By TONY EIERDAM
The”second season” begins for the state-ranked No. 13 Strawn Greyhounds as they begin their quest for a state championship today in the first-round of the six man Division II playoffs.
The ‘Hounds will take on Bowie Gold-Burg at 7:30p.m. today at Bryson in the bi-district playoffs. The winner of the game will move on to the area round and face the winner of the Jayton/Vernon Northside contest.
Beginning this year, an appearance in the state championship game has added flavor as it will be held in Arlington at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium).
The ‘Hounds feel like they have unfinished business as the core of the team that fell in the state semifinals last year to eventual state champion Richland Springs returns, including offensive standouts Harrison Nowak, Ross Alison and Coletyn King.
Strawn (8-2) roared through district play, sweeping the competition with a 3-0 mark and outscoring opponents 118-8 with one forfeit (officially a 2-0 win) included in the count.
Strawn is the highest ranked team (sixmanfootball.com) in Region III and could only face a higher-ranked team as late as the state semifinals.
A rematch with Richland Springs (No. 30) could only occur in the state semifinal game. The only higher seeds in the Division II playoffs are No. 9 Jonesboro (Region IV and possible opponent in semifinals) and No. 3 Follett (Region I). Strawn could only face Follett in the state championship game.
Greyhounds head coach Dewaine Lee said he and his players are not looking ahead to anything but the next game.
“We have said all year that we just want to improve week to week, and we have,” he said.”Ross, Harrison and Coletyn have gotten better each week, but honestly, so has everyone on the team.
“We also are not looking at any rematch games from last year or anything like that. If we continue to improve each week the rest will take its course.”
The Greyhounds are facing a Gold-Burg team that got beat 68-22 by Lingleville. Consider Lingeville fell to Gordon, 60-12, and the ‘Hounds beat Gordon, 75-30.
But despite the fact the ‘Hounds are facing a 3-7 team, Lee said if Strawn doesn’t take care of a few subtleties they might be facing a harder game then fans and media expect.
“No question, on offense we must take care of the football,” he said.”We also must play sound defense.
“We have improved each week defensively and need to continue that in the playoffs.”
By TONY EIERDAM
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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.
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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