Here are results from the Sweetwater Middle School volleyball teams at the Lub-bock Cooper tournament:
The 7th grade Red won first place, defeating Lubbock Cooper, Shallow-ater, Levelland and Lubbock Christian. They beat Lub-bock Cooper 25-16, 25-19; Shallowater 25-18, 25-8; and Levelland 17-25, 25-9, 25-21; then beat Lubbock Christian 25-14, 25-12.
The 7th grade White won second place as they beat Frenship 25-16, 25-18 and Trinity 19-25, 25-21, 25-18 before losing 20-25, 14-25 to Lubbock Cooper.
The all-important district season finally starts tonight for Sweetwater and Roscoe, while Blackwell and High-land have two more weeks before playing their first of just three district contests.
Sweetwater goes to Wylie for a District 5-3A matchup of teams with 3-3 records.Tonightâ€™s contest will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Wylie.
Sweetwater will be trying to break out of its two-game losing streak, while Wylie ended a two-game skid by beating Lubbock Estacado last week. Sweetwater is also seeking its first district win in nearly two years.
The non-district portion of the schedule is finally over. On Friday, the serious part begins as Sweetwater and Wylie match identical 3-3 records at 7:30 p.m. at Wylie â€” with the hope of going 1-0 in District 5-3A and taking an important step toward a playoff berth.
For Sweetwater, this will also be a chance to take a step toward re-establishing itself as a district contender for the first time in three years. The Mustangs have just one district win since 2008. So a victory, especially over a perennially-tough Wylie squad, would be huge for the program.
After losing at Brown-wood in four games Friday, Sweetwater at one point appeared to be headed for the same fate in Tuesdayâ€™s district home match with Snyder.
But after falling behind 2-1 with back-to-back los-ses of 25-22 and 25-19, Sweetwater (17-16 season, 1-2 district) won 25-14 to force a Game 5 and wrapped up its first win in District 5-3A play with a dominating 15-5 triumph.
Kelsi Crosson had 12 kills, 14 digs and three aces for the Lady Mustangs, who were trailing 20-9 at one point in Game 3 before winning 50 of the final 74 points.
TUESDAY, OCT. 4
Sweetwater 7th grade teams host Wylie, 5 and 6:15 p.m.
Sweetwater 8th grade teams at Wylie, 5 and 6:15 p.m.
Sweetwater teams host Snyder â€” freshmen and JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5
Sweetwater and Roscoe runners at Merkel meet.
THURSDAY, OCT. 6
Sweetwater JV Red and White teams host Wylie, 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Roscoe 7th and 8th grade teams at Hamlin starting at 4 p.m.
Roscoe JV at Hamlin, 6:30 p.m.
Highland junior high and JV teams at Sterling City, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
For the first time this year, football and volleyball are both on tap today at Sweetwater High School starting at 5 p.m., when the first of two seventh grade football games against Wylie is played at Mustang Bowl while at the same time the freshman and JV volleyball teams host Snyder at Mustang Gym. The varsity match is at 6:30 p.m. and features a big District 5-3A rivalry matchup, as Sweetwater and Snyder are both trying for their first win in district play.
Highland was on the verge of handing Gordon its first loss of the year this past Friday. But the Longhorns, who trailed 32-16 at halftime and 56-40 after three periods, ran off the last 22 points to deny the Hornetsâ€™ upset bid and pull out a 62-56 win at Highland.
Highland (2-4) enjoyed 16-point leads on four separate occasions, the last time after a 67-yard kickoff return by Ron Covington for a TD and Steven Testerâ€™s PAT to make it 56-40 in the third period, only to see Gordon pull out the win on a 1-yard run with just 1:37 left and improve to 6-0.