By Angel Verdejo
The Cove Herald
The Copperas Cove boys track team finished second behind Ellison at the District 12-5A meet last week, but claimed the most first-place finishes with six.
Most notably was the Dawgs' 800-meter relay team, which won the race with a time of 1:27.55, holding off Ellison (1:28.05), the defending state champions in the race.
Both teams shuffled their relay lineups leading up the final, as Copperas Cove, who beat the Eagles twice to start the track season, listed six Bulldawgs on the heat sheet. The other seven schools listed just the four who eventually ran the relay.
Brandon Hamilton, Kevin Coley, Orlando Thomas and William Randolph ran the relay, with Randolph holding off Ellison's Bryan Ojiyi, who filled in for the injured Prezel Hardy.
"We've been tweaking it all year," Cove head boys coach Keith Stifflemire said. "When we get to the regional track meet, we may do some more tweaking."
Roberto Camacho won the 300 hurdles (38.26), while Randolph won the 200 (21.73), this time holding off a pair of Eagles.
Graham won the 1,600, pulling away late from Ellison's Silvester Harrison to finish in 4:26.4. It was his second first place after winning the 3,200 Wednesday.
Other regional qualifiers include: Thomas (110 hurdles), Coley (100), Jonathan Bridges (high jump), John Horton (long jump and triple jump), Matt Hall (triple jump) and the Dawgs' 400-meter relay.
Five Lady Dawgs
advance to regionals
Copperas Cove's 800-meter relay finished second to Harker Heights on the second day of the District 12-5A track meet last week, but the Lady Dawgs (Andrea Hurt, Monique Cain, Alex Chace and Tiaira West) advanced to the Region II-5A meet May 3-4 at Baylor University.
Cove scored 42 points at the district meet, finished seventh. Heights scored 155 points to claim the 12-5A title.
West also qualified in the 400 after taking third, while Traonna Shedrick finished third in the long jump as well.
Cove softball out
of playoff picture
The Lady Bulldawgs needed a win to keep their postseason hopes alive, but Temple picked up the game's lone run in the sixth inning to hold off Copperas Cove 1-0 and claim District 12-5A's fourth playoff spot in its season sweep over the Lady Dawgs.
Temple improves to 16-15 overall and 7-5 in district play, while Cove (16-14) falls to 5-7 with two games to play. The Tem-cats beat Cove 5-1 the first time the teams met.
Temple's Lauren Guevara scored the run, hitting a flyball to left-center field, where it fell in after Cove outfielders Megan Martel and Katie Parris collided. The relay throw made it to the plate, but Guevara slid in under Savannah Seybold's tag at the plate.
Bryan 6, Copperas Cove 5 (Tuesday) - Brooke Parker singled up the middle and capped a three-run rally by the Lady Vikings in the bottom of the seventh to knock off the Lady Dawgs.
Cove took a 2-1 lead in the third after Brianna Sinclair doubled, Justine followed her with a single and Paige Thornhill drove them both home with a double.
Sinclair added an RBI single scoring Shaba Brown in the fourth and after Bryan tied the game in the bottom of the inning, Cove took the lead back when Ashley Hartwell and Brown scored on a wild pitch.
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