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

Top-ranked Rouse records its 50th victory, reaches Class 5A final
 Rouse was on the verge of losing a set — a rare occurrence for the Raiders — when e’Lan McCall intervened. At the time, Aledo had taken a 24-23 lead over Rouse, the top-ranked Class 5A volleyball team in Texas. A frenzied crowd cheering for the Bearcats was in full throttle, and their team was building toward a possible...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Rouse was on the verge of losing a set — a rare occurrence for the Raiders — when e’Lan McCall intervened. At the time, Aledo had taken a 24-23 lead over Rouse, the top-ranked Class 5A volleyball team in Texas. A frenzied crowd cheering for the Bearcats was in full throttle, and their team was building toward a possible...
Liberty Hill starts fast, but Needville rallies to gain Class 4A final
 Liberty Hill had not seen competition like this during its 17-match winning streak that brought the Panthers to the UIL volleyball championships. The Panthers, making their third appearance at the state tournament in four years, started strongly but could not finish the job against Needville in a Class 4A semifinal at Culwell Center. Needville...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Liberty Hill had not seen competition like this during its 17-match winning streak that brought the Panthers to the UIL volleyball championships. The Panthers, making their third appearance at the state tournament in four years, started strongly but could not finish the job against Needville in a Class 4A semifinal at Culwell Center. Needville...
Top-ranked Rouse earns berth in 5A state volleyball title game
 Rouse is one victory shy of winning a state title in volleyball. On Saturday, the Raiders were on the verge of losing a rare set when elan McCall intervened. Aledo had taken a 24-23 lead against the top-ranked Class 5A volleyball team in Texas. A frenzied crowd cheering for the Bearcats
            was in full throttle. They were on the verge...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Rouse is one victory shy of winning a state title in volleyball. On Saturday, the Raiders were on the verge of losing a rare set when elan McCall intervened. Aledo had taken a 24-23 lead against the top-ranked Class 5A volleyball team in Texas. A frenzied crowd cheering for the Bearcats was in full throttle. They were on the verge...
Faces Off the Field: Kate MacRae, senior libero, Westlake
 What’s your greatest memory from Westlake volleyball? I would say my favorite memory was playing Hays at their place this year. It was such a competitive game, and their gym was super loud and fun to play in. Did this season feel different because you’re a senior? The biggest difference for me this year as a senior has been a...

Posted: a day ago

What’s your greatest memory from Westlake volleyball? I would say my favorite memory was playing Hays at their place this year. It was such a competitive game, and their gym was super loud and fun to play in. Did this season feel different because you’re a senior? The biggest difference for me this year as a senior has been a...
From backup to breakout season, Cavaliers’ Baldwin boosts passing grade
 Lake Travis quarterback Matthew Baldwin considered himself a lucky young man when he received a scholarship offer this summer to play football for Colorado State next fall. After all, Baldwin spent his junior season as Charlie Brewer’s caddy, taking over games after Lake Travis had built second-half leads of 40 points or more. When...

Posted: 2 days ago

Lake Travis quarterback Matthew Baldwin considered himself a lucky young man when he received a scholarship offer this summer to play football for Colorado State next fall. After all, Baldwin spent his junior season as Charlie Brewer’s caddy, taking over games after Lake Travis had built second-half leads of 40 points or more. When...
In the books: Texas pounces on McNeese State 100-34

Posted: 2 days ago

It was a milestone day for Texas senior Ariel Atkins and a chance for 5,400 school children to cut loose. The 5-11 guard scored 23 points to power the Longhorns to a 100-34 victory over McNeese State in a non-conference game Wednesday at the Erwin Center. It was a fun game for the students representing 54 schools in the Austin...
Back at state, Liberty Hill ready to spike memory of semifinal loss
 A volleyball team that has won 48 straight sets is doing its best to erase the memory of last year’s disheartening loss at the UIL state tournament. Liberty Hill is back this season with a new attitude and a new motto — The Redemption Tour. So when the Panthers are introduced before their Class 4A state semifinal Friday morning...

Posted: 3 days ago

A volleyball team that has won 48 straight sets is doing its best to erase the memory of last year’s disheartening loss at the UIL state tournament. Liberty Hill is back this season with a new attitude and a new motto — The Redemption Tour. So when the Panthers are introduced before their Class 4A state semifinal Friday morning...
Faces Off the Field: Tiana Gardner, junior forward, Austin High
 First of all, tell me about that brace on your knee. So I also play volleyball and I made varsity this year. In the first scrimmage of the year, I tore my ACL. I jumped and landed and my knee just kind of buckled under me. Is there any chance you’ll play basketball this season? There is a very small chance of me playing this season...

Posted: 4 days ago

First of all, tell me about that brace on your knee. So I also play volleyball and I made varsity this year. In the first scrimmage of the year, I tore my ACL. I jumped and landed and my knee just kind of buckled under me. Is there any chance you’ll play basketball this season? There is a very small chance of me playing this season...
High school football: Player of the Week, Game Balls
 PLAYER OF THE WEEK Matthew Baldwin, QB, Lake Travis A senior in his first season as the Cavaliers’ starting quarterback, Baldwin completed 19 of 24 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns Friday night in a 40-28 victory over Vandegrift. He also led his team with 133 yards rushing on just nine carrries, and his 66-yard touchdown run...

Posted: 4 days ago

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Matthew Baldwin, QB, Lake Travis A senior in his first season as the Cavaliers’ starting quarterback, Baldwin completed 19 of 24 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns Friday night in a 40-28 victory over Vandegrift. He also led his team with 133 yards rushing on just nine carrries, and his 66-yard touchdown run...
Higgs, McCarty lead No. 2 Texas to season-opening victory over Stetson
 In many ways Sunday, Texas flashed the skill, teamwork and hustle that have made the Longhorns the second-ranked team in the
            nation. Guard Lashann Higgs scored 18 points, Brooke McCarty had 14, and the Longhorns posted a 51-25 advantage on the boards in a
            resounding 95-59 season-opening...

Posted: 5 days ago

In many ways Sunday, Texas flashed the skill, teamwork and hustle that have made the Longhorns the second-ranked team in the nation. Guard Lashann Higgs scored 18 points, Brooke McCarty had 14, and the Longhorns posted a 51-25 advantage on the boards in a resounding 95-59 season-opening...
Breaking: Texas beats Stetson 95-59 in season opener

Posted: 5 days ago

Junior guard Lashann Higgs scored a career-high 18 points and Brooke McCarty 14 to lead Texas to a 95-59 victory over Stetson in the women’s basketball opener Sunday afternoon at the Erwin Center. Texas is 40-4 in home openers. Junior forward Jordan Hosey had one of her best games as a Longhorn, scoring 13 points to go ...