By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells Lady Rams freshman forward Kylie Williams earned an All-District 12-4A superlative award and Molly Clarke and Mason Malone each were all-district, first-team selections in a vote of league soccer coaches.
In all, the Lady Rams placed eight players on the all-district team.
Williams was selected as the Offensive Newcomer of the Year. She finished district play with a pair of goals and an assist, but Lady Rams head coach John Tuggle said her overall play was what caught the eyes of the district coaches.
“Stats don’t show the true player, and Kylie is a dominating player wide with her speed and aggressive play not backing down to anyone,” he said. “Kylie had many second assists.
“She scored against Aledo, a team that only allowed three goals in all of district play.
“When nominated, her play was immediately recognized. We are very excited for her to represent Mineral Wells in receiving this honor from District 12-4A coaches.”
Clarke, a four-year starter, scored five goals and added five assists. Her penalty kick goal against Brewer ended up being the winning goal in a match that the Lady Rams won 1-0 to clinch a playoff spot for the third consecutive year.
“Molly is a balanced player with multiple attacking skills,” Tuggle said. “She is also a clutch player, and we saw that against Brewer in our last district game.”
Malone did not score during district play, but she did record an assist. Tuggle said the coaches also looked at her overall play and defensive abilities.
“Stats are not indicative of Mason’s true skill level,” Tuggle said “Many goals and defensive turnovers were a result of her knowledge and ability to step up aggressively. She is also a very versatile player.”
Earning second-team honors for the Lady Rams were seniors Emily Clingings and Miriam Garcia.
Clingings was the Lady Rams’ defensive stopper, and she scored a goo and registered an assist in district play. Garcia scored five goals and added three assists in league action.
“Emily displayed speed, and she was a defender with a left leg to takeover and move ball upfield, not one to just kick ball out but create counter attacks from back,” Tuggle said. “Miriam was a captain and known for her dangerous corner kicks and free kicks.
“She was a big player in a small package.”
Mineral Wells players earning honorable mentions were senior forward Sami Stevens, sophomore mid fielder Bre Hinojos and freshman goalkeeper Brittany Smith.
Stevens led the Lady Rams with seven goals while adding two assists; Hinojos scored five goals; and Smith recorded seven shutouts.
“One of my favorite memories of this season concerning Sami was her goal against Boswell that denied them a district championship on their Senior Night,” Tuggle said. “Bre is a versatile player who can play mid field or forward.
“Brittany became a starter during district and played outstanding.”
Freshman Kylie Williams earns newcomer of year award; Clarke, Malone selected to first team
By TONY EIERDAM
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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.
As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?
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