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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
HORSESHOE BAY—Drayton McLane—as in McLane Stadium—is a 1958 Baylor graduate; has made quite a bit of money in the grocery distribution business and other enterprises; is a God-fearing man; but, in front of the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club, December 2, he talked mostly about the Houston Astros. “Sometimes, you do things spontaneously,” McLane mentioned, in reference to his purchase of the Astros in 1992.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
Rivals and neighbors—or is that a redundancy?—will get together Friday night at the Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin. Burnet vs. Liberty Hill. It’s a battle of the Champion and the Almost Champion. The Bulldogs edged Robinson, 38-35, to advance to this Class 4A, Division I quarterfinal, while the Panthers scored twice late to down Rockport-Fulton, 31-21.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
The Three Rivers Bulldogs had an incredible 2014 season; but, it came to an end last Friday night when the Punchers defeated them 42-0 at Russell Stadium in Buda. The Punchers were at the top of their game Friday night. From the opening kickoff, the Mason team had control of the field, and they would shut down the Bulldogs every time they began an offensive drive. Early in the first quarter, Seth Hudson broke loose and ran in 17-yards for Mason’s first touchdown of the night.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
CANYON LAKE—This one was a good one with which to look forward to Thanksgiving. The Llano High basketball boys, two nights in front of the Holiday and in their finale before December 2, broke free from a 13-11 lead to soon never be in command by fewer than eight, in a 64-48 win over this school between Blanco and San Marcos. “We’re not as athletic as last year,” said veteran Jai Bhakta, “but we’re more skilled.” He had a seven-point first quarter and a team-high 18 in the contest ...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
There’s talk—and it probably won’t happen—that Texas and Texas A&M could wind up playing each other in a bowl game. It usually has to do with where they finish in their conferences, but it’s been reported SEC officials can pick and choose where some of their schools go, and they aren’t crazy about Texas meeting the Aggies. Longhorns’ head coach Charlie Strong told CBSSports.com, “I think at some point it will be worked out; I’d love to play it.” Kevin Sumlin wasn’t quite ...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
Run & Shoot may read pretty well on Llano News newsprint, but it may be a little tough to take when its offensive style is employed for five games in five days. That was the Lady Jackets’ challenge, November 18-22. They went 2-3 in the stretch and kept on firing from three-point range.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
Mason—Class 2A, Division I—and Blanco—3A, Division II—continued their seasons of one rout after another and have advanced to the Regional round of the football playoffs. The Punchers (11-0) shut down Shiner, 44-20, while the Panthers (12-0) tormented Taft, 56-14. Next for Mason is Three Rivers, which is also unbeaten. Blanco meets East Bernard (11-1) in Round 3. Burnet and Liberty Hill are both 10-2, and the pair put up big numbers in their Area triumphs in Class 4A, Division I.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
On Saturday evening, the Llano Junior Varsity boys played against the Georgetown Eastview Patriots, a team that shot three pointers with extreme accuracy. The first nine points came from the field goal range but Llano was able to keep the score close, trailing 16-18 at the end of the first period.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
The basketball Jackets played one game that was solid and one that wasn’t, but the result was the same for both: a loss. Llano opened the season, November 18, dropping a 63-57 decision to Wimberley. Four nights later, Georgetown East View was the visitor, and the Patriots left town with a 57-43 victory. “We fouled over and over, and they hit free throws,” said head coach Aidan Callahan, following the setback to the Texans, which was also on the Jackets’ floor. Llano stretched an 18-11 ...
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 ...