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 […]

Lady Panthers hold down Eagles

By BOB VARMETTE Sometimes, it seems the basket has a lid on it. Then there are the times it seems like it has an invisible hand that rejects shots halfway through the hoop. It was not the best shooting night for the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers. Still, the Lady Panthers cruised past the Salado Lady […]

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 […]