The area’s football season could be complete at any moment, and that is a good thing.
COPPERAS COVE — Copperas Cove has a new head coach. The Bulldawgs also have a new offensive identity.
After losing a core group of girls from last season, the Ellison Lady Eagles are still adjusting despite a 37-30 win over Liberty Hill on Tuesday night at home.
BELTON — On one hand, Belton girls basketball head coach Brenda Gomez appreciated the hustle by her players on the offensive boards to earn second and third chances. On the other, there were a few too many missed first chances to begin with for Gomez’s liking.
Caidon Livingston scored 13 points and the Lorena Leopards spoiled Salado's season opener by winning 72-49 at Lorena.
Chandler Sutton led four Eagles in double figures with 16 points and Ellison rolled to a 72-51 win at Austin Reagan in a season-opener Saturday.
Heading into Friday night’s season finale against Harker Heights, the Shoemaker Grey Wolves had already shown tangible progress with a young roster after consecutive winless seasons.
COPPERAS COVE — Eldridge McAdams knows his players did not capture the championship trophy, but it does not prevent him from believing they did.
For Belton senior Denver Holman, football is, and always has been, a family affair.
Kolbe Penick scored a career-high 22 points but the short-handed Lampasas boys basketball team fell 68-49 at Georgetown East View in a season-opener Saturday.
Jerrod Hicks ran for three touchdowns and over 120 yards, and the Smith seventh-grade A-team Leopards capped a perfect season as American Conference champions with a 32-18 win over Liberty Hill on Tuesday in Killeen ISD middle school football action.
COPPERAS COVE — Win, and make the long drive to East Texas for a Class 6A Division II first-round playoff game at fourth-ranked, unbeaten Longview.
WACO — Needing a win over Waco High and a Temple win over Copperas Cove to make the playoffs, Killeen turned to the duo of Blaze Albino and Demariontae Moore to lead the way.
GATESVILLE — Class 4A No. 4 Waco La Vega beat Gatesville 49-15, but it was not the Hornets’ biggest loss Friday.
FLORENCE — Hamilton scored 14 points before Florence’s offense even took the field and the Bulldogs went on to beat the Buffaloes 75-27 on Friday in a battle for District 8-3A, Div. II’s final playoff spot.
FAIRFIELD — The Salado Eagles entered the final week of the regular season needing a win and some help to make the playoffs.
A season that saw the Grey Wolves’ losing streak reach 27 ended with multiple wins as Shoemaker took down Harker Heights 35-14 on Friday at Leo Buckley Stadium in the District 12-6A finale.
T’ana Nolte and Caitlin Chacon each scored 10 points and the Gatesville girls basketball team rolled to a 64-21 home win over Salado on Friday.
HEWITT — A victory over Waco Midway eluded Belton for the seventh straight season, and the Tigers’ setback against the Panthers on Friday night took with it aspirations of a shared district title, the league’s No. 1 big-school seed and a home playoff game.
Gatesville is one victory away from returning to the playoffs.
Harker Heights and Shoemaker will face off in the final cross-town showdown of the District 12-6A season tonight at Leo Buckley Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
COPPERAS COVE — Copperas Cove and Belton each opened up the first day of the Bush’s Chicken Classic with a pair of wins.
Since stepping on the field in August, Copperas Cove senior quarterback Easton Simpson had one goal in mind: Guide his team to the playoffs.
LAMPASAS — It might have been unusual, but not anymore.
Senior point guard Madison Griffon had 18 points and six rebounds to lead Copperas Cove to a season-opening 54-52 win at A&M Consolidated in College Station.
Most of the time the Eagles scored this year, they went for a 2-point conversion, but Friday night was a different story.
ROUND ROCK — Jaci McGregor accomplished her goal even if she does not remember doing so.
For Lampasas sophomore Michael Murray Jr., the motivation to play football comes from the desire to make his family proud.
ROUND ROCK — Katrina Thoms felt alone.
ROUND ROCK — Hunter Haas will not compete again at state, but he is confident Salado will.
Gloria Iosefo served 13 points to help the Union Grove eighth-grade A-team Grizzlies remain unbeaten with a 25-9, 25-6 win over Rancier on Tuesday in Killeen ISD middle school volleyball action Monday.
For most of the District 12-6A season, the Killeen Kangaroos controlled their playoff fate.
WEST — Copperas Cove’s season ended, but the tradition carries on.
Whether it’s in district or nondistrict, and whether it’s at Wildcat Stadium or Panther Stadium, the Waco Midway Panthers keep coming up with ways to defeat Temple. And for the Wildcats, that’s a very painful and frustrating feeling.
STEPHENVILLE — Krece Nowak ran for two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder, and Stephenville beat Gatesville 31-3 on Friday at Tarleton Memorial Stadium.
Kaysha McCloud and Madisen Honea each had double-doubles to lead the Copperas Cove girls basketball team to a 64-35 rout at Leander on Friday in a season opener.
SALADO — The Salado Eagles entered their home finale knowing that despite being in sixth place in the seven-team District 8-4A-II standings, they still had an opportunity to make the playoffs.
BELTON — It turned out to be pretty perfect — at Tiger Field and elsewhere — for Belton.