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 […]

Runnin’ Panthers complete 31-0 regular season

By BOB VARMETTE It was big night — in a lot of ways for the Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers. With a 78-48 win over the Taylor Ducks Tuesday night at Liberty Hill High School, the Panthers recorded their 31st of the season, and they marked the final victory in an undefeated District 25-4A championship. “We’ll […]

Lady Panthers wrap up perfect district season, eye deep playoff run

Senior Shelby Whitten (#3) draws a blocking foul on her drive to the rim. Whitten was a key scorer for LHHS 47-33 win over the Lady Bulldogs. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft There weren’t many people around the state that expected this type of success from the Liberty Hill Lady Panther basketball team when they were filling out their pre-season rankings and writing down their predictions. As a result, Liberty Hill entered the season with a chip on their shoulders to prove their doubters […]

Vance named 4A Coach of the Year

By SEAN SHAPIRO Jerry Vance found out three weeks ago that Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine was going to name him the Class 4A Coach of the Year. Vance got a call from a representative from the magazine, which is often referred to as the “Bible of Texas Football,” and decided he wouldn’t say anything […]

Twins bring unique skills to the court


By BOB VARMETTE No, they’ve never switched numbers. Liberty Hill junior guards Carson and Conner Lowe are identical twins. Carson is the elder, born two minutes earlier 18 years ago in Tyler. Off the court, it’s nearly impossible to tell the two apart. It can be on court, as well, if you don’t know their […]

Liberty Hill wins, beating Lampasas 61-40

By BOB VARMETTE This will not be one to treasure for some time. But the Class 4A No. 4 Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers won, beating the Lampasas Badgers 61-40 Friday night in District 25-4A boys basketball at Liberty Hill High School. In the first district game between the teams in Lampasas Jan. 20, the Panthers […]

LH girls blank Belton JV, 3-0

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill sophomore midfielder Alex Svetlik doesn’t find the back of the net a lot for the Lady Panthers. But given the opportunity, she can certainly capitalize. She made two shots count Tuesday night, scoring twice to lead the Lady Panthers past the Belton Lady Tigers junior varsity 3-0 in non-district girls […]

Local runner places 2nd in Half Marathon

Liberty Hill’s John Nance runs in the 3M Half Marathon. Nance finished second in his age group, 64 to 69 years old, to claim a spot on the podium. (Courtesy Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO Sunday had all the makings of a good day to run for John Nance. The wind was at his back, the route was downhill, and the weather was gorgeous when he competed in the 3M Half Marathon in Austin. “It certainly had all the right conditions,” Nance said. “It was a fun […]

No sting as Panthers rout Jackets, 73-19

By BOB VARMETTE “Intensity from the start,” a Liberty Hill fan yelled out just prior to tip off. The Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers obliged, and this time on both offense and defense. The Class 4A No. 5 Panthers held the Llano Yellowjackets to just a single point in the first quarter and ran away for […]