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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2005 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:15 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Justin Boyd

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS The Harker Heights varsity tennis team has one tournament left, Friday's Ellison tournament, before they face the best that District 13-5A has to offer.

According to head coach Carey Leech, the team has had a successful spring campaign. The squad has won several tournaments and duels and has finished in the top three in virtually every competition they have participated in.

"Overall, we've had a very good spring," Leech said. "These kids have exceeded my expectations. I hope they continue to exceed my expectations."

Leech said he hopes his team uses the Ellison tournament as warm-up for district, which is scheduled for Friday, April 8 in Waco at the Waco Regional Center.

"It should be a good tune-up for us," Leech said. "It's a chance for us to stay sharp and face some good competition but we also want to make sure we don't stump our toe."

Heights has a couple of players, particularly on the doubles side, that have a good chance of finishing in the top two spots at district and thus earning a trip to regionals.

The girls doubles team of Felicia Galvez and Lyka Francisco has posted an impressive 30-3 record this spring while the top boys doubles team of Will Armas and Joel Amory are 28-5.

Leech said he expects both of those teams to be seeded in the top three at district.

Heights' best chances in singles competition could come from Linda Lopez and Alyssa Broadus.

Lopez, Heights top girls singles player, has finished in the top four in every tournament she has played in.

Leech said some of his other doubles teams along with his boys singles players could also have a chance at district but that will all depend on how they are seeded.

Seeding for the district tournament will be determined at 10 a.m. in Temple as all the district coaches will meet and sift through season records and head-to-head matchups to complete the field.

Baseball team's losing skid reaches three

After opening District 13-5A play with a 2-0 record, the Knights baseball team has lost three straight.

Tuesday night, Heights was pounded by Temple in a 14-1 loss. The Knights had just two hits against Wildcat pitching while allowing 12 Temple base knocks, including three home runs in the run-rule defeat.

With the loss, the Knights fall to 2-3 in district action and 5-16 overall.

The Knights will look to end their losing streak as they host district leader Belton at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Players of the Week

LaTasha Watson and Danielle Brock, track Both Watson and Brock broke the school-record of 18 feet 7 inches in the long jump at the Knights Relays last Thursday. Watson took first place at the meet as she set the new Heights' mark at 19-. Brock finished third with a jump of 18-10. Brock also won the 200 meter dash.

Statistic of the Week

3 Number of track meets the Lady Knights team has won this season.

Contact Justin Boyd at jboyd@kdhnews.com

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