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Nov

Eagles win first round playoff game

By Danny Hirt —

 

To put it in the words that Sir Isaac Newton might have spoken: “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”

With gutsy determination, Heritage School managed to retake the lead in the late going, then hold off a last-second scoring effort by host Wichita Falls Notre Dame Catholic School — and TAPPS number one ranked team — to take a 60-58 victory Saturday in the opening round of the TAPPS Division II six-man football playoffs.

The Eagles’ performance was spearheaded by Joe Meek who scored seven touchdowns in the game, six on the ground and one on a pass reception.

Wed
20
Nov

Heritage girls win hoops opener

By Danny Hirt —

 

An early lead went by the boards as the Heritage School varsity girls’ basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with a 43-35 loss at Johnson City Friday evening.

The Lady Eagles will return to action this Friday (Nov. 22) when they host Ingram at the First Baptist Church gymnasium in Fredericksburg.

Tip-off for that game is 6 p.m.

The home schedule continues Tuesday, Nov. 26, when Heritage entertains Austin Waldorf School at 6 p.m., also at FBC.

 

Johnson City 43, Heritage 35

The Lady Eagles built up an early advantage in the opening quarter only to see 2A Johnson City storm back with 14 points in the next stanza while holding Heritage to five, to take a 21-13 lead at intermission.

Wed
13
Nov

FHS netters second at state


FIRING BACK — Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis player Sergio Flores sends a hit back to his Kilgore opponent during the state team tennis tournament Friday, Nov. 8,at the Rose Park Tennis Center in Abilene. Flores defeated Nash Best, 6-1, 6-2, to help the Billies win the quarterfinals,10-4, over Kilgore on Fredericksburg’s way to a second place finish in state. —Standard-Radio Post/Austin Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

 

It is every coach’s hope that his team, as a whole, can achieve more than the sum of his individual players. For Fredericksburg High School Coach Randall King, the pieces fell into place this past weekend, when his squad rallied together for a second-place finish in the state team tennis tournament in Abilene.

“What an incredible weekend of tennis,” King said. “The kids were awesome.”

Billie varsity netters defeated Kilgore, 10-4, in the state team tennis quarterfinals, before ousting Vernon in a close 10-7 semifinals decision on Friday, Nov. 8. Fredericksburg then bowed out, 10-2, to defending champion Abilene Wylie in what was a “back-and-forth” finals on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Wed
13
Nov

Billie football playoff bound for first time since 2007

By Matt Ward —

 

Five years, 11 months and 24 days.

Around 3,146,400 minutes will have elapsed between kickoff of the Fredericksburg High School varsity football team’s bi-district showdown against Somerset Friday night and kickoff of the Billies’ last playoff appearance against Cibolo Steele in 2007.

With six years of waiting soon behind them, Fredericksburg players have little time to celebrate their 9-1 regular season and undefeated District 27-3A championship before wiping the slate clean for post-season play.

Yet for those Billies who struggled through a 2-8 campaign in 2011 and battled their way to a 5-5 mark in 2012, making the playoffs validates three years’ worth of effort.

“It justifies that all the blood, sweat and tears that we as coaches and players have put into this program has finally paid off,” senior defensive back and wide receiver Matthew McManigle said.

Wed
13
Nov

Football to face Somerset Friday in playoffs

By Matt Ward —

 

When two teams that appear evenly matched on paper face off on the field, winning often comes down to who can impose their will upon their opponent to secure a victory.

As the 28th-ranked Fredericksburg High School varsity football team prepares to begin its first playoff game since 2007, key to a victory over 80th-ranked Somerset Friday night in the bi-district round at Frank Mata Memorial Stadium in San Antonio will be taking “Fredericksburg football” to the Bulldogs.

Kickoff in the game is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“The thing we’ve got to do is to stay on task and stay on mission and purpose and not get caught up in the hype of the playoffs and the mystique that they might bring to it,” Fredericksburg head coach Lance Moffett said Monday.

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.

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