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Wed
13
Nov

Billies defeat Bandera for ninth straight win

By Matt Ward —

 

Trick plays, unusual formations, new stunt packages, dual quarterbacks on the same play — Bandera head coach David Sine threw everything but the kitchen sink at good friend Lance Moffett and the Battlin’ Billies Friday night.

The Fredericksburg High School varsity football team used a more familiar weapon against the Bulldogs as junior quarterback Kyle Grona connected with junior wide receiver Brayden Beard for three touchdown passes during the Billies’ 28-10 home victory over Bandera.

“(Coach Sine) threw it all at us and we expected it,” Moffett said after the game. “We knew they were good and we didn’t do a good job of adjusting to it early. He’s a smart coach and his plan was to keep our offense off the field.”

Fredericksburg’s victory clinched an undefeated loop record for the Billies, who celebrated their first district championship since 1998 after the game.

Wed
13
Nov

FHS runners compete at state

By Richard Zowie —

Fredericksburg High School cross country didn’t win any top placings at the Class 3A state meet at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park on Saturday, Nov. 9, but head coach Dan Aldrich is confident next year will be a solid one for his program.

Clarissa Sanchez finished 75th out of a field of 106 girls. The freshman’s time was 13:01.77. Sanchez’ time was three-hundredths of a second better than 76th-place Ashley Strong of Brownwood, who ran a 13:01.80.

Juan Hernandez, a sophomore, finished 40th out of 102 runners and ran a 17:32.77. He finished less than a tenth of a second ahead of 41st-place Christian Garcia of Clint (17:32.84).

Wed
13
Nov

Volleyball falls in area round

By Matt Ward —

 

Volleyball season at Fredericksburg High School came to an abrupt end Thursday as the 26th-ranked Billie varsity volleyball team fell 16-25, 18-25, 20-25 to eighth-ranked Bellville in the area round of the UIL playoffs in a match held at Bastrop Cedar Creek High School.

“I’m very proud of this group of kids,” head coach Jason Roemer said. “We played our best match of the year in our last one. There’s no way we can be upset or disappointed. We left it on the court.”

“After the match, the Bellville coach told me, ‘Be proud of your kids. They showed what being a Battlin’ Billie was all about tonight.  They fought to the end and played very well,’” Roemer added. “She’s right. We did just that. Every time we would get close to them on the scoreboard they would answer with a big play.”

Wed
13
Nov

Golfers finish first at Brandeis

By razor-thin margins, both of Fredericksburg High School’s varsity golf teams won first place at the Nov. 11 Brandeis Invitational at the Fair Oaks Country Club in Fair Oaks.

The varsity boys shot a 321, tying second-place La Vernia. But Fredericksburg won on a tie-breaker. Hudson Ross led all golfers on the day with a first-place finish as he medaled by shooting a 74.

The varsity girls’ 381-shot performance was one better than second-place Boerne Champion, which had a 382.

The next tournament will be Nov. 18 at the Cedar Creek Boys Invitational at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Cedar Creek.

Wed
13
Nov

Girls defeat Mason in hoops contest

After playing in a tough tournament last week, the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team was back home on Tuesday night and defeated Mason, 59-45.

In the Northside Varsity Tournament Thursday through Saturday, the Billies won over Keller Central (5A), 32-27, but lost to three 5A schools, San Antonio O’Connor, 68-45; John Jay, 70-42, and to Edinburg North, 49-44.

Next up for the varsity will be a road trip to Ingram on Monday night for a 6:15 p.m. game.

 

FHS 59, Mason 45

 

Coming off the three-day tournament in San Antonio, the FHS varsity girls on Tuesday night defeated Mason, 59-45.

“We played Mason well in the beginning of the first quarter and I am very proud of how we finished the fourth,” said Carrie Grona, head girls basketball coach.

“We came out firing with Anissa Kneese hitting a three and a two to get us off to a 5-0 start,” Grona reported.

Wed
13
Nov

Boys basketball to open season Tuesday

By Matt Ward —

 

In order for the Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball team to make its fifth consecutive postseason appearance, head coach Tim Kaman will have to perform a balancing act this winter.

On the one hand are the young men who have gone through offseason workouts and preseason scrimmages with the team and on the other hand are the 12 players who will be contending for spots on the varsity and/or junior varsity rosters once the varsity football team completes their postseason run.

“Right now, we don’t know what team we’re going to have because of football,” Kaman said. “We know what we have here. I think our kids learned all about where we are and where we need to be. We’re going to have to work hard.”

After two scrimmages last week, the Billies will get an extra week of practice this week before regular season play opens Tuesday, Nov. 19, at home against Ingram.

Wed
13
Nov

Harper girls capture state cross country title

By Danny Hirt —

 

Although the Harper High School girls’ cross country team had no one finish higher than 29th place, the Ladyhorns managed to have enough runners in high positions to capture the state UIL 1A title during Saturday’s championship round held at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

The win is the first team title in Harper High School history.

Sydney Collins was Harper’s top runner, completing the course in 12:41, while her teammates Payton Reid and Hope Dillon finished nearby with times of 12:47 and 12:51, respectively, for 31st and 34th places.

Harper took the title with a score of 78, eight points lower than second place San Saba.

In the boys’ division, the Longhorns’ only qualifier, Micah Middleton, completed the 3.1-mile course in 18:43 for 58th place out of a field of 108 competitors.

Wed
13
Nov

Harper knocked out of volleyball playoffs

By Danny Hirt —

 

Although the Harper Ladyhorns were able to hold off a Weimar run in the opening game of the Area round of UIL volleyball playoffs last Thursday, they simply could not quell the rising tide of momentum from the Lady Cats for the remainder of the match.

The match was played in the Gonzales High School gymnasium.

Harper, which fell to 30-7 on the season, took the first contest 27-25, but was edged out in the last three by scores of 20-25, 23-25 and 20-25.

The Ladyhorns had captured the District 27-1A championship by winning all 10 of their league matches.

The league’s two other playoff schools — runner-up Leakey and third place Junction have also been eliminated. Leakey succumbed to Brackett 3-2 in the opening bi-district round while Junction fell to Round Top-Carmine 3-0 in Area competition.

Wed
13
Nov

Longhorns fall in football finale

 By Danny Hirt — 

 

Sophomore quarterback Gus Sagraves was directly involved with all three of Harper’s touchdowns in the Longhorns’ 24-7 victory at Junction Friday evening.

The game was the season-ending contest for both schools. Harper ended the 2013 campaign with a 2-3 District 14-1A Division I record (5-5 overall) while the host Eagles finished up 1-4 in the league and also 5-5 on the year.

League-leading Mason (5-0, 8-1) wrapped up the district title with a convincing 61-10 win over Center Point, while Brackett (4-1, 8-1) took home second place by virtue of its 55-22 home victory over Ozona (3-2, 5-5) Friday

Because of its title, Mason will draw a bye in the first round of the Region IV UIL playoffs this weekend and will play the winner of the Shiner vs. Santa Maria game next weekend.

Wed
13
Nov

Harper girls win hoops season opener

By Danny Hirt —

 

Behind double-digit scoring from Sarah Whitten and Logan White — who netted 13 and 12 points, respectively — the Harper High School girls’ varsity basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with a 54-26 victory over Ingram at home Tuesday evening.

The Ladyhorns will travel to Ozona on Saturday for their next encounter. The junior varsity teams will face off at 2 p.m., followed by the varsity game.

From there, Harper will visit Llano on Tuesday, Nov. 19, with the JVs locking up at 5 p.m., while the varsity teams play at 6:15 p.m.

 

Harper 54, Ingram 26

Harper shook off a relatively slow start, gaining momentum along the way, as it disposed of visiting Ingram Tuesday evening by a 54-26 margin.

White helped lead the way with nine rebounds.

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