Nine Billies named all-district softball

Nine members of the Fredericksburg High School varsity squad were named to the All-District 27-3A Softball Team.

Senior Camry Weinheimer was named District 27-3A most valuable player.

Macalah Jenschke was named Newcomer of the Year.

Catcher Mackenzie Spisak, designated player Christa Schulz and infielder Taylor Gamble were named to the first team.

Infielder Ali Laratta, as well as outfielder Kiersten Kott were named to the second team. Hannah Shenk and Mackenzie Straube received honorable mention.

Academic All-District

Named to Academic All-District squad were Gamble, Kott, Schulz, Shenk, Spisak, Weinheimer, Kaitlin Huizinga, Jenschke, Laratta and Kendall Huizinga.


Battlin' Billies named best Texas high school mascot

By Matt Ward —

Battlin’ Billies reigned supreme after Fredericksburg High School dominated the vote in the “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine” Mascot Madness Tournament, besting 31 other schools to be named the best mascot in Texas high school football.

“What a great honor for our community, school district and program,” FHS athletic director and head football coach Lance Moffett said. “But what a challenge for our kids and coaches to live up to in order to honor the pride, tradition and heritage of such a great community and those who established it long before we were part of it.”

Fredericksburg outlasted the Winters Blizzards, the Mason Punchers and the Hamlin Pied Pipers in a Final Four vote last week to secure the title.


Mystery of the Billie mascot revealed

By Carlin Wicker

Editor’s Note: The following column appeared in the Dec. 1, 2004 edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, written by former Fredericksburg Independent School District athletic director Carlin Wicker, who died in 2005.

This is what I have been told and what I think I understand to have happened in the naming of Fredericksburg High School’s mascot, the “Battlin’ Billies.” The mascot has always been a goat, only the name has changed.

FHS became the “Hill Billies” (two words) in or about 1928. FHS had played a powerhouse (state semi-finalist team of some type) in San Antonio named Main Street High School. (Fox Tech High School is now located at the same address.)

A San Antonio sportswriter, in his enthusiastic write-up used a statement such as, “Those boys from ‘up in the hills’ had butted Main Street High around for three quarters like a bunch of Billy goats before losing 0-6.”


Shipman named TAPPS Coach of the Year

By Danny Hirt

Heritage School head football coach Tim Shipman has recently been named TAPPS 1A Male Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 year and is being honored with the organization’s Edd Burleson Leadership Award.

Shipman, a native of Muleshoe, has been the head coach at Heritage for the past 12 years where he’s led the Eagles to an overall win-loss record of 112-31 and five TAPPS Division II six-man state championships (in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011). Heritage has also been state finals runner-up for the past two seasons, 2012 and 2013.

Prior to acquiring his position at Heritage, Shipman coached football, basketball and track for three years at Fredericksburg Middle School. Currently, he remains a teacher at FMS.


Harper softball falls in regional semis

By Danny Hirt —


When boiled down to its essence, the Harper High School softball team just couldn't get the hits or defensive stops when necessary as the Ladyhorns dropped both games to Shiner in last weekend's best-of-3 series in Region IV semifinal action.

The contests were played on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos.

The Lady Comanches now advance to the region finals to take on Weimar this coming weekend. The winner earns a berth in the May 28-31 state championship round slated for the Red and Charline McCombs Field on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

"I am very proud of this team and the many accomplishments they were able to achieve," said HHS head coach Scott Vasquez. "Our goal will remain the same — work to build the program and take it to the next level."


Taylor Reid named All-Star, All-State runner

Harper High School senior Taylor Reid has recently been awarded two track and field honors for her accomplishments during the recent competitive season.

She was included in the lists of both the top 15 All-Star and All-State selections in the 1A, 2A and 3A divisions as determined by the Texas Girls Coaches Association's Track Committee in the 1A, 2A and 3A division.

Harper won the girls' Region IV 1A championship earlier this year, with Reid helping the Ladyhorns finish first in both the 200-meter and 400-meter relays (with teammates Sydney Collins, Payton Reid and Megan Myers). The girls won the 4x200-meter event in a time of 1:47.17, a school record.

Members of the Ladyhorns' team, including Reid, recently advanced to the UIL state championship meet at the University of Texas at Austin where the 4x200-meter runners finished in fourth place.


Free athletic physical set tomorrow

Fredericksburg Independent School District (FISD) will offer free physicals for local student athletes tomorrow, Thursday, May 22, in the Fredericksburg High School cafeteria.

The physicals — for all FISD, St. Mary’s School and Heritage School student athletes — will be open to all female athletes from 5:30-7:15 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.

Male athletes will be offere physicals, also on a first come, first served basis, from 7:15-9 p.m.

Packets and all athletic forms for any returning FISD student athletes are available on the Fredericksburg High School (FHS) athletic web site.

It is the FISD athletics policy that all students who plan to participate in the athletics program must have a completed physical and all athletic forms turned in to the FHS athletics office prior to participation in any practice, scrimmage or game officially sponsored by the school district.

This will be the only free physical offered by FISD in 2014.


Billies place six on all-district baseball team

Six members of the Fredericksburg High School varsity squad were named to the All-District 27-3A Baseball Team announced last week.

Freshman Wade Davis was one of two players chosen as Newcomer of the Year along with Gavon Gonzales of Wimberley.

Sophomore outfielder Blake Moffett was named to the first team, while second team selections went to senior pitcher Kody Behrends, junior catcher Braden Bowers, junior first baseman Kyle Guynes and senior outfielder Riley Neffendorf.


Longhorns place 11 on all-district baseball team

The 2014 Harper High School baseball team had 11 members named to the District 29-1A All-District squad, including five chosen for the first team.

The Longhorns finished the season with a 6-4 league record (12-10 overall) and tied with Mason for third. Harper, however, did not qualify for the post-season playoffs.

Those named to the top list were seniors Levi Lashley (pitcher) and Preston Adkins (designated hitter), 11th graders Trace Boatright (catcher) and Lane Fajkus (middle infielder), and sophomore Cooper Boatright (third baseman).

Second team honors were earned by 12th grader Cassidy Deike (outfield), junior Guy Stevenson (pitcher), and 10th graders Justin Jones (first baseman) and Easton Hansen (outfield).

Junior Cole Elliot and sophomore Chase Lowman were named to the Honorable Mention rolls.


Billies just shy of state medals

Competing against Texas’ best, three Fredericksburg High School athletes earned points in their divisions at the State 3A University Interscholastic League Track and Field Meet on Friday and Saturday in Austin.

Samuel Studebaker finished fourth in the boys’ 800 meter run, Chase Whiting was fourth in the girls’ 100 meter hurdles and Lauren Smith was sixth in the girls’ pole vault.

The state meet was held at Mike Myers Stadium on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Samuel Studebaker

Studebaker’s appearance at the state meet was the second for the FHS junior.

And with a time of 1:59.55, Studebaker was fourth in the 800 meter run.

“Our goal for Sam was to return to the state meet, which he did, and to improve upon his finish from last year,” said head track coach Dan Aldrich.


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