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July 7, 2013

Summer of 2004 special for this reporter

Normally at this time of the year – and this summer is no exception – I cherish going home after work and fixing a little something to eat while waiting for the Texas Rangers baseball game.

Summer is the time for us community newspaper sports writers to cool our heels and take time off from the two-to-three-nights a week grind we experience during the school sports year, and of course, our load is not one-tenth of what we experience August through May.

Now don’t get me wrong – I love covering games – but after 10 months of a high school sports beat it is time to take a break.

But there was one summer almost a decade ago where not only was the time off an exception, but I “worked” almost every night from early June to the second week of August.

I was sports editor at the Graham Leader at the time, and the summer I am referring to was the summer of 2004.

Ring a bell?

That’s right. In June of 2004, the Texas Collegiate League enjoyed its first year of existence and had a franchise not only in Graham, but here in Mineral Wells as well. Other TCL teams that inaugural year included Weatherford, Granbury, Colleyville, Coppell, McKinney and Highland Park.

The Graham Roughnecks and Mineral Wells Steam were proximity rivals in that first TCL season, and in that unique summer of ‘04 I enjoyed an experience of a lifetime.

As sports editor of The Leader I was also employed as a sports broadcaster on the Graham radio station (then owned by the newspaper), and my job for the summer was broadcasting all 54 regular season games (and what would be an addition six playoff games) for the local FM radio station (which could also be heard here).

I had always wondered what it would be like to be Eric Nadel, the longtime, Hall of Fame radio broadcaster for the Texas Rangers, who gets to go on the radio every single night for six months describing the action of our local MLB boys of summer.

When I was told about the job I was excited, then terrified wondering how I would be able to make it for two-and-half months knowing I also had to put out two sports sections every week in addition to the nightly assignment of broadcasting the games.

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  • Horton.jpg 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. 

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0727 swim relay team first place.jpg 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.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • juvaree best.JPG 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.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season


    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.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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.

    July 18, 2014

  • Abigail Barber winner 25yd backstroke IMG_0198.jpg 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. 

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • IMG_9853.JPG What offseason?

    Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.

    July 13, 2014 9 Photos

  • 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. 

    July 11, 2014

  • cheer pic 2014.jpeg Cheer up!

    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.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Denise Lee.jpg 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.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

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