Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

January 2, 2014

Index sports Top 10 stories of 2013

Mineral Wells Index

— 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.”

No. 2

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.

No. 3

MWHS cross country advances two teams to regional meet

For the second year in a row, MWHS advanced both the boys and girls cross country teams to the regional cross country meet.

Mineral Wells junior Karessa Fowler won the district championship for the second year in a row, and classmate Alex Pearcy finished second.

At the regional meet, Alex Pearcy placed ninth with a time of 12:15.9  to qualify for the state cross country meet. She finished in 51st place at the state meet.

No. 4

Lady Rams basketball team reaches regional quarterfinals

The Lady Rams went 24-10 and defeated Vernon (67-44) and Liberty Hill (45-41) in the playoffs before falling to state finalist Kennedale, 74-57, in the regional quarterfinals. Post Sydney Shelstead was named co-MVP of 6-3A, averaging 22 points and 13 rebounds per game. Her sister, Kennedy, was selected Newcomer of the Year as the team was coached by their father, Ed Shelstead. It was also a fitting end to a long varsity career by Niya Benavides, who along with freshman guard Natalie Ragland earned first-team, all-district honors.

No. 5

Strawn gridders have deep playoff run

The Strawn Greyhounds were ranked high in six man Division II football all season and advanced to the state quarterfinals before being defeated by Newcastle, 64-62.

No. 6

Lady Rams softball sets school mark with area championship

For the first time in Mineral Wells High School history, the Lady Rams softball team advanced to the regional quarterfinals after a convincing 16-4 victory over Hillsboro to sweep the best-of-three area championships series two games to none.

The Lady Rams were eliminated in the third round (regional quarterfinals) by state-ranked No. 6 Burkburnett.

No. 7

Lady Rams win district golf tournament

Paced by the District 6-3A girls’ top individual medalist, Scarlett Eaton, the Lady Rams won the district golf tournament. Eaton’s teammate, Tara Cooper placed second overall. Paige Crowley earned all-district, first-team honors, and Whitney Ratto rounded out the squad. The Rams finished in second place as both teams advanced to the regional tournament.

No. 8

Rams tennis team wins district

The Rams won the District 6-3A tennis tournament at Lake Worth. Also, Lady Ram Molly Clarke and Ram Ty Tarver won the district championship in mixed doubles. The pair would advance to the regional tournament along with the boys’ doubles team of Max Grider and Orlando Garcia, who placed second at the district tournament.

No. 9

Strawn girls reach regional basketball tournament

The Strawn Lady Hounds finished with an overall record of 30-4, won area and regional quarterfinal championships before falling to No. 1 Saltillo, 45-27, in the girls’ Class A, Region III, Division II semifinals at Tyler College.

No. 10

Rams freshman football team wins district championship

Football fans in Mineral Wells got a glimpse of the future this season with a Rams freshman football team that defeated Kennedale in the final week of the season to earn the District 6-3A freshman football championship. The Rams had a last-minute defensive stand and hung on and defeat the Wildcats, 20-14, at Ram Stadium.

The Rams finished with a 3-0 district mark (Diamond Hill and Castleberry did not field freshman teams) and an 8-2 record overall. The Rams were 8-1 this year against freshman teams.