Dr Pepper Open a hit with players

WITH HIS EYE on the ball, David Hendricks prepares to return a volley Friday morning during the first day of the 28th Annual Junior Dr Pepper Babolat Open Tennis Tournament held at Fredericksburg High School and Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Friday through Sunday. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —


Over 100 players participated in the 28th Annual Junior Dr Pepper — Babolat Open Tennis Tournament held at Fredericksburg High School and Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Friday through Sunday.

Young local players joined competitors from across the state in boys’ singles, girls’ singles, boys’ doubles, girls’ doubles and mixed doubles.

“We had a good turnout for the annual tourney, Fredericksburg High School tennis coach Randall King said. “Many Fredericksburg kids did very well. This tourney has always drawn mostly area towns and a few kids travel to get here.”

Jack Rochat of Hondo won all three divisions he competed in (U18 boys’ singles, U18 boys’ doubles and mixed doubles).

Fredericksburg’s Grace Igarta won two divisions (U16-18 girls’ doubles and mixed doubles), while finishing third in U16-18 girls’ singles.


Taking it all in stride

GOIN’ EASY ON THEM — At the conclusion of the camp, Anthony Prior was challenged to a race by his pupils, Bryce Beard (left) and Mac Jeffers (right). Prior accepted the challenge, but never put the pedal to the metal. —Standard Radio-Post/Austin Eck

By Austin Eck —


Some people are just born fast. They have the natural ability to run faster than their peers.

Anthony Prior is not one of those people. At age 16, Prior finished in last place on his junior varsity track team.

One year, Don Corry, a speed coach and former Olympian, came to help Prior’s track team. Corry helped show Prior the proper running techniques.

“That was my point of ignition,” Prior said. “That was when I got it because he made it simple; he made it relevant and repetitious.”

With Prior’s newfound speed came confidence to compete, and he joined the football team. Playing football forced him to continue on his running technique and becoming better, he said.  

After high school, he received a scholarship from Washington State University to play football from 1988-1991.


Second weekend of racing draws crowd to fair grounds

IN A DEAD HEAT, horses in the second race Sunday afternoon during the Texas Fest Race Meet at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, including (from left) the Number 5 horse “Holme Alone,” the Number 4 horse “Baby Bank,” the Number 3 horse “Db Dancing Bear,” the Number 1 horse “Inkys Tres Seis,” and the Number 2 horse “Form From Sixes,” compete in the 400 yard race won by the Number 7 horse “Blue Nova.” The next competition, the Gillespie County Race Meet, will be held Aug. 10-11. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

A second weekend of live-pari-mutuel horse racing returned to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday with the Texas Fest Race Meet.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day meet at the local five eighths mile oval drew a total of 2,622 racing fans who wagered a total of $258,442 on 24 races. The total payout to bettors was $202,481.90.

On Saturday, the Texas Fest Race Meet drew 1,670 fans who wagered $155,033 on 12 races. The payout to bettors on Saturday was $121,753.20.

Then, on Sunday, 952 fans wagered $103,409 on 12 races. The payout was $80,728.70.

“We had a good race meet,” said Edward Stroeher, president of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. “The weather was nice and I thought everything all went well.”

Texas Fest Weekend also included a two-day CASI-sanctioned chili cook-off.


Fredericksburg varsity football season tickets on sale Monday

Season tickets for the 2013 Fredericksburg High School varsity football games will go on sale beginning July 29. 

Current season ticket holders can renew their seats at $30 per seat, Monday, July 29 through Thursday, Aug. 1 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 3–6 p.m. at the FHS Field House.

Current season ticket holders who are unable to come by during these times may contact the FHS Athletic Office.

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Hubertus shooting club to host annual Schuetzenfest

Sharpshooters from throughout Gillespie County will gather Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, for the 118th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest, hosted this year by the Hubertus Shooting Club at the Bear Creek range.

Shooters can sign up for the event Monday through Wednesday, July 29-31, at Stroeher and Olfers, Inc. Cost to sign up is $35.

When Fredericksburg was founded in the mid-1840s, inhabitants relied on sharpshooting skills to put food on their tables as well as to insure safety. And, while methods of providing sustenance and common welfare may have modernized over the years that followed, the commitment to expert marksmanship still lives on.


Bettors wager $285,442 at race track this weekend

Twenty-four races were run on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Texas Fest Race Meet at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Over the two days of racing, 2,622 fans wagered $258,442 at the local Class III five-eighths mile track.

Of the total wagering handle, $202,481.90 was paid out to the bettors.

Below are results for the top three finishers for the two days of racing at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

(More information on the weekend race meet can be found in a separate article.)


Saturday’s Results

First race — $5,000, thoroughbred maiden, 3YO and up, 4 furlongs. Exacta — $79.00, Quinella — $78.20, Trifecta (4-5-2) — $2,079.00.

4 — Lawhon             10.00    6.80    4.20

5 — Sleweze                        9.00    6.80

2 — Notionals Prayer                       4.00



Eddie Behrends wins shootoff to take annual Vorfest title

Despite a 45-minute rain delay, the Gillespie County Schuetzenbund’s Vorfest was hosted Sunday, July 20, by the Hubertus Shooting Club at the Bear Creek range.

Eddie Behrends won in a three-way shoot-off in the centerfire competition with a 58, defeating Willie Frantzen (56) and Leland Ottmers (50) after all three competitors shot a 58 in the regular event.

Top rimfire competitor was Sharon Enderlin, who recorded a score just four points back at 54.

Vorfest serves as a precursor to the county’s biggest shooting draw of the year — the 118th Annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest — which will unite the county’s shooting clubs in competition on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4. The Hubertus Shooting Club will play host to this year’s event at the Bear Creek range.

The complete results of Vorfest shooters are as follows:


Schuetzenbund Vorfest

(* denotes rimfire shooters)


Pari-mutuel season off to fast start at fair grounds

SEEMINGLY battling it out for first and second in the seventh race of the July Fourth Weekend Race Meet on Saturday, July 6, these two horses were soon to be overshadowed in the final part of the home stretch by the Number 10 horse, "Jumpinjulesjenkins." At the final line, Number 1, "King Coydoede" did manage to hold its lead for second place over the Number 6 horse "South Senjet." — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

It was another fast start to the live pari-mutuel horse racing season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds with the running of the July Fourth Weekend Race Meet.

A total of 22 races were run on Saturday and Sunday at the Class III facility to kick off the eight-day 2013 summer season.

The two-day meet at the five-eighths mile oval drew a total of 4,393 racing fans who wagered $307,474.

On Saturday, 2,938 fans wagered $173,158 and on Sunday, 1,455 fans wagered $134,316.

Of the $307,474 wagering handle, $240,158.20 was paid back to the bettors.

That included $135,507.10 on Saturday and $104,651.10 on Sunday.


FYBA all-stars slide into state, sectional tournaments

By Austin Eck

Fredericksburg Youth Baseball Association saw All-star teams advance to sectionals, falter in state contests and fail to advance out of district tournament play.

Junior Baseball, Minor and Major Softball All-stars continue their tournament play with sectional games.

Fredericksburg’s Intermediate Boys (50/70) Baseball All-star team advanced to state, the first time in over 20 years that a team has advanced that far, but lost its first two games.

Minor baseball All-stars were eliminated from district tournament play.


Junior Baseball

During the past week, FYBA Junior Baseball All-stars continued their district tournament.

On Monday night, July 1, they defeated the All-star team from Llano with an 8-7 win.

The winning pitcher was Hayden Schneider. The closer for Fredericksburg was Neil Loth. Together Schneider and Loth threw nine strikeouts.


Magazine picks Billies to make first playoff appearance since 2007

Projections for how the Fredericksburg, Harper and Heritage high school football teams will fare during the coming school year were announced recently in the 2013 issue of “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.”

Fredericksburg, which finished 5-5 (1-4 district) in 2012, is expected to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007 by finishing fourth in District 27-3A.

Recent changes to UIL rules will allow for a fourth team to make the playoffs in Class 3A, clearing the way for Fredericksburg’s projected finish.

Meanwhile, Harper is projected to fall short of the Class 1A-DI playoffs with a fifth place finish in Division’s I District 14-1A after the Longhorns went 1-9 (0-5 district) in 2012.


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