Basketball takes center stage; Pioneer Classic this weekend 11-28-2005

By KEVIN LEWIS

Special Projects Editor

The football season is over, but the yelling and screaming doesn´t have to be. It´s time to officially shift gears from the gridiron to the basketball court.

The Bulldog football team ended its season Saturday in Lubbock where Stephenville pulled out a thrilling 26-23 double-overtime victory over Plainview in the Class 4A Division I state quarterfinals. The Dogs ended their remarkable season at 12-1.

The only team in the Herald´s readership area still playing football is the Valley Patriots, who this week take on Meadow in the state semifinals. That game between two 13-0 teams is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Lubbock´s Lowrey Field.

Basketball takes center stage this weekend when the Plainview Lions Pioneer Classic is held at Hutcherson Center. That event will see the Plainview Bulldogs - now playing with a complete team as the football players make the transition to basketball - and Wayland Baptist Pioneers hosting exciting high school and college hoops action beginning Thursday and continuing through Saturday.

But first, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will host Coronado at The DogHouse on Tuesday with the varsity girls (2-5) and J.V. boys playing at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity boys (1-2) and J.V. girls around 7:30.

Also Tuesday, Plainview Christian hosts four games at the Eagle´s Nest against Patton Springs starting at 4 p.m. while the Wayland Flying Queens (3-2) play at Houston Baptist at 7:30.

Plainview Christian teams participate in a tournament at Patton Springs starting Thursday while the Queens are in Pueblo, Colo., for the Colorado State-Southern Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Lady Dogs go to Lubbock Monterey to meet Odessa at 6 p.m.

A full slate of 7th, 8th and 9th grade games are on tap today with many of those teams in tournaments later in the week, including the Plainview J.V. Boys Tournament on Thursday-Saturday.

Here is this week´s local sports schedule:

FOOTBALL

Saturday: Valley vs. Meadow, six-man state semifinals, 6 p.m., Lowrey Field, Lubbock

BASKETBALL

Today: PHS 9th Boys vs. Palo Duro, at Ash (Red 6 p.m., Blue 7:30); PHS 9th Girls at Amarillo Gold, 6 p.m.; Plv. 8th Girls vs. Dumas, at EJH (Red 5 p.m., Blue 6:30); Plv. 7th Girls vs. Dumas, at CJH (Blue 5 p.m., Red 6:30); Plv. 8th Boys at Dumas (Red 5 p.m., Blue 6:30); Plv. 7th Boys at Dumas (Blue 5 p.m., Red 6:30); PCA Jr. High Boys & Girls at All-Saints, Lubbock, 4 p.m.

Tuesday: PHS vs. Coronado, The DogHouse (J.V. Boys, Varsity Girls, 6 p.m., J.V. Girls, Varsity Boys, 7:30 p.m.); PCHS vs. Patton Springs, Eagle´s Nest (J.V. Girls 4 p.m., J.V. Boys 5 p.m., Varsity Girls 6:30, Varsity boys 8 p.m.); WBU Queens at Houston Baptist, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday: PHS Varsity Boys at Plainview Lions Pioneer Classic, Hutcherson Center, TBA; PCHS at Patton Springs Tournament, TBA; PHS J.V. Boys at Plainview J.V. Tournament, The DogHouse, TBA; PHS J.V. Girls at Sudan Invitational; PHS 9th Girls at Muleshoe J.V. Tournament; Plv. 8th Red & Blue Boys at Canyon Tournament; Plv. 8th Red & Blue Girls at Hereford Tournament.

Friday: PHS Varsity Girls vs. Odessa, at Lubbock Monterey, 6 p.m.

Friday-Saturday: WBU Pioneers at Plainview Lions Pioneer Classic, Hutcherson Center (Friday vs. Robert Morris College, 6 p.m.; Saturday vs. Trevecca Nazarene, 6 p.m.); WBU Queens at Colorado State-Southern Tournament, Pueblo, Colo., TBA Posted to MyPlainview: NOVEMBER 28, 2005 12:59 CST