It has been over a week since Harker Heights put one in the win column, but the Knights are no worse for wear.
With one of the hottest scorers and keepers, in District 8-5A, Harker Heights appears to be getting hot at the right time with the end of the regular season just two weeks away.
For Caleb Dean, it was just a matter of time.
Minutes after his team saw its magical season cut short, Harker Heights head coach Celneque Bobbitt stood on the Waco University floor and largely ignored the loss his team was handed by No. 2 DeSoto.
Random musings as the sports seasons begin to change and the weather takes its time following suit:
It would certainly be understandable if Harker Heights were to peep ahead.
Harker Heights junior Sierra Warren is in her second season with the Lady Knights’ varsity and is looking to continue her steep learning curve as a pitcher. Warren has been soaking up knowledge on the position since before she arrived at Heights and continued learning from her peers once she began playing in high school. Now, after being one of the younger players on the team last year, Warren hopes to become one of the Lady Knights’ leaders in 2014.
After its first playoff win since 2011, No. 11 Harker Heights was simply looking forward to the next quarter.
For many Texas high school baseball teams, the 2014 season began Tuesday.
Harker Heights head softball coach Jamie Stephens said the Lady Knights’ loss to Austin Anderson on Tuesday was a sign of why Heights may be better this season.
Harker Heights has already clinched a postseason berth, and its race with Shoemaker for the No. 1 playoff seed likely won’t be decided until the final game of the regular season Tuesday.
In his second varsity season, senior Austin Roden emerged as one of the leading scorers for the Harker Heights boys soccer team. Roden has already left his mark on the Heights football program.
Realignment day was conspicuously quiet for Killeen Independent School District teams this past Monday.
Harker Heights picked up its second district win in exhilarating fashion Tuesday as senior Blake Stender put in the game-winning goal with just two minutes remaining for a 1-0 victory against Killeen.
As the district season winds down and the postseason draws near, the Harker Heights boys and girls both find themselves in the thick of tight district races.
WACO — Baylor forward Royce O’Neale and the Baylor Bears find themselves in the middle of a rough patch after a 66-64 home loss to West Virginia on Tuesday.
In two games, it all will be over, and someone will be left out.
BELTON — The Harker Heights boys and girls swimming teams both had superb performances at the 12-5A District Meet in Belton on Saturday and each finished in third place.
Shoemaker isn’t Ellison, but as far as No. 10 Harker Heights is concerned, it might as well be.
The race for second place is on in District 8-5A, and Harker Heights is right in the thick of it.
Casey Cox has now played varsity soccer in each of her four years of high school and is hoping her senior year is different from the rest. But whether the Lady Knights reach the postseason or not, Cox is happy to have had the life lessons she’s learned already on the soccer field.
The stage is set.
In her second season of varsity basketball, Brianna McGee has become a regular contributor as a starter in the Lady Knight backcourt. Even better, Heights has already shown significant improvement from its two-win campaign in district play last season. With the second half of the District 8-5A season looming, McGee and the Lady Knights are hoping to finish strong.
This past week, the Killeen Daily Herald revealed its Athlete of the Year with Cory Scott of Copperas Cove, the defending state champion in the high jump, taking home the honor.
When the Harker Heights girls lost to defending district champion Ellison at home Dec. 17, it appeared, on the surface, to be a valiant effort by a hopeful contender at unseating the unbeaten Lady Eagles.
Davon Clare has to pick his spots at times coming off the Harker Heights bench. But the 6-foot-3 Clare often makes the most of his minutes like he did in the district opener against Ellison. In a hostile environment on the road, Clare hit both of his shots, including a nice up and under layup and a contested pull-up jumper on the baseline. Clare is hoping to contribute even more as the season goes on and the Knights try to bring home a district title
In any district, particularly one as difficult as District 8-5A, the most important game is the next one.
One day after a disappointing loss to Ellison — the Lady Knights’ first in league play this season — Harker Heights coach Shirretha Nelson wasn’t focused on the fact her team outscored the Lady Eagles over the course of three quarters Tuesday.
Derrick Williams has been wrestling for five years, four of which have been spent on the Harker Heights varsity team. But wrestling has quickly become his favorite sport, one he hopes to continue in college. After placing sixth at regionals last season, the rangy senior has his eyes on state for his final season of high school wrestling.
Harker Heights coach Celneque Bobbitt warned that none of it was going to matter once district play began.
Harker Heights coach Celneque Bobbit knows what awaits his team next week.
With district play drawing nearer, and with it the tests that will truly define No. 11 Harker Heights this season, Knight coach Celneque Bobbitt was actually happy his team had been flummoxed early in a win against Pflugerville on Tuesday.
In her second varsity season, Harker Heights senior Jada Evans has emerged as a key contributor on both ends of the floor. This is no coincidence, however. Heights coach Shirretha Nelson pinpointed Evans as a player primed for a bigger role. Evans has lived up to expectations thus far, and will look to continue when Heights hosts Killeen today.
SALADO — Shyenne Hicks hasn’t even played the first game of her senior season at Salado and Texas A&M-Kingsville can’t wait for her to arrive and do for it what she has done the past four years for the Lady Eagles.
Harker Heights coach Shirretha Nelson was up front and honest in discussing the positives from the Lady Knights’ district opening win against Belton on Tuesday — namely that there weren’t any before the fourth quarter.
Harker Heights junior D’Angelo Streeter moved to Heights from the Savannah, Ga., area in November, but it wasn’t his first time living in Heights. Streeter lived in Heights for a year in middle school before moving to Georgia, where he lived until this past month. Yet despite just arriving back in Heights, Streeter has fit in on campus and on the court, where he has quickly carved out a role off the Knights’ bench. Now, he hopes he can help Heights achieve its lofty preseason goals after arriving on short notice.
That fast, huh?
Harker Heights senior Tyler Combs first started wrestling when he was just a toddler.
Two Harker Heights seniors earned first-team honors on the 2013 8-5A All-District team announced Monday.
Technically, Ellison played host to Round Rock in a meaningless game Monday that became even more meaningless when the Eagles turned it into a blowout by the end of the first quarter.
According to coach Celneque Bobbitt, his Harker Heights boys basketball team will begin its hoops season this week.
Harker Heights junior Patrovick Everett is often the Knights’ first player off the bench and has even started at times this season. His unique role for Heights, now No. 15 in the TABC Class 5A poll, has earned him the title of “starter off the bench.” Everett embraces that role and his nightly duties as one of Heights’ best rebounders, and the 6-foot-4 junior hopes he can say he contributed to a special team once the season wraps up.
After a 58-45 defeat at the hands of Round Rock Stony Point on Tuesday, the Harker Heights girls basketball team has now lost its last two games by a combined 51 points.
Pete DeLaney said he never intended to pay for college when it came to twin sons, Cameron and Josh, and daughter, Angela.
Alexis Dukes, a junior guard for the Harker Heights Lady Knights, has played varsity basketball every year of her high school career.
Masnari Howell has been in on nearly every big passing play for Harker Heights this district season. But the senior receiver has only been playing the position for his high school career. The one-time running back might have seemed like a perfect match for the Knights’ run-based offense, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a key contributor in the passing game. And with Heights needing a win to reach the postseason, Howell is hopeful his last big play, a 51-yard touchdown against Waco Midway, wasn’t his last.
Harker Heights no longer controls its fate, needing help from Temple to reach the postseason for the second consecutive year.
Four teams. One spot.
As Harker Heights walked off the field at Leo Buckley Stadium, falling below .500 in league play after its second straight loss, the Knights were, in fact, no further from their playoff goal than when they stepped on the field earlier that evening.
Harker Heights safety Brandon Walls has managed to impact the Knights defense in his first varsity season with two interceptions, both of which came in Knights wins.
With two weeks left in the high school football regular season, seven of the eight coaches in District 8-5A can say they are exactly where they wanted to be at this point in the season.
Despite its 2-2 district record -- just one game out of second place in District 8-5A — Harker Heights coach Jerry Edwards knows his team will be underdogs for the remainder of the district season.
Troy Smith is a two-year starter under center for Harker Heights and is also one of the best athletes on the squad. Against Shoemaker last week, the junior showed his versatility by accumulating 292 yards of total offense, including a 42-yard catch. He also rushed and passed for a touchdown. Now, Smith is ready to do whatever it takes to help his team finish the season strong.
It’d be easy to predict a logjam behind Waco Midway when the dust finally settles from the District 8-5A football season.
Harker Heights defensive end Malik Jones is in the midst of his first and last varsity season for the Knights. But the rangy 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior is making the most of his opportunity, recording a sack in his last game against Ellison. The defense shined in the Knights victory, and now Jones believes he and the unit have turned a corner.
One team picked up its first win of the season two weeks ago and one team lost its star quarterback before district play began.
The first win is out of the way, but the attitude hasn’t changed at Harker Heights.
If the first week of district play validated the idea that District 8-5A is wide open, then the second week confirmed it.