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Sweetwater will make the three-hour trip to Monahans on Friday seeking a win â€” a win that would not only greatly improve its chances of making the postseason, but also be a huge boost to the football program.
The Mustangs (1-2 district, 3-5) will face a Loboes team that sits atop the 4-3A race with a perfect 3-o mark â€” but needed a big fourth-quarter rally to win 35-34 over Snyder last week.
Snyder, which fell to 1-2 in district, held a 34-21 lead with 7:41 to play after a 100-yard interception return.
Talk about a tough as-signment. Highland takes on the stateâ€™s No. 1-ranked team in Six-Man Division I tonight at 7:30 p.m.
But Ira (8-0) isnâ€™t the only team in Highlandâ€™s district with a long winning streak. The Hornets (5-3) have won five straight since an inaus-picious 0-3 start. In that time, Highland has defeated Sands, Trent, Lueders-Avoca, Blackwell and Rotan and risen to No. 16 in D-I. The Hornets need only one win in their last two games to make the Six-Man playoffs, which would end a postseason drought dating to 2009 when Highland advanced to the state finals in Division II.
Blackwellâ€™s football team has something in common with the government. Both have been experienced a recent shutdown.
Blackwell (6-1) has been idle the past two weeks after losing its final non-district game, 76-60, to Highland on Oct. 11.
At the time, the Hornets thought their six-game win-ning streak was the only thing ending. But in addition to a scheduled open date Oct. 18, they discovered two of the other three teams in their district (8 Six-Man) â€” Lohn and Panther Creek â€” had cancelled the rest of their season and all three of their district games, due to a lack of players.
With a 4-4 record, Roscoe has already doubled its win total from last season.
But an even bigger goal â€” making the playoffs â€” is still in sight for coach Jake Freemanâ€™s team. And right now, the Plowboys are on a two-game roll with wins over Ranger (46-36) and Gorman (71-8) that have put them in a three-way tie for third place with Cross Plains and Roby. All three are 3-2 in District 7-1A, Div. II with two games left.
Sweetwater was prepared to wrap up a playoff berth by defeating Snyder here Tuesday in its final volley-ball match of the season. But a funny thing happened â€” the officials failed to show up and the teamsâ€™ match was rescheduled for Wed-nesday at Mustang Gym.
Fortunately, the delay didnâ€™t seem to hurt Sweet-water. Except for a meltdown in Game 3, the Lady Mustangs dominated the Lady Tigers as they won in four games by scores of 25-16, 25-14, 19-25 and 25-10. The win ended a five-year postseason drought for Sweetwater, which is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30
Rescheduled match: Sweetwater varsity will host Snyder at 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 31
Sweetwater 7th grade â€˜Aâ€™ and â€˜Bâ€™ teams will play at Monahans at 4:30 and 5:45 p.m., respectively.
Sweetwater 8th grade â€˜Bâ€™ and â€˜Aâ€™ teams will play at Monahans at 4:30 and 5:45 p.m., respectively.
Sweetwater freshman and JV teams will host Monahans at 5 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.
Roscoe junior high and JV teams at Hamlin at 4 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.
Highland junior high and JV teams host Ira at 4 and 5:30 p.m., respectively.
The Sweetwater volleyball team will try again today to advance to end a five-year playoff drought.
Sweetwater â€” bidding for the No. 4 spot in District 4-3A â€” was to host Snyder in Tuesday eveningâ€™s season finale at Mustang Gym. But a schedule mixup involving the officials for the match caused the teams to cancel and reschedule the varsity match for 6:30 p.m. today at Mustang Gym. The JV and freshman games for Sweetwater and Snyder on Tuesday were played, but replacement officials for the varsity match could not be found, resulting in the 24-hour delay.
Angel Caballero (shown) and Ty Crain are the Sweet-water Football Players of the Week for their play on the offensive line this past week against Big Spring.
Caballero and Crain are starters for the Mustangs at left and right tackle, respectively.
Highlandâ€™s Eli Shelton is competing at the regional cross country meet Saturday in Grand Prairie after his recent third-place finish at the district meet. Shelton was timed in 20:23.
A Sweetwater victory over Snyder in todayâ€™s match at Mustang Gym will end a five-year playoff drought and send the Lady Mustang volleyball team into the postseason as the No. 4 team in District 4-3A.
Sweetwater (3-6) leads Snyder (2-7) by a game for the final playoff berth. If Snyder wins today, how-ever, the teams must meet again later this week to break the tie and decide who will go to the playoffs. If Sweetwater wins either today or later this week, it will face Fabens, the 3-3A champion, next Tuesday in bi-district at Crane.