Walter lifts LH into 1-1 draw with Vandergrift JV

Liberty Hill’s Tayler Walter heads the ball as Vandegrift’s Grace Andres (8) defends Tuesday night during a non-district girls soccer match at Panther Stadium. The teams played to a 1-1 draw. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE For the better part of 50 minutes, the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers were on the defensive. But in the second half, the Lady Panthers seemed to be a different team. Liberty Hill didn’t dominate the final 40 minutes, but they won more of the individual battles, and one of those individual wins […]

Boys soccer team has mixed background for inaugural UIL season

The Liberty Hill Boys Soccer Team for 2014-2015. Kneeling from left are Cameron Ellis (#14), Bo Hanson (#8), Bryce Stratton (#1), Angel Viera (#12), Zach Zausch (#19), Lucas Rizzotto (#13), Robinson Placek (#7), Isaac Zausch (#15), Joseph Serio (#11), Jack Brewer (#4). Standing from left are Taylor Tolley (#3), Bryson Carroll (#16), Kale Sudderth (#6), Joey Kipfer (#20), Shane Burnett (GK, #0), Carter Jenkins (#5), Caleb Knight (GK, #30), Omar Perez (#10), Clayton Nance (#18), Slade Cummins and Coach Darren Bauer. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT You have more than likely heard the phrase “never judge a book by its cover.” The Liberty Hill Panther boys soccer team is no exception to that saying. In their first official UIL-sanctioned season, the Panthers are already turning heads around the region despite being a first-year program. The boys have already […]

Lady Panthers hold down Eagles

By BOB VARMETTE Sometimes, it seems the basket has a lid on it. Then there are the times it seems like it has an invisible hand that rejects shots halfway through the hoop. It was not the best shooting night for the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers. Still, the Lady Panthers cruised past the Salado Lady […]

Panthers fall to Copperas Cove, but impress in Temple tourney

Omar Perez (#10) cuts inside on his opponent, then rips off a left-footed shot to test the Copperas Cove goalkeeper. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft If one thing can be taken away from the Liberty Hill men’s soccer team’s matches this week, it is that progress is being made. While the team technically fell to Copperas Cove on paper in a 1-0 defeat, it did not feel like a loss for the Panther fans who were dedicated […]

Despite Landry injuries, girls soccer off to good start

Junior Brooke Landry warms up prior tot he wimberley scrimmage Dec. 30, 2014. The goalkeeper suffered two hand injuries in recent weeks that will keep her from playing six weeks. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE It was not a good week for Liberty Hill junior goalkeeper Brooke Landry. On Jan. 6 in a scrimmage at Hutto, she injured a finger on her left hand. Three days later, in the Lady Panthers’ first official UIL-sanctioned girls soccer match, she broke a finger in her right hand. Then she […]

Liberty Hill powerlifters set to start season

Student-athletes at Liberty Hill High School workout early on Wednesday morning. The 2015 powerlifting season starts Thursday in Burnet. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO It’s 7 a.m. on Wednesday and music is rocking from the weight room at Liberty Hill High School. It’s a mix of rap and hip-hop, with the occasional pop song filtered in. Add in the clink and thump of weights, deep exhales and brief conversations, and it creates an unlikely symphony that […]

Girls basketball makes statement in district opener

Coach Matt Kirschner’s Lady Panthers defeated Llano 93-25 in the district opener last Thursday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT While the weather outside was frightful, the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers were inside playing ever so delightful. How delightful? Coach Matt Kirschner’s team used a big second quarter to jump out to an early lead and never looked back, and eventually cruised to a 93-25 win over the Llano Lady Yellowjackets on […]

Zach Lord a dominant presence in post

Zach Lord goes up for a shot between Wimberley defenders during a non-district game Jan. 6 at Liberty Hill High School. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill’s Zach Lord is a big guy. Runnin’ Panthers coach Barry Boren recalled the first time he met Lord. It was in first grade. “He was in my wife’s first-grade class and she had to have a special chair for him to sit in,” Boren said. “I said to him and […]

Girls basketball rolls in district opener

By Taylor Grafft While the weather outside was frightful, the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers were inside playing ever so delightful. How delightful? Coach Matt Kirschner’s team used a big second quarter to jump out to an early lead and never looked back, and eventually cruised to a 93-25 win over the Llano Lady Yellowjackets on […]

Lady Panthers challenge, but fall to East View

Emma Hofmann (#7), a left defender, passes the ball up the left line to her mid-fielder in the Lady Panthers match with Hutto Tuesday. Liberty Hill tied the game 1-1. Liberty Hill Men’s soccer fell to Hutto 1-0 on Tuesday. LHHS soccer teams are in their first official season of competition. The ladies play in the Marble Falls Tournament this weekend, while the men play at the Temple Tournament. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE So, here’s what we know about the Liberty Hill girls soccer team after its second scrimmage of the pre-season, which took place late Friday afternoon at a raw and drizzly Panther Stadium: the Lady Panthers are competitive, even against a bigger, more established program, proving that in a 1-0 loss to Class […]