Sports

Fri
19
Apr

MFISD welcomes new head football coach Brian Herman

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Brian Herman was named the new head football coach for Marble Falls High School on Monday, April 15. Herman and his family were introduced to those in attendance at the school board meeting by MFISD Superintendent Dr. Chris Allen. The public is invited to a meet and greet at the Max Copeland Gym on Monday, April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Read more about Coach Herman's vision for the Mustang football team and his past experience in the Friday, April 19 issue of The Highlander, the newspaper of record for the Highland Lakes. To offer a comment or news tip, email nathan@highlandernews.com.

 

Tue
16
Apr

Former Lockhart coach selected as Marble Falls head football coach

Contributed/MFISD
Brian Herman has accepted the position of head football coach and boys athletic coordinator at Marble Falls Independent School District. He and his wife Nicole and their children, including a high school, middle school and college student, will join the community this school year.

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

Marble Falls school board members approved a new head football coach and boys athletic coordinator, during the April 15 regular school board meeting.

Officials welcomed Brian Herman to start his position this school year.

Wed
03
Apr

Mustangs march to Regional Quarterfinals after PK win

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Mustangs senior goalkeeper Michael Vazquez made several key saves in the Mustangs' penalty kick victory over Caney Creek on Tuesday.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls Mustangs soccer team advanced to the Regional Quarterfinals following a 6-4 win over District 20-5A winner Caney Creek on Tuesday in Bastrop.

The game was tied at two at the end of regulation, and two 10-minute overtime periods failed to find a winner. Both teams prepped their goalkeepers and five shooters for penalty kicks to determine who would advance.

Mustangs senior goalkeeper Michael Vazquez stopped half of the Panthers' PK tries, and his teammates hit four-of-four to propel the Mustangs to the next round.

Penalty kick saves weren't the only saves Vazquez made. In just the seventh minute of the game, a Mustangs defender misplayed a ball, and one of the Caney Creek forwards found himself alone with Vazquez. Vazquez calmly rotated to the ball and stopped the shot.

Fri
29
Mar

Mustangs hold off Hippos, advance to second round

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Junior midfielder Josiah Rojas (8) works against a Hippos defender in front of the Hutto goal in Thursday's playoff match. Rojas scored the only goal of the match in the Mustangs' win.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls soccer team advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a narrow 1-0 victory over the Hutto Hippos on Thursday night in Liberty Hill.

The Hippos gave the Mustangs a competitive match throughout - a vast improvement over the 6-1 loss they suffered to the Mustangs in preseason.

After a slow start, the Mustangs gathered themselves and played their game. Mustangs head coach Rick Hoover said nerves were a big part of the mistakes in the first 10 minutes of play.

With 25:40 left in the first half, junior midfielder Josiah Rojas got the opportunity he was probing for and put the game's only goal in past the Hippos goalkeeper.

Tue
26
Mar

Mustangs shake off spring break rust

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Mustangs second baseman Zack Zavala turns and delivers a throw to second base for the first leg of a 4-6-3 double play in Friday's game.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls High School baseball team used the final day of spring break to get back into the baseball mindset with an out-of-district loss to Fredericksburg by a score of 4-2.

In District 17-5A, every team gets a bye week, and the Mustangs' came during spring break. Head coach Russell Reichenbach wanted a refresher before continuing district play on Tuesday.

“We wanted to get a game situation and see live pitching,” he said. “We wanted to make sure we didn't take a full 10 days off from playing an actual game. Fredericksburg is a good program, so hopefully we stay game-ready.”

The Mustangs played competitive defense for five half-innings, but a three-run bottom of the fourth inning cost them the game against the Billies. An inside-the-park home run followed by an RBI double resulted in a 4-0 deficit for the Mustangs entering the top of the fifth inning.

Fri
15
Mar

Williams signs with University of the Ozarks

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander

MFHS senior Mason Williams smiles as he signs his Letter of Intent to play tennis for the Eagles of the University of the Ozarks on Wednesday.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

Marble Falls High School senior tennis player Mason Williams signed a letter of intent to play tennis at the University of the Ozarks on Monday.

Williams will join an Eagles team that plays in the American Southwest Conference in NCAA Division III. Williams said he was sold on the university after his visit because of the quality of the campus and facilities.

“Their courts are some of the best in D-III, and that was a big focal point,” he said. “It's a beautiful campus.”

Marble Falls tennis coach Kimberly Thomas said the Eagles are getting a “gritty” player in Williams.

“He will hustle and give 100 percent every point,” she said. “As a sophomore, he was beating juniors and seniors because he refused to lose. That's something you can't teach.”

Tue
12
Mar

Mustangs head coach resigns

Marble Falls head football coach Michael Birdwell resigned this week, according to a press release from the school district.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

Tue
12
Mar

Lampasas tournament tests Mustangs before district

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander

Shortstop Zack Zavala slides into third base after a leadoff triple in the top of the first inning against Lampasas. The Mustangs won 5-4 but were eliminated in the first game on Saturday.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

The Marble Falls baseball team took the lead in the top of the final inning in a 5-4 win against Lampasas on Thursday as part of the Lampasas tournament, but the Mustangs were eliminated in the first game on Saturday.

The Mustangs have developed a bit of a rivalry with the Badgers since head coach Russell Reichenbach took over last season. Thursday's game was close throughout, and Reichenbach said it was a good simulation of district baseball.

“Last year, we made it a point to play against each other,” he said. “We're always competitive. To play a well-coached team and find a way to come out on top is huge for us.”

Fri
08
Mar

Mosley selected for All-Star Game

Mustangs senior point guard Josh Mosley was selected by the Annual Basketball Classic Committee to play in the annual All-Star Game on March 23.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

A member of the Marble Falls basketball team will participate in the Fourth Annual Basketball Classic on Saturday, March 23 in Kerrville, according to a press release.

The high school boys' and girls' all-star teams drew players from throughout the Hill Country, and Mustangs senior Josh Mosley was selected by the Classic Committee to play. The selections keep rolling in for Mosley, who was just named to the District 17-5A All-District Second Team after a 2018-2019 season in which he averaged 15 points per game for the Mustangs.

Fri
08
Mar

Mustangs net nine on Grizzlies

Mustangs sophomore Tate Deering chases a loose ball in Tuesday's match against Glenn. Deering scored his first goal of the season on a header and added a pair of assists.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix

Sports Editor

Fans in attendance who were looking for a defensive, one-nil soccer game were disappointed on Tuesday night as the Marble Falls Mustangs opened the flood gates on district opponent Glenn in a 9-1 victory.

The Mustangs scored five goals in the first half and four goals in the second half in their highest scoring game of the season. Senior forward Isek Munoz registered a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of gameplay. Mustangs' head coach Rick Hoover said Munoz was in a groove from the opening kick-off.

“When you get [a player] that gets hot like that, they're hard to stop,” he said. “Their confidence goes through the roof, and it's amazing how much easier things can become when you have that momentum.”

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