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arble Falls High School sophomore runner Bailey Goggans led the pack to the finish line of the 800 meters during the District 17 and 18-5A area track meet championship in a time of 2:08.34. She is the state’s No. 1 800-meter high school runner. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls track athletes grab 3 golds, silver at area meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Marble Falls High School track-and-field team earned three gold medals and a silver at the District 17 and 18-5A area meet April 17-18. (more…)

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Highland Lakes Masters swimmers Craig Magerkurth (left), Thom Fairleigh, and Jim Cole sport a collection of medals they won at the 30th annual Texas Senior Games in San Antonio on April 6. Magerkurth and Cole qualified for the National Senior Games, which are June 14-25 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Local Masters swimmers qualify for National Senior Games

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Three Highland Lakes Masters swimmers are golden after their performances at the Texas Senior Games in San Antonio on April 6. (more…)

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Burnet’s Jaxson Denton (left) and Cameron Guenter-Long finished sixth in the 4x200-meter relay in 1:33.16 at the District 27 and 28 area track meet April 15 at Liberty Hill High School. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet and Llano track athletes advance to regional meet

FROM STAFF REPORTS It’s on to Kingsville and the regional meet for a batch of Llano and Burnet track-and-field athletes after they took care of business at the District 27 and 28 area meet. (more…)

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Burnet High School girls basketball player Emma Lewis (seated) signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Southwestern University in Georgetown during a ceremony April 12 at Burnet High School with Lady Dawg coaches Lacy Parker (standing, left), head coach Rick Gates, and Chelsea Sivells. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Stat-loving Emma Lewis of Burnet beats odds with signing

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO For someone who loves statistics, Burnet High School girls’ basketball player Emma Lewis never considered the odds of playing in college. Nevertheless, she signed a National Letter of Intent on April 12 to play at Southwestern University in Georgetown. (more…)

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New MFHS football coach had stints in Lockhart, Liberty Hill

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Seconds after the Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the hire of Brian Herman as the new head football coach and boys athletic coordinator April 15, Herman, his wife, Nicole, and their children, Faith, Isabella, and Brody, walked up to the podium. (more…)

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The Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls Class 3A state champion tennis team includes juniors Karson Cain (left), Christian Glosson, Allison Stallard, Christian Wilcox, Bailey Freeman, and Nikki Salinas. Courtesy photo

Faith Academy girls’ tennis team continues state dominance

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Faith Academy Lady Flames tennis team earned another state championship April 10-11 in Waco. (more…)

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Marble Falls distance runner Bryer Atkinson (front, left) is keeping stride with running buddy Laine Nelikian, youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. Right behind the two are Bailey Goggans and Alex Castelan. The four are in the midst of running 200 meters.

Youth pastor returns to track with former coach to help next generation of MFHS runners

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Long before Laine Melikian became the youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, he was a member of the cross country and track and field teams at Georgetown High School looking for ways to get better. At that time, his high school coach suggested his distance runners should train […]

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The Burnet High School 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relay teams of Jaxson Denton (left), Cameron Guenter-Long, Yuki Tsuboi, and Braden McPherson took home bronze medals at district. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet boys and girls track athletes moving on to area meet

FROM STAFF REPORTS Nine individual athletes and four relay teams for Burnet High School advanced to the area meet after earning top-four finishes in their events during the District 27-4A track-and-field meet April 3-4 in Taylor. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School’s Josiah Rojas leaps high for a header to a teammate during the 2-1 regional quarterfinal loss to Cedar Park High School. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls boys soccer loses playoff contest to Cedar Park

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO In two playoff games in a row, it came down to a shootout. This time, however the Marble Falls High School boys soccer team fell short in the penalty kicks. (more…)

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10 Marble Falls track athletes advance to area meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO It’s on to the area track-and-field meet for Marble Falls High School after 10 athletes earned the trip during the District 17-5A meet April 3-4 at Pflugerville Weiss High School. (more…)

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Marble Falls tennis duos advance to regional tournament

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO When tennis teams competing in the District 17-5A tournament at Leander Glenn High School exited buses April 2-3, few might have given more than a fighting chance to a couple of doubles teams from Marble Falls High School. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School sophomore high jumper Kason O’Riley demonstrated the proper form for clearing the high jump during practice April 1, two days before he won the District 17-5A championship. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Big goals and superstitions push Marble Falls high jumper

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Marble Falls High School high jumper Kason O’Riley might tell you the keys to his District 17-5A championship leap April 3 were a twenty-dollar bill from his parents tucked into his jacket, one white shoe and one black shoe on his feet, and the same socks he wears at every meet. […]

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The Marble Falls High School boys soccer team pile on top of senior goalie Michael Vasquez, who had two stops during the Mustangs’ 4-2 shootout win over Conroe Caney Creek on April 2 in the area round of the playoffs. The Mustangs are now preparing for a rematch against Cedar Park High in the regional quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Liberty Hill High School, 16500 Texas 29 West. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls boys soccer team advances on shootout

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Luck, as many successful people and teams will say, is really when preparation meets opportunity, and that’s how Marble Falls High School boys head soccer coach Rick Hoover saw his team’s 4-2 shootout win over Conroe Caney Creek on April 2 in Bastrop. (more…)

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Burnet High School senior captain Kinley Beyer advances the ball during the Lady Dawgs’ 9-0 bi-district loss to Wimberley. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Bi-district loss doesn’t reflect Lady Dawgs’ hard-fought year

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Though the Burnet High School girls soccer team ended its year March 29 with a 9-0 loss to Wimberley in a bi-district championship, Lady Dawgs head coach Matthew Russell said one game does not define the season. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School sophomore Bailey Goggans (No. 9) and Llano sophomore Anna Casey (No. 13) competed in the girls’ 1,600-meter race at the Texas Relays on March 29 in Austin. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls high jumper Kason O’Reilly fifth at Texas Relays; several local athletes compete

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays is one of the most anticipated track-and-field events in the country, and during the 92nd annual event at Mike A. Myers Stadium on March 27-30 in Austin, several Highland Lakes athletes pushed themselves against the Lone Star State’s finest competitors. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School forward Josiah Rojas scored the only goal in the Mustangs’ bi-district win against Hutto on March 28. Marble Falls will now face the winner of the Caney Creek-Waller contest March 29 in the area round. Photo by Patricia Rodriguez

Marble Falls boys soccer advances on lone goal vs. Hutto

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO One goal was all the Marble Falls High School boys soccer team needed March 28 to move on to the area round of the playoffs. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School girls golf team — Avery Tepper (left), Jordi Oelschleger, Taylor Gunter, Lyndsey Schwope, and Anne Marie Wollock — finished second at the District 17-5A tournament March 25-26 at Delaware Springs Golf Course in Burnet. They advance to the Class 5A Region III tournament, which is April 22-23 in Montgomery. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls girls golf team advances to regional tournament

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO After a rough first round on the greens, the Marble Falls High school girls golf team dug in during the second round of the District 17-5A tournament and shaved almost 20 strokes off their game. (more…)

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‘Million Dollar Mile’ competitors must get past Marble Falls graduate Isaiah Vidal

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Isaiah Vidal is used to overcoming obstacles in competition; this time, however, he is the obstacle. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School sophomore runner Bailey Goggans posed with her gold medal after winning the 800-meter race at the 55th annual Jesuit-Sheaner Relays on March 23 in a time of 2 minutes 8.80 seconds. She set a new meet record. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls runner Bailey Goggans breaks meet record

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Marble Falls High School sophomore runner Bailey Goggans did more than add another gold medal to her growing trophy case at the 55th annual Jesuit-Sheaner Relays in Dallas on March 23. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School tennis player Mason Williams (seated) signs his national letter of intent to play for Arkansas’s University of the Ozarks, a NCAA Division III program, during a ceremony March 11. Courtesy photo

MFHS’s Mason Williams to play tennis at University of Ozarks

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Marble Falls High School senior tennis player Mason Williams signed a national letter of intent March 11 to play the sport for the University of the Ozarks. (more…)

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Among the Marble Falls High School football starting positions open in 2019 is quarterback with Luke Nail in the mix. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Marble Falls superintendent hopes to have new football coach by April board meeting

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Marble Falls Independent School District Superintendent Chris Allen hopes to present a new head football coach to the Board of Trustees by April. But that depends on how quickly he can find the right fit. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School head football coach Mike Birdwell (standing, middle) announced his resignation March 11 via social media. He is pictured here with players Sam May (standing, left) and Josh Whitecotton and Elijah Todd (kneeling, left), Glenn Thomas, and Dillon Mayberry. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls head football coach Mike Birdwell resigns

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Marble Falls High School head football coach and boys athletic coordinator Mike Birdwell has resigned, announcing his decision March 11 via Twitter. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School sophomore runner Bailey Goggans (right) finishes third behind freshman Roisin Willis (left) of Stevens Points Area Running Club, based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and junior Athing Mu of Trenton Track Club (New Jersey) at the 2019 New Balance Nationals Indoor Meet on March 10 at The Armory track in New York City. Based off their finishes, all three are high school All-Americans. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls runner Bailey Goggans is third at nationals, achieves All-American status

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Marble Falls High School sophomore Bailey Goggans earned the bronze medal in the 800 meters as well as All-American status March 10 at the 2019 New Balance Nationals Indoor meet in New York City. (more…)

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The Burnet High School girls basketball team received bronze medals from the Class 4A state tournament after the Lady Dawgs lost 49-44 to Sour Lake's Hardin-Jefferson High School on March 1 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Ludecke Photography

Buzzer sounds on Lady Dawgs’ history-making season

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Needing a 3-pointer to send the Class 4A semifinal contest against Sour Lake’s Hardin-Jefferson on March 1 into overtime, the Burnet High School girls basketball team broke its final huddle to step back on the floor with a touch over 30 seconds remaining. (more…)

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The Burnet High School girls basketball team with head coach Rick Gates celebrated winning the Class 4A Region IV championship against Liberty Hill. The 52-36 victory put the Lady Dawgs in the state basketball tournament for the first time in school history. Photo courtesy of Shannon Robison

Burnet fans get in line to witness Lady Dawgs basketball history

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Burnet High School girls basketball team will make history Friday when they play in the Texas University Interscholastic League state championship tournament for the first time. (more…)

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The Burnet High School girls basketball team won the Class 4A Region IV tournament by defeating Liberty Hill 52-36 in the final and Beeville Jones 44-31 in a regional semifinal. The Lady Dawgs will play in the Class 4A state tournament for the first time in program history. Courtesy photo

Lady Dawgs in state basketball tournament for first time

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The two best high school girls basketball teams in District 27-4A squared off for the third time with a trip to the Class 4A state tournament on the line. This time, the team sent home packing was dressed in Liberty Hill purple, not Burnet green. (more…)

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