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Marble Falls High School assistant football coach Matt Priem and his Team Japan offense. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls coach Ryan Priem learned much from Team Japan experience

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER ARLINGTON — Football bridges cultures. So does Texas barbecue, but more on that later. Marble Falls High School assistant football coach Ryan Priem, a volunteer with USA Football, learned both of these things as Team Japan’s offensive coordinator during the International Bowl at AT&T Stadium on Jan. 16-17. The event […]

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Marble Falls High School co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Matt Priem (back row, center) is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Team Japan in International Bowl VIII on Jan. 16-17 in Arlington. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Coach brings Marble Falls offense to Team Japan for International Bowl

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER ARLINGTON — Marble Falls High School assistant football coach Ryan Priem is taking the Mustangs’ offensive scheme to an international level. He is spending Jan. 11-16 teaching Team Japan the Marble Falls spread offense after accepting a special appointment from USA Football as the international squad’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks […]

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Former Burnet High School football coach and athletic director Bob Shipley announced his retirement Jan. 6. He was in the middle of his third year at Belton High School.

Former Burnet football player and coach Bob Shipley retiring

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — After 31 years of coaching football — 17 as a head coach — one thing finally makes sense to Bob Shipley. “I’d always heard, ‘When it’s time to retire, you’ll know,’” said the Burnet High School graduate and former head football coach and athletics director. “I now understand […]

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Sunrise Beach resident Tim Webb recently released his catch — a 71-pound blue catfish — back into Lake LBJ following an official weigh-in with Texas Parks and Wildlife noting the record-breaking fish. Courtesy Photo

Sunrise Beach man catches record blue catfish with rod and reel on Lake LBJ

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER Fisherman’s Prayer: “Lord help me catch a fish so large that even I in the tell of it never need to lie.” SUNRISE BEACH — Tim Webb says on Dec. 22, he got “lucky” when he crossed paths on Lake LBJ with a “lazy” blue catfish. Around 5:30 p.m. that […]

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Burnet junior forward Carlos Silva applies light defensive pressure to sophomore wing Jose Gonzales. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Challenges await Burnet High School’s newest sport

BURNET — In their first year as varsity programs, the Burnet High School boys and girls soccer teams will embark on one of the toughest ways to qualify for the Class 4A playoffs

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The Faith Academy swim team

With new coach, Faith swim program jumps into deep end

Randy Denton he believes Krystal Lunsford is exactly what the Faith Academy swim team needs to return to the glory it experienced a decade ago when the Flames routinely advanced to the state meet of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

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Marble Falls Middle School eighth-grader Aaron Ramirez braces to do a squat under the watchful eye of boys athletic coordinator Jamie Graham. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

New center building better Marble Falls Middle School athletes

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Middle School coaching staff has found a new purpose for the old agriculture building on campus. They’re still raising something, but now it’s bigger, stronger, and faster Mustangs. The athletic department has transformed the building into a center where middle school students can develop […]

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The University Interscholastic League will require all member schools share data on concussions suffered during competitions starting in the 2017-18 school year. Marble Falls Independent School District has been voluntarily turning in that date for some time, say MFISD officials. Photo by Diana Cox

Marble Falls has head start on UIL concussion data-sharing requirement

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — While all Texas schools in the University Interscholastic League will be required to share concussion data starting in the 2017-18 academic year, Marble Falls school district leaders have already moved to the head of the class on the subject. (more…)

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Leonel Manzano after winning a silver medal in the men

Finish line not in sight for Olympian Leonel Manzano

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER AUSTIN — A healthier Leonel Manzano is back to training for the upcoming cross-country and track-and-field seasons. The 2004 graduate of Marble Falls High School and 2012 Olympic silver medalist is preparing for his ninth year on the professional circuit. He has been to two Olympics: the 2012 London Games, where […]

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is stocking the Llano River with rainbow trout this winter.

Winter weather brings plenty of rainbow trout in Central Texas

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Move over bass (and catfish) because rainbow trout are coming. While the largemouth bass and other warm water species rank as top angler targets most of the year, when the temperatures drop, anglers are often left wondering what to do until spring. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls head girls basketball coach Jerry English talks to the Lady Flames during halftime of their 61-23 victory over Waco Reicher on Nov. 15 — his 1,197th career win. He followed that victory up a few games later with his 1200th win, which was one for the record books. The school will celebrate his milestone at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the student center on campus, 3151 RR 1411 East in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith coach Jerry English in the record books with 1200th win

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — One of coach Jerry English’s favorite terms is “rarefied air.” In fact, he used it so much during the Faith Academy girls basketball team’s 2007-08 season that former standout Kristen Jung asked him to define it during one of his chalk talks. “Air of the highest peaks,” […]

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Retiring coach Russ Roberts says success is more than just wins

Retiring coach Russ Roberts says success is more than just wins

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — After 40 years of coaching, Russ Roberts still believes most people are unaware what he and others in his profession really do. “Almost nobody understands what your job is,” he said. “There’s an unbelievable misunderstanding of what a coach is. He’s basically a developer of young people.” (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior runner Sophie McCannon (center) signs her letter of intent to compete for Abilene Christian University with her parents, Steve and Shannon McCannon, by her side. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith Academy runner Sophie McCannon signs with ACU

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A sense of comfort, a Christian environment, and a desire to run on the NCAA Division I level propelled Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior middle-distance runner Sophie McCannon to sign her letter of intent to compete for Abilene Christian University. She had a signing ceremony at […]

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The Marble Falls High School cross-country team with coach Anthony Torns (right).

Marble Falls, Burnet, and Llano compete at state cross-country meet

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER ROUND ROCK — Three Highland Lakes public high schools had runners representing them at the state cross-country meet Nov. 12. The Marble Falls Lady Mustangs, who made history as the first Marble Falls squad to compete at the state meet as a team, finished last out of 16 teams on […]

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Burnet's Preston Reeves rumbles for some yards late in the game against the Taylor Ducks on Friday, Nov. 11, at Bible Stadium in Leander. The Ducks beat the Bulldogs 42-6 in the first round of the playoffs. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Taylor Ducks fly high in second half to beat Burnet 42-6

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR LEANDER — The Burnet Bulldogs season came to an end Nov. 11 with a 42-6 loss to the Taylor Ducks in a Class 4A Division I bi-district championship. Burnet wraps up the season with a 7-4 record. (more…)

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Llano High School junior fullback John Soliz was stopped a yard short of the end zone — though junior left tackle Ray Dixon signals a touchdown — during the Yellow Jackets’ 22-18 loss to Crystal City on Nov. 10 in a Class 4A Division II bi-district championship. Junior running back Mason Greenwood scored on the next play. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro

Llano goes back and forth with Crystal City in 22-18 bi-district loss

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER SAN ANTONIO — The Llano High School football team was on the wrong side of Crystal City history Nov. 10 as the Javelinas got their first playoff win since 1953. Crystal City beat the Yellow Jackets 22-18 in a Class 4A Division II bi-district championship at Edgewood Veterans Stadium in […]

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Faith ends playoff drought Nov. 11 against Shiner St. Paul

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A win against Temple Central Texas Christian last week put the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools playoffs for the first time in two years. (more…)

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Burnet High School senior basketball player Haley Fieseler (center) signs her national letter of intent Nov. 9 with her parents, Lori and Joel Fieseler, by her side. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet’s Haley Fieseler to play basketball at Tarleton State

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Burnet High School senior basketball player Haley Fieseler signed her national letter of intent Nov. 9, the first day of the early signing period, to play at Tarleton State University. (more…)

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Receive Sterling Galban and the Burnet Bulldogs take on the Taylor Ducks in a bi-district championship at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at A.C. Bible Stadium, 3301 S. Bagdad Road in Leander. Listen to the game on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune or at KBEYFM.com starting with a 7 p.m. pregame show. Photo by Glenn Morris/FTMOG.com

Burnet’s win streak against Taylor on the line in bi-district

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — In his fifth year as Burnet High School head football coach, Kurt Jones has guided the Bulldogs to the playoffs each season and lost to Taylor once in five games: a 9-7 setback in 2012. (more…)

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The Llano Yellow Jackets take on the Crystal City Javelinas in a Class 4A Division II bi-district championship at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Edgewood Veterans Stadium in San Antonio.

Llano needs to forget last year as it plays Crystal City in bi-district

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Llano High School head football coach Craig Slaughter said the toughest part of preparing for a bi-district matchup against Crystal City is making sure players understand that last year’s 42-26 playoff victory over the Javelinas is in the past. (more…)

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Llano High School junior Ian Fletcher hugs Opal Rode, a resident at Llano Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, after he handed her a flower during a pep rally Nov. 2. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro

Llano players, band, and cheerleaders bring pep to nursing home residents

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER LLANO — The smiles, hugs, and pats on the back made a 30-minute pep rally at Llano Nursing and Rehabilitation Center worth every second for residents and the Llano High School students who attended. (more…)

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Faith ends 2-year playoff drought with 42-14 win over CTC

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER TEMPLE — The message during the week was clear to the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team: Beat Temple Central Texas Christian and win a trip to the Division III playoffs of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. The Flames (4-5 overall, 2-3 District 4) responded with […]

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Marble Falls ends season with 41-10 loss to Dripping Springs

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team’s season ended with a 41-10 loss to Dripping Springs on Nov. 4. The Mustangs’ (2-8 overall, 0-7 District 26-5A) lone touchdown came on their last drive, when junior receiver Keegan Deering caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Zach […]

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La Vega too much for Burnet, but Bulldogs in the playoffs

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR WACO — The Waco La Vega Pirates used a number of weapons to put up more than 500 yards of rushing in their 63-23 win over the Burnet Bulldogs on Nov. 4. (more…)

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Burnet Bulldogs face toughest test at Waco La Vega

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — The Burnet High School football team hits the road to face its toughest opponent of the season. The Bulldogs (7-2 overall, 2-2 in District 13-4A Division I) are at Waco La Vega (9-0, 4-0), the 2015 state champion and ranked no worse than No. 2 in Class 4A […]

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Marble Falls aims to end season on positive at Dripping Springs

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team will ends its season on the road at Dripping Springs on Nov. 4. The two square off at 7:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium, located on Tiger Lane at Bell Spring Road. Listen to the game on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio […]

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