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Fri
20
Mar
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Lady Yellowhammers suffer in back-to-back defeats

Last Thursday the Rotan Lady Hammers played two games against the Haskell Maidens and the Hamlin Lady Pipers, ending this year’s early season with back-to-back defeats.

Rotan’s first matchup was against the Haskell Maidens. With the first at bat, the Lady Hammers no luck getting started on offense, suffering a quick three up three down.

Senior pitcher Ryleigh Denton was quick on the first round of defense after she snagged two line drives. Third baseman Mya Gentry and first baseman Kinzie Buchanan made the play for the final out to close the bottom of the first.

The Lady Hammers struggled to stay on base as the Maidens made a double play, followed by a ground out by Freshman Sterling Bowen.

 

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Fri
20
Mar
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March Was Maddening Last Week in High School Sports

March Madness took on another meaning for everyone in the sports world last week – a week like none other in the history of organized sports with the acceleration of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.

The Madness was not the bouncing of basketballs in arenas around the country. Instead it was organization after organization trying to determine the viability of continuing to operate – particularly after the suspension of the NBA season and the cancellation of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.

And NFHS-member state high school associations were among those organizations faced with making decisions because the heightened state of the Coronavirus pandemic occurred in the middle of state high school basketball tournaments across the country. While 13 states had completed their tournaments, the remainder were faced with tough decisions throughout the week.

 

Fri
13
Mar
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Rotan Baseball gains playing time in Eula Tournament

Last weekend, the Rotan Yellowhammers travelled to Eula Highschool to compete in their annual baseball tournament. The Hammers played a total of three games winning one and losing two.

The first game of the tournament was a hardearned victory for the Yellowhammers as they battled against the Gordon Longhorns for five innings. Freshman Zac Flores was on the mound, pitching five innings and throwing five strikeouts, giving up only three hits.

Rotan showed up ready to play defense completing the game with zero errors.

Offensively, the Hammers had a total of 19 atbats, seven runs, eight hits, and four RBI’s. Senior shortstop Cole Van Poppel lead the team with two runs, two RBI’s, and tied with Flores with two hits each.

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Fri
13
Mar
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Van Poppel Shuts down the Valley Patriots for a Yellowhammer win

Van Poppel Shuts down the Valley Patriots for a Yellowhammer win

Rotan Senior, Cole Van Poppel, collected his first perfect game of the 2020 baseball season.

There was perfection on the mound Monday, and it was a good day for Rotan as the Yellowhammers came through with a shutout 3-0 victory against the Valley Patriots.

The Hammers started off the first inning on defense with senior Cole Van Poppel on the mound. It was a quick three up three down as Van Poppel struck out the first three batters in the Patriots lineup, putting an end to the first half of the inning.

Freshman shortstop Zac Flores started the Yellowhammers off in the box with a hard ground ball to right field, reaching first. Flores was caught stealing second while freshman Jaxon Warren struck out looking.

Van Poppel doubled on a fly ball to right field, and senior Noah Foster struck out for the third out, ending the bottom of the first inning.

The Patriots offense didn’t last long as Van Poppel struck out Valley’s next three batters, giving the Yellowhammers another chance to get their bats going in the bottom of the second inning.

Fri
06
Mar
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Stanton baseball sweeps lead from Hammers in 8-4 defeat

Stanton baseball sweeps lead from Hammers in 8-4 defeat

Monday night the Rotan Yellowhammers competed against the Stanton Buffalos in a heartbreaking battle as they lost the lead late in the game with an 8-4 defeat.

Freshman shortstop Zac Flores stepped into the box to lead off the Yellowhammers being walked to first then stealing second. Senior pitcher Cole Van Poppel hit a hard ground ball and with Flores crossing the plate.

Center fielder Johnny Lujan-Perez struck out looking with Van Poppel being picked off at second for two outs. Third baseman Noah Foster singled on a fly ball to left field, and Jaxon Warren stepped up to bat.

Foster stole second and advanced to third after an error by Stanton’s catcher. Warren hit a ground ball to Stanton’s shortstop, resulting in another defensive error against the Buffalos allowing Foster to cross the plate.

With a 2-0 lead, Simon Flores struck out leaving Warren on second, ending the top of the first.

Fri
06
Mar
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Rotan Lady Hammers have blow-out victory over Abilene Cooper

Rotan Lady Hammers have blow-out victory over Abilene Cooper

Rotan Sophomore Zoe Flores dives for home plate. Photo By: Mark Martinez

This Monday, the Rotan Lady Hammers traveled to Abilene to compete in a head to head matchup against the Cooper Cougarettes.

The Lady Hammers fired up their offense in the first inning as Cooper’s pitcher walked the first 6 batters in Rotan’s lineup. With Kinzie Buchanan at-bat, sophomore catcher Zoe Flores stole home on a wild pitch with Mya Gentry and Ryleigh Denton following close behind her on second and third.

Felicia Carillo walked to first, bringing Gentry in to score another run for the Lady Hammers. Freshman outfielder Sterling Bowen hit a ground ball to shortstop and advanced to second on an error by Cooper’s first basemen Cortez, and Buchanan and Denton crossed home.

Up 5-0 and no outs on the board, junior outfielder Cissa Dixon singled on a line drive to right field. Carillo and Bowen scored, bringing the Lady Hammers up to 7-0 by the end of the top of the first inning.

Fri
28
Feb
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Lions go 1-1 in season closers

Lions go 1-1 in season closers

Brynlie Johnson fights for a rebound. Photo By: Mark Martinez

The Lions ended their season on a high note, defeating the Aspermont Hornets 50-44. The Hornets jumped out to a 9-2 run to start the game, but the Lions then went on a 9-2 run themselves to tie the game at 11 all to end the first period. The Lions took the lead in the second period and hung on to lead 21-18 at the half. The Lions then extended their lead 37-29. They Lions were then outscored by the Hornets in the final period but only by 1 point and won the game 50-44. With the win, the Lions tied for third place in the district with Lueders-Avoca; congratulations on a good season. Lions were in double figures on the night, lead by Braxton Coker with 11 points and Brennan Faucett and Ethan Hernandez each with 10 points; others scoring for the Lions: Brady Faucett 8 points, Jake Byers 6 points, Drew Carreon 5 points. Rebounding for the Lions were Brady Faucett and Ethan Hernandez, both pulling in 6, Braxton Coker and Brennan Faucett with 3 each and Jake Byers with 1.

Fri
28
Feb
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Aspermont Basketball teams bring home the gold

Aspermont Basketball teams bring home the gold

Pictured L-R: Back: Coach Wayne Johnson. Front: Kelly Lowack, Sadie Gentry, Reagan Calamaco, Chayna Brown, Gracie Fraser, Aaliyah Miller, Mattie Koenig, Patricia Murguia, Jenna Berry, Angelika Baez, Celie Gentry, Shelby Calamaco, Coach Colin Brown. Regional Quarter Final Champions . Photo by Steven Ellis.

The Aspermont Hornet and Lady Hornet teams have been enjoying success this past week with their playoff wins!

The Hornets took 2nd in district and played the Ira Bulldogs in the Bi-District championship round held at McMurry University. They won in a barn blazing game in OT for victory.

In the 1st quarter, it was a game of back and forth. Kobe Hodges scored a 3-pointer and a basket for 5 pts. Rowdy Bradley scored 2 baskets for 4 pts. Josiah Coplen drained a 3-pointer. The score stayed close 12-13, Ira.

In the 2nd quarter, the game stayed even. Hodges made a 3-pointer, a basket, and 2/2 (100%) free throws for 7 pts. Coplen added a basket and Bradley made 2/2 (100%) free throws. Aspermont took the lead 23-22.

In the 3rd quarter, the crowd was buzzing with anticipation as to who would keep the lead. Miguel Rojas drained 2 3-pointers. Hodges and Bradley also added 2 pts a piece. The score at the end of the 3rd was 33-34, Ira.

Fri
21
Feb
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Yellowhammer basketball finishes 2019-20 season

Yellowhammer basketball finishes 2019-20 season

Rotan Junior, Koy Bell, prepares to defend against Piper offense.

The Rotan Hammers finished their 2019-2020 season with 5 wins and 7 losses. On February 14 at Paint Creek, the Hammers defeated the Pirates by the final score of 63-13. The team never trailed in this game…the team used a 19-2 run in the opening period that led to a blowout victory! (Junior) Koy Bell recorded his third DOUBLE-DOUBLES of District Play…he led the team with 12 REBOUNDS, 17 POINTS, 6 STEALS, AND 4 ASSISTS. (Senior) Noah Foster led the team in points scored: 18 PTS, 4 REBS, 1 AST, 1 STL; (Senior) Trent Josey-8 PTS and 5 REBS; (Freshman) Zac Flores-7 PTS, 5 STL, 4 REBS, and 1 AST; (Freshman) Jaxon Warren-6 PTS, 5 REBS, 4 STL, 2 AST; (Freshman) Jordan Daniel-5 PTS, 2 REBS, 1 AST; (Junior) Kaden Dycus-2 PTS, 2 REBS, 1 STL.

Fri
21
Feb
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Lady Lions defeat Hamlin; The Lions rout Rule

Lady Lions defeat Hamlin; The Lions rout Rule

Roby Senior, Berkley Johnson works to get a around Lady Piper defender

The Lady Lions and Lions began Tuesday in Hamlin with all four teams in action. The Lady Lions had to defeat the Lady Pipers to seal third place in the district and advance to the playoffs; and they were successful in their endeavor.

The JV Lady Lions had the first game of the evening. After trailing by only one point at the half 10-11, the Ladies had a scoreless third period to fall behind 10-30. The Ladies outscored the JV Pipers 8-6 in the final period but ended up losing 18-36. The Ladies were led by Laramie Harris in scoring and rebounding having double digit rebounds with 12. Stats: Laramie Harris 6 points, 12 rebounds, Taylor Moore 5 points, 3 rebounds, Gracie Powell 5 points, 2 rebounds, Alicia Betancourt 2 points, 5 rebounds, McKenzie Barrera 5 rebounds.

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