Experienced directors guide LHJH Band

LHJH Band Director Jared Clarkson is excited about leading an emerging program that includes 112 band students in grades 7 and 8. (Courtesy Photo)

By DANA DELGADO Jared Clarkson was perfectly content in Wimberley when Liberty Hill came calling two years ago. His family was settled in, his kids were happily enrolled in schools there, his wife, Callie Clarkson, was a teacher in the district, and he had made positive strides in building a program over nine years as the […]

Community shows support for veteran

The Liberty Hill community assisted the family of disabled veteran Ray Coffee (center) at a fundraiser Saturday. From left are Lana Henley, Margarita’s Restaurant owner Amin Berenji, Ray and Melanie Coffee, and Gary Henley of Henley Homes. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Moving from the Houston area to Liberty Hill could have been very difficult for the Coffee family. Instead, they are already feeling welcomed by the community after a fundraiser in their honor this past Saturday. “It’s tough moving away from family in Houston,” Melanie Coffee said. “But we already feel like we’re […]

Younger runners push toward success for cross country teams

Liberty Hill cross country freshman Courtney Peterson (back) helps push fellow teammate and senior Chelsea Cole (front) at the Battlin’ Badger Cross Country Invitational in Lampasas last Wednesday. Liberty Hill will return to Lampasas on Wednesday, Oct. 22, for the District Meet.
(Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT In four years, senior Chelsea Cole has never been far from the podium for the Liberty Hill cross country team. And that is a rarity for some senior girls. In a sport dominated by younger athletes, consistency from year to year can be the most difficult thing for female runners for a […]

48 minutes for the rest of your life

Senior tailback Hunter Lindsay (#4) sprints down the sideline on his way to a 66-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The touchdown proved to be the difference in the game as Liberty Hill defeated Canyon Lake at Panther Stadium 19-14 last Friday to notch their first district win of the season. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE When you’re a senior high school football player, every game you play is one game closer to the last time you step on the field. For the senior members of the Taylor Ducks (0-6, 0-1 District 14-4A Div. I) football team, the time is now. With Friday night’s home game against the […]

Liberty Hill makes statement at McNeil invite

The Liberty Hill boys cross country team charges at the starting line of the McNeil Invitational at Old Settlers Park led by Garret Cummins, left, and Ryan Ray, right. The boys team finished 14th in the standings with 391 points. 
(Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFT There was a sense of relief for the Liberty Hill girls cross country team as they proved to be the top Class 4A team at the McNeil Invitational, which was held Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The competition at the meet featured some of the top runners and teams […]

Elliott sets school record with 64

Blake Elliot watches a shot during his school-record round of 64 at Blackhawk Country Club. (Courtesy Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Blake Elliott was feeling “it” at the Manor Tournament last week at Blackhawk Country Club. Now, he couldn’t describe exactly what “it” was, but after he rolled in a long putt on the first hole, he knew he was in for a good day. “I probably shouldn’t have made that putt,” Elliott […]

In Liberty Hill, band success begins in 6th grade

Students practice their brass instruments at Liberty Hill Intermediate School.  The emphasis at the sixth grade is “to get a good solid basis for being successful players,” said LHIS Band Director Kevin Baird. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado The news was so exciting that the entire marching band jumped up out of their seats in celebration at the Vista Ridge High School Invitational Band Contest this past weekend. The Liberty Hill High School Marching Band had just been recognized and got to perform under the lights where they reaped a […]

Now it’s time – District play starts today

Junior linebacker Chance Runnels (#21) and the Panther defense swarm the ball carrier at the line of scrimmage. (Kathy Canady File Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE There really is a difference. Non-district games count in the final season standings, but they have no bearing on whether a team makes the playoffs or not. For the Liberty Hill Panthers, these next five games – five district games – are the most important games they will ever play. Now it’s […]

Panthers oust Hornets, improve to 2-2 on court

Alex Svetlik returns a serve against Caldwell. The Panthers won 16-3 to improve to 2-2. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill may be peaking at just the right time of the team tennis season. Sweeping the boys doubles and dropping just official matches, the Panthers crushed Caldwell 16-3 Tuesday night in a District 24-4A dual match at the LHHS courts. It’s the second win in a row for the Panthers (2-2) […]

Panthers dominate Badgers in pink game

Seniors Jill Green (#2), Kelly McKinzey (#10), and Kaley Nelson (#17) watch junior Allee Nix (#16) pick up a crucial kill against Lampasas in a 3-0 victory on Tuesday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft The Liberty Hill fans, parents, coaches, and players were all wearing pink Tuesday night as Panthers hosted their 4th annual Pink Game versus Lampasas. The players helped raise money by selling t-shirts before the game, with all proceeds going to cancer research. According to the coaches, the Pink game creates a unique […]