By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells placed 14 Rams on the All-District 12-4A team, including four superlative awards and seven on the first team, in a vote of league coaches.
Rams senior forward Gilbert Castorena was named as 12-4A’s Offensive Player of the Year; senior Serjio Castillo was selected as the Midfielder of the Year; senior Caleb Bandy was chosen as Goalkeeper of the Year; and sophomore Francisco Rojo was named Offensive Newcomer of the Year.
Castorena scored 11 goals and added six assists in district play, Castillo finished with 11 goals and seven assists, Bandy recorded eight shutouts in 14 matches and allowed just 12 goals for an 0.85 goals against average, and Rojo scored a pair of goals.
“These guys helped us to score 39 goals in 14 matches,” Rams head coach Rolando Borjon said. “Although our entire team contributed to our overall success, these guys played a big role in scoring goals.
“Bandy was excellent in district play and deserved the top ‘keeper award.”
Also earning first-team honors for the Rams were senior defenders Emiliano Silva, Bryan Flores and Dylan Pruitt.
“All three of these guys were a big part of the eight shutouts,” Borjon said. “And another reason we allowed just 12 goals.”
Earning second-team honors from MWHS were senior midfielders Roy Gomez and Eric Parker, senior defender Jose Garcia and sophomore forward Omar Hernandez.
In addition to solid defense, Gomez contributed four assists and Parker added two on offense. Garcia was part of the Rams’ outstanding back line, and Hernandez scored seven goals with three assists.
Rams earning honorable mentions include senior midfielders Adan Ortiz and Gerardo Moya, and sophomore defender Juan Andrade.
Ortiz scored a goal and added two assists, Moya scored a goal and recorded seven assists and Andrade was part of the Rams’ outstanding defenders.
Borjon said the large numbers of Rams on the all-district team represent the kind of successful season the team enjoyed.
“We had a very successful season this year, and it was reflected on the all-district team,” Borjon said. “Our overall record was 11-6-3 and district record 9-4-1 with a third-place finish. “Although we lost in the first round of the playoffs our hard work did not go unnoticed.
“At the district awards meeting we were able to come back with four of the eight major awards.
“Usually, the first and second place teams receive the most votes, but our kids proved themselves this year.
“I am very proud for our kids and our soccer program.
“It will be hard to replace all 11 seniors, but I am confident to say that our younger kids will step up and carry on this success.
“We will accept the challenge.
“I want to thank the 11 seniors for their time, trust, and hard work the last three years.
“These seniors have made history at Mineral Wells High School and will always be remembered for their great success. I really enjoyed every single one of them and I wish them the best of luck in the future.”
MWHS boys place 14 on all-district team, including seven on first team
By TONY EIERDAM
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No football for CCS in 2014
After a series of administrative meetings from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning, Community Christian School's head football coach and athletics director, Bryan Horton, announced that the Warriors' varsity team will not suit up for football in 2014 due to a shortage of student athletes.
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.
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