By TONY EIERDAM
More than 50 boys and girls from grades kindergarten through eighth grade participated this past week at the free four-day Optimist Club/Ram Football Camp at Ram Stadium.
Camp ran this past Monday through Thursday from 6-8 p.m. each evening.
MWISD coaches and Texas Bullets players, including Scott Aaron who also serves as a trustee on the MWISD school board, combined to run the camp. The Texas Bullets are a Texas United Football League team that played their games this year at Ram Stadium.
It was the first time MWISD and the Optimist Club have teamed up to hold a football camp. Optimist Club representative Daniel Gray, an instructor at the camp and a former Ram who also played this season for the Bullets, said he felt the kids responded well to the skills and fundamentals camp.
“We just wanted to get together and streamline everything from the little kids all the way up to the bigger kids,” Gray said. “All we were trying to do was give them a good foundation.
“The kids seemed to appreciate some of the Bullets being out here, and they also got to meet and work with the Mineral Wells (high school and junior high) coaches.
“This is also about bringing the community together. We have seen some talented kids from every age group here this week, and I think we will have some great football players in the future.
“We are hoping to combine with the coaches and school next year again.”
Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence was pleased with the attendance at the camp, and said it gave the coaches an opportunity to see the kids who will play school ball in the fall.
“We put the kids through regular agility drills,” Lawrence said. “We are teaching them ball security, and taking them threw throwing and catching drills.
“The first day we had about 50 kids, and the rest of the week we separated the flag football kids form the tackle football kids and both groups seemed to have gotten more out of it.
“Our numbers (participants) are higher than they have been, and I think holding the camp at night helped our numbers. The Optimist Club did a good job of setting up the drills and rotating the kids through, and it was a good camp and a functional camp.”
Lawrence said he particularly had his eye on a group of seventh-grade players.
“We have a core group in the seventh grade that we got to introduce our drills to and they look like they will be a good group,” he said. “Getting to see them a little bit early before they play school ball for the first time was the highlight of the camp for me.”
By TONY EIERDAM
- Local Sports
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.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Swimming to State