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February 5, 2014

Rams’ new district: Tough row to hoe

Breaking down Mineral Wells in new District 4-4A

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Decatur Eagles

2013 record: 9-4 (lost in third round of 3A-D1 playoffs to Chapel Hill, 55-40).

Last meeting with Mineral Wells: 2011, Mineral Wells lost, 64-28.

Summary: Similar to Graham, Decatur has consistently proven itself as a strong competitor in 3A football. Last year, the Eagles relied heavily on a high-scoring offense led by TCU-bound quarterback Grayson Muehlstein. But the 2013 Eagles were senior-laden and could be a wild card going into next season with a lot of fresh faces. In their last meeting, the Rams lost a heartbreaker to Decatur, being outscored 35-0 in the second half after taking a 29-28 deficit into halftime. If the Rams bring their A-game or even find a way to beat the Eagles next year, this game could easily bud into the Rams biggest district rivalry.

Hirschi Huskies

2013 record: 7-4 (lost in first round of 3A-D1 playoffs to Springtown, 49-27).

Last meeting with Mineral Wells: 2013, Mineral Wells lost, 68-0.

Summary: Hirschi is a team that tends to live and die on its speed and athleticism. While they may not always be the most disciplined team, if you can’t catch them, not much else matters. Rams fans will be familiar with the Huskies from non-district play over the past few years and, like Burkburnett, this will be a game Mineral Wells has to circle on their calendars in red ink and win every year to be successful. Mineral Wells couldn’t keep up with the Huskies in Wichita Falls last year, but grinded out a 27-22 win at home in 2012. The bad news for the Rams is that the Huskies return all three of their top-tier offensive weapons – Cedrick Battle and twin brothers Terrance and Torrence Cooper – all of whom gashed the Rams in their 2013 loss.

Gainesville Leopards

2013 record: 11-1 (lost in third round of 3A-D2 playoffs to Gladewater, 24-17).

Last meeting with Mineral Wells: 1969, Mineral Wells won, 25-14.

Summary: The newest face to the District 4-4A group, Gainesville adds a new layer of strong competition to an already top-heavy district. The Leopards have proven to be consistently successful, especially in the past two seasons during which the Leopard posted undefeated regular seasons en route to back-to-back District 9-3A titles.

Decatur will be most familiar with the Leopards, as the two have met on the gridiron every year for the past 10 years. The Rams, on the other hand, will be the least familiar as the only team in District 4-4A to not play Gainesville at least once in the last decade – in fact, the 2014 will be the first time for the Rams and Leopards to play in almost half a century. Like Decatur, Gainesville will lose many key seniors, but the Leopards will return quarterback Mason Copeland. Backup running back and third-leading receiver Damarius Farr will be surely expected  to step into a big role next year. The Graham-Gainesville game will definitely be one to watch with interest next season.

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  • 0727 swim relay team first place.jpg 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.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • juvaree best.JPG 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.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg 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.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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.

    July 18, 2014

  • Abigail Barber winner 25yd backstroke IMG_0198.jpg 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. 

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • IMG_9853.JPG What offseason?

    Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.

    July 13, 2014 9 Photos

  • 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. 

    July 11, 2014

  • cheer pic 2014.jpeg Cheer up!

    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

  • Denise Lee.jpg 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.

    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

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