Gomez earns regional golf berth
From Staff Reports
Marble Falls golfer Tori Gomez shot a two-day total of 170
at the District 25-4A golf tournament at Delaware Springs Golf Course to earn a
spot in the regional tournament.
Gomez shot rounds of 83 and 87 this week to take ninth
overall in the district.
Maddie Rue of Vandegrift was the other medalist with rounds
of 84 and 89.
The regional tournament is Wednesday-Thursday, April 17-18
at the Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio.
Gomez’ 170 total was three strokes ahead of the next
qualifier. Amy Hendrix shot her personal best, an 88, on Tuesday along
with Sam Offutt who fired a 95. The first team finished in fourth place
and were helped in scoring by Breanna Heinzke (98, 100), Kelsie Tackitt (105,
97) and Shelcee Clark (110, 100).
The second team finished sixth in the eight-team field and
were led by Offutt’s 95 score along with Blaire Hambrick (99, 104), Chloe
Parnell (102, 103), Crystal Marroquin (108, 119) and Peyton Fishbeck (116,
Cedar Park won the tournament with rounds of 327 and 330 for
a 657 total.
Vandegrift was second at 323 and 340 for 663.
Marble Falls team totals were 376, 372—748.
Heinatz delivers key homer
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls had the right guy at the plate.
In a game when the Mustangs struggled to get hits into a
heavy wind, senior Stacy Heinatz delivered with a 3-run blast over the left
field fence for the game’s big hit that propelled the Mustangs to their 18thwin of the season and keeps the team tied with Dripping Springs for the
In the fifth inning with the game tied at 3-3, Heinatz
smashed a 1-0 pitch to score Carson Bowen and Joey Blackledge. Bowen had singled and stole two bases while
Blackledge reached on a fielder’s choice.
In a tight series throughout, Vista Ridge answered with two
runs in the sixth on three singles off Heinatz, who came in to relief pitch in
the fifth inning with one out.
Heinatz persevered for the victory, allowing five hits and
striking out three.
Starter Garrett Winslett did his job again, going 4 1/3
innings allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts.
Marble Falls offense had just four hits off two Vista Ridge
pitchers. They all came in the fourth and fifth innings.
Damico had a key double in the fourth with two outs to score
two runs and push the margin to 3-1.
Vista Ridge bounced right back in the top of the fifth with
two runs only to have Marble Falls take the lead for good on Heinatz’s homer in
the bottom of the fifth.
Damico scored after leading off with a walk in the sixth,
advancing on a sacrifice and a stolen base. He scored on a passed ball.
In the fourth inning, Marble Falls utilized two hit batsmen to
spark a three-run inning. Heinatz led off by getting hit then Domenic Patterson
singled and with one out, Saul Guzman got hit by a pitch. For Guzman it was the
third time he took an inside pitch off his body in the doubleheader. Jay Watson
sacrificed in one run and then Damico added his key double for two more runs.
Marble Falls will play twinbill Saturday
The Marble Falls baseball games against Vista Ridge
scheduled for Thursday have been rescheduled for this Saturday because of wet
conditions on the fields.
The Mustangs varsity (16-3) will play at doubleader at
Marble Falls on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.
The Friday scheduled game at Vista Ridge is still slated for
Marble Falls’ JV Gold is at Vista Ridge 11 a.m.
Saturday with the JV Purple set to start at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Marble Falls rips Vandegrift, 14-0
Marble Falls’ Cole Ridgely threw a 3-hitter and struck out
eight to lead the Mustangs to a 14-0 win over Vandegrift Tuesday at Vandegrift
in District 25-4A baseball.
The Mustangs offense was solid throughout the lineup led by
No. 3 hitter Stacy Heinatz. The senior shortstop had a double and drove in two
runs in the five-inning contest.
Cason Bowen and Domenic Patterson continued to swing solid
bats. Bowen had two RBI.
Marble Falls improved to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in district play.
The Mustangs and Vipers will have a doubleheader starting at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Mustangs coach J.T. Blair said he’ll have both Cody Goodman
and Garrett Winslett available to start the doubleheader, but has not decided
who will start Game 2 of the set.
Faith Academy athletes hit track
From Staff Reports
Faith Academy’s Juliette Fisher, Kylie Cozby and Sarah Kiley
took third-place finishes to lead the Faith Academy Lady Flames to a
seventh-place team finish at the Harper Invitational.
Fisher jumped 4-feet, 10-inches for her medal in the high
jump. Cozby ran a 51.55 in the 300 hurdles and Kiley was third in the triple
jump 32-2 ¾.
Harper won the meet with 144 points. Faith Academy was
seventh at 33.3
Kiley was fifth in the high jump at 4-6.
Sierra Brinkley took sixth in the pole vault at 7-6.
In the triple jump, Hailey Shipley leaped 30-11 for sixth.
The 4x200 relay of Brinkley, Rachel Ormsby, Cozby and Bailey
Brinkley were fifth in 1:53.92.
The 4x400 relay of Fisher-Paloma Ortiz, Christina Lykken and
Shipley tookj fourth in 4:35.
The team results were: Harper 144, Ozona 116.5, Junction 92,
Ingram 74, Johnson City 44, Bracken 38, Faith Academy 33.5, Comfort 27,
Centerpoint 21, Medina 17, Mason 12,
Menard 6 and Dhanis 5.
In the JV girls, Ortiz ran a 69.45 to win the 400 meters to
highlight the team’s efforts.
Others scoring were:
Hannah Cozby first in high jump at 4-6, Cosby fifth in the
100 hurdles at 20.33, Peace Preston fourth in the 800 meters at 2:59.85
"Really good meet for us overall,’’ said coach Steve
McCannon. "The meet after spring break ends up being hit or miss, so I am
pleased with what we learned from this meet. This was our first meet with
the girls from basketball and we had a couple of girls unable to attend but
we were still able to see where we are at. We did very well in a few
events and so so in others. Very quality, well run meet with lots of teams.
Points are harder to come by with this many teams.’’
The team is at Florence this week.
"District is 27 days away and we will taking aim at our
ninth district title in the last 10 years and our eighth in a row,’’ said
Mustangs' Patterson swinging bat with confidence
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Domenic Patterson said swinging the bat is coming naturally
The junior played with a lot of confidence Saturday in
Marble Falls’ third game against the Rouse Raiders.
Patterson, who has batted cleanup all season for the
Mustangs, responded with three hits Saturday in an 8-3 win over Rouse. Two of
the hits were smashes that went for doubles. All there were good contact and
came with Patterson seeing the ball well.
"I’m playing with confidence and I’ve got a groove going,’’
said Patterson. "We worked hard all week and it showed.’’
The Mustangs win gave Marble Falls the sweep against a Rouse
team that has competed well in district, but hasn’t had luck in close games.
On Friday on the road, the Mustangs snuck out a 5-4 win in
For the three game set, the Mustangs rolled up wins of 3-1,
5-4 and 8-3 behind strong pitching performances and timely hitting.
The Mustangs are 13-3 overall and 5-1 in district. Rouse
dips to 7-12-1 and 1-8.
Cody Goodman threw a complete game Saturday, yielding four
hits, three walks and fanned one Rouse batter.
The lefty used his off-speed pitches well and worked around
scoring situations often.
In the second inning Rouse had two hits and an error lead to
two runs. Robert Martinez drove in one of the runs on a sacrifice fly.
However, Marble Falls never trailed in the game, scoring two
in the first and five in the second inning.
Patterson had a strong double to right to drive in the
game’s second run and give the Mustangs a 2-0 cushion.
After the game was tied in the top of the second, Marble
Falls unloaded wit five runs on three hits.
Patterson delivered with a blast to left field this time for
two runs, scoring both Carson Bowen and Cole Ridgely.
Jay Watson had a single and Joey Blackledge reached on an
error to open the frame.
to score a run and Stacy Heinatz got on by an error to set the stage for
Rouse’s Robert Martinez hit his first homer of the year off
Goodman with one out in the fourth inning. The one-out shot cut the lead to
Marble Falls added another run in the seventh off the third
pitcher of the day for the Raiders.
Mike Richardson drove in Heinatz, who was hit by a pitch to
get on base. A Patterson ground ball on his fourth at-bat, still advanced the
runner. Heinatz got to third on a passed ball before Richardson hit a ball to
the shortstop to get Heinatz across the plate.
"You never know what you are going to get on Saturday,’’
Marble Falls coach J.T. Blaire said. "I knew if you pitched well and played
defense we’d have a chance.’’
Marble Falls had four doubles in the game.
On Friday night, the Mustangs pulled off a 5-4 win behind a
solid start from Garrett Winslett and relief duty from Heinatz and Ridgely. The
trio allowed seven hits.
Winslett went 4 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, four walks
and striking out two. Ridgely picked up the win in relief.
Marble Falls will play Vandgrift in three games this week.
Tuesday’s outing is a 7 p.m. start at Vandegrift.
The team’s play a doubleheader Thursday, starting at 6 p.m.
at Marble Falls.
Eighth graders take first at Wimberley
Lauren Loader celebrated her birthday March 22 by winning
five gold medals in the Wimberley Middle School Relays.
The Marble Falls eighth grader won the 100 meters in 13:20 and took all three
jumping events as well as anchoring the 4x100 relay.
The team scored 197.5 points to win the meet. Burnet was
second with 155 points in the nine-team meet.
Loader teamed with Taylor Dixon, Skyler Noack and Aspen
Woerner on the relay, clocking a 54.69 time.
Her winning leaping efforts were 15-1 ½ in the long jump, 31-0 in the triple
jump ad 5-0 in the high jump.
Sophie McCannon won both the 1,600 meters (5:45.08) and the
3,200 meters (12:56.02).
Dixon captured first in the 200 meters in 28.6 and Sydney
Gibson won the 400 meters in 1:05.65.
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.
Fishing championship comes to Marble Falls
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
More than 150 anglers are expected
to compete in Saturday’s Texas High School Fishing Championship on Lake LBJ.
Marble Falls bass club parent Bryan Ellis said organizers are hoping to have 80
teams entered in the event.
Marble Falls will be well
represented in the event that will start at daybreak and run into the
afternoon. Weigh-in will be at either 2 or 3 p.m. at the LBJ Yacht Club.
Among the local anglers competing
will be Shilo Nelson, Ben Stripling, Austin Ellis, Hunter McNeese, Nick
O’Connor, Travis Sparks, Lyle Schmidt, Lane Amidon, Colt Anderson, Connor
Metzler, Roy Dunavant, Jordan
Childress, Chris Mata, Hunter Delz, Cody Box, Ty Wynn, Jordan Breaux, Jordan Wright, Wes Thornton, Matt
Manley, Drake Harkins, Josh Robles, Tyler Rutherford, Tanner Worley, Isaac
Salas, Austin Free and Dillon Caldwell.
Registration for the state
championship will be Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the River City Grille.
Teams entered will have two
anglers each with an adult boating captain.
On Sunday a captains’ tournament
will be held with part of the proceeds going to a scholarship fund for future
college and trade school students.
Marble Falls will hold the
tournament for the next two years. It has been held at Lake Lavon near Allen,
Texas in Collin County for the past two years.
Lake LBJ has a surface area of
6,449 acres with a maximum depth of 90 feet.
The anglers will be fishing for
The tournament will attract high
school anglers from throughout the state.
Each fishing team can catch as
many as five bass. The fish must be within the regulation slot limit.
The record largemouth bass caught
on Lake LBJ is a 13-pounder.
Mustangs return home to face Cedar Park
Marble Falls returns home Wednesday night for the second
game of the team’s 3-game set with Cedar Park in District 25-4A baseball.
Marble Falls dropped its opener in district play Tuesday
night on the road at Cedar Park. Timberwolves’ senior Anthony Farmer had a
two-run double in the sixth inning to solidify a 4-1 victory for the
Timberwolves over the Mustangs.
Marble Falls drops to 8-3 on the season.
Cedar Park’s Ryan Johnson threw a 2-hitter on Tuesday and
fanned 10 Mustangs. Cedar Park had eight hits and committed one error.The team’s will play a 2 p.m. finale against
the Timberwolves on Thursday at Cedar Park