Lady Panthers cut down the net and are state bound after defeating Brazosport

By TAYLOR GRAFFT KINGSVILLE–If we’ve learned one thing about the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers basketball team this season, it’s never to count them out. It didn’t look good for the Lady Panthers who were down 10 points with 5:29 left in the third quarter. But there’s just something about this team that’s special. They make […]

Lady Panthers get past Boerne to advance to Region IV finals

By TAYLOR GRAFFT KINGSVILLE — Survive and advance. At this point in the playoffs that’s all that matters to the Liberty Hill Lady Panther basketball team. A win doesn’t always have to be pretty (and at times on Friday it wasn’t), but the Lady Panthers aren’t concerned with winning margins or individual point totals. All […]

Brazosport stuns No. 4 Liberty Hill, 62-56

By BOB VARMETTE COLUMBUS – This time, the run never came. The Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers were no strangers to slow starts. But they had always been able to survive their foibles and use a timely run to re-establish their dominance. But Class 4A No. 4 Liberty Hill picked a bad night to play one […]

Lady Panthers torch Bay City to advance to regional tournament

Senior Chelsea Cole (#10) sinks a contested shot from the left block against Bay City in the Lady Panthers’ 81-58 win over the Ladycats in the Region IV quarterfinals.
(Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft LA GRANGE — Going into the playoffs one of the keys for this team to succeed and go far was how consistently they could shoot the ball. When the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers basketball team hits a few three-pointers in a row, it becomes contagious and impossible to stop. On Tuesday, the […]

After slow start, Panthers top Navarro 63-26

Coach Barry Boren’s 2015 Runnin’ Panthers are making their way toward State with a first round win over Navarro Tuesday. Team members are Carson Lowe, Conner Lowe, Callen Mikulencak, Tucker McMullan, Brady Lochte, Bryce Truslow, Riley LaDuque, Slater Foust, Clayton Oehrlein, Logan Gillentine, Josh Sudekum, Trey Jenkins, Zach Lord, Aeden Welch, Carter Ware and Clayton Kuhlman. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE KYLE – It was a battle of purple and gold Panthers Tuesday night at Lehman High School. And for the Liberty Hill Panthers, they got a little more of a battle than they bargained for from the Navarro Panthers in a Class 4A bi-district round game. Particularly in the first half. In […]

Miller ready to make impact as sophomore

Lily Miller helps her team to a second-place finish in the varsity girl’s 4 x 400 Meter Relay. Miller is also a black belt in karate. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT Lily Miller has already proven to be a fierce competitor on the track for the Liberty Hill Panthers despite being an underclassman. Now, in her second year on the track team the sophomore is ready to prove she has what it takes to get to the next level. “This year I feel […]

Panthers rack up medals at season-opening meet

Lucas Risotto takes off and lands during the triple jump at the Panther Relays on Saturday. Risotto won first place int he varsity boys Triple Jump with a leap of 41' 8.5". (Sean Shapiro Photo Illustration/Kathy Canady Photos)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT While the season has just begun for the Liberty Hill Track and Field team, the Panthers already brought plenty of excitement to their home meet last Saturday that should entice fans to keep watching. Nothing was more exciting than the varsity boy’s 4 x 800 Meter Relay team’s finish. After the team […]

Foust thinks defense-first for Panthers

Slater Foust grabs a rebound under the basket against Taylor on Tuesday. Foust has been a defensive stopper for the Panthers this season. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill junior Slater Foust times his toss perfectly – and knocks a teammate’s shot attempt off its intended trajectory. It falls harmlessly to the floor instead of finding the bottom of the basket. Getting in some extra work after practice, Foust is still more about stopping someone else from scoring than […]

Lady Panthers swat La Vernia, move to Area round

AUSTIN — The Liberty Hill girls basketball team had to overcome a rough first half shooting the ball to beat La Vernia, 73-39, in the bi-district playoffs on Tuesday. La Vernia opened the game with an aggressive zone defense that Coach Matt Kirschner and his players hadn’t faced yet this season. “(La Vernia) was a […]

Playoffs await Panthers, but first a night to remember

Callen Mikulencak is the only senior on the Runnin’ Panthers team this season. He was honored by his team on Senior Night Tuesday, and joined at center court by his parents. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE It was bound to be a night filled with emotions for the Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers. It was their final home game of the season and a chance at perfection. And it was the final home game of a career for their lone senior, and captain, Callen Mikulencak. The Panthers defeated the […]