By TONY EIERDAM
Seven members of the Mineral Wells Lady Rams softball team earned All-District 6-3A honors, including two superlative awards, in a vote of league coaches.
Senior catcher Reagan Patterson was voted as the district’s Offensive Player of the Year, while freshman pitcher Kelsey Keeton was awarded Newcomer of the Year.
Patterson, a three-year all-district first team honoree, led 6-3A in home runs with three with a batting average of .542 with a league-high 24 runs batted in. She also recorded 19 hits, four doubles and a pair of triples while scoring 15 runs in district play.
“Reagan has done a phenomenal job at catcher, and she had a career year this year,” Lady Rams head coach David Tarver said. “I just sat back and enjoyed watching her.
“She got hot at the plate and I never said a word of instruction to her. I just zipped my lips and watched her perform. I also trusted her to call pitches during a game.”
Keeton started in all but one district game in the circle for MWHS. In 48 innings she allowed just seven earned runs with 60 strikeouts and five walks for a 7-2 record.
“Kelsey was steady, and she carried herself more like a veteran than a freshman and was not in the least intimidated,” Tarver said. “But the one word I would use to describe her play is steady.
“She brought it every single game, inning and pitch.”
Mineral Wells junior shortstop Bethany Allen, senior second baseman Chandler Ortiz, sophomore third baseman Hope Patterson and sophomore right fielder Tabby Santibanez each earned first-team honors.
Allen, who has made three consecutive all-district first teams and was a first-team, all-state selection in 2012 (and a candidate for this year’s all-state team), hit .481 in district play with 20 runs scored, 13 hits and six RBI. Allen was also one of the district’s top infielders.
Ortiz hit .334 and played almost errorless ball at second base. She drove in nine runs in 6-3A and also scored nine times.
While Ortiz and Allen are known for their offensive skills, Tarver pointed to their defensive skills as another reason both made the first team. It was also the third year in a row Ortiz made the all-district team.
“Chandler and BB (Allen), without a doubt, are the best double play combination I have ever had,” Tarver said. “Chandler and BB both dive after balls, and they use their bodies to stop hard-hit balls if they have to.
“Bethany has the ‘it’ factor,” Tarver continued. “Some people just have that greatness that you can’t put into words.
“Bethany just has it. She is patience and disciplined at the plate, she has power and can hit for a high average, and she has speed.
“Chandler hit for power and average. She also was our best bunter and has the ability to move runners.”
Hope Patterson hit .370 with a home run, four doubles and nine RBI, and Santibanez scored seven runs while playing outstanding defense.
“Hope has a world of potential,” Tarver said. “Hope has a great swing and hits with a lot of power.
“Once she learns everything she can do within that swing she is going to be unstoppable.”
Earning second-team honors from MWHS was sophomore center fielder Makayla Nance, who scored five runs and drove in three in league play.
Kennedale senior outfielder/pitcher Mackenzie Bay was voted as 6-3A’s Most Valuable Player, with teammate Kaitlyn Leeds, a senior, selected as the district’s Pitcher of the Year.
Kennedale added another superlative award as sophomore shortstop Jazlyn Crowder was voted Defensive Player of the Year.
Reagan Patterson, Kelsey Keeton earn top awards; four others also make 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.
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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
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