Gatesville Fightin' Hornets Athletics

HORNET FIGHT NEVER DIES!.........................September 15 - Volleyball 7th-8th at China Spring.........................September 16 - Volleyball 9th-JV-Varsity vs. Brownwood.........................September 17 - Cross country 7th-8th hosts GJHS meet.........................September 18 - Cross Country hosts GHS / Bill Bradley Invitational.........................September 18 - Tennis Varsity at China Spring.........................September 18 - Football 9th Black vs. Belton, 9th Gold-JV vs. West.........................September 18 - Football 7th-8th at West.........................September 19 - Football Varsity at West.........................September 19 - Volleyball Varsity-JV-9th vs. Llano.........................September 20 - Tennis Varsity tri-match at Taylor.........................September 22 - Volleyball 7th-8th at China Spring.........................September 23 - Volleyball 9th-JV-Varsity at Taylor.........................September 23 - Tennis Varsity at Groesbeck.........................September 25 - Football 9th-JV at Salado.........................September 25 - Football 7th-8th vs. Salado.........................September 26 - Football Varsity at Salado.........................September 26 - Cross country at Waco High meet.........................September 27 - Volleyball 9th-JV-Varsity at Robinson.........................September 27 - Cross country 7th-8th at Salado meet
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Next Booster Club Meeting is Sept. 22
The Hornet All-Sports Booster Club will hold its next regular meeting Monday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. in the GHS cafeteria.
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...GHS-ex Cole Edmiston suffered a knee injury during Baylor's season-opening win over SMU on August 31. Edmiston, a 2013 grad, tore his ACL and also suffered a partial meniscus tear and is scheduled to have surgery on Sept. 23. He very much intends to do intensive rehab and make a full recovery in 6 – 8 months.
...GHS-ex volleyball standout Glynna Johnson and Northwestern State University (Nachitoches, LA) will be playing Baylor University in Waco on September 16. Start time is 7:00 PM. Johnson, a 2012 graduate of GHS, is a junior at NSU.
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FOOTBALL: Hornets Facing Another Unbeaten Friday
For the third straight week, Gatesville finds itself opposite an opponent without a loss so far this season. This week, it's the West Trojans. Gatesville and West collide Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Trojan Field. West, which dropped a classification prior to this season and competes in Class 3A, has steamrolled to three consecutive wins. The Trojans have knocked off Clifton (50-6), Salado (42-6) and Venus (42-19). None of the three are the same caliber of teams Gatesville has been playing during that same span, but GHS coach Kyle Cooper says West still is a threat. "They are playing well and they have a lot of momentum over there right now," he said. "They have looked good in their first three games, and no doubt they are doing things right on both sides of the ball." Cooper said Friday's game will have an added level of excitement for West, which will be celebrating its homecoming. Meanwhile, Gatesville is coming off an impressive 34-20 verdict over previously-unbeaten Waco Connally after successive losses to Brownwood and Stephenville to start the season. "It was good for our kids to get that win," he noted. "Despite the two losses, we made a lot of strides during that time and continued to get better. Our kids did a good job buying into what we were trying to accomplish."
CROSS COUNTRY: GHS Hosting Meet Here Thursday
Gatesville High will be swarmed with dozens of long distance runners this week, as the 10th-annual GHS / Bill Bradley Invitational unfolds Thursday. Running begins at 8:30 a.m. east of McKamie Stadium along Hornet Way. Schools of all classifications will take part in Thursday's event, which has teams divided into 1A-4A and 5A-6A divisions. Check out the link below for a complete order of races.
VOLLEYBALL: Sub-Varsities Claim 2nd at GR Tournament
Gatesville High sub-varsity teams claimed runner-up finishes at Saturday's Glen Rose tournament. The Hornet JV finished third in pool play, then defeated Cleburne and Glen Rose to reach the finals of bracket play. GHS (11-8 overall) lost to China Spring in the championship game. The Hornet 9th Grade won its pool, beat Cleburne in the bracket semifinals and lost to Springtown in the finals. They are now 12-6 this season. Both teams are in action Tuesday here against Brownwood (9th Grade at 4:30, JV at 5:30, Varsity at 6:30 PM).
FOOTBALL: Vernon-led Hornets Power Past Connally 34-20
Someone forgot to tell Gatesville it was the underdog here Friday night. The upstart Hornets rebounded from a pair of season-opening losses to down previously-unbeaten Waco Connally 34-20 at McKamie Stadium. “I was proud of our kids for their effort,” said GHS coach Kyle Cooper. “They did a good job of carrying out the game plan we had installed. More than that, I liked the way they kept believing in our system and what we were trying to accomplish.” It was a sweet victory for GHS, which had suffered lopsided defeats at the hands of Brownwood and Stephenville in its first two outings. Running back Dakota Vernon rushed for 259 yards and Jeff Speer added 199 total yards for the Hornets, who simply outmatched their visitors in a game that was not as close as the final score indicated. GHS accumulated 27 first downs and 470 yards offense, with 395 coming on the ground. “Offensively, we did a good job being physical and moving the ball,” he said. “Our defense had a great bend-but-don’t-break mentality all night long.” Gatesville, which built a 20-6 lead in the first half, flexed its muscle and might up front to control the line of scrimmage and allow Vernon and quarterback Jeff Speer to roam freely. After spotting their guests an early 6-0 lead, GHS answered when Andraque Jones found the end zone on a 3-yard scoring run. The Hornets produced scores twice in a six-minute span of the second frame – Speer on a 1-yard run and Brady Elliott on a 1-yard pass from Speer – to go ahead 20-6. Connally managed to cut the lead to 20-13 seconds before the first half ended, and the Cadets looked to be on the verge of another second-half comeback in the third quarter. GHS had taken the kickoff and drove the length of the field, but the scoring threat ended on a Hornet fumble at the Cadets' 12 yard line. Connally took just seven plays to tie the contest at 20-20. It would be the final trip to paydirt for the visitors. Gatesville, its line opening gaping holes and bottling up the inside for Vernon and Speer, came right back with an 11-play, 68-yard march. Speer, who rushed for 124 yards and passed for 75 (6-of-10), hit Andrew Wallace (3-50 receiving) for six yards on a key 4th-and-5 to keep the drive alive. Vernon punctuated the march with a 5-yard jaunt around right end that made it 27-20 with just 0:23 left in the third quarter. Speer would culminate the night’s scoring with a 5-yard keeper coming with just 2:22 remaining and punctuating another long march. This one lasted 10 plays and consumed more than six minutes off the clock, giving the Hornets a 34-20 lead. Defensive luminaries for GHS included Bryce Cole (15 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 caused fumble), Cooper Edmiston (10 tackles, 1 sack), Payden Smalley (8 tackles),Addison Santulan (7 tackles), and A. Jones (6 tackles, 1 caused fumble). “It was a nice win, especially after our first two weeks,” added Cooper. “We had made improvement from those first two weeks. I think our kids showed how they are capable of playing.” Gatesville travels to West (3-0) this Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: GHS Goes on Road to Sweep Burnet 3-0
Gatesville went on the road again Friday night, this time downing former league-rival Burnet in straight sets. GHS won 25-21, 25-17, 25-15 in upping its season record to 22-5. It was the second straight victory over a former District 8-3A rival for the Hornets, who had beaten Lampasas earlier in the week and face ex-league rivals Brownwood (Tuesday) and Llano (Friday) here this week. Stat leaders: Makaylee Mueller (7 digs), Laura Vega (5 digs), Mikayla Heckmann (18 assists, 3 aces, 7 digs, 3 blocks), Lexi Hall (8 kills, 5 digs, 5 aces), Kayla McGiboney (5 kills, 5 blocks), Maddi Sims (3 kills), Brianna Poe (2 kills, 2 aces, 1 block). Burnet won both sub-varsity games. GHS hosts Brownwood here Tuesday (9th Grade at 4:30, JV at 5:30, Varsity at 6:30 PM).
TENNIS: Cove Blanks GHS 19-0
Copperas Cove blanked Gatesville High 19-0 in matches played Friday. Complete match details are available by clicking on the link below. GHS hosts China Spring here Thursday (4:00 PM) in a district match, then plays in a tri-match Saturday at Taylor.
TENNIS: GHS Downs Mexia in First UIL Match
Gatesville High, in its first-ever UIL district tennis match, defeated Mexia 14-5 Thursday. "It was a pretty good day for us, "said GHS coach Wendell Jones. "Notable in the win were all the girls. Every match with a girl won – both doubles and singles. Also noteworthy was the performance of Clayton Homeyer, who won both doubles and singles. Sean Dolan was not in the singles lineup but won his doubles." Complete match results are available on the Fall 2014 Results link on the Hornet Tennis website. Gatesville is hosting Copperas Cove today (Friday) at 4 p.m.
FOOTBALL: GHS JV-9th Teams Sweep Connally
Gatesville High sub-varsity teams swept Waco Connally Thursday night. The Hornet JV won 26-22 for its first win of the season. The Hornet 9th Grade defeated the Cadets 23-8 for their second win in three outings. GHS squads will play three games here September 18 - 9th Black vs. Belton at 4, 9th Gold vs. West at 5:30, JV vs. West at 7 p.m.
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