Big Country Sports in Review 2015-2016
Sports measure more than yards, goals, passes, hits or even trophies, sports also measure a time frame in memories. This 2015-2016 school year had a lot to remember across all big country athletes.
It all started back in football. One team that made a dream, reality were the Albany Lions who battled through an emotional year. Albany returned to state for the second consecutive time but came up short, only to be measured by the score board.
Football ended and basketball began, and one team to take their season by storm were the Abilene High Eagles. With a first year head coach, the boys made a historic run with 24 straight wins, they ended the year 31-5. For the Lady Bulldogs however, the team made their third consecutive trip to state, another tough loss for hometown fans to La Vega in the semifinals.
Then a hurricane of softball and baseball with four big country teams qualifying. Brownwood and Colorado City and Stamford making history of their own but could not come up with the hardware to bring home. But the Wylie Bulldogs pulled through to the very end to take home their programs first trophy, and the school's 11th state title.
These athletes finished their high school careers with success and young accomplishments. And for some of the high school seniors, they decided to continue their athletic adventures by putting pen to paper for local teams.
Historically measured success could be seen on the college front from the HSU basketball team who claimed their first ever conference championship and tallied their first NCAA appearance making it to the second round.
Across town on the court the Lady Wildcats found their winning ways finishing 26 and 4 with a Southland Conference Championship and a bid to the WNIT.
More ladies continuing wins on the track. The Cowgirls track and field team claimed their first conference title, another one for the HSU athletics department. This year wrapped up nicely across the board. But after every year seniors will graduate and new athletes will join teams. Leaving fans excited for future measures of success in sport.