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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
Who would have thought on the morning of March 28 the Llano softball Jackets would have a chance at making the playoffs? They owned an 0-4 record in 8-AAA. Then came a 3-1 win over Brownwood. Losses followed to champion Liberty Hill and Lampasas, but the Jackets rebounded to homer their way past Gatesville, 6-3, April 11. That means the Hornets (3-5) are one game up on Llano and Burnet with two to play.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
LAMPASAS—11-0 certainly sounds like an easy win, a romp, a rout, a roast, a rollover. And it should. Except, when you’ve struck out seven times in four innings—18 in the last two games—and you’re only in front, 1-0, there should be some anxiety. That anxiety, though, April 8, vanished like Duke and Syracuse in the men’s NCAA tournament.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
LIBERTY HILL—This has been a tough place to win in the athletic careers of Llano High seniors Isaac Hutto, Layton Rabb, Carter Tatsch, and Blake Schulze, but the foursome—with sophomore Wyatt Casey—was as Good as Gold, April 9-10, in the District 8-AAA Track & Field Meet. And all were involved in dramatic triumphs. Isaac provided the first Moment in Time.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
LIBERTY HILL—All it showed were guts, determination, never giving up, and punishing your body until the 1600th meter was completed. This district 8-AAA girls’ 4x400-meter relay race—with continuing the season in this event on the line—may have been the most exciting fourth-place finish in the history of Llano High sports. The crowd, April 10, may not have been 50,000, but those in attendance at elegant Panther Stadium would like to tell that number they saw Alyssa Reasoner pull down t ...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
This sports section is simply a clutter of Great Comebacks. And the best may be just below. Coming from behind to tie a game in the seventh (and last) inning is thrilling. Making another rally in the eighth, and this time to win, is super sensational. The Llano baseball Jackets, April 11, did that against visiting Gatesville in a 12-11 triumph, which clinched third place in 8-AAA and a playoff berth. “You do whatever it takes,” said head coach Stephen Campbell.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
LUBBOCK—The Llano High athletic program, which in a nine day stretch—April 7-15—picked up gold medals, team victories, a district championship, and qualification papers in Lampasas, Liberty Hill, and Llano, added the fourth “L”, April 15. The Jacket boys’ golf team—in “brutal” weather—finished third in the Region I tournament in Lubbock—out of 16 schools—and that means a trip to State in two weeks. “We feel very good to make it out of this region,” said head coach M ...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
Shattered Dreams is a program that educates youth by dramatizing the problems associated with underage drinking and drinking and driving.  This year Shattered Dreams is being sponsored by the Llano High School Student Council and Teens in the Driver’s Seat. Teen automobile crash deaths in Texas are among the highest in the country.  Shattered Dreams is an educational program that can help save the lives of young people and others.  Planned by community and school personnel, the program ...
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.