Junction tournament next for Ladyhorns

After earning a 1-2 record during pool play in last weekend’s Wimberley Volleyball Tournament, the Harper High School varsity team fought its way to the silver bracket consolation round, only to lose to Uvalde in two games, 16-25 and 23-25.

In Friday’s pool action, HHS opened with a 21-25, 16-25 loss to Boerne Geneva, followed by a victory over Laredo United, 27-25 and 25-20. Harper dropped its third pool match, this time a 20-25, 27-29 decision to Boerne.

During Saturday’s tournament contests, the Ladyhorns topped Ingram 25-22, 21-25, 25-16 before losing to Boerne Geneva 21-25 and 22-25, then taking on Uvalde in the consolation finals.

The Ladyhorns will get the opportunity to play Ingram again when they travel there Tuesday night (results were not known by this week’s press deadline).

From there, Harper will participate in the Junction Tournament Friday and Saturday before returning home Tuesday to face Sabinal at 6 p.m.


Hand-to-hand combat

Macie Lumpkins successfully performs a dig to continue play while Logan White (22) and Payton Reid (10) back her up during Monday night's volleyball game between Fredericksburg and Harper — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter.


Fredericksburg High School’s varsity volleyball team defeated Harper High School in the “Battle of Gillespie County” on Monday night in Harper.

The Billies won three of four sets: 25-18, 25-10, 21-25 and 25-18.

A key to Fredericksburg’s success during the match was height on the front line.

“We were able to spread our kills around the net,” Fredericksburg head coach Jason Roemer said.

Part of their success up front is attributed to Kendyl Stevens who recorded 33 assists during the four sets against the Longhorns.

Stevens suffered an injury during the weekend scrimmages, and was not a guarantee to play in the game against Harper.

“I was proud of her for gutting it out and running our team on the offensive end in an efficient manner,” Roemer said.

When the Billies needed a kill, Adrianna Hartmann was the go-to player. Hartmann recorded 17 kills with only two errors during the game.


Heritage to rely on depth in 'reload'

Heritage School head coach Tim Shipman, left, gives instructions to then-freshman Parker Given during one of the Eagles' 2013 six-man football games. Along with nearly a dozen returning lettermen, Given is expected to anchor the Eagles' offensive line and tight end positions. —Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt.

By Danny Hirt

Some high school football teams regroup for an upcoming season, others retool their offenses and/or defenses.

But for the Heritage School six-man squad, the “r” word is reload. After all, making the playoffs is a given for the Eagles; it’s usually how far into post-season action do they go.

Heritage has played in the last three TAPPS 1A pigskin championship games, coming away with a win in 2011, but back-to-back losses in 2012 and 2013.

“There is no doubt we are more than hungry to get the runner-up monkey off our back,” said the Eagles’ head coach, Tim Shipman. “However, I think one of the most important things we have done and will continue to do at Heritage is emphasize the building of Christian character and leadership.”


'Beyond area' goal for Harper netters

SENIOR LEADERSHIP — How well the Harper High School volleyball team does this season will depend, in large part, on the leadership from seniors, left to right, Jordan White, Logan White and Sydney Collins. The Ladyhorns posted a 10-0 district rec-ord last year in winning the league title. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

Advancing all the way to the state championship round is an annual goal for every high school athletic team in the state of Texas.

For many schools, this is a lofty goal without too much chance of coming true.

But for the Harper High School Ladyhorns’ volleyball squad, it’s a legitimate desire.

After all, HHS posted an overall record of 30-7 last year and won its district with an unblemished 10-0 mark, advancing until being stopped by Weimar in area competition.

Harper head coach Gina Lumpkins agreed that her team’s goal is to win another league title, but that’s not all.

“We’re not going to stop there. We are working for a much deeper playoff run and not stop until the road takes up to Garland (location of the UIL state title round).

The district opponents are basically the same schools as they were in 2013, with the inclusion of Johnson City, thanks to the UIL’s realignment.


Experience leads way on '14 court with Lady Eagles

Look for big things to come from the Heritage School varsity volleyball team as the Lady Eagles embark on a quest for the TAPPS state championship. Title hopes will rely on the leadership from, left to right, seniors Savannah Morrow, Sydney Richburg, Abby Sauer and Christina Harpold. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

Whatever is said about the 2014 edition of the Heritage School Lady Eagles’ volleyball should include the word, “experience.”

After all, Coach Carol Bell is welcoming back a team that’s nearly intact from last year’s squad that advanced to the TAPPS 1A area round, missing out on a trip to the state final four by a few points.

“Losing only one senior and sophomore, we have an experienced team that has played together the past three years,” Bell said. “We may be running a different offense, but these girls are quick to learn and are talented. They have developed great fundamental skills to add to our offense, emphasizing perfecting what they already do well.”


Senior leaders bring winner's mentality

The Fredericksburg High School varsity football team’s senior leadership group — (from left) Jake Mohr, Sebastian Ortega, Braden Bowers, Kyle Grona, head coach Lance Moffett, Justin Mohr, Mason Clark, Wyatt Brannan and Jacob Hartmann — prepare for another season of Battlin’ Billie football on a brand new turf field. FHS will host Austin Travis in the first varsity contest inside the renovated FHS Stadium Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter


By Matt Ward


Losing isn’t a word the 26 seniors on this year’s Fredericksburg High School varsity football team deal with often.

Pee-wee Super Bowl appearances with the Fredericksburg RAMS, two undefeated seasons at Fredericksburg Middle School, strong seasons and a district championship as underclassmen at FHS, these Billie seniors win. A lot.

With a bitter taste in their mouth after losing in the rain at the second round in 2013, the seniors want to make a statement about Fredericksburg football in their final go-round.

“We’re here to win it,” Kyle Grona, senior quarterback and a three-year starter, said.

The attitude of this year’s squad is different, Grona said, with the goal being a Class 4A state championship.


A coach's BEST nightmare

McKenna Mohr (left) and Payton Robertson are two of seven seniors returning for the Billie varsity. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward


Jason Roemer, head coach of the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team, has a big problem, but it’s one of those puzzles he’s hasn’t quite figure out yet.

There’s too much talent in the Battlin’ Billies lineup this season.

“What is everyone’s role going to be? That’s what I lose sleep over right now,” Roemer said. “Who’s going to play where? Can they accept their role? What’s the team chemistry? I’m tired of thinking about it. I’m ready to get in the gym and do it because we have a really good team this year.”

Four key players on last year’s playoff team graduated, but the Billies will be boosted by seven seniors on this year’s squad — all seeking their first district championship.


FHS cross country aims to go the distance in 2014

Juan Hernandez, left, ran his way to the Class 3A state competition last year. Head coach Dan Aldrich hopes Hernandez will return with his teammates in tow this year. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

School cross country team is looking to build off of the experience it gained last year.

The cross country team lost only three runners to graduation the past year.

“Overall, the expectations are high,” head coach Dan Aldrich said. “Being experienced we’re going to go in confident knowing how to run as a group.”

Adding to the team’s experience is Clarissa Sanchez and Juan Hernandez. Both runners competed at the state meet last year, which gave them experience no one else on the team has.

“Experienced runners will always outrun those who are in shape,” Aldrich said. “When you get to the state meet, it’s not just about being in shape. It’s about learning how to run the course.”

The Billies will compete in a new district this year that features strong running programs. Fredericksburg will compete against Bandera, Boerne, Devine, Lytle and Hondo.


Billies look for depth to return to state

Parker Phillips sends a return on an express delivery back across the net during spring 2014 action on the Fredericksburg High School courts. FHS Coach Randall King said his experienced Billies returning from last year’s state finals team will need to be complemented quickly by improving young players if this year’s squad stands a chance of going the distance. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter


Depth. That’s what the Fredericksburg High School (FHS) varsity tennis players are going to need to strive for above all else if they want to win in the fall season ahead.

“For us, it’s the depth of our ladder,” said Randall King, head FHS tennis coach who led his Billie netters to a 25-7 record last year, complete with a second-place finish in state Class 3A team tennis play.

A large chunk of that winning team graduated and moved on, “but we have a strong foundation returning,” King said. Slated to come back to the courts are eight returning lettermen, including three boys and five girls, who also happen to be seven juniors and one sophomore.


Dr Pepper event draws area netters

Megan Canfield of Mason eyes the ball before following through Friday afternoon during the first day of the 29th Annual Junior Dr Pepper — Babolat Open Tennis Tournament. Canfield finished second in the U12 girls' singles division. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

More than 120 players participated in the 29th Annual Junior Dr Pepper — Babolat Open Tennis Tournament held at Fredericksburg High School and Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Friday through Sunday.

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Tennis Association, the event saw young local players join competitors from across the state in boys’ singles, girls’ singles, boys’ doubles, girls’ doubles and mixed doubles.

“The tourney went very smooth. Due to a smaller turnout, we were able to play consolation draws and kids got at least two matches,” Fredericksburg High School tennis coach Randall King said. “We had a good representation of Fredericksburg kids and it was great to see them on the court preparing for fall team tennis.”

Fredericksburg athletes took home medals in several divisions over the weekend, including eight first places, 10 second places, three third places and five consolation titles.

Local first place winners included:


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