Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local Sports

March 18, 2014

FWIW: Clint's NCAA Tourney picks and projections

(Continued)

 

While the Hawks have been heating up, 'Nova has been fairly inconsistent recently. That, combined with the Wildcats' heavy reliance on the three-pointer, should be enough to help St. Joseph's win a trip to the Sweet 16 and the hearts of a nation.

 

4. Watch out for Creighton

 

Don't sleep on the No. 3 seed Creighton Blue Jays. The small Nebraska school with great basketball tradition has a solid product on the court this year led by future NBA talent and likely Wooden Award winner, Doug McDermott. 

 

McDermott, who reminds some of NBA legend Larry Bird, is a scoring machine, posting 26.9 points per game to go along with an average of seven rebounds. Largely because of his presence, the Blue Jays average 79.5 points per game and shoot 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the arc. They also aren't slouches rebounding.

 

Look out.

 

I expect the Jays to overpower Louisiana in the first-round and survive a matchup with the dangerous Baylor Bears in the second, en route to the Sweet 16. The biggest test will then come against Wisconsin – a powerful offensive team that doesn't beat itself. 

 

Don't expect the Blue Jays to outlast the Badgers, but if they do, they are certainly Final Four material.

 

5. Spartans, what is your profession?

 

So who wins the Championship? Look no further than the No. 4 seed Michigan State Spartans.

 

At long last, the Spartans are finally healthy and fresh off of a Big 10 Tournament Championship over rival Michigan, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better team in the nation. 

 

They've got a dominant backcourt with Keith Appling and Gary Harris and an outstanding big man in Adreian Payne. Combine that with championship coach Tom Izzo and how could Sparty not be the favorite to cut down the nets?

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 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

    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.

    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

  • Waldrum leads the way in MW's latest swim meet

    TROPHY CLUB – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins city swim team took to the pool once again June 28 and showed valiant effort against some tough competition at its latest meet in Trophy Club.

    July 7, 2014

  • FWIW logo.jpg Polling mishap

    As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index


Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

AP College Football Top 25
Auto Racing
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide