Mustangs host Snyder; Highland, Blackwell hit the road for their finales

Three Nolan County high school boys basketball teams get to play the role of spoiler when they end their regular seasons today, although one of them still has a shot at advancing to the postseason playoffs.Sweetwater (0-7 in Dis-trict 5-3A, 6-21 overall) will try to avoid a winless district slate when it entertains Snyder at 7:30 p.m. The Mustangs can also deny the Tigers (2-5) any chance at reaching the playoffs with a victory. Snyder trails Brownwood (3-4) by a game in the battle for the third-place berth from District 5-3A. Snyder’s only hope is to beat Sweetwater while Brownwood also loses to first-place Wylie (7-0). That would create a tie between Brownwood and Snyder and force a play-in game later this week to decide the No. 3 team. Big Spring (6-2) has secured the No. 2 spot. Sweetwater hasn’t seen action since losing 51-23 at Brownwood last Tuesday.Blackwell’s boys, 3-10 in District 12-A, Division II, will have their hands full as they finish at No. 1-ranked Bronte, which leads the district at 13-0. Highland’s boys, 4-7 in District 11-A, Division II, also have a tall assignment today. The Hornets go to 9-2 Roby, already assured of a playoff spot as the district’s No. 2 team behind first-place Ira (11-0). To have a shot at the playoffs as the No. 3 team, Highland must win today and get a couple of other things to happen in order to force a four-way tie at the end of the regular season and create a play-in scenario. Trent (4-7) must beat Loraine (4-6) today, and Loraine must then defeat Hermleigh (5-6) this Friday in order for the four-way deadlock to become a reality.