By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Shoemaker's 1-9 football season takes the cake; every other Shoemaker success is hardly just icing.
One win in 10 games didn't impress first-year head football coach Channon Hall, but one win in 32 meant the world for the Grey Wolves' program.
Shoemaker's win over Ellison in the regular season finale snapped the longest active losing streak in the state at 31 games, ending a curse that spanned four seasons and included the team's only playoff appearance.
The sought-after win came at the end of the season, just in time for other sports to benefit from the momentum and change in attitude.
Led by 6-foot post players Chris Runnels and Jose Roman, the boys basketball team made its first postseason appearance in three years and won its first 5A playoff game in school history.
The Lady Grey Wolves' wrestling team continued its dominance by winning its third-straight district championship while Cion Hicks, LeKesha Jelks and the girls track team looked to start its own run of championships with its first district title in school history.
Though Shoemaker was within reach of that streak-snapping win numerous times throughout the season, the one win, which had eluded them for years, did finally come.
And it was only the beginning.
Top 5 performances
1. Snap goes the streak: Johnny Jefferson ran for 215 yards and four touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Grey Wolves over Ellison in the regular season finale and bring an end to their 31-game losing streak.
Jefferson had touchdown runs of 61, 19, 49 and 30 and completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Qwoy Blunt to give Shoemaker a 32-24 win over the Eagles.
2. Silver redemption: Her debut didn't go so well, but using that experience from her sophomore year, Cion Hicks placed second in both the shot put and discus at the state track meet.
Hicks finished last in the discus at the state meet and failed to even qualify in the shot put in 2011, but placed second behind phenom Shelbi Vaughan of Mansfield Legacy in both events with a 160-foot, 10-inch mark in the discus and a 43-10 3/4 in the shot.
3. Jelks gets 3 gold stars: LeKesha Jelks won the 200-, 400- and 800-meter runs to help the Lady Grey Wolves win their first District 12-5A girls track championship.
Jelks, who signed with Texas A&M, won the 200 in 25.619 seconds, the 400 in 56.1 seconds and the 800 in 2:17.89.
4. Doubled up: Jose Roman and Chris Runnels both logged double-doubles to lead the Grey Wolves to their first boys basketball playoff win in nine years and first 5A postseason win in school history.
Roman led Shoemaker with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Runnels added 10 points and 11 rebounds to hold off Mesquite 53-51 in the bi-district playoff.
5. Routine success: The Lady Grey Wolves had four individual champions and won their third straight District 25 title.
Zana West, Alicia Vasquez, Daisy Mijango and Tatianna Clemons all won for Shoemaker, which won its sixth district title in the last seven years.
Top 5 players to watch
for in 2012-13
1. Malik Clemons: The District 12-5A defensive newcomer of the year as a sophomore, Clemons will anchor the middle of the Grey Wolves defense, which again looks to be one of the best in the district.
In his first varsity season, the linebacker led the team in tackles (97 total, 32 solo). He also had three sacks, a forced fumble and a 26-yard interception return.
2. Cion Hicks: The junior broke the Region II-5A meet record in discus with a throw of 170 feet, which was the second farthest throw in the nation behind only defending 5A state champion Shelbi Vaughan. With Vaughan graduating this year, a lot of attention will fall on Hicks, who placed second behind Vaughan in both the shot put and discus at the state track meet.
3. Johnny Jefferson: The Baylor commit ran for more than 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior and was the driving force behind the Grey Wolves' rejuvenated offense, which really found success when Jefferson ran out of the wildcat formation.
4. Dineesha Jones: The junior will be one of just two returning state wrestling qualifiers for the Lady Grey Wolves as they defend their third straight district championship. The 110-pound competitor finished her year at 32-10 last year after going 2-2 at the state tournament and finishing just out of medaling contention.
5. Jose Roman: The 6-foot-6 junior center averaged 13.5 points and 7.3 rebounds last year as an all-district first-team selection and will be counted on to cover a lot of the defensive hole left by district defensive MVP Chris Runnels' graduation.