The Lady Knights began their 2013 play-off run with a resounding victory Tuesday night, notching a straight-set victory against the visiting Tyler East Texas Christian Lady Panthers.
Although Hill Country showed some early nerves in the first set with tie scores up to 15-15, the Lady Knights quickly established dominance and did not look back. The set scores were 25-18, 25-6, and 25-9.
The Lady Panthers had no answer for Hill Country’s attacking, especially from Karen Baker, who had 14 kills on only 21 attempts. Her fantastic .667 hitting percentage was a season-high for a match by the Lady Knights by a large margin. Karen also dominated the net on defense with 11 blocks, also a team high for the season. Kara Wedgeworth also had a noteworthy evening with 9 kills at a strong .450 hitting percentage
Freshman Karli Glace shone on the service line with 11 aces on only 18 attempts. Avery Dooley led the team with 30 assists, and Andi Bandow led with 6 digs.
The Lady Knights are now Bi-District Championships (Sweet 16) and will play for the Area Championships on Saturday at 5:00 pm against visiting Dallas Lakehill Prep. (tentative schedule) Please come out to support your Lady Knights, as Saturday’s game should be very competitive!
Our Cross Country teams finished their seasons on Saturday in postseason competitions. At the TAPPS State Championship meet in Elm Mott, senior Preston won 3rd in State, breaking two long-standing (10 years) school records in the process. Sophomores Ashley Read and Nathan Howard placed 5th and 22nd respectively. All of our varsity team members set personal records at the event.
The middle school team placed 3rd overall at the AIPL Cross Country tournament, held at St. Andrews on Saturday.
Congratulations to Coach Washington and the Knights Cross Country teams for an outstanding 2013 season.
On Saturday our Upper School Certamen teams traveled to San Antonio to participate in the annual Clark tournament. Sean Mathis reports that the middle school teams did very well despite competing against primarily high school students. They did not place but played well and had a great time gaining valuable experience for future competitions. The ninth grade team, consisting of Christian Senior (Captain), Liam Ferreira, and Jace Tyler, made it to finals, where they tied for second and then lost in the tie-breaker round to end with 3rd place overall. This is the first time in four years that Hill Country has placed in the final three at Clark at any level, and it is the first time that we have had an intermediate level team place in the top three of a preliminary tournament like Clark. Congratulations to these students and instructors Sean and Amanda Mathis for a job well done.
The Hill Country Lady Knights Varsity Volleyball team completed their District schedule in perfect fashion as they quickly dispatched the Texas Christian Academy Stars in Waco Monday evening. The Lady Knights won in straight sets 25-10, 25-3, 25-7 to push their District record to 10-0, including a perfect 30-0 record in individual sets. Hill Country is now 21-3 overall for the season entering the TAPPs 2A State Play-Off tournament.
For the match, the Lady Knights were led by Andi Bandow with 12 digs and 7 service Aces, Emily Pendleton with 9 kills, and Avery Dooley with 24 assists.
Coach Fionda and the Varsity team would like to thank the many Hill Country faithful who came out for last Thursday’s exciting match against Waco Vanguard. The Lady Knights have earned the privilege of having up to two play-off games at home, and the team would greatly appreciate the continued support of our fans in to the post-season. The first round of play-offs will likely be at home on October 29th, however the Lady Knights’ opponent will not be known until late next week.
Recent reports from the Austin Business Journal indicate that Hill Country Christian has grown in enrollment and now ranks as the 5th largest private school in the Austin area, based upon 2012-2013 enrollment figures. The article specifically highlights our recent growth. To view an excerpt of the article, go to: Austin Business Journal’s Annual Ranking of Private Schools in Austin.
On Thursday, October 10th, at 5:00pm, our middle school football team will be hosting their second annual “Pink Out” Breast Cancer Awareness game against our cross-town rivals, Summit Christian Academy. Both teams will be wearing pink socks and coaching shirts during the game, and the Knights will be recognizing anyone at the game who has been touched by this terrible disease. Fans will have the opportunity to fill out a certificate in honor of or in memory of a loved one. On Friday, the team and coaches will spend their practice time not on the field, but in prayer, lifting up each one of the people whose names were given.
The middle school team invites you to join them and support our families who have been through so much.
The Lady Knights continued their undefeated District run Tuesday night as they traveled to challenge the Temple Holy Trinity Celtics. Hill Country defeated Temple in straight sets once again, 25-16, 25-20, 25-14 to push their season record to 19-3, and 8-0 in district play. The Celtics were more comfortable on their home court, playing considerably stronger on both the offensive and defensive sides than when they visited Hill Country earlier this season.
Leading the Lady Knights in kills with 9 each were Kara Wedgeworth and Abby Jasek. Karen Baker led with 2 blocks, and Avery Dooley had her typically efficient evening of setting with 24 assists to 6 different teammates. Emily Pendleton led with 4 Service Aces on 19 attempts.
Hill Country leads by one game in District play going into Thursday night’s critical final regular season home game against Waco Vanguard (7-1) which will decide the District Championship. The Lady Knights have clinched a play-off spot once again, but the goal will be to clinch the coveted #1 seed in the State Play-Offs with a win Thursday night. JV is one game back from the top spot in the district and can clinch a tie for first with a win against Vanguard Thursday night.
Game time Thursday is 5:00 for JV and 6:00 for Varsity. Please come to cheer on your Lady Knights during their very successful season, and also celebrate our athletes on Senior Night.
Our theatre department’s Stars of the Knight have been honored with a nomination to represent the United States at the 2015 American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland! The nominating committee’s select invitation to apply included the following:
“Congratulations! Directors from state, regional, and national theatre organizations, university theatre professors, and AHSTF alumni directors have made their first round of nominations. Your nomination is an honor recognizing the superiority of your program. The AHSTF showcases the best high school theatre programs at the world’s largest performing arts festival.”
From the schools nominated, the AHSTF chooses approximately 40 high school theatre programs in the USA and Canada to perform at the Fringe. If selected, our students would participate in a two week adventure in early August of 2015, starting with a two-day stay in London, continuing on a scenic trip up Britain’s coast, and arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland for ten days of sight seeing, educational and cultural events, performing at the Fringe Festival, and attending theatre workshops and performances.
Congratulations to our Stars of the Knight and Theatre Arts Instructor Patty MacMullen for this impressive achievement!