AUSTIN – Mineral Wells senior thrower Sydney Shelstead earned a silver medal in girls’ discus for a second-place finish Saturday at the Class 3A Track and Field Meet at Mike Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Shelstead, who qualified for the state meet as the top third-place finishers from all four regional meets, had a mark of 131 feet, five feet. Celine Markert of Yoakum won girls’ discus with a mark of 136 feet, two inches.
Shelstead was one of two MWHS athletes competing at the state meet. Mineral Wells junior sprinter DaShawn Hicks, plagued with bad luck since the regional meet when he injured his hamstring in the 200-meter dash, was charged with a false start Saturday night in the boys’ 100-meter dash and was disqualified.
Shelstead opened with a throw of 126 feet, four inches, and on her third throw had her high mark.
“Sydney threw very well,” Mineral Wells head coach Jackie Harvey said. “She kind of redeemed herself from the regional meet.
“She was the best thrower in the field going into the regional meet, but she finished third and qualified for state as the best third-place finishers.
“But she beat those two girls at state and came close to wining it all. Of her six throws, she had five outstanding throws. She had a tremendous day, and it was a good way to finish in her last meet of her senior year.”
Harvey commented on why Shelstead, who earned several gold medals this season, is so successful.
“She is a good athlete and good competitor,” he said. “That is what sets her apart from the rest of them.”
Hicks had won every 100-meter race he had entered this season, including a first-place finish with time of 10.31 at the Region I meet.
But at that same meet he pulled up while leading the 200-meter dash when he felt his hamstring tighten up.
Hicks received treatments on the leg the last two weeks and was going to wait until the state 100-meter dash before testing the leg with hard sprinting, resting the leg until the moment he needed it.
Unfortunately, he will never know if the leg would have held up. Jay Bradford of Splendora won the boys’ 100-meter dash with a time of 10.49.
“I have never had a runner DQ at the state level, and I am so disappointed for DaShawn,” Harvey said. “I have had that happen before at a regional meet, but never at state.
“When I saw the false start it was a letdown because he had such a great year, and it ends on a bad note.
“I feel bad for him because he worked so hard, and he worked hard to rehabilitate his hamstring the last two weeks.
“We will never know if his hamstring would have held up. But one reason for the false start was that every runner in the 100 knows he has to get out fast because he is running against eight other fast runners.
“I guess the best news is that he is a junior, he has another shot, and even after that he will have a great career ahead of him.”
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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.
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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