Drones take flight in Liberty Hill

UAV Direct Tech Manager Eric Davis explains the capability and operational process of drones at their Liberty Hill facility.  Located at 14365 W. State Hwy 29, UAV Direct has established itself as a leader in selling custom, high performance, reliable, and easy-to-operate small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for commercial and recreational use.  (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado While small drones have been all the rage across the country for their unlimited potential, UAV Direct in Liberty Hill is in on the ground floor and has been drawing a stream of customers to its full-sales, service, manufacturing and training facility. “This industry will be huge,” said UAV Direct Technology Manager […]

Liberty Hill falls to Navasota in Class 4A, Division I semifinals

Tanner Vrabel recovers a fumble. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Bob Varmette WACO – The Liberty Hill Panthers played a flawless first half offensively against the Navasota Rattlers. The question was whether they could keep it up. They couldn’t – and after a three and out on their first drive of the night, the Rattlers unleashed their offense and rallied from a 14-0 deficit […]

LHHS vs. Navasota: Old school vs. offensive juggernaut

The Liberty Hill Panthers shocked the entire stadium with a fake field goal in the fourth quarter. Christian Anderson (#23) flipped a pass to Jason Reeves (#20) who ran 18 yards for the decisive touchdown in a 23-15 win over Burnet last Friday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill senior defensive back Jason Reeves isn’t exactly sure how many touchdown receptions Navasota junior wideout Tren’Davian Dickson has this season. It’s easy to lose count with as many as Dickson has. For the record, it’s 34 – that’s a state record and ties him for the national mark for a […]

Boren notches 600th career win in Liberty Hill’s victory over China Spring

The Liberty Hill boys basketball team helps coach Barry Boren celebrate his 600th career victory after a 71-48 victory against China Spring last week. The Panthers presented Boren with a signed jersey to commemorate the victory. From left in front are Callen Mikulencak, Coach Barry Boren, Slater Foust, Josh Sudekum, Carson Lowe, Conner Lowe, Brady Lochte and Logan Gillentine. In back are Aeden Welch, Trey Jenkins and Zach Lord. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill coach Barry Boren got his 600th career coaching victory Nov. 25 with the Panthers’ 71-48 win over the China Spring Cougars in boys non-district basketball at Liberty Hill High School. Despite the large final margin, it was in doubt for a time. But the Panthers turned away a Cougar challenge […]

Team bonds over pasta at Grace Alive Church

Members of the Liberty Hill football team enjoy a pasta dinner at Grace Alive Church on Tuesday. The team uses the meal to relax and bond after a tough practice. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT Each week the Liberty Hill Panthers hard work on the football field is rewarded with a giant plate of spaghetti—or maybe some sopapilla cheesecake. Anywhere there’s food, there’s usually a high school football team. The Liberty Hill football team is no exception, but it’s much more than just free food. It’s team […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]