Panthers right ship after unsteady start against Texans

Liberty Hill’s Slater Foust drives to the basket as Wimberley’s Will Simpson defends Tuesday night during a non-district game at Liberty Hill High School. The Runnin’ Panthers defeated the Texans 75-37. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE A lot of people are saying some nice things about the Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers. With their 75-37 win over the Wimberley Texans Tuesday night in boys non-district basketball at Liberty Hill High School, the Panthers remain perfect at 20-0 and they are ranked No. 5 in Class 4A. The Panthers seem […]

After slow start, Liberty Hill trounces Wimberley

By BOB VARMETTE For roughly the first 5 1-2 minutes, it looked like it was going to be a tight game. Chalk that up to the initial overconfidence of the Class 4A No. 5 Liberty Hill Panthers. Shaken back to reality by coach Barry Boren and senior guard Callen Mikulencak, the Panthers roared and ended […]

Liberty Hill falls to Navasota in Class 4A, Division I semifinals

Tanner Vrabel recovers a fumble. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Bob Varmette WACO – The Liberty Hill Panthers played a flawless first half offensively against the Navasota Rattlers. The question was whether they could keep it up. They couldn’t – and after a three and out on their first drive of the night, the Rattlers unleashed their offense and rallied from a 14-0 deficit […]

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LHHS vs. Navasota: Old school vs. offensive juggernaut

The Liberty Hill Panthers shocked the entire stadium with a fake field goal in the fourth quarter. Christian Anderson (#23) flipped a pass to Jason Reeves (#20) who ran 18 yards for the decisive touchdown in a 23-15 win over Burnet last Friday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill senior defensive back Jason Reeves isn’t exactly sure how many touchdown receptions Navasota junior wideout Tren’Davian Dickson has this season. It’s easy to lose count with as many as Dickson has. For the record, it’s 34 – that’s a state record and ties him for the national mark for a […]

Boren notches 600th career win in Liberty Hill’s victory over China Spring

The Liberty Hill boys basketball team helps coach Barry Boren celebrate his 600th career victory after a 71-48 victory against China Spring last week. The Panthers presented Boren with a signed jersey to commemorate the victory. From left in front are Callen Mikulencak, Coach Barry Boren, Slater Foust, Josh Sudekum, Carson Lowe, Conner Lowe, Brady Lochte and Logan Gillentine. In back are Aeden Welch, Trey Jenkins and Zach Lord. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE Liberty Hill coach Barry Boren got his 600th career coaching victory Nov. 25 with the Panthers’ 71-48 win over the China Spring Cougars in boys non-district basketball at Liberty Hill High School. Despite the large final margin, it was in doubt for a time. But the Panthers turned away a Cougar challenge […]

Panthers pound Bulldogs, 23-15

By BOB VARMETTE AUSTIN – The Liberty Hill Panthers are Region IV-4A Division I champions. And they beat the Burnet Bulldogs. Liberty Hill fans can determine which accomplishment is more important. But the Panthers are headed to the state semifinals for the first time since 2008 after their 23-15 win over the Bulldogs Friday night […]

Team bonds over pasta at Grace Alive Church

Members of the Liberty Hill football team enjoy a pasta dinner at Grace Alive Church on Tuesday. The team uses the meal to relax and bond after a tough practice. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT Each week the Liberty Hill Panthers hard work on the football field is rewarded with a giant plate of spaghetti—or maybe some sopapilla cheesecake. Anywhere there’s food, there’s usually a high school football team. The Liberty Hill football team is no exception, but it’s much more than just free food. It’s team […]

Playoff game sparks long rivalry

The Fightin’ Panthers were treated to dinner at Grace Alive Church after practice Tuesday. The team plays arch-rival Burnet in Friday’s playoff game for the Regional Championship title in Round Rock.   (Kathy Canady Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO It’s the most important game Liberty Hill has played in six years and it can be summed up in three simple words. “It’s Burnet week.” “That’s it,” Liberty Hill coach Jerry Vance said. “If you need us to say something else to get you going then there’s a problem.” Separated by a […]

Late score saves Liberty Hill against Rockport-Fulton

After Saturday's win over Rockport-Fulton, the Panthers advance in the playoffs to face arch-rival Burnet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. (Kathy Canady Photo)

SAN ANTONIO-With their backs against the wall in the final minute of the fourth quarter and needing a touchdown, sophomore Garrett Wright of the Liberty Hill Panthers gave his team the play they needed to keep their season alive. With 0:38 left in the game, senior quarterback Nick Hernandez rolled out to the left sideline […]