Austin-area schools sent plenty of athletes up to the medal stand this past weekend, when the UIL and TAPPS held their annual state track and field meets.
Led by two-medal performances apiece from Rouse’s Madie Boreman, McNeil’s Judy Emeodi, Bastrop’s Antwuan Davis and Taylor’s Fred Kerley, area athletes won 17 medals at the University Interscholastic League meet. It was the area’s best showing since a 27-medal performance in 2004. At the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools meet in Waco, Austin-area competitors secured 33 medals.
Brentwood Christian’s Priscilla Glenn won four medals, and Marble Falls Faith’s Jake Diamond set the Class 2A pole vault record. The star of the show, though, was St. Michael’s junior Chris Lewis.
Lewis ran on St. Michael’s 800-meter and mile relay teams, and the Crusaders set overall meet records in both events. Lewis also set the Class 5A record in the triple jump and won another gold medal in the long jump.
Jumping to the NFL: Speaking of the state track and field meet, do you know who won the gold, silver and bronze medals in the long jump event at the Class 3A track and field meet in 2007? Pittsburg’s Kendall Wright, Hutto’s Jeremy Kerley and West Orange-Stark’s Earl Thomas.
Six years later, Wright and Kerley are coming off seasons in which they were the leading receivers for the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets. Thomas, a defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks, was a Pro Bowl selection in 2012 and 2013.
Hays doubles up: Hays High is the only Austin-area school that has its baseball and softball teams alive in the UIL playoffs. If Hays’ baseball team can advance this weekend, it will mark only the eighth time that an area school has had its softball and baseball teams reach the regional semifinals during the same spring.
An area school has yet to qualify both its baseball and softball teams for state tournaments during the same spring.
Dripping Springs (1998), Elgin (2001) and Vista Ridge (2008) are the only area schools that have had both their softball and baseball teams participate in regional finals during the same school year.
Under the radar: Each week, we’ll introduce you to a player who is making big plays despite not having a big name. This week, we’re taking a look at Round Rock freshman outfielder Cameron Blake.
Blake has played in 35 of Round Rock’s 37 games this season, and he leads the Dragons in batting average (.344) and RBIs (20). Blake also has hit one of Round Rock’s four home runs.
Blake has had a solid freshman year at Round Rock High. A starting point guard on his father Cody’s boys basketball team, Blake averaged five points and four assists per game and helped lead the Dragons to the playoffs.
Where are they now? Every week, we spotlight the collegiate athletic accomplishments of a few of our area alums. If you know of somebody who should be featured, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Texas senior pitcher Blaire Luna (Bowie, 2009) is 26-5 this season with 342 strikeouts and a 1.19 ERA. In the Longhorns’ record book, Luna ranks second to Cat Osterman in career wins, complete games, shutouts and strikeouts.
- Concordia Texas junior Alexis Lynn (Vista Ridge, 2010) hit .339 in 29 games for the Tornados this spring. Concordia Texas freshman Noey Ruiz (Akins, 2012) was 3-0 on the mound with a 1.58 ERA.
• UIL baseball regional quarterfinals
Round Rock vs. The Woodlands: Game 1, 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Game 2, 7 p.m. Friday; Game 3, 12 p.m. Saturday, if necessary (All games at Bryan Rudder HS)
Hays vs. Schertz Clemens: Game 1, 7 p.m. Thursday; Game 2, 7 p.m. Friday; Game 3, 2 p.m. Saturday, if necessary (All games at Smithson Valley HS)
Georgetown vs. Barbers Hill: Game 1, 7 p.m. Thursday (Olsen Field, College Station); Game 2, 7 p.m. Friday (Mumford HS); Game 3, 7 p.m. Saturday, if necessary (Olsen Field, College Station)
Liberty Hill vs. Kennedale: Game 1, 7 p.m. Friday; Game 2, 3 p.m. Saturday; Game 3, 6 p.m. Saturday, if necessary (All games at Veterans Field, Waco)
Thrall vs. Weimar: Game 1, 7 p.m. Friday; Game 2, 2 p.m. Saturday; Game 3, 5 p.m. Saturday, if necessary (All games at Cedar Creek HS)
• UIL softball regional semifinals
Hays vs. Corpus Christi Moody: Game 1, 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Game 2, 6 p.m. Friday; Game 3, 8 p.m. Friday, if necessary (All games at Floresville HS)
Elgin vs. Richmond Foster: Game 1, 6 p.m. Friday; Game 2, 11 a.m. Saturday; Game 3, 1 p.m. Saturday, if necessary (All games at Bryan HS)
Leander vs. Gregory-Portland: Game 1, 7 p.m. Friday; Game 2, 1 p.m. Saturday; Game 3, 3 p.m. Saturday, if necessary (All games at Hardin Athletic Complex, San Antonio)
Five Austin-area baseball teams remain in the University Interscholastic League playoffs. With the regional quarterfinals set to begin Thursday, here’s a quick look at the final five:
Round Rock: Fueled by All-Central Texas shoo-in Kirby McGuire and the pitching of Chris Falwell and Blake Winfrey, the Dragons have reached the third round of the playoffs for the second straight season. Waiting for Round Rock is The Woodlands, the top-ranked team in the Class 5A poll compiled by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Hays: The Rebels have performed well under David Null, who took over the program in the off-season. Hays won a share of the District 27-4A championship this spring, and the Rebels have won their three playoff games by the combined score of 27-10.
Georgetown: Led by seven Eagles who also played on the football team that reached the Class 4A, Division I championship game in December, Georgetown is 27-8 this spring. The Eagles have trailed only once in the postseason and that two-run deficit lasted for less than an inning.
Liberty Hill: The only Class 3A team on this list, the Panthers will play Kennedale this weekend. As the champions of District 8-3A, Liberty Hill received a bi-district round bye before sweeping Fort Worth Castleberry in a best-of-three area-round series.
Thrall: A regional quarterfinalist for the third straight season, Thrall will try to reach the regional semifinals for the first time since 1998. The Tigers won’t have to search far for a scouting report on Weimar; the Wildcats knocked off Thrall’s rival Thorndale in the area round of the playoffs.
- Danny Davis