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Local Olympian Leonel Manzano makes appearance in Rio Games

MARBLE FALLS — You might have recognized a familiar face during the opening weekend of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics: Leonel Manzano. No, not on the track — the middle distance runner just missed making the games in Brazil during the Olympic Trials in July. (more…)

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Leonel Manzano finishes just shy of making third Olympics

Leonel Manzano finishes just shy of making third Olympics

FROM STAFF REPORTS EUGENE, Oregon — Less than a second separated Marble Falls High School graduate Leonel Manzano from a third straight Olympics. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School graduate Leonel Manzano is competing in the Olympic Trials this week in an effort to make his third U.S. Olympics team. AP file photo

Leonel Manzano going for goal: another Olympics

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER EUGENE, Oregon — For the past two U.S. Olympic Trials, 1,500 meter runners have felt and heard the roar of the “Lion.” That lion is 2004 Marble Falls High School graduate Leonel Manzano. (more…)

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John Berkman, who graduated from Marble Falls in 2001, returns as the girls head basketball coach and girls athletic coordinator. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls makes two new coaching hires and one promotion

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — One new Marble Falls High School head coach is coming home, while another is accepting a promotion. And a third is making Marble Falls her new home. Athletic director Matt Green announced the moves after the board of trustees approved the recommendations during its regular meeting June 20. […]

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BCISD hires new coaches including volleyball, softball

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — The coaching staff at Burnet Consolidated Independent School District is coming together with several new hires for the 2016-17 school year, including two new head coaches. (more…)

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Burnet High School senior Brock Foster signs his letter of intent to be a track-and-field athlete for McMurry University as parents Earl (standing, left) and Kaci, grandmother Liz White and brother Chadd Foster look on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet multi-sport athlete Brock Foster signs with McMurry

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Burnet High School senior Brock Foster didn’t take an offseason. The five-sport athlete devoted himself to being the best he could for the Bulldogs. Now, he’ll take that commitment with him as he competes as a track-and-field athlete for McMurry University. Foster signed his letter of intent May […]

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Burnet hires Marble Falls coach as girls athletic coordinator

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — When Burnet Consolidated Independent School District athletic director Kurt Jones began looking for a new girls athletic coordinator and high school girls basketball coach, he looked south down U.S. 281. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School hurdler and jumper Natalie Schulz at the height of an attempt during the long jump competition at the Class 5A state meet May 13. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls, Burnet and Llano track athletes compete at state meet

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER AUSTIN — Three track-and-field athletes representing the Highland Lakes made the area proud because of how well they competed at the University Interscholastic League state meet May 12-14. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior Natalie Schulz signs her letter of intent May 11 to be a member of the Angelo State University track-and-field team as Lady Mustangs head coach Anthony Torns watches. ASU, located in San Angelo, is a member of the Lone Star Conference in the NCAA’s Division II. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls track athlete Natalie Schulz signs with Angelo State

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Moments after signing her commitment to Angelo State University with a letter of intent May 11, Marble Falls High School track-and-field senior standout Natalie Schulz celebrated the moment the only way she knew how. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior Natalie Schulz gets instructions before performing the next drill during a recent workout. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls, Burnet, Llano track athletes at state

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS  — Three area track-and-field athletes are headed to Austin for the state meet May 12-14. Marble Falls High School senior Natalie Schulz will make her third consecutive state appearance in Class 5A. (more…)

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Days after capturing the bronze medal in the boys 110-meter hurdles at the Texas Relays earlier this month, Burnet High School senior hurdler Ian Carter was back on the Bulldog track to fine-tune his form during a recent practice. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

High school hurdlers need ‘fearlessness’ to compete, say coaches

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Burnet High School sophomore Ian Carter’s finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the Texas Relays on April 2 says plenty about him and Highland Lakes hurdlers. Carter captured bronze in 14.78 seconds, slightly behind Stafford’s Caleb Parker, who was second in 14.64 seconds. Both runners are in Class […]

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Marble Falls High School senior runner Nydia Castro (seated, left) signs her letter of intent to run for Ranger College on March 11 as Mustangs head cross-country and girls track coach Anthony Torns (seated) and parents, Javier and Gabriela Castro, look on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls runner Nydia Castro headed to Ranger College

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Before Marble Falls High School senior runner Nydia Castro signed her letter of intent to compete for Ranger College on March 11, she scanned the room of familiar faces that included her family, teammates, friends and school officials. (more…)

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Llano track coach, offensive coordinator takes job at Claude

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER LLANO — A Llano High School coaching resignation means athletic director and head football coach Craig Slaughter has another duty. Jarrett Vickers was named the head football coach and athletic director at Claude High School, which is near Amarillo. He was approved for hire Feb. 18. Vickers was the boys […]

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Marble Falls track, receivers coach hired as New Diana AD

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School coach Robbie Coplin will become the New Diana athletic director and head football coach, pending board approval Feb. 15. Coplin, who is the Mustangs head track-and-field coach and the co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the football team, has been at Marble Falls […]

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Leonel Manzano after winning a silver medal in the men's 1,500 meters at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Photo by The Associated Press

Olympian Leonel Manzano warming up for a big 2016

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Olympic medalist and Marble Falls High School graduate Leonel Manzano is using the final weeks of 2015 to get ready for a big 2016. (more…)

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Leo Manzano headed to World Championships with Team USA

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER EUGENE, Oregon — Marble Falls High School graduate Leonel Manzano made his seventh Team USA squad June 27 during the U.S. Track and Field Championships. The World Championships are Aug. 22-30 in Beijing. (more…)

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Former Mustang Leonel Manzano running for spot at world meet

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER EUGENE, Oregon — Leonel Manzano spent Father’s Day with his family June 21, electing to rest days before boarding a plane to the U.S. Track and Field Championships, where he’ll run in the 1,500-meter race. (more…)

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Burnet High School senior pole vaulter Blake Skoog (seated) on May 20 signed her letter of intent to compete for the University of North Texas as Burnet coaches Glen Hafley (standing, left) and Doug Messer and her mother, Suzzanne Haney, celebrated the moment with her. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet pole vaulter Blake Skoog receives scholarship to UNT

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — Blake Skoog always has been somewhat of a thrill seeker. Years before she secured an athletic scholarship to be a pole vaulter for the University of North Texas, the Burnet High School senior spent her time working with horses. (more…)

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Marble Falls discuss thrower Ryan Becker wins bronze at state meet

Marble Falls discuss thrower Ryan Becker wins bronze at state meet

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF AUSTIN — As Marble Falls High School junior discus thrower Ryan Becker waited his turn for his sixth toss at the Class 5A state meet May 15, throwing coach Ricky Sparks reminded him it was his final chance to medal. “I’m due for a good one because all I have to […]

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Faith Academy girls track team brings home bronze from state

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF WACO — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls track-and-field team finished third at the Class 3A state meet of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools on May 8-9. (more…)

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Burnet track brings home silvers from regionals, heading to state meet

KINGSVILLE — Two Burnet High School track-and-field athletes and one relay team has qualified for the Class 4A state meet. The athletes finished in the top two of events at the Class 4A Region IV meet May 1-2. (more…)

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Faith Academy track athletes headed to state meet May 8-9

FROM STAFF REPORTS BASTROP — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls track-and-field team finished second at the Class 3A south regional meet at Bastrop Memorial Stadium on April 30. (more…)

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Two Marble Falls track athletes qualify for state meet May 15

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF SAN ANTONIO — On the days they needed to perform at their best, Marble Falls High School senior discus thrower Ryan Becker and junior hurdler Natalie Schulz did just that to qualify for the Class 5A state meet. Becker threw a personal best 156 feet 3 inches to finish second […]

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Former Marble Falls track star inducted into ACU Sports Hall of Fame

Former Marble Falls track star inducted into ACU Sports Hall of Fame

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF ABILENE — As Ann Foster Faulknor was setting triple jump records at Abilene Christian University, the 1983 Marble Falls High School graduate never dreamed she would land in the university’s Sports Hall of Fame. But that’s what happened when Faulknor returned to the campus April 10 with her husband, Chris, […]

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Retiring coach Kyle Futrell reflects on a memorable track record, athletes

Retiring coach Kyle Futrell reflects on a memorable track record, athletes

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Twenty-two years later, Kyle Futrell still has the old checkbook cover with the numbers 19 and 1¾ on it. The cover serves as a reminder of what athletes can accomplish when they’re loosened, focused and fight for victory. (more…)

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Several Burnet track athletes headed to regional meet

BURNET — Thirteen track-and-field athletes and three relay teams for Burnet High School advanced to the Class 4A Region IV meet thanks to their finishes at the District 25 and 26-4A area meet April 23. Athletes had to finish in the top four in each event to qualify for regionals. (more…)

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