Sports

Wed
25
Jun

Billies ranked 19th preseason by Texas Football

Projections for Fredericksburg, Harper and Heritage high school football teams were released recently in the 2014 issue of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.

Fredericksburg, which finished 10-2, is ranked in the top 20 of 4A schools and is projected to finish second in District 14-4A.

Both Fredericksburg and Harper moved up one class number this year because of UIL creating a sixth class to give to six-man football to become the new Class 1A.

When UIL added the sixth classification, it pushed up enrollment-based classifications, placing Fredericksburg into Class 4A.

Harper is projected to make the District 4A-2A DI playoffs by claiming the fourth and final berth into the playoffs.

The Heritage Eagles are projected to win the TAPPS DIII-3 after its 9-5 season last year in which it advanced to the state finals. The Eagles also find themselves ranked fifth in the state of all six-man football divisions.

Wed
18
Jun

Little League marks anniversaries, All-Stars


The Fredericksburg Little League celebrated the 75th year of Little League base-ball and 40th year of soft-ball. Later in the evening, the league recognized the All-Star players that will represent Fredericksburg in tournament play. — Stand-ard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Austin R. Eck

The Fredericksburg Little League All-Stars continued their tournament season as intermediate baseball, coach-pitch softball and machine-pitch baseball all had games this week.

 

Intermediate baseball

Fredericksburg’s intermediate baseball All-Stars had a hot start to its tournament season, earning a 20-0 victory over Mason, Monday evening in Oak Crest Park.

Gary Sorola led the team’s offense with two home runs, six RBIs and five hits at five at-bats. Tucker Elliot hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Adding to offense, Aiden McCullough earned three hits with three at-bats.

The game was called at the end of the fifth inning because of a 10-run mercy rule.

The Fredericksburg boys continued tournament action on Tuesday night against Burnet/Bertram. Full details of that game will be published in next week’s issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

 

Wed
18
Jun

FHS varsity football tickets go on sale

Season tickets for the 2014 Fredericksburg High School varsity home football games will go on sale beginning July 14.

Current season ticket holders can renew their seats at $30 per seat, starting Monday, July 14, thru Thursday, July 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then from 3-6 p.m. at the FHS field house.

Current season ticket holders unable to come by during these times may contact the FHS athletic office.

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Wed
04
Jun

Stadium renovation ongoing


No grass remains on the field at Fredericksburg High School Stadium, which is currently undergoing renovations to construct a synthetic turf football field and brand new eight-lane track. The project is expected to be complete in time for the first home game Sept. 5 against Austin Travis. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —

There’s only a large ring of dirt in what used to be the field at Fredericksburg High School Stadium, where the District 27-3A champion Battlin’ Billie football team hosted the competition on five Friday nights each season.

Originally slated to begin renovation following Friday’s graduation ceremony, the construction timetable was moved up due to added work done on the track, which will expand from seven to eight lanes as part of the project.

Consequently, FHS graduation will be held this year at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. A separate story in this issue details Friday’s commencement plans.

Initial expectations placed a 45-60-day construction timetable on the project, FHS athletic director and head football coach Lance Moffett said, but the track portion of the project forced the district to modify its projections, increasing the timetable to 60-90 days.

Wed
04
Jun

Track, cross country athletes honored

Fredericksburg High School track and cross country athletes were recently honored for their 2013-2014 achievements during a banquet held May 28.

Senior cross country runner, Alex Herbig was named to the THSCA Academic All-State First Team. Senior Serena Rivera and junior Hannah Cheeseman were both named to 27-3A Academic All-District Team for cross country.

Four girls were named to 27-3A Academic All-District including junior Hannah Embrey, and freshmen Clarissa Sanchez, Lisette Vallejo and Mandy Yocham.

Named to the 27-3A Academic All-District Team for boys’ cross country were seniors Chase Junell and Travis Koenig and juniors Jose Meza and Nick James.

Senior Ricardo Martinez received THSCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention. Koenig also received CCCAT Academic All-State and THSCA Academic All-State First Team.

Sophomore Fabian Reyes and freshmen Jesus Aguilar, Ian Kendrick and Corbin Styles all received Academic All-District.

Wed
04
Jun

Nine Billies named all-district softball

Nine members of the Fredericksburg High School varsity squad were named to the All-District 27-3A Softball Team.

Senior Camry Weinheimer was named District 27-3A most valuable player.

Macalah Jenschke was named Newcomer of the Year.

Catcher Mackenzie Spisak, designated player Christa Schulz and infielder Taylor Gamble were named to the first team.

Infielder Ali Laratta, as well as outfielder Kiersten Kott were named to the second team. Hannah Shenk and Mackenzie Straube received honorable mention.

Academic All-District

Named to Academic All-District squad were Gamble, Kott, Schulz, Shenk, Spisak, Weinheimer, Kaitlin Huizinga, Jenschke, Laratta and Kendall Huizinga.

Wed
28
May

Battlin' Billies named best Texas high school mascot

By Matt Ward —

Battlin’ Billies reigned supreme after Fredericksburg High School dominated the vote in the “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine” Mascot Madness Tournament, besting 31 other schools to be named the best mascot in Texas high school football.

“What a great honor for our community, school district and program,” FHS athletic director and head football coach Lance Moffett said. “But what a challenge for our kids and coaches to live up to in order to honor the pride, tradition and heritage of such a great community and those who established it long before we were part of it.”

Fredericksburg outlasted the Winters Blizzards, the Mason Punchers and the Hamlin Pied Pipers in a Final Four vote last week to secure the title.

Wed
28
May

Mystery of the Billie mascot revealed

By Carlin Wicker

Editor’s Note: The following column appeared in the Dec. 1, 2004 edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, written by former Fredericksburg Independent School District athletic director Carlin Wicker, who died in 2005.

This is what I have been told and what I think I understand to have happened in the naming of Fredericksburg High School’s mascot, the “Battlin’ Billies.” The mascot has always been a goat, only the name has changed.

FHS became the “Hill Billies” (two words) in or about 1928. FHS had played a powerhouse (state semi-finalist team of some type) in San Antonio named Main Street High School. (Fox Tech High School is now located at the same address.)

A San Antonio sportswriter, in his enthusiastic write-up used a statement such as, “Those boys from ‘up in the hills’ had butted Main Street High around for three quarters like a bunch of Billy goats before losing 0-6.”

Wed
28
May

Shipman named TAPPS Coach of the Year

By Danny Hirt

Heritage School head football coach Tim Shipman has recently been named TAPPS 1A Male Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 year and is being honored with the organization’s Edd Burleson Leadership Award.

Shipman, a native of Muleshoe, has been the head coach at Heritage for the past 12 years where he’s led the Eagles to an overall win-loss record of 112-31 and five TAPPS Division II six-man state championships (in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011). Heritage has also been state finals runner-up for the past two seasons, 2012 and 2013.

Prior to acquiring his position at Heritage, Shipman coached football, basketball and track for three years at Fredericksburg Middle School. Currently, he remains a teacher at FMS.

Wed
21
May

Harper softball falls in regional semis

By Danny Hirt —

 

When boiled down to its essence, the Harper High School softball team just couldn't get the hits or defensive stops when necessary as the Ladyhorns dropped both games to Shiner in last weekend's best-of-3 series in Region IV semifinal action.

The contests were played on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos.

The Lady Comanches now advance to the region finals to take on Weimar this coming weekend. The winner earns a berth in the May 28-31 state championship round slated for the Red and Charline McCombs Field on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

"I am very proud of this team and the many accomplishments they were able to achieve," said HHS head coach Scott Vasquez. "Our goal will remain the same — work to build the program and take it to the next level."

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