By TONY EIERDAM
For the third consecutive year both the Mineral Wells Lady Rams and Rams soccer teams have qualified for the Class 4A playoffs.
Schools in Class 3A compete in Class 4A districts and playoffs, although beginning next year MWHS and other Class 3A schools will be put in 3A districts and play for a 3A state championship.
But for the final year, MWHS will be competing for a 4A state championship beginning today.
The Lady Rams, who finished fourth in District 12-4A and have drawn a state-ranked Top 10 team the last three years in the bi-district round, will face No. 3 Guyer at 6 p.m. – the District 11-4A champion – at Boswell High School’s Pioneer Stadium.
MWHS soccer fans will have two matches to watch as the Rams will take on Birdville at Pioneer Stadium following the girls’ match at approximately 8 p.m.
The Lady Rams – for the third consecutive year – had to defeat Brewer in the district finale to secure the district’s final postseason berth.
Guyer comes into the match with a 21-1 record.
The Rams, the third-place team from District 12-4A, will face Birdville, the second-place team from District 11-4A. The Rams have won two of its past three matches, losing only 1-0 to Brewer in a contest the Bears needed to clinch fourth place. MWHS had already clinched third place coming into that match.
Birdville had to defeat Denton Guyer on Friday in the District 11-4A finale to secure second place.
Last year the Rams won the school’s first-ever soccer playoff match with a thrilling shootout victory where MWHS goalkeeper Caleb Bandy blocked all five shootout attempts.
The Rams will be counting on Bandy, now a senior, to stop the high-flying Guyer forwards. Bandy is on a roll of late, earning a pair of shutouts in two of his last three matches.
In fact, Bandy has been scored on only once in the past three matches, and that goal came on a penalty kick.
Rams head coach Rolando Borjon said Birdville is a similar team as the Rams.
“Birdville is a good team all-around and they have a very athletic goalkeeper,” Borjon said. “As I watched them Friday night I saw a lot of the same qualities we have in our team.
“We have an athletic ‘keeper and we are a good team all-around as well. I believe they have four seniors and we have 11 seniors.
“I believe that it will be a very even match in which the team that has more gas in the tank will come out victorious.
“I feel like we have some speed and power up top that we can take advantage of, but Birdville has a skilled midfield that can feed balls all night.
“So, I feel like we are two teams that reflect each others strengths and weakness. I just hope we are the team with the extra gas in the tank.
“We had a good week of practice and all week we have told the boys that (today) it’s win or go home.”
Lady Rams face Guyer, Rams square off against Birdville today in 4A soccer playoffs at Boswell High School
By TONY EIERDAM
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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?
Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets
Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.
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