Rodeo a real crowd pleaser
Burnet’s Annual Fair and Rodeo rolled into town over the weekend and brought some thrilling rides and heart-pounding action with it.
As always the Cadallic Rodeo stock was ready to go and at times got the best of the cowboys and cowgirls trying to earn a payday.
There were no scores posted in the bull riding competition but Burnet local Justin Besancon, who road on Saturday, had fans on their feet cheering him on.
There were over 30 kids, just on Saturday that tried their luck at mutton bustin’. Saturday’s two winners were Carson McCorkle and Colton Bailey who each picked up a new pair of boots donated by Blair’s Western Wear of Marble Falls.
When the call was made for the calf scramble kids scaled the fence from all around the arena. More than 100 kids chased down a couple of calves in pursuit of a ribbon from their tails for a prize.
Rodeo Clown Ronald Burton did a great job entertaining the crowd between events and there was no shortage of pink as the rodeo recognized breast cancer survivors by spreading pink everywhere.
For complete results see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
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.
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 Alamo Heights in area round
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls has made a living with defense and earning wins
when the game is tight.
Coach J.T. Blair has his team riding momentum into the
second round of the playoffs mainly because of their persistence and ability to
make big plays when it counts.
The mentality will be apparent this week when the Mustang
take on a veteran Alamo Heights team that was able to push across 22 runs in
the two victories over District 28-4A champion San Antonio Brennan last week.
Marble Falls outfielder Jay Watson came up big against LBJ
with a defensive gem in the first inning of Game 2 when he threw out a runner
at third base with a strike to third baseman Cole Ridgely.
It’s that type of play that sparks teams. For Marble Falls
it was a way to stem some early momentum by the Jaguars and give Marble Falls a
chance to get starter Cody Goodman deeper into the game.
In a best-of-three format, the team with the best pitching
has the edge. Pitching and defense can’t be stressed enough.
Marble Falls three starting outfielders have had their
It was Jimmy Damico that gunned down a Leander runner at
home plate in Marble Falls’
opening win over Leander in that District 25-4A series.
Marble Falls carries a 23-7 mark into Friday’s 7 p.m. opener
at Marble Falls. On Saturday when they venture to San Antonio to square off
with the Mules, pitching will be key again.
Marble Falls pitching options for starters are Ridgely, Cody
Goodman, Garrett Winslett and Stacy Heinatz.
Alamo Heights top pitchers are Cameron Mineo, James Nittoli
and Tyler Freed. All three pitched against Brennan. Mineo is the probable
starter in Friday’s game.
Alamo Heights swept its series with San Antonio Brennan.
The Mules (19-9) knocked off Brennan, 14-5, in Game 1 and
finished the series with an 8-5 win on Saturday in San Antonio.
Mineo pitched the opener and allowed eight hits while
striking out nine Brennan players.
Tyler Freed was 4-for-6 batting in the two-game series.
In Game 2, seven players had RBI for the Mules.
Blake Klumpp is the Mules top hitter among the regulars for
the season with a .373 average and 25 RBI.
Marble Falls lost to Alamo Heights last season in the area
round in two straight. Alamo Heights won the opener, 4-3, and took Game 2,
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.
Dawgs just short to Panthers
The varsity Burnet Bulldog baseball team dropped a close district match to Liberty Hill last Friday night, 2-1.
The Panthers scored in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead but Burnet quickly answered knotting it up at 1-1 in the bottom of the third.
Liberty Hill managed to plate another run in the top of the fourth and the rest of the game ended scoreless giving the Panthers a 2-1 win.
For game stats pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
Softball girls working hard
Both the varsity and JV girl’s softball teams have seen some bright spots during their 2013 season. Burnet’s JV team has earned some wins, while the varsity team is struggling through some growing pains.
To put it simply, the varsity Lady Dawgs are young. Most of the starters are freshman and sophomores with the exception of a few juniors, but they are continuing to work hard and are getting better each week.
Burnet faced the two top teams in District 8-3A last week with a road game at Gatesville on Tuesday and a home game against Liberty Hill on Friday.
The varsity girls fell to a very talented Lady Hornet squad, 16-0. Jill Rosow, Katie Kirkland and Drew Salinas shared the pitching duties. After two inning Gatesville led 11-0 with Burnet struggling to put any runners on base.
In the top of the third Kayla Glover drew a walk, followed by singles from Ashley Hallmark and Rosow but the Lady Dawgs were unable to manage a score.
Gatesville added five in the third to take a 16-0 lead going into the fourth.
Salinas pitched the fourth for Burnet allowing no walks and no runners on base. At the bat Vanessa Escamilla, Ashleigh Glover, and Grayson Edwards each picked-up singles but Burnet failed to score leaving the final 16-0.
For more info on last week's softball games pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
Track teams host Wells Fargo Relays
The Burnet Bulldog track teams host their annual Wells Fargo Relay meet last Saturday.
The varsity Lady Dawgs took third place overall as a team with 124.5 points. Fredericksburg took first followed by Liberty Hill in second.
The JV girls finished in fourth overall with 84 points as a team.
In the mens division Burnet’s JV team took third place overall, while the varsity team took sixth. Individual results were as follows.
100: Brittany Barksdale, fifth, 14.40; and Hunter Holmes, 15.56.
200: Jade Alsbrook, fourth, 29.43; and Ashley Hallmark, 31.88.
400: Alexandra Hahn, 1:15.49.
800: Brandi Bond, fourth, 2:47.52.
1600: Hailey Letterman, fifth, 6:23.52.
100 Hurdles: Ashley Bernal, fifth, 19.20; and Summer Jackson, 22.37.
400 Relay: Burnet, third, 55.20, Alyssa Box, Hallmark, Alsbrook, and Jessica Chamberlain.
800 Relay: Burnet, third, 1:59.80, Box, Hallmark, Alsbrook, and Chamberlain.
1600 Relay: Burnet, fifth, 4:58.35, Box, Bernal, Bond, and Letterman.
Long Jump: Hallmark, fifth, 13’3.
Shot Put: Araceli Torres, third, 25’10.50; Desiree Vajgrt, fourth, 25’8; and Sierra Flores, fifth, 24’9.
Discus: Angelica Watson, second, 73’; and Vajgrt, third, 70’3.
Triple Jump: Chamberlain, fifth, 28’3.50.
Pole Vault: Barksdale, first, 8’.
To see all the other individual results pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.