Footballs don’t fly in Liberty Hill

By SEAN SHAPIRO It’s become a fact of life. Footballs don’t fly in Liberty Hill. Instead of embracing the pass-happy, spread-offense that has dominated the football landscape, Liberty Hill has bucked the trend. At Liberty Hill, the ball stays on the ground, misdirection is a way of life, and quarterbacks are expected to make the […]

Liberty Hill volleyball opens District 25-4A with a sweep against Llano

By Taylor Grafft The Liberty Hill volleyball team opened district 25-4A with an easy road win against the Llano in 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-7) sweep Friday. Coach Gretchen Peterson was pleased with her team’s performance and how they set the precedent for the rest of the season. “We had some mental lapses and let down […]

Notes: Extended halftime stalls the action in loss to Wylie

By Taylor Graft ABILENE– No one wants to talk about the extended halftime from the Liberty Hill-Abilene Wylie non-district game Friday, where the Bulldogs came away with a close 27-19 victory. Not Liberty Hill coach Jerry Vance or Wylie Coach Hugh Sandifer. That might be a result of the extra 15 or 20 minutes it […]

Panthers fall to Bulldogs

By BOB VARMETTE For The Independent ABILENE – It was playoff football in September. The Liberty Hill Panthers didn’t come away with a win, falling 27-19 Friday night to the Abilene Wylie Bulldogs in nondistrict, But they got a taste of what they hope for the future and found out they belonged. “If you want […]

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Smith returns to Panther O-line

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill senior offensive lineman Tyler Smith got to play two snaps in the Panthers’ 45-25 win last week at Waco Connally. It was just two plays for the 2013 all-district selection, who had been sidelined by a concussion suffered during Liberty Hill’s first scrimmage with Stephenville. But it was great. “I […]

Walker, Pluenneke commit to Paris Junior College

By TAYLOR GRAFT Liberty Hill seniors Payton Walker and Jaycie Pluenneke can breathe a sigh of relief after committtting to Paris Junior College this week. With their post-Liberty Hill futures secured, they can now fully focus on the volleyball season, the SATs, and their senior years. Walker’s recruitment started this summer at a softball tournament […]

Trading film is easy with new technology

By SEAN SHAPIRO Trading game film used to be a hands-on process, literally. After a Friday night football game, coaches would have to wait for the film to process, usually on location of the game, while the bus would start to head home. Then, with the processed film in hand, coaches would drive and meet […]

Connally gets caught in Liberty Hill’s speed trap

By BOB VARMETTE WACO – They say speed kills. And sometimes, those old sayings have a lot of truth to them. But on Friday, Waco Connally wasn’t fast enough to run past Liberty Hill. Connally was loaded with speed on both sides of the ball, and Panthers  Coach Jerry Vance said he was particularly concerned […]

Liberty Hill runs to third straight win over Waco Connally, 45-25

By Taylor Grafft WACO — The Liberty Hill Panthers defeated Waco Connally 45-25 on Friday night at Cadet Stadium. Junior fullback Jon Shannon carried the Panthers’ rushing attack for the third straight week, running for 225 yards. Shannon also rushed for four touchdowns, leaning heavily on the Panthers’ offensive line, which had another strong performance. “I thought […]