Archive - Jan 2011 - Sports Article
ABILENE â€” Mike Welch â€” a two-time all-stater at Sweetwater High School who helped lead the Mustangs to a state championship in 1985 and later was a four-year starter at Baylor University â€” is among a group of 10 former athletes, coaches, officials and sports writers who have been selected to the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame.
LUBBOCK â€” After spending the past two years in the Metroplex, ex-Sweetwater head football coach Kent Jackson has returned to his West Texas roots and a team known as the Mustangs.
Jackson, who coached at Sweetwater from 2001 through 2008 before taking a similar position at Frisco Heritage, was hired on Thursday as head coach at Class 5A Lubbock Coronado.
Kevin Sepeda of Sweetwater (21) shoots over a San Angelo Lake View defender in Tuesdayâ€™s game at Mustang Gym while teammate Paxton Kelley watches. The Mustangs go to Abilene Wylie for their district opener on Friday. (Photo by Betsy Howe)
The Sweetwater Middle School seventh and eighth grade Red boys teams both won first place at Wallâ€™s recent basketball tournament. Results of their games and individual scoring follow:
7TH GRADE BOYS
First round: Sweetwater 42, Wall â€˜Bâ€™ 12
Jâ€™Corey Amos 7, Hardy Escobar 6, Mark Lawrence 6, Max Gomez 6, Michael Hunt 5, Adrian Vizzerra 4, Cornelio Mendez 4, Michael Lawrence 2, Denzell Moore 2.
Semifinals: Sweetwater 44, Ballinger 17
Denzell Moore 12, Michael Hunt 9, Michael Lawrence 8, Mark Lawrence 5, Adrian Vizzerra 4, Hardy Escobar 2, Cornelio Mendez 2, Joe Ruiz 2.
A Sweetwater team that came into its district opener against Snyder at Mustang Gym with a 15-10 record, nine wins in its last 11 games and high hopes of a playoff berth never quite found its rhythm Tuesday.
Instead, it was the visiting Lady Tigers who jumped to an early lead and was vir-tually in control all the way in a 46-43 victory.
Still, Sweetwater â€” which never led â€” was able to stay within striking distance and had a chance to win or at least send the game into overtime until the very end.
A Sweetwater boys basketball team that has struggled to find a spark in recent weeks was simply no match for San Angelo Lake View here Tuesday.
The Chiefs launched two dominating runs â€” one in each half â€” en route to an 84-32 victory.
The first run turned an 8-7 Lake View edge into a 28-7 advantage midway through the second quarter, and the Chiefsâ€™ lead stayed between 19 and 34 points until a basket by Sweetwaterâ€™s Dylon Adames made it 58-30 with 6:09 to play. Then it got real ugly, as Lake View scored 26 of the final 28 points.
The Highland boys and girls won, but both Roscoe teams lost in area district basketball games Tuesday.
Highlandâ€™s teams are both on a roll in District 11-A, Division II.
The boys (2-2 in district) picked up their second straight victory with a 53-48 road win at Westbrook.
The girls (5-1, 14-9) are even hotter, picking up their sixth victory in their last seven games Tuesday with a 67-49 win.
Highlandâ€™s boys were be-hind 15-10 after one quarter but closed to within one, 25-24, at halftime.
Both of Sweetwaterâ€™s sub-varsity boys basket-ball teams won against San Angelo Lake View here Tuesday.
The JV boys (10-8) were 46-39 winners in their game, thanks to a second-half rally after the teams battled to a 20-20 standoff at halftime. Kyle McSherry led the Mus-tangs with 20 points and Cole Maxwell had 14. Ryan Linebaugh scored seven, Willie Norman three and Nick Nemir two.
With a 15-10 record and just eight games left, the Sweetwater High School girls basketball team has a good chance for its first above-.500 season in five years. But what the Lady Mustangs would like even more is to reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2005. They can take a step toward that goal by beating Snyder (14-7) in todayâ€™s District 5-3A opener at Mustang Gym.
The Highland girls and boys were the only winning Nolan County varsity basketball teams on Friday.
Both of Highlandâ€™s teams played host to Trent in Dis-trict 11-A, Division II action and the girls (4-1) romped to a 71-18 victory, while the boys (1-2) got their first district win, 45-35.
Sierra Allen led the Lady Hornets with 20 points while Callie Sandusky had 12, Kara Hughey 11 and Jessica McCain 10. Josh Andrews scored 24 points and Landon Rowlett 17 for the Highland boys.