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By Tommy Wells | Special to the Index
GORDON – Harrison Nowak scored 19 points and Ross Alison added 17 on Tuesday and helped power the Strawn Greyhounds to a 59-35 win over the Gordon Longhorns in a District 17-A showdown.
With the win, Strawn improved to 2-5 for the season and, more importantly, kept its playoff hopes alive by improving to 1-3 in loop play.
Gordon fell to 0-4 in the district standings.
Senior guard Cole Abbott spurred Strawn to the early lead.
After the two teams had battled to a 10-10 draw in the first, Abbott pulled up and nailed a three-point shot from the corner to send the Greyhounds into the second holding a 13-10 cushion.
Strawn, backed by seven second-quarter points by Alison and another clutch trey by Abbott, padded its lead in the second.
The Greyhounds outscored by a 16-7 run and stretched its lead to 29-17 at the half.
Abbott was Strawn’s third double-digit scorer in the contest, finishing with a season-high 14.
Nowak and Alison all but enabled Strawn to seal the game in the third. The two combined for 16 of their team’s 19 points and led the way for Strawn to grab a 48-25 lead at the start of the final eight minutes of the contest.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Strawn.
No. 7 Lady Hounds cruise to win
GORDON – State-ranked No. 7 Strawn jumped out to a 14-2 lead and never looked back as the Lady Hounds handled the Gordon Lady Longhorns, 52-29, here Tuesday night in a District 17-A contest.
Jayde Price led the Lady Hounds with 14 points, with Shelly Abbott and Jacqueline Berumen each with 12.
Also scoring for the Lady Hounds (23-6, 5-1) were Tearany Atkins with eight points and Cori Pollock with six.
Strawn led 26-13 at the half and 40-21 after the third quarter.
Lady Rabbits blow out Bryson, 64-16
BRYSON – Tyler Wimberly scored 25 points and recorded six steals to lead the Graford Lady Rabbits to a convincing 64-16 win over Bryson here Tuesday night in a District 11-A contest.
“We were able to play good basketball, winning our last two district road games,” Lady Rabbits head coach Jarod Westmoreland said. “We are excited to be playing Paint Creek on Friday, which is Homecoming.”
Also scoring for Graford (15-10, 6-0) Sydney Wimberly with 14 points, Ali Brown with eight, Katie Rochelle and Erika Chemello, each with six, Ashley Hay with three, and Morgan Hendershott with two.
Chemello recorded six rebounds while garnering four assists, Hendershott had four rebounds and Sydney Wimberly finished with six rebounds and six steals.
Santo JV girls win tournament
HUCKABAY – Santo’s junior varsity Ladycats defeated Brock (44-33) and Lipan (41-31) before blowing out Poolville, 40-7, in the championship game of the Huckabay tournament.
In the championship game, Chasen Howard led the Ladycats with 14 points.
Also scoring for Santo (16-2) were Reagan Raffaele with 11 points, Caylin Edwards and Callie Wharton, each with five, Jawnee Hess with three and Emily Ashbrook with two.
“This group continues to play at a high level and are getting ready to take that next step,” Ladycats coach Tony Raffaele said. “The coaching staff is pleased with the way they are handling situations that arise and the preparation every day.”
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By Tommy Wells | Special to the Index
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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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