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Sports banquet celebrates athletes

Sports banquet celebrates athletes

Monday evening, Harker Heights High School held their spring sports banquet honoring their athletes and all their supporters.  Harker Heights Knights were the inaugural winners of the KISD cup, demonstrating success in athletic and academic performance.  

“We can boldly claim we are the best athletic program in KISD and that’s attributed to all the young men and women and coaches that are in this room,” said Jerry Edwards, campus athletic coordinator.

The banquet recognized the successes of the Knights for spring sports: baseball, softball, track and field, soccer, tennis, and golf.  134 students maintained an A average during their sport’s season, two State bronze medalists, eight teams continued on into the playoffs, 57 individuals qualify for regionals, 24 athletes will sign their national letters of intent to go on and play at the collegiate level.

Other students recognized were winners of the Head Student Trainer, Rookie of the Year, and the Academic Award. The Scholarships awarded were the Knight’s Court Mark Dudley Memorial Scholarship, Erica Danielle Barreras Scholarship, and the Amanda Ware Scholarship.  

One scholarship recipient was Geneva Panteja, school record holder of the 100 yard backstroke in swimming.  Panteja was one of the three to receive the highest amount of $1,500 for the Mark Dudley Memorial Scholarship.

“It’s going to go towards my university expenses. I will be studying biology at the University of Texas in Austin. I want to be a doctor,” said Panteja.

After the scholarships were awarded, each team divided up to separate rooms to present their team awards recognizing various achievements.

“For the awards, I base it on what I’ve seen all year long. I look for someone who puts the team above themselves, someone who is there every day and works really hard, has a great attitude. Even though it’s an individual sport, we still look at it as a team atmosphere,” said Chris VanCleave, girl’s head track coach.  

It was a historic year for the Harker Heights Baseball team, breaking numerous records and becoming district champions. Athletic awards given were honorable player positions for first and second team, Most Valuable Player for the District and the team, Teammate of the Year, Big, Best Defensive and Offensive Players, and the Knight Award.

“My favorite award to hand out is the Knight Award. They’re the workers. They don’t get a lot of press time, but they’re the once that make it work, they’re behind the scenes. They are hardworking, always on time, dedicated and committed, have a solid character,” said head baseball coach, Randy Culp.

Academic awards were the Academic All District to athletes who maintained a 90 percent grade average during the sport season and Academic All State award was given to players for keeping at least a 93 percent cumulative grade point average during all four years of high school.

“I am most proud of the Teammate of the Year because I just always want to be a team player. It makes playing baseball fun,” said Wayne Brown recipient of the Academic All State, Academic All District, and Teammate of the Year.


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