By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells senior hitters Sydney Shelstead and Kelsey Garland each won superlative awards while junior libero Bethany Allen and senior hitter Niya Benavides each earned first-team honors on the All-District 6-3A volleyball team in a vote of league coaches.
Shelstead, the leading blocker and hitter on the Lady Rams, was named 6-3A’s “Most Valuable Blocker,” while Garland earned the district’s “Most Valuable Server” award.
Allen led the Lady Rams in digs, while Benavides was second on the team in kills.
“I was very proud of the way the Lady Rams were represented in the all-district selections,” Lady Rams head coach Taylor Eggleston said. “The superlative awards showed strengths of both Kelsey and Sydney.
“The first team selections of Bethany and Niya I felt were a credit to their intelligence of the game and how they could ready the court so well. I know they are both extremely athletic, but this year they showed their knowledge of the game.”
Earning second-team honors from Mineral Wells was senior all-around player Taylor Parkhill and senior setter Cassidee McCluskey.
“Taylor and Cassidee were very important pieces of the team,” Eggleston said. “Each of them took on a role and consistently delivered.”
Lady Rams earning honorable mentions were senior defensive specialist Chandler Ortiz, junior setter Erin Burgeson and senior hitter Shay Douglas.
“Each of these girls contributed so much this season,” Eggleston said. “They really took the meaning of the word team to a whole new level.”
By TONY EIERDAM
- Local Sports
District, area championships highlights of Santo baseball season
Playing into the third round of the 2013 Class A baseball playoffs, the Santo Wildcats fell to state-ranked No. 3 Bosqueville in two games of their best-of-three series.
No. 3 Bosqueville sweeps Santo in regional quarterfinal series
State-ranked No. 3 Bosqueville jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back as the Bulldogs defeated the Santo Wildcats, 14-6, here Saturday afternoon in game two to sweep the Class A, Region II regional quarterfinal series two games to none.
Lady Rams made school history in 2013
In a season where they never had their entire personnel on the field and healthy at the same time, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams softball not only persevered, but at the same time made school history.
After winning District 10-A outright and sweeping an area championship series, the Santo Wildcats baseball team will have its toughest task of the season when they face state-ranked No. 3 Bosqueville in a best-of-three regional quarterfinals series.
Local athlete to represent Texas in global tourney
Mineral Wells High School senior A.J. Williams was selected to represent the Lone Star State in a basketball tournament set for this summer.
Bi-district championship, near 6-3A title highlights of Rams 2013 baseball season
A near District 6-3A championship and a bi-district title were the highlights of the Mineral Wells Rams in the 2013 baseball season.
Burkhart not coming to Gordon; search on again for Longhorns’ grid boss
Last month, in a surprise announcement, successful Richland Springs head coach Jerry Burkhart eresigned from his post as head coach to take the suddenly-opened head football coaching position at Gordon.
Millsap’ Younger, Strawn’s Alison each finish sixth at state track meet
Three Gordon boys’ relay teams, two Strawn boys’ pole vaulters and a Millsap girls’ distance runner all competed Friday and Saturday at the University Interscholastic League State Track and Field Meet at Mike Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Burkburnett completes sweep of Lady Rams with 5-3 win
State-ranked No. 6 Burkburnett outlasted Mineral Wells in game two of a best-of-three regional quarterfinal series as the Lady Bulldogs held off the Lady Rams, 5-3, here Saturday to complete a series sweep.
Shelstead earns silver medal in discus at 3A state track meet
Mineral Wells senior thrower Sydney Shelstead earned a silver medal in girls’ discus for a second-place finish Saturday at the Class 3A Track and Field Meet at Mike Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- District, area championships highlights of Santo baseball season