Sports

Mon
29
Aug

Mustang opener: the wait was worth it

MARK GOODSON/THE HIGHLANDER

A storm front clears the field at Mustang Stadium Friday night to the wee hours of Saturday morning, Aug. 26-27.

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Marble Falls waited out a four-hour weather delay in its season opener Friday, but the wait was worth it.

The Mustangs showed some rock solid defense and some big-play ability with its offense in a 41-14 victory over Cedar Creek at Mustang Stadium.

The Mustangs outgained Cedar Creek from Bastrop, 490-228 in yards. Cedar Creek was held under 100 yards through the first three quarters.

Marble Falls sophomore Cooper Wilson rushed for 102 yards and scored one touchdown. He also caught two passes for 32 yards.

  Wilson scored the game's first touchdown on a 1-yard dive play to end a three-play, 57 drive by the Mustangs.

Sam Harkins turned a sideline pass from Zach Rangel into a 50-yard score to put the Mustangs ahead for good with 3:35 left in the first quarter at 14-7.

Harkins averaged 51 yards a catch on two receptions.

Wed
27
Jul

Morgan begins Viking training Friday

CHRISTI BERTELSON/HIGHLALND LAKES NEWSPAPERS
Gaynelle Sutherland has a special place in her heart for David Morgan and could not let him leave for Minnesota Viking training camp without saying goodbye one last time.
She watched Morgan grow up and rooted for him with the Marble Falls Mustangs and the UT San Antonio Roadrunners. Friday, July 23, she said she would be watching for him now on a new team.

MARK GOODSON/THE HIGHLANDER SPORTS EDITOR

Tue
12
Jul

Manzano Olympic trial lost in final push

MARK GOODSON/THE HIGHLANDER SPORTS EDITOR
Leo Manzano, a graduate of Marble Falls High School and The University of Texas, leads a run with fans on the Leonel Manzano Hike, Bike & Run Trail at the Granite Shoals 50th Year Bash in April. The silver-medal Olympian was seconds short of qualifying for a third Olympics in final trials Sunday.

BY MARK GOODSON

HIGHLANDER SPORTS EDITOR

Leo Manzano’s bid for his third straight Olympics in the 1,500 meters ended Sunday in Eugene, Oregon.

With 100 meters to go, Manzano went for his patented kick but just as he got shoulder-to-shoulder with Ben Blakenship for third place Manzano was not able to keep up with Blakenship’s extra effort. Manzano finished in fourth place with a time of 3:36.62 in the Olympic Trails.

Tue
12
Jul

Coppell father-son take TGA championship at Apple Rock in HSB

Mark and Andrew Lindberg of Coppell won the 2016 Father-Son Championship in dramatic fashion after a one-hole playoff with Cameron and Dean Brown of Jacksonville.

The Texas Golf Association (TGA) tournament was held July 7-10.

Tue
24
May

Mustangs close with spring game

Marble Falls' Dillon Mayberry tries to stretch for a touchdown. Mayberry, who will be a sophomore in the fall, was ruled short of the goal-line. Three players later Heath Dooley intercepted an Andrew Stripling pass and returned it for a touchdown. Later in the game, Dooley had another pick six against junior quarterback Zach Rangel.

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Marble Falls linebacker Heath Dooley had two interceptions returned for touchdowns in Monday's spring game for the Marble Falls Mustangs.

Drake Harkins and Cade Cool both had receptions for touchdowns and quarterback Zach Rangel had three touchdown passes and quarterback Andrew Shipley had one touchdwon pass.

Freshmen Cooper Wilson and Dillon Mayberry also had big nights. Wilson had a 50-yard run among seven runs and catches. Mayberry played quarterback and fullback for the Purple squad.

For complete coverage, please read Friday's Highlander.

Tue
03
May

Hall signs with Tarleton State

Mark Goodson/The Highlander
Reann Hall is joined by her mother Rachel and brother Michael at Monday's signing. Hall signed to play basketball for Tarleton State University.

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Reann Hall, a four-year varsity player for the Lady Mustangs basketball program, signed with Tarleton State University on Monday. There was a big turnout at the Max Copeland Gym. For more, please pick up Friday's Highlander.

Wed
20
Apr

Marble Falls holds area meet Thursday

By Mark Goodson/The Highlander
TJ Stephenson will try to better his personal best of 12 feet and six inches in the pole vault at Thursday's area round track meet at Marble Falls High School.

By Mark Goodson Highlander Sports Editor Marble Falls had eight girls competing in 10 events at Thursday’s area round track and field championships at Mustang Stadium. Three Mustang boys will be competing in five events. Senior Natalie Schulz, junior Lauren Loader and senior Reann Hall led the girls’ team to a third-place team finish at the District 25-5A meet and were expected to lead the Lady Mustangs in the area round. On Thursday, they were trying to advance to the Region IV-5A meet in San Antonio. Schulz is the veteran of the team and will go in favored in the long jump, triple jump, 100 meter hurdles. She also runs on both the qualifying relays – the 4x100 and the 4x200 for the Lady Mustangs. Schulz is trying to advance to state for the third straight year. Schulz won the long jump at 18-0 ½ and the triple jump at 35-10 ½ last week at the district meet at Vandegrift High School. Area qualifiers from Marble Falls: 4x100 relay – 3.

Tue
19
Apr

Manzano returns for Granite Shoals 50th Year Bash

By Mark Goodson/The Highlander
Leo Manzano and retired Marble Falls High School coach Kyle Futrell were at the opening of the Manzano Hike, Bike and Run Trail last May. Manzano won nine state medals in his track and cross country career at Marble Falls High School.

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Leo Manzano will be back in Granite Shoals on Saturday for a fun run and walk at the Manzano Hike, Bike and Run Trail as part of the 50th year celebration of Granite Shoals.

The fun run and walk starts at 9 a.m. and is open to both adults and children. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Manzano, the 1500-meter silver medalist in the 2012 London Olympics, is currently training for the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eguene, Oregon. Manzano said he always welcomes return trips to celebrate his roots in Granite Shoals.

"It's always exciting to have the support I get from my fans,'' Manzano said.

The Olympic Trials for the 1500 meters are July 7, 9, 11 at the University of Oregon.

Manzano won the silver medal in London with a time of 3:34.79.

The 2016 Olympics are Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiero, Brazil.

 

Sat
16
Apr

Lady Mustangs lose, 12-2

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Marble Falls gave up five runs in the first inning and were never able to mount anyc momentum in a 12-2 loss to Cedar Park Friday night in District 25-5A softball at Cedar Park HIgh School.

The loss keeps Marble Falls in sixth place, but they fall two games back with two to play in the race for one of the four playoff spots.

Logan Hulon started the game and went four innings before leaving because she was ill.

Marble Falls is back on the road on Tuesday at Vandegrift. The home season finale is Friday against Georgetown East View.

Fiollow the Lady Mustangs in The Highlander.

Wed
13
Apr

Lady Mustangs in the thick of battle

Mark Goodson/The Highlander
Summer Riley earned a 3-2 win over Leander Tuesday night. Riley scattered seven hits and gave up two runs over six innings. Logan Hulon got the save, retiring three straight batters in the seventh inning.

By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
The District 25-5A softball race is on.
With three games left in the season, Marble Falls stands in sixth place, a game back of being tied for third place.
Four teams get in.
It looks like it is going to take eight district wins to get in the playoffs.
Marble Falls can reach eight wins by beating Cedar Park and Vandegrift on the road the then closing with a home victory over Georgetown East View.
That’s possible. The Lady Mustangs beat Vandegrift and East View in the first round. They were upset by Cedar Park in the first round, 6-0, opening the door for Cedar Park to gain some momentum.
The Lady Mustangs showed some resiliency Tuesday night with a 3-2 win over Leander to give Marble Falls a 5-6 district mark and snap a three-game losing streak.
No. 8 state-ranked Dripping Springs lost for the first time in district on Tuesday, dropping a 5-2 contest against Vista Ridge.

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