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For the forlorn sports junkies out there, an April without sports is especially cruel. No Final Four. No Major League Baseball. No playoffs in the NBA or NHL. Fortunately we are in the era of YouTube, and the memories of great moments past are only a few clicks away.

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John Elsbury is still better known as Bikeman, even though he closed down his Alpine bicycle store and repair shop last year. He still gets around on two wheels a lot, but is noticing fewer cyclists from out of town this spring.

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“We always say, ‘I don’t want to go to school,’” senior softball pitcher April Watley said. “Now it’s our third week off, and I want to go back to school. It’s weird.”

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It’s hard to practice social distancing in most sports, but one that doesn’t require much of an adjustment is golf. So Alpine Country Club is still open for business from 8 a.m. until sundown on Tuesdays through Sundays. Only their bar has been forced to close.

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While the sports world has gone into hibernation, the Alpine o6 Cowboys are still looking forward to June, or possibly later, to play their 10-week season. Over the past few weeks, they’ve hired a new pitching coach and met with potential host families for incoming players.

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Sophomore Jodie Vaughn returned to the pitching rubber for her third game in two days on March 11 in Tucson, Arizona. With a five inning, 9-0 victory over Roosevelt University at the spring break tournament, the Lady Lobos improved to 13-5 this season.

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With uncertainty in the air on an otherwise pleasant Alpine afternoon, the Lady Bucks got down to the business of reclaiming a softball District crown after finishing second last year. They got off to a good start with a 13-6 win over Tornillo on Friday, but now have to wait and find out if …

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The Future Farmers of America have been sending Alpine students and their livestock to shows across Texas for years, but no one can remember a week like this past one. On March 11 at the Houston Livestock Show, all four students and their five animals from the local chapter placed high enoug…

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A miracle comeback highlighted a dramatic 53-49 Harlem Globetrotters win over the Washington Generals on March 5 in Alpine. Thousands were in attendance to see the artistry, and the comedy as well.

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I thought it was a bit strange to have a sign-in sheet for the last minute faculty meeting on the morning of March 4 at Alpine High School. As a teacher’s aide for the past three years, I signed my name in my space and then looked at the paper. The spot next to Frank Tobola’s name would rema…

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The tennis team competed at Sul Ross State University on March 6, and the Fightin’ Buck baseball team played several games at a tournament in Levelland during another busy week for Bucks athletics.

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Nate West's parents sat right up front at the Gallego Center during Friday night's game. Surrounded by Sul Ross supporters, they delighted in almost every LeTourneau possession, and offered unsolicited advice as their son silenced hundreds of anxious fans.

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After Crane and Tornillo were eliminated in the second round of the boys basketball playoffs last week, the District 3 coaches got together and chose their All-District team.

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Spring sports are all in full swing now that the weather is warmer in Alpine, although Tuesday's rain cancelled baseball and tennis matchups on the calendar.

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March madness comes early to Alpine as Sul Ross hosts their conference championship for the second time in three years beginning Feb. 27. Four quarterfinal matchups in a row, starting at noon, will culminate with Louisiana College taking on the Lobos at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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“Sometimes when you start a new season you're nervous or jittery,” Lady Buck sophomore third baseman Jenica Portillo said. “This year I feel like we picked up where we left off in the playoffs. We’re ready to start a new season and dominate.”

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The end of three District games in six nights at Alpine’s gym came with a thud on Feb. 18. Senior Night satisfaction gave way to disbelief as the Fightin’ Bucks dropped their final home game of the season to Tornillo 51-41. The 7-3 Coyotes captured second place with their win, while Alpine n…

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Alpine’s powerlifting team is in the heart of its season, and two lifters have set a high bar for themselves. Aaliyah Fierro finished atop her weight class for the second week in a row at the Fort Stockton Power Classic on Feb. 15. Alex Natera also finished first among the 181-pound class af…

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“I was so close to quitting this year,” junior cheerleader Sujei Sanchez admitted as her third year on the squad is coming to an end. “It got close for everyone.”

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Snow was the backdrop as most of the Alpine High School students and staff gathered for a ceremony in the cafeteria on National Signing Day. Many were complaining about the decision to remain open despite inclement weather, but those that showed up on Feb. 5 saw a celebration of time well sp…

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The Fightin’ Bucks will sprint to the finish of the basketball season with three games in six nights. A battle with first place Crane on Wednesday will be followed by Anthony on Valentine’s Day and Tornillo on Tuesday, Feb. 18. All three games are at home, and three victories would ensure th…

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The Alpine sports calendar is starting to fill up. With golf, tennis, and track and field just around the corner, other Buck teams also made news this week.

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“I love it,” Nova Carrasco said after her eighth grade team had just blown out Crane on the basketball court at Alpine Middle School on Feb. 3. “It keeps us busy.”

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Nora Carrasco had her arm around her younger sister, Nova, after she scored 10 points Monday for the Alpine eighth graders. On Tuesday Nora put her arm around the whole high school girls team, and led them with 24 points in a thrilling 56-53 win over Kermit at a rowdy Buck Dome.

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The last four games of the Fightin’ Buck’s season will be wild, and the last three will be at home. Alpine, Anthony, Kermit, and Tornillo each stand 3-3 in District play as they battle each other for three postseason births. At 6-0, Crane stands atop District 3, meaning everyone else is scra…

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It’s getting noisy over at the Pete Gallego Center again.

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Point guard John Mendoza wore number 24 on Monday as he dribbled up court for the seventh grade A team at Alpine Middle School. While focused on his opponents from Kermit, he said the sudden death of his hero, Kobe Bryant, along with Bryant’s daughter and seven others, was still on his mind …

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Both Alpine High School basketball teams are slugging their way through District 3 road trips this week.

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Alpine Middle School became the meet-up for over 120 powerlifters, lots of coaches, and grandstands full of supporters. A long day followed weigh-ins that began at 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 18. The three disciplines - squats, bench presses, and dead lifts - took hours to unfold.

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With a fast-break attack throughout the first half on Tuesday, the Alpine boys basketball team ran away against Presidio. They led 45-16 at the mid-way point, and cruised to a 72-42 win. All but one Fightin’ Buck scored as everyone got their turn playing hero.

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After two tough losses this past week, the Lady Bucks will try to turn things around on the road over the next three games. They've only won one District contest so far, although every other team in the standings has at least one loss after four games.

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District time has arrived for the Fightin’ Buck boys basketball team. Alpine hopes to be right in the thick of the 2020 fight after contending for a title last year, and sharing one with Crane in 2018.

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Over the past few girls basketball seasons, Tornillo has dominated District play and taken the title home with them. Each game with Alpine was a one-sided affair until 2020 arrived.

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So far 2020 has been good to the Alpine boys basketball program. With District matchups just around the corner, both the varsity and top junior varsity teams won three games each in six days against Fort Stockton, Pecos, and McCamey.

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Seventeen games have come and gone for the Lady Bucks hoops team against several tough opponents. Humbling losses, plus some well-played victories, plus a few heartbreaks have Alpine hoping they now add up to a successful District season.

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Bobby Mesker last year stepped down from the athletic director’s position at Sul Ross State University to focus on just coaching their baseball team, and to spend more time with his family. Consequently, he has taken over the sign-up process for the Alpine Youth Basketball Association.

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“Your brain is drained when you finally get on the bus and you start heading home,” said Lady Bucks Head Coach Bridgett Gonzales after her team had returned from the Caprock Classic. “It’s so fast, and so many emotions are involved. Four games in a short amount of time is a lot.”

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The best way to beat the wintertime blues is by exercising, and Alpine Public Library offers at last two remedies.

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It’s been a festive week for the Alpine boys basketball team. After capturing the Buena Vista tournament title on Dec. 14, the Bucks took down Wink at home on Tuesday, 56-46. Isaiah Nuñez scored 23, including three three-pointers in their first game on their home court this season.

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Despite some tough obstacles, the Lady Bucks basketball team captured third place at the Buena Vista Tournament on Dec. 14 with a hard fought win over the 4A Pecos junior varsity team.

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Alpine High School has enjoyed a lot of success during outdoor sports seasons in the spring and fall. But the dead of winter is powerlifting season in Texas, and the Fightin’ Bucks hold their own among a huge swath of talented lifters.

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While most of his teammates were playing seven-on-seven football this summer, Aiden Morrissey was playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball for a team from El Paso. Now the sophomore is the starting point guard for the Fightin’ Bucks, who have won two blowouts and lost two close contests thi…

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Football season will last until New Year’s Day for one Fightin’ Buck this year. Sophomore Marco Martinez, who goes by “Blitz” when he is inside his costume, is heading to Orlando, Florida as an All-American Mascot. In addition to Disney World events, he will also perform with fellow costumed…

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The Lady Bucks basketball team broke out against Marfa on Dec. 10 with a 59-17 blowout win. All nine players scored for Alpine, including Nora Carrasco with 13 and freshman Alexis Ramirez with 12.

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Alpine’s Aaron Fellows and Travis Ruckman headlined the All-District football team selected this past week. Fellows was unanimously selected as the District 1 Most Valuable Player, while Ruckman was the clear choice for the Defensive MVP after sharing the title last year.

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Alpine and Marfa haven’t been in the same district in decades, but it is still a rivalry in a land where there aren’t many to be had. The Lady Shorthorns basketball team will make the short trek through Paisano Pass on Tuesday, Dec. 10 to play the Lady Bucks at 6 p.m.