By TONY EIERDAM
KENNEDALE – Kennedale proved again why they are the top team in District 6-3A and the third-ranked team in Class 3A here Tuesday night.
Paced by a game-high 21 points from V.J. Hughes and 19 points from Ty Charles, the Wildcats raced past the Mineral Wells Rams, 84-50, to sweep the season series and stay undefeated in league play with an 8-0 mark.
The loss drops the Rams to 5-3 and in third place.
“Kennedale is a great team, and they shot the ball extremely well,” Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said. “We played a good first quarter, but then they do what they do and went on a 17-2 run and before we knew it we were down 16.
“Then they broke it open in the third quarter when Charles hit three threes in a row. There is nothing you can do about it. They are just a better team than us.
“The guys never stopped playing, and I am always proud of their effort. The guys played hard from start to finish. We just got beat by a better team.
“They played better defense than we did, and they just beat us in all faucets of the game.”
The Rams got off to a good start as DaShawn Hicks, who finished with a team-high 19 points, hit a fade-away jumper from the lane and A.J. Williams scored on a layup off a feed from Ricky Scott as the Rams led 4-2.
Charles hit a pair of jumpers and Hughes added a bucket to give the Wildcats an 8-4 lead, but Rams point guard Biren Clardy answered with a three-point play when he scored on a layup, was fouled, and connected on the charity shot to cut the lead to 8-7.
However, Kennedale went on a 10-2 run to close the opening period to take an 18-9 lead.
The Wildcats built a 16-point cushion early in the second period before the Rams made a brief run to slice the lead.
Scott nailed a three-point bucket from the right perimeter, Williams scored on a layup and added a free throw and Hicks drove the lane for a bucket as MWHS cut the hosts’ lead to 29-18.
But again, Kennedale ended the period with a rally as the ‘Cats went on a 9-2 run to take a 38-20 lead at the half.
Kennedale put the game away early in the third quarter with a 14-4 run, with nine of the points coming from Hughes, to increase its lead to 52-24.
MWHS, however, refused to quit, and came back with a brief 6-0 run on buckets by Scott, Jacoby Prestwood and Williams to cut the lead to 52-30.
But the Wildcats followed with 13 unanswered points and cruised to a 34-point win.
By TONY EIERDAM
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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.
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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