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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • Posted January 29, 2015 • Photos
This one got away. The Lady Jackets hit no field goals in the final quarter and were 6-for-14 from the line. Salado had four twos and was 9-for-13 with its free throws. The Eagles, therefore, had shaken off a 13-point deficit in the second quarter and erased a 43-37 Llano lead after three periods, to win the game, 54-49. The outcome meant the Jackets (0-5 in district) are the only winless team in 25-4A play at the halfway point of the campaign.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • Posted January 29, 2015 • Photos
LAMPASAS—With 21 brands and 176 styles from which to choose, you wouldn’t think shoes would be a problem for an athlete, but they were for Llano powerlifter Dalton Dewveall, January 22, in the second meet of the year. He was able to shake that off—the problem, not the shoes—and capture one of two gold medals claimed by Clint Easley’s team during a Thursday afternoon-and-night session that almost made it to Friday. “My shoes are not flat enough,” Dalton told me.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • Posted January 29, 2015
SALADO—Must-win games can come along at various points of the season. They are not the private property of the final hours of the campaign. The Llano basketball boys had one, January 23, in the third contest of district play, and they escaped Salado with a 54-52 win. The Jackets (9-14 overall) are 1-2 in 25-4A competition; the Eagles drop to 0-3. “Our offense was really solid,” said Aidan Callahan.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • Posted January 29, 2015 • Photos
This would have been one of those breakthrough wins, a signature moment, the most memorable triumph of the regular season. “Would have been,” of course, tells you it did not happen. How close were the Llano boys to beating Taylor, which left with a 17-3 record, January 20? Closer than Dez Bryant was to making that catch against Green Bay.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 23, 2015 • Photos
On Friday, January 23, in the Llano High School Gymnasium, the Llano Yellow Jackets played host to the Lampasas Badgers in the opening of district play. While this was the objective of the evening, another story was playing out on the court with no fanfare, no announcements and well, just the way he would want it to be happening. Long time Llano Yellow Jacket sports broadcaster, Art Dlugach, was preparing to share his eight-hundredth radio program with Yellow Jacket fans across the radio airwa ...
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 23, 2015
Llano’s lead dwindled more than socks in a dryer, but the Jackets finally repelled a furious Brady rally to down the Bulldogs, 53-47, January 9. “We got in a hurry,” head coach Aidan Callahan said. “I tried to slow ‘em down.” In a hurry, indeed, after crafting a 38-18 monster message late in the third quarter. Yes, Baylor led Michigan State by almost the same numbers at the same time—41-21—in the Cotton Bowl and lost.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 23, 2015
A hot hand from the line dealt the Llano boys a basketball victory at Lago Vista, January 2, and that success was repeated at home against Brownwood, January 6. The result was a 52-47 decision after being down by five with 4:55 to go. “Overall it was solid,” said head coach Aidan Callahan.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 9, 2015
LAMPASAS—The Jacket girls, who open district play, Friday, January 9, have had a rough time the past three and a half weeks, but they did pull away from Canyon Lake in the final 4:35 to win, 57-49. It was Llano’s only victory in four games, December 29-30, in the Lampasas tournament. “It was good to get in the win column,” said head coach Joe Downey.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 9, 2015
LAGO VISTA—Outstanding defense and perfect free-throw shooting down deep stretch allowed the Jacket boys to come from behind and beat the Vikings, 47-41, on the second day of 2015. “We were better in the second half,” said a relieved head coach, Aidan Callahan. “Got good shots {and} real good defense the last four or five minutes.” Callahan was not pleased with the 41-35 overtime loss to Lytle in Llano’s fourth and final game in Fredericksburg’s tournament, December 29-30.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 9, 2015
My bosses have indulged me in my desire to write about Baylor football success the last five years, and so far no nasty letters criticizing what I have done have arrived at The Llano News—not that I discourage them. I went to Baylor, which is one reason I admit I have written Bears’ stories, but I have also felt: One stadium closing, one opening, one Heisman, and two Big 12 football championships by a school that, in the past, could have put its gridiron trophies in a suitcase, warrant wha ...
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 9, 2015
I’ll start with something for which I don’t have an answer, but I’ve got an opinion or two. Pass coverage has become the most controversial play in football. No surprise—teams are throwing the ball more often than Bobby Flay fixes brunch. Dan Jenkins, a Hall of Fame reporter and author, said years ago, “You could call (offensive) holding on every play.” That’s when holding was a big deal.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • Posted December 24, 2014 • Photos
ARLINGTON—Mason’s super football season made it through 57 quarters of action—then Canadian, a school in the Panhandle and not far from Oklahoma, had a much bigger punch and won the Class 2A, Division I state championship, 34-7, at AT&T Stadium, December 18. The Punchers, 14-0 like the Wildcats at kickoff, took a 7-0 lead with 4:56 remaining in the opening period.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • Posted December 24, 2014 • Photos
BURNET COUNTY—Alas, the young man won another silver medal. He will strive to get better, and this was not his favorite distance. The young man here is Leonel Manzano, who can now place his unBearable Fun Run Silver (5K) along with the one he “picked up” at the Summer Olympics in London in 2012.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • Posted December 24, 2014 • Photos
It was a nasty final couple of games before the Christmas break for the Llano Lady basketball Jackets. Brady whipped its hosts, 74-53, December 16, and three nights later, Llano went to San Saba and was downed, 74-42. “We were where we needed to be,” head coach Joe Downey said of the 16-12 advantage against the Bulldogs early in the second quarter.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • Posted December 24, 2014 • Photos
Republican state senator Charles Perry of Lubbock—no relation to Rick—wants the playoff teams limited from four per district to two. “We have truly watered-down competition,” Perry told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “to the point that 0-10 and 1-9 teams are able to make the playoffs in some districts.” I’m more opposed to this than I am to the prevent defense or being forced to seeing season two of Family Feud. “{Four teams} devalue the work of the first-and-second-place teams ...