EXTRA POINTS: Panthers have one of best stories at state tournament

By SEAN SHAPIRO GEORGETOWN — Of all the success stories entering the 2015 UIL State Soccer Tournament – and there are quite a few – nothing stands up to what the Liberty Hill boys soccer team did this season. Yes, of the 24 teams at the state tournament, 14 were making their inaugural appearance. And […]

Letter of intent signed, Elliott headed to regional

Blake Elliott recently signed his letter of intent to play golf at Paris Junior College. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Blake Elliott sprouted between his sophomore and junior years of high school. His golf game grew with him. After being a self-described “good, but not great” golfer as a 5-foot-2 sophomore, Elliott grew into his now 5-foot-9 frame that will be competing at the Class 4A, Region IV tournament next week and […]

Liberty Hill outlasts Boerne in penalty-kick filled area round match

Kale Sudderth and Jack Brewer celebrate the game-tying goal in the second period of overtime against Boerne. The Panthers later won in penalty kicks. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFT DRIPPING SPRINGS — The Liberty Hill Panthers defeated the Boerne Greyhounds in a penalty shootout last Thursday night in Dripping Springs 2-2 (4-2 penalties). Twice in the match the Panthers founds themselves trailing and needing a goal to keep their season alive. Boerne was awarded a penalty with 23 minutes remaining in […]

Panthers defeat Giddings in extra time

Seniors Omar Perez (#10) and Lucas Rizzotto (#13) challenge for a 50-50 ball at midfield against Boerne’s Eric Ibarra (#10). The Panthers defeated Boerne in a penalty shootout 2-2 (4-2 PKs) last Thursday to win the Area Championship. Then on Tuesday, Liberty Hill defeated Giddings 2-1 in extra time of the Regional Quarterfinals to advance to the Regional Tournament. Liberty Hill plays Grulla at McAllen ISD at 6 p.m. Friday. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By Taylor Grafft ELGIN — The Liberty Hill Panthers soccer team is headed to the Regional Tournament following their 2-1 victory over Giddings in extra time on Tuesday at Elgin High School. With time winding down in the second half of extra time, the Panthers looked like they were headed to their second straight match […]

Knight will protect Panthers’ net at regional tourney

Goalie Caleb Knight will protect the Panther net in state tournament this week. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO In many ways, Caleb Knight is nothing like Roy Hobbs, the fictional outfielder in Bernard Malumad’s 1952 novel, “The Natural.” Knight hasn’t had a freak accident that derailed a promising baseball career. And he certainly hasn’t had to deal with the swarming off-field circus that the fictional Hobbs juggles in the novel. […]

Softball team suffers rare loss in district play

Sam Junkin reaches first base and looks for the umpire’s signal in a loss to Burnet on Tuesday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFT BURNET — The bus ride back to Liberty Hill probably felt a little strange for the Liberty Hill Panther softball team on Tuesday. That’s because their players and coaches aren’t accustom to losing, especially in district games. The Panthers haven’t lost a district game in softball since the 2011-2012 season. When Liberty […]

LH girls soccer blast Taylor, 8-1

By BOB VARMETTE GEORGETOWN – Tayler Walter scored five goals for the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers Thursday night – the first time the senior has ever accomplished the feat, not counting a match against a junior varsity squad. It turned out only two of those goals were actually needed. The other three just made the […]

Liberty Hill defeats Salado in soccer shootout

Slade Cummns brings a loose ball under control and heads toward the Salado goal. The Panthers beat the Eagles 8-7. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By Taylor Grafft Despite being a first-year program, the Liberty Hill Panthers have proven to be a force in soccer and are looking to make some noise in the post season. Last Friday, the Panthers traveled to Salado to take on the Eagles in their final district game of the season and won in a […]

Panthers enter District 25-4A as favorites

By TAYLOR GRAFT Fun in the sun is over for the Lady Panthers who are cutting their spring break a few days short this week to play softball. Liberty Hill will be back in action on Friday at home against the Llano Yellowjackets to open district play at 6:30 p.m. The matchup should be pretty […]

Lady Panthers’ historic season ends in state semifinals

The Liberty Hill Lady Panthers with their third place medals and trophy after a tough loss to Abilene Wylie in the state tournament last Friday. Standing from left are Athletic Director Jerry Vance, Lucy Miller, Andrea House, Sarah Buck, Madeline Cheney, Bridgett House, Amanda Woodbury, Amanda Boliek, Matt Kirschner, Allee Nix, Chelsea Cole, Abbi Shelton, Ashlee Walker, Jamie Junkin, Megan Huppee, Kim Holt and Tyler Kirschner. Kneeling from left are Mikayla Stiles, Autumn Lange, Kandyn Faurie, Kaylie Potts, Shelby Whitten, Bella Turek and Baylie Bevers. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft SAN ANTONIO — If Liberty Hill was going to win its state semifinal round matchup against Abilene Wylie they needed to stick to the two keys that got them to their first final four appearance since 2012—shooting well from three, and limiting their opponents’ best player. Last Friday in the Alamodome, the […]