By TONY EIERDAM
After winning District 10-A outright and sweeping an area championship series, the Santo Wildcats baseball team will have its toughest task of the season when they face state-ranked No. 3 Bosqueville in a best-of-three regional quarterfinals series.
All of the games will be played at Granbury High School.
Game one will be at 7 p.m. today, with game two at 3 p.m. Saturday. Game three, if necessary, will follow game two.
The winner of the series will advance to the Class A, Region II semifinals and take on the winner of the Trenton/Italy series.
Bosqueville earned a bye in the first round as District 12 champions, then swept Chico in an area-round series.
The Wildcats have been paced by the pitching of Christopher Hoover, who is 5-1 with an earned run average of 1.71.
He has struck 87 batters this season.
“Christopher has the ability to keep batters off balance,” Wildcats head coach Brandon Young said. “With any count he is comfortable throwing any of his pitches.”
Young said Bosqueville is ranked high mainly due to its starting pitching.
“You hear a lot about their pitching,” Young said. “I am certain they will be a very competitive team.
“Their coaching staff has done a great job.”
Bosqueville will have to contend with the hot bat of senior Zane Mauney, who has a .463 batting average and .716 slugging percentage.
Sophomore Dylan Price also has a hot stick as he is hitting .470 and is the team leader in runs batted in.
“ Zane is the backbone of our offense,” Young said. “Dylan has a great bat that can do it all. He is very consistent.”
Young said both coaches agreed to a best-of-three series.
Young declined to offer who he was going to start on the mound in the opening game today.
“To win this series I think we need to keep doing what we have been doing,” Young said. “Our kids are playing great ball right now.
“One of our strengths is mental toughness, and we feel our offseason program throughout the year prepared our kids for this season and gave them a little swagger.”
“I think if we play solid baseball we have a shot at winning, same as them.”
Young said the community and the team are excited about advancing this deep in the playoffs.
“It feels great to get this far,” he said. “I am so happy these kids get to experience this. We are a young team, but a team that is playing very well right now.
“I hope this ride continues for the kids and the community. I also want to thank our baseball parents for all of the support they have given us this year.
“We are hoping fans come by the carloads to the games.”
Santo Wildcats take on No. 3 Bosqueville in regional quarterfinals
By TONY EIERDAM
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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