January 15th, 2011
ABILENE â€” On Friday, the Sweetwater girls basketball team jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Wylie in the first 2:47 of the contest and the host team failed to connect on a field goal until almost halfway through the opening period. But after that slow start, Wylie soon found its shooting touch in a big way and won, 63-32, to maintain a perfect 3-0 record in district play while Sweetwater (0-2, 15-12) is still looking for its first win.
MONDAY, JAN. 17
Roscoe junior high girls host Rotan, 5 and 6 p.m.
Roscoe junior high boys at Rotan, 5 and 6 p.m.
Highland junior high teams host Ira starting at 6 p.m.
Blackwell junior high teams host Sterling City starting at 5 p.m.
TUESDAY, JAN. 18
Sweetwater girls at Big Spring â€” JV at 4:30 p.m., varsity at 6 p.m., freshmen at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater boys at Big Spring â€” JV at 4:30 p.m., freshmen at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Roscoe JV and varsity teams host Hamlin starting at 4 p.m.
Highland JV and varsity teams at Hermleigh starting at 4 p.m.
In a hard-fought district opener that was tied at the end of both the first and third quarters, the Sweetwater freshman boys outscored Wylie 9-6 in the final eight minutes Friday to pull out a 38-35 victory at Wylieâ€™s gym.
Kaleb Hooverâ€™s 20 points paced Sweetwater, which has lost just once in 15 games this season.
The teams were tied at 10 at the end of the opening period and Wylie led 20-19 at halftime. It was 29-29 going into the fourth and final stanza. Tre Taylor scored eight points and Dylan Bennett and Quentin Wetsel each had four, while Marquees Jenkins had two.
2-point loss to San Angelo Lake View at home just 72 hours earlier and 13 defeats in 15 games since the start of December, the Sweetwater boys basketball team came in as a huge underdog at Wylie for its District 5-3A opener on Friday night.
But while the final result was a 79-55 loss, the short-handed Mustangs (6-15) not only showed plenty of fight but got excellent games from their top two scorers, 6-8 post Paxton Kelley and 5-9 guard Taylor Jones.
The County-City Library recently celebrated two employees who are moving on after a combined 53 years of hard work.
On Thursday morning, Jan. 13, Liz Sands and Barbara Keeney were recognized for their service and were sent off into retirement in style with a party in their honor. Guests enjoyed coffee, cookies and other goodies, with numerous leaders from the community on hand to join the celebration. Even a group from the Abilene library attended, where both Sands and Keeney were formerly employed. Gifts, cards and other well wishes to the recipients were on display in the Community Room.
Next season, the Sweetwater Mustangs will be stomping on new turf, thanks to another generous donation from past Sweetwater High School graduate, Larry Durham.
Durham is a member of the class of 1961 and past owner of Durham Transportation, a private school bus company.
"We had been saving and preparing for this, but thanks to the generous and much appreciated donation, this improvement will be done without having to dip into those funds," Sweetwater Independent School District superintendant Terry Pittman said.
Two internet videos uncovered by users of the "Find Hailey Dunn" and "Help Find Hailey Dunn" Facebook pages appear to show the boyfriend of Hailey Dunn's mother using illegal drugs, cursing, and posing with knives.
Adkins is believed to be the last person to see the 13-year-old alive before she vanished from the small town of Colorado City on December 27, 2010.
One video links back to someone claiming to be a relative of Adkins. It appears the original copy of the second video has been removed by the poster.
A funeral service was held for retired Sweetwater firefighter Loyd Levens on Thursday. On the way to Sweetwater Cemetery, Loyd got to take his final ride in Sweetwater's newest fire truck and was honored by Sweetwater firefighters. On Oct. 23, 1952, Loyd moved to Sweetwater and went to work for the Sweetwater Fire Department. After 29 years, he retired in 1981. â€œLoyd Levens was a fireman who retired before I was out of high school but was a great fireman and nice guy," said Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden. "I had the privilege of helping him after a fall and had met him a few other times.
Starting today, the games that really count for the Sweetwater boys basketball team begin.
And no one can ac-cuse the Mustangs of easing into district play as they go to Wylie for their 5-3A opener that will tip off at 7:30 p.m.
ABILENE â€” Mike Welch â€” a two-time all-stater at Sweetwater High School who helped lead the Mustangs to a state championship in 1985 and later was a four-year starter at Baylor University â€” is among a group of 10 former athletes, coaches, officials and sports writers who have been selected to the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame.