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.
Scott was one of 10 nominees and earned the inaugural honor via popular vote.
Conspicuously missing from the list of nominees was a Harker Heights representative.
Not to say that there was a snub.
Each nominee was either a state champion or earned a district superlative while playing for a district champion.
Now that 2013 is over, the question is what Knights or Lady Knights figure to be on that list in 2014?
Here is, in no particular order, my list of Knights and Lady Knights who have the best shot at pulling it off.
Junior C.J. Bobbitt
In boys hoops, seniors Josh and Cameron DeLaney are equally important to the Knights’ success and can certainly earn superlative honors by the end of this season as well.
But Bobbitt gets the nod for two reasons.
The first is that Bobbitt is one of the most feared players in District 8-5A and, in just his second varsity season, has already garnered tremendous respect as evidenced by his Newcomer of the Year honor last year.
Bobbitt is also the Knights’ most consistent player, routinely leading the team in scoring, and often the player they look to when they need a bucket.
Senior Angela DeLaney
This is similar to the situation with the boys basketball team.
DeLaney and junior Alexus Dukes are equally important to the Lady Knights’ success, and the fact of the matter is Heights needs both of them clicking to compete at the highest level.
So, if Heights is able to dethrone Ellison and win a district title, both will likely garner consideration for a nomination.
DeLaney gets the nod here based on seniority and consistency.
Senior Tyler Combs
Combs was a state alternate wrestler last season and has his eye on state this year.
A state appearance is an easy way to earn consideration, and a state title all but ensures a nomination.
For Combs, who has been wrestling since he was 3 years old, either will be a plenty rewarding way to end his impressive high school career.
Senior Caleb Dean
Dean was a first-teamer on the All-District 8-5A baseball team last year, which is a good start to meeting the superlative criteria.
But defending-champion Belton returns 2012 MVP and TCU signee Jared Janzcak and Newcomer of the Year Chase Sorter, which will add stiff competition.
Consider sophomore third baseman Tyler Torres a darkhorse after earning a first-team nod in his first high school season.
This is just a list of players who appear well-positioned for an Athlete of the Year-type season based on 2013.
But there could be a surprise nominee in 2014.