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.

For the second straight season, the Lady Knights claimed the district crown while the boys came close to making it a Knights sweep, finishing second.

Harker Heights now has two district champions this year as the Lady Knights joined the boys basketball team.

That may not seem like a large number, but considering the Ellison girls basketball team is the only other Killeen ISD team to win a district title this year, it is certainly worth noting that Heights claimed two.

Even more noteworthy, of the six sports that completed or are in the postseason, only two Heights teams missed the playoffs.

That sounds like a strong year to me, and I’d be surprised if, like last year, there were no Knights nominated for KDH Athlete of the Year.

Holding on

One Heights team that appeared to be a district title contender is now clinging to the fourth and final playoff spot in District 8-5A.

The Knights baseball team is still capable of putting together a second-half run.

It just likely won’t be at a title with Belton still perfect in district play.

The Knights’ 13-0 loss to Belton a week ago was just as baffling as their 10-0 loss to Temple the week before, both of which came at home.

In both games, the Knights’ normally potent bats were not only unable to push a run across but had a hard time getting hits of any kind.

Heights’ 5-1 win against Killeen on Tuesday began the same way before they busted out a bit in the final two innings.

Whether it is pressing at the plate, as head coach Glenn Cunningham said, or doing a better job of adjusting to the pitcher, Heights will have to be better offensively if it hopes to hold onto its playoff spot.

In contention

The Lady Knights softball team, meanwhile, quietly climbed to within one game of .500 in 8-5A and remains in the playoff hunt.

For a stretch, head coach Jaime Stephens lamented a lack of hitting similar to the one that plagued the Knights baseball team.

But for now, the Lady Knights appear to be fine on that front, coming off of an 11-1 win against Shoemaker on Tuesday.

The home stretch certainly won’t be easy, with a home game against Waco Midway sandwiched between visits to Temple and Copperas Cove, but the Lady Knights deserve credit for working themselves back into playoff contention.

At this point in the season, teams simply want a chance to reach the postseason if they take care of business and Heights has given itself that opportunity.

Next week is shaping up to be quite the week in District 8-5A sports. Between baseball, softball, track and field and tennis there will be plenty more to discuss next week.

Contact Jordan Mason at or 254-501-7562​

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