Sports

Wed
29
May

Hill Country Buzz not limited to the field

 By Austin Eck —   

 

It is a dream that many kids have dreamed. It’s a dream that drives a boy to stay late at the gym shooting free throws or drives a girl to practice dribbling a soccer ball until her legs are sore. The same dream motivates a quarterback to practice throws with a receiver until they cannot see the ball anymore, and the same dream keeps a baseball player in the batting cage until he can hardly lift the bat.  The dream is to play collegiate sports.

Lavelle Morgan, like so many other kids, shared that dream, and his dream came true. Morgan played in leagues beyond high school including in the minor leagues for the San Diego Padres and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Wed
29
May

Longhorns place 11 on all-district baseball team

 

Following an unbeaten District 29-1A record during the recently concluded baseball season, Harper High School placed 11 players on the All-District team.

The Longhorns compiled an 8-0 league mark to give them the league regular season championship. Harper advanced to the Region IV quarterfinals before being ousted by Center Point, 10-3 and 7-2, in a best-of-three series played at Fredericksburg High School.

Senior Dalton Sembritzky was named the district’s Most Valuable Player with Offensive MVP honors going to sophomore Guy Stevenson.

First Team recognition went to Mile Menzies (catcher, senior), Preston Adkins (designated hitter, junior), Drew Vick (utility player, senior), Hector Jacobo (outfielder, senior), and Dylan Myers (infielder, senior).

Wed
29
May

Ten Harper girls named to all-district softball team

Ten members of the 2013 Harper High School varsity softball team were recently named to the District 29-1A softball teams.

Those Ladyhorns who earned the recognition for First Team honors were Taya Beyer, Courtney Ahrns and Kendall Baethge.

Shelby Koenig received Newcomer of the Year recognition.

Second Team honors went to Baley Felts and Dayzee Treiber.

Four other members — Daspyn Esquell, Megan Myers, Hunter McDonald and Tiffany Adair — were placed on the Honorable Mention squad.

After finishing the regular season in third place, Harper earned the number three seed into the UIL Region IV 1A playoffs for the first time in school history.

Wed
22
May

Harper baseball knocked out of playoffs


TURNING TWO — After stepping on second base for the force out Pirate runner Alan Zendejo, Harper infielder Lane Fajkus throws on to first for the second half of a double play Saturday against Center Point in 1-A baseball playoff action held on the Fredericksburg High School field. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Holding a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth frame on Saturday, it began to look like Harper might force a third game in the best-of-three UIL Region IV 1-A baseball series.

But extending the playoff just wasn’t in the cards as Center Point stormed back with seven runs in the last of the sixth frame to eliminate the Longhorns, 7-2.

The Pirates had defeated Harper by a 10-3 margin Thursday evening to begin the series.

Both games were played on the Fredericksburg High School diamond.

Center Point will advance in post-season action to face Flatonia in the regional semifinals later this week.

Wed
22
May

Kaman, Cook coach all-star basketball team

Fredericksburg High School’s boys’ basketball coaches had an opportunity to coach after the season was over. Head coach Tim Kaman was voted to coach an A-AAA all-star team.

Kaman was selected to coach the all-star team by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. He selected assistant coach Jonathan Cook to help him coach the red team. 

Kaman and Cook had two practices to teach their team some plays and get the players comfortable with each other. With little time to build an offensive system, they allowed the players to play.  

“Basically, with all that talent, you just roll the ball out and let them play,” Kaman said.

Wed
22
May

Harper's Reid named TGCA all-star coach

Harper High School head girls’ track coach Will Reid has been named one of the track all-star coaches for 1-A, 2-A and 3-A schools in the 2013 Summer Clinic, according to the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

A native of Sweeny, Reid attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was a pole vaulter on the track and field team. After graduating from UT in 1983 with a BS in education with minors in math and economics, he began his coaching career.

Reid is currently in his sixth year at Harper, where he also serves as cross country coach.

He mentioned that one of his great thrills in life was to see and coach his two daughters — Taylor and Payton — in the recent UIL state 1-A track and field championships.

“I cannot tell you enough how special that was to watch both girls run at the state track meet for me both as their coach and their dad, as well as for my wife, Wendi, also a teacher here at Harper,” Reid said.

Wed
15
May

Guerrero leaps to bronze at state track meet


BRONZE AGE — For her leap of 17’4.5”, Harper High School’s Alexa Guerrero earned a bronze medal in the long jump event during the past weekend’s state UIL 1A track and field championships held at the University of Texas at Austin. — Photo courtesy Melanie Parker, Harper High School

Three school records were topped by the contingent of athletes from Harper High School who took part in last weekend’s state UIL 1A track and field championships held on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

Earning a bronze medal for her third place finish in the girls’ long jump was HHS senior Alexa Guerrero whose best effort covered 17’4.5” and good enough to rewrite the previous school mark. Meanwhile, in the boys’ discus throw event, Dalton Sembritzky finished sixth in state when he tossed for another HHS record when his attempt covered 154’2”.

Harper’s girls took sixth place in the 1,600-meter relay in a record-setting time of 4:06.56. The team is made up of Sydney Collins, Payton Reid, Megan Myers, Taylor Reid, and alternate Chrissie Bryant.

Wed
15
May

Studebaker fifth, Crenwelge sixth at state track

Two Fredericksburg High School athletes finished just shy of the medal stand Saturday at the UIL State 3A Track and Field Meet at the University of Texas in Austin.

Sophomore Sam Studebaker improved his 800 meter run time by one second to finish fifth at state with an official time of 2:00.75.

“We are excited to have Sam in the program for two more years and look forward to continuing to help him improve his time to help him return to the state meet again next year,” FHS head coach Dan Aldrich said.

Studebaker qualified for state by finishing second at the Region IV-3A meet with a time of 2:01.83.

Senior Jacquelyn Crenwelge cut her season best time four seconds to finish sixth in the 1600 meter run at state with an official time of 5:20.02.

Wed
15
May

Heritage girls win TAPPS state track title


CHAMPIONS, AGAIN! — For the second consecutive year, the girls’ track and field team from Heritage School brought home the state TAPPS 1A championship. The most recent title was earned this past Friday and Saturday at Baylor University in Waco. This year’s squad is made up of the following members: left to right — Coaches Brad and Lisa Sultemeier, Lindsey Pressler, Savannah Morrow, Coach Matt Hoermann, Victoria Hughes, Sarah Andrews, Jamie Hoermann, Coach Jeremy Wentrcek, Kami Jones and Claire Pedregon. Not pictured is Hannah Mills.

The girls and boys on Heritage School’s track and field teams spent last Friday and Saturday setting a dozen personal bests while competing in the TAPPS state 1A championships held at Baylor University in Waco.

With those extra efforts, the girls captured first place with a total of 129 points, 44 points away from second place finisher Fort Worth Covenant Classical, while the Eagle boys took home fifth with 40 points, one point shy of a fourth place finish.

The Lady Eagles also won last year’s track and field state championship, as did the Heritage boys.

Kami Jones grabbed three individual gold medals, taking the top spot in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes and the high jump. She also earned another gold as a member of the top girls’ 4x100-meter relay team (along with Sarah Morrow, Victoria Hughes and Claire Pedregon).

Pedregon took first place in the 100-meter hurdles event.

Wed
15
May

Harper baseball advances to regional quarterfinals

Dalton Sembritzky scattered two hits while striking out nine batters to help Harper High School breeze past Woodsboro 14-1 in the area round of UIL Region IV-1A baseball playoffs.

Sembritzky issued only one base-on-balls to the Eagles.

The one-game series, which was played Saturday afternoon in New Braunfels, was called after five innings under the 10-run mercy rule.

The Longhorns will now take on the Center Point Pirates in a best-of-three series that’ll open Thursday night at 7 p.m. on the Fredericksburg High School diamond.

The second contest is scheduled for Saturday in Fredericksburg, beginning at 11:30 a.m. A third game, if needed, will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two, also on the FHS field.

Admission will be $4 for adults and $2 for students.

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