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Burnet High School senior setter Kaylie Russell (seated, middle) signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Arlington Baptist University on Feb. 13. Pictured with her are Burnet High School assistant coaches Elizabeth Duran (seated, left) and Brent Kelley and head coach Shelly Jones (standing). Courtesy photo

Burnet’s Kaylie Russell to play volleyball at Arlington Baptist

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Burnet High School senior volleyball player Kaylie Russell signed a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 13 to play volleyball at Arlington Baptist University. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School sophomore swimmer Landry Stewart swims the butterfly leg of the 200-yard individual medley at the Class 5A state meet. She finished 11th in the event. Photo by Martelle Luedecek/Luedecke Photography

Marble Falls, Burnet finish strong at state swim and dive meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Burnet and Marble Falls high schools made a splash at the Class 5A swimming and diving state meet with three top-11 finishes. The competition was Feb. 15-16 at the University of Texas at Austin. (more…)

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Burnet sophomore shooting guard Cam Allison splits the Boerne High School defense of freshman point guard Rashawn Galloway and senior forward Hunter Isenhart in an attempt to score during the Bulldogs’ 49-41 loss to the Greyhounds in a bi-district championship Feb. 19. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet girls basketball advances as boys’ season ends

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO One Burnet High School basketball team is moving on as the other squad’s season ends. The Lady Dawgs (29-7 overall, 8-2 District 24-4A) crushed El Campo (32-3, 12-0 District 25-4A) 67-43 during a regional quarterfinal game in Smithville, while the Bulldogs (19-14, 5-5) fell to Boerne High School (24-11, 9-1 District […]

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls’s Juliette McCannon looks for a steal during the Lady Flames’ 54-42 loss to Tomball Rosehill Christian on Feb. 16. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith Academy basketball teams knocked out of playoffs

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Faith Academy of Marble Falls boys and girls basketball teams’ seasons ended over the weekend with losses in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools playoffs. The Flames (13-17 overall, 5-3 District 3-3A) lost 46-39 to The Christian School at Castle Hills on Feb. 15, while the Lady Flames […]

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Burnet High School junior guard Caitlynne Graves fights for the ball with Smithville senior guard Taaylor Beasley during the Lady Dawgs’ 64-48 win in the area round of the Class 4A girls basketball playoffs Feb. 15. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Late baskets, defense key in Lady Dawgs’ area-round victory

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Key baskets and tenacious defense in the final minutes propelled the Burnet High School girls basketball team to a 64-48 victory over Smithville on Feb. 15 in the area round of the playoffs at Round Rock High School. (more…)

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Burnet Bulldogs open basketball playoffs against Boerne

Burnet Bulldogs open basketball playoffs against Boerne

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story had the tipoff for the Feb. 19 game at 7 p.m. It is actually 6 p.m.   STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Two evenly matched teams face off in a battle of wills to begin the Class 4A boys basketball tournament Tuesday, Feb. 19. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls junior Christian Wilcox went in for a basket during the Feb. 7 game against Round Rock Christian. The Lady Flames are back in the playoffs and will host Tomball Rosehill at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb 16, at Faith Academy, 3151 RR 1431 East in Marble Falls. Courtesy photo

It’s a playoff weekend for both Faith basketball squads

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Faith Academy of Marble Falls boys and girls basketball teams will start their journey to the Class 3A state tournament of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools this weekend. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior power forward Trinity Boyd (left), junior point guard Rylie Ulbricht, and senior post Emma Holcomb cover driving lanes to the basket during the 52-37 bi-district loss to Georgetown on Feb. 11. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Lady Mustangs’ battle-tested season ends in bi-district loss

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO As the Marble Falls High School girls basketball team exited the Liberty Hill High School gym Feb. 11, a crowd of fans greeted them with thunderous applause and hugs. (more…)

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Faith, Burnet, Marble Falls girls basketball teams in playoffs

Faith, Burnet, Marble Falls girls basketball teams in playoffs

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The middle of February signals the start of the high school playoffs for three area girls basketball teams. (more…)

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Burnet High School divers Zoe Nicholl (left), Tanner Keltch, and Angelica Orocso finished in the top three of the boys and girls diving competitions at the Class 5A Region V meet Feb. 1-2. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

3 Burnet divers, 2 Marble Falls swimmers advance to state

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The words “outstanding” and “wow” don’t begin to describe the three Burnet High School divers and the two Marble Falls High School swimmers who punched their tickets to the state meet during the Class 5A Region V meet Feb. 1-2. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School sophomore runner Bailey Goggans and other winter and spring team athletes will be recognized during the spring Meet the Mustangs at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Max Copeland Gym, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedeck Photography

Meet the Mustangs and show your support at Jan. 30 event

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO If you wanted to see all the Marble Falls High School student-athletes hard at work on a typical Wednesday in February, you’d have to stop by a number of places from Mustang Stadium to Hidden Falls Country Club. The winter and spring teams are all getting ready for the next game […]

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced four new public access spots on the Llano River — including one at Castell Crossing — for people to put in kayaks and canoes or fish from the bank. Photo courtesy of TPWD

Texas Parks and Wildlife opens new access sites to Llano River

FROM STAFF REPORTS Anglers looking to enjoy more access to the Llano River have landed four spots to drop in their kayak or canoe or simply do a little bank fishing thanks to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, several private landowners, and additional funding. (more…)

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Members of the Burnet High School football team on Jan. 21 helped two Lake LBJ residents in Kingsland affected by the October flood. Players bagged trash and put debris into burn piles. Courtesy photo

Burnet students put Dr. King’s words into action on service day

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Be the best you can be so you can best help the team. That’s what Burnet High School head football coach Jerod Rye repeated to his players over and over again the past several weeks. It struck him, however, that maybe actions were better than words. (more…)

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Midwestern State University quarterback Layton Rabb, a 2014 Llano High School graduate, is entering the NFL Draft. He was a recording-breaking two-year starter for the Mustangs. Photo courtesy of Midwestern State University

Former Llano quarterback Layton Rabb entering NFL Draft

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Layton Rabb bet on himself and won. That has been the great lesson for the athlete since graduating from Llano High School in 2014. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior Naomi Pegues signs her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is the daughter of Katy and Steve Marshall. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Instead of ending volleyball career, devastating injury pushes MFHS player to success

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO When most high school athletes sign their letter of intent to play at the collegiate level, they talk about the usual things that got them there: hard work, dedication, perseverance. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School sophomore runner Bailey Goggans stands on top of the podium after her win in the 1,600 meters at the Texas A&M High School Classic over the weekend. She finished in 5 minutes 4.02 seconds. Courtesy photo

MFHS runner Bailey Goggans wins mile at A&M event

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO New year, same results for Marble Falls High School sophomore runner Bailey Goggans. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior quarterback Andrew Stripling (seated, middle) signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Abilene Christian University on Dec. 19 in Max Copeland Gym as parents Kay and Kyle Stripling (seated) and siblings Mike and Sarah looked on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls quarterback Andrew Stripling signs with Abilene Christian University

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Even when Andrew Stripling was a Marble Falls Middle School quarterback, everyone in the Highland Lakes knew he was going to be special. They could see it as he ran former head coach Matt Green’s spread offense as an eighth- and ninth-grader. (more…)

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Llano High School second baseman and outfielder Faith Manning will attend Lyon College to play softball. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Llano softball player Faith Manning signs with Lyon College

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Llano High School softball player Faith Manning made her commitment to Lyon College official Dec. 12 when she signed her National Letter of Intent during a ceremony at the high school. (more…)

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Kurt Jones addresses the Bulldogs after a practice during the 2018 season. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Kurt Jones sees opportunity in restructured Burnet CISD role

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO No one knows better than Kurt Jones the challenges of being the head football coach and athletic director at a school where the standard is set high. Being the head football coach at Burnet High School is an everyday job: one that requires watching massive amounts of film, developing offseason training […]

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Burnet sophomore running back Marcus Escamilla looks for running room after taking a handoff from sophomore quarterback Mathew Tippie. The Bulldogs lost 42-28 to Taylor on Nov. 9 to end their season. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet CISD makes changes at head football coach, other district positions

FROM STAFF REPORTS Burnet Consolidated Independent School District officials unveiled sweeping changes in its administrative department Dec. 10, including at head football coach. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior receiver and kicker Cameron Bowles will represent the Flames on the South All-Star six-man football team on Dec. 15 when it plays the North squad. His head coach, Jeremy Wentrcek, will be a defensive coach for the South. Faith Academy is hosting the contest. Kickoff is 3 p.m. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Faith Academy trifecta in upcoming All-Star football game

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Faith Academy of Marble Falls is filling three spots in the upcoming All-Star six-man football game: one by senior Cameron Bowles, one by head coach Jeremy Wentrcek, and the last by the school’s home turf, which is playing host to the contest. (more…)

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Llano senior quarterback Cade Fly received words of encouragement after the Yellow Jackets’ 62-31 area-round loss to Corpus Christi West Oso on Nov. 23. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Llano falls to West Oso 62-31 in area-round football contest

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Llano High School football season ended Nov. 23 in a 62-31 loss to Corpus Christi West Oso in the area round of the playoffs. (more…)

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Llano High School head coach Matt Green and senior lineman Tyler Lindell with the bi-district championship trophy after the Yellow Jackets defeated Hondo 21-14 in overtime Nov. 16. Llano now faces Corpus Christi West Oso. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Alamo Stadium, 760 Stadium Drive in San Antonio. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

After Thanksgiving Day practice, Llano faces ‘explosive’ West Oso in area round

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Llano High School football team will start Thanksgiving Day with a 7:30 a.m. practice as they prepare for Corpus Christi West Oso on Friday. (more…)

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Faith Academy Flames lose their first-round contest 50-0

Faith Academy Flames lose their first-round contest 50-0

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team’s season ended in Amarillo with a 50-0 playoff loss to San Jacinto Christian Academy on Nov. 17. (more…)

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Llano High School football coach Matt Green congratulates the Yellow Jackets after their 21-14 overtime win against Hondo for a bi-district championship Nov. 16.

Llano defeats Hondo in overtime for 21-14 bi-district win

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Llano High School football team captured a bi-district championship Nov. 16 in a game the Yellow Jackets had to claw, fight, and overcome challenges to win. (more…)

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Faith Academy’s Travis Hughes raced for yardage during the Flames’ 76-64 win Nov. 9 against the Round Rock Christian Crusaders. Faith earned a trip to Amarillo to face Amarillo San Jacinto Christian Academy in the first round of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools playoffs. Kickoff is 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton 

Faith Flames on the road to Amarillo to open the playoffs

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Last year, the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team played five games before forfeiting the rest of the season. (more…)

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