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Lauren Loader competes in the long jump for Marble Falls High School during the District 25-4A track meet in 2015 just before a foot injury sidelined her for two years. She recently made the University of Texas at Austin track-and-field team as a javelin thrower. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls graduate, track athlete Lauren Loader back on both feet at UT

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO AUSTIN — A nagging foot injury from two years earlier for 2017 Marble Falls High School graduate Lauren Loader temporarily sidelined her dream of making a college track-and-field team. (more…)

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Marble Falls approves several coaching hires with two pending

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School athletic department is hiring several new coaches for the 2017-18 school year. Two of the hires, however, are pending approval by the Marble Falls Independent School District board of trustees, which meets July 17. (more…)

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Burnet High School offensive line coach Eddy Parker demonstrates the proper way to perform a deadlift at the Burnet High School fieldhouse weight room for Grant Jones and Luke Hudgins (right) as his wife, Lacy Parker, a girls basketball and track coach, looks on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

‘Big Eddy’ back in Burnet; line coach and wife return to alma mater

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Even as he sat down to pour glasses of chocolate milk for Burnet student-athletes after a morning of strength-and-conditioning workouts, it’s hard to miss Eddy Parker. (more…)

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Llano High School junior Ray Dixon took home a bronze medal in the shot put at the Class 4A state track-and-field meet May 12-13 in Austin. Courtesy photo by Martelle Luedecke

Burnet and Llano athletes medal at state track meet

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO AUSTIN — Three Highland Lakes athletes representing District 19-4A brought home medals from the Class 4A state track-and-field meet May 12-13. (more…)

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Tyler Kwan (left), Gus Henry, and Susanna Quinn of the Faith Academy of Marble Falls junior high track team were among the highest point earners in every meet in which they competed this year, including the Austin Christian School Association’s track-and-field district finals April 24. Coach Angela Henry said the trio, along with other team members, faced a number of challenges, including not having all the equipment they needed and often being the smallest team (by numbers) at the meets, yet they never used those hurdles as excuses. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Faith Academy junior high track squad clears hurdles to success

STAFF WRITER DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — As the Faith Academy of Marble Falls junior high boys 4-by-400 relay squad got ready to head to the starting line at the Austin Christian School Association track-and-field district finals April 24 at Florence High School, they knew the team’s chance to win the meet was hanging by […]

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Burnet and Llano track athletes qualify for state

Burnet and Llano track athletes qualify for state

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO HUNTSVILLE — After qualifying for the finals of the 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles in the Class 4A Region III meet, Burnet High School juniors Sterling Galban and Ian Carter made up their minds they were headed to the state meet. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior runner Kim Boni signs her letter of intent to compete for the University of Arkansas-Little Rock as Lady Mustangs head coach Anthony Torns looks on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls runner Kim Boni signs with Arkansas-Little Rock

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Kim Boni defied the mold, even that of her distance coach Anthony Torns. The Marble Falls High School senior signed her letter of intent to run for the University of Arkansas-Little Rock on April 18 after Torns, who is the Lady Mustangs head cross-country and track-and-field coach, […]

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Burnet High School senior Joel Holland (seated, middle) signs his letter of intent to be a high jumper for Abilene Christian University as he’s surrounded by his parents, Matt (seated, left) and Clairissa Holland, and Burnet High School coaches Jerod Rye (standing, left) and Justin Marcellus. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet high jumper Joel Holland signs with Abilene Christian University

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Conversations with teammates led Burnet High School senior Joel Holland to the high jump pit. A love for the event resulted in landing a spot on the Abilene Christian University track-and-field team. (more…)

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Faith Academy two months away from new weight room

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — In two months, Faith Academy of Marble Falls will open its new weight room housing boys and girls locker rooms and a trainers room in a 4,600-square-foot building. “We’re excited,” said athletics director and boys head basketball coach Randy Denton. “We’re thankful for the money that has […]

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The University Interscholastic League will require all member schools share data on concussions suffered during competitions starting in the 2017-18 school year. Marble Falls Independent School District has been voluntarily turning in that date for some time, say MFISD officials. Photo by Diana Cox

Marble Falls has head start on UIL concussion data-sharing requirement

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — While all Texas schools in the University Interscholastic League will be required to share concussion data starting in the 2017-18 academic year, Marble Falls school district leaders have already moved to the head of the class on the subject. (more…)

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Leonel Manzano after winning a silver medal in the men

Finish line not in sight for Olympian Leonel Manzano

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER AUSTIN — A healthier Leonel Manzano is back to training for the upcoming cross-country and track-and-field seasons. The 2004 graduate of Marble Falls High School and 2012 Olympic silver medalist is preparing for his ninth year on the professional circuit. He has been to two Olympics: the 2012 London Games, where […]

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior runner Sophie McCannon (center) signs her letter of intent to compete for Abilene Christian University with her parents, Steve and Shannon McCannon, by her side. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith Academy runner Sophie McCannon signs with ACU

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A sense of comfort, a Christian environment, and a desire to run on the NCAA Division I level propelled Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior middle-distance runner Sophie McCannon to sign her letter of intent to compete for Abilene Christian University. She had a signing ceremony at […]

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Leonel Manzano after winning a silver medal in the men

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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