Duecker one of 10 selected for elite softball prep camp


Grace (Cheata) Duecker, showed a national college prep camp that she can run to first base faster than the average varsity softball player. The kicker is ... she’s only 13.
The average time a varsity softball player runs to first base is 3.80 seconds, ac-cording to the Softball Fac-tory, a camp for the country’s top softball players.
Duecker ran it in 3.56 se-conds.
“She got the name Cheata because she was with her fa-ther once at a tournament near an RV park. And when he left, he forgot his wallet, so Grace ran his wallet to the other side of the RV park,” Duecker’s mother, Joann said.
“As I watched her take off, I turned to a friend of mine and said, ‘Man, she looks like a Cheetah,’ and from there the name stuck.”
Duecker was selected for the Under Armour Softball Factory college prep camp for elite players, Dec. 27-30.


FHS boys 10-9 after tourney

Fredericksburg High School senior Elliot Hale drives into the lane during the FHS Varsity Basketball Tournament on Dec. 28. FHS lost to the Bulldogs, 74-62. — Standard-Radio Post/Tyler Gaudin

Next up for Billies is Antonian at home and district play against Boerne, Jan. 15
After a two-week break the Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball team dropped three games in a tournament at home, Monday and Tuesday Dec. 28-29. The team went 1-3 in tournament play.
“We are going through a struggling period right now, losing seven of our last 11 games,” said Head Coach Tim Kaman. “We have to keep working hard to get better as a team.” 
Kaman said the team needs to improve their defense and decision making.
“Our kids are not use to our program struggling, so we just need to take a step back and deal with it,” Kaman said. “Sometimes adversity knocks you down.  As long as we keep getting up, we will be fine.” 
A bright spot for the team was getting senior Kyle Reeh back after he injured his ACL in football a few months ago, Kaman said.

McKnight breaks Harper scoring record at home

Trying to make a pass to the inside is Harper’s Roger Perkins in the opening round of the Fredericks-burg High School Varsity Basketball Tournament played last Monday and Tuesday in the FHS gym-nasium. HHS defeated Bandera, 60-40, Monday morning, Dec. 28. — Standard-Radio Post/Tyler Gaudin

By Danny Hirt 
After finishing the Fredericksburg High School boys’ varsity tournament with two wins and two losses, the Harper Longhorns prepared for the post-holiday part of the schedule by downing Cherokee at home on Saturday, 86-27.
In that game, Harper’s Carson McKnight broke the school’s scoring record with 45 points.
The Longhorns will now host La Pryor Friday night at 7:45 p.m. From there, HHS will take on Comanche in the San Saba gym at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
In the FHS tournament, the Longhorns defeated Bandera and Canyon Lake, but fell on hard times the rest of the way, dropping contests to Savio and Graham.
Harper 86, Cherokee 27
(Saturday, Jan. 2)
It was a record-breaking game for the Longhorns as they powered past visiting Cherokee, 86-27, on Saturday.

FHS girls' basketball team wins three of last five games

Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball will open district Friday against Bandera.
They lost on Monday, Jan. 4, but went 3-1 in the Burnet tournament that took place Dec. 29-30.
“We have had a different lineup in the game since Wimberley on Dec. 8,” head coach Carrie Grona said.  
“Christmas rust was definitely our worst obstacle. We are just now getting our injured players back and trying to find some team chemistry.”
The Billies traveled to the Burnet Tournament on Dec. 29 where they beat Llano, 39-28, and Wimberley, 45-34. 
The next day, on Wednesday, Dec. 30, the girls lost, 50-31, to the Mason Punchers, but bounced back to knock off Lampasas, 54-36.
This past Monday, Jan. 4 FHS traveled to Liberty Hill where they fell to the Panthers, 57-28. 

'HOT' swim team records its first mile times of the new year

Heart of Texas swimmers celebrate after completing their New Year’s Day mile last week. Team members pictured from left are: (front row) Maeve Junker, Elijah Junker, Ella Junker, Anna Kate Goodson, and (back row) Antonio Martinez, Jordan Anderson, Arianna Anderson, Kate McDonald, Holly Robinson, Robyn Remschel. —Submitted photo

The Heart of Texas (HOT) swim team hit the pool for the first time this year on Jan. 1 to record their individual mile times. 
They do this after completing their “hell week,” which consists of a 30,000-plus yard workout between Christmas and New Year’s Day. 
“The 6,000-plus yard workout each day is equivalent to running 60 lengths of a football field filled with water up to your neck in less than two hours,” HOT Coach Al Carr said.
“This hellish workout was designed to greatly improve the swimmers’ aerobic base leading into the championship season. Only the strongest and most ardent swimmers come to hell week each year when family travel plans don’t conflict.” 
Results for the 1,650-yard mile on Jan. 1 were reported by Carr in order of the lowest time:

Heritage takes OLH

By Danny Hirt
Winning the Dec. 28-29 Our Lady of the Hills boys’ basketball tournament served as an excellent tune-up for the Heritage Eagles’ team now that district action starts up soon.
“We dominated our division in this tournament,” said Heritage head coach Clarence Stewart. “I hope that momentum carries over to district.”
The Eagles opened their league action Tuesday night at San Marcos Hill Country Christian Academy. Results were not known by this week’s press deadline.
Heritage travels to Legacy Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. game, then returns home Tuesday to face Living Rock, also at 7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of the Hills
boys’ hoops tournament
(Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 28-29)
Heritage School claimed another tournament title by beating all four teams it faced in the Our Lady of the Hills tournament held Dec. 28-29 in Kerrville.

Ladyhorns to open district play

By Danny Hirt
Despite opening with a 50-33 loss to Medina in the opening round of the Comfort girls’ varsity basketball tournament held Dec. 28-30, the Harper Ladyhorns roared back to win the next three contests — 65-39 over Pearsall, 38-35 over Comfort, and 47-44 over Crystal City.
Harper will open District 28-2A action Thursday when the Ladyhorns travel to Junction for a 6:15 p.m. contest. The schools will face off in a junior varsity game at 5 p.m.
Then, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, HHS will host Mason, also at 6:15 p.m. (with a JV game at 5 p.m.).
Comfort girls’
basketball tournament
 (Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-30)
Harper shook off a 50-33 opening round loss to Medina on Monday, Dec. 28, to capture the next three contests in the Comfort tournament.

FHS girls’ squad healing injuries

Kyndall Esensee slides to stop the ball while Abby Eckhardt blocks the passing lane, during the FHS vs. SA Cole game last Friday night. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Holiday Tournament up next



Ladyhorns split last two games at home

By Danny Hirt
It was a one-loss, one-win week for the Harper High School varsity girls’ basketball team as the Ladyhorns finished the pre-Christmas part of the schedule by losing to Bandera, 43-41, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, but coming back Friday to top Sonora, 54-48.
Both contests were played in the HHS gymnasium.
Before the year is out, the Ladyhorns will take part in the Dec. 28-30 Comfort Tournament.
Harper 54, Sonora 48
 (Friday, Dec. 18)
Double-digit scoring from three players helped Harper defeat Sonora, 54-48, at home Friday night.
Payton Reid led the way with 17 points (with nine of those coming from outside the arc), Macie Lumpkins with 15 (who went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe) and Mercy Garcia with 11.

HOT swimmers compete at ‘’Tis the Season’ swim meet

Twenty local swimmers from the HOT (Heart of Texas) Swim Team competed against 412 other south Texas swimmers from 17 teams on Dec. 12-13 at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio “’Tis the Season” swim meet. 
All of the experienced local swimmers and most of the novice team advanced to qualify for the nightly finals, HOT head coach Al Carr said. 
During the meet, the top 16 swimmers advanced from hundreds of competitors in the prelims to the finals and the top eight were awarded bronze, silver and gold metals and ribbons for fourth through eighth place finishes.  
The following results were reported by Carr:
•Ariana Anderson, 17, (team captain) qualified for the 4x100 Free relay by swimming a personal best time of 27.98 in the 50 Free.  She then anchored the first place relay team with a 1:01.41 for her 100 split time. 


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