By TONY EIERDAM
At first glance, the highlight of last week’s District 6-3A Track and Field Meet for Mineral Wells High School was the Rams winning the boys’ varsity meet.
MWHS prides itself on track accomplishments, and it employs one of the if not the best high school track coach in the state, Jackie Harvey.
But after the meet Harvey seemed more pleased that he is sending 27 athletes in all but two events to the newly-created ‘area” meet, which will be Wednesday at Springtown.
Field events start at 10 a.m. with running finals to begin at 5 p.m. at the Springtown football and track stadium.
The Rams and Lady Rams were so successful at the district meet that they will have competitors in all events except the girls’ and boys’ 400-meter run.
This will give 27 MWHS athletes a chance to advance to the regional meet in Lubbock, which will be held April 26-27 at the Fuller Track Complex at Texas Tech University.
In year’s past, the top three finishers at the district meets would advance straight to the regional meet.
With eight districts sending three athletes in each running event, that meant 24 athletes – and on an eight-lane track that would result in three heats per race – would vie for the top two spots available to qualify for the state meet.
The rules changed to help quicken the regional meet. Now with four finishers in each event advancing to the area meet, which in comparison to other sports is a bi-district meet (District 6-3A will compete against District 5-3A’s top four finishers), a heat now can be taken away from each race at the regional meet.
After the area meets, 16 athletes will compete in every event at the regional meet, meaning only two heats per race will be needed.
The Rams were paced at the district meet by three gold medals by DaShawn Hicks, who won long jump, the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.
But another strong area for MWHS is in girls’ field events, where Sydney Shelstead in discus, Shay Douglas in shot put and Taylor Parkhill in pole vault each won district championships.
Long-distance running is also a Lady Rams’ strength as Alex Pearcy won the 1,600-meter run and Karessa Fowler won the 3,200-meter run and came in second in the 1,600-meter run.
Other MWHS athletes earning gold medals for first-place finishes included Rascellis Williams in boys’ high jump and Chris Valdez in the boys’ 800-meter run.
“I think scoring all of those points in field events (at the district meet) for the boys and girls was big,” Harvey said. “After field events (the Rams) had a 20-30 point lead (coming into Friday night’s running finals), and that made a big difference.
“I feel the kids who made it out to area will get better and better as we go.
“We have been getting better and better each week, and we will get better on Wednesday as well.”
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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