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.


FHS varsity baseball rides three-game winning streak

One blowout and two close wins translated into three consecutive victories for Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ baseball in the Wimberley Tournament last weekend.

The Billies edged Magnolia, 1-0, and Caldwell, 9-8, on March 12 and prior to that, crushed Llano, 13-1, on March 11.

“We played much better,” said Coach Derrick Dietrich. “Pitching was good and we hit the ball when we needed to. “It was good for us to bounce back and get some confidence again.”

Next for the varsity team will be a home game at 6 p.m. Friday, March 18 against Brownwood, and then a Tuesday, March 22 road trip to Boerne that begins at 7 p.m.


FHS 1, Magnolia 0

The second-inning run Fredericksburg scored against Magnolia stood up as Ryan Segner allowed four hits and no runs over seven innings pitched to notch the 1-0 shutout on March 12.

Riggs Threadgill doubled and tripled for the Billies.


District begins Thursday for Billies' softball teams

In preparation for District 29-4A play this week, the Fredericksburg High School varsity softball team had to battle Mother Nature, changing schedules and strong opponents at the San Marcos Softball Tournament last weekend.

“We were going to play six games at the tournament,” said Coach Travis Hejl. “We ended up playing only three because of the weather.”

A strong weather warning by the National Weather Service caused tournament officials to postpone games last weekend in San Marcos. A thunderstorm brought rain and winds in excess of 30 miles per hour, with funnel clouds and lightning strikes Friday, March 11, according to the weather service.

“There were 36 teams in the tournament,” Hejl said. “I know about 10 that dropped out. We were anticipating not getting to play any games, but we got three in.”


FHS JV Red, White teams compete at Wimberley

Fredericksburg High School junior varsity baseball teams competed at the Wimberley Tournament with both teams splitting their games.

Junior Varsity Red also crushed Comfort, 35-3, on Feb. 29, while JV White pounded Burnet, 12-1, on Feb. 26.

The teams’ next games will be Friday, March 11, at home against Wimberley (White at 5 p.m., Red at 7 p.m.); Monday, March 14 at home against Boerne as White has a double header (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) then Tuesday, March 15 hosting Antonian (White at 11 a.m., Red at 1 p.m.)


JV Red 35, Comfort 3

In a Feb. 29 game that looked more like a blowout in football, the FHS JV Red Baseball team crushed Comfort, 35-3.

Dax Dietrich led Fredericksburg by going five for six with a double, three runs scored and three runs driven in.

Willy Sebera tripled thrice and drove in five runs while Shae Slaughter drove in six runs on four hits.


Hyde Park 9, JV Red 7


Heritage boys basketball team knocked out of TAPPS playoffs

By Danny Hirt


Heritage School’s dream of a TAPPS state 1A boys’ basketball championship went up in smoke Feb. 27 when Lubbock All-Saints topped the Eagles, 60-56, in the third round of the playoffs.

The game was played on the campus of McMurry University in Abilene.

Heritage had advanced to the All-Saints match-up by virtue of its 55-41 win over Fort Worth Covenant on Feb. 23.


Lubbock All-Saints 60,

Heritage School 56

 (Saturday, Feb. 27)

Jackson Shaver knocked down 32 points but it proved to be not enough as Heritage School lost to Lubbock All-Saints, 60-56, in the third round of the playoffs.

After playing three quarters of untraditional slow ball, the Eagles made a strong comeback bid that fell short in the closing moments.


Nine FHS boys' varsity players named to hoops all-district

Nine FHS boys’ varsity basketball players received honors for District 27-4A. Pictured are, bottom row from left, Levi Esensee (co-newcomer of the year), Cole Bourgeois (co-defensive player of the year), Tyler Kaman (first team) and Kyle Reeh (co-MVP). Top row, Blake Moffett (honorable mention), second team players Blake Tatsch and Elliot Hale, Luke Prado (first team) and Johnny Cleland (honorable mention). — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Nine Fredericksburg High School varsity boys’ basket-ball team members have earned all-district honors for District 29-4A.

FHS senior Kyle Reeh was named district co-MVP.

Senior Cole Bourgeois was named as co-defensive player of the year and Levi Esensee was named co-newcomer.

First team all-district hon-orees are Luke Prado and Tyler Kaman. Blake Tatsch and Elliot Hale received second team all-district, while Blake Moffett and Johnny Cleland were named honorable mention.

Reeh led the team in scoring, averaging 9.9 points per game (PPG), along with a season total of 47 rebounds, 67 assists, 45 steals and 3 blocks.

Bourgeois averaged 6.9 PPG, along with 76 rebounds, 88 assists, 79 steals and 9 blocks.

Esensee averaged 8.4 PPG, 50 rebounds, 35 assists, 36 steals and 2 blocks. He shot 74 percent from the free throw line. 


Harper varsity baseball opens district play with shutout win

By Danny Hirt

After taking third place in last weekend’s Sonora baseball tournament, Harper grabbed a 10-0 home victory over Junction on Monday in the district opener for both schools.

The Longhorns will continue their early-season tournament action when they play at San Saba on Friday and Saturday. Day, times and opponents were not available yet.

HHS will hit the road on Tuesday as the Longhorns go to Center Point for a 6 p.m. contest.

The Harper Longhorns opened their varsity baseball season with a two-win, two-loss effort in the TMI Tournament Feb. 25-27.


Harper 10, Junction 0

 (Monday, March 7)

Harper made the best of four hits, eight walks and a pair of errors by its opponent to take a 10-0 victory over visiting Junction Monday afternoon.


FHS girls' basketball players receive District 29-4A honors

Winning 29-4A district honors for the FHS girls’ varsity basketball team were (top row, from left) first team Anna Koenig, Abby Spurgin, second team Jessica Ybarra, honorable mention Jessie Jarreau, second team Katherine McManigle and Mia Torres and honorable mentions Landry Moffett and Emily Shepard. — Submitted photo

Eight Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball team members have earned all-district honors for District 29-4A.

Named to the First Team All-District were FHS senior Anna Koenig and junior Abby Spurgin.

Second Team honors went to senior Katherine McManigle, junior Jessica Ybarra and freshmen Mia Torres.

Earning Honorable Mention were senior Emily Shepard, junior Jessie Jarreau and sophomore Landry Moffett.

Spurgin led the team in scoring, averaging 16.8 points, along with 4.9 rebounds, .4 assists, 1.2 steals and 104 blocks.

Koenig averaged 6.9 points, along with 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 38 blocks. She shot 62 percent from the free throw line.

McManigle averaged 4.6 points, with 1.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 steals and seven blocks.

Torres averaged 4.3 points, with 2.2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.6 steals. The freshman also shot 50 percent from the line.


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