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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 30, 2014 • Photos
No one doubts that football—despite all the picturesque spirals and scintillating twists and turns of a 60-yard run—is also a confrontation for big, strong young men. We don’t watch them so much when the quarterback retreats to pass, but we sure recognize their importance and what they’re up to. “We don’t have a typical 4A O-line,” Llano head coach Craig Slaughter acknowledged, following a Lineman’s Challenge workout with representatives from Burnet and Fredericksburg.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014 • Photos
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014 • Photos
BELMONT PARK, NY—You know how they say, “This isn’t my first rodeo.” Well, this was—not a rodeo, literally, of course, although horses were involved. I was at The Belmont Stakes, first time ever at such a race, and I admit I saved myself for the pursuit of seeing the 12th Triple Crown winner. Let the other guys wear themselves out—and their Visa cards—in Louisville and Baltimore.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014 • Photos
Our series on four Llano High boys’ sports’ teams of 2013-’14 began last week with football. Today, we move indoors. “The change started this past summer and fall,” basketball head coach Aidan Callahan said, “and carried into the season. The boys pushed themselves and maximized their talent.” In the beginning You knew there was promise when the Jackets won seven of their first eight games.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014 • Photos
On May 3-4, 2014, the Llano Special Olympics Team participated in a 2 day track meet. The competition was held at Leander High School, with over 1400 athletes participating. This year, the team had 4 new athletes to compete in the Athletics competition, which included Tristan Inge of Llano Elementary, Jade Marsden of Llano High School, and ChuYun Thomas and Zac Lamb of Packsaddle Elementary. The team practiced for 8 weeks at the Llano Junior High School track and this year students were able t ...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 30, 2014 • Photos
BURNET—A quarterback battle—controversy would be just too strong a word*—is brewing, and the Jackets have faced a strong challenge in 7-on-7. Those are the main subjects being discussed after four sessions of the all-passing and pass-defense format. *You want controversy, get a copy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We did enough things right, especially the last two games,” head coach Craig Slaughter said at the conclusion of the May 14 contests on the Bulldog practice field.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 30, 2014 • Photos
If you say, “They played like girls,” you must mean that as a compliment. They may not have been “lady like” at all times, but that wasn’t the goal. The prom was last week. This was the annual Powder Puff game, May 16, between the Seniors and Juniors, and—despite the fact it was Flag Football—it was a rough show, at times, at Llano Stadium. “It was pretty intense,” said junior Lacey Redden, whose two touchdown catches were not enough against the Seniors, who prevailed, 20-12 ...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 30, 2014 • Photos
The Llano Art Guild hosted a one week student art exhibit in April at the Llano Fine Arts Gallery. Artists of all ages gathered at the Opening Reception to observe and discuss the artwork that was on display. Students were represented from Llano High School, Llano Junior High, Llano Elementary and Packsaddle Elementary.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted May 30, 2014 • Photos
Call them The Boys of Summer—then fall, winter, and spring. From the sometimes cruel heat of August to the moments nearing Commencement, the young men of Llano High School—2013-’14—reached the playoffs in football, basketball, and baseball, and the golfers finished fourth in Class AAA in the State Tournament. The Llano News’ month-long saga of success, authored by these athletes, begins on the gridiron. “We had a good talent base and support {from teachers, administrators, and par ...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • Posted May 8, 2014 • Photos
If you are a gardener, the scene would have delighted you. If you are someone, like me, who loves to get dirt under your fingernails but doesn’t really know what you’re doing, you might’ve wished that you could jump in and learn a thing or two. It was a beautiful, mild morning, which made for a pleasant day to landscape last Friday, May 2. Getting down and dirty, the Llano Master Gardeners are almost through with ‘Phase I’ of a project that began as the dream of three members – Cha ...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • Posted May 7, 2014 • Photos
LUBBOCK—It happens every year. More than once. Seniors play their final game or participate in their final event. It is an emotional time on the highest level. It doesn’t feel that way to athletes, but it’s very much on a positive level: their feelings show how much they have enjoyed what they have done, how well they have done, how much they’ll miss it and their coaches and teammates. And, so the scene was scripted again at the Texas Tech Track & Field complex, April 25-26, in the Re ...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 17, 2014 • Photos
BLANCO—Coaches are the best! The area of success for this moment is the postgame interview. More specifically, the post-meet interview. I was told that the Pre-District Meet here, April 2—oh, I am soooo glad it wasn’t the day before: I HATE April Fools’ jokes—was to be a glorified practice, a warm-up for district (hence, the creative name), low-key, just four teams involved, no official winners declared; estimated times and distances; and cheering was optional. So, at meet’s end I ...
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • Posted March 28, 2014 • Photos
Freshman Abby Spurgin garnered her first two varsity gold medals, March 6, in the Jacket Relays. Fellow freshman, Kaymon Lange, had leaps of gold and silver, but that report requires explanation, which occurs much later in our narrative. Alyssa Reasoner—who left with four medals—long jumped 14 feet, nine and a half inches to claim that varsity title.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 21, 2014 • Photos
It wasn’t Man v. Bees; it was man and bees, although it’s doubtful the little guys knew that. “We’ve been kind of bothered by them,” said Llano County Judge Wayne Brascom. “We’ve tried different methods of getting rid of them.” Nothing worked, however. On the third floor of the courthouse, “The bees would go in the courtroom and the judge’s chambers,” explained Donny Carpenter of the Llano County Maintenance Department.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 • Posted February 28, 2014 • Photos
The Llano Library was turned into a magical place this last Saturday, where little girls’ dreams of fancy tea parties and striking a pose in a fashion show really could come true. Yes, the very first ever Fancy Nancy Soiree at the library was the stuff little girls dream of!