Sports

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Fifth-ranked FHS volleyball set for deep postseason run

By Matt Ward

 

The fifth-ranked Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team has opened their quest for a University Interscholastic League championship after sweeping District 29-4A play last week.

Due to Tuesday’s general election, results for last night’s bi-district contest against Crystal City were unavailable as of press time, but will appear online at www.fredericksburgstandard.com as soon as possible.

“As I’ve been saying all year, Region IV is wide open and we are right in the mix,” head coach Jason Roemer said Monday afternoon. “We will have to handle the intensity and emotions of the playoffs.  We can’t start looking ahead and keep focused on the next match. Right now we are focused on Crystal City and doing what we need to do in order to advance.”

 

Win over Blanco

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FHS netters punch ticket to state tournament


Jake Pluenneke returns a serve with his backhand during a match against Wimberley in the first round of the Region IV-4A Team Tennis Tournament Friday. The Billies eventually won the match and the tournament to advance to the state contest in College Station. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck

 

After playing three matches in two days, the Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team earned a trip to College Station to compete at the state UIL tennis tournament.

Originally, the state tournament was scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 5-6, but the University Interscholastic League pushed the dates back to Thursday and Friday because of weather concerns. Fredericksburg will play its first match at 8 a.m., Thursday at Texas A&M University’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

At the Region IV-4A Tournament in San Antonio, the Billies defeated Wimberley 11-0, and Wharton 10-0 on Friday. In the championship dual match on Saturday morning, the Billies faced rival Boerne for the right to advance to the state tournament.

Fredericksburg beat the Greyhounds 10-1.

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Nov

Billie cross country boys off to state; Clarissa Sanchez earns individual ticket to compete


Fredericksburg High School cross country runners, from left, Juan Hernandez, Jose Meza, Ian Kendrick, Eloy Alvarez and Cole Jenschke break out of the gate at the start of Saturday's Region IV-4A Cross Country Meet in San Antonio. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Austin R. Eck

For the first time since 2011, the Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ cross country team advanced to the Cross Country State Championships.

The Billies punched their ticket to the state meet after finishing in second place at the Region IV-4A Meet in San Antonio on Saturday.

“The boys’ team was determined to run together at the meet,” head coach Dan Aldrich said.

The boys will run in the state meet at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 8 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. 

The Billies’ efforts to run as a group paid off, and the team earned its best team average time of the season.

Fredericksburg finished behind Boerne, and the Billies edged out Bandera by one point. All three teams belong to the same district.

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Nov

Billie offense explodes late in 45-35 road loss


Neil Loth races in for a score late in the first half to the delight of the Fredericksburg sideline Friday. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

Junior Kyle Reeh threw for 321 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort as the Fredericksburg High School varsity football team fell short 45-35 in their comeback effort at Liberty Hill Friday evening.

Reeh, who started at quarterback, replacing senior Kyle Grona after a midweek injury during practice, found his rhythm in the second half, going 12-16 passing down the stretch to keep the Billies in the contest.

“We threw the ball pretty well in the second half,” Reeh said. “They were a real run-supportive defense, so we started throwing the ball and they couldn’t stop it. Their safeties were playing downhill a lot and they were opening up for the deep ball.”

Time and again, Liberty Hill’s defense dared the Billies to beat them over the top while stacking the line of scrimmage to slow the Fredericksburg rushing attack.

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Nov

Harper cross country teams move on to state


Rebekah Lester (795) and Trista Lewis (796) make their way toward the finish line for Harper High School's cross country team. The girls' efforts helped advance the Ladyhorns to the state meet on Saturday. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

Both Harper High School cross country teams —girls and boys — qualified for the state UIL 2A championships scheduled for this weekend at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

The qualifications came as a result of the school’s finishes in Saturday’s Region IV meet held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.

The Harper boys completed last weekend’s competition in second place, while the girls took third in their division.

Top runner for the boys was Micah Middleton who put in a time of 17:58 for the 3.1-mile course, coming in sixth. Payton Reid was the fastest girl runner for Harper with a time of 12:58 on the 2-mile run, good enough for 11th place.

At this Saturday’s finals, the girls will start at 9 a.m., while the boys begin at 9:20 a.m.

 

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Nov

Longhorns hold off Junction, 17-15, Friday night

By Danny Hirt

Despite being dead last in the District 14-2A Division I football standings earlier in the season, two recent victories — including Friday night’s 17-15 squeaker at Junction — mean that the Harper High School Longhorns find themselves jammed in third place with three other teams — Brackett, Junction and Sabinal.

With three league teams going to the playoffs, Harper (2-3, 4-5) now has a chance to finish third, behind district champion Mason and runner-up Johnson City. Mason defeated Johnson City 34-6 on Friday to wrap up the regular season title.

The Longhorns host Brackett at 7:30 p.m. this Friday in the final game of the 2014 campaign schedule.

Harper 17, Junction 15

Leading 17-0 late in the third quarter, the Longhorns saw the host Eagles score two touchdowns in the final 15 minutes of the game, once in the third period and again in the fourth.

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Ladyhorns volleyball earns first round bye

By Danny Hirt

With a bye out of the first round of UIL 2A volleyball in its back pocket, Harper High School will take on the winner of the Weimar versus Burton match played Tuesday night (results were not known by this week’s Standard-Radio Post press deadline).

The Ladyhorns (25-8) ran through their dozen District 27 regular season matches unbeaten.

Day, date and time for Harper’s area contest have not yet been determined.

In order to remain fine-tuned for the post-season, the Ladyhorns played Hawley in a “warm-up” match Monday evening, winning the action in three games — 25-23, 26-24 and 25-21.

This match was played in Paint Rock.

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05
Nov

Heritage volleyball team heads to state TAPPS 'Final Four' tourney

By Danny Hirt

With two victories over the weekend, the Heritage School girls’ volleyball team earned both regional and area championships, and will now advance to the TAPPS “Final Four” round to determine the state titlist.

The Lady Eagles will face Waxahachie Prep in Friday’s state semifinal contest, starting at 3 p.m. on the Navarro Junior College campus in Corsicana. Meanwhile, the other half of the bracket shows Mission Juan Diego facing San Antonio Gateway at 8 p.m. on Friday at Corsicana High School.

The two winners will then square off Saturday at 2 p.m. in the CHS gymnasium.

“Our team unity and will to win was evident throughout the weekend,” said Heritage head coach Carol Bell. “The Lady Eagles have peaked at the right time and pulled together for a first-ever in Heritage volleyball, not only an area win but also brought home a regional championship.”

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Nov

Heritage Eagles finish regular football season Friday

By Danny Hirt

Last week’s open date came at a good time for the Heritage Eagles by giving them a chance to heal a few nagging injuries as the end of the regular season draws near for the TAPPS six-man football team.

Heritage (3-0, 7-3), currently in the District 4 Division III top spot, has already wrapped up a playoff spot for the 11th consecutive season.

The Eagles will close out the regular season Friday when they host Selma River City Believers at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Lukacs, Itz finish top five at state meet

Fredericksburg residents represented Our Lady of the Hills Regional Catholic High School in Kerrville at the TAPPS Division 3 State Cross Country Meet in Waco on Oct. 25.

Sophomore Claire Lukacs finished fourth overall with a 12:58 time, and junior Becca Itz took fifth place with a 13:06 finish.

In addition to their top five finishes, both girls qualified for the All-State Cross Country Team, and Itz also qualified for the All-State Academic State Cross Country Team. 

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