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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted August 1, 2014
ARLINGTON—The Rangers played before a partisan crowd, July 28. Partisan, all right, in favor of Derek Jeter. Well, okay, I imagine most of the near 45,000 in attendance were glad Texas and Yu Darvish beat the Yankees, 4-2, but, oh goodness, were they ever glad to see Jeter. This is the Yankee immortal’s Farewell Tour, and not only did Ranger fans get to see a rare win by their injury-shutdown club, but they got to see Jeter collect two singles and a double in the opener of a three-game ser ...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted August 1, 2014
DALLAS—This just in! Nadal wins the French! Djokovic captures Wim-bledon! McIlroy takes the British! I’m shocked! And similar late-breaking news continued this summer when Oklahoma was chosen to win the Big 12 football championship. “I’ve never seen my strength coach, Jerry Schmidt, so happy,” the Sooners’ Bob Stoops said at Football Media Days, July 22, in Dallas.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted August 1, 2014
Football isn’t the only sport opening its locker-room, August 4. The cross country team begins some rather challenging ventures in the heat, and the Jacket volleyball squad, which is our main subject here, also seeks net gains. “I saw a lot of improvement from a lot of girls from the end of last year to the end of camp,” declared second-year head coach, John Black. He was a spectator—a most interested one—at a well-attended varsity camp at the LHS gymnasium, July 21-24. “There wa ...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted August 1, 2014
“The playing field is as level as it will ever get,” said head coach Craig Slaughter. He was referring to the collection of opponents for Llano High in football district 13-4A, Division II—where the enrollment ranges from 456 students to 685. The biggest school in 13 is Wimberley at 673.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 17, 2014
I know you’ve read this before, but I am not real happy when the Texas Longhorns win in athletics. That does not mean I don’t admire or defend them, and I will again in a moment. I recognize what Mack Brown did—15 bowl games in 16 years, a national championship. Volleyball is a perennial power. Both basketball teams rebounded to make the NCAA tournament.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 17, 2014
There aren’t any ties in baseball and softball, but Llano High School has come up with one. The sites for the new fields will offer twin locations, back-to-back, and behind the student parking lot. The area is quite green now and looks like it will be a picturesque setting. “It’s really nice,” said head baseball coach Stephen Campbell.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 17, 2014
Not much has gone wrong for the Llano High baseball team this summer. The latest story of success was written July 10, when the Jackets walloped Wimberley, 18-0. This was not the best squad the Texans could offer, with some boys playing select ball and others involved in 7-on-7, but it is not Llano’s responsibility to fill out both lineup cards. “We hit the ball and played hard,” said head coach Stephen Campbell, who watched from the press box, while a rather low-key and highly-competent ...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 17, 2014
I don’t know what surprised me more. Was it this question from Craig Slaughter, before the World Cup semifinals: “Art, who’s going to win?” Or, was it the answer? “I think it’ll be the Brazilians and Argentina.” This son of a football coach, now a coach himself, a boy from Winters, seeking a forecast in a real football game; and a boy from Memphis, Tennessee—who thought Pele invented the sport and who thought 1-0 games were akin to having lunch with the Geiko figure—daring to ...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 10, 2014
It’s the month of major champions. The 30-day segment, during a Moment in Time 20 years or four millennia ago, outbid the bigger boys—May and October—for hosting a galaxy of memorable winners in sports. The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Kings won the NBA and Stanley Cup finals, four games to one.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 10, 2014
There aren't many people attached to Llano High more popular than Coach James Saucier, and he has been saluted for additional prestige. He was recently named an honorary coach for the South team in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game. “I didn’t expect it,” Saucier told me. He should have.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 10, 2014
I saw a list recently of 10 unbreakable records in sports. They included Cal Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive-game streak. That was number one. Rickey Henderson’s 1,406 stolen bases made the group as did the Boston Celtics’ eight NBA titles in a row, 1959-1966. There were three records from hockey. I noticed a number of omissions, which is no surprise, as there are dozens out there.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 10, 2014 • Photos
One bad apple may spoil the whole bunch, but one bad (half) inning, on the final night of June, did not spoil a baseball game for Llano High. The summertime Jackets shook off a four-run top-of-the-first by Bandera to blast the Bulldogs, 14-4. “I like the way we hit the ball,” said head coach Stephen Campbell, and, “took advantage of what they gave us.” Campbell watched the contest from the press box, while Casey Landers was, officially, the Llano coach. Holden Simpson singled in a run ...
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 30, 2014
Llano High won a cross country state championship in 2000—and has had two seconds since—and the Lady basketball Jackets were Class-3A winners in ’02 and reached the Final Four three other years. The baseball team was also a semifinalist in ’04, so the 2014 boys’ golf team is in fine company—for this century—with its fourth-place finish in state in late April. This also happens to be our fourth collection of Black and Orange memories in The Llano News for the ’13-’14 school ye ...
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 30, 2014
LAMPASAS—One and one for the Jacket basketball girls, June 10, on the Badgers’ floor for the second time this month. “We looked better in the first game,” said head coach Joe Downey, in obvious reference to a 44-12 pounding of the Marble Falls junior varsity. The Mustang varsity maintained order for their “little sisters” and whipped a worn-down Llano five, 48-18. “We’ll benefit from this in the long run,” added Downey.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 30, 2014
I agree with the UIL about 48% of the time. Almost half isn’t too bad, and this means I may not like what it says when the next decision is made. I do, however, agree with a “non-decision” this month—no mercy rule in 11-man, high school football. The Dallas Morning News has reported that one reason for no mercy is: “Coaches, at this time, can end a blowout by agreement or go to a running clock.” It’s the second reason for no alteration that I like: “Changing the rules would cu ...