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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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  • 2014 Santo Regional golf pic.jpeg Santo girls place eighth at regional golf tourney

    BAIRD – The Santo Ladycats golf team ended their season on a positive note last week, battling the elements to play some of their best golf of the season en route to an eighth place finish at the Region 2-1A Tournament at Shady Oaks Golf Course in Baird.

     

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Graford Track: two 'Rabbits race to regionals

    TRENT – The Graford boys and girls track teams were in action, Thursday, at the area track meet in Trent, where two Jackrabbits qualified to advance to the regional round in two different events.

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  • Rams earn district championship with 5-4 walkoff win over Castleberry on senior night

    For the third time in the past four years, the Mineral Wells Rams are district champions.

    April 22, 2014

  • Kiss short.JPG Rams host Castleberry with first place at stake

    It all comes down to this. The Mineral Wells Rams' district championship dreams rest on their final District 6-3A game against the Castleberry Lions.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wildcats still in the hunt

    SANTO – The Santo Wildcats baseball team took a major step toward a possible district championship, Saturday, when they handed the Albany Lions their first district loss of the season in a 13-5 victory.

    April 22, 2014

  • MW golf seasons end at regionals

    LUBBOCK – The District 6-3A champion Mineral Wells Rams and Lady Rams golf teams saw their seasons come to an untimely end last week at the Region 1-3A tournaments on Shadow Hills Golf Course in Lubbock. 

    April 22, 2014

  • Braxton pitch Kenn.JPG How sweet it is

    The Mineral Wells Rams have climbed another mountain. After besting Kennedale for the first time in over a decade on their home field in the last week of March, the Rams (16-10, 7-2) swept their season series with the vaunted Wildcats, earning a 6-2 win in front of a home crowd, Friday night, to once again put themselves alone atop the District 6-3A standings with one game left to play. 

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Allie Kenn.JPG Kennedale edges out Lady Rams, 3-0, on senior night

    The Lady Rams wanted this one. Bad. But despite a brilliant defensive effort that kept the game locked at 1-0 until the final frame, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams found themselves so close, yet so far away from a district championship, falling to the second-ranked team in the state, the Kennedale Wildcats, for the second time this year, 3-0, Friday night.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • Kennedale edges out Lady Rams, 3-0, on senior night

    Despite a brilliant defensive effort that kept the game locked at 1-0 until the final frame, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams found themselves so close, yet so far away, falling to the second-ranked team in the state, the Kennedale Wildcats, for the second time this year, 3-0, Friday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • How sweet it is

    The Mineral Wells Rams have climbed another mountain.

    April 18, 2014

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