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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Plowgirls Advance to Regional Quarterfinals Before Losing to Garden City

Shelby Brown takes a shot in an earlier game this year.
The Plowgirls ended their season with a successful playoff run, making it all the way to the Regional Quarterfinals before falling to Garden City (ranked 8th in state by TGCA) in Ballinger last night 46-20. 

Last week, after finishing second to Highland in district, the Plowgirls won two playoff games, the first against Paint Rock 33-31, and the second over Zephyr 27-22 in overtime.

In a game that was postponed a day because of the icy road conditions, the Plowgirls won their first playoff game against Paint Rock at Robert Lee on Wednesday. It was a nail-biter all the way, and the Plowgirls trailed for a big part of the game.  Paint Rock jumped out to a 9-7 first quarter lead and led at halftime 17-13.  In the third quarter the Plowgirls closed the gap to one, 25-24, and then outscored the Indians 9-6 in the fourth to win by two, 33-31.

Sam Ortega was the Plowgirls’ high scorer with 9, followed by Eva Aguayo with 8, Sunshine Saddler and Shelby Brown both with 7, and Selena Perez with 2. 

In the game with Zephyr played in Clyde Friday night, the Plowgirls led 5-4 at the end of the first quarter, but then Zephyr took the lead 10-9 in the second and never relinquished it for the rest of regulation.  The score at halftime was 11-9 Zephyr, and at the end of three it was 17-15 Zephyr.  The Plowgirls then tied it in the fourth, and at the end of regulation, the score was tied 22-22.  Then in overtime, the Plowgirls scored 5 while holding Zephyr scoreless to win the game 27-22.

Eva Aguayo led the scoring for the Plowgirls with 17, followed by Sunshine Saddler with 5.  Shelby Brown had 3, Whitney Williams 2, and Sam Ortega 1.

Garden City jumped out to a 12-8 first quarter lead, which by halftime had increased to 22-8.  At the end of three it was 34-10, and by game's end 46-20.

Leading scorer for the Plowgirls was Shelby Brown with 8, followed by Aguayo with 5, Ortega, Williams, and Perez, all with 2, and Saddler with 1.

The Plowgirls finish the season 16-14 overall with a district record of 7-3 and a playoff record of 2-1.



Jesus Leanos scores in an earlier game this year.
After finishing their district schedule tied for second with Highland, the Plowboys advanced to the playoffs only to fall to Garden City last night in Ballinger, 51-39.  

The Bearkats (18-7), ranked 21st in the state, jumped out to an early lead, and, although the Plowboys played even with them for the last three quarters, they were never able to close the gap.  At the end of the first quarter Garden City led by 12, 20-8.  At halftime, the score was 31-23, at the end of three it was 44-32, and at the game's finish, it was 51-39, still that same twelve-point lead.

Javier Leanos led the Plowboy scoring with 14 points.  Jesus Leanos had 10, Cutter Davila 6, Kevin Lavalais 5, and Anthony Ortegon 4.



On Monday evening Roscoe Police arrested Roscoe resident Felipe Ramirez, 26, in the 300 block of Elm Street and seized a controlled substance valued at somewhere between $8000 and $10,000, along with over $4000 in cash.  Also charged as a felon in possession of firearms, Ramirez was taken to the Nolan County Jail.  He is currently free on $65,000 bond. 

The Nolan County Sheriff’s Department and the Sweetwater Police assisted in the arrest.



John Ruben Herrera with his Hampshire.
Roscoe’s ag students did well at the recent stock shows in Fort Worth and San Antonio.  In Fort Worth, Max Nemir’s Hampshire won a second-place ribbon and John Ruben Herrera got sixth with his middleweight Hampshire.  In San Antonio Kristen Johns’ lamb was sixth, Derek Creed’s Duroc placed third, and Max Nemir’s Hampshire was second. 

Some students will also be exhibiting their animals in San Angelo this weekend and at Houston in March.



Bee Caves Bob
You may recall that a couple of weeks ago I mentioned Bee Caves Bob, the Austin armadillo that’s purported to be a failsafe prognosticator of Texas weather.  Just like Punxatawney Phil up in Pennsylvania, Bob comes out of his hole on February 2, and if he sees his shadow, we’re doomed to six more weeks of winter.  However, this year the clairvoyant armadillo saw no shadow—nothing but grey skies, and that means only two more weeks of winter.  There was also no shadow here in Roscoe, just fog, so if my calculations are correct, that suggests, as regards the weather, spring essentially began this past Sunday, February 16.

And it certainly has seemed that way with the clear skies and relatively warm weather we’ve experienced all this past week.  Actually, the springlike weather began on Thursday with an afternoon high of 65°F, followed by Friday’s 66°, Saturday’s 79°, Sunday’s 81°, Monday’s 67°, and yesterday’s 83°.  Lows were in the forties or low fifties.  On Monday, we had an unusual phenomenon that you won’t often see—a warm northeast wind that blew all day long.  The wind direction never shifted until about 10:30 that evening. 

The forecast is for more of the same today with a projected high of 82° and a low of 51°.  Tomorrow will be cooler with a high of 60° along with 15-25mph northwest winds.  Friday’s high should be 70°, and Saturday’s and Sunday’s in the mid sixties.  Lows on all these days should be around 40°.  There is no rain in the forecast.



Earl Woodrow Whittington, 95, died on Saturday, February 15 in Weatherford. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00pm on Friday at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater. Graveside service with military honors will be at 11:00am on Saturday at the Roscoe Cemetery.


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