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    Midland Christian Dominates in Arkansas Video included

    The Midland Christian Mustangs started their quest for a fourth straight state title in Arkansas on Monday. It was the longest road trip in program history. The Mustangs dominated Highland High 56-7 at Razorback Stadium. From the beginning to end, Midland Christian controlled the game.

    Permian Looking Good, But Can Improve in Week 2 Video included

    Permian got off to a great start of the season with a 35-7 victory in the San Antonio area over McAllen. The Panthers did not play perfect, but still dominated a very talented squad. Coach Bale Feldt discusses the game.

    Band of the Week: McCamey vs Reagan County

    Band of the Week: McCamey vs Reagan County Video included

    Band of the Week: McCamey vs Reagan County

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 24th-30th

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 24th-30th Video included

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 24th-30th

    Midland Trinity Rallies to Beat Loraine in Season Opener

    Midland Trinity Rallies to Beat Loraine in Season Opener Video included

    Midland Trinity Rallies to Beat Loraine in Season Opener

    Sands Drops Shootout to Rotan

    Sands Drops Shootout to Rotan Video included

    The Ackerly Sands Mustangs put up 52 in their season opener, but in true six-man fashion, that wasn't enough. They gave up 81 to Rotan, and begin 2014, 0-1.

    Big Spring Beats Kerrville With Tannehill-Yanez Hail Marry

    Big Spring Beats Kerrville With Tannehill-Yanez Hail Marry Video included

    Big Spring Beats Kerrville With Tannehill-Yanez Hail Marry

    MOJO Opens Season With Win Over McAllen

    MOJO Opens Season With Win Over McAllen Video included

    MOJO Opens Season With Win Over McAllen

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Midland Trinity Chargers Video included

    The Trinity Chargers are ready to roll in their second year under Antwan Alexander. This is a squad with a bunch of talent, especially Ethan Samuels at quarterback. The Chargers made the playoffs last year and are confident they can make a run this season.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Buena Vista Longhorns Video included

    The LongHorns are looking to get back to the playoffs after an extended drought. This is a team that will pound the rock and hope that opens up the rest of the offense. Buena Vista has their hopes high and be live they can reach the postseason.

    Gearing Up for GameTime: 4A-1A Roundtable Video included

    The sports team discusses some of the standout teams and players from 4A-1A.

    Game of the Week Preview: Balmorhea vs Rankin Video included

    Our first Game of the Week will be Balmorhea vs Rankin on Friday. Andrew Keesee preview the two 1A teams who once again will be powers in six man football. Coaches Vance Jones (Balmorhea) and Kevin Ray (Rankin) have a great deal of respect for each other. This is a premiere match up in Week 1.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Garden City Bearkats Video included

    The Garden City Bearkats are back and per usual look to be one of the better 1A teams in the state. Ismale Ramirez will be counted on in the backfield, but expect a few running backs. There could be multiple players that line up behind center and pass. The Bearkats are built on defense and they will once again rely on D to carry them. Garden City is the favorite in District 5-1A.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Borden County Coyotes Video included

    The Borden County Coyotes are set up for some serious success in 2014. After a 3-0 record in district and playoff appearance in a season that was considered disappointing, Borden County looks great. They will have fantastic depth and can lean on Corbin Sumners along with Hunter Jones will be a lethal offensive pair. Young players had to step up last season and now have the experience to push Borden County deep into the playoffs.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: District 3-6A Roundtable Video included

    The sports team previews District 3-6A in a round table discussion

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys Video included

    The Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys are coming off an incredible season that ended in a state championship. This year the Cowboys have the tools to get back to the promise land. However, they will be missing three major pieces to the 2013 title and will need other players to step up. Grandfalls-Royalty has a very strong receiving core and expects to pass the ball more. This team's success starts on defense and they plan to continue holding opponents to few scores.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Rankin Red Devils Video included

    Rankin enters the year with high aspirations and believe they can go farther then the first round of the playoffs. The Red Devils will continue to be a squad based on running the football, but look for a shotgun spread package as well. Rankin is all about speed and will need to outrace opponents on both sides of the ball.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Wink Wildcats Video included

    The Wink Wildcats are coming off a very good 2013, but are looking for more. All district wide receiver Eli Augusta will switch over to quarterback and make the offense more versatile. Wink is skilled on both sides of the ball and absolutely has a chance to win a district title and make a deep playoff run. The Wildcats priortize, fitness, hydration, and nutrition, This squad does not have a ton of depth and must stay healthy.

    RockHounds Beat Frisco; Clinch Playoff Spot Video included

    The Midland RockHounds beat Frisco 5-1 on Monday. Midland lost the series, but pulled to within one game of first place Frisco. More importantly, the Hounds victory coupled with a San Antonio Missions loss clinched a playoff spot for Midland.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Iraan Braves Video included

    The Iraan Braves enter 2014 as one of the strongest teams in the Permian Basin. Iraan returns Devin Griffin who is a major weapon. He played QB often in 2013 and will be all over the field for the Braves. Jarrett Doege will be the main man behind center. Iraan will have a strong defense. If they can sure up a young offensive line, the Braves could do something very special.

    Gametime Band Of the Week: Week 1

    Gametime Band Of the Week: Week 1 Video included

    Gametime Band Of the Week: Week 1

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 17th-23rd

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 17th-23rd Video included

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 17th-23rd

    Hounds Lose Second Straight To Frisco

    Hounds Lose Second Straight To Frisco Video included

    Hounds Lose Second Straight To Frisco

    Gearing Up For Gametime: Forsan Buffalo

    Gearing Up For Gametime: Forsan Buffalo Video included

    Gearing Up For Gametime: Forsan Buffalo

    Gearing Up For Gametime: McCamey Badgers

    Gearing Up For Gametime: McCamey Badgers Video included

    Gearing Up For Gametime: McCamey Badgers

    Hounds Blow Late Lead; Drop Opener To Riders

    Hounds Blow Late Lead; Drop Opener To Riders Video included

    Hounds Blow Late Lead; Drop Opener To Riders

    Gearing Up For Gametime: Odessa Latter Rain

    Gearing Up For Gametime: Odessa Latter Rain Video included

    Gearing Up For Gametime: Odessa Latter Rain

    Gearing Up For Gametime: Westbrook

    Gearing Up For Gametime: Westbrook Video included

    Gearing Up For Gametime: Westbrook

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Midland Christian Mustangs Video included

    The Midland Christian Mustangs are three time defending state champions, but have a lot to prove. First of all, the Mustangs have been moved up to the much tougher TAPPS Division 1. Record setting quarterback Mason McClendon has graduated along with Jarrod Koym. The defense will have to continue play great football and the running game must come through. As always, it is state title or bust at Midland Christian.

    RockHounds Beat Hooks; Take Series Video included

    The Midland RockHounds beat Corpus Christi 10-8 on Friday to secure a series victory. Midland got up 6-0 in a flash. The Hounds score six runs thanks in large part to a Dusty Coleman grand slam, before an out was recorded in the first inning. Midland starts a home series with Frisco on Saturday.

    Jackalopes Open Up Training Camp Video included

    The Odessa Jackalopes opened up training camp on Friday. The Jacks struggled again last season, but did make strides. This year Greg Gatto will be the man in charge from the outset. Odessa has a solid core of returning players.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Reagan County Owls Video included

    The Reagan County Owls are coming off a disappointing season where they went 3-7 and 1-4 in district. The Owls have 12 returning starters which should help them in district 4-3A (Division II). Expect Reagan County to run the ball a great deal using the Wing-T. On defense they will go between a 3-4 and 5-2 defense, so linebackers will need to be versatile players. 

    RockHounds Split Double Header with Hooks Video included

    The RockHounds and Hooks played a double header to make up for a rain out on Wednesday. The Hounds won the first game 4-1 before falling in Game 2. 5-0. Midland won the first game of the series and will go for the series victory Friday at 7:00PM.

    RockHounds Murphy Smith Discusses Bullpen-Rotation Shuffle Video included

    Murphy Smith has been in the bullpen with a few spot starts mixed in this season for the Midland RockHounds. Now Smith has been moved to the bullpen for good, or that is the plan at least. We talked to the Hound's pitcher about moving between the bullpen and starting rotation.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Colorado City Wolves Video included

    Colorado City is coming off a very disappointing season that was due in large part to youth and injuries. Now the Wolves are healthy and have a wealth of experience after last season. Colorado City won;t be afraid to throw the ball and believes they are prepped for a major bounce back season.

    RockHounds Ready for Playoffs While Having Fun Video included

    The RockHounds had their game against the Hooks rained out on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Hounds held a press conference as the end of the regular season approaches and playoffs are a good bet.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Kermit Yellow Jackets Video included

    The Kermit Yellow Jackets are looking to make a playoff appearance in 2014. Kermit practices at an Oregon Ducks like speed and plans to use their speed in games. Kermit will spread teams out and try to get opponents tired. Jantzen Michele is likely to take over behind center after back to back all district selections at wide receiver. The Yellow jackets plan to use a 3-3-5 defense in hopes of stopping spread offenses.

    RockHounds Trounce Corpus Christi Video included

    The Midland RockHounds opened up their final homestand of the regular season with a bang on Tuesday. The Hounds demolished Corpus Christi 15-2. Shawn Haviland got the start after Drew Granier was moved to the bullpen. Midland and Corpus Christi play again Wednesday at 6:30PM.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Crane Golden Cranes Video included

    The Crane Golden Cranes are coming off a 10 win season and area round appearance. Crane has high expectations again, but will need young players to play a major role. The Golden Cranes will replace their quarterback, running back, and a good amount of the offensive line. On defense, Crane should be strong, but the offense must gel and evolve quickly.

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 10th-16th

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 10th-16th Video included

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 10th-16th

    Stanton Hoping For a Big Year in 2014

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Stanton Buffaloes Video included

    Stanton Hoping For a Big Year in 2014

    Coahoma Bulldogs Using Past Seasons As Motivation

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Coahoma Bulldogs Video included

    Coahoma Bulldogs Using Past Seasons As Motivation

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Seminole Indians Video included

    The Seminole Indians have not made the playoffs since 2011 and hope to change that under new head coach Kent Jackson. Jackson is a Seminole native and returned to his hometown to bring the Indians back to prominence. Jackson was the head coach at Lubbock Coronado. QB Jarret Johnson must control the offense and look for playmaker Sebraun Adams. In a five team district where four will make the playoffs, Seminole has a great chance of making the postseason.

    RockHounds Beat Springfield in Opener Video included

    The RockHounds got a two run homer from Dusty Coleman on the way to a 3-2 victory over the Springfield Cardinals on Friday. This was the first game of a three game series between the two team. Game 2 will take place Saturday night.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Midland High Bulldogs Video included

    The Midland High Bulldogs missed the playoffs in 2013 after a 4-4 district record. It was the first time missing the playoff in back to back years under head coach Craig Yenzer. The Dawgs lost some weapons at wide receiver and running back. Ryan Goodrum will have to come up big at QB and lead the offense. Defensively, Midland High must be strong in order to contend. District 3-6A is tough despite being smaller, so it's no easy road for MHS.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Odessa High Bronchos Video included

    The Odessa High Bronchos shocked many by finishing 4-4 in district and getting to the area round of the playoffs. It was a huge bounce back year and now OHS has to try and build on that finish. Gone is star running back C.J. Eddison. Sebastian Galindo is most likely to take the majority of the hand offs. Nick Adams will be the man at QB and must play well for OHS to have success. The defense has eight retuning starters including leader Edgar Contreras. OHS may lean on the D this season.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Lee Rebels Video included

    The Lee Rebels are coming off a 7-1 district record and co-district title. The Rebels will have to reload after being hurt by graduation. Among the departed are record setting QB Caden Coots and wide receiver Alex Bell. The Rebs defensive front seven will be counted on to set the tone. Coach James Morton is confident in the younger players he has stepping in to key roles. Lee has been picked to finish second in the district.

    RockHounds Drop Opener in Tulsa Video included

    The RockHounds came up just short on Monday, losing to the Tulsa Drillers 2-1 in a series opener. Nate Long pitched well going 6 1/3 with four strikeouts and one earned run. Connor Crumbliss hit a first inning home run. The Hound splay the Drillers again Tuesday at 7:00PM.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Permian Panthers Video included

    The Permian Panthers enter the second year of the Blake Feldt era after barely missing the playoffs last year with a 4-4 record. Permian will lean on Heath Wood at quarterback in a scheme that will see more passing and some read option. Multiple players quit last season and this group has bought into Feldt and the coaching staff so expect better chemistry. The Panthers are an intense group that have high expectations and are determined to make the playoffs.

    Big Spring Looking To Build Off Breakout Season

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Big Spring Steers Video included

    Big Spring Looking To Build Off Breakout Season 

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 3rd-9th

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 3rd-9th Video included

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: August 3rd-9th

    Hounds Get Worked by Cards in Rubber Match

    Hounds Get Worked by Cards in Rubber Match Video included

    Hounds Get Worked by Cards in Rubber Match

    Gearing Up For Gametime: Fort Stockton

    Gearing Up For Gametime: Fort Stockton Video included

    The Forth Stockton Panthers return 19 starters from last year's playoff team. They're banking on that experience to bring in wins on a brand new football field in 2014.

    Hounds Dominate Cards, 9-3

    Hounds Dominate Cards, 9-3 Video included

    The Midland Rockhounds put on an offensive clinic Saturday ngiht, beating the Springfield Cardinals, 9-3. The win maintains the Rockhound's one game lead over the Frisco Roughriders in the Texas League South Division standings.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Lamesa Golden Tornadoes Video included

    The Lamesa Golden Tornadoes have had a tough few years and in the words of coach David Ritchey "a tough decade." Lamesa is trying to improve on yet another winless season. The Golden Tornadoes will have to replace their entire offensive line, quarterback, and running back. They will remain a speed based team that spreads the field and speeds up the defense. Young players who played well on JV will have to step into important roles and make a difference.

    RockHounds Fall to Springfield In Opener Video included

    The RockHounds did not start the series with Springfield in good shape. Sean Haviland struggled and the Cardinals had a 6-0 lead after an inning and a half. The RockHounds would come back including two runs in the 9th, but it was not enough. Midland lost 10-6 and will play game 2, Saturday night.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Pecos Eagles Video included

    The Pecos Eagles made Bi-District after a 4-1 district record in 2013. The Eagles will have to overcome multiple challenges including hardly any returning starters. Pecos is also a much smaller team, so it;s imperative for them to use speed to their advantage. The Eagles plan to run a spread Wing-T and stunt based 3-4 defense. They will have a tall task in District 2-4A (D2) filled with local rivals like Monahans, Greenwood, and Fort Stockton.

    RockHounds Drop Rubber Game to Tulsa Video included

    The RockHounds could not get it done against Tulsa on Thursday. Midland got behind early and despite a comeback lost 8-5. The RockHounds dropped the series to the Drillers and will start a three game home series with Springfield on Friday.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Monahans Loboes Video included

    The Monahans Loboes have a long tradition of football excellence. After a 4-1 record in district and area round appearance, Monahans plans on being right back in the mix for a district title. Coach Mickey Owens runs the Wing T so expect Jacob Lair to rack up the yards again in the backfield. Depth poses a bit of a concern, but Monahans will surely be playoff bound again and could make a solid run.

    RockHounds Shut Out Drillers Video included

    The RockHounds bounced back on Wednesday shutting out the Tulsa Drillers behind starter Nate Long. Reigning Texas League Player of the Week, Kent Matthes, hit yet another home run in the winning effort. The RockHounds and Drillers play for the series victory Thursday night.

    Interview with A's Assistant GM David Forst Video included

    Oakland Athletics Assistant General Manage, David Forst, is touring the minor league system. He is in Midland taking in a few RockHounds games. We spoke to Forst about everything ranging from the future of Billy Burns and recent good play by the RockHounds to major trades by the A's.

    Gearing Up for GameTime: Andrews Mustangs Video included

    The Andrews Mustangs are coming off two area round appearances and have very high expectations for 2014. Andrews is in the new District 2-4A (Division 1) with Clint, Clint Mountain View, Fabens, and San Elizario. Jase Hammack has taken over at QB the last two years and now starts the year as the man behind center. He has a bevy of offensive weapons. The Mustangs believe an extended playoff run is very possible.

    RockHounds Stage Late Rally But Fall to Tulsa Video included

    The RockHounds hosted the Tulsa Drillers for a three game series starting on Tuesday. The Hounds got behind 3-0 early. Midland made a comeback scoring two runs in the 9th, but came up short losing 5-4.

    Gearing Up For GameTime: Greenwood Rangers Video included

    The Greenwood Rangers are trying to move past a 2-8 record and 0-5 district mark from last season. There were issues at quarterback with no one every truly taking control of the job. Defense was a major issue as well. Now the Rangers are on a playoff mission in a tough district. Zach Redwine is the favorite to be named QB and will once again play a major role on defense. Tackling as a whole must improve great. Greenwood will be focusing on fundamental defense.

    Bradley Marquez Talks High School Football Video included

    There were plenty of story lines to go around at Texas Tech Media Day. Everything from Davis Webb taking the reigns of the offense to Kenny Williams switching from running back to defense. Of course, former OHS star, Bradley Marquez, will be a key weapon at receiver in the Red Raider offense. With Two-A-Days starting in high school football, Marquez spoke about his time in Odessa.

    Kent Matthes Named Texas League Player of the Week Video included

    From the RockHounds Website:RockHounds outfielder Kent Matthes was named Texas League Player of the Week on Monday for his performance from Monday, July 28th through Sunday, August 3rd. Matthes homered four times and drove in 11 runs during the seven game stretch. Matthes homered again in Sunday's series finale against Corpus Christi to help the RockHounds to a 6-3 win. The RockHounds will start a three game series with the Tulsa Drillers on Tuesday night.

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 27th-August 2nd

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 27th-August 2nd Video included

    The best of the West Texas sports scene for the week of June 27th through August 2nd

    Hounds Take 3 of 4 From Hooks With 6-3 Win

    Hounds Take 3 of 4 From Hooks With 6-3 Win Video included

     Hounds Take 3 of 4 From Hooks With 6-3 Win

    Hounds Come Apart Late; Lose To Hooks, 4-2

    Hounds Come Apart Late; Lose To Hooks, 4-2 Video included

    The Midland Rockhounds were looking for a third consecutive win over the Corpus Christi Hooks, Saturday. Instead, they give up 3 runs in the 9th inning, and lose, 4-2. With Frisco beating San Antonio on the same night, the Rockhound's lead in for the TL South Division is down to one game.

    Kent Matthes is Mashing for the RockHounds Video included

    Kent Matthes has been mashing. Before the game on Friday, Matthes had six home runs in the last six games including a couple of grand slams. The major resurgence comes after struggling for a good part of the season. Matthes started at Triple A and battled injuries before being demoted. Now Matthes is feeling healthy and seeing the ball very well.

    RockHounds Beat Hooks in Opener Video included

    The RockHounds started a ten game home stand and four game series with Corpus Christi with a 6-1 win on Thursday. Kent Matthes hit a grand slam which was his sixth homer in the last six games. Starting pitcher Nate Long had 10 strikeouts and allowed one earned run over seven innings. The Hounds and Hooks play again Friday at 7:00PM.

    Billy Burns Talks About Time in the MLB Video included

    Billy Burns was the first RockHounds to be called up directly to the MLB since association with the Athletics started. Burns started a game and got in two others. Thursday afternoon he was optioned to Triple A, but still could easily be recalled. We talked to Burns about his time in the majors.

    MHS Baseball Coach Barry Russell Named Regional Coach of the Year Video included

    Barry Russell has been named the Division 2 Regional Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Russell helped lead the Bulldogs to a district title and regional semifinal appearance. He has been at the helm of the MHS baseball team for 18 years and has 614 career wins overall

    OHS Football Player, Dayton Dennard, Diagnosed with Cancer Video included

    Odessa High football player Dayton Dennard has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. Dennard will not play football and stop attending OHS while undergoing eight months of chemotherapy. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at NewsWest9 are with Dayton and his family. We will keep the community updated if a donation fund is set up or any kind of event is held for Dayton.

    MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Are More Than Just Fighting Video included

    Bastos BJJ in Midland is teaching locals about the MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The sport goes far beyond a simple fight. Fighters need to not only have great ability and conditioning, but also must work hard on the mental aspect. Many students find varied purposes to take up the sport.

    Midland Mid City Intermediate All Stars in World Series Video included

    The Midland Mid City Intermediate Little League All Star team is in the World Series. After winning the southwest tournament in Grand Junction, CO, Mid City will have a chance for a championship in Livermore, CA. Mid City received a bye on Tuesday and will play their first game on Wednesday.

    Billy Burns Promoted to Athletics Video included

    RockHounds' outfielder Billy Burns was promoted to the Athletics on Monday. Burns replaced injured outfielder Craig Gentry. Burns has a .333 on base percentage and has 51 steals in 56 attempts. We spoke to Burns recently about the possibility of being promoted to the majors.

    Jeremy Barfield's Journey: Outfielder-Pitcher-Outfielder Again Video included

    Andrew Keesee brings you the story of RockHound outfielder Jeremy Barfield. Barfield was a major outfield prospect before the Athletics organization tried to turn him into a pitcher. Barfield never felt comfortable pitching and is now back in Midland as the right fielder.

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: July 20th-26th

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: July 20th-26th Video included

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: July 20th-26th

    Rockhounds Take 3 of 4 From Hooks With 11-3 Win

    Rockhounds Take 3 of 4 From Hooks With 11-3 Win Video included

     Rockhounds Take 3 of 4 From Hooks With 11-3 Win

    Rockhounds Beat Hooks, 10-4

    Rockhounds Beat Hooks, 10-4 Video included

     Rockhounds Beat Hooks, 10-4

    RockHounds Fall to Hooks 6-3 Video included

    The RockHounds were the first on the board against the Hooks on Friday, but could not hold the lead. Sean Murphy gave up five earned runs as Midland lost in Corpus Christi 6-3. Both teams now have one win in the four game series. Game 3 will take place at 7:10PM on Saturday.

    Jackalopes Release 2014 Training Camp Roster

    Jackalopes Release 2014 Training Camp Roster Video included

    The Odessa Jackalopes have released their training camp roster for 2014. 31 names are on the list, 6 of whom are NCAA Division I commits. 

    RockHounds Take Opener in Corpus Christi Video included

    The RockHounds got over losing a series to Frisco quickly. Midland dominated the Hooks 7-3, taking the opener of a four game series in Corpus Christi. The series continues on Friday at 7:10PM.

    RockHounds Fall to Frisco, Drop Series Video included

    The RockHounds entered the 9th inning tied with Frisco on Wednesday, but gave up two runs and lost 5-2. The Hounds lost three of four against the RoughRiders. Midland starts a series in Corpus Christi on Thursday.

    Sean Haviland Talks Facing RoughRiders and Internal Competition Video included

    Sean Haviland was the starting pitcher in the series finale against Frisco on Wednesday. We talked to Haviland about his approach facing Frisco and the competition that exists within the RockHounds starting rotation.

    RockHounds Split Double Header with Frisco Video included

    The RockHounds and Frisco RoughRiders split a double header on Tuesday. Both games were 7 innings. The Hounds got a late Dusty Coleman home run to help beat Frisco 7-6. The RoughRiders came back in Game 2 and beat Midland 8-3. They finish the four game series Wednesday night.

    Max Muncy Discusses Hot Streak/Grand Slam Bonanza Video included

    Max Muncy is the player of the week in the Texas League. He discusses his hot hitting and amazing feat of hitting grand slams in back to back games.

    RockHounds Fall to Frisco in Opener Video included

    The RockHounds could not keep up their hot streak on Monday, falling to Frisco 6-1. Jeremy Barfield was used as a pitcher late in the game. Frisco and Midland will play a double header on Tuesday.

    Muncy Named Player of the Week/Hounds Keep Perspective Video included

    Max Muncy was named the Texas League Player of the Week after hitting two grand slams and getting on base at an astounding rate. He had 16 RBIs. The Hounds are 14-4 in the month of July, but are keeping perspective.

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 13th-19th

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 13th-19th Video included

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 13th-19th

    Rockhounds Players And Coaches Recall On Field Incident in Corpus

    Rockhounds Players And Coaches Recall On Field Incident in Corpus Video included

    Rockhounds Players And Coaches Recall On Field Incident in Corpus

    Rockhounds Lose To Missions, Still Win Series

    Rockhounds Lose To Missions, Still Win Series Video included

     Rockhounds Lose To Missions, Still Win Series

    Rockhounds Beat Missions, Secure Series Win

    Rockhounds Beat Missions, Secure Series Win Video included

    Rockhounds Beat Missions, Secure Series Win

    Rockhounds Walk Off Fun Continues

    Rockhounds Walk Off Fun Continues Video included

    The Midland Rockhounds entered Saturday's game against San Antonio, riding a ton of momentum. Friday night saw the Hound's 4th walk off win over the Missions in 2 weeks, the most recent being Friday night's 9th inning grand slam, courtesy of Kent Matthes. That gave the Hounds a 5-3.

    Marte Killing it For Rockhounds

    Marte Killing it For Rockhounds Video included

     Marte Killing it For Rockhounds

    Rockhounds Rally To Walk Off Once Again

    Rockhounds Rally To Walk Off Once Again Video included

    The baseball gods seem to love the Midland Rockhounds. Friday night, the Hounds trailed San Antonio, 3-0 in the bottom of the 9th. Then the Hound's bats came alive, scoring 5 runs, including a walk-off grand slam by Kent Matthes. Hounds win, 5-3.

    Big Spring Football Interview Video included

    Interview with the Big Spring football team for Under West Texas Skies

    RockHounds Magic Man, Jefry Marte, Walks Off Again Video included

    The RockHounds beat the Mission 6-5 on Thursday after yet another walk off from Jefrey Marte. Marte has a walk off homer and single in the last week and a half. This time Marte was lucky. A Mission player dropped a fly ball leading to the tying and winning runs, but it is still another walk off for Magic Marte.

    Andrews Football Interview Video included

    Interview with Andrews football team for Under West Texas Skies

    Little League Teams Dreaming Big Video included

    Two local Little League teams are attempting to make their dreams come true and win a championship. They have made it far already and hope for more. Andrew Keesee has the story.

    Jackalopes Open Camp In Michigan

    Jackalopes Open Camp In Michigan Video included

     Jackalopes Open Camp In Michigan

    Hounds Lose to Hooks, Split Series

    Hounds Lose to Hooks, Split Series Video included

    The red hot Midland Rockhounds were cooled off Wednesday night in Corpus Christi. The Hounds suffered just their third loss in the month of June, and saw their 2-game winning streak snapped by the Hooks. With the loss, the Rockhounds split the 4 game set with Corpus.

    Balmorhea Football Interview Video included

    The Under West Texas Skies interview with the Balmorhea Bears.

    RockHounds Win Again in Corpus Christi Video included

    The RockHoudns won a second straight game in Corpus Christi on Tuesday, beating the Hooks 6-3. Midland got a grand slam from Max Muncy for the second consecutive game. The Hounds go for the series victory Wednesday night.

    Sockers Playing Playoff Waiting Game Video included

    Sockers FC will have to wait until Saturday to see if they make the playoffs. They need the Laredo heat to lose or tie against the Houston Dutch Lions. We talked to Sockers and RockHounds assistant GM Jeff Von Holle about playing the playoff waiting game.

    RockHounds Strike Back Against Hooks Video included

    The RockHounds felt sweet redemption on Monday night. One day after the Corpus Christi Hooks stopped the RockHounds nine game winning streak with a 14-1 win. Midland came back with a 14-2 victory. Jefry Marte stayed hot with a homer and Max Muncy hit a grand slam.

    RockHounds' Marte Wins Player of the Week Video included

    Midland RockHounds third basemen Jefry Marte won the Texas League Player of the Week. He had two walk off hits, including a walk off home run. He also had a game where he went 5/5 and hit .520 over six games.Also, the other night in Corpus Christi a drunken fan ran on to the field threatening the RockHounds pitcher. Dusty Coleman ran from shortstop and pushed the fan down as the RockHounds gathered to defend themselves.

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: July 6th-12th

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: July 6th-12th Video included

    The best of west Texas sports from the week of July 6th-12th.

    Rockhound's Streak Ends In Blowout to Hooks

    Rockhound's Streak Ends In Blowout to Hooks Video included

     Rockhound's Streak Ends In Blowout to Hooks

    Rockhounds Win 9th Straight; Sweep San Antonio

    Rockhounds Win 9th Straight; Sweep San Antonio Video included

    The Midland Rockhounds won their 9th consecutive win Saturday night, as they swept the San Antonio Missions. The Rockhounds are now two and a half games ahead of the Corpus Christi Hooks for the Texas League South Division lead.

    RockHounds Get Walk Off Win For Second Straight Day Video included

    The Midland RockHounds beat the San Antonio Missions 3-2, winning the four game series and lengthening their lead over 2nd place San Antonio. The game went into extra innings after both teams scored in the 9th making the game 2-2. Jefry Marte hit a walk off single in the bottom of the tenth one day after hitting a walk off home run. The RockHounds go for the four game sweep Saturday night.

    Sockers Give Up Late Goals; Tie Aztex Video included

    The Sockers started Friday with two games remaining and a two point lead on Laredo for the last playoff spot. They were looking good on the road against first place Austin, leading 2-0 as stoppage time began. However, the Aztex were able to score two goals and the game finished in a tie. The Sockers regular season concludes on Sunday.

    RockHounds Get Walk-off Home Run from Marte Video included

    The RockHounds kept winning by beating the San Antonio Mission Thursday night. The game was tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th when the hot hitting Jefry Marte hit a walk off solo home run to win the game. The Hounds have beat the Missions two straight and look for the series victory Friday night.

    RockHounds Discuss Roster Turnover Video included

    The Midland RockHounds are once again battling for a Texas League South title. They will have to do after roster turnover due to an Athletics trade that sent top prospect Addison Russell to the Cubs. We spoke with the team about playing while knowing their career paths could abruptly change at any moment.

    RockHounds Beat Missions; Take First Place Video included

    The RockHounds took the first game of a four game set with the Missions 10-6. Midland jumped San Antonio and took first place in the Texas League South with the win. The two teams meet again Thursday at 7:00 PM.

    UTPB Closer to Developing Football Program Video included

    The UTPB football program is closer to becoming a reality after the Odessa City Council approved an allocation of 200,000 dollars per year over a five year period to help build the program. UTPB must raise 9.5 million dollars in private funds. The goal is to have the program up and running by the Fall of 2016. We talked to UTPB Athletic Director Steve Aicinena about the developing football program.

    Midland Christian's Grant Little Commits to Texas Tech Video included

    Grant Little, a three sport star at Midland Christian, verbally committed to join the Texas Tech baseball team. Little is only a junior, so the commitment is not binding. Little is a stand out football, basketball, and baseball player for the Mustangs. He will head to Tech as a pitcher and shortstop. Little continues the line of Midland Christian baseball players to become Red Raiders. Past players include Chris Withrow and Hunter Redman.

    RockHounds Sweep Travelers Video included

    The RockHounds finished an excellent road trip to Arkansas with a victory over the Travelers, 6-3, securing a sweep. Despite major turnover in the last week, Midland continues playing well. They return for a home stand on Wednesday.

    NewsWest 9 Sports Top Plays: July 6th

    NewsWest 9 Sports Top Plays: July 6th Video included

    All the top plays from our area from Sunday, June 30th to Saturday, July 5th.

    Hounds Pitcher, Drew Granier Called Up

    Hounds Pitcher, Drew Granier Called Up Video included

    The ripple effect from the MLB trade involving the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's continued Sunday as the Midland Rockhounds said good bye to another member of their clubhouse. Starting pitcher Drew Granier was scheduled to start against the Arkansas Travelers, but with the Athletic's AAA affiliate Sacramento's Dan Straily being shipped to Chicago in the trade, Granier's services were needed out west. In 2014 with Midland, Granier was 4-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 53 strikeouts.

    Sockers FC Lose to Austin, 2-1

    Sockers FC Lose to Austin, 2-1 Video included

    The Sockers FC carried a 6-game unbeaten streak into their regular season home finale against the Austin Aztex. The top two teams in the PDL mid South division remained scoreless in the first, but combined for 3 goals in the second half. Austin holds on for the 2-1 win over the Sockers. These two are back at it in Austin on July 11th.

    Addison Russell Traded to Chicago

    Addison Russell Traded to Chicago Video included

    Friday night's big MLB trade affected the Midland Rockhounds. Shortstop Addison Russell, who had recently returned from injury, was shipped to the Chicago Cubs organization in a deal that sentJason Hammel and Jeff Semardzija to Oakland. The A's organization acquired several other players in the deal. the A's also sent Billy McKinney, and a player to be named later to Chicago in the deal.Russell was hitting .333, with 1 home run and 8 rbis with the Rockhounds this season.

    Head Sent to Arizona For Rehab Assignment

    Head Sent to Arizona For Rehab Assignment Video included

    Rockhounds first baseman Miles Head has been dealing with nagging injuries all season. So the organization designated him for a rehab assignment with the Oakland A's affiliate in Arizona.

    Sockers Finish Road Trip Undefeated; Control Playoff Destiny

    Sockers Finish Road Trip Undefeated; Control Playoff Destiny Video included

    Despite the long road trip, and the fatigue that comes along with it, the Sockers FC came out the other side of last weekend's road trip, undefeated. The trip saw the Sockers beat Mississippi for a third time this year, a very difficult feat; and shut out Houston. The Sockers now control their own playoff destiny with three games remaining.

    Sockers FC Coming Together At Right Time

    Sockers FC Coming Together At Right Time Video included

    Sockers FC Coming Together At Right Time

    Rockhounds Prepare For Arkansas Road Trip

    Rockhounds Prepare For Arkansas Road Trip Video included

    The Midland Rockhounds are looking to shake a recent post All-Star funk. That begins with a road trip through the state of Arkansas.

    Rockhounds Lose to Travelers; Get Swept

    Rockhounds Lose to Travelers; Get Swept Video included

    The Midland Rockhound's struggles against Arkansas opponents continued Monday night. The Hounds would lose the rubber match to the Arkansas Travelers, 4-3. The loss completes the sweep of the Rockhounds by Arkansas. This comes after Midland dropped 2 of 3 to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 22-28

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 22-28 Video included

    Here's a look at the top plays from June 22nd through the 28th.

    Rockhounds Lose Second Straight to Travelers

    Rockhounds Lose Second Straight to Travelers Video included

    Rockhounds Lose Second Straight to Travelers

    Sockers Preparing for Home Stretch

    Sockers Preparing for Home Stretch Video included

    Sockers Preparing for Home Stretch

    Dez Bryant on Hand For WildCatters Win

    Dez Bryant on Hand For WildCatters Win Video included

    West Texas is football country, and Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant loves football, so it makes sense why he was in Odessa Saturday night. The Wildcatters didn't disappoint either. They snapped a 7-game losing streak by beating the Amarillo Venom, 52-51.

    RockHounds Fall to Naturals; Drop Series Video included

    The RockHounds could not get it done on Friday night. Midland fell behind the Naturals and were never able to catch up, losing 8-2. The Hounds dropped the three game series against NW Arkansas.

    Sockers FC Take Down Mississippi Brilla FC Video included

    Sockers FC took their show on the road to the South. The Sockers continued their great recent play and came away with a 2-1 win over Mississippi Brilla FC.

    RockHounds Rally Falls Short Video included

    The RockHounds were trying to win the series again the NW Arkansas Naturals on Thursday. Midland got down 6-0 at one point. They were able to make a late comeback, but still ended up losing 6-4. The two teams play the rubber game Friday night.

    RockHounds Smash NW Arkansas Video included

    A day after the Texas League All Star Game, the RockHounds showed no signs of slowing down. Drew Granier pitched six shutout inning and Midland scored seven runs in the 8th inning beating NW Arkansas 8-0.

    Former Midland Christian/Texas Tech Player Hunter Redman Signs with Dodgers Video included

    Hunter Redman learned a great deal during his time at Midland Christian and Texas Tech. Now the catcher will become a professional, signing a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers after being drafted in the eight round. Redman discusses what he learned as a Mustang, the tough decision to leave Texas Tech, and his excitement in joining the Dodgers.

    South Loses Texas League All Star Game; Muncy Finishes 2nd in HR Derby Video included

    The South fell to the North in the Texas League All Star Game on Tuesday. Josh Whitaker had an RBI single while Dusty Coleman and Max Muncy went hitless. Nate Long and Seth Frankoff threw scoreless innings. Also, Max Muncy finished second in the Home Run Derby which took place before the game.

    Midland Classical's Kayla Beattie Signs Video included

    Kayla Beattie made history on Tuesday by becoming the first girl's basketball player from Midland Classical to sign with a college. After leading Classical to the TAPPS 3A State Championship game, Beattie signed with the Texas Women's University basketball team.

    Sockers Discuss World Cup Group Stage Video included

    Sockers FC is on a role and of course all the players and coaches are paying attention to the World Cup. With the Group Stage almost complete, we asked the Sockers their opinions and observations from the tournament that's captivating the world.

    Max Muncy to Participate in Texas League Home Run Derby Video included

    The RockHounds will be represented by six players Tuesday night in the Texas League All Star Game. Also, Max Muncy will participate in the Home Run Derby. Muncy only has three home runs, but some of that is due to the tough homer conditions in Midland. Muncy can mash and talked about how he deals with the conditions that are not conducive to power hitters at Security Bank Ballpark.

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 22nd

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 22nd Video included

    Here's a look at the top plays from June 16th through the 21st.

    Sockers Tie With Heat; Remain Ahead in Standings

    Sockers Tie With Heat; Remain Ahead in Standings Video included

    The Midland-Odessa Sockers proved they were a different team a month ago when they lost to Laredo, 2-0. Saturday, the Sockers jumped on the Heat early, and held on for the 1-1 draw. The tie keeps the Sockers 2 points ahead of Laredo in the PDL Mid West Standings.

    RockHounds Fall to Missions 3-2 Video included

    Nate Long started for the RockHounds and had a solid start, but it was not enough. Midland lost to the Missions in a close game 3-2. The Hounds and Missions have now split the first two games of a four game series.

    Anthony Aliotti Promoted to Triple-A Video included

    RockHounds first baseman Anthony Alliotihas been promoted to Triple-A Sacramento. He has hit .277 with an .840PS, seven home runs, and 27RBIs in 48 games this season.

    EXCLUSIVE Sit Down Interview with Greg Maddux Video included

    Soon to be Hall of Famer Greg Maddux sat down with Lucas Mayer for an exclusive interview.

    RockHounds Discuss 2nd Half Aspirations Video included

    The RockHounds came up just a few games short of the first half Texas League South title. However, Midland is playing good baseball and is getting healthy. The team believes they can make a second half run.

    RockHounds Beat Frisco; Win Series Video included

    The Midland RockHounds got the second half of the season started in good fashion beating Frisco 5-2. It was the third straight win over Frisco clinching the series an opening up the opportunity for a four game sweep on Wednesday. A's top prospect Addison Russell returned after missing most of the season with a torn hamstring and went 1-4 with an RBI.

    RockHounds Shut Out Frisco Video included

    The Midland RockHounds beat Frisco for the second straight day on Monday. Chris Jensen started what turned out to be a shutout for the RockHounds. Midland will go for the series victory on Tuesday.

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 15

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 15 Video included

    All the top plays from June 8th-14th.

    Rockhounds Open 4 Game Home Stand With Win

    Rockhounds Open 4 Game Home Stand With Win Video included

    The Midland Rockhounds Opened a 4-game home stand with the Frisco RoughRiders Sunday. Midland ends a 2-game skid, beating Frisco, 8-3.

    Sockers Win 3rd Straight

    Sockers Win 3rd Straight Video included

    The West Texas Sockers stayed hot Saturday night, winning 3-2 over Mississippi. The Sockers have now won 3 straight.

    Sockers FC Dominate Mississippi Brilla FC Video included

    Sockers FC got back on the Grande Communications pitch on Thursday and dominated Mississippi Brilla FC. The Sockers owned possession, but it took a while to breakthrough. The goals eventually came and the Sockers moved to 3-1-1 in their last five games.

    Permian Defensive Coordinator/OHS Soccer Coach Resign Video included

    Permian defensive coordinator David Hall has left the team for a coaching job with Dallas Highland Park. Permian has hired Chris Hall from Lewisville High to be a co-defensive coordinator with Vance Washington.Odessa High boy's soccer coach Noe Cerezo has resigned and will be the boy's soccer coach at Manvel High School. Cerezo coached for 13 season at OHS and has coached the boys and girls teams.

    Sockers FC Players Discuss Season Video included

    After starting the season 0-2, Sockers FC have gone 2-1-1 in their last four games. They are in fourth place, but only one point behind Laredo and Mississippi for 2nd/3rd. The Sockers have taken some time to gel, but are not getting comfortable with each other.

    Six RockHounds Make Texas League All Star Game Video included

    Six RockHounds were selected to the Texas League All Star Game: Max Muncy (1B), Dusty Coleman (SS), Josh Whitaker (OF) , Anthony Allioti (IF) Seth Frankoff (P), Nate Long (P).

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 8th

    NewsWest 9 Top Plays: June 8th Video included

    A look at the top plays from June 1st through the 7th.

    More JUCO Players Drafted`

    More JUCO Players Drafted Video included

    Before the 2014 MLB Draft concluded Saturday, there were two more local JUCO players taken. Cleveland took Odessa College's Juan Gomes in the 37th round. In the 40th round, the Chicago Cubs selected Howard College's Julian Service.

    WildCatters Drop 6th Straight to Venom

    WildCatters Drop 6th Straight to Venom Video included

    The West Texas Wildcatter's inaugural season has been anything but a good one. Saturday on the road, the Wildcatters lost their 6th straight game to the Amarillo Venom, 46-42.

    Sockers Tame Dutch Loins

    Sockers Tame Dutch Loins Video included

    The West Texas Sockers welcomed the Houston Dutch Lions FC to Grande Communications Station, Saturday night. The Sockers put on an offensive clinic, winning, 4-2.

    Chris Shaw, Blaine Prescott Selected in 2014 MLB Draft

    Chris Shaw, Blaine Prescott Selected in 2014 MLB Draft Video included

    Saturday was a big one for a couple of members of the Midland College baseball team. In round 14, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Chaps catcher Chris Shaw. Then two rounds later, the LA Angels selected Chaps 2nd basemen, Blaine Prescott.

    RockHounds Fall to Corpus Christi in Series Finale Video included

    The RockHounds hoped to get a four game sweep of Corpus Christi on Friday, but came up a little bit short. With the wind blowing hard, Midland was unable to score and lost 2-0. The RockHounds now embark on an eight game road trip.

    RockHounds' Manager Nieckula Talks About Hounds Mindset Video included

    The RockHounds have played some good baseball in the first half of the season despite injuries taking away multiple key players. The Hounds all have a singular mindset that has helped them persevere.

    RockHounds Beat Corpus; Win Series Video included

    The Midland RockHounds were able to get ahead of Corpus Christi and sustain a late Hooks rally to win 3-2 on Thursday. That gave the Hounds three straight wins over the Hooks and a series victory. Midland goes for the sweep Friday night.

    Local Players Discuss Participating in ASCO Football Game Video included

    Players participating in the ASCO Football Classic are in Lubbock getting ready for the game. Multiple local players are participating in the game including DeAndre Goodley (MHS) and Michael Whitfield (Permian).

    RockHounds' Max Muncy is Mashing Video included

    Max Muncy has been one of the better hitters in the Texas league this year. Despite a finger injury, Muncy is batting near .300 and has an OBP over .400. He has been a stable force in the RockHounds lineup and discussed the season so far.

    RockHounds Beat Corpus Christi in Pitchers Duel Video included

    The RockHounds' Shawn Haviland pitcher a gem on Wednesday leading the RockHounds to a 2-0 win. Haviland went seven innings without allowing a run. The Hounds scored two runs in the fourth which was enough for the victory.

    RockHounds' Pitcher Shawn Haviland Talks About 2014 Success Video included

    Shawn Haviland has been one of the better pitchers this year for the Midland RockHounds. He is coming off of Tommy John surgery, but is feeling good and pitching well.

    Texas Tech Baseball Savors Super Regional Opportunity Video included

    After beating Miami in the regional, Texas Tech will host the Super Regional this weekend. It will be the first ever Super Regional for Texas Tech baseball. Fans were out in full support and the games sold out in less than an hour.

    RockHounds Get Walk Off Win vs Corpus Christi Video included

    The Midland RockHounds started off their series vs Corpus Christi in style. The majority of the game was a pitcher duel, but Midland scored a couple in the 8th to tie the game 3-3. Then Blake Forsythe hit a walk off single in the 9th to give the Hounds a 4-3 lead.

    RockHounds Ready for First Half Stretch Run Video included

    Beginning Tuesday, the RockHounds had 14 games to make up their 4.5 game deficit to Frisco in the Texas League South before the first half winner was declared. The Hounds have been hot and cold while overcoming many injuries. We spoke to the team about the stretch run.

    Jackalopes Set Future at NAHL Draft Video included

    The Jackalopes got their chance to turn the franchise at the NAHL Draft after making three major trades in the previous week. Here are the first four picks made by the Jacks: 1st round, 4th/ 5th overall: (F) Kenny Hausinger (Skipjacks 18U) (D) Christian Hausinger (Skipjacks 18U). 25th - (F) Nicholas Carbone (Chicago Young Americans 18U) 26th - (D) Jake Hamilton (Chicago Fury 18U)

    OHS Tennis Celebrates Signings Video included

    Jose Martinez signed with Tabor. Ryan Morton is headed to UT Dallas. Katie Watts will attend Shreiner.

    Jackalopes Trade #1 Overall Pick Video included

    The Odessa Jackalopes continued their slew of trades in advance of the NAHL Draft on Tuesday. Odessa traded the #1 overall pick to Janesville for defenseman Jesse Junttila, the #5 overall pick, and a third round pick.