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

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.”


'Fields of Faith' to break ground

This is an artist's rendering of the new proposed multi-purpose stadium at Faith Academy.

Faith Academy announced its partnership with Hellas Construction, Inc. to construct phase one of its athletic complex, called “Fields of Faith.” 

Officials will break ground on the Faith Academy campus at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 to celebrate the launch of construction on the football field and track. The public is invited to this special event.

“We are thrilled to kick off this phase of our athletic complex,” said Dr. Stuart Nunnally, Faith Academy Trustee and Board Chairman. “It has been a wonderful experience getting to this point, and we anticipate being ready for the 2018 football season and having a brand new track and field for all of our students to run and play on this fall.”

Field construction

Hellas Construction will be installing its Matrix Turf with Helix Technology, the same turf the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, and Miami Dolphins use.


Lady Mustangs named All-District

File photo /The Highlander Jessica De La Hoya (8) picked up two soccer awards, and seven of her teammates were also honored.

Eight members of the Marble Falls Girls Soccer Team earned awards for their performances this past soccer season.

The Lady Mustangs finished with an overall 8-12-3 and tied for fifth place, narrowly missing the playoffs.

Forward Jessica De La Hoya was Offensive Player of the Year, and she also made First Team All District.

Megan Matcek, a midfielder, also made First Team All District.

Defender Alyssa Collazo and midfielder Meghan Corely made Second Team All District.

Four Lady Mustangs made Honorable Mention: midfielder Leslie Salgado and defenders Maribel Enriquiez, Hailey Pounds, Karina Garay.

“I’m very proud of these kids, and they’ve made major improvements throughout the year,” said Lady Mustangs Coach Cory Maxwell.


Kwan wins silver at state


Faith Academy freshman Tyler Kwan gets his silver medal for the high jump Friday night at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state track meet. Kwan also finished fourth in the long jump and eighth in triple jump.






The future looks bright for Faith Academy freshman Tyler Kwan after last week's the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state track meet.

Kwan advanced to a “jump off” for the state title in the high jump Friday, May 4. While he didn't win the jump off, his best leap of 5 feet, 10 inches was good enough to win the silver medal and take his place on the winner's podium as the only Faith athlete to medal.


MFHS Soccer takes Lanier in overtime

Richard Zowie/The Highlander

The Marble Falls Boys Soccer Team is exhuberant and all smiles late on March 29 after defeating Austin Lanier in bi-district play. After two overtimes and 1-1 tie coming the Stangs came frombehind to tie Austin Lanier at a goal apiece, kept them tied for two overtime periods and then won the match, 4-3, on penalty kicks in overtime. Next for the Mustangs will be Victoria East Tuesday, April 3.

By Richard Zowie

Highlander Sports Editor

In their March 29 bi-district soccer playoff game, both Marble Falls and Austin Lanier each received at least one yellow card (a warning, as opposed to a red card, which means ejection).

“I wasn’t surprised at all,” said Mustangs Soccer Coach Rick Hoover. “That is what you expect in the playoffs. Both teams were fighting for their season to not end.”

After the Vikings scored in the first half to take a 1-0 lead, the Mustangs scored about halfway through the second half to tie the game at 1.

It stayed that way through several near-misses by both teams in two, 10-minute overtime periods, before Marble Falls ultimately won in a penalty shootout, 4-3.


Staubach: Teamwork, sacrifice lead to greatness

Frank Shubert/The Highlander

Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach adresses the Hill Country 100 Club during their annual awards banquet on Jan. 16 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes Galloway-Hammond Center in Burnet.





By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Teamwork, hard work and sacrifice in the face of adversity are qualities which great athletes and great first responders both share, Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach noted as keynote speaker for the 15th annual Hill Country 100 Club Awards Banquet Thursday.


Faith athletics complex project begins


Proposed site plan for Faith Academy's campus expansion to include an athletics complex.


By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

A financial gift from a benefactor will help Faith Academy begin the first phase of the school’s athletic complex project.

A gift from Ray and Rebeca Britton of Horseshoe Bay will serve as a “cornerstone” lead gift that will fund the first phase of the $5.9 million athletic complex expansion program.

“We are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for Ray and Rebeca sharing their resources and making such a significant investment in Christian education for our community,” said Stuart Nunnally, Faith Academy trustee and board chairman.


St. Louis Cardinal and LHS coach Gray dies

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Kenneth Don Gray, a lifelong Hill Country resident whose career included NFL football, teaching and then coaching at both the high school and professional levels, died Nov. 25 in Round Rock.

The former St. Louis Cardinal football player was 81.

Gray was born March 10, 1936 to Lewis and Estelle Gray in San Saba. In 1954, he graduated from Llano High School in 1954 and married Shirley Jean Barber in Cherokee on May 24, 1952.

At Howard Payne University, where he went from 1954-1957, Gray played football and earned All Lone Star Conference accolades and was named to the Little All-American Team.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history, Gray went on to be a sixth round draft pick in the NFL by the Green Bay Packers in 1958.


MFHS Pep Rally, Senior Bonfire rescheduled

The Marble Falls Independent School District Pep Rally and Senior Bonfire have been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the field at the end of Colt Circle, behind the MFISD Central Administration Buildings.

“We would like to thank the City of Marble Falls, Marble Falls Fire Rescue, the Marble Falls Police Department, and the PEC for supporting the rescheduling of the MFISD Pep Rally and Bonfire,” said MFHS Student Council sponsor, Molly Heath. “The students appreciate the efforts to hold the Senior Bonfire, which is a long-running community tradition. It is appropriate that the Senior Bonfire has been rescheduled to Thursday Nov. 9, since the game the next evening is Senior Night and the last district game of the season.”

Everyone in the community is invited to the free MFISD Pep Rally and Senior Bonfire.

The Pep Rally will start at 5:30 p.m. with the Senior circle and lighting of the bonfire immediately following.


Inaugural ACS Hill Country Golf Classic tees off Saturday

Graphics contributed/ACS, Inc., South Region

Play for great prizes and a great cause at the American Cancer Society  Hill Country Golf Classic Saturday, Oct. 28.


The American Cancer Society will hold its inaugural Hill Country Golf Classic at Hidden Falls Golf Course in Meadowlakes Saturday, Oct. 28.

“Not only will you have fun and enjoy the health benefits of an exciting round of golf, but you'll also support the American Cancer Society's (ACS) efforts to save lives by helping people stay and get well,” said Jayne Palmer of the ACS.

Tournament check-in and purchase of mulligans will begin at 10 a.m. before the shot-gun start at 11 a.m.

Cost for the four-man scramble is $75 per person. Mulligans are five for $20. Tribute roses will be available in memory of a loved one who lost the battle against cancer or in tribute to a survivor. The bouquet created will be the centerpiece at a taco meal served to golfers after the tournament.

A hole-in-one on hole 6 will win a choice of vacations for four to San Francisco and Sonoma, Palm Springs golfing, a New York City Broadway experience or to Miami Turnberry Isles.


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