By TONY EIERDAM
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine hit the newsstands and stores last Friday, and the publication gave high honors to a pair of area six-man teams.
Texas Football predicts that both the Strawn Greyhounds and Gordon Longhorns will win their respective districts, but the magazine has also put both in Top 10 polls.
Strawn was ranked No. 3 in the Six Man Division II Top 10 poll, and the publication has Gordon ranked No. 6 in the state in its Six Man Division I poll.
The two Palo Pinto County schools were the highest ranked concerning schools covered by the Index.
The magazine predicts the Mineral wells Rams will finish in fourth place in District 6-3A. TF picks Kennedale to repeat as district champions, with Springtown second and Lake Worth third.
Beginning this season, the top four teams in district play in all team sports in Class 3A qualify for the state playoffs.
Concerning area Class A schools, TF predicts Santo to place fifth in strong District 5-A Division I (No. 10 Goldthwaite is predicted to win the district), with Perrin finishing fourth in a district that includes No. 4 Munday (predicted as district winner), No. 7 Muenster and Electra.
In Class 2A, TF predicts Millsap will finish eighth in District 6-2A Division II with No. 10 Mildred as district champion.
TF did not have a favorable ranking for Community Christian School as the magazine places the Warriors fourth in TCAF Six Man District 3.
TF predicts Azle Christian will win that district, with Willow Park Trinity Christian Academy second and El Paso Immanuel Baptist fourth.
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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