Gatesville Fightin' Hornets Athletics

HORNET FIGHT NEVER DIES!.........................September 30 - Volleyball 9th-JV-Varsity at Waco Connally.........................September 30 - Tennis JV at Robinson.........................September 30 - JH C team at Copperas Cove Junior High.........................October 2 - Football 7th-8th A and B here vs. Lorena.........................October 3 - Volleyball 9th-JV-Varsity here vs. China Spring.........................October 4 - Cross country 7th-8th at Waco Connally meet.........................October 4 - Cross country Varsity at Round Rock McNeil meet
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Booster Club Will Meet Again Oct. 13
The Hornet All-Sports Booster Club will hold its next regular meeting Monday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. in the GHS cafeteria.
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FOOTBALL: Hornets Enjoying Open, Not Off Week
With the start of league play just around the corner, Gatesville High is taking advantage of an open week before its next outing. The Hornets are scaling back some during the bye week, which comes at the midway point of the 2014 campaign. "We are easing up on things a little," explained GHS coach Kyle Cooper. "During the week, we will have less time on the field and a lot less on-field contact. We are still getting a lot of necessary things's an open week not an off week." Cooper said the focus this week has been more on fundamentals and getting prepared for La Vega, the Hornets' next opponent in the District 13-4A opener October 10. "We want to have a great understanding of La Vega, both as a team and a staff," he mentioned. The district opener at La Vega a week from Friday will be the first of five 13-4A assignments for GHS, which hopes to snatch one of the league's four playoff berths come November. The district has been showing its muscle through the first weeks of this season. Three teams - Burnet, Robinson and Lampasas - are all 4-1, China Spring 3-2, La Vega 1-4. "It's going to be a dogfight every Friday night," he said. "Honestly, I'm not sure any of the six teams get through unscathed from district play. I think any team can beat the others on any given night." Cooper is hoping the Hornets' early-season schedule in non-district play pays dividends during the next five weeks. That 5-game stretch included losses to No. 5 Stephenville, undefeated West and a strong Waco Connally team. "No doubt playing those caliber of teams early on gets you prepared for the rest of the way," he said. "In the end though, the team with the best focus and execution each week is going to handle the load that awaits them the rest of the regular season."
VOLLEYBALL: No. 19 Robinson Downs Hornets 3-1
Gatesville dropped the District 17-4A opener at Robinson on Saturday, losing to the 19th-ranked Rockettes 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 16-25). It was a tough loss for the Hornets, who held a 19-17 lead in the first set and watched as Robinson scored the final four points in set three. "It was a tough match," said GHS coach Rickey Phillips. "Our passing and blocking weren't as good as it has been most games, and that's a big reflection on how well you are going to be able to run offense. It was a big game, and we just didn't make the plays to win." Kayla McGiboney, who left the third set with a knee injury, and Robin Galiano had eight kills each, while Lexi Hall added six and Brianna Poe five. Mikayla Heckmann recorded 27 assists, while dig leaders were Makaylee Mueller with 17, Galiano and Hall seven each, Heckmann four. The loss leaves GHS 25-6 overall and 0-1 in league play. Robinson joins Lorena and La Vega at 1-0 in the 6-team district standings, while Gatesville is 0-1 along with China Spring and Connally. GHS plays at Waco Connally on Tuesday (9th Grade at 5, JV at 6, Varsity at 7 p.m.), then hosts China Spring here Friday. "We've got to get back on the floor and play the way we are capable," said Phillips. "There's not going to be one single easy night in this district...and we knew that coming into the race."
VOLLEYBALL: Frosh Win, JV Loses at Robinson
Gatesville split its two district-opening sub-varsity matches at Robinson on Saturday. GHS won the 9th Grade game 25-21, 25-20 to improve to 16-6 overall. The Hornet JV fell 21-25, 27-25, 16-25 to fall to 14-9 overall. Both teams are in action Tuesday at Waco Connally (9th Grade at 5, JV at 6, Varsity at 7 p.m.).
FOOTBALL: Hornets Rout Salado 42-32 in Final Tune-up
Gatesville closed the non-district portion of its schedule here Friday night, downing winless Salado 42-32 in the final tune-up for upcoming league play. Jeff Speer (19-of-23) threw for 262 yards as the Hornets led 35-6 at halftime and were holding a 30-point advantage after three quarters. GHS flooded the field with a used a lot of reserves during the final half of play. "I was proud of our whole team tonight," said GHS coach Kyle Cooper. "This was our best week of practice this season and I felt we saw the results of all that hard work tonight. All of our kids work very hard, so I thought it was important to get other players some playing time in the second half." Salado took a quick 6-0 lead on its first possession, but it would be the Eagles' only lead of the night. Gatesville scored twice before the opening period expired and found its way to the end zone three times in the next 12 minutes to forge ahead 35-6 at intermission. Both teams scored during the third stanza and GHS held a comfortable 42-12 lead entering the fourth quarter. Speer had scoring runs of one and two yards and passed to Brady Elliott for another 3-yard TD. Kael Byrom had scoring runs covering four and three yards, while Dakota Vernon added a 2-yard TD run. Andrew Wallace snared six passes for 77 yards.
CROSS COUNTRY: Boys Runners-up at Waco, Brock 1st
Gatesville High claimed the runner-up spot at Friday's Waco ISD meet. The Hornets totaled 49 points and finished behind only meet-champion Robinson in the boys' team standings. Nick Anderson (16:48) and Elmer Ramirez (17:11) nabbed Top 10 spots by finishing fourth and ninth respectively. Otherresults: Tripp Roberts (11th, 17:20), Rhett Gore (12th, 17:30), Juan Martinez (13th, 18:18), Jhovany Maldonado (15th, 18:34), Abate Hennessy (DNF). In the girls' race, Jordan brock claimed her second gold medal of the season by covering the 5K course in a meet-best time of 20:21. Evan Edmiston (21:15) was fourth and Cassidy Norwood (22:28) 10th for the GHS girls. Leoni Hessler had a time of 26:28. Gatesville will compete again October 4 in the Round Rock McNeil Invitational, which will be held at the site of the upcoming state meet (Old Settler's Park in Round Rock).
VOLLEYBALL: Start Times Changed for CS Game Oct. 3
Fans will want to take note that the start times have been changed for the October 3rd Gatesville-China Spring games to be played here. All games will now be played in the new gym: 9th Grade at 5, JV at 6, Varsity at 7 p.m.
FOOTBALL: JV, 9th Team Defeat Salado
Gatesville High sub-varsity teams swept road games at Salado Thursday night. The Hornet JV won 21-18 to notch its third win in five tries, while the 9th Grade Gold squad won 20-8 to raise its season record to 4-1. The 9th Black team lost 34-0 to Temple. Next outings: 9th Black at Belton on October 2, JV and 9th Gold vs. La Vega on October 9.
TENNIS: Groesbeck Topples GHS 14-5 in League Play
Gatesville High fell to Groesbeck 14-5 in District 17-4A match play Tuesday. The setback leaves GHS 1-2 in league play, while Groesbeck remains undefeated. Gatesville will play its final team match October 9 here against Robinson. That will be the final tune-up prior to the area tournament on October 16. NOTE: You can view Tuesday's match results by clicking on 2014 Fall Results on the Hornet tennis website.
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