By Monty Campbell

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE There is a saying that Texas has only two athletic seasons football and spring football. However realistic that train of thought is, the people of Copperas Cove are anxiously awaiting the second season, spring football.

The Bulldawgs will be opening up a new era of football beginning Monday as the reigning District 13-5A champions drop a class level and enter District 16-4A for at least the next two seasons.

Gone are the days of traveling to College Station and Bryan only to be replaced by trips to Brownwood and Killeen. The Dawgs will have another District 13-5A foe switch classes with them though as the Waco Lions are also joining the new league.

Head coach Jack Welch will also have a large task on his hands as he prepares to replace several key performers from the team that posted the best record in school history.

Replacing both the offensive and defensive MVP's of District 13-5A, Brent Garner and Tim Atchison, will be difficult but based upon Welch's track record, the Dawgs should come out ready for the competition next August.

Fans that cannot wait until then to see the new-look Bulldawgs will have the opportunity to witness the team in the making on May 19 at the annual spring football game, which culminates spring practice.

Volleyball camp registration begins

The Copperas Cove volleyball camp is being conducted this year from June 5-8 at S.C. Lee Junior High School in Copperas Cove with many different sessions, based on what grade players will be entering in the 2006-07 school year.

Skills and drills with a high level of repetition, constantly reinforcing fundamentals will be stressed by CCHS head volleyball coach Cari Lowery and her staff.

The campers will learn to develop power, time the set, defensive positioning, court awareness and communication and how to read and react. Parents are encouraged to stay and watch the camp.

Cost of the camp is $30, which includes a camp T-shirt, camp ball, prizes, certificate and evaluation of skills. Registration is due no later than May 15.

For more information contact Cari Lowery at 547-2534.

Baseball team inching closer to playoffs

With just three games left in the regular season for the Copperas Cove baseball team, the Bulldawgs have put themselves into a position to capture a playoff spot for the first time in 30 years.

The 6-3 victory over the Waco Lions Monday night helped the Dawgs put an end to their three-game losing streak to start the second half of the district season.

Friday night Cove will have an opportunity to forge a tie for third-place in the district with Belton if the Dawgs defeat Shoemaker and Belton drops its contest against district front-runner A&M Consolidated.

Copperas Cove concludes the regular season next week as they host A&M Consolidated Tuesday and travel to Belton next Friday.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Logan Brock, junior, baseball. Brock picked up the game-winning RBI with a first inning single in the Bulldawgs' 6-3 victory over Waco, pulling Cove to within one game of third place.

STATISTIC OF THE WEEK: 3, The number of days before spring football commences, the number of baseball games left in the regular season for Cove and the number of earned runs allowed by Kyle Mathews in the victory over Waco.

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