Archive - Feb 2011 - Sports Article
A pair of Sweetwaterâ€™ athletes, Paxton Kelley and Taylor Jones, have received all-District 5-3A basketball honors for their outstanding play this past season.
Kelley, a 6-8 senior post, was named to the first team and received all-district honors for the second straight year. He averaged a team-high 15.3 points in district play and also led the Mustangs in rebounds and blocks.
Jones, a 5-9 junior guard, was named to the second team. Jones averaged 14.6 points in district play and was the teamâ€™s floor leader.
ABILENE â€” For the first 3 1/2 quarters of Fridayâ€™s Region II-A, Division II semifinal playoff, the Highland girls basketball team was able to match everything Newcastle could throw at them.
Holding a 47-44 lead with just 4:20 to play, the Lady Hornets appeared to be in great shape to reach the regional finals for only the second time in school history.
Jayci Shelton, a senior at Sweetwater High School, won medals in two events recently at an indoor invitational track meet held at Texas Tech University. She ran the 55-meter hurdles in 8.97 seconds for a first-place finish out of a field of 52 competitors â€” some from Class 5A â€” with seven heats. In addition, Shelton was third in the 400 meters out of a field of 150 girls with a time of 1:01.57. The latter race had 25 heats and also included runners from Class 5A schools.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3
Sweetwater varsity hosts SHS Wood Bat Classic tournament through Saturday, March 5.
Sweetwater JV plays at Abilene tournament through Saturday, March 5.
Sweetwater JV plays at Eula tournament through Saturday, March 5.
Roscoe junior high teams at Rotan meet.
Highland junior high teams at Sands meet.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4
Sweetwater JV and varsity boys play at Andrews tournament through Saturday, March 5.
Sweetwater varsity girls play at regional preview tournament in Lubbock through Saturday, March 5.
The Sweetwater High School tennis team recently had several top individual finishes when it competed at an invitational tournament in Levelland.
In boys singles, Chris Hernandez took third place while Michael Foust won consolation honors. Austin Cotherman and Brandon Ellison teamed up to finish third in boys doubles. On the girls side, Heidi Taylor was fifth in singles while the pairing of Jenny Ordway and Dugan Thompson teamed up for a second-place finish in girls doubles.
The Sweetwater girls, serving as the host team, had two individual winners at their powerlifting meet held Saturday and also had a second-place team finish.
Kelsey Painter (670 total pounds) won the 132-pound class while Allie Zavaleta (595 pounds) won the 123-pound class for Sweetwater, which scored 32 points to finish behind only Abileneâ€™s 42. Sixteen schools were represented in the meet.
Three members of the Sweetwater High School girls track team began their 2011 season by competing recently at an indoor invitational meet at Texas Tech University.
Jayci Shelton started out her senior year with a bang by collecting two medals at the meet. Shelton won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.97 seconds in a field of 52 girls. Shelton also placed third â€” out of 150 competitors â€” in the girls 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.57.
Sweetwater varsity plays at San Angelo Lake View tournament through Saturday.
Sweetwater JV plays at Big Spring tournament through Saturday.
2 p.m. â€” Highland vs. Newcastle (Region II-A, Div. II girls semifinal), ACUâ€™s Moody Coliseum. Winner plays for chance to go to state at 2 p.m. Saturday at ACU.
Sweetwater varsity and JV girls host tournament at Sweetwater Country Club through Saturday.
Sweetwater JV (Fraley Park) and varsity (Jerry Collins Complex) host tournaments through Saturday.
Sweetwater varsity plays at Brownwood, 4 p.m.
In making the playoffs for the 10th straight year, the Highland girls basket-ball team took awhile to really catch fire.
Highland (22-11) lost its first three games of the season, and didnâ€™t get above .500 for good until beating Ira 62-29 on Dec. 21 to improve to 9-8.
But a closer look indi-cates those early â€śstrug-glesâ€ť were a bit deceiving. Five of the first eight losses were to eventual playoff teams and three came against Hamlin (twice) and Roby, who are still alive and kicking.
Sweetwater High School resumes its 2011 girls sea-son on Friday by hosting the Sweetwater Golf Classic, a 36-hole event that will run through Saturday at the Sweetwater Country Club.
Play begins both days at 9:30 a.m., with a shotgun start planned Saturday.