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 […]

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 […]