Heritage smothers Alvin; to host next game Friday

By Danny Hirt —

The trip to Alvin might have been a long one for the Heritage Eagles’ six-man football team last Friday, but the one-sided 58-0 victory in the first round of the TAPPS Division III playoffs was well worth the miles.

The contest was ended at halftime under the mercy scoring rule.

The Eagles will now host District 3 champion San Marcos Hill Country Christian School in the second round Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Due to its first place finish in the regular season, San Marcos drew a bye in last week’s bi-district round. Heritage completed the regular campaign as the league’s third seeded team.

In other playoff action involving District 3 schools, Seguin Lifegate topped Athens Christian Prep, 44-25, while Spring Branch Living Rock Academy fell to Longview Trinity, 64-14.

Lifegate will now entertain Bellville Faith on Friday night.

Heritage School 58, Alvin Living Stones


FHS girl runners slosh to ninth

Finishing ninth at the University Interscholastic League State 4A Cross Country Meet on Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock was the Fredericksburg High School girls’ team that includes, from left, Anytcy Marin, Clarissa Sanchez, Mia Torres, Bethany Kendrick Patricia Rojas, Ana Montoya and Nicole Penick. — Photo courtesy Kevin Kendrick

Rainy weather and a muddy course didn’t keep the Fredericksburg High School girls’ team from reaching their goal of finishing in the top 10 at the University Interscholastic League State 4A Cross Country Meet on Saturday.

Running at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, the FHS girls finished ninth overall at the state meet.

Going into the state meet, the FHS team was ranked 11th out of 16 teams that qualified and “our goal was to run the best we could in hopes of making it into the top 10 teams in the state, which was the last state team performance in 2000 (10th place),” said head coach Dan Aldrich.

“We know that the experience we gained from this year’s run at the state course will only give us the knowledge to boost our performance next year with eight of our 10 girls attending returning next year,” Aldrich said.

He added, “I could not be more proud of our girls on how they handled the weather and challenges to finish the year as a top 10 team.”


Netters will go for gold at state meet

Fredericksburg High School varsity team tennis is ready to make a run at the University Interscholastic League Class 4A State Championship Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 11-12, at Mitchell Tennis Center and Omar Smith Intramural Tennis Center at College Station.

The Billies, Region IV champions, enter the tournament with a 25-2 record and a number one ranking in the Texas Tennis Coaches Association Class 4A poll.

Waiting for FHS in the semifinals is Region II champion Kaufman, which makes its state team tennis debut on Wednesday.

Kaufman, which beat Wills Point, 10-9, in the regional finals, should be a tough match-up for FHS.

“Kaufman beat Wills Point in an exciting match in which they came from behind to win it,” King said.  “This tells us that they can handle pressure, and we must play well from start to finish if we want to make the finals.”


Billies are area champs with win over Zapata

Aubrey Sultemeier goes up for a kill in Billies’ straight set win over Zapata in area finals. — Photo by Manuel Azocar/Frio Nueces Current

Playoff action continues for the Fredericksburg High School varsity volleyball team after winning their bi-district and area games this past week.

The Billies are playing District 29-4A opponent Bandera on Tuesday (Nov. 10) at 7:30 p.m. at Tivy High School in Kerrville.

“We now get Bandera for the third time and we have to be ready from the first serve on Tuesday,” said head coach Jason Roemer. “They are aggressive and it will be a good test for us.”

“We hope to pack the gym on our side,” Roemer said. “It should be a lot of fun as the rivalry between us and Bandera continues to grow.”

To get to the regional quarterfinals, the Billies defeated Poteet, 25-13, 25-11, 25-11, in the bi-district round on Nov. 3 and then won over Zapata, 25-19, 25-10, 25-14, on Saturday, Nov. 7, in the area contest.

All four District 29-4A teams — Fredericksburg, Boerne, Devine and Bandera — remain in the playoffs after winning their first and second rounds.


Billies roast Ducks in OT finale

QB Jonathan Cleland dodges defenders for the go-ahead score in overtime during the FHS-Taylor district matchup. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The Battlin’ Billies battled to the final seconds of the season and came away with one last win for the seniors.

Fredericksburg High School (6-4, 2-3) varsity football defeated the Taylor Ducks (4-6, 1-4), 33-32, in overtime Friday, Nov. 6, at Memorial Field in Taylor.

The win doesn’t put Fredericksburg in the postseason but it guarantees a winning record and lets the senior class of 2016 end their careers on a positive note.

“They’re going to finish second in district so I think we proved that we deserve to be right there with the rest of the district,” said senior Cole Bourgeois, who caught seven passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. “It’s a game that I will remember for the rest of my life because it’s my last game and we won in that fashion.”


Harper girls' cross country fourth, boys finish sixth overall at state meet

At the beginning of their race, four of the Harper female runners are bunched up together, from the left — Sara Walters, Rebekah Lester, Kaylee Kramer and Payton Reid (obscured, behind Kramer). — Photo by Scott Coleman

By Danny Hirt —

Runners from Harper High School captured fourth place in the girls’ division of the University Interscholastic League State 2A Cross Country Meet Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Meanwhile, the Longhorn boys finished sixth in their division.

In all, more than 50 schools competed in the event on both the girls’ and boys’ field.

Top individual for the Harper girls was Lindsey Talavera, who completed the two-mile course in 14:04.47 to garner 13th place. Drew Stracke led the Longhorn boys on their 3.1-mile track in 19:57.52, good enough for a 34th place finish.

UIL state 2A cross country meet

Harper results

Saturday, Nov. 7

Varsity girls

(2 miles)


Harper tops Brackett to end playoff drought

By Danny Hirt —

It’s been six years since the Harper Longhorns have made a football playoff appearance. But that unlucky streak is over now, thanks to Harper’s 27-6 win at Brackett Friday night.

The victory left the ’Horns with a 3-3 record in District 14-2A action, good enough for a fourth place finish and a slot in the upcoming bi-district round of the post-season action.

“Our kids were excited to get the victory and get into the playoffs,” said Harper head coach Dusty Gibbs. “I couldn’t be more proud of our kids buying in all season and believing in the process. Their good attitude and character is allowing them to play more football this season.”

Harper will face Holland at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hays High School in Buda.


Ladyhorns bounced out of 2A volleyball playoffs by Weimar

By Danny Hirt —

A not-so-funny thing happened to Harper’s volleyball team on its way through the Region IV-2A playoffs — the Ladyhorns lost to Weimar, Thursday, Nov. 5, in the area round of play.

Weimar swept all three games, played in the Boerne High School gymnasium, 25-14, 25-18 and 25-21.

Two weeks earlier, Harper completed a run of the table in District 27 action, winning all 12 of the league games it played.

Weimar had advanced out of the bi-district round to play Harper by beating Somerville in three contests, 25-6, 25-6, 25-9.

Weimar stops Ladyhorns in area playoffs

Thursday, Oct. 5, (25-14, 25-18, 25-21)

The Harper Ladyhorns stayed close, just not close enough, as they dropped all three sets to Weimar in Thursday’s area round match played in Boerne.


Heritage beats Selma to secure playoff spot

By Danny Hirt —

Since Heritage School established its six-man football program in 2004, the Eagles have been in the TAPPS playoffs every year except for one (2009).

This year, despite its roller coaster season, Heritage will once again make it to the coveted “second season,” thanks to its 48-0 win at Selma River City Believers on Friday.

The game was ended at halftime under the mercy score rule.

The Eagles, who finished third in the Division III District 3 standings, will now travel to Alvin Living Stones on Friday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Heritage School 48, River City Believers 0

 Friday, Nov. 6

Eagle running back Jacob Huser scored three times to help Heritage defeat Selma River City Believers, 48-0, Friday in the TAPPS Division III, District 3 regular season finale for both schools.


Billies go Duck hunting Friday night

Wide receiver Sean Majors races away from Bryce McCatty to score on a 42-yard touchdown reception from Jonathan Cleland. Majors’ touchdown catch was Fredericksburg’s only touchdown of the game. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Joshua McKinney

The Battlin’ Billies might be eliminated from the playoffs but there’s still one game to go in the regular season.

Fredericksburg High School varsity football (5-4, 1-3) faces the Taylor Ducks (4-5, 3-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Memorial Field in Taylor.

Canyon Lake had to beat Taylor on Saturday, and even led, 28-15, at halftime, but the Ducks pulled ahead with 22 straight points in the second half to win 37-28.

Taylor’s win mathematically eliminated the Billies from postseason contention but coach Lance Moffett still wants his team to come out strong against the Ducks.

“We want to finish the year on a positive note,” he said. “A 6-4 record is a good season … It’s cliché as all get out, but most of the teams in the postseason will end their season with a loss. The only advantage of not being in the playoffs is you can end your season with a win.”


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