February 25th, 2013
Expect mostly cloudy skies today, with a high only near 39. Winds will be high, as a west-northwestern wind will blow at 30 to 35 mph, increasing up to 35 to 40 mph. Gusts could top out at 55 mph.
Today, we also have a slight chance today for rain and snow, as precipitation chances stand at 20%.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 29. High winds will continue from the west-northwest at 30 to 40 mph, decreasing to 10 to 20 mph. However, gusts could still reach as high as 55 mph.
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ABILENE â€” State rankings obviously donâ€™t scare the Highland girls basketball team.
After reaching the Region II-A, D-II semifinals with a 40-32 win over No. 16-ranked Water Valley, the Lady Hornets routed No. 18 Baird, 55-37, on Friday to move within one game of a first-ever trip to Austin. Highland (30-4) faced Garden City in the Region II-A, D-II finals Saturday with a berth in this weekâ€™s state tournament on the line.
Six Sweetwater girls basketball players have earned all-District 4-3A recognition for their outstanding play. All six are seniors.
Kendra Crosson, Kelsi Crosson and Suede Shirley all received first team all-district honors in 4-3A, and Shelby Cason was named to the second team. Elise Law-rence and Janell Walker earned all-district honora-ble mention.
Sweetwater was 21-15 this season and made the play-offs for the first time since the 2005 season. The 21 wins were also the highest total in eight years.
The Sweetwater Young Guns 11-and-under travel team won the championship at the Midland Winter Blast tournament, a Global Sports World Series Qualifier event which was played on Feb. 16-17 as part of Texas USSSA Baseball. Members of the team are, bottom row from left, Rylen Moncada, Reese Hayes, Rylan Hayes, Darian Carr, Jacob Roden; middle row, Xavier Rodela, Max Ferguson, Austin Moreland, Daiman Atkins, Blake Andrus; back row, coaches Kelly Andrus, Randall Rea and Tony Roden.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s junior varsity softball team recently won games against Winters and Colorado City by scores of 21-1 and 18-14, respectively.
Individual results follow:
Sweetwater 21, Winters 1
Note: Schedules are subject to change
MONDAY, FEB. 25
Sweetwater JV hosts Clyde, 6 p.m.
Sweetwater varsity vs. Ranger Junior College JV at Ranger, 4:30 p.m.
Sweetwater middle school has season-opening match at Snyder.
Highland junior high teams at season-opening meet in Westbrook.
TUESDAY, FEB. 26
Sweetwater JV and varsity teams will host Graham at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.
THURSDAY, FEB. 28
Sweetwater varsity hosts Wood Bat Classic.
Sweetwater JV at Abilene tournament.
Sweetwater JV and varsity at Big Spring tournament.
Sweetwater Jaycee David Sager talked to a crowd about safety around Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes at Media Day on Friday.
The Highland girls basketball team celebrated on Friday after their 55-37 victory over Baird that advanced the Lady Hornets to the Region II-A, D-II final against Garden City on Saturday. Fridayâ€™s win put Highland within one game of advancing to Austin to play in the state tournament later this week. A story on Fridayâ€™s game is on Page A6. A story on Saturdayâ€™s game will be in Mondayâ€™s paper.
Terry Greenburg, editor of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, chops the head off of a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake at Media Day on Friday. Also shown is Sweetwater Jaycees President Heath Cornutt.
2013 Media Day for the Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up was held on Friday, at the local Fortin Ranch. The Miss Snake Charmer Pageant contestants beheaded and skinned Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes and members of the Sweetwater Jaycees gave demonstrations about the snakes including safety tips when coming into contact with the snakes. The Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. The Sweetwater Jaycees Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up will be from Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10.