MINERAL WELLS —
By TONY EIERDAM
Last year, an unranked Mineral Wells Rams team upset No. 10 Burkburnett in the area round of the playoffs.
On Tuesday, Burkburnett made the Rams pay.
Paced by a smothering pressure defense and 17 points from Chavaz Jackson and 14 points each by Elijah Strickland and Arthur Hamlett, the state-ranked No. 7 Bulldogs cruised to an 85-54 win over the Rams at the MWHS gym.
Perhaps the best part of the evening came when the Rams realized they would wake up the next day at 0-0 with their first District 6-3A game on Friday at Fort Worth Diamond Hill.
“That’s a good way to think about it, but I don’t feel 0-0 right now,” Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said. “But (beginning with practice on Wednesday) the real season begins.
“(Tuesday) their pressure got to us – full court, half court – and I don’t know how many turnovers we had but their pressure got to us.
“Burk shot the ball extremely well, and we didn’t play very well offensively or defensively.
“We just got beat by a better team. With our first district game on Friday we wanted to play better than we did (Tuesday). There is not a whole lot I can say.”
Early on it looked like the Rams would give their state-ranked opponents a game.
Senior post Ricky Scott began the scoring with a three-pointer from the left baseline, and after the Bulldogs matched the score, Scott nailed a jumper from the right baseline.
After Burk failed to score on its next possession, Scott drained a trey from the top of the key to give the Rams an 8-3 lead.
However, after a timeout Burkburnett responded with a 12-0 run to take a 15-8 lead.
From that point, Rams guard DaShawn Hicks took over.
The junior slashed his way down the lane for three layups from the right side to cut the visitors’ lead to 17-14.
Burkburnett scored the next four points before senior A.J. Williams drove in for a layup to cut the lead to 21-16.
After a Bulldogs’ bucket, Williams found a rare opening down the middle of the lane and converted a layup to cut the lead to 23-18.
Hicks scored the first six points for the Rams, including a three-pointer, early in the second quarter.
However, the Bulldogs scored 13 points in the time frame to increase its lead to 36-24.
Burkburnett closed the half on a 9-6 run to take a 45-30 lead into the locker room at the break.
In the third period, Burkburnett used a 7-0 run created by a pair of turnovers and scored six points in less than 20 seconds to take a 53-32 lead which put the game away.
“In the first quarter we played with them,” Pappas said. “But after that we cracked under their pressure defense. But this game is over, and we have to focus on Diamond Hill.”
Burk 64, Rams JV 56
Burkburnett went on a 23-10 run in the fourth quarter to break open a tie game as the Bulldogs defeated the Rams junior varsity, 69-56.
Braxton Allen scored 10 points to lead the Rams. Also scoring were Rascellis Williams with nine points, Dalton Mitchell with eight, Mark Glover and Coy Barrick, each with six, Dexter Cross with five, Devon Edmond with four, Tanner Newsome with three, and Conner Bradshaw and Maceo Williams, each with two.
Burkburnett 39, Rams frosh 18
Burkburnett went on a 28-4 run in the second quarter on its way to a 52-18 win over the Rams freshman team.
Marvin Johnson led the Rams with nine points, followed by Nigel Benavides with four, Connor Jacobson and Z Beard, each with two, and Branson Sanchez with one.
MINERAL WELLS —
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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