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22
Oct

District champs – Billies win first volleyball title in school history


Senior Kiersten Kott stretches out for a dig as Payton Robertson looks on during the Billies' three-set sweep of Hondo Friday evening. Fredericksburg's five-set victory at Boerne Tuesday clinched FHS its first district volleyball title in school history. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

For the first time in school history, the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team stands alone atop their district.

With a hotly contested, five-set victory at rival Boerne Tuesday evening, the Billies clinched the District 29-4A championship for the first volleyball title in school history.

“What an unbelievable high school volleyball match. The first district championship will certainly be one we will never forget,” FHS head coach Jason Roemer said. “This accomplishment is not just about this team. It’s about every team and every kid that came through our program before this season. We’ve been blessed to coach some great kids here, great role models to the younger kids about what it takes to be competitive, committed student athletes. This is not something that just happened last night. It’s been a journey and a process.” 

Wed
22
Oct

FHS volleyball standout returns home


Brittany Henke takes advantage of a timeout during a recent Fredericksburg Middle School seventh grade volleyball game to stratagize and talk to her players. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Austin R. Eck

With Billie volleyball earning its first district championship with last night’s win over Boerne, members of the team have cemented a spot in Fredericksburg High School history.

The volleyball program this year welcomed a familiar face back, who also her place in FHS athletics’ history, into fold.

New Fredericksburg Middle School seventh grade “A” coach Brittany Henke (then Brittany Herbort) was a key member of the 2007 FHS volleyball team, the first Fredericksburg volleyball team to compete in the playoffs.

Making the playoffs in 2007 began as goal in the preseason.

“We talked years and years about being the first team to put a playoff banner in the gym,” FHS head coach Jason Roemer said. “Every team before that set the playoffs as a goal.  The 2007 team accomplished it.”

As the season progressed, the playoff berth became more likely.

Wed
22
Oct

Billies fall, 38-20, to rival Boerne Friday


Senior cornerback Mason Clark eyes a Greyhound receiver on the move Friday night during the Billies' 38-20 road loss at Boerne. Clark leads District 14-4A Division I with seven interceptions in six games. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

From whistle to whistle, the rivalry between Fredericksburg High School and their district foe, Boerne, is as intense and hostile as it gets in high school athletics and extends from sports to sport all year long.

The Billies and the Greyhounds simply don’t like each other very much, at least during play.

However, it’s situations like what occurred following the FHS varsity football team’s 38-20 loss in Boerne that exemplify the unique rivalry between the two schools.

Just as has been done every week prior this season, Fredericksburg senior defensive end Braden Bowers leads both the Billies and their opponent in a student organized post-game prayer at midfield, a sign of mutual respect and best wishes between the two schools.

A difficult loss at Fredericksburg’s biggest rival didn’t stop the ceremony from occurring.

 

Wed
22
Oct

FHS tennis drops two matches on Saturday, beats Copperas Cove

By Austin R. Eck

The Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team lost its two Saturday matches, but it earned a victory on Tuesday.

After a quick change in scheduling, Fredericksburg played Abilene High School and San Angelo Central on Saturday instead of playing dual matches against San Angelo Central and Kerrville Tivy like originally planned.

The change in scheduling gave the Billies a chance to play against larger schools and to challenge themselves, head coach Randall King said.

Fredericksburg dropped both of its matches in Kerrville, but King found a positive takeaway as FHS played some of its best tennis of the year on Saturday, he said.

The Battlin’ Billies lost to Abilene 10-9 and San Angelo Central 10-1.

Earlier in the week, the Billies traveled to Llano to square off against Copperas Cove. The Billies took that match 10-1.

Wed
22
Oct

Runners ready for District 29-4A championship today in Bandera

By Austin R. Eck

After competing in the Harper-Kerrville-Fredericksurg Tri-Meet this past week, the Fredericksburg High School cross country team will run at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) District 29-4A meet today at Bandera City Park.  

For the Billies to advance to the next phase of competition, the UIL Region IV-4A, they will need to finish in the top three positions at the district meet to advance.

With the UIL realignment that took place this past year, the Billies’ district became more competitive.

Last year, five out of the six girls’ cross country teams now in Fredericksburg’s district advanced to their respective regional meet. Four of the five finished top 10 at the meet. For the boys’ teams, five out six teams advanced to the regional meet and all of the five teams placed in the top 10. 

 

Wed
22
Oct

Dr Pepper Open hosts region's best

Fredericksburg played host to the 29th Annual Fredericksburg Dr Pepper Classic Open last weekend.

Several players from Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas finished the tourney as champions, runners up or consolation title takes.

Brownwood’s Jay White earned the championship for the men’s singles division after defeating Carter Tannehill from Marble Falls 6-2, 6-3.  

Jacob Williams from Bandera earned consolation honors.

 

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Wed
22
Oct

'Flight Night' slated Friday at Heritage

By Danny Hirt

Flight Night activities will be held later this week at Heritage School, culminating with Friday night's six-man football game against visiting San Antonio New Life.

Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Flight Night, the school’s version of homecoming, begins Thursday evening with a bonfire and pep rally starting at 7 p.m.

Coaches and other school officials will address those fans attending the event, and will other best wishes to the girls’ volleyball team as Lady Eagles look for a spot in the TAPPS post-season playoffs.

Also at Thursday’s event, members of the Heritage junior high school football team will be recognized as they prepare for Saturday's South Texas Football Conference championship game against Austin Veritas. That contest will be played at San Antonio The Winston, starting at 7 p.m.

 

Wed
22
Oct

Eagles hold off San Marcos 38-24 Friday night

By Danny Hirt

Two fourth quarter Heritage School touchdowns proved to be the difference as the Eagles topped host San Marcos Hill Country Christian School by a 38-24 margin Friday night in six-man football action.

Heritage now turns its attention to this Friday’s TAPPS District 3, Division III opponent San Antonio New Life on Flight Night, with kick-off set for 7:30 p.m.

With the victory, the Eagles (2-0, 5-3) maintain their number one position in the poll conducted by sixmanfootball.com.

Heritage 38, San Marcos Hill Country 24

In a see-saw battle that produced three tied scores, Heritage was able to get its passing game firing on all cylinders, especially in the final period.

 

Wed
22
Oct

Servant leadership — Heritage coach Shipman focuses on turning out quality young men

By Danny Hirt

Back in 2002, Tim Shipman made a decision to cut down — or eliminate altogether — his coaching duties at Fredericksburg Middle School in order to concentrate on his classroom responsibilities.

Little did he know that he was about to embark on a journey that would land him several state football championships and “Coach of the Year” accolades.

“I wanted to focus on horticulture,” he said, adding that he’d been heavily involved with that program at FMS. He’d also helped coach sports at the school for three years.

But it was in 2002 that John Akin, representing nearby Heritage School, asked Shipman if he’d be interesting in coaching the new six-man football program being started there.

As is his manner, Shipman politely turned down the offer (“I’d never even seen a six-man game before.’), but later agreed to stop by a couple of practices to lend a little bit of advice.

Wed
22
Oct

Heritage volleyball earns trip to playoffs

Heritage School’s varsity girls volleyball team defeated Seguin Lifegate twice during the last week, first winning on Thursday in three straight games (25-7, 25-19, 25-11), then taking last night’s match, also in three (25-20, 25-17, 26-24).

The two victories helped Heritage earn a ticket to the TAPPS post-season action.

The Lady Eagles will host Sonora in a non-district match on Tuesday to close out the 2014 regular season. Action will get underway at 5 p.m.

TAPPS post-season playoffs begin in early November.

Thursday victory

Abby Sauer and Christina Harpold provided double-digit point serves (13 and 12, respectively — to help the Lady Eagles defeat visiting Seguin Lifegate by scores of 25-7, 25-19 and 25-11.

 

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