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Itâ€™s taken eight years to get back to this point.
Now Sweetwater finds itself in a similar situa-tion to what it faced the last time a girls team ad-vanced to the Class 3A area basketball playoffs â€” a highly-ranked squad that will be heavily favored to end their season.
Back in 2005, the Lady Mustangs faced No. 1-ranked Canyon and lost 67-26. Today, they meet No. 8 Lubbock Cooper in the area round hoping for a much better result.
But they know they will have to play their best to pull off the upset.
THURSDAY, FEB. 14
Sweetwater boys and girls host meet.
Roscoe boys and girls at Sweetwater meet.
Sweetwater varsity at Abilene High tournament through Saturday, Feb. 16.
Sweetwater JV hosts tournament starting at 8 a.m.
FRIDAY, FEB. 15
Class 3A girls area playoff: Sweetwater vs. Lubbock Cooper, 6 p.m., Post High School.
Class 1A girls area: Highland vs. Zephyr, 7 p.m., Clyde High School.
District 13-1A, Division II boys playoff seeding tiebreaker: Highland vs. Hermleigh, 4 p.m., Roscoe Collegiate High School.
The playoff season will get started for Highlandâ€™s basketball teams on Friday.
Technically, the Highland girls (27-4) â€” who ended the regular season Feb. 5 as District 13-A, Division II champions with a perfect 10-0 mark â€” will have the only playoff game. The Lady Hornets take on Zephyr in the area playoffs at Clyde with tip-off set for 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Highland boys make a much shorter trip today â€” to Roscoe â€”to play a district tiebreaker game against Hermleigh that will start at 4 p.m.
Clyde broke open a close game against Sweetwater with a seven-run sixth in-ning on Tuesday en route to beating the Lady Mustangs, 16-7, in their opening game of the 2013 season at the Jerry Collins Complex.
Sweetwater led only once â€” 2-0 after one inning â€” but trailed only 8-7 after coming up with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
SONORA â€” Now that the Sweetwater girls are in the Class 3A playoffs, theyâ€™ve decided to stay awhile.
The Lady Mustangs on Tuesday guaranteed that their best season since 2005 will continue by grabbing a 58-43 bi-district win over Fort Stockton.
Sweetwater, now 21-14 for the season, will take on Lubbock Cooper in the area playoffs later this week. At press time, the teams had tentatively agreed to play at Post on Friday.
Nothing has come easy for the Lady Mustangs over the past month during their run to the postseason, and Tuesdayâ€™s game wasnâ€™t exactly a cakewalk either.
The Sweetwater boys basketball team finished 2-8 in district play and 13-15 overall after losing to Midland Greenwood, 72-57, here on Tuesday.
Sweetwater got a game-high 21 points from Kaleb Hoover, but no one else reached double figures. Dylan Bennett scored nine points, Rhett Torres eight, Deandre Gatson seven, Isaiah McGee five, J.P. Poe three and Cole Maxwell and Sean Morrow two.
Maxwell and Morrow are the teamâ€™s only seniors.
You might think that the only local connection the Sweetwater girlsâ€™ basketball team has to Fort Stockton â€” which will be facing the Lady Mustangs in a Class 3A bi-district playoff at 6:30 p.m. today at Sonora â€” is that the schools were 4A district rivals for many years back in the â€˜80s and â€˜90s.
But it turns out that the Sweetwater-Fort Stockton connection is much closer, because the Prowlersâ€™ head coach has local ties.
Vic Ivy is now in his third year as head girls coach at Fort Stockton.
WINTERS â€” Defense has been a strength for this yearâ€™s Roscoe girls basketball team, and the Plowgirls were solid again in that area when the team faced Sterling City in a Class 1A, Division II bi-district matchup on Monday.
However, Sterling City was able to effectively shut down Roscoeâ€™s offense â€” especially in the final two quarters â€” enough to pull out a 32-29 victory and end the Plowgirlsâ€™ year.
The Sweetwater, High-land and Roscoe boys basketball teams wrap up their regular seasons today.
Sweetwater and Roscoe are through after today, but Highland is advancing to the playoffs which get started next week.
Sweetwater hosts Green-wood and Roscoe will enter-tain Westbrook. Both the Mustangs and Plowboys are 2-7 in their districts (4-3A and 13-A, respectively).
Highland (7-2) will play host to first-place Ira (9-0) in its finale.
The 2013 softball season officially starts today for Sweetwater High School as its varsity and JV will host Colorado City at 4:30 and 6 p.m., respectively.
Sweetwater is coming off a season where it made the playoffs for the first time since 1997. The basketball playoffs will delay the start of the season for a few players. Tony Heredia will make his Sweetwater coaching debut today, though he was also the head coach for three seasons at Sweetwater from 2002-04.