Sports

Tue
12
Jun

Owens to compete in national rodeo

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Cody Owens will take his rodeo skills to the national level, later this month, in North Dakota.

 

 

By Richard Zowie

Highlander Sports Editor

Cody Owens’ earned a position on the Texas National Junior High Rodeo Team, and his next venture will take him to close to the other side of the country.

An eighth grade student at Faith Academy, Owens has qualified to compete at the world’s largest junior high rodeo.

He and his team will travel to Huron, South Dakota, June 24-30 to compete in the 14th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo in the Tie Down Roping competition.

Owens and his team will compete with around 1,000 contestants from 43 states and five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico.

To qualify on the Texas team, Owens was in the top four for his event.

Tue
12
Jun

Faith hires Wentrcek as new A.D., head football coach

Faith Academy filled two positions with one man, as they recently announced the hiring of Jeremy Wentrcek as the school’s new athletic director and head football coach.

The coach’s surname is pronounced “winter check.”

On June 7, the Faith Academy Executive Leadership Team, consisting of Amy Cozby, Donna Wilcox, Kim Hansard, and Rusty Freeman, invited Wentrcek to accept the two jobs.

He will take over the jobs previously held by Randy Denton (athletic director) and Pete Rhoades (head football coach).

Wentrcek is a veteran private school athletic director, football coach, and hurdling specialist. Throughout his 18-year career, Coach Wentrcek has led football teams to the state semi finals three times and the state final twice. He has also established himself as a hurdle specialist, coaching athletes to 28 medaling performances at the TAPPS state meet in hurdling events.

Fri
08
Jun

MFHS Athletics Department hosts open house

During a work break, Coach Russell Reichenbach gets a visit from his two biggest fans: his twin daughters Ryan (center) and Reagan (right). The facilities were among the highlights of the June 6 MFHS Athletics Department Open House. The tour also included the new weight room, various athletic offices and the Max Copeland Gym (including a few interesting facts about the facility). The refurbished weight room includes new equipment, such as a sky jump machine, leg press machine, eight new multi-use weight racks, neck machine, and a cable-pulley machine.

Fri
01
Jun

McMillian to represent Texas in Faith 7 Basketball Bowl

By Richard Zowie

Highlander Sports Editor

Mya McMillian, the cornerstone of the Marble Falls Girls Basketball Team for the past several seasons, will compete in the Faith 7 Basketball Bowl Saturday, June 9 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

McMillian will compete on the Texas Girls' Team against one from Oklahoma.

McMillian, one of 10 athletes who will compete for the Texas Girls All Stars, will wear jersey number 45. She is the tallest girl in the team at 6'3”. The tallest girl in the game will be her Oklahoma Girls All-Stars opponent, 6'4” Aspen Willisten out of Broken Bow.

Each year, ten of the best high school graduate basketball players from Oklahoma face off against ten of the best players from Texas in Oklahoma Baptist University’s Nobel Complex. The Faith 7 Bowl will honor these basketball players, many of whom are signing with Division I schools.

Thu
31
May

Torns steps down as CC, track coach

Coach Anthony Turns

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

After 10 seasons coaching at Marble Falls High School, Coach Anthony Torns has decided to take on a new challenge.

Torns will soon coach at G 10 Academy in Austin's Westlake area.

“Our focus will be building the complete athlete, as sub entiites to G 10 Academy, we have Road Runner Run Club which I will be the head coach and our own soccer academy G 10 FC,” he said. “It was time to challenge myself to a greater degree and to have the flexibility with my family I desired and the freedom to focus my days on my passion of learning more about training the athlete and actually doing it full time.”

Torns describes himself as having “so many memories” as he has coached since 2008 with track and field and since 2010 with cross country.

Fri
25
May

Reed re-opens Ram Rock with ceremonial first drive

Richard Zowie/The Highlander
Fresh off his first-ever win at the Masters Tournament, where he earned his first green jacket, Houston resident Patrick Reed on May 22 helps reopen Ram Rock by hitting the ceremonial first drive at the course.

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

 

HORSESHOE BAY — San Antonio native Patrick Reed is relatively easy to spot: when he donned the iconic green jacket in April after winning the 2018 Master’s Golf Tournament, he did so while wearing black pants, and a pink shirt and black cap that both had the Nike logo on them.

He wore the same outfit May 22, when he helped celebrate the official reopening of Ram Rock by hitting the ceremonial first drive.

Ram Rock, one of the Resort's three Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-designed golf courses, has been restored to its original glory as intended by the designer through his own son’s legacy company, the Robert Trent Jones, II team.

Fri
18
May

Ram Rock Golf Course to reopen May 22; Masters winner Patrick Reed to appear

Horseshoe Bay Resort is bringing in 2018 Masters Champion and San Antonio native Patrick Reed for the ceremonial first drive to reopen the Ram Rock Golf Course on Tuesday, May 22.

Ram Rock is one of the bay’s three golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior, and officials say it’s been restored to its original glory through Robert Trent Jones II’s team.

After introductions on May 22, Reed will do the ceremonial first drive at 10 a.m. He will then be available for questions.

At 10:30 a.m., Ram Rock will open for play.

In April, Reed won his first-ever Master’s by one stroke over fellow American Rickie Fowler. Reed finished the event 15 strokes under par.

Ram Rock is at 1306 Hi Stirrup in Horseshoe Bay.

TheDallas Morning Newsranked it as among the top 100 golf courses across Texas in 2017. Golf Digestranked it 26th among the best in the state in 20150-2016.

Fri
18
May

MFHS Softball Awards

File photo/The Highlander

For Marble Falls Varsity Softball, Elicia Gonzales made the District 26-5A All-District First Team. Summer Riley and Jesse Stephenson made All-District Second Team while Trista Coffey was named as Honorable Mention. Lady Mustangs who made District 26-5A Academic All-District included Jesse Stephenson (98.70), TJ Blum (93.44), Brooklyn Chavez (92.94), Jaden Deleon (91.73) and Annie Johnson (91.43)

Tue
15
May

DeLeon signs with Spoon River College

Richard Zowie/The Highlander
Marble Falls High School softball player Jaden DeLeon signed a letter of intent to play at Spoon River College in Illinois. Joining her as she signed May 9 were, from left, MFHS Softball Coach Timothy Richter, her mother, Stassja Floyd, her stepfather, Jason Alvarez, her brother, Maddox DeLeon, her grandmother, Elaine Floyd, her stepsister, Lexie Edwards, and her grandmother, Yvonne Edwards.

By Richard Zowie

Highlander Sports Editor

 

Goodbye, purple, gold, and Mustangs. Hello, navy blue, green, and Snappers.

Marble Falls High School senior softball player Jaden DeLeon’s next step will take her to Spoon River College in Canton, Illinois.

Canton is almost 200 miles southwest of Chicago.

Shy in public, DeLeon said little as she signed her letter of intent with her family and softball coach, Timothy Richter present.

“I’ll have to learn how to drive in the snow,” she said, which made many in the room laugh.

Richter believes DeLeon will be in good hands. Her head coach at SRC will be John Bassett, who previously coached at Division I’s Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.

“SRC has a Division I facility,” Richter said. “Jaden will have the luxury of playing at a nice place. It’s a very competitive team. That school has talent. They have a great coach she can learn from.”

Tue
15
May

She came, she ran, she medaled

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The future looks bright for freshman Marble Falls track
athlete Bailey Goggans, who won gold and bronze medals
in the 800 meters and 400 meters at the 5A State Finals May
11 at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in
Austin.

By Richard Zowie

Highlander Sports Editor

Going into a big race, some athletes prefer to stay within themselves and relax rather than fret over how they’ll do.

Marble Falls High School freshman track athlete Bailey Goggans, despite a season of breaking several records and being recognized nationwide as a top athlete, still preferred that approach as she prepared to run in the 400 meter run and 800 meters May 11.

“My expectations for the meet were to just to have fun and do my best,” said Goggans, who competed in the University Interscholastic League Class 5A Track Finals at the University of Texas at Austin’s Michael A. Myers Stadium.

In her first year of competing in the high school level, Goggans finished with two medals. She took first place in the 800 meters, and then later took third in the 400 meters.

“It’s unbelievable!” the freshman said. “I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity.”

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