So Lake Travis’ athletic department is having a pretty good week.
To recap the Cavaliers’ last four days:
- On Sunday, the rugby team wrapped up its second season with a 40-5 win over Humble Kingwood in the Rugby Texas State High School Championships’ Division II title game. Lake Travis went 10-0 this season, scoring 401 points while allowing only 24.
- On Tuesday, the boys golf team won its third straight state title with a five-stroke win at the Class 5A tournament.
- On Tuesday, the girls golf team also won the 5A championship. The Lady Cavaliers beat rival Westlake by seven strokes.
- On Tuesday, Ryan Brown and Courtney Schulte placed second in the Class 5A tennis tournament’s girls doubles competition.
So what Cavalier is having the best week? Senior Klein Klotz.
A member of Lake Travis’ three title teams and a 2010 runner-up squad, Klotz placed second among the 5A golfers on Tuesday. The Sam Houston State-bound golfer won a three-way playoff for the silver medal by sinking a hole-in-one at Morris Williams’ 12th hole.
It was the last shot of his high school career.
Over the past few years, Lake Travis has had its share of highlight-worthy athletic achievements. But you can take your last-second touchdowns, buzzer-beaters and walk-off home runs. A sudden-death hole-in-one at the state tournament? Checkmate.
Special shoes: Austin High senior Dorian Parks warms up for his track meets in an unusual way.
The warm-up routine isn’t actually unusual: Parks jogs a lap, stretches and does other routine routines. But his choice of footwear — a pair of brown Sperry shoes — is unorthodox.
Still, Parks’ pre-match ritual has worked for him. He’s heading to next week’s state meet after a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles event at the Region II-5A meet.
“I’ve been doing it since last year, so you don’t fix something that’s not broken,” Parks said. “So I’m going to keep practicing in Sperrys.”
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 take a look at Bastrop outfielder Clifton Hendrix.
Hendrix, a junior, has scored 33 times this season and in addition to a .377 batting average, he has produced 12 multi-hit games. But Hendrix’s real value can be assessed on the bases; he has an area-best 32 steals.
Hendrix has helped lead Bastrop to the playoffs for the first time since 1996.
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:
- North Texas junior Ashley Kirk (Stony Point, 2009) is 13-8 this season. This past weekend, Kirk threw two no-hitters against Louisiana-Monroe and she recently set North Texas’ career strikeouts record.
- St. Edward’s freshman Cydney Ervin (Lehman, 2012) is hitting .307 and has logged a team-high 13 steals. Ervin, who is listed on St. Edward’s rosters as a utility player, has started in 46 of the Hilltoppers’ 47 games.