FORT WORTH – For the third consecutive season and the third year under the watch of head coach Rolando Borjon, the Mineral Wells Rams have clinched a playoff berth after defeating Boswell, 2-0, here Monday night in a key District 12-4A soccer match.
The Rams have actually clinched third place, but Borjon said even if the Rams win Tuesday night in the home finale on Senior Night against Brewer that MWHS would need an unlikely Springtown win over Azle – currently sitting in second place in 12-4A – on Tuesday to get into a second-place tie.
“In the first half we started slow and there was no spark,” Borjon said. “We were able to get some shots, (senior midfielder/forward) Serjio (Castillo) broke away and his shot hit the crossbar.”
Castillo’s threat was the closet the Rams got to the Boswell goal as the first half ended at 0-0.
“We told the boys at half that they needed to step up and clinch that playoff spot,” Borjon said. “The second half was a lot better. We had several key chances throughout the second half.”
The Rams’ first goal came with about eight minutes left in the game.
Gilbert Castorena gave Castillo a pass around the penalty kick mark and Castillo drove a ground-level shot into the back of the net as MWHS led 1-0.
“After Serjio’s goal we got that spark we were looking for,” Borjon said.
Three minutes later, sophomore forward Omar Hernandez gave Castorena a header pass into the middle where Castorena took the ball one-on-one with the goalkeeper and put it in the bottom left corner to extend the lead to 2-0.
“(Rams senior goalkeeper) Caleb Bandy made key saves to deny Boswell the chance to score all night,” Borjon said. “Our defense played a solid game the entire night.
“Our midfielders had enough in the tank to give us that late spark to win the game.
“We are proud of these boys and their accomplishments the past years.”
The Rams will conclude the season at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against Brewer.
Lady Rams 1, Boswell 1
In the second match of the twin bill, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams and Boswell fought to a 1-1 tie.
The tie leaves the Lady Rams with a 6-5-2 record and the MWHS ladies stay in fourth place. The top four teams from each district qualify for the playoffs.
The Lady Rams will conclude the season at 8 p.m. Tuesday at home against Brewer.
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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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