Just three games into the District 25-4A schedule, the Llano Yellow Jackets find themselves in a logjam. The Jackets are 1-2 in district play with battles against Liberty Hill and Burnet upcoming. The Jackets will be underdogs going into Tuesday’s battle with state-ranked and unbeaten Liberty Hill. On Friday, the Jackets will take on a Burnet squad in a key contest at Llano. Both teams head into the week with 1-2 district records
Llano has put together two strong showings in powerlifting meets this month. The Jackets were fourth at the Lampasas
Invitational last week after going third at Burnet. At Lampasas, Dalton Dewveall and Trevor Penny won their respective weight classes. Dewveall took the 132-pound class going 300 in the squat, 195 in bench, and 370 in the dead lift. His total was 865.
District 25-4A has two boys teams ranked in the state’s top 25 and the Llano Yellow Jackets will get to test both in the next seven days. First, the Jackets take on the No. 25 ranked Taylor Ducks Jan. 20 at Taylor and then will hit the road for a pair of games in district play. On Friday, the Jackets are at Salado and then on Jan. 27 the Jackets take on unbeaten Liberty Hill. The Jackets dropped their District 25-4A opener against Lampasas at Llano on Jan. 16. The Jackets fell, 48-41. The victory for Lampasas was its first true road victory of the season. Taylor knocked off Burnet, 70-63, in its district opener scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Camon Lange battles for the ball during a practice. Lange is one of the Lady Jackets top scoring threats on the perimeter.
BY MARK GOODSON
No. 5 state-ranked Liberty Hill rolled to a 93-25 victory over the Llano Lady Jackets Friday in the District 25-4A basketball opener Friday. Liberty Hill (22-3, 1-0) returns 10 of its top 11 players from last year and are the odds on favorites to roll through the district.
Llano’s girls will catch one of the top teams in the state Friday in their District 25-4A opener. The Lady Jackets, who competed in the Lampasas Tournament over the holiday, have all this week to prepare for the Liberty Hill Panthers. Liberty Hill has been dominate this season and is ranked No. 5 in the latest TABC state poll. Liberty Hill is 21-2 on the season and has won four straight district titles.
The Llano River Golf Club has a busy schedule of events, including a glow-ball tournament scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 10. The tournament is a scramble format and cost $30 per player. The fee includes the cart. For more information about the event call (325) 247-5100. Upcoming events include: Feb. 14 – Llano par-3 challenge. The event is a 2-player scramble and is $75 per player. The course will be set up for 18 par 3s.
Clayton Meyers is another returning veteran golfer.
Llano held a five-stroke lead over Argyle heading into the second day of the UIL state golf championships at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort near Bastrop, but on Day Two the Jackets couldn’t hold on and settled for fourth in the state. Andrews won state with rounds of 324 and 314 to finish at 638.
Jai Bhakta was part of the Jackets run in the playoffs last season in basketball.
Basketball has best mark in 54 years
Llano High’s best basketball season in 54 years ended when the Kennedale Wildcats won a second round area game 91-35 at the neutral Hamilton High School gym. The Feb. 22 date was a bittersweet loss, but there were no tears.
Llano’s basketball teams will compete in the Lampasas and Fredericksburg tournaments, starting Monday. The Lady Jackets (6-9) are competing in the Lampasas Tournament. The boys (4-9) are participating in the Fredericksburg Tournament.