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High school football: Player of the Week, Game Balls

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Rustin Grimm, QB, Giddings A senior, Grimm passed for 185 yards and five touchdowns to rally Giddings to a 49-44 victory over previously unbeaten Smithville. He threw two touchdowns passes in the final minute, including a 42-yard, game-winning strike to Travis James with eight seconds to play. The victory, only the Buffaloes’ second in six games this season, gave Giddings...
Game of the Week: Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1)

Game of the Week: Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1)

GAME OF THE WEEK Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1) 7:30 p.m. Friday, Gupton Stadium Quarterbacks: Senior Mak Sexton, a three-year starter who holds virtually all of Cedar Park’s passing records, has thrown for 1,443 yards, 24 touchdowns and just three interceptions while completing 75 percent of his passes. … In his first season as Georgetown’s starter, Cooper Bell has 1,719...
High school football: Our Fab Fives

High school football: Our Fab Fives

FOOTBALL FAB FIVES CLASS 6A Team;W-L;Pts. 1. Westlake;7-0;15 Chaparrals take well-deserved break after snapping losing streak against Lake Travis. 2. Cedar Ridge;6-1;12 Raiders have averaged 50.3 PPG in victories over Hendrickson, McNeil, Stony Point. 3. Lake Travis;4-2;7 Cavaliers last lost three games in a season in 2006, year before first state title. (tie) San Marcos;6-1;7 After 2-0 start in 14-6A...
Westwood volleyball moves into tie for 1st with win over Stony Point

Westwood volleyball moves into tie for 1st with win over Stony Point

Westwood (28-14 overall, 9-1 District 13-6A) defending its home court with a resounding sweep of Stony Point 25-22, 25-14, 25-14 to move into a virtual tie for first place in District 13-6A with just three games left in the regular season. The loss marked the first district setback for Stony Point (34-5, 8-1). “This was really the perfect senior night, as the girls put it,” said Westwood...
Top single-game performances in area high school football

Top single-game performances in area high school football

TOP PERFORMERS The top regular-season performances in area high school football this season. Submit additions or corrections to James Wangemann (jwangemann@statesman.com;512-445-3659). LONGEST TD PASS Yds.;Players (Team);Opponent 99;Ace Whitehead to Brandon Pierino (Lampasas);Lorena 94:Ryan Gardner to Andre Jones (Taylor);Robinson 88;Zach Rangel to Kendall Thomas (Stony Point);Pflugerville 85;Jared...
Faces Off the Field: Sammy Bray, senior, Westlake right-side hitter

Faces Off the Field: Sammy Bray, senior, Westlake right-side hitter

I’m guessing Sammy is not your given name. My coaches have always called me Sammy to make me laugh. To me, Samantha doesn’t match my personality. Do you feel pressure to win because Westlake’s volleyball program has a tradition of success? Westlake volleyball’s tradition of excellence inspires me more than it pressures me. I feel a drive to contribute to this tradition, but...
Pflugerville picks up rare volleyball win

Pflugerville picks up rare volleyball win

First-year coach Melissa Rich has put in the time and passion with Pflugerville this season, and that work paid off Friday against Incarnate Word. The Panthers fought for a 23-25, 26-24, 25-22, 9-25, 15-9 win over the strong TAPPS program from San Antonio, and Rich said the victory was a just reward for her team. “The girls have worked so hard, and practiced tirelessly,” she said. &ldquo...
District 13-6A roundup: Round Rock picks up first win

District 13-6A roundup: Round Rock picks up first win

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: Round Rock The Dragons (1-5, 1-1) have been knocking on the door of victory all year, but against rival Pflugerville (2-5, 1-2) they finally decided just to kick it down. The Dragons scored 21 fourth-quarter points to pull away from the Panthers in a 56-46 win. Marquis Brown led the team in rushing with 11 carries for 130 yards while quarterbacks Ryan O’Keefe...
District 19-5A roundup: East View makes case for playoffs

District 19-5A roundup: East View makes case for playoffs

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: East View The Patriots (2-3, 3-4) bounced back in a big way and announced serious intentions on taking the district’s final playoff spot with an impressive 42-24 win over Connally (2-4, 1-3). Zion Hester rushed 26 times for 186 yards and a score while Torrie Davis added 14 carries for 100 yards in a dominant ground performance. The Patriots and Bastrop (2-5...
Water polo, basketball shot clock among topics at UIL council meeting

Water polo, basketball shot clock among topics at UIL council meeting

Water polo appears to be the next sport sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League. Just not this year. The UIL listened to multiple speakers promote the sport at its council meetings on Sunday. The policy committee, though, called for another survey of state superintendents in the fall of 2018 to address the matter. Water polo was among many topics of discussion at the 77th annual UIL Legislative...
Dodge, Westlake put away 10-game losing streak against Lake Travis

Dodge, Westlake put away 10-game losing streak against Lake Travis

Long before Westlake suffered 10 straight losses to Lake Travis, Chaparrals head coach Todd Dodge was part of another inglorious football streak as a teenager. Dodge played quarterback at Port Arthur Jefferson before he became a gunslinger at the University of Texas. Despite all his success in high school, Dodge and the Yellow Jackets were stung by nine straight losses to Port Neches-Groves before...
High school football: How Our Fab Fives Fared

High school football: How Our Fab Fives Fared

HOW OUR FAB FIVES FARED • Class 6A 1. Westlake (7-0) def. Lake Travis (4-2), 21-14. 2. Lake Travis (4-2) lost to Westlake (7-0), 21-14. 3. Cedar Ridge (6-1) def. Stony Point (3-4), 42-21. 4. Bowie (5-1) def. Del Valle (4-3), 23-15. 5. San Marcos (6-1) def. Akins (1-5), 36-10. • Class 5A 1. Dripping Springs (6-0) def. Lockhart (2-4), 52-14. 2. Hutto (6-0) def. Bastrop (2-5), 55-13. 3. Cedar...
Notable numbers from this past week’s high school football action

Notable numbers from this past week’s high school football action

ADD IT UP Numbers of note from the latest action in area high school football: 6 — Rushing touchdowns against Stony Point for Cedar Ridge’s Simi Bakare, who set a school record. His TD runs ranged from 2 to 76 yards. 41 — In games, duration of Lake Travis’ winning streak in district play that came to halt with the Cavaliers’ loss to Westlake in a District 25-6A matchup...
Giddings topples unbeaten Smithville with two-last minute touchdowns

Giddings topples unbeaten Smithville with two-last minute touchdowns

Smithville took an unbeaten record into its District 10-4A opener Friday night, and the Tigers suffered an improbable, agonizing loss at Giddings. Smithville, leading 44-35 with just more than 30 seconds to play, surrendered a 6-yard touchdown pass from Rustin Grimm to Jaylon Joiner with 27 seconds left, capping a last-minute drive. The Buffaloes then recovered the onside kick, setting up a 42-yard...
Bakare’s six TDs help Cedar Ridge race past Stony Point 42-21

Bakare’s six TDs help Cedar Ridge race past Stony Point 42-21

When Sam Robinson was elevated from defensive coordinator to Cedar Ridge’s head football coach this past offseason, the hope was that the move would ensure some continuity for the Raiders. Months later that decision has bolstered hopes for a second consecutive District 13-6A championship, especially after Cedar Ridge dismantled Stony Point 42-21 Friday night at Dragon Stadium as Simi Bakare...
Defense helps Westlake bring down 10-game losing streak to Lake Travis

Defense helps Westlake bring down 10-game losing streak to Lake Travis

The streak is history. Westlake quarterback Taylor Anderson shook off the memory of two losses to Lake Travis last year by writing a different script Friday night. A junior, Anderson rushed for 120 yards and touchdown in a 21-14 victory at Chaparral Stadium. Fifth-ranked Westlake improved to 7-0, 3-0 in District 25-6A. No. 7 Lake Travis, which didn’t score a point after halftime, dropped to...
QB Will Jennings, Westwood light up McNeil in district win

QB Will Jennings, Westwood light up McNeil in district win

Westwood quarterback Will Jennings rushed for three touchdowns and passed for a fourth as the Warriors celebrated homecoming at Kelly Reeves Athletic Center with a 62-27 win over McNeil. Jennings, a senior quarterback, accounted for 381 yards of Westwood’s 653 yards total offense. He scored on runs of 19, 56 and 3 yards while finishing with 93 yards rushing on six carries. In the air, Jennings...
Early outburst lifts East View football team past Connally

Early outburst lifts East View football team past Connally

East View raced out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 42-24 victory over Connally in a District 19-5A contest at The Pfield. Aaron Garces tossed two touchdown passes and Isaac Ochoa returned a Connally fumble 62 yards for a touchdown, all in the first 6 minutes, 30 seconds of the game. Connally finally struck back in the second quarter on a 28-yard Ernest Musue pass to Reggie Martin...
In email, district urges coaches not to discuss protests with media

In email, district urges coaches not to discuss protests with media

Football coaches in the Austin school district have been told they should not speak to the media about any players or cheerleaders who kneel during the national anthem. An email was sent last week after three coaches in the district — Charles Taylor of McCallum, Joe Frank Martinez of Travis and Mike Rosenthal of Austin High — made comments to the American-Statesman about small groups of...
Round Rock football team outlasts Pflugerville for first win

Round Rock football team outlasts Pflugerville for first win

Round Rock’s first trip to The Pfield yielded an abundant harvest in the team’s first win of the season. The Dragons earned a 56-46 win at Pflugerville’s new stadium in a game that featured the highest combined score in Round Rock history. The Dragons (1-5, 1-1 District 13-6A) never trailed in the first half and took a two-point lead into halftime, but there were four lead changes...
Round Rock holds off Pflugerville, picks up first victory of season

Round Rock holds off Pflugerville, picks up first victory of season

Injury-riddled Round Rock rallied for its first victory of the high school football season Thursday night, when the Dragons used a fourth-quarter comeback to top Pflugerville 56-46 at The Pfield. Sophomore Jordan Smart accounted for six touchdowns for the Dragons (1-5, 1-5 District 13-6A), including two passing TDs in the fourth quarter after he was pressed into playing quarterback once Ryan O&rsquo...
Bears can’t quite topple Cedar Park

Bears can’t quite topple Cedar Park

Bastrop missed an opportunity to take advantage of Cedar Park’s recent slide. After competing in the first set, the Bears lost to the Timberwolves 25-23, 25-15, 25-14 in a District 19-5A match at home Tuesday. Cedar Park (9-3 in district) had lost three of four district matches recently to Rouse, Hutto and Cedar Creek. “We’ve been having a difficult time finding ourselves, but these...
A cave, a cafe and a couple of quarterbacks in Georgetown

A cave, a cafe and a couple of quarterbacks in Georgetown

THE DRIVE: THIS WEEK’S RECOMMENDED ROAD TRIP Friday nights in the fall have always been about more than football. At the end of the workweek, Friday means hopping in the truck — or maybe a minivan — and following your team, no matter the distance or the traffic. It means a good meal before and sometimes during the game. It means a bit of sightseeing, too, while you proudly show off...
High school volleyball: Fab Fives and notes

High school volleyball: Fab Fives and notes

FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Stony Point (34-4) 2. Vandegrift (36-6) 3. Westlake (24-15) 4. Westwood (27-14) 5. Bowie (19-19) • Class 5A 1. Rouse (41-3) 2. Dripping Springs (29-12) 3. Austin High (19-13) 4. Cedar Park (25-16) 5. Cedar Creek (29-12) • Class 4A and below 1. St. Michael’s (20-2) 2. Liberty Hill (26-13) 3. St. Stephen’s (19-9) 4. Round Rock Christian (24-6) 5. Brentwood...
First-year QBs fit nicely into storied Lake Travis-Westlake rivalry

First-year QBs fit nicely into storied Lake Travis-Westlake rivalry

Blue-chip recruits, a pair of eventual NFL athletes and even the expected starters for Saturday’s Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma have all played quarterback during the 11-year series between Lake Travis and Westlake. But when the not-so-friendly neighbors renew their rivalry Friday night at Chaparral Stadium, two first-year starters will line up behind center for just the second...
Faces off the Field: Kyndall Johnson, senior middle blocker, Bowie

Faces off the Field: Kyndall Johnson, senior middle blocker, Bowie

What’s your favorite volleyball memory at Bowie? Advancing to round three in playoffs last season. Why is Bowie volleyball always so competitive? Because we take our offseason training very seriously. We get freshmen from Bailey, Small, Covington and Gorzycki middle schools, which all have very great volleyball programs that help develop the players. Which school do you consider your biggest...
Westlake, Lake Travis ready to renew lopsided rivalry

Westlake, Lake Travis ready to renew lopsided rivalry

Two of the area’s top Class 6A football teams renew their rivalry Friday night when Lake Travis (4-1, 1-0 District 25-6A) visits Westlake (6-0, 2-0). The annual Battle of the Lakes will decide who gets western Travis County bragging rights as well as the inside track to the District 25-6A title. “We’re all excited,” said Lake Travis defensive tackle Kade Langston. “We...
Former ball boy Sexton rises to state title-winning QB at Cedar Park

Former ball boy Sexton rises to state title-winning QB at Cedar Park

Long before he became a quarterback at Cedar Park High, Mak Sexton was a ball boy who checked in daily for the Timberwolves’ 5 a.m. practices. For five years, Sexton took his duties as a ball boy as seriously as the players studied playbooks. If former Cedar Park football coach Chris Ross needed a hand, he would call upon young Mak. The boy would hike the ball to the kickers, help the athletic...
Westwood volleyball team wins 5-set thriller over Cedar Ridge

Westwood volleyball team wins 5-set thriller over Cedar Ridge

Maddi Kriz slammed 20 kills, Audrey Quesnel added 13 kills and Emily Low notched nine kills as Westwood rallied to defeat Cedar Ridge in five sets Oct. 10 at Cedar Ridge High School. Westwood (27-14, 7-1) came out slow against the determined Raiders (23-15, 3-5) and dropped two of the first three sets before rallying for the 22-25, 25-16, 15-25, 25-23, 19-17 win. The back-and-forth fifth set typified...
Lake Travis volleyball team sweeps Vista Ridge, eyes rival Chaps

Lake Travis volleyball team sweeps Vista Ridge, eyes rival Chaps

After suffering a grueling five-set loss to visiting Vandegrift last week, Lake Travis returned to its winning ways at home on Oct. 10, sweeping Vista Ridge 25-13, 25-23, 25-12. With the victory, the Cavaliers (25–14, 5–3) remain in striking distance for the District 25-6A crown, trailing district-leading Westlake by two games. Setter Skylar Besch set the tone for the Cavaliers from the...
District 25-6A roundup: Pittman, Rangers keeping pace with favorites

District 25-6A roundup: Pittman, Rangers keeping pace with favorites

Team of the Week: Vista Ridge (4-2, 2-0) The Rangers showed off the versatile Jamil Pittman (see below) to outlast Leander Friday night to remain tied for the district lead with Westlake. Leander led 21-14 before the Rangers scored 21 straight points. Pittman threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Devin Walker in the third quarter and returned an interception 63 yards to give the Rangers the lead in the...
Stony Point volleyball wins another 5-set match, stays atop district

Stony Point volleyball wins another 5-set match, stays atop district

It was a big night for Stony Point senior Jasmine Creek, who helped the Tigers win their fifth five-set match in district play against Cedar Ridge on Oct. 6. The Mary Hardin-Baylor pledge had 19 kills as Stony Point (34-4, 7-0 District 13-6A) remained in first place with a 25-23, 24-26, 25-23, 25-27, 15-8 victory. Following the win, Creek hurried to Dragon Stadium, where she was a homecoming queen...
Game of the Week: Lake Travis (4-1) at Westlake (6-0)

Game of the Week: Lake Travis (4-1) at Westlake (6-0)

GAME OF THE WEEK Lake Travis (4-1) at Westlake (6-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday, Chaparral Stadium Quarterbacks: Lake Travis senior Matthew Baldwin has been spectacular, averaging 373 passing yards per game while throwing for 24 touchdowns against three interceptions. He has completed 69 percent of his attempts. … A backup last season, Westlake’s Taylor Anderson has been steady for a team averaging...
High school football: Our Fab Fives

High school football: Our Fab Fives

FOOTBALL FAB FIVES CLASS 6A Team;W-L;Pts. 1. Westlake;6-0;15 Chaparrals remain at No. 5 in Associated Press Class 6A state poll. 2. Lake Travis;4-1;12 At No. 7, Cavaliers qualify as area’s only other state-ranked 6A squad. 3. Cedar Ridge;5-1;9 Raiders face Stony Point on Friday in a showdown for District 13-6A lead. 4. Bowie;4-1;5 After a bye week, Bulldogs open their 14-6A schedule against...
High school football: Player of the Week, Game Balls

High school football: Player of the Week, Game Balls

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Jamil Pittman, RB-DB, Vista Ridge It was a busy Friday night for Pittman, a senior who caught five passes for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns, carried four times for 50 yards and threw a 45-yard TD pass in a 35-28 victory over Leander. In the fourth quarter, Pittman capped his night with a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown, a play that gave Vista Ridge the lead for...
Top single-game performances in area high school football

Top single-game performances in area high school football

TOP PERFORMERS The top regular-season performances in area high school football this season. Submit additions or corrections to James Wangemann (jwangemann@statesman.com;512-445-3659). LONGEST TD PASS Yds.;Players (Team);Opponent 99;Ace Whitehead to Brandon Pierino (Lampasas);Lorena 94:Ryan Gardner to Andre Jones (Taylor);Robinson 88;Zach Rangel to Kendall Thomas (Stony Point);Pflugerville 85;Jared...
Faces Off the Field: Emily Low, senior middle blocker, Westwood

Faces Off the Field: Emily Low, senior middle blocker, Westwood

What’s your favorite volleyball memory at Westwood? That’s easy. Beating Westlake on their homecourt last season was just awesome. At a rigorous academic school, how difficult is it to juggle books and athletics? Athletics takes up most of my time during the season so I really try to get my homework done as soon as I get home from practices or games. We have study hall before practices...
District 19-5A roundup: Could Bastrop make playoff push?

District 19-5A roundup: Could Bastrop make playoff push?

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the Week: Bastrop There was nothing easy about the Bears’ 50-46 win over Connally (2-3, 1-2). Bastrop (2-4, 2-2) built a halftime lead, saw it evaporate but stormed back in the game’s final quarter to pull off what had to be considered an upset in 19-5A play. After a winless non-district schedule, the Bears suddenly find themselves at 2-2 in district play and...
District 13-6A roundup: Cedar Ridge, Stony Point to meet in key game

District 13-6A roundup: Cedar Ridge, Stony Point to meet in key game

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the Week: Hendrickson The Hawks’ defense shut down the Warriors’ high flying offense in a dominant 51-14 win over Westwood (2-3, 0-1). Hendrickson (3-3, 1-1) held Westwood to just 16 rushing yards and 178 total. The Hawks’ running game was particularly dominant as Hendrickson pounded the rock 38 times for 413 yards on the ground – an average of over...
Special bond between football coaches and quarterback sons runs deep

Special bond between football coaches and quarterback sons runs deep

Ryan Waugh has spent most of his youth watching his father coach football teams. The senior quarterback for Crockett High has discussed Xs and Os of the game at the dining room table, and has tossed the football with his father in the backyard. Young Ryan was often asleep when his dad, longtime Cougars head coach John Waugh, left the house at 6 a.m. on Sunday mornings to study video and prepare for...
Notable numbers from this past week’s high school football action

Notable numbers from this past week’s high school football action

ADD IT UP Numbers of note from the latest action in area high school football: 4 — First-half touchdowns for Cedar Ridge junior Jaylen Ellis against McNeil. He caught three touchdown passes, including a 55-yarder, and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score. 473.5 — Average yards rushing for unbeaten McCallum in victories over LBJ and Austin High to open District 25-5A play. 3 —...
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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