By TONY EIERDAM
After the Mineral Wells Rams win over Castleberry Friday night coupled with Springtown’s loss to Kennedale the same evening, both the Rams and Porcupines are tied for second place in District 6-3A.
The Rams will attempt to stay in second place when they host Lake Worth at 8 p.m. today on Senior Night at the MWHS gym in the district finale.
Also on Tuesday Springtown plays Castleberry, meaning if the Rams and Porcupines both win there will be a tie for second place. Kennedale, which finishes the season against Diamond Hill, has already clinched the district championship and the league’s top playoff seed.
If MWHS and Springtown finish in a tie for second, the second and third playoff seeds will be determined either by a tiebreaker game between the two teams, or if both coaches agree, a coin flip will determine the second and third playoff seeds from 6-3A.
The Rams, however, are only focusing on the job they have to do to put themselves in position for a second seed. The third seed is an undesirable playoff position as it will have to take on the second seed from District 5-3A, Burkburnett. The Bulldogs handily defeated the Rams earlier in the season, 85-54.
The last time MWHS and Lake Worth met, the Rams started out slowly but rallied to take a 68-54 road win.
“We are assuming Springtown will win, so we have to win (today) so we can play Springtown in a tiebreaker game or flip a coin,” Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said. “To beat Lake Worth we have to stay out of foul trouble like we did (Friday) at Castleberry.
“But if that happens we need our bench players to step up and give us minutes and perform.
“We won’t change our game plan much from the last time we played them.”
Pappas feels the Bullfrogs will use the same defense it did in the earlier meeting.
“We think they may press us a little more than the last time because their press hurt us the first time we played them,” he said. “We have worked on our press breaks in practice, and I feel we are ready.”
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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