By Tony Altobelli

Killeen Daily Herald

So much for enjoying the moment.

After notching his first-ever win as head coach of the Killeen Kangaroos, how did Sam Jones celebrate?

"I've been at the fieldhouse all weekend trying to come up with a game plan against Harker Heights," Jones said. "It was great to get that first win, but we've got to move forward and prepare for our next opponent."

Perhaps the most heated rivalry for Killeen (this side of Ellison), Harker Heights and the Roos will butt heads Thursday night at 7 at Leo Buckley Stadium.

"I'm more than positive that this is as intense as our rivalry with Ellison," Jones said. "Heights branched off of us so the kids know each other very well. We'll take care of each other after the game, but for now, it's going to be a heated, intense matchup."

Boys take runner-up at Belton Invitational

It was a solid way to kick off the 2004 cross country season for the Killeen Kangaroo boys.

Led by the trio of Zachary Davis, Karl Kmieck, Stephen Salack and Willie Freeman, the Roos took second overall at the Belton Invitational on Saturday at Long Branch Park.

Davis finished third overall with a time of 17:07.95, while Kmieck (17:47.94), Salack (18:14.22) and Freeman (18:27.70) weren't too far behind.

Killeen will return to action on Friday at the Midway Kiwanis Invitational in Hewitt, which begins at 9 a.m. at the HOT Soccer Complex at Midway High School, site of this year's District 16-4A Meet.

District play approaching for Roos VB

With only three contests remaining before District 16-4A play opens up for the Lady Roo volleyball team, coach Kara Trevino is still looking for her team to improve in certain areas.

"We've gotten better at this, but I'd still like to see better communication," Trevino said about her 4-8 squad. "Another concern of mine is having our team shake things off when things aren't going so well. We'll start off great in the first game, then all of a sudden, it's like a totally different team out there. We need to continue that focus we have early and sustain it all the way through the match."

The Lady Roos return to action Tuesday night at Austin Crockett before traveling to Gatesville on Friday.

"Next year, I don't want to travel anywhere," Trevino said with a laugh in regard to the team's endless road trip, which continues through this week and next.

Athlete of the Week Quentin Sterling, senior linebacker

Sterling anchored the Roos improved defensive showing in their win against Austin LBJ on Friday, accounting for nine solo tackles, five assisted tackles, one forced fumble and one pressure.

Statistic of the Week 72-72, Combined score between Killeen and Harker Heights, through eight quarters and three overtimes in their two-game series.

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