Six Perrin Lady Pirates earned first or second team honors on the All-District 8-A softball team in a recent vote of league coaches.
Perrin sophomore catcher Kelsie Anderson, senior shortstop Kelsey Hutton and senior left fielder Victoria Kuhn each were voted to the all-district first team.
Lady Pirates earning second-team honors include sophomore pitcher Haylee Fowler, senior first baseman Preslee Cox and sophomore center fielder Kali Parker.
Perrin also placed 11 players on the all-district, all-academic team including Joy Blackman, Katie Blakely, Makaila Brooks, Leslie Burwell, Ashlyn Cox, Preslee Cox, Fowler, Hutton, Kuhn, Parker, Maddison Richardson.
“I really have a lot of respect for the hard work, dedication and examples set by our senior class,” Lady Pirates head coach Ben Staggs said. “Even though the year didn’t end up like they wanted it to, the seniors have a lot to be proud of made the playoffs three of four years with a bi-district championship and two area championships.
“We also had a couple of injuries this year and most of the girls had to play out of position. But without complaint they worked hard turned the negatives around and had a shot at the playoffs at the end of the year.
“I am very proud of the entire team, and I am pleased that the other coaches in the district recognized the achievements of our players.”
Chosen as District 8-A’s Most Valuable Player was Olney senior catcher Laura Garcia.
The district’s Offensive Most Valuable Player was senior catcher Darby Anderle of Windthorst, with Archer City sophomore pitcher Ashtyn Wuthrich selected as 8-A’s Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Archer City freshman second baseman Madison Lucido was chosen as Newcomer of the Year, with Bryson junior pitcher Ashton Wiedebusch and Olney junior first baseman Hunter Riggins each selected with the district’s “Hustle Awards.”
Senior Taylor Humpert of Windthorst was voted Pitcher of the Year, while Archer City freshman Madison Howard was selected Catcher of the Year.
Lonnie Hise of District 8-A champion Windthorst was voted as Coach of the Year.
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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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