By TONY EIERDAM
History, particularly in sports, enjoys repeating itself.
For the third year in a row the Mineral Wells Lady Rams soccer team needs to defeat Brewer in the District 12-4A finale to seal a playoff berth.
Kickoff is at 8 p.m. today at Ram Stadium. The Rams – who have already clinched third place in the district – and Brewer will play the first match of the twin bill at 6 p.m.
MWHS officials want to “pack the stadium” for the final matches of district play and are admitting everyone for free for today’s matches.
Unlike last year, the Lady Rams can also qualify for the playoffs with a tie.
The Lady Rams and Lady Bears have identical 6-5-2 records and are tied for fourth place (the final playoff spot), but the Lady Rams hold the tiebreaker on points differential by one goal.
Last year, when the Lady Rams needed to beat Brewer in the district finale, MWHS came away with an exciting 1-0 victory.
These two teams fought to a 1-1 tie on Feb. 19 in the first district meeting.
Kylie Williams scored the Lady Rams’ goal on an assist from Molly Clarke.
Today’s girls’ match will also be the final home contests for Lady Rams seniors Clarke, Miriam Garcia, Emily Clingings, Sami Stevens, Jessica Baeza, Bailey Thomas, Flor Turcios, Juana Velasquez and Marlene Betancourt.
The girls’ fourth-place finisher from District 12-4A will play the District 11-4A winner, state-ranked No. 4 Denton Guyer (20-1), in the bi-district playoffs early next week.
The Rams will be looking for a win simply to carry momentum into the Class 4A playoffs.
The Rams defeated Brewer, 2-0, when the two teams met on Feb. 19. Omar Hernandez and Gilbert Castorena had a goal each in the match, with Caleb Bandy earning the shutout in goal.
The match will also be the final home contest for Rams seniors Castorena, Bandy, Serjio Castillo, Bryan Flores, Roy Gomez, Gerardo Moya, Emiliano Silva, Dylan Pruitt, Adan Ortiz, Eric Parker, Juan Munoz and Jose Garcia.
The Rams have qualified for the playoffs for the third year in a row.
Soccer Lady Rams need win or tie today against Brewer in finale to seal playoff spot
By TONY EIERDAM
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No football for CCS in 2014
After a series of administrative meetings from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning, Community Christian School's head football coach and athletics director, Bryan Horton, announced that the Warriors' varsity team will not suit up for football in 2014 due to a shortage of student athletes.
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.
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