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June 8, 2014

You ain't seen nothing yet

Mineral Wells' eventful 2013-14 sports year sets the stage for even more future success

By CLINT FOSTER

What a year it's been!

From the moment the first bell of the 2013-14 school year rang at Mineral Wells High School, there has been no shortage of drama, breaking news and big wins across all of the Rams and Lady Rams sports teams.

Coming off two wildly successful sports seasons from 2011-13, this year's collective Rams and Lady Rams not only exceeded expectations, but just about every team gave itself a terrific launch point from which they have the potential to achieve even greater heights next year.

In their final season as members of District 6-3A, five Mineral Wells teams won district titles: girls cross country, girls and boys golf and baseball. An additional four teams made the playoffs, with Rams and Lady Rams alike making big impressions in individual sports as well.

But perhaps what is most exciting about Mineral Wells athletics is just about every team will return a bevy of talent for next year. Many teams will be itching to build off of their recent success.

In the fall, the 2013-14 year began on a high note. The Lady Rams cross country team became the first squad of the year to capture a district championship, even sending Alex Pearcy to state, where she would finish 50th.

Meanwhile on the hardwood, the young Lady Rams volleyball team found a way to follow up their most successful season in school history with a second-straight playoff appearance. 

Although the Rams football team missed the playoffs, their season was still extremely admirable. Ravaged by injuries, the Rams fought tooth and nail in every district matchup, coming dangerously close to a win in multiple games – even on the road against district champion Kennedale.

The football team indirectly provided Mineral Wells athletics' biggest headline when head coach and Athletics Director Chuck Lawrence was reassigned to make room for the hire of Gerald Perry in early March. 

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  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg 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.

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  • 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.

    July 18, 2014

  • Abigail Barber winner 25yd backstroke IMG_0198.jpg 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. 

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • IMG_9853.JPG What offseason?

    Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.

    July 13, 2014 9 Photos

  • 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. 

    July 11, 2014

  • cheer pic 2014.jpeg Cheer up!

    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.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Denise Lee.jpg 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.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 7, 2014

  • FWIW logo.jpg Polling mishap

    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?

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 3, 2014

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