FHS boys' soccer to face Salado Friday in playoffs

By Scott Allen


The Fredericksburg High School boys’ varsity soccer team will travel to Burnet Friday, April 1, to face off against Salado at 8 p.m. in the area round of the District 28-4A playoffs.

The boys earned a pass in the bi-district round of the playoffs because they finished first in their district with a 7-0-1 record (12-6-3 overall).

Playing a friendly match against Splendora on Friday, March 25, the Billies got a win during the shootouts.

“It was great for us,” head coach Shannon Petsch said. “We played against a team that had a different style than anything we have seen. It was a really good game that ended in a 1-1 tie with the goal coming from Tristan Sanchez and Jose De Los Reyes was in the goal.  We did a shootout at the end to settle the tie and we came out on top. This was good because we have not done a tie breaker yet and this is the way games will be settled in the playoffs.”


The 'Griller'

Freshman Emery Boettcher is 2-0 in district pitching for the Billies. She wears a protective mask, called the Grill, because of her close proximity to hitters as she releases the ball. Boettcher has 29 strikeouts this season — four came in the home game against Hondo on Friday. The Billies beat the Owls, 13-3. Her ERA for the season, 11 games, is 6.2. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Christine Granados —

Marking their district opening games with two victories, the Battlin’ Billies varsity softball team made a strong impression to start its District 29-4A season.

Fredericksburg defeated Hondo at home, 13-3, on Friday, March 18 and came from behind to beat Bandera, 9-5, on their turf, Thursday, March 17.

The Billies, 2-0 in district and 5-6 overall, will have played Boerne on the road, Tuesday, March 22. They will travel to Lytle to play the Pirates on Thursday, March 24. Scores and stats from both games will be in next week’s newspaper.

FHS 13, Hondo 3

Hondo     2  1  0    0    0-3   6  1

FHS        3  2  5    3    x-13   18  0

Fredericksburg jumped to an early lead against the Owls to capture a 13-3 victory on Tuesday at home.

“Hondo is a young team and will only get better,” said Coach Travis Hejl.


FHS boys' varsity soccer team heads to area tournament

Senior forward for FHS, David Stotz, eyes the ball as a Canyon Lake defender holds the Billie during the FHS 4-3 win last Tuesday. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

By Scott Allen —

Finishing first in District 28-4A, the Fredericksburg High School boys’ varsity soccer will get a bi during the first round of the playoffs and will head to area to play the winner of the Salado, Smithville game.

The Billies finished their last district home game with a win against Canyon Lake, 4-3, on Tuesday, March 15.

The win brought the Billies season record to 11-6-3 and their district record to 6-0-1.

Head coach Shannon Petsch said the team had a strong start to the match.

“The game was played well to start with us taking an early lead,” Petsch said. “Canyon Lake came and tied it up and we went up 2-1 before half, but Canyon Lake came back in the second to tie and then go up one.”

The Billies tied the game at 3-3, before making one more to take the lead with 10 minutes left in the game.

Petsch said despite letting down at times, the team had an overall solid game.


FHS girls' soccer takes third in district, earns playoff berth

After finishing the season 10-12-4 with a 3-4-1 record in district, Fredericksburg High School girls’ soccer took third place in District 29-4A and earned their second consecutive playoff berth.

The Billies lost to Boerne, 6-0, on March 16, as the team scored 23 goals for the season while allowing 50.

After a bye, the Billies will play the winner of the Lampasas versus Giddings game at a time and location to be determined.

Against Canyon Lake on March 15, Anna Koenig scored a goal and goalkeeper Rebecca Sechrist made four saves on goal as the Billies shut out the Lady Hawks, 1-0.

“This was an awesome win for the girls,” Coach Logan Minshew said. 


FHS baseball team wins five in row, defeats Brownwood

Riggs Threadgill’s four innings of shutout baseball for Fredericksburg High School included successfully pitching his way out of a jam when Brownwood loaded the bases with less than two outs. The Billies won on March 25, 13-0. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Despite a two-hour rain delay, some lightning and cooler temperatures, Fredericksburg High School varsity baseball had no problems against Brownwood Friday, March 25 as they blanked the Lions by a not-so-unlucky-score, 13-0.

The Billies improved to 9-6-1 and are now on a five-game winning streak. Two of their last wins have been by blowouts, while the other three were decided by a single run.

“We weren’t sure what the weather was going to do,” said Coach Derrick Dietrich of the rain delay. “We were fortunate to get the game in.”

Dietrich noted that because Brownwood wasn’t on spring break, moving the game up to earlier in the day (when the weather was warm and sunny) wasn’t an option.

Riggs Threadgill pitched four innings, allowing only one hit and striking out five and pitching himself out of a bases-loaded jam.


Harper takes three thirds at annual Longhorn Relays

By Danny Hirt —

With three overall third-place finishes (girls’ and boys’ varsity, and girls’ junior varsity), host Harper High School earned 11 first place medals — five junior varsity girls, three varsity girls, two boys’ varsity and one junior varsity boys — at its annual Longhorn Relays meet held Thursday.

For the girls’ varsity squad, Quinn Stevenson picked up first-place finishes in the 100-meter dash (12.90) and the 200-meter dash (27.22), while the relay team, made up of Brittany Schlueter, Logan Menzies, Mercy Garcia and Chrissie Bryant earned gold in the 4x200-meter relay event (1:54.64).

On the boys’ varsity side of the ledger, Jacob Fritz got first place in the 110-meter hurdles (15.69), while Austin Boerner ran the 400-meter dash in 53.45.


Longhorns split baseball games, travel to Ozona next Tuesday

By Danny Hirt

After defeating Eldorado, 6-1, on Friday, Harper High School’s varsity baseball team fell victim to Johnson City, 1-0, Monday.

The Longhorns will take a break at the end of this week and will not play again until Tuesday when they travel to Ozona for a 7 p.m. contest. The school’s junior varsity squads will square off at 4:30 p.m.

Johnson City 1, Harper 0  (Monday, March 21)

In the bottom half of the first inning, Johnson City’s lead-off batter managed to reach base and then eventually came around to score the game’s only run as the host Eagles topped Harper, 1-0, Monday night.

Each team collected four hits, but the Longhorns hurt their cause by committing a pair of errors.

Justin Jones went the distance on the mound for HHS, walking no one while striking out 11 Johnson City batters.


Ladyhorns add two more softball victories, Medina up next

By Danny Hirt —

The Harper Ladyhorns added two more softball victories during the past week, beating Johnson City, 4-3, on March 16 and defeating D’Hanis, 6-4, on Monday.

The season continues for Harper as the Ladyhorns travel to Medina on Thursday for a 4 p.m. game, followed Monday by a 6 p.m. home contest with Sabinal.

Harper 6, D’Hanis 4 (Friday, March 18)

Four runs in the bottom of the fourth frame proved to be the difference as Harper topped D’Hanis, 6-4.

Julia Mauldin, who replaced starter Shelby Koenig in the top of the second inning, struck out three and walked two others to pick up the win.

Meanwhile, Koenig and Dayzee Treiber both went 2-for-3 at the plate, with each picking up a run batted in. Mercy Garcia and Morgan Baethge also reached safely with a pair of base hits.


FHS varsity girls' soccer team battles weather in race for third

Girls’ soccer player for Fredericksburg High School Valeria Orama defends a Wimberley player as FHS players Jacquelin Gurrola (left) and Lucia Olvera guard her weak sides. The Billies lost to Wimberley, 2-0, dur-ing a downpour on Friday, March 11. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

By Richard Zowie


In its March 11 home game against Wimberley, Fredericksburg High School girls’ varsity soccer faced two “W” opponents — the weather and Wimberley.

“This was an amazing game played in some of the worst weather of the year,” said Coach Logan Minshew about the rain that fell during the game. “The girls did an amazing job and seemed to relish the fact that the rain continued to pour for the entire first half. The girls were ready for the increased ball speed on the turf and really tried to get Wimberley back on their heels.”

Despite Rebecca Sechrist’s five saves in 80 minutes as goalkeeper, Wimberley scored two runs and shut out Fredericksburg, 2-0.

The Billies are now 9-11-4 overall in varsity girls soccer, and 2-3-1 in district.


FHS undefeated in district play with a 5-0-1 record

Not losing a game since the end of January, the Fredericksburg High School boys’ varsity soccer team has remained strong throughout their season and is now 5-0-1 in District 29-4A play.

Last Friday, March 11, the boys defeated Wimberley at home, 6-1, and increased their season record to 10-6-3 while remaining first in their district.

Head coach Shannon Petsch said the rainy weather caused the team to have a slow start.

“We started out very slow the first 20 minutes, then our players started to hit their stride and scored four goals after we gave them a penalty kick and the early 1-0 lead,” Petsch said. “We responded very well and started to play. We scored two more in the second half to make it 6-1.”

The team is forming a strong connection at the perfect time of the season, Petsch said.


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