Sports

Wed
12
Mar

Ladyhorns to open district softball play Friday against Medina

By Danny Hirt —

Harper’s varsity softball team split its last two games, losing a March 5 game at Wimberley by an 11-1 margin, then bouncing back on Friday to defeat Johnson City 10-0 at home.

The Ladyhorns will open their district schedule this Friday when Medina comes to town. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

No junior varsity contest will be played.

Harper 10, Johnson City 0

Courtney Ahrns got Harper off to a good start Friday with a two-run homer to straight away centerfield in the Ladyhorns’ 10-0 home win over Johnson City.

 Leading 2-0, HHS added another five runs in the third (all with two outs) and three more in the fourth.

Wed
12
Mar

Heritage to run at Harper

By Danny Hirt —

The varsity track teams from Heritage School took home fifth and seventh place finishes in the boys’ and girls’ divisions, respectively, from Thursday’s meet held at Comfort High School.

Meanwhile, the JV boys captured fifth in their division and the JV girls ended in sixth.

Savannah Morrow took the top spot in the girls’ varsity pole vault with a mark of eight feet even.

On the JV girls’ side, Lindsey Pressler took first in several events — 100-meter hurdles (18.8), shot put (29’0.5”) and discus throw (93’3.5”). Joining her in winning an event was Cameron Gunter who took first place in the pole vault with a height of 7’6”.

Parker Given took first place in the JV boys’ 800-meter run in a time of 2:12.18.

Up next for the Eagles will be the Harper Longhorn Relays slated for Thursday, March 20.

Wed
05
Mar

Heritage girls finish second at state

By Danny Hirt

Heritage School’s dream season for the girls’ basketball team ended in a nightmare Saturday afternoon as the Lady Eagles dropped the TAPPS 1A championship game, 61-43, to Granbury North Central Texas Academy.

The contest was played Saturday afternoon in the Timberview High School gymnasium in Mansfield.

The Lady Eagles had earned the right to vie for the state championship by downing San Antonio Gateway Christian School, 40-36, on Friday. The semifinal action was hosted by Mansfield High School.

“This weekend was an absolutely wonderful experience for these girls and one that they will remember forever,” said Heritage head coach Mike McKinnon.

Lady Eagles Kami Jones, Christina Harpold and Allie Metzger were named to the all-state tournament team.

Heritage ended its dream season with a 19-4 record.

Wed
05
Mar

FHS track to compete in Lampasas

After a successful meet in Burnet last week, Fredericksburg High School track teams will head back on the road on Friday to compete in the Lampasas Badger Relays.

The meet will begin with the 3200 meter run and field events at 2:30 p.m. before the running finals begin at 5 p.m.

Last Friday, the Billie varsity and JV girls both finished second at the Wells Fargo Burnet Relays, while the varsity boys placed fourth and JV boys finished fifth.

“As our first regular formatted meet invitational of the year, I was pleased with how the kids performed, to give them a starting point to work from,” head coach Dan Aldrich said. “We are by no means even close to where we want to be, but I also understand patience is just as important from the coach as it is from the kids when working through our workout progression.”

Wed
05
Mar

Girls' soccer ties Tivy 0-0

The good news about Fredericksburg High School’s Feb. 28 varsity girls soccer game against Kerrville Tivy is that neither the varsity nor junior varsity squads allowed any goals.

The varsity also didn’t score any, as their game ended in a 0-0 tie. JV scored one goal for a 1-0 shutout over the Lady Antlers.

The tie means that FHS will now have to defeat Boerne Champion or Alamo Heights to have a chance at the playoffs.

FHS girls soccer’s next games will be today, March 5, at Boerne Champion (a rescheduled game due to weather) with the JV team playing at 5 p.m. and the varsity playing at 7 p.m. Then, on Friday, March 7, FHS is at home against Alamo Heights (JV at 5 p.m., and varsity at 7 p.m.).

Wed
05
Mar

Boys' soccer to face Heights

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

Hoping to ride a wave of momentum through to a win in the last game of district play — and against the loop leader, at that — are the Fredericksburg High School varsity soccer boys.

Their final regulation-play test will come Friday, March 7, when the last-place 1-6-0 Billies will go up against the current first-place team in University Interscholastic League (UIL) District 54-4A standings — the 3-0-3 San Antonio Alamo Heights.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. on the Mules’ field.

 “Hopefully, we can continue with the momentum we’ve had and get a win and then see what the future holds after that,” said FHS Coach Shannon Petsch.

His Billies have suddenly “flipped a switch,” brightening their prospects with flashes of the best soccer “we have played all year,” Petsch said.

Last night, the squad lost to Boerne Champion, 1-0, while it dropped Friday night’s Feb. 28 game to Kerrville Tivy, 2-0.

Wed
05
Mar

Netters back on courts this weekend

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Fresh off a nearly two-week-long gap in action, Fredericksburg High School’s varsity tennis team will be looking to capitalize on “fresh legs” this Friday and Saturday, March 7-8.

The squad will lead into Spring Break 2014 with the Billies’ first-ever appearance in the Clemens/Steele Invitational, which will be played on Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District courts.

“This will be a new tournament for us,” said FHS Coach Randall King, who explained that Fredericks-burg, historically, has been tied up at this point in the spring season with team tennis playoffs.

Now that team tennis competition is completely self-contained in the fall, the date fell open and the tourney presented itself as a new prospect for the local “Big Red” roster.

Wed
05
Mar

Harper softball splits four at tourney

By Danny Hirt —

After opening the Blanco softball tournament with a couple of Thursday losses (5-2 to Comfort and 8-3 to Johnson City), the Ladyhorns from Harper High School rebounded to pick up two victories.

Following a 10-4 win over Canyon Lake later on Thursday, Harper topped Ingram 15-0.

Tuesday night’s home game with Wimberley was moved to Thursday due to inclement weather. The junior varsity teams will square off at 5 p.m., followed by varsity action at 7 p.m.

The Ladyhorns will remain home Friday to host Johnson City, with the JVs playing at 5 p.m. and the varsity teams matching up at 7 p.m.

Wed
05
Mar

Harper baseball wins pair

By Danny Hirt

The Longhorns picked up two wins during last week’s baseball tournament hosted by Johnson City.

After dropping a 16-9 decision to Granger in the opening game on Thursday, the Longhorns defeated Johnson City 16-14 later in the day and then topped Lampasas 12-8 on Saturday.

Two Longhorn players — Trace Boatright and Levi Lashley — were named to the all-tournament team.

Boatright struck out five and issued two walks during his four and two-thirds innings of pitching in defeating Johnson City in Harper’s second game. Meanwhile, Lashley went 9-for-14 (.643) and scored four runs during the two days of action.

Next up for Harper will be an appearance in the San Saba Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Wed
05
Mar

Harper girls track opens season

By Danny Hirt

Harper High School’s girls’ track and field team opened the 2014 season with five first places and an overall third place finish in the varsity portion of the Hubbell Relays held Saturday in Junction.

Ladyhorns taking top spots in individual events were Payton Reid (pole vault, 8’6”) and Logan White (100-meter hurdles, 15.7).

Four-member relay squads earning first places for Harper were the 4x100-meter relay (Sydney Collins, Logan White, Megan Myers, Haylee Poorman, 53.31), 4x200-meter relay (Collins, Poorman, Myers, Reid, 1:52.84), and 4x400-meter relay (Collins, Taylor Reid, Myers, Payton Reid, 4:19.30).

In junior varsity action, the Ladyhorns captured a pair of individual first places —  Chrissie Bryant (long jump) and Lizzy Haines (200-meter run) — in addition to the 100-meter and 200-meter relays run by Abby Skiff, Bryant, Julia Mauldin and Haines.

The JVs finished the meet in second place.

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