Sweetwater teams had a perfect first day of basket-ball competition Thursday at their respective tourna-ments played in Ballinger.
Sweetwaterâ€™s boys (2-1) beat Hawley 43-29 as they advanced into todayâ€™s 7:30 p.m. semifinal against host team Ballinger. Todayâ€™s winner will play for the championship against either Jim Ned or Clyde at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Isaiah McGee led Sweetwater with 10 points. Quentin Wetsel added nine, Rhett Torres seven, Dylan Bennett six, Cole Maxwell four, Deandre Gatson three and Michael Hunt and Tre Taylor two. Sweetwater was up by 22, 28-6, at halftime.
THURSDAY, NOV. 29-SATURDAY, DEC. 1
Sweetwater varsity girls and boys at Ballinger.
Sweetwater freshman and JV boys at Jayton (cancelled by football playoffs).
Roscoe varsity girls and boys at Robert Lee.
Blackwell varsity teams host Oak Creek Classic.
Highland varsity boys and JV girls at Blackwellâ€™s Oak Creek Classic.
Highland varsity girls at Bronte.
Several Highland players earned recognition on the all-District 7, Division I football team that was an-nounced recently.
Running back Michael Hyde, special teams player Ron Covington and defensive lineman Shelby Howard made the first team. In addition, six players earned second team honors and five players were given all-district honorable mention.
Hyde (linebacker, kicker), Covington (utility player) and Howard (fullback) also made the second team as did Garrett Stewart at tight end, Ethan Wilson at spread back and safety and Gaga Soedarsono at wide receiver and defensive lineman.
The Roscoe girls basket-ball team lost at Hawley, 48-46, on Tuesday.
The contest was tied up 31-31 after three quarters, but Hawley outscored the Plowgirls 17-15 in the final period. Roscoe (4-2) was paced by Mirian Solisâ€™ 11 points while Faith Boren and Carolina Perez had nine points apiece.
The Sweetwater girls basketball team got its season back on track Tuesday, and also finally picked up a win at home as the Lady Mustangs crushed Abernathy 45-26.
Abernathy led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter when one of its players hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer just past the midcourt line. But Sweetwater (4-2) â€” which had lost to Abilene High (42-48) and Early (35-54) at Mustang Gym following a 3-0 start â€” dominated the last three quarters.
The Roscoe boys basket-ball team began its 2012-13 season with a 60-24 loss at Hawley on Tuesday.
Javier Leanos paced Roscoe with 12 points. Brant Burnett had three points, Esteban Benivamondez, Dillon Freeman, Luke Rov-ig and Shelton Toliver two and Cutter Davila one. The girlsâ€™ game with Hawley was not available at press time.
The Highland girls basketball team went to a neutral site â€” Water Valley â€” for a 61-30 win over McCamey on Monday.
Shaneese Brown had 19 points and five other play-ers scored as the Sweetwat-er JV girls basketball team improved to 10-0 by defeat-ing the Abernathy JV girls, 40-28, here Tuesday.
Trailing 9-6 at the end of the first quarter, Sweetwater outscored Abernathy 34-19 the rest of the way. Abby McPherson and Cierra Knox each had six points while Morgan Whitley had four, Maddie Jones three and Bianca Castillo two for Sweetwater.
With the month of Dec-ember almost here, the basketball tournament season is set to arrive as several Nolan County high school teams compete in three-day events starting Thursday.
The Sweetwater girls and boys are in Ballinger, while Blackwell hosts its annual Oak Creek Classic. Highlandâ€™s varsity boys and JV girls are also in Blackwellâ€™s tournament, while the Highland varsity girls are going to Bronte.
Here are the area tournament schedules:
10:30 a.m. â€” Clyde vs. Ballinger
Noon â€” Sweetwater vs. Abilene JV
Former Sweetwater High School athlete Alicia Finn had a perfect shooting day from the field on Saturday against Trinity University when she made her debut for the Hardin-Simmons University girls basketball team, helping them to a 77-75 victory at Trinityâ€™s Thanksgiving tournament in San Antonio. Finn, a freshman, had four points in the game for the Cowgirls as she made her only field goal attempt in the contest and also sank both of her free throw shots.
Another busy weekend of high school playoff football action is scheduled at Mus-tang Bowl with two more games on tap.
On Friday, a pair of Class 3A schools, Midland Green-wood and Graham, meet at 7:30 p.m. in a Division II regional. Greenwood, the No. 3 team in District 4-3A, is 9-3 while Graham, the champion of District 5-3A, is 11-1. The winner will face either Monahans or Gates-ville, who also play Friday, in the state quarterfinals.