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Wed
12
Nov

Billies cruise to regional volleyball semifinals


Junior Adrianna Hartmann set a school record for total kills in singles season during the Billies three-set win over Devine in the regional quarterfinals. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Matt Ward

The fourth-ranked Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team will advance to the Region IV-4A tournament for the first time since 2010 after a three game sweep of District 29-4A rival Devine Tuesday night.

FHS will face 10th-ranked Liberty Hill, who upset third-ranked Wimberley last night, in the regional semifinals at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio Friday evening at 8 p.m. The winner will face either Sealy or Boerne in the Region IV-4A finals Saturday.

Fredericksburg also cruised to bi-district and area round victories over Crystal City Nov. 4 and Sinton on Saturday to set up the regional quarterfinal showdown with Devine.

Regional quarterfinals

Fredericksburg defeated District 29-4A rival Devine 25-21, 25-11, 25-16 Tuesday evening in the regional quarterfinals to advance to the regional tournament.

Wed
12
Nov

FHS tennis falls in rematch at state championship

By Austin R. Eck

In a rematch of last year’s state championship, the Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team lost to Abilene-Wylie 10-4.

After the start of the 2014 University Interscholastic League State Team Tennis Tournament was pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday, the Billies started the tournament, which was single elimination with the four advancing teams from regional tournaments, with a match against Wills Point.

Against Wills Point, Fredericksburg won 10-2, but suffered from a slow start.

“We dealt with a little bit of nerves to start off against Wills Point, which is to be expected,” coach Randall King said. “Most of these kids have never played in a facility like A&M. Once the kids settled in, they played very well.”

Wed
12
Nov

FHS runners finish outside top 10 at state


Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ cross country runners, from left, Jose Meza, Cole Jenschke, Juan Hernandez Ortega, Nick James, Jesus Aguilar, Eloy Alvarez and Ian Kendrick leave the starting gate at Saturday’s state championship meet in Round Rock. The boys fin-ished 11th overall at the meet. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck

After sending the varsity boys’ team and one runner from the girls’ team to the state meet in Round Rock on Saturday, Fredericksburg High School cross country did not have a medalist, but coach Dan Aldrich sees the experience as a “step forward.”

According to Aldrich, the overall goal of the program this year was to perform more like a team.

“We have a long way to go to become the top ranked team in the state, but from a coach’s viewpoint, I am very pleased and proud of our teams this year in how they worked together — not only to improve their performances, but how they came together as a family,” he said.

For the boys’ team, they finished 11th overall with 252 points at the University Interscholastic League Cross Country State Championships. San Elizario took first place with 79 points.

Wed
12
Nov

Billies fall short of postseason with loss to Taylor


Senior quarterback Kyle Grona comes head to head with a Taylor defender while running the speed option Friday during the Billies 17-14 home loss to end the season — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

A season filled with lofty expectations came to a crashing halt Friday evening for the Fredericksburg High School varsity football team, who missed the postseason with a 17-14 home loss to Taylor.

The Ducks (2-8, 2-3 district), who won their final two contests of the season, will clinch the fourth and final playoff spot in District 14-4A Division I behind Liberty Hill (8-2, 5-0), Boerne (8-2, 4-1) and Canyon Lake (4-6, 2-3).

“It was very disappointing, but I’m proud of the kids for their heart and their fight,” head coach Lance Moffett said Monday. “They faced a huge amount of adversity this year and never quit coming. That says a lot to their character and to what we have hopefully instilled in them.”

“We’re a band of brothers,” senior quarterback Kyle Grona said after the game Friday. “We bleed, we sweat and we cry together. We love each other and it really shows.”

First half

Wed
12
Nov

FHS varsity golfers win Hutto Invitational

The Fredericksburg High School varsity golf team took first place on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Hutto Invitational at Star Ranch Golf Course.

The Billies’ combined score was 299, six strokes lower than second-place Georgetown.

Hudson Ross recorded the low score for the Billies on the day after finishing the course with a 70. Ross’ score was enough to earn him third place.

Cole Grona earned the fourth place medal after a scorecard playoff with Georgetown’s Corey Scully. Grona shot a 73 on the day.

Three other golfers represented the varsity golf team in Hutto. Justin Penn finished with a 77, Langston James recorded a 79 and Tyler Kaman ended his round with an 85.

The junior varsity boys’ team competed in two matches recently. On Monday, Nov. 3, the boys travelled to San Antonio to compete in the North East Independent School District Invitational.

Wed
12
Nov

Eagles top Soldiers 50-0 to earn district championship

By Danny Hirt

With Friday’s 50-0 win over visiting Selma River City Believers Christian School, Heritage School earned the District 3 regular season championship and a number one seed in the upcoming TAPPS six-man Division III playoffs.

Now with the top seed, the Eagles will draw a bye in this upcoming weekend’s opening round, waiting to take on the winner of the Brenham Christian versus Seguin Lifegate match-up on Friday, Nov. 14.

Other playoff games scheduled for the weekend involving district schools include Selma Believers at Fort Worth Covenant and Granbury North Central Texas Academy at San Marcos Hill Country.

Heritage 50, Selma Believers 0

Sophomore running back Jacob Huser rushed for 99 yards on seven carries, including three touchdowns, to help the Eagles capture a 50-0 victory over Selma Believers.

Wed
12
Nov

Lady Eagles fall in TAPPS state semis

By Danny Hirt

The high-flying Lady Eagles’ bubble finally burst Friday afternoon when Heritage School dropped its TAPPS 1A state semifinal volleyball match to Waxahachie Prep in three games (20-25, 8-25, 16-25).

The contest was played in the Navarro Junior College gymnasium in Corsicana.

“The Lady Eagles came out strong against Waxahachie Prep as they battled neck-and-neck in the first game,” said Heritage head coach Carol Bell. “(Lindsey) Pressler was able to block their top hitter several times to make her shy about putting the ball down.”

According to Bell, winning the area championship a week and a half ago (a five-game victory for the Lady Eagles over Lubbock All Saints) was “a long-awaited dream and was the highlight for many of the Lady Eagles.” Advancing to this past weekend’s Final Four action “was icing on the cake” for her players.

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.

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