February 16th, 2011
McKinney â€” Oneda â€śAunt Dodoâ€ť Thompson, 98, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in a McKinney hospital.Â Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel with Reverend Jimmy Griffith officiating, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home of Merkel.Â
Oneda was born Sept. 12, 1912, the first child of James and Etta (Shouse) McWilliams at Shep in Nolan County.Â She married E.R. â€śShortyâ€ť Thompson June 18, 1938. He preceded her in death May 23, 1997.
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.
The Sweetwater freshman boys basketball team pulled away in the second half to defeat Snyder, 63-48, in season-ending action Tuesday at Mustang Gym.
Kaleb Hoover had 17 points, Marquees Jenkins 15 and Dylan Bennett 14 for the Ponies, who trailed 11-10 after one quarter and led by just 22-19 at halftime. But Sweetwater (17-4 overall, 4-2 district) took charge with a 23-11 third-quarter run to open a 45-30 lead going into the final period. Tre Taylor had eight points, Deandre Gatson seven and Quentin Wetsel two.
The Sweetwater High School boys golf team shot a two-day total of 683 to place eighth out of 21 teams at the Big Spring Invitational tournament last weekend.
Individually, Ryan Mercer shot 75-75-150 for a sixth-place medalist finish. As a team, Sweetwater shot 344 on Friday and 339 on Sat-urday. Big Spring won the team title (622) followed by Abilene Cooper (632), Snyder (639), Wylie (640), Plainview (647), San Angelo Central (674), Midland Lee (682) and Sweetwater.
Sweetwaterâ€™s baseball team beat Fort Stockton 8-0 and San Angelo Lake View 10-4 in its first scrimmage of the season Saturday at Big Spring. Kris Mayes cracked a two-run, first-inning homer against Fort Stockton and was also the starting pitcher, allowing just one hit in three innings before Sterling Reeves pitched a scoreless and hitless fourth. Sweetwater out-hit Stockton 14-5.
The Sweetwater softball team lost to Jim Ned, 8-2, in its season-opening game on Tuesday at Jim Ned.
The Lady Mustangs were held scoreless until a two-run sixth inning, while Jim Ned built a 6-0 lead by scoring single runs in the second, third and fourth and three runs in the fifth. Kendra Crosson and Taylor McKoy had RBI hits for Sweetwater and Suede Shirley finished 3-for-3 with three stolen bases, while on the mound McKoy pitched the first four innings and Alicia Finn worked the final two. McKoy finished with five strikeouts and Finn three, and McKoy allowed just three hits.
BRONTE â€” Highlandâ€™s Lady Hornets overcame a four-point deficit after three quarters to beat Robert Lee 36-31 in a Class 1A, Divi-sion II bi-district playoff on Tuesday.
Led by Sierra Allenâ€™s 11 points, Highland â€” which also trailed by two points, 14-12, at intermission â€” outscored Robert Lee 15-6 in the fourth quarter to advance to the area playoffs later this week. Highland (20-11), which forced seven turnovers in the final period, will now face Wink (22-3). The teams are scheduled to meet at Lenorah Grady at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Members of the Sweetwater Jaycees took nine rattlesnakes to show off at the Capitol Wednesday and Thursday to promote the Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up which will be held March 11-13, in Sweetwater. The Jaycees visited with Representative Susan King and Governor Rick Perry and promoted rattlesnake safety and awareness. Shown are (back row, left to right) Danny Camacho, David Scott, David Sager, Riley Sawyers, Justin Wilburn, (front row, left to right) Melinda Gomez, Sweetwater Jaycees President Khris Torrez, Rep. Susan King, Donnie Willmann and Keith Willmann.
The Nolan County Commissioners' Court met for its regular meeting on Monday morning, Feb. 14 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Various approvals were made at the meeting regarding equipment, including replacing the current Guardian courthouse security equipment with a new system from Centurion Wireless security systems.
A large grass fire in Fisher County burned about 400 acres on Monday afternoon according to authorities. Smoke filled the air in Sweetwater, due to yesterday's high winds. No residences were lost, but a number of barns and horse pens were lost due to the flames burning the tall, dry grass. Authorities say that there were two separate fires burning in the area and the cause of the fires in unknown.