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January 10, 2014

Rams open 6-3A play today at home

First-place Lady Rams bring 2-0 mark into today’s game against Diamond Hill

By TONY EIERDAM

Sometimes it takes a high school basketball coach several games of non-district play to find the players who work well together, set rotations and establish a defensive philosophy.

For the Mineral Wells Rams, who will begin District 6-3A play today at home against the Fort Worth Diamond Hill Eagles, they found their “defensive identity” in the final non-district game last week.

The Rams and Lady Rams will play the first district doubleheader of the season today at the MWHS gym.

The Lady Rams and Lady Eagles will tip off at 6:30 p.m. today followed by the Rams/Eagles contest at approximately 8 p.m. at the MWHS gym.

The Rams will bring a 9-7 record into the contest.

Head coach Aaron Pappas said last week’s win in the non-district finale over Bridgeport gave the Rams confidence on both ends of the floor, but it was a commitment  to a man-to-man defense for the entire game that helped the team defensively, which led to instant offense.

“The team is playing really well now on both ends of the floor,”Pappas said.”We have been searching for an identity defensively, and (against Bridgeport) we stuck with what we thought was going to be our defense at the beginning of the year.

“This makes me very excited, and I feel overall, from top to bottom, offensively and defensively. Offensively we are scoring at a higher pace.

“We are scoring from the perimeter as well as the paint and are being more physical on the defensive end and contesting every shot.

“But I thought (against Bridgeport) we played the best defense by far as we have all year.

“We played our half-court man the entire game, and we didn’t have to switch to a zone.

“We didn’t have to press, it was just bread-and-butter man-to-man defense.

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    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.

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    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.

    July 18, 2014

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    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

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    July 13, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hooks and Slices 7/11

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    July 11, 2014

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    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.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

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    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.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Waldrum leads the way in MW's latest swim meet

    TROPHY CLUB – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins city swim team took to the pool once again June 28 and showed valiant effort against some tough competition at its latest meet in Trophy Club.

    July 7, 2014

  • FWIW logo.jpg Polling mishap

    As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets

    Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.

    July 3, 2014

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