BELTON — After three years under men's basketball coach Jim Christian, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs "make sense."

Four local coaches present at Thursday's basketball media day at Dead Fish Grill hope it doesn't take three years for their programs.

First-year coaches from A&M Consolidated, Copperas Cove and Temple joined others at the annual media day that included coaches from Districts 12-5A and 8-4A talk ing about their upcoming basketball seasons. "For the first time, I actually feel like, I feel comfortable with where we are. I feel comfortable with what we're doing. Our team makes sense and I'm hoping you guys have the same feeling heading into your year," Christian said.

First-year Copperas Cove girls coach Preston Flaniken isn't in a first-year situation with the Lady Dawgs, unlike the other newcomers. Flaniken was former Cove coach Richard Herbst's assistant coach as well as the JV coach for the last three yeas before taking over the program when Herbst left for San Antonio Clark.

Others — Temple boys coach Eric Jackson, Consolidated boys coach Rick German and Consolidated girls coach Karen Heintz — are just getting to their teams in a District 12-5A that's expected to be as competitive as always according to the coaches.

"I didn't have the get-to-know them process. I know them pretty good," Flaniken said.

Highlight quotables from the basketball media day:

"We've got a white kid on the team for the first time since I've been at Shoemaker," Grey Wolves boys basketball coach Marc Minatrea said of Elgin-transfer senior Roy Franks. "The white kid can actually play a little bit."

"That's what happens when you win one game in district," Copperas Cove boys coach Billy White said after being passed over to talk about his team and upcoming season.

"The most significant thing is Karla Gilbert is now playing at Texas A&M," said Consolidated girls coach Karen Heintz. "We only return one letterman, so I know you all will be feeling sorry for us."

"I have some of the best running backs you have ever seen — they catch the ball, tackle well and can take the ball from you as they showed against Cove last week," said Consolidated boys coach Rick German of his nine players still in football, including Earnest Payton, who forced a Cove fumble in Consolidated's win over Cove last Friday.

"Coach (Latisha) Williams, I hope your volleyball team makes it to state," said Midway girls coach Todd Monsey after Williams said half of the Killeen girls basketball team is still playing on the Lady Roos playoff volleyball team.

"I made a bad call. They offered us inside but I stood out here for a while and said, 'it's not that bad,'" Belton boys basketball John Osborn said referring to the stiff, cold wind blowing off Lake Belton onto the patio at Dead Fish Grill.

"We got gutted," Bryan girls coach Elizabeth Jesurun said after graduating eight seniors off of last year's team.

"I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. This year it could be a good thing, but next year it could be a bad thing," Ellison boys coach Alberto Jones said of having 10 seniors on his 11-man preseason roster.

"We're dealing with more psychiatric problems than basketball problems," Harker Heights boys coach Celneque Bobbitt said.

Contact Kevin Posival at or (254) 501-7562.

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