Being the coach of the first Sweetwater High School softball team to win a play-off game may make him the answer to a trivia question some day.
However, Tony Heredia is doing his best to put the Lady Mustangsâ 11-1 win over Pecos in the past and get his team ready to face a tough Pampa team in the Region I-3A area playoffs at 6 p.m. today at Lubbockâs Coronado High School.
âWe really havenât even talked about it,â he said. âWeâre proud of the fact we won a bi-district championship, but now weâre ready for the next challenge.â
The first playoff trip for Sweetwater High Schoolâs baseball squad since 2004 is lengthy as the team goes to Crane High School to play Fabens in a best-of-3 bi-district series. Game 1 starts at 5 p.m. today, with Game 2 at 2 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, gets started 30 minutes after the end of the second game.
It was a long road just to get here. After narrowly missing the playoffs a year ago, Sweetwater (15-13) was the district co-champion this season in 4-3A, where a single game separated the districtâs top four teams.
Four more Nolan County athletes have been added to the list of state track qualifiers by the University Interscholastic League.
In Class 3A, Nick Nemir of Sweetwater was announced Wednesday as the ninth, or wild card, qualifier in the boys 300-meter hurdles.
Also, three athletes were added in Class 1A, Division II â Matthew Lowry (boys high jump) and Mason Magness (boys pole vault) of Blackwell and Jesus Leanos (boys 3,200-meter run) of Roscoe. The state meet is set for May 10-11 in Austin.
WOLFFORTH â Sweet-waterâs 2013 softball team just keeps rewriting history.
The Lady Mustangs (21-13) â who were already the first softball team in the 17-year history of Sweet-waterâs program to record 20 wins â added another historical footnote Saturday when they routed Pecos, 11-1, in five innings for their first playoff win ever.
âWe wanted it pretty bad,â said senior pitcher Maty Montgomery, who allowed just four hits and struck out three to get the victory. âIt feels good.â
LUBBOCK â The third time for Nick Nemir might be the charm.
The Sweetwater High School senior, who competed in three events this weekend at the Region I-3A track meet at Texas Tech University, will find out later today if his third-place showing Saturday in the boys 300-meter hurdles is good enough to earn him a ticket to Austin for the state meet May 10-11.
SAN ANGELO â Many of the Highland girls who went to Austin two months ago for the Lady Hornet basketball teamâs first-ever state tournament appearance are going back to represent their school at the state track meet.
Also making the trip wil be two Highland boys and a pair of Blackwell athletes â one girl and one boy. In all, the two schools captured eight medals â representing the work of five individual athletes and one relay â at the Region II-1A, Division II meet held this past weekend at Angelo State University.
SAN ANGELO â Athletes from Blackwell and High-land claimed the top three spots in the boys pole vault on Fridayâs opening day of the Region II-1A, Division II track meet, and all three of them may go to state.
Blackwellâs Jayden Jones, who won the event with a leap of 13 feet, one inch, and Highlandâs Michael Hyde â who was second with a leap of 12-9 â are assured of a trip to Austin for the state meet that will be held on May 10-11. However, Blackwellâs Mason Magness may join them after he fin-ished third on Friday with a leap of 12-3.
The final night of the 2013 regular season Friday was an eventful one for Sweet-waterâs baseball team.
It began with hopes for an outright district championship â hopes that were dashed when the Mustangs were defeated 11-5 by Snyder at Sportsmanâs Park.
However, Sweetwater still claimed a piece of the Dis-trict 4-3A crown thanks to some help from Big Spring, which won 5-3 over Wylie. But the Bulldogs get the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye after beating Sweetwater in both head-to-head games.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
Sweetwater varsity will host Snyder, 7 p.m.
Sweetwater qualifiers at Region I-3A meet, Lubbock (Texas Tech University).
Blackwell, Highland and Roscoe qualifiers at Region II-1A, Division II meet at San Angelo (Angelo State University).
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Sweetwater JV will play at Snyder, noon.
Sweetwater vs. Pecos (Class 3A bi-district one-game playoff), 7 p.m., Frenship High School, Wolfforth.
Sweetwater middle school teams play at district meet in Big Spring.