By Monty Campbell
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE It may not matter what classification Copperas Cove is in when it comes to track and field next year.
The boys track team continues to dominate every meet it enters and it continued Saturday at the Killeen Roos Relays. Cove took home the team title, winning eight of the 16 events at the meet. The victory did come at a cost though as shot putter Logan Brock injured a hip flexor and is out indefinitely.
That injury also carries over to the baseball team, where Brock plays first base and is a key member of the pitching rotation.
The Dawgs will spend the next few days preparing for the district meet April 11-12 in Temple.
Baseball team ready for second half
What a difference a year makes for the Copperas Cove baseball team. A year ago the Dawgs were trudging through a difficult district season in which they finished 3-11.
After the victory over Belton, Copperas Cove stood at 5-2 in the district and tied with Bryan for second place.
The Dawgs jumped on top of the Tigers with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and then handed the lead over to Kyle Mathews, who shut out the Tigers on two hits.
The Dawgs will attempt to keep the journey to the playoffs on track Friday when they travel to Harker Heights.
Tennis team hoping to get players out
The No. 1 Copperas Cove Bulldawgs boys tennis team of Juan Maldonado and Chris Niswonger, which has dominated most of its opponents this season, is looking to rebound from a sub-par sixth-place finish in Killeen over the weekend.
The pair received a first-round bye but then was upset 10-7 by an upstart Cedar Park team in the second round. The pair bounced back for a win in their third match but fell once again, 8-6 to Pflugerville Connally.
The surprising result may have a silver lining for the pair though, according to head coach Paul Talbett.
"Maybe it was a good thing that they lost in this tournament," Talbett said. "This could be something that will get us re-focused on what needs to be done."
They will not have to wait long as they hit the court in the District 13-5A boys tennis tournament on Friday at the Waco Regional Tennis Center as the No. 2 seeds. The tournament begins at 9 a.m.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Donald Buckram, senior, boys track. Buckram broke Vontez Duff's 2000 school record (10.5 seconds) in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.43 while winning the event.
STATISTIC OF THE WEEK: 30, The number of years since the last time the Copperas Cove baseball team has made the postseason.