After slow start, Panthers top Navarro 63-26

Coach Barry Boren’s 2015 Runnin’ Panthers are making their way toward State with a first round win over Navarro Tuesday. Team members are Carson Lowe, Conner Lowe, Callen Mikulencak, Tucker McMullan, Brady Lochte, Bryce Truslow, Riley LaDuque, Slater Foust, Clayton Oehrlein, Logan Gillentine, Josh Sudekum, Trey Jenkins, Zach Lord, Aeden Welch, Carter Ware and Clayton Kuhlman. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE KYLE – It was a battle of purple and gold Panthers Tuesday night at Lehman High School. And for the Liberty Hill Panthers, they got a little more of a battle than they bargained for from the Navarro Panthers in a Class 4A bi-district round game. Particularly in the first half. In […]

Miller ready to make impact as sophomore

Lily Miller helps her team to a second-place finish in the varsity girl’s 4 x 400 Meter Relay. Miller is also a black belt in karate. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT Lily Miller has already proven to be a fierce competitor on the track for the Liberty Hill Panthers despite being an underclassman. Now, in her second year on the track team the sophomore is ready to prove she has what it takes to get to the next level. “This year I feel […]

Panthers rack up medals at season-opening meet

Lucas Risotto takes off and lands during the triple jump at the Panther Relays on Saturday. Risotto won first place int he varsity boys Triple Jump with a leap of 41' 8.5". (Sean Shapiro Photo Illustration/Kathy Canady Photos)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT While the season has just begun for the Liberty Hill Track and Field team, the Panthers already brought plenty of excitement to their home meet last Saturday that should entice fans to keep watching. Nothing was more exciting than the varsity boy’s 4 x 800 Meter Relay team’s finish. After the team […]

Foust thinks defense-first for Panthers

Slater Foust grabs a rebound under the basket against Taylor on Tuesday. Foust has been a defensive stopper for the Panthers this season. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill junior Slater Foust times his toss perfectly – and knocks a teammate’s shot attempt off its intended trajectory. It falls harmlessly to the floor instead of finding the bottom of the basket. Getting in some extra work after practice, Foust is still more about stopping someone else from scoring than […]

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

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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 […]