Archive - Sports Article
August 13th, 2011
WOODROW â While his teamâs execution wasnât as crisp as heâd hoped and the No. 1 unit failed to get into the end zone, Sweetwater head football coach Craig Slaughter was also encouraged by much of what he saw in the Mustangsâ season-opening scrimmage with Lubbock Cooper as the teams battled to a 1-1 draw on Friday.
And the final result was clearly much better than in 2010 when Lubbock Cooper dominated the teamsâ scrimmage at Sweetwater, winning by a 4-0 count.
FRIDAY, AUG. 12
Sweetwater at Lubbock Cooper (scrimmage) starting at 6 p.m.
Highland hosts Panther Creek (scrimmage) starting at 6 p.m.
Blackwell hosts Jayton (scrimmage) starting at 6 p.m.
Sweetwater varsity at Abilene tournament.
Sweetwater JV and freshmen at Albany tournament.
SATURDAY, AUG. 13
Roscoe at Haskell (scrimmage) starting at 10 a.m.
Sweetwater varsity at Abilene tournament.
After two weeks of practices, Sweetwaterâs football team finally gets to see how it will fare against outside competition when the Mustangs go to Lubbock Cooper today for their first scrimmage of the season.
Freshman and JV skirmishes will begin at 6 p.m., setting the stage for the varsity scrimmage at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater head coach Craig Slaughter said the format calls for the No. 1 units on offense and defense to get in 30 plays each tonight while the No. 2 units will run 20 plays apiece.
Blackwell posted a sub-.500 record for the first time in three seasons a year ago, losing all three games in district play after a 4-3 start. To get back to their winning ways in 2011, theâ Hornets must rely exclusively on players with limited or no varsity experience.
Ten of the players on the roster are either freshmen or sophomores, while the other four are juniors. Five seniors who earned all-dis-trict recognition this past season have graduated.
Highland has a new head football coach, Jeff Shelton, this year, and he inherits some good talent from former coach Karry Owens, who left Highland after 18 seasons and a 147-56-3 record to become the head coach at Water Valley.
Highland managed just a 2-7 record for Owens in his final year, but was practically starting over with a slew of youngsters after graduating most of the top talent from the 2009 squad that reached the state finals.
Highland holds its annual âBig Blue Previewâ Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at the football field. All football players and spirit groups will be introduced.
A year ago, the Sweetwater volleyball team opened its season with a straight-set loss against Seminole at home. But on Tuesday, Sweetwater hosted Seminole again and the result took a 180-degree turn.
Leading almost all the way, the Lady Mustangs swept the match by scores of 25-20, 25-18, 25-12.
Except for some struggles at the end of the first game and early in the second, Sweetwater was in control against Seminole while getting strong individual performances from several players.
Though still young with just three seniors, over half of Sweetwater High Schoolâs volleyball team will bring varsity experience into todayâs season opener when the Lady Mustangs play host to Seminole.
The varsity match will tip off at 6:15 p.m. at Mustang Gym following junior varsity and freshman contests in both gyms that get underway at 5 p.m.
Several individuals received awards at the conclusion of the two volleyball camps that were held this past week at Sweetwater Middle School.
The awards were presented by camp coaches Jill Locklar, Carla Lambert and Sandra Graham. Those winning awards are as follows:
Best server â Latimer Burnett
Pass to Self winners â Kaci Webb (Tuesday); Madison Mims (Wednesday)
Crazy Hair winner â Josie Sanchez
Crazy Sock winner â Megan Kirkland
Best passer â Mia Valdez
Serving contest winners â Mia Valdez, Kara Lehnert
Most improved â Michaiah Royal
Hard worker â MaKenna Milner
The Sweetwater High School tennis team will begin practices Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 8 a.m. at the SHS courts, according to coach Shella Arnwine. All freshman and junior players must have their physicals done by this time.
For more information, contact Arnwine at firstname.lastname@example.org.