Sports

Wed
14
May

Billies just shy of state medals

Competing against Texas’ best, three Fredericksburg High School athletes earned points in their divisions at the State 3A University Interscholastic League Track and Field Meet on Friday and Saturday in Austin.

Samuel Studebaker finished fourth in the boys’ 800 meter run, Chase Whiting was fourth in the girls’ 100 meter hurdles and Lauren Smith was sixth in the girls’ pole vault.

The state meet was held at Mike Myers Stadium on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Samuel Studebaker

Studebaker’s appearance at the state meet was the second for the FHS junior.

And with a time of 1:59.55, Studebaker was fourth in the 800 meter run.

“Our goal for Sam was to return to the state meet, which he did, and to improve upon his finish from last year,” said head track coach Dan Aldrich.

Wed
14
May

White earns bronze at state track meet

By Danny Hirt —

Six members of the Harper High School girls’ track team participated in the UIL 1A State Track and Field Meet held Friday on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

One runner — Logan White — managed to get to the finals podium with a third place finish in the 100 meter hurdles in a bronze medal-winning time of 15.31.

As a team, the Ladyhorns finished the meet in ninth place in the Division I standings.

The relay team of Sydney Collins, Taylor Reid, Payton Reid, and Megan Myers took fourth place in the 4x200 meter event in a time of 1:47.17, setting a school record in the process.

Wed
14
May

Walk-off homer seals victory as Harper edges Center Point

By Danny Hirt —

Despite losing their first game to Center Point in a best-of-three scenario Friday by a 2-0 score, the Harper High School Ladyhorns bounced back to win the next two contests, 12-2 and 8-7, and will now advance in the Region IV-1A softball playoffs to the regional semifinal round.

District 29-1A representative Harper, 21-8 and ranked sixth in the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association 1A poll, will now face No. 7 Shiner in a two-out-of-three playoff set for Friday and Saturday on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos. The first game starts at 7 p.m. Friday, with Game Two to be played Saturday at 2 p.m. A third contest, if needed, will be held later on Saturday.

Wed
07
May

Heritage second at state TAPPS track meet


The Heritage School track teams, including (front row, from left) Coach Matt Hoermann, Jamie Hoermann, Kami Jones, Lindsey Pressler, Coach Lisa Sultemeier, Claire Pedregon, (back row) Coach Jeremy Wentrcek, Elliott Grimes, manager Jackson Bernard, Chad Johnson, Joe Lucas, Leighton Klepac, Skylar Kitzmiller, Jacob Huser, Parker Given, manager Jonathan Tucker and Coach Brad Sultemeier, finished in second place Friday and Saturday at the TAPPS state 1A track and field championships at Baylor University in Waco. Not pictured is Cameron Gunter. — Photo courtesy Helena Pedregon

By Danny Hirt

Heritage School captured second place in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions of the TAPPS state 1A track and field championships held Friday and Saturday at Baylor University in Waco.

In both cases, the Eagles finished just a few points behind Amarillo Ascension.

The Heritage boys were led by Chad Johnson who earned four first place awards — in the high jump, pole vault, 300 meter hurdles, and as a member of the 4x400 meter relay team (along with Skylar Kitzmiller, Parker Given and Joe Lucas).

Last week’s victory in the pole vault event was his fourth in that sport during the past four years (see separate story).

For the Heritage girls, Kami Jones took first place in three events — pole vault, 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash — while teammate Claire Pedregon brought home two gold medals (triple jump and 100 meter hurdles).

Wed
07
May

Chad Johnson earns fourth TAPPS pole vault championship

By Danny Hirt

It’s been said that lightning never strikes the same place twice.

For Heritage School’s Chad Johnson, however, the number of strikes is more like four times.

Last week, Johnson picked up his fourth consecutive pole vaulting gold medal during the TAPPS 1A track and field championships held on the Baylor University campus in Waco.

In 2011, Johnson’s freshman year, he took home the crown with a height of nine feet even. From there, he improved every year — to 11 feet in 2012 and 13 feet in 2013 — until he reached the heavens with a vault that registered 14’6”.

Suffering from a high ankle sprain he’d suffered in the past few weeks, Johnson was not able to prepare himself physically the way he’d have liked. “A lot of the time I just visualized,” Johnson said. This type of practice, while not recommended, actually allowed Johnson to improve his form.

Wed
07
May

Three Billies to compete at state track

Three Fredericksburg High School athletes will represent their school this weekend at the University Interscholastic League 3A State Track and Field Meet, held at the University of Texas in Austin.

Sophomore Lauren Smith will compete Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the girls’ pole vault, junior Sam Studebaker will compete in the boys’ 800 meter run Saturday around 12:15 p.m. followed by sophomore Chase Whiting, who will run in the girls’ 100 meter hurdles Saturday around 12:20 p.m.

“For the past week and half, our three athletes have been working extremely hard and are focused to attempt to represent FHS,” head coach Dan Aldrich said. “The chance of making it to state each year in 3A is around 1.6 percent. That is a very small chance and we are excited about the opportunity that lies before us this weekend. For all three athletes, the chance of medaling in the top three spots is closer that some may think.”

Wed
07
May

Baseball falls to La Vernia

The young Fredericksburg High School varsity baseball team ended their season Friday night, falling at La Vernia 15-3 in the bi-district round of the University Interscholastic League playoffs.

“These kids fought their tails off all season. Just to get the opportunity to play in the playoffs was a tremendous accomplishment, considering all of the adversities throughout the season,” Fredericksburg head coach Derrick Dietrich said. “For our two seniors, Kody Behrends and Riley Neffendorf, it was a positive way to end their careers. For our returners, it is just the first step to getting this program where it needs to be.”

La Vernia jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning and added five more runs in the third to seal the victory.

Wed
07
May

FHS softball falls at area

The top-ranked 3A team in Texas proved to be too much for the Fredericksburg High School varsity softball team as the Billies fell 12-0 to La Grange Thursday evening at Austin Westlake High School.

Fredericksburg finished the season at 22-12, winning a bi-district championship over Pleasanton last week.

“I was very proud of this team coming together in my first year,” FHS head coach Mitchel Etzel said. “We had many kids in new positions and new to varsity. The seniors were great leaders all year long. We just unfortunately were in a tough draw versus La Grange.”

The Leopards hit a pair of home runs on their way to a six-run first inning.

“Our pitching and defense stepped up in the second and third to hold the potent offense scoreless,” Etzel said.

Wed
07
May

Harper softball edges Benavides

By Danny Hirt

You’ll have to excuse the Harper High School softball team if its coaches and fans don’t have any fingernails left.

After all, the Ladyhorns won two out of three games in the Region IV area round of the post-season playoffs by the narrowest of margins.

Following Thursday’s 1-0 loss to host Benavides on a seventh inning home run, Harper fought back to win the next two contests 2-1 on Friday, then 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

All three games were played at Pearsall High School.

The Ladyhorns will now advance to the regional quarterfinal round to face fellow District 29 opponent Center Point in another best-of-three series that begins Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the Tivy High School field in Kerrville.

The second game will be played immediately following the first game. A third contest, if needed, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the same location.

Wed
30
Apr

Boubel wins state singles title


UIL State 3A Tennis Tournament champion Hannah Boubel (center) is congratulated by her parents, Ben and Wendy, at the conclusion of the state meet on Tuesday, April 29. — Photo courtesy Sharon Phillips

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Fredericksburg High School freshman Hannah Boubel won the state tennis title yesterday, April, 29, but only after sheer determination helped her overcome one of her biggest challenges on the court to do so.

Boubel brought home the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 3A State Tennis Tournament girls’ singles division trophy after dominating three consecutive state matches over two days at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.

On Monday, April 28, she faced Lufkin Hudson’s Kristina Johnson in the quarterfinals opener. “That first match, I was a little nervous,” recalled Boubel about her debut in the state arena.

After calming herself, she was able to oust Johnson, 6-2, 6-0.

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