The Greens getting greener


City of Marble Falls employees Brian Murphy (foreground, driving) and Junior Torrez work on the new soccer field at the corner of Avenue K and Sixth Street.




By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Granite Country Youth Soccer Association athletes will have a new field to play on when the season begins in the fall of 2017.

At the corner of Avenue K and Sixth Street, the play area will be 40 yards by 80 yards and will allow for one large field or two small fields — depending on configuration.

“There is a shortage of youth sports space across the area,” said Robert Moss, Parks and Recreation director for the City of Marble Falls. “The city has been working to add space through leases and land acquisition for a number of years now.”

Moss said they hope to have the field ready for the fall youth soccer season.

The playing surface will be Tifway 419 Bermuda, which Moss described as “the best playing surface” in Marble Falls for youth soccer.


Remember to renew Mustang season tickets

The 2017 Mustang Football Season promises to offer a fun level of excitement, competition, and Friday night football fun as the Mustangs compete in District 26-5A! The band is working on their next award winning show, and the cheerleaders and Starlettes are ready to bring on the spirit! Make sure you reserve the best seats in the house to cheer on the Mustangs with your family and friends!

Season ticket renewals

Mustang Fans eager to renew their 2017 football season tickets can pick up their tickets, with payment, from July 31 – Aug. 16, from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the MFISD Athletic Office, 2101 Mustang Drive.


Marble Falls Triathlon is Sunday, registration closes today, July 12

A new bridge will be the backdrop for swimmers in the Marble Falls Triathlon Sunday, July 16, but the hills faced by bikers remain the same grueling test.



The 17th annual Marble Falls Triathlon will be Sunday, July 16.

Online registration will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12. The event’s website is at

The triathlon will consist of two races:

Intermediate — One-kilometer swim, 23-mile bicycle ride and 4.4-mile run.

Sprint Distance — 500-meter swim, 12-mile bike and two-mile run.

After registration, the triathlon will begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday with the Intermediate distance. It begins with men ages 34 and under; men ages 35-49; women 39 and under; men ages 50 and above and “Clydesdales” (men weighing 200 pounds or more); then women 40 and older, “Athenas” (women weighing 150 pounds or more) and Relays (Mens, Womens and Mixed).

At 7:30 a.m., the Sprint Distance begins with the same order of races as above.


Hoover represents USA in European soccer tour


Marble Fall High School 2016 grad Macy Hoover, dauaghter of soccer coach Rick Hoover, takes a corner kick during a match in her senior year. Hoover has been invited to represent the United States as part of the international travel team Stars and Stripes.

Macy Hoover of Marble Falls has been invited to travel Europe and play in multiple soccer tournaments and friendly matches as she will be representing the USA playing for the “Stars-n-Stripes” international travel team.

She started her 18-day tour of Europe Thursday July 6. The highlight of the trip will be the opportunity to represent USA in the world’s largest youth tournament in Sweden, the “Gothia Cup.”

The Gothia Cup will have over 75 nations represented and is played in front of huge crowds, in huge stadiums. Typically there are about 40,000 people in attendance to the games.

“I’m really excited about it,’’ Hoover said. “It’s going to be a long flight.’’

The tour begins in Germany where they will stay five days and play several matches against the German teams. Then they travel to Denmark for five days where they will participate in the “Denmark Cup” and have the opportunity to play some of the best teams throughout Denmark.


Grand Finale for Spike tournament

Spike Dykes finale Saturday at Delaware Springs.

The grand finale of the Kids Care-A-Van Classic will be June 16-17.

It will be a send off for Spike Dykes, the Texas Tech University coach who helped organize the event to raise money to provide health care for the needy kids in the Highland Lakes.

Dykes passed April 10. He was 79.

“It’s a huge loss,’’ said Susan Bellard, a friend and wife of coach Emory Bellard. “This was going to be the last tournament.’’

Dykes, who has lived the Horseshoe Bay for almost two decades, had teamed with Bellard to start the Kids Care-A-Van Classic.

The annual golf tournament and tailgate party raises money to provide heath care for needy kids in the Highland Lakes.

More than $2 million has been raised through the endowment in 14 years.

“We had been talking about this being the last one,’’ said Becky Fox, director of development for the hospital.

“This was going to be the grand finale. We’re going to make sure it honors him well.’’


Birdwell named interim head coach, AD at Marble Falls

Marble Falls High School has a new interim head football coach and athletic director.

Mustang Football co-offensive coordinator Michael Birdwell was named to the athletic director and head coach position Thursday, succeeding Matt Green, who will lead to take similar duties at Llano ISD this month.

Coach Birdwell has been an integral part in the successes experienced by the Mustangs over the past three seasons,” said MFISD superintendent Dr. Chris Allen. “With 76 days until the Mustangs’ first scrimmage, Coach Birdwell’s leadership and familiarity with the staff and the skills of our players will provide a smooth transition into the fall seasons for all of our athletic programs.”


Marble Falls coaches hold fun camp

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Gibson Hensley runs through workout pads while head coach Matt Green tries to dislodge the football. Hensley is a fifth grader and was one of 48 kids in this week's camp..

Forty eight grade school boys mixed it up at this week's fundamental football camp at Mustang Stadium. The camp ends Thursday.


Mustangs defense makes stand early

Cooper Wilson battles for yardage for the Mustangs. 

The Marble Falls defense made a big stand on its first possession of Tuesday's spring football game. The Mustangs defense held the offense from scroring on a fourth and goal by inside the five yard line.

Overall, it was a solid outing by the Mustangs defense and offense. 


Senior signs with Trinity University

Delaney Kelley, a senior golfer for the Lady Mustangs, signed with Trinity University on Thursday to play collegiate golf.


Senior ties top round, just misses state berth


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Delaney Kelley excels at regional 5A golf event.

Senior Delaney Kelley closed out her Marble Falls High School golf career in record setting fashion.  She shot rounds of 83 and 73 to shoot a total of 156 breaking her two week old 36-hole school record of 160 that she fired at the district tournament.  Both scores were shot at the Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio.  Delaney’s 73 tied the 18-hole school record that was also shot by Kelsie Tackitt in 2016 and Angela Akins in 2004.  Delaney hit 10 of 14 fairways, and 15 of 18 greens in regulation to give her multiple birdie opportunities.

She did convert two of those chances for birdie to go with three bogies and 13 pars to give her the one-over par 73 total.

Delaney finished the regional tournament tied for 10th place which earned her first team All-Region honors as well.


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