Donations to the 30th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive have been phenomenal and tens of thousands of families in the Ark-La-Tex will receive food this year from the effort.
The food drive is sponsored by Brookshire Grocery Company stores, along with many service organizations, food pantries, school groups and other businesses and volunteers.
One played at home while the other played on the road, and their opponents werenât the same either.
But Sweetwater High Schoolâs basketball teams did share a few things in common on Friday. Both played schools from the same Class 2A district (3-2A) whose names start with a âBâ â and both lost.
Sweetwaterâs boys (5-10) played host to Bangs and fell by a score of 58-46. The girls (9-9), meanwhile, went to Ballinger and were beaten 55-37, ending their three-game winning streak.
Sweetwater swept Bangs in sub-varsity boys basket-ball action here Friday.
The freshmen boys won 48-45, and the JV boys de-feated Bangsâ JV 53-45.
Duanta Williams had 13, Rhett Torres 11, J.P. Poe 10, Isaiah McGee eight, Martes Harris four and Bray Amos four for the freshmen boys (7-3). Deandre Gatson had 15, Trey Taylor 14, Marquees Jenkins 12, Quentin Wetsel six, Brandon Howell four and Mike McCoy two for the JV boys (11-4).
Here are recent results for the area JV and junior high basketball teams that were given by their coaches to the Sweetwater Reporter.
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Albany JV boys 29,
Roscoe JV boys 25
Roscoe points: Cutter Davila 13, Jacob Cuellar 5, Chase Cathey 3, Kane Peavy 2, Jeremy Solano 2.
Albany JV girls 33,
Roscoe JV girls 17
Roscoe points: Jese Pena 4, Selena Perez 4, Shelby Brown 3, Samantha Ortega 2, Olivia Rovig 2, Olivia Saddler 1, Whitney Williams 1.
Here are results from the Sweetwater Middle School basketball teamsâ games with Snyder that were given by their coaches to the Sweetwater Reporter.
The games were the final ones for SMS until after the Christmas break.
DEC. 15 â VS. SNYDER
8TH GRADE BOYS
Sweetwater Red 38,
Sweetwater points: Michael Hunt 21, Mark Lawrence 8, Michael Law-rence 6, Denzell Moore 2, Adrian Vizzerra 1.
Sweetwater White 27,
Southeast Elementary School first graders put on quite a Christmas show, âThe Littlest Christmas Tree,â with many of the students in costumes with speaking and singing parts. Many attended the play at the Sweetwater High School Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011.
Shown from left to right are Ken Becker; Amanda Ferguson, Administrative Assistant, Sweetwater Wind 4 & 5; and Michael Jimenez, Sweetwater Wind 4 & 5 Site Manager. A donation of $5,011 was given by Infigen Energy, Sweetwater 4 & 5 to the Sweetwater Goodfellows.
Durwood Whitefield passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at home in Kerrville with his wife at his bedside.
Durwood was the only child of Orville Whitefield and Rachel Harper Whitefield. He was born in Sweetwater, TX, on July 1, 1929.
After graduating from high school in Sweetwater in 1947, Durwood served two years in the U.S. Army. He then worked his way through Sul Ross State College, Alpine, TX, receiving his Bachelor of science degree in geology in 1958. Durwood met his wife, Earlene Anderson, while in college. They were married March 27, 1959, in Alpine, TX.
Roscoe Girl Scout Troop #7305 recently held a toy drive. Pictured left to right are Leandra DeLeon, Haylee Schriber, Jaleigh Morales, Logan Wicker, Taylor Chavez and standing is Veronica Cuellar. Toys are donated to Roscoe's Spirit of Christmas program.
It was a last-minute decision by Rachel Ramirez to enter her husband, Antonio, into the âLight My Home for the Holidays,â a contest sponsored by KTXS and WTU Retail Energy. âGood thing she did,â he said.
Abilene resident Antonio Ramirez, 43, was chosen as the winner of one yearâs worth of free electricity from WTU during the annual KTXS Christmas Lights Parade on Nov. 29. His free year, up to $3,000, begins in January.
Ramirez, a truck driver, said the announcement came as a big surprise and a great relief.