Pete made a big decision in September 2004, leaving the top 5 market of Philadelphia to return to Lubbock and start a family. Pete returned to Lubbock after spending 7 years in the big city of Philadelphia. Pete had been a Sports Anchor/Reporter at the Comcast Networks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Market #4). He covered the city's sports teams (Eagles, 76ers, Flyers and Phillies) but his speciality was announcing and reporting on his favorite sport ..boxing, including Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins stunning Knockout wins over Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya. His sports challenges known as "I Beat Pete" were extremely popular in the Mid-Atlantic Region as he faced celebrities and viewers in the sport or game that they play. It's a chance to give some exposure to those non-traditional sports, like Football Net, Curling, Sled Hockey, Kite Buggying and Australian Rules Football. Pete was nominated 2 times for best Sports Reporter in the Mid-Atlantic Emmys and in 2004 right before he left to return to Lubbock, he won an Emmy for best Sports Show...allowing him to leave Philadelphia on top! After 7 years in the big city, Pete gladly returned to Lubbock to continue his passionate style of sports broadcasting that attracts not only the hard-core sports viewer, but also the non-sports fan. By being creative, entertaining and informative, Pete attracted many viewers with his unique style and viewer-interaction sportscasts during his first stint as KCBD's Sports Director when he was at NewsChannel 11 from 1995-97. His Pete's Sports Challenges highlighting our area's local sports were a favorite among viewers in the South Plains including his crash on a motorcycle. Since his return Pete has won numerous Texas AP Broadcasters Best Sportscast awards. Prior to that, Pete was a Sports Anchor/Reporter at KDRV-TV in Medford Oregon. His broadcast travels have also taken him to stations in New Jersey, Virginia and Washington D.C. Despite his love of Texas Tech and Lubbock, Pete was born in Maryland and attended the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York where he graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Pete actually got his start when he was 14, predicting games on a local radio station in his hometown. By 16 he was the Sports Director at WPTX-AM/WMDM-FM in Maryland. Pete, his daughter Bella and son Henley are elated to call Lubbock home!
The 103rd meeting of the Floyd County Championship between Lockney and Floydada was supposed to take place Friday at the Whirlwinds new stadium. Unfortunately, the game has been canceled due to COVID concerns.
Texas Tech announced today that they had a 4.6% positivity rate with 64 COVID cases among the athletic department. Of the 24 active cases, 21 are with the football team, but coach Wells says it hasn’t hurt a certain position.
Coach Gerlich says: "I'm so excited to get out in the community and see my old friends and my new friends. I can't wait to put a great team on the floor for them to fall in love with just like they did back in the day. I'm depending on them to support us. I want to say Guns Up."
The Spur Football team will not get to open the season Friday against Petersburg. Spur ISD Superintendent Craig Hamilton told KCBD Sports that due to positive COVID-19 cases, the Bulldog football team is in quarantine.
Travis Epperson says they were glad to help out the Wildcats, since his wife is from six-man community Sands. “We wanted to donate professional quality mouth guards to their team. these are custom made like the Tech football teams wears.”
Cole McLeroy, Saul Gutierrez and Kaleb King had stellar high school careers at Denver City. All three are now back home to give back, hired to teach and coach at Denver City. Denver City Athletics Director Chief Bridgforth says he was excited to hire them.
In the upcoming football season, the Red Raiders had seven scheduled home games. Right now, they only have five. The SWAC postponed all sports till the spring. That cancels the Red Raiders' September 12th home game with Alabama State.
Every high school coach has started their career somewhere. For Levelland’s Trenton Jones, he shined under the Friday night Lights as a player, racking up 80 catches for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns as a Senior.