By TONY EIERDAM
The final step of trying to qualify for the Class 3A, Region I track meet in Lubbock is today as 27 Mineral Wells High School athletes will travel to Springtown for the newly-created “area” meet.
The top four finishers at the area meet – which at Springtown will be the top four finishers from the District 6-3A track meet against the top four finishers from the District 5-3A meet – advance to the regional meet.
The Rams and Lady Rams will have competitors in all events except the girls’ and boys’ 400-meter run.
The area meet was designed to eliminate one heat from each race and limit the field in field events. It is a measure designed to save time and money.
In year’s past, the top three finishers at the district meets would advance straight to the regional meet.
With eight districts sending three athletes in each running event, that meant 24 athletes – and on an eight-lane track that would result in three heats per race – would vie for the top two spots available to qualify for the state meet.
After the area meets, 16 athletes will compete in every event at the regional meet, meaning only two heats per race will be needed.
MWHS track coach Jackie Harvey likes the chances of all 27 of his athletes – some who will be competing in multi events – to make it out to the regional meet.
“I feel the kids who made it out to area will get better and better as we go,” he said. “We have been getting better and better each week, and we will get better (today) as well.”
While the district meet was also about crowning a district champion (the Rams won the meet and the Lady Rams finished second), the area meet is strictly about advancing athletes to the regional meet.
Any district champion will be almost a cinch to make it in the top four and out to the regional meet, and MWHS will send seven athletes in nine events who won their respective event or events at the 6-3A meet.
DaShawn Hicks won three gold medals (100, 200, long jump), with Alex Pearcy (1600), Karessa Fowler (3200), Sydney Shelstead (discus), Shay Douglas (shot put), Taylor Parkhill (pole vault), Rascellis Williams (high jump) and Chris Valdez (800) each wining a gold medal.
The battles for advancement will come from the competitors who finished third and fourth in their respective district meets.
Top four finishers in each event qualify for regional meet
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.
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.
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.
Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets
Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.
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