Sweetwater native Morgan Shelton, a 2009 SHS graduate and junior at West Texas A&M University, has automatically qualified for the Division II Outdoor National Championships in the heptathlon. She qualified by placing second overall with a total of 5,168 points at Angelo State Universityâ€™s Multi meet held this past week. Sheltonâ€™s score in the heptathlon at ASUâ€™s currently places her first in the nation.
AUSTIN â€” Concordia University head womenâ€™s basketball coach Rusty Rainbolt, who is a Sweetwater native, recently was named as the American Southwest Conference West Division Coach of the Year.
Rainbolt won the honor after leading Concordia to its first ASC championship and NCAA Division III tournament berth ever.
Rainbolt is in his first head coaching position at the collegiate level. He led the Tornados to their best season in school history in just his second season on the sidelines after serving as an assistant basketball coach at McMurry University.
FRIDAY, MARCH 16
Sweetwater varsity and JV teams will play doubleheader at Wall at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
Sweetwater JV and varsity teams host Big Spring (district openers), 5 and 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17
Sweetwater JV hosts Jim Ned, noon.
Sweetwaterâ€™s Cari Aguilar, Loni Mendez, Lexie Perez and Joslyn Rosas will compete at state meet in Corpus Christi.
Roscoe varsity teams at Hamlin meet.
Angel Caballero of Sweet-water placed 10th in the 275-pound weight class at the Region I, Division 2 Class 3A boys powerlifting meet Friday in Sundown.
Caballero lifted a total of 1,070 pounds. He was one of 14 boys from Sweetwater at the regional meet, but his accomplishment was not included in a story that ran in Mondayâ€™s paper.
The Highland girls track team won the team title Saturday at Blackwellâ€™s Hornet Relays by scoring 143 points for a 71-point win over Stamford, which was second with 72 points.
The host Blackwell girls scored 66 points to place fifth at the meet.
Highland placed first in four events and was second in four others. Its winners were Madison Moseley in the 1600 run (6:16.18) and the triple jump (31-5 1/2), Lora Stewart in the 400 dash (1:06.12) and the 800 relay of Morgan Monroe, Sierra Allen, Stewart and Moseley (1:59.78).
The Sweetwater High School tennis team brought home seven medals at a one-day tournament last Thursday in Brownwood.
Sweetwaterâ€™s winners were the mixed doubles team of Chris Hernandez and Madison Meneses; the â€˜Bâ€™ girls doubles team of Vida Gamez and Teresa Perez Poe; and Shannon Gray in â€˜Câ€™ girls singles.
Taking second for Sweet-water was the boys doubles â€˜Bâ€™ team of Zac Bax and Billy Reeves, while the â€˜Aâ€™ boys doubles team of Isaiah Hernandez and Bryan Vause finished third in their category.
Sweetwaterâ€™s next tour-nament will be March 23-24 at Levelland.
After losing five games to bad weather this past week at the Abilene tournament, the Sweetwater High School baseball team hosted a tough Andrews squad on Monday.
Unfortunately, the visi-ting Mustangs took the lead with a five-run third inning and left town with a 13-2, six-inning victory at Newman Park.
Andrews finished with 15 hits off three Sweetwater pitchers as the Mustangsâ€™ record fell to 6-5-1.
Sweetwater will be back on the road to face Wall at 11 a.m. Friday for its final pre-district game. The team will host Wylie in its 5-3A opener next Tuesday.
Three Sweetwater High School athletes â€” Sam Nemir, Ryan Linebaugh and Mateo Gonzales â€” will compete in the 2012 boys state powerlifting meet. This yearâ€™s meet will be March 24 in Abilene.
All three athletes qualified for state by placing among the top two lifters in their weight class at Fridayâ€™s Region I, Division 2 Class 3A meet held at Sundown.
Corey Hatcher of Roscoe will be a state alternate after placing third in the 220-pound class Saturday at the boys Region I, Division 3 meet held in Sundown. Hatcher had a lift of 1,365 pounds with a 550-pound squad, 300-pound bench press and 515-pound dead lift. Landon Jones (1,120) placed seventh for Roscoe in the 181-pound class while Jose Rangel did not place in the 165-pound class.