Archive - Sports Article
June 27th, 2011
Nolan Countyâ€™s four high school football teams will all have something to prove, at least to one well-known statewide publication, when they take to the gridiron for the 2011 season.
At least one school has represented the county in the playoffs for the past 21 years, but Texas Football â€” Dave Campbellâ€™s legendary magazine â€” predicts that Sweetwater, Roscoe, Highland and Blackwell will all miss the postseason.
Junior Alicia Finn and sophomore Kelsi Crosson of Sweetwater were named on Sunday to the 2011 All-Big Country Softball Team by the Abilene Reporter-News.Finn was chosen as a starting infielder after hitting .655 in district play with six doubles, three triples and one homer, while Crosson was selected as a starting outfielder after batting .545 with six doubles, two triples, six stolen bases and a .697 on-base percentage.
Kelsi Crosson earned All-Big Country recognition as a reserve outfielder follow-ing her freshman year.
Members of the Sweetwater Rageâ€™s state championship 8-under all-star softball team are pictured here with their hardware. Top row from left are coaches David Valdez, Bryan Sheridan, Jerry Villa; middle row, Mia Valdez, Marissa Villanueva, Elli Lehnert, Kyla Daniel, Madison Hernandez, Kailey Soles; bottom row, Blayke Bewley, Ellie Silva, Riley Sheridan, Jazel Villa, Andrea Vaughn and Nereah Sarabia.
The 2011 Sweetwater Volleyball Summer League will be held Tuesday nights this summer and will begin Tuesday, June 28. It will be held mainly at the Sweetwater High School new and old gyms. League age groups will be for the 2011-12 school year and are as follows: grades 7-8, ninth/JV and varsity. Also, a tournament will be held Tuesday, July 19 at the same locations. This is an opportunity for all volleyball players to get some additional volleyball experience. The entry fee will be $25 per player, and all checks should be made out to Sweetwater Summer Volleyball.
The Sweetwater 10-under all-star softball team recently competed in a Texas ASA State C tournament at Wichita Falls and went undefeated as it brought home the state championship. The teamâ€™s members are, back row from left, Kaci Webb, Alicia Gomez, Alexe Alcala, Alyssa Herrera, Texas Williams; front row, Kara Lehnert, Kenley Reed, Cyera Pieper, Aubri Espinoza, Maddie Hicks and Emerald Torres. Also pictured are team coaches Adrian Gomez, Dustin Lehnert and Chris Gomez.
Four Sweetwater Little League baseball teams will compete starting Monday in District 5 double elimination all-star tournaments that will run through the first week of July.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 10-11 year-olds host their tournament at the Major League field. Also in the tournament are Merkel, Snyder, Clyde, Wylie and Abilene Southern. Sweetwater plays its first game at 6 p.m. Monday against Snyder. The tour-nament will wrap up with the championship game on July 4, with a second championship game to be played on July 5 if necessary.
A local 11-and-under select baseball team, the Sweetwater Reds, is shown with its hardware after taking first place at tournaments earlier this month. The team is shown with the trophy that it won in Abilene. Also, the players also won a USSSA state tournament held in Midland, where the boys received rings as well as a plaque shaped like Texas. The Abilene tournament had a total of six teams participating, while the state tournament in Midland had 10 teams.
Sweetwater will be hosting a Black Gold Tennis Circuit Challenger event Friday and Saturday, June 24-25. The entry fee will be $25 and the entry deadline is Wednesday, June 22.
Monday, June 20
Mustang Tennis Clinic
A Mustang Tennis Clinic for students completing grades 3-8 will be held Monday through Thursday, June 20-23, at the Sweetwater High School tennis courts. The hours of the clinic will be 8-11 a.m. Students will need to bring a tennis racquet, water bottle and sun screen. The cost of the clinic will be $35. For more information, call Shella Arnwine at (325) 721-6550 or Christi Adams at (325) 277-0411.
Mustang Golf Camp
Many Sweetwater students attended the annual Mustang baseball camp this week. The camp ran from Monday, June 13, through Thursday, June 16, at the high school baseball field. Shown are students in grades first through fifth. This yearâ€™s camp emphasized working on fundamentals, hitting, defense and pitching and being led by the Mustang baseball staff. Head baseball coach is Roland Herrera.