By TONY EIERDAM
With Mineral Wells High School head cross country/track coach Jackie Harvey instructing recent Rams and Lady Rams track greats Lorenzo Johnson, Adrian Colbert and Maricela Castillo, and recently, current MWHS trackster DaShawn Hicks, one could say that incredible talent was the reason these four athletes qualified at the state level, with Johnson and Colbert earning state championships.
But if you ask these four or Harvey, they would say hard work and a strong work ethic is the reason they are successful.
A sidebar of that hard work with the four athletes comes every summer, when Harvey puts together the Mineral Wells Track Club, registered with the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation, to compete in summer track meets in June and July.
Beginning Monday, Harvey and the MWTC will have its first summer workout.
Not only can Palo Pinto County and MWHS track athletes compete at track meets against the best runners in the state, but they will also have thrice-weekly instruction from the Hall of Fame coach who has been the top track boss at MWHS for the past 41 years.
Harvey explained the many benefits athletes can get out of participating in the Mineral Wells Track Club summer program.
The team will compete in four meets, including a home meet on June 22, before regional and state competition ensue in July.
“One of the main benefits to running summer track is for kids who are running cross country in the fall to stay in shape and keep competing,” Harvey said. “But it also helps the kids who may not be in cross country but who will play volleyball or football in the fall.
“It is a competitive – and we think fun – way to stay in shape.
“But for the cross country and track runners it also gives them chance to work on technique and improve on their times.”
Harvey said another benefit to competing at the meets, which in July include regional and state AAU and TAAF meets, is that college coaches frequent the events in search of talent.
“The college coaches go to these summer track meets, and not just at the state and regional level,” Harvey said. “These meets are a great chance for kids to get exposure.”
The team, split into six age groups, will practice in June and July on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Jackie Harvey Track Complex on the campus of Mineral Wells High School.
The one-day meets in June will be on Saturday. Upper-level meets normally last 2-3 days.
Harvey said an athlete can join the team at any time during the year.
“We accept kids after signup deadline,” Harvey said. “All they have to do is show up 15 minutes before a practice to sign up.”
The summer program is for boys and girls ages 8-18. Workouts will be from 6-7 p.m. for ages 13 and under, and 7-8 p.m. for boys and girls ages 14-18. The membership fee is $25.
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Head coach Jackie Harvey said summer track club will welcome participants after signup deadline
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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