The hot Texas sun is beating down on the backs of thousands of high school football players who were eager to return to the gridiron this week. Two-a-days kicked off bright and early Monday morning bringing a screeching halt to those lazy days of summer for some, but many in the Bulldog football program have been putting in work throughout the break. Summer workouts and 7- -n 7 games will certainly serve as a benefit when returning to hours of training each day.
Burnet starts its 2016 football season expecting big things.
“We’re not just trying to make the playoffs, we expect to win championships and make long runs in the playoffs,’’ Burnet head coach Kurt Jones said. “We feel like we can beat anybody we play.’’
That’s the luxury of a winning program that has been to the playoffs four straight years under the leadership of Kurt Jones and his staff.
The Bulldogs hit the field Monday morning for the start of preseason workouts. The Bulldogs will field a strong team that returns eight starters, four on each side of the football.
Burnet plays in one of the toughest Class 4A districts in the state. It’s the home of defending champion Waco La Vega, China Spring, Gatesville and Liberty Hill. The foursome combined to 16 playoff games last year. District 13-4A this year includes five of the same teams from last year’s district.
Burnet’s 12th trip to the state 7-on-7 football championships finished with the Bulldogs showing improvement, but they came up short with a first round loss in the Division II championship bracket at College Station.
Mineral Wells knocked off the Bulldogs, 27-20, in their first game in the championship bracket. Mineral Wells scored on its last possession to pull off the win to end Burnet’s run.
Burnet had led 20-13 at halftime.
“On our last drive we weren’t able to punch it in a and they came back with less than a minute to go to win,’’ coach Earl Foster said.
Quarterback Koby Edwards led the team to the Bulldogs 12 trip in the last 14 years to the 7-on-7 event.
Some of the top receivers for the Bulldogs were Steven Gallardo, Sterling Galban, Drew Kiser and Tyler Ford.
Burnet will compete in one of the toughest Class 4A districts this season with four teams that played an additional 16 playoff games last season.
District 13-4A, Division I includes defending state champion Waco La Vega that returns its quarterback Jamal Williams, 6-6 tight end Kedrick James, speedy running back Kemoche Hobbs and solid linebacker Jared Rogers.
La Vega was 16-0 last season.
The district is the same as last season with the addition of Liberty Hill and the departure of Waco Robinson.
Liberty Hill (10-3 last season) eliminated the Bulldogs in the first round of the playoffs a year ago.
Jerry Vance’s team returns a solid defense with some veterans in defensive end Carter Ware, linebacker Andy Becker and end Kendall Badon.
Leo Manzano’s bid for his third straight Olympics in the 1,500 meters ended Sunday in Eugene, Oregon.
With 100 meters to go, Manzano went for his patented kick but just as he got shoulder-to-shoulder with Ben Blakenship for third place Manzano was not able to keep up with Blakenship’s extra effort. Manzano finished in fourth place with a time of 3:36.62 in the Olympic Trails.
The pride of Granite Shoals and Marble Falls ran a time that was a second and a half off what he ran four years ago when he took the silver medal in London.
This year’s top three qualifiers for a trip to Rio de Janeiro are Matthew Centrowitz of the Nike Oregon Project, Robby Andrews of Adidas and Blankenship of Nike OTC. Centrowitz ran a 3:34.09
Manzano was in seventh place at the 700 meter mark, but made up three spots.
Burnet Little League 8U Girls Coach Pitch, The Knockouts are State bound. They will be playing in the State Tournament July 18th-22nd in Corsicana. First girls coach pitch team in Burnet to make it to state. Coaches are Sammy Burton, Nick Robles and Kurtis Maxwell. Front Row: Halle Maxwell, Olivia Robles, Addie Holtzclaw, Logan Smallwood. Back Row: Halle Murray, Lauryn Hocker, Carlee Williams, McKenzie Evans, Brady Burton, Marin Jarvis, and Karlee Wyatt. Not pictured - Peyton Allen, Journey Denton, and Lanee McCurry.
With just two days left in the 2016 school year many parents may be wondering what am I going to do to keep my kids busy, active, and out of the house. Well, several of the Burnet High School programs have an answer for you with summer camps that start up as early as next week. The following is a listing of some of those camps and their costs but you can get more information and sign-up forms on the BCISD website under the Athletics department. You can also call the BHS athletic field house at 512-756-4501.
The Burnet CISD has officially hired David Schubert as the new Girls Athletic Coordinator and Head Girls Basketball coach. Many in the area are familiar with Coach Schubert, who spent last year leading the Lady Mustangs in Marble Falls. Before that he spent much of his time as an Athletic Coordinator in northeast Texas. His most impressive records come from his coaching days at Wortham where his teams were 48-12, and in Chapel Hill where his teams were 53-17.
“Coach Schubert is a man of high integrity and moral character with a tireless work ethic,” said Burnet Athletic Director Kurt Jones.
“He is very energetic and has a strong desire to take our girls athletic program to new heights,” added Jones.
Coach Schubert’s wife has also been employed by BCISD as a teacher at fifth grade. They have three children, two sons and a daughter and they are excited about their transition to Burnet.