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Burnet High School offensive line coach Eddy Parker demonstrates the proper way to perform a deadlift at the Burnet High School fieldhouse weight room for Grant Jones and Luke Hudgins (right) as his wife, Lacy Parker, a girls basketball and track coach, looks on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

‘Big Eddy’ back in Burnet; line coach and wife return to alma mater

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Even as he sat down to pour glasses of chocolate milk for Burnet student-athletes after a morning of strength-and-conditioning workouts, it’s hard to miss Eddy Parker. (more…)

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Matt Green snags coaches from Marble Falls, Burnet for Llano

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Newly named Llano Independent School District athletic director Matt Green plucked three Marble Falls coaches and one Burnet coach to complement his Yellow Jackets staff. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School interim head football coach and athletics director Michael Birdwell puts the Mustangs through mat drills on the first day of voluntary strength-and-conditioning workouts June 12 at Mustang Stadium. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Mustangs coach Michael Birdwell takes handoff from Matt Green

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — When current coach Michael Birdwell was offered the chance to become the interim Marble Falls High School head football coach and athletics director, he wasted no time in accepting. (more…)

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Marble Falls football coach Matt Green takes over Llano job

Marble Falls football coach Matt Green takes over Llano job

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Earlier this month, Llano High School athletic director and head football coach Craig Slaughter resigned, sending the Yellow Jackets on a search for his replacement. They didn’t have to look far. (more…)

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Burnet High School’s Drew Kiser (top left) and Koby Edwards and Marble Falls High School’s Dalton Mayberry (bottom left) and Heath Dooley will play in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ All-Star Unity Bowl on June 9 in Georgetown.

Burnet and Marble Falls football players in FCA bowl game June 9

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GEORGETOWN — Four Burnet County high school football players will represent the area June 9 at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ All-Star Unity Bowl. To participate, athletes had to have graduated from high school in 2017 and been nominated by their head coach. (more…)

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Llano AD and head football coach Craig Slaughter resigns

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Craig Slaughter resigned as the head football coach and athletic director at Llano High School on June 2 to become the defensive coordinator at Wall High School. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School defensive backs stretch minutes before the start of the Black and White game May 23. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Defense shines in Marble Falls football’s Black and White game

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Defense set the tone early and often during the Marble Falls High School football team’s Black and White game May 23 to end spring practices. (more…)

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The biggest question mark for the Marble Falls High School football team is the starting lineup in the trenches. Coaches hope to get more answers during the spring game at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Mustang Stadium. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls spring football game is a time to answer questions

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team hopes to answer some questions May 23 about the 2017 squad when spring drills end with the purple and gold game. (more…)

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Burnet High School rising senior receiver Sterling Galban looks for a pass during the 44-18 win against Austin Crockett on Sept. 16, 2016. Galban recently committed to play football for Iowa State University. Photo by Glenn Morris/FTMOG.com

Burnet receiver Sterling Galban commits to Big 12’s Iowa State

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Pure speed. That’s what Iowa State University was recruiting when the Cyclones offered a scholarship to Burnet High School football player Sterling Galban. Galban, who will be a senior next year, was looking for a place that reminded him of home. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls names Pete Rhoades new head football coach

Faith Academy of Marble Falls names Pete Rhoades new head football coach

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls named Pete Rhoades as its new football coach. The school made the announcement May 3. He replaces Stephen Shipley, who resigned from the position in April for personal reasons. (more…)

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Burnet begins 7-on-7 league looking for standout quarterback

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — When the Burnet High School football program begins its annual 7-on-7 league May 1, the Bulldogs will be looking for a starting quarterback to fill the shoes of graduating senior Kobe Edwards. (more…)

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Rising junior quarterback Andrew Stripling (center), who started for the Marble Falls High School football team in 2016, returns to the field with the rest of the Mustangs for spring practices Wednesday, April 26. Photo by Diana Cox

Marble Falls football begins spring practices with 11 returning starters

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team begins spring practices April 26 with one advantage it hasn’t had in about four years: a returning starter at quarterback. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls head coach Stephen Shipley resigned April 13 after one year. File photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith Academy head football coach resigns after year

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls is looking for a new head football coach following the resignation of Stephen Shipley. The academy announced April 13 that Shipley had resigned as the head football coach. Shipley cited personal reasons and time commitment for his resignation. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School football team blocked a field goal attempt by Austin Crockett during the first half of the Mustangs’ 44-21 win on Sept. 9. Photos by Diana Cox

Class 5A split in district a big score for Marble Falls football

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Years of conversations, polls, and, finally, a ballot have resulted in a big school-small school split of Class 5A football for district play starting in the fall of 2018. As one of the smaller 5A schools, this is good news for Marble Falls and its football team. […]

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Faith Academy two months away from new weight room

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — In two months, Faith Academy of Marble Falls will open its new weight room housing boys and girls locker rooms and a trainers room in a 4,600-square-foot building. “We’re excited,” said athletics director and boys head basketball coach Randy Denton. “We’re thankful for the money that has […]

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior football player Preston Richardson (seated, left) signs his National Letter of Intent to play football for Southern Nazarene University on Feb. 3 as mother Lydia, father Jim (standing, left), and sisters Chloe and Ella look on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith football player Preston Richardson signs with Southern Nazarene

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF REPORTER MARBLE FALLS — The biggest reason Preston Richardson wanted to attend Faith Academy of Marble Falls is because he found a faculty, staff, and student body that believed in him, he said. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior linebacker Heath Dooley signed his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 1 to play football for Midwestern State University. His parents are Thomas Dooley (left) and Maureen and Will Everett. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls linebacker Heath Dooley signs with Midwestern State

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School senior linebacker Heath Dooley signed his National Letter of Intent to play football for Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls on Feb. 1, which is National Signing Day. (more…)

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Burnet High School senior quarterback Koby Edwards (center) signs his letter of intent to play for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa with his mother, Autumn Edwards, and father, Stephen Edwards, observing. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet quarterback, girls soccer standout sign with respective schools

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Two Burnet High School seniors signed their National Letters of Intent to play college sports on National Signing Day on Feb. 1. (more…)

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Tight end David Morgan, a 2011 Marble Falls High School graduate, just finished his first season in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings

After quick vacation, Vikings’ David Morgan back home and looking toward 2017

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — David Morgan did what many of us do after our first year on the job: He took a vacation. But Morgan’s occupation is quite different than most. The 2011 Marble Falls High School graduate spent 18 weeks as a backup tight end for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. […]

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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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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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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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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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