Thomas Jones

Sports editor, Westlake Picayune & Lake Travis View

A native Texan and a 1999 graduate of The University of Texas, Thomas Jones has spent 16 years as a reporter and editor in Austin. He currently works as a sports reporter and community sports editor for the Austin American-Statesman, overseeing the sports sections for six weekly and semi-weekly newspapers in the greater Austin area. Thomas maintains his peak physical form by playing disc golf at least twice a month. Follow Thomas at @ThomasJonesAAS.

Latest from Thomas Jones

Pflugerville boys seize first with win over Hendrickson
 Pflugerville may have been outmanned and undersized, but the Panthers certainly had enough heart while fending off rival Hendrickson, 68-59, in a District 13-6A showdown Friday at Pflugerville High School. Paired with Cedar Ridge’s 54-47 victory over Westwood Friday, Pflugerville’s win gave the Panthers sole possession of first...

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Pflugerville may have been outmanned and undersized, but the Panthers certainly had enough heart while fending off rival Hendrickson, 68-59, in a District 13-6A showdown Friday at Pflugerville High School. Paired with Cedar Ridge’s 54-47 victory over Westwood Friday, Pflugerville’s win gave the Panthers sole possession of first...
Local boys volleyball team competes in California tournament
  The Austin Juniors under-18 boys volleyball team team traveled to California last weekend for the prestigious Southern California
            Volleyball Association Holiday Classic in Anaheim. The Austin team finished 19th out of 77 teams from across the nation. The Austin Juniors endured a tough draw, winning four
            of seven...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Austin Juniors under-18 boys volleyball team team traveled to California last weekend for the prestigious Southern California Volleyball Association Holiday Classic in Anaheim. The Austin team finished 19th out of 77 teams from across the nation. The Austin Juniors endured a tough draw, winning four of seven...
Westlake to celebrate career of retired volleyball coach Al Bennett Saturday
 Westlake Chaparrals head coach Al Bennett dance hops with the team in celebration of their match win at the district volleyball
               game between the Lake Travis Cavaliers and the Westlake Chaparrals at Westlake High School, October 13, 2017. JOHN GUTIERREZ
               / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN Westlake High School will host a...

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Westlake Chaparrals head coach Al Bennett dance hops with the team in celebration of their match win at the district volleyball game between the Lake Travis Cavaliers and the Westlake Chaparrals at Westlake High School, October 13, 2017. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN Westlake High School will host a...
Boys basketball: Fab Fives and notes
 BOYS BASKETBALL: FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Westlake (24-3) 2. Lake Travis (21-5) 3. Westwood (21-6) 4. Vandegrift (20-7) 5. Del Valle (14-8) • Class 5A 1. LBJ (17-5) 2. Rouse (20-6) 3. Lanier (17-6) 4. Austin High (15-8) 5. Reagan (16-7) • Class 4A and below 1. Jarrell (18-4) 2. Thorndale (20-3) 3. Liberty Hill (17-10) 4. Glenn...

Posted: 3 days ago

BOYS BASKETBALL: FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Westlake (24-3) 2. Lake Travis (21-5) 3. Westwood (21-6) 4. Vandegrift (20-7) 5. Del Valle (14-8) • Class 5A 1. LBJ (17-5) 2. Rouse (20-6) 3. Lanier (17-6) 4. Austin High (15-8) 5. Reagan (16-7) • Class 4A and below 1. Jarrell (18-4) 2. Thorndale (20-3) 3. Liberty Hill (17-10) 4. Glenn...
Lanier guard Buster finds ways to lift up teammates, frustrate foes
 With Reagan on a run and the Raiders’ home gym rocking Wednesday night, the basketball landed in just the right spot for Lanier. In Davion Buster’s hands. And Buster delivered — again — to lift Lanier to a thrilling 68-65 victory in a matchup of District 25-5A teams. Buster, a senior guard who leads the Austin area...

Posted: 3 days ago

With Reagan on a run and the Raiders’ home gym rocking Wednesday night, the basketball landed in just the right spot for Lanier. In Davion Buster’s hands. And Buster delivered — again — to lift Lanier to a thrilling 68-65 victory in a matchup of District 25-5A teams. Buster, a senior guard who leads the Austin area...
State-ranked girls basketball teams from Pflugerville, Hendrickson to face off FRisay
 Pflugerville Panthers Samariae Bonds (44) makes the layup against the Hendrickson Hawks during the third period at the girls
               varsity basketball between the Pflugerville Panthers and the Hendrickson Hawks at Pflugerville High School on Friday, December
               15, 2017. The two state-ranked teams play again Friday. JOHN...

Posted: 4 days ago

Pflugerville Panthers Samariae Bonds (44) makes the layup against the Hendrickson Hawks during the third period at the girls varsity basketball between the Pflugerville Panthers and the Hendrickson Hawks at Pflugerville High School on Friday, December 15, 2017. The two state-ranked teams play again Friday. JOHN...
Liberty Hill’s Sedona Prince named to McDonald’s All-American basketball team
 Liberty Hill’s Sedona Prince(23) scores over Godley’s Makaila Tyer(21) during the Class 4A girls basketball UIL State Semifinals
               at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Friday, March 3, 2017. On Tuesday, Prince became the third Austin area girls basketball player
               to be selected as a McDonald’s All-America...

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Liberty Hill’s Sedona Prince(23) scores over Godley’s Makaila Tyer(21) during the Class 4A girls basketball UIL State Semifinals at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Friday, March 3, 2017. On Tuesday, Prince became the third Austin area girls basketball player to be selected as a McDonald’s All-America...
How did our Fab 5 basketball teams fare Friday? Top-ranked teams all win
 Starr Omozee and top-ranked Pflugerville beat No. 4 Cedar Ridge Friday. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN How did our Fab Five basketball teams fare Friday? BOYS Class 6A Westlake (23-3): Beat Lehman 82-34
            Lake Travis (20-5): Beat Leander 49-44
            Vandegrift (19-7): Did not play
            Vista Ridge (17-6)...

Posted: 6 days ago

Starr Omozee and top-ranked Pflugerville beat No. 4 Cedar Ridge Friday. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN How did our Fab Five basketball teams fare Friday? BOYS Class 6A Westlake (23-3): Beat Lehman 82-34 Lake Travis (20-5): Beat Leander 49-44 Vandegrift (19-7): Did not play Vista Ridge (17-6)...
Hendrickson basketball team survives Stony Point for road win
 In one of the most competitive districts in the area, the little things — a missed defensive rotation, an errant pass, a failure to block out — mark the difference between worst and first. And those little things added up to another excruciating loss for Stony Point, which fell to Hendrickson 50-47 in a District 13-6A contest...

Posted: 8 days ago

In one of the most competitive districts in the area, the little things — a missed defensive rotation, an errant pass, a failure to block out — mark the difference between worst and first. And those little things added up to another excruciating loss for Stony Point, which fell to Hendrickson 50-47 in a District 13-6A contest...
Area basketball players nominated for McDonald’s All-American game
 Brock Cunningham (30) joins Westlake teammate Matthew Mayer as a McDonald’s All-American nominee. Roy Mata for Austin American
               Statesman Westlake teammates 
            Brock Cunningham and 
            Matthew Mayer are among the elite prep basketball players nominated to participate in the prestigious McDonald&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Brock Cunningham (30) joins Westlake teammate Matthew Mayer as a McDonald’s All-American nominee. Roy Mata for Austin American Statesman Westlake teammates Brock Cunningham and Matthew Mayer are among the elite prep basketball players nominated to participate in the prestigious McDonald&rsquo...
Girls basketball: Our latest Fab 5 rankings
 Austin Maroons Ellen Hagen (21) recovers a loose ball and passes it away during the fourth period at the Girls Varsity Basketball
               game between the Westlake Chaparrals and the Austin Maroons at Westlake High School on Friday, January 8, 2018. Austin High
               lost the nondistrict game but remains ranked in the Fab...

Posted: 10 days ago

Austin Maroons Ellen Hagen (21) recovers a loose ball and passes it away during the fourth period at the Girls Varsity Basketball game between the Westlake Chaparrals and the Austin Maroons at Westlake High School on Friday, January 8, 2018. Austin High lost the nondistrict game but remains ranked in the Fab...