FHS boys' track competes in UIL 4-4A regional meet

Facing “difficult competition,” the Fredericksburg High School boys’ track team competed in the Region 4-4A Championships on Friday and Saturday at Texas A&M – Kingsville.

“The boys faced some very difficult competition and windy conditions on Friday in Kingsville,” Coach Shane Willis said.

“As a team, we did not perform up to expectations,” Willis said. “We were unable to get any of the athletes in the finals.”

Willis said, “We traveled with a very young team to regionals. None of these athletes have ever competed in a regional track meet before.”

While the team “did not react very well to travel and the quality of the competition,” Willis said that this was “a great experience for these young athletes.”

“The kids were disappointed in their performances and are hungry to get back to the regional track meet,” the coach said.


FHS boys' golf finishes fifth

Fredericksburg High School boys’ golf finished fifth in the Class 4A State Golf Tournament, played April 25-26 at Austin’s Onion Creek Club.

The Billies had hoped to repeat their previous success on the links. They were state champions in 2012 and last year were state runners-up.

FHS shot a 319 the first day and a 314 the second day for a 633. Their final score left them eight strokes behind fourth-place Monahans at 625.

“We had a couple of players who had tough holes, and that held us back a bit,” said Coach Janie Guynes. “We were a little too far off the first day to catch up.”

Argyle took first place with a 605. Texarkana Pleasant Grove was second at 614, while Decatur was third at 622. Fredericksburg finished six strokes ahead of sixth-place Seminole, which finished at 639.

Guynes hoped her team might be able to come back for a second- or third-place medal, but it wasn’t meant to be.


Harper opens softball playoffs with 14-1 win

By Danny Hirt


A long three-hour bus ride didn’t dampen the on-field skills of the Harper High School Ladyhorn softball team as it overcame a 1-0 deficit to top Runge, 14-1, in the bi-district round of the Region IV 2A playoffs Friday.

The contest, played at Three Rivers High School, started out with Runge taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the opening frame.

But from there, it was all Harper as the Ladyhorns plated five runs in the bottom half of the first. They added two more in the last of the third and seven more in the fourth.

The game was ended after the Lady Jackets batted in the top of the fifth stanza under the mercy run rule.

Harper will now face Refugio Friday at 7 p.m. in Converse on the Judson High School diamond. This round will be consist of only one game.

Harper  14, Runge 1

(Friday, April 29)


'Horns end regular season with 5-0 win over Mason

By Danny Hirt


The Harper Longhorn varsity baseball team closed out their 2016 regular season campaign with a 5-0 win at Mason on Tuesday, April 26, in District 29-2A action.

Following that game, the Longhorns topped home-standing Blanco, 7-2, in a pre-playoff game played Monday.

Up next for Harper will be a faceoff with either Falls City or Charlotte in the bi-district round best-of-three series that opens at 7 p.m. Friday at Judson High School in Converse. The second game will start at noon on Saturday with a third game (if needed) to follow shortly thereafter.


Harper 7, Blanco 2

 (Monday, May 2)

(warm-up game)

The Longhorns jumped out to 3-2 after two innings while on their way to a 7-2 victory over host Blanco on Monday in a playoff “warm-up” contest for both schools.


640 runners, walkers step off at Wildflower 5K, 10K

Taking off from the starting line, Chandler Carnett and Analiese Carnett participate in the Children’s Fun Run held on Saturday morning as part of the 22nd Annual Wildflower 5K and 10K Run/Walk.

A total of 640 runners and walkers participated in the 5K and 10K in the Wildflower Run and Walk Saturday at Marktplatz.

Proceeds from the run benefit the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters, an organization that recognizes and encourages student academic achievement.

The top overall winners in the 5K were Connor Cummings and Maci Garrett.

Overall top winners in the 10K were John Donley and Kristen Morgan.

Along with the run and walk, a Children’s Fun Run was also held.


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Driving for the win

Fredericksburg High School’s Justin Penn tees off April 25 during the first day of the Class 4A State Golf Tournament at Onion Creek Golf Course in Austin. Penn tied for first medalist at the Region IV tournament and took second place in that playoff. — Submitted photo/Scott W. Coleman

After the first day of the two-day Class 4A State Golf Tournament, Fredericksburg High School remained in the hunt.

State golf was played Monday and Tuesday, April 25-26, at Austin’s Onion Creek Golf Course.

The Billies finished the first day tied for fifth with Seminole at 319 — four strokes behind fourth-place Decatur and seven behind third-place Monahans.

Argyle, which led the boys’ 4A golfers after the first day, shot a 301.

Complete state results weren’t available at press time; however, James Langston and Mason Parcus had finished golfing.

Langston shot an 89 the first day and a 77 the second day, while Parcus shot a 94 and 82.

FHS advanced to state by winning the April 11-12 4A Region IV Tournament in Corpus Christi. The Billies shot a 610 to take first over Liberty Hill, which finished second with a 619.


Nine players headed to regionals

Nine Fredericksburg High School seniors show off their state rings from the fall 2015 state tennis meet. Pictured from left, are Myra Powell, Alyssa Hohn, Brant Crenwelge, James Drury, Parker Phillips, Jake Pluenneke, Grace Igarta, Sitman Wainwright and Emily Warren. — Submitted photo

By Scott Allen


Fredericksburg High School’s varsity tennis team will send nine players to the state tennis meet in May after a successful 4A Region IV meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19-20, in Corpus Christi.

The number of players going to the state tennis match is a record for the Billies, head coach Randall King said.

“This is the most we have ever qualified for state.  The last two years, we had five kids qualify and that was a record,” King said. “We take a great amount of pride in seeing these athletes succeed. They have put in some hard work to make it happen. It is always nice to see the success come from determination, experience, and hard work.  We are very proud of them.”

The state meet will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 16-17 at Texas A&M in College Station.


FHS girls' track wins area meet; regionals next

After turning in gold medal performances and setting a new school record, Fredericksburg High School girls’ track team members are focusing on the University Interscholastic League Region IV-4A Regional Track and Field Meet Friday and Saturday at Texas A&M University – Kingsville.

The top four finishers in each event at the Area 29/30 4A Championships last Friday in Devine qualify for the regional competition. At region, the top two finishers earn the right to advance to the state contest, May 12-14 in Austin.

Qualifying for the regional track meet are the following:

• 3200 meter run: Anytcy Marin.

• 4x100 relay: Kyndal Esensee, Megan Daley, Emily Myers, Aylin Neri.

• 800 meter run: Bethany Kendrick, Mia Torres.

• 100 meter hurdles: Chase Whiting.

• 100 meter dash: Neri.

• 4x200 relay: Myers, Molly Pluenneke, Julia Freeborn, Neri.

• 300 meter hurdles: Whiting.

• 200 meter dash: Freeborn.


Billies baseball advances to bi-district


By Richard Zowie


Fredericksburg High School varsity baseball is returning to the Class 4A playoffs, courtesy of a third-place finish in District 29-4A.

The Billies have a 6-3 district record, behind second-place Devine at 7-2. Overall, they’re at 15-9-1.

Fredericksburg played Hondo on Tuesday, April 26, after the paper went to press. Depending on the results of that game and how Devine does, Fredericksburg could end up in second place.

The team will do no worse than third, given that fourth-place Bandera has a 3-6 district record.

To qualify for the playoffs, a baseball team must finish in at least fourth place in district.

If Fredericksburg finishes in second place, they will next face District 30-4A’s third-place team (Jourdanton and Pearsall are both are tied for second in District 30-4A with 7-2 records).


FHS softball takes on Lady Apaches in UIL Region IV bi-district action

The Battlin’ Billies varsity softball team from Fredericksburg High School will host District 30-4A co-champions Jourdanton in the first of a best-of-three series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 during UIL Region IV bi-district competition.

“Jourdanton is a very efficient team that makes the most out of their opportunities,” said Coach Travis Hejl. “They have solid senior leadership and a very sound pitcher.  I think it will be a great game.”

Hejl said it will be interesting game for his young Fredericksburg team. The Billies have five returning seniors.

“They don’t know what to expect, seeing as only a few have been there before.  We will attack these games just like any other,” Hejl said. “The end of our season didn’t go exactly as planned, but I am very proud of the way the girls stayed together.  It would have been very easy to give up, and they didn’t.”


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