Big week of sports in Burnet

Wayne Craig/Clear Memories
Burnet varsity Lady Dawg soccer player Phebe Musasa elevates to an incredible height during a downfield sprint. If that weren't enough, Burnet's leaping Lady Dawg made a solid connection with the ball, sending it on the righ tpath from a difficult angle. The LIttle River Academy goalie made the stop but Musasa certainly wowed her spectators, and the Lady Dawgs went on to win the match 3-1.






By Wayne Craig

Bulletin Sports

From state playoff games, to Burnet hosted tournaments, golf, soccer, regional powerlifting and even BYSBA opening day it was once again a busy week in the sports world in Burnet. The Bulldogs and Lady Dawgs were busy on Friday and Saturday with tournament play at their home diamonds. Soccer also hosted a couple of games during the week, and hundreds packed the baseball and softball field at the YMCA for the opening week of little league play on Saturday. The following is a briefing on several of those events. Pick-up next week’s Bulletin for boys and girls regional powerlifting results.

BYSBA Opening Day

Burnet’s annual BYSBA Opening Day games and ceremonies took place on Saturday at the YMCA fields despite the cold and wet weather conditions. North of a thousand athletes, parents, and spectators braved temperatures in the 40s and the light rain that fell throughout the day to kick off the 2019 season. Burnet’s league will play host to 29 teams this year with players ranging from four-year old t-ball all the way to 14U. First pitch honorees for the 2019 ceremony were Jayci Craig, a 2018 BHS graduate, for the girls, and David Vaughn, Burnet’s City Manager, for the boys. Games will run almost nightly throughout the week and also on Saturdays through May, so get out and cheer on these future Bulldog athletes if you get a chance.

Bulldog Track

The BHS track athletes have been hard at work over the past couple of week. The boys took a small group of athletes to Copperas Cove recently and competed in a few events. At the varsity level Trey Grant took second in the 200 with a personal record 22.46. Grant also set a new personal record in the open quarter with a 51.65 earning silver.

Cade Rye placed fifth in the 800 with a 2:17.10, a new personal record for him as well.

At the JV level all of Burnet’s top finishers set new personal records.

Casey Davis took fifth in the 800 with a 1:15.96. Raleigh Young place fifth in the 110 high hurdles with an 18.88. In shot put competition Jiovanni Guerrero took second with a 36’10 toss, and Sean Johnson took third, 36’6. Johnson also threw the discus 106’9.5 for a silver finish.

The freshman level had numerous Bulldogs competing and they too each set new personal records.

James Alexander took third in the 100, 12.16; and fourth in the 200, 25.40.

Adrian Hernandez took fifth in the 400, 63.00.

In the 800 race Carlos Olivera earned bronze, 2:31.87; and Jacob Johnson placed sixth, 2:52.88.

Olivera also ran the mile for Burnet finishing in fifth with a 5:53.

In the 110 high hurdles Connor Smith took third, 19.96; and Ben Johnson placed sixth, 20.94.

Brandon Ng won the freshman shot put event with a toss of 31’6 for the gold. Adrian Lopez-Serrano took second in the shot with a 30’10; and James Leon placed fifth with a 24’8.

Burnet also won the discus competition with an Alexander first place throw of 97’. Lopez-Serrano took third in the event with a 87’5.5.

The boys next meet was held in Dripping Springs. “A windy Saturday proved to be a marathon of a day in itself as we competed against some of the best track teams in the area from 4A-6A. The meet took roughly 12 hours to complete,” said coach Casey Carr.

At the varsity level Grant earned a fourth and second place finish. He took fourth in the 200 with a 23.02, and second in the quarter with a 51.08.

Jace Maynard placed sixth in the discus for the varsity Dawgs with a throw marked at 126’.

In the JV division Young took sixth in the 300 hurdles with a 46.95.

Grishma Pun took fifth in the discus with a 103’1.5 mark, and Alexander followed in sixth, 97’9.

The Dawgs participated in a Thursday meet in Gatesville. Watch for those results in next week’s edition. No stats were available for the Lady Dawg track teams.


Burnet’s Emily Denton recently placed sixth individually out of 30 plus golfers at the Smithson Valley Tournament held at River Crossing. The Lady Dawgs next tournament is scheduled to be played in Wimberley.

Boys Soccer

The varsity Bulldog soccer team battled Salado last Tuesday and came up short, 5-2. After falling behind early the Dawgs had an impressive run toward the end of the game with two goals scored by Eduardo Medina and Wyatt Young. Burnet goal keepers Ramiro Delgado, and Misael De La Torre gave an outstanding effort in both halves.

Last Friday the Dawgs picked up a district win over Little River Academy, 2-1. Burnet’s goals were netted by Miguel Jimenez and Jose Flores.

“The Dawgs defended well the second half, hanging on to our 2-0 shutout, but Academy did make a late goal with seconds left in the match,” said coach Bryan Robinson.

Outstanding defensive players included Dylan Stroh, Diego Escamilla, Isaac Sanchez, Grishma Pun, Jacob Howard, and Margarito Olalde.

Burnet’s mid-fielders crew of Ruben Rodriguez, and Jose Flores controlled the ball well in the second half helping to secure the victory.

As of presstime the Dawgs were sitting in fourth place in district play and continuing to fight for a spot in the playoffs.

Girls Soccer

The Lady Dawgs kicked off the second round of district play by picking up a win over Little River Academy, 3-1.

“Not only is this team winning on the field, they are winning off the field as we had 41 players from our local club team, Hill Country FC, join us for our youth appreciation night,” said coach Matthew Russell.

The Lady Dawgs played Jarrell on Friday night. After falling behind in the first half 3-0 Burnet battled back but still came up just short, 4-3. The girls are third in the district and will wrap up regular season play soon.


Burnet’s baseball and softball teams hosted a tournament over the weekend and several competitive teams took part. Due to bad weather conditions on Saturday the tourney was cancelled. Before that however Burnet’s boys beat Marble Falls, 3-1. They dropped two tourney games, one each to Wimberley and Gregory Portland.

The Lady Dawgs are still working out the kinks but the girls remain positive and are working hard. They faced three pretty good teams before the tournament cancellation, dropping contest to Lorena, West, and Comanche.

The boys will face more tough competition this weekend at the Wimberley Texan tournament, while the girls will face Llano on Friday.

District play for the softball team starts next Friday, March 15 with game one being against Liberty Hill’s Lady Panthers. You can catch the girls in their district home opener when Taylor comes to town on Tuesday, March 19.

District for the boys will begin toward the end of March.

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