Just keep swimming

Fredericksburg High School swim team member Eliana Ivers skims the water during the 500 yard freestyle at the Alamo Area High School Swim League (AAHSSL) Invite #3 meet on Friday, Nov. 20. Ivers placed fourth in the event. The next swim meet will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12 in Burnet. — Submitted photo


Billie varsity squad remains undefeated

Cole Bourgeois looks for an opening during the 63-41 win over Marble Falls. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

The Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball team has remained undefeated after beating Medina Valley, 59-48, and Marble Falls, 63-41, last week.

The varsity Billies are now 4-0 on the season.

Head coach Tim Kaman said the Billies are doing well on the season, but there’s always room for improvement.

“We are still trying to figure out our identity on offense, but our defense needs to be our ‘bread and butter’,” Kaman said.

“We need to continue to improve our defensive rebounding and decision making.  As small as we are, we need to be active.  We cannot afford to stand around and watch the ball.  We need to attack the boards and get those 50-50 balls.”


FHS girls build steam despite loss

The Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team was starting to gain momentum, after winning, 60-31, on Nov. 23 over the Llano Yellowjackets, and again on Nov. 24 over the Lampasas Badgers, 49-40, but on Monday Nov. 30 they fell to La Vernia, 51-43.

“We have to be an inside/outside team this year and the players [are] starting to figure it out,” Head Coach Carrie Grona said. 

“The more our posts touch the ball, the more successful we will be this season.  We just need to stay focused.”


Thumping Llano

The Nov. 23 game at home against Llano was promising. The second quarter was the story as FHS outscored Llano, 23-5, building the lead they would maintain the rest of the game, winning, 60-31.

Abby Spurgin scored 30 points over the Yellowjackets and grabbed 12 rebounds for a double-double and FHS as a team shot 63 percent from the free throw line to complete the blowout.


Harper varsity boys top TCLA 59-44

Following Nov. 24’s 59-44 road win at Texas Leadership Charter Academy in San Angelo, the Harper High School boys’ varsity basketball team will host their annual tournament Thursday through Saturday.

(See related story elsewhere in this week’s sports section.)

The Longhorns will travel to Blanco on Tuesday, Dec. 8, for an 8 p.m. contest. The schools’ junior varsity squads will face off at 5 p.m.


Harper 59, TLCA 44

(Tuesday, Nov. 24)

Carson McKnight put in a 25-point performance on Tuesday, Nov. 24, netting seven three-point shots along the way, to help Harper defeat Texas Leadership Charter Academy in San Angelo.

He also hauled in 11 rebounds on the night.

Josh Sagraves sank five of seven free throws on his way to a nine-point effort.

Roger Perkins added to Harper’s defensive effort by picking up four steals.


Heritage Eagles boys earn Gateway hoops tourney title

Heritage won four of the five games it played in the San Antonio Gateway boys’ basketball tournament played Nov. 19-21 to earn the championship trophy.

The Eagles continue their schedule next Tuesday when they host Grace Academy at 7 p.m.


San Antonio Gateway

basketball tournament

 (Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 19-21)

Despite losing their first game of the San Antonio Gateway tournament (a 48-40 decision to Castle Hills on Thursday, Nov. 19), the Heritage Eagles clawed back with victories in the next four contests to come away with the title crown.

The Eagles captured their second game by a 57-14 margin over Alamo Home School on Friday, Nov. 20, then topped River City Believers, 56-28, later in the day in the third round.


Ladyhorns stop Medina, host tournament later this week

After earning a pre-Thanksgiving 41-36 victory over Medina at home on Nov. 24, the Ladyhorns’ varsity basketball team from Harper High School will host its annual three-day basketball tournament starting Thursday.

Harper opens the tournament Thursday morning when it hosts Ingram at 9 a.m. in the Harper Independent School District gymnasium.

(More details about the tournament can be found elsewhere in this week’s sports section.)


Heritage ousted 40-30 in playoffs

Heritage’s Jackson Abel, left, and Skylar Kitzmiller try to block a San Marcos Hill Country conversion kick during Friday’s playoff game. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt —

When they met earlier in the year, San Marcos Hill Country Christian School stomped the Heritage Eagles by a 50-0 margin.

Although Friday’s rematch in the second round of the TAPPS 1A Division III six-man football playoffs was closer, the outcome was the same — San Marcos won, but by the smaller margin of 40-30.

The Rams (10-1) went on to win the District 3 regular season crown, with Seguin Lifegate finishing second and Heritage third.

Friday’s post-season contest was held on the Heritage field.

With Lifegate topping Bellville Faith, 45-0, on Friday, Seguin and San Marcos Hill Country will face off in the third round later this week.

San Marcos Hill Country Christian School 40, Heritage School 30; (Friday, Nov. 20)


FHS Billies varsity boys open with Canyon Lake, Jourdanton wins

The Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball team started off the season on the right foot with back-to-back wins: a 67-44 stronghold over Canyon Lake on Friday, Nov. 20 and an 86-47 win over Jourdanton on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Head coach Tim Kaman said the Billies still have a lot of offensive improvement, but their drive is helping.

“The good thing is that all of our kids are playing hard,” Kaman said. “If we can keep that up, then everything will fall into place.”

The Jourdanton game was taken over by the Billies due to their sheer experience, Kaman said.

“We really came out and shot the ball well in the first half,” he said. “Our defensive pressure got us some easy baskets.  Jourdanton is a very young team (four sophomores and five juniors) while the Billies used their experience (nine seniors and three juniors) to control the game.”


FHS girls' basketball teams looks to build chemistry to reach goals

By Tyler Gaudin —

This season, the Fredericksburg High School girls’ varsity basketball team looks to become closer and operate more as a unit to propel themselves toward their goals of reaching the playoffs again.

“We will need to spend the preseason coming together as a team with over 70 percent of our players being in volleyball until Nov. 14,” said Head Coach Carrie Grona.

“We should make a run for the district title and then just build upon what we did last year. This team has a great opportunity to go back to the regional tournament and even push for a state bid.”

Grona looks to use power basketball to get things going for her Billies this season, starting with players like Abby Spurgin.

“We will need to establish our inside game and draw the defense in to open up our shooters on the outside,” Grona said.


Runners will lace up for Turkey Trot 5K, 10K races

Runners and walkers will be stepping off on Saturday morning, Nov. 28, from Fredericksburg Elementary School as part of the Fifth Annual Fredericksburg Turkey Trot.

Included in the event are a 5K run and walk, 10K run and walk and a one-mile fun run.

The races begin at 8:30 a.m.

Early registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt and chip timing.

Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. and is $30.

The one-mile fun run is $10 and includes a T-shirt and participation ribbon.

There are prizes for top male and female finishers and medals for the top three finishers in each age group.

The Fredericksburg Swim Association (FSA) is hosting the Turkey Trot. FSA provides support for youth swimming across the Hill Country.


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