Sierra resigns position in Burnet
First year head Burnet baseball coach, Jose Sierra resigned from the district on Wednesday citing personal reasons. Sierra took over the baseball program this season after last year’s head coach, TimPerkins was moved to a different role in the BHS athletic program.
"He felt like this was the best thing for him to do for he and his family at the time,” said BHS Athletic Director Kurt Jones.
The varsity Bulldogs are now under the direction of Steven Shipley. Coach Shipley was hired on in Burnet during the fall and coached freshman football. He was also an assistant defensive coach for the varsity football squad.
"Coach Shipley is taking over as interim coach. He has a lot of experience in coaching high school baseball including experience as a head baseball coach. We are confident he will do a good job for us,” added Jones.
The Bulldog baseball squad has six seniors on this year’s team, including four lettermen which should also help the transition go smoothly.
Coach Shipley and the Bulldog are playing at the Smokey Joe’s tournament this weekend in Seguin.
Seven headed to Reionals
The Burnet powerlifting squad has qualified seven lifters to the upcoming regional meet.
Those lifters include Brittney Barksdale, Keli Thomas, Desiree Vajgrt, Victoria Bell, Jacob Reed, Jared McHazlett, and Jonathan Brown.
As a team the boys and girls recently competed at the Brady meet. The girls placed six overall behind Brady, Sonora, San Angelo Grape Creek, Lampasas, and Ballinger. Also competing in the meet was Santa Anna, San Saba, Marble Falls, San Angelo, Llano and Sterling City.
The Burnet boys claimed second place behind Lampasas who won the meet. Other teams in the boys competition included San angelo Grape Creek, who placed third; Brownwood, Brady, Llano, San Saba, San Angelo Central, Comfort, Santa Anna, Ballinger, Marble Falls, Sterling City, and Sonora.
Scoring for the girls was Brittney Barksdale who took first place; Kendra Campbell, fourth place; Keli Thomas, fourth place; Araceli Torres, fourth place; Desiree Vajgrt, fourth place; and Victoria Bell, fifth place.
Scorers for the Burnet boys included Jonathan Brown, first place in the 132 class; Jared McHazlett, first place in the 198 class; Jacob Reed, second place in class SHW; Christopher Saldivar, third place class 242; Brock Foster, third place class 165; Jarrett Thornley, fourth place class 220; and Cullen Ferrill, fifth place class 198.
The girls will compete at Regionals on Saturday, March 1 in Gatesville.
The boys regional meet will be held on Saturday, March 8 in Whitney.
Timmons earns State Bronze
Burnet senior swimmer Seth Timmons made his fourth-straight appearance at the UIL State Swim Meet held in Austin over the weekend.
Timmons placed fourth in state in the boys 200 Freestyle race with a 1:41.56.
First place went to Brayden Seal who swam a 1:38.24. He was followed by Mark Olsen in second, 1:41.22; and Jac McLaughlin in third with a 1:41.40.
In the boys 500 Freestyle Timmons swam his best ever career time and earned a third place bronze for his efforts.
His finish time was 4:33.23. Seal set a new state record in this highly competitive race with a 4:25.71 and second place went to Taylor abbott with a 4:30.33.
Timmons has had an amazing career at Burnet High School.
During his time at Burnet Timmons broke the 200 free team record time and also set a new pool record at the same event. He is also the team record holder in the 500 free and has broken his own time three times.
In November he signed on to swim for Oakland University in Michigan.
Timmons returns to state
The Burnet Water Dawgs carried five swimmers to the Regional Meet which was held in Magnolia over the weekend.
Senior Seth Timmons qualified to compete in the 200 and 500 free after gold and silver finishes at the recent district meet.
Timmons also swam on the boys 200 yard Medley relay at regionals along with teammates Angel Romero, Dustin Barnett, and Cameron Cardenas.
Sydney Cardenas joined the boys in Magnolia and swam in the 100 yard Breaststroke after qualifying at district with a 1:16.16.
In the boys 200 Freestyle event Timmons took second place with a 1:43.37 which was a big improvement from his last year’s regional time of 1:47.
This will be the second time Timmons will represent the Water Dawgs in the 200 at state. Last year he placed 11 overall. Currently he has the third fastest time in the state in the 200.
For complete results from the Regional Meet pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
Good competition for cross country
The Burnet high school and middle school cross country teams enjoyed running against some great competition at Saturday’s meet in Round Rock.
"Round Rock is the site of the state cross country meet, and one of the largest meets we will compete in prior to the regional and state meets,” said head coach Stuart Dixon.
"The teams loved the competition and the atmosphere; they are fired up for their meet this Thursday in Lampasas,” added Dixon.
High School Results
The girls finished fifth out of 45 teams in their division. They were led by Abby Bullock, (12:45) who medaled with a 19 place finish out of 360 runners.
The boys finished 37 out of 49 teams. They were led by Drew Kiser, (17:24) who medaled with a 16 place finish out of 406 runners.
Other runners in the high school division included Nick Menchaca, 89, 18:56; Jordin Belmarez, 329, 22:13; Cody Beyer, 340, 22:29; Gage Blair, 386, 24:35; Tara Evers, 29, 12:58; Autumn Freasier, 47, 13:10; Jordan Boyles, 66, 13:20; Shaylah Hullum, 108, 13:42; Hailey Letterman, 193, 14:26; and Leslie Garrett, 301, 15:56.
To see middle school results from Round Rock pick up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.
Cross country focused on goals
The Burnet high school cross country team continues to focus on goals they set at the beginning of the season and once again they proved this week that they are moving forward.
Burnet’s teams competed on Saturday at the Fredericksburg invitational which featured some solid teams from around Central Texas running on a hilly course.
The varsity girl’s team placed seventh out of 13 teams and was paced by medalists Tara Evers and Abby Bullock.
The varsity boys placed sixth out of 12 teams and were led by Drew Kiser.
"Our teams continue to work hard and are coming off the most difficult training month of their season,” said head cross country coach Stuart Dixon.
"They now enter the last month of the season, aiming toward district.”
For individual results read Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.
Great run for Cross Country
On Thursday the BHS cross country team competed at the Bill Bradley Invitational in Gatesville.
The varsity girls placed second out of seventeen teams and the boys placed 12.
Autumn Freasier medaled in the varsity girls division by placing eighth. Joe Parker returned to the team after facing an early season set-back and medaled in the JV boys division.
Once again the girls top five runners were fifty seconds apart from each other. This type of grouping really helps them be a successful team.
"This meet helped us in our preparation for our district meet which will be held on Oct. 23 in Gatesville. We were not only able to get familiar with the course but also with our district competitors whom were present at this meet,” said head cross country coach Stuart Dixon.
Pick-up Wednesday’s Bulletin for individual finishes.
Lady Dawgs beat Luling
The varsity Lady Bulldogs traveled to Luling last Tuesday night and picked up their third-straight victory in a three game match, 25-10, 25-17, 25-10.
"These girls have done nothing but get better and better as the season progresses,” said head coach Salye Coles.
"They are an incredible group of young ladies and work hard every single day. They take their experiences on the court and learn from both the good and the bad.”
"After two hard fought matches against Bandera and Ingram, where the outcome was not what we wanted, the girls were extremely determined to make the changes needed. The results have been three consecutive victories. I am so proud of these young ladies and feel like their steady growth and maturity will have the perfect peak with district and the play-offs in our near future,” added Coles.
To see complete game stats please read Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.
Great traditional meet for Dust Dawgs
On Friday the Burnet cross country Dust Dawgs participated in their first traditional meet of the 2013 season at the large Pflugerville Invitational at North East Metro Park.
The girls team had a fantastic showing placing second out of nine teams in attendance. Their success can be credited to the fact that there was only 45-seconds between their first and fifth runners.
Individually Tara Evers placed 12 out of 61 to earn a medal.
"This is a first in about six years that a Burnet varsity girls team has placed that high in a meet, so it’s a great way for us to start our season,” said coach Stuart Dixon.
The Burnet boys also did a nice job against quality competition placing seventh out of 12 teams. Drew Kiser finished third overall earning a medal.
Pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin for individual results.
Team Tennis plays first matches
The Bulldog tennis team recently traveled to Liberty Hill for their first team tennis match of the season.
Unfortunately rain prevented them from finishing the match but it is rescheduled for Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. also in Liberty Hill.
Burnet’s mixed doubles team of Hailey Wilson and Price Carpenter came out with a very quick win over Maxwell and Warner with a count of 8-0.
Micayla Light and Brooke Hemphill lost in doubles, 8-3.
Austin Hall and Austin Crain also lost their doubles match in Liberty Hill, 8-5.
As a group the Burnet team was down 5-0 early with many unforced errors. They were able to come back and tie it up at 5-5 before the rain ended the meet.
Light, Hemphill, Hall, and Crain will also plays singles at the next match.
For more information on Bulldog team tennis read Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.