By Monty Campbell
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE The Copperas Cove Bulldawg soccer club is off to its best start in recent history after a successful weekend down in the border town of Del Rio. The Bulldawgs took three of four games in the Copa Frontera Tournament and finished in third place out of 16 teams.
After playing the Brenham JV squad to a 1-1 tie in regulation in the opener, Aaron Velasco and Jaime Tamez notched goals in the shootout, giving Cove a 2-1 shootout victory.
Tamez used his first varsity game against Brenham as a tune-up because in only his second varsity game the freshman netted a hat-trick, leading the Bulldawgs to a 3-1 victory over Bandera.
The success ended for the Dawgs in the semifinals as they lost to tournament host Del Rio 6-2. Lowell Morgan and David Martinez netted goals for Cove. The Dawgs completed the tourney with a 6-1 whipping of Willowridge. Tamez, Morgan (2), Martinez and Maroons (2) scored goals for the Dawgs.
Cove returns to the pitch today in the Corsicana Winter Warm-up soccer tournament.
Lady Dawgs basketball looking for 20th win of season
The Copperas Cove Lady Dawg basketball team is desperately searching for its 20th victory of the season and much-needed wins in hopes of catching third-place Waco in the District 13-5A playoff race.
After dropping its fourth district game of the season on Tuesday night, Cove got a reprieve as it learned that A&M Consolidated upset Waco as well, keeping Copperas Cove just one game out of the final playoff spot with six games remaining.
The Lady Dawgs appear to have a slight advantage in that fight for the final playoff spot as four of their final six games are in the friendly confines of Bulldawg Gym. They start the stretch run Friday night when they host A&M Consolidated. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Bulldawg basketball back to the basics
The long-awaited district losing streak was finally broken when the Dawgs notched a 50-36 victory over Belton on Friday night, but the Bulldawgs are not quite world-beaters yet as witnessed by their 40-point defeat to the Bryan Vikings on Tuesday. The Dawgs did put a scare into the Vikes for one half, playing fundamentally sound basketball, but that all collapsed in the second half as Cove committed 17 turnovers and was outscored 50-20.
The Dawgs will have the opportunity to not allow another losing streak to get started as they travel down to College Station on Friday for a meeting with the Tigers. The game is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jaime Tamez, freshman, boys soccer. Tamez tallied goals in three of the four games (five goals in all) at the Copa Frontera Tournament, earning an All-Tournament selection.
STATISTIC OF THE WEEK: 6-0, The record of the No. 1 boys tennis team of Juan Maldonado and Chris Niswonger in the Bulldawgs' three matches last week against Harker Heights, Leander and Cedar Park.
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