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February 15th, 2012
SNYDER â€” Down by 15 before even scoring their first points, the Sweetwater Mustangs staged an impres-sive rally to cut Snyderâ€™s lead to 46-43 after three periods of play. But the Tigers hit 12 free throws in the fourth quarter as they held on for a 60-50 win on Tuesday in the District 5-3A finale for both squads.
The most frequent Tigersâ€™ visitor to the foul line was Malik Davis, who connected on 7-of-10 for Snyder in the final 83 seconds to ice his teamâ€™s first win in district play. Both teams finished with 1-7 records.
The Highland boys basketball team ended its seas-on by losing to Roby, 47-31, on Tuesday.
Shelby Howard had eight points to lead the Hornets while Ethan Wilson had seven, Ron Covington six, Kevin Box four, Sheldon Hall three and Kaden Nach-linger, Brandon Stevens and Zach Cornett one.
Highland finished its sea-son with a 3-9 record in District 11-A, Division II and was 6-21 overall, while Roby heads to playoffs with a 9-3 district record, second only to Iraâ€™s 11-1.
Mondayâ€™s 2012 softball opener here between Sweetwater and Winters was canceled due to wet weather that made the field unplayable, according to coach Robert Williams. The Lady Mus-tangs will now begin their season at Abileneâ€™s three-day tournament that begins Thursday.
Highlandâ€™s girls hoped to begin their 11th straight trip to the basketball playoffs with a win, but instead lost to Sterling City 44-36 in the teamsâ€™ bi-district contest on Monday.
By winning the Class 1A, Div. II playoff in Winters, Sterling City advances to the area round while High-landâ€™s season ends with a 22-9 record.
Highland, the second-place team in District 11-A, Division II this season, won 20 or more games for the eighth time in 11 years.
The Sweetwater boys golf team fired a 312 on Friday to tie Wylie for first place and ended up with the title after winning a tiebreaker at Big Springâ€™s tournament.
Alex Castillo led the way as he shot a 75 to tie for second among medalists, while Mason Andrews tied for ninth with a 77. Dylan Torres shot 79, Ryan Mer-cer 81 and Guy Bond 86. The event was shortened to 18 holes due to weather.
The Sweetwater girls golf team shot a 379 on Friday to place fourth at Big Spring. Snyder (366) won the title with Wylie (374) second and Andrews (375) third.
It took a tiebreaker this past season to keep Sweet-waterâ€™s softball team from getting a shot at the pro-gramâ€™s first playoff berth since the 1990s.
However, that hurdle may be cleared in 2012 with 11 returning lettermen â€” five of whom won all-district recognition â€” on this seasonâ€™s 13-player roster. Still, the team will be young with only three seniors, along with eight juniors and two freshmen.
First-year coach Robert Williams is excited about that potential as the Lady Mustangs prepare for their season opener at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against Winters.
MONDAY, FEB. 13
Bi-district playoff: Highland girls vs. Sterling City (Class 1A, Division II), 7 p.m., Winters.
TUESDAY, FEB. 14
Sweetwater varsity at Midland Lee (scrimmage), 4:30 p.m.
Sweetwater boys at Snyder â€” freshmen at 4:30 p.m., JV at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Highland JV and varsity boys host Roby starting at 5 p.m.
Blackwell varsity boys host Bronte, 6:30 p.m.
Sweetwater JV and varsity teams host Winters (season openers), 4 and 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEB. 16
Sweetwater varsity at Abilene tournament.
Sierra Allen scored 25 points for the Highland girls Friday in their playoff warmup game against New Home that was held in Hermleigh, but the Lady Hornets still lost by a score of 43-38.
Highland (22-8) held leads of 11-5 and 21-18 after the first two periods but New Home led 32-30 entering the final stanza.
The Blackwell boys got their first district victory on Friday, as the Hornets defeated Veribest 48-35 in a game at Veribest. Mason Magness scored 13 points to pace Blackwell in the win that leaves both teams 1-12 in District 12-A, Division II.
Mark Monroe had nine, Jordan Fields and Jayden Jones seven, Bennie Wester five, Ted Chambliss three and Wade Allen two.
However, the Roscoe and Highland boys both lost.
The Plowboys (1-9 district) ended their season by losing to Munday 71-28 and Highland (3-8 district) fell against Hermleigh 57-43.
Highlandâ€™s junior high girls basketball team beat Hermleigh 27-22 and Trent 32-28 to win first place honors at a tournament held in Trent on Jan. 28.
Highland built a big half-time lead (18-6) and held on to beat Hermleigh, but had to rally to beat Trent after trailing 16-15 at halftime. Hannah Allen had 10, Sydny Helbert eight, Kailee Hall six and Kelsi Johns three against Hermleigh while no individual scores against Trent were given.