Sports

Wed
27
Nov

Lady 'Stangs find their identity

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Lady Mustangs Head Coach John Berkman has placed significant responsibility on the shoulders of underclassmen this season, including freshman Alyssa Berkman (pictured). While the seniors are still the engine of the team, the underclassmen are playing valuable minutes as role players.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

Fifteen games into the 2019-2020 season, Lady Mustangs Head Coach John Berkman has learned that his team refuses to go away against quality opponents.

Despite a recent string of losses to tough teams, Berkman likes his team's effort and grit.

The Lady Mustangs (7-8) lost the final two games in bracket play of the Hill Country Classic on Saturday, Nov. 23 followed by back-to-back losses to Boerne Champion on Nov. 25 and Copperas Cove on Nov. 26.

See the full story of the Lady Mustangs' battles in the Friday, Nov. 29 issue of The Highlander. Follow the Lady 'Stangs all season long by subscribing to the e-Edition here.

Wed
27
Nov

MFHS boys start season 0-2

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Despite starting the season with back-to-back losses, the Mustangs have a chance to rebound after Thanksgiving break against Burnet on Dec. 3. Senior Brenden Sapp (23) will be a big part of the Mustangs' efforts to get on track this season.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

A game-tying three-point shot by junior Tate Deering missed the mark just before the final buzzer in the Marble Falls Mustangs' 72-69 loss to San Marcos Home School on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Max Copeland Gym.

The Mustangs (0-2) trailed by 16 points at halftime after a shaky start on the offensive side of the ball.

“We're still very much a work in progress,” Mustangs Head Coach Travis Crain said. “You can do it in practice, but when the ball goes up against another team, it takes some time to find what's working.”

See the full story in the Friday, Nov. 29 issue of The Highlander. Follow the Mustangs all season long by subscribing to the e-Edition here.

Tue
19
Nov

Boys basketball aims for improvement under Crain

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The Mustangs boys basketball team is returning several key players, including junior Tate Deering, as they aim for the playoffs in Head Coach Travis Crain's first season. The Mustangs will open their season on Saturday, Nov. 23 against Liberty Hill.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

With the conclusion of the football and cross country seasons, the Marble Falls boys basketball team has a full roster to begin final preparations for their 2019-2020 campaign.

Several key players for the Mustangs, including senior Josh Whitecotton and sophomore Connor Chase, play other fall sports, and the Mustangs' practices have been limited to honing the fundamentals while first year Head Coach Travis Crain waited for the rest of the team.

“We're excited to get everything going and get everyone over here,” he said. “We finally have everyone, and it's an exciting time for the Marble Falls Mustangs basketball team.”

See the full story in the Nov. 15 issue of The Highlander.

Tue
19
Nov

Flames football eliminated in first round

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Flames athlete Colby Offutt made several big plays against Denton Calvary in the first round of the 6-on-6 playoffs on Nov. 16 in Groesbeck. Outside of a few big plays, the Faith Academy offense never got on track in the loss.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Faith Academy of Marble Falls Flames could not keep pace with Denton Calvary Academy's high-powered offense in a 54-6 loss in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 16 in Groesbeck.

The Lions scored touchdowns on all seven of their offensive drives and cruised to a mercy rule win in the third quarter.

See the full story in the Nov. 19 issue of The Highlander.

Mon
11
Nov

MFHS football ends season with win

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The Marble Falls Mustangs celebrated their second win of the season on Friday, Nov. 8 in the finale against Cedar Creek in Bastrop. In the above photo, the Mustangs pumped up the home crowd after their first win against Bastrop.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls football team sent the class of 2020 out with a 28-21 victory on Friday night over Cedar Creek in Bastrop.

The Mustangs (2-8, 2-5) picked off the Eagles quarterback three times and used some trickery to secure their second win of the season.

With under five minutes remaining in the game, Head Coach Brian Herman called a fake quick punt, and sophomore quarterback Jake Becker delivered a 38-yard touchdown strike to senior wide receiver Warren Cuplin.

The Mustang D forced a punt, and the Mustangs' running game sealed the victory.

On the 43-man roster, 21 players are graduating seniors, but several key role players, including Becker, will be potentially returning to the team next season with a year of Slot-T knowledge under their belt.

 

Mon
11
Nov

Cross country seniors stand out at State

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Marble Falls sophomore Eric Nickowski is one of six underclassmen that could return next season for the Mustangs boys cross country team. Eric ran the 5,000-meter race in 18:10 on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Round Rock.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

Two Marble Falls High School senior runners laid the foundation for the future of the cross country program with their performances at the UIL State cross country meet on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Round Rock.

The Mustangs boys team finished 13th in State out of 16 teams, led by senior Bryer Atkinson. Atkinson finished 45th overall with a personal best time of 15:54.27 – a pace of 5:07 per mile.

Senior Ambrie Lizcano finished the girls' 5,000-meter race 140th with a time of 20:56.53 while fighting a sinus infection.

See the full story with quotes from the seniors in the Tuesday, Nov. 12 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to the e-Edition here.

Mon
11
Nov

Marble Falls girls win match of Mustangs

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Senior point guard Rylie Ulbricht was forced to the bench for most of the second half with foul trouble, but she came in late in the fourth and helped the Lady 'Stangs open the season with a win.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls Lady Mustangs opened their 2019-2020 season with a come-from-behind 54-48 victory over Manor on Friday night at Max Copeland Gym.

The home team Mustangs trailed for the majority of the game but took the lead late in the fourth quarter with clutch plays.

It wasn't the best showing for the Lady Mustangs, said Head Coach John Berkman, but a win like this is a great way to start a season.

See the full story in the Tuesday, Nov. 12 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to the e-Edition here.

Thu
07
Nov

Experienced Lady Mustangs team ready to run

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The Lady Mustangs prepared for their season opener on Friday with a practice on Wednesday morning in Max Copeland Gym. This year's varsity team has seven seniors, two sophomores and three freshman.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

Coming off a playoff berth as the fourth-seed last season, the Marble Falls Lady Mustangs basketball team is returning nine players and looking to move further into the postseason.

Among the returning players on this year's team are seven seniors resulting in one of the most experienced squads in the tenure of Head Coach John Berkman.

The team did, however, lose valuable inside height to graduation last year. Only one of the team's three primary bigs – Daijah Torns – returns this season, and it has forced the coaching staff to change the team's play style from the inside-out focus of last year.

See the full story in the Friday, Nov. 8 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to the e-Edition of The Highlander here.

Mon
04
Nov

Offense stifled by Wolves' stout D

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Mustangs defenders Ben Anderson (11) and Ethan Kanka (14) celebrate with the "turnover chain" after Kanka recovered a Wolves' fumble in the second quarter of Friday's match against Weiss.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls High School Mustangs' offense had trouble finding any sort of success against a tough defense from Pflugerville Weiss in a 28-0 loss at home on Senior Night.

Mustangs fans learned one thing on Friday night: Weiss is a very good team.

The Mustangs (1-8, 1-5) posted only 120 yards of total offense – 91 yards rushing – in their final home game of the season. Through nine games, the Wolves (8-1, 6-0) have allowed only 89 points all season.

See the full story with comments from Mustangs Head Coach Brian Herman in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to the e-Edition here.

Fri
01
Nov

Mustangs to honor seniors on Friday, Nov. 1

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The coaching staff including Head Coach Brian Herman celebrate a crucial special teams tackle in the Mustangs' victory over Bastrop on Oct. 18 at Mustang Stadium. The Mustangs look to recreate the magic of that game against the district-leading Weiss Wolves on Friday.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

The Marble Falls Mustangs return to Mustang Stadium tonight for their final home game of the season against the Pflugerville Weiss Wolves.

The Mustangs (1-7, 1-4) seniors will be suiting up for the final time as high school football players and will be honored with the Senior Walk at the game.

Weiss (7-1, 5-0) enters the match with an undefeated district record and a chance to clinch the District 13-5A regular season title. Brenham and Glenn are tied for second place and face each other this week. . . .

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