By TONY EIERDAM
Thirteen Mineral Wells Rams earned 15 spots on the All-District 6-3A football team in a vote of league coaches.
Mineral Wells garnered one top award as senior offensive lineman Jacoby Prestwood was named Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Earning first-team honors from Mineral Wells were senior running back Gilbert Castorena, sophomore quarterback Caleb Acosta, sophomore inside linebacker Josh Hardee, senior defensive end Hunter Moss and senior outside linebacker Travis Mallory.
Prestwood, a three-year varsity letterman, is in the top 10 academically in his class and is being recruited by Ivy League schools Harvard and Yale.
“Jacoby was the leader of the offensive line, and a team leader on and off the field,” Mineral Wells head football coach Chuck Lawrence said. “He got better each year. This year his technique was superb and he dominated on the offensive line.
“He is also a very smart player. He gave all of our line calls, and if someone didn’t know where to be or what to do Jacoby told them. He was like a coach on the field.
“He is the kind of guy you want your son to grow up to be.”
Castorena rushed for 1,562 yards on the year, including 809 yards and eight touchdowns in district play.
Castorena set a MWHS record with eight consecutive games with at least 100 yards on the ground.
“Gilbert was our best player on offense,” Lawrence said. “He ran hard and had those good running back instincts, and he was consistent all year.”
Acosta threw for 1,039 yards for the year, including 466 yards and four touchdowns in 6-3A action. His best game came in the district opener at Castleberry where he threw for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 49-35 win.
“Caleb played well and got better each week,” Lawrence said. “He did have some sophomore moments, but he countered that with some really good moments.
“Another quality Caleb possessed was that although he was young and a newcomer to varsity, he had control of the huddle,.
“He is a strong kid who stood in the pocket and threw the ball well, and he matured as a quarterback as the season went on.”
Another newcomer to varsity, Hardee, led the Rams in tackles with 93, including 67 solo stops at inside linebacker.
Joining Hardee on the defensive first team is senior defensive end Hunter Moss, who recorded 70 tackles, 53 of which were unassisted.
Rams senior outside linebacker Travis Mallory, who finished with 64 tackles, including 47 solo stops, was also a defensive first-team selection.
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.
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.
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