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April 25, 2014

FWIW: Five reasons Lady Rams will/won't go to state in 2014


Patterson is the Lady Rams’ power hitter and is a threat to go yard at any moment. She has registered 51 hits on the season, 15 of which were extra-base hits: eight doubles, a triple and a team-high six home runs. She also holds the team lead in RBIs by a wide margin with 50.

The middle of the lineup isn't much of a step down, with Kelsey Keeton, Allie Stephens and Ashley Valdez each averaging well above .300 at the plate and having the ability to hit for power and move base runners.  

Keeton, Stephens and Valdez have combined for 68 RBIs on the season, 30 of which came from Keeton in the cleanup spot.

The bottom three in the lineup might not have the same stats as the top six, but can be extremely dangerous in clutch situations. Addison Singleton, Anaiz Mendoza and Tabby Santibanez all give the Lady Rams good speed on the base paths and have the ability to get hot and go on impressive hitting streaks.


4. Wins over potential playoff foes: Mineral Wells' history with Graham, particularly in softball, has been well-documented with between 30 and 40 meetings between the two teams over the past 18 years and the Lady Rams posting a 2-0 record in their regular season games this year. But the Lady Blues aren't the only opponents in the Lady Rams' 2014 bracket that have already suffered losses to Mineral Wells.

The Lady Rams already beat their potential second-round foes, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers, 4-1 in the finale of the Glen Rose Tournament, Feb. 22.

Elsewhere in the bracket, possible third-round teams Springtown and Iowa Park has also lost to Mineral Wells.

The Lady Rams swept their season series with Springtown, going 4-0 with wins of 9-3, 10-3, 10-3 and 16-5. 

State-ranked Iowa Park split their two games with Mineral Wells. The Lady Rams lost the first on Feb. 27, 2-1, and won the second on March 6, 5-4.

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    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.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season


    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.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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.

    July 18, 2014

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    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. 

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • IMG_9853.JPG What offseason?

    Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.

    July 13, 2014 9 Photos

  • 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. 

    July 11, 2014

  • cheer pic 2014.jpeg Cheer up!

    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.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Denise Lee.jpg 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.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 7, 2014

  • FWIW logo.jpg Polling mishap

    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?

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

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