McKinzey guiding Panthers’ offense

Senior setter Kelly McKinzey sets the ball during a Panthers sweep on Friday. Liberty Hill is 4-0 in District 25-4A play. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE Played well, volleyball is about speed – speed in transitioning from defense to offense, speed in setting and speed in attacking. It takes hitters to finish off the point and back-row players to start it. Between them is the setter, who needs to have eyes in the back of her head and […]

Kick starter

The Liberty Hill Youth Soccer Association has been growing in recent years. The organization has 29 total teams across eight age groups and two divisions. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE The Liberty Hill Youth Soccer Association is growing rapidly. The increase in the number of players might be easily dismissed by the rapid growth of Liberty Hill itself. And, yes, there are more children, which means more potential soccer players for the association. But it’s also the people in LHYSA, Larry Price […]

Doubles presents challenge on court

By BOB VARMETTE The iconic image of tennis is Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer, or Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova. Not too many would first think of, say, Bob and Mike Bryan – the wildly successful American brothers who recently won their 100th professional doubles title in claiming their fifth U.S. Open doubles crown. Doubles […]

LHHS opens volleyball district play with sweeps over Taylor, Llano

Senior Jaycie Pluenneke (#15) spikes the ball to get a crucial point versus Taylor in a home district game Tuesday. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft Liberty Hill’s bench players got a taste of District 25-4A action Tuesday night in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-8) win against Taylor. With the match in hand, Coach Gretchen Peterson put in some of the bench players that normally don’t get to play as much in the third game. She says that […]

Runners ready for the toughest test of the season in Round Rock

The Liberty Hill Varsity girls finished first overall in the team standings with another perfect score of 17. Top row from left are  Chelsea Cole, Emma Hofmann, McKynzie King, Emhely Guzman and Danielle Rimann. Front row from left are Abbie Shelton, Courtney Peterson, Mikayla Stiles, Tabitha Bowles and Hannah Manning. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFT The Liberty Hill Cross Country team will experience its toughest test this season when it travels to Old Settlers Park Saturday for the McNeil Invitational. Coach Kim Holt said it will give her an idea of how Liberty Hill measures up with the competition moving forward into district, regional and state meets. […]

Footballs don’t fly in Liberty Hill

Junior tackle Lance Champion (#70) blocks for junior tailback Caleb Guerin (#7) downfield against Abilene Wylie. The Panthers fell to the Bulldogs 27-19 on Sept. 26. (Courtesy Photo)

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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