By TONY EIERDAM
Coming off a loss to first-place Kennedale, the Mineral Wells Rams will stay on the road as they travel to River Oaks in west Fort Worth to take on the Castleberry Lions.
Tip off is at 8 p.m. at the Castleberry High School gym.
The Rams defeated the Lions, 79-53, in an earlier meeting on Jan. 22 at the MWHS gym.
In the last meeting, Rams head coach Aaron Pappas mixed up his lineup in order to confuse the Lions and make them feel uncomfortable defensively.
The Rams used their “big” lineup – which included posts Ricky Scott and Jacoby Prestwood and forwards A.J. Williams and Ty Ashley – to start the game, and he switched to a “small” guard-heavy lineup of Biren Clardy, DaShawn Hicks, Reece Tarver and Nick Wendt when he wanted a change.
Pappas feels he can dominate the Lions inside and is leaning toward using his big lineup to start the game.
“We are going to play big on Castleberry,” Pappas said. “We are going to pound it inside, and we will probably play three big guys most times.
“We will full-court press a little, and we will mix our defense up with three or four zone presses.
“We will stick to the game plan and make adjustments as we go.”
The Rams are 5-3 in district play, losing twice to Kennedale and once to Springtown, but the Rams avenged a loss to Springtown last week.
Although Springtown is a game up on the race for second place over the Rams, the Porcupines play at Kennedale today. Kennedale can clinch the district championship with a win over Springtown.
Assuming the Rams win and Springtown loses, and both MWHS and Springtown win next Tuesday as expected in their respective district finales, the Rams and Porcupines would be tied for second place.
To break the tie the teams could play a tiebreaker game or flip a coin to decide the second and third seeds in the district.
Despite all of the scenarios, the Rams’ main focus today is on Castleberry.
“We want to get out to a fast start again like we did when we played them the first time,” Pappas said. “They will have the home court advantage, and we will need to jump on them early and take care of business.”
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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