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Wed
04
Mar

Longhorns top Mumford 55-52 in area playoffs

By Danny Hirt

After surviving a comeback scare by defending state champion Mumford, Harper High School’s boys’ basketball team grabbed a 55-52 decision in the Region IV area round played Friday night at Liberty Hill High School.

The Longhorns advanced to last night’s regional quarterfinal match-up against Thorndale played in Burnet. The score of that contest was not available by this week’s publication deadline.

Harper, District 27-2A’s number one-seeded team, was the only league school to advance in the playoffs. In the bi-district round, runner-up San Saba was defeated by Shiner, 61-57, while the third place school, Johnson City, suffered a 60-41 loss to Flatonia.

Wed
04
Mar

Leaps & Bounds

After advancing to the regional tournament for the first time in 16 seasons, Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team lost to Brazosport 54-37.
The Billies started Friday’s Region IV-4A semifinals at Texas A&M-Kingsville in stride. The Billies clicked in the first quarter and found themselves trailing by three points after the first quarter.
In the second, Brazosport and Fredericksburg traded buckets, but FHS did not cut into Brazosport’s lead when the Exporters experienced foul trouble.

“We didn’t capitalize when No. 1 was out of the game with foul trouble in the second quarter,” coach Carrie Grona said.

After the halftime break, the Exporters were able to use all of their weapons and open their lead again.

“They went on a 9-0 run about four minutes in, and it was just enough for us not to be able to get back with the lack of shooting we were doing,” Grona said.

Wed
04
Mar

Rocky start to season for FHS baseball

By Austin R. Eck

Weather has caused a bumpy start to Fredericksburg High School varsity baseball season. So far in the season, two games have been rescheduled and two canceled.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, the game against Comfort was reset for Wednesday, March 4, at Comfort starting at 5 p.m.

Fredericksburg’s final game of round-robin play against Regents at the Fredericksburg Eberle-Boeck Tournament was canceled along with all Saturday contests.
Fredericksburg’s first regular season game against Burnet was pushed back a day due to weather. The Billies lost to the Bulldogs 15-0.

At the Eberle-Boeck tournament, Fredericksburg opened play with two Thursday game. FHS lost to McCallum 6-4 and Antonian 15-3.

The Billies continue pre-district schedule at the 23rd annual Hill Country Baseball Classic from Thursday to Saturday, March 5-7, in Kerrville.

Wed
04
Mar

Girls' soccer cruises past Canyon Lake 5-1 Monday

A dominant 5-1 road win over Canyon Lake Monday helped push the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ soccer team to an 11-4-2 (5-2-0 district) record.

The Billies’ game at district leader Boerne was played Tuesday night, although results were unavailable as of press time.
FHS will host Bandera Friday at 7 p.m. to close out the second round of district play.

FHS 5, Canyon Lake 1

Despite struggling to get things going early at Canyon Lake, Fredericksburg’s offense exploded for five goals in a dominant win Monday night.

“After 30 minutes of defensive soccer, some space began to open up on Canyon Lake’s flanks and we were able to quickly push the ball up both the left and right sides,” head coach Logan Minshew said. “We made some tactile adjustments in the second half and those changes seemed to really pay off.”

Wed
04
Mar

Billie invitational washed out by rain

Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team hosted its tournament from Friday, Feb. 27, but weather prevented the draws from being completed.

“Weather was not conducive to seeing great tennis,” coach Randall King said. “The kids and coachers were troopers. We did our best to get in as much tennis as possible.”

Each division of the Battlin’ Billie Invitational was able to play one full round and some divisions started a second round before weather ended the tournament prematurely.

The varsity will compete in the Kerrville Tivy Invitational on March 5-7. Originally, the junior varsity team was scheduled to compete as well, but the weather forecast has canceled the junior varsity portion of the tournament.

Wed
04
Mar

Harper softball wins pair

By Danny Hirt

Despite ending early due to bad weather conditions, the Wimberley softball tournament proved to be good for the Harper varsity softball team as the Ladyhorns picked up a couple of Thursday wins.

After earning a razor-thin 3-2 decision over the hosts in the opening round, HHS lit up the base paths to stop Johnson City 14-0 in the nightcap.

Coming up next for the Ladyhorns will be action today (Wednesday) at Canyon Lake, starting at 7 p.m. The junior varsity squads will take the field first for a 5 p.m. contest.

Harper 14, Johnson City 0

Harper plated all of its runs in the first three innings to take a 14-0 decision over Johnson City in what proved to be the final game for both schools in the tournament.

Wed
25
Feb

Girls advance to regional tournament


Abby Spurgin (31) rises up for two of her game-high 23 points in the Billies’ 61-49 regional quarterfinal victory over Hondo Tuesday night at Boerne Champion High School. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck and Matt Ward

Sixteen years ago, the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team advanced to the regional tournament.

With a 61-49 victory over district rival Hondo Tuesday night, the Billies are finally returning to the regional tournament, just two wins away from state.

FHS will travel to Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday night for a 6 p.m. matchup against Brazosport. The winner will face either Liberty Hill or Boerne Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., also at A&M-Kingsville.

Wed
25
Feb

Boys win bi-district playoff

Eleven Billies scored in a relatively easy night as the Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball team powered past Poteet 82-49 Monday evening in the bi-district round at South San High School in San Antonio.

With the victory, FHS will advance to the area round and will face La Feria Thursday night in Beeville. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

FHS 82, Poteet 49

After some early struggles from the field to start the game, the District 29-4A champs caught fire from three-point range on their way to a 82-49 win over Poteet Monday.

Three Fredericksburg players — Kyle Reeh (17 points), Mark Rodriguez (12) and Elliot Hale (11) — scored in double figures for FHS in the victory.

Wed
25
Feb

Girls' track competes at home meet

A new season on a new track got underway on Saturday for the Fredericksburg High School varsity and junior varsity girls’ teams when they competed in the A.J. Loth Relays in FHS Stadium.

Saturday’s track and field meet did not follow a traditional format. Rather, the focus for the meet, according to head coach Dan Aldrich, was 13 relay events that included field event relays and running relays.

Aldrich explained that teams were scored only by their relay finish (first through fourth) with no point values. First-place medals were given to the relay winner of each race only.

“We started the season right as we expected and I am proud of how our teams competed on Saturday,” Aldrich said. “We have lots of work to do in the upcoming six weeks before district, but we are right on schedule with our athletes and are looking forward to traditional meets in the next few weeks as we continue to watch the improvements our kids are showing.”

Wed
25
Feb

Boys' track runs at home meet

The track and field season is in full swing after Fredericksburg High School hosted the A.J. Loth Relays on Saturday, Feb. 21.

The varsity and junior varsity boys’ track and field teams will compete at the 27th Annual Bulldog Relays at Burnet High School on Friday, Feb. 27. Field events start at 2:30 p.m. and running events start at 5:30 p.m.

FHS focused on 13 events that included field relays and running relays. While no team points were awarded, Fredericksburg High School saw its varsity boys’ team earn first place in four events, which included discus, high jump, long jump and distance medley relays.

The junior varsity squad was able to top six relays. The Billies won: pole vault, discus, long jump, shot put, triple jump and distance medley relays.

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