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Dumas High School Sports 2021-22 Recap


DUMAS, TX – From impressive individual achievements to stellar team accomplishments, 2021-22 was filled with heroic sports moments at Dumas High School.

An impressive 75 Demons and Demonettes were selected All-District honorees, and the Dumas athletic program tallied 13 playoff wins.

Now, let’s take a look at the best sports moments from this past year.

• Football Posts Another Undefeated District Mark

For the fifth consecutive season, Dumas captured the district championship with an undefeated card against conference foes. The Demons opened the season with a lopsided setback to Wichita Falls Rider before reeling off nine wins in their next 10 games to reach the regional playoffs.

• Volleyball Advances to Regional Semi-Finals

Dumas overcame a stout non-district schedule and an ultra-competitive district slate to knock off Levelland (bi-district), Pecos (area), and Canyon (regional quarterfinals) before falling to Argyle in the regional semi-finals.

• Girls Cross Country Makes History

The Demonettes became the first girl’s cross-country team in program history to advance to the state meet. Sarai Chavez (12:24.8) and Mia Lujan (12:31.2) both finished in the Top 10 to help Dumas place fourth at the Region I-4A individual cross-country championship.

• Boys Basketball Reaches Regional Quarterfinals

The Demons opened the 2021-22 campaign with 17 consecutive wins and finished second in District 4-4A. Dumas ousted Levelland (bi-district) and San Elizario (area) from the playoffs before losing to district rival Hereford in the regional quarterfinals.

• Girls Basketball Advances to Area Playoffs

The No. 3 seed in District 4-4A, the Demonettes won 21 games and stunned Lubbock Estacado in the bi-district playoffs to advance to the area round. Dumas bowed out of the UIL playoffs with a loss to the state-ranked Seminole Lady Maidens.

• Girls Wrestling Earns District Crown

The Demonettes cruised to the district title and placed fourth in the regional tournament. Serese Guillen became the first Demonette to reach the state wrestling finals since the program started in 2019.

• Boys Wrestling Finish Second at State

The Demons captured both the district and regional titles before finishing runner-up at the state meet. Bronson Baxter and Hunter Bogner were crowned individual state champions, while Carlos Magallanes placed fifth in the 106-pound division, and Andre Garbalena finished sixth in the 285-pound weight class.

• Demon Soccer Team Reached Bi-District Playoffs

Dumas finished third in District 2-4A, including a three-game sweep over district rival Canyon. The Demons fell to the Clint Lions on penalty kicks in bi-district playoff action.

• Girls Soccer Advance to Area Playoffs

A win and a pair of ties in their final four district matches propelled the Demonettes into the playoffs. Dumas blanked El Paso Riverside, 5-0, in the bi-district playoffs before falling to the Lake View Maidens in the area round.

• Powerlifters Qualify for State Meet

A whopping 11 Dumas powerlifters – eight girls and three boys – advanced to the state championship. Sabien Perry won the bronze medal at state in the 181-pound weight class, while Hector Panda and Lucas Martinez earned fourth-place and fifth-place medals, respectively.

• Demonette Golfers Advance to Regionals

Dumas finished the 2021-22 golf season with a 10th place finish at the Class 4A Region 1 Golf Championship. Lauren Skipworth, Jacey Armstrong, Brooke Brown, Jill Shockey, and Kylee Parks finished second at District Meet #2 to advance to the regional tournament.

• Boys Tennis Duo Reaches State Tourney

Frances Kaing and Eh Ku Soe claimed the bronze medal at the UIL Class 4A State Tennis Championship. The dynamic duo rallied from a set down in the quarterfinals against Kaufman High School to advance to the semifinal round.

• Demons Baseball Advance to Bi-District Playoffs

Dumas ended the regular season riding a three-game winning streak to advance to the UIL playoffs. The Demons fell to the Snyder Tigers, 11-1 and 8-4, in a best-of-three bi-district playoff series.

• Softball Reaches Area Playoffs

The Demonettes swept District 3-4A champion Big Spring in two games in the bi-district playoffs to advance to the area round. Dumas’s season came to an end against the Andrews Lady Mustangs in an exciting three-game series.

• Boys Relay Team Win Silver Medals at State

The 4×400 Relay team of Oliver Ortiz, Emmanuel Ibanez, Brayden Boggs-Rushing, and Juan Romero – which captured the gold medals at the Region I-4A Track and Field Meet – took home the silver medals at the UIL Class 4A State Track and Field Championship.

Paula Lewis and Bruce Land Inducted into the Dumas High School Hall of Fame


DUMAS, TX – Dumas High School inducted two new members into the DHS Hall of Fame on Friday during a ceremony honoring their contributions to Dumas Schools.

Ms. Paula Lewis, Dumas ISD School Nurse from 1979-2012, and Coach Bruce Land, who took eight cross-country teams to the state meet in the late 1970s.

You can read their stories in the images below.

Bruce Land 2022 DHS Hall of Fame inductee – Photo Courtesy: R. Brady
Paula Lewis 2022 DHS Hall of Fame inductee – Photo Courtesy: R. Brady
Paula Lewis, center, received the DHS Hall of Fame plaque on Friday at Dumas High School. – Photo Courtesy: R. Brady
Bruce Land, not pictured, received the DHS Hall of Fame plaque on Friday at Dumas High School. Mr. Land was not able to attend the ceremony due to health reasons. Photo Courtesy: R. Brady

‘Speed Demons’ Place Second in State Track and Field Championship


AUSTIN, TX – The Dumas Demons 4×400 Relay team placed second at the UIL Class 4A State Track and Field Championship on Thursday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

The Demons’ mile relay team of Oliver Ortiz, Emmanuel Ibanez, Brayden Boggs-Rushing, and Juan Romero – which won the gold medals at the Region I-4A Track and Field Meet with a time of 3:19.84 – finished behind 4A state champion Wimberley with a time of 3:19.53. Argyle placed third while Celina and Waco La Vega finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Ortiz, who turned in an impressive time of 48.92 to capture silver in the 400-meter run at the regional competition, finished in fifth place at the state meet with a time of 48.78.

Columbia High School’s Jabari Mack won the gold in the 400-meter race, while Colter Maya (Lindale) placed second and Jayden Palacios (Pleasanton) finished in third place.

Ortiz and Ibanez also competed on the Dumas 4×400 Relay team that won the bronze medals at the 2021 4A State Track and Field Championship. Ortiz also was a member of the Demons’ 4×100 Relay team that finished ninth at last year’s state meet.

Sports Weekly: Track & Field, Academic All-State



AUSTIN, TX – Dumas High School speedster Oliver Ortiz and the Demons 1600 Relay team will be in action Thursday at the UIL Class 4A State Track and Field Meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

Ortiz took the silver medal in the 400-meter run at the Region I-4A Track and Field Meet last week at PlainsCapital Park Lowrey Field in Lubbock. The junior posted a time of 48.92 to qualify for the state competition.

The relay team featuring Ortiz, Emmanuel Ibanez, Brayden Boggs-Rushing, and Juan Romero booked a ticket to Austin in dramatic fashion. Trailing by 10 yards, Ortiz motored to the front of the pack on the last leg to win the gold.

Ortiz will be competing in the Class 4A 400 meter run at 6:45 p.m., while the Class 4A Boys 1600 Relay race will take place at 8:20 p.m.


DUMAS, TX – Seven Dumas High School student-athletes were recently named to the Texas High School Coaches Association’s (THSCA) Academic All-State Teams in spring sports. The THSCA is the principal advocate and leadership organization for Texas high school coaches.

Brayden Boggs-Rushing and Lauren Skipworth earned First Team Academic All-State honors in Track & Field and Golf, respectively. Boggs-Rushing is a member of the Demons 1600 Relay team that qualified for the Class 4A State Track and Field Meet, while Skipworth helped the Demonettes finish 10th at the Class 4A Region 1 Golf Championship.

Trenton Aikman and Armando Cardenas were Academic All-State selections in Baseball. Aikman – who scored four runs and tallied two RBIs this past season – was named to the second team, while Cardenas batted .323 with 11 extra-base hits, and was an honorable mention selection.

Golfers Kylee Parks and Kendall Hutcherson, along with track standout James Bednorz, also received Honorable Mention Academic All-State honors.

The THSCA Academic All-State Teams recognize high school athletes who excel in the following categories: GPA, class rank and ACT/SAT score. To be nominated for Academic All-State, a student must be a senior, possess good moral character, have an overall grade point average of 92 or above, and be an athlete, student trainer or manager in good standing with the team.

Sports Weekly: Playoffs – Softball, Baseball


PLAINVIEW, TX – The Andrews Lady Mustangs outlasted the Dumas Demonettes, 15-11, Saturday in Game 3 of a Class 4A area round matchup at the Lady Bulldogs Softball Complex in Plainview. With the win, Andrews finished off the best-of-three series, two games to one, and advanced to the regional quarterfinals.

Dumas (24-13) forced a winner-take-all third game with a 6-5 victory Saturday in Game 2 after suffering a controversial 3-2 setback in Friday’s series-opening contest.

Amery Casanova sparked the Demonettes with a three-run blast in the fourth inning to erase a one-run deficit en route to the win.

Briana Vargas tossed one-run ball over the first four frames to help Dumas force a rubber match.

Andrews (15-9-1) broke a 2-2 deadlock in the top of the seventh in Game 1 when Kenedi Holly stole home in a close play at the plate.

Melaney Granados went 2-for-4 with a run-scoring double, while Cami Velasquez added an RBI two-bagger.

Vargas was tagged with the loss despite allowing three runs and seven hits over six solid innings.


LUBBOCK, TX – The Snyder Tigers scored five late runs to knock off the Dumas Demons, 8-4, Saturday in Game 2 of a Class 4A bi-district matchup at Lubbock Christian High School. The Tigers, which rolled to a 11-1 in Game 1, won the best-of-three series in two games to advance to the area round.

Dumas (11-17) touched Snyder starter Brandt House for three runs in the opening frame. Cade Torrez crossed home plate on Jesus Rodriguez’ RBI groundout to give the Demons a quick lead, and Aiden Gutierrez followed with a two-run double to cap the early uprising.

Snyder (19-8) answered back in the bottom of the same inning with two scores to make it a one-run affair, and knotted the score at 3-all with a run in the third.

The Demons pulled ahead in the fourth on Jacob Saenz’ run-scoring groundout, but the Tigers plated three runs in the fifth and two scores in the sixth to eliminate Dumas from the playoffs.

Torrez, Gutierrez, Raul Bustamante, and Jace Torrez collected two hits apiece for a Dumas squad that tallied nine knocks as a unit.

Demonette Softball Team Sweeps Big Spring and Wins Bi-District Championship


LITTLEFIELD, TX – Briana Vargas doubled home the go-ahead run, and the Dumas Demonettes rallied past the Big Spring Lady Steers, 7-4, Thursday in a bi-district matchup at Littlefield High School.

Dumas (24-12), dealt the reigning District 3-4A champion its first loss in its last eight games and swept the best-of-three series on Friday with a 4-2 win earning the Bi-District Championship spot.

In Thursday’s matchup, Big Spring (19-8-1) snapped a scoreless deadlock with a run in the second. Kylee Lynch reached on a fielder’s choice and swiped second, third, and home plate to put the Lady Steers on top, 1-0.

The Demonettes plated two scores in the third on an error and Melaney Granados’ RBI two-bagger to take a 2-1 advantage. However, Big Spring answered back with a run in the bottom of the same inning to knot the score.

LITTLEFIELD, TX – Dumas dealt the reigning District 3-4A champion Big Spring its first loss in its last eight games and swept the best-of-three series on Friday with a 4-2 win earning the Bi-District Championship spot. – Courtesy Photo: Dumas ISD

Lynch put the Lady Steers back on top, 3-2, in the fourth on a run-scoring single. But Cami Velasquez drove home Granados and Hannah Hernandez an inning later with a two-run double to give Dumas a one-run lead.

Kalyn Whitehead’s RBI two-bagger in the sixth tied the score and set the stage for Vargas’s late-game heroics.

Hernandez led off the seventh with an infield single, and motored to second when the Big Spring shortstop booted Sania Reyes’ hard-hit groundball. Vargas put the Demonettes ahead, 5-4, with a run-scoring double before Jessa Fry added a couple of insurance scores with a two-run base hit.

Granados, Hernandez, and Amery Casanova posted two hits apiece for Dumas, while Velasquez and Fry each tallied a pair of RBIs.

Vargas allowed four runs on seven hits with a trio of strikeouts on the hill to get credit for the win.

The Demonettes will play the winner of the Andrews vs San Elizario match-up in a future playoff game TBD.

Sports Weekly: Track, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Golf


LUBBOCK, TX – The Dumas boy’s and girl’s track teams finished second and fourth, respectively, last Thursday at the District 3/4-4A Area Meet at PlainsCapital Park at Lowrey Field.

The Demons finished two points behind Big Spring with 126 points and qualified an array of student-athletes for the Region I meet this weekend at PlainsCapital Park.

Oliver Ortiz won the gold medal in the 400-meter run, and Lance Ottinger took the gold in the pole vault. The 1600-meter relay team of Ortiz, Brayden Boggs-Rushing, and Emmanuel Ibanez captured first place with a time of 3:18.32.

Ibanez also advanced to the regional meet with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter race, while Jace Harris placed fourth in the pole vault event.

Speedy Hunter Coaly finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.86, and speedster Juan Romero claimed bronze in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles to qualify for regionals.

Dalton Leven finished third in the discus event with a throw of 134-11, and Aaron Lawrence came in third place in the high jump competition to advance to the regional meet.

Brayden Boggs-Rushing advanced to regionals with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump event, while Noah Williams placed third in the 1,600-meter run, and David Valdez came in fourth in the 800-meter run.

The Demons’ 400 and 800 relay teams finished second and third, respectively, to advance to the regional meet this weekend.

The Demonettes finished fourth at the Area Meet and were led by senior Karina Puentes, who qualified for the Region I Meet this weekend in three events.

Puentes finished second in the long jump event with a leap of 17-1¾, and placed third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.63. She also joined Michelle Loya, Rylee Schacher, and Natalie Vera on the 800-relay team that finished third.

Sarai Chavez advanced to the regional meet in both the 800-meter run and the 1,600-relay team. She finished second in the 800-meter race and joined Janelly Lozoya, Yahaira Lujan, and Arelie Vasquez on the 1,600-relay team that placed fourth.


DUMAS, TX – The Dumas Demons plated nine late runs to capture an 11-4 victory Tuesday over the Pampa Harvesters in a District 4-4A matchup at Dumas High School. The two squads will battle again Friday for the district’s runner-up spot at 6 p.m. at Stinnett High School.

Dumas (11-14, 6-4) broke a scoreless deadlock with a run in the third, and added another score an inning later to make the score 2-0. The Demons broke open the game with five runs in the fifth, and four more runs in the sixth to claim their third consecutive win.

Shortstop Jacob Saenz scored three runs and put together a 3-for-3 effort that included an RBI double and a solo home run.

First baseman Armando Cardenas drove in one score on two hits and crossed home plate twice, and Angel Torres scored a pair of runs.

Raul Bustamante (4-2) allowed five hits and two scores over six innings with seven strikeouts to notch the win. Reliever Aiden Gutierrez collected the final three outs to seal the lopsided victory.


Jesus Rodriguez homered and the Demons capitalized on six free passes to rout the Bulldogs last Friday in a District 4-4A encounter at Borger High School.

Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs, while Cade Torrez and Aiden Gutierrez had two hits apiece and combined for five runs and three RBIs.

Cameron Carlile (4-4) scattered three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts over six strong innings to earn the win.


LITTLEFIELD, TX – The Dumas Demonettes will open the Class 4A Bi-District Playoffs Thursday at 4:30 p.m. against the 19th-ranked Big Spring Lady Steers at Littlefield High School. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is slated for Friday at 4:30 p.m. If necessary, Game 3 will take place 30 minutes after the second game.

Dumas (22-12, 4-6) finished in fourth place in District 4-4A and is led by 2021 All-State and District 4-4A Offensive Player of the Year Melaney Granados. The senior infielder, who clubbed nine homers as a junior, enjoyed another stellar season at the plate.

Seniors Cami Velasquez and Briana Vargas also put together productive campaigns for the Demonettes, while teammates Hannah Hernandez, Sania Reyes, Amery Casanova, Jalila Chairez, Katie Contreras, Jessa Fry, and Denisia Garcia have also played well this season.

The Demonettes have lost five of their last seven games and will be squaring off against a Big Spring squad that has outscored its last five opponents by a margin of 68 to 11.

Big Spring (19-6-1, 9-1) won the District 3-4A title with nine wins in 10 district games. The Lady Steers are paced by senior hurler Vanessa Viasana, who was a First Team All-District selection as a junior.

Seniors Kalyn Whitehead and Kylee Lynch were both named First Team All-District a year ago, and senior Alex Enriquez was a Second Team All-District selection in 2021.

The Lady Steers are riding a seven-game winning streak and have limited opposing teams to three runs or less in 19 games this season.


The Lady Bulldogs used an eight-run second inning to defeat the Demonettes in the regular-season finale. Borger (13-8, 6-4) clinched third place with the win, while Dumas (22-12, 4-6) advanced to the postseason as the fourth seed in District 4-4A.

Melaney Granados went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and five RBIs, and the trio of Hannah Hernandez, Jessa Fry, and Katie Contreras collected two hits apiece.


SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Dumas boy’s doubles team of Frances Kaing and Eh Ku Soe claimed the bronze medal at the UIL Class 4A State Tennis Championship Tuesday at the Annemarie Tennis Center.

Kaing and Ku Soe rallied from a set down in the quarterfinals to oust Kaufman High School’s Cristian Gutierrez and Kayden Lengacher, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, to advance to the semifinal round.

Cooper Doss and John Moore of Wimberley High School knocked off Kaing and Ku Soe, 6-1 and 6-0, to reach the championship match.


LUBBOCK, TX – The Dumas Demonettes wrapped up the 2021-22 golf season with a 10th place finish at the Class 4A Region 1 Golf Championship last Tuesday at the Shadow Hills Golf Course.

Lauren Skipworth, Jacey Armstrong, Brooke Brown, and Jill Shockey all played amazing rounds of golf in Lubbock.

Dumas’s golfer Kylee Parks was unable to compete due to an illness.

The pandemic showed some Texas universities that they didn’t need the SAT. They might never go back.


By Kate McGee, The Texas Tribune

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, nearly all Texas public universities responded by making the submission of an SAT or ACT score optional for college admission.

But although COVID infections are down and in-person standardized tests are widely available again, the majority of Texas public universities are keeping the SAT and ACT optional until the spring of 2023 or later.

Even before the pandemic, some universities considered themselves test-optional because of a state law that grants automatic admission to Texas students who graduate in the top 10% of their high school classes. But the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many more schools to become test-optional for all applicants.

“It was an opportunity that a lot of schools are grateful they’ve been able to take,” said Chris Reed, executive director of admissions at Texas A&M University in College Station. “The pandemic created an opportunity when it was the right thing to do. … Now we have a living, breathing dataset to evaluate some of those assumptions.”

So far, Texas A&M has extended the policy through spring 2023. Stephen F. Austin State University in East Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas have already extended their test score policies through the fall of next year. Texas Tech University has extended its policy until 2025.

Other schools, including the University of Houston, Texas State University in San Marcos and the University of Texas at Tyler, say they will make decisions on test score requirements in the coming weeks or months.

Others, including Sam Houston State University, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Tarleton State University, have extended the test-optional policy indefinitely. Some private universities, including Baylor University and Rice University, have extended their test-optional policies through fall 2023 and say they will reevaluate afterward.

It remains unclear whether the most selective public university in the state — the University of Texas at Austin — will continue to remain test-optional for all students past this fall. The university declined to comment about its plans.

Meanwhile, the state’s two public historically Black universities continue to require standardized test scores. Texas Southern University in Houston requires test scores only for applicants with a 2.5 grade point average or below. Those with higher GPAs do not need to submit test scores. Prairie View A&M University reinstated its standardized test score requirement for fall 2021 applicants.

A Prairie View spokesperson said most students continued to submit scores but did not explain why the school switched back to a test score requirement. Texas Southern said there has been no discussion to shift to a test-optional policy for all applicants.

Even before the pandemic, there were discussions at some schools to make the SAT or ACT score optional. Some school leaders have argued that the tests are not predictive of student performance in college and are an additional barrier to enrollment for low-income students.

Universities that shifted to test-optional policies said they rely on a holistic approach to applications, giving weight to areas like a student’s grade point average, the high school transcript and where the student attended high school.

Reed cautions that it’s too early to definitively state the impact of the change to enrollment with test-optional policies. But he said early data shows that Texas A&M did not see retention rates dip from fall to spring during either of the last two years. Also, the average fall GPA for first-time students remained the same. These data points helped inform the university’s decision to continue the test-optional policy.

Many Texas universities said they saw an increase in applications once standardized test scores became optional for admission. But they haven’t seen a significant change in the makeup of their freshman classes. College counseling experts said that is likely because the state’s Top 10% Rule allowed schools to enroll those students year after year.

Many universities said they saw minimal changes in the diversity of students who enrolled.

But a few universities reported some remarkable differences.

The University of Texas at Arlington increased the number of Black students in its freshman class by almost 34%, from 519 to 694, in fall 2021. The number of Black freshmen at Texas State increased by 6%. Texas A&M International University in Laredo reported that it had accepted more students ranked in the top 40% of their graduation classes.

Some schools, including West Texas A&M University, accepted more students who qualify for need-based federal grants, known as Pell grants. The regional public university in Canyon accepts any student who has at least a 2.0 GPA and meets at least one other requirement, which can include test scores. For those who don’t meet the qualifications, the school has adjusted its alternative admissions process to include two essay questions and a high school recommendation letter.

“The test-optional trend has opened up a lot more opportunities for students who are low-income, who don’t come from high schools that emphasize testing like more resourced counterparts,” said Sara Urquidez with Academic Success Program Dallas, which helps low-income and first-generation college students apply for and enroll in college at 18 high schools in the Dallas area. “But I don’t think it’s changed the fundamental question of college affordability for low-income students.”

Many Texas public universities say they still use test scores to determine merit scholarships, but they also take a more comprehensive look at applications from students who apply without SAT or ACT scores.

Yet Urquidez said she saw a stark reduction in the number of merit scholarships awarded to students who did not submit test scores, and many students and families are confused about what schools are using to determine merit scholarships.

“It’s a black box for students and families,” she said. “We can’t talk about test-optional being a vehicle for change when the vast majority of institutions are still using it in this other way.”

Urquidez said she sits on a few private scholarship committees and heard anecdotally from students that they were unaware that applying without a test score could negatively impact their chances of receiving aid from the university.

She said she still encourages students to submit good scores if they have them. Yet some universities across the state saw a majority of students apply without scores for fall 2020 and fall 2021.

At Texas A&M University-Kingsville, just 36% of applicants for admission last fall included standardized test scores. And at West Texas A&M University, which is keeping a test-optional policy permanently, nearly 80% of students did not submit scores. So far, about 35% of students applying to enroll next fall at the University of North Texas had submitted test scores.

In contrast, 75% of Rice University applicants submitted test scores with their applications for the fall 2021 semester. Reed, the executive director of admissions at Texas A&M University, said more than two-thirds of applicants to the College Station school submitted scores.

National experts say if schools want to make it clear they are truly test-optional, then they need to remain agnostic toward the exams. On some university websites, schools will say students won’t be negatively impacted if they don’t submit test scores but simultaneously encourage students to submit scores if they have them.

“Once they start making recommendations, it’s going to be interpreted as we would prefer this,” said Akil Bello with the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, an organization that works to “[eliminate] the racial, class, gender, and cultural barriers to equal opportunity posed by standardized tests.” “You see the same thing with [Advanced Placement] testing. … AP classes are optional, but kinda not really.”

The confusion that test-optional policies can create for families is one reason St. Mary’s University in San Antonio became the first university in Texas to become “test-free,” meaning it does not consider standardized test scores at all.

Rosalind Alderman, St. Mary’s vice president for enrollment management, said an analysis of student data determined that for the vast majority, the standardized test did not provide any additional information as to whether students would successfully make it to their sophomore year.

“Everyone’s worried about putting your best foot forward,” she said. “Sometimes families … they kind of want a yes or no, and so [we said], ‘No, we’re not considering it.’”

While a majority of Texas universities have committed to continuing test-optional policies for the near future, some universities across the country have announced they’re beginning to require the scores again.

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced it was bringing back the test requirement. The University of Georgia system recently reinstated its test-optional policies at all universities except at the University of Georgia, Georgia College and State University, and Georgia Tech.

Urquidez said she’s worried MIT’s decision will give colleges “permission” to bring the exams back at their schools, even if their circumstances around selectivity are different than MIT’s.

“There’s some institutions that are going to say we found ways to adjust, but higher ed is guilty of [saying], ‘This is the way we’ve always done it. This is always a little bit easier.’”

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Sports Weekly: Baseball, Softball, Track, Tennis, Golf


DUMAS, TX – Armando Cardenas crushed a go-ahead home run to lead the Dumas Demons past the Canyon Eagles, 7-3, Tuesday in a District 4-4A encounter at Dumas High School. With the win, the Demons dealt the Eagles their first district setback.

Canyon (14-7, 7-1) drew first blood with two scores in the third. But Dumas responded with a trio of runs in the bottom of the same inning on Cardenas’s blast over the left field fence.

The Demons added a pair of runs in the fourth on RBI singles from Raul Bustamante and Jesus Rodriguez, and pushed the lead to 7-2 an inning later on run-scoring hits off the bats of Bustamante and Jacob Saenz.

Aiden Gutierrez (1-3) allowed two runs on six hits and four walks with seven strikeouts over 5.2 frames to notch the win.

Bustamante went 4-for-4 with a run and a pair of RBIs and also collected the final four outs on the mound.

Dumas (9-14, 4-4) will be on the road Friday for a district clash against the Borger Bulldogs (6-15, 0-8).


The Demons suffered a walk-off setback to the Rangers last Friday as Abraham Hernandez doubled home two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Aiden Gutierrez tallied three RBIs while Raul Bustamante, Jesus Rodriguez, and A Mares collected two hits apiece.


DUMAS, TX – The Dumas Demonettes dropped a 13-6 decision to the Canyon Lady Eagles Tuesday in a District 4-4A matchup at the Inferno Field in Dumas.

Canyon (21-9, 9-0) opened the scoring with a pair of scores in the first inning, but Dumas answered back with two runs in the bottom of the same frame.

Hannah Hernandez reached on a leadoff walk and circled the bases on Sania Reyes’ RBI double to cut the lead in half. Cami Velasquez followed with a run-scoring base hit to knot the score.

The Lady Eagles tallied the next 11 runs to take a commanding 13-2 advantage before the Demonettes plated four runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Reyes paced the home side with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate while scoring a pair of runs and driving home three scores.

Dumas (22-11, 4-5) will travel to Borger on Friday for the district finale against the Lady Bulldogs (12-8, 5-4).


Amery Casanova and Melaney Granados combined for nine RBIs to help the Demonettes roll to a lopsided win over the Rangerettes last Friday in Perryton.

Casanova drove in five runs with a double and a home run, while Granados went 3-for-4 with a single, two-bagger, long ball, and four RBIs.

Briana Vargas, who tallied a pair of hits, scattered three hits and racked up a trio of strikeouts over four scoreless innings to earn the win.


BORGER, TX – The Dumas Demons captured the District 4-4A Track and Field championship last week at Borger High School, while the Demonettes finished second behind a dominant Canyon Lady Eagles team.

The Demons finished with 195 points to clinch the district title, while Canyon placed second with 189 points. A whopping 14 Demons qualified for the Area Meet on Saturday, April 23.

Senior Juan Romero tallied three gold medals. The speedster clocked a personal best in both the 110-meter hurdles (15.13) and 300-meter hurdles (39.81) and helped the Demons’ 1600-meter relay team of Oliver Ortiz, Brayden Boggs-Rushing, and Emmanuel Ibanez take first place with a time of 3:23.39.

Dumas lorded over the relay races and also won gold in the 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay events.

Hunter Coaly continued to impress with a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash, while Josh Flores placed third in the 200-meter race and David Valdez finished third in the 800-meter run.

Ortiz and Ibanez took the top two spots in the 400-meter race, and Ibanez also won the pole vault event while Jace Harris and Lance Ottinger finished second and third, respectively.

Noah Williams came in first place in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter races, while Aaron Lawrence (high jump) and Dalton Leven (discus) both placed third in their respective events.

In the triple jump competition, Boggs-Rushing finished third and Edward Arya came in fourth.

The Demonettes will also be well-represented at the Area Meet this weekend in Lubbock.

Karina Puentes brought home two gold medals. Puentes won the 100-meter dash in 12.49, and leaped 17-10 1/2 to take the top spot in the long jump event.

Freshman Rylee Schacher finished third in the 100-meter dash while Michelle Loya and Sarai Chavez placed third in the 200-meter race and 800-meter run, respectively.

Lyza Hernandez finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and the 800-meter relay team took top honors. The Demonettes 400-meter relay and 1600-meter relay teams finished second and third, respectively.


LUBBOCK, TX – The Dumas boy’s doubles team of Frances Kaing and Eh Kuh Soe advanced to the state tournament last week with a second-place finish at the Region I-4A Tennis Tournament at the McLeod Tennis Center at Texas Tech University.

Kaing and Soe opened the regional tournament with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Gatesville’s Carlo Martinez and Alex Scott. The duo ousted Andrews High School doubles team of Corben Flores and Jathan Slaughter, 7-6, 6-3 to advance to the third round.

A three-set win (6-4, 3-6, 6-3) over Kell Castleberry and Max Jones of Vernon propelled Dumas to the championship boy’s doubles match. However, Argyle’s Cody Gill and Jacob Ramon ended Kaing and Soe’s impressive run with a 6-1, 6-4 win.

The girl’s doubles team of Christi Medrano and Karitza Bencommo, which finished second in district to advance to the regional tournament, lost in straight sets (6-1, 6-1) in the first round to the region champion duo – Vernon’s Maddison Varela and Kinsey Weatherly.


LUBBOCK, TX – The Dumas girl’s golf team will be competing at the Lubbock Regional Tournament from April 20-21 at the Shadow Hills Golf Course.

The Demonettes advanced to regionals after placing second at the District 4-4A championships on March 28 at the Pheasant Trails Golf Course in Dumas.

The girl’s golf team consists of Jacey Armstrong, Brooke Brown, Kylee Parks, Jillian Shockey, and Lauren Skipworth.