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As we wait for the 2018 season, a look at the 2017 All-Centex team
  Sorry high school football fans, but there won’t be any Friday Night Lights this week or in the near future. As we wait for the kickoff of the new-look 2018 season — remember, the UIL’s latest realignment and reclassification will
            drop in February — in about eight months, take a few minutes to look back...

Posted: 8 days ago

Sorry high school football fans, but there won’t be any Friday Night Lights this week or in the near future. As we wait for the kickoff of the new-look 2018 season — remember, the UIL’s latest realignment and reclassification will drop in February — in about eight months, take a few minutes to look back...
2017 All-Central Texas football: third-team honorees
 2017 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM OFFENSE QB: Chase Griffin, jr., Hutto The All-Centex newcomer of the year in 2016, Griffin passed for 40 TDs against only four interceptions this past fall. RB: D.J. Jackson, sr., Hendrickson Jackson totaled nearly 1,500 yards and 16 TDs while averaging 8.4 yards per carry for Hawks, a state quarterfinalist...

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2017 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM OFFENSE QB: Chase Griffin, jr., Hutto The All-Centex newcomer of the year in 2016, Griffin passed for 40 TDs against only four interceptions this past fall. RB: D.J. Jackson, sr., Hendrickson Jackson totaled nearly 1,500 yards and 16 TDs while averaging 8.4 yards per carry for Hawks, a state quarterfinalist...
Postseason spotlight: Cedar Ridge (13-1) vs. Allen (14-0)
 POSTSEASON SPOTLIGHT Class 6A, Division I state semifinal: Cedar Creek (13-1) vs. Allen (14-0) 2 p.m. Saturday, McLane Stadium in Waco Quarterbacks: In a state quarterfinal victory over Hendrickson last week, Cedar Ridge senior Ezekial Coss completed 11 of 20 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns, raising his season total to 26. &hellip...

11:45 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

POSTSEASON SPOTLIGHT Class 6A, Division I state semifinal: Cedar Creek (13-1) vs. Allen (14-0) 2 p.m. Saturday, McLane Stadium in Waco Quarterbacks: In a state quarterfinal victory over Hendrickson last week, Cedar Ridge senior Ezekial Coss completed 11 of 20 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns, raising his season total to 26. &hellip...
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 93;Courtney...

8:33 PM Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

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 93;Courtney...
Longhorns blank North Texas in NCAA tournament opener
 It took all of 82 minutes for Texas’ soccer team to put away North Texas in an August match. On Friday night in a rematch
            in the NCAA tournament, the Longhorns needed less than a half to get the job done. After scoring the game-winner in the first meeting this season between the teams, Texas sophomore forward Cyera Hintzen...

2:08 AM Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

It took all of 82 minutes for Texas’ soccer team to put away North Texas in an August match. On Friday night in a rematch in the NCAA tournament, the Longhorns needed less than a half to get the job done. After scoring the game-winner in the first meeting this season between the teams, Texas sophomore forward Cyera Hintzen...
Cedar Park band marches off with Class 5A state championship
  The Rouse drum line marches during the Raiders’ football game against Connally on Oct. 20. Rouse’s band competed at the Class
               5A state marching contest on Wednesday in San Antonio, finishing ninth. Cedar Park’s marching band won the Class 5A championship.
               CREDIT: John Gutierrez/For American...

11:17 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

The Rouse drum line marches during the Raiders’ football game against Connally on Oct. 20. Rouse’s band competed at the Class 5A state marching contest on Wednesday in San Antonio, finishing ninth. Cedar Park’s marching band won the Class 5A championship. CREDIT: John Gutierrez/For American...
Austin-area football: receiving leaders
  Georgetown receiver Caden Leggett scores a touchdown against Hays earlier this season. CREDIT: Stephen Spillman/For American-Statesman As the high school football season hits Week 8, here’s a look at the statistical leaders in the Austin area for receiving. Totals were compiled from game stats supplied each week by area coaches or...

2:52 AM Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

Georgetown receiver Caden Leggett scores a touchdown against Hays earlier this season. CREDIT: Stephen Spillman/For American-Statesman As the high school football season hits Week 8, here’s a look at the statistical leaders in the Austin area for receiving. Totals were compiled from game stats supplied each week by area coaches or...
Austin-area football: rushing leaders
  Del Valle running back Alfred Grear (20) has topped 1,000 yards this season. CREDIT: Stephen Spillman/ For American-Statesman   As the high school football season heads into the closing stretch of the regular season, here’s a look at the statistical
            leaders in the Austin area for rushing. Totals are compiled from game...

6:16 AM Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Del Valle running back Alfred Grear (20) has topped 1,000 yards this season. CREDIT: Stephen Spillman/ For American-Statesman   As the high school football season heads into the closing stretch of the regular season, here’s a look at the statistical leaders in the Austin area for rushing. Totals are compiled from game...
Austin-area football: passing leaders
  Lake Travis quarterback Matthew Baldwin has thrown 25 touchdown passes this season, the most among Class 6A quarterbacks in
               the Austin area. CREDIT: John Gutierrez/ For American-Statesman As the high school football season heads into the closing stretch of the regular season, here’s a look at the statistical
       ...

5:46 AM Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Lake Travis quarterback Matthew Baldwin has thrown 25 touchdown passes this season, the most among Class 6A quarterbacks in the Austin area. CREDIT: John Gutierrez/ For American-Statesman As the high school football season heads into the closing stretch of the regular season, here’s a look at the statistical ...
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...

8:15 PM Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

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...
Austin-area football: statistical leaders
 Georgetown’s Cooper Bell (14) throws a pass against Hutto during a District 19-5A game last month. Bell ranks among the area’s
               top passers in Class 5A this season. (CREDIT: Stephen Spillman/For American-Statesman) As the high school football season slides past the halfway point, here’s a look at the statistical...

1:04 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Georgetown’s Cooper Bell (14) throws a pass against Hutto during a District 19-5A game last month. Bell ranks among the area’s top passers in Class 5A this season. (CREDIT: Stephen Spillman/For American-Statesman) As the high school football season slides past the halfway point, here’s a look at the statistical...
High school football: Our Fab Fives
 FOOTBALL FAB FIVES CLASS 6A Team;W-L;Pts. 1. Westlake;4-0;15 In past three games, state-ranked Chaparrals have allowed total of 17 points. 2. Lake Travis;3-1;12 Cavaliers re-discovered defense in their 48-0 shutout of Hendrickson. 3. Cedar Ridge;3-1;8 Faces 13-6A rival Hendrickson after topping state-ranked Temple 21-14. 3. Del Valle;4-0...

6:33 PM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

FOOTBALL FAB FIVES CLASS 6A Team;W-L;Pts. 1. Westlake;4-0;15 In past three games, state-ranked Chaparrals have allowed total of 17 points. 2. Lake Travis;3-1;12 Cavaliers re-discovered defense in their 48-0 shutout of Hendrickson. 3. Cedar Ridge;3-1;8 Faces 13-6A rival Hendrickson after topping state-ranked Temple 21-14. 3. Del Valle;4-0...
Westlake’s Luther falls short of 200 butterfly final at worlds
  A 17-year-old swam in the women’s 200-meter butterfly final at the world championships on Thursday, but it wasn’t Westlake
            senior-to-be Dakota Luther, who’s pictured above. Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa, who will turn 18 in January, finished sixth in the race, held inside Danube Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
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4:58 PM Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017

A 17-year-old swam in the women’s 200-meter butterfly final at the world championships on Thursday, but it wasn’t Westlake senior-to-be Dakota Luther, who’s pictured above. Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa, who will turn 18 in January, finished sixth in the race, held inside Danube Arena in Budapest, Hungary. ...
A major-league milestone for St. Michael’s
  St. Michael’s celebrated a baseball milestone Thursday night when Red Sox reliever Kyle Martin made his major-league debut. With his scoreless inning during 
            an 8-6 loss to visiting Toronto, Martin became the first Crusader to appear in a big-league game, St. Michael’s baseball coach Calvin Schiraldi said Friday....

10:25 PM Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

St. Michael’s celebrated a baseball milestone Thursday night when Red Sox reliever Kyle Martin made his major-league debut. With his scoreless inning during an 8-6 loss to visiting Toronto, Martin became the first Crusader to appear in a big-league game, St. Michael’s baseball coach Calvin Schiraldi said Friday....
ICYMI: Liberty Hill hoists Breazeale Cup
  This past Sunday, American-Statesman sportswriter Thomas Jones unveiled the rankings for the inaugural Breazeale Cup, which
            recognizes the most successful high school athletic programs in our coverage area, regardless of their UIL classifications. In the top spot of the rankings was Liberty Hill, which welcomes 
            a...

2:32 PM Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2017

This past Sunday, American-Statesman sportswriter Thomas Jones unveiled the rankings for the inaugural Breazeale Cup, which recognizes the most successful high school athletic programs in our coverage area, regardless of their UIL classifications. In the top spot of the rankings was Liberty Hill, which welcomes a...
Lake Travis golfer will tee it up at Junior Solheim Cup
  Former Lake Travis standout Kaitlyn Papp, who recently led the Cavaliers to a third straight state championship in UIL girls
            golf, has been named to the U.S. team that will compete at the Junior Solheim Cup in August. Papp was one of 12 golfers chosen for the competition between U.S. and European amateurs that will be Aug. 14-16...

2:47 PM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

Former Lake Travis standout Kaitlyn Papp, who recently led the Cavaliers to a third straight state championship in UIL girls golf, has been named to the U.S. team that will compete at the Junior Solheim Cup in August. Papp was one of 12 golfers chosen for the competition between U.S. and European amateurs that will be Aug. 14-16...
After quarter century, Pflugerville pencils in a new softball coach
  David Sisson, the only coach to lead the softball program at Pflugerville High, will take a different seat on the Panthers’
            bench next season. After 26 seasons as the team’s head coach, Sisson has decided to switch roles with his longtime assistant, Angela Freeze,
            who will guide Pflugerville’s squad...

1:49 PM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

David Sisson, the only coach to lead the softball program at Pflugerville High, will take a different seat on the Panthers’ bench next season. After 26 seasons as the team’s head coach, Sisson has decided to switch roles with his longtime assistant, Angela Freeze, who will guide Pflugerville’s squad...
The 11 high school stars who have topped our annual Fab 50 lists
  This past weekend, the American-Statesman released its 11th annual list of 
            the top 50 high school athletes in the Austin area. Coming in at No. 1 was 
            Taylor High’s Virginia Kerley, a track and field standout who’s headed to Texas A&M. Here’s a look back at the high school sports stars who preceded...

4:34 PM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

This past weekend, the American-Statesman released its 11th annual list of the top 50 high school athletes in the Austin area. Coming in at No. 1 was Taylor High’s Virginia Kerley, a track and field standout who’s headed to Texas A&M. Here’s a look back at the high school sports stars who preceded...
UIL baseball championships: Day 2
 The second day of the UIL baseball championships concluded with Abilene Wylie repeating as the Class 4A state champion. The Bulldogs held off Robinson 6-5 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field as senior Zane Smith hit an RBI triple, homered and recorded the save.   On Friday, an Austin-area team will take the field as Round Rock makes the short trip...

3:57 AM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

The second day of the UIL baseball championships concluded with Abilene Wylie repeating as the Class 4A state champion. The Bulldogs held off Robinson 6-5 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field as senior Zane Smith hit an RBI triple, homered and recorded the save.   On Friday, an Austin-area team will take the field as Round Rock makes the short trip...
UIL baseball championships: opening day scoreboard

4:17 AM Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

The opening day of the UIL baseball championships ended with Georgetown Gateway Prep falling to Wall 5-1 in a Class 3A semifinal. Wall sophomore right-hander Ryan Gully struck out 15 in a match-up that featured two teams making their debuts at the state tournament. Here’s the complete scoreboard from Wednesday’s action, plus the...
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