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February 22nd, 2011
It seems hard to believe, but there was a time not all that long ago when the Highland girls basketball team struggled mightily to get victories.
During the five seasons from 1995 to 2000, the Lady Hornets won a total of just 15 games, including an 0-21 mark the final year.
But the start of the new millennium also marked a new era for the program.
Under head coach Shea Baucom, Highland sudden-ly turned the corner starting with the 2001-02 season.
Following a third-place finish by the Lady Mustangs this past weekend at Craneâ€™s tournament, Sweetwaterâ€™s softball teams are back on the road today for a JV-varsity doubleheader at Hawley starting with the JV game at 6 p.m.
The Highland girls basketball team posed with its trophy after winning the area championship Friday by beating Wink 47-41. Back row from left are coach Ryan Dollar, Katy Fullwood, Sierra Allen, Callie Sandusky, Beth Richburg, Julia Tibbit, manager Kaitlyn Reyes; middle row, manager Hannah Allen, Morgan Monroe, Sophie Stice; front row, Lora Stewart, Kara Hughey, Shyan Womack, Megan Thompson. Highland plays Bronte in the regional quarterfinals at Angelo State Universityâ€™s Junell Center starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Depending on how you look at it, the improve-ment in the Sweetwater baseball program the past two years has been either modest or significant.
The half-full view says that the Mustangs â€” who start their season Tuesday by hosting San Angelo Lake View at 6:30 p.m. â€” won six times as many district games as in 2007 and â€˜08 combined. However, Sweetwaterâ€™s district rec-ord was still just 3-7 in both â€˜09 and â€˜10.
But there is good reason to believe that 2011 will be the breakthrough season that leads to a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
GRADY â€” Itâ€™s probably not the way they prefer to do it, but the Highland girls basketball team has discovered a winning formula in the playoffs.
The Lady Hornets, for the second time in as many postseason games, found themselves trailing with one quarter to play Friday against Wink. But just as it had done three nights earlier against Robert Lee, Highland staged a furious fourth-quarter rally to pull out a 47-41 victory.
TUESDAY, FEB. 22
Sweetwater JV and varsity teams host San Angelo Lake View (season openers), 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Blackwell girls play at Robert Lee tournament.
Sweetwater JV and varsity teams play at Hawley, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23
Sweetwater JV boys play at Lamesa tournament.
Blackwell boys play at Robert Lee tournament.
THURSDAY, FEB. 24
Sweetwater varsity plays at San Angelo Lake View tournament.
Sweetwater JV plays at Big Spring tournament.
Sweetwater varsity boys play at Brownwood tournament.
The Highland girls basketball team will resume its playoff run when it takes on Wink at 6:30 p.m. today in an area contest at Lenorah Grady. Beth Richburg is pictured above bringing the ball up against a defender in Tuesdayâ€™s 36-31 win over Robert Lee. The Lady Hornets bring a 20-11 record into todayâ€™s game and Wink is 22-3. The winner will face either Bronte or Marathon in the regional quarterfinals next week. (Photo by Alanna Glass)
Connor Stafford of Sweet-water and Caden Smith of Roscoe have been chosen to participate in the 12th annual Fellowship of Chris-tian Athletes Myrle Great-house All-Star Classic foot-ball game slated for June 4.
The game will be played at Abileneâ€™s Shotwell Sta-dium starting at 7 p.m.
The Blackwell boys bas-ketball team fell to No. 1-ranked Bronte, 59-30, in its season finale Tuesday.
Caleb Jeter had 17 points for the Hornets, who finished 10-19 overall, 3-11 district. Bronte is 27-2, 14-0. Caleb Magness had seven points and Mason Magness had six points.
With one of its most boisterous crowds of the year in attendance, the Sweetwater boys basketball team hoped to upset Snyder in its finale Tuesday at Mustang Gym and end on a high note, while denying the Tigers a chance at a playoff spot.
But the Mustangs, as has been the case throughout district play and for most of the season, simply didnâ€™t have enough firepower to pull it off. Snyder, on the other hand, gradually warmed up as the game progressed and pulled away in the second and third quarters for a 68-38 victory.