Sports

Wed
12
Nov

Harper girls seventh, boys 11th at UIL state cross country meet


Payton Reid (1371) leads the way for the Harper Ladyhorns cross country team at the state meet Saturday. Trista Lewis (1368) and Sydney Collins (1366) followed Reid to a seventh place finish in Class 2A.

By Danny Hirt

Paced by a team-high ef-fort from Payton Reid, who finished the 2.1-mile course in 27th place with a time of 12:57.14, the Harper High School girls’ team finished seventh at the UIL 2A State Cross Country Championships Saturday in Round Rock.

Meanwhile, the Longhorn boys’ squad came in 11th po-sition, led by Micah Middleton who ran the 3-mile dis-tance in 18:25.88, good enough for 47th place at the meet which was run at Old Settlers Park.

“The kids did a great job even though we were disap-pointed in the state meet results,” said Harper head coach Will Reid.

He also praised the lead-ership roles represented by the seniors on this year’s squads, including Sydney Collins and Micah Middleton who both qualified for the state meet all four years in high school. Reid also congratulated Rachel Maner for making it to state twice.

 

Wed
12
Nov

Harper football ends season

By Danny Hirt

The Harper Longhorns closed out the 2014 gridiron campaign by dropping a 20-7 home decision to Brackett on Friday night.

Neither school made it to the post-season conference 2A Division 1 playoffs.

Idle on Friday, Mason earned the District 14 championship with a perfect 6-0 league mark (as well as going undefeated throughout the regular season). The Punchers draw a bye in the opening round of the playoffs and will face the winner of this weekend’s Shiner-vs.-London bi-district contest on Nov. 21.

Johnson City (5-1, 8-1) is the district’s second seed and will take on Thrall Friday evening. Meanwhile, the No. 3 team, Junction, will go up against Holland on Friday.

Brackett 20, Harper 7

The Brackett Tigers built up a 20-0 margin by the early part of the third quarter and held off a rally by Harper to pick up a 20-7 victory Friday.

Thu
06
Nov

Tennis, volleyball advance

Update: The FHS varsity tennis team fell to Abilene Wylie 10-4 Friday morning to finish as Class 4A runner ups in the UIL Team Tennis State Tournament.

The Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team defeated Wills City 10-2 in the UIL Team Tennis State Semifinals this morning at Texas A&M University in College Station following a nearly two-hour rain delay.

The second-ranked Billies will face either Abilene Wylie or Center tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at Texas A&M.

Volleyball wins at bi-district

On Tuesday, the fifth-ranked Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team won their first playoff match, defeating Crystal City 25-6, 25-9, 25-18 in bi-district play in San Antonio.

Wed
05
Nov

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

Wed
05
Nov

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.

Wed
05
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.

Wed
05
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.

Wed
05
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.

 

Wed
05
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.

Wed
05
Nov

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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