VHS girls soccer goes to state

The Lady Vipers celebrate a win in the regional final, advancing to the state tournament for the third time in four years after beating Cibolo Steele 2-0 at the Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio, Texas, on April 8, 2017.

3rd time in four years

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Vandegrift’s girls soccer team took out a prolific offense in McAllen and the stalwart defense of Cibolo Steele in last weekend’s regional tournament, earning a third bid to the UIL state soccer tournament in Georgetown in a span of just four years.

“I’m extremely proud of Coach Hardy and her staff,” said VHS athletic coordinator Drew Sanders. “To reach the state tournament three times is an extraordinary feat and says a lot about the competitive spirit and talent of our coaches and players.”

In Friday’s semifinal game against McAllen, the Lady Vipers became the aggressor, taking 17 shots on goal in the first half alone, and winning 3-0. That aggressive approach nullified the Lady Bulldogs’ usually dominant offense — one that scored six or more points in a dozen different games this season.

Senior forward Sarah Mahosky, the team’s second-leading scorer, notched her tenth goal of the season just three minutes into Friday’s regional semifinal. Mahosky recorded an assist on a goal by Gabie Jones just five minutes later as the Lady Vipers went on to dominate possession while using their bench to continue putting pressure on McAllen.

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7th annual VHS Relay For Life raises money to fight cancer

Luminarias ran the full length of the VHS football field in memory of those lost and to encourage those still fighting.

Band students formed Team Howard to raise money on behalf of the VHS band director, Mike Howard, a cancer survivor. Back row, from left: Aleksandra Krychniak, Kayla Downing, Cameron Moerbe, Elyse Geurra, Isa Cinclair. Front row Madi Howard and Coral Spicer.

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Vandegrift hosted its 7th Relay For Life April 7 with over 750 participants raising $33,000 for the American Cancer Society. Over the last seven years combined, the Viper community has raised over $200,000 at Relay in the fight against cancer.

For the first time in three years, the event was held outdoors under clear skies. Students, teachers and survivors walked the track in groups, while in the center field others threw frisbees and footballs, rolled on giant inflatable balls, or listed to music from the Bethany Becker Band.

At 9 p.m., as is tradition, the lights were turned off and the luminaria ceremony began. Students whose lives had been affected by cancer spoke, then invited attendees to light their luminarias.

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Absences during Feb. break high, Costing LISD $229,160+

Four Points News sought a public information request to Leander ISD for the date to compile this chart. The data includes the eight LISD schools in the Four Points area.

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Student absences in the days surrounding “February Break” 2017 cost Leander ISD more than an estimated $229,160 and student absences in Four Points made up more than $64,000 of the total.

The total was actually higher but this report just examines the two days closest to the student holiday, which was Feb. 6 – 7 when teachers took part in staff development.

Student absences cost LISD an estimated $115,760 on Friday, Feb. 3 leading up to the break and $113,400 on Wednesday, Feb. 8 after the official student break ended.

LISD schools in Four Points — Steiner Ranch, Laura W. Bush, River Ridge, River Place and Grandview Hills elementary schools, Canyon Ridge and Four Points middle schools and Vandegrift High School — contributed to that total by an estimated $32,440 on Friday, Feb. 3 and $31,720 on Wednesday, Feb. 8, for a total of $64,160.

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School, sherriff’s office handle threats targeting Vandegrift

This image was posted on Snapchat on Sunday apparently and some say it had threatening words directed toward the student’s school.

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Extra police patrols were at Vandegrift High School on Monday after two threats alluding to violence were made on social media.

The first post was made on Snapchat on Sunday, according to Leander ISD officials. The post that was apparently the original, showed a male Vandegrift student holding what looked like a large firearm horizontally across his chest.

“I’m proud of our kids who knew about this, they took the initiative and got involved and they immediately reported this,” said Charlie Little, principal at VHS. Sometimes kids know about threats like this and don’t share with the proper authorities, he added.

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