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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, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 17, 2014
One girl and one boy—not a surprising combination—got together (not literally) to silence Llano bats on April’s first Friday night. Didn’t matter overhand or underhand, didn’t matter lefty or righty, didn’t matter who was up, didn’t matter the field, two Liberty Hill juniors were superb in a doubleheader triumph. Marshall Brown controlled the situation in baseball better than Marshall Earp could have done in Tombstone, and the Panthers pounded the Jackets, 7-0.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 17, 2014
SPICEWOOD—They may be the most successful athletes in the history of sports—who no one has ever heard of. Yes, “no one” is a little strong, but it’s a grabber. I’m talking about the Bryan brothers, certainly not as well-known as the Jonas, Wright, Harbaugh, or Blues Brothers. I will admit I’m sure it doesn’t bother this tennis duo, who put on a clinic in Horseshoe Bay, April 5, and then played in an exhibition that night at the Lakecliff Racquet Club. Why the “most successfu ...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 17, 2014
The Llano Jr. High boy’s track teams completed their season Friday at the District Track Meet held at Burnet. The teams brought home three gold medals. Ray Dixon is the District Champion in the 8th grade Discus and Shot Put. In the 7th grade division, Baily Hoy is the District Champion in the 1600M Run. 8-3A Jr.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 17, 2014 • Photos
BURNET—The Llano Yellow Jacket golfers lost one title, April 7, as darkness descended upon Delaware Springs Golf Course. The young men who were good as freshmen, better as sophomores, and hyped in this newspaper, might have been called, “Next Year’s Champions.” Not anymore! “We’ve got a group of boys, who have come so close the last couple of years,” said head coach Mike McIntosh.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
There are all kinds of great victories, but none is much better than the first—and that’s what the Llano softball team collected on the final Friday night of March. The Jackets, behind Angela Jackson, edged Brownwood, 3-1, to capture their initial district win after four losses. “We were playing defense like we stress,” said head coach Bobby Williams.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
BANDERA—A Long Day’s Journey into Night was a good one for the Llano High boys and girls, as both finished third in the team standings in the Bulldog Relays. You probably could have started a new school with the athletes present, March 27, for the highly regarded meet. Boys’ Town Carter Tatsch remained unbeaten in four 100-meter dashes.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Updated April 4, 2014 12:41 PM
The spring is a really hectic time of year for the athletic department. So many kids are involved in so many sports and there is so much going on, but that is a great thing. Our boys’ basketball team concluded a very successful season and I would like to congratulate the kids and coaches that added a piece of hardware (gold basketball trophy) to our trophy case.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Updated April 4, 2014 12:40 PM
This game didn’t offer much. Only great plays and bizarre ones that played big roles in the outcome. There was a suicide squeeze—but did it work? Both pitchers went the distance; one hit four batters. There was a bunt—for a double, for the game’s only extra-base hit. A double?? A right fielder threw out a runner. Brownwood grounded out nine times in the first four innings. Llano won the confrontation, 5-2. “We found a way to win tonight,” said a relieved head coach, Stephen C ...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
BURNET—The 58-57 overtime win in 2013 against Lampasas was one of the most exciting games ever for the Llano football Jackets. Defeating Alvarado, last month, in overtime for the boys’ first playoff win on the hardwood in more than four decades will remain unforgettable. Our journey brings us to Burnet for a baseball struggle, March 25, between two 2-0 teams in district.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
I don’t like this any more than some of you, but it’s the law now. Might as well try to take the vote away from women. Here’s the deal: Llano’s 2015 district basketball games will be played at separate schools—when the boys are at home, the girls are away and vice versa. This was decided by the district superintendents from Liberty Hill, Burnet, Lampasas, Salado, Taylor, and Llano.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
BRADY—I don’t know whether defense wins championships at dog shows or in Frisbee, but it doesn’t help much on the track. The Jacket boys, employing an aggressive personality—augmented by superb speed—raced and muscled their way to the title of the Heart of Texas Relays, March 20. “We did not win a meet last year,” said head coach Jarrett Vickers.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
BRADY—The Track & Field Lady Jackets, on the first day of spring, broke free from the shackles of struggles, acquired in their first two meets, to run a strong second in the Heart of Texas Relays at venerable Bulldog Stadium. “We’re getting there,” said the soft-spoken head coach, Pete Rhoades. They certainly got there in the 4x100-meter relay.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
A 6-0 performance resembling a How I Met Your Mother episode started looking more like House of Cards, March 18, but Llano fans had the last laughs, because the Jackets had enough aces to capture their district opener. It was decided that 8-4 would be the title of the show, with the Badgers returning to Lampasas with pork burgers and the four runs. “We hung tight as a team,” said Stephen Campbell, coaching and winning his first varsity district contest.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
GATESVILLE—Isaac Hutto, rebounding from one of the worst moments in his LHS athletic career—see Lampasas story—was a maestro on the mound, March 21, and led Llano to a 9-1 harassment of the Hornets. “It was the best high school game I’ve ever pitched,” Hutto said, following his six innings of dominating Gatesville batters. We need this report card signed by a parent or guardian: 10 strikeouts, two singles, and no walks—although the 6’4” senior did hit more than a few.