Sports

Wed
19
Nov

Volleyball falls in regional semis


Ann Blackmon and Adrianna Hartmann rise up for a block attempt as Taylor Kitchens (8) and Kendyl Stevens (1) look on during Fredericksburg’s five set regional semifinal loss to Liberty Hill Friday evening. The third-ranked Billies finish their 2014 campaign with a 39-11 record. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Matt Ward —

For the third consecutive season, the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team fell in the University Interscholastic League playoffs to an eventual state tournament team as FHS lost in five sets to Liberty Hill Friday in the Region IV-4A semifinals.

The Panthers, who went on to sweep Sealy Saturday in the regional finals to secure a state berth, are the third team to advance to state after besting FHS along with Bellville (state finalist, 2013) and La Grange (state finalist, 2012).

“(We were) so close. I first want to say how proud we are of this 2014 Battlin’ Billie volleyball team,” head coach Jason Roemer said of his third-ranked squad, who ended the season with a 39-11 record and the first district championship in school history.

Wed
19
Nov

Depth key for FHS girls

By Austin R. Eck —

For the 2014-15 season, the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team will look to its depth to return them to the playoffs.

The Battlin’ Billies are not returning any starters, and have only three returning varsity players to the team this year, but coach Carrie Grona is looking for them to contribute both on and off the court.

Senior Codi Peters is returning for the Billies after working throughout the offseason to earn her place as a senior leader of the team.

Anna Koenig will be a key in Fredericksburg’s offense this year as the Billies look for her to play a role in the post especially in transition and on fast break opportunities.

The Billies will be looking for Mariah Espinoza to set the defensive tone for the rest of the team.

Adding to the defensive efforts of the Billies will be Madison Trousday.

Wed
19
Nov

Girls open season with close loss to Tivy

By Austin R. Eck

In their first game of the 2014-15 season, the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team fell to Kerrville Tivy 56-48.

After the first quarter, the Billies trailed by one point, but FHS was outscored by 10 points in the second quarter to end the first half 34-23.

The Billies’ defense made in impact in the first quarter, which is something coach Carrie Grona is looking to build on throughout the season. 

“We are tenacious on defense. The first quarter showed that,” Grona said. “Now, we have to get 10 girls to go 32 minutes with that kind of defense.”

The defense was led by Mariah Espinoza and Madison Trousdale. Espinoza forced two turnovers, and Trousdale ended the night with three steals.

Fredericksburg’s lull continued through the third quarter, but in the fourth quarter the Billies managed to string together baskets and outscore the Antlers 20-10 in the fourth quarter.

Wed
19
Nov

Boys open hoops season with win

The Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball team opened their season Tuesday evening with an easy 75-28 road win over Jourdanton.

Both the JV (70-18) and the freshmen (52-23) also notched victories over the Indians.

FHS will host Canyon Lake Saturday, due to the Hawks’ area-round football playoff game Friday. The Billie freshmen will open play at 10 a.m., followed by the JV at 11:15 a.m. and the varsity at 12:30 p.m.

The Billies will then travel to Marble Falls (5:15, 6:30, 7:45 p.m.) Monday before hosting Medina Valley Tuesday (5:30, 5:30, 7 p.m.).

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Wed
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.

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