Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mules vs. Spearman & Kermit (2-24&28-2015)



Mules vs. Spearman & Kermit (2-24&28-2015)

It was a battle the first three quarters plus six minutes of the final period in the Amarillo Tascosa Rebel Gymnasium Tuesday night when the Mules met the Spearman Lynx. The Mules opened a six-point lead by the end of the third quarter.

Spearman chipped away at the Mule lead in the final frame until near the two minute mark and the Mules were clinging to a slim margin. A time out gave the Mules an opportunity to regroup and they exploded in the final two minutes to claim a 57-47 win over Spearman for the Bi-District Championship.

The Mules had to wait an extra day because of a snow storm to meet the highly ranked Kermit Yellow Jackets in the Andrews Mustang Gymnasium Saturday evening. The Mules came roaring out of the gate and jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Jackets could score.

Dagen Dunham shot 100 per cent from the floor in the first quarter and racked up 10 of his 16 points in the first eight minutes. The Mules led 21-20 after the first period. Half way through the second period Kermit caught fire and owned a 38-30 lead over the Mules at the half.

The Mules could never right the ship and the Jackets rolled to an 81-51 win.

The Mules may have felt like they were riding a slow boat as the Lynx sped away in the opening period to lead the Mules 13-7.

Jason Florez made a driving lay up and Dunham scored from near the blocks and hit a trey from the corner.

The Mules heated up in the second period. Danny Campos stuck back an offensive rebound and was fouled. He added the free throw to complete the old-fashion three-point play.

Florez missed a pair of free throws but nailed a trey from the top of the arc. Dunham finished the period with four hoops with one being an three-point play when he added the free throw. The Mules had cut the Lynx lead to 24-22 at the half.

The Mules took over the game in the third period and out scored the Lynx 19-11 to take the lead for good. Wes Clarkson sank a mid-range jump shot and dropped in a 3-pointer from the corner.

Florez made a pair of treys and Dunham made a charity toss, two hoops and a trey. The Mules led 41-35 going into the final period.

Spearman did not go away and battled back to cut the Mule lead to just four points with two minutes left to play.

Dunham made three free throws in the final frame. Beto Diaz made a lay up and later chipped in a free throw while Florez made three from the charity line. Campos provided most of the fire power with three hoops and free throw.

Dunham led the Mules with a game high 25 points and Florez finished with 14 points. Campos added 10 points and Clarkson dropped in five points. Diaz chipped in three points.

The Mules raced out of the gate in Andrews with Dunham lighting up the scoreboard in the first period. He dropped in a pair of baby hook shots and hit a pair of 3-pointers for 10 first period points.

Florez made a pair of hoops, Diaz scored from mid range and Tony Vasquez completed an old-fashion three-point play. Clarkson finished the period with a pair of free throws. The Mules led 21-20.

Four minutes into the second period Kermit had tied the game at 27-27 and continued to pour in points to take a 38-30 lead by the half.

Dunham scored near the blocks and Vasquez added a pair of hoops. Tony Castillo drove under the basket for a reverse lay up and chipped in a free throw before the half ended.

Kermit doubled a tripled Dunham the rest of the game as the Mules struggled from beyond the arc in the second half. Campos and Vasquez scored the Mules only two hoops of the third period and Josh Lopez chipped in a free throw.

Dunham hit a fade-away jump shot and a pair of charity tosses in the final period. Campos added a pair from the charity line and JJ Gandara chipped in a free throw. Florez made four free throws and hoop  in the last period. Castillo nailed the Mules only trey of the second half.

Dunham led the Mules with 16 points and Florez finished with 10. Vasquez added nine points and Castillo made six points. Campos dropped in four points and Diaz and Clarkson had two points each. Lopez and Gandara chipped in a point each.

Coach Clay White put in seniors; Wes Clarkson, Grey Johnson, JJ Gandara and Blayne Shipman to finish the game as it would be their last in a Mule uniform.

The Mules will now start the spring sport of their choice to finish the school year.  

Lady Mules vs. Shallowater (RegQtrFnls) (2-24-2015)



Lady Mules vs. Shallowater (RegQtrFnls) (2-24-2015)

The Lady Mules had surprised two opponents in the Texas State Girls Basketball Playoffs and brought home the gold ball trophies as proof. Shallowater did not seem to want to take the chance of being the Lady Mules next surprise victim.

The site for the game was Texas Tech’s cavernous United Supermarket Arena.

Whether it was the size of the facility or the site picture provide by the free-standing goals the Lady Mules struggled to find a scoring rhythm in the first half. Shallowater took advantage and ran out to a 30-9 lead by the intermission.

The Lady Mules made adjustments at the half and made a valiant effort to make it a game they could be proud of in the second half. The Lady Mules cut the Shallowater lead to 12 in the fourth period. Shallowater held on for a 49-35 win.

Sydnie Sudduth was fouled attempting a driving lay up and made both free throws early in the opening period. Dani Diaz sank a free throw for the Lady Mules only other point of the period. Shallowater led the Lady Mules 19-3 after one period.

Diaz pulled up on a drive and sank a jump shot from near the elbow for the Lady Mules first hoop of the game. Sy. Sudduth penetrated the defense for a lay up and Conley Niblett made a pair from the charity line to end the first half.

Sy. Sudduth started the second half with a free throw. Niblett scored in the paint and D. Diaz sank a 3-pointer from the wing. Yvonne Diaz cleaned up an offensive rebound and put it up on the glass in the hoop.

Sadie Sudduth made back-to-back jump shots before the third quarter ended. The Lady Mules had cut the difference to 39-22.

Shanice Rosas took a pass from Sa. Sudduth and battled her way to the hoop for a basket. Sa. Sudduth dropped in a trey from the top of the key and Sy. Sudduth hit from behind the arc from the wing. D. Diaz finished a fast break and then ended her high school career with a trey from the wing.

D. Diaz led the Lady Mules in her final game with 11 points. Sy. Sudduth finished with eight points and Sa. Sudduth made all seven of her points in the second half. Niblett dropped in five points. Rosas and Y. Diaz added two points each.

Shallowater defeated both Wall and Idalou in the Region I Tournament and will represent District 2-3A in the Texas State Tournament in San Antonio March 5-7.

The Lady Mules will now transition to their Spring sports of choice before returning to the hardwoods.  

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lady Mules vs. Childress & Brownfield (2-16 & 20)



Lady Mules vs. Childress & Brownfield (2-16 & 20)

The Lady Mules may have surprised everyone except themselves by gathering up two gold balls this past week. The Childress Lady Cats are the District Champions of District 1-3A with 21 wins during the season and own a perfect 8-0 district run.

The Lady Mules had to chip away at a Lady Cat lead most of the night but Conley Niblett took the ball half way down the lane and drew the defense. She spun, fired a pass to Sadie Sudduth open at the top of the key.

When the ball touched Sa. Sudduth’s finger tips her feet left the floor and she launched a rainbow 3-pointer that struck gold. Only 14 seconds were left in the game as the ball swished through the net. The shot gave the Lady Mules a 47-44 lead. Childress was not able to answer before the final buzzer.

“What a great night for the Lady Mules,” said Lady Mule coach Carey Sudduth. “These kids have been amazing and have played so many close and heartbreaking games. They have hung together and learned from those situations and it paid off tonight.”

“Our theme this week has been to ‘play present.’ We have been emphasizing trying to play one possession at a time. We can’t take back mistakes and we can’t do anything about the future.”

“Play only the possession that is happening right now. You could see the kids talking to each other tonight about those things.”

“We have not played much man defense but it saved us tonight. We went to it in the final five minutes and seemed to take them out of their rhythm. A great effort by our girls tonight and we are very excited about moving on in the Playoffs.”

The Brownfield Lady Cubs had defeated the Lady Mules in the first game of the season and had racked up an impressive record of 24-11. The Cubs had defeated Alpine 50-19 for Bi-District.

Sa. Sudduth, Shanice Rosas and Conley Niblett all fouled out Friday night in the double overtime rough-and-tumble game. Dani Diaz, a Lady Mule senior, was not ready for the season to end and put the game on her shoulders.

She made a driving lay up to tie the game in regulation to force the OT. D. Diaz made both baskets for the Lady Mules in the first overtime to keep the game tied. In what turned out to be the final four minutes of the game, D. Diaz made eight-of-eight free throws to clinch the 63-61 win for the Lady Mules second gold ball.

“Every girl in black contributed to our win tonight over Brownfield,” continued Coach Sudduth after the Area game. “They played like they are on a mission. We were not happy with the way we were playing back in December but these kids have really turned things around.”

The Lady Mules jumped in front of Childress early but the Lady Cats came back to claim a 16-10 advantage by the end of the opening period. Niblett made a free throw for the Lady Mules’ first point. She added two more charity tosses before the period ended.

Sa. Sudduth made a pair of baskets and Sydnie Sudduth drove for a hoop. Yvonne Diaz was fouled shooting and made a free throw.

The Lady Mules began to chip away at the six point deficit in the second period. Sa. Sudduth made a jump shot from inside the arc to start the second quarter. She later drove through the defense for a lay up.

Niblett chipped in a free throw and scored in the paint before the period ended. Sa. Sudduth beat the buzzer with a baseline jumper. The Lady Mules had trimmed two points off the Childress lead and trailed 23-19 at the half.

D. Diaz opened the third period with a free throw and chipped in two more before the quarter ended. Niblett continued to patrol the lane and made a free throw and a reverse lay up before the quarter ended. Sa. Sudduth made a driving lay up to finish a fast break. The Lady Mules had cut the Lady Cat lead to 29-27 with one period left to play.

D. Diaz finished a fast break just 18 seconds into the final frame to tie the game. Sa. Sudduth broke the tie with a trey from the top of the key and later added a free throw.

Childress would not go away and sank three 3-pointers in the final eight minutes and was six-of-seven from the free throw line.

Y. Diaz put back an offensive rebound and Sy. Sudduth drove for a hoop. Rosas scored from the blocks to give the Lady Mules a brief 43-42 lead.

Sa. Sudduth led the Lady Mules with 19 points. Niblett finished with 12 points and D. Diaz made all seven of her points in the second half. Sy. Sudduth added four points, Rosas two and Y. Diaz chipped in one.

The Cubs had taken a one-point lead over the Lady Mules after one quarter. The Lady Mules exploded for 19 points in the second period to claim a 31-23 lead over Brownfield. The Cubs chipped away and tied the game at the end of regulation and stayed even through one OT. Fouls took out three Lady Mules and four Cubs.

Niblett was fouled shooting in the paint and made both from the charity line to open the Area game in Littlefield. She added a hoop before the period ended. Sa. Sudduth hit a jumper from the elbow and Sy. Sudduth made a pair of driving lay ups. D. Diaz was fouled on a fast break and she made both free throws. 

D. Diaz sank a 3-pointer from the wing to open the second quarter. She added three from the charity line before the half ended. Niblett scored twice from the blocks and chipped in a free throw.

Niblett and D. Diaz got assists after they passed to Y. Diaz working under the hoop. Sa. Sudduth made a free throw and sank a trey from the top of the key. The Lady Mules had opened a 31-23 lead by the intermission.

The Cubs came roaring back after the break and cut the Lady Mule lead to a single point by the time the third period ended. Niblett opened the third quarter with hoop from the paint and Y. Diaz put back an offensive rebound.

D. Diaz drove the left side for a hoop and chipped in a free throw. The Lady Mules led 38-37 with eight minutes left in regulation.

Sa. Sudduth made a free throw to open the final quarter. Sy. Sudduth chipped in a pair from the charity line and Rosas dropped in one freebie. D. Diaz took over the game and started with a pair of free throws.

She nailed a 3-pointer to give the Lady Mules a 45-42 lead with three minutes left in the game. D. Diaz drove from the left side and kissed the ball off the glass to tie the game at 49-49 and keep the Lady Mules alive.

The Lady Mules screwed down the defensive pressure in the overtime and held the Cubs to four points. D. Diaz answered with two hoops to force a second OT.

D. Diaz set the tone for the final overtime by making a pair of free throws. She went to the line three more times and made both charity tosses every time. Y. Diaz dropped in one charity toss and cleaned up the garbage with a put back.

D. Diaz went to the charity line nine times and made 16 free throws. She also made two treys and four hoops to lead the Lady Mules with 30 points. Niblett finished with 11 points and Y. Diaz made nine points.

Sa. Sudduth dropped in seven points and Sy. Sudduth added six points. Rosas chipped in one point.

The Lady Mules played the Shallowater Fillies in the Regional Quarter Finals in Texas Tech’s United Supermarkets Spirit Area Tuesday night. It is the third meeting of the two teams and Shallowater won both. 

MHS Powerlfting @ Seagraves (2-21-2014)



MHS Powerlfting @ Seagraves (2-21-2014)

The Muleshoe Powerlifting team completed their regular season in the Seagraves Eagle Invitational Powerlifting Meet Saturday. The Regional qualifiers have yet to be determined as there is one more week of competition but the Muleshoe squad will not be attending.

“Today was our final regular season invitational meet,” said Muleshoe Powerlifting coach Kirk Byrd. “All of our lifters finished on a high note as they lifted their best totals of the year.”

“I was very proud of all our kids this year. We will not know for a couple of weeks who has qualified for the Regional Meets. I am confident that Brianna (Barron), Evan (Paez) and David (Rodriguez) should make it to the next level.”

Brianna Barron set the pace for the Lady Mules with a second place finish in the 97 pound weight class. She had a squat lift of 175 pounds, bench pressed 75 pounds and deadlifted 210 pounds for a total of 460.

David Rodriguez earned the gold medal in the 275 pound weight class with a total of 1380 pounds. He squat lifted 585 pounds, bench pressed 320 pounds and deadlifted 475 pounds.

Noa Rojas placed third in the 165 weight class. She had a squat lift of 215 pounds, bench pressed 100 pounds and deadlifted 240 pounds for a total of 555 pounds.

Ruby Andrade finished fifth in the 114 pound class with a total of 485 pounds. She had a squat lift of 205 pounds, bench pressed 75 pounds and deadlifted 205 pounds. Jaide Gandarilla and Daniella Cortez placed sixth and seventh in the 148 pound class.

Gandarilla had a squat lift of 205 pounds, bench pressed 100 pounds and deadlifted 245 pounds for a total of 550 pounds. Cortez also had a total of 550 pounds. She squat lifted 210 pounds, bench pressed 95 pounds and deadlifted 345 pounds.

Evan Paez earned the silver medal in the 114 pound class with a total of 755 pounds. He had a squat lift of 275 pounds, bench pressed 150 pounds and deadlifted 330 pounds.

Carlos Hernandez and Cesar Olvera finished fourth and fifth in the 181 pound class with weight totals of 965 pounds and 960 pounds respectively. Hernandez squat lifted 395 pounds, bench pressed 160 pounds and deadlifted 410 pounds. Olvera squat lifted 340 pounds, bench pressed 215 pounds and deadlifted 405 pounds.

The Girls’ Regional Meet will be held in Mertzon Friday, March 6, and the Boy’s Regional Meet is scheduled for Saturday, March 14.   

Mules vs. Dimmitt & Littlefield (2-17&20-2015)



Mules vs. Dimmitt & Littlefield (2-17&20-2015)

Despite three Mules reaching double figures and one just a point away the Mules could not keep the Dimmitt Bobcats under control and dropped the final regular season game 59-53. The win gave the Bobcats sole possession of second place in the district.

The Mules dropped into a three-way tie for third place. The Mules won the flip for the bye in the seeding tournament and Littlefield was pitted against Friona in the opening game. Littlefield defeated the injury laden Chieftains and faced the Mules Friday.

The Mules vs. Wildcats game was nip-and-tuck through the first three quarters and six minutes of the final frame. The Mules separated themselves from the Wildcats in the final two minutes for a 52-45 win. It was the third time during the season the Mules had defeated Littlefield.

Wes Clarkson sank a trey to start the game from near the corner to put the Mules on top early. Jason Florez kept up the attack and dropped in a 3-pointer from the top of the key. He added two more baskets before the period ended.

Florez got the assist when he fired a pass down the lane to Blayne Shipman working in the paint for a hoop. Danny Campos chipped in a free throw and the Mules led 13-10 after one period.

 Clarkson opened the second quarter with his second 3-pointer of the game. The Mules made nine of 13 free throws in the period with Dagen Dunham dropping in five of six from the charity line and he put back an offensive rebound for seven points.

Tony Vasquez and Florez chipped in a free throw each and Beto Diaz dropped in two from the charity line. Tony Castillo put back an offensive rebound. The Mules had dropped behind 32-29 by the half.

The Mules came up with only eight points in the third period. Florez, Dunham, Campos and Castillo each made a hoop. Dimmitt had increased their lead to 49-37.

The Mules tried to climb back in but ran out of time in the final period. Campos drove the baseline for a hoop, made a pair of free throws and put back two offensive rebounds for hoops. He scored eight of his 11 points in the final period.

Clarkson dropped in his third trey of the game. Dunham made two baskets and Florez chipped in a free throw.

Dunham led the Mules with 13 points. Florez and Campos finished with 11 points each. Clarkson added nine points and Castillo dropped in four points. Shipman and Diaz made two points each and Vasquez chipped in one point.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period before Dunham scored in the paint. He added a second basket and a free throw and canned a 3-pointer as the first period ended.

Florez picked off a pass and drove to the hoop. He added a hoop before the period ended. Campos continued as the garbage man and cleaned up other Mule misses and put the ball in the hoop twice. The Mules trailed 18-16 after one quarter.

The Mules managed to reverse the table on the Wildcats in the second period. Flores drove for a hoop and dropped in a 3-pointer. He finished the quarter with a pair of free throws.

Clarkson gave the Mules a 21-19 lead with a 3-pointer from the corner. He scored inside the arc later in the period. Diaz scored a he fell to the floor. The Mules led 30-28 at the intermission.

The Mules only managed four points in the third period and Dunham scored them all. He made a pair of free throws and made a hoop from the baseline. The Mules held Littlefield to seven points and only trailed 35-34 with eight minutes left to play.

The Mules out ran the Wildcats 18-10 in the final frame for the win. The difference could have been more but the Mules left eight points on the table with missed free throws.

Castillo made a driving hoop and Campos continued to clean the glass with two hoops. Florez made four free throws, a trey and a basket.

Florez led the Mules with 20 points and Dunham finished with 15. Campos had eight points and Clarkson made five. Diaz and Castillo chipped in two points each.

The win made the Mules the third seed in the district and faced the Spearman Lynx for Bi-District in the Tascosa Rebel Gym Tuesday evening. The winner of Tuesday night’s game in Amarillo will play the winner of Kermit vs. Slaton in the Area round of the Playoffs.