Sports

Fri
01
Dec

Former St. Louis Cardinal football player, Llano High School coach Gray dies

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Kenneth Don Gray, a lifelong Hill Country resident whose career included NFL football, teaching and then coaching at both the high school and professional levels, died Nov. 25 in Round Rock.

The former St. Louis Cardinal football player was 81.

Gray was born March 10, 1936 to Lewis and Estelle Gray in San Saba. In 1954, he graduated from Llano High School in 1954 and married Shirley Jean Barber in Cherokee on May 24, 1952.

At Howard Payne University, where he went from 1954-1957, Gray played football and earned All Lone Star Conference accolades and was named to the Little All-American Team.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history, Gray went on to be a sixth round draft pick in the NFL by the Green Bay Packers in 1958.

Tue
07
Nov

MFHS Pep Rally, Senior Bonfire rescheduled for Thursday

The Marble Falls Independent School District Pep Rally and Senior Bonfire have been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the field at the end of Colt Circle, behind the MFISD Central Administration Buildings.

“We would like to thank the City of Marble Falls, Marble Falls Fire Rescue, the Marble Falls Police Department, and the PEC for supporting the rescheduling of the MFISD Pep Rally and Bonfire,” said MFHS Student Council sponsor, Molly Heath. “The students appreciate the efforts to hold the Senior Bonfire, which is a long-running community tradition. It is appropriate that the Senior Bonfire has been rescheduled to Thursday Nov. 9, since the game the next evening is Senior Night and the last district game of the season.”

Everyone in the community is invited to the free MFISD Pep Rally and Senior Bonfire.

The Pep Rally will start at 5:30 p.m. with the Senior circle and lighting of the bonfire immediately following.

Tue
24
Oct

Inaugural ACS Hill Country Golf Classic tees off Saturday

Graphics contributed/ACS, Inc., South Region

Play for great prizes and a great cause at the American Cancer Society  Hill Country Golf Classic Saturday, Oct. 28.

 

The American Cancer Society will hold its inaugural Hill Country Golf Classic at Hidden Falls Golf Course in Meadowlakes Saturday, Oct. 28.

“Not only will you have fun and enjoy the health benefits of an exciting round of golf, but you'll also support the American Cancer Society's (ACS) efforts to save lives by helping people stay and get well,” said Jayne Palmer of the ACS.

Tournament check-in and purchase of mulligans will begin at 10 a.m. before the shot-gun start at 11 a.m.

Cost for the four-man scramble is $75 per person. Mulligans are five for $20. Tribute roses will be available in memory of a loved one who lost the battle against cancer or in tribute to a survivor. The bouquet created will be the centerpiece at a taco meal served to golfers after the tournament.

A hole-in-one on hole 6 will win a choice of vacations for four to San Francisco and Sonoma, Palm Springs golfing, a New York City Broadway experience or to Miami Turnberry Isles.

Tue
08
Aug

MFHS alum returns to coach Mustang defense

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

Cyril Lemon’s football career included holding down the offensive line for the Marble Falls Mustangs and University of North Texas Mean Green. After briefly playing for the New Orleans Saints, he has returned to Marble Falls to coach the defensive line in football.

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Hurricane Katrina brought him and his family from New Orleans to Marble Falls, where he played football for the Mustangs as an offensive guard and graduated from high school in 2011.

He started for three years, including his senior year, when the Mustangs averaged 27 points per game.

And now, following a collegiate career at the University of North Texas and then a brief professional football career, Cyril Lemon has returned to Marble Falls High School.

His first day in his new career as a coach began July 31. Lemon will serve as defensive line coach in football, assistant coach in girls basketball and shot put and discus coach in track and field.

“I was looking for a coaching job,” said Lemon, 24. “This came up and it was a great opportunity to come back and help out with the community and with the kids. It’s cool just being back and seeing the field I used to play on and being in the same building.”

Fri
04
Aug

Mustang season ticket renewal ends Aug. 16

Mustang football season tickets, parking passes to go on sale July 31

‘Meet the Mustangs’ event to be Aug. 23 at Mustang Stadium

 

Mustang fans who want to renew their season tickets for Marble Falls High School football can pick up their tickets, with payment, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, July 31, to Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Marble Falls Independent School District Athletic Office at 2101 Mustang Drive.

The office is on the MFHS campus next to the Max Copeland Gym.

For mailed-in payments, tickets will be available for pick up 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, from July 31-Aug. 16.

If mailing, they should be sent to: Marble Falls ISD — Tickets; 1800 Colt Circle; Marble Falls, TX; 78654

The price for Mustang reserved seat season football tickets is the same as in previous years: $45 per seat for all five home games, $15 for employees and $10 for ages 65 and over.

Fri
28
Jul

Zowie joins Highland Lakes Newspapers staff

Highland Lakes Newspapers Publisher Frank Shubert announced this week the addition of Richard Zowie as a staff writer.

Zowie will be the sports editor for The Highlander, covering Marble Falls and Faith Academy sports, but will also take an active role in on the news side, covering Marble Falls ISD for The Highlander as well as general assignments. He also will utilize his layout and design talents to the production side of the newspaper.

"Richard has hit the ground running and has already made significant contributions to The Highlander,” Shubert said. “We are excited to have his talents and energy working for the communities we serve and look forward what's coming next!"

Mon
24
Jul

Mustang Boosters begin membership drive

Last year, the Marble Falls Athletic Booster Club made approximately $30,000 and members hope to continue to grow that amount every year.

The club is in the middle of its membership drive and is encouraging local residents to join to support Mustang Athletics.

“We’re working to make it affordable to people,” said Cindy Friddrichs, the club’s media coordinator.

The memberships include the following packages: Family ($25), Mustang ($50), Bronze ($150), Silver ($300), Gold ($575) and Platinum $1,000). Bronze and above come with two general admission passes to all Marble Falls Independent School District athletic events, while the pricier ones include various special recognitions.

“The money goes to all our sports, not just to football,” Friddrichs said. “We assist with other sports, such as power lifting, cross country, soccer and tennis. We have around 14 sports we contribute to all year long.”

Mon
24
Jul

Golf pro Parsons to hit links for charity

Playing 36 holes of golf in a day can be physically taxing, but a local golf pro is planning to play 108 holes in one day — equivalent of six rounds of gold — for a good cause.

Gary D. Parsons, head golf professional at Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Cap Rock Golf Facility, will play 108 holes of golf July 31 to raise money for the Southern Texas PGA Foundation and its programs.

Parsons, a former editor of The Highlander. selected Marble Falls’ St. Frederick Baptist Church Meals Program as his charity to receive 30 percent of proceeds raised during the event.

“I’m looking forward to doing this again. This will be my sixth year to participate in the STPGA fundraiser,” Parsons said. “This event gives me an opportunity to continue my support of local charities and the good work St. Fredericks does for the Marble Falls community.”

Fri
21
Jul

Ammons kicks up soccer skills this summer

Contributed

Christian Ammons looks at home with Southern Methodist University Mustangs in the background. The sports future for the Marble Falls High School Mustang soccer forward, who attended an SMU soccer camp this summer.

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Marble Falls High School’s soccer season is currently in offseason while school’s out, but Christian Ammons is still making waves on the field.

The senior-to-be forward at MFHS recently participated in a soccer camp at Southern Methodist University, along with 300 high school soccer players from across the state.

“It was beautiful, a good experience,” Ammons said of his time in Dallas.

The soccer players worked on drills and played several games during the four-day camp before the top 22 were selected for an all-star game.

Ammons, a two-time All-State soccer player for the Mustangs, was one chosen.

He scored both his team’s goals in the game as his team won, 2-0.

“In the all-star game, everybody as good and on the same level,” he said.

MFHS soccer coach Rick Hoover described Ammons as “probably the best player at the camp.”

Fri
21
Jul

The Greens getting greener

RICHARD ZOWIE/THE HIGHLANDER

City of Marble Falls employees Brian Murphy (foreground, driving) and Junior Torrez work on the new soccer field at the corner of Avenue K and Sixth Street.

 

 

 

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Granite Country Youth Soccer Association athletes will have a new field to play on when the season begins in the fall of 2017.

At the corner of Avenue K and Sixth Street, the play area will be 40 yards by 80 yards and will allow for one large field or two small fields — depending on configuration.

“There is a shortage of youth sports space across the area,” said Robert Moss, Parks and Recreation director for the City of Marble Falls. “The city has been working to add space through leases and land acquisition for a number of years now.”

Moss said they hope to have the field ready for the fall youth soccer season.

The playing surface will be Tifway 419 Bermuda, which Moss described as “the best playing surface” in Marble Falls for youth soccer.

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