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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.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 24, 2014 • Photos
Yes, the Llano volleyball Jackets were swept at Comfort, September 12, but they played in their first five-game match of the season, September 9, at Lago Vista and claimed victory. That triumph offered a bonus, as the Vikings—a very good team—had beaten Llano in four games, August 18. “We did things we had to do to win,” said head coach John Black.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 24, 2014 • Photos
Considering how badly the offense played—giving new meaning to the word “offensive,” it is remarkable to report Llano came within two plays of beating Brady. No, no, we are not talking about some 92-yard kickoff return and a 47-yard pass interception that resulted in six. The Jacket defense—which was superb and added four interceptions to match that robust total against Bangs—needed two stops for victory, but the Bulldogs scored on a third-and-12 situation from the 16 of Llano to win ...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 24, 2014
The Llano Youth Football and Cheer teams traveled to Lago Vista this past Saturday and a great contingent of Llano fans braved the chilly, rainy weather to watch two exciting and hard fought football games. Llano has now faced two of the top teams in the Hill Country Youth Football League in consecutive weeks as both Lago Vista teams were undefeated coming into this past week’s contests.
Posted September 20, 2014
FREDERICKSBURG—John McEnroe, the tennis star turned announcer, used to say in his numerous heated moments: “You can’t be serious!” Jalen Bauman, the man who was to be the centerpiece of the Llano High football Jackets (1-3), lasted one play on the Billies’ Homecoming Night, and the LHS rivals proceeded to carve out a 30-0 victory. Bauman carried the ball on the first play from scrimmage and injured his right knee.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
It was Wednesday morning, September 3, and Mack Brown wanted to talk football. And that he did, before a most appreciative crowd of 250 at the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club. “The playoffs are good,” the UT-coach-turned-ESPN- analyst said. “The fans deserve the best teams.” College football will wind up with a Final Four instead of a Final Two, but Brown would like eight in the tournament. “People get mad if you don’t play tough teams,” we were advised about non-conference foes, bu ...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
BANGS—The Lady Jackets, with some vocal encouragement from their coach, opened Llano’s day-night, doubleheader sweep of the Dragons, September 5, with a comeback win in volleyball. The football team got the Ladies’—“see what’s possible when you put your mind to it”—message, and also won. I asked John Black what he said to the team when a 13-4 lead in Game 4 had slipped to 14-9?
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
BANGS—So much was memorable about this visit to the Brownwood area on the first Friday night in September, most of all the 41-21 final. Aaron Moss reminded people the running game should not be as hard to embrace as a tuxedo. Holden Simpson was more accurate than Annie Oakley. And the defense?
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
It was a fine start for the Jacket cross-country team, as the youngsters did well defending their turf in the September 4 Llano Invitational. Grayson Freeman, second in his division, and Elainia Keeney, fifth in hers, are the Black and Orange standard bearers until further notice. It was the beginning of what will be—literally—a four-year run for Keeney.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
The Llano Youth Football teams opened their season this past weekend at home against the Mason Punchers. The Llano youth football teams compete in the Hill Country Youth Football League which is comprised of two different divisions that are split by school enrollment size. Llano competes in Division II with the following towns: Brady, Mason, San Saba, Blanco, Johnson City, Lago Vista and Llano.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
On a hot, balmy Thursday evening the Bangs Dragons rolled into Llano with the intention of taking down the Llano Junior Varsity Yellow Jacket football team. That intention was all but snuffed out in the first five minutes of the ball game when the Jackets took an early 6 point lead.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Volleyball matches are settled by either 2 out of 3 in Junior Varsity, or 3 out of 5 for varsity. In the case of the Lady JV Jackets on Friday night in Bangs, it was the best 2 out of 3. Although it is called 1 match, the 3 games can be as different as night and day, this was the situation in Bangs.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:03 PM
WACO—It was as majestic as everyone hoped and thought it would be. McLane Stadium, on the Brazos River, the new home of the Baylor Bears, opened its doors for the first college game, August 31, and Art Briles’ team supplied the most important blueprint—a 45-0 whipping of, appropriately enough, a former Southwest Conference foe, SMU. As we drifted in, but didn’t dare go to our seats till we had inspected all that was available, I felt like one of those restaurant owners on Restaurant: I ...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:03 PM
There seem to be more stories in Week One of a sport’s season than any other time. And two bad ones for Texas. Center Dominic Espinosa (from Cedar Park) is out indefinitely with a broken ankle. Quarterback David Ash had concussion-like-symptoms following the 38-7 win over North Texas, and he won’t play against Brigham Young. Head coach Charlie Strong said the right things: “You’re always concerned about a young man’s health.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:02 PM
It’s Texas and in Texas, football is king; just don’t tell these ladies on the volleyball court that. When Bandera came to town, they came with a passion to dominate the Junior Varsity Lady Jackets, however, that was not the case. The Bulldogs definitely had a height advantage over the team from Llano and came out slamming hard, winning the first game 25-16 behind consistent play from their side of the net and some help from the Jackets that were not as consistent. Game two started much ...