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Texas Blaze Soriano softball players Piper Guenter (left) and Maddie Hartley show off their state championship rings after winning the Independent Fastpitch Association’s 12-and-under premier tournament June 15-18 in Round Rock. Hartley was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Both attend Marble Falls Middle School. Courtesy photo

Youth softball team led by two Marble Falls players repeats as state champion

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO ROUND ROCK — The Texas Blaze Soriano-select softball team repeated as state champions of the Independent Fastpitch Association’s 12-and-under premier tournament on June 15-18. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School phenom Bailey Goggans competing against top U.S. student-athletes

Marble Falls High School phenom Bailey Goggans competing against top U.S. student-athletes

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Now that she’s bested the 800-meter runners in Texas, Marble Falls High School incoming sophomore Bailey Goggans has been crisscrossing the country to race against the top young athletes in the United States. (more…)

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Marble Falls graduates Alec Oberle (left) and Bryce Murphy and Burnet graduates Tyler Torres and Seth Carpenter will play on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes blue team in an all-star football game June 15. Faith Academy of Marble Falls graduate Cabot Booth will play on the gold team.

FCA all-star football game on June 15 features Highland Lakes players and coaches

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — While the Fellowship of Christian Athletes all-star football game is the main event, the days leading up to the contest have been filled with highlights for the players and their coaches. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls welcomes Jeremy Wentrcek as its new football coach and director of athletics. Courtesy photo

Jeremy Wentrcek finally says ‘yes’ to Faith Academy football, director of athletics jobs

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls officials twice tried to hire Jeremy Wentrcek as its football coach and director of athletics. The third was the charm as Wentrcek said “yes” to both positions June 7. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School graduates Elicia Gonzales (left), Summer Riley, and Jaden Deleon are all smiles after helping the Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star gold team to a 9-7 win over the FCA All-Star blue team in the organization’s all-star game June 11. The gold team’s head coach was Tim Richter (right), the Marble Falls High School head softball coach. Courtesy photo

Former Lady Mustangs help FCA softball team to victory; Mustang coach leads winning squad

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO SAN MARCOS — The chance to play softball together one more time was a great incentive for 2018 Marble Falls High School graduates Elicia Gonzales, Summer Riley, and Jaden Deleon. Throw in suiting up once again for Lady Mustangs head coach Tim Richter, and the trio’s invitations to the Fellowship of […]

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Rich Powers was promoted to track-and-field head coach at Marble Falls High School. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls appoints Rich Powers as new track head coach

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Independent School District officials didn’t have to look far to find its new track-and-field head coach at Marble Falls High School. (more…)

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Marble Falls seventh-grader Cameron Graham works out on the lat-pulldown machine at the new weight room at Marble Falls High School. This facility augments the Mustang weight room, which was getting overcrowded during peak times. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls High School unveils new second weight room

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — As Marble Falls Independent School District Superintendent Chris Allen helped unveil the new Marble Falls High School weight room, he pointed out that the purpose of the facility is simple. (more…)

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Thanks to a generous donor, Marble Falls High School 7-on-7 football players now have some protection against concussions with their new Gamebreaker headgear. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Donation to Marble Falls 7-on-7 football team gives players protection against concussions

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Despite 7-on-7 being touch football, injuries do happen, including concussions. Marble Falls High School players now have some protection against dangerous head injuries thanks to a generous fan. (more…)

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Burnet 7-on-7 football team returning to state tournament after strong qualifier

Burnet 7-on-7 football team returning to state tournament after strong qualifier

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — After a one-year hiatus, the Burnet High School 7-on-7 football team is back at the Division II state tournament thanks to a strong showing during the Fredericksburg State Qualifying Tournament. (more…)

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Recent Llano High School graduate Ben Walling (center) signs a National Letter of Intent to join the rodeo team at Cisco College in West Texas. Congratulating Walling at his signing ceremony are Llano High School agriculture teachers Joe Dan Tarter (left), Chapel Schuessler, and parents Walling's parents, Wade and Linda Walling. Courtesy photo

Llano graduate and roper Ben Walling to compete for Cisco College rodeo team

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Recent Llano High School graduate Ben Walling began learning to rope when he was only 4 years old under the tutelage of his father. Now, his roping skills will help Walling learn a whole lot more. (more…)

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Masters champion Patrick Reed reopens Horseshoe Bay's Ram Rock Golf Course with opening drive, plea to higher power

Masters champion Patrick Reed reopens Horseshoe Bay’s Ram Rock Golf Course with opening drive, plea to higher power

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO HORSESHOE BAY — The grand reopening of Ram Rock Golf Course drew a special visitor, who had the honor of hitting the first shot off the tee: 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed.  (more…)

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Beloved Marble Falls track coach and mentor Anthony Torns taking private coaching job

Beloved Marble Falls track coach and mentor Anthony Torns taking private coaching job

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — With 10 meters to go at the District 26-5A meet April 5, Marble Falls High School’s Gisela Mata was on her way to winning the junior varsity 1600-meter run. Mata had pulled away from the pack with 300 meters to go and left no doubt she was going […]

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Faith Academy athletic director Randy Denton ‘shocked’ after school lets him go

Faith Academy athletic director Randy Denton ‘shocked’ after school lets him go

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls contacted athletic director Randy Denton on May 22 to inform him the school was going in a different direction. (more…)

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Faith Academy begins work on $5.2M athletic facility; phase 1 includes football field

Faith Academy begins work on $5.2M athletic facility; phase 1 includes football field

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — As people waited in the lobby of the Faith Academy of Marble Falls student life center, alumna and assistant track-and-field coach Mary Ann Nunnally turned to a visitor and enthusiastically asked, “Isn’t this exciting?” (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls head football coach Pete Rhodes resigned May 15 to take a coaching job at Blanco High School. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith Academy football coach Pete Rhodes leaving for Blanco

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Pete Rhodes resigned as the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football head coach May 15 to take a position on the football staff at Blanco High School. Rhodes will coach tight ends and outside linebackers for the Panthers football team and be the head coach of the powerlifting […]

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Burnet CISD hires three new coaches for next season

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Three coaches are joining the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District staff in 2018-19. They are Shelly Jones as volleyball head coach, Mike Walzel as Burnet High School girls golf head coach and Burnet Middle School golf coach, and Craig Griffin as Burnet Middle School boys athletics coordinator. (more…)

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Llano High School freshman Anna Casey won gold in the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes 7.60 seconds at the Class 4A state track meet May 11. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet’s Ian Carter, Llano’s Anna Casey win gold at state track meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO AUSTIN — It’s one thing to be the favorite to win and quite another to perform as the favorite for the win. That’s what happened in the Class 4A state meet May 12 for Burnet High School senior hurdler Ian Carter and Llano freshman distance runner Anna Casey. (more…)

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Marble Falls freshman runner Bailey Goggans golden at state meet

Marble Falls freshman runner Bailey Goggans golden at state meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO AUSTIN — Marble Falls High School freshman phenom Bailey Goggans entered the Class 5A state track meet May 11 expected to earn two medals. (more…)

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TPWD bow hunter certification class May 19 in Granite Shoals

TPWD bow hunter certification class May 19 in Granite Shoals

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO GRANITE SHOALS — Jason Brady still remembers the long day of traveling and learning he and three others experienced when they decided to become certified bow hunters in the state of Texas. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Chad Bishop tells rising senior linebacker Reece Vanhoosen and other players their assignments during a recent spring practice. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Competition level is high during Marble Falls spring football practices

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team is about to complete its second week of spring football, and head coach Mike Birdwell said he is happy with how the players are competing. The retention of the returners is what has pleased the coaching staff the most because players […]

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Marble Falls High School senior Jaden Deleon (seated) signs her National Letter of Intent on May 9 to play softball for Spoon River College, located in Canton, Illinois. Attending her signing ceremony were Marble Falls High School softball head coach Tim Richter (standing, left), mother Stassia Floyd, stepfather Jason Alvarez, brother Red Maddox, great-grandmother Elaine Floyd, and stepsister Lexie Edwards. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls softball player Jaden Deleon signs to play for Illinois school

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School senior Jaden Deleon signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball for Spoon River College on May 9. Spoon River College is a two-year community college located in Canton, Illinois. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School freshman Bailey Goggans, who was on her way to winning the gold medal at the District 26-5A meet in April, has the fastest time in the 800 meters headed into the Class 5A state meet May 11. She clocked 2 minutes 10.01 seconds at the Class 5A Region IV meet April 28. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls, Burnet, Llano athletes favorites at state track meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Several Highland Lakes track-and-field athletes are entering the state meet as favorites in their events. The state meet is Friday-Saturday, May 11-12, at Mike A. Myers Stadium, 707 Clyde Littlefield Drive in Austin. (more…)

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Llano hires new volleyball coach from Bandera

Llano hires new volleyball coach from Bandera

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Diana Heiner, who spent the past decade at Bandera High School, is the new Llano High School volleyball head coach. Heiner was the Bandera head coach for seven years and spent a total of 11 years at the school. (more…)

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The Texas Association of Soccer Coaches named Marble Falls High School senior midfielder Faustino Dominguez (left) and senior forward Christian Ammons to first team all-state, while junior goalie Michael Vazquez made first team all-region and senior forward Fortino Tinajera is second team all-region. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls boys soccer players, coach make all-state teams

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The season of firsts continues for the Marble Falls High School boys soccer team. Seniors Faustino “Tino” Dominguez, a midfielder, and Christian Ammons, a forward, were named to the all-state team of the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches. That means the two will play in the all-star game […]

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Marble Falls High School adds second weight room for student-athletes

Marble Falls High School adds second weight room for student-athletes

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — As he reflected on the end of the Marble Falls High School boys soccer team’s season, head coach and athletics director Rick Hoover said his top offseason goal was more weightlifting sessions for his players. (more…)

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Marble Falls, Burnet, Llano sending athletes to state track meet

Marble Falls, Burnet, Llano sending athletes to state track meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO SAN ANTONIO — Five Highland Lakes track-and-field athletes in nine events will make their way to Mike Myers A. Stadium on the University of Texas campus for the University Interscholastic League state meet Friday-Saturday, May 11-12. (more…)

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