BY TONY EIERDAM
The best news after falling 1-0 to Brewer in the District 12-4A finale Tuesday night at Ram Stadium for the Mineral Wells Rams is the team will be healthy as they enter the 2013 playoffs.
The Rams had already clinched third place in the district and treated the final match as “a scrimmage.”
But for senior captain Gilbert Castorena – a four-year varsity member – the match meant a little bit more to him and his classmates who played their final match on home turf.
Castorena said the program has come a long way since his freshman year.
“It is bittersweet, but I guess it is just time,” Castorena said. “Our program has come a long way since my freshman year.
“Then Coach (Rolando) Borjon came in my sophomore year and everything changed. We went to the playoffs for the first time (in 2011) and everything got better and better each year.”
Castorena said in the past the Rams were just happy to be in the playoffs. But after winning the school’s first playoff match last year, the senior captain said that just winning a playoff game isn’t enough this season.
“We are very confident going into the playoffs,” he said. “We have been together for so long, we won a game last year and Coach Borjon has been working us hard.
“We are excited about the playoffs.”
Borjon was pleased that his team had clinched a postseason berth prior to the final match. Because of the circumstances, he was able to play his entire roster.
“The best part was we got to play all of our kids,” Borjon said. “I am glad for the seniors who have now made the playoffs three years in a row.
“We treated this match as a scrimmage, and I told the kids that I did not want anyone getting hurt. I am glad we are healthy going into the playoffs.”
The Rams will face the second-place team from District 11-4A early next week in the bi-district playoffs.
However, 11-4A’s No. 2 seed has yet to be determined. That will take place Friday when Denton Guyer and Birdville play for the No. 2 spot. The winner will play the Rams, most likely on Tuesday. Check www.mineralwellsindex.com this weekend for date, location and start time.
“I like the way we are playing, and I know we will show up big,” Borjon said. “All we know at this point is we will play either Denton Guyer or Birdville. We don’t care who we play. If they want a piece of us we are ready.”
The lone goal of the match came when Brewer converted a penalty kick with 15:04 left in the first half. There was no scoring in the second half.
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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