By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells forward Kaleigh Aaron scored a goal and added a pair of assists and goalkeeper Brittany Smith recorded her second District 12-4A shutout as the Lady Rams ran past Saginaw, 3-0, Wednesday night at Ram Stadium.
The win raises the Lady Rams’ district mark to 3-2.
The Lady Rams were aggressive offensively, peppering the Saginaw goalkeeper with 30 shots.
Lady Rams head coach John Tuggle said the win was a complete effort by the team.
“Kaleigh played very well, and Saginaw gave her and everyone else space to move the ball,” Tuggle said. “I think we had more speed than they did, and we had a lot of shots and put pressure on them.
“Kaleigh and Bre (Hinojos) put a lot of pressure on Saginaw’s defense, and we had our fare share of runs.
“We kept possession of the ball and took good shots. The kids played well.”
The Lady Rams also displayed a solid defensive game as Saginaw rarely entered MWHS territory.
“On film we saw that No. 4 was their big scorer, so we made sure she would not touch the ball,” Tuggle said. “We played keep away with her.
“We executed our defensive game plan very well. Mason Malone really stepped up on defense. She was the player keying on No. 4 and she did a good job of keeping her from getting possession of the ball.
“But in addition to Mason, Erin McGuire and the rest of our defenders played very well. All of them did their part, and Brittany played well in goal.”
Aaron gave the Lady Rams a 1-0 lead in the first half on a left-footed shot just outside the box. Stormie Mayo recorded the assist on the goal.
In the second half the Lady Rams’ lead grew to 2-0 when Aaron fired a crossing pass to Caroline Clarke, who caught the pass just inside the box, dribbled forward and fired a shot that found the back of net to the left of the Saginaw ‘keeper with 8:07 left to play.
The Lady Rams added an insurance goal with 3:20 remaining when Hinojos took a pass from Aaron, streaked down the left sideline, beat a defender and blasted the ball past the Saginaw keeper from short range.
Tuggle feels the win will help the team gain the confidence it needs to make the playoffs for the fourth season in a row.
“This is a huge win,” Tuggle said. “Now we have to take care of Boswell and Brewer (which will end the first half of district play).”
By TONY EIERDAM
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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.
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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.
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