Sports

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19
Nov

Harper's playoff drive de-railed by Schulenburg

By Danny Hirt —

Despite the loss to Schulenburg in the UIL 2A Region IV finals Saturday, the Harper Ladyhorns take away a note of winning.

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done,” said HHS head coach Gina Lumpkins after the match, quoting the artist Vincent Van Gogh.

“This is the quote behind our theme, ‘Love wins,’” said the coach. “This idea has carried us through the ups and downs of our season since Aug. 4.”

The Ladyhorns dropped all three games to Schulenburg in Saturday’s finals — 17-25, 25-27 and 17-25. The match was played in the Brenham High School gymnasium.

Harper had advanced to the regional championship contest by defeating London the day before, 25-14, 19-25, 25-16, and 25-22.

Wed
19
Nov

Eagles to start football playoffs Friday

The Heritage School Eagles will begin their journey for a sixth TAPPS state Division III six-man football title Friday when they travel to Seguin to take on district rival Lifegate in the second round of the playoffs.

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

Heritage earned a bye in last week’s opening round by virtue of winning the District 3 regular season championship with a perfect 4-0 record.

The league’s third seed, Seguin Lifegate, advanced by defeating Brenham Christian 51-6 last weekend.

The district’s two other representatives — San Marcos Hill Country and Selma River City Believers — were knocked out of the post-season last week by Granbury North Central Texas Academy (72-51) and Fort Worth Covenant (54-0), respectively.

Wed
19
Nov

Heritage volleyball honored

The Heritage School volleyball team earned several honors as a result of their recently-concluded successful season.

The Lady Eagles advanced to the TAPPS state 1A semifinals — further than any other volleyball team from the school had ever gone before — winning both area and regional championships along the way.

In addition, nine team members were recently named to District 3 all-district squads, with first team designation going to Christina Harpold, Lindsey Pressler, Abby Sauer, Jamie Hoermann, and Sydney Richburg.

Second team honors were earned by Sarah Andrews, Savannah Morrow and Avery Klepac.

Claire Lindner was placed on the honorable mention listing.

Also, Harpold was named to the TAPPS first team all-state squad while Pressler was tabbed for second team recognition. Sauer was placed on the honorable mention team.

Wed
12
Nov

Billies cruise to regional volleyball semifinals


Junior Adrianna Hartmann set a school record for total kills in singles season during the Billies three-set win over Devine in the regional quarterfinals. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Matt Ward

The fourth-ranked Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team will advance to the Region IV-4A tournament for the first time since 2010 after a three game sweep of District 29-4A rival Devine Tuesday night.

FHS will face 10th-ranked Liberty Hill, who upset third-ranked Wimberley last night, in the regional semifinals at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio Friday evening at 8 p.m. The winner will face either Sealy or Boerne in the Region IV-4A finals Saturday.

Fredericksburg also cruised to bi-district and area round victories over Crystal City Nov. 4 and Sinton on Saturday to set up the regional quarterfinal showdown with Devine.

Regional quarterfinals

Fredericksburg defeated District 29-4A rival Devine 25-21, 25-11, 25-16 Tuesday evening in the regional quarterfinals to advance to the regional tournament.

Wed
12
Nov

FHS tennis falls in rematch at state championship

By Austin R. Eck

In a rematch of last year’s state championship, the Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team lost to Abilene-Wylie 10-4.

After the start of the 2014 University Interscholastic League State Team Tennis Tournament was pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday, the Billies started the tournament, which was single elimination with the four advancing teams from regional tournaments, with a match against Wills Point.

Against Wills Point, Fredericksburg won 10-2, but suffered from a slow start.

“We dealt with a little bit of nerves to start off against Wills Point, which is to be expected,” coach Randall King said. “Most of these kids have never played in a facility like A&M. Once the kids settled in, they played very well.”

Wed
12
Nov

FHS runners finish outside top 10 at state


Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ cross country runners, from left, Jose Meza, Cole Jenschke, Juan Hernandez Ortega, Nick James, Jesus Aguilar, Eloy Alvarez and Ian Kendrick leave the starting gate at Saturday’s state championship meet in Round Rock. The boys fin-ished 11th overall at the meet. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck

After sending the varsity boys’ team and one runner from the girls’ team to the state meet in Round Rock on Saturday, Fredericksburg High School cross country did not have a medalist, but coach Dan Aldrich sees the experience as a “step forward.”

According to Aldrich, the overall goal of the program this year was to perform more like a team.

“We have a long way to go to become the top ranked team in the state, but from a coach’s viewpoint, I am very pleased and proud of our teams this year in how they worked together — not only to improve their performances, but how they came together as a family,” he said.

For the boys’ team, they finished 11th overall with 252 points at the University Interscholastic League Cross Country State Championships. San Elizario took first place with 79 points.

Wed
12
Nov

Billies fall short of postseason with loss to Taylor


Senior quarterback Kyle Grona comes head to head with a Taylor defender while running the speed option Friday during the Billies 17-14 home loss to end the season — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

A season filled with lofty expectations came to a crashing halt Friday evening for the Fredericksburg High School varsity football team, who missed the postseason with a 17-14 home loss to Taylor.

The Ducks (2-8, 2-3 district), who won their final two contests of the season, will clinch the fourth and final playoff spot in District 14-4A Division I behind Liberty Hill (8-2, 5-0), Boerne (8-2, 4-1) and Canyon Lake (4-6, 2-3).

“It was very disappointing, but I’m proud of the kids for their heart and their fight,” head coach Lance Moffett said Monday. “They faced a huge amount of adversity this year and never quit coming. That says a lot to their character and to what we have hopefully instilled in them.”

“We’re a band of brothers,” senior quarterback Kyle Grona said after the game Friday. “We bleed, we sweat and we cry together. We love each other and it really shows.”

First half

Wed
12
Nov

FHS varsity golfers win Hutto Invitational

The Fredericksburg High School varsity golf team took first place on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Hutto Invitational at Star Ranch Golf Course.

The Billies’ combined score was 299, six strokes lower than second-place Georgetown.

Hudson Ross recorded the low score for the Billies on the day after finishing the course with a 70. Ross’ score was enough to earn him third place.

Cole Grona earned the fourth place medal after a scorecard playoff with Georgetown’s Corey Scully. Grona shot a 73 on the day.

Three other golfers represented the varsity golf team in Hutto. Justin Penn finished with a 77, Langston James recorded a 79 and Tyler Kaman ended his round with an 85.

The junior varsity boys’ team competed in two matches recently. On Monday, Nov. 3, the boys travelled to San Antonio to compete in the North East Independent School District Invitational.

Wed
12
Nov

Eagles top Soldiers 50-0 to earn district championship

By Danny Hirt

With Friday’s 50-0 win over visiting Selma River City Believers Christian School, Heritage School earned the District 3 regular season championship and a number one seed in the upcoming TAPPS six-man Division III playoffs.

Now with the top seed, the Eagles will draw a bye in this upcoming weekend’s opening round, waiting to take on the winner of the Brenham Christian versus Seguin Lifegate match-up on Friday, Nov. 14.

Other playoff games scheduled for the weekend involving district schools include Selma Believers at Fort Worth Covenant and Granbury North Central Texas Academy at San Marcos Hill Country.

Heritage 50, Selma Believers 0

Sophomore running back Jacob Huser rushed for 99 yards on seven carries, including three touchdowns, to help the Eagles capture a 50-0 victory over Selma Believers.

Wed
12
Nov

Lady Eagles fall in TAPPS state semis

By Danny Hirt

The high-flying Lady Eagles’ bubble finally burst Friday afternoon when Heritage School dropped its TAPPS 1A state semifinal volleyball match to Waxahachie Prep in three games (20-25, 8-25, 16-25).

The contest was played in the Navarro Junior College gymnasium in Corsicana.

“The Lady Eagles came out strong against Waxahachie Prep as they battled neck-and-neck in the first game,” said Heritage head coach Carol Bell. “(Lindsey) Pressler was able to block their top hitter several times to make her shy about putting the ball down.”

According to Bell, winning the area championship a week and a half ago (a five-game victory for the Lady Eagles over Lubbock All Saints) was “a long-awaited dream and was the highlight for many of the Lady Eagles.” Advancing to this past weekend’s Final Four action “was icing on the cake” for her players.

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