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Hornet family

Luke Howard and his wife ,Savanna, and son ,Cole, have joined the Gatesville athletic family. Howard was named the head football coach for the Hornets this week.

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Varsity candidates

Members of the 2019 Hornets football team met for a team shot Thursday at McKamie Stadium. The Hornets new coach is Luke Howard, a 2007 graduate of Gatesville. The job is hias first as a head coach. Aug. 5 is the first day for workouts.

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Luke Howard

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Mineola bound

The Key Plumbing 6U team will play in Mineola Monday. Members of the team are: (back row) coaches Todd Sullivan, Jeanette Warren, Heath Warren, Steve Robles. (middle row) Jase Jones, Ruben Castillo, Dominik Ortega, Victor Cortez, Damien Chacon, Ryan Jackson(front row) Isaac Vega, Ethan Robles, TJ Sullivan, Jase Wiley and Jacob Lowe. Not Pictured: Rylan Key.

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Teamed up

The Rangers and Attic Breeze have advanced to the 8U machine pitch state tournament in Brownwood. The Rangers took first place and Attic Breeze was second in district. Pictured above are: (front row) Mason Davidson, Kaser Gerdel, Luke Taylor, Thor Tobias, Lucas Elliot, Braylon Brown, Jaxon Mayberry, John Ellis Cash, Hunter Albin, Brayden Warren, Isaack Casas, J.J. Leyva, Bryson Walker and Vinny Yocona. (Back row) Cannon Malden, Bryce Turner, Gatlyn Melbern, Kendin Holstein, Jason Gibson, Wyatt Matoska, Levin Lynch, Rancher Jeffcoat, Preston Barron, Colby Derrick, and Jake Spencer.

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Battling in Clifton

The Hydro Dillo Graphics 12U team competed in Clifton in the Texas Teen-Age state tournament. They defeated China Spring, 13-0, in their opening game. Members of the team are Marlee Henderson, Hannah Cuellar, Emily Turner, Romi Bomar, (middle row) Kyleigh Walker, Jamie Lisenby, Madison Manning, Jordy Manning, Hayleigh Webb, (back row) Coach James Turner, Anna Owens, Jacy Archie, Madison Hester, Coach Carey Hester, Catherine Pearson and coach Stephanie Hester.

Hornets hire Gatesville grad

Howard steps into football job expecting to stress blue collar work ethic

Luke Howard, a 2007 graduate of Gatesville High School, has been named head football coach for the Gatesville Hornets.

Rickey Phillips, the head volleyball coach for the Hornets, will take over the athletic director role on an interim basis.

Howard steps into the role of guiding the Hornet football program with a blue collar work ethic and an affinity for the Gatesville program.

“It’s all about the kids,’’ Howard said. “We’re going to work to get better and prepare for heading into district where we give our self a chance to get into the playoffs.’’

Howard, 30, was named the new head coach Thursday. He had originally been hired as an assistant on Kyle Cooper’s staff earlier this spring. His arrival was a good fit, he said.

The Gatesville job is his first as a head coach. He has worked on the collegiate level at Mary-Hardin Baylor along with a brief stops at Cuero and Valley Mills.



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