BY TONY EIERDAM
Six Mineral Wells Rams basketball players earned All-District 6-3A basketball honors in a vote of league coaches.
Coaches are not allowed to vote on their own players – with the exception of the new Bobby Miller Award – but they can nominate their own players for superlative and first-team awards.
The Rams had one superlative award winner as sophomore point guard Biren Clardy was voted as 6-3A’s Newcomer of the Year. Clardy averages nine points per game while also recording four assists per contest.
“To play point guard on varsity is a difficult position, but to be a sophomore and a first-year varsity player makes it even more difficult,” Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said. “I think the district coaches recognized that and thought that he did such a good job that they nominated him Newcomer of the Year.
“Biren has a lot of athletic ability, he is quick, and his decision-making abilities for a sophomore are way ahead of any underclassmen we had as far as distributing the ball and knowing when to make the pass.
“Biren is more of a scoring-type point guard, and his nine points per game was big for us.”
A new award in memory of former Diamond Hill basketball player Bobby Miller, who died last summer before his senior season, was awarded to a player from each team who displayed character and leadership on and off the court. The Rams’ winner is Kevin Gregory.
“I felt like, character-wise on and off the court, that Kevin exhumes those qualities. he was a leader, and I felt like he deserves this award.”
Earning first-team honors from Mineral Wells were senior post Ricky Scott and junior guard DaShawn Hicks. Scott led the Rams with a 14 points-per-game average while also averaging seven rebounds per contest, while Hicks averaged 13 points and four rebounds per game.
“Both Ricky and DaShawn were versatile,” Pappas said. “Ricky was a big inside presence who could also shoot the three, and DaShawn was a good shooter who liked to drive to the basket.
“Both Ricky and DaShawn were unanimous selections and had more votes than anyone for first team.”
Rams earning second-team honors include senior forward A.J. Williams and senior guard Ty Ashley. Williams led the Rams on the boards with an average of nine rebounds per contest while also scoring an average of nine points per game. Ashley averaged three rebounds and one steal per game while adding four points per contest.
“I lobbied to get A.J. on the first team,” Pappas said. “In my mind he deserved to be on the first-team. But there were a lot of good players on the first team and it was hard to get people on it.
“I said it at the beginning of the year, but we as a team were going to go as A.J. went. When he rebounded and scored for us we were successful.
“I am happy that I had an opportunity to coach A.J. He was a fun kid to be around, and he worked his tail off day in and day out.
“Ty played junior varsity last year as a junior, and we were a little skeptical, but he came up and gave us a couple of big offensive games when we needed it, and in district he was one of our better defensive players.
“He was a decent rebounder, but defensively I feel he deserved to be on the all-district second team.”
BY TONY EIERDAM
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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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