Sports

Wed
06
Nov

Harper volleyball to play at area Thursday

By Danny Hirt —

 

It’ll be back to the court later this week when District 27-1A volleyball champion Harper returns to action in the Region IV playoffs.

The Ladyhorns, who won the league title with a perfect 10-0 record (30-6 overall), will play Weimar in the Area round slated for Thursday evening in Gonzales. The match will start at 5 p.m.

Weimar advanced by defeating Snook Tuesday night in the bi-district round 3-0 (25-20, 25-4, 25-17).

Harper is currently ranked ninth in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 1A standings.

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Wed
06
Nov

Harper runners advance to state

By Danny Hirt —

 

Both Harper High School cross country teams — girls and boys — will be represented in the UIL state championships slated for this Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

The girls’ squad captured the top spot in last week’s Region IV meet held Nov. 2 in San Antonio and has qualified as a team for the state finals. The championship was the Harper girls’ second regional crown in the last two years.

Meanwhile, the Harper boys finished in fourth place in San Antonio, just missing out on a trip to Round Rock. However, the Longhorns’ Micah Middleton, who came in sixth with a time of 16:54, will run as an individual contestant at Saturday’s meet.

The Harper girls will run at 9 a.m., with Middleton scheduled to start at 9:20 a.m.

Wed
06
Nov

Heritage football drops nail biter

By Danny Hirt —

 

Football has been described as a game of inches.

For the Heritage School Eagles in their 27-26 loss Friday, they came up 12 inches short of tying their “Flight Night” game with visiting Seguin Lifegate and forcing an overtime period in TAPPS District 4, Division II, six-man football action.

Trailing by as much as 21 points (27-6) in the third period, the Eagles thundered back with three touchdowns in the final stanza to draw the game to within a single point, 27-26. That last TD came from a Joe Meek four-yard pass to teammate Joe Lucas with only one second remaining in the game.

Wed
06
Nov

Heritage volleyball falls in second round of playoffs

By Danny Hirt —

 

Heritage came close to winning its area round volleyball match Saturday against San Marcos Hill Country, but just not close enough as the Lady Eagles were ousted from the state TAPPS 1A playoff action in four games — 16-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-27.

The loss came on the heels of Heritage’s three-game victory at Waxahachie Preparatory in the bi-district round of post-season play.

 

Eagles fall at area

After trading wins in the first two contests (16-25 and 25-18), the Lady Eagles found the going tough as they dropped the final two games to San Marcos Hill Country by the narrowest of margins in Saturday’s TAPPS playoff road match — 23-25 and 25-27.

Sat
02
Nov

Billies clinch District 27-3A title Friday

With a 36-21 road victory at Wimberley Friday night, the Fredericksburg High School varsity football clinched the District 27-3A championship — their first district title since 1998. FHS will host Bandera in their regular season finale next week.

The Billies' district championship clinching win was named the KVUE Game of the Week. Highlights can be found at: http://www.kvue.com/sports/friday-football-fever/game-of-the-week/Game-of-the-Week-27-3A-Fredericksburg-vs-Wimberley-230149511.html

After defeating Port Isabel 19-0 and Wharton 10-2, the FHS varsity tennis team advanced to the state team tennis tournament next weekend. The Billies will play tomorrow morning in the regional finals, though both regional finalists will advance to state competition.

Wed
30
Oct

Billies clinch playoffs with last second win over Navarro


SMOTHERING a Panther running back, Billie defensive players (identifiable from left) Wade Davis (52), Sebastian Ortega (30) and Brayden Beard (7) pile up to make a gang tackle Friday evening during Fredericksburg’s come-from-behind 31-29 victory at Geronimo Navarro. Gustavo Ortiz’s 37-yard field goal as time expired clinched the first FHS postseason appearance since 2007. The Billies can clinch a District 27-3A championship with a victory at Wimberley this Friday at 7:30 p.m. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —

 

Down by one point late in the fourth quarter, out of timeouts, without the ball and running out of hope, the Billies somehow pulled off the near impossible.

In one of the most unlikely scenarios befitting perhaps only a sports film, the Fredericksburg High School varsity football team rallied back to defeat Geronimo Navarro 31-29 on the road Friday to clinch their first playoff berth since 2007 and put themselves in position to win their first district title since 1998.

“God is good. That’s all I can say,” FHS head coach Lance Moffett said after the game. “God has been with us from the day Sam Herrera died and he took care of us tonight. These kids did a great job.”

Ultimately, the Billies’ fate came down to a four-play sequence at the end of regulation that would make or break their chances for a potential district championship.

 

Wed
30
Oct

School trustees to decide future of stadium project

By Matt Ward —

 

Under ideal circumstances, Fredericksburg High School athletic director and head football coach Lance Moffett would never broach the subject of a pricey project to install synthetic turf at FHS Stadium.

The self-proclaimed “grass guy” readily admits to loving old-school football with its leather helmets, old uniforms and the smell of freshly-cut grass.

Unfortunately, drought conditions in the Texas Hill Country have made both practices and games more dangerous for Fredericksburg football and soccer athletes as game and practice fields deteriorate and crack, causing increased safety concerns for both Moffett and FISD Superintendent Marc Williamson.

Wed
30
Oct

Volleyball ends regular season tied for second

By Matt Ward —

 

Splitting their final two regular season matches, the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team will enter the UIL playoffs tied as the District 27-3A runner-up with Geronimo Navarro after falling to the Panthers on the road in four sets Friday.

Depending on the outcome of a tiebreaker between the two schools, the 25th-ranked Billies will face either Pleasanton or Somerset early next week in the bi-district round. Additional FHS playoff information will be available on the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post website as it is announced.

Last night, the Billies defeated Canyon Lake 25-18, 25-21, 29-27 at home to clinch a share of second place in district. On Friday, FHS fell at Navarro 15-25, 20-25, 25-17, 19-25.

Ending the regular season with a 22-19 (7-3 district) record, head coach Jason Roemer said his team “felt like we gave some matches away.”

Wed
30
Oct

Billies to face Wimberley on road Friday

By Matt Ward —

 

Records don’t matter to Fredericksburg High School varsity football coach Lance Moffett.

At least not when it comes to the Wimberley Texans.

“They have a great program, they’re two years removed from winning the state championship and I don’t care about their record,” Moffett said Monday. “They’re 3-5, but that has no bearing on this football game. They have the potential to be a great football team, they haven’t necessarily shown it this year, but they might show it this week.”

The Billies, who sit at 7-1 (3-0), visit the 3-5 (1-2) Texans Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in a game that could lock up a District 27-3A championship for FHS after the 33rd ranked team in Class 3A defeated 18th ranked Geronimo Navarro 31-29 on the road last week to clinch their first playoff berth since 2007.

Wed
30
Oct

Cross country to compete at regionals Saturday

By Richard Zowie —

 

Fredericksburg High School’s varsity cross country teams both raced to second-place finishes at the Oct. 23 District 27-3A meet at Bandera City Park and earned a spot at regionals.

Both teams earned 56 points: the boys varsity finished behind first-place Boerne (29 points) while the girls varsity finished behind first-place Bandera (35).

The Region IV-3A meet will be Saturday, Nov. 2 at the University of Texas-San Antonio. The varsity girls will begin their race at 10:40 a.m., and the varsity boys at 11:10 a.m.

Freshman Clarissa Sanchez’s first-place and Jose Meza’s fifth-place individual varsity finishes led the way for the cross country teams.

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