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HORNET FIGHT NEVER DIES!.........................November 20-22 - Girls Basketball Varsity in Hamilton tournament.........................November 24 - Girls Basketball JV-Varsity at McGregor.........................November 24 - Boys Basketball JVB-JVA-Varsity here vs. Georgetown East View.........................November 24 - Girls Basketball 7th-8th at Lorena.........................November 24 - Boys Basketball 7th-8th here vs. Lorena.........................November 25 - Girls Basketball JV-Varsity here vs. Cameron.........................December 1 - Girls Basketball 7th-8th here vs. Robinson.........................December 1 - Boys Basketball 7th-8th at Robinson.........................December 1 - Soccer (girls and boys) 1st day after-school workouts.........................December 2 - Girls Basketball JV-Varsity here vs. West.........................December 2 - Boys Basketball JVB-JVA-Varsity at Glen Rose.........................December 4-6 - Girls Basketball Varsity in Academy tournament.........................December 4-6 - Girls Basketball GHS sub-varsity tournament.........................December 4-6 - Boys Basketball Varsity in Whitney tournament.........................December 4-6 - Boys Basketball GHS sub-varsity tournament.........................December 8 - Girls Basketball 7th-8th at Connally.........................December 8 - Boys Basketball 7th-8th here vs. Connally.........................December 9 - Girls Basketball JV at Hamilton.........................December 9 - Boys Basketball JVB-JVA-Varsity here vs. West.........................December 11-13 - Girls Basketball Varsity hosts GHS Classic.........................December 11-13 - Boys Basketball Varsity-JVA-JVB in Hamilton tournament.........................December 12 and 14 - Boys Basketball 7th-8th A Teams in Cameron tournament.......................December 15 - Girls Basketball 7th-8th here vs. La Vega.........................December 15 - Boys Basketball 7th-8th at La Vega.........................December 16 - Girls Basketball JV-Varsity here vs. Axtell.........................December 16 - Boys Basketball JVA-Varsity here vs. Hamilton.........................December 19 - Boys Basketball JVB-JVA-Varsity at Brownwood.........................December 19 - Girls Basketball JV-Varsity here vs. Groesbeck.........................December 30 - Girls Soccer Varsity scrimmage at Lampasas.........................December 30 - Boys Soccer Varsity scrimmage in Salado tourney.........................December 30-31 - Boys Basketball Varsity hosts GHS Holiday Tournament
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...The Hornet All-Sports Booster Club is now selling yard / window signs and car decals for all Hornet fans. The signs are 18" x 24" and include a metal stake if needed to put in your yard. There are two options on the sign - one with a "G" and another with "Hornet Pride". You can also put a photograph on the sign and have it personalized. Signs cost $25 apiece. The auto window decals are a black and gold "G" and cost is $5. You can purchase any of these items at home football games or by contacting Leanna Bates at lbates@gatesvilleisd.org.
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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: GHS Defeats Whitney 53-30
Gatesville used a strong fourth-period push to defeat Whitney 53-30 Tuesday night. All 11 players scored for GHS, which led by 11 points after three periods and went on a 20-9 spurt in the final stanza. Maddi Sims and Kaitlyn Eudy scored eight points, Jaiden Johnson and Brianna Poe seven, Ashton McCraw six, Corie Tunnel and Katie Veazey five, Gracie Lee three, Shayden Stewart two, Emma Shinn and Rebekah Nolte one. Eudy had nine assists and Poe grabbed six rebounds. Gatesville will compete in the Hamilton tournament Thursday through Saturday. The Hornets face Rio Vista at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and would play Ranger at 5 p.m. the same day with a win over Rio Vista. See the complete bracket at the below link. In sub-varsity action, Gatesville defeated Whitney 40-38. Madison Pearce scored 16 points for GHS, followed by Shayden Stewart with seven, Gracie Lee six, Carlee Duncan five, Ashton McCraw four and Stormy Crum two.
BOYS' BASKETBALL: Hornets Down Stephenville 35-34 in Opener
Gatesville opened the 2014-15 season with a 35-34 road win against Stephenville Tuesday night. In sub-varsity action, JVA lost 44-33 and JVB lost 38-11. Gatesville returns to the hardwood Monday against Class 5A Georgetown East View.
BOYS GOLF: GHS Grabs Title at Invitational
Gatesville brought home championship honors from Thursday's Killeen Invitational. The Hornets shot a team-best 349 to outdistance runner-up Salado (363) by 14 strokes. Other team scores: Harker Heights 365, Round Rock Stony Point 372, Killeen Ellison 406, Killeen Shoemaker 482, Shoemaker #2 510. Zane Washburn paced Gatesville with a round of 78 to finish as second medalist. Ryan Phillips shot 86 (5th), Jett Truss 90 (7th), Bryce Cole and Tanner Gonzales 95.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hornets Bop Marlin 70-24 in Opener
Four players scored in double figures, leading Gatesville to a 70-24 season-opening win over Marlin here Tuesday night. Corie Tunnel bucketed 12 points and was joined in double digits by Brianna Poe (11 points), Rebekah Nolte (11) and Katie Veazey (10). Jaiden Johnson added seven, Emma Shinn six, Maddi Sims and Kaitlyn Eudy two, Ashton McCraw one. Veazey and Johnson were the top rebounders with nine and five respectively, while Tunnel had three assists. Gatesville's next outing comes Tuesday at Whitney (JV at 5:00 PM, Varsity at 6:30 PM).
VOLLEYBALL: GHS' Entire Roster on Academic List
Gatesville High landed its entire roster of 14 players on the District 17-4A All-Academic list, which requires a GPA of 95 or above for first-team status and 92 or above for second-team inclusion. GHS' first-team members included Robin Galiano, Lexi Hall, Mikayla Heckmann, Sarah Hogan, Michaela King, Kayla McGiboney, Makaylee Mueller, Brianna Poe and Laura Vega. Second-team selections were Madison Carpenter, Kate Lovejoy, Yazmin Robledo, Maddi Sims and Sadie Swindall. Gatesville's overall team GPA was 95.8.
TENNIS: Eight on 17-4A All-District Teams
Eight players from Gatesville High were named to the District 17-4A all-league team announced last week. On the girls' side, seniors MeKenzie Grundy and Juliann Owen and junior Makayla Brown were first-team selections in singles, while junior Katelyn Pelkey was a second team pick. Grundy joined junior Katelyn Armas on the first-team doubles list, while Brown and Owen received second-team mention in doubles. On the boys' side, seniors John Floyd and Clayton Homeyer and freshman Sean Dolman were awarded honorable mention status. Grundy, Armas and Brown were also named to the 17-4A all-academic team.
SOFTBALL: McGhee to Sign With UMHB Wednesday
Gatesville High senior Blayne McGhee will sign a national letter of intent Wednesday to continue her career at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton). McGhee will ink with UMHB during a special signing ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in the GHS New Gym foyer. All Hornet fans are invited to attend.
GIRLS GOLF: GHS 7th at Killeen, Tobin 1st Medalist
Gatesville High finished seventh among the teams at Monday's blustery Killeen Invitational, and the Hornets' Chelsy Tobin again emerged as top medalist. GHS shot a team-total 423 and finished well behind Midway and Austin Westlake in the 15-team field. Tobin's round of 78 claimed top medalist honors. Other GHS scores: Candace Hudson 102, Haylee Hunt 120, Betheny Findley 121. Monday's appearance was the final outing of the fall season for GHS, which begins its 2015 spring season February 12.
CROSS COUNTRY: Hennessy 41st, Brock 82nd at State
Abate Hennessy and Jordan Brock finished 41st and 82nd respectively during Saturday's UIL Class 4A state meet in Round Rock. Hennessy, a senior, timed a 17:22 over the boys' course to finish 41st. Brock, a sophomore, was clocked in 13:13 for 82nd in the girls' race. Both GHS runners had advanced to the state meet after Top 10 places at regional a week earlier.
FOOTBALL: China Spring Ends GHS' Playoff Hopes 17-7
Gatesville was fighting for a playoff berth right down to the very final seconds of Friday's regular-season closer at China Spring. Unfortunately, the Hornets came up shy in a 10-point loss and the league's tie-breaker rule. China Spring (2-3 district) made off with a 17-7 win in the finale and in the process claimed one of District 17-4A's postseason nods along with La Vega (4-1), Burnet (4-1) and Robinson (2-3). Gatesville, which finishes the season 4-6 overall and 2-3 in district, actually tied with Robinson and China Spring in district play but needed to either win Friday or lose by no more than six points based on the league's 3-team tie-breaker rule. “My heart goes out to our seniors who were playing their last game tonight,” said Gatesville head coach Kyle Cooper. “I wish we could have gotten it done tonight and advanced — for them." China Spring led 3-0 after the first two quarters. Gatesville's defense allowed just 43 yards rushing in the first half. The host-Cougars increased that lead to 10-0 early in the third period, but GHS responded before the quarter ended. Dakota Vernon's 20-yard touchdown run capped an impressive 10-play, 76-yard drive aided by a 34-yard pass from Collin Hallgarth to Andraque Jones. Gatesville took its next possession and drove deep into CS territory but was unable to convert on a potential game-tying field goal. China Spring still needed to extend the point differential and did so by scoring with just 2:02 left in the game. Gatesville's valiant last-minute next effort ended on downs at the Cougars' 28 yard line. "I’m proud of these kids for the season they gave us," noted Cooper. "They fought all the way to the end. There were plenty of times this year they could have laid down — and they never did.”
VOLLEYBALL: Carthage Eliminates GHS in Area
Gatesville High's run in the Class 4A playoffs ended Thursday night, as Carthage downed the Hornets 25-20, 25-12, 25-23 in the area round playoffs at Corsicana. With the loss, GHS sees its season end at 33-9. Carthage, champions from District 19, advances to the regional quarterfinals. "Carthage was just the better team tonight," said GHS coach Rickey Phillips. "They did a better job up front than we did and they finished more plays offensively. I thought those were two of the big keys in the game." Lexi Hall totaled 10 kills for the Hornets, followed by Michaela King with eight, Brianna Poe six and Madison Carpenter four. Mikayla Heckmann dished out 21 assists, while Makaylee Mueller had seven digs. King also added three blocks. "I was proud of the way our kids fought all night until the very last point," said Phillips. "We've been doing that since the very first game in early August. It told us what we, as coaches, already knew about our team." Gatesville, making its 12th-consecutive postseason appearance, had advanced to the playoffs as the No. 3 seed from District 17 and had beaten 18-4A runner-up Fairfield in bi-district two nights earlier.
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