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The Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls tennis team of Allison Stallard, Karson Cain, Nikki Salinas, Kiley Magerkurth, Bailey Freeman, and Christian Wilcox hold the Class 4A state championship plaque for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. It is the program’s seventh state title. Courtesy photo

Faith Academy girls tennis team wins seventh state title in 14 years

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO WACO — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls tennis squad is once again the state champion. The Lady Flames captured the program’s seventh state title in 14 years on April 18, earning 20.5 points at the tournament. The school is hosing a celebration at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, at […]

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Llano throwers out-heave competition at district meet; Burnet athletes also advance

Llano throwers out-heave competition at district meet; Burnet athletes also advance

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Burnet and Llano high school distance runners, hurdlers, and throwers highlighted the District 19-4A track-and-field meet April 11-12 at Bulldog Field. However, the Yellow Jacket throwers really stood out. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior midfielder Rudy Guevara (2) runs over to congratulate junior forward Isek Munoz (12) after Munoz scored the go-ahead goal for the Mustangs to give them a 2-1 lead in first half of the regional quarterfinal contest against Dripping Springs on April 6. Marble Falls won 5-2. Joining in the celebration were senior midfielder Christian Ammons (23), senior forward Cristian Santibanez, and senior midfielder Fortino Tinajera (15). Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls boys soccer had a season of firsts for program

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — A 6-0 loss to Pharr Valley View in a Class 5A Region IV semifinal April 13 doesn’t diminish the success of the Marble Falls High School boys soccer team’s 2018 season. (more…)

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Former Burnet High School athlete and ex-NFL receiver Jordan Shipley enjoys a laugh during the April 9 gathering of the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club. Shipley, who was the guest speaker, shared his football memories stretching back to his high school years and culminating with his professional career. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Former Burnet standout Jordan Shipley’s goal is to not be known for football

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO HORSESHOE BAY — Jordan Shipley attributes his success in football to two unlikeliest objects: couch cushions. He recounted this story as a guest speaker during the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club gathering April 9. (more…)

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Marble Falls pole vaulter T.J. Stephenson aims high and wins gold at district

Marble Falls pole vaulter T.J. Stephenson aims high and wins gold at district

  STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO KERRVILLE — Marble Falls High School senior pole vaulter T.J. Stephenson never won a championship event until April 4. On that day, he claimed the most important gold medal of the season, thus far, in the District 26-5A pole vaulting after clearing 14 feet 6 inches. Stephenson also set a […]

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Dripping Springs senior goalie Jaxson Thornton dives helplessly as the ball goes into the net to tie the contest against the Marble Falls High School boys soccer team 1-1 early in the first half of a regional quarterfinal game April 6. The Mustangs prevailed 5-2 to advance to the Class 5A Region IV tournament for the first time in school history. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls boys soccer advances to region tournament for first time

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LAKEWAY — The Marble Falls High School boys soccer team is making a historical trip April 13. The Mustangs are on their way to Corpus Christi for the Class 5A Region IV tournament for the first time in school history after eliminating District 26-5A rival Dripping Springs 5-2 in the regional […]

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Marble Falls High School freshman Bailey Goggans on her way to winning the 800 meters in 2 minutes 13.11 seconds at the District 26-5A meet. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Lady Mustangs finish second at district track meet; two boys advance to area

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO KERRVILLE — Marble Falls High School girls track-and-field head coach Anthony Torns said the runner-up finish in the team standings at the District 26-5A meet April 4-5 came down to two races. (more…)

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Marble Falls Youth Football registering kids to play in May 7-on-7 league

Marble Falls Youth Football registering kids to play in May 7-on-7 league

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — In Texas, anytime is a great time to play football, no matter its version, and that includes 7-on-7. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School junior forward Isek Munoz battles for the ball during the Mustangs’ bi-district win over Austin Lanier on March 29. Marble Falls continued its winning ways in the second round with a 2-0 victory over Victoria East on April 3. The Mustangs now face Dripping Springs on April 6. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls boys soccer wins area match 2-0; next up is Dripping Springs

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO SEGUIN — A 2-0 victory over Victoria East showed how dominant the Marble Falls High School boys soccer team is on the field. The win came April 3 in an area-round playoff match. (more…)

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Burnet girls soccer lose 9-2 to Boerne in second round

Burnet girls soccer lose 9-2 to Boerne in second round

FROM STAFF REPORTS FREDERICKSBURG — The Burnet High School girls soccer team’s season ended April 2 with a 9-2 loss to Boerne High in the second round of the playoffs. (more…)

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Burnet hurdler Ian Carter wins gold at Texas Relays

Burnet hurdler Ian Carter wins gold at Texas Relays

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO AUSTIN — From the first hurdle to the last, Burnet High School senior Ian Carter left no doubt he was the best high school 110-meter high hurdler at the Texas Relays on March 31. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School 1600-meter sprint medley team of junior Nomi Pegues (left), freshman Bailey Goggans, junior Natasha Villalobos, and senior Trinity Ware pose with three-time U.S. Olympian Leonel Manzano, a 2004 graduate of Marble Falls. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls runner gets Olympian’s seal of approval; girls finish fifth at Texas Relays

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO AUSTIN — When the Marble Falls High School 1600-meter sprint medley relay team arrived at Mike Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus March 30, its No. 1 fan was waiting in the parking lot. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior midfielder Christian Ammons and Austin Lanier junior center back Michael Varela knock each other down trying to get to the ball during the Mustangs’ 2-1 victory in a bi-district championship March 29. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Determination kicks in as Marble Falls get 2-1 bi-district win over Lanier

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — A determined, stingy, and focused Austin Lanier boys soccer team invaded Mustang Stadium set on ensuring history repeated itself in a bi-district matchup March 29 to begin the Class 5A postseason. (more…)

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The Burnet High School girls soccer team pose with its bi-district championship trophy after a stunning 8-0 victory over Jarrell on March 29. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Lady Dawgs soccer too much for Jarrell in 8-0 bi-district win

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Burnet High School head girls soccer coach Matthew Russell wasn’t surprised by his team’s lopsided 8-0 win over Jarrell in a bi-district championship March 29. However, he was amazed by the fact the Lady Dawgs (15-5-1, 6-2 in District 26-4A) had a 6-0 lead by halftime. (more…)

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Marble Falls Middle School coach Joe Powell was named the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coach of the Year in the Austin area. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls Middle School’s Joe Powell named FCA Coach of the Year

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — While Barney Sarver could have included several recommendations for Marble Falls Middle School coach Joe Powell’s nomination for Fellowship of Christian Athletes Austin-area Coach of the Year, it only took one. (more…)

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Dylan Crownover, a Marble Falls High School senior, competed in a drag boat race in San Angelo on June 23-25. He placed second. Crownover is keeping family tradition by racing, following in the wake of his father, Marcus Kinsey. The teen recently was awarded the David Skalicky Memorial Award for Flatbottom Driver of the Year presented by the South Drag Boat Association. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls teen racer Dylan Crownover is Flatbottom Driver of the Year

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO FORT WORTH — Dylan Crownover completed his rookie season as a drag boat racer by winning the ultimate honor: the David Skalicky Memorial Award for Flatbottom Driver of the Year presented by the Southern Drag Boat Association. Crownover received the award Feb. 24. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior basketball player Keegan Deering (middle) is presented with a scholarship for $500 after being named the co-Most Valuable Player of the Chicken Express Hill Country All-Star Classic in Kerrville on March 24. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls forward Keegan Deering wins co-MVP, scholarship in all-star game

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO KERRVILLE — Marble Falls High School senior forward Keegan Deering became the latest Mustang to represent the community at the Chicken Express Hill Country All-Star Classic, which was played March 24. (more…)

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Llano High School senior powerlifter Dakoda Trull deadlifts several hundred pounds at the state meet of the Texas High School Powerlifting Association in Abilene on March 24. Courtesy photo

Llano’s Dakoda Trull sets 860-pound squat record, wins state title

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO ABILENE — When Llano High School senior Dakoda Trull set a state record for squatting 860 pounds at the Texas High School Power Association state meet March 24, he immediately knew what kind of day was ahead. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School freshman Bailey Goggans finished the 800 meters in 2 minutes 11.39 seconds to set a new Daybreak Rotary Club Mustang Relays record and break her own record that she set in late February. The time is tops in the state and ranks fifth nationally. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Marble Falls freshman phenom Bailey Goggans, teammates finish first at own meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — In her only meet on Leonel Manzano Track, Marble Falls High School freshman 800-meter runner Bailey Goggans didn’t disappoint March 24. She led from start to finish in the event, which was part of the Daybreak Rotary Club Mustang Relays, clocking in at 2 minutes 11.39 seconds officially […]

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Area football coaches going to school for new tackling technique requirements

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The goal of making football a safer sport prompted the University Interscholastic League and the Texas High School Coaches Association to examine if there’s a better way of tackling. (more…)

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Freshman Standout Competes at Home Meet Saturday in Mustang Relays

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — One of the nation’s fastest 800-meter runners will be taking to Leonel Manzano Track at Mustang Stadium for the annual Daybreak Rotary Club Mustang Relays this Saturday, March 24. Freshman Bailey Goggans will be competing in the 800 meters weeks after clocking the second fastest time nationally this […]

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TPWD reminds boaters to ‘clean, drain, dry’ vessels to stop invasive species

TPWD reminds boaters to ‘clean, drain, dry’ vessels to stop invasive species

FROM TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT AUSTIN – As sunny days and warm weather kick off spring boating season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s inland fisheries and law enforcement staffs are urging boaters to fight back against aquatic invasive species that threaten Texas lakes. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School fishing duo wins 2nd at state, going to nationals

Marble Falls High School fishing duo wins 2nd at state, going to nationals

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO TYLER — After not catching any fish for almost three hours during the Student Angler Federation Texas high school state tournament March 10, Marble Falls High School seniors Kaleb Smith and Craig Dodson changed their strategy. (more…)

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Burnet High School girls soccer player Savannah McHam and Lady Dawgs head coach Matthew Russell are all smiles March 9 after McHam signs her National Letter of Intent to play college soccer for Concordia University. Courtesy photo

Burnet soccer player Savannah McHam signs with Concordia

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — When the Burnet High School girls soccer team finds itself down a goal, the Lady Dawgs pick up the intensity. The player who typically gets her teammates to give more is senior forward Savannah McHam. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior football player Cab Booth (seated, middle) signs his national letter of intent to play for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as his parents, Jim and Angela Booth (seated), Faith Academy athletics director Randy Denton (standing, left), head football coach Pete Rhoades, former Flames head coaches Stephen Shipley and Russ Roberts, and sister, Seri, look on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith Academy’s Cab Booth to play football at Mary Hardin-Baylor

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior football player Cab Booth on Feb. 23 signed a National Letter of Intent to play college football for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School freshman runner Bailey Goggans (in black uniform) competed Jan. 6 at the Texas A&M University Indoor Meet, where she ran the 400 meters in 56.99 seconds. Leading the race is Frisco Heritage runner Bailey Lear, the state’s top 400-meter runner. Photo courtesy of Goggans family

Marble Falls freshman 800-meter runner turns in nation’s second-fastest time

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO DRIPPING SPRINGS — Before she took to the track to run the 800 meters at the Dripping Springs Tiger Relays on Feb. 24, Marble Falls High School freshman Bailey Goggans discussed strategy with head track-and-field coach Anthony Torns. (more…)

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