There is a saying at Copperas Cove: Once a Bulldawg, always a Bulldawg.
Elijah Sobers is taking the adage literally.
After entrenching himself as a consistent contributor for the Bulldawgs basketball team, the guard will continue his career with the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs, signing a letter of intent earlier in the week.
At Copperas Cove, Sobers helped the Bulldawgs end a five-year postseason drought in 2013 before hitting a dramatic, last-second shot to beat Shoemaker 80-78 in the District 8-5A finale to clinch the team’s second consecutive playoff berth. As a senior, Sobers was placed on the all-district second team after the Bulldawgs rebounded from losing five of their first seven district games to finish third with an 8-6 record (18-15 overall).
Sobers recently talked with Herald reporter Clay Whittington about his future at Texas Lutheran and reminisced about his time at Copperas Cove.
How does it feel now that you have made your commitment?
It feels pretty good. I’m going somewhere where they like me and stuff like that and where I know I’m going to play. It feels really good to be going to college. It’s the next step in life.
What made Texas Lutheran the right place for you?
I had a whole bunch of options, but I kind of know the coach, and I know he will take care of me as far as basketball and education go. I really like the campus and all that stuff, so it just felt like it was best for me to go there.
What do you intend to study?
I going to be studying to be a vet or a vet tech, and they have a pretty good vet program there.
You were part of a signing ceremony with several Copperas Cove athletes, including teammate Montre’ Williams. What was it like to share that moment with him?
It feels really good. We are both together, senior and senior, both signing on the same day. It means a lot. We are really good friends, so signing on the same day just makes it that much more special.
You accomplished a lot during your time playing for the Bulldawgs. What sticks out to you?
The shot against Shoemaker. Just thinking about that game, it starts to give me a rush all over again — all the excitement and everything. It was just amazing. There is no way to explain it. It is hard to explain, but it was a really good feeling. Just to go through all we had gone through, and then to share that moment with my teammates like that makes it really special.
Now, you are about to jump to the next level, where everybody is bigger, stronger and faster. What are you doing to get your game ready?
On my own time, I’ve been working out. Actually, me and Montre’ work out together all the time. We do that kind of stuff. Even though not everybody else is doing it, we take into consideration that we need to do it on our own. So we go and work out. We want to get better because we are going to that next level, and we want to perform at that next level also. We have to get better and work hard, so that’s what we’ve been doing.