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Standout football players from around East Texas geared up Saturday for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Heart of a Champion All Star Bowl at Rose Stadium in Tyler. Local athletes Zane … more
“It’s all about the kids,” said longtime Mineola Youth Foundation member Mike Bowles. While he referred to the baseball, softball and T-ball leagues run by the foundation, summer sports options … more
“I think about everything I have to do before I start…the run, the plant…I visualize it all. Once I start my run, I don’t really think about it. I block everything out and my body takes over.”

That’s how Abeni “Abby” Kratzmeyer describes the process of making a successful pole vault. The two-time Class 3A state pole vaulting champion continued: “You know from the plant if the vault will be a good one.”

She described the moment before freefall as “very exciting with plenty of adrenalin.”

Plenty of adrenalin and suspense accompanied the state pole vault final in Austin on May 10. more
The Rains Ladycats shut the door on Mineola’s softball playoff run with a 7-0 defeat of the Lady Jackets in regional quarterfinal action May 10.The Lady Jackets had no answer against Rains ace Chanlee Oakes, who threw a one-hitter with six strike outs and only one base on balls.

Oakes was nearly untouchable on the night. She was in command of the strike zone, and when she did miss, she missed off the plate, leaving little for the Lady Jackets to drive. Although she possessed a very good fastball, her speed of delivery was truly unique. Her extraordinarily quick delivery put the ball on the hitter a split second earlier than they anticipated. more
Abby Kratzmeyer of Mineola flew to a state championship in the girls 3A pole vault at the UIL state track and field meet Friday in Austin. After missing her first two attempts, Kratzmeyer quickly … more
The Mineola Lady Jackets will meet an old nemesis, the Rains Ladycats, in the regional softball quarterfinals Friday, May 10. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Whitehouse High School. Mineola advanced to the regional playoff after a convincing 8-1 win Friday, May 3 over the S&S Consolidated Lady Rams. Once again, Mineola ace Anna Westberry enjoyed a stellar night. She recorded 11 strike outs and one-hit the Lady Rams.

Mineola played a disciplined game, committing no errors and spreading six hits over seven innings. Emily Wiley and Breanna Wilmoth each chalked up two hits.

Mineola and Rains met twice during district play with Rains taking both games: a 9-0 win March 12, and 7-1 win April 5. more
The reigning class 3A girls pole vault champion, Abeni Kratzmeyer will be the favorite going into the state track and field meet 10-11 May in Austin. Kratzmeyer recorded a vault of 13 feet to win the … more
The Mineola Yellowjackets dropped their bi-district playoff game to the Palmer Bulldogs, 9-0, at Royse City High School on May 3. “Palmer was just the better baseball team on the night,” … more
Alex Rojas earned a second team all-state recognition for his excellent play this year leading the Mineola Yellowjackets soccer team. The all-state selection comes in addition to being named the … more
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