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.