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Malik Pratt got more than he expected.

Jammie Blunt Jr. was waiting for his opportunity.

There’s much more to participating in the Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Victory Bowl softball game than the game itself.

Temple golfer William Paysse, who just completed his junior year at Belton High School, earned a spot in the U.S Junior Amateur championship by winning a sectional qualifier Monday in Kerrville.

Led by all-tournament team selections safety TJ Gift, receiver Anthony Brown and quarterback Cameron Davis, the host Belton High School 7-on-7 team finished as the runner-up in the Lone Star Shootout on Saturday in Belton.

Competition and compassion converged in a pair of high school all-star games that brought together athletes for the Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Victory Bowl.

BELTON — It looked as if Jacob Mitchell and Garet Douglas had been playing baseball together for many years.

BELTON — Emily Gray knew what to expect.

BELTON — It’s high school athletics infused with community service wrapped in fellowship.

Dajuan Jones was frustrated.

AUSTIN — It was an unusual situation.

Over the past few seasons, Ellison has been known for its high-octane offense.

Bobby Smith has been rolling of late.

Area discus and shot put champion Bobby Smith of Killeen High is halfway to another sweep of the throwing events at the Region I-6A track meet at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Julia Garcia is headed to the big show.

WACO — The Waco Midway Panthers showed why they are currently tied for the lead in District 8-6A on Tuesday night as they defeated Ellison 11-1 in five innings.

The elements were a factor in Round 1 of the Region I-6A girls golf tournament Monday at Rolling Hills Country Club in Arlington, and it won’t get much better today.

With a playoff chase Belton’s Trey Bell described as an ongoing fight from the start of District 8-6A nearing the end, the Tigers had an opportunity Friday night to earn themselves some breathing room in fourth place.

Bobby Smith stole the show in the throwing events at the District 7/8-6A area track and field meet Thursday at Waco Midway.

Dylan Blomquist is just a sophomore, but he didn’t look like one Tuesday night.

A day after banging-out 15 runs and 23 hits, both offenses were at it again Thursday night at Eagles Ballpark.

Both Ellison and Killeen had no trouble at the plate on Wednesday night as both teams combined for 15 runs and 23 hits.

The All-District 8-6A girls soccer teams were recently announced, and Belton led the way for area squads with three superlatives.

The weather held up just long enough Monday, and Belton was glad it did.

COPPERAS COVE — There is a first time for everything.

HARKER HEIGHTS — Preston Mills had a rough outing on the mound Tuesday at home against the Knights, but he responded Friday in the second game of the set for Ellison.

The Killeen boys track team got it done.

It is a difficult task to reach the boys soccer postseason in the tough District 8-6A, but Harker Heights did just that.

BELTON — For his first attempt in the high jump Wednesday afternoon, Josh Canete put on his own personal show. Copperas Cove’s 2016 state meet qualifier loped toward the bar, leaped straight up, scissor-kicked his way over and landed feet-first on the mat, casually walking away as if he was …

Daniel Cole is no stranger to being in high-pressure spots on the diamond.

An old-fashioned pitchers’ duel took place Friday night at Eagles Ballpark as both Ellison and Copperas Cove combined for only six hits in 10 innings.

COPPERAS COVE — It was the ideal advice.

Temple’s disqualification in the 800-meter relay nearly proved costly, but the Wildcats boys track team held on for a three-point victory over Copperas Cove on Saturday at the Waco Midway Relays.

The Texas High School Bowling Club state tournament begins today with boys and girls teams from Ellison and Harker Heights among the teams vying for state titles this weekend at Fort Worth’s Cityview Lanes.

BELTON — Belton coach Matt Blackburn was yelling for Bethany Edwards to just sit down.

Another tilt between Ellison and Shoemaker brought another tight decision on the diamond.

Dajuan Jones had an illustrious basketball career at Ellison.

Ellison head coach Ty Oppermann admitted that Tuesday night’s district-opener wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles got the win.

After dropping a heartbreaker at Harker Heights the day before, Ellison couldn’t wait to take the field Tuesday at home against Killeen.

HARKER HEIGHTS — The Lady Knights trailed Ellison 9-3 after just 2½ innings of play Monday afternoon, but it didn’t take long for them to rally.

During the 2016-17 basketball season, Casey Armour developed into a dangerous offensive threat, a lockdown defender and an enforcer of the glass.

With a fine performance on the track, the Harker Heights boys track team scored 89 points to finish as runner-up to Temple (117) in the Killeen ISD relays on Friday.

BELTON — Coach Tarcisio Mosnia and his Belton boys soccer team had no intention of sharing the District 8-6A title with San Angelo Central. Still, knowing they needed a win to claim the crown outright, the Tigers got off to a sluggish start in their regular-season finale against Ellison on F…

The Harker Heights baseball team opened a tournament at Manor on Thursday with a 6-3 win over Class 4A No. 18 Liberty Hill and a 2-1 loss to St. Andrews.

Javon Levi didn’t earn league MVP honors last season, and it became an immediate goal for him this year.

Alex Lee wanted it to be a special night.

The Ellison boys track team won four events to win a rain-shortened Round Rock Invitational on Saturday.

FORT WORTH — Ellison started off just the way it had throughout the playoffs.

HARKER HEIGHTS — Needing a win or a tie to secure a spot in the playoffs, Harker Heights was able to find the back of the net in the first 40 minutes and hold on in the second half to defeat Ellison 1-0.

HARKER HEIGHTS – Harker Heights was so close to capping off an undefeated opening day of the Killeen ISD Tournament, but instead had to settle for 1-1.

Ellison is in a place it hasn’t been in a long time.

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