After taking a week off from competition, Harker Heights returned to action Tuesday evening, and the Lady Knights immediately found themselves in a high-intensity affair.

With every set being determined by three or fewer points, Harker Heights narrowly defeated Cameron Yoe on the road, winning 25-23, 24-26, 25-23, 25-22.

The victory is the second consecutive tight contest for the Lady Knights, who lost their home opener to Salado 27-25, 24-26, 15-25, 25-23 last week.

Junior middle hitter McKayla Flowers led Harker Heights (14-7) offensively, recording 10 kills, while teammates Selicia Field and Valeria Cosme finished with 32 assists and two aces, respectively. Defensively, junior Sorcha Dun accounted for three blocks.

The Lady Knights have two matches remaining before opening District 8-6A play Sept. 12 at Shoemaker. They travel to Temple tonight and host Gatesville on Tuesday.

District play begins Friday, but Harker Heights has an opening-day bye.

CROSS COUNTRY

One week after finishing sixth at the season-opening Temple Invitational, the Knights repeated the feat at the Belton Invitational.

Ronnie Ramthum led the way for Harker Heights, placing 18th individually with a time of 17 minutes, 36.4 seconds, while teammates Ryan Mittag and Luke Lawhorn also finished in the top 30. Mittag was 27th overall with a time of 18:08.6, and Lawhorn (18:16.6) completed the three-mile course at Temple’s Wildflower Country Club eight seconds later.

Ethan Thomas crossed the finish line less than four seconds later in 31st place, posting a time of 18:20.3, while Ryan Chamberlain rounded out the Knights scoring at 49 th with a time of 18:53.2.

Angelo Quintero (60th , 19:10.2) also competed for Harker Heights.

Waco Midway won the meet’s Division 5A-6A title with 92 points, while fellow district rivals Ellison (92) and Belton (93) followed closely in the final standings. Despite the first-place tie, the Panthers claimed the championship based on the team’s cumulative time.

The Lady Knights improved on their 10 th place showing last week by finishing seventh at the Belton Invitational.

Jasmine Early delivered the team’s top showing with a time of 21:37.8, placing her 12th overall.

Annika Faar complimented the performance by finishing 26 th with a time of 22:23.7, while teammates Grace Wallace (41st , 23:27.5), Aleya Johnson-Rudino (43 rd , 23:31.8) and Julia Arey (45th , 24:10.3) each placed in the top 50, helping the Lady Knights tally 167 points.

The host Lady Tigers won the team title with 52 points, while Pflugerville Hendrickson and Midway rounded out the top three with 73 and 82 points, respectively.

The Knights and Lady Knights continues their seasons today at the Pro-Fit Invitational. The meet will be held at Temple’s James Wilson Park beginning at 7:30 a.m.

TENNIS

Harker Heights has three matches, including a pair of district contest, on this week’s schedule.

The Knights and Lady Knights travel to Del Valle today for a 4:30 p.m. match, and will play road matches at Belton and Copperas Cove on Tuesday and Friday, respectively.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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