Heritage girls advance to state tournament

By Danny Hirt

Making the game of basketball look easy, the Lady Eagles from Heritage School cruised past Houston Family Christian Academy Tuesday night, 70-36, to advance to the TAPPS 1A girls’ basketball state Final Four for the first time in school history.

The game, which was played in Temple, was set up by the Lady Eagles’ 52-44 win over Brownsville First Baptist on Saturday.

With last night’s victory, Heritage will play the winner of Tuesday’s contest between San Antonio Gateway Christian (21-16) and Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian (12-6) on Friday in Mansfield.

Also going to the semifinals will be Plainview Christian (12-5), a team that will take on the winner of Tuesday’s match-up between Granbury North Central Texas (18-4) and Lubbock Kingdom Prep (15-11).

The championship game is slated for Saturday, also in Mansfield.


Heritage 70, Houston Family 36


Billies to face Giddings in area playoffs Friday

RISING UP TO THE CUP — Wade Shepherd (1) goes for a layup while Clayton Braden (3) looks on Tuesday night during the Billies’ 84-70 bi-district win over Pleasanton. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —

Though it might not have come in the fashion that Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball head coach Tim Kaman would have wanted, the Billies clinched a bi-district championship Tuesday night, defeating Pleasanton, 85-70, at San Antonio Lee High School.

Fredericksburg, who bested rival Boerne 58-47 Feb. 12, will face District 26-3A runner-up Giddings in the area playoffs after the Buffaloes defeated Columbus, 63-50.

FHS and Giddings will face off Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the Austin ISD Berger Center gymnasium.

FHS 85, Pleasanton 70

Leading by double digits for most of the evening, the Billies held off several Eagle scoring bursts to defeat Pleasanton, 85-70, Tuesday night, capturing the bi-district championship.


Season slips away for Billie girls

FALLING TO THE FLOOR, Fredericksburg senior Allie Doucet (13) fights for a loose ball Friday night during the Billies' 37-34 area round loss to El Campo. -- Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team saw their season come to an end on Friday night when they were eliminated from post-season play by El Campo.

Playing in the area round at Goldie Harris Gym in Seguin, the District 27-3A third-place Billies fell to the Ladybirds, 37-34.

“Tonight just wasn’t our night,” said FHS head girls’ basketball coach Carrie Grona. “We hit 19 percent from the field and as my high school coach used to say, ‘we couldn’t hit water while sitting in the boat.’”

She said, “It was true, I saw more shots roll in and out tonight than I have my whole coaching career.”

Grona said, “Our goal all season was to hold teams to less than 40 points. Defensively, that’s a good night.”

“We gave it everything we had and pushed ahead by three at the end of the third quarter and El Campo shoots a last second shot from behind the half court line to tie it up,” Grona reported.


Billies to host Loth Track Relays this Saturday

Opening their regular season at home, the Fredericksburg High School track program will host the annual A.J. Loth Relays Saturday with field event relays beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the FHS Stadium.

Running relays will begin no earlier than noon and at least 30 minutes after the conclusion of field events, according to head track coach Dan Aldrich.

“Starting off with an all relay meet gives the athletes an opportunity to break the practice routine and compete against other schools in a relay format,” Aldrich said.

Schools are allowed to enter three athletes per field event and the combined best mark for each athlete will count toward their team total. The winning team in each event receives first place medals.

“We do not give other medals besides first place so that schools can focus on developing a team concept within each event and try to win a specific event if they choose,” Aldrich said.


Girls fall in three straight

CLOSING IN — (From left) Fredericksburg High School girls’ varsity soccer players Bailey Nicoson, Sadie Lopez, Fabiola Ibarra-Castro, Taylor Husfeld and goalkeeper Merisol Olvera work to prevent a Boerne Champion opponent from getting too close to the goal during their Feb. 14 soccer game. Champion shut out the Billies, 3-0. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Fredericksburg High School girls’ soccer has struggled in recent games, with shutout losses to Alamo Heights, Boerne Champion and Kerrville Tivy.

The FHS varsity lost to Alamo Heights, 8-0, on Feb. 18, then 3-0 to Boerne Champion on Feb. 14 and 2-0 to Kerrville Tivy on Feb. 11.

The junior varsity team played Tivy to a scoreless tie on Feb. 11.

The FHS JV lost to Alamo Heights, 0-6, and then to Boerne Champion, 0-7.

Following an open date on Friday, FHS will next play against Boerne. The varsity team will play the Lady Greyhounds at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, while the JV team will play Boerne at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24. Both games will be in Fredericksburg.

FHS varsity girls soccer

Head coach John Brock saw encouragement in his team’s 8-0 loss Tuesday night in San Antonio to Alamo Heights.


Boys' soccer shut out 3-0 by Alamo Heights Tuesday

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ soccer players continue to fight tooth-and-nail for their survival, even after last night’s 3-0 shutout blow dealt by San Antonio powerhouse Alamo Heights.

The stumble before home fans in FHS Stadium puts the Billies’ win-loss-tie count at 5-8-2 for the season as they reach their mid-way point in the District 54-4A contest.

The second half rotation of loop play begins with a 7 p.m. home bout against Boerne High School’s Greyhounds on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The Billies will head into that game having had a chance to rest up and recuperate with their open date this Friday, Feb. 21.

Alamo Heights 3 – FHS 0

“We played a really good game tonight against a good team,” said FHS Coach Shannon Petsch following his squad’s loss to the Mules at home.


Baseball to host annual Eberle-Boeck tournament

The Fredericksburg High School varsity baseball team will host the 28th annual Fredericksburg Eberle-Boeck Memorial Baseball Tournament Thursday through Saturday, following a 6-1 road loss at Burnet to open the regular season Monday.

Fredericksburg will host the six-team, round robin tournament, which also features teams from Antonian, Llano, McCallum, Regents and St. Andrew’s. The Billies will face Llano Thursday at 4:30 p.m. before taking on Regents Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Antonian at 7 p.m.

Saturday play will consist of three games based on seeding from pool play.

Burnet 6, FHS 1

Opening their regular season on the road, the Billies fell at Burnet 6-1 Monday evening.


Netters finish second at Mason tournament

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Building steam, the Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team will tuck a second-place in its belt from this past weekend’s tournament and forge ahead back to Mason for the Hill Country Classic this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22.

“It’ll be a tougher tourney this weekend, with stronger Class 5A competition,” said FHS Coach Randall King, following his squad’s second-place team finish in last weekend’s eight-team competition at Mason High School.

“The Hill Country Classic is always a good challenge for us every year,” he said, adding that, afterwards, there will be an open week for his varsity players — giving them a chance to rest and rehab any injuries before moving ahead with the second half of the spring season.

Puncher Shootout


FHS softball opens year with walkoff victory over Kerrville, 9-8

Opening their season with a victory, the Fredericksburg High School varsity softball team defeated longtime rival Kerrville Tivy 9-8 at home Tuesday thanks to a walkoff RBI triple by Mackenzie Straube.

FHS will travel to the Kerrville Tivy tournament Friday and Saturday before heading to Hondo Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Last night, Kerrville jumped out to a 5-1 lead before Ali Laratta’s three-run double brought the Billies within one at 5-4. 

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Ladyhorns advance to Region IV semis

By Danny Hirt —

After downing Stacey in the bi-district round by a one-sided 60-21 score on Feb. 10, the Harper High School Ladyhorns continued their march through the Region IV-1A basketball playoffs, but by slimmer margins.

HHS topped Holland 35-31 in Friday’s area round and then squeezed by Iola 35-32 in the regional quarterfinals Monday at Hays High School in Buda.

The Ladyhorns will next face Falls City Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the New Braunfels Canyon High School gymnasium in the regional semifinals.

Harper 35, Iola 32

Despite building up a 20-8 lead by intermission, Harper had to withstand an Iola second half surge to keep ahead and win in the Region IV quarterfinal round, 35-32, Monday.

Iola outscored Harper in both the third and fourth periods by a total of 24-15 points (9-6 in the third, 15-9 in the fourth).


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