What started with Lampasas first district title in football in 22 years, finished with a pair of sophomores accepting silver medals at the UIL state track meet in May.It started well and, well, the success continued for the Badgers and Lady Badgers.
Four different ball-carriers ran for more than 1,000 yards to lead the Badgers football team to a 10-2 record and its first district title since 1989.
The winter months were hard, but at the other end, the girls soccer team stood out. The Lady Badgers made the playoff for the first time in school history and kept going, all the way to the Region III sectionals before being eliminated by soccer power (and District 34-4A opponent) Waco Midway.
Both golf teams qualified for their second-straight state tournament appearance and the Lady Badgers, led by their only two seniors Carmen Gonzales and Juls Crook placed second behind defending champion Andrews.
Sophomores Catherine Bloomfield (hurdles) and Shonderius Howard (high jump) kept the silver medals coming.
Both placed second in their respective events at the 3A state track meet in May.
What started with the football team and its confident run to a district title is snowballing in Lampasas, picking up as many achievements and milestone successes as speed.
1. Silver belles: Carmen Gonzales shot a 157 and led the Lady Badgers to a runner up finish at the state golf tournament. Lampasas, making its second straight state tournament appearance, shot 680 as a team and Gonzales finished tied for third, but missed out on an individual medal after losing in a third-place playoff.
2. Silver sophomores: Catherine Bloomfield and Shonderius Howard, both sophomores, won silver medals at the state track meet.
Bloomfield, who placed sixth at state as a freshman, finished behind Liberty-Eylaus Alexis Ambures to place second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.37 seconds. Howard bettered his previous personal-best by three inches and won silver in the high jump by clearing 6-foot-7.
3. A long time coming: Marcus Kehoe scored the go-ahead touchdown in the Badgers 21-17 win over Liberty Hill and Lampasas ran for nearly 600 yards in a 58-50 win over Taylor to clinch its first district championship since 1989.
Liberty Hill took a 17-14 lead with 2:36 left in the fourth quarter before Kehoe capped Lampasas 63-yard drive with the winning score that ensured the Badgers clinched at least a share of the district title.
4. Kicking notions aside: A two-win team in 2011, the Lady Badgers reached the 4A sectionals before eventual state semifinalist and 34-4A foe Waco Midway ended their Cinderella season with a 2-0 win.Lampasas beat Waco Connally 1-0 and Diboll 1-0 in the playoffs before ending the season at 18-8-1 following the loss to Midway.
5. Runaway Howard: Secody Howard ran for 262 years and two touchdowns on just 22 carries to lead Lampasas to a 41-14 win over Llano on Oct. 14.
Howard had touchdown runs of 81 and 66 yards; Brandon Scott ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and Lampasas torched the Yellow Jackets for 490 rushing yards for its sixth win in seven games.
1. Catherine Bloomfield, track: The sophomore placed second in the 3A 100-meter hurdles in her second go-around at the UIL state track meet. After finishing sixth in the meet as a freshman, Bloomfield bettered her time by more than half a second and medalled in 14.37 seconds.
2. Shonderius Howard, basketball, track: The younger brother of standout running back Secody Howard, Shonderius is already setting himself apart. As a sophomore, he placed second in the 3A high jump at the state track meet with a personal-best mark of 6-foot-7 and was also the District 25-3A co-newcomer of the year in basketball.
3. Byler Lindeman, golf: Maybe overshadowed by the girls, Lindeman, just a sophomore, led the Badgers to their second straight state tournament after shooting a 70 and tying for second at a one-day Region IV-3A golf tournament. He struggled a bit at the state tournament (84-81165), but helped Lampasas shave five strokes off its Day 1 score and finish seventh as a team.
4. Morgan Rogers, golf: The sophomore finished tied for eighth individually at the girls state golf tournament. She fired a 79 and was tied for fifth after the first round before shooting a second-round 84 for a two-day score of 163.
5. Analise Watson, soccer: The freshman was the District 34-4A girls soccer newcomer of the year. In fact, Watson was one of five Lampasas underclassmen to make the all-district first team, four of which were freshmen; the other was a sophomore.