Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local Sports

February 26, 2014

Millsap's playoff run ends vs. Ponder, 65-43

By CLINT FOSTER

cfoster@mineralwellsindex.com

 

ALEDO – After powering through the first two rounds of the postseason with wins by five and two points, the Millsap Bulldogs' thrilling run through the Region II-2A playoffs came to an abrupt end Monday night.

 

Droves of Bulldog faithful clad in maroon and novelty bow ties packed Aledo's Bearcat Gymnasium, easily outnumbering the fans of the storied Ponder Lions. But loud as they barked, Millsap's fans could not lift their boys past the regional quarterfinals as the Bulldogs fell to the Lions, 65-43.

 

With the win, the four-time state champion Lions will advance to the regional semifinals to face the winner of Lone Oak and New Boston, while the Bulldogs are left to reflect on the accomplishments of this year and look to continue to build next year. 

 

Millsap's bow-tie-sporting head coach, Josh Jones, said he could not have been more proud of his team after the game.

 

"You look at a group of young men that have come from three wins two years ago and six wins last year to being in the regional quarterfinals; that's a huge testament to them and what they've been willing to sacrifice to accomplish," said Jones, whose fashion sense and coaching has inspired a town full of bow-tie-garbed fans. 

 

"Ponder is a fantastic team. If there's a better 2A team in the state of Texas, I'd like to see who they are. They executed. We got a little hurried offensively in the first half and the third quarter and just weren't able to do the things we wanted to do in order to be successful."

 

Millsap struggled to find an answer to Ponder's aggressive press defense that forced turnovers and propelled the Lions to a 13-0 lead to start the game. While the Bulldogs struggled to get their shots to fall, Ponder was lethal from three-point range and used a 13-1 run to build a 34-13 halftime lead. Try as they might, Millsap could not claw back within striking distance.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Horton.jpg No football for CCS in 2014

    After a series of administrative meetings from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning, Community Christian School's head football coach and athletics director, Bryan Horton, announced that the Warriors' varsity team will not suit up for football in 2014 due to a shortage of student athletes. 

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0727 swim relay team first place.jpg Swimming to State

    KELLER – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins are heading to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, after an outstanding performance in the Region 4 Championships that saw seven local swimmer qualify.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

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