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Wed
19
Aug

Ladyhorns to play in Knippa tournament

By Danny Hirt

Harper High School will take its 2-4 early-season volleyball record on the road Friday and Saturday when the Ladyhorns take part in the Knippa Tournament.

(Last night’s results with visiting Ingram were not known by this week’s press deadline.)

During the past week, or so, Harper split a dual meet on Tuesday, defeating host Brackett in three games (25-11, 25-12, 25-9) but ended up on the short end of its match with Del Rio (15-25, 25-18, 8-25, 18-25).

The Ladyhorns participated in the Wimberley Tournament over the weekend, winning one of three matches.

After dropping a two-game match to Peaster (10-25, 15-25), Harper beat Marble Falls (game scores not available) only to lose its nightcap to Cuero (26-24, 21-25, 23-25).

In the consolation round, Harper went 2-1, losing to Lockhart (18-25, 14-25) before topping Hamshire Fannet (25-19, 25-11) and Uvalde (16-25, 25-22, 25-22).

Wed
19
Aug

Eagles looking to defend state championship in 2015

By Danny Hirt

There must be something running through the water fountains at Heritage School that causes football championships.

Since 2004, the school has won six TAPPS six-man titles — 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011 and last year, 2014.

During that time, Heritage has earned the respect of six-man programs throughout the Lone Star State.

And if the tea leaves are correct, the Eagles should have the fire power to make another run at a championship crown.

But the success that Heritage has had comes with a double-edged sword. Not only are the Eagles revered, they also realize they have a giant bullseye on their backs.

“We’re looking forward to the season,” said head coach Tim Shipman. “We can’t wait to see what road God takes us down.”

Wed
19
Aug

Heritage volleyball to rely on seniors during tough pre-district schedule

By Danny Hirt

After getting close to the mountain top last year, the Heritage School varsity volleyball team will rely on senior leadership and strong younger players to try to make another run at a state TAPPS title.

The Lady Eagles advanced to the “Final Four” in 2014 before falling to eventual champion Corsicana Preparatory Academy in the semifinals.

Head coach Carol Bell said she will be relying on “strong leadership from the team’s four seniors” — Jamie Hoermann, Lindsey Pressler, Sarah Andrews, and Avery Klepac. “They will pave the way in character, skills and team unity.”

Bell indicated that her senior-based nucleus is ready for the season's challenge, she also acknowledged that these girls hold a special place in her heart. The seniors were first getting started in volleyball four years ago when Bell first took over the Heritage program.

Wed
19
Aug

Weights can't hold her down


Kora Young trains for deadlift at the 830 CrossFit gym in Fredericksburg. Young deadlifted 190 pounds in her first powerlifting meet and hopes to break the national record of 214 pounds at nationals next year. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

By Joshua McKinney

 

Kora Young is used to her dad talking up her athletic abilities.

“It doesn’t really embarrass me,” she said. “But it gets annoying sometimes.”

It’s kind of hard for Kaiser Young to not brag on his daughter, who broke a United States Powerlifting Association state record for the raw (no suits or other equipment to help, besides wristbands) deadlift for her age (13-14) and weight (123 pounds) class by lifting 190 pounds at the Jill Mills Classic on July 25 in San Antonio — all in her first meet.

“I wasn’t really nervous because I knew I was going to do well,” Kora said. “I know I’m good at it and knew I would do my best. Plus I’ve done it a million times before.”

That kind of confidence doesn’t surprise her father, who is a record-holding powerlifter himself (for bench press in both the open and Masters 45-49 division)   and raised her in the world of heavy metal lifting.

Wed
12
Aug

Billies edge Lady Horns as Roemer earns 300th win


The Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team — including (front row, from left) Lindsey Behrends, Ali Grona, Landry Moffett, Brooke Nevins, Kinsey Stevens, Emily Shepherd, Adrianna Hartmann, Katherine McManigle, (back row) Jessie Jarreau, Kathryn Rodriguez, Anna Koenig, head coach Jason Roemer, Chase Whiting, Aubrey Sultemeier, Abby Spurgin, Kendall Huizinga and Maddie Wahrmund — celebrated Monday evening following their four-set win over Harper as Roemer notched his 300th career victory. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

Head coach Jason Roemer notched his 300th career victory as the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team defeated Harper 25-20, 25-20, 24-26, 25-20 Monday evening in the regular season opener for both schools.

“It (300 wins) is attached to me, but it's really another recognition for our program and kids,” Roemer said. “It means I've been blessed to coach some really skilled volleyball players who were also great teammates and that I'm getting old!”

The Billies were to have played Kerrville Tivy on the road last night, though results from that match were unavailable as of press time.

FHS will compete in the Austin ISD tournament tomorrow through Saturday before travelling to La Vernia Tuesday for a 6 p.m. match.

Wed
12
Aug

Billies to scrimmage Medina Valley Friday


Quarterback Kyle Reeh looks to hit his receiver in stride during practice Monday morning at Fredericksburg High School Stadium. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

Fredericksburg High School football players have spent several days pounding each other in tackling drills during padded practice as well as at Saturday’s inter-squad scrimmage.

The need to hit someone new is high.

Fortunately, for head coach Lance Moffett and his staff, the wait is almost over as FHS will get their first preseason test Friday morning with a home scrimmage against Medina Valley.

Unlike in years past, varsity squads from both schools will kick off the festivities at 9 a.m. with the junior varsity and freshmen teams squaring off during organized breaks in the varsity scrimmage.

Following a series of offensive and defensive play sequences, Fredericksburg and Medina Valley will participate in a live overtime simulation, with each school getting a single possession to score from their opponent’s 25-yard-line.

Wed
12
Aug

Gibbs returns to alma mater to coach Longhorns


QB-TO-QB — New Harper head football coach Dusty Gibbs (left) meets up with senior signal caller Gus Sagraves following a recent practice session. Gibbs quarterbacked the Longhorns back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

Harper High School fans will see a familiar facing patrolling the sidelines during this year’s varsity football season.

Former quarterback Dusty Gibbs, who led the Longhorns into the 2000 1A bi-district playoffs before losing to Shiner, was recently named the school’s head coach. Gibbs, who spent the last eight years on the Fredericksburg High School coaching staff, takes the place of long-time mentor Cody White who accepted an assistant principal's position with the Kermit ISD.

Meanwhile, current Harper varsity boys’ basketball coach Vance Millican was named the school’s athletic director, a position also held by White.

Wed
12
Aug

Senior leadership, youth movement key for Harper volleyball in 2015


Libero Brianna Way digs out a ball Monday evening during the Harper High School varsity volleyball team's regular season opener at Fredericksburg. The Lady 'Horns fell to the Billies 20-25, 20-25, 26-24, 20-25. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Danny Hirt

After winning the district championship in 2014 with a perfect 12-0 league mark, the Harper varsity volleyball team came within an eyelash of going to the state UIL 2A “Final Four,” dropping the Region IV finals match to Schulenburg.

And with a slate of four starters returning to this year’s squad, and a smattering of seven seniors, there’s optimism in the Ladyhorn camp that another trip to the regional finals might come Harper’s way again in 2015. Even a trip to that championship round would not seem an impossible goal.

“I am excited to see what this team can accomplish,” said HHS head coach Gina Lumpkins. “We have our sights set high after last year's appearance in the regional finals. The coaching staff is pushing them everyday to be fearless.”

Wed
05
Aug

Billie football opens camp with playoffs in mind

By Matt Ward

Exceptionalism.

Head coach Lance Moffett won’t be defining the 2015 Fredericksburg High School varsity football season with a theme as has been his custom since his arrival in 2011, but the focus will be on going above and beyond in all aspects of life on and off the gridiron.

“Our thing this year is going to be about being exceptional in everything that we do, whether it’s in the weight room, stretching, agilities or putting our stuff in our locker,” Moffett said. “We’re going to try to be the best that we can be every time we’re doing something.”

Wed
05
Aug

Talented FHS volleyball squad to open season Monday

By Matt Ward

Repeating as District 29-4A champions will be a primary goal for the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team, which opens the 2015 campaign Monday with a home match against Harper in the “Battle of Gillespie County.”

The Billies’ first win of the season will be a milestone for Fredericksburg head coach Jason Roemer, who sits at 299 career victories after FHS went 39-11 with a regional tournament appearance in 2014.

Fredericksburg has graduated seven members of last year’s record setting team, which won a volleyball district title for the first time in school history, though the head coach believes he has the young talent to win back-to-back crowns.

“There’s a lot of skill in the gym,” Roemer said. “It’s the intangibles that you do not see until the lights come on in the gym on Tuesday and Friday nights.”

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