Now, everything changes.
After spending the last month adjusting to life under new head coach Stephanie Dillard and working to become a cohesive unit on the court, Harker Heights approaches the moment it worked tirelessly toward — District 8-6A competition.
The Lady Knights’ playoff hopes hinge on the outcome of every remaining match after they completed nondistrict play Tuesday with a sweep against visiting Gatesville.
Led offensively by junior Haley Brown’s four kills and senior setter Selicia Field’s 10 assists, Harker Heights cruised to a 25-13, 25-16, 25-19 victory, improving its overall record to 16-7.
Valeria Cosme and Jendayah Robertson, who are both seniors, contributed 15 digs and six blocks, respectively, for the Lady Knights.
Last Friday, Harker Heights won at Whitney 25-17, 25-8, 25-18 as Aliyah Lockett and Robertson recorded seven kills apiece.
Robertson also added nine blocks, while Field finished with 13 assists and four aces, and Cosme tallied eight digs.
The Lady Knights have an open date tonight but return to action Tuesday at Shoemaker in their district opener. Harker Heights hosts Killeen on Sept. 15.
The Knights and Lady Knights delivered their best showings of the season at last week’s Pro-Fit Invitational with each squad capturing a fourth-place finish.
Ronnie Ramthum posted Harker Heights’ top individual finish, placing 10 th overall with a time of 17 minutes, 19.8 seconds along the three-mile course at Temple’s James Wilson Park.
All four of Ramthum’s teammates finished in the top 30 with three recording top-20 outings as the Knights scored 94 points. Belton won the Class 5A-6A championship with 65 points, while Brenham (69) and A&M Consolidated (77) followed in the standings.
Luke Lawhorn was second to cross the finish line for Harker Heights, posting a time of 17:35.0 to place 15th, while teammates Ryan Mittag (19th, 17:49.1) and Ethan Thomas (20th, 17:55.2) were separated by approximately six seconds. Ryan Chamberlain (30th, 18:19.4) rounded out the Knights’ scoring.
Angelo Quintero, Johnathan Brown and Joshua Noriega also competed for the Knights, but their times did not count toward the team total.
Annika Faar’s 13th-place time of 21:37.8 propelled the Lady Knights to 124 points and helped them narrowly edge out district rival Copperas Cove by two points.
Brenham claimed the team title with 38 points, while Belton was second with 58 points, and A&M Consolidated (92) finished in third place.
Jasmine Early followed Faar for the Lady Knights, finishing less than 10 seconds later with a time of 21:46.9 to place 17th individually. Julia Arey (26th , 22:21.3), Grace Wallace (30th , 22:40.4) and Elaina Marks (38th, 22:57.4) completed Harker Heights’ scoring.
Natalie Seib and Aleya Johnson-Rudino also ran for the Lady Knights.
Both the Knights and Lady Knights competed at the Waco Midway Invitational on Thursday and are set to travel to the Cleburne Invitational on Sept. 15.
Harker Heights completes a hectic stretch of three matches in one week today, traveling to Copperas Cove for district play. The match is set to start at 4:30 p.m.
The Knights and Lady Knights played at Del Valle last Friday and went to Belton on Tuesday.
After playing the Bulldawgs and Lady Bulldawgs, Harker Heights will be off for more than a week with its next match scheduled for Sept. 16 at Groesbeck.