By TONY EIERDAM
It will be a busy week for the Mineral Wells Rams and Lady Rams track teams and Lady Rams softball team.
The Lady Rams and Rams regional track meet qualifiers are preparing for this week’s Class 3A, Region I Track and Field Meet which will be Friday and Saturday at Fuller Track at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Perhaps the highlight of the regional track meet will be the performance of Rams junior sprinter DaShawn Hicks, who has won the 100-meter dash in every meet he has entered. Hicks ran a season-best 10.28 Wednesday at the area meet in Springtown.
The top two finishers in all events at the area meet will advance to the state meet in Austin in May.
MWHS athletes expected to have the best chance at qualify for state were the other first-place finishers from the area meet including Sydney Shelstead (discus), Alex Pearcy (1,600-meter run), Rascellis Williams (high jump) and Juvaree Sutton (300-meter hurdles). Hicks also won the 200-meter dash and will be a favorite in that race.
Another Lady Ram with a good chance to advance to state is distance runner Karessa Fowler, who placed second at the area meet in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
Lady Rams athlete Taylor Parkhill also placed second at the area meet in two events she has a chance to advance to state in the 300-meter hurdles and pole vault. She also qualified in the 100-meter hurdles and sprint relay.
The regional meet will begin on Friday with the 3,200-meter run, running preliminaries, girls’ discus, girls’ long jump, boys’ high jump, boys’ shot put, boys’ triple jump and boys’ pole vault, with girls’ pole vault, boys’ discus, girls’ shot put, girls’ high jump, girls’ triple jump, boys’ long jump, the 1,600-meter run and running finals scheduled for Saturday.
The Lady Rams softball team is preparing for a weekend bi-district playoff series against rival Graham after finishing in second place in District 6-3A.
Game one of the series will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Graham, with game two at 1 p.m. Saturday in Mineral Wells. Game three, if necessary, will be played 30 minutes following game two.
Also, the Mineral Wells Rams baseball team will prepare for next week’s bi-district playoffs with a warm-up game Saturday at Pratt Field. The Rams will play Henrietta, with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Rams have already announced their bi-district playoff series schedule. MWHS will take on Iowa Park in a Class 3A, best-of-three bi-district playoff series that begins May 3 in Decatur. All three games of the series will be played at Decatur.
The Rams and Iowa Park will play game one at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, with game two scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
Game three, if necessary, will be played 30 minutes following game two.
By TONY EIERDAM
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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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