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 […]

Bulldogs challenge early, but Panthers roll on

By BOB VARMETTE For The Independent   The final score belies the battle. The Burnet Bulldogs put up a fight, but the Class 4A No. 5 Liberty Hill Runnin’ Panthers, slowed at the start, kept their season perfect with a 65-40 win Friday night in District 25-4A boys basketball at Liberty Hill High School. “Burnet […]

Girls basketball outlasts Lampasas, moves to 4-0

Kandyn Faurie (#32) is fouled hard in the paint by two Lampasas Lady Badgers during a 50-39 victory in their fourth district game of the season. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By Taylor Grafft Despite winning their fourth district game of the season by a double-digit margin, the Liberty Hill Lady Panther basketball team had to earn every minute of their home victory over the Lampasas Lady Badgers on Tuesday. Senior point guard Shelby Whitten led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 14 points to help […]

Walter lifts LH into 1-1 draw with Vandergrift JV

Liberty Hill’s Tayler Walter heads the ball as Vandegrift’s Grace Andres (8) defends Tuesday night during a non-district girls soccer match at Panther Stadium. The teams played to a 1-1 draw. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By BOB VARMETTE For the better part of 50 minutes, the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers were on the defensive. But in the second half, the Lady Panthers seemed to be a different team. Liberty Hill didn’t dominate the final 40 minutes, but they won more of the individual battles, and one of those individual wins […]

Boys soccer team has mixed background for inaugural UIL season

The Liberty Hill Boys Soccer Team for 2014-2015. Kneeling from left are Cameron Ellis (#14), Bo Hanson (#8), Bryce Stratton (#1), Angel Viera (#12), Zach Zausch (#19), Lucas Rizzotto (#13), Robinson Placek (#7), Isaac Zausch (#15), Joseph Serio (#11), Jack Brewer (#4). Standing from left are Taylor Tolley (#3), Bryson Carroll (#16), Kale Sudderth (#6), Joey Kipfer (#20), Shane Burnett (GK, #0), Carter Jenkins (#5), Caleb Knight (GK, #30), Omar Perez (#10), Clayton Nance (#18), Slade Cummins and Coach Darren Bauer. (Kathy Canady Photo)

By TAYLOR GRAFFT You have more than likely heard the phrase “never judge a book by its cover.” The Liberty Hill Panther boys soccer team is no exception to that saying. In their first official UIL-sanctioned season, the Panthers are already turning heads around the region despite being a first-year program. The boys have already […]