February 8th, 2012
If Brownwood thought that its last district game at Mustang Gym for at least the next two years would be easy, Sweetwater had them thinking otherwise by gameâ€™s end Tuesday.
Unfortunately, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. As a result, the playoff-bound Lions (5-1) left with a 57-48 win that kept them in contention for a share of the District 5-3A title. But it took clutch free throw shooting at the end for Brownwood to finally hold off Sweetwater (1-6), which twice got within four points until the Lions hit 7-0f-8 from the line in the final 1:07 to seal the win.
Brownwood showed again here Tuesday why it is the No. 6-ranked team in Class 3A girls basketball.
Sweetwater scored the first basket on a shot by Candice Hernandez just 16 seconds into the game. But things went downhill quickly from there for the homestanding Lady Mustangs as the Lady Lions came back to beat Sweetwater, 70-29, in the teamsâ€™ season finale.
The Roscoe girls basket-ball team defeated Stamford, 33-31, in its regular season finale on Tuesday. But the Plowgirls (5-5, 16-14) didnâ€™t get the help they needed to have a shot at the third and final playoff spot in District 9-A, Division I.
Haskell (6-4) claimed the No. 3 berth Tuesday by beating Rotan. Hamlin (9-1) and Munday (8-2) took the top two spots in the district.
Sweetwater won three of its four sub-varsity games against Brownwood here on Tuesday. The JV boys won 43-28, the JV girls prevailed 53-42 in their game and the freshman boys defeated Brownwood 38-15. The freshman girls lost to Brownwood in their contest, 34-31.
The JV boys, who are now 16-10 overall and 3-4 in district, were led by Trey Taylor with 11 points. Deandre Gatson had 10, Quentin Wetsel eight, Brandon Howell seven, Mike McCoy five and Mar-quees Jenkins two.
With two years of success behind them, the third annual "Ridin' for Cash" Bull Bash is sure to be another profitable event.
The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the Nolan County Coliseum. While the riding performances will start at 7 p.m., doors will open at 5 p.m. for guests to browse the 30-plus vendor booths that will be on hand.
A local employee of the Texas Department of Transportation was recently honored for 10 years of service to the agency. Sergio Ruiz (right), a transportation technician in the Sweetwater maintenance office, received a framed certificate and a lapel pin depicting his years of service to the department. Lauren Garduno, P.E. (left), Abilene District Engineer, made the presentation during a meeting in Abilene.
Members of the Nolan County Foundation are announcing their annual NCF Golf Classic scheduled for April 21, 2012 at the Sweetwater Country Club.
According to Jerry Riggs, President of the NCF, this event started in 2006 as a source of additional funding for spring graduates from Blackwell, Highland, Roscoe and Sweetwater high schools who desire to continue their education at any Texas college or university. Since its inception, the NCF has awarded $1,000 each to 133 graduating seniors.
Averitt Express associates have once again provided a substantial monetary gift to St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital. Averitt Cares for Kids recently presented St. Jude with a donation of $400,000 during an event held at the Memphis hospital.
The funds were collected entirely from Averitt associate contributions during 2011, most of which were $1 weekly payroll deductions. Since 2006, associates have given more than $2.2 million to St. Jude through Averitt Cares for Kids, the charitable giving arm of Averitt Express.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 134 calls for service, issued five citations and made five arrests from Feb. 3-5, 2012.
The SPD received 49, 911 calls.
â€¢ 800 block of Lamar.
â€¢ 500 block of E. Broadway.
â€¢ 1000 block of E. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Disorderly conduct â€”Â 300 block of Lamar.
â€¢ Theft â€”Â 1800 block of Lamar.
â€¢ Terrorist threats â€”Â 100 block of E. First.
â€¢ Criminal trespass â€”Â 900 block of Lemon.
â€¢ Family violence assault â€”Â 100 block of Gillispie.
â€¢ Burglary of a motor vehicle â€”Â 1700 block of Hailey.
The Sweewater High School freshman boys basketball team plays its final home game today. The team, which hosts Brownwood at 6 p.m., has a 12-6 season record and is 3-3 in district with two games left. Pictured are, standing from left, Isaiah McGee, Clay Kitchens, Rhett Torres, Duanta Williams, Jonathan Neri; seated, J.P. Poe, Bray Amos, Colton Scott, Martes Harris and Nick Haley. Not pictured is coach Skylar Houston.