January 14th, 2013
Joseph Banyard, a former Sweetwater High School star who is now a running back for the National Football Leagueâs Minnesota Vikings, made remarks to the current SHS players when he spoke at Thursdayâs Fall Sports Banquet held at the Nolan County Coliseum.
Banyard signed with the Vikings in November after also spending time this season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints.
Cruz Torres Rivera, age 79, of Sweetwater passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel, recited by Lupe Medellin.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Okonkwo officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Lois Barber, age 94, of Sweetwater, formerly of Sacramento, Calif., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Nolan Nursing and Rehab.
Her wishes were to be cremated. Her family will hold a service at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Lois was born Aug. 19, 1918, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, to William M and Pearl (Spangler) Brady. She married Victor Barber on Aug. 28, 1935 in Kissimmee Park, Fla. She was a devoted homemaker and a Christian.
Long-time Sweetwater elementary school teacher, Verona Jim Younger, 99, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
MONDAY, JAN. 14
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade âAâ and âBâ girls host Greenwood, 5 and 6 p.m.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade âAâ and âBâ boys play at Greenwood, 5 and 6:15 p.m.
Roscoe junior high teams host Ira starting at 5 p.m.
Highland junior high teams host Loraine starting at 6 p.m.
Blackwell junior high teams play at Veribest starting at 6 p.m.
TUESDAY, JAN. 15
Sweetwater girls at Snyder â JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:15 p.m., freshmen at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater boys at Snyder â JV at 5 p.m., freshmen at 6:15 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater came into its District 4-3A opener with a seven-game winning streak yet likely facing its toughest challenge of the season.
And from the start, it was an uphill battle as Monahans led 8-1 before Sweetwater hit his first field goal at the 2:25 mark of the opening quarter, en route to a 63-43 win. Monahans (17-3 overall) never let the Mustangs get closer than four points after its quick start at Sweetwaterâs gym.
After barely surviving Big Spring in their 4-3A opener and giving up a fourth-quarter lead against Midland Greenwood, the Sweetwater girls basketball team needed a statement win here Friday to regain their footing in the district race.
And thatâs what they got in a dominating 53-24 win over Monahans that kept the Lady Mustangs (2-1 district, 16-10) within striking distance of the 4-3A lead held by both Wylie and Greenwood, who are 3-0.
âThe girls were very determined tonight,â said Sweetwater coach Al Miller. âThey were determined to take care of business.â
After another easy win on Friday, Highlandâs girls now find themselves looking down on all five of their basketball rivals in District 13-A, Division II.
Twelve different players scored for Highland in a 70-26 rout of Loraine as the Lady Hornets im-proved to 20-3 overall and 3-0 in district play.
In sub-varsity basketball action here Friday, Sweet-waterâs girls won both of their games against Mona-hans while the Sweetwater boys both fell short.
The junior varsity girls are now a perfect 17-0 for the season, and 3-0 in district, as they won 54-34.
Bianca Castillo and Cierra Knox each scored 10 points while Abby McPherson had nine, Shaneese Brown eight, Maddie Jones seven, Jaya Atkins and Jasmine Reddic three and Lexi Castillo and Nisha Williams two.
The freshman girls are now 9-5 overall and 2-1 in district after winning 33-15.
Defensive MVPs (shown):
Isaiah McGee & Tadeo Canon-Masjoan
Kaleb Hoover, Kaegan Jeffrey (who also received the MVP award) & Bray Amos
Mustang Heart Award:
Top Lineman Award: