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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 13, 2014
AUSTIN—My goal is to go to a hundred sports events and chew on a story that does not get enough attention: the cost of eating (and buying apparel) at the games. My first two stops have been Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium and the $10 million Fuller Track & Field complex at Texas Tech.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 13, 2014
If it’s happened before, it hasn’t happened often: three Llano High School senior golfers have signed to play golf—and attend classes—in college. Clayton Meyers and Chance Craig are going to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. Alex Riley will take her game to Southern Arkansas U. in Magnolia, Arkansas. “The Midwestern coach {Jeff Ray} contacted {Jackets’} coach Mike McIntosh,” Craig said.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 13, 2014
The contest was nasty—befitting the season—but the scene after the final game crafted a lasting and warm memory for players, parents, coaches, and friends. The Senior Walk was followed by hugs and picture taking. It was emotional, heart-warming, and sad—not just because of a 61-7 pounding administered by Navarro, but because, for the seniors, their high school football careers had reached zeroes on the scoreboard clock. “I know Llano kids don’t lay down for anyone,” said offensive ...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 • Posted October 22, 2014
TAYLOR—The Jacket volleyball team made an awfully impressive comeback here, October 7, but lost in five games. They then suffered a four-game setback in Salado, October 10. At the halfway point of district 25-4A play, Llano is 0-5. Liberty Hill, with an opposite record, hosted the Ladies, October 14, and Burnet (3-2) will be the site of an October 17 matchup. “The girls’ effort was impeccable,” insisted head coach John Black, concerning the loss at Taylor.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 • Posted October 22, 2014
LAMPASAS—Grayson Freeman recorded a superb time, and the Llano High Jackets did quite well as a team, October 9, in the Battlin’ Badger Cross Country Meet. This was a tune-up for district, which will be held right here, October 22. There are no more races before that. This sport’s version of the playoffs is straight ahead. “I did a lot better compared to most races,” said Grayson.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 • Posted October 22, 2014
WIMBERLEY—Neither Dr. Seuss nor Hershey’s could sugarcoat this one. If you want some positive news read a Harlequin novel. It took 14 seconds for the situation to deteriorate, but the surgery lasted 24 minutes. “Worst possible start to a football game,” observed a frustrated head coach, Craig Slaughter. His team had seen it before, or at least a nightmarish version: Wimberley quarterback Colton Cerday, after a superb play fake, went 59 yards to Alex Mireles, who was open on a post patt ...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 • Posted October 22, 2014
When the script was written for Llano’s district opener against the Texans from Wimberley it was probably written that the running backs need to hang onto the ball, defensive lineman needed to penetrate the line and the offensive line needs to open up running lanes for the backs. There may have also been a little something written about the size of the opponent for this game; they are a little larger so we need to play smarter, keep the mistakes to a minimum, go around instead of through, mov ...
Posted October 22, 2014
LAMPASAS—It was one of the best days in athletics for Llano High the first couple of months of school, and it may hold that title for the rest of 2014. The Jacket cross country boys, October 22, finished second in the 25-4A Meet to advance to the Region IV competition, November 1 in San Antonio. Heather Shafer was sixth on the girls side, and Elainia Keeney was ninth, so they also make it to regionals.
Posted October 13, 2014
WIMBERLEY—It was a nasty 24-minute run, from the first play from scrimmage to the merciless end of the first half. The Texans, 4-2 with four straight wins, scored on a 59-yard pass 14 seconds into the contest, rolled to a 45-0 lead, and walloped the Llano High Jackets, 52-20, in the district 13-4A opener on a windy October 10 night. Touchdowns were more prevalent in the first and second quarters on the Wimberley FieldTurf than sunshine in August. Holden Simpson did throw two TD passes in t ...
Posted October 6, 2014
By Art Dlugach SALADO—Holden Simpson fired three touchdown passes, the Jacket running game was superb, and so was the defense in a 34-13 whipping of Salado, October 3. The victory for Llano (2-4) broke a three-game losing streak. Simpson and Tommy Yelvington teamed for two scores in the first quarter, while Colton Ekstrom fell on a fumble in the end zone in the second period, and Llano led, 20-0 at the half. Lance Reven ran for a score in the third, and Airon Layton caught a Simpson aer ...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014 • Photos
The first play from scrimmage was about as bad as it could be, and it established the personality of a 38-0 halftime lead for San Angelo Lake View on the Jackets’ Homecoming Night. Respectability was pursued—and achieved—in a valiant manner after intermission, but it provided just a consolation prize. 45-7 was the final. “Inability to run the ball in the first half,” said head coach Craig Slaughter, “when you absolutely had to have it,” was a major reason for the setback. Antho ...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014
The Llano Youth Football and Cheer teams played host to the Johnson City Eagles this past Saturday, and as they had done the week before, both teams left the field with shutout victories. At the midway point of the season, the Junior Varsity team sits atop the standings with a perfect 4-0 record while the Varsity team has battled to a 2-2 record with only two close losses blemishing their record.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014 • Photos
HORSESHOE BAY—A man who has been to the summit in golf was there again, September 27. 2004 British Open champion, Todd Hamilton, brought us up to date on his game at Jack Nicklaus’ Summit Rock layout. We have for you a short story of a magnificent triumph, and how such a moment does not guarantee a golfer an appointment sheet of additional major successes. “I was not playing that well before the Open,” Hamilton told me.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014 • Photos
Tuesday night was filled with excitement and activities all over the town of Llano but the most excitement was on the floor of the Llano High School gymnasium where the Junior Varsity Lady Jackets played host to the longhorns from Harper, Texas. After dropping the first set Coach Aimee Brown’s team came to life and turned the match into their favor.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Updated September 24, 2014 4:44 PM • Photos
Another fine performance by Llano’s Grayson Freeman in the Pflugerville Cross Country Invitational. Freeman traveled three miles in Northeast Metropolitan Park in 17 minutes, 24 seconds, to finish second, September 12, to Burnet’s Drew Kiser in the Class 4A division. “I paced myself,” said Freeman, “running the first mile in 5:05,” as opposed to 4:55 in Llano eight days before.