Eagles football heading to state six-man semis Saturday

By Danny Hirt

It was the kind of game one would expect to see when two old football rivals meet in the playoffs — close and back-and-forth.

Fortunately for Heritage, the Eagles managed to maintain a third quarter lead to defeat Seguin Lifegate, 30-22, in Friday’s TAPPS Division III six-man quarterfinal contest played in Seguin.

Heritage will now take on Granbury North Central Texas Academy in semifinal action, Saturday at 2 p.m. in Zephyr High School stadium.

The Eagles and NCT Academy (then known as Granbury Happy Hill Farm) have met twice before in the playoffs with Heritage coming away the victor both times. In 2004, they faced off in the TAPPS semifinals, then again in the 2011 finals when Heritage won its fifth ever state crown.

The Eagles defeated Lifegate, 40-20, in a District 3 regular season encounter played on Oct. 10.


Longhorns open hoop campaign with 91-46 win

By Danny Hirt

With five players in double figures, the Harper High School varsity boys’ basketball team had little trouble in dispensing Knippa by a 91-46 margin in Friday night’s season premier played in Knippa.

Due to an early
Thanksgiving deadline this week, results from Tuesday’s home game with Medina were not known by press time.

The Longhorns will host Utopia on Tuesday, Dec. 2, starting at 7:45 p.m. A junior varsity game is slated for 5 p.m.

The annual Harper Tournament is scheduled Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 4-6 at the school.

Harper 91, Knippa 46

After jumping out to a 19-4 lead in the first quarter, the Longhorns continued their pressure on both ends of the court to register a 91-46 victory in the season opener for both schools.


Volleyball falls in regional semis

Ann Blackmon and Adrianna Hartmann rise up for a block attempt as Taylor Kitchens (8) and Kendyl Stevens (1) look on during Fredericksburg’s five set regional semifinal loss to Liberty Hill Friday evening. The third-ranked Billies finish their 2014 campaign with a 39-11 record. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Matt Ward —

For the third consecutive season, the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team fell in the University Interscholastic League playoffs to an eventual state tournament team as FHS lost in five sets to Liberty Hill Friday in the Region IV-4A semifinals.

The Panthers, who went on to sweep Sealy Saturday in the regional finals to secure a state berth, are the third team to advance to state after besting FHS along with Bellville (state finalist, 2013) and La Grange (state finalist, 2012).

“(We were) so close. I first want to say how proud we are of this 2014 Battlin’ Billie volleyball team,” head coach Jason Roemer said of his third-ranked squad, who ended the season with a 39-11 record and the first district championship in school history.


Depth key for FHS girls

By Austin R. Eck —

For the 2014-15 season, the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team will look to its depth to return them to the playoffs.

The Battlin’ Billies are not returning any starters, and have only three returning varsity players to the team this year, but coach Carrie Grona is looking for them to contribute both on and off the court.

Senior Codi Peters is returning for the Billies after working throughout the offseason to earn her place as a senior leader of the team.

Anna Koenig will be a key in Fredericksburg’s offense this year as the Billies look for her to play a role in the post especially in transition and on fast break opportunities.

The Billies will be looking for Mariah Espinoza to set the defensive tone for the rest of the team.

Adding to the defensive efforts of the Billies will be Madison Trousday.


Girls open season with close loss to Tivy

By Austin R. Eck

In their first game of the 2014-15 season, the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team fell to Kerrville Tivy 56-48.

After the first quarter, the Billies trailed by one point, but FHS was outscored by 10 points in the second quarter to end the first half 34-23.

The Billies’ defense made in impact in the first quarter, which is something coach Carrie Grona is looking to build on throughout the season. 

“We are tenacious on defense. The first quarter showed that,” Grona said. “Now, we have to get 10 girls to go 32 minutes with that kind of defense.”

The defense was led by Mariah Espinoza and Madison Trousdale. Espinoza forced two turnovers, and Trousdale ended the night with three steals.

Fredericksburg’s lull continued through the third quarter, but in the fourth quarter the Billies managed to string together baskets and outscore the Antlers 20-10 in the fourth quarter.


Boys open hoops season with win

The Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basketball team opened their season Tuesday evening with an easy 75-28 road win over Jourdanton.

Both the JV (70-18) and the freshmen (52-23) also notched victories over the Indians.

FHS will host Canyon Lake Saturday, due to the Hawks’ area-round football playoff game Friday. The Billie freshmen will open play at 10 a.m., followed by the JV at 11:15 a.m. and the varsity at 12:30 p.m.

The Billies will then travel to Marble Falls (5:15, 6:30, 7:45 p.m.) Monday before hosting Medina Valley Tuesday (5:30, 5:30, 7 p.m.).

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Harper's playoff drive de-railed by Schulenburg

By Danny Hirt —

Despite the loss to Schulenburg in the UIL 2A Region IV finals Saturday, the Harper Ladyhorns take away a note of winning.

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done,” said HHS head coach Gina Lumpkins after the match, quoting the artist Vincent Van Gogh.

“This is the quote behind our theme, ‘Love wins,’” said the coach. “This idea has carried us through the ups and downs of our season since Aug. 4.”

The Ladyhorns dropped all three games to Schulenburg in Saturday’s finals — 17-25, 25-27 and 17-25. The match was played in the Brenham High School gymnasium.

Harper had advanced to the regional championship contest by defeating London the day before, 25-14, 19-25, 25-16, and 25-22.


Eagles to start football playoffs Friday

The Heritage School Eagles will begin their journey for a sixth TAPPS state Division III six-man football title Friday when they travel to Seguin to take on district rival Lifegate in the second round of the playoffs.

Kick-off is planned for 7:30 p.m.

Heritage earned a bye in last week’s opening round by virtue of winning the District 3 regular season championship with a perfect 4-0 record.

The league’s third seed, Seguin Lifegate, advanced by defeating Brenham Christian 51-6 last weekend.

The district’s two other representatives — San Marcos Hill Country and Selma River City Believers — were knocked out of the post-season last week by Granbury North Central Texas Academy (72-51) and Fort Worth Covenant (54-0), respectively.


Heritage volleyball honored

The Heritage School volleyball team earned several honors as a result of their recently-concluded successful season.

The Lady Eagles advanced to the TAPPS state 1A semifinals — further than any other volleyball team from the school had ever gone before — winning both area and regional championships along the way.

In addition, nine team members were recently named to District 3 all-district squads, with first team designation going to Christina Harpold, Lindsey Pressler, Abby Sauer, Jamie Hoermann, and Sydney Richburg.

Second team honors were earned by Sarah Andrews, Savannah Morrow and Avery Klepac.

Claire Lindner was placed on the honorable mention listing.

Also, Harpold was named to the TAPPS first team all-state squad while Pressler was tabbed for second team recognition. Sauer was placed on the honorable mention team.


Billies cruise to regional volleyball semifinals

Junior Adrianna Hartmann set a school record for total kills in singles season during the Billies three-set win over Devine in the regional quarterfinals. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Matt Ward

The fourth-ranked Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team will advance to the Region IV-4A tournament for the first time since 2010 after a three game sweep of District 29-4A rival Devine Tuesday night.

FHS will face 10th-ranked Liberty Hill, who upset third-ranked Wimberley last night, in the regional semifinals at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio Friday evening at 8 p.m. The winner will face either Sealy or Boerne in the Region IV-4A finals Saturday.

Fredericksburg also cruised to bi-district and area round victories over Crystal City Nov. 4 and Sinton on Saturday to set up the regional quarterfinal showdown with Devine.

Regional quarterfinals

Fredericksburg defeated District 29-4A rival Devine 25-21, 25-11, 25-16 Tuesday evening in the regional quarterfinals to advance to the regional tournament.


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