By TONY EIERDAM
FORT WORTH – State-ranked No. 3 Denton Guyer scored twice in the first half and added three goals in the second to defeat the Mineral Wells Lady Rams, 5-1, here Tuesday night in a Class 4A bi-district playoff soccer match.
Despite the four-goal win, the game was not easy for the Lady Wildcats. The Lady Rams made Guyer earn each goal, and MWHS head coach John Tuggle was pleased with his team’s effort, but more so its attitude.
“We came in with a demeanor to win,” Tuggle said. “We had played Aledo and Boswell in district and some better teams in non-district games, so we knew we could play with anybody.
“There wasn’t a thought that we were playing the No. 3 team in the state so let’s just go out and play and get it over with. No, these girls came here to play to win.
“We fell short, but we did something no other Mineral Wells girls soccer team has done and that is score a goal in a playoff game.
“District 11-4A (Guyer’s district) is a very strong district, and for the most part I felt like we played with them. I have a group of winners, and the girls played like winners (Tuesday night).”
It took 20 minutes for Guyer to get on the board. Sam Sanders took a pass from the right side and deposited the ball into the left side of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later, Hannah Alspach scored the first of her three goals on a top-shelf shot from 30 yards out for a 2-0 advantage that remained at the half.
Alspach scored again seven minutes into the second half from 25 yards out, and the Lady Wildcats extended the lead to 4-0 when Megan Stokes scored from within the box with 11:49 left to play.
The Lady Rams broke the shutout when Molly Clarke scored on a penalty kick to cut the lead to 4-1.
Guyer closed the scoring with Alspach’s third goal.
Guyer finished with 17 shots on goal.
The contest was the final high school soccer match fro seniors Clarke, Sami Stevens, Emily Clingings, Miriam Garcia, Juana Velasquez, Jessica Baeza, Bailey Thomas, Flor Turcios and Marlene Betancourt.
“Molly was the only one in this class that I brought up on varsity her freshman year,” Tuggle explained. “The others I put on the junior varsity because I wanted them to learn to play together.
“They joined Molly on varsity in their sophomore year.
“They all grew up together, and I think that is why we have reached the playoffs the last three years. I made an investment four years ago, and it paid off.”
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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