Rick Cantu

Sports reporter, high school and UT women's basketball

Rick Cantu, for better or worse, has written sports for the Statesman since 1990. Began by covering University of Texas football and UT women's hoops. Beats have changed over the years and I've covered Texas A&M sports, UT baseball, the Dallas Cowboys (8 years) and now primarily high school sports. We have about 75 public and about 10 private high schools in our reading area. Much has been written about Lake Travis, the first high school to win state in football five straight years. I'm also back to writing about UT women's hoops, a fairly big beat here. My cat's name is Rookie and she's eternally hungry.

Latest from Rick Cantu

Anderson football coach Rhoads reassigned in district
 After four seasons, Anderson football coach Jeff Rhoads is leaving the Trojans and has accepted a position in the Austin school
               district athletic office, he said Wednesday. Rhoads, 50, spoke to his players Wednesday afternoon about his departure. His duties in the athletic department has not been
               specified. &ldquo...

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After four seasons, Anderson football coach Jeff Rhoads is leaving the Trojans and has accepted a position in the Austin school district athletic office, he said Wednesday. Rhoads, 50, spoke to his players Wednesday afternoon about his departure. His duties in the athletic department has not been specified. &ldquo...
Texas signees Prince, Collier earn McDonald’s All-America Team honors
 Sedona Prince of Liberty Hill HIgh School will compete in the McDonald’s All-America game this March in Atlanta. Tucked away in Liberty Hill, Sedona Prince has been the big girl on campus for years. As she prepares to finish her final season of high school basketball, Prince can now stand on a national platform. Prince and fellow University...

Posted: 4 hours ago

Sedona Prince of Liberty Hill HIgh School will compete in the McDonald’s All-America game this March in Atlanta. Tucked away in Liberty Hill, Sedona Prince has been the big girl on campus for years. As she prepares to finish her final season of high school basketball, Prince can now stand on a national platform. Prince and fellow University...
Samuelson, Dangerfield help UConn escape Texas scare 75-71
 Texas forward Jatarie White (40) goes up for a layup past Connecticut forward Gabby Williams (15) during a NCAA women’s college
               basketball game in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN In defeat, Karen Aston hopes the effort her team gave during a disappointing loss to top-ranked UConn...

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Texas forward Jatarie White (40) goes up for a layup past Connecticut forward Gabby Williams (15) during a NCAA women’s college basketball game in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN In defeat, Karen Aston hopes the effort her team gave during a disappointing loss to top-ranked UConn...
This just in: UConn 75, Texas 71
 UConn remains the face of women’s basketball. Texas, though, is making strides to becoming an elite team, too. Katie Samuelson scored 19 points and Azura Stevens 16 to lead the top-ranked Huskies to a 75-71 victory over No. 9 Texas Monday
            night at the Erwin Center. The outcome was in doubt until Crystal Dangerfield hit a...

Posted: a day ago

UConn remains the face of women’s basketball. Texas, though, is making strides to becoming an elite team, too. Katie Samuelson scored 19 points and Azura Stevens 16 to lead the top-ranked Huskies to a 75-71 victory over No. 9 Texas Monday night at the Erwin Center. The outcome was in doubt until Crystal Dangerfield hit a...
Tall order as Texas faces UConn in women’s basketball showcase game
 Brooke McCarty recently drained her 200th career three-pointer. Photo by Jay Janner If Texas needs a measuring stick to see how far the basketball team has progressed under Karen Aston’s eyes, top-ranked Connecticut
            will provide the ruler. It is a compliment to Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies that more than 10,000 fans...

Posted: 3 days ago

Brooke McCarty recently drained her 200th career three-pointer. Photo by Jay Janner If Texas needs a measuring stick to see how far the basketball team has progressed under Karen Aston’s eyes, top-ranked Connecticut will provide the ruler. It is a compliment to Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies that more than 10,000 fans...
Holmes, Atkins ignite Texas to comeback victory over Kansas 79-62

Posted: 4 days ago

For a few moments in time, Texas forward Joyner Holmes was reliving her freshman season. The Longhorns rallied for a 79-62 victory over Kansas Saturday afternoon at the Erwin Center that might be remembered as the day Holmes turned her year around. With 11 points and 9 rebounds in 23 minutes, she reminded 4,015 fans on Texas Exes...
This just in: Texas 79, Kansas 62

Posted: 4 days ago

Ariel Atkins scored 22 points and Lashann Higgs added 17 to lead No. 7 Texas to a 79-62victory over Kansas in the Big 12 game Saturday afternoon at the Erwin Center. Texas improves to 14-2 overall, 5-1 in the Big 12. Kansas is 11-6, 2-4. Joyner Holmes had her best game since returning from a 10-game suspension,  contributing...
Aston, Longhorns searching for someone to finish paint job
 Forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau’s absence from practice Friday was an alarming development for a Texas women’s basketball
            team in need of frontcourt help. While her teammates worked out at the Erwin Center, Caron-Goudreau stood on the sideline, her right thigh wrapped. The senior’s
            availability...

Posted: 5 days ago

Forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau’s absence from practice Friday was an alarming development for a Texas women’s basketball team in need of frontcourt help. While her teammates worked out at the Erwin Center, Caron-Goudreau stood on the sideline, her right thigh wrapped. The senior’s availability...
2017 All-Central Texas football: second-team honorees
 2017 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB: Matthew Baldwin, sr., Lake Travis Now enrolled at Ohio State, Baldwin helped the Cavaliers reach the Class 6A, Division I title game, passing for 3,842 yards and 44 TDs. RB: Simi Bakare, sr., Cedar Ridge A Missouri signee, Bakare rolled to 1,981 yards and 29 touchdowns to help the Raiders...

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2017 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB: Matthew Baldwin, sr., Lake Travis Now enrolled at Ohio State, Baldwin helped the Cavaliers reach the Class 6A, Division I title game, passing for 3,842 yards and 44 TDs. RB: Simi Bakare, sr., Cedar Ridge A Missouri signee, Bakare rolled to 1,981 yards and 29 touchdowns to help the Raiders...
Faces Off the Field: Caleb Golden, sophomore guard, Cedar Ridge
 What’s your favorite memory of playing basketball for Cedar Ridge? My first win during my freshman season on the varsity team. I still remember the game-winning shot against Copperas Cove in our very first game of the season. We won 61-60 at home. How far can this team go if it plays to its potential? With our versatility and defense...

Posted: 6 days ago

What’s your favorite memory of playing basketball for Cedar Ridge? My first win during my freshman season on the varsity team. I still remember the game-winning shot against Copperas Cove in our very first game of the season. We won 61-60 at home. How far can this team go if it plays to its potential? With our versatility and defense...
TCU’s Central Texas connection stuns Texas 79-77
 Texas forward Jatarie White (40) is forced to pass the ball out of the paint as TCU’s Adeola Akomolafe, left rear, and Jayde
               Woods, right rear, defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Fort Worth,
               Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) FORT WORTH — Stony...

Posted: 6 days ago

Texas forward Jatarie White (40) is forced to pass the ball out of the paint as TCU’s Adeola Akomolafe, left rear, and Jayde Woods, right rear, defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) FORT WORTH — Stony...