It was a historic year for Gillespie County sports even before the coronavirus pandemic dominated the headlines and cut the soccer, tennis, golf, track, softball and baseball seasons short in the spring.
The year’s sports news also included a third-place finish in the University Interscholastic League 4A state tournament for the Fredericksburg High School girls’ basketball team. The boys’ team made it as far as area before being forced out of the playoffs and the swim team took five to the state meet and one girl for the first time in the program’s six-year history.
The FHS boys’ soccer team was ahead in the District 28-4A race and the girls’ team was battling for second place when the pandemic hit ... and, of course the track, golf, tennis, softball and baseball seasons were just beginning.
How closely did you pay attention to the sports events of this year? See what you remember by taking our special 2020 sports quiz.
1. What new teams were added to the FHS football and basketball districts after the UIL 2020-22 realignments?
2. What new teams were added to the Harper football, basketball and volleyball districts after the UIL 2020-22 realignments?
3. Who took over head coaching duties for the Harper High School softball team?
4. How many swimmers did the Billies swim team take to the state meet in 2019-20?
5. Who started the 4-H BB Gun Competition?
6. Who did the FHS boys’ basketball team lose their first game to last season?
7. What team beat the Harper boys’ basketball team in bi-district last season?
8. How far did the Harper girls’ basketball team advance in the playoffs last season?
10. What was the final score of the FHS varsity girls’ basketball team’s state semifinal basketball game against Argyle?
11. Where did the FHS golf teams play their only two fall tournaments?
12. In what place did FHS fall team tennis finish?
13. Who did the boys’ soccer team lead by one and a half games for first place in district when their season ended in the spring?
14. Who did FHS girls’s soccer team beat in their last game of the season in February/March?
15. How many meets were left in FHS’s girls’ and boys’ regular track season before the pandemic brought the 2019-20 season to a close?
16. How many meets did Harper track and field teams compete in before the premature end of the 2019-20 season?
17. How many games did the FHS girls’ softball team play before their season ended last spring?
18. How many games did the FHS baseball team play before their season ended last spring?
19. Who did the Harper baseball team play their season opener against?
20. What FHS coach was named coach of the year by the San Antonio Express-News?
21. Who did Harper hire to replace Mark Kirchhoff at the head football coach position?
22. Name three of the six new guidelines the University Interscholastic League instituted for strength and conditioning camps in the summer?
23. What former FHS coach was honored by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association?
24. Who received the Lone Star Conference Golf Newcomer of the Year award?
25. What changes did FISD make to football ticket sales this season?
26. Who did Heritage name as the new coach of the volleyball team?
27. Who became the FHS assistant tennis coach after Donald Hohn retired?
28. Who placed third in the State Bass Fishing Tournament?
29. Who caught the two-point conversion catch with no time left on the clock to give the Billies football team its 25-24 come-from-behind victory over Boerne?
30. Who was hired as head coach of the FHS swim team?
31. In what place did the Fredericksburg Middle School girls’ cross country team finish in district?
32. What Harper sports teams swept their district meet?
33. What team did the FHS girls’ volleyball team fall to in bi-district?
34. How many cross country runners did the city of Fredericksburg send to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state meet?
35. In what place did the Billies boys’ cross country team finish in state?
36. Who did the Harper volleyball team face in the regional semifinal tournament?
37. How many players hit 1,000 career points in basketball this year?
38. How did the Heritage volleyball team advance to the playoffs?
39. What milestone did FHS basketball coach Tim Kaman achieve this season?
40. Who did Heritage football face in the TAPPS 6-man football state semi- final game?
1. What new teams were added to the FHS football and basketball districts after the UIL 2020-22 realignments? FHS football – Austin LBJ; FHS basketball – Comal Davenport replaced Llano.
The Billies moved to District 13-4A DI after playing in 14-4A DI for the past six years and kept Burnet, Canyon Lake, Lampasas and Taylor on their schedule. The newcomer was
this year’s semi-finalist Austin LBJ, which took Liberty Hill’s spot. Liberty Hill moved up to
Class 5A. In basketball FHS remained in 28-4A with Bandera, Boerne, Canyon Lake and Wimberley. Comal Davenport, which opened its campus in August, took Llano’s place. Llano moved to Class 3A in all sports. The Billies’ volleyball district 28-4A included Bandera, Boerne, Canyon Lake and Wimberley.
2. What new teams were added to the Harper football basketball and volleyball districts after the UIL 2020-22 realignments? Harper football – Ozona and Johnson City; Harper basketball – Goldthwaite and Johnson City; Harper volleyball – Johnson City.
The Longhorns remained in 14-2A DI with Brackettville, Center Point and Mason, and added two new opponents – Ozona and Johnson City, which replaced Junction and Sabinal.
Harper moved to 29-2A and kept Center Point, Junction,
Mason and San Saba as opponents. Goldthwaite and Johnson City were added to the schedule. Harper volleyball played in 29-2A with Center Point, Johnson City, Junction, San Antonio Lee, San Antonio Stacey and Medina. Johnson City was added to their schedule.
3. Who took over head coaching duties for the Harper High School softball team? Chris Stevenson, Harper ISD superintendent.
Chris Stevenson, Harper Independent School District’s
superintendent, replaced Scott
Vasquez, as Longhorns head softball coach. Vasquez left for the head softball coach job in Salado. The Ladyhorns season ended before the start of district play when the UIL announced the suspension of all athletic activities. The team was looking for a shot a playoff run. In 2019, they lost in area before that they lost in the regional semifinals for five consecutive seasons.
4. How many swimmers did the Billies swim team take to the state meet in 2019-20? Five swimmers: Troy Kneese, Tyler Smedly, Zach Willis, Anthony Martinez and Mary Cornett.
For the third year in a row, FHS had swimmers represent the program in the UIL
Class 5A State Swimming
and Diving Meet in the spring.
Troy Kneese placed 22nd in
the 50 free and 20th in the
100 backstroke and the boys’ 400 free relay of Kneese, Antonio Martinez, Tyler Smedley and Zach Willis came in 20th.
Mary Cornett, who finished 20th in the 50 free, was FHS’ first female swimmer to qualify for state. She helped her team place third in District 18-5A and won gold in the 50 and free-style in district and placed second in the free and sixth in the 100 in regionals.
Region 5-5A meet results were: GIRLS: 200 medley relay: 9. Emma Shepard, Maggie Shepard, Anne Osterberg, Cornett. 50 freestyle: 2. Cornett. 100 freestyle: 6. Cornett. 400 free relay: 11. E. Shepard, M. Shepard, Osterberg, Cornett.BOYS: 200 medley relay: 7. Karsten Ottmers, Graham Hammond, Kneese, Willis. 200 freestyle: 2. Martinez. 50 freestyle: 5. Kneese. 500 freestyle: 3. Martinez. 200 freestyle relay: 6. Hammond, Spence, Smedley, Willis. 100 backstroke: 6. Kneese. 400 free relay: 3. Kneese, Smedley, Willis, Martinez.
District meet results were: Team: 1. Alamo Heights; 2. Boerne Champion; 3. FHS. GIRLS: 200 medley relay: 3. E. Shepard, M. Shepard, Osterberg, Cornett. 50 freestyle: 1. Cornett, 10. Cami Tubbs. 100 butterfly: 11. Osterberg. 100 freestyle: 1. Cornett, 14. Tubbs. 200 freestyle relay: 4. E. Shepard, M. Shepard, Tubbs, Osterberg. 100 breaststroke: 15. M.
Shepard. 400 freestyle relay: 4. E. Shepard, M. Shepard, Osterberg, Cornett. BOYS: 200 medley relay: 3. Kneese, Hammond, Martinez, Willis. 200 freestyle: 1. Martinez. 200 individual medley: 7. Mikosh. 50 freestyle: 3. Kneese, 9. Willis, 11. William Vorauer, 14. Karson Ottmers. 100 butterfly: 14. Barrett Young. 100 freestyle: 7. Smedley, 9. Willis, 15. Gus Spence, 16. Hal Degenhardt. 200 freestyle relay: 3. Hammond, Spence, Degenhardt, Smedley. 100 backstroke: 3. Kneese, 16. Will Cooke, 19. Jacob Hinterlach. 100 breaststroke: 8. Hammond, 9. Smedley, 11. Spence, 16. Kieran Ferriere. 400 freestyle relay: 3. Kneese, Smedley, Willis, Martinez.
5. Who started the 4-H BB Gun Competition? Sammy Segner. Gillespie County’s annual 4-H BB Gun Competition was started by Sammy Segner, when his daughter Jennifer Spies was in second grade. The 35th competition saw 22 shooters qualify for the State 4-H BB Gun Competition. Those shooters were: 1, Reed Spies 380 (score) 14 (center shots); 2. Katelyn Welch 371-16; 3. Rylee Ottmers 367-9; 4. Addison Schoessow 454-10; 5. Larryn Feuge 454-7; 6. Katelyn Welch 453-16; 7. Jazmyne Reyes 452-11; 8. Ridley Strackbein 452-9
9. Ky Weber 452-9; 10. Aedon Cantu 442-10; 11. David McDonald 441-11; 12. Weston Herber 439-8; 13. Brandt Hansen 436-9; 14. Natalie McDonald 434-9; 15. Rylie Schneider 429-5; 16. Michael Willingham 426-6; 17. John Moore 424-5; 18. Everett Kirchner 421-2; 19. Emmitt Harper 419-6; 20. Holt Geistweidt
415-6; 21. Jack Edwards 414-4; 22. Isaiah Olea 413-7.
6. Who did the FHS boys’ basketball team lose their first game to last season? Boerne, 53-52, in their final district game of the season, after 33 consecutive victories.
The Billies had to split the District 28-4A title with Boerne, after their 53-52 loss at home to a standing room only crowd. The Greyhounds stopped their undefeated regular season streak.
They beat Burnet 63-37 in bi-district and were defeated by No. 18 ranked, Stafford, 57-49 in the Class 4A area playoffs in Cuero.
FHS varsity boys’ basketball were No. 14 at the end of last season. Billies senior Ryan Davis ended his high school career with a 19-point game against Stafford. FHS lost seniors Davis, Tucker Elliott, Gus Martin, Joshua Wienecke, Darien Robles and Jack Gallagher to graduation.
7. What team beat the Harper boys’ basketball team in bi-district last season? San Antonio Lee 53-43.
Harper’s varsity boys’
basketball team bowed out
of the playoffs with a loss to
San Antonio Lee, 53-43, in
the Class 2A bi-district round at Johnson City High School.
The Longhorns ended their season with a 22-12 record in
coach Cade Tatsch’s first year as head coach. This was their first trip to the playoffs since 2017’s run to the Region IV-2A quarterfinals.
Harper went 6-2 in District
27-2A and took second place behind San Saba.
8. How far did Harper girls’ basketball team advance in the playoffs last season? Quarterfinals.
The Lady Horns lost to Mason, 50-28, in the Regional IV-2A quarterfinals at Fredericksburg High School Gym.
Harper ended the season
with a 25-9 record, including
4-4 in District 27-2A play for third place behind San Saba and Mason.
9. When did COVID-19 put a halt to athletics? Sunday, March 9, 2020.
The University Interscholastic League temporarily suspended all athletic competition on Sunday, March 9, 2020 due to
growing concerns over the
spread of COVID-19 caused
by the coronavirus. FISD and Harper ISD followed suit. The UIL extended the suspension of all UIL-sanctioned activities to Monday, May 4, 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas. All contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts were suspended for schools in Gillespie County. In April, the UIL allowed remoted coaching through electronic, video or teleconferencing-type methods.
Schools limited instruction for UIL activities to a maximum of eight hours per week per activity, in addition to a maximum an hour per day, Monday through Friday.
Sports season officially ended when the UIL and the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools canceled all remaining 2019-2020
spring activities and state
championships, after Gov. Greg Abbott shut down Texas schools for the rest of
the school year Friday, April 17, 2020.
10. What was the final score of the FHS varsity girls’ basketball team’s state semi final basketball game to Argle? Argle 49, FHS 38. FHS lost to the Argyle Eagles, 49-38, in the UIL Class 4A state semifinals at the Alamodome last season. It was their first trip to state since 1995. After they wrapped up the District 28-4A championship, they defeated Lampasas 78-33 in bi-district at the Burger Center in Austin. They beat El Campo 65-31 in area and bested Liberty Hill 67-58 and Devine 73-39 for the Region IV-4A championship to advance to state.
11. Where did the FHS golf teams play their only two fall tournaments? Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course in Fredericksburg and Legends Golf Course in Kingsland.
The Billies boys’ and girls’ golf teams played a total of four tournaments in 2020. They played in two tournaments in the spring season, before their spring season was cut short due to shutdown related to COVID-19. Their fall season was shortened due to precautions against the pandemic and weather constraints.
In the spring they played in the State Preview at Plum Creek Golf Course in Buda and the Victoria Tournament at Colony Creek Golf Course in
Victoria. In the fall season, the golf teams played at home and in Kingsland.
12. In what place did FHS fall team tennis finish? State quarterfinals. The Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team lost to Wimberley 10-4 in the UIL 4A-Region 4 quarterfinals at Dripping Springs High School in November. The Billies, who went 10-7 last season, won the past two team tennis state titles (2018, 2019). Their spring season ended before the team hosted the Hill Country Invitational and no playoff or state tournament competitions were held.
13. Who did the boys’ soccer team lead by a game and half for first place in District 28-4A, when their season ended in the spring? Boerne. FHS finished the season 14-2-3, with a 5-0-1 mark in
28-4A and led Boerne by a
game and a half before the COVID-19 pandemic caused
the season’s end.
FHS had three players named to the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches all-state lists: first team: Cristian Garcia Mendoza and Peter Stenberg (first team) and Cesar Zelaya Castro (honorable mention). Head coach Shannon Petsch was named TASCO’s Region IV-4A Coach of the Year.
The team dominated the all- district lists as a result with
11 spots on all-district lists. Cristian Garcia Mendoza earned the District Forward of the Year award unanimously, and Peter Stenberg was the unanimous winner of Goalkeeper of the Year award. Thomas Wainwright, Alex Alvarado, Cesar Zelaya and Manuel Norriega were on the all-district first team. Second teamers were Blake Penick, Miles Hammond and Kevin Rivas. Jacob Hinterlach and Alfredo Contreras received honorable mention. Academic all-district honors when to: Alex Alvarado, Alex Bedford, Miles Hammond, Jacob
Hinterlach, Jorge Lopez, Blake Penick, Luis Urueta Ortiz and Fernando Viveros.
14. Who did FHS girls’s soccer team beat in their last game of the season in March?
14. Bandera 1-0. Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ soccer team beat Bandera 1-0 in their final District 28-4A of the season in March. Their season ended, two games away from the close of regular season, when the governor shut down schools for the year. The win at Bandera gave FHS a 2-2-2 district record, which trailed Boerne’s 7-0 record for first place. FHS led third-place Wimberley, 3-3-1.
The Billies had two all-state players last season, seniors Claire Nevins and Sydney Holster. Nevins was named to the Texas Association of Soccer
Coaches’ as a first team goalkeeper and Holster was a second-team defender.
The girls’ had ten named to all-district teams. Nevins was District Goal Keeper of the Year and first team selections were Holster and Zara Stanton.
Itzel Plancarte and Autumn Pyka made the second team with Perla Salazar, Aide Cisneros and Sadie Eidson. Honorable mention were: Amie Pyka and Avery Semmler.
15. How many meets were left in the FHS’s girls’ and boys’ first track meet regular season before the pandemic brought the 2019-20 season to a close? Two, the Carlin Wicker Relays and the Texas Relays.
The girls’ track team had a shot of winning a second regional title in three years, led by senior Aleah Constantine, before the end of their season. Constantine was one of the region’s top performers in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, pole vault and long jump.
The team won every meet before the season’s suspension, with the Carlin Wicker Relays and the Texas Relays next on the schedule.
Boys’ track had at least two seniors with state meet hopes: thrower Christian Avilez and Troy Kneese, who competed in multiple races and field events.
Junior Andrew Kendrick made
last year’s 4A state 3200-meter race and was a good bet to return after an injury-filled cross country season.
16. How many meets did Harper track and field teams compete in before the premature end of the 2019-20 season? Three – the AJ Loth Hill Country Tri-Meet in Fredericksburg; the Longhorn Relay Carnival in Harper and the Tivy Antler Relays in Kerrville.
The Harper track teams competed in three meets last season in Fredericksburg, Harper and Kerrville. The Tivy Antler Relays the girls’ varsity team place fifth with six gold medals and boys’ had one gold medalist, before the season was canceled. The top five finishers in each race were: GIRLS: 100-meter dash: 1. Talli Millican, 13.4. 400-meter dash: 5. Caroline Bacon, 1:06.68. 800-meter run: 1. Whitney Spaeth, 2:31.64. 1600-meter run: 5. Peyton Cox, 6:13.38; 100-meter hurdles: 1. Gracie Green, 15.76. 300-meter hurdles: 1. Rebekah Stracke, 49.32. 4x200-meter relay: 4. Aaliyah Balderas, Jocelynn Pascznk, Sloan Spenrath, Rachel Perkins, 1:59.33. 4x400-meter relay: 2. Talli Millican, Rebekah Stracke, Caroline Bacon, Whitney Spaeth, 4:16.21. Shot put: 1. Kylie Wosley, 30-9; 5. Kenna Tatsch, 27-2. Discus: 1. Kenna Tatsch, 85-7; 4. Kylie Wosley, 74-9.
BOYS: 100-meter dash: 3. Evan Hill, 11.53. 200-meter dash: 5. Derek Perkins, 24.60. 800-meter run: 4. Bryan Ganis, 2:12.80; 5. Zane Schubert, 2:19.09. 1600-meter run: 1. Bryan Ganis, 4:55.60. 110-meter hurdles: 3. Dylan Ahrns, 17.31. 4x200-meter relay: 2. Dylan Ahrns, Evan Hill, Quinn Durst, Derek Perkins, 1:35.95. 4x400-meter relay: 2. Dylan Ahrns, Evan Hill, Derek Perkins, Quinn Durst, 3:40.01.
17. How many games did the FHS girls’ softball team play before their season ended last spring? 23. The Billies softball team’s 2020 season ended before the team was able to defend their second District 28-4A title. Their 14-9 record was on track to get their third Regional title and possibly get them into the state softball tournament like the 2019 team.
18. How many games did the FHS baseball team play before their season ended last spring? 17. The Billies ended the season with a 6-10-1 record, had a potential playoff bid but didn’t get to start district. No baseball teams were able to play, as all levels of baseball from the Major League to Little League
19. Who did Harper baseball team play their season opener against? Sonora.
The Longhorn’s dropped their season opener to Sonora 4-2 but by the time their season came to a premature end they sat at the .500 mark.
20. What FHS coach was named coach of the year by the San Antonio Express News? Coach Carrie Grona. Fredericksburg High School girls’ basketball head coach Carrie Grona was named the
2019-2020 Coach of the Year
by the San Antonio Express
News. Grona led her team to
their first trip in 25 years to
the UIL State Tournament.
The team lost in the semifinals to Argyle, 49-38. The team ended the season with a record of 33-9 and 10-0 in District 28-4A. This was Grona’s eighth
year at the helm and the Billies eighth year in the playoffs.
21. Who did Harper hire to replace Mark Kirchhoff at the head football coach position? Chad Zenner.
School District announced
Chad Zenner as the Longhorns’ new head coach, following Mark Kirchhoff’s exit to retake the Falls City job. Zenner started as an assistant football and baseball coach in Harper during the 2015 season and served as the defensive coordinator the past two years.
He graduated from
Fredericksburg High School
in 2004 and Mary HardinBaylor, where he played football, in 2008.
He took the Longhorns to the bi-district 2A playoffs this year.
As the under-dog they battled against this year’s state champion Shiner and lost , 72-12, at Bear Stadium in La Vernia in November.
22. Name three of the six new guidelines the University Interscholastic League instituted for strength and conditioning camps in the summer? Limit face-to-face instruction, wash hands, clean routinely.
FISD laid out a number of guidelines coinciding with state mandates and other social
distancing practices, which included: 1. Limiting personal interaction, such as face-to-face interaction and person-to-person contact. 2. Hygiene, like hand washing and sanitizing. 3. Routine cleaning and sanitation; 4. Safe access to facilities. 5. Maintaining a 1:15 or 1:20 staff-to-student ratio at all times. 6. Self-screening procedures for student athletes and staff.
23. What former FHS coach was honored by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association? Coach David Mayfield.
Former Billies Head Baseball Coach David Mayfield was an honorary retired baseball coach for the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Star Game in 2020.
Although the all-star game was canceled, Mayfield was honored with a ring ceremony commemorating his selection in front of former players and their family on the Fredericksburg baseball field.
Mayfield led the Billies for 16 years from 1979-1994. In that time they won five district championships, advanced to post season play seven times and made it to the state tournament in 1991.
24. Who received the Lone Star Conference Golf Newcomer of the Year award? Tyler Kaman.
The senior came off a
stellar first season at Cameron
University, for which he received the Lone Star Conference Newcomer of the Year Award for men’s golf. He was also voted the Cameron Athletics Newcomer of the Year by posting a team-best 74.06
scoring average in six tournaments and led the team
with two top-5 finishes.
25. What changes did FISD make to football ticket sales this season? They canceled season ticket holder sales and tickets were sold online.
FHS canceled season
ticket sales for the 2020 Battlin’ Billies home slate, opting
to only sell general admission
tickets for all home games online. Fredericksburg Independent School District instituted new guidelines for ticket
sales due to the UIL ruling that maximum seating capacity at venues should be no more than 50 percent.
At FHS Stadium, which holds 2,057 people, 1,203 people were allowed tickets to games
and only 674 visitors. Every other row was marked off in the stadium. Band members sat in chairs behind the goal post with a six-foot distance between participants. The band, drill and Red Hots did not travel to away games. The cheer squad and ROTC were allowed to travel.
26. Who did Heritage name as the new coach of the volleyball team? Jeska Hollimon Hagerty.
Jeska Hollimon Hagerty, who
grew up playing volleyball in
San Antonio, was named head volleyball coach at Heritage in September during a season that was cut in half due to the coronavirus pandemic. The team reached its goal of returning to the playoffs. They lost in the regional semifinals to San Antonio Atonement 25-22, 14-25, 12-25, 17-25.
27. Who became the FHS assistant tennis coach after Donald Hohn retired? Gilbert Renaud.
Renaud, who coached for 24 years, seven years in Fredericksburg, coached track and field at FHS in March when the pandemic hit. He also taught pre-AP English to freshmen. He has also coached baseball, powerlifting and football.
28. Who placed third in the State Bass Fishing Tournament? Austin Schneider and Kannon Danz.
Kannon Danz and Austin Schneider, members of the
Fredericksburg Battlin’ Bass team, qualified for the state tournament in 2019, the placed third in the state bass fishing meet at Lake Buchanan.
The 2019-20 FAN Championship was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and six teams from FHS qualified to compete.
Along with the trophy, Danz and Schneider got to split a
29. Who caught the two-point conversion catch with no time left on the clock to give the Billies football team its 25-24 come-from-behind victory over Boerne? Kade Jenschke.
Fredericksburg High School junior Kade Jenschke sealed the deal for the Billies after catching a two-point conversion with no time left on the clock to give FHS a 25-24 win over Boerne. The victory gave them a top 10 ranking and gave Head Coach Lance Moffett his first ever win at Boerne ISD Stadium.
30. Who was hired as head coach of the FHS swim team? Shannon Mistr.
Shannon Mistr was hired by the Fredericksburg ISD as FMS girls’ athletic coordinator, FMS volleyball coach and FMS swim coach in the summer of 2020.
31. What place did the Fredericksburg Middle School girls’ cross country team finish in district? First.
The Fredericksburg Middle
School eighth grade girls’ cross country team finished first in the Southwest Middle School
District Championship Cross
Country Meet in October at Medina Valley.
Bandera came in second and Lytle third.
The seventh grade girls’s team finished second in the team standings, the seventh grade boys’ were fourth and the eighth grade boys were fifth in their respective divisions.
32. What Harper sports teams swept their district meet? Harper boys’ cross country teams.
Harper’s boys’ cross country teams brought home four
gold medals from the District
29-2A Meet in San Saba in October. The Longhorn boys’ junior varsity and seventh and eighth grade teams ended their seasons with district championships.
The varsity boys’ team placed second in 2A Regional competition and 9th at state.
The junior varsity girls’ team took second place in district, while the seventh-grade girls team took third. The eighth grade did not field a team at district and varsity girls’ team placed fourth.
33. What team did the FHS girls’ volleyball team fall to in bi-district? La Vernia.
Fredericksburg High School volleyball team was defeated in three sets in bi-district play La Vernia 22-25, 23-25, 14-
25. The Billies ended their season their season with a record of 10-17 and a fourth-place finish in District 28-4A.
34. How many cross country runners did the city of Fredericksburg send to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state meet? Ten, four from Heritage and six from Ambleside.
Four runners from Heritage
School and three from Ambleside School ran in the TAPPS State Cross Country Meet in Hewitt in October.
Heritage freshman Elaine Craven placed second in the girls’ two-mile run and freshman Madelyn Smith was 35th while sophomore Joshua Tabor finished seventh in the three-mile and sophomore Alex Ludwig was 21st.
Both Craven and Tabor received all-state honors for their efforts.
Ambleside also had two runners take all-state honors and took 10 runners to the meet. Anna Kate Goodson, who placed fourth, and Maddie Alexander, who placed 10th in the two-mile run. Luna Kager placed 31st.
In the boys division three-mile run, Elijah Junker took 13th place, Ian Hughes, 25th and Garrett Hughes, 46th.
35. In what place did the Billies boys’ cross country team finish in state? Seventh.
Fredericksburg High School boys’ cross country team fin-ished seventh in the UIL Class 4A State Meet, beating last season’s finish and tying the 2017 FHS boys’ team finish.
They accomplished this feat without their fastest runner. Senior, Andrew Kendrick, suc-cumbed to heat exhaustion and couldn’t finish the race Round Rock in October. FHS runners adapted and Khristian Torres was the first finisher for the team in 35th place, followed by Kaleb Torres 52nd, Miles Hammond 77th, Ray Romero 83rd, Kade Jenschke in 100th place, and Jorge Lopez 107th in a field of 123 runners.
36. Who did the Harper volleyball team face in the regional semifinal tournament? Schulenberg.
The Ladyhorns lost to Schulenberg in three sets, 25-17, 25-15, 25-16, UIL 2A regional semifinals in November at Randolph High School.
In the playoffs, Harper defeated Freer 3-2 in the regional quarterfinals, Nov. 5 with scores of 25-21, 25-14, 23-25, 20-25, 15-7; Premont in area, Nov. 3, 3-1, with scores of 25-11, 25-19, 18-25, 27-25 and La Pryor in bi-district in three sets, 25-13, 25-19, 25-9. The Ladyhorns, 3-2 and 20-9, were second place in District 29-2A behind Johnson City.
37. How many players hit 1,000 career points in basketball this year? Two, Brittley Bowers and Audrey Sprugin.
FHS seniors Brittley Bowers and Audrey Spurgin, hit the thousand career points milestone in 2020.
Bowers scored her 1,000 in November in an empty gym (after FISD did not allow spectators due to the high cases of COVID-19 exposure) to Cornerstone Christian, Nov. 10. The Billies won 65-26. Sprugin hit the mark in December in their 67-48 win over Burnet to help the Billies to a 13-1 record before the holiday break.
38. How did the Heritage volleyball team advance to the playoffs? COVID-19.
The Heritage volleyball team made it to the playoffs, despite not having won a single district game, because TAPPS expanded the bracket to allow all teams in because of the high number of canceled games due to the coronavirus.
The Eagles lost to San Antonio Atonement 3-1 in the regional semifinals in November, after beating the number one team in the District 6-1A San Antonio Cornerstone and upsetting Bulverde Living Rock in round two.
39. What milestone did FHS basketball coach Tim Kaman achieve this season? 600th career win.
FHS Head Coach Tim Kaman’s 600th career victory was celebrated in Marble Falls after the Billies beat the Mustangs 57-42. With the victory, the Billies, 7-0 at the time, moved to No. 10 in the state polls. Kaman has coached the basketball team for 26 years.
40. Who did Heritage football face in the TAPPS 6-man football state semifinal game? Summit Christian Academy of Cedar Park.
40. Cedar Park Summit Chrisitan Academy.
Heritage School, last year’s TAPPS Six Man Football
Division III state champions fell to Summit Christian
Academy, 76-52, in the semifinal round of the playoffs December in Zephyr. The Summit team from Cedar Park were crowned state champion for 2020 with their 42-34 victory over Kingdom Prep Academy in the championship game.