Experience leads way on '14 court with Lady Eagles

Look for big things to come from the Heritage School varsity volleyball team as the Lady Eagles embark on a quest for the TAPPS state championship. Title hopes will rely on the leadership from, left to right, seniors Savannah Morrow, Sydney Richburg, Abby Sauer and Christina Harpold. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

Whatever is said about the 2014 edition of the Heritage School Lady Eagles’ volleyball should include the word, “experience.”

After all, Coach Carol Bell is welcoming back a team that’s nearly intact from last year’s squad that advanced to the TAPPS 1A area round, missing out on a trip to the state final four by a few points.

“Losing only one senior and sophomore, we have an experienced team that has played together the past three years,” Bell said. “We may be running a different offense, but these girls are quick to learn and are talented. They have developed great fundamental skills to add to our offense, emphasizing perfecting what they already do well.”


Senior leaders bring winner's mentality

The Fredericksburg High School varsity football team’s senior leadership group — (from left) Jake Mohr, Sebastian Ortega, Braden Bowers, Kyle Grona, head coach Lance Moffett, Justin Mohr, Mason Clark, Wyatt Brannan and Jacob Hartmann — prepare for another season of Battlin’ Billie football on a brand new turf field. FHS will host Austin Travis in the first varsity contest inside the renovated FHS Stadium Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter


By Matt Ward


Losing isn’t a word the 26 seniors on this year’s Fredericksburg High School varsity football team deal with often.

Pee-wee Super Bowl appearances with the Fredericksburg RAMS, two undefeated seasons at Fredericksburg Middle School, strong seasons and a district championship as underclassmen at FHS, these Billie seniors win. A lot.

With a bitter taste in their mouth after losing in the rain at the second round in 2013, the seniors want to make a statement about Fredericksburg football in their final go-round.

“We’re here to win it,” Kyle Grona, senior quarterback and a three-year starter, said.

The attitude of this year’s squad is different, Grona said, with the goal being a Class 4A state championship.


A coach's BEST nightmare

McKenna Mohr (left) and Payton Robertson are two of seven seniors returning for the Billie varsity. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward


Jason Roemer, head coach of the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team, has a big problem, but it’s one of those puzzles he’s hasn’t quite figure out yet.

There’s too much talent in the Battlin’ Billies lineup this season.

“What is everyone’s role going to be? That’s what I lose sleep over right now,” Roemer said. “Who’s going to play where? Can they accept their role? What’s the team chemistry? I’m tired of thinking about it. I’m ready to get in the gym and do it because we have a really good team this year.”

Four key players on last year’s playoff team graduated, but the Billies will be boosted by seven seniors on this year’s squad — all seeking their first district championship.


FHS cross country aims to go the distance in 2014

Juan Hernandez, left, ran his way to the Class 3A state competition last year. Head coach Dan Aldrich hopes Hernandez will return with his teammates in tow this year. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

School cross country team is looking to build off of the experience it gained last year.

The cross country team lost only three runners to graduation the past year.

“Overall, the expectations are high,” head coach Dan Aldrich said. “Being experienced we’re going to go in confident knowing how to run as a group.”

Adding to the team’s experience is Clarissa Sanchez and Juan Hernandez. Both runners competed at the state meet last year, which gave them experience no one else on the team has.

“Experienced runners will always outrun those who are in shape,” Aldrich said. “When you get to the state meet, it’s not just about being in shape. It’s about learning how to run the course.”

The Billies will compete in a new district this year that features strong running programs. Fredericksburg will compete against Bandera, Boerne, Devine, Lytle and Hondo.


Billies look for depth to return to state

Parker Phillips sends a return on an express delivery back across the net during spring 2014 action on the Fredericksburg High School courts. FHS Coach Randall King said his experienced Billies returning from last year’s state finals team will need to be complemented quickly by improving young players if this year’s squad stands a chance of going the distance. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter


Depth. That’s what the Fredericksburg High School (FHS) varsity tennis players are going to need to strive for above all else if they want to win in the fall season ahead.

“For us, it’s the depth of our ladder,” said Randall King, head FHS tennis coach who led his Billie netters to a 25-7 record last year, complete with a second-place finish in state Class 3A team tennis play.

A large chunk of that winning team graduated and moved on, “but we have a strong foundation returning,” King said. Slated to come back to the courts are eight returning lettermen, including three boys and five girls, who also happen to be seven juniors and one sophomore.


Dr Pepper event draws area netters

Megan Canfield of Mason eyes the ball before following through Friday afternoon during the first day of the 29th Annual Junior Dr Pepper — Babolat Open Tennis Tournament. Canfield finished second in the U12 girls' singles division. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

More than 120 players participated in the 29th Annual Junior Dr Pepper — Babolat Open Tennis Tournament held at Fredericksburg High School and Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Friday through Sunday.

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Tennis Association, the event saw young local players join competitors from across the state in boys’ singles, girls’ singles, boys’ doubles, girls’ doubles and mixed doubles.

“The tourney went very smooth. Due to a smaller turnout, we were able to play consolation draws and kids got at least two matches,” Fredericksburg High School tennis coach Randall King said. “We had a good representation of Fredericksburg kids and it was great to see them on the court preparing for fall team tennis.”

Fredericksburg athletes took home medals in several divisions over the weekend, including eight first places, 10 second places, three third places and five consolation titles.

Local first place winners included:


Summer camp prepares athletes for sports year

LEADING THE PACK — Battlin’ Billie Speed and Strength Camp helps stu-dents stay in shape through the summer months. — Standard-Radio Post/Autumn Bernhard

By Austin R. Eck


Summer gives student athletes a chance to recover from the grueling schedule they face during the school year.

In theory, this means athletes can relax from the grind of keeping up with athletics and workout schedules and enjoy the summer without a care. 

In reality, athletes do not have the luxury of taking months off at the end of the school year. Conditioning and working out are crucial for athletes to perform at the top of their potential.

Fredericksburg Independent School District’s athletic department along with Community Education provides the Battlin’ Billies Strength and Speed Camp.

More than 240 students enrolled in the camp, and the camp averaged 120 students per day.

 “Coach (Bill) Wilder and I talked to several other coaches and we blew doors on everyone we talked to in terms of how many kids were showing up every day,” athletic director Lance Moffett said. 


Fall practice opens Monday for district champion Billies

Fredericksburg’s quest for a second consecutive high school district football championship begins early Monday morning as the Billies open fall training camp.

Following strength and conditioning drills, freshman, JV and varsity players will go through offensive, defensive and special team drills for the first four days of camp in shorts and T-shirts.

Parents are invited to watch a Texas High School Coaches Association informational webinar on the college recruiting process at 5 p.m. on Monday in the FHS gymnasium.

At 5:50 p.m., the mandatory football parent meeting will be held, followed by the first Billie Boosters meeting of the school year.

On Thursday, Aug. 7, the Billie Boosters will host their second annual Billie Mom Football 101 class from 6-8 p.m. Cost to attend is $30 and includes a t-shirt.



Volleyball tryouts slated for next week

Tryouts for the 2014 Fredericksburg High School volleyball teams will be held Monday and Tuesday in the FHS gymnasium.

Girls hoping to make this year’s varsity, JV or freshman teams must have completed their athletic physical requirements prior to the start of tryouts at 8 a.m., Monday.

“There’s a lot of competition in gym,” Fredericksburg head coach Jason Roemer said. “We graduated four seniors last year who played big roles for us, so there are large shoes to fill.”

Fredericksburg will seek to advance deep into the UIL state playoffs in a new district after going two rounds deep in 2013.

The Billies will face off against Bandera, Boerne, Devine, Hondo and Lytle in District 29-4A this season.

Tryouts for the JV and varsity teams will be held both days from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., while freshmen tryouts will be held from 8-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. 


Weekend race meet draws crowd

Crowds filled up the grandstands Saturday and Sunday as 4,113 race fans wagered $285,805 over the two-day Night in Old Fredericksburg Race Meet at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

It was “another great weekend of racing” at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the two-day live race meet drew a total of 4,113 fans who wagered $285,805 on 24 races. The total payout to bettors was $223,659.

On Saturday, 2,884 fans wagered $168,636 while on Sunday, 1,229 fans wagered $117,169.

The payout to bettors on Saturday totaled $132,383 and $91,276 on Sunday.

In 2013, 2,622 fans wagered $258,442 with a total payout of $202,481.

The two-day race meet, the second of four scheduled at the Class III facility in 2014, was held in conjunction with Night In Old Fredericksburg on Saturday.

“Combining racing with Night In Old Fredericksburg made for a successful weekend,” said Robert Henry Sagebiel, a fair association director who is serving as general manager of the track this season.


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