In the past calendar year, which includes the “sports semesters” of Spring 2013 and Fall 2013, the Kennedale Wildcats of District 6-3A won district championships in football, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball.
Which brings us to the Index’s top sports story in 2013, the Mineral Wells Rams winning the boys’ District 6-3A track championship.
The Rams’ championship heads the list of the top 10 sports stories in 2013.
Paced by three gold-medal finishes by DaShawn Hicks and 76 points in field events, the Mineral Wells Rams scored 173 points to win the boys’ District 6-3A Track and Field Meet Friday night at the Jackie Harvey Track Complex.
“The kids did a great job,” MWHS head track coach Jackie Harvey said. “Our goal all year long has been to win district, and we had a slow start but we worked hard and came on strong when the district meet came around. It was a big team effort.
“I think scoring all of those points in field events on Thursday was big, big, big. After field events we had a 20-30 point lead (coming into Friday night’s running finals), and that made a big difference.
“We had some surprises in field events (Hicks had not entered long jump all year), and sprint relay finishing in the top two helped a lot.”
Hicks, Shelstead advance to state track meet
DaShawn Hicks, a junior, had won each and every 100-meter dash race he entered in 2013, including the prestigious Texas Relays. Hicks, the regional 100-meter winner, however, had some bad luck. He had pulled up in the 200-meter dash at the regional meet with a pulled hamstring. Hicks stayed off the leg for two weeks, but at the state 100-meter dash he was disqualified when he was charged with a false start.
Shelstead, who set a girls’ MWHS record in discus, earned a silver medal in the event at the state meet with a toss of 131 feet, five inches.