Three Sweetwater players have been named to the all-District 5-3A softball team announced recently, while three others made the second team and one player received all-district honorable mention.
Junior infielder Alicia Finn was a first-team selec-tion for the second consecutive year. Joining her on the first team were senior pitcher Taylor McKoy and sophomore outfielder Kendra Crosson.
At Mike A. Myers Stadium
University of Texas-Austin
(Nolan County athletes
are in parentheses)
9 a.m. â€” Girls: 3A Long Jump; 1A Pole Vault; Boys: 3A Discus; 3A Long Jump; 1A Pole Vault
10 a.m. â€” Boys: 3A High Jump
10:30 a.m. â€” Girls: 3A Discus; 4A Long Jump; Boys: 4A Long Jump
Noon â€” Girls: 4A Discus; 1A Long Jump; 3A Pole Vault; Boys: 1A Long Jump; 3A Pole Vault
12:10 p.m. â€” Girls: 3A High Jump
1:30 p.m. â€” Girls: 2A Long Jump; Boys: 4A Discus; 2A Long Jump
2 p.m. â€” Boys: 4A High Jump
AUSTIN â€” Ryan Mercer of Sweetwater shot a 2-over 73 on Thursday to enter todayâ€™s final round in a tie for fourth place in the boys individual stand-ings at the Class 3A state boys golf tournament.
Mercer, a junior who is making his first state appearance, trails first-round leader Sean Romero of Texarkana Pleasant Grove by just two strokes. He was scheduled to tee off for his final round at 8:10 a.m. today.
Mercer began his first round on the 17th hole as part of a shotgun start after a six-hour rain delay.
When Caden Smith of Roscoe competes in the Class 1A boys discus Friday, he will be one of the most experienced athletes in the state track and field meet.
Smith, a senior who also competes in the shot put on Saturday, also qualified in the discus and shot put when he was a sophomore and junior. He actually went to state twice his sophomore year, when Roscoe won its first Class 1A basketball title with the 6-3, 250-pound Smith playing a major role in leading the Plowboys to the championship.
On Friday, Sweetwaterâ€™s Jayci Shelton has two chan-ces to end her high school career with a gold medal at the 3A state track meet. Thatâ€™s twice as many as a year ago when Shelton made her first trip to Austin and had a fifth-place finish in her only event, the girls 300-meter hurdles.
A higher finish this year seems likely, because Shelton has yet to lose a race in the 300 hurdles, and her only runnerup finish was in the 100 hurdles two weeks ago at a regional qualifiers meet held in Lubbock where Shelton was just .03 seconds behind the winner.
Ryan Mercer of Sweetwa-ter will be competing in the Class 3A boys state golf tournament as a medalist starting at 9:55 a.m. Thursday at the Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin. The 36-hole tourna-ment wraps up Friday.
Mercer is making his first trip to state after finish-ing as the No. 2 medalist earlier this month at the Region I-3A tournament in Lubbock. He had the lowest score of any regional medalist who was not on one of the top two teams.
The state meet in Austin represents the pinnacle for high school track and field athletes. And for Callie Sandusky of Highland, it will be a chance to end her two-sport career by bringing home a state medal.
Sandusky, a senior, will be making her first state appearance when she com-petes in the Class 1A girls high jump at 6 p.m. Friday. She qualified with a second-place jump of 5-4 at regionals, a personal best effort that tied Highlandâ€™s school record set in 1984 by Brandye (Owens) Wilson, now a teacher at Highland.
Sweetwaterâ€™s Jason Vause (left), a freshman on the Hardin-Simmons University baseball team, somehow managed to avoid the tag on this play last Saturday at Abileneâ€™s Hunter Field and score the go-ahead run for the Cowboys in an 8-6 win that evened their best-of-three playoff series with Mississippi College. HSU then came back to win Game 3, 12-11 in 14 innings, and reach the championship round of the American Southwest Conference tournament that begins today at Texas-Dallas in Richardson. HSU is one of four teams in the tournament.