Battlin’ Billies Finish Strong in Fall Sports


Mary Cornett was part of the Billie swim team who competed at the SAISD South Side Natatorium on Nov. 15. The team had several personal bests and placed first overall. Five of the swimmers with qualifying times went on to compete at TISCA on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Mariah Boyd, Staff

Fall is coming to a close and so are several sports seasons. The Battlin Billies finished strong in football, tennis, cross country and volleyball.

Tennis ended on a groundbreaking note when varsity took back the state champion title in College Station on Nov. 1. The Billies pushed past several rain delays and managed to fight hard against opponent Lamar Fulshear in the semi-finals. Later, for the state championship, the Billies faced Canyon Lake in the finals. Varsity tennis ended their season 19-5 and with a second state team title in the last four years.

Cross country boys wrapped up their season with the Region 4-4A meet a TAMU Corpus Christi on Oct. 22. Several of the runners pushed themselves and earned their best times yet. The team barely missed the final state qualifier team spot by one spot. Although the season is over with a placing of fifth out of 24 teams, the coaches and runners are determined to do even better next season. Cross country girls took on a final meet Sept. 22 at Lady Bird Johnson Park. Varsity placed fifth at district with a score of 133 points.

Volleyball ended strong when varsity won of their biggest wins of the season, beating Liberty Hill Panthers in a bi-district game on Oct. 30 in Marble Falls 25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 26-24. The Billies ended their season with an area playoff to the Caldwell Hornets on Nov. 1 after four sets of 17-25, 25-21, 25-23, 29-27.  Volleyball was able to finish with a 14-18 record overall and a fourth-place finish in District 18-4A.

Billies football faced down the Lampasas Badgers in the last game of the season. It was a hard fought, exciting game that resulted in an intense fourth quarter. The Billies and Badgers were neck in neck as the game clock ticked down. It was well played to the very end, but sadly, the Billies fell short with a close score of 47-49.