By TONY EIERDAM
The Mineral Wells Lady Rams got off to a good start in District 6-3A basketball action after a 76-23 runaway victory over the Castleberry Lady Lions on Friday night in the league opener.
The Lady Rams will continue District 6-3A action at 6:30 p.m. today at Lake Worth.
Although this year in Class 3A four teams from each district qualify for the state playoffs, it is very important to finish in the upper tier in the district as a fourth-place team will have to face a district champion in the first round of the playoffs and a No. 3 seed will play a district runner up.
This is one of the many reasons the Lady Rams winning their district opener was huge, and defeating Lake Worth – a team that will fight for one of those upper-tier positions – would be even bigger.
Lady Rams head coach Leslie Holman feels her team found a defensive formula against Castleberry that she hopes carries through today.
“We put in a new press against Castleberry and I thought it worked very well,” Holman said. “Also, getting (senior post) Ashlynn Robinson back tonight will help us underneath the basket.”
Holman said her tough non-district schedule should have prepared the Lady Rams to play in a tough environment against an improved Lady Frogs squad.
“Lake Worth beat Castleberry last week in a tournament, 50-14, so it looks like it will be a good matchup,” she said. “Lake Worth will play man-to-man defense on us, so we have been working on our man offense.
“But if we can get our press going like we did Friday against Castleberry and score points off the press we won’t have to rely on scoring off our offense.”
The Lady Rams have been relying on sophomore point guard Natalie Ragland to do most of the scoring. She scored in double figures in every game of the Burkburnett tournament 10 days ago and was named to the all-tournament team.
Against Castleberry in the district opener, Ragland torched the Lady Lions for 21 points. MWHS has also gotten key outside shooting from Riley Bullock, who has been hot lately from behind the three-point arc.
The Lady Rams are also hoping Robinson can collect as few points underneath along with rebounds, and Holman is expected to put senior guard Courtney Peña on Lake Worth’s top outside shooter.
Holman expects the Lady Frogs to be ready and for their fans to be loud. The two squads have developed a rivalry over the past four years.
“We know it will be a loud environment at Lake Worth and we will be ready for that,” Holman said. “But our tough pre-district schedule has prepared us for games like this.
“I have been telling our girls all year long to be patient, and I feel now is the time for all the work we have out in to pay off.”
By TONY EIERDAM
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No football for CCS in 2014
After a series of administrative meetings from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning, Community Christian School's head football coach and athletics director, Bryan Horton, announced that the Warriors' varsity team will not suit up for football in 2014 due to a shortage of student athletes.
Swimming to State
KELLER – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins are heading to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, after an outstanding performance in the Region 4 Championships that saw seven local swimmer qualify.
Mineral Wells summer track sends 11 to state meet after strong regionals
THE COLONY – The future continues to look bright for Mineral Wells track and field, as 11 members of legendary head coach Jackie Harvey's summer track club punched their tickets to the TAAF state meet in College Station – to be held July 31-Aug. 3 – after a dominant showing at the regional meet in The Colony, July 18-19.
FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season
By CLINT FOSTER
Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.
I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.
Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.
The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.
I can think of at least 10.
So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.
Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August
Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.
Something in the water
Mineral Wells is well known as the home of Crazy Water, and by all accounts the city's swim team went absolutely berserk in their one and only home meet of the summer on Saturday.
Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.
Hooks and Slices 7/11
In the Holiday Hills Country Club Guys and Dolls tournament, locals Denny and Sherry Hall turned in rounds of 77 and 73 to take first place in the opening round and second place on Sunday in the fourth flight. George and Linda Hutton turned in two solid rounds to place both days. The twosome shot 71 and 72 to take first place on Saturday and second place on Sunday in the second flight.
GRAPEVINE – The Mineral Wells High School cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders' Association's cheer camp in Grapevine two weeks ago and proved that spirit will definitely be high at every Rams and Lady Rams sporting event this coming school year.
Millsap selects Lee as new head volleyball coach
MILLSAP – The board of trustees at Millsap ISD recently announced their hire of Denise Lee as the new head volleyball coach for Millsap High School.
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