BELTON — Basketball is a sport, but sometimes, it is art.
GATESVILLE — Sammy Brown made four 3-pointers and scored 20 points and Salado defeated Gatesville 74-68 in the Eagles’ season-opener on Saturday morning.
CEDAR PARK — Gatesville knew what to expect.
DeSOTO — The Copperas Cove Bulldawgs knew they had to be nearly flawless in the opening round of the Division II-6A playoffs.
DUNCANVILLE — Ellison fell to sixth-ranked Duncanville 62-0 on Friday in the bi-district round of the Class 6A, Division II playoffs.
BELTON – Belton players and their families lingered on the Tiger Field turf for almost an hour after Friday night’s Class 6A bi-district playoff game, sharing memories, taking photos and laughing through some tears.
MANOR — Winning a playoff game for the second straight year following an eight-year playoff victory drought is certainly special for the Salado Eagles.
Allaira Jones scored 18 points, and Rebekah Nolte added 16 — including four 3-pointers — to lead the No. 23 Gatesville girls in a 60-26 rout at Salado on Friday.
BRENHAM — Florence was knocked out of the Class 3A, Division II playoffs after traveling to face the El Maton Tidehaven Tigers in the bi-district round Thursday evening and lost 34-7.
Ellison looks to break a two-game losing streak heading into the bi-district round of Class 6A playoffs tonight at Duncanville.
LAMPASAS — It was a night of firsts for Lampasas.
LAMPASAS — Mark Myers understands the process takes time.
SALADO — Surrounded by her family and teammates, Salado senior Bailey Tindell signed her letter of intent to play softball for Lamar University, an NCAA Division I school, Tuesday afternoon.
Killeen students gathered in the gym Tuesday afternoon to watch senior Manesha Knox sign her letter of intent to play basketball for Texas Woman’s University.
Kayla Williams made Ellison’s only 3-pointer — and her only points of the game — with 8.8 seconds remaining to send the Lady Eagles to a 51-48 road win over Class 3A-No. 1 Liberty Hill on Tuesday.
Walk down the sideline of a Killeen football game on a chilly Friday night and somewhere in the sea of maroon and white you’ll find head athletic trainer Al “Doc” Wilson bundled up in his maroon hoodie and gray Killeen letterman jacket watching the game unfold.
Belton sophomore golfer Trent Tepera led the Tigers with a two-round total of 151 and Belton finished fourth in its fall season finale Saturday in the Cedar Creek Fall Invitational.
CLASS 6A DIVISION I
COPPERAS COVE — Copperas Cove took the championship title at the 2017 Bush’s Chicken Tournament after beating Bel Air High School 51-43 on Saturday afternoon in the Dawg House.
LAMPASAS — Aaron Nuckles will never forget his debut at Lampasas, but he hopes others will.
BELTON — The Copperas Cove football team has never missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons since coach Jack Welch ended the school's 38-year playoff drought in 1998.
Harker Heights and Killeen were each in a must-win situation, and both emerged disappointed.
Kadarius Green scored 17 points and the Ellison boys basketball team opened the season by routing 5A-No. 23 Pflugerville Connally 71-45 on Friday at Ellison.
WACO — Ellison did not get the win, but Trent Gregory feels his team emerged with something equally valuable.
Students filed into Shoemaker’s gym Tuesday afternoon to watch on as senior Charlene Shepherd signed her letter of intent to play basketball for North Texas, an NCAA Division I program.
Meleanna Williams had 14 points and five of the Lady Roos' 14 steals to lead Killeen to a 36-28 win over Marble Falls on Tuesday.
The Lady Grey Wolves are starting this season almost entirely from scratch with only three returning seniors from last year’s varsity team — Kaleiyah Davis, Charlene Shepherd and Yanira Kelly.
MVP—Aidan Chace, jr., S/RS, Copperas Cove.
Preston Pratt shot rounds of 78 and 77 over the weekend and Belton’s No. 1 golf team finished fifth in the Central Texas Shootout on Saturday at Waco’s Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.
ROUND ROCK — Jaci McGregor did not meet her expectations. She exceeded them.
COPPERAS COVE — Two teams battling for a playoff spot in District 8-6A football met Friday at Copperas Cove’s Bulldawg Stadium.
BELTON — Everything has been on fast-forward for Carl Robinson III since his arrival at Mary Hardin-Baylor.
WEST— Copperas Cove High School was knocked out of the volleyball playoffs in the Class 6A area round Friday night as Southlake Carroll took all three sets, 25-21, 25-13, and 25-21.
WACO — In three snaps, Waco La Vega completely changed the game’s complexion.
The Shoemaker Grey Wolves entered Friday night’s game against Waco Midway with a tough task: Get their first win of the season against an undefeated sixth-ranked team.
The Rogers Eagles scored 21 unanswered points after an early 6-6 tie and went on to beat the Florence Buffaloes 35-14 in District 13-3A, Div. II action Friday in Florence.
SALADO — While most people are barely waking up at 5:30 a.m., on any given school day in the fall you can find the Salado High School cross country team out practicing before the sun even comes up.
Belton ran into the playoffs.
WEST — Cari Lowery knew what to expect.
HILLSBORO — Ellison was hoping for a treat this Halloween but instead the Lady Eagles volleyball team was knocked out by South Grand Prairie 3-0 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs on Tuesday night at Hillsboro High School.
WHITNEY — There was a little finesse, a lot of power, a few long rallies and some spectacular defense.
The Giddings volleyball team dominated the decisive fifth set after Salado rallied to tie the match at 2-2 and the Lady Buffaloes advanced to the area round of the Class 4A playoffs with a 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 18-25, 15-2 victory on Tuesday in Cameron.
BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor has believed all season that its offense could be explosive. Now, the Crusaders believe they’ve found the guy to light the fuse.
Trent Tepera shot a 5-over 77 and the Belton golf team posted the best final-round score on the way to a runner-up finish at the 40th annual A&M Consolidated Tiger Classic.
CHINA SPRING — Gatesville earned a victory Friday. It just was not on the field.
Cross-town rivalry games are a staple of Texas high school football.
BELTON – If a player was wearing red Friday night, he likely found his way onto Tiger Field. And that made Belton head coach Sam Skidmore smile.
Elicia Jackson had 11 kills, three blocks and an ace to lead the Belton volleyball team to a 14-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23 win over Ellison in a District 8-6A third-place tiebreaker Friday at Harker Heights High School.
It is nothing new for Jaylen Smith.
Ellison High School football will be out for redemption tonight as the Eagles face Killeen in the annual territorial game at Leo Buckley Stadium.
Walking into the gymnasium at Ellison High School in the late afternoon, you’d hear a lot of commotion.