Gatesville Fightin' Hornets Athletics

HORNET FIGHT NEVER DIES!.........................September 2 - Volleyball 9-JV-Varsity here vs. Mexia.........................September 4 - Football 9th Black-9th Gold-JV at Stephenville............................September 4 - Tennis Varsity here vs. Copperas Cove.........................September 4 & 6 - Volleyball 9th-JV in Salado tournament.........................September 5 - Football Varsity here vs. Stephenville.........................September 5 - Tennis Varsity here vs. Killeen High.........................September 5 - Cross country at Waco Midway meet.........................September 5 - Volleyball 9th-JV-Varsity here vs. Stephenville.........................September 6 - JH cross country at Moody meet
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...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: No. 1 Stephenville Next GHS Foe Friday
Gatesville will make its 2014 home debut this week, and the Hornets get to face the state's top-ranked team in the process. GHS will host No. 1-ranked Stephenville here Friday night, with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. at McKamie Stadium. "I see it as a great opportunity for our kids and our program," said Gatesville coach Kyle Cooper. "They are a good football team, a very storied program, and we have an opportunity in front of us." Stephenville, one of the largest schools in this classification, comes in as the No. 1 team in Class 4A. The Yellow Jackets opened the season with a 43-0 win over South Anchorage, Alaska last week. "They are very solid and have some exceptional talent at many positions. We are going to have to contain their playmakers, play very good football ourselves, and not make a lot of mistakes." NOTES: It is Parent Night here Friday, with parents of all football players and fall activities being introduced prior to kickoff...FOOD: Hornet Booster Club and Gatesville Volunteer Fire Department will be offering free hot dogs starting at 6 p.m. in the parking lot next to Primary School...The newly-completed restroom/concession building should be in full swing for Friday's game. The million-dollar project is the final major phase in the refurbishing of McKamie Stadium.
BOOSTER CLUB: Meeting Set Tuesday Night
The Hornet All-Sports Booster Club will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, September 2. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the GHS cafeteria. All parents and Hornet fans are encouraged and invited to attend.
VOLLEYBALL: Hornets Claim 3rd Place at Groesbeck
Playing three grueling matches in a span of five hours, Gatesville High went 2-1 Saturday to finish third overall in the 20-team Groesbeck Invitational. The Hornets opened with a 25-22, 25-18 win over Godley, then lost to Class 4A No. 2 Huffman-Hargrave team 15-25, 26-24, 15-25 in the semifinals. GHS outlasted Class 3A No. 4 Peaster 23-25, 29-27, 25-22 in the third-place game for its 18th win in 23 outings so far this season. "It was a good tournament, very competitive both days," said GHS head coach Rickey Phillips. "We got the chance to play teams form different regions across the state. Our kids were worn out by that third match, but they did a good job of pulling through to win." The Hornets have a pair of home games this week - Tuesday against Mexia (5:00-6:00-7:00) and Friday versus Stephenville (4:30-4:30-5:30 PM).
FOOTBALL: Brownwood Downs GHS 35-0 in Opener
In a span of less than four minutes Friday night, the tone of Gatesville's season opener at Brownwood changed in a hurry. Trailing just 7-0 through the game's first 20 minutes, Gatesville surrendered three touchdowns in just over three minutes off the clock before halftime and the host-Lions used that momentum on their way to a 35-0 victory at Gordon Wood Stadium. "We did some good things," said Gatesville coach Kyle Cooper. "We moved the ball well most of the night. We have got to do a better job of putting our kids in better situations." The upstart Hornets, until that final four minutes of the opening half, had survived two turnovers and its defense had risen to the challenge on all but one series. However, Brownwood produced takeaways on the Hornets' next two offensive possessions and cashed in on both opportunities, scoring a touchdown with 3:40 left in the half and another teedee just over a minute later for a 21-0 lead. GHS, which moved the ball well most of the night, drove from its own 25 yard line to the Lions' 32 as time was expiring. Jeff Speer connected with Andraque Jones for 11 yards and hit Andrew Wallace for a 19-yard gain on a key 3rd-and-12 play during the march. But that drive stalled on downs and Brownwood would score again, this time with just 0:28 left before halftime to forge ahead 28-0. Gatesville started its motor again on the first series after intermission, driving from its own 13 to inside the BHS 30 yard line. Speer had a pair of key runs and hit Wallace on another third-down strike during the march, which ended on the Hornets' fourth turnover of the game. Brownwood tacked on its final score with 3:12 remaining in the game. Gatesville will make its home debut next week, as the Hornets host top-ranked Stephenville. Kickoff for Friday's game is 7:30 p.m. at McKamie Stadium.
TENNIS: Cove Blanks GHS in Friday Matches
Copperas Cove swept all 19 matches against Gatesville High Friday. GHS, which continually plays big-school competition, will host Copperas Cove Blue here September 4 and Killeen High here September 5. Matches begin at 4:00 PM both days. Here are results from Friday's matches with Copperas Cove: Boys' doubles - Michael James and Quentin Hall lost to Fletcher and Smith 8-0, Duncan Kleshick and Jimmie Jack Loer lost to Abraham and Alber 8-4, Clayton Homeyer and Sean Dolan lost to Gray and Llanos 8-1; Girls' doubles - Makayla Brown and Katelyn Pelkey lost to Byrd and McVeigh 8-0, MeKenzie Grundy and Katelyn Armas lost to Danemarks and Wilson 8-4, Sydney Linthicum and Mackenzie Griffin lost to Wagner and Greiner 8-0; Mixed doubles - Gatesville defaulted; Boys' singles - Kelshick lost to Smith 8-1, James lost to Llanos 8-0, Loer lost to Gray 8-0, Homeyer lost to Adams 9-8 (5), Sean Dolan lost to James 8-2, Chris DeBaun lost to Ramos 8-1; Girls' singles - Brown lost to Byrd 8-0, Grundy lost to Hoffmann 8-1, Pelkey lost to Bliss 8-4, Armas lost to Cross 8-0, Linthicum lost to Mayes 8-3, Griffin lost to Wagner 8-0.
CROSS COUNTRY: Boys, Brock Claim Gold at Belton Meet
Gatesville High distance runners claimed their share of gold at Thursday's Belton Invitational. The Hornet boys, with four runners in the top six, won the team title in the Class 1A-4A division. Abate Hennessy (17:01), Nick Anderson (17:19), Tripp Roberts (17:23) and Elmer Ramirez (17:30) finished third through sixth respectively. Jhovany Maldonado (22nd, 18:23) and Rhett Gore (23rd, 18:30) rounded out the GHS squad. In the girls' JV 1A-4A race, Jordan Brock timed a 12:44 to win the individual title and GHS finished second overall. Other GHS runners included: Evan Edmiston 11th, Sarah Hogan 40th, Corie Tunnell 46th, Lesleah Byford 92nd, Anna Sweeney and Selenia Santosky. Here are GHS results in the JV boys' division: Aaron James 20:27, Justin Murray 21:23, Heracio Brizeno 21:47, Angel Gonzales 25:06. Gatesville will compete again September 5 at the Waco Midway Invitational.
FOOTBALL: Sub-Varsities Fall to Brownwood Thursday
Gatesville High sub-varsity teams fell to Brownwood here Thursday night. The JV lost 34-20, 9th Black lost 20-14, and 9th Gold lost 26-12. All three teams will be in action again September 4 at Stephenville.
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