By TONY EIERDAM
JACKSBORO – Olney’s Bret Johnson and Derrick Paul combined for 47 points to lead the state-ranked No. 5 Cubs to a 68-47 victory over the Santo Wildcats here Friday night in a Class A, Region II, Division I area championship game.
“We had a really great season,” Santo head coach Tony Smith said. “I am really proud of the guys, and I couldn’t have asked for more effort from them all year long.
“Olney is very good, and we knew we were going to have to play extremely well to beat them. They were just a little better than us (Friday) night.”
The Wildcats finish with an overall record of 24-8 and have appeared in the playoffs in three consecutive years.
“We are trying to work for a tradition where we expect to make the playoffs every year,” Smith said. “
The game also marked the final high school basketball contest for eight Santo seniors including Christopher Hoover, Corey Steiner, Tim Long, Parker Conaway, Shane Scott, Andrew Watkins, Tayler Jones and Zane Mauney.
“I have eight seniors, and I just love that class,” Smith said. “They have worked really hard the last six years for me, and I am going to miss them a great deal.”
The Wildcats took the early lead and never trailed in the first quarter. Santo jumped out to a 5-2 lead after a layup from Conaway and a three-pointer from the left baseline by Cooper Barling.
Santo’s lead grew to four points, 9-5, when Long drove in for a layup and Zamorris Cannon scored on a put back.
The Wildcats enjoyed their largest lead when Barling hit a trey from the top of the key to give Santo a 14-9 advantage.
Olney cut the lead to 19-18 when Johnson, who finished a game-high 27 points, hit a jumper.
The ‘Cats extended their lead to 21-18 when Hoover nailed a short jumper, but Olney went on a brief 6-2 run to take a 24-21 lead.
Undeterred, Santo came back to tie the contest at 24 on a three from the left baseline by Keith Chalker.
However, before the half ended, Olney’s Johnson and Paul combined for 13 points as the Cubs ended the second quarter on a 13-4 run to take a 37-28 lead at the break.
Olney scored 22 points in the third quarter to put the game away. Johnson had a pair of three-pointers, and the Cubs held the ‘Cats to 10 points in the period to take a 59-38 lead as the contest moved to the fourth quarter.
OHS 18 19 22 9 – 68
SHS 19 9 10 9 – 47
SHS – Zamorris Cannon 10, Parker Conaway 10, Christopher Hoover 8, Cooper Barling 7, Keith Chalker 5, Tim Long 5, Zane Mauney 2.
By TONY EIERDAM
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Swimming to State
KELLER – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins are heading to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, after an outstanding performance in the Region 4 Championships that saw seven local swimmer qualify.
Mineral Wells summer track sends 11 to state meet after strong regionals
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.
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.
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