By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
All things seemed possible before the school year began at Shoemaker High.
Following landmark seasons in football and softball in 2008-09 and a return trip to the playoffs for the boys basketball team, the Grey Wolves and Lady Grey Wolves saw how they could turn postseason possibilities into realities.
But with the snap of Jameill Showers' collarbone Aug. 27, the fortunes of yesteryear were matched with misfortunes this season.
Not all, though, finished disappointed. Jahyda Reed and swimmer Brandon Curley will look back on the year and see that their prep careers peaked with their senior-year accomplishments - Reed placed fourth at the 5A state track meet and Curley became Shoemaker's first state-qualifying swimmer in seven years.
Even Showers bounced back, impressing coaches and fans at Texas A&M's intrasquad scrimmage in the spring.
The rest of Shoemaker never did.
Showers' football season-ending injury didn't cause the boys basketball team to slip from second to a tie for fifth in the final half of its district season, nor did it cause the volleyball team to win just won district game. Nor did it lead to winless district seasons by both the girls basketball team and baseball team or a disappointming sixth-place finish for the softball team.
But, it seemed like it.
In fact, each sport dealt with its share of injuries - most notably the girls basketball team losing senior Jasmine Dill just before the start of the district season - and football lost more than Showers as its winless season stretched on and on.
Top-5 memorable moments
1. Shoemaker graduates five Division I athletes - Despite Shoemaker's down-and-out year, the end was cause for celebration when five student-athletes stepped across their graduation stage with Division I athletic scholarships. Quarterback Jameill Showers (Texas A&M) and sprinter Chaniqua Corinealdi (TCU) both graduated in December and made brilliant college debuts in the spring. Defensive end Eric Braswell (University of Houston), defensive tackle Elliot Hilliard (University of Louisiana-Monroe) and high-jumper Jahyda Reed (North Texas) all start their college experiences in the fall.
2. Showers, Corinealdi find college success before HS diplomas - Showers was 7-for-7 for 43 yards and two touchdowns in the Aggies' Maroon & White spring game in mid-April. Corinealdi placed second in the 100-meters (11.71 seconds) at the Mountain West Conference track championships, third in the 200-meters (23.93) and third in the 400-meter relay in mid-May.
3. Jahyda Reed wins regional, places fourth at state - Reed returned to the 5A state track meet in the high for the second time in her prep career - the first time since she was a sophomore - and placed fourth. She also won the regional title, also for the second time in her prep career and re-set her own school record at 5-feet-9.
4. Brandon Curley reaches state swimming meet - Curley won the 100-yard butterfly at the Region II-5A swim meet and was Shoemaker's first state qualifier in seven years. He didn't fare as well as he would've liked at state - he finished 13th and failed to make the event finals - but finished his senior season with a Division II swimming scholarship to Henderson State University.
5. Grey Wolves basketball upset Killeen - Jade Allen hit one-of-two from the free throw line with 4 1/2 seconds left and Killeen turned the ball over for the 21st time on its ensuing possession sending the Grey Wolves' to a 78-77 upset win over then ninth-ranked Killeen.
People to watch in 2010-11
Vincent Fuller - Receiver Fuller was Shoemaker's only all-district first-teamer after hauling in 496 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his first varsity season. With an experienced quarterback returning, his follow-up season could dwarf his debut.
Jammie Blunt - The junior-to-be quarterback started the Grey Wolves' final three games, finishing with a 278-yard, two-touchdown game in Shoemaker's season-ending 43-32 loss to Temple. Considering the Grey Wolves averaged 177 yards total and less than 12 points a game before that, the loss was actually win.
Kiara Rawls and Hailee Showers - The underclassmen duo will lead the Lady Grey Wolves basketball team in the future. Shoemaker graduates just four seniors off last year's team; consider 2009-10 a learning experience.
Anthony Gonzales - Shoemaker's three-point sharp-shooter was one of two Grey Wolves to make the District 12-5A all-district basketball first-team. He'll need to keep his touch and find more ways to penetrate if he's to replace the Grey Wolves' other first-teamer, now-graduated shooting guard Jade Allen.
Lakesha Jelks - The Lady Grey Wolves' 400-meter-running junior-to-be could be their next Division I track athlete. She won the District 12-5A title in 58.32 seconds and finished seventh at the Region II-5A meet.