Sports

Wed
05
Mar

Heritage girls finish second at state

By Danny Hirt

Heritage School’s dream season for the girls’ basketball team ended in a nightmare Saturday afternoon as the Lady Eagles dropped the TAPPS 1A championship game, 61-43, to Granbury North Central Texas Academy.

The contest was played Saturday afternoon in the Timberview High School gymnasium in Mansfield.

The Lady Eagles had earned the right to vie for the state championship by downing San Antonio Gateway Christian School, 40-36, on Friday. The semifinal action was hosted by Mansfield High School.

“This weekend was an absolutely wonderful experience for these girls and one that they will remember forever,” said Heritage head coach Mike McKinnon.

Lady Eagles Kami Jones, Christina Harpold and Allie Metzger were named to the all-state tournament team.

Heritage ended its dream season with a 19-4 record.

Wed
05
Mar

FHS track to compete in Lampasas

After a successful meet in Burnet last week, Fredericksburg High School track teams will head back on the road on Friday to compete in the Lampasas Badger Relays.

The meet will begin with the 3200 meter run and field events at 2:30 p.m. before the running finals begin at 5 p.m.

Last Friday, the Billie varsity and JV girls both finished second at the Wells Fargo Burnet Relays, while the varsity boys placed fourth and JV boys finished fifth.

“As our first regular formatted meet invitational of the year, I was pleased with how the kids performed, to give them a starting point to work from,” head coach Dan Aldrich said. “We are by no means even close to where we want to be, but I also understand patience is just as important from the coach as it is from the kids when working through our workout progression.”

Wed
05
Mar

Girls' soccer ties Tivy 0-0

The good news about Fredericksburg High School’s Feb. 28 varsity girls soccer game against Kerrville Tivy is that neither the varsity nor junior varsity squads allowed any goals.

The varsity also didn’t score any, as their game ended in a 0-0 tie. JV scored one goal for a 1-0 shutout over the Lady Antlers.

The tie means that FHS will now have to defeat Boerne Champion or Alamo Heights to have a chance at the playoffs.

FHS girls soccer’s next games will be today, March 5, at Boerne Champion (a rescheduled game due to weather) with the JV team playing at 5 p.m. and the varsity playing at 7 p.m. Then, on Friday, March 7, FHS is at home against Alamo Heights (JV at 5 p.m., and varsity at 7 p.m.).

Wed
05
Mar

Boys' soccer to face Heights

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

Hoping to ride a wave of momentum through to a win in the last game of district play — and against the loop leader, at that — are the Fredericksburg High School varsity soccer boys.

Their final regulation-play test will come Friday, March 7, when the last-place 1-6-0 Billies will go up against the current first-place team in University Interscholastic League (UIL) District 54-4A standings — the 3-0-3 San Antonio Alamo Heights.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. on the Mules’ field.

 “Hopefully, we can continue with the momentum we’ve had and get a win and then see what the future holds after that,” said FHS Coach Shannon Petsch.

His Billies have suddenly “flipped a switch,” brightening their prospects with flashes of the best soccer “we have played all year,” Petsch said.

Last night, the squad lost to Boerne Champion, 1-0, while it dropped Friday night’s Feb. 28 game to Kerrville Tivy, 2-0.

Wed
05
Mar

Netters back on courts this weekend

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Fresh off a nearly two-week-long gap in action, Fredericksburg High School’s varsity tennis team will be looking to capitalize on “fresh legs” this Friday and Saturday, March 7-8.

The squad will lead into Spring Break 2014 with the Billies’ first-ever appearance in the Clemens/Steele Invitational, which will be played on Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District courts.

“This will be a new tournament for us,” said FHS Coach Randall King, who explained that Fredericks-burg, historically, has been tied up at this point in the spring season with team tennis playoffs.

Now that team tennis competition is completely self-contained in the fall, the date fell open and the tourney presented itself as a new prospect for the local “Big Red” roster.

Wed
05
Mar

Harper softball splits four at tourney

By Danny Hirt —

After opening the Blanco softball tournament with a couple of Thursday losses (5-2 to Comfort and 8-3 to Johnson City), the Ladyhorns from Harper High School rebounded to pick up two victories.

Following a 10-4 win over Canyon Lake later on Thursday, Harper topped Ingram 15-0.

Tuesday night’s home game with Wimberley was moved to Thursday due to inclement weather. The junior varsity teams will square off at 5 p.m., followed by varsity action at 7 p.m.

The Ladyhorns will remain home Friday to host Johnson City, with the JVs playing at 5 p.m. and the varsity teams matching up at 7 p.m.

Wed
05
Mar

Harper baseball wins pair

By Danny Hirt

The Longhorns picked up two wins during last week’s baseball tournament hosted by Johnson City.

After dropping a 16-9 decision to Granger in the opening game on Thursday, the Longhorns defeated Johnson City 16-14 later in the day and then topped Lampasas 12-8 on Saturday.

Two Longhorn players — Trace Boatright and Levi Lashley — were named to the all-tournament team.

Boatright struck out five and issued two walks during his four and two-thirds innings of pitching in defeating Johnson City in Harper’s second game. Meanwhile, Lashley went 9-for-14 (.643) and scored four runs during the two days of action.

Next up for Harper will be an appearance in the San Saba Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Wed
05
Mar

Harper girls track opens season

By Danny Hirt

Harper High School’s girls’ track and field team opened the 2014 season with five first places and an overall third place finish in the varsity portion of the Hubbell Relays held Saturday in Junction.

Ladyhorns taking top spots in individual events were Payton Reid (pole vault, 8’6”) and Logan White (100-meter hurdles, 15.7).

Four-member relay squads earning first places for Harper were the 4x100-meter relay (Sydney Collins, Logan White, Megan Myers, Haylee Poorman, 53.31), 4x200-meter relay (Collins, Poorman, Myers, Reid, 1:52.84), and 4x400-meter relay (Collins, Taylor Reid, Myers, Payton Reid, 4:19.30).

In junior varsity action, the Ladyhorns captured a pair of individual first places —  Chrissie Bryant (long jump) and Lizzy Haines (200-meter run) — in addition to the 100-meter and 200-meter relays run by Abby Skiff, Bryant, Julia Mauldin and Haines.

The JVs finished the meet in second place.

Wed
26
Feb

FHS boys eliminated from hoop playoffs

By Matt Ward

A district-championship winning season for the 24th-ranked Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball team came to an end Tuesday night as the Billies fell to sixth-ranked San Antonio Sam Houston 66-50 at Smithson Valley High School.

“No matter the outcome of tonight’s game, I was really proud of our guys. They were exhausted after the game and gave everything they had,” head coach Tim Kaman said. “They left it all out on the court. That is what you have to do every time you compete. You can only hope that it is enough.  Tonight it just was not enough.”

Fredericksburg ends the season as the District 27-3A champions with a 28-9, 9-1 district record, tying a school record for number of season victories and winning two tournament titles. 

Wed
26
Feb

Track opens season with A.J. Loth Relays

A “great day of competition” on Saturday opened the track season for the Fredericksburg High School varsity and junior varsity girls’ and boys’ teams who competed in the A.J. Loth Relays in the FHS Stadium.

“The A.J. Loth Relays were successful and all teams attending enjoyed a great day of competition,” said Dan Aldrich, head track coach.

And with the first meet behind them, the Billie track teams will travel to Burnet for the 16th Annual Bulldog Relays on Friday, Feb. 28.

Field events begin at noon, the 3200 meter runs start at 12:30 p.m. and the running finals are scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.

In looking back at Saturday’s meet, Aldrich said, “I was pleased with the performances of our athletes to start off the season.”

The A.J. Loth Relays was based on an all-relay format for both the field and running events.

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