The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.05.04

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Briefly

The softball team swept the double-header yesterday, 8-5 and 10-3, and finished with a regular season record of 28-24 on the year (official site). The Big 12 Championship will be on May 11th and May 12th in Oklahoma City. Last year, the ladies finished 19-36 and the year before that, they finished 23-32. There is progress being made. Jessica Hartwell broke the school record for home runs in a season hitting her 17th, 18th, and 19th yesterday (the record was 16, so she smashed it yesterday). If you’ve never seen any of her highlights, she’s pretty terrific (and she’s only a junior).

Four ladies, Gabriela Talaba (singles), with Felicity Maltby (alternate) and Sabrina Federici and Sarah Dvorak (doubles), have been selected to play in the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships (official site).

Lady Raider Basketball

I am almost all but certain that we had San Jacinto College’s Eryka Sydney’s (5’6″) commitment earlier in the week, but now she has officially signed with Texas Tech (official site). Sydney averaged 17 points a game as well as nearly 4 boards and a bit over 4 assists a game.

Texas Tech Football

Texas Tech will be well represented on Saturday when the 2018 Texas High School Football Hall of Fame will be inducted, as Bobby Cavazos and Kliff Kingsbury will both be inducted. There’s a really nice article on Cavazos, who passed away in 2016 after a very fully life, from WacoTrib’s Glynn Beaty:

Mrs. Cavazos said that her late husband was unselfish and very team-oriented.

“During the Gator Bowl,” she said, ”his coach asked if he wanted to go back in and score some more touchdowns. But Bobby said, ‘No.’ He mentioned one of his friends on the team and suggested that he go in for the rest of the game because that friend needed a few more minutes of play to earn a letter.”

During Cavazos’ college career, he was an honorable mention All-American in 1951 and was second-team All-American his senior year. His greatest honor at Tech, though, was to be voted Mr. Texas Tech his senior year. It was a measure of the esteem and the friendships that he had developed.

In addition to Cavazos, Kliff Kingsbury will be inducted (official site) and this tweet with a photo of Kliff Kingsbury from his New Braunsfels days is pretty terrific:

The Houston Texans site who looks at what they are going to get with one of their new draftees, Keke Coutee:

“Naturally, Wes is a graduate of Texas Tech and played football there, but he and both John Perry spent a lot of time evaluating Keke Coutee, as well as Coach (Brad) Seely for special teams,” general manager Brian Gaine said. “You’ve heard me say it before; we wanted to make a conscious effort of adding speed, athleticism, explosiveness to both the offense and defense, height, weight, speed as many times as we could. We feel like he possess and adds a complementary dimension to our offense because he could be an inside receiver who has explosiveness.”

Hey, it’s part of the news, so here we go. From A-J Media’s Gabriel Monte, 99th District Court Judge Bill Sowder heart arguments on Wednesday as to whether he can decide an open records dispute between Texas Tech and Mike Leach:

Leach hired Dolcefino to investigate his termination, hoping to find proof his firing was improper. To that end, Dolcefino filed more than 40 records requests from Tech under the state’s’ Public Information Act. Tech responded to more than a dozen requests with a bill for more than $18,000.

Dolcefino sued the school in January, asking the court to order Tech to produce the requested information and make a declaration that the information he seeks are public and not exempted from disclosure, that Tech has a duty to release the information and the charges Tech requests in exchange for the record are unauthorized.

Texas Tech is represented by the Texas Attorney General in this matter. I don’t really have an opinion on this other than I believe in our court system and it’s going to work out the way it’s going to work out, so sit back and try not to care one way or another because whatever is going to happen will happen regardless as to how upset you might get one way or another.

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