By TONY EIERDAM
Looking to go deeper in the playoffs than any previous Mineral Wells softball team, the Lady Rams will open the 2013 campaign at 7 p.m. today at Graham.
The Lady Rams return experience in all of the right places as they return two pitchers, Hope Patterson and Allie Stephens, a three-year letterman in Reagan Patterson at catcher, a first-team, all-state shortstop in junior Bethany Allen and their leading home run hitter, Hope Patterson.
However, Allen, who also starts on the MWHS girls’ basketball team, will not play softball today as she will be playing a playoff basketball game today and will join the softball team at the conclusion of the MWHS ladies’ run in the hoops playoffs.
The Lady Rams also return another power hitter, senior second baseman Chandler Ortiz, who was District 6-3A’s Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2012.
Despite an outlook for a record-breaking season, the Lady Rams have put each game in proper perspective, and according to their coach, will not look ahead to district or the playoffs at this time.
“I have a good blend of experience and youth this season,” Lady Rams head coach David Tarver explained. “Our returning players, however, set the team goals.
“Our major goal is really simple: win the next game. That is the mentality that the girls have chosen to take this year, and I am very excited about that outlook.
“They are not looking down the road. They are looking at working hard today, and looking only as far ahead as who is our next opponent.”
The Lady Rams will play a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday at Stephenville. The team will play at Vernon (Feb. 19) and at the Brewer Tournament (Feb. 21-23) before their first home game on Feb. 26 against Stephenville.
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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