February 18th, 2013
Ray Allen Holtman, 71, of Ballinger, Texas passed away Saturday afternoon, February 16, 2013 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
He was born May 21, 1941 to Ben Henry and Annie Marie (Kahlig) Holtman on the family farm at Olfen. He went to school there and farmed in the area. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and had a great love for his community and people, never hesitating to help in any manner he could.
Your President's Day forecast is shaping up to be mostly sunny with a high near 65. Winds will be from the west-southwest around 15 mph, shifting to the north-northwest in the afternoon. Gusts could be as high as 20 mph.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 38 and north-northwest winds around 5 to 15 mph. After midnight, they will become east-southeast winds.
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MONDAY, FEB. 18
Season openers: Sweetwater JV and var-sity host San Angelo Lake View at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.
Sweetwater varsity and JV play Muleshoe at Tahoka at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.
TUESDAY, FEB. 19
Class 1A, Division II girls regional quarterfinal: High-land vs. Water Valley, TBA.
Class 1A, Division II boys bi-district: Highland vs. Robert Lee, 8 p.m., Ballinger.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20
Sweetwater JV boys at Lamesa tournament.
THURSDAY, FEB. 21
Sweetwater varsity at Granbury tournament.
POST â€” The good start needed for Sweetwater to stay with the No. 8-ranked girls team in Class 3A failed to materialize on Friday.
Instead, Lubbock Cooper jumped out to a 13-0 lead over the Lady Mustangs be-fore they could score, and the lead ballooned from there as the Lady Pirates beat Sweetwater, 74-37.
So the Lady Mustangsâ€™ best season since 2005 â€” the last time they got to the playoffs â€” ends at 21-15.
Lubbock Cooper (30-4) will face Levelland â€” which upset No. 17 Wylie 42-37 in the nightcap of Fridayâ€™s playoff doubleheader â€” in the regional quarterfinals.
Highland was a double winner Friday, as the girls advanced to the Class 1A, Division II regional quarterfinals by beating Zephyr while the boys knocked off Hermleigh for the No. 2 playoff seed in District 13-A, Division II.
The girls, who earned a bye for winning the 13-A title, defeated Zephyr 48-29 in an area playoff at Clyde.
Highland (28-4) was led by Sierra Allen, who had 16 points, and Hannah Allen, who scored 11. With the win, the Lady Hornets will take on Water Valley in the regional quarterfinals this week. The time, date and location of the playoff was not known at press time.
SWEETWATER JV BOYS
Vs. Big Spring: Big Spring 46, Sweetwater 36
Sweetwater scoring: Mike McCoy 13, Marquees Jenkins 8, Matthew Trevino 8, Jonathan Browning 4, Deshaun Williams 2, Michael Hazard 1.
Vs. Greenwood: Greenwood 45, Sweetwater 34
Sweetwater scoring: Mar-quees Jenkins 9, Trey Taylor 8, Mike McCoy 6, Deshaun Williams 3, Michael Hazard 2, Jay Lomas 2, Joe Ruiz 2, Matthew Trevino 2. Final Sweetwater JV boys records: 1-17 season, 1-9 district.
SWEETWATER FRESHMAN BOYS
Vs. Big Spring: Big Spring 51, Sweetwater 39
The Womenâ€™s Texas Golf Association has two needs-based $4,000 scholarships available for golf-loving girls of Texas who are en-tering or re-enrolling in college this fall. Skill level is not a determining factor.
The application deadline is April 30. Persons should visit the WTGA website womenstexasgolf.org or phone (972) 998-6052 for an application.
The winners of last yearâ€™s WTGA scholarships were Gabriella Rangel of Seguin and Emily Champagne of San Angelo.
A total of four Blackwell athletes â€” senior Cody Shamblin and juniors Mason Magness, Jayden Jones and Brian Mink â€” have received academic all-state football recognition from the Texas Six-Man Coaches Associa-tion.
To qualify, athletes must be a junior or senior with an overall 90 or above average in all core subjects for the first two six-week grading periods.
Several Sweetwater Jaycees and Sweetwater Jaycee Roosters participated in the annual safety demonstrationsÂ and promoting the Sweetwater Jaycees 55th Annual Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up. It all took place in the Open Rotunda at the Capitol in Austin.
Shown are Jaycees, including Danny Camacho, Melinda Gomez, David Sager, Riley Sawyers, Blake Stephens, and Scot VanAllen, with State Representative Susan King of District 71 and her staff.
See more photos on Page B1 of Sunday's edition.
The Cline Shale oil development is slowly but surely making its way to Sweetwater, leading the city commissioners to approve some measures during their Tuesday meeting in order to stay ahead of the activity.
Approval was given to the first reading of an ordinance which will amend Chapter 19 of the city's Code of Ordinances entitled "Motor Vehicles and Traffic." Changes would be made in Article 6 ("Stopping, Standing and Parking"), Division 1 (Generally) of Chapter 19 by adding a variety of sections.