The Killeen Runnin’ Roos had to wait a few extra days to find out their first-round playoff opponent, but they know now and that doesn’t make it any easier.No. 8 Killeen (26-8) will face Drippings Springs (19-12) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Georgetown High School. Drippings Springs finished as the District 26-4A fourth seed after the Tigers had a three-team playoff with Austin Travis and McCallum for the final two playoff spots.Dripping Springs beat Travis 60-57 on Thursday, knocking Travis out of postseason contention. McCallum then defeated Dripping Springs 69-51 Friday night, giving the Knights the third seed and a first-round meeting with 25-4A runner-up Austin Lake Travis.The Tigers are led by Daniel Alexander, a 6-foot-8 post headed to Texas A&M next year.“If we come out and play, we’ll give ourselves a good chance to win,” Killeen coach Jason Fossett said. “If we don’t, then it will be tough.”


SOCCERKilleen boys 2, Austin Lake Travis 1 — At Killeen, the Kangaroos erased an early Lake Travis goal, getting two of their own for the District 49-4A win at Leo Buckley Stadium. Killeen (10-5-1) improved to 5-1-1 in district play. The Kangaroos tied the game with a John Rudesheim goal in the 20th minute. Jairo Ortego assisted on the goal, which came off a set piece. Killeen then took the lead 20 minutes into the second half, as Justin Brown scored an unassisted goal for the game winner.

Temple girls 2, Ellison 1 — At Ellison, a last-second goal was the difference as the Tem-Cats improved to 5-2 in District 12-5A play. Temple led early, scoring in the fourth minute. The Lady Eagles (10-5-5, 2-4-1) rallied, scoring five minutes into the second half off a corner kick. Jessica Stuckey took the corner and sent it into the box, where Katie Vichensont was there for the header and tying goal.Temple (10-6-1) got the game-winner with five seconds to play.“It was just back and forth, back and forth — just a well-played game overall,” Ellison coach Bryan Charlton said. “It was just unfortunate that we ended up on the wrong side of it. It’s always a learning experience.“It’s just a tough way to learn it.”

Temple boys 5, Ellison 2 — At Temple, the Eagles showed up 73 minutes too late. The Wildcats went up 5-0 before Ellison scored twice in the final minutes to make a respectable showing. Ellison (4-7-1, 2-5 in District 12-5A) scored its first goal with seven minutes remaining when John Britton scored off a rebound on a free kick by A.J. Tello. Two minutes later, Tello scored on an assist by Misael Gomez.Ellison visits first-place A&M Consolidated on Tuesday.

Bryan boys 4, Harker Heights 1 — At Bryan, an own goal and two questionable noncalls allowed Bryan to take control of fourth place in District 12-5A with a win over the Knights.Heights (6-6-2, 3-4 in district) allowed Bryan to go up 1-0 on the own goal, but tied the game when Leo Garcia headed the ball into the net off a throw in by Johnee Jasso. Bryan scored all three goals in the second half. The first two coming on what Knights coach Jared Cruddas thought should have been offsides calls.The final Vikings goal came due to Heights trying to push the ball up to score, but in turn allowed a breakaway by Bryan.

Lake Travis girls 7, Killeen 0 — At Lake Travis, the Lady Cavs scored five first-half goals and two in the second and the Lady Roos are still left looking for their first District 49-4A win of the season with just six matches left.Killeen (2-13-3, 0-8 49-4A) plays at Lampasas on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in a rare varsity doubleheader. The varsity boys follow at 8 p.m. The Killeen girls were originally scheduled to play Tuesday night’s game at Leo Buckley Stadium, but heavy rains early in the season forced the Jan. 29 game at Lampasas to be played in Killeen.

SOFTBALLHarker Heights 12, Killeen 2 — At Killeen, the Lady Knights led 2-0 going into the fourth inning, only to open the game up with four runs in the frame. Harker Heights then added six runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Killeen (0-2) was plagued by defensive miscues, committing 10 errors. Offensively, Shalanda Hyde went 2-for-2 for the Lady Roos and scored one of the two fifth-inning Killeen runs, while Pollethe Ramirez also had two hits.

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