FHS girls' track wins area meet; regionals next

After turning in gold medal performances and setting a new school record, Fredericksburg High School girls’ track team members are focusing on the University Interscholastic League Region IV-4A Regional Track and Field Meet Friday and Saturday at Texas A&M University – Kingsville.

The top four finishers in each event at the Area 29/30 4A Championships last Friday in Devine qualify for the regional competition. At region, the top two finishers earn the right to advance to the state contest, May 12-14 in Austin.

Qualifying for the regional track meet are the following:

• 3200 meter run: Anytcy Marin.

• 4x100 relay: Kyndal Esensee, Megan Daley, Emily Myers, Aylin Neri.

• 800 meter run: Bethany Kendrick, Mia Torres.

• 100 meter hurdles: Chase Whiting.

• 100 meter dash: Neri.

• 4x200 relay: Myers, Molly Pluenneke, Julia Freeborn, Neri.

• 300 meter hurdles: Whiting.

• 200 meter dash: Freeborn.


Billies baseball advances to bi-district


By Richard Zowie


Fredericksburg High School varsity baseball is returning to the Class 4A playoffs, courtesy of a third-place finish in District 29-4A.

The Billies have a 6-3 district record, behind second-place Devine at 7-2. Overall, they’re at 15-9-1.

Fredericksburg played Hondo on Tuesday, April 26, after the paper went to press. Depending on the results of that game and how Devine does, Fredericksburg could end up in second place.

The team will do no worse than third, given that fourth-place Bandera has a 3-6 district record.

To qualify for the playoffs, a baseball team must finish in at least fourth place in district.

If Fredericksburg finishes in second place, they will next face District 30-4A’s third-place team (Jourdanton and Pearsall are both are tied for second in District 30-4A with 7-2 records).


FHS softball takes on Lady Apaches in UIL Region IV bi-district action

The Battlin’ Billies varsity softball team from Fredericksburg High School will host District 30-4A co-champions Jourdanton in the first of a best-of-three series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 during UIL Region IV bi-district competition.

“Jourdanton is a very efficient team that makes the most out of their opportunities,” said Coach Travis Hejl. “They have solid senior leadership and a very sound pitcher.  I think it will be a great game.”

Hejl said it will be interesting game for his young Fredericksburg team. The Billies have five returning seniors.

“They don’t know what to expect, seeing as only a few have been there before.  We will attack these games just like any other,” Hejl said. “The end of our season didn’t go exactly as planned, but I am very proud of the way the girls stayed together.  It would have been very easy to give up, and they didn’t.”


Harper looks for high seed in upcoming baseball playoffs

By Danny Hirt


With the regular season just over, Harper High School’s baseball team finds itself with a ticket to the upcoming playoffs.

The Longhorns captured their last two games, topping Ozona, 5-1, on Friday after defeating non-league opponent Charlotte, 5-2, on April 19.

Depending on the results from last night’s game at Mason (final score not known by press deadline), the Longhorns will finish either in second or third place (with Center Point) and will receive that corresponding seed into the playoffs.

Also last night, Center Point played Ozona to help determine District 29’s seeding in the post-season action.


Harper 5, Ozona 1

 (Friday, April 22)

Three Harper pitchers combined their efforts to toss a five-hitter in Friday’s 5-1 victory over Ozona.


Ladyhorns drop season finale, playoffs next

By Danny Hirt


It had to happen, finally.

The Harper High School Ladyhorns lost their first district softball game in the last three years by dropping a 9-2 contest at Sabinal on Friday evening.

“The girls took it hard but realized we did not play well,” said HHS head coach Scott Vasquez. “We had won 35 in a row.”

But with the darkness comes a bright ray of hope — Harper finished the 2016 campaign with a 13-1 league mark and earned a third consecutive district championship (and recorded a 21-7 overall mark heading into the playoffs).

The Ladyhorns are scheduled to face Runge in the bi-district round on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The likely site for the contest is Three Rivers.

Earlier in the past week, Harper topped Medina, 17-0, on April 19 in a game that was ended early under the mercy scoring rule.


FHS boys' track qualifies athletes for regional meet

With three goals to accomplish, 14 qualifiers from the Fredericksburg High School boys’ track team will be competing at the University Interscholastic League Region IV-4A Regional Track and Field Meet on Friday and Saturday.

The two-day meet will be held at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, and the top two finishers in each event earn the right to advance to the state meet in Austin, May 12-14.

“Our goals at regionals are first to get all the relays into the finals and second to have all individual runners score points and finally to earn points in all the field events we have qualified for,” said Coach Shane Willis.

“We have a great shot to accomplish those three goals,” he said. 

Qualifying for the regional meet by placing in the top four at the Area 29/30 4-A Championship Meet on Friday in Devine are the following:

• Pole vault: Cory Immel and Bryce Raders.

• Discus: Raders.

• 110 meter hurdles: Immel.


FHS varsity, JV girls win team titles at district

Fredericksburg High School’s Lauren Smith soars through the air as she clears the bar. Smith competed in the pole vault at the April 14 District 29-4A track and field meet at FHS Stadium and won first in pole vault with a vault of 11’6”. She’ll compete at the Area 29-30 4A meet at Devine. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Goals were met by the Fredericksburg High School girls’ track teams when they competed in the District 29-4A Track Meet last Wednesday and Thursday in the FHS Stadium.

Both the varsity and junior varsity teams won the district championship honors in their division and also scored over 200 points in each division.

“Our girls stayed true to their goals and were very focused in becoming district team champions in both divisions,” Coach Dan Aldrich said.

The JV team scored 22 points to win over the second-place team by 114 points and the varsity team scored 227 points to win over the second-place team by 89 points.

“Our goal was to score over 200 points in each division, which they accomplished,” Aldrich said.

The top four finishers in each varsity event qualified to compete at the Area 29-30 4A Track Meet in Devine tomorrow, Thursday.

Along with Fredericksburg, Bandera, Devine, Boerne, Lytle and Hondo also competed in the district meet.


FHS boys' track qualifies athletes for area contest

FHS varsity track member Bryce Raders throws the discus during the FHS-hosted track meet last week. Raders finished third with a 134’6¼” throw. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Fredericksburg High School boys’ track teams did an “excellent job competing and performing” at the District 29-4A Track Meet last Wednesday and Thursday in the FHS Stadium.

At the district meet, the FHS varsity boys finished third in the standings and the junior varsity boys were first in their division.

“Both groups competed very well,” said Coach Shane Willis.

The top four finishers in each varsity event qualified to compete at the Area 29-30 4A Track Meet in Devine tomorrow, Thursday.

Along with Fredericksburg, teams from Bandera, Devine, Boerne, Lytle and Hondo also competed in the meet.

“We will be sending a really good group of kids to the area track meet,” Willis said. “Hopefully we will see some improvement this week and be able to get them all out to regionals.”


FHS varsity boys


FHS varsity softball headed to playoffs, JV set to win district title

Monday’s downpour of rain coupled with Tuesday’s thick fog and strong pitching from Devine dampened the Fredericksburg High School softball’s team hopes of placing second in District 29-4A.

The Billies lost 6-5 to the Arabians after a close game at home but will move on to bi-district play against the District 30-4A, No. 1 seed on Saturday, April 30.

“Our senior leadership was good tonight,” said Coach Travis Hejl. “This is the first group of seniors I’ve had for a full year and I’m proud of the way they played.”


Devine 6, FHS 5

Devine   0  0    3  3  0    0  0-4     

FHS      0  0    0  1  4    0  0-5


Seniors Tiffany Adair, Cory Strackbein, Kaitlin Huizinga, Victoria Klein, and Brooke Loth were recognized after the game.

Hejl said he will know by Tuesday who the Billies will play in bi-district.


Heritage takes state tennis titles

For the third year in a row, the Heritage School boys’ tennis team won the state 1A TAPPS championship. The team members are, in front from left, Dan Meek, Lane Sawtelle, Sam Garza and (in back) True Stephens, Eli Oosterbaan, Jack Wynne-Smith, Alec Sawtelle, Sean O’Leary and Coach Diane Asper. — Photo courtesy Heritage School

The varsity tennis teams from Heritage School proved their acumen in the sport by winning the TAPPS 1A state boys’ team title for the third consecutive year.

Meanwhile, the girls’ doubles team of Susanna Harpold and Maddie Squyres brought home the gold medal in their category.

The competitions were held April 11-12 in Waco.

Heritage seniors Alex Sawtelle and Sean O’Leary advanced to the doubles finals before losing a close match to Wichita Falls Christian School, 5-7, 6-7 (12-14).

Before reaching the final round, the duo knocked out San Angelo Cornerstone Christian, 6-3, 7-5, in the quarterfinals, which allowed Heritage to secure a 1.5 team point advantage in the quarterfinals.

The boys’ singles final involved all Fredericksburg players with Heritage senior grader Jack Wynne-Smith dueling against Ambleside junior Henry Alvarez. Wynne-Smith advanced to the finals by winning two matches in both the quarters and semifinals.


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