Life in the Cheap Seats: The Case for Florida State as No. 1

Entering the final weeks of the college football regular season, Florida State has done what no other team in the power five conferences have been able to do: remain undefeated. While many games have been decided late in the fourth quarter, the Seminoles are still unblemished on the season, yet have been relegated to the third spot in the College Football Playoff Top 25. Read more

Pioneers land 12 on All-CSFL squad

Brandon Grant Alden Mann Jon-Lucas Poe Holt Henderson







(From Wayland Baptist Sports Information)

A dozen Wayland Baptist players – including Brandon Grant, Holt Henderson and Jon-Lucas Poe on the first team, and Alden Mann on the second-team – were named All-Central States Football League. Eight Pioneers made the honorable mention squad.

The selections, announced Monday night, were made by the CSFL’s six head coaches. Read more

Flye Offensive MVP, 7 Bulldogs named 1st team All-District

PlainviewIn a season which featured the first playoff appearance in eight seasons, and the first piece of a district championship in nine years, the Plainview Bulldogs received plenty of props from their district foes as the 4-5A All-District football team was announced Monday.

Seven players all told received first-team honors, including senior running back Warren Flye, who was named the 4-5A District Offensive MVP. Flye became just the sixth rusher in Bulldog history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, and was the catalyst that helped the Bulldogs win six of their final seven regular-season games to earn a share of the district title. Read more

WBU’s Keter a National CC Champion

(From Wayland Baptist Sports Information)

Keter, Benard

Benard Keter

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Some things about Wayland Baptist’s cross country season have been a bit of a see-saw this year. One thing has not: Benard Keter.

Such was the case again Saturday at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships at Rim Rock Farms as Wayland’s men’s and women’s teams hit somewhat of a lull. Keter, meanwhile, soared!

Keter won the men’s individual title, topping a field of 320 runners to become Wayland’s second cross country national champion.

“That was exciting,” WBU coach Brian Whitlock said. “We believed in him being the champion, and he was able to go out and get it done. Any time you can win a one-shot deal like this with 320 runners in the race, it’s pretty good.” Read more

Sanford-Fritch will have new FB coach in 2015

Reports are saying the first head coaching change involving a team in one of the 10 districts involving area teams took place on Wednesday night.

The Amarillo Globe-News is reporting this morning that longtime Sanford-Fritch head football coach/athletic director Rick Ware is being reassigned after 19 seasons at the helm.

Ware, who has accumulated a 98-96 career mark in 27 coaching seasons overall, has struggled in recent seasons, including a 1-9 mark in 2014. According to the story, Sanford-Fritch ISD Superintendent Jim McClellan indicated that the athletic department “needed to go in a different direction” at this time.

Houston Moos, who is the head boys track and field coach, and an assistant with the football program, has been named interim AD until further notice.

The Eagles play in the 1-3A Division II, along with Tulia, Spearman, Idalou, Amarillo Highland Park and Lubbock Roosevelt.

Read here for the original story from writer Kale Steed of the Globe-News.

WBU Volleyball to host NAIA Opening-round match

Wayland Baptist will host Evangel, Mo., in the opening round of the NAIA Volleyball National Championship. The match will take place in Hutcherson Center on Saturday, Nov. 22, tentatively at 6:30 p.m., after the Flying Queens’ home-opener against University of the Southwest, N.M., at 2 p.m.

The Evangel Crusaders (25-11) won the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament – defeating former No. 25. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) in five in the championship – to secure their second bid to the national tournament. The school’s first trip to nationals came in 2009 when it lost in the first round. Read more

Life in the Cheap Seats: Playoff Time in Texas

West Texas in early November can be defined by one color: white. Cotton fields burst with white dots when traveling the endless roads from small town to small town. Now that the first freeze is over, harvest time will leave the landscape scattered with leftover white cotton bolls for the winter months.

White lights will pierce the black of night on Thursday and Fridays as stadiums across the plains will be filled with kids, parents and fans hoping this is the year for their team, already fortunate enough to survive the 11-week, 10-game regular season and qualify for the playoffs. Read more

Area HS Football Playoff Games (UPDATED)

Here’s the list of UIL Bi-District Round games involving area teams for the first round of the texas High School Football Playoffs. We will update information as often as possible. You can pass along updated game information to

Class 5A
Amarillo Palo Duro (6-4) at Plainview (6-4), Friday, 7:30 at Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium (On Kickin’ Kountry at 106.9 FM and Plainview Radio Sports Channel 1 on Mixlr.)

Class 3A Division II
Tulia (6-4) vs. Eastland (9-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Snyder HS (on Class Rock 103.9 The Rocket and RocketSports on Mixlr.)

Class 2A Division I
Abernathy (10-0) – has a first-round bye. In the Area round, the Antelopes will face either Christovel (4-6) or Hawley (6-4).

Floydada (5-5) vs. Wellington (6-4), Friday, 4 p.m. at Dick Bivens Stadium, Amarillo – Winner plays Stamford (8-2) in Area round.

New Deal (8-2) vs. Stratford (6-4), Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Dick Bivens Stadium, Amarillo – Winner plays Ozona (8-2) in Area round.

Class 2A Division II
Springlake-Earth (6-4) vs. Gruver (8-2), Saturday, 3 p.m. at Dick Bivens Stadium, Amarillo. Winner plays Seagraves (10-0) in Area round.

Class 1A Division I
Happy (10-0) vs. Spur, Friday, 7:30 p.m. at New Home

Valley (8-2) vs. Nazareth (7-3), Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at Lockney

Class 1A Division II
Kress (7-3) vs. Whitharral, Thursday, 7:30 at New Home

Area Football Playoff Teams (entering Week 11)

Here’s the list of teams which have earned playoff berths following the conclusion of play in Week 10. Also listed for each district are playoff possibilities (as we know them) for each district. Read more

HS Football: Honor Roll for Week 9

Before Week 10 of the Texas High School football season kicks off tonight, let’s recognize the players who made our South Plains Preview Show Honor Roll for Week 9. We run them down in the first segment of the show each week – which begins at 6 p.m. on Kickin’ Kountry at 106.9 FM. Read more

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