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Cain induction to Big Country Hall is set for Monday

May 5, 2012

ABILENE — John Paul Cain of Sweetwater, who first made a name for himself as a college golfer at Texas Tech University and later as an amateur golfer and two-time winner on the Senior PGA Tour, will be among nine new inductees into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday.
The 11th annual Big Country Hall of Fame induction banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center.

New coordinators join Mustang staff

May 5, 2012

Zach Harrell and John Ward are the new football offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, at Sweetwater High School under Shane Mobley, who was hired in April to serve as Sweetwater’s head football coach and athletic director.

SW bikers have top-two finishes at Ballinger event

May 5, 2012

Four Sweetwater residents had top-two finishes at the 37th annual Colorado River Bike Fest held April 28 in Ballinger.
Francisco Herrera won the 5K bike ride’s men adult division (ages 18-59) and Cassie Reyes was second in the women adult division (18-59). Michelle Mabrey won the women adult division (18-59) in the 5K event and Kirk Maberry was second among men in the 60K event.

SHS powerlifters recognized

May 4, 2012

Several Sweetwater High School powerlifters who recently competed at state meets were honored Monday at a meeting of the Sweetwater Independent School District. Resolutions which recognized the athletes for their accomplishments were presented at the meeting.
Pictured are boys state qualifiers (from left) Ryan Linebaugh and Sam Nemir along with coach Jake Freeman. Also competing but not pictured is Mateo Gonzales. Clint Easley (also not pictured) was head boys powerlifting coach.

Banyard begins NFL minicamp with Jags today

May 4, 2012

Joe Banyard — a former Sweetwater High School athlete who spent his last two collegiate seasons as a star running back at the University of Texas-El Paso — is scheduled to be in Jacksonville, Fla. today to begin a three-day NFL rookie minicamp after signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent.
Banyard is one of the team’s 17 undrafted rookie free agents, which include LSU defensive end Kendrick Adams, Ohio State center Mike Brewster and Virginia Tech receiver Jarrett Boykin.

Power lifters recognized

May 1, 2012

A Resolution honoring the 2012 Sweetwater High School Power Lifting Girls State Qualifiers was presented at the April Sweetwater Independent School District School Board meeting. Pictured receiving the resolution are (left to right) Loni Mendez, Cari Aguilar, Joslyn Rosas and Lexie Perez. Also in attendance was the Girls Power Lifting Coach Liz Miller.

Let’s hope ‘trend’ continues

May 1, 2012

The final outcome of Sat-urday’s Class 3A bi-district softball playoff in Graham may not have been satisfy-ing for Sweetwater fans, but the 9-0 loss to Iowa Park told only part of the story.
Those who (like me) have followed the local high school sports scene in recent years have no doubt noticed how little success Sweetwater has had, especially in the “team” sports. But the school’s softball program, which had endured the longest playoff drought — 15 years — of any of them, at least did its part to change that.

Iowa Park shuts down SW, 9-0

April 30, 2012

GRAHAM — A big reason Sweetwater ended a 15-year softball playoff drought this year was its hitting.
But the Lady Mustangs met their match Saturday, as they were held to two hits by Iowa Park in a 9-0 win that ended their season.

Nemir 4th at regionals

April 30, 2012

LUBBOCK — Sweetwa-ter’s Nick Nemir was fourth in the boys 300-meter hur-dles Saturday after record-ing a time of 39.88 seconds at the Region I-3A track meet which was held at Texas Tech University.
Nemir, the only Sweet-water boys athlete to place, was 1.06 seconds behind second-place Blake Eschbach of Glen Rose. The top two in each event advance to the state track meet May 11-12 in Austin.
Nemir also went to regionals in the 30o hurdles last year but did not make the finals.

Banyard signed as a free agent

April 30, 2012

Ex-Sweetwater star Joe Banyard is now an undrafted free agent with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars after being offered a contract by the team Saturday.
Banyard, a running back at the University of Texas-El Paso the past two years, was picked up along with his UTEP teammate Antwon Blake. In addition, UTEP’s Donovan Kemp was signed by the Dallas Cowboys and a fourth UTEP player, Matt Camilli, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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