From the fresh cut grass to the smell of hot dogs and popcorn in the air, perhaps one of the best days on the sports calendar every year, for many sports fans, is getting out for opening day of the baseball season.
Unfortunately in 2009, opening day for the Amarillo Dillas will go down as one of the most tragic days in sports history in the Texas Panhandle with the passing of Dillas Public Announcer Joe Frank Wheeler just hours before the game.
On Saturday evening, two Borger Bulldogs and two Sanford-Fritch Eagles will take part in the 62nd Annual Childress Rotary Greenbelt BowlClassic at Park Stadium in Childress.
Recent Borger High School graduates, receiver/defensive back Michael Morrison and linebacker Dylan Winkle will join recent Sanford-Fritch High School graduate offensive lineman/defensive end Shane Tollis on the North squad. Sanford-Fritch graduate offensive/defensive lineman Tyler Moore will compete on the South squad.
Not every day can a coach from the United States talk about putting on a Coaches Clinic or hosting a basketball camp in another country.
Perhaps due in large part by being an England native, new Frank Phillips College Head Menâ€™s Basketball Coach Chris Hackett is getting that opportunity later this month by putting on a Coaches Clinic and Basketball Day Camp in Stockport, England.
This spring Hackett was named as the new FPC Plainsmen Head Caoch remplacing Vu Phan, who was dismissed from the college after leading the program one year.
This week will go down as one of pride for the Frank Phillips College Baseball program, as three former Plainsmen were drafted in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.
Former Plainsmen outfielder Chris Grayson was drafted in the 13th round with the 414th overall pick by the Texas Rangers after posting a .364 batting average with 51 RBIs during the 2011 season at Lee University in Tennessee.
Graysonâ€™s teammate, and former Plainsmen, outfielder Jonathan Clark would go in the 17th round, at the 522nd pick, to the New York Mets.
Back on Sunday, June 5, 2011 Borger graduates Brandon Garcia and Garrett Irwin participated in the Greater West Texas Baseball Coaches Association All Star Game held at Lubbock Cooper Field.
The game combined Class 3A and 4A players from the Panhandle area along with players from schools throughout West Texas to the Midland area.
Playing for the East team, Garcia went 2 for 2 at the plate with 1 single, 1 double and 3 RBIâ€™s and Irwin went 3 for 3 at the plate with one single, two doubles and 1 RBI.
Garcia and Irwin combined for 5 of the East squadâ€™s total 11 hits.
After an impressive freshman softball season, Frank Phillips College Lady Plainsmen outfielder Janelle Smith was named to the First Team WJCAC All-Conference and the Region V All-Region teams for the 2011 season.
Smith posted a .353 overall batting average, including a .385 mark in conference play, along with 41 hits, 21 runs, seven doubles, two homeruns and 20 RBIs.
The Wal-Mart location in Borger is holding a Co-Ed Softball Tournament at the Sanford-Fritch High School Fields on Saturday, June 11th.
The entry fee is $15 per player and there is a 15 player maximum per roster.
The proceeds raised from the tournament will support the Borger Wal-Martâ€™s efforts to raise funds for the Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network campaign.
For further information please call Beth or Connie at (806) 274-7257.
The deadline for entry is Saturday, June 4, 2011.
Back on April 16th, the West Texas Comanches Special Olympics team hosted its first ever Special Olympic track meet at Comanche Stadium in Stinnett.
Over 400 athletes, coaches and volunteers helped run the track meet and the West Texas Comanche team would like to thank everyone that sponsored the meet.
The team would also like to thank local law officials for their help in the torch run, leading to nothing but great words being said about the local meet with every visiting team being very impressed.
With nearly 30 players being replaced due to graduation, the Borger Bulldog football team will be one that will have several new faces at the varsity level when it opens the 2011 season with the Canyon Randall Raiders at Bulldog Stadium on August 26.
However, the team will return several outstanding players from this yearâ€™s squad, with a couple already attracting the attention of some colleges around the country.
During the May FPC Board of Regents meeting, FPC President Dr. Jud Hicks told the board that the college has decided to suspend the Plainsmen Golf program starting this fall.
This spring, the FPC Golf program was placed on probation by the NJCAA for exceeding the number of scholarships provided to non-U.S. resident students and number of athletes being provided with financial aid.
In talking with Dr. Hicks on Tuesday morning, the college had learned back in December that the golf program had exceeded both numbers, leading the college to turn themselves into the NJCAA.