LUBBOCK – Mineral Wells junior sprinter DaShawn Hicks and senior thrower Sydney Shelstead each qualified for the state meet in Austin after their respective performances Saturday at the Region I Track and Field meet at Fuller Track at Texas Tech.
Hicks continued his dominance in the boys’ 100-meter dash. Coming into the regional meet he had won the 100 in every meet he entered, including the Texas Relays, and Saturday was no different.
Hicks raced to a winning time of 10.51 to qualify for the state meet, if he is able to get healthy. Later in the meet, Hicks pulled up and grabbed his leg in the 200-meter dash and did not finish. MWHS head track coach Jackie Harvey said Hicks has two weeks to get healthy for the state meet, and could not comment on Hicks’ status for competing at the state meet. The Class 3A 100-meter dash at the state meet will be Saturday, May 11.
“It is too early to tell,” Harvey said. “There was not a knot on his leg and that is a good sign. He will be sore for awhile.
“He felt it tighten up in the 200 so he decided to go down immediately so he would not risk further damage.”
Harvey said he is excited to get two athletes qualified for the state meet.
“It is real exciting, and it is exciting for the kids,” he said. “They put in a lot of hard work this year. Our goal is always to get someone out to state, and this year we have two.
“It’s always a good season when you get someone out to state.”
It was nearly four. In UIL regional track competition, the top two finishers in each event are guaranteed a spot at the state meet. But also, the top third-place finisher in each event from all four regional meets also qualify for state.
That is how Shelstead qualified in girls’ discus. Her toss 126 feet, 11 inches was third best in Region I, but was also the top third-place mark in the state.
But two other MWHS athletes – Taylor Parkhill in girls’ pole vault and Rascellis Williams in boys’ high jump – each placed third in their respective events but did not have the best third-place finishes in the state.
Parkhill set a school record with a mark of 10 feet, nine inches, which was a foot and three inches better than she has finished all year. Her mark also set a school record as well as a personal best.
Harvey said the big improvement came with a minor adjustment.
“We just changed her pole,” Harvey said. “But it was more than just that. Taylor simply put it all together at this meet. I knew she could clear 10 feet, and she did better than that. She had a good meet.”
Williams placed third with a mark of six feet, three inches.
“Rascellis also had an outstanding meet,” Harvey said. “He is just a sophomore so he has two more chances at qualifying for the state meet.”
The only MWHS relay team that qualified for the regional meet was the boys’ sprint relay team of Zach Stanton, Juvaree Sutton, Kyle West and Hicks.
The quartet ran a time of 43.32 to place sixth.
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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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