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High School Sports


Westlake closes with a rush to grab Class 6A tournament lead

As he approached the 16th tee box during the opening round of the Class 6A boys state tournament, Westlake junior golfer Reid Davenport had a quiet conversation with his team’s coach, Callan Nokes, just before he pulled an iron out of his bag for the par-3 hole. Nokes, mincing no words, implored Davenport to step up and help the Chaparrals break away from a pack of five teams hovering a few...
Elgin leads all-district softball honorees

Elgin leads all-district softball honorees

Six Connally softball players capped their season by earning All-District 19-5A honors. Kendra Barefield was selected to the first team while Kiara Garcia and Claudia Arias were given a second-team nod. Jackie Castillo, Melina Padron and Destiny Martinez were given honorable mentions to the all-district team. District 19-5A co-champion Elgin led the pack in honorees on the all-district team. Pitcher...
Fledgling sport of ultimate Frisbee shines at new sports complex

Fledgling sport of ultimate Frisbee shines at new sports complex

Caleb Denecour almost chose Halo over ultimate Frisbee. That may not sound like a big deal, but considering Denecour is now a professional ultimate Frisbee player for the Austin Sol, it’s easy to see how different his life may have been had he decided to stay in his dorm room to slay aliens on Xbox. As he remembers it, he was walking back to the dormitory during his freshman year at Canada College...
Cedar Park’s Dunne shares first-round lead at Class 5A state tournament

Cedar Park’s Dunne shares first-round lead at Class 5A state tournament

Cedar Park golfer Ben Dunne responded to the worst round of his high school career with a day to remember. A junior, Dunne tamed Wolfdancer Golf Club with a 2-under-par 70 Monday in the opening round of the Class 5A boys state tournament. Dunne and Scott Roden of Highland Park will be tied for first place entering the final round of the tournament Tuesday. A birdie on the 18th hole was indicative...
Historical season ends in regional semis for Cedar Ridge softball team

Historical season ends in regional semis for Cedar Ridge softball team

Cedar Ridge ended its most successful softball season in school history with a three-game series loss to state powerhouse The Woodlands. The Raiders are taking no time in starting preparing for next year. “We elevated the bar this season,” said Jessica Poole, the lone head coach in the program’s eight-year history. “Now, we need to take it the next step.” Cedar Ridge...
Quarterbacks in spotlight at Westlake’s spring football game

Quarterbacks in spotlight at Westlake’s spring football game

The post-Sam Ehlinger era at Westlake is underway, and quarterbacks Kirkland Michaux and Taylor Anderson took center stage at the annual spring game May 18 at Chaparral Stadium. While Anderson, a rising junior, impressed with his scrambling ability, his four interceptions were a damper on his night. He bounced back in the second half with a 43-yard touchdown pass, and head coach Todd Dodge said he...
Lake Travis baseball team falls in third round

Lake Travis baseball team falls in third round

San Antonio Churchill jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back, routing Lake Travis 14-2 in Saturday’s third and final game of a Class 6A Region IV quarterfinal series. Jordan Billups made a diving catch early in the game and reached base five times, driving in four runs. Garrett Wilkinson, who delivered the game-winning hit for Churchill in the series opener, also reached base five times...
Hendrickson sweeps Anderson to reach regional semifinals

Hendrickson sweeps Anderson to reach regional semifinals

After a shaky second inning, Chase Piper settled in as Hendrickson rallied to sweep Anderson out of the Class 6A regional quarterfinals with a 4-2 win May 19 at Georgetown High School. Piper (11-1) allowed three hits as the Trojans put up two runs in the second inning but limited Anderson (19-15-1) to two hits the rest of the way. Piper escaped two-out jams in the fifth and sixth innings to keep the...
Lake Travis eliminated from Class 6A baseball playoffs

Lake Travis eliminated from Class 6A baseball playoffs

San Antonio Churchill jumped ahead 6-0 and rolled to a 14-2 victory over Lake Travis on Saturday night in the deciding game of a Class 6A baseball playoff series. Jordan Billups drove in four runs for Churchill, which will face McAllen in the regional semifinal round. The Chargers bounced back from a 5-2 defeat in Game 2 of the series thanks to 14 hits and nine walks by Cavaliers pitchers in the concluding...
Carter earns 300th career win as Dragons advance in Class 6A playoffs

Carter earns 300th career win as Dragons advance in Class 6A playoffs

Milestone wins don’t come with much more drama. Longtime Round Rock baseball coach John Carter picked up his 300th career victory Friday night as the Dragons rallied from a one-run deficit in the seventh inning to record a 5-3 victory over Klein Collins. The triumph in the decisive game of a best-of-three regional quarterfinal series allowed Round Rock (27-7-1) to move ahead to the regional...
Bowie advances to Class 6A regional final with nine-inning victory

Bowie advances to Class 6A regional final with nine-inning victory

Forget the fearsome Conroe Oak Ridge lineup that Bowie faced Friday night in a Class 6A softball game; Bulldogs coach Liz Wissel knew there was a more imposing foe looming on the schedule. That would be the Bowie prom, which was to take place Saturday night. Facing a scheduling dilemma, Wissel opted for a one-game regional semifinal playoff against Oak Ridge. The move paid off as the Bulldogs recorded...
Milestone win lifts Round Rock baseball team to playoff-series win

Milestone win lifts Round Rock baseball team to playoff-series win

Milestones wins don’t come with much more drama. Round Rock rallied from a one-run deficit in the seventh inning to secure a 5-3 win in the third and decisive game of a best-of-three third-round series against Klein Collins at the Mumford school district athletic complex. In the process, the Dragons gave longtime coach John Carter his 300th career victory, all at Round Rock. “Our kids...
Westlake’s Reece Ramsey, boys golf team eyeing gold at state tournament

Westlake’s Reece Ramsey, boys golf team eyeing gold at state tournament

Reese Ramsey had a fine week at the end of April The Westlake golfer started out by placing 13th at the world’s most competitive junior tournament, the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, in Georgia on April 22. He then flew back to Texas and promptly won individual and team titles at the Class 6A Region IV tournament with his Chaparral teammates on April 27. It was Ramsey’s first regional...
Lake Travis boys golf team embraces underdog status at state tourney

Lake Travis boys golf team embraces underdog status at state tourney

Last June, the Austin American-Statesman made a prediction. The Lake Travis boys golf team, it said, would be “fortunate to finish fifth” in the District 25-6A tournament. It’s 11 months later, and the Cavaliers have blown up that prediction like a hot drive off the tee box. Not only did Lake Travis finish second at the district tournament, but the Cavs repeated that feat at the...
Three area tennis players net UIL singles championships

Three area tennis players net UIL singles championships

On Friday, Westwood High School freshman Kiana Graham completed the perfect tennis season. With a 6-1, 6-2 victory over McKinney Boyd’s Emma Gener at the Mitchell Tennis Center, Graham wrapped up the Class 6A girls singles title at the University Interscholastic League championships. She also finished with a 26-0 record while not losing a single set. “I’m really relieved,”...
Despite home-school families’ hopes, Tebow bill might fall incomplete

Despite home-school families’ hopes, Tebow bill might fall incomplete

For several years, Bruce Collie and his strapping sons delivered pizzas from their family’s restaurant to the Wimberley High School football team. After the Friday night lights dimmed, the Texans munched on pies from Brewster’s, a popular hangout in Wimberley, a small Hill Country town about 30 miles southwest of Austin. Collie, who has 13 children — six boys and seven girls &mdash...
Young swimmer dives into debate about home-schoolers competing in UIL

Young swimmer dives into debate about home-schoolers competing in UIL

Last month, Kloie Kim, a 10-year-old competitive swimmer from Mansfield, dove headlong into the debate about home-schooled students being given the chance to compete in public school athletics. Flanked by her mother, Rachel, Kloie spoke before the Senate Education Committee at the Capitol, telling committee members it’s unfair that home-schooled students are not eligible to compete in University...
Westlake’s Chou, Westwood’s Graham advance to state-title matches

Westlake’s Chou, Westwood’s Graham advance to state-title matches

When the Class 6A boys singles bracket was first released, Roger Chou quickly spotted the potential rematch. On Thursday at the UIL tennis championships at Texas A&M, the showdown Chou, a junior at Westlake, had envisioned came to fruition. Facing Southlake Carroll’s Arman Dave for a spot in Friday’s state-title match, Chou won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, knocking off the defending 6A...
Faces Off the Field: Jamesson Tankersley, senior, Westwood tennis

Faces Off the Field: Jamesson Tankersley, senior, Westwood tennis

How did you get started playing tennis? My dad and mom both play tennis and so do both of their parents so I guess it’s a family tradition. When I started playing in earnest, I was 14. For you, what’s been the hardest skill to master as a tennis player? Probably the mental part of the game. It’s so different from other sports because when you play tennis, you are alone on the court...
Stingy pitching leads Anderson into third round of Class 6A playoffs

Stingy pitching leads Anderson into third round of Class 6A playoffs

At one point, Darin Ramsey had nearly given up on becoming a high school baseball head coach. He bounced around numerous Austin-area schools, including Round Rock, Stony Point, Cedar Park and Hendrickson, spending time as both a baseball and a football coach, but always in an assistant’s role. Three years ago, he ended up at Anderson, as — what else — an assistant to Gilbert Prather...
Wimberley baseball, softball still rolling in postseason

Wimberley baseball, softball still rolling in postseason

It’s been a two-for-one postseason in Wimberley this spring. As the playoffs continue in UIL softball and baseball, Wimberley’s one of only two Austin-area schools to have teams still competing in both sports. And last week, the two Texans squads defeated a common opponent — Columbus — to advance in the postseason. On the softball side, the Texans swept Columbus in two games...
Cedar Ridge starts new era with spring football game

Cedar Ridge starts new era with spring football game

First-year Cedar Ridge coach Sam Robinson had a confession after his team’s spring game. “I’m was a little nervous coming in,” he said, “but all-in-all, it was a good start.” Robinson, who served as defensive coordinator, showcased a team full of speed and athleticism to a sizable crowd at the Cedar Ridge High School practice field Tuesday. With the varsity team...
Lake Travis girls golfers card a UIL state championship three-peat

Lake Travis girls golfers card a UIL state championship three-peat

Kaitlyn Papp first donned a Lake Travis golf uniform three years ago. Not coincidentally, the Cavaliers have been winning state titles ever since. Papp, a Texas Longhorns signee, won medalist honors Tuesday while helping Lake Travis to its third straight Class 6A championship in girls golf. Papp shot a two-round score of 7-under 137 at Legacy Hills Golf Club, and the Cavaliers totaled a 4-over 580...
Westlake’s Roger Chou all smiles on eve of tennis state tournament

Westlake’s Roger Chou all smiles on eve of tennis state tournament

If Roger Chou could put one word on a billboard along I-35, it would be “smile.” Why? “Because you never know if a smile can change someone’s day for the better,” he said. An uplifting sentiment, for sure, and Chou has done a fair amount of smiling himself of late. The Westlake junior has qualified for his second consecutive UIL Class 6A tournament after winning his second...
Lake Travis’ Jesse Wikso ready to ace state tennis tournament

Lake Travis’ Jesse Wikso ready to ace state tennis tournament

Jesse Wikso won’t have to wait around for his first big test at the state tennis tournament. Wikso, a sophomore at Lake Travis, has drawn Pearland Dawson’s Kevin Zhu in the quarterfinals of the UIL Class 6A tennis state championships. Zhu, also a sophomore, is the eighth-ranked player in the nation and the second-ranked player in the state of Texas. The two young phenoms will square off...
Newcomers ready to shine for Lake Travis football team

Newcomers ready to shine for Lake Travis football team

During its roll to the 2016 6A Division I state championship, Lake Travis’ fans and foes alike marveled at the collection of college talent the Cavaliers sent out onto the field. As many as 14 seniors who played in the championship game will continue their football careers in college – including six at Power 5 conference schools. With all that skill graduated, there’s one obvious...
Lake Travis girls golfers card a UIL state championship three-peat

Lake Travis girls golfers card a UIL state championship three-peat

Kaitlyn Papp first donned a Lake Travis golf uniform three years ago. Not coincidentally, the Cavaliers have been winning state titles ever since. Papp, a Texas Longhorns signee, won medalist honors Tuesday while helping Lake Travis to its third straight Class 6A championship in girls golf. Papp shot a two-round score of 7-under 137 at Legacy Hills Golf Club, and the Cavaliers totaled a 4-over 580...
Cavaliers jump out front in pursuit of third straight UIL golf title

Cavaliers jump out front in pursuit of third straight UIL golf title

When Lake Travis senior Morgan Lay finished her opening round Monday at the Class 6A girls golf championships, she hurried to the scorer’s table and stole a glance at the incoming team scores. That done, Lay, a Texas A&M signee, quickly breathed a sigh of relief. The two newcomers for the two-time defending state champion Cavaliers — sophomore Hanna Liu and freshman Macy Fox — had...
Lake Travis baseball team stays alive with thrilling series win

Lake Travis baseball team stays alive with thrilling series win

In a series with plenty of heroes and heartache,Lake Travis did just enough to stay live in a three-game series against San Antonio Brandeis. After a thrilling 2-1 win in the second game of the Class 6A Region IV second-round series, the Cavs rallied for a 7-4 win in the third game May 13 at San Marcos High School. Lake Travis trailed entering the seventh inning before the rally. A third game wouldn&rsquo...
Bowie knocks off Hendrickson in softball playoffs

Bowie knocks off Hendrickson in softball playoffs

Hendrickson’s exceptional season ended earlier than the Hawks would have liked. Bowie swept Hendrickson this past weekend in a best-of-three Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series at Noack Field in Austin. The Bulldogs took game one of the series 1-0 and then Bowie won a thrilling Game 2 3-2 in 11 innings to complete the sweep. Despite the series loss, this year’s Hendrickson squad raised...
Lake Travis’ Megan Rourke places 2nd at state meet

Lake Travis’ Megan Rourke places 2nd at state meet

It took half of the first lap for Megan Rourke to realize something was off. Crossing the 200-meter mark in the girls Class 6A 800 Saturday at Myers Stadium, the Lake Travis senior glanced at the time of 27 seconds. For the first time all season, Rourke had company — really fast company. “I knew I was going pretty fast and had to slow it down a little bit,” she said. Cypress Springs...
Hendrickson’s Daniel Viegra medals in historic race at state track meet

Hendrickson’s Daniel Viegra medals in historic race at state track meet

As photographers rushed to capture the final installment of the storied high school rivalry between New Braunfels Canyon’s Sam Worley and Southlake Carroll’s Reed Brown, a third face kept entering the shot at the state track and field meet at Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus. Hendrickson senior Daniel Viegra showed no fear running in arguably the fastest 1,600-meter race...
Rouse rallies to defeat Bryan in three games, advance in 5A playoffs

Rouse rallies to defeat Bryan in three games, advance in 5A playoffs

The Rouse baseball team’s remarkable turnaround season will continue for at least another week after the Raiders rallied to win a best-of-three area-round playoff series Friday night. After a mercy rule-shortened 13-2 victory in Game 2 of the series, the Raiders beat Bryan 4-1 in Game 3 at East View High. Considering what the Raiders have accomplished this season, though, overcoming a series-opening...
UIL state track and field meet: notebook

UIL state track and field meet: notebook

A bad break in September did not prevent Joe Williams, a multisport athlete from Bremond, from having a spectacular senior year. Williams was a one-man wrecking crew Saturday at the UIL state track and field meet, where he won gold medals in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes for his Class 2A school. The 2017 medals complement the three golds Williams won at the 2016 state meet at Myers Stadium....
Griffith, Kerley fly high for Taylor Ducks at UIL state track meet

Griffith, Kerley fly high for Taylor Ducks at UIL state track meet

Taylor sophomore Anna Cathryn Griffith will aim to break the Class 4A pole vault record when she returns to the UIL state track and field meet next spring. Her own state record. Griffith scribbled her name into the record book by winning gold Saturday, clearing the bar at a personal-best height of 13 feet, 2½ inches at Myers Stadium. Griffith was not the only Taylor Duck flying around the stadium...
Cedar Ridge baseball team falls in second round

Cedar Ridge baseball team falls in second round

Cedar Ridge’s first trip to the postseason in three years ended in all too familiar fashion for second-year head coach Daryl Reeves, a Round Rock native who arrived at Cedar Ridge as an assistant in 2013. Like their past two playoff trips, the Raiders (20-13) fell to District 15-6A champion Klein Collins in the second round. This time, Collins ended Cedar Ridge’s season with a 3-1 win...
Sibling rivalry fuels success for Luling’s Roberts brothers

Sibling rivalry fuels success for Luling’s Roberts brothers

The Class 3A boys 1,600-meter run at the UIL state track meet Saturday felt eerily familiar to Luling senior Peyton Roberts. Surging toward the finish line during the hottest part of a blistering 87-degree afternoon, he felt someone nipping at his heels. That someone happened to be his younger brother, Buster Roberts. “The only thing going through my head was I knew Buster was coming on my butt...
Bowie sweeps aside state-ranked Hendrickson in Class 6A playoffs

Bowie sweeps aside state-ranked Hendrickson in Class 6A playoffs

Bowie senior right-hander Alex McLennan recorded both wins Friday night as Bowie swept state-ranked Hendrickson in a Class 6A regional quarterfinal series at Noack Fields. The Bulldogs (32-4) will face Conroe Oak Ridge in the regional semifinals. The teams will play a single game at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Mumford. Bowie scored the only run of Game 1 after Nikki Gil lifted a short fly to left field in...
Future Longhorn shines on day two of UIL state track and field meet

Future Longhorn shines on day two of UIL state track and field meet

Hooks’ Montrell Estell had some personal business on his plate before he plants his feet in the University of Texas’ defensive backfield. Wearing a burnt orange Longhorns baseball cap, Estell had a gold medal around his neck that was almost as bright as the smile on his face at the UIL state track and field meet Friday at Myers Stadium. Estell, who has signed to play football at Texas...
Giddings’ Wolridge puts her regional behind her, wins state discus gold

Giddings’ Wolridge puts her regional behind her, wins state discus gold

A slow start didn’t prevent Ebony Wolridge from winning her first state title Friday morning at the UIL track and field championships. The Giddings sophomore took home gold in the Class 4A girls discus with a final throw of 138 feet, 7 inches, edging Princeton’s Lauryn Dixon at a sunny Myers Stadium. Wolridge finished second at the Region III meet April 29 to qualify for state, and her...
UIL track and field championships: notebook

UIL track and field championships: notebook

Sitting in a shady spot at Myers Stadium after winning a pair of medals at the UIL track and field championships, Jonesboro junior Ella Anttila noted the 82-degree Friday afternoon. “It’s snowing back home,” Anttila said, gold and silver medals draped around her neck. For Anttila, home is Helsinki. Last August, she arrived in Jonesboro, 115 miles northwest of Austin, as a foreign...
Freshman Culbreath shatters UIL meet record in girls 3,200 meters

Freshman Culbreath shatters UIL meet record in girls 3,200 meters

McKinney North freshman London Culbreath ran stride for stride with the clock — and won. The 5-foot-3, 98-pound Culbreath turned the UIL track and field championships into her personal playground on a rainy Thursday night. Showing grit and determination on the final lap of the Class 5A girls 3,200 meters, she set a pair of records despite the muggy conditions at Myers Stadium. Culbreath&rsquo...
High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

A South Florida high school student, who is facing a felony charge, will not be allowed to take part in spring football practice while wearing an ankle monitor after school officials read a newspaper story about it online. A judge’s order had allowed Shelley Singletary to participate in spring practices, as well as attend classes at Boca Raton High School, and the 18-year-old apparently was...
Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Members of a Florida high school football team surprised their No. 1 fan with a Christmas gift. Andrew Hayne is a special needs student at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel. The 18-year-old has been friends with Bulls quarterback Chris Faddoul since middle school, BayNews9 reported. Faddoul would let Hayne wear his No. 14 jersey on Fridays before Wesley Chapel games, and after...
Ohio student with MD scores touchdown on senior night

Ohio student with MD scores touchdown on senior night

An Ohio high school senior with muscular dystrophy scored a touchdown for the varsity football team Friday night while remaining in his wheelchair. Connor Williams has been a special captain with the Valley View High School varsity football team in Germantown since his freshman year. Being confined to a wheelchair has never stopped his love of Spartans football. Williams has served in several capacities...
Special needs student in Utah scores touchdown

Special needs student in Utah scores touchdown

Brian Herrera attends Cottonwood High School in Murray, located in suburban Salt Lake City. He is a special needs student and has known senior Alex Hart since the pair attended junior high school.

Powerful Washington high school football team strikes fear in opponents

In the world of Friday night lights and high school football, is it possible for one team to be too good? In Everett, Washington, one powerhouse team outscored its opponents 170-0 in its first three football games this season. Now other conference opponents would rather forfeit than get pummeled by Archbishop Murphy High School’s team.  "There's still unknowns. … We don't know...
High school coach bloodied on sideline after headbutting player

High school coach bloodied on sideline after headbutting player

TV cameras captured some tense moments on the sidelines during the Georgia high school playoffs Friday night. In a game between Colquitt County and Mill Creek, Colquitt coach Rush Propst appears to headbutt one of his players on the sideline in the second quarter. Moments later, blood was seen pouring from Propst's forehead. Colquitt County is the defending AAAAAA state football champs. They beat...
High school football player suspended for 'praising God'

High school football player suspended for 'praising God'

A high school football player in Arizona could miss the school's first playoff game in 25 years after an official deemed a gesture to in praise of God as "excessive celebration." Pedro Banda, 17, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected from a game last week after he pointed his index finger to the sky following a touchdown. The senior running back at Dysart High School in El...
Coach suspended after 161-2 rout

Coach suspended after 161-2 rout

You may expect a coach to be suspended for losing too many games. But what about when his team wins one? That's exactly what happened to the head coach of a high school girls basketball team in California after they beat the other team 161-2.   That is not a typo.  The Arroyo Valley High School girl's basketball team beat Bloomington High School  by nearly 160 points the ...
3 deaths in 1 week: How risky is high school football?

3 deaths in 1 week: How risky is high school football?

A 16-year-old high school football player died Wednesday following an on-field collision. Tom Cutinella was a junior at Shoreham-Wading River High School. He was pronounced dead after collapsing during the third quarter of a varsity football game.  But school officials say football is not to blame. STEVEN COHEN, Shoreham-Wading Superintendent WNBC: "It was the result of a typical...

Close-knit, competitive family helps Palm Beach Central’s Kc McDermott become one of the top football recruits in the country

The note on Kc McDermott’s bathroom mirror, typed in all caps and printed out on white paper, has two questions. “What are you going to be doing on Feb. 5th, 2014? And what are you doing today to ensure that?” This week, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound 16-year-old offensive tackle is visiting Notre Dame and Miami. By the end of this week, McDermott, one of the top recruits in the nation...
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