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.
Instead, Bobbitt, who has been with the program since its inception, gushed about what the 2014 senior class has done for Harker Heights basketball.
“It just did a great job of putting us further on the map from what they did earlier in the year and the year before that, gave them the preseason rankings and the clout and the status,” Bobbitt said. “The senior class just, ultimately, did what we want to do. We want to establish a new program in Killeen.”
The class began leaving its mark before the season started when brothers Josh and Cameron DeLaney and Roderick Taylor inked letters of intent to play at Division-I programs.
It was the most players the program has ever had sign to play at the next level, and that number may grow as Bobbitt said colleges have been honing in on senior sharpshooter Cody Halvorson since late in the regular season.
Halvorson shares the school record for most 3-pointers in a single game (6), just one of many places where the class left its mark on Heights basketball.
“These kids set a lot of records,” Bobbitt said. “I thought it was an awesome display of what Central Texas basketball can be.”
Heights was not only ranked from start to finish for the first time in program history — climbing as high as No. 6 in the state — the Knights lived up to the hype, bringing home a district championship and the District MVP, which Josh DeLaney won Wednesday.
In fact, each member of the Knights’ starting five was honored as Cameron DeLaney was named Defensive Player of the Year while junior C.J. Bobbitt and Halvorson were named first-teamers, and Taylor a second-teamer.
While Heights may have fallen short of its goal of advancing to the regional semifinals for the first time in program history, the Knights achieved plenty of firsts along the way — ones that ensure the team, and its senior class, will live on in Heights history forever.
“I thought it was a hell of a season. It was impeccable,” Bobbitt said. “First time a team comes in and goes (wire to wire) as a ranked team at Harker Heights. First time I have three guys signing in preseason.
“It was a lot of firsts.”
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