By TONY EIERDAM
Of all of the area players from Palo Pinto and surrounding counties, none had the impact on Saturday’s 24th Annual Chicken Express All-Star Classic basketball game as Santo senior post Sarah Van Remmen, who was named the Most Valuable Player of her West squad.
The West defeated the East, 80-67 in the girls’ contest, and in the boys’ game the West outlasted the East, 92-78.
Van Remmen, who finished with 10 points and eight rebounds, including six points in the second half, was excited about earning her award.
“It feels good to be chosen as my team’s MVP,” Van Remmen said. “Our team atmosphere was good, and I think my rebounding was on, and that is my favorite part of the game.
“I had a lot of supporters at the game, and I appreciate them. But what I will remember most about this game was that the girls I was playing with and against were a lot of fun.”
Brock’s Braylee Flaska, who played two years at Mineral Wells High School, also participated in the game with teammate Cora Jenkins, another MWHS ex.
“It felt great to play in this gym again,” Flaska said. “All of my friends were here watching, and the atmosphere of this game was awesome.
“The best part about this game was playing with and against girls from Mineral Wells and with girls I played with and against in select ball in the summers.
“It was just so much fun to get to play with them again.”
Although the game is designed to give players one last chance at showcasing their skill and talent to college coaches, not all of the all-stars plan on playing college basketball.
Perrin post Kelsey Hutton was just happy to be playing in the game that features top area players from all classifications.
“It was a lot of fun playing in a basketball all-star game, especially this one,” Hutton said. “Basketball is not my top sport, so it was a total surprise for me to get to play in this game.
“I am from a 1A school, so playing with and against girls from 5A and 4A schools was amazing. I felt I held my own against the other girls, and although I realize I am not the best player out there I also know I wasn’t the worst.
“It was fun, but it was also kind of sad because it is just one more thing that reminds me that high school is almost over and all of my sports are done. Even though I am ready to just go to college, it is sad that one chapter of my life is almost over.
“But this was a great way to end my high school sports career.”
Joining Van Remmen as MVP was the East squad post and Mineral Wells Lady Ram Sydney Shelstead. The boys’ MVPs were Arbnor Kelmendi from Stephenville (West squad) and Keaton Hickman from Paradise (East squad).
Chicken Express also gave out two $1,000 scholarships to the two three-point shooting contest winners. The girls’ winner was Rhiana Michou of Lipan, and Colton Stegall of Hico was the boys’ winner.
By TONY EIERDAM
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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.
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.
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