For all of the speed bumps along the road through 2013-14, the Rams also experienced their fair share of highlights.
In addition to qualifying for the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season, Pappas pointed to two come-from-behind victories and a hard-fought loss as the season's shining moments.
The Rams paced the state's second-ranked team and eventual district champion Kennedale in early February, going blow-for-blow with the Wildcats for two-and-a-half quarters before Kennedale finally pulled away to secure a 85-49 victory. Junior guard Biren Clardy scored 31 points in the loss.
Junior guard Nick Wendt also scored 31 points when the Rams came back from 13 down to beat Chisolm Trail early in the season. But no comeback stood out more than Mineral Wells' improbable 65-62 victory at Castleberry.
Down by as many as 29 points at one point, the Rams stormed back from a 21-point, fourth quarter deficit to defeat the rival Lions.
As far as individual highlights, Pappas recalled sophomore Broderick Johnson's 17-rebound game in a big win against Lake Worth and junior Rascellis Williams stepping up his game overall to give the Rams a major boost during district play.
Mineral Wells loses five seniors from this season: guards Reece Tarver, Maceo Williams and Hicks and forwards Dalton Mitchell and Devon Edmond. Pappas said all five young men have paved the way for the underclassmen with their sacrifices and will be missed by their teammates and the coaching staff.
"Each and every one of them have personally meant a great deal to me as their coach, as well as their teammates, throughout the last four years," he said. "They put so much into our program and we can only repay them buy continuing to build on what they have already layed out before us. I can only say 'thank you' to these young men for their dedication, desire and passion they put into our program."