Heights wins, 6-3
Marble Falls started fast, but San Antonio Alamo Heights was able to finish strong to end Marble Falls baseball season. The Mules beat the Mustangs, 6-3, in a one-game playoff at Shiner.
The teams were supposed to play a best-of-three series, but that was reduced to a one-game area playoff because of inclement weather. Fans from both teams packed up and traveled down US 10 to watch the two rivals face off for the second time in two years in the Class 4A playoffs.
Marble Falls put together three straight hits to open the game, but had just one more hit for the game.
Alamo Heights tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth and took the lead with two runs in the fifth inning. Alamo Heights finished with nine hits off two Marble Falls pitchers.
Mustangs ace Cole Ridgely allowed eight hits, walked three and struck out six in his final start as Marble Falls pitcher.
Alamo Heights had four extra base hits off Marble Falls pitching.
Winning pitcher Cameron Mineo threw a 4-hitter and was also a big contributor at the plate. He was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Series reduced to one-game playoff at Shiner
Marble Falls baseball playoff with San Antonio Alamo Heights was changed to a one-game playoff after Friday's opener was rained out.
The teams will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday at Shiner High School. Shiner has an artificial turf to handle the heavy rains that have hit Central Texas the past two days.
Marble Falls starting pitcher will be Cole Ridgely, the senior who has paced the team to a 23-7 record.
Marble Falls faces Alamo Heights in area round
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls has made a living with defense and earning wins
when the game is tight.
Coach J.T. Blair has his team riding momentum into the
second round of the playoffs mainly because of their persistence and ability to
make big plays when it counts.
The mentality will be apparent this week when the Mustang
take on a veteran Alamo Heights team that was able to push across 22 runs in
the two victories over District 28-4A champion San Antonio Brennan last week.
Marble Falls outfielder Jay Watson came up big against LBJ
with a defensive gem in the first inning of Game 2 when he threw out a runner
at third base with a strike to third baseman Cole Ridgely.
It’s that type of play that sparks teams. For Marble Falls
it was a way to stem some early momentum by the Jaguars and give Marble Falls a
chance to get starter Cody Goodman deeper into the game.
In a best-of-three format, the team with the best pitching
has the edge. Pitching and defense can’t be stressed enough.
Marble Falls three starting outfielders have had their
It was Jimmy Damico that gunned down a Leander runner at
home plate in Marble Falls’
opening win over Leander in that District 25-4A series.
Marble Falls carries a 23-7 mark into Friday’s 7 p.m. opener
at Marble Falls. On Saturday when they venture to San Antonio to square off
with the Mules, pitching will be key again.
Marble Falls pitching options for starters are Ridgely, Cody
Goodman, Garrett Winslett and Stacy Heinatz.
Alamo Heights top pitchers are Cameron Mineo, James Nittoli
and Tyler Freed. All three pitched against Brennan. Mineo is the probable
starter in Friday’s game.
Alamo Heights swept its series with San Antonio Brennan.
The Mules (19-9) knocked off Brennan, 14-5, in Game 1 and
finished the series with an 8-5 win on Saturday in San Antonio.
Mineo pitched the opener and allowed eight hits while
striking out nine Brennan players.
Tyler Freed was 4-for-6 batting in the two-game series.
In Game 2, seven players had RBI for the Mules.
Blake Klumpp is the Mules top hitter among the regulars for
the season with a .373 average and 25 RBI.
Marble Falls lost to Alamo Heights last season in the area
round in two straight. Alamo Heights won the opener, 4-3, and took Game 2,
Marble Falls faces LBJ in bi-district
Marble Falls will play Austin LBJ in the bi-district round
of the playoffs.
The head coaches for both teams will meet Wednesday to decide
on the format.
Dawgs just short to Panthers
The varsity Burnet Bulldog baseball team dropped a close district match to Liberty Hill last Friday night, 2-1.
The Panthers scored in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead but Burnet quickly answered knotting it up at 1-1 in the bottom of the third.
Liberty Hill managed to plate another run in the top of the fourth and the rest of the game ended scoreless giving the Panthers a 2-1 win.
For game stats pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
Softball girls working hard
Both the varsity and JV girl’s softball teams have seen some bright spots during their 2013 season. Burnet’s JV team has earned some wins, while the varsity team is struggling through some growing pains.
To put it simply, the varsity Lady Dawgs are young. Most of the starters are freshman and sophomores with the exception of a few juniors, but they are continuing to work hard and are getting better each week.
Burnet faced the two top teams in District 8-3A last week with a road game at Gatesville on Tuesday and a home game against Liberty Hill on Friday.
The varsity girls fell to a very talented Lady Hornet squad, 16-0. Jill Rosow, Katie Kirkland and Drew Salinas shared the pitching duties. After two inning Gatesville led 11-0 with Burnet struggling to put any runners on base.
In the top of the third Kayla Glover drew a walk, followed by singles from Ashley Hallmark and Rosow but the Lady Dawgs were unable to manage a score.
Gatesville added five in the third to take a 16-0 lead going into the fourth.
Salinas pitched the fourth for Burnet allowing no walks and no runners on base. At the bat Vanessa Escamilla, Ashleigh Glover, and Grayson Edwards each picked-up singles but Burnet failed to score leaving the final 16-0.
For more info on last week's softball games pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
Track teams host Wells Fargo Relays
The Burnet Bulldog track teams host their annual Wells Fargo Relay meet last Saturday.
The varsity Lady Dawgs took third place overall as a team with 124.5 points. Fredericksburg took first followed by Liberty Hill in second.
The JV girls finished in fourth overall with 84 points as a team.
In the mens division Burnet’s JV team took third place overall, while the varsity team took sixth. Individual results were as follows.
100: Brittany Barksdale, fifth, 14.40; and Hunter Holmes, 15.56.
200: Jade Alsbrook, fourth, 29.43; and Ashley Hallmark, 31.88.
400: Alexandra Hahn, 1:15.49.
800: Brandi Bond, fourth, 2:47.52.
1600: Hailey Letterman, fifth, 6:23.52.
100 Hurdles: Ashley Bernal, fifth, 19.20; and Summer Jackson, 22.37.
400 Relay: Burnet, third, 55.20, Alyssa Box, Hallmark, Alsbrook, and Jessica Chamberlain.
800 Relay: Burnet, third, 1:59.80, Box, Hallmark, Alsbrook, and Chamberlain.
1600 Relay: Burnet, fifth, 4:58.35, Box, Bernal, Bond, and Letterman.
Long Jump: Hallmark, fifth, 13’3.
Shot Put: Araceli Torres, third, 25’10.50; Desiree Vajgrt, fourth, 25’8; and Sierra Flores, fifth, 24’9.
Discus: Angelica Watson, second, 73’; and Vajgrt, third, 70’3.
Triple Jump: Chamberlain, fifth, 28’3.50.
Pole Vault: Barksdale, first, 8’.
To see all the other individual results pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
Rouse team wins state fishing tournament
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Colton Mitchell and Dallin Bishop of Leander Rouse High
School won the Texas High School State Fishing Championship on Lake LBJ
Saturday catching three fish weighing in at 15-pounds, 13-ounces.
They also had the big bass at seven-pounds, 11-ounces.
The anglers edged out the Westlake fishing club by two
ounces. Westlake’s Knox Kronenberg and Richie Pusateri caught the limit of five
fish over the minimum length of 14 inches to take second with a total of
The defending champion Corrigan-Camden team of Wyatt
Frankens and Clay Nash also caught five fish weighing in at 15-pounds,
The tie was broken by the third tiebreaker of the first team
to weigh in.
Frankens and Nash edged out Kronenberg and Pusateri by an
ounce on the big bass with a catch of seven-pounds, seven ounces.
The tournament was the biggest in the three years of the
event. The two previous tournaments had been held on Lake Lavon near Allen in
Marble Falls High School had 28 anglers in the field matched
in two-person teams.
The best finishers for the Marble Falls team were Cole Van
Brocklin and Tyler Rutherford, who are both students at Burnet High School. The
duo logged five fish at 15-pounds, three-ounces.
In all there were 68 teams (136 anglers) entered in the
one-day tournament that started at first light and ended near 5 p.m. with the
conclusion of weigh-ins.
In all 22 teams caught their limit and 52 of the 68 teams
Marble Falls had four teams in the top 20.
The top Marble Falls teams were (fourth) Van
Brocklin-Rutherford, (13th) Jordan Breaux-Jordan Wright, (14th)
Shilo Nelson-Ben Stripling and (19th) Lyle Schmidt-Lane Amidon.
"We caught all our fish at the second place we stopped,’’
Wright said after he and Breaux had to come in an half hour before weigh-in
because they were running low on gasoline. "We hit that one spot and got them
The 14-inch minimum was killer on some of the anglers.
"We had 13 at 13-inches and never had a keeper,’’ said
Matthew Manley who teamed with Marble Falls angler Wes Thornton.
There is a captains tournament scheduled for Sunday on Lake
LBJ at the LBJ Yacht Club and Marina in Cottonwood Shores.
Marble Falls will host the tournament again next year.
Water Dawgs strong at State
Burnet Water Dawg athletes Savanna Meadows and Seth Timmons competed at the State UIL Swimming and Diving Meet over the weekend and both did an excellent job.
It was senior diver Savanna Meadows’ second time at state and she improved on her fifth place finish from last year with a fourth place finish to end her high school career.
"It was a very competitive meet this year and there was a ton of good divers,” said Meadows.
Though her career at BHS is over Meadows already has big plans for her future and of course they involve diving.
"After high school I plan on diving for the United State’s Air Force Academy. I love learning and perfecting new dives. I enjoy the rush of learning something new and the feeling that you get when you finally nail a dive.”
Meadows will also leave her name in the history books and she says that is one goal she worked so hard to accomplish.
"I am confident that my name will be on the natatorium and school record books for a long time. It has been my goal for the last two years and achieving that was a great accomplishment for me,” said Meadows.
Burnet junior Seth Timmons is already no stranger to the state meet. This was his third year to earn the right to compete and his third place finish in the 500 free was his best yet. He took fifth in the event last year. This year he also swam in the 200 free at state and placed 12.
"This year’s state meet was one of the fastest meets, not just for my events, but for all the events,” said Timmons.
Timmons loves the water and really doesn’t spend time in the offseason.
"I don’t have an offseason, but after my big meets I will take a week off from the pool and just work out in the gym or go for a run.”
Swimming for Seth is a way to gain opportunities and open doors.
"Because of my accomplishments in this sport I have been to the Olympic training center, state three times, California, and I am about to go to Florida for my first National junior meet,” said Seth.
Even though high school swimming is over for now Timmons will continue working hard. In addition to the upcoming National Junior Meet he will also be swimming at the Open Water Nationals in California, a meet that he was personally invited to.
BHS coach Nancy Moore commented on her swimmers saying, "I am so very proud of them and all their hard work this year. Continue to expect big things out of the Water Dawgs.”
For photos from the meet pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
Girls track competes at Lake Travis
The Burnet Lady Bulldog track team competed in Lake Travis this past Saturday against Austin Bowie, Leander, Vandegrift, Lampasas, Hutto, Lake Travis, Dripping Springs, Cedar Park, and Westwood.
"This was a highly competitive meet for us this early in the year and a good start for Burnet Lady Dawg track,” said coach Doug Messer.
Both the JV and varsity girls finished fifth. The JV girls scored 63 points, while the varsity totalled 65.
For individual results pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.