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Wed
18
Mar

UIL suspends all contests

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From staff reports

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) is suspending all sanctioned contests, to include all rehearsals, practices and workouts, through March 29 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Wed
18
Mar

Boys soccer seasons ends in dramatic fashion

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In the first half of the game on Friday, March 13, the Mustangs controlled possession, and senior Ethan Smith (left) netted a goal off a side throw from senior Gilder Vasquez.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls High School boys soccer team was seven minutes away from clinching the playoffs on Friday, March 13, but a late goal by Pflugerville ended the Mustangs' season in a 2-1 loss.

“We played so hard there was nothing left,” Mustangs Head Coach Rick Hoover said. “They left it all on the field. If you bought tickets tonight, you got a good show.”

See the full story in the Tuesday, March 17 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to the e-Edition here.

Fri
06
Mar

Lady 'Stangs win in crunch time

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Senior outfielder Brooklyn Chavez has produced since moving into the lead-off spot for the Lady Mustangs. On Monday, Chavez finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a single, double, a stolen base and a run.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls High School softball team emerged victorious from a defensive battle against Leander Rouse in their District 17-5A opener on Monday, March 2 at home.

The Lady 'Stangs recovered from a lead-off home run by the Lady Raiders in the top of the first inning and didn't allow another run for the rest of the game in a 3-1 victory.

See the full story in the Friday, March 6 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to the e-Edition here.

Fri
06
Mar

Alumni accolades

Photo courtesy of Joey Richards/Abilene Reporter-News

 

 

Marble Falls High School graduate Chris Schlicke, now head girls basketball coach at Veribest High School, led his team to the State semifinals after a 27-25 win over Hermleigh in the 1A Regional final on Saturday, Feb. 29 in Abilene. Hermleigh had defeated Veribest in their previous three meetings, but Schlicke's team got over the hump this season -- his first as head coach -- with defensive acumen and clutch shooting. The Lady Falcons lost in the State semifinal match on Thursday, March 5.

Fri
28
Feb

Mustangs baseball opens season

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Junior Trey Gilpin is one of the many first-time varsity players for the Marble Falls baseball team this season.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

Opening Day of the 2020 baseball season was not kind to the Marble Falls High School Mustangs in a 10-0 loss against a talented Llano team at Scearce Field on Monday, Feb. 24

The young Mustangs faced two pitchers that threw 90+ miles per hour fast balls and could barely touch the ball with the bat through the first half of the game.

“Those are two of the best pitchers our guys will see maybe in their entire high school career,” Mustangs Head Coach Tyler Porter said. “Those guys are good. From here on out, we can say no one throws as hard as those guys.”

See the full story in the Friday, Feb. 28 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to our e-Edition here.

Fri
21
Feb

Mustangs win on senior night

Kelly McDuffie/Special to The Highlander
Mason Neill (21) will be one of the key juniors that returns to the Mustangs next season. Head Coach Travis Crain praised Neill's work ethic this season.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

At the end of a rollercoaster 2019-20 season, the Marble Falls High School boys basketball team sent the seniors off with a win 47-41 over Pflugerville on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The Mustangs finished in fifth place in the district with a 3-9 record – five games behind the fourth place team. It was a season of thrilling wins and disappointing losses for the Mustangs under first year head coach Travis Crain.

“We were so close in three of our district games; if the ball goes a different way, we're 6-6,” he said. “To be able to close out the season with a win was huge.”

See the full story in the Friday, Feb. 21 issue of The Highlander. Subscribe to the e-Edition here.

Tue
04
Feb

New district, new rivals for Marble Falls Mustangs

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
The Marble Falls football team will play six different district opponents from 2020 to 2022, including five Austin schools.

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

The Marble Falls High School sports teams will face several new opponents in 2020-22 after the UIL realigned districts on Monday, Feb. 3.

The Mustangs football team moved to 5A Division 2 Region 4 District 14 with six teams not on their district schedule last season.

Liberty Hill joins Marble Falls after a bump up to 5A. The two teams will play five Austin teams – Crockett, McCallum, Northeast, Travis and Navarro. …

Fri
31
Jan

Sports Roundup Jan. 31

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Mustangs senior Josh Whitecotton (32) delivered the game-winner on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the buzzer for the Mustangs' second victory over Rouse this season.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

Marble Falls High School senior Josh Whitecotton played the hero on Tuesday, Jan. 28 with his steal and layup at the buzzer to give the boys basketball team a 45-43 win over Rouse in Leander.

The win gives the Mustangs their second district victory and keeps them in the hunt for the playoffs, albeit a long shot. Head Coach Travis Crain said their 2-5 district record is not indicative of how the boys have played this season.

Find the rest of this story and additional results, including MFHS girls basketball, MFHS boys soccer and Faith Academy boys and girls basketball, in the sports section of the Friday, Jan. 31 issue of The Highlander, the newspaper of record for the Highland Lakes. To offer a comment or news tip, email nathan@highlandernews.com. To subscribe, call 830-693-4367.

Tue
28
Jan

Marble Falls soccer starts district

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Senior Alfonso Soto is one of the Mustangs' captains this season. The team has lost significant players in the past two seasons and are leaning on their seniors more than ever.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls boys soccer team (2-8-1) is in an unfamiliar position prior to the start of District 17-5A. The team is not only not undefeated, they're below .500.

“I told my boys to forget about the record,” Mustangs Head Coach Rick Hoover said. “Last year, we were 12-0 going into the district, and guess what, we lost the first district game.”

The Mustangs open district play on Tuesday, Jan. 28 against Leander Rouse.

See the full story in the Tuesday, Jan. 28 edition of The Highlander.

Fri
24
Jan

Sibling ballers showcasing family chemistry

The Offutt brothers (Dylan pictured here) and the Ulbricht twins (Rylie pictured here) are two sibling pairs at Faith Academy and Marble Falls High School, respectively, which have enhanced their own success due to their family connection as well as their on-court chemistry with their coaches and teammates. Find their stories in the Jan. 24 issue of The Highlander.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

In the past few years, Colby and Dylan Offutt have grown closer to each other, and this season, they are using their bond to create victories on the basketball court together.

Last year at Faith Academy of Marble Falls, Dylan played on the junior varsity team while his older brother Colby played at the varsity level. This season, they are on the same team for the first time since middle school basketball. …

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