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The Month in Sports: March

The Month in Sports: March

By Jack Walker

 

 

 

Foreword: I proudly and gratefully introduce to the readers of this wonderful publication our latest installment for the WTT and something that this newspaper has lacked consistently over the past few years. Say no more- the Sports has arrived. As a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, who studied Radio Television Sports Broadcasting, I came to Abilene to begin a career –and life- in Sports. I am a former intern for the Sports reporters of KRBC and KTAB TV where I sharpened my skills filming an abundance of athletics all over the Big Country, then editing the video and presenting the content on the air- so if you ever read this paper, look at my picture and think to yourself ‘wow that guy looks really familiar I’ve seen him somewhere before- You sure did… On TV, or perhaps in the newspaper. I am currently an assignment reporter for the Sports Page of the Abilene Reporter-News, so I’ve covered about everything from high school golf to professional indoor football, and even was blessed with the assignment of interviewing Nolan Ryan. I often praise God for giving me a job that I get paid for things I would pay to do. It’s truly a dream come true . . . And as I continue my crusades throughout West Texas chasing high school and college sporting events as a print journalist and aspiring on-air news or sports reporter, I will exploit my journey to reflect the month in Sports. {{more}} Although it may seem I was bragging a tad bit with my aforementioned statements, take it however you decide however my mission was simply to provide my qualifications as the writer of this column and glorify my Creator for blessing me with such achievements. So now that you have an idea as to the source behind all of this, I will proceed . . . with ‘The Month in Sports: March’… To begin, no West Texas high school basketball team won a state championship this year. Quite surprising after so many Big Country teams fared so well in the Fall seasons with a plethora of Football and Volleyball state titles and player accolades. However we did indeed come close… The Merkel Girls basketball team, who lost only one game in the regular season, bowed out in the state final to perennial state power Brock. The Lady Eagles didn’t quite have the size that Merkel did, but they apparently wanted it more, having controlled the tempo of the game from tipoff to buzzer and winning yet another championship. While the larger classification schools were essentially a no-show in the post season, the smaller towns made significant statements. And the reason no one walked away with any hardware was because of a considerable flaw by the UIL that has outraged coaches, players, fans –and writers- alike. Dallas Triple A Academy, a former private school that competed at the TAPPS level in past years, was admitted to the Class A mix this go-around. So what’s the issue-? Triple A is allowed to select from a huge talent pool across the state, fundamentally recruiting players from a very broad spectrum whereas the public class A schools are confined to suit up players that live within their city limits. The Academy dispatched both Munday and Stamford, our football state champions in Class A Division I and II respectively, in the regional semifinals and regional finals on their way to cruising to a state title after throttling teams all season long. The UIL has been under steady criticism for that error, and people will be talking about what might’ve been- for years to come. As far as our three local colleges are concerned, it was the McMurry Mens’ hoops squad that made the greatest run in the playoffs, losing 68-66 in the National Christian College Association regional final to Mid America Christian University. The War Hawks put a bow on their first year in NCAA Division II with a 19-10 overall record on the season including an impressive 11-2 home stand on the year. The McMurry women finished 12-15, losing in the NCCAA regional semi to Oklahoma Christian 66-51. The War Hawks sports teams this year –provided its their inaugural NCAA Division II season- are not eligible for NCAA post season play because they recently made the leap from the DIII level. Another dogmatic rule enforced by wannabe corporate big shots. HSU was not as much of a force as their maroon and white cross town counterparts. The Cowboys finished 16-11, losing in the American Southwest Conference tournament semifinals to Mary Hardin-Baylor while the Cowgirls went 13-13 bowing out after a 71-55 fall to UT-Dallas in the ASC semis. Hardin-Simmons is a NCAA DIII outlet. ACU had a similar situation like that of McMurry’s. Since the Wildcats were approved after sanctioning by the NCAA to enter the Division I platform, they were restricted in their aptitudes for post season competition. After 40 years in the Lone Star Conference of NCAA Division II, the Wildcats finish 12-14 after falling to Texas A&M Kingsville 83-76 at Moody Coliseum. Meanwhile, the Lady Wildcats finished 21-7 and were responsible for the majority of the prestige of ACU Basketball in 2012-2013. They went 21-7 and lost in the Regional Quarterfinal of the NCAAs to the University of Texas – Permian Basin. Now that Winter Sports has come to an end, the soothing sun of the Spring progressively draws a curtain on the bitter weather we saw after football season ended. No wonder they play basketball indoors. Moreover, Baseball and Golf season is here and in full swing- no pun intended… As I will have much more about these sports in next month’s issue of the WTT, the ACU baseball team drew first blood on any noteworthy accomplishments after a 10-4 rout of Delta State in the “Ides of March’ . Why such a big deal you might ask? The Statesmen entered the four-game series as the nation’s number one team. The victory came in the final game of the series, hoisting the Wildcats to a 2-2 split in their home stand against a truly formidable opponent. That’s all for your Sports in March and if I missed something, I apologize sincerely… I can’t mention everything or I would have informed you that the Cowboys are favored to win next year’s Super Bowl… April Fools! Have a great Month and I’ll see you in May with more Sports.

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