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August 17th, 2012
Blackwell football players are shown here during a recent practice as they prepare for a new season. The Hornets go to Hermleigh for their first scrimmage today.
A very young and inexperienced Blackwell football team didnâ€™t win any of their nine games on their field a year ago, though they did get a victory by forfeit.
But almost everyone is back, and the participation rate is high this season, with 21 of the 24 eligible boys signing up. Four of them â€” Ted Chambliss, Kaleb Edwards, Jayden Jones and Mason Magness â€” were all-district in 2011.
After coming away with a split in its dual match here Tuesday, the Sweetwater High School volleyball team will begin an extended stretch of time on the road today by playing a single match at Abilene Cooper â€” followed by a two-day tour-nament at Canyon Randall to complete the weekend.
Sweetwater (2-1) dropped its opening match to Seminole on Tuesday in four games by scores of 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 20-25.
After advancing to the six-man state championship game three years ago, Highland has fallen on hard times of late, going just 5-14 the past two seasons.
But there were signs late last year that the Hornets were on the verge of turning things around. In fact, a muffed two-point kick at the end of a 43-42 loss to Aspermont in the next-to-last week was all that kept Highland from making it back to the postseason.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s volleyball team faced an early gut-check in its season-opening match here Monday, and passed it with flying colors with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over San Angelo Grape Creek.
The Lady Mustangs play two more matches tonight at home against Seminole and Water Valley, with the first match at 6:15 p.m.
Water Valley is the defending Class 1A state champion and after graduating just one player from that team, the Lady Wildcats enter this season ranked No. 1, while Seminole is also considered a playoff-caliber squad.
This local 10-and-underÂ baseball team recently won second place at a tournament in Abilene. Pictured are, top row from left, coaches Tony Roden, Todd Hrbacek and Danny Fullwood; middle row,Â Rylen Moncada, Antonio Heredia, Junior Martiniez, A.J. Ramirez,Â Ty Fullwood; and front row, Jacob Roden, Reese Palafox, Ethan Cortez and Cooper Hrbacek.
Roscoe knows even the best high school football programs arenâ€™t immune from having down periods.
After 13 straight trips to the playoffs, the Plowboys are entering the 2012 sea-son on the heels of an 0-10 season, the programâ€™s first winless season in 21 years.
In his previous tour of duty here from 2004 through 2007, Shane Mobley served as a top assistant for a high school football program that perennially ranked among the most successful not only in Class 3A but the entire state of Texas.
And since his return to Sweetwater in April, this time as the Mustangsâ€™ head coach, Mobley has been consumed with getting the program back to that level.
After a quarter century of excellence starting in 1984 in which Sweetwater missed the playoffs only three times, the Mustangs have gone just 9-21 the past three seasons with no post-season appearances.
Liz Miller is beginning her 10th year as Sweetwaterâ€™s head volleyball coach, and her 2012 team â€” which will tip off play on Monday by hosting Grape Creek at 6:15 p.m. â€” also has a great deal of returning experience.
Of the teamâ€™s 12 players, eight are seniors and five of them â€” or 83 percent of the starting rotation â€” earned all-district honors in 2011.
Furthermore, all five â€” middle blockers Kathleen Campbell and Shelby Cason, outside hitters Kel-si Crosson and Kendra Crosson and setter Suede Shirley â€” have at least two years of varsity experience.
Several individuals re-ceived awards at the con-clusion of the two volley-ball camps that were held this past week at Sweet-water Middle School.
The awards were pre-sented by camp coaches Carla Lambert, Sandra Graham and Jill Locklar. Winners are as follows:
Top server â€” Elli Lehnert
Top passer â€” Mia Valdez
Self bump champion â€” Amber Knox
Self bump game winner â€” Madison Mims
Shagger girls â€” Hannah Mobley, Megan Kirkland, Michiah Royal
Mighty Lady Mustang â€” Faith Santiago
Perfect Form Award â€” Kara Lehnert
Top hitters â€” Julia Rees and Riley Dodd