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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 23, 2015 • Photos
On Friday, January 23, in the Llano High School Gymnasium, the Llano Yellow Jackets played host to the Lampasas Badgers in the opening of district play. While this was the objective of the evening, another story was playing out on the court with no fanfare, no announcements and well, just the way he would want it to be happening. Long time Llano Yellow Jacket sports broadcaster, Art Dlugach, was preparing to share his eight-hundredth radio program with Yellow Jacket fans across the radio airwa ...
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 23, 2015
Llano’s lead dwindled more than socks in a dryer, but the Jackets finally repelled a furious Brady rally to down the Bulldogs, 53-47, January 9. “We got in a hurry,” head coach Aidan Callahan said. “I tried to slow ‘em down.” In a hurry, indeed, after crafting a 38-18 monster message late in the third quarter. Yes, Baylor led Michigan State by almost the same numbers at the same time—41-21—in the Cotton Bowl and lost.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 23, 2015
A hot hand from the line dealt the Llano boys a basketball victory at Lago Vista, January 2, and that success was repeated at home against Brownwood, January 6. The result was a 52-47 decision after being down by five with 4:55 to go. “Overall it was solid,” said head coach Aidan Callahan.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 9, 2015
LAMPASAS—The Jacket girls, who open district play, Friday, January 9, have had a rough time the past three and a half weeks, but they did pull away from Canyon Lake in the final 4:35 to win, 57-49. It was Llano’s only victory in four games, December 29-30, in the Lampasas tournament. “It was good to get in the win column,” said head coach Joe Downey.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 9, 2015
LAGO VISTA—Outstanding defense and perfect free-throw shooting down deep stretch allowed the Jacket boys to come from behind and beat the Vikings, 47-41, on the second day of 2015. “We were better in the second half,” said a relieved head coach, Aidan Callahan. “Got good shots {and} real good defense the last four or five minutes.” Callahan was not pleased with the 41-35 overtime loss to Lytle in Llano’s fourth and final game in Fredericksburg’s tournament, December 29-30.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 9, 2015
My bosses have indulged me in my desire to write about Baylor football success the last five years, and so far no nasty letters criticizing what I have done have arrived at The Llano News—not that I discourage them. I went to Baylor, which is one reason I admit I have written Bears’ stories, but I have also felt: One stadium closing, one opening, one Heisman, and two Big 12 football championships by a school that, in the past, could have put its gridiron trophies in a suitcase, warrant wha ...
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 9, 2015
I’ll start with something for which I don’t have an answer, but I’ve got an opinion or two. Pass coverage has become the most controversial play in football. No surprise—teams are throwing the ball more often than Bobby Flay fixes brunch. Dan Jenkins, a Hall of Fame reporter and author, said years ago, “You could call (offensive) holding on every play.” That’s when holding was a big deal.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • Posted December 24, 2014 • Photos
ARLINGTON—Mason’s super football season made it through 57 quarters of action—then Canadian, a school in the Panhandle and not far from Oklahoma, had a much bigger punch and won the Class 2A, Division I state championship, 34-7, at AT&T Stadium, December 18. The Punchers, 14-0 like the Wildcats at kickoff, took a 7-0 lead with 4:56 remaining in the opening period.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • Posted December 24, 2014 • Photos
BURNET COUNTY—Alas, the young man won another silver medal. He will strive to get better, and this was not his favorite distance. The young man here is Leonel Manzano, who can now place his unBearable Fun Run Silver (5K) along with the one he “picked up” at the Summer Olympics in London in 2012.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • Posted December 24, 2014 • Photos
It was a nasty final couple of games before the Christmas break for the Llano Lady basketball Jackets. Brady whipped its hosts, 74-53, December 16, and three nights later, Llano went to San Saba and was downed, 74-42. “We were where we needed to be,” head coach Joe Downey said of the 16-12 advantage against the Bulldogs early in the second quarter.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • Posted December 24, 2014 • Photos
Republican state senator Charles Perry of Lubbock—no relation to Rick—wants the playoff teams limited from four per district to two. “We have truly watered-down competition,” Perry told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “to the point that 0-10 and 1-9 teams are able to make the playoffs in some districts.” I’m more opposed to this than I am to the prevent defense or being forced to seeing season two of Family Feud. “{Four teams} devalue the work of the first-and-second-place teams ...
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 ...