Marble Falls angler lands 10-pounder as top bass

Wes Thornton shows off his 10-pound bass he caught at the state high school fishing tournament on Lake LBJ Saturday.

It was shortly after the rains slacked off after noon Saturday when Marble Falls High School senior Wes Thornton got a tug on his line.
He was using a light crank bait when the fish hit.
At first, Thornton didn’t think it was anything special.
“I really didn’t think it weighed that much,’’ Thornton said. “I reeled it up and it pikes it’s head out. It was big. I was shaking, I had the jitters.’’
The fish weighed 10 pounds even and gave Thornton the big fish of the day during the Texas State High School Fishing Tournament on Lake LBJ.
It was the only keeper fish Thornton caught for the day. In fact it was his only time t land a keeper in his four years and “30 something’’ attempts with the local fishing club.
Thornton was fishing with his brother Jakob Thornton.
In all, it was good day for Marble Falls Fishing Club, but a great day for the Cen-Tex High School Basshunters out of Belton.


Kohutek takes talents to Mary Hardin Baylor

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Marble Falls' Sam Kohutek signs with Mary Hardin Baylor on Monday. His mother Kimberlee is in the background.

Marble Falls lineman Sam Kohutek signed Monday with Mary Hardin Baylor University.
Kohutek, a three-year starter for the Mustangs, joins the NCAA division III school in Belton.
Kohutek is one of five senior offensive linemen in the Mustangs rotation of linemen.
For more, please read Friday's Highlander.


Faith Academy falls in warmup game

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Faith Academy guard Jayla Reeves is one of three underclassmen starting for the Lady Flames basketball team. Reeves scored four points and had three assists and five steals against Incarnate Word on Tuesday in a warmup game.

The Faith Academy Lady Flames lost in a warmup game against Incarnate Word Tuesday in San Anttonio.

The Lady Flames fell, 60-46, to Incarnate Word after Incarnate Word jumped to a 22-15 first quarter lead. Sedona Prinde was held to eight points, but the freshman post player had 17 rebounds. Senior guard Taylor Denton led theteam with 16 points. The Lady Flames have a bye to the TAPPS Class 3A regional tournament, which starts Feb. 27-28 at San Antonio Cornerstone. The Lady Flames won the TAPPS Class 2A state title last year. Follow the Lady Flames and Flames in The Highlander.


Lady Mustangs win at Llano golf tournament

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Kelsie Tackitt drives on the No. 8 hole on the Llano Rive Golf Course. Tackitt shot a personal best 75. She has shot her personal best twice in the last four days.

Marble Falls girls' golf team continued to shine this week with a victory at the Llano Invitational on Tuesday. The Lady Mustangs shot a 348 to take first, being district rival Leander by 13 strokes. Twelve teams competed.

Kelsie Tackitt shot a personal best round for the second straight tournament with a 75 to take second overall. Other Lady Mustangs scores were Blaire Hambrick with an 86 for seventh overal, Delany Kelley 92, Sam Offutt 95 and Shelcee clark wih a 102.

For complete coverage, please read Friday's edition of The Highlander.


Faith Academy wins 99th straight district game

By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
No. 2 state-ranked Faith Academy travels to San Antonio for a 6 p.m. tipoff Tuesday against Incarnate Word. The warmup game will be the toughest test to date for the Lady Flames as they enter the TAPPS playoffs.
The Lady Flames (30-3, 12-0) have earned a bye to the TAPPS Class 3A regional tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 27-28 at San Antonio Cornerstone.
The Lady Flames closed the regular season with a 67-34 win over Temple Central Texas Christian on Friday.
“We played really well and got after them hard for about 10 minutes and then got bored and sloppy,’’ Faith Academy coach Jerry English said. “Sedona Prince had an outstanding game, as did Sierra Brinkley, Taylor Denton and Hannah Cozby.’’


Salmeron is homecoming queen

Abbie Salmeron wears her crown as homecoming queen.

Abbie Salmeron was named homecoming queen Friday night for Marble Falls High School. Salmeron is a senior and member of the Starlettes.


Marble Falls outlasts Leander

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Chris Carter dislodges the football from Leander's Ray Gibson.

Marble Falls' Brennen Wooten hit Jacob Metcalf on a 9-yard pass with 17 seconds left to give the Marble Falls Mustangs a 49-46 come-from-behind win over Leander Friday on homecoming night at Mustang Stadium.

Metcalf caught six passes for 183 yards and scored twice in the final five minutes while the Mustangs defense scored two defensive touchdowns to give the Mustangs the victory.

Sam Harkins had a 49-yard fumble return for one score and Travis Dilworth recovered a fumble in the end zone to lead the defense.

The  Mustangs (4-3, 2-2) will face Cedar Park (4-3, 2-2) this week at Gupton Stadium in Cedar Park.


Georgetown rolls up 622 yards

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Georgetown played some physical football and hande Marble Falls a 62-35 loss Friday night.

Georgetown rolled up 622 yards of offense and handed Marble Falls a 62-35 loss in District 25-5A football Friday at Georgetown.

Georgetown senior quarterbac Ben Bottlniger threw for four touchdowns and guided the Eagles to the impressive win.

The Mustangs had 397 yards of offense, but took a physical beating from the Eagles.

Georgetown is 5-1 overall and 2-1 in district. Marble Falls falls to 3-3 overall and 1-2.



District race logjammed after two outings

Marble Falls defense held the Dripping Springs Tigers to 58 yards rushing Friday.

Marble Falls is one of six teams tied at 1-1 in District 25-5A after two outings.

The Mustangs blasted Dripping Springs Friday night, taking a 35-14 victory at Mustang Stadium, dominating the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

The Mustangs defense held Dripping Springs, which ran at will against Cedar Park last week, to 58 yards.

Brennen Wooten led the Mustangs offense to 609 yards of total offense. The Mustangs quarterback averaged 26 yards a completion and hit junior Jacob Metcalf four times for 174 yards. Metcalf for an 80-yard score to put the Mustangs aheadmidway through the second quarter.

Read all about the Musangs in Tuesday's Highlander.



Mustangs roll past Dripping Springs

Marble Falls held Dripping Springs to just 58 yards Friday night.


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