By Mark W. Miller
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS Harker Heights High School's fall athletes were honored Monday in the sixth annual Knights Court Booster Club fall sports banquet.
In cross country, junior J.J. Hough was named Most Valuable Runner for the boys. On the girls side, junior Jessica Gardner, who set the school record with a time of 12 minutes, 4 seconds in the District 13-5A meet, was named Most Valuable Runner. Junior April Tillett was named Most Improved Runner.
The tennis team did not have team awards, but did honor the players with the best won-loss record in each division.
Alyssa Broadus (19-3), Stephanie Blackburn (19-3) and Lyka Francisco (18-3) were tops in girls singles. The best record in boys singles belonged to Will Truitt (12-10). Lisa Lopez and Marshall Hoel were 13-1 in mixed doubles. Broadus and Yezlia Golderos posted the best record in girls doubles (16-4). Truitt and Jacob Hobbs (7-10) were the top performers in boys doubles.
The tennis Knights were 15-8 on the season, earning their first postseason appearance in Class 5A and fifth in the school's six-year history. They were led by their dominating girls, who combined for a 111-24 record overall, 59-4 in district play.
The Heights volleyball team just missed its first playoff appearance in 5A when Waco rallied to beat the Knights in a third-place tiebreaker.
Whitney Tucker was named MVP. Megan Bumbalough and Michelle McDaniel were named Most Inspirational. Most Improved honors went to Lisa Morgan. Jourdan Morris received the Heart Award, and Kristy Blurton, 13-5A's Defensive MVP, was chosen for the Will to Win Award.
The football team did not hand out any awards. Each of the Knights' position coaches spoke about their varsity players. The seniors, who helped the Knights return to the playoffs, received a standing ovation.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Matt Addison, boys basketball senior guard
Addison scored 22 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and five steals Saturday in a 71-54 win over Pflugerville Connally. He was 7-for-8 at the foul line.
STATISTIC OF THE WEEK
4 Number of matches (out of 63) lost by the girls tennis players in district play.