MARBLE FALLS — Eldridge McAdams could tell his team had little left to give.
“Embrace the grind.”
The Union Grove Middle School Grizzlies completed a two-year championship sweep, winning the eighth-grade Killeen ISD volleyball championship match Nov. 10 over the Live Oak Ridge Lobos.
The Patterson Middle School Cavaliers brought another football championship plaque to the school trophy case following a wild 19-13 win in the cold Tuesday at Leo Buckley Stadium.
Lampasas' football success is taking an early toll on the Badger basketball squad, which dropped to 0-3 Saturday with a 49-40 loss at Pflugerville Weiss.
BRYAN — Ace Whitehead scored on a 73-yard run and added a pair of touchdown passes as the Lampasas Badgers won a playoff game for the first time in seven years, holding off Freeport Brazosport 42-35 on Friday.
TEMPLE — Mesquite Horn entered with 3-7 record and Temple had the home-field advantage in Friday night’s Class 6A Division II bi-district playoff game, yet coach Scott Stewart and the Wildcats knew how talented and explosive the visiting Jaguars were.
ROCKWALL — As the second half wore on Friday night, the outcome mostly was decided and Belton’s season ticked closer and closer to an unwelcome finality. Still, something needed to be done: finish.
Cade Scallin scored 10 points, Eli Pittman and Sammy Brown each added nine, and the Salado boys outscored Gatesville 24-14 in the fourth quarter for a 48-43 victory on Friday.
LONGVIEW — Copperas Cove was immediately overwhelmed in its playoff opener.
Easton Simpson’s motivation this season has been to finish the goal he set out to accomplish years ago.
COPPERAS COVE— Years ago, if someone told Copperas Cove senior shortstop Colby Jost he would one day would sign to a Division I baseball program, he might not have believed it.
LAMPASAS — Monica Garza almost gave up on her dream.
Various NCAA Division I basketball programs pursued 6-foot, 7-inch Shoemaker forward J’Wan Roberts, including Oklahoma, Baylor, St. John’s, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M and Seton Hall.
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.