It was a year of success indeed for the fall sport programs at La Vernia High School.
All three programs, football, volleyball, and cross country, advanced to the post-season in their respective sports.
La Vernia Bear football advanced to the first round of the post-season and ended the year with a record of 4-7 after a 20-0 loss to Wimberley in the 3A bi-district round of the playoffs.
Colby Sims and Vince Gill both racked up significant yardage at quarterback.
Gill completed 23 of 54 passes for 353 yards and 4 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions. Sims went 43 of 109 for 648 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions.
As far as rushing, Gill racked up the highest total yardage for the Bear offense, going 576 yards in 106 carries and 4 touchdowns. Coming in second with 420 yards was Landon Richter. Richter carried the ball 81 times and scored 2 touchdowns.
The Bear receiving corps, led by Levi Andrews and Jose Sahagun, racked up 1007 yards throughout the season.
Alec Dews and Dylan Johnson led the Bear defense with two interceptions each for the year.
Overall, despite having a sub-.500 record, the La Vernia Bears enjoyed a season of success by remaining competitive and advancing to post-season play.
Volleyball has been a tradition of excellence in La Vernia and 2012 brought more of the same for the Lady Bears.
The Lady Bear volleyball team enjoyed an outstanding year with a record of 35-7 and 9-1 in district competition.
Brooke Haliscak and Valarie Moehrig led the team with 369 and 300 kills, respectively. Brittani Dear was right behind with 293.
Haliscak racked up 12 assists with 81 aces, 53 digs, and 34.5 blocks.
Moehrig led the team in blocks with 63. She also had 111 digs, 7 assists, and 38 aces.
Dear had the most digs, with 286. She also racked up 23 blocks, 28 aces, and 10 assists.
Morgan Mills led the Lady Bears in assists with an astounding 953. She contributed 24 kills, 28 aces, 105 digs, and 1 block to her team.
The Lady Bears advanced to the third round of the playoffs, where their astonishing run was cut short by a loss to La Grange.
With one of the best winning percentages in Wilson County, the Lady Bear volleyball team definitely had a season worth celebrating.
Cross country has been a winning tradition at La Vernia since 1998 as the school has qualified 13 times for the state championships and has made five podium appearances.
La Vernia Bear cross country was well-represented as two runners, Robert Guzman and Dillon Goan, placed 13th and 30th, respectively.
The Lady Bear cross-country team advanced the farthest of all fall sports as they fought their way to being the 3A state runner-up.
At the 3A state championships in Round Rock, Sanger, by a margin of 64-63, edged out the Lady Bears to win the title. Two individual runners, Olivia Hinojosa and Bailee Vrana, picked up individual medals. This is the second consecutive year La Vernia has earned the state runner-up title.
Overall, it was a successful fall season for La Vernia as Bear and Lady Bear athletes continue to shape the tradition of excellence that is synonymous with La Vernia athletics.