Archive - Feb 2011 - Sports Article
After 4 1/2 innings of Tuesdayâ€™s game, it looked as if the visiting San Angelo Lake View baseball team might literally walk to victory over Sweetwater in its 2011 season opener at Newman Park.
The Chiefs had just three hits, all singles, at that point, but they led 5-3 thanks primarily to 11 walks â€” four of them coming with the bases loaded.
But then Lake View opened the door to a Sweetwater rally, and the Mustangs pushed across five late runs to pull out an 8-5 victory.
After an 8-3 win Tuesday at Hawley, the Sweetwater High School softball team is back above .500 (3-2) entering its annual three-day tournament that began with pool games today at the Jerry Collins Complex.
Kelsi Crosson, Alicia Finn, Suede Shirley and Jerren Villa each had two hits for the Lady Mustangs against Hawley, and Taylor McKoy pitched a seven-inning com-plete game to get the victory as she allowed just seven hits. She also had seven strikeouts and gave up just three walks. Finn tripled, while both Shirley and Villa doubled and Shirley and Crosson had two RBI.
SAN ANGELO â€” There was no fourth quarter rally this time.
By then Highland already had things well under con-trol at Angelo State Univer-sityâ€™s Junell Center, thanks to a 15-4 third quarter surge that sparked the Lady Hornets to a lopsided 53-32 victory over Bronte in the teamsâ€™ regional quarterfinal playoff on Tuesday.
With the win, the Lady Hornets (22-11) advance to the Region II-A, Division II tournament that starts Friday and will be played at Abilene Christian Universi-tyâ€™s Moody Coliseum.
It seems hard to believe, but there was a time not all that long ago when the Highland girls basketball team struggled mightily to get victories.
During the five seasons from 1995 to 2000, the Lady Hornets won a total of just 15 games, including an 0-21 mark the final year.
But the start of the new millennium also marked a new era for the program.
Under head coach Shea Baucom, Highland sudden-ly turned the corner starting with the 2001-02 season.
Following a third-place finish by the Lady Mustangs this past weekend at Craneâ€™s tournament, Sweetwaterâ€™s softball teams are back on the road today for a JV-varsity doubleheader at Hawley starting with the JV game at 6 p.m.
The Highland girls basketball team posed with its trophy after winning the area championship Friday by beating Wink 47-41. Back row from left are coach Ryan Dollar, Katy Fullwood, Sierra Allen, Callie Sandusky, Beth Richburg, Julia Tibbit, manager Kaitlyn Reyes; middle row, manager Hannah Allen, Morgan Monroe, Sophie Stice; front row, Lora Stewart, Kara Hughey, Shyan Womack, Megan Thompson. Highland plays Bronte in the regional quarterfinals at Angelo State Universityâ€™s Junell Center starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Depending on how you look at it, the improve-ment in the Sweetwater baseball program the past two years has been either modest or significant.
The half-full view says that the Mustangs â€” who start their season Tuesday by hosting San Angelo Lake View at 6:30 p.m. â€” won six times as many district games as in 2007 and â€˜08 combined. However, Sweetwaterâ€™s district rec-ord was still just 3-7 in both â€˜09 and â€˜10.
But there is good reason to believe that 2011 will be the breakthrough season that leads to a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
GRADY â€” Itâ€™s probably not the way they prefer to do it, but the Highland girls basketball team has discovered a winning formula in the playoffs.
The Lady Hornets, for the second time in as many postseason games, found themselves trailing with one quarter to play Friday against Wink. But just as it had done three nights earlier against Robert Lee, Highland staged a furious fourth-quarter rally to pull out a 47-41 victory.
TUESDAY, FEB. 22
Sweetwater JV and varsity teams host San Angelo Lake View (season openers), 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Blackwell girls play at Robert Lee tournament.
Sweetwater JV and varsity teams play at Hawley, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23
Sweetwater JV boys play at Lamesa tournament.
Blackwell boys play at Robert Lee tournament.
THURSDAY, FEB. 24
Sweetwater varsity plays at San Angelo Lake View tournament.
Sweetwater JV plays at Big Spring tournament.
Sweetwater varsity boys play at Brownwood tournament.
The Highland girls basketball team will resume its playoff run when it takes on Wink at 6:30 p.m. today in an area contest at Lenorah Grady. Beth Richburg is pictured above bringing the ball up against a defender in Tuesdayâ€™s 36-31 win over Robert Lee. The Lady Hornets bring a 20-11 record into todayâ€™s game and Wink is 22-3. The winner will face either Bronte or Marathon in the regional quarterfinals next week. (Photo by Alanna Glass)