year by adding All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. He’s expected to have very similar numbers to former first baseman Albert Pujols. The addition of Andrew Miller should strength on the bullpen as well.

The biggest turn around for baseball last year was the Milwaukee Brewers. The only big move they made was adding Yasmany Grandal, a switch-hitting  catcher from the Dodgers.

The Cincinnati Reds added  Alex Wood and Sonny Gray to the starting rotation. The speedy Billy Hamilton could be fun to watch, along with top prospect Nick Senzel . The Reds lost 95 games last year, but they were a feisty team that didn’t catch the breaks. Look for them to have a breakout season and make a lot of noise in the Central.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are picked last, with their lack of offense still being an issue. It will be hard for them to compete in this heavy offense  division.

My prediction is the Brewers win the division again, but will be challenged by the Reds .
NL west

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the NL West six consecutive times and even made  back to back World Series. With a healthy Justin Turner and Corey Seager,  you can expect them to remain there. Clayton Kershaw has been the anchor of the Dodgers pitching rotation for the past 10 years. This may be one of the last times you get a Cy Young performance from him.

The Colorado Rockies took the Dodgers down to the wire last season. The Rockies offensive  explosion with Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado and David Dell should be boosted by the addition of Daniel Murphy, making them one of the best lineups, top to bottom, in the National League. If they can get consistent pitching, look for the Rockies to throne the Dodgers.

The Arizona Diamondbacks started the off-season by trading arguably the best hitter away. Zack Grinke  and Robbie Ray are top pitchers. But without much bullpen hope, it looks like they may struggle if they don’t get max innings out of these two guys . Ketel Marte looks to follow his breakout season with another one.

The Padres signed Machado for $300 million for 10 years. That will be the highlight of this team for the next 10 years. This deal is very similar to the Alex Rodriguez deal the Rangers made back in the early 2000‘s when he left the Seattle Mariners. It does not leave much chance for the Padres to improve.

The San Francisco Giants have sometough decisions to make with all-star Madison Bumgarner coming up on free agency. It’s time to make some choices about the stud pitcher who has helped lead them to several World Series titles.

My prediction is that the Rockies do over throw the Dodgers but the, Dodgers win the wild card.

The Dodgers make their third consecutive  World Series, but lose in six games to the Yankees.

Lady Texans continue outstanding season with perfect conference record

The South Plains College women’s basketball team continued their successful season by securing three more victories to extend their winning streak.

The No. 1-ranked Lady Texans captured a 58-48 victory over Howard College at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum in Big Spring on Feb. 7, their 22nd consecutive victory.

Trailing 45-43 coming out of the third quarter, the Lady Texans put up 15 points in the fourth and held Howard to just three points, sealing the victory. SPC moved to 25-1 overall and 10-0 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.

Sophomore Gabbie Green, who was recently selected as the NJCAA National Player of the week, poured in 17 points and knocked down six of her 17 shots from the field to go along with three assists. Freshman Ruth Koang scored 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting, also grabbing nine rebounds and blocking two shots.

Sophomore Keke Hunter scored six points, knocking down three of her five shots from the field to go along with six rebounds and one blocked shot.

Freshman Caroline Germond also scored six points, while sophomore Chantel Govan added five points. Germond shot 3-for-6 from the floor, with two rebounds and four steals. Govan shot 2-for-4 from the field and grabbed three rebounds.

SPC shot 44.6 percent from the field and shot 58.3 percent from the free-throw line.

IMG_8887The Lady Texans stomped Frank Phillips College 92-59 on Feb. 4 in Texan Dome, improving to 24-1 on the year and 9-0 in WJCAC play.

Green scored 26 points on 11-for-18 shooting from the field, to go along with four rebounds and four assists.

Hunter also scored in double figures, posting 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field. She also tallied nine rebounds and two assists. Sarah Shematsi put in 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, also adding seven rebounds and two assists.

Govan posted eight points to go along five rebounds and seven steals, while freshman Romola Dominguez contributed six points, six rebounds and three assists.

SPC shot 48.5 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Lady Plainsmen 44-18.

The Lady Texans secured a 61-55 victory against Midland College at the A1 G. Langford Chaparral Center in Midland, improving to 23-1 on the year and 8-0 in conference action.

Green led the scoring with a career-high 34 points, knocking down 63.6 percent of her shots from the field and going 4-for-8 from the three-point line. Germond tossed in 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting from the field, including 3-for-8 shooting from the three-point arch.

Koang added seven points, while Morris contributed six. Koang hit three of her five shots from the field and pulled down 14 rebounds. Morris went 2-for-7 from the field and 2-for-7 from the three-point line.

SPC shot 42.1 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from the three-point line.

Jemaiyo among top performance in past two indoor track meets

The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams posted top performances in their past two meets of the indoor season.

The Texans and Lady Texans competed in the Tyson Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9. As the meet came to a close, the teams accumulated 23 national-qualifying marks and multiple top-10 finishes among some of the top NCAA Division I athletes.

In the men’s mile run, sophomore Filmon Beyene finished 10th with a time of 4:30.85. In the men’s 400-meters run, freshman Moitalel Mpoke finished 27th with a time of 48.31, earning a national-qualifying mark. Freshman Yusuf Mohammed earned a national-qualifying mark in the men’s 800-meter run, finishing 14th with a time of 1:57.67.

In the men’s 60-meter hurdles qualifiers, freshman Denvaughn Whyms finished 10th with a time of 8.09, earning a national-qualifying mark. Deion Lightfoot also earned a national qualifying mark, finishing 17th with a time of 8.19.

In the men’s distance medley relay, sophomore Andrew Bosquez, freshman Decoven Young, sophomore Jesse Madrid, and freshman Alex Kitum received a national-qualifying mark with their time of 10:30.07.

In the men’s pole vault, freshman Rylan Olguin finished 10th after clearing the bar at 16 feet, 0.12 inches.

In the women’s mile run, freshman Dorcus Ewoi earned a national-qualifying mark, placing fourth with a time of 5:02.31. Freshman Gladys Jemaiyo also earned a national-qualifying mark in the event, crossing the finish line at 5:04.03, good enough for sixth place.

In the women’s distance medley relay, Ewoi, Moore, freshman Itzel Garcia-Santos, and Jemaiyo ran the fastest time in the NJCAA so far this season with a time of 12:19.70, which earned them a national-qualifying mark.

In the women’s 800-meter run, Garcia-Santos earned a national-qualifying mark, finishing 20th with a time of 2:22.85. In the women’s 400-meter run, sophomore Janiel Moore and Elon’a Jones both earned national-qualifying marks. Moore finished 46th, crossing the line at 58.34, while Jones finished 49th with a time of 58.90.

Sophomore Ruth Usoro placed sixth in the women’s long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 5.8 inches, earning a national-qualifying mark.

Competing among multiple NCAA Division I athletes, Jemaiyo set a NJCAA record in the women’s 5,000-meter run during the Charlie Thomas Invitational meet held on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 in College Station.

Jemaiyo placed third in the race behind two Texas A&M runners. She broke the national record previously set at 16:55.62 by Iowa Central’s Leanne Pompeani in 2016 by four seconds with her time of 16:51.52.

In the men’s 5,000-meter run, Kitum placed sixth with a time of 15:24.86. Beyene posted a time of 15:35.14, good enough for eighth place.

In the men’s 60-meter dash, Olguin placed seventh, posting a time of 7.49.

Sophomore Asani Hylton placed first overall in the men’s heptathlon with a final score of 5,136 points. He placed first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.18, first in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 11.25 inches, and fourth in the shot put with a throw of 11.15 meters. He also placed first in the men’s high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 8.25 inches, second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.56, first in the pole vault with a jump of 15 feet, 1 inch, and second in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 21:53.44.

In the men’s high jump, sophomore Bryson DeBerry placed first with a jump of 6 feet, 10.75 inches. Whymns placed sixth in the men’s long jump with a mark of 23 feet, 7.5 inches.

In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Whymns placed seventh with a time of 8.11. Mpoke finished ninth in the men’s 400-meter run, posting a time of 48.16.

In the men’s 4×400 meter relay, sophomore Willari Watson, freshman Adrese Atkins, Mpoke, and freshman Noel Hewitt placed seventh with a time of 3:16.43.

Jemaiyo placed third in the women’s 3,000-meter run, posting a time of 9:54.13, while Ewoi finished 18th with a time 10:40.98. Ewoi also finished 13th in the women’s mile run, posting a time of 5:07.26.

Usoro placed fifth in the women’s long jump with a jump of 18 feet, 9.25 inches.   

The teams returned to action Feb. 15 at the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock on Feb. 15. Results were not available at press time.

Texans rally after losses, grabbing three conference victories

The South Plains College men’s basketball team continued to find success on the hardwood, finding their stride with three victories in their past three games.

The No. 9-ranked Texans crushed New Mexico Military Institute 103-52 on Feb.11 at  Texan Dome.

Sophomore Koray Gilbert led all scorers with 27 points off of the bench, with 10 points coming from the free-throw line. He knocked down seven of his eight shots from the field, including 3-for-3 shooting from the three-point line.

IMG_9167Redshirt freshman Christian Wilson poured in 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field and found the bottom of the net on two three-pointers. Sophomore Gaige Prim put up 12 points on 3-for-8 shooting from the field and grabbed four rebounds.

Sophomore Deon Barett tossed in 10 points, hitting three of his eight shots from the field and two of his six from the three-point line. Sophomore Jonah Antonio poured in nine points, while sophomore Trey Wade dropped in eight.

Sophomore Chris Efretuei grabbed eight points off of the the bench on 4-for-5 shooting from the field to go along with five rebounds.

The Texans shot 53.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from the behind the three-point arch, holding NMMI to only 29.5 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent from the three-point line.   

The Texans rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to secure a 64-55 victory against Howard College on Feb. 7 at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum in Big Spring. SPC improved to 20-3 on the year and 9-2 in WJCAC play.

Trailing 33-19 at the start of the second half, SPC utilized a 13-1 run to reduce the Hawks’ lead to two, capped by a layup from Prim with 14:31 left in the second half. Howard answered with a three-pointer from Malcolm Green, putting the Hawks back up by five at 40-35 with 12:37 left to play.

The Texans put together a 5-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from Antonio that tied the game at 40 with 10:31 remaining.

Antonio gave SPC their first lead of the contest after a three-pointer with 7:35 left to play. The Texans would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game, leading by as many as 11 points at the end of the contest.

Antonio led all scorers with 17 points, knocking down 6-of-10 shots from the field and 4-of-7 shots from the three-point line, to go along with three rebounds and two assists. Wade poured in 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting from the field, while grabbing 11 rebounds and two steals.

Prim contributed 15 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field and was 7-for-10 from the free-throw line. He grabbed seven rebounds and had two assists. Sophomore Dajour Joseph added 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-2 from the three-point line.

SPC shot 40.8 percent from the field and was 6-for-14 from behind the arch.

The Texans demolished Frank Phillips College 111-51 on Feb. 4 Texan Dome, improving their record to 19-3 on the year and 8-2 in conference play.

SPC held the Plainsmen to just 22 points going into half time, and only allowed 29 points in the second half. The Texans shot 44.6 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Chaparrals 43-21.

Prim led all scorers with 28 points on 13-for-14 shooting from the field, to go along with eight rebounds and two assists. Antonio poured in 14 points and knocked in five of his eight shots from the field, including 3-for-3 shooting from the arch.IMG_9127

Wilson chipped in 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the field and was 3-for-3 from the three-point line. Orlina put up 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the field, to go along with 10 rebounds and three assists.

Efretuei poured in seven points, hitting both of his shots from the field and three of his four free-throw attempts. Barett also scored seven points and was 1-for-5 from the field. He also hit four of his five attempts from the charity stripe.

SPC dominated inside with 68.3 percent shooting, while out rebounding the Plainsmen 43-14.

The Texans stomped Midland College 72-58 at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center in Midland on Jan. 31, improving to 18-3 on the year and 7-2 in WJCAC play.

Wade led the scoring for SPC with 18 points, knocking down eight of his 10 shots from the field. He also grabbed nine rebounds and had two assists. Prim poured in 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting from the field and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Antonio and Barett both added nine points. Antonio hit three of his nine shots from the field and was 3-for-8 from the three-point line, while Barrett was 3-for-7 from the field and hit three of his five shots from the three-point arch.

Track teams open indoor season with noteworthy performance at Red Raider Open

The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams kicked off the 2019 indoor season with multiple top-10 finishes among the 24 colleges in attendence and NCAA Division I athletes.

IMG_0211The meet was held on Jan. 18 at the Sports Performance Center on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

In the men’s 600-yard run, freshman Moitalel Mpoke placed fifth after posting a time of 1:11.22, good enough for a national qualifying mark.   

In the men’s 60-meter dash, former SPC athlete Keion Sutton placed fifth for Texas Tech with a time of 6.75. SPC sophomore Willari Watson was on his heels, placing sixth with a time of 6.76.

In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, freshman Devaughn Whymns placed sixth, posting a time of 8.09 and earning a national qualifying mark. Freshman Deion Lightfoot finished seventh with a time of 8.15, also earning a national qualifying mark.

In the men’s 3,000-meter run, sophomore Andrew Bosquez placed second, posting a time of 8:38.95, and earning a national qualifying mark. Freshman Alex Kitum also hit a national qualifying mark with a time of 8:59.30, good enough for seventh place.

Sophomore Asani Hylton placed fourth and posted a national qualifying mark in the men’s high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 11 inches. Sophomore Bryson Deberry finished seventh after clearing 6 feet, 7 inches.

In the men’s long jump, sophomore Holland Martin placed fifth with a jump of 23 feet, 10 inches, good enough for a national qualifying mark. D’Juan Martin finished eighth, also earning a national qualifying mark, with a jump of 22 feet, 8.5 inches.

Markim Felix earned a national qualifying mark in the men’s shot put with a throw of 51 feet. 5.5 inches, good enough for eighth place.

In the women’s long jump, sophomore Ruth Usoro placed sixth with a jump of 19 feet, 10.75 inches, also earning a national qualifying mark.

In the women’s 3,000-meter run, freshman Lydia Martinez placed sixth, while freshman Angela Rodriguez placed seventh. Martinez posted a time of 11:28.66, and Rodriguez finished with a time of 11:32.57.

Freshmen Gladys Jemaiyo and Dorcus Ewoi placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in the women’s mile run. Jemaiyo earned a national qualifying mark with a time of 5:16.07, while Ewoi earned a national qualifying mark with a time of 5:20.51.

In the women’s 600-yard finals, Janiel Moore earned a national qualifying mark with a time of 1:28.36, finishing 13th.

The teams returned to action on Feb. 1 at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station. Results were not available at press time.

Lady Texans place fifth at NJCAA Cross Country National Championship

The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams placed in the top 10 at the 2018 NJCAA Cross Country National Championships.

The meet was held at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, on Nov. 10.

The Lady Texans placed fifth with a total of 207 points and an average time of 20:28. Freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed second in the women’s 5-kilometer race, finishing with a time of 18:43. Freshman Dorcus Ewoi finished 16th with a time of 19:45.3, while Angela Rodriguez finished 38th and earned All-American honors for her effort.

Erik Vance, head track and field coach at SPC, said, “I thought the women’s team performed great at the Cross Country Championships.”

Iowa Central won the women’s division with 45 points. El Paso Community College placed second with 70 points, followed by Southern Idaho with 100 points and Cowley County with 138 points.

The Texans finished ninth with 239 points and an average time of 27:30. Sophomore Filmon Beyene placed sixth with a time of 26:02.2 in the men’s 8-kilometer race. Sophomore Andrew Bosquez finished 13th with a time of 26:29.5, while sophomore Jesse Madrid finished 38th with a time of 27:27.7.

Alex Kitum finished 146th with a time of 29:38.8 and Ulises Cardoza finished 159th with a time of 29:50.7.

“On the men’s side, we had some stellar performances,” said Vance.

Men’s basketball team starts path toward NJCAA Championship

The South Plains College men’s basketball team continues to improve their record as they work toward a second consecutive NJCAA National Championship.

IMG_1006The Texans dismantled Midland College with a 78-58 victory to open Western Junior College Athletic Conference play on Nov. 28 at Texan Dome.

Opening the second half with a 29-24 lead, the Texans took a double-digit lead with a jumper from sophomore Deon Barett to give SPC a 41-31 lead with 14:31 to go in regulation play.

The Texans continued their success, leading Midland by as much as 26 points, in the back half of the contest.

“It was a tale of two halves,” said Steve Green, head men’s basketball coach at SPC following the Midland victory. “We spent the first half trying to learn their offense. In the second half, we started to focus a little more on what we were trying to do.”

Sophomore Chris Orlina led the Texas in scoring with 18 points, going 7-for-8 from the field, to go along with six rebounds and three steals.

“Chris Orlina was involved in the three plays in the first half that separated us,” said Coach Green. “He got two steals for layups and a full-court pass for another one. That’s six of the five-point lead we had.”

Sophomore Trey Wade put up 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor, while sophomore Gaige Prim added 12 points, hitting five of his 10 shots from the field.

Sophomore Jonah Antonio scored nine points, while Barett added seven points on 2-of-5 shooting. Red-shirt freshman Christian Wilson added six points on perfect 2-for-2 shooting from the floor and 100-percent shooting from the three-point line.

The Texans notched their eighth consecutive victory of the season by downing Cowley County Community College 97-68 on Nov. 24 at the Collin County Thanksgiving Classic in Dallas.

Prim led the scoring for SPC with 22 points, while Antonio added 20 points. Orlina put up 17 points, and Trey Wade added 12. Barett grabbed 10 points, including three three-pointers. Sophomore Jamar Ergas and Jennings added four points each, while Wilson tallied three.

SPC clenched a 67-59 victory against Seminole State on Nov. 23 at the Collin County Thanksgiving Classic in Dallas.

After being down by four points at the half, the Texans rallied to push past Seminole and post a double-digit victory.

Trey Wade scored a career-high 20 points, while Prim added 19 points. Orlina chipped in 14 points, and Jennings put up 12.

  SPC improved to 6-0 following a 101-74 victory against Coastal Bend College on Nov. 17 in Levelland.

Leading by only four points at the end of the  first half, SPC went on to lead by 27 at the end of regulation play.

Prim finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Antonio added 17 points to go along with six rebounds. Sophomore Dajour Joseph tossed in 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, including 2-for-5 from the three-point line.

SPC shot 52.1 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from the three-point line, and 92.9 percent from the free-throw line.

SPC improved to 5-0 with an 84-55 victory against North Lake College on Nov. 16 in Levelland.

Prim scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, hitting six of his nine shots from the IMG_1124floor. Orlina added 14 points, five assists and four steals. He hit six of his nine shots from the field. Antonio recorded 13 points, four rebounds and three steals, hitting five of his 13 attempts.

Joseph scored nine points off of the bench, going 3-for-3 from the three-point line. Trey Wade added nine points and five rebounds, while Christian Wilson put up seven points.

SPC shot 42 percent from the floor and 42 percent from the three-point line, forcing 16 turnovers resulting in 18 points.

The Texans improved to 4-0 after stomping Dodge City Community College 108-96 victory on Nov. 10 in Liberal, Kansas.

Barett led the scoring for the Texans with 20 points, hitting seven of his nine shots from the field. Barett was 4-for-5 from the 3-point line in his 19 minutes of play. Prim recorded a double-double, grabbing 17 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Prim hit six of his 10 shots from the field and blocked five shots.

Antonio grabbed 17 points, hitting seven of 10 attempts from the field, and was 3-for-5 from the 3-point line. Joseph added 11 points and hit four of his seven attempts, while Wilson grabbed eight points and Trey Wade grabbed seven.

The Texans shot 54 percent from the floor and outrebounded DCCC 52-30. They scored 20 points on 15 forced turnovers.

SPC slipped past Seward County Community College with a 79-76 victory on Nov. 9 in Liberal, Kansas.

Prim blocked a shot at the rim in the last second of the game, sealing the 79-76 victory.

Prim finished 11-of-14 from the field and six-of-eight from the free throw line, and was 3-for-3 from the 3-point line. Sophomore Charles Jennings added 16 points and three assists, hitting six of his 14 shots in 13 minutes on the court. Trey Wade finished with 10 points and four rebounds, while Antonio chipped in nine points. Trevin Wade added six points, two assists and two steals.

The Texans shot 46.4 percent from the floor and 35.7 percent from the 3-point line.

SPC returned to action Dec. 1 against Frank Phillips College in Borger. Results were not available at press time.

Jemaiyo captures NJCAA Half Marathon National Championship

The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams placed in the top 10 at the 2018 NJCAA Cross Country National Championships.

The meet was held at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, on Nov. 10.

The Lady Texans placed fifth with a total of 207 points and an average time of 20:28. Freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed second in the women’s 5-kilometer race, finishing with a time of 18:43. Freshman Dorcus Ewoi finished 16th with a time of 19:45.3, while Angela Rodriguez finished 38th and earned All-American honors for her effort.

Erik Vance, head track and field coach at SPC, said, “I thought the women’s team performed great at the Cross Country Championships.”

Iowa Central won the women’s division with 45 points. El Paso Community College placed second with 70 points, followed by Southern Idaho with 100 points and Cowley County with 138 points.

The Texans finished ninth with 239 points and an average time of 27:30. Sophomore Filmon Beyene placed sixth with a time of 26:02.2 in the men’s 8-kilometer race. Sophomore Andrew Bosquez finished 13th with a time of 26:29.5, while sophomore Jesse Madrid finished 38th with a time of 27:27.7.

Alex Kitum finished 146th with a time of 29:38.8 and Ulises Cardoza finished 159th with a time of 29:50.7.

“On the men’s side, we had some stellar performances,” said Vance.

Women’s basketball team building confidence early with strong start

After a disappointing season a year ago, the South Plains College women’s basketball team is starting to turn things around with a national ranking and an impressive start.

The 14th-ranked Lady Texans broke three program records already this season. The first was a 136-39 victory over Palo Alto College on Nov. 16 in Beeville, which broke the previous record of 122 points against Phoenix College in 1990. The 97-point margin of victory also against Palo Alto surpassed the 81-point margin of victory against Sul Ross State University JV in 1978. The Lady Texans then went out and broke their own record the following day (Nov. 17) with a 145-36 victory against San Antonio College.

   “Our team likes to win, they like to compete,”  said Cayla Petree, head women’s basketball coach at SPC. “When we broke it the first day, they didn’t go into it trying to break it. Then when we came back the next day and busted it again, they were trying to do that, and there was no motivation from me. That was just them with that ‘dog mentality.’”

SPC opened up Western Junior College Athletic Conference play on Nov. 28 with a 67-62 victory against Midland College at Texan Dome, improving to 11-1 overall.

Sophomore Keke Hunter recorded her eighth double double of the year, putting up 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds on five-of-seven shooting from the floor.

IMG_1837Thanks to a jump shot by freshman Caroline Germond, the Lady Texans led Midland by 10 (54-44) with 7:59 to go in the fourth quarter. Midland would narrow the gap during the next 7:48, thanks to an 18-9 run, bringing the Lady Chaps to within one point (63-62) with only 11 seconds to go.

After a foul by Midland’s Bethany Theodore, sophomore Gabbie Green knocked down two free throws, extending the lead to 65-62. Germond would add another pair of free throws with 10 seconds left in regulation play after being fouled by Grace Beasley, sealing the victory for the Lady Texans.   

“When things aren’t going your way you have to make your own luck,” said Coach Petree. “You have to get the 50/50 balls, you have to get the rebounds you’re not supposed to get. I think they did a good job with that. They didn’t lose their poise. They didn’t lose their composure and just found a way to win.”

Sarah Shematsi led the scoring for SPC with 18 points, to go along with four rebounds and two assists. Germond added 13 points on five-of-15 shooting, while Green dumped in seven points to go along with four rebounds. Sophomore Chantel Govan netted six points in 28 minutes of play.

The Lady Texans shot 35.8 percent from the floor, 24.1 percent from the three-point line and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.

SPC has displayed a dominant mentality with eight consecutive victories in the first month of the season.

The Lady Texans improved to 10-1 on the year after a dominant 106-23 victory over Lamar College on Nov. 25 in Levelland.

Hunter led the scoring for SPC, hitting seven of her 12 shots from the floor. She was 6-for-6 from the three-point line, totalling 20 points. Shematsi chipped in 12 points, hitting eight of her 13 shots from the field, and pulling in eight rebounds.

Morris added 16 points, hitting six of her 12 shots from the field. She also was 4-for-8from the three-point line. Green dropped in 15 points to go along with seven rebounds and was 5-for-10 from the field. Germond added 15 points, hitting six of her 13 shots from the field. Oceane Robin scored nine points, while Chantel Govan added eight points.

The Lady Texans shot 51.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from the three-point line.

SPC improved to 9-1 on the season following a 90-54 victory against Garden City Community College on Nov. 24 in Athens.

Shematsi led the scoring for SPC with 27 points, hitting 12 of her 16 shots from the field, to go along with five rebounds. Green put up 18 points on 9-for-9 shooting from the floor.

Germond scored eight points to go along with eight assists and four steals. Nyah Morris added eight points, while freshman Reilly Dunn put up six points and three rebounds. Ruth Koang scored five points to along with three rebounds.

SPC shot 63.8 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from the three-point line.

The Lady Texans topped Grayson College 87-54 on Nov. 23 at Trinity Valley Community College.

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Green led SPC in scoring with 17 points, eight assists and five steals, hitting seven of her 13 attempts from the field. Shematsi added 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and three steals, shooting 5-for-6 from the field.

Hunter tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Koang, Germond and Robin each scored six points, while Govan added five points.

The Lady Texans shot for 48 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from the three-point line, to go along with a 64.3 percent shooting from the foul line.

SPC decimated San Antonio College 145-36 on Nov. 17 at the Coastal Bend College Classic in Beeville, improving to 7-1 on the season.

Hunter scored 29 points to go along with 15 rebounds and six steals, shooting 14-for-20 from the field. Green poured in 26 points, hitting 12 of her 20 shots from the field. Shematsi added 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting. She also grabbed seven rebounds.

Germond and Govan combined for 32 points, while Dunn put up 11 points with six rebounds.

The Lady Texans shot for 60.8 percent from the field and 74.1 percent from the free-throw line.

SPC stomped Palo Alto College with a record-setting effort at the Coastal Bend College Classic on Nov. 16 in Beeville, moving to 6-1 for the year.

Hunter scored 34 points for the Lady Texans to go along with 12 rebounds, two blocks and seven assists. She hit 13 of her 16 attempts from the field and was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line. Green shot 7-for-8 from the floor, for a total of 19 points.

Germond scored 13 points, hitting six of her nine attempts from the field. Morris and freshman Romola Dominguez each added 11 points for SPC.

The Lady Texans shot 68.8 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.

SPC posted a 96-62 victory against Coastal Bend College on Nov. 15 at the Coastal Bend College Classic in Beeville, improving to 5-1 for the season.

Hunter and Germond each scored 26 points, combining for more than half of the Lady Texans’ points in the contest.

Robin added 14 points, while Dunn grabbed 10. Shematsi added seven points, Dominguez put up six and Govan chipped in three points for SPC.

SPC shot for 51.4 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from the three-point line. The Lady Texans also shot 87.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The Lady Texans recorded an 80-51 victory against Dodge City on Nov. 10 in Liberal, Kansas, moving to 4-1 on the season.

Shematsi led the scoring for SPC with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor to go along with two assists and three steals. Green grabbed 15 points, hitting seven of her 15 shots from the field.

Govan added nine points, while Germond tossed in eight. Robin, Koang and Morris scored eight, seven, and six points, respectively.

SPC shot 52.6 percent from the floor and 57 percent from the three-point line, as well as 69.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Lady Texans suffered their first loss of the season against Seward County College, falling 75-70 on Nov. 9 in Liberal, Kansas. SPC moved to 3-1 on the season with the loss.

Hunter scored 20 points in the contest, hitting six of her 15 shots from the field. Green added 18 points on eight-of-16 shooting. She also grabbed five rebounds and had two steals.

Koang contributed nine points and six rebounds, while Robin was close behind with eight points. Dominguez and Morris combined for eight points.

SPC shot for 41.5 percent from the floor and 40 percent from the three-point line, with 90.9 percent shooting from the free-throw line.

The Lady Texans returned to action on Dec. 1 against Frank Phillips College in Borger. Results were not available at press time.

Lady texans start 2018-2019 season with impressive showings

IMG_0883The South Plains College women’s basketball team started off the 2018-2019 season by dominating their first three games.

The Lady Texans, ranked No. 15 in NJCAA Pre-Season Poll, improve to 3-0 after a 56-38 victory against Mesa Community College on Nov. 3 at the OC Sports Center in Odessa.

Sophomore Kiki Hunter grabbed her third consecutive double-double of the season, hitting six of her 12 shots from the field for 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Freshman Ruth Koang also chipped in 13 points, hitting five of eight shots from the floor to go along with six rebounds.

Freshman Oceane Robin hit three of her five shots, totalling eight points, while freshman Caroline Germond tossed in seven points to go along with three assists and three steals. Sophomore Chantel Govan added six points for the Lady Texans in her 33 minutes on the court.

SPC shot 39.7 percent from the floor, including 10 points off of 14 forced turnovers. The Lady Texans put up 34 points inside the paint and pulled down 36 rebounds.    

The SPC women’s basketball team grabbed their second victory of the season on Nov. 2 against Colorado Northwestern at the OC Sports Center in Odessa.

IMG_0890Hunter posted her second double-double, popping in 24 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, while helping the Lady Texans to an 82-23 victory.

Hunter hit 10 of her 16 shots from the field to go along with four blocked shots and three steals. Freshman Sarah Shematsi went seven-for-16 from the field, finishing with 17 points and two assists.

Koang hit six of her eight attempts from the floor, adding 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds, while Germond put up nine points and four rebounds.

SPC shot 50 percent from the field and played a tight defense, allowing only six points in the first half, including no points in the second quarter.

The Lady Texans started off the season on Nov. 1 with a 75-59 victory against Tohono O’odham Nation at the OC Sports Center in Odessa.

Hunter recorded her first double-double of the season, as she shot 6-for-9 from the field and was 4-for-5 from the free-throw line, totaling 16 points. Govan put up 13 points to go along with three assists and two steals, hitting four of 10 shots from the field, with two three-pointers.

Robin added 12 points with three assists and two steals, while freshman Romola Dominguez added 10 points with four assists, going 4-for-10 from the field.   

SPC shot 44.6 percent for the game, and out-rebounded their opponent 40-25.

The Lady Texans returned to action on Nov.9 against Seward Community College and on Nov. 10 against Dodge City Community College. Results were not available at press time.

Texans tip off the season with impressive victories

The No. 2-ranked South Plains College men’s basketball team is looking for another national title to add to the trophy case after kicking off the 2018-2019 season with a pair of impressive showings.

The Texans took on Panloa College on Nov. 4 at the Farmer Activity Center in Lewisville.

SPC trailed Panloa 37-34 at the end of the first half, but utilized a 16-2 run at the start of the second half to gain the lead, which the Texans would hold on to for the remainder of the game, improving their record to 2-0 after the 79-64 victory.

Chris Orlina, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, led the Texans in scoring with 25 points and was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Sophomore Gaige Prim, a 6-9 forward, added 19 points, 10 of which were in the second half.

Sophomore Trey Wade, a 6-7 forward, dumped two three-pointers early in the second half to help push the Texans ahead. Wade contributed 14 points, 10 of which came in the crucial final moments of the contest.      

SPC came away with an 87-65 victory against Jacksonville College in Lewisville on Nov. 3, improving their record to 1-0 following the season-opener.

Prim led all scorers with 28 points in his debut for the Texans. He went 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Sophomore Jonah Antonio, a 6-4 guard, and Wade each put up 13 points, while sophomore Koray Gilbert, a 6-3 guard, added 11. Orlina chipped in 10 points, hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter.

SPC went into the locker room at the half with a 43-28 advantage, as Prim and Orlina combined for 18 points in the first half.

The Texans continued their dominance in the second half, as Gilbert put up 10 points and Antonio hit two three-pointers in the final 20 minutes of play, helping SPC secure their first victory of the season.

The Texans returned to action on Nov. 9 against Seward County Community College and Dodge City Community College on Nov. 10. Results were not available at press time.

Rodeo teams impress at final competition fall season

The South Plains College men’s and women’s rodeo teams finished the 2018 fall season with strong showings at the Texas Tech University Rodeo.

The Lady Texans and Texans placed third and fourth, respectively, during the event held Oct. 25 – Oct. 27 at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center in Lubbock.

Freshman Kaytlyn Miller took home the women’s all-around title after placing third in goat tying. She posted a time of 6.8 in the long round and a 6.6 in the finals, averaging 13.4. In breakaway roping, Miller clocked a time of 2.4 in the long round, but posted no time in the finals.

Miller placed fifth in barrel racing, posting a time of 16.02 in the long round and a 16.25 in the finals. Sophomore Kody Criswell placed seventh in the event, posting a time of 16.14 in the long round and a 16.30 in the finals, averaging 32.44.

For the Texans, sophomore Cooper Bennett placed sixth in bareback riding after posting the top score of 78 in the long round, and a score of 68 in the finals, averaging 146.

In tiedown roping, freshman Colton McCarley placed sixth after posting a time of 8.2 in the long round and a 12.9 in the finals, averaging 21.1.

Sophomore Britton Bedke placed fourth in steer wrestling with a run of 5.0 in the long round and a 4.7 in the finals, averaging 9.7.

In team roping, freshman Grady Quam teamed with Cisco’s Paden Bray. The two placed fourth overall after posting the fastest time in the long round with a 5.4 and a time of 11.6 in the finals. Sophomore Steffan Ramone teamed with former Texan Jhett Trenary, and the two posted a 6.2 in the long round but missed in the finals, finishing seventh overall.

Cross Country tams place second at NJCAA Region V Championship

The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams both placed second at the NJCAA Region V Cross Country Championship.

The meet was held Oct. 27 at Ranger Community College in Ranger.

In the men’s 8-kilometer race, sophomore Filmon Beyene placed third, clocking a time of 26:08. Sophomore Andrew Bosquez placed sixth with a time of 27:20.2.

Alex Kitum and Jesse Madrid placed ninth and 10th, respectively. Kitum clocked a time of 27:42.8, while Madrid posted a time of 27:55.5.

The Texans posted a total team time of 1:41:26, with an average of 20:17, good enough for second place. El Paso Community College placed first with a total time of 2:13:43, averaging 26.44.

In the women’s 5-kilometer race, freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed second with a time of 18:16.5. Freshman Dorcus Ewoi placed fourth with a time of 19:10.9.

Freshman Angela Rodriguez finished 11th with a time of 21:00.6. Not far behind was freshman Nyia Sena in 13th with a time of 21:12.2.

The cross country teams traveled to Garden City, Kansas for the NJCAA National Championship at Garden City Community College on Nov. 10. Results were not available at press time.   

Cross Country teams post impressive times at SPC Open

The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams put on an impressive performance at the SPC Open.

The meet was held on Oct. 6 at Brasher Lake in Levelland. The Texans tied for first place in the team results with West Texas A&M, among the 22 teams that participated.

The Texans placed 10 runners among the top 10 finishers in the eight-kilometer race. Sophomore Andrew Bosquez was the first across the finish line, posting a time of 26:00.00. Freshman Japhet Toroitich placed second with a time of 26.01.90.

Sophomore Filmon Beyene placed fifth, posting a time of 26:15.40. Jesse Madrid wasn’t far behind, finishing eighth with a time of 26:51.60.

“I thought both the men and women performed well this past weekend,” said Erik Vance head track and field coach at SPC. “They continue to push each other and run tough week in and week out.”

img_1060.jpgFor the Lady Texans, freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed second overall, posting a time of 18:20.40. Dorcus Ewoi placed third with a time of 19:04.00, while freshman Angela Rodriguez placed 18th overall, posting a time of 20:40.50.   

“You just try to continue to improve your conditioning and adapt to situations in a race,” Vance added. “At this point, we are just focused on continuing to improve our fitness and making sure our squad is healthy heading into the Regional championships at Ranger

 

and Nationals a month from now.”

The teams also competed at the New Mexico Junior College Open at Harry McAdams Park on Sept. 28.

The Texans placed first with an average time of 22:13.04, with four runners finishing in the top seven spots.

Bosquez placed first with a time of 21:35.39. Beyene placed fifth with a time of 21:59.76, followed by Toroitich in sixth with a time of 22:12.43, and Madrid in seventh with a time of 22:18.39.

The Lady Texans placed third overall with a team average of 20:29.84. Jemaiyo placed second, posting a time of 18:03.75. Ewoi finished seventh with a time of 19:12.79, and Rodriguez finished 18th with a time of 20:42.55.