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 […]

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 […]

Live chat: Liberty Hill vs. China Spring

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Panthers miss podium by one runner at State Meet

The Liberty Hill girls cross country team came in fourth place at State Meet. (Courtesy Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFT ROUND ROCK — Liberty Hill missed the podium by the slimmest of margins at the UIL Class 4A state meet. Once the top five runners from each team were added up, Liberty Hill and Dalhart both finished with 128 points putting them in a tie for third place. In that situation, a […]

Ladies sweep Wimberley to break 20-year drought

Peyton Redmond (#5) and Jill Green (#2) watch Jaycie Pluenneke (#15) go for a block against Wimberley. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft AUSTIN — The Liberty Hill Panther volleyball team put forth a convincing, all-around team effort on Tuesday to get the job done and advance to Regionals in San Antonio this Friday. With the team’s 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-22) sweep over the Wimberley Texans in the Regional Quarterfinal round, they also broke a […]

LHHS, China Spring to take first playoff step Friday

Senior linebacker Christian Anderson (#23) picks off the Bandera quarterback late in the fourth quarter to help secure a 42-23 victory for the Liberty Hill Panthers. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE It seems simple enough. Win six games, win a state championship. The hard part of what seems simple is that a team has to win six games in a row against teams that are also trying to win six games in a row. The Liberty Hill Panthers and China Spring Cougars have […]