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New challenges await Fredericksburg in Class 4A


SIGNING a letter of intent Wednesday morning to play football for the Colorado School of Mines was Fredericksburg High School senior Clayton Braden. Joining him on signing day were (seated, from left) his parents, Michael and Donna Braden, and (standing) Fredericksburg High School football coaches, including defensive coordinator Bill Wilder, head coach Lance Moffett and defense ends coordinator Jerold Gaitan. — Standard-Radio Post Photo

By Matt Ward

Athletic directors from across the region — including Fredericksburg High School’s Lance Moffett — circled a small table in an Austin area University Interscholastic League Regional Service Center, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the UIL realignment for 2014-16.

About five minutes prior to 9 a.m. Monday morning, a pair of UIL officials brought out the cardboard box filled with realignment packets, set them on the table while giving final instructions and then made ADs wait the final three minutes until the clock struck nine.

“I’m trying to get as close to the table as I can and at nine o’clock, they just open the box and go,” Moffett said.

Certain uncertainty

There were plenty of unknowns heading into realignment, but several things were already assured.

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Feb

Boys' basketball on track for district title game

By Matt Ward

Despite a 60-51 home loss to Bandera last night, the Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball team can secure a District 27-3A championship with a pair of victories this week.

On Friday, FHS defeated Wimberley on the road 63-38.

The 23rd ranked Billies will host Canyon Lake on Friday night before travelling to Boerne on Tuesday for the regular season finale. Tip-off in both contests is slated for 7 p.m.

Bandera 60, FHS 51

Missing two players due to the flu and suffering from early foul trouble, the Billies led early, but a halftime lead gave Bandera the momentum needed to defeat Fredericksburg 60-51 Tuesday.

“It was just one of those games where nothing goes right,” FHS head coach Tim Kaman said. “I thought we really played hard tonight, but we just did not play real smart.”

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Girls' basketball advances to playoffs

Regular season play may have come to an end, but the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls have more basketball to play.

That’s because the FHS varsity squad finished third in District 27-3A and earned a spot in the post-season playoffs.

The FHS girls defeated Bandera, 45-24, on Tuesday night and won over Wimberley, 60-58, in overtime on Friday night to finish 6-4 in District 27-3A.

“Finishing 6-4 in our district is not an easy accomplishment,” said Carrie Grona, head girls basketball coach.

“It was a hard-fought 6-4 and I am so very proud of these ladies,” Grona added.

Fredericksburg will face San Antonio Sam Houston in the bi-district playoffs Monday evening at 7 p.m. at Boerne Champion.

Boerne won District 27-3A with a 9-1 record while Navarro was second with an 8-2 district record.

Also making the playoffs with a fourth-place finish in the standings is Wimberley at 5-5.

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Boys' soccer to start district play

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

The start of District 54-4A loop play looms ahead this Friday, Feb. 7, for the Fredericksburg High School (FHS) varsity boys’ soccer team and, if the “gauges” are reading correctly of late, then the Billies are ready.

Last night, the squad went kick-for-kick against Canyon Lake to tie on the road, 2-2.

And, in Friday’s appearance in the FHS Stadium, Fredericksburg stood its ground against a “rough-and-tumble” Marble Falls squad to win, 4-2.

Those past two games have brought the Billies to a 4-5-2 record heading into the spin-up of the district rotation.

This year’s agenda pits FHS against four loop opponents in a series of eight games evenly split between home and away destinations  over the next five weeks.

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Girls' soccer edges Lampasas 1-0

For the second consecutive game, the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ soccer team shut out an opponent 1-0.

Following their single-goal blanking of Wimberley on Jan. 28, FHS traveled to Lampasas on Friday, Jan. 31 and shut out the Lady Badgers, 1-0.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, the Fredericksburg varsity squad will play at Boerne in their first district game. The JV team will play against Boerne at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Then, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, both teams will play at Kerrville. The JV begin at 5 p.m., and the varsity at 7 p.m.

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Netters to host Billie Invitational

Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis players will crank up their season this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, as they host the Billie Invitational.

Mason, Hondo, Kerrville Tivy, Midland Christian and Marble Falls — all ranging from Class 4A to Class 2A sizes — will join the Billies for the meet on local courts.

Draws will split matches between the FHS campus and Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park courts.

Guaranteed five matches over a two-day period, “Our kids are looking forward to getting into their first tournament of the spring,” said FHS Coach Randall King.

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JV, freshman boys sweep Bandera, Wimberley

Fredericksburg High School junior varsity and freshman basketball hosted Bandera on Tuesday, Feb. 4 with the JV winning, 43-34, and the freshmen winning, 54-29.

Complete results from the Bandera game will be in next week’s newspaper.

The two teams faced Wimberley on Jan. 31 and recorded a sweep as the JV won, 59-33, and the freshmen won, 45-36.

Fredericksburg next will host Canyon Lake on Friday, Feb. 7, as both the freshman and JV squads will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Then, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, FHS will travel to Boerne. The freshmen play at 5 p.m., and the JV at 6:15 p.m.

Junior varsity

The FHS JV team wasted no time against Wimberley Friday evening, jumping out to a 21-4 first-quarter lead. They led 50-22 after three quarters and cruised to a 59-33 win.

FHS         21    16    13      9 --  59

WHS          4    10      8    11 --  33

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JV boys’ soccer shuts out Hawks, 9-0

Fredericksburg High School’s junior varsity boys’ soccer team defeated Canyon Lake, 9-0, there, last night to bring its record to 3-2.

Prior to that, the squad dropped to Marble Falls, 7-0, at home last Friday, Jan. 31.

Next on the schedule is the start of district against Boerne’s JV team on Saturday, Feb. 8, in a noon showdown at the Greyhounds’ stadium.

FHS JV 9 – Canyon Lake 0

“The boys played well and showed some growth and maturity,” said FHS Coach Michael Gutierrez last night, Feb. 4, after his squad shut down Canyon Lake, 9-0, on the road.

“They were given the challenge to play better and they responded just as well as I expected them to,” he said.

A slightly “sloppy” first half saw the Billies pull to a 3-0 lead by the mid-game break.

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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.

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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.”

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