Harper girls fall in regional finals

By Danny Hirt

The Harper High School Ladyhorns got close to the mountaintop but just couldn’t travel any further as they dropped the Region IV-1A girls’ basketball championship game to Weimar, 51-45, on Saturday in the New Braunfels Canyon High School gymnasium.

Harper had advanced to the title contest by downing Falls City 52-45 the day before, also at Canyon.

Weimar now goes on to the state Final Four, joining Kerens (Region III), Santo (Region II), and Plains (Region I). The semifinal and final games will be played later this week.

The Ladyhorns finish the season with a 26-9 overall mark.

Weimar 51, Harper 45


Harper boys fall in area playoffs

By Danny Hirt

District 27-1A champion Harper High School got off to a slow start and never recovered, dropping a 60-39 decision to Thorndale in the area round of the UIL Region IV basketball playoffs Friday.

The contest was played at Marble Falls.

The Longhorns finished the 2013-14 campaign with a 20-12 record.

Thorndale faced District 25 first place finisher Mumford Tuesday night in the third round of the playoffs. Results were not known as of today’s press time.

Thorndale 60, Harper 39

Trailing 15-10 by the end of the opening quarter, Harper fell behind by nine points at halftime, 27-18, in losing 60-39 to Thorndale.

Although the Longhorns mounted something of a comeback in the third, their plans went awry in the final eight minutes when Thorndale outscored Harper by a 16-4 margin to secure the victory.


Harper softball edges Boerne 7-6

By Danny Hirt —

The Ladyhorns from Harper High School used seventh inning dramatics to defeat Boerne 7-6 in varsity softball action Monday evening on the HHS diamond.

Shelby Koenig’s double to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the HHS victory.

Harper will enter the Blanco Tournament later this week, opening with Comfort at 10 a.m. on Thursday. That game will be followed by two more contests, starting with a 2:30 p.m. game against Johnson City, then Canyon Lake at 5:30 p.m.

The tournament will continue Saturday.

On Tuesday, March 4, the Ladyhorns will travel to Wimberley. JV action starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m.


Harper 7, Boerne 6


Heritage girls advance to state tournament

By Danny Hirt

Making the game of basketball look easy, the Lady Eagles from Heritage School cruised past Houston Family Christian Academy Tuesday night, 70-36, to advance to the TAPPS 1A girls’ basketball state Final Four for the first time in school history.

The game, which was played in Temple, was set up by the Lady Eagles’ 52-44 win over Brownsville First Baptist on Saturday.

With last night’s victory, Heritage will play the winner of Tuesday’s contest between San Antonio Gateway Christian (21-16) and Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian (12-6) on Friday in Mansfield.

Also going to the semifinals will be Plainview Christian (12-5), a team that will take on the winner of Tuesday’s match-up between Granbury North Central Texas (18-4) and Lubbock Kingdom Prep (15-11).

The championship game is slated for Saturday, also in Mansfield.


Heritage 70, Houston Family 36


Billies to face Giddings in area playoffs Friday

RISING UP TO THE CUP — Wade Shepherd (1) goes for a layup while Clayton Braden (3) looks on Tuesday night during the Billies’ 84-70 bi-district win over Pleasanton. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —

Though it might not have come in the fashion that Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball head coach Tim Kaman would have wanted, the Billies clinched a bi-district championship Tuesday night, defeating Pleasanton, 85-70, at San Antonio Lee High School.

Fredericksburg, who bested rival Boerne 58-47 Feb. 12, will face District 26-3A runner-up Giddings in the area playoffs after the Buffaloes defeated Columbus, 63-50.

FHS and Giddings will face off Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the Austin ISD Berger Center gymnasium.

FHS 85, Pleasanton 70

Leading by double digits for most of the evening, the Billies held off several Eagle scoring bursts to defeat Pleasanton, 85-70, Tuesday night, capturing the bi-district championship.


Season slips away for Billie girls

FALLING TO THE FLOOR, Fredericksburg senior Allie Doucet (13) fights for a loose ball Friday night during the Billies' 37-34 area round loss to El Campo. -- Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team saw their season come to an end on Friday night when they were eliminated from post-season play by El Campo.

Playing in the area round at Goldie Harris Gym in Seguin, the District 27-3A third-place Billies fell to the Ladybirds, 37-34.

“Tonight just wasn’t our night,” said FHS head girls’ basketball coach Carrie Grona. “We hit 19 percent from the field and as my high school coach used to say, ‘we couldn’t hit water while sitting in the boat.’”

She said, “It was true, I saw more shots roll in and out tonight than I have my whole coaching career.”

Grona said, “Our goal all season was to hold teams to less than 40 points. Defensively, that’s a good night.”

“We gave it everything we had and pushed ahead by three at the end of the third quarter and El Campo shoots a last second shot from behind the half court line to tie it up,” Grona reported.


Billies to host Loth Track Relays this Saturday

Opening their regular season at home, the Fredericksburg High School track program will host the annual A.J. Loth Relays Saturday with field event relays beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the FHS Stadium.

Running relays will begin no earlier than noon and at least 30 minutes after the conclusion of field events, according to head track coach Dan Aldrich.

“Starting off with an all relay meet gives the athletes an opportunity to break the practice routine and compete against other schools in a relay format,” Aldrich said.

Schools are allowed to enter three athletes per field event and the combined best mark for each athlete will count toward their team total. The winning team in each event receives first place medals.

“We do not give other medals besides first place so that schools can focus on developing a team concept within each event and try to win a specific event if they choose,” Aldrich said.


Girls fall in three straight

CLOSING IN — (From left) Fredericksburg High School girls’ varsity soccer players Bailey Nicoson, Sadie Lopez, Fabiola Ibarra-Castro, Taylor Husfeld and goalkeeper Merisol Olvera work to prevent a Boerne Champion opponent from getting too close to the goal during their Feb. 14 soccer game. Champion shut out the Billies, 3-0. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Fredericksburg High School girls’ soccer has struggled in recent games, with shutout losses to Alamo Heights, Boerne Champion and Kerrville Tivy.

The FHS varsity lost to Alamo Heights, 8-0, on Feb. 18, then 3-0 to Boerne Champion on Feb. 14 and 2-0 to Kerrville Tivy on Feb. 11.

The junior varsity team played Tivy to a scoreless tie on Feb. 11.

The FHS JV lost to Alamo Heights, 0-6, and then to Boerne Champion, 0-7.

Following an open date on Friday, FHS will next play against Boerne. The varsity team will play the Lady Greyhounds at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, while the JV team will play Boerne at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24. Both games will be in Fredericksburg.

FHS varsity girls soccer

Head coach John Brock saw encouragement in his team’s 8-0 loss Tuesday night in San Antonio to Alamo Heights.


Boys' soccer shut out 3-0 by Alamo Heights Tuesday

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ soccer players continue to fight tooth-and-nail for their survival, even after last night’s 3-0 shutout blow dealt by San Antonio powerhouse Alamo Heights.

The stumble before home fans in FHS Stadium puts the Billies’ win-loss-tie count at 5-8-2 for the season as they reach their mid-way point in the District 54-4A contest.

The second half rotation of loop play begins with a 7 p.m. home bout against Boerne High School’s Greyhounds on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The Billies will head into that game having had a chance to rest up and recuperate with their open date this Friday, Feb. 21.

Alamo Heights 3 – FHS 0

“We played a really good game tonight against a good team,” said FHS Coach Shannon Petsch following his squad’s loss to the Mules at home.


Baseball to host annual Eberle-Boeck tournament

The Fredericksburg High School varsity baseball team will host the 28th annual Fredericksburg Eberle-Boeck Memorial Baseball Tournament Thursday through Saturday, following a 6-1 road loss at Burnet to open the regular season Monday.

Fredericksburg will host the six-team, round robin tournament, which also features teams from Antonian, Llano, McCallum, Regents and St. Andrew’s. The Billies will face Llano Thursday at 4:30 p.m. before taking on Regents Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Antonian at 7 p.m.

Saturday play will consist of three games based on seeding from pool play.

Burnet 6, FHS 1

Opening their regular season on the road, the Billies fell at Burnet 6-1 Monday evening.


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