Two years after a winless season on the field, Black-wellâ€™s Hornets are eyeing a second straight postseason appearance heading into the 2013 season.
Clint Lowry immediately turned the Hornets into a contender when he took over the program last year, guiding the Hornets to a runnerup finish in District 8, Division II Six-Man and their first playoff trip in four years before losing 49-22 to Loraine in bi-district.
Most people have heard the familiar expression: close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
Itâ€™s something Highlandâ€™s football team can certainly relate to the past two years under coach Jeff Shelton.
In 2011, the Hornets were a missed extra-point conversion away from the play-offs. Last year, Highland â€” though winless in district play â€” lost nailbiters (at least for six-man football) in two of its three games.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s football players are shown here going through a conditioning drill this past Friday at Mustang Bowl, when the team had its first full contact drills in pads.
Sweetwater goes to Wichita Falls this Friday for its first preseason scrimmage. The Mustangs take on Hirschi, then have their final preseason skir-mish against San Angelo Lake View at the Bowl on Aug. 22.
The season starts Aug. 30 at Eastland.
GRAPE CREEK â€” The Sweetwater High School volleyball team opened its season with a 3-1 road win at Grape Creek on Monday.
After splitting the first two games of the match, Sweetwater â€” which has just two returning lettermen â€” took charge by beating Grape Creek 25-17 and 25-9 to claim the win.
After being a perennial playoff team for three decades, Roscoe has gone just 6-25 over the last three seasons.
But with the hiring of new head coach Jake Freeman and offensive coordinator Greg Althof â€” plus a sharp increase in the number of athletes who showed up for workouts last week â€” the Plowboys hope their recent woes will soon become a distant memory.
Reserved season football tickets for the 2013 season are up for renewal to current option holders and may be purchased during regular business hours at the Sweetwater ISD administration office through Fri-day, Aug. 30. Tickets are $30 for five home games. Reserved ticket sales for the general public go on sale Monday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 13, also during regular business hours at the Sweetwater ISD administration office. For more information, contact the administration office at 235-8601, ext. 116.
Former Sweetwater High School athlete Joe Banyard saw NFL action for the first time this season Friday with the Minnesota Vikings in the teamâ€™s preseason opener with the Houston Texans.
Banyard, a 24-year-old running back, had eight yards on four carries and also caught a 4-yard pass in the game, which the Vikings lost 27-13. He is trying to make the teamâ€™s 53-player roster this year after ending last season on the Vikingsâ€™ practice squad.
With no starters and only two lettermen â€” seniors Kayla Chowning and Mikki Reschman â€” coming back following a 24-win season, Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s volleyball team will enter the 2013 campaign in full rebuilding mode.
Aly Heredia, Shaneese Brown, Lena Lovelady, Zig-gy Collins, Maddie Jones, Mikealah Foust, Morgan Gomez and either Kensi Chowning or Maddie Berry are the other members of the varsity squad, which starts its season with a 6:15 p.m. match Monday at San Angelo Grape Creek before a dual match at home with Water Valley and Seminole on the following day.
Jake Freeman, left, is shown talking to some of his players during a workout at the Roscoe High School field today.
Freeman became Roscoeâ€™s head coach this summer after serving as an assistant at Sweetwater for many years.
Freeman, a 1997 Roscoe High School graduate, was a star player there during the mid-1990s and later played collegiately at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene before starting his coaching career.