By Angel Verdejo
The Cove Herald
It didn't take long for Copperas Cove's Orlando Thomas to decide where he was going to play in college.
Hours after attending the University of Texas' Junior Day on Sunday, the multi-talented Bulldawgs quarterback verbally committed to the Longhorns, according to a report by the Austin American-Stateman.
Thomas nor Cove coaches have made a public announcement on the commitment, though one could be coming in the next week.
Thomas, a former running back who saw time at wide receiver as a sophomore, is being recruited as an "athlete" after combining for nearly 1,650 total yards of offense and 21 combined touchdowns rushing, passing and receiving in 2010.
Thomas, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster who will likely project as a cornerback in college, chose Texas over offers from Baylor, Texas A&M and TCU, among others.
Dawgs named to Victory Bowl roster - William Randolph, who is headed to Texas A&M in the fall, Daquon Bratcher and Gene Gilbert lead an area contingent of football standouts who will have their prep careers extended by one game. Thirteen players in all were selected this week to play in the third annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Super Centex Victory Bowl.
A majority, including the Cove trio, will suit up for the Red Team, which is led Copperas Cove head coach Jack Welch. The game is set for June 11. Players report June 8 to begin workouts, with the game three days later at 6:30 p.m. at Baylor's Floyd Casey Stadium.
Dawgs win basketball finale - At Temple, Myron Taylor scored a game-high 18 points Tuesday and Juwan Rice and Ricardo Artis added 13 and 12 points, respectively, giving the Bulldawgs a season-ending overtime win, 69-65, over the Wildcats.
The Dawgs (16-17, 4-10 12-5A) rallied from a 25-18 halftime by deficit and outscored Temple 27-20 in the fourth quarter to force the extra period.
Softball wins opener, 9-3 - At Waco, freshman Irene Espinoza led the Lady Bulldawgs (1-0) with a double, home run and pair of walks Tuesday in their season-opening victory over Waco University, while Mari Chavez, Destiny Henderson, Megan Martel and Kinzi Courtney each tallied multiple hits as well.
Pitcher Katelynn Stephens struck out 10 in the win.
Bowling sweeps Shoemaker - At Killeen's Hallmark Lanes, Cove held on to edge Shoemaker 9-8 on Monday. Cedric Mayberry averaged 236 and Tyler Combs 213 to help the Dawgs take a 6-1 lead after match play. Cove then won the first team game to lead 8-1 before Shoemaker pulled within 8-3 and took a 2-pin lead in total pins.
In the third game, Combs struck on his final ball in the 10th frame to earn a tie and the ninth point to win the match.
The Lady Dawgs made it a sweep with a 15-2 win over the Lady Grey Wolves. Stephani Brown and Lily Ayala led Cove to a 7-0 lead after match play, with the Lady Dawgs taking 3-of-4 team games.
Lady Dawg soccer falls on the road - At College Station, Alyson Sinclair put Copperas Cove on the board but it wasn't enough as the Lady Dawgs dropped a 2-1 decision to A&M Consolidated on Tuesday.