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Wed
04
Mar

Just one step away


Blake Tatsch weaves his way around a La Feria defender Thursday evening during the Billies' 47-30 area round victory at Beeville High School — Photo courtesy Beeville Bee-Picayune/Kevin J. Keller

By Matt Ward

Another regional tournament berth for Fredericksburg High School basketball may be looming as the Billies varsity boys bested La Feria 47-30 in a defensive-first area round contest held Thursday in Beeville.

Fredericksburg competed Tuesday evening against Sinton in the regional quarterfinals held at Floresville High School. Results from that match-up were not available as of press time.

The winner of Tuesday’s contest will advance to the Region IV-4A regional semifinals, set for Friday at 7:45 p.m. against the winner of La Marque and Brazosport. The Region IV-4A finals are slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Both regional tournament games will be held at the Steinke Center on the cam-pus of Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Wed
04
Mar

Billie boys remain perfect in district race

Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ soccer is still in line for a perfect District 28-4A record after defeating Wimberley, 2-1, on Tuesday, Feb. 24.
Friday’s game against Canyon Lake was rescheduled due to inclement weather, and was replayed on Monday. FHS defeated Canyon Lake 7-1 on the road.

The Billies played Boerne on Tuesday, March 3, but full results were not available at press time. Results will be published in next week’s issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

On Monday night, the boys traveled to Canyon Lake and handled their district foe with ease.

“The game played out real well,” coach Shannon Petsch said. “The players really played well and with a lot of confidence tonight, they have really come a long way since the beginning of the season.”

Wed
04
Mar

Track meets rained out with plan of makeup

The Fredericksburg High School track and field teams got an unexpected day off after the 27th Annual Bull-dog Relays in Burnet were cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

To make up for the lost meet, coach Dan Aldrich scheduled a new meet for the varsity teams. The Billies will compete on March 14 at Cedar Ridge High School.

The new meet will pit FHS against 5A and 6A teams.

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Wed
04
Mar

Longhorns top Mumford 55-52 in area playoffs

By Danny Hirt

After surviving a comeback scare by defending state champion Mumford, Harper High School’s boys’ basketball team grabbed a 55-52 decision in the Region IV area round played Friday night at Liberty Hill High School.

The Longhorns advanced to last night’s regional quarterfinal match-up against Thorndale played in Burnet. The score of that contest was not available by this week’s publication deadline.

Harper, District 27-2A’s number one-seeded team, was the only league school to advance in the playoffs. In the bi-district round, runner-up San Saba was defeated by Shiner, 61-57, while the third place school, Johnson City, suffered a 60-41 loss to Flatonia.

Wed
04
Mar

Leaps & Bounds

After advancing to the regional tournament for the first time in 16 seasons, Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team lost to Brazosport 54-37.
The Billies started Friday’s Region IV-4A semifinals at Texas A&M-Kingsville in stride. The Billies clicked in the first quarter and found themselves trailing by three points after the first quarter.
In the second, Brazosport and Fredericksburg traded buckets, but FHS did not cut into Brazosport’s lead when the Exporters experienced foul trouble.

“We didn’t capitalize when No. 1 was out of the game with foul trouble in the second quarter,” coach Carrie Grona said.

After the halftime break, the Exporters were able to use all of their weapons and open their lead again.

“They went on a 9-0 run about four minutes in, and it was just enough for us not to be able to get back with the lack of shooting we were doing,” Grona said.

Wed
04
Mar

Rocky start to season for FHS baseball

By Austin R. Eck

Weather has caused a bumpy start to Fredericksburg High School varsity baseball season. So far in the season, two games have been rescheduled and two canceled.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, the game against Comfort was reset for Wednesday, March 4, at Comfort starting at 5 p.m.

Fredericksburg’s final game of round-robin play against Regents at the Fredericksburg Eberle-Boeck Tournament was canceled along with all Saturday contests.
Fredericksburg’s first regular season game against Burnet was pushed back a day due to weather. The Billies lost to the Bulldogs 15-0.

At the Eberle-Boeck tournament, Fredericksburg opened play with two Thursday game. FHS lost to McCallum 6-4 and Antonian 15-3.

The Billies continue pre-district schedule at the 23rd annual Hill Country Baseball Classic from Thursday to Saturday, March 5-7, in Kerrville.

Wed
04
Mar

Girls' soccer cruises past Canyon Lake 5-1 Monday

A dominant 5-1 road win over Canyon Lake Monday helped push the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ soccer team to an 11-4-2 (5-2-0 district) record.

The Billies’ game at district leader Boerne was played Tuesday night, although results were unavailable as of press time.
FHS will host Bandera Friday at 7 p.m. to close out the second round of district play.

FHS 5, Canyon Lake 1

Despite struggling to get things going early at Canyon Lake, Fredericksburg’s offense exploded for five goals in a dominant win Monday night.

“After 30 minutes of defensive soccer, some space began to open up on Canyon Lake’s flanks and we were able to quickly push the ball up both the left and right sides,” head coach Logan Minshew said. “We made some tactile adjustments in the second half and those changes seemed to really pay off.”

Wed
04
Mar

Billie invitational washed out by rain

Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team hosted its tournament from Friday, Feb. 27, but weather prevented the draws from being completed.

“Weather was not conducive to seeing great tennis,” coach Randall King said. “The kids and coachers were troopers. We did our best to get in as much tennis as possible.”

Each division of the Battlin’ Billie Invitational was able to play one full round and some divisions started a second round before weather ended the tournament prematurely.

The varsity will compete in the Kerrville Tivy Invitational on March 5-7. Originally, the junior varsity team was scheduled to compete as well, but the weather forecast has canceled the junior varsity portion of the tournament.

Wed
04
Mar

Harper softball wins pair

By Danny Hirt

Despite ending early due to bad weather conditions, the Wimberley softball tournament proved to be good for the Harper varsity softball team as the Ladyhorns picked up a couple of Thursday wins.

After earning a razor-thin 3-2 decision over the hosts in the opening round, HHS lit up the base paths to stop Johnson City 14-0 in the nightcap.

Coming up next for the Ladyhorns will be action today (Wednesday) at Canyon Lake, starting at 7 p.m. The junior varsity squads will take the field first for a 5 p.m. contest.

Harper 14, Johnson City 0

Harper plated all of its runs in the first three innings to take a 14-0 decision over Johnson City in what proved to be the final game for both schools in the tournament.

Wed
25
Feb

Girls advance to regional tournament


Abby Spurgin (31) rises up for two of her game-high 23 points in the Billies’ 61-49 regional quarterfinal victory over Hondo Tuesday night at Boerne Champion High School. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck and Matt Ward

Sixteen years ago, the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team advanced to the regional tournament.

With a 61-49 victory over district rival Hondo Tuesday night, the Billies are finally returning to the regional tournament, just two wins away from state.

FHS will travel to Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday night for a 6 p.m. matchup against Brazosport. The winner will face either Liberty Hill or Boerne Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., also at A&M-Kingsville.

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