Archive - Jan 2012 - Sports Article
ABILENE â€” John Paul Cain of Sweetwater, who first made a name for himself as a college golfer at Texas Tech University and later as an amateur golfer and two-time winner on the Senior PGA Tour, will be among nine new inductees into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame this year, it was announced Wednesday.
The 11th annual Big Country Hall of Fame induction banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. May 7 at the Abilene Civic Center. Tickets to the event will go on sale in February.
The Highland girls basketball team held on to second place in District 11-A, Division II with a 71-43 victory over Ira on Tuesday.
Highland improved to 19-7 overall and is 7-2 in district play with three games left. The Lady Hornets, trying for an 11th straight trip to the state playoffs, maintained a half-game lead over third-place Loraine and trail only first-place Roby (9-0) in district. Highland plays at Loraine (6-2) on Friday.
Sierra Allen scored 25 points to pace the win over Ira and Beth Richburg had 17 points.
Though it had been an eternity â€” almost two years â€” since winning a district game, it didnâ€™t take Sweet-water long to seize control of Tuesdayâ€™s 5-3A contest at Mustang Gym with Snyder.
After falling behind 3-2 less than two minutes into the contest, the Mustangs promptly went on a 7-0 run to take a 9-3 lead midway through the first quarter. Sweetwater never gave up the lead after that.
And with sophomore post Kaleb Hoover scoring 19 of his 25 points in the second half, the Mustangs (1-3, 10-17) gradually pulled away to claim a 54-41 win.
The Sweetwater girls bas-ketball team struggled early against Snyder in the teamsâ€™ District 5-3A game Tuesday at Mustangs, then lost two key starters to fouls in the fourth quarter after building a 12-point lead.
But the Lady Mustangs persevered to get their first win in district play, 49-43, over the Lady Tigers.
Sweetwater (1-4, 15-15) found itself trailing 11-2 and 13-4 in the first quarter un-til finally getting untracked.
Kendra Crossonâ€™s basket gave the Lady Mustangs their first lead, 18-17, with 3:19 left before halftime.
The Sweetwater junior varsity and freshman boys basketball teams both came away with wins over Snyder here Tuesday in sub-varsity district contests.
The JV boys won 46-42 as they got 15 points from Trey Taylor and overcame a two-point deficit by outscoring Snyder 14-8 in the fourth quarter to improve to 2-2 in district and 15-8 overall. Brandon Howell and Quentin Wetsel had eight points, Mike McCoy six, Marquees Jenkins five and Deandre Gatson four for the Mustangs.
Sweetwater led 12-11 after one quarter, but trailed 25-23 at halftime and 34-32 after three quarters.
Sweetwaterâ€™s sub-varsity girls basketball teams came away with a split when they hosted Snyder on Tuesday.
The JV girls, who are 16-5 overall, lost for the first time in district play as they fell to Snyder, 52-49.
But the freshman girls fared much better, winning 44-24 to improve to 15-4 this season.
The Sweetwater High School varsity boys basketball team will complete the first half of District 5-3A play when it hosts Snyder at 7:30 p.m. today. Pictured, back row from left, are Patrick Palacios, Tino Martinez, Steven Torrez, Dylan Bennett, Kaleb Hoover, Gabe Medellin, Dylon Adames, Anthony Palacios, Taylor Jones; front row, Willie Norman, Brandon Hopkins (manager), Ashley Kincheloe (stats), assistant coach Jerrod Gee, head coach Al Hunt, Rachel Hunt (stats), Amy Witt (stats), and Cole Maxwell. Not pictured is Isaiah McGee.
District 5-3A competition hasnâ€™t been a lot of fun so far for Sweetwaterâ€™s basketball teams, as neither the girls or boys has managed to get a win so far. But that could change when both squads host Snyder in a varsity doubleheader today.
BROWNWOOD â€” The Sweetwater girls basketball team ended the first half of district play by losing to Brownwoodâ€™s No. 7-ranked Lady Lions, 71-33, at the Brownwood gym.
The loss dropped the Lady Mustangs to 14-15 overall and 0-4 in district, while Brownwood is 21-6 overall and 3-1 in District 5-3A.
Brownwood is the second state-ranked team that Sweetwater has had to con-tend with in the district. Wylie (4-0), ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, lost a non-district game (62-60) on Friday to a school (THESA) that is the five-time defending home school national champions.
BROWNWOOD â€” Sweet-water held its own against Brownwood over the final two periods, but the Lions took a commanding 20-6 after one quarter and were never seriously threatened after that in claiming a 59-38 win Friday in District 5-3A boys basketball action.
The loss dropped Sweet-waterâ€™s records to 9-17 overall and 0-3 in district play. Brownwood is 7-17 overall, but now 2-0 in district play as the Lions pulled into a tie with Wylie â€”which was idle Friday â€” for the 5-3A lead.