By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells post Sydney Shelstead and Santo post Sarah Van Remmen were each selected Most Valuable Players of their respective squads Saturday night at the 24th Annual Chicken Express All-Star Basketball Classic at the Mineral Wells High School gym.
The annual all-star hoops game is put on by Chicken Express, the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce and the Mineral Wells Athletic Booster Club.
The game gives area high school seniors a final chance to showcase their skills in front of college coaches and scouts. The MWHS gym was almost full as fans from Mineral Wells and the surrounding area poured into the arena to cheer their players one last time.
In the girls’ game, the West squad, which was led by Van Remmen, who scored 10 points, defeated the East team, 80-67.
Shelstead finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds. She was excited to win an MVP ward in front of her family and the home fans.
“It was really cool,” Shelstead, who will play next year at Abilene Christian University, said. “I enjoyed playing with all of these good girls, and I am honored to have been chosen to play in this game.
“It was weird playing against Niya, but it was fun to play against such good competition. It was challenging to play against Lillie (Vanderzee, Granbury product who will play next year at Texas), and she is really good. I felt I held my own.
“Playing in my own high school gym was really nice.”
Van Remmen was excited about earning her award.
“It feels good to be chosen as my team’s MVP,” Van Remmen said. “Our team atmosphere was good, and I think my rebounding was on, and that is my favorite part of the game.
“I had a lot of supporters at the game, and I appreciate them. But what I will remember most about this game was that the girls I was playing with and against were a lot of fun.”
In the boys’ contest, the West defeated the East, 92-78. Keaton Hickman of Paradise (East) and Arbnor Kelmendi of Stephenville (West) were selected MVPs.
Hickman scored a game-high 19 points while Kelmendi scored 12.
In addition to Shelstead, Mineral Wells senior wing Niya Benavides and Rams forwards A.J. Williams and Ricky Scott played in the respective games.
Benavides scored 10 points for the girls’ West squad, while Williams scored 10 points for the boys’ East and Scott finished with seven for the boys’ West.
Benavides was reunited with one of her former point guards, Brock’s Braylee Flaska who played her freshman and sophomore years at MWHS.
“It was bittersweet playing my last game in an all-star game in my hometown,” Benvides said. “It was really weird playing against Sydney, but the game was still a lot of fun.
“What I will remember most about this game was playing with a lot of girls I usually play against during select ball. And it was awesome playing again with Braylee.
“She fed me a couple of times for some shots, and I think both of my threes came from assists from Braylee. I am glad I got to play my last high school game in my home gym.”
Flaska also commented on playing with her former teammate.
“I love playing with Niya,” Flaska said. “We had played together for so long that (Saturday) it just clicked between us.”
Williams and Scott each displayed what Rams fans saw all year – hustle, persistent defense and ability to score.
Williams got the home crowd to its feet after driving for a layup for a score, and Scott received a huge roar from the crowd after swishing a three-pointer in the first half.
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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