Mexico City athletes participate in quarterback camp
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Jaime Labastida attended a coaching clinic last year in
Dallas-Fort Worth and ran across Todd Dodge.
On Monday, Labastida was one of the spectators at Dodge’s
quarterback-wide receiver camp at Mustang Stadium. Labastida brought four
members of his club football team from Mexico City.
Labastida said it’s a chance to learn from one of the best
in the game. Labastida has followed and played football since he was big enough
to pick up a ball.
He and his four players all wore the colors of their Mexico
City team on Monday. The players — Emilio Morales, Bruno Padilla, Josvee Gracia and Raul Guzman — all wore
"My favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys,’’ said Labastida,
who played for the Mexico City Redskins and later at Polytechnic in college in
Mexico City. "But I’m wearing a Redskins shirt.’’
Guzman showed good skills during the two-hour morning
workout on Monday. The four athletes, who speak limited English, worked well in
the drills; following by example in most of the drills.
Padilla displayed excellent hand-eye coordination and made
some good catches.
The Mexico City guests flew from Mexico City to Austin and
then drove a rent car to Marble Falls.
The camp is the 21st annual for Dodge. His camps
have drawn athletes and coaches from all over the United States and now a
This year’s coaches for the clinic had some familiar faces
along with some new blood, too.
Both Marble Falls coordinators were at the camp, including
Bill Poe and Tony Salazar.
Rick Rhoades, the head coach at Cameron Yoe, was back
working with the players on the right way to catch and tuck the football.
Rhoades Cameron Yoe team won the Class 2A Division I state title last season.
The camp will have sessions for athletes ranging from fourth
grade through high school. The younger athletes compete in the morning. The
high school athletes go in the afternoon all this week.
Marble Falls had five quarterbacks in the morning session,
including Seth Carpenter, Drew Calvert, Layton White, Cesar Bernabe and Andrew
Mustangs find kicker in 18-3 spring game
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls coaches wanted players to play physical and
build depth in the spring and Thursday night that was apparent in the spring
game at Mustang Stadium.
After they teams split up between first team offense and
first team defense went after it for four quarters, the Gold team (wearing
white jerseys) prevailed, 18-3.
The Gold team consisted of the first-team offense and
sophomore-to-be quarterback Brennan Wooten.
The sophomore showed his ability to move in the pocket and a
strong arm, getting passes to an array of receivers.
For a team that relied heavily on its offense last year,
this spring game more of a mix of solid plays on both sides. The Mustangs
showed some promise, but there is plenty of work to do before they hit the
field in games that count in August.
"It was definitely did a lot better tackling,’’ said safety
Carson Bowen, who also played slot receiver for the Gold team. "lt was a lot
more physical (than last season).’’
What did Bowen think of the young quarterback’s work?
"He had a few bumps, but he’s still learning,’’ Bowen said.
The game’s only offensive touchdown came on a sprint around
the left side by running back Keith Jerome. Jerome, the top returning rusher
for the Mustangs, busted the off tackle play on a fourth-and-one play and raced
20-plus yards into the end zone to cap the first drive of the game by the Gold.
The Gold also overcame a 15-yard holding penalty on the drive that put the team
in a third-and-long situation.
Placekicker Alejandro Osornio, who will be a senior, had a
He handled all the kicking for both teams and booted a
49-yard field goal to end the first half and later line-drived a kick despite a
tough hold from 30 yards out. He made one of two PATs. His line drive kick was
the only points for the Purple.
James Bryer picked off a pass and returned it 35 yards for
the Gold’s final touchdown.
During the game the respective offensive and defensive
coaches kept switching sides of the field to stay with their units.
Defensive coordinator Tony Salazar got to see some defenders
Chris Carter, a sophomore-to-be, had a quarterback sack and
a safety and also was used some at running back when Jerome went out early with
a slight hamstring pull.
Jacob Bryer showed some push in the middle as the defensive
nose tackle. Another player that came up with some big plays on defense was
Mitchell Mullinix. Tyler Linholm and and Bryce Fry had interceptions.
Fry ended the game with an interception and returned it 30
yards near midfield to end the game.
Horseshoe Bay golfers take seventh place
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Horseshoe Bay’s tandem of Aaron Billings and Gordon Butler
finished seventh among the 20 players in the Senior Division of the Texas Golf
Association’s Four-Ball State Championship over the weekend at the Summit Rock
Course in Horseshoe Bay.
It wasn’t the finish the scratch golfers were looking for,
but high winds and some mis-placed approach shots caused the team some problems
the second two days of the 54-hole tournament.
Billings and Butler shot rounds of 66, 72 and 71 for a
three-day total of 209 over the par-72 layout. They finished 11 strokes back of
the top team of Bob Kearney and Gary Durbin.
"We did good the first day, but the last two days we didn’t
make any putts,’’ Billings said. "The course and the greens were in great
shape. We had a lot of fun playing together.’’
Billings said the team concept has usually worked for the
pair. When one gets in trouble in the play-your-own ball format, the other has
bailed out the teammate.
The winds were gusting to 30 to 35 miles per hour on Saturday during the second round.
They shot even par to make the cut.
On Sunday, the winds weren’t as strong in a morning rounds,
but they were still a factor. "It exaggerates the misses when the wind was
blowing like that,’’ Billings said.
Billings said it was crucial on approach shots to hit to the
correct side of the greens to get the ball close. Otherwise, the golfers were
forced into 15 and 20-foot putts add day, he said.
Heading into Sunday three teams
sat atop the leaderboard in the Championship division and defending
back-to-back champions, John Bearrie and Aaron Hickman, were not one of those
teams. Looking to catapult up the leaderboard and remain in contention,
Bearrie and Hickman got things started early with two quick birdies out of the
gate and added two more in their opening nine to give put them four under par
through their first nine holes. Their back nine was more of the same as they
added an eagle and three birdies on their route to a closing round 64, giving
them a tournament total of 16 under par, 200. Second round co-leaders Chris
Davis and Russell Helson also started out quickly posting three birdies on the
front nine but found trouble on No. 10 leading to their lone bogey of the day.
On the 17th hole needing birdie to tie the clubhouse leaders, Davis drained an
80-foot putt from the front of the green sending a charge through the course.
Playing with Davis and Helson in the final pairing was round two co-leaders Joe
Bendetti and Josh Swanson. After opening with a three under par 33 on their
opening nine, Bendetti and Swanson played steady golf carding eight straight
pars before draining a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a three-team
playoff at 200. In the playoff Bearrie and Hickman found trouble on the first
hole and their bid for a three-peat ended as they made bogey while the other
two teams carded pars. Heading to the par 5, second hole, both teams played
aggressive going for the green in two but neither were successful. With all
four players starring at birdie it became a putting contest for victory. After
Helson and Davis both missed their birdie attempts the door became wide open
for the team of Bendetti and Swanson to claim the title. Swanson was first to
putt and his five footer just slide past the edge of the hole leaving Bendetti
to stare down his four-footer for victory. After taking some time to view the
putt, Bendetti stepped up and confidently rolled it in to give his team the
victory and title of 2013 State Four-Ball Champions.
Heights wins, 6-3
Marble Falls started fast, but San Antonio Alamo Heights was able to finish strong to end Marble Falls baseball season. The Mules beat the Mustangs, 6-3, in a one-game playoff at Shiner.
The teams were supposed to play a best-of-three series, but that was reduced to a one-game area playoff because of inclement weather. Fans from both teams packed up and traveled down US 10 to watch the two rivals face off for the second time in two years in the Class 4A playoffs.
Marble Falls put together three straight hits to open the game, but had just one more hit for the game.
Alamo Heights tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth and took the lead with two runs in the fifth inning. Alamo Heights finished with nine hits off two Marble Falls pitchers.
Mustangs ace Cole Ridgely allowed eight hits, walked three and struck out six in his final start as Marble Falls pitcher.
Alamo Heights had four extra base hits off Marble Falls pitching.
Winning pitcher Cameron Mineo threw a 4-hitter and was also a big contributor at the plate. He was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Series reduced to one-game playoff at Shiner
Marble Falls baseball playoff with San Antonio Alamo Heights was changed to a one-game playoff after Friday's opener was rained out.
The teams will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday at Shiner High School. Shiner has an artificial turf to handle the heavy rains that have hit Central Texas the past two days.
Marble Falls starting pitcher will be Cole Ridgely, the senior who has paced the team to a 23-7 record.
Marble Falls faces LBJ in bi-district
Marble Falls will play Austin LBJ in the bi-district round
of the playoffs.
The head coaches for both teams will meet Wednesday to decide
on the format.
Faith Academy loses, 46-43
Faith Academy couldn’t make free throws and failed to
deliver in crunch time Friday in the TAPPS Division II state semifinals at
Mansfield’s Lake Ridge High School.
Sherman Texoma Christian knocked off the Lady Flames, 46-43,
despite neither team scoring in the final 1:24 of the wide-open game.
Faith Academy moves on to regional
The Faith Academy Flames will play Muenster Sacred Heart on Tuesday night in the regional round of the TAPPS Division II playoffs. The site and time will be determined.
The Lady Flames outlasted a talented Abilene Christian team on Saturday in the area round of the playoffs, 66-53, to advance.
Joanna Piatek scored all nine of her points early to help the Lady Flames take command late in the first quarter and the Lady Flames held off the visitors despite an uncanny ability by Abilene Christian to makes long-range shots. Piatek had nine of Faith Academy's first 22 points.
Llano knocked out of playoff contention
Cierra Jordan scored 17 points and had eight rebounds to
lead the Llano Lady Jackets against Burnet Friday night at Burnet in District
8-3A girls basketball action.
The 48-34 loss eliminates Llano from playoff contention.
Llano wins second straight
By Jim Goodson
Llano’s boys won their second district game in a row Friday night, holding off Lampasas 52-48 to climb into playoff contention.
"These guys have extended my coaching career,” coach Aiden Callahan said after the game. "They are a pleasure to coach.”
In their previous game, the Yellow Jackets broke a 35-game district losing streak with a 59-50 win at Brownwood. "We are a team that sets goals,” Callahan said. "It’s encouraging to reach some of them. But we still have things we can improve upon.”
Llano is 2-2 in District 8-3A and 15-12 on the year. Lampasas dropped to 1-3 and 18-9.
Yellow Jacket post Isaac Hutto and power forward Matt Center dominated the paint, scoring 18 and nine points, respectively, in a game Llano led pretty much from the start. Forward Devin Mayne started the scoring with a 12-foot turnaround then Lampasas sharpshooter Mason Murray’s three-pointer gave the visiting Badgers a brief lead.
Llano never trailed after guard Ross Henry connected on a three-pointer from the corner to give the Yellow Jackets a 10-8 lead.
With Hutto around to clean up misses with offensive rebound put-backs, Llano steadily pulled away. Llano led 14-8 after one quarter and 27-16 at the half.
Hutto scored after a long pass from point guard Layton Rabb on the first second half play. The 13-point margin was as big as it would get; Lampasas slowly-but-steadily closed the gap, although you never got the feeling Llano was going to lose – mainly because Llano guards Rabb (three points), Kohner Fogelberg (six points), Chance Ware (four points), Taylor Sorensen (two points) and Ross Henry (five points) had little trouble breaking down the Lampasas press.
Fearlessly, Fogelberg often banged his way inside when the game briefly settled into a half-court game.
With 3:40 to go, Lampasas pulled to within 43-41 after Badger Murray – easily the smallest player on the court – stole the ball and went coast-to-coast on his way to scoring 13 points.
So Llano’s Matt Center barged his way inside and scored to put the Yellow Jackets up 45-41. Murray answered for Lampasas to make it 45-43 with two minutes left to play. This is where Llano’s discipline kicked in.
Although Murray made another three-pointer to pull Lampasas to within 47-46, Llano’s Center again bulled his way inside, drew a foul and calmly sank both free throws to extend his team’s lead to 49-46.
Badger Shayne Cofield made a pair of free throws to make it 49-48 but Llano’s Chance Ware sank three free throws down-the-stretch to preserve the 52-48 win.
Maybe it was discipline or perhaps superior conditioning that kept Llano from buckling under the late Lampasas press. Whatever it was, it was probably one of coach Callahan’s goals.
Llano will travel to Gatesville Jan. 29.