SHS golfers eye regional berths
Sweetwater High School’s golf teams are in strong contention for regional berths after completing the second 18-hole leg of their 54-hole tournaments.The SHS girls are still in second place through two rounds of their District 5-3A tournament, which began last week at Sweetwater Country Club and continued Tuesday at Abilene’s Maxwell Golf Course with Wylie as host team.Sweetwater shot 363, giving it a 733 total with one round to play and increasing its margin to 27 strokes over Wylie, which is third with a 760 total. But Sweetwater has almost no chance of catching Snyder, which now leads by 50 strokes after shooting 341 for a 683 total. The final round is set for April 12 at Snyder, and the top two teams as well as the top two individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the regional tournament. The latter event will be played April 18-19 in Lubbock.Sweetwater’s five players all currently rank among the top 20 medalists, although none are in the top five and just two — Sara Witt and Katie High — are among the top 10. Witt shot 89-179 and is in seventh place, while High shot 90-182 and is tied for eighth. Jodie May and Elise Lawrence are tied for 11th after shooting identical scores of 92-186, while Alex Gomez is in a tie for 16th after shooting 96-191. Emma Nunley of Snyder is in first place after shooting 80 for a 161 total.Sweetwater No. 2 (817) is in sixth place after a 395 on Tuesday. On the team are Amy Witt (99-197), Angela Virgen (97-204), Leila Rubio (101-212) and Christian Richardson (98-218). Rac-hel Hunt (104-213), Sierra Hernandez (99-216), Molly Fincher (114-225) and Michaellah McKinney (133) are medalists.The SHS boys, meanwhile, are still in third place after the second round of their District 5-3A tournament that began last week in Brownwood and resumed Wednesday in Big Spring, but they trail second-place Wylie by just six shots after both teams shot 315. The Mustangs have a 639 total with 18 holes left. Big Spring (304-612) has a 21-shot lead over Wylie, which is cur-rently at 633.Sweetwater is just three shots ahead of fourth-place Snyder (642). Among medalists, Ryan Mercer (75-148) is in fourth place. Dylan Torres (78-160), Alex Castillo (79-163), Mason Andrews (83-168) and Guy Bond (91-180) complete the team. Torres is in eighth place and Castillo is tied for 11th. Mercer is seeking his third straight regional berth. This year’s regional tournament will be held April 20-21 in Lubbock.Sweetwater No. 2 (752) is in eighth place after shooting 380. Jonah Lawrence shot 90-177, Yates Cypert shot 95-186, Joey Adames shot 96-195, Rance Stone shot 101-204 and Michael Hazard shot 99.Sweetwater will host the final round on Monday at Sweetwater Country Club.