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14
Aug

Billies outlast Longhorns in five-set battle


CELEBRATING a big kill were Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball players (from left) Ali Doucet, Taylor Kitchens, Monica Montgomery, Kiersten Kott, Kara Kyzar, Payton Robertson, (on bench) Kendyl Stevens, Ann Blackmon and Ashley Penick. Monday’s “Battle of Gillespie County” saw the Billies defeat Harper 25-8, 13-25, 25-19, 31-33, 15-13 in the season opener for both schools. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

 By Matt Ward — 

 

Monday’s regular season opener for both the Class 3A Fredericksburg High School and Class 1A Harper High School varsity volleyball teams, dubbed “The Battle of Gillespie County,” turned into an all-out war as the Billies prevailed in a grueling five set match in the FHS gymnasium over the visiting Longhorns.

“What a match! A roller coaster and we survived,” FHS head coach Jason Roemer said. “I thought both teams did some things well and then had problems executing in certain stretches of the match.”

After the smoke cleared, Fredericksburg came out on top, winning 25-8, 13-25, 25-19, 31-33, 15-13.

“What a great match to start the season,” Harper head coach Gina Lumpkins said. “Fredericksburg is always such a competitive, friendly rivalry. We know their program is always strong, and they challenge us to compete.”

Wed
14
Aug

Volleyball cruises to win over Marble Falls

 

 

By Matt Ward —

 

Dominating the net, the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team cruised to a three set road win Tuesday, Aug. 13, over Marble Falls — 25-10, 25-16, 25-13.

Fredericksburg will compete in the Austin ISD tournament this weekend. Pool play begins tomorrow, Aug. 15, when the Billies will face Austin Travis at 10 a.m., Killeen Shoemaker at noon and Austin High at 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, Aug. 20, Fredericksburg will head back on the road to face La Vernia at 6 p.m.

“The kids are having fun right now,” said head coach Jason Roemer. “We have the ability to play at a pretty high level and all the smiles and laughter makes the tough times better and especially makes the sore bodies not feel so bad this week.”

Wed
14
Aug

Football practice about 'doing ordinary extraordinarily'


FOLLOW THE LEADER — Watching for movement on the football, cornerbacks (from left) Mac Jeffers, Joaquin Rivera, Paco Martinez and Matthew McManigle wait for Coach Terry Crenwelge to make a move early Friday morning during the Billies’ “Midnight Madness” practice. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —

 

This season, for the first time in head coach Lance Moffett’s three-year tenure at Fredericksburg High School, there will be names printed on the backs of varsity football players’ jerseys.

However, the uniforms will not carry familiar surnames like Geistweidt, Crenwelge or Grona.

Each jersey will spell out the same message — one that unifies the Billies and Fredericksburg High School as a whole: Über Alles.

“If you are in the stands, that’s what you’re going to see: Über Alles. The idea is that the F on the front (of the jersey) is above all and above me,” Moffett said Monday. “We’re going to put the team above all. We’re going to put our teammates above ourselves. We’re in this together and when times get tough, it’s going to be about the guy next to me.”

Wed
14
Aug

Harper volleyball splits matches at Brackett


ATTEMPTING to slip a shot between two Fredericksburg blockers, Harper’s Macie Lumpkins (center) goes for one of her nine kills Monday during the Longhorns’ five set loss to FHS. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

The Harper varsity volleyball team split matches Tuesday evening, downing host Brackett in three straight games — 25-12, 25-20, 25-19 — before dropping three close games to Del Rio — 21-25, 20-25, 23-25.

The Ladyhorns (1-2) will next take part in the Copperas Cove Tournament tomorrow, Aug. 15. They are first scheduled to play Rockdale at 9 a.m.

Following that tourney, the girls will host Ingram in the Harper Gymnasium, beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

During Tuesday’s matches, Taylor Reid led the way with 16 kills and 29 assists, while teammate Macie Lumpkins added another 24 assists.

Sarah Whitten put in an 11-of-11 effort from the service line in the match with Del Rio. Also against Del Rio, Courtney Arhns registered 18 digs.

Wed
14
Aug

Things look ‘bright’ for Heritage football


WORKING on their exchanges in the backfield are Heritage Eagles Joe Meek, left, and Parker Pattillo. Heritage opens the season by hosting San Antonio Atonement on Friday, Aug. 30. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt —

 

With a rich history of winning games, including five TAPPS 1-A six-man titles since 2004, the Heritage School football team is approaching the upcoming season with “a lot of excitement,” according to head coach Tim Shipman.

And it’s easy to understand such enthusiasm. After all, returning are  four of six Eagle starters from last year’s squad that finished second in the state, dropping the title to District 4 rival Seguin Lifegate in December 2012.

“We are hungry for more,” Shipman said, adding, “We are bringing in a strong experienced freshman class.”

Also, with the addition of permanent stadium lights on the field this year, the Heritage mentor added that “no pun intended, but the future looks bright.”

Despite the rosy outlook on paper, the Eagles are taking nothing for granted this year and realize that they must earn every victory in 2013, Shipman said.

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.”

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