Jermaine Chairez

Cross Threaded pitcher Jermaine Chairez fires a pitch toward home plate during the sixth inning of this past Thursday evening's North Plains Babe Ruth matchup between CT and Dalhart.

The boys of summer are back, and they’re ready to get down to business on the diamond.

The North Plains Babe Ruth youth baseball league started up its 2018 season this past Thursday evening at the NPBR Baseball Field, with Opening Night ceremonies, an opening twinbill pitting Cross Threaded against Dalhart and Designs & More taking on Homeworks.

Players, coaches and spectators alike were introduced to each team and were treated to free hot dogs, chips and ice cold water.

In the first game, Cross Threaded had to hold off a late rally from the Golden Wolves to earn a high scoring 19-15 victory.

Cross Threaded – last year’s league runner-up – built up a 19-9 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Dalhart used patience at the plate to put up seven runs in a two-run rally, before Cross Threaded was able to shut the door on the Golden Wolves through a strikeout from closing pitcher Zach Thompson.

Designs & More captured their first victory of the season in style in the nightcap, defeating Homeworks by a final score of 16-6.

Designs & More put together two solid innings to put away Homeworks and earn the victory.

The full-length feature story on the beginning of the NPBR’s 2018 summer season will be reported in an upcoming edition of the Moore County News-Press.

Dumas wrestling program tabs June 23 for Wrestling Under the Lights tournament

Already craving some wrestling action? The Dumas wrestling program is chomping at the bit and are more than ready to take their trade to the great outdoors.

The Dumas Wrestling Booster Club announced that the 2018 Wrestling Under the Lights tournament would be scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 23 at Demon Stadium.

The announced was made last Wednesday afternoon, via the Dumas Wrestling Booster Club’s Facebook page.

The folk-style tournament will feature hundreds of wrestlers, 104 possible weight classes, nine divisions and six mats in a full night of wrestling.

The weigh-ins will start at 4:30 p.m. and run until 6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Dumas head wrestling coach Clint Chamblin at 719-568-2942, assistant coach Chris Holzworth at 970-778-1169 or Dumas Wrestling Booster Club president Oscar Martinez at 717-8524.

MCWSL to begin season on April 26

Toward the tail end of April, the quest for the Moore County NewsHPress Cup begins anew.

The Moore County Women’s Soccer League will start its season a little early, beginning the 2018 campaign on April 26 at the Juan Lagos Soccer Fields in Utley Park.

The announcement was made at the first MCWSL coaches’ meeting of the season, which took place this past Tuesday evening at the Moore County YMCA.

Six teams will join the fray this season, from defending champion Sporting Futbol Club and Panteras to the Dynamites and the return of Barza. Despite the absence of the Aguilas and Gators this upcoming season, MCWSL Director Orlando Gajardo stated that two new teams would join the league.

Adding to the intrigue of the new season is possible interest from teams based in Perryton and Guymon, Okla. While this would potentially expand the league outside county lines, the MCWSL will continue to host all of its fixtures at the Juan Lagos Soccer Fields.

There are also preliminary talks between the MCWSL and the Azteca League of Amarillo, where both league champions could meet in an interleague friendly after the conclusion of their respective seasons.

Most of the rules remain the same, including the allowance of two minor players per team and one player under the age of 18 allowed on the pitch at any given time during a league contest.

The MCWSL’s schedule will be finalized on Monday evening, in a mandatory coaches’ meeting.

Rousser gets nod to regional golf meet

Senior golfer Emilee Smith will not be the lone Sunray representative when the Region I-5A Golf Tournament in Odessa comes to pass.

Senior golfer Rhett Rousser was given the nod to play at the regional meet, in a decision made on April 5. The decision was made two days after the end of the District 1-2A Golf Tournament, which took place on April 2.

See how Emilee and Rhett fare at the regionals in a future edition of the News-Press.

Guevara earns lone berth to Region I-5A meet

For the third straight season, senior golfer Mia Guevara will take to the links in Lubbock.

Guevara was the lone placer following the final round of the District 3-5A Golf Tournament, which was held on April 2 at the John Pitman Municipal Golf Course in Hereford, shooting an overall score of 257 strokes.

Over the course of the tournament, Mia shot a 78 in the first round, 92 in the second and 87 in the final round.

The Demonettes were not so fortunate, placing fourth with an overall score of 1183 strokes. Amarillo High won the district with 1036 strokes, followed by Randall’s 1058 strokes and Canyon’s 1115 strokes.

Claire Thompson finished with 294 strokes, followed by Katie Gillespie’s 309 strokes and Brenli Curbo’s 322 strokes. Addison Cross rounded out the overall score with 323 strokes.

Demon golfers finish season in District 3-5A’s final round

The Dumas varsity boys’ golf team saw its season come to an end following the conclusion of the District 3-5A meet last Monday at the Palo Duro Creek Golf Course in Canyon.

The Demons were mere strokes away from a second place finish following the second round of the district meet, but came up short of a potential regional berth in the third and final round.

Amarillo High won the overall tournament with 948 strokes, followed by Canyon’s 1006 strokes and Randall’s 1019 strokes.

The Demons were led by senior Branton Hatley’s 81 strokes, and accumulated an overall score of 255 strokes. Junior Ty Bynum shot an 85, which granted him 260 strokes.

Matthew Vasquez ended up with 90 strokes, attaining 259 strokes overall, while Ethan Long came away with a 94 and an overall score of 270 strokes. Mason Shockey rounded things out, shooting a 92 and finishing the tournament with 274 overall strokes.

Other notables included Mason Olivia’s 93 strokes and overall of 263, followed by Trace Hallford’s 98 strokes and overall score of 322 strokes. Dax Davis put up 108 strokes and an overall score of 324, followed by Haydn Davis’ 113 and overall score of 347 strokes.

Bryan Bednorz shot a 110, with an overall score of 355 strokes.

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