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January 3, 2013

Lady Rams’ turnaround story of local hoops world

As I See It ... Tony Eierdam

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A second newcomer to the program is junior guard Bethany Allen, one of the best female athletes in the school but who had never put on a basketball uniform at MWHS.

“BB” was an all-state shortstop in just her sophomore season last year, and was a first-team, all-district volleyball player this past fall at the libero position.

I had heard she was an open gym legend, and this year she decided to take her talents to the varsity squad. Allen and classmate Courtney Peña are a pair of shut-down defenders on the perimeter and another reason this team is winning.

“Bethany has improved each game, and she was selected all-tournament last weekend at the Burkburnett tournament,” Shelstead said. “Coaches were not asked to turn in all-tournament selections from their teams, and at this tournament a committee chose the all-tournament team.

“Her being chosen all-tournament validates what I thought of her play.

“Clearly, she has stepped up, and her progression is a result of her accepting who she is and understanding – without me telling her – what she has to do to help this particular group be successful.

“Bethany always works hard and gives me her best, and defensively she is quick, tenacious and never backs down. Offensively, she gets the ball where it needs to go, and I can also use her in the post to set screens. She does a lot of little things that most spectators do not notice. I can rely on her.”

Of course, the other two starters new to the program are Sydney and Kennedy, transfers who came to MWHS when their dad accepted the job as head coach.

Shelstead has told me on more than one occasion how much fun he is having coaching his daughters at the high school varsity level, and with a talent like Sydney one can see why.

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  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg 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.

    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

  • Abigail Barber winner 25yd backstroke IMG_0198.jpg 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. 

    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

  • 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.

    July 3, 2014

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