Copperas Cove junior quarterback Manny Harris has been nominated for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football statewide Player of the Week Award.
Harris, who passed for seven touchdowns and ran for another in Friday's 63-41 win over Shoemaker, is one of 10 nominees for the weekly statewide award, which is decided by fan voting.
The poll can be viewed at www.texasfootball.com. Voting ends at noon Friday.
Today's District 8-3A tennis match between Lampasas and Gatesville has been postponed due to inclement weather. The match is rescheduled for Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Lampasas.
Copperas Cove will host its only scrimmage versus an outside opponent against No. 20 Abilene on Friday at Bulldawg Stadium. The freshmen will play at 10:30 a.m. and the junior varsity will start at 5 p.m. The varsity game is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Bulldawgs open their season at home Aug. 30 against A&M Consolidated at 7:30 p.m.
Copperas Cove played a dual match at Waco on Tuesday, falling twice in lopsided fashion to Midlothian and Ennis.
"We competed very well in doubles in both matches with our boys really stepping up, but were unable to close matches," Copperas Cove head coach Paul Talbett said. "As a result, we were down big in both matches after doubles. We could not climb out of (it).
"Our boys made huge strides today, and we are excited about that. We played two boys teams today that were as strong as any team in our district and competed well."
Copperas Cove had little to show for its effort, though, losing to Midlothian 18-1 and falling to Ennis 17-2. Nevertheless, Talbett believes his team, especially his boys, made great strides in defeat.
"This is a big step with lots of matches to get better before district," Talbett said. "Our most pressing area of improving still remains closing out matches. We have to learn to win big points in big matches."
Copperas Cove returns to the courts Thursday and Friday at the Georgetown Team Tennis tournament, playing Thursday at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Friday at 9 a.m.
Former Killeen quarterback Michael Cummings was recently recognized by the a University of Kansas leadership organization.
Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization at the university, recognized Cummings as a member.
According to a press release, Sigma Alpha Lambda "is dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment."
Cummings is a sophomore quarterback for the Jayhawks' football team who played eight games last season as a redshirt freshman and started five against Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech and Iowa State.
He completed 43 of 94 passes for 456 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 49 carries last year. He is expected to back up Jake Heaps for Kansas this season.
Posted in Blogs, Pressbox on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 6:47 pm. Updated: 6:56 pm. | Tags: Michael Cummings , Killeen High School , University Of Kansas , Sigma Alpha Lambda , Kansas Jayhawks Comments (0)
Harker Heights' 6-foot-7 rising senior post Roderick Taylor verbally committed to the University of Louisiana-Monroe late Monday.
A transfer from Colorado, Taylor has been apart of the Knights' varsity the past two seasons, starting occasionally. But he is expected to play an integral part in the team this coming season with four of the five varsity starters returning from a year ago.
Taylor, who made the announcement on his Twitter account, is ranked the 57th best player in the state according to texashoops.com, a Rivals.com website.
Posted in Pressbox on Monday, August 5, 2013 10:00 pm. Updated: 10:03 pm. | Tags: University Of Louisiana At Monroe , Roderick Taylor , Twitter , University Of Louisiana-monroe , Texashoops.com , Rivals.com , Taylor Comments (0)
Representatives of the Killeen Police Department will host a softball tournament fundraiser at 8 a.m. Aug. 31 for injured KPD officer Juan Obregon Jr. and in memory of slain officer Robert “Bobby” Hornsby.
All proceeds will go to the Hornsby and Obregon families, as well as the KPD Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (LEAF).
Obregon, a 10-year KPD veteran, was shot in the leg by an assault rifle during a July 14 shootout that killed Hornsby, a four-year KPD veteran. Obregon was released from the hospital July 23 but still has a long road to recovery. Both were members of the KPD SWAT.
Obregon and Hornsby’s widow, Kimberly Hornsby, are expected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, said tournament organizer and KPD SWAT officer Brandon Smith.
The softball tournament, which will play under Amateur Softball Association rules, is semi-coed and teams must have a minimum 10 players with at least two females playing at all times.
Teams must sign up and pay the $150 entry fee by 5 p.m. Aug. 26. Donations will be accepted at the Killeen Athletic Complex entrance gate Aug. 31, and there will be a raffle for several donated prizes with tickets for $5 a piece. The public is encouraged to attend.
Posted in Blogs, Pressbox on Friday, August 2, 2013 11:25 pm. Updated: 11:27 pm. | Tags: Killeen Police Department , Juan Obregon , Robert Hornsby , Bobby Hornsby , Softball Tournament , Killeen Athletic Complex Comments (0)
The Shoemaker Grey Wolves' football camp will be held Aug. 5-8 at the school's football field from 9 a.m. to noon.
The camp is open to all incoming second- through ninth-graders and will conducted by Shoemaker High School varsity coaches. Cost for the camp is $25 per athlete and $20 for each additional family member.
The camp will focus on fundamental skills and techniques and includes individual and team instruction.
For more information or to register, contact coach Channon Hall at (254) 336-0965 or (254) 336-0964 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ellison girls volleyball booster club is presenting the Lady Eagles car show fundraiser to raise money for the approaching 2013-14 season.
The car show will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ellison High School parking lot at 909 Elms Road in Killeen.
Preregistration is $20 made payable by credit card or through Paypal at email@example.com, or pay $25 on the day with a $5 parking fee if using the Ellison High parking lot.
There will be prizes awarded for best in show, among others, as well as bounce houses, face painting, food, live music and, of course, some cool cars.
Two-a-day practices and tryouts for the Shoemaker High School volleyball team will be Aug. 5-8 in the school's gymnasium.
On Aug. 5-6, freshmen and sophomores will practice from 8-10 a.m.; juniors and seniors will follow from 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. All players will then go again from 1:30-3:30.
On Aug. 7-8, all players will practice from 8-10 a.m. and from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Athletes need to bring court shoes and work-out clothes and must have completed physicals and athletic training packets.
For more information, contact Coach Merdith Shaw-Moore at (409) 351-1428 or by email at Merdith.Shaw@killeenisd.org.
The Killeen High School volleyball coaching staff will be hosting camps July 29-August 1 in the school's gymnasium.
Freshman camp is July 29-30 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and costs $30. An all-level camp will be hosted July 31-Aug. 1, also from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and costs $60. Fees for both can only be paid in cash.
Tryouts for the Lady Roos' volleyball team will be Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Participant must have completed physical and athletic packet before the tryouts.
Only incoming freshmen, new Killeen High students and girls who made the first-round cuts in spring will be allowed to try out. Final cuts will be made Aug. 7. There will also be a parent meeting that night at 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Coach Shelly Harris at Shelly.Harris@killeenisd.org.
Soon-to-be Harker Heights sophomore Kiani Sheppard will defend her No. 1 state ranking when she competes in the 2013 West Texas Junior Champions Tour Championship on Aug. 1-2 at Scott Schreiner Golf Course in Kerrville.
Sheppard is currently ranked as the state's top golfer in the girls' 12-14 year-old division with 240 points with an undefeated tournament record this summer, winning all nine of the events she's participated in.
Sheppard was the lone female golfer to compete for the Lady Knights last season.
Also holding onto the top spot in her age group is Lampasas rising senior Morgan Rogers, who leads the 15-18 year-old division with 190 points
The Copperas Cove Bulldawg Quarterback Camp is coming up Monday and Tuesday, July 15-16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bulldawg Stadium.
Campers will receive instruction in all phases of playing the position, including proper passing technique and leadership principles.
Athletes are asked to wear shorts, a T-shirt and athletic shoes (cleats if possible) and bring a sack lunch.
Cost of the camp is $55 per athlete, which can be paid at the stadium Monday morning or pre-registration can be done at the athletic annex this week during regular business hours.
KB Fastpitch is offering free pitching tutorials Sunday evenings until the end of July.
Any girl attending the Killeen Independent School District ages 6-18 can attend the camps, which will be held at Lions Club Park in Killeen on July 7, 14, 21 and 28. The camps are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Every pitcher must have a catcher (father, friend, etc.), cleats, a glove, softballs and a bucket. Participants must also provide their own beverages.
For more information, visit www.KBfastpitch.com.
For those who had season tickets last season: Monday, August 5 thru Thursday, August 8 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
For those who did not possess season tickets last year: Monday, August 12 thru Thursday, August 15 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Season ticket cost: $45 for 5 home games, including Lorena, China Springs, Gatesville, Brownwood and Burnet
Tickets will be sold at the athletic office during the posted hours. The office is located next to the gym at Lampasas High School.
Gatesville senior catcher Cullen Mayhew will sign a letter of intent Thursday to play baseball at McHenry Community College in Illinois. A signing ceremony will take place at 1:10 p.m. in the New Gym foyer.
Bryan Waller was named new head softball coach at Copperas Cove, replacing Shelly Hayes, who resigned in late April.
Waller is leaving San Antonio East Central, where he posted a 21-12 record and reached the area round of the Class 5A playoffs last year.
Prior to coaching the Hornets, Waller had head coaching jobs at Pettus, Gorman, McGregor, Pottsboro and Early.
The Lady Bulldawgs are coming off an 18-17 season and finished fourth in District 8-5A with an 8-6 record, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Several Copperas Cove senior athletes will ink letters of intent to carry on their careers at the next level during a signing ceremony in the meeting room at Bulldawg Gym on Monday, June 3 at 9:30 a.m.
Bulldawg footballers signing include Julian Doubleday, who's headed for McMurry University in Abilene, and Devin West, who will sign with Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA.
Two Lady Dawg basketball players will move on to the college ranks, as well. Shawnte' Goff will sign with the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, while Jasmine Johnson will join Collin College in Plano.
Dawg basketballer Deion Robinson is slated to sign with Mountain View College in Dallas.
From the Bulldawg baseball squad, Dylan Cooper is signing with Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, KS.
All Bulldawg fans are invited to attend, as we send these student athletes off to the next stage of their careers.
Several Copperas Cove Lady Dawg softball players were honored at the team's annual awards banquet, held Thursday at the MAKS Family Fun and Event Center in Copperas Cove, where team awards, voted by the coaching staff, were handed out.
Ashley Hartwell was named the team's Most Valuable Player, while Brianna Sinclair took the Battlin' Bulldawg Award.
Carlee Duran and Sydney Andrews shared the Game Changer Award, and the Batting Award went to Tayler Hammack.
Other award winners included the Golden Glove Award, shared by Irene Espinoza and Destiny Henderson, while Andrews was named Newcomer of the Year, and Elliana Doubleday and Kinzi Courtney shared the Iron Man Award.
Four athletes from Gatesville High School will be signing next week to play at the collegiate level.
Senior quarterback Cole Edmiston has received a preferred walk-on position to play football at Baylor University, while senior middle blocker Ashley Cook has received the same offer to play volleyball at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.
Twin sisters Megan (defensive specialist) and Paige Chambers (setter) will sign letters of intent to play volleyball for Clarendon College.
The signing ceremony will be held Thursday, May 23, at 2:25 PM in the new gym foyer.
For any additional information, contact Rickey Phillips at 254-865-8281.
After a season on the Houston Texans practice squad, former Bulldawgs and TCU tight end Logan Brock has found a home with the Carolina Panthers, signing a free agent contract with the team Monday.
Brock's father Reb Brock is the Copperas Cove Bulldawg defensive coordinator.
Copperas Cove Bulldawgs football season tickets go on sale Monday, May 13 at the high school athletic annex.
Current holders of reserved seat season tickets from 2012 may purchase their 2013 season tickets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 13-29 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 30. The office will be closed May 27 for Memorial Day.
Reserved seat exchange days are June 3-5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open sale of remaining reserved seat season tickets will be held June 10-13 and June 17-20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ticket packages are $30 for five home games. Payment may be made with cash, credit or debit cards or by check.
For more information, call Becky Jewell at 254-547-4111.
Lometa junior Tricia Williams won two gold medals in the shot put and discus and sophomore Mikkaila Barnet placed third in the high jump Friday at the UIL State Track & Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
Williams defending her 1A state discus title with a throw of 131 feet, 7 inches to win the event and set the new conference record.
Lometa competed at the 1A-Division II level, which was added this year when the University Interscholastic League split Class 1A, the state’s small classification into two divisions.
Williams won the the shot put with a throw of 42-10 1/4 after placing third in the event last year as a sophomore.
Barnet, who had the best qualifying mark in the high jump going into her first-ever state track meet appearance, slipped on the track before her final attempt at 5-feet, 2-inches and settled for a bronze medal with a mark of 5-1.
Salado’s Alex Cooke placed fifth in the 2A boys 3,200-meter run. The senior led the first four laps, but dropped from the lead to the middle of the pack after falling behind at the beginning the fifth lap.
Cooke finished in 9 minutes, 39.75 seconds, more than 10 seconds behind winner Quinlin McGregor of Amarillo Highland Park. McGregor finished in 9:29.38.
Lightening and rain in Austin on Friday delayed the start of one of the largest high school track meets in the country.
The inclement weather pushed back the start of the first day of the UIL State Track and Field Championships from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Team-voted awards and the naming of two all-district players highlighted Wednesday's Copperas Cove Bulldawg Baseball Awards Banquet held in the Copperas Cove High School cafeteria.
Named by District 8-5A coaches to the league's all-district team were second-team pick Tim Bechtold and Brandon Smith, who received an honorable mention nod.
Hunter Roseberry was voted Most Improved Player, Charlie Folger was selected Pitcher of the Year, while Bechtold was named Rookie of the Year.
Julian Doubleday got the Offensive Player of the Year award from his teammates and Kyle Winstead received the Defensive Player of the Year pick.
Smith was voted the Dawg Award by his teammates for best exemplifying what it means to be a Bulldawg baseball player and he was also named the team's Most Valuable Player.
Incoming Harker Heights freshman linebacker John Harvey Jr. competed in the National Underclassmen Combine (NUC) 5-Star Junior Showcase held in Duncanville on April 21.
Harvey, the only eighth grader to compete at linebacker among the nine regional showcases nationwide according to his father, ranked in the Top 10 out of 26 competitors, and earned an invitation to the NUC Ultimate 100 to be held in Duncanville on June 21.
Harvey (5-foot-9, 174 pounds) is also expected to attend the NUC Combine in Austin on May 25-26.
Three Harker Heights baseball players will sign tomorrow with Texas College in Tyler. Kyle Randall, Tyler Keller and Cody Plagens will sign
at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Knights Gym.
The Copperas Cove Lady Dawg softball squad is looking for a new leader.
Head coach Shelly Hayes has resigned her post after one year at the helm effective immediately.
"I told the girls after the bi-district series. I couldn't lead them on," said Hayes, "but I didn't want to tell them until after the season."
Hayes led the Lady Dawgs to their first playoff appearance since 2008 with a fourth-place finish in District 8-5A at 8-6. Copperas Cove (18-17 overall) took on Mansfield Timberview in a best-of-three bi-district series last weekend in Waco and fell in two-straight games, ending the season.
"Shelly Hayes and the softball coaching staff did a great job in getting our softball team back to the playoffs," said CCISD girls athletic coordinator Tracy Ranes. "We understand her situation and her need to be close to her family."
Hayes said she intends to continue coaching softball, most likely in the San Antonio area.
"There are some opportunities to do so and I'm exploring those," she said. "There are some family issues and I need to get closer to my family. This has nothing to do with the girls..with anything they did. They have good players coming back and they can continue in the playoffs, if they want to."
The District 8-5A fourth-seeded Copperas Cove Lady Dawg softball squad will take its first playoff steps since 2008, when the ladies take on No. 18 Mansfield Timberview, the top team from District 7-5A, in a best two-of-three bi-district series to be played April 26-27 at Waco I.S.D. Stadium complex field No. 1.
Game one is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, while game two is Saturday at 12 noon. If a third game is needed, it will be played 30 minutes after the second game's conclusion.
Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Gatesville gave up 13 hits to No. 2 Liberty Hill, and the Lady Panthers capitalized on a number of them en route to beating the Hornets 8-1 on Friday evening.
Hornets senior right fielder Ashley Cook was 2 for 3 with a RBI, but received little help from her teammates, and Gatesville finished the game with only four hits.
The loss eliminated any chance Gatesville had of earning a share of the District 8-3A championship as Liberty Hill (27-2, 10-0) finished district play undefeated.
The Hornets (19-14, 8-2) secure the district's second seed with the loss and will play Stephenville in the bi-district round of the playoffs at Brownwood at a date and time yet to be determined.