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May 14th, 2013
When you make it to state for the first time in school history, itâ€™s a big deal, even if the trip doesnâ€™t end on a happy note. So while their dream of a state champion-ship was ended by Saltillo in the semifinals, it was still a very good year for the High-land girls basketball team.
Under the guidance of head coach Shea Baucom, the Lady Hornets went 31-5 in becoming the first Nolan County basketball team in four years to go to Austin.
Their journey was the top Nolan County sports story of the 2012-13 school year.
Sweetwater and Andrews will meet in a best-of-3 regional quarterfinal baseball playoff series at Lubbock Christian University's Hays Field this weekend. The teams play Game 1 on Friday at 6 p.m.; Game 2 will be played Saturday starting at 2 p.m.; and Game 3, if necessary, begins 30 minutes after Game 2 ends.
LUBBOCK â€” It would be hard for Sweetwater to complain too much after the Mustangs finished off their best-of-3 area round playoff series against Pampa in just two games on Saturday with an 8-6 win.
But getting the sweep at Lubbock Christian Univer-sityâ€™s Hays Field was certainly challenging â€” and more than a bit frustrating.
The Mustangs (19-14) not only had to endure two weather delays that totalled more than an hour, but also had to weather a final-inning storm of their own as Pampa (13-14) scored three times and had the go-ahead run at third base.
AUSTIN â€” Nick Nemir of Sweetwater ended his high school career by narrowly missing out on a Class 3A medal Saturday night at the UIL state track meet.
However, his fourth-place finish in the boys 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.36 seconds beat out both of his competitors from Region I. Wylieâ€™s Patrick Walker and Glen Roseâ€™s Blake Eschbach, who beat out Nemir by finishing 1-2 at the regional meet, placed sixth and seventh at state, respectively.
WOODROW â€” As they say, better late than never.
Everything about Game 1 of Sweetwaterâ€™s area playoff against Pampa wound up being way behind schedule on Friday, and that isnâ€™t just a reference to the fact that it began almost an hour-and-a-half later than planned â€” and at a different location â€” due to inclement weather at Lubbock Christian Univ-ersity that forced both teams to scramble for another field to play on.
AUSTIN â€” Five Nolan County athletes came away with state medals Friday at the Class 1A, Division II meet, and there were three other fourth-place finishes as well.
Blackwellâ€™s Jayden Jones won a first-place gold medal in the boys pole vault with a leap of 13 feet, six inches. Highlandâ€™s Michael Hyde won a third-place bronze in the same event at 12-6.
Getting to the playoffs and then beating Fabens in bi-district last weekend was, for Sweetwaterâ€™s players, the culmination of a dream theyâ€™ve had since their first Little League game.
But now thereâ€™s more to come, starting today when the Mustangs (17-14) begin their best-of-3 area series with Pampa at 7:30 p.m. at Lubbock Christian Uni-versityâ€™s Hays Field.
â€śI talked to some of these guys when they were 9 and 10 years old about setting a goal of going to the playoffs when they were in high school,â€ť said head coach Roland Herrera. â€śWe defi-nitely donâ€™t want to stop.
Nolan County will be well-represented at this yearâ€™s UIL track and field meet.
A total of 12 athletes â€” with at least one from all four county high schools â€” will be traveling to Austinâ€™s Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus. Eleven athletes are competing at the state meet on Friday, when competition for Class 1A, Division II will be held (see schedule).
Jesus Leanos of Roscoe (boys 3200-meter run) will be the first local athlete to compete at 8:20 a.m. Lea-nos â€” like all 12 of the local competitors â€” is making his first state appearance.
FRIDAY, MAY 10
8 a.m. â€” Class 1A, Division II girls
8:20 a.m. â€” Class 1A, Division II boys (Jesus Leanos, Roscoe)
8:40 a.m. â€” Class 1A, Division I girls
9 a.m. â€” Class 1A, Division I boys
9:20 a.m. â€” Class 2A girls
9:40 a.m. â€” Class 2A boys
10 a.m. â€” Class 4A girls
10:20 a.m. â€“ Class 4A boys
8:30 a.m. â€” Class 4A girls discus; Class 4A boys shot put; Class 1A, Division II girls pole vault; Class 1A, Division II boys pole vault (Michael Hyde, High-land, Jayden Jones, Blackwell; Mason Magness, Blackwell)
When the month of May arrives in Texas, only the best spring high school athletes and teams are still competing. And last year, for the first time in memory, Nolan County was not represented at the state track meet in Austin.