By TONY EIERDAM
There is good news and bad news concerning Mineral Wells High School state-qualifying sprinter DaShawn Hicks.
Hicks, a junior, is one of two MWHS athletes along with senior Sydney Shelstead who qualified for the Class 3A Track and Field Meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday in Austin at Mike Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Hicks, who has won every 100-meter dash he has competed in this year, ran a winning time of 10.51 at the Region I meet two weeks ago.
That time represents the fastest of all the 3A state qualifiers.
However, in the 200-meter dash at the regional meet, Hicks, who was in first place, suddenly pulled up about 30 meters from the finish line and fell to the ground to protect a pull he felt in his hamstring.
The bad news is Hicks has been doing only treatment since, although he did begin to jog early this week.
But the good news is no mater how he feels he will line up and try to win the boys’ 100-meter dash for a gold medal and state championship.
If he does, he will add to a three-year streak of MWHS winning at least one gold medal at the state track meet.
In 2011, Lorenzo Johnson won state in the 110-meter hurdles, and that same year Adrian Colbert captured a state championship in the 400-meter dash.
Last year, Colbert won state in the 200-meter dash.
Hicks has been using ice and heat treatments, done light jogging and a lot of stretching.
MWHS head coach Jackie Harvey said Hicks may not be 100 percent by Saturday.
Hicks and Shelstead, who throws the discus, compete on Saturday at the meet. The extra time may help Hicks, who will not race until 7:05 p.m.
“DaShawn is better than he was last week, but I still don’t know (if he can be 100 percent by Saturday night),” Harvey said. “You just never know about hamstrings.
“But he will line up and run the race, no question.”
Harvey said it has been frustrating not to see his thoroughbred sprinter at 100 percent.
“He has not been able to do much of anything because of treatments,” Harvey said. “We have used ice and heat, and he is working the muscles every day.
“It is frustrating because you always want your athletes to be at 100 percent, especially going into the state meet.”
Shelstead’s mark of 126 feet, 11 inches at the regional meet is fourth best in the state coming into the state meet.
But her toss of 136 feet, 8-1/2 inches earlier in the year would have been the best mark coming into the state meet.
“By far,” Harvey said of Shelstead’s top throw this year. “If Sydney gets back to that 129-136 feet area she will have a great chance to win state.
“Now, other throwers could throw their personal bests, but based on everyone’s marks earlier in the year Sydney will be in the running for a gold medal. I think she will do it.”
Harvey said despite Hicks not being 100 percent he is excited about taking two athletes to the state meet.
“It’s always exciting to have your kids at the state meet,” he said. “I feel both DaShawn and Sydney have good chances at winning gold medals.”
And extending the streak at MWHS of having at least one gold-medal winner each year at the 3A meet.
Hamstring not 100 percent, but Hicks will compete in 100 at 3A meet; Shelstead also a favorite for gold medal in girls’ discus
By TONY EIERDAM
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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