Sports

Wed
14
Aug

Eagle volleyball to host OLH Friday

 By Danny Hirt — 

 

Heritage School’s volleyball team opened its 2013 season with a home win last night, Aug. 13, after capturing three of its four games against visiting Austin Waldorf.

The Lady Eagles edged their visitors 25-23 in the first contest, dropped a 22-25 decision in the second, but rallied in the next two contests, 26-24 and 25-21.

Heritage will face Our Lady of the Hills (OLH) Friday, Aug. 16, in the Fredericksburg First Baptist Church gymnasium. The junior varsity teams will face-off at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 7 p.m.

Lady Eagles’ head coach Carol Bell was impressed with her team’s performance.

Wed
07
Aug

Billies come out strong on first day of training camp

By Matt Ward

 

In year three of his tenure, Fredericksburg High School head football coach Lance Moffett and his staff have a lot less teaching to do on the first day of training camp.

As a result, the amount of work done and the speed practice runs at dramatically increased at Monday’s first morning practice, making Moffett even more excited about the prospects of the upcoming season.

“I’m excited about the way we showed up for camp. The buzz right now is that this was the best first day (of practice) we’ve had since we’ve been here,” Moffett said. “The kids were ready. They’ve been looking forward to it for a long time and I think they performed well.”

 

Numbers game

While attendance on the first day wasn’t what he thought it might be, the program has grown in each of Moffett’s three seasons with 107 players reporting in 2011, 118 reporting in 2012 and 130 reporting on Monday.

Wed
07
Aug

Season opener Monday first test for FHS volleyball

By Matt Ward

 

With the first two days of the preseason Monday and Tuesday serving as tryouts, there is no roster hanging in the Fredericksburg High School gymnasium for this year’s varsity volleyball team.

In its place hang the words “Better Your Best,” the Billies’ motto for the 2013 season.

“With a relatively young team and players in new roles, we are stressing to them to give their best each day in the gym and simply work to improve each time they walk through the doors of our gym,” head coach Jason Roemer said.

“We will play over 40 matches this year, so if we give our best efforts each night we play and work hard every day in the practice gym to get better than what we were yesterday, we will be successful,” he added.

The first regular season test for Fredericksburg will come Monday when FHS hosts the Harper Longhorns in the annual “Battle of Gillespie County.” Varsity play is set for 7 p.m.

Wed
07
Aug

Longhorns look to change luck heading into new season

By Danny Hirt

 

Following last year’s 1-9 overall record (0-5 in District 14 1-A, Division I), the only way Harper High School can go in 2013 is up.

And that’s what the Longhorns are hoping to do when this season’s campaign kicks off when HHS travels to San Angelo Grape Creek on Friday, Aug. 31.

After dropping a close 30-28 decision to Grape Creek last year, the ’Horns looked as if they were headed to a decent season when they captured a come-from-behind 20-14 victory over Eldorado the next week.

But all hope of a reasonable record crumbled when Harper headed down a rabbit hole in the wake of an eight-game losing streak for the remainder of the year.

But that was last year, and the new season at Harper approaches with guarded optimism for head coach Cody White and his troops.

Wed
07
Aug

Netters swing into preseason Tuesday

By Austin Eck

 

The new tennis season will begin as the Fredericksburg High School tennis players report for the first day of practice.

All returning players, incoming freshman and transfer students need to be present at 7 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the FHS tennis courts for the first day of drills.

Before participating in practice, all students need to have the appropriate paperwork on file at the athletic office.

Players need to show up with “a racket and a good attitude,” said tennis head coach Randall King.

The tennis team has one week to practice before they begin match play against O’Connor High School on Aug. 21.

For the first time in five years, team tennis will be held in the fall rather than mid-way through spring.  

“We are actually working toward a playoff appearance in the fall,” said King. “Now, our practices and matches have a little more value.”

Wed
31
Jul

Billies line up for new season Monday


SUMMER SWEAT — Area seventh, eighth and ninth graders took part in a football camp, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Community Education program. Above, Coach Shane Willis gets down and dirty with potential Billie linemen during a field-goal situation drill. Linemen visible, from left, include Noah Gildersleeve, Levi Crawford, John Adam Castaneda and Ryan Cates (snapping). Behind Cates are Eston Epton, Jaime Ortega and Mark Lackey. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Matt Ward —

 

For Lance Moffett, the wait is almost over.

Nine months after the Billies ended their first non-losing season in five years, the quest for a playoff berth begins at 7 a.m. Monday as the Fredericksburg High School head football coach and his staff are set to welcome 125-140 players for the first day of training camp.

A special football parents’ meeting will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the FHS gymnasium followed by the first Billie Boosters meeting of the year.

Fredericksburg will participate in four days of practice in shorts and t-shirts before suiting up in full pads in a special midnight practice Friday, Aug. 9.

 

‘Miraculous’ offseason

Heading into year three as head coach, Moffett said this year’s team will be the most physical squad in his tenure at Fredericksburg.

Wed
31
Jul

Volleyball to open preseason Monday

By Matt Ward —

 

Sports analysts like to put teams into boxes when predicting how each season is going to go.

There are young teams with raw talent that lack experience and there are old teams, battle-tested and gritty, and then there’s the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team.

“Everyone keeps asking me ‘What type of team are you going to have? Are you young? Experienced?’ It’s a mix,” head coach Jason Roemer said.

Roemer and his staff will begin the process of determining exactly what type of team the Billies will be in 2013 on Monday with two days of tryouts for freshmen through varsity players.

Fredericksburg has a strong core of returning talent, led by all-state libero Payton Robertson, all-district middle blocker Allie Doucet and all-district setter Monica Montgomery.

Wed
31
Jul

Runners to begin Tuesday

By Matt Ward —

 

Ready to compete for a spot at state after missing out by one place in 2012, the Fredericksburg High School cross country teams will begin fall practices Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Incoming freshmen will meet from 8-9:30 a.m. with the remaining athletes set for a 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. workout.

Athletes will meet at Fredericksburg High School behind the gymnasium for a classroom session on UIL updates and safety training, head coach Dan Aldrich said.

“Once we complete the training, we will begin our season with a mile time trial on day one and a two-mile trial on day two to see who completed their summer mileage,” he said. “It is recommended that everyone show up with a new pair of light running shoes, a sport water bottle, and light clothing since we will train in the heat.”

Wed
31
Jul

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.

Wed
31
Jul

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.

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