Soccer season starts for Mustangs

Fortino Tinajera returns for Mustangs soccer program. The Mustangs are ranked No. 7 in the region.

By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls boys’ soccer team is ranked No. 7 in the region by the TSSCO preseason rankings.
The Mustangs will open their season on Friday with a 7 p.m. match against san Marcos at Mustang Stadium.
Mutang captains this season are Gavino Tinajera, Anthony Machuca, Christian Ammons and Tino Dominguez. The Mustangs are coming off a 13-7-4 mark from last year when they finished fifth in the district, just missing the playoffs.
“San Marcos is another 6A school that we just do not know much about,’’ coach Rick Hoover said. “I have never played them and since they are 6A I haven’t followed them over the years. But it is my understanding they should have a very good team this year.’’
So far, the Mustangs have shined in scrimmages.
They have three wins and tie in scrimmages. The Mustangs mark in scrimmages includes:
3-2 over Pflugerville
1-0 over Austin Crockett


Mustang boys travel to Kerrville tonight

Zac Spruill earned the tournament MVP at last week's Cameron Tournament. The Mustangs will try to even their District 26-5A record on Tuesday night when they travel to Kerrville Tivy.

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

The Mustangs shots weren’t falling in their District 26-5A opener against Boerne Champion on the road Friday afternoon.

Marble Falls scored only nine points in the first half, including a 3-pointer by Kameron Wright at the buzzer to trail, 21-9, at halftime.

The shooting woes continued in the second half and Boerne Champion went on the post a 55-29 victory over the Mustangs, who were coming in with momentum after winning the Cameron Yoe Tournament.

Boerne Champion’s 6-7 post Tristan Green altered plenty of shots for the Mustangs and was key to disrupting any momentum for the Mustangs.

Marble Falls will travel to Kerrville Tivy Tuesday for another District 26-5A battle.

Tivy, Boerne Champion, Alamo Heights and Dripping Springs all won their openers.
The Mustangs district home opener is Friday against Seguin.

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District unbeaten Lady Mustangs set up showdown

Morgan Hagood played excellent harassing defense against Boerne Champion's top scorer Friday night. Teammates Trinity Boyd and Stefanie King also shared time in the box-and-one scheme.

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Marble Falls remains unbeaten in District 26-5A girls’ basketball after dominating Friday in a matchup with previously district unbeaten Boerne Champion at Max Copeland Gym.

The Lady Stangs dominated on the glass and played excellent defense to subdue Boerne Champion, 54-40. Mya McMillain scored 15 points and had 14 rebounds to lead the effort along with Aubree Adams with 10 points on the offensive end.

The defense played a key role utilizing a box-and-one scheme to saddle Champion junior guard Katlyn Ghavidel in the game.

The Lady Mustangs trio of Morgan Hagood, Trinity Boyd and Stefanie King split time guarding the Chargers big offensive weapon.

Ghavidel, who came into the game averaging 24 points, finished with a 10-point fourth quarter to raise he total to 23 against the Lady Mustangs.


Mustangs win pair of games to start tournament

Andrew Stripling works the inside in a recent game.

Marble Falls boys won its opening two games in the Cameron Yoe Tournament and will play Giddings at 1 p.m. today in the Gold Bracket.

Win or lose against Giddings and the Mustangs will tip off at 7 p.m. in its second game on Wednesday.

The Mustangs beat Bartlett, 76-17, in the opener and then beat host Cameron Yoe, 54-45, in Tuesday’s second game.

The Mustangs are 7-9 going into today’s games.


Lady Mustangs stand at the top of district

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

It’s break time and the Lady Mustangs are buying in.

So far, so good as far as coach John Berkman is concerned.

The team has not only snapped a 29-game losing streak in district basketball games, but the team is leading the district.

Two wins in a row in dominate fashion has the Lady Mustangs smiling going into Christmas.

“I’m happy, up to this point,’’ Berkman said of his 14-7 team. “We’re still learning our self…They are buying into the team aspect of it all. They are learning their roles. Whether they are playing a lot of minutes or a few minutes, they are all rooting for each other and making the most of the time they are out there.’’


Mustangs lose big against Fredericksburg

Marble Falls senior Zac Spruill unleashes a jumper against Fredericksburg.

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Marble Falls needs to get tougher and bear down on the dirty work.

That’s the perspective of coach Matt Bailey after the team broke for the holidays with a 5-9 record.

The Mustangs got bombed in their Tuesday home game against Fredericksburg, 60-42. The rival Billies hit nine 3-pointers, getting good looks over the Mustangs defense.

Five-foot-10 senior Tyler Kaman buried six 3-pointers, including three in the third quarter when Fredericksburg took control of the game. The Mustangs made five 3-pointers.

“We have to be tougher,’’ Bailey said. “That’s what we’re trying to learn. It’s something you have to want to as a player.’’

Frederickburg reserve Cole Jenskke was unconscious, making all three of his attempts on perimeter bombs. It was Jenskee that turned a competitive game into a Billie runaway.


Mustangs beat Falls City

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Kameron Wright drives the baseline for Mustangs.

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

The Mustangs picked up a pair of wins in the Geronimo Navarro Tournament over the weekend to push the team’s record to 5-8.

The team returns to action Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. tipoff against Fredericksburg at Marble Falls’ Max Copeland Gym.

In the tournament, the Mustangs split game each day and closed on Saturday on a high note with a 74-33 victory over Class 2A Falls City.

The Mustangs jumped out to a quick start lead by senior guard Zac Spruill, who had eight of the team’s first 14 points as the Mustangs pushed the pace. Marble Falls scored the first 26 points of the game with the guards getting most of the action off the fastbreak.

The Mustangs defense was solid shutting down the Beavers shots on goal.

The Beavers hit a shot at the buzzer to avoid getting shut out in the first quarter.


R-Bar adds new shuffleboard

The R-Bar put in a new shuffleboard table today (Wednesday).


The R-Bar has added a new shuffleboard. 


Lady Mustangs beat Brownwood

Mya McMillian scored 12 points as the big three -- Mya, Aspen and Aubree -- scored 33 points against Brownwood. 

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Marble Falls funneled the ball inside for most of the night Tuesday in a 39-27 win over the Brownwood Lady Lions at Brownwood.

The trio of Mya McMillian, Aspen Woerner and Aubree Adams combined for 33 of the Lady Mustangs’ points. Molly Myrick, Stefanie Kng and Eileen Neri scored two points each. McMillian led the way with 12 points with Woerner following with 11 and Adams with 10 points.

The Lady Mustangs will face unbeaten Gatesville in the Jarrell Tournament on Friday. Marble Falls also plays Taylor in the Jarrell tournament on Friday.

Garcia led Brownwood with eight points.

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Marble Falls travels to Lampasas

Keegan Deering out at least five weeks with ankle injury.

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Marble Falls went 2-3 in the Marble Falls Subway Classic and displayed some up-and-down basketball.

The highlight of the tournament was back-to-back wins over San Antonio Edison and Austin McCallum.

The Mustangs showed they can compete when they get good play both inside and outside.

Sophomore Andrew Stripling had huge games against SA Edison and McCallum. The post player scored 48 points and grabbed at least 20 rebounds in the two Friday games.

The Mustangs were erratic in three of the five games, relying heavily on the outside shot.

But the worst news out of the weekend, was losing junior wing Keegan Deering to an ankle injury. Deering twisted his left ankle with 2:18 left in the game against San Antonio Edison. He torn some ligaments and is expected to miss five weeks of action, he said.

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