By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Awards received at a high school sports banquet are unlike honors received throughout the season. During the season, when every action and reaction can either help or hurt the team, the awards during one of these banquets puts the whole season into perspective and something physical to hold on to in life's later years.
Before Killeen High started recognizing each of the key individuals in all the fall sports, Killeen High coach Martin Allen presented Al "Doc" Wilson with a Texas flag that had flown over the state capitol in recognition of his 46 years of service.
"This was a surprise to me," Wilson said. "This is a high honor in my opinion."
Wilson said someone from the school contacted state Rep. Dianne White Delisi about the recognition. The request was signed, by her, in late October.
"I'm going to have a frame made for it so I can put all of it together, then I'll hang it," Wilson said. "I've got it in my office just to show off for now."
In all but his first semester, Wilson has been the head high school trainer at Killeen High. He said his most memorable season was being with the 1991 team that won the Division. I-5A state championship. But, he jokes about the first position he held when coming to Killeen High.
Allen was a seventh-grader when Wilson started and Wilson was his football coach.
"We joke about it now," Wilson said. "I had no intention of being a coach. We played five ball games and lost five ball games and didn't score a single point. Coach (Leo) Buckley told me he'd change all that by January."
The Roos finished the football season with a 5-5 season mark and 2-3 District 16-4A record and missed making the playoffs by a coinflip that sent Brownwood, a team the Roos beat 33-6 in their second district game of the season, instead. Jordan Smith (16-4A 1st team all-district 113 total tackles, 2 interceptions) was voted Top Roo and defensive teammates Chris Saunders (second-team all-district, 91 tackles and one interception) and James Biven (second team all-district, 38 tackles, 1 interception and nine batted passes) shared the Defensive Most Valuable Player honor.
Smith and Bivens will both sign with Tarleton State on Wednesday. Offensive lineman Jonathan Rush (first-team all-district, 40 pancake blocks and 35 knockdowns) earned the Offensive MVP and tight end Tyronn Jackson (first team all-district) was given the Stubblefield Award.
Rush, verbally committed to Oklahama State all year, will officially become a Cowboy on Wednesday morning.
Jayna Murray, a first-team all-district selection, was awarded the Overall MVP for the Lady Roos' volleyball team. Lacee Jacobs and Kendra Pickett were recognized at the Offensive MVPs and Anna Terry won the Defensive MVP award. Angelika Gavins was pin-pointed at the True Roo and Marrissa Williams was voted the Most Improved Player.
Willie Freeman was voted Most Valuable Runner for the Killeen High boys' cross country team. Freeman placed 11th at the 16-4A meet with a time of 17 minutes and 20 seconds. Vanessa Fuentes and Stephanie Cardona were selected co-MVPs for the girls team. Both Fuentes and Cardona advanced to the Region II meet in Arlington. Cardona finished 130th (14:49.59) and Fuentes finished 132nd (14:50.61) out of 165 runners at the regional meet.
Jackie Rodriquez was the girls' Most Improved Runner and Drevan Anderson and Alexander Pomales held the same honor for the boys' team.
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