At 6-foot-3, Glynna Johnson rose above the competition.
The senior led the Gatesville volleyball team to a record 37 wins, a Region III-3A semifinal berth and kicked off a successful and at the same time disappointing year for the Hornets.
After Sebastian Corrales kicked a 47-yard field goal to lift the football team to a win over China Spring midway through the District 19-3A slate, it looked like the Hornets would extend their playoff streak to three.
But the Hornets came up empty, losing to Waco La Vega and Robinson to end the year at 4-6.
The baseball team went 18-8, but couldn't squeeze into the playoffs and the softball team's own playoff streak came to an end despite strong performances from 19-3A defensive player of the year Jaycee Summers and the Chambers twins, Megan and Paige.
However, both the girls and boys golf teams qualified for the state tournament and freshman Zane Washburn finished fourth individually. Katy Colson placed fifth after shooting a second-day 75 and led the Gatesville girls to bronze medals in their second consecutive state meet appearance.
Top 5 Performances
1. Fore: Zane Washburn shot a two-day 147 at the Class 2A state golf tournament May 3-4. Washburn's balanced 73-74 earned him a third-place playoff finish in his first-ever state appearance, even though his playoff tee shot went into the water hazard to cost him a medal. With the freshman leading the charge, the Hornets shaved 17 strokes off their first-day score to finish sixth overall at 639.
2. Spiked: Gatesville won 37 games and went to the regional semifinals behind Glynna Johnson, Kaitlin Poe and Skye Truss. After splitting the opening two games, Gatesville made enough plays down the stretch to walk away with a 25-16, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17 win in a Region III-3A quarterfinal. Johnson finished with 26 kills to go with six blocks and five aces and Poe had 36 assists,
The Hornets lost to Tarkington 24-26, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 in the semifinals.
3. Big boot: Sebastian Corrales sent a 47-yard field goal through the middle of the uprights as time expired to lift Gatesville 38-35 over visiting China Spring. With the win, Gatesville broke a seven-game losing streak to the Cougars, including back-to-back heartbreaks the last two seasons — a 42-41 loss in 2009 and a 24-21 loss in 2010.
4. At the line: Tobius Moore exploded for 29 points in a 64-54 overtime win over Waco Connally that wrapped up the No. 2 seed in District 19-3A for the Hornets. Moore did most of his damage from the free-throw line, hitting 17 of 18 for the game and a perfect 10-for-10 in overtime.
5. Vaulted over: Nicholas Meaders was the only Gatesville representative at the state meet May 13-14. Meaders won the pole vault at the Region III-3A meet at Humble's Turner Stadium in April, clearing 14 feet, 6 inches and edging out Fairfield's Jay Roberson, who also made 14-6.
5 players to watch in 2012-2013
1. Zane Washburn: The freshman shot a two-day 147 at the Class 2A state golf tournament earlier this month, Washburn's balanced 73-74 earned him a third-place playoff finish in his first-ever state appearance. For that performance Washburn earned the Daily Herald's All-Area boys golf MVP
2. Tyler Janes: The junior helped Gatesville on the mound and at the plate this season. The Hornets went 18-8 this year, but narrowly missed the playoffs. Janes will have to be the ace next year if Gatesville is going to rebound and return to the postseason.
3. Megan Chambers: The Hornets junior outfield captain batted .490, with a team-best 36 runs and 37 stolen bases to go with six RBIs, eight walks and a .529 on-base percentage and was also a member of the volleyball and basketball teams, as was her twin sister, Paige Chambers.
4. Cole Edmiston: The junior quarterback competed 110 of his 205 attempts this season for 1,123 yards, 12 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He also had 659 yards rushing for the Hornets.
5. Tobius Moore: The a two-year starting point guard led the Hornets in nearly every offensive and defensive category, shooting 52 percent from two-point range and 46 percent from beyond the arc. Moore also shot 90 percent from the charity stripe.
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