Marble Falls picks up tempo
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls’ boys basketball team is having fun again.
"It’s hard to do this if you’re not having fun,” Marble
Falls coach Neil Laminack said. "I told them yesterday (Friday) just to have
The Mustangs played relaxed and up-tempo over the weekend in
the Smithville Tournament.
The team split four games in the tournament to push the
team’s season record to 5-11.
The Mustangs guards came through with an excellent tempo and
pushed the basketball throughout the team’s final win over Bellville, 50-40.
The Mustangs outscored Bellville 22-10 in the first quarter
led by a quick start from point guard Aidin Parnell. Parnell scored nine of his
14 points in the first quarter.
Marble Falls capitalized on its quickness and ball movement
to take the win.
Junior post Danny Rivara also had a big final game with 17
points and paced the team on the glass.
Rivara earned all tournament and games of 25, 24, 12 and 17
The Mustangs scored four 3-pointers against Bellville and kept
the Brahmas at a distance after setting the tone early.
Scorers for the Mustangs against Bellville were Rivara with
17, Parnell 14, Zuri Buchanan eight, Ben Stripling five and Jordan Wright and
J.T. Watson with three points each.
In the opener of the tournament, the Mustangs ran into a
talented Manor Mustangs squad and fell, 88-44. Manor scored 28 points each in
the first two quarters and were ahead 56-24 at halftime.
Rivara had 20 of his 25 points in the first half. Watson
scored six and D’Anthony Wall added four for the Mustangs.
In Game 2 on Friday, the Mustangs closed strong but lost
55-49 to Caldwell.
Rivara scored 24 points, including 13 in the final quarter.
Stripling scored seven against Caldwell.
Marble Falls outscored the Hornets, 21-16, in the fourth
Marble Falls blasted Austin Eastside Memorial, 69-32. Rivara
scored 12 and Wason 10 to pace the win over Eastside Memorial.
The top teams in the 12-team tournament were Galveston Ball,
Manor and Katy John Paul.
Leander stops Lady Mustangs
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls tried to push the tempo against Leander in
Friday’s District 25-4A opener. It backfired.
The Lady Mustangs committed 11 first quarter turnovers and
dug themselves a hole against the speedy Leander Lady Lions.
Leander’s early cushion helped the Lady Lions hold off the
Lady Mustangs and the visitors took a 40-36 district win at Max Copeland Gym.
Both teams were sub par from the free throw line, but the
Lady Lions picked up five points on the Lady Mustangs at the line.
"We have to hit our free throw and not turn the ball over,’’
Marble Falls coach Chris Jost said. "The turnovers put us in a hole and we miss
six of nine free throws the first half. We battled them tooth and nail after
The frenzied pace of the first half helped the Lady Lions.
Leander (13-7 and 1-0).
Marble Falls was solid out of the gate with Haley Stephens
scoring on a break and Sarah Stripling scoring on 3-pointer from deep in the
left corner for a nearly 6-2 advantage. Midway through the quarter, Leander
took advantage of a rash of turnovers and the quickness of Alisha Greene.
Greene scored eight of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter,
capitalizing on drives the lane.
Leander took a 16-8 lead after the first quarter.
Stripling held the team in the game with five first quarter
Marble Falls sophomore post Reann Hall had one of her best
games with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Hall worked the low post well, scoring five points in the
second quarter and then adding 10 more in the second half.
"They kept playing behind her and we were able to get her
the ball,’’ Jost said.
Marble Falls battled back in the fourth quarter to challenge
at the end of he game.
With 2:18 left in the game, Leander led, 37-30.
Marble Falls outscored the Lady Lions, 6-3, over the final
Stephens hit a follow shot with 1:09 left and Reann Hall
worked inside for another shot with 21 seconds remaining. Hall’s banker cut he
lead to 37-34.
Greene hit three of four free throws in the final 16 seconds
before Reann Hall added two free throws with 21 seconds left for the final
The Lady Mustangs fell to 9-7 overall and 0-2 in district.
The Lady Lions are 13-7 after taking the district opener for the Lady Lions.
Marble Falls girls drop opener at Dripping Springs
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls opened District 25-4A
play Tuesday with a 58-48 loss to the Dripping Springs Lady Tigers on the road.
Marble Falls (9-6) began with a
slow start in the district opener and trailed 27-16 at halftime. The Lady
Mustangs were able to cut into the lead with a 22-point third quarter, but
Dripping Springs outscored the Lady Mustangs 15-9 in the final quarter to seal
Sarah Stripling, who returned to
action after missing four games with a bruised hip, scored 29 points to pace
the Lady Mustangs. Marble Falls post players Teagan Hall and Hanna Wall
combined for seven points against the Lady Tigers, who had three double-figure
Freshman Molly Myrick added six
points and seniors Blanca Fonseca and Haley Stephens added three points apiece.
Marble Falls will face the Leander
Lady Lions in the home district opener on Friday then face Fredericksburg in a
Dec. 20 home game before breaking for Christmas.
The Lady Mustangs will compete in
the Cameron Christmas Classic Dec. 27-28.
The Marble Falls JV lost, 48-38.
The Lady Mustangs freshmen beat Dripping Springs, 45-17.
Dripping Springs 58, Marble
Marble Falls 6-10-22-9 – 48
Dripping Springs 11-16-16-15 – 58
Marble Falls (9-6, 1-0) – Sarah Stripling
29, Teagan Hall 6, Molly Myrick 6, Blanca Fonseca 3, Haley Stephens 3, Hanna
Dripping Springs – Hullig 23, Johnson 11, Rodriguez 10, Ballard 6, Schocnborn 4, O'Bunnan 4.
Season ends for Bulldogs
The Burnet Bulldogs fell short, 41-34 to the Lubbock Cooper Pirates at Saturday’s regional playoff game in Brownwood ending their very successful season. The Dawgs rolled off 12 plays to start the game but turned the ball over on downs at the Cooper 26 yard line. The Pirates only needed four plays to put the game’s first points on the board and with 6:08 left in the first the Bulldog trailed, 7-0.
The Dawgs knotted the game at 7-7 by way of a 63-yard throw and catch from Derek Kiser to Brock Foster. Alex Melvin made good on the PAT and the first ended all tied up.
Two possession later Foster broke loose and blazed from inside the Bulldog 20 to inside the Cooper 20 to quickly flip the field. A facemask flag on the play added a few more steps and on the next snap Kiser found Blayne Parisher for the go ahead score. Melvin’s PAT had Burnet on top 14-7.
Before the break Cooper responded with a 17-play drive, which included four third down conversion, and eventually resulted in a three-yard score. Burnet’s Jeremy Ayers busted through on the PAT attempt and blocked it leaving the Bulldogs on top 14-13 at the break.
After deferring the opening kickoff the Pirates took control to start the second half. The Cooper QB pushed his team all the way to the Burnet 10 where they scored on a pass play. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Cooper took the lead 19-14.
The Bulldog’s first drive of the second half came up short on a fourth down play at the Lubbock 30. It only took Lubbock two plays to cash in on the opportunity and after the PAT they increased their lead to 26-14, which was the score at the end of the third.
Burnet answered with a lengthy drive that was capped by a two-yard Trenton Hafley run. The PAT hit the upright but the Dawgs closed the gap to 26-20.
The Pirates once again gave themselves some cushion with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a two-yard score. A second chance two-point conversion made it 34-20 with 8:26 to play.
Kiser and Parisher quickly moved the Dawgs down-field and on first and 10 from the Cooper 27 Foster scooped up a pass and scored. Melvin made the PAT and the Dawgs moved closer at 34-27.
The Pirates took control of the ball and drained more than five minutes off the clock on the way to their final score. The touchdown came from 35-yards out and with just 2:02 left in the game Cooper led, 41-27.
The Bulldogs quickly went to work and scored in under a minute with a Kiser to Joel Johnson touchdown connection. Melvin made the PAT which brought the score to 41-34.
An onside kick ensued but the Pirates took control of the ball and after one first down and two knees the game went into the books as a 41-34 Pirate win.
For complete game information and stats from the game pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.
Marble Falls spreading scoring
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls basketball team is learning how to spread the
scoring around in the early going this season.
Senior J.T. Watson is the latest to acquire the hot-hand
after a 17-point outburst Tuesday afternoon in Marble Falls’ 61-54 win over
Wimberley at Max Copeland Gym.
The Mustangs squeezed in back-to-back wins over
Fredericksburg and Wimberley on Monday and Tuesday before taking their holiday
Watson made five 3-pointers, including three in the first
half of Tuesday’s win over the Texans. His most dramatic show came at the third
quarter buzzer when he caught and inbounds pass in the air and flung the ball
in for a 48-32 lead. There was 0.55 seconds left when the Mustangs inbounded
"He was kind of down after Monday’s game,’’ Marble Falls
coach Neil Laminack said. "I got with him and suggested a couple of things on
his shot. He came out here spent a lot of extra time after the morning shoot
around and it helped. It was great to get that production out of him. That’s
the way this team is, somebody different stepping up when we need it.’’
Watson, one of a multitude of guards for the Mustangs, was
able to hit the outside shots on kick out passes from his teammates. The key
was a smooth release point on the shot. The senior followed the fundamentals to
perfection, getting his feet set, squaring up and launching in rhythm with a
good follow through.
"I hadn’t been in the gym much since coming from football,
so I was worked on my shot a little bit,’’ Watson said. "I needed to work on my
follow through and it helped.’’
Watson said his alley oop play hadn’t been rehearsed. It
wasn’t something he works on, it was just a athlete making a play.
The Mustangs finished with eight 3-pointers to one for the
Junior Travis Walker started the outside shooting with a
connection from the right wing for an early 7-2 lead at the 5:35 mark of the
Watson made his first 3-pointer with 2:24 for a 13-10 lead.
His second trey with 13 seconds left in the first gave the Mustangs an 18-12
The Mustangs controlled the tempo and had 10 players score.
Ben Stripling was solid with 16 points, working both inside
and out for his points.
The Mustangs built a 48-32 lead entering the final quarter.
Wimberley whittled away at the lead, outscoring the Mustangs 22-14 in the
Stripling had nine of his points in the second half.
Other top Mustang scorers were Cody Seelig with seven, Jordan Wright six and
Walker five points.
Del Valle standout scores 31
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls ran into a player
that was on fire Tuesday night in the team’s final game before the Thanksgiving
"We ran into a buzz saw Essence
Saul,’’ Marble Falls coach Chris Jost said. "She’s a 5-8 senior that can play
it all. She really went off on us.’’
Saul scored 31 points, the most by
in individual opponent this season against the lady Mustangs and led the Lady
Cardinals to a 57-50 non-district victory over the Lady Mustangs at Del Valle.
"We couldn’t get her to give up
the ball,’’ Jost said. "She hit a lot of 12 to 18 footers and a lot of them
were with hands in her face.’’
Marble Falls countered with Sarah
Stripling leading the Lady Mustangs with a season-high 28 points and eight
rebounds. Stripling scored 22 of her points in the second half.
"We did some good things,’’ Jost
said. "Sarah (Stripling) had a good game, Reann (Hall) was solid with seven
points and eight rebounds and we shot it well as a team.’’
Del Valle started four seniors and
improved to 7-2 with the win.
"They are definitely the quickest
team we’ve faced,’’ Jost said after the Mustangs dipped to 5-4 on the season.
Marble Falls fell behind 13-8
after one quarter and trailed 29-20 at halftime. The Lady Mustangs bounced back
with a strong third quarter with a 16-10 run to cut the lead to 39-36 entering
the fourth quarter.
Haley Stephens added four, Blanca
Fonseca four, Hanna Wall three, Molly Myrick two and Teagan Hall two points.
Marble Falls lost the turnover
Stripling led the team at the free
throw line with 11 makes in 15 attempts. The team was 15 of 25 overall.
Marble Falls returns to action
Tuesday, Dec. 3 for a doubleheader with the boys against Burnet on the road.
Del Valle won the JV game, 42-28,
and the Marble Falls freshmen lost, 27-5.
Dawgs advance with 55-35 Area win
It was all Bulldogs in the first half of Friday night's area game in Waco against Kennedale. With temperatures hovering just above freezing and rain coming down the Dawgs used a solid run defense and fluid offense to take a 35-8 lead at the break.
After holding the Wildcats three and out on the game's opening drive Burnet rolled off a seven plays to drive to the Kennedale 15 yard line. A holding call eventually backed the Dawgs up to the 32-yard line where they were faced with a fourth down. On fourth and 23 from the 27 Derek Kiser dropped back and found Trenton Hafley who trotted in for the games first score. After the Alex Melvin PAT Burnet led, 7-0.
Kennedale drove to the Burnet 35 on their next attempt but the defense once again flexed their muscles, this time with a great interception by Tyler Krause. Eight plays later Burnet returned to the zone with a Hafley 10-yard run. Melvin's PAT made it 14-0 with .36 seconds left in the first.
Just four minutes later the Bulldogs increased their lead to 21-0 with a Hafley 6-yard run and Melvin kick. The drive was led by Hafley who toted the ball on all five snaps.
Kennedale put their first points on the board with 9:12 left in the half on a three-play 65-yard drive. They also cashed in a two-point conversion to make it 21-8.
The Dawgs found themselves in another fourth down situation on the next drive facing a fourth and goal from the nine-yard line. Once again Kiser was cool scanning the field and found Brock Foster in the end zone to put Burnet on top 28-8 after Melvin’s kick with 7:22 left in the half.
Burnet’s next big play came on defense as Chase Mardis sacked the Wildcat QB on a fourth down attempt for a 17-yard loss giving Burnet possession in Kennedale territory.
Two plays later an 11-yard screen pass to Joel Johnson resulted in a Bulldog touchdown. Melvin added the point after making it 35-8 just before the break.
Following a Burnet turnover Kennedale scored on their first possession of the second half. It was a 10-yard run that added the points and after the kick the board read, 35-15.
After a balance Burnet drive Hafley took the honors of cashing in his fourth touchdown of the night, this one from two-yard out out of the Wild Dawg formation. The point after was blocked leaving the score, 41-15 with 4:11 left in the third.
Hafley added his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the game in the fourth quarter which pushed Burnet’s points total to 55. The Wildcats scored on the very last play of the third and again on the very last play of the game which made the final, 55-35.
Burnet’s Area win will have them facing either Abilene Wylie or Lubbock Cooper in the regional round next week. It’s the first time the Bulldogs had a Thanksgiving week football game since the 2003 season. Wylie and Cooper will play on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs will have to wait until then to see where the playoff road will lead them next week.
Pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin for a complete game recap as well as regional playoff information.
Killeen hands Lady Mustangs first loss
The Killeen Lady Kangaroos erupted in
the second half to hand the Marble Falls Lady Mustangs a 45-28 loss Tuesday
night at Killeen High School.
The loss was the first of the
season for the Lady Mustangs, who are 3-1 entering Thursday’s American Bank of
Texas Tournament at Marble Falls High School.
The Lady Kangaroos outscored
Marble Falls 27-20 in the second half to extend its 18-8 halftime lead.
The Lady Mustangs scored six in
the first, two in the second and 10 points each in the third and fourth
Sarah Stripling and Reann Hall
both scored 11 points to pace the offense. Blanca Fonseca, Emily Klingsporn and
Haley Stephens had two points each.
Williams lead Killen with 12
Killeen is 4-4 on the season.
The Marble Falls freshmen lost,
40-37. The Lady Mustangs won, 35-33.
Dawgs win Bi-District Championship, 41-14
The Burnet Bulldogs earned a Bi-District Championship with a 41-14 victory over Alvarado on Friday night in Belton. The Dawgs seemed to be clicking in every area of the game with some solid hits on defense, outstanding catches, and great special teams play.
The Indians scored the game’s first points on a six-yard touchdown run with 7:23 left in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.
Burnet answered on their very next drive with a 35-yard Austin Huff field goal to make it 7-3 with 4:27 left in the first.
The Dawgs took their first lead of the night with just over a minute left in the first on a 43-yard Derek Kiser to Trenton Hafley connection. Huff hit the PAT and the first ended with the Dawgs on top, 10-7.
The second quarter belonged to the Bulldogs. Following a devastating hit by Jamal Brown that caused a fumble Burnet marched downfield in eight plays and scored on a 10-yard screen pass from Kiser to Cody Jones. Huff’s PAT made it 17-7 with 8:43 left in the first half.
Taylor Barksdale and Kody Hall forced the Indians three and out and it only took two plays for Burnet to return to the endzone. On a second and 10 from their own 43 Kiser found Jones who did the rest and after Huff’s kick the Dawgs led 24-7 with 6:43 left in the half.
On the very next play the defense was at it again. This time Cutter Dewbre caused the fumble and Jamal Brown scooped it up putting Burnet’s offense back on the field. Just four plays later Burnet cashed in the opportunity for six-points on a Kiser to Foster 29-yard touchdown connection. Huff added another mark on the board giving Burnet a 31-7 lead.
Before the half ended Huff kicked through a 36-yard field goal to make it 34-7 at the break.
The Indians took the opening kickoff of the second half and put together a 20-play drive that consumed most of the third quarter. They scored on a second and goal from three yards out, 34-14.
With 2:04 left in the third the Dawgs added to their total with a 59-yard touchdown between Kiser and Brock Foster. Huff hit the PAT to make it 41-14 which was eventually the final.
The Dawgs will now face Kennedale, who beat Burkburnett 57-28 on Friday. That game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Waco ISD Sports Complex. Liberty Hill will also advance in the playoffs after knocking off Hillsboro. Llano and Brownwood were both defeated in Bi-District play. Pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin for complete game information.
Faith Academy loses, 42-26
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
The Woodlands Christian Warriors knocked the Faith Academy
Flames from the unbeaten ranks Friday night with a solid dose of running and
The Warriors jumped to a three touchdown lead to start the
game and held off Faith Academy, 42-26, in the TAPPS Division II playoff game
at Pony Stadium.
Faith Academy trailed 22-6 at halftime, scoring their only
first half points on a 33-yard fumble return by Jonathan Reyes after a big hit
from Matt Manley on the quarterback of The Woodlands.
Faith Academy (10-1) opened the third quarter with a solid 10-plya, 69-yard drive and scored
on an Austin Ellis run from one yard out with 7:05 left in the third. A pass
for two points failed leaving the score at 22-12.