Random musings as we’ll be up to our necks in football coverage before you know it:
Last season, Harker Heights head swimming coach Kate Eikrem said Nick Meyer was a talented swimmer looking for a niche in the pool.
C.J. Bobbitt has been a Killeen Independent School District terror from the moment he stepped on the floor as a varsity player, earning District 8-5A Newcomer of the Year honors as a sophomore and an All 8-5A First Team nod as a junior.
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The shadow of state-qualifier Matt Sluss, who graduated in May, still looms large over the Harker Heights swim team.
Whether it was his coaches or his friends, everyone remembers the smile.
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When Harker Heights Parks and Rec partnered with Killeen Parks and Rec and Stonetree Golf Course to form a junior golf league, Harker Heights Recreation Superintendent Lori Briere said she and her staff were hoping to get 30 participants in the league.
In terms of wins, last season was tied for the best baseball season Harker Heights has had in program history.
Randy Culp said his only year coaching alongside his mentor went faster than he expected.
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The Harker Heights offense was facing off against the Shoemaker defense. This was 7-on-7 action Wednesday night at Ellison High School.
The Harker Heights Knights have an overall record of 8-1 in the 7-on-7 Summer League.
School’s out, but for Harker Heights senior C.J. Bobbitt, there is no time to rest.
True bragging rights on the gridiron won’t be earned until this fall, when Killeen Independent School District teams put on the pads and battle under the Friday night lights in games that count in the standings.
Random musings as we near the halfway mark of 2014.
Salado isn’t competing at state this weekend following a loss to Troy in the Region III-2A final.
Harker Heights quarterback Troy Smith got his chance to leave an impression with national scouts when he competed at the Elite 11 regional camp at Ohio State University this past week.
Random musings as I can’t remember ever attending a class once the calendar hit June.
The Salado baseball team wrapped up its season with a strong showing on the 22-2A All-District team, announced earlier this week.
KILLEEN — It isn’t often that a coach will have his first regular-season game before his first spring game, but that was a reality for Harker Heights head coach Jerry Edwards, who was hired to take over the Knights last July.
SALADO — Chad Krempin can still vividly describe the penny that rolled before coming to a stop and resting on a side that meant his team had one game to decide its Region III-2A final against Troy.
Random musings as the UIL sports calendar enters its final week.
Josh Ellis moved to Harker Heights from Fort Knox, Ky., before his sophomore year of high school and was promptly moved from his natural position at running back to defensive back.
With eight days until its spring game, Harker Heights suited up for its one and only intersquad scrimmage this spring — well, kind of intersquad.
Every team begins its baseball season with hopes of reaching Round Rock or Austin in June for a chance to compete at state.
Random musings as…I mean, seriously, what do I write about now?
Four Harker Heights athletes received the Mark Dudley Knights Court Scholarship at the spring sports banquet Monday in Harker Heights High School cafeteria.
Even before spring football began, Harker Heights players raved about head coach Jerry Edwards and his intensity during workouts.
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Ryan Turck is expected to be a leader in every sense of the word next season for the Harker Heights defense. Having seen varsity action as a sophomore, Turck, a rising senior, will be one of the most experienced players on the Knights defense this fall. And at middle linebacker, Turck is also the quarterback of the defense. Turck is already looking forward to this fall, when he and his teammates hope to see a significant improvement on the defensive side of the ball.
This weekend, the Harker Heights Lady Knights’ 4x100 relay and Knights’ 4x400 relay will run on the biggest stage in the state of Texas.
Darius Mitchell narrowly missed a trip to state last season as a junior. This year, the UTEP signee is heading to state not only in his primary event, the 200-meter dash, but also in the 4x400-meter relay. Now, after his close call last season, Mitchell is anxious to make good on his first and last shots at state gold this weekend.
Random musings as the competitive sports season for District 8-5A teams is in its last 48 hours.
For the second consecutive year, Harker Heights senior catcher Regan McIlvenna was named to the All-District 8-5A first team earlier this week.
For Jerry Edwards, the start of spring football Tuesday was bigger than the start of Year 2 at the helm of the Harker Heights football program.
The Harker Heights baseball season certainly has had its peaks and valleys this year.
Harker Heights already has plenty to be proud of entering its regular-season finale tonight against Copperas Cove.
On the eve of the start of the second half of the District 8-5A season, I wrote that Harker Heights, despite two deflating losses in less than a week, had the pieces to slap together an unexpected run in the final half of the season.
Like nearly every sport in UIL competition, many of the top track and field teams in the state call Region I home — as does Harker Heights.
Harker Heights began this season with lofty hopes of unseating defending champion Belton and Waco Midway at the top of District 8-5A.
Any time you have seven individuals and a trio of relay teams qualify for the Region I meet, as the Harker Heights boys and girls track and field teams did Tuesday, that is plenty of reason for excitement.
Glenn Cunningham began to suspect he’d been duped Tuesday when a photographer was shooting his pregame routine — of tending to the infield on a tractor.
Immediately after repeating as District 8-5A champions for the first time in school history, the Harker Heights girls track and field team vowed to be better when it returned to Panther Stadium in Hewitt for the area meet two weeks later.
HEWITT — As well as the Harker Heights girls and boys track and field teams represented the school at the District 8-5A meet — finishing first and second overall, respectively — as the sun began to go down on an unseasonably cool April day at Panther Stadium, the Knights’ and Lady Knights’ minds were already two weeks ahead.
With Harker Heights trying to maintain its footing in the District 8-5A playoff race, head coach Glenn Cunningham was happy with his team’s win Tuesday against Killeen.
The Harker Heights girls track and field team added to what has already been quite a year for Heights athletics at the District 8-5A meet.
After its second lopsided win against Shoemaker on Tuesday, Harker Heights earned a season sweep of the Lady Grey Wolves, winning the two meetings by a combined 21 runs.
Daniel Cole has had an immediate impact for the Knights in his freshman season. On Tuesday, he retired 19 straight batters to help Harker Heights rally for a 5-1 win against Killeen. But playing, and excelling, against older competition is nothing new to Cole. Cole continues to try to make himself and the Knights better.
The moment the Harker Heights boys track and field team has been waiting for is finally here, and after all the talks, head coach John Dulaney believes his team is right where it needs to be.
The Harker Heights girls’ bowling team won the state championship Saturday in San Antonio.
As of right now — that’d be Wednesday night when this column is due — the Harker Heights baseball team sits in the fourth and final playoff spot in District 8-5A. With one game to go in the first half of the district season, the Knights are one game behind Temple, a team that walked right into the Knights’ home confines and beat them soundly by a score of 9-0.
Harker Heights sophomore Chyna Otis was good in her first varsity season last year but not great. This year, however, Otis is approaching that territory after proving she belongs with the best at the Texas Relays. Otis finished seventh in the shot put and 13th in the discus and has only gotten better as the season has progressed. Now, with a school record to her name, Otis hopes to prove herself at the District 8-5A meet today and Saturday at Midway High School in Hewitt.
The Harker Heights girls track and field team has won a meet, its own Knight Relays, and set multiple school records this season. But the Lady Knights’ focus this entire time has remained the same — defending the District 8-5A title.
The last week of March wasn’t exactly kind to the Harker Heights baseball team.
After his team fell for just the second time this district season, losing 9-0 to Temple on Tuesday, Harker Heights head coach Glenn Cunningham was eager for his team to put the loss behind it and not just because it visits first-place Waco Midway tonight.
Random musings as the playoffs and district races begin to heat up.