For many in Burnet, TX 2016 brought plenty of things to cheer about. There were triumphs and tribulations but all in all it was another good year to be a Bulldog. There were some incredible victories on the playing field as well as tragic losses off. In early 2016 many Burnet county residents were brought to their knees after learning of Jamal Brown’s passing, but the celebration of his life at the services is something those in attendance will always remember. As the year began to unfold there were some awesome performances and victories to speak of. Some of those memories have already began to fade for some of us but hopefully this recap will remind you how special 2016 was in our hometown. January In the first month of the new year there was a whole lot of talk about basketball and soccer, but there was also some state honors in football that landed in print.
Burnet’s cross country teams competed on Saturday at the 19-4A District meet hosted by Lampasas. The Dust Dawgs faced many talented runners from the seven team district which includes Burnet, Liberty Hill, Lampasas, Leander Glen, Salado, Taylor, and Llano. The varsity girls team finished in fourth place overall just one spot shy of taking their team to regionals. The top three teams included Liberty Hill in first, followed by Lampasas and Llano.
Burnet will however be represented at the upcoming regional meet by sophomore Trynadee Greenwell and senior Abby Bullock. Greenwell captured an overall district silver at Saturday’s qualifying event, while Bullock kept pace finishing sixth also earning a ticket. Neeradt Leon missed the 10 spot needed by just a couple of steps finishing outside the qualification in 11.
Both the high school and middle school cross country teams recently competed at races hosted by Marble Falls. Each group did very well in their respective categories with the varsity girls earning a team gold and the eighth-grade boys earning an overall bronze.
The cross country season is moving right along with only one more tune-up meet before district. All teams will be in action this Thursday, Oct. 6 at Lampasas. Followed by the district meet for both middle school and high school on Saturday, Oct. 15 also in Lampasas.
Marble Falls Results-
Seventh-grade girls: Maria Leon, 22, 14:18. Other Burnet runners included Ashlyn Calhoun and Zaida Freeman.
Eighth-grade girls: Gracyn Bennett, 20, 13:45; Esmerelda Carreon, 63; Halee Muccigrossi, 64; Makenna Gilmore, 72; Helena Rojas, 107; and Madison Carapepe, 125.
Burnet’s cross country teams ran in the Bill Bradley Invitational in Gatesville last Thursday. Several Burnet runners turned in top-notch performances and the Lady Bulldog team earned a bronze taking third place overall out of 12 teams.
The top female runner for Burnet was Trynadee Greenwell who placed second out of 102 varsity runners. Greenwell was followed by Abby Bullock, 13; Neeradt Leon, 20; Alexis Munguia, 24; Julyssa Silva, 25; Fatima Rodriguez, 36; and Reagan Giesenschlag, 28.
The boys varsity division hosted 93 total runners. The top finisher for Burnet was JT Killebrew who placed 32. He was followed by Jordin Balmarez, 48; Tanner Abbott, 50; Caden Farrell, 58; Ross Giesenschlag, 63; and Eddy Shaw, 85.
The JV boys race included 96 runners. For the Bulldogs Clayton Atkison placed 46, and Dillon Crain finished at 74.
Whether you were cheering on the Lady Dawg volleyball teams to their victories over Harper and Rockdale, or a varsity football victory Friday night it was a good week to be a Bulldog.
The varsity Lady Dawgs added a few more W’s to the win column last week. The freshman and JV squads have had many shining moments too. The freshman ladies had only one loss as of presstime, congrats on a terrific start girls.
The teams will play their final non-district games on Friday before their tough seven team district begins.
The Lady Dawgs start off with three-straight home games versus Liberty Hill, Taylor, then Salado and your support will be greatly appreciated.
Best of luck to all the Lady Dawgs!
How ‘bout them Bulldogs knocking off the Mustangs 33-12 in the 100th meeting between the two teams. The varsity Bulldogs have got off to a great 2-0 start and have a high ceiling.
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.