Playoff game sparks long rivalry

The Fightin’ Panthers were treated to dinner at Grace Alive Church after practice Tuesday. The team plays arch-rival Burnet in Friday’s playoff game for the Regional Championship title in Round Rock.   (Kathy Canady Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO It’s the most important game Liberty Hill has played in six years and it can be summed up in three simple words. “It’s Burnet week.” “That’s it,” Liberty Hill coach Jerry Vance said. “If you need us to say something else to get you going then there’s a problem.” Separated by a […]

Late score saves Liberty Hill against Rockport-Fulton

After Saturday's win over Rockport-Fulton, the Panthers advance in the playoffs to face arch-rival Burnet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. (Kathy Canady Photo)

SAN ANTONIO-With their backs against the wall in the final minute of the fourth quarter and needing a touchdown, sophomore Garrett Wright of the Liberty Hill Panthers gave his team the play they needed to keep their season alive. With 0:38 left in the game, senior quarterback Nick Hernandez rolled out to the left sideline […]

Herbst to fill principal’s office at LHES in 2015

Melanie Herbst spent Monday touring Liberty Hill Elementary School, meeting staff and students. Ms. Herbst was hired last week as Principal filling a position currently held by Jan Tredemeyer, who is retiring in December. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Melanie Herbst got the grand tour of Liberty Hill Elementary School on Monday morning. She attended the morning assembly, met the teachers and staff, picked reitiring principal Jan Tredemeyer’s brain for ideas, and met many of the students she will be working with when she takes over as principal in January 2015. […]

New utility rates clarified, water agreement adopted

By SHELLY WILKISON City Manager Greg Boatright said Monday that some residents are being misinformed about the increase in water and wastewater rates, and clarified to City Council members that the ordinance they adopted in October raised rates by 5 percent and 7 percent, respectively. “Rates are not going up 60 percent, as some have […]

Liberty Hill runs past Gonzales in area round 45-27

BUDA – The story never gets old for the Liberty Hill Panthers. Run the ball, run the ball, and do it well. Led by junior fullback Jon Shannon, who rushed for 247 yards on 27 carries, the Panthers ran over the Gonzales Apaches 45-27 Friday night in a Class 4A Division I area-round game at […]

Liberty Hill volleyball falls to Argyle in Class 4A semifinals

GARLAND — Ending the season with a loss is never easy, especially when it’s in the UIL State Tournament. It’s even more heartbreaking when it’s the first time in program history a volleyball team has made it to that stage. Liberty Hill’s historic season came to a close on Friday evening at the Curtis Culwell […]

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 […]