Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

April 12, 2010

Gordon star was a great family friend

Jerry Hamilton

MINERAL WELLS — What a great story by Gordon columnist Betty Allison last Sunday on Thurman Tucker, Gordon’s major leaguer.

My father went to several games to watch “Tuck” play.  My memories of “Tuck” were in the mid- to late 1950s when the Hobbs Pirates would come to Mineral Wells for spring training at Evans Field. My brother, Terry, and I would always be first to volunteer as bat boys.

Since “Tuck” was the Hobbs general manager and manager, we always got the job. We would go each summer to Hobbs to see the Pirates play and somehow dad’s name was always drawn for some kind of prize.

It was the very best of minor league baseball and there were always a lot of contests for the fans. If there had been VIP suites, we would have had one. “Tuck” treated us like VIPs and Terry and I hung out with all the players we knew from spring training. It was a fun time.

Thank you, Betty, for bringing back some great memories.

Hayes, MW thinclads have 6-4A title in sight

Jackie Harvey always has his Rams track team ready when district rolls around. You can always count on the Rams making a run for the district championship as Mineral Wells always seems to be the team to beat. This has been the way it is for almost 40 years.

What a career and all the years at the same school for Harvey.

Mineral Wells has not always had the best track athletes (OK, we did once in the 1992-95), but Coach Harvey has always gotten the most out of his athletes.

Phillip Hayes has played tee-ball, soccer and basketball for this writer from 4 years old until 12. During those days, if Phillip would have moved any faster he would have been considered slow. I could out run him until he was 14 (OK, maybe 8).

Phillip Hayes has turned into a star. Hard work and determination has been the difference. He was all-district in football, played a big role in the basketball team’s success and now is the favorite to lead the Rams to a district title in track.

His times in the 100 and 200 are among the best in MWHS history, and he has anchored the 4x100-meter relay to gold several times as well as running on the winning 4x400 squad.

Much credit goes to Coach Harvey and to Phillip's mom for raising a great kid. Credit also has to go to Phillip, who had little success early on but has turned into a star when it really counted.

Sometimes coaches give up on seventh and eighth graders who show little talent at that age, but Hayes is a great example of someone going from the end of the bench to Rams' athlete of the year. He would get my vote.

MWHS Hall of Fame needs nominations

The Mineral Wells High School Athletic Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the Class of 2011. The 2011 class will be inducted during March of 2011.

Please send your nominations to 1300 S.E. 22nd St., Mineral Wells, TX 76067.

Project Graduation tourney to be April 17

The Mineral Wells High School Class of 2010 will host the annual Project Graduation golf tournament on Saturday April 17, at Holiday Hills Country Club.  The shotgun start is set for 1 p.m.

The four-person scramble entry fee is $75 per person. A meal is included and numerous prizes will be awarded. The tournament is in need of players and local sponsors.

Project Graduation will also host a skeet shoot on April 24. Businesses will be able to sponsor both the golf and skeet tournament for a $100 donation.

For the golf tournament to enter or sponsor, call John Clarke at (940) 445-1352. Chairman of the skeet shoot is Kevin Cross at 325-2531.

Project graduation is also raffling a 2010 Ford pickup. Tickets for the drawing, which is scheduled for May 8, are $100.  Just 300 tickets will be sold.

The drawing will take place at the rodeo on the final night. Contact John Clarke (940) 445-1352 or Jerry Hamilton (940) 452-4974 to buy the winning ticket.