Peterson looking for third title, first as a coach

Liberty Hill volleyball coach Gretchen Petersen directs practice on Monday. Petersen won two state titles as a player at Round Top-Carmine. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFT Somewhere, tucked away in a chest in her parents’ home, there’s a UIL State Championship ring belonging to Gretchen Petersen. If there was ever a time to dig it out and shine it up, this would be the weekend as Petersen leads Liberty Hill to the UIL Class 4A State Tournament in […]

Senior class pushing program to new heights with trip to State Tournament

By SEAN SHAPIRO The gym at Liberty Hill High School was still reserved for volleyball on Monday afternoon. While most high schools around the state have already turned their attention to basketball, Liberty Hill’s gym was reserved for bumps, sets and spikes instead of dribbles and jump shots. “It’s an amazing feeling to still be […]

Today will be the most important volleyball match of the year

Seniors Kelly McKinzey (#100, Payton Walker (#3), Hallie Supak (#14), Sarah Philpott (#11), Jaycie Pluenneke (#15), Peyton Redmond (#5), Jill Green (#2), Bri Hillman (#12) and Kaley Nelson (#17) are ready to lead the team into its first state tournament today in Garland. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO The ultimate goal is to win on Saturday, but Liberty Hill isn’t looking past Argyle in the semifinal. “We’re taking it one game at a time right now,” Liberty Hill coach Gretchen Petersen said. “That’s how you have to take it this time of year.” It’s worked so far. The Panthers are […]

Christian Business Leaders coordinate family helping project for the holidays

By Dana Delgado Nothing transcends the essence of the holidays than the spirit of sharing and giving. That’s what motivated “CHRISTmas Blessings, Love Abounds” (Christian Business Leaders Association) board members to organize and coordinate a project that assists persons in need within the community, said CBLA President Eric Van Natter. “It was determined through much discussion that Christmas […]

LH Police: Nothing unusual about recent burglaries

By SEAN SHAPIRO Nacona McDowell is still waiting for answers after a break-in at Hobo Junction last week. Sometime between 8 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 7 a.m. the following morning someone broke in through the window near the bathroom of the restaurant at 3000 Ranch Road 1869. “That’s a pretty tall window, so they […]

Janice Maynard & The Country Stardust Band to play Trail of Lights Cowboy Christmas Dance Dec.6

Janice's Band pic 1-color

Liberty Hill will kick off the Christmas Festival weekend with the Trail of Lights Cowboy Christmas Dance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Lions Foundation Park. The family-friendly event is open to the public at no charge. Janice Maynard, a traditional country singer straight from the heart of Texas has been likened to some […]

Liberty Hill’s Stocktank serves up southern food, live music

After hosting some of the area’s still talked about live music events in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Teresa Garner and her husband Pete of The Stocktank are offering live music and dancing but have added southern style cooking in a laid-back, family environment reminiscent of granny's house. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado Teresa Garner says she’s not much for smiling but just put a guitar in her hand or let her loose in the kitchen and the unassuming southern girl beams brightly and gives everyone around her reason to celebrate. After hosting some of the area’s still talked about live music events with the […]

Lady Panthers sweep their way to State

LHHS volleyball is on the way to State after defeating Sealy on Saturday, Nov. 15, in San Antonio. (Miguel Castro Photo)

By Miguel A. Castro SAN ANTONIO — Liberty Hill is going to the state volleyball tournament, and if Saturday’s performance is any indication, the Panthers may just return home as the Lone Star State’s Class 4A champion. Liberty Hill put on a dominating performance in the Region IV-4A final at the Blossom Athletic Center, easily […]

Panthers take first step, claw Cougars 51-22

The Fightin' Panthers are headed to Area round after defeating China Spring Friday. (File Photo by Kathy Canady)

By BOB VARMETTE COPPERAS COVE – Running never gets old for the Liberty Hill Panthers. But it must have been tiring for Jon Shannon. The Panthers junior fullback rushed 38 times for 263 yards and a career-high five touchdowns Friday night, leading the Panthers past the China Spring Cougars 51-22 in a Class 4A Division […]

Lady Panthers will play for Regional title Saturday

By Miguel A. Castro Special to the Independent SAN ANTONIO — Liberty Hill endured a wild rollercoaster ride of a match Friday to move one step closer to reaching the state tournament. The Panthers defeated familiar foe Fredericksburg 27-25, 21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-8 in the Region IV-4A semifinals at the Blossom Athletic Center. It was […]