Sports

Wed
05
Feb

JV netters to head to Llano

Headed back to Yellowjackets territory, the Fredericksburg High School junior varsity tennis team will compete in the Llano JV Tournament tomorrow, Feb. 6.

The appearance in Llano will be the second in a week’s time since the Billies competed there in a Llano JV Dual Match last Thursday, Jan. 30.

After tomorrow’s contest, the sub-varsity squad will ramp up to host its own Fredericksburg JV Invitational on local courts Thursday, Feb. 13.

After that, there are at least five more junior varsity-specific contests on the spring schedule, culminating with the University Interscholastic League (UIL) District 27-3A Tennis Tournament in Fredericksburg on March 28-29.

Llano Dual Match

FHS Coach Donald Hohn described last week’s match in Llano as another “good opportunity for our younger kids just to get some match experience.”

The following are individual results from the Llano outing. Full names of opponents were not available.

Wed
05
Feb

Harper set for move to Class 2A


MEMBERS OF HARPER HIGH SCHOOL'S girls’ cross country team who won the UIL state 1A title last year were presented their championship rings during halftime of the boys’ basketball game with Center Point on Friday. The team members are, left to right — Payton Reid, Rebekah Lester, Shelby Collins, Kayla Inmon, Hope Dillon, Taylor Reid and Rachel Maner. — Photo courtesy Harper High School

By Danny Hirt —

While Harper High School’s conference designation may have changed from 1A to 2A as part of the recent UIL realignments, many of the Longhorns’ opponents will remain familiar.

For football, Harper has been placed in District 14, Division 1, with six other schools — Brackettville Brackett, Center Point, Johnson City LBJ, Junction, Mason and Sabinal.

Meanwhile, the basketball assignment for District 27-2A looks similar, but there are a few changes. While the core remains Harper, Center Point, Johnson City, Junction and Mason, added to this list is San Saba, while Brackettville and Sabinal go elsewhere.

“Realignment didn’t affect Harper much,” said HHS athletic director and head football coach Cody White. “We basically stay the same.

He mentioned that being the UIL’s only seven-team district in 2A Division I “makes it tough. But the goal is to win them all, anyways.”

Wed
05
Feb

Harper boys best Nueces Canyon

By Danny Hirt

The Harper High School boys’ varsity basketball team finds itself alone at the top of the District 27-1A standings, needing to win its last two games of the regular season to finish a perfect run through district action.

The Longhorns topped Center Point at home on Friday by a 56-21 margin, then bested Nueces Canyon on the road last night, 68-44.

The remaining schedule will see the Longhorns hosting Medina on Friday, then traveling to Mason on Tuesday. Both contests will start at 6:30 p.m., with junior varsity action tipping off at 5 p.m.

Wed
05
Feb

Harper girls to head to playoffs

By Danny Hirt —

With last night’s 59-57 loss at Nueces Canyon, the Harper High School girls’ basketball team ended the regular season with a  7-3 league record, 22-7 overall.

The Ladyhorns will enter the UIL Region IV-1A bi-district round, playing their first game against San Antonio Stacey, probably early next week. Day, date, location and starting time are yet to be determined.

On Friday of last week, host Harper dismantled Center Point, 43-26.

The most recent poll conducted by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches puts Harper in the 21st position, up three places from last week.

Wed
05
Feb

Heritage boys best Rainbow Hills Tuesday

By Danny Hirt —

With only four district games left on the schedule, Heritage School’s boys’ basketball team is poised for another post-season appearance.

Combined with last night’s 65-40 win at San Antonio Rainbow Hills, the Eagles picked three wins during the past week.

Last Friday, Heritage defeated Castle Hills 49-46 in the Fredericksburg First Baptist Church gymnasium. Then, on Saturday, the Eagles slipped past San Marcos 52-51 in a game played in the Kroc Center in Kerrville.

Wed
05
Feb

Heritage girls win three straight

By Danny Hirt

While the Heritage Lady Eagles cruised to three wins in the last week, things don’t get any easier as the end of the regular season looms in the near future.

Following those three victories — 63-24 over San Marcos Hill Country on Thursday, 60-28 over Castle Hills on Saturday, and last night’s 39-27 defeat of Rainbow Hills in San Antonio — the Lady Eagles will play four games in the next six days.

On Thursday, they travel to San Antonio Gateway for a 6 p.m. game. Saturday, Heritage takes off for San Angelo to face Cornerstone at 2 p.m., followed by Monday’s make-up game at home with Seguin Lifegate. The regular season finale finds the Lady Eagles hosting Selma River City Believers on Tuesday, Feb. 11, starting at 6 p.m.

Heritage 39, Rainbow Hills 27

Mon
03
Feb

Breaking news: Fredericksburg, Harper to move in UIL realignment

By Matt Ward —

Changes are coming for both Fredericksburg and Harper high schools following the announcement of the 2014-16 football and basketball districts by the University Interscholastic League.

As expected, Fredericksburg jumped from Class 3A to Class 4A, while Harper moved from Class 1A to Class 2A as most schools across the state changed classifications with the addition of Class 6A, which separates six-man football teams into a new Class 1A.

Battlin’ Billie football fans will see a pair of new district opponents as they join Class 4A’s District 14-DI along with Bandera, Boerne, Canyon Lake, Liberty Hill and Taylor.

For basketball, FHS has been placed in District 29-4A along with Bandera, Boerne, Devine, Hondo and Lytle.

Meanwhile, Harper football will be in Class 2A’s District 14-DI along with Brackettville Brackett, Center Point, Johnson City, Junction, Mason and Sabinal.

Wed
29
Jan

Boys' basketball bests Navarro, Boerne

By Matt Ward —

Well on their way toward their first District 27-3A championship, the Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball team won their ninth game in a row last night, defeating Navarro on the road 77-51.

On Friday, the Billies ended Boerne’s 44-game district winning streak, defeating the Greyhounds at home 54-40.

With 18 second half points to lead FHS over Boerne, Austin Rodriguez was named the all-area boys’ basketball player of the week by the San Antonio Express-News.

The 24th ranked Billies will travel to Wimberley on Friday night before hosting Bandera on Tuesday. Tip-off in both contests is slated for 7 p.m.

With four games left to play, FHS leads the district standings at 6-0 and has clinched a postseason berth, with Boerne one game back at 5-1.

Bandera and Wimberley are tied for third place at 3-3, with Navarro in fifth at 1-5 and Canyon Lake at 0-6.

Wed
29
Jan

Girls' basketball falls to Navarro

With two more games remaining on the District 27-3A schedule, the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team has a chance at making the playoffs.

The Billies are coming off of two losses this past week, to Navarro on Tuesday night, 70-57, and to Boerne, 60-54, on Friday night.

Fredericksburg will host Wimberley on Friday night, Jan. 31, in the FHS Gym before hitting the road on Tuesday night to take on Bandera in their final game of the regular district schedule.

Tipoff for both games is 7 p.m.

In other district basketball action on Tuesday night, Wimberley beat Canyon Lake, 58-30, and Boerne won over Bandera, 76-34.

On Friday night, Wimberley defeated Navarro, 55-50, and Bandera beat Canyon Lake, 34-26.

The Billies are currently 4-4 in district play.

Sitting at the top of the District 27-3A standings is Boerne at 7-1, followed by Navarro at 6-2 and Wimberley at 5-3.

Wed
29
Jan

Netters prepare for busy spring

Working on their timing and winding themselves back “up to speed” are the goals this week for the Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team, according to coach Randall King.

Billie netters are getting a chance to re-synchronize themselves with a break in their schedule this week before they host the six-team Billie Invitational Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, at home on the FHS courts.

This week’s reprieve comes on the heels of a scrimmage-type outing at Mason this past Saturday, Jan. 25.

It was a golden opportunity for the 12 boys and 12 girls who made the trip west, with each getting to play at least two and as many as four matches, King said.

“A day like that is as good as three days of practice,” he said, adding that it helps to have fresh competition across the nets.

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