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Sep

Billies start season off on the right foot at Llano invitational

By Austin R. Eck

In its first test of the year, the Fredericksburg High School cross country team passed with a first place finish and a second place finish.

The Billies ran their first meet of the season last Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Llano Invitational, and the boys’ varsity team finished first place in its division and the girls’ varsity recorded a second place finish.

The meet gave head coach Dan Aldrich a chance to evaluate the improvements the team has made since the start of workouts.

“I was very pleased with our early season performances and was able to evaluate many of our kids on how they have improved since day one,” he said.

Now, the focus of the practice will start to shift for the Billies. Instead of practicing long distances, they will now start to complete shorter intervals to improve overall times.

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10
Sep

Tenth-ranked Billies hold off Liberty Hill in five sets Tuesday

By Matt Ward —

Another big win for the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team closed out a “plain crazy day” as the Billies outlasted Liberty Hill in five sets on the road Tuesday night.

“I could not be more proud of the character and perseverance we showed all day today,” head coach Jason Roemer said. “After the weird day at school and all the distractions, it was nice to be able to go about business as normal, get on the bus and travel to compete and show a little Billie pride.”

“It was fun regardless of what side of the win/loss column we’d come out on,” he added. “But it’s always fun to play in that type of match and especially to win one of those on the road.”

Over the weekend, Fredericksburg finished seventh in the gold bracket at the Hays Invitational Tournament.

FHS will have this weekend off before hosting Burnet Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

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10
Sep

FHS tennis notches first district win

By Austin R. Eck —

The second ranked Billies tennis team recorded their first district win on Saturday when they faced Hondo at Fredericksburg High School.

Fredericksburg earned the victory thanks to the varsity girls’ performance in the dual match. The Billies’ won four of four girls’ doubles matches and eight of eight girls’ singles.

On the boys’ side of the match, they recorded one win in the four doubles matches, but finished stronger in singles play dropping only one match to Hondo.

To round out Saturday, the Billies played a second match in the afternoon against Floresville.

Fredericksburg’s girls’ doubles pairs stayed hot into the afternoon and swept their division again. The Billies kept their momentum rolling into the singles rounds and won all four matches.

Fredericksburg will play its next two dual matches Saturday, Sept. 13 against Shertz Steele at 9 a.m. and Shertz Clemens at 1:30 p.m. 

Wed
10
Sep

Longhorns pick up 24-14 victory over San Saba

By Danny Hirt —

Briley Jalowy’s 33-yard field goal midway through the third quarter broke a 14-14 tie, giving Harper High School a lead it would not relinquish as the Longhorns grabbed a 24-14 home victory Friday over San Saba.

The game had been designated “Parents’ Night.”

Harper (2-0 overall) will next travel to Ingram on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kick-off.

Harper 24, San Saba 14

After the visiting Armadillos took the lead on Jose Guerrero’s 30-yard touchdown run with 2:37 left in the opening period, Harper went to work by tying the game at 7-7 with 1:17 remaining in the half when quarterback Gus Sagraves hit Jacob Pierz on a TD pass from 15 yards out.

Jalowy connected on all three point-after attempts during the contest.

Early in the third stanza, the Longhorns took a 14-7 lead when Sagraves went back to the air, finding Pierz open on a 16-yard aerial play.

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10
Sep

Harper runners compete at San Saba, host own meet Saturday

By Danny Hirt —

Of the six teams from Harper middle and high school competing in the Sept. 3 cross country meet at San Saba, three brought home first-places finishes, including the junior varsity boys, 8th grade girls and junior high boys.

The varsity boys captured second, while the varsity girls finished fifth. The JV girls took third in their division.

First-place finishes were recorded by Harper’s Trista Lewis (JV girls, 15:08) and Sara Walters (8th grade girls, 14:47).

Drew Stracke captured second place in the varsity boys’ event in a time of 19:01.

The Longhorns will next compete in their own meet this Saturday. The junior high girls’ race will start at 9 a.m., followed by the junior high boys at 9:30, high school boys at 10, and high school girls at 10:30.

San Saba meet results

(Wed., Sept. 3)

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10
Sep

Hondo falls to Ladyhorns in volleyball action

By Danny Hirt —

After taking a break in its schedule last Friday, the varsity volleyball team from Harper restarted its campaign last night, topping Hondo in five games on the road.

The Ladyhorns (11-7) will stay on the road Friday when they venture to Junction for a 5 p.m. match, the district opener for both teams. The two schools will face off in freshman and JV contests, both of which will start at 4 p.m. From there, Harper continues its league action when it hosts Medina on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Harper at Hondo

After grabbing the first game 25-11, the Ladyhorns dropped the next two contests (20-25, 18-25) before regaining their collective composure to prevail in games four and five (25-19, 15-3) to win the match.

Wed
10
Sep

Heritage suffers two-point loss at Austin Hill Country, OLH up next

By Danny Hirt

 

Two fourth quarter touchdowns — the last one coming with only 25 seconds left in the game — allowed TAPPS Division I host Austin Hill Country Christian School to defeat Heritage by a 32-30 margin in six-man football action on Friday.

Despite the loss, Heritage maintains its fourth place position in the Division III six-man standings as determined by sixmanfootball.com.

The Eagles will try to regroup for this Friday’s battle at Our Lady of the Hills in Kerrville. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

 

Austin Hill Country 32,

Heritage 30

Knowing that a close game can “easily go either way,” Heritage School’s head coach Tim Shipman focused on the point that his team played “with heart and guts. We should have won this game. We have to play smarter football top to bottom.”

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03
Sep

Badger stuffing


Defensive end Braden Bowers (9) and linebacker Dylan Hellums (54) combine to bring down Badger quarterback Cohen Cockburn during the first half of the Billies' 22-15 road victory over Lampasas Friday evening. The victory marked the first season opening win for the Billies under fourth-year head coach Lance Moffett Fredericksburg will host Austin Travis this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at FHS Stadium. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

 

It certainly wasn’t the start that Fredericksburg High School varsity football coach Lance Moffett wanted, but when FHS needed to curb the Badgers’ momentum, a Battlin’ Billie stepped up and made  a play in Fredericksburg’s 22-15 road win at Lampasas Friday night.

“You can’t be 10-0 unless you’re 1-0. It was ugly,” Moffett said after the game. “It was everything we said we couldn’t do to let them hang around. We turned it over, we made mistakes, we did all the things you do in your first game.”

The win marks the first regular season opening victory for the Billies since Moffett arrived in Fredericksburg in 2010.

 

Stealing momentum

Trailing 9-7 at halftime in a game dominated in the trenches by Lampasas, junior kick returner Cole Bourgeois answered the call from teammates on the sidelines to make an impact.

Wed
03
Sep

12th-ranked Billies second at Smithson Valley tourney

By Matt Ward

 

A second place finish in the silver bracket at the Smithson Valley tournament and a win Tuesday over Llano have propelled the 12th-ranked Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team to a 18-6 record midway through non-district play.

FHS will travel to the Hays Rebel Bash Tournament Thursday and Saturday before facing Liberty Hill on the road Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

Last night, the Billies swept Llano 25-15, 25-15, 25-17 after finishing 6-3 at the Smithson Valley tournament over the weekend.

“Aubrey Sultemeier and Adrianna Hartmann had nice games at the net,” FHS head coach Jason Roemer said. “Llano had no answer for our middle attack and Kendyl Stevens did a great job of delivering the ball.  We got nice play at the antennas by Taylor Kitchens, Abby Spurgin, and Ann Blackmon.”

FHS over Llano

(25-15, 25-15, 25-17)

Wed
03
Sep

Billies defeat Marble Falls, fall to Dripping Springs

By Austin R. Eck

 

                After seeing mixed results the past week against Dripping Springs High School and Marble Falls High School, Fredericksburg High School’s tennis team prepares itself for the first district match of the year.

                On Thursday, the Billies squared off against Dripping Springs and lost 10-7 (11-8).

                The Billies lost all their matches in boys’ and mixed doubles and won only one match in girls’ doubles, but started to battle back in the singles divisions.

                “Great to see the fight and effort of the kids to get back into the match after doubles,” head coach Randall King said. “That determination will serve us well down the road.”

                Even though Fredericksburg lost the match, the Billies gained valuable experience.

“It was a high quality match, and that is exactly what we need this early in the season,” King said.

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