Thomas Jones

Sports editor, Westlake Picayune & Lake Travis View

A native Texan and a 1999 graduate of The University of Texas, Thomas Jones has spent 16 years as a reporter and editor in Austin. He currently works as a sports reporter and community sports editor for the Austin American-Statesman, overseeing the sports sections for six weekly and semi-weekly newspapers in the greater Austin area. Thomas maintains his peak physical form by playing disc golf at least twice a month. Follow Thomas at @ThomasJonesAAS.

Latest from Thomas Jones

Lake Travis, Round Rock among Austin-area schools ranked in preseason baseball poll
 As the Round Rock Dragon players celebrate on the turf, teammate Kyle Hawkins shouts out a victory cheer after the UIL Class
               6A, Region II baseball playoff between the Round Rock Dragons and the Hendrickson Hawks at Concordia University Texas’ Tornado
               Field on Friday June 2, 2017. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN...

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As the Round Rock Dragon players celebrate on the turf, teammate Kyle Hawkins shouts out a victory cheer after the UIL Class 6A, Region II baseball playoff between the Round Rock Dragons and the Hendrickson Hawks at Concordia University Texas’ Tornado Field on Friday June 2, 2017. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN...
Lanier moves into state polls after pair of impressive district wins
 Lanier’s Davion Buster (5) shoots over Reagan’s Keyshawn Cantrell (4) and Josiyah Thorn (55) during a District 25-5A high
               school basketball game at Reagan High School, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Lanier beat Reagan and LBJ last week to earn its first
               appearance in the state’s Class 5A poll. (Stephen...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Lanier’s Davion Buster (5) shoots over Reagan’s Keyshawn Cantrell (4) and Josiyah Thorn (55) during a District 25-5A high school basketball game at Reagan High School, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Lanier beat Reagan and LBJ last week to earn its first appearance in the state’s Class 5A poll. (Stephen...
Westlake court to be named in honor of recently retired Al Bennett
 Recently retired Westlake volleyball coach Al Bennett will have his name on the Chaps’ home court, Westlake High School principal Steve Ramsey declared during Saturday’s community celebration commemorating his long and storied career at the school. The court at Westlake’s main gym will be named in honor of Bennett, who coached...

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Recently retired Westlake volleyball coach Al Bennett will have his name on the Chaps’ home court, Westlake High School principal Steve Ramsey declared during Saturday’s community celebration commemorating his long and storied career at the school. The court at Westlake’s main gym will be named in honor of Bennett, who coached...
Eagles' Nick Foles puts Texas high school into Super Bowl record book
 With his impressive performance in Sunday’s NFC Championship game, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles helped his Texas high school etch its name in the NFL record books. In leading the Eagles to a 38-7 victory against the Minnesota Vikings, Foles became the second former Westlake High School graduate to earn a start at quarterback...

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With his impressive performance in Sunday’s NFC Championship game, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles helped his Texas high school etch its name in the NFL record books. In leading the Eagles to a 38-7 victory against the Minnesota Vikings, Foles became the second former Westlake High School graduate to earn a start at quarterback...
How did our Fab 5 basketball teams fare this past weekend?
 Pflugerville guard Darius Watford shoots a layup during a high school basketball game between Pflugerville and Hendrickson
               in Plfugerville, Texas, on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN How did our Fab Five basketball teams fare over the weekend? Expect a shakeup at the top of several polls later this week...

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Pflugerville guard Darius Watford shoots a layup during a high school basketball game between Pflugerville and Hendrickson in Plfugerville, Texas, on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN How did our Fab Five basketball teams fare over the weekend? Expect a shakeup at the top of several polls later this week...
Nick Foles helps Westlake make history with upcoming Super Bowl appearance
 Westlake QB Nick Foles looks for a receiver against Austin High in the first half at House Park on Friday Sep. 29, 2006. Jay
               Janner/Austin American-Statesman With his impressive performance in Sunday’s NFC championship game, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles helped Westlake
            High School etch its name...

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Westlake QB Nick Foles looks for a receiver against Austin High in the first half at House Park on Friday Sep. 29, 2006. Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman With his impressive performance in Sunday’s NFC championship game, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles helped Westlake High School etch its name...
Pflugerville boys seize first with win over Hendrickson
 Pflugerville may have been outmanned and undersized, but the Panthers certainly had enough heart while fending off rival Hendrickson, 68-59, in a District 13-6A showdown Friday at Pflugerville High School. Paired with Cedar Ridge’s 54-47 victory over Westwood Friday, Pflugerville’s win gave the Panthers sole possession of first...

Posted: 3 days ago

Pflugerville may have been outmanned and undersized, but the Panthers certainly had enough heart while fending off rival Hendrickson, 68-59, in a District 13-6A showdown Friday at Pflugerville High School. Paired with Cedar Ridge’s 54-47 victory over Westwood Friday, Pflugerville’s win gave the Panthers sole possession of first...
Local boys volleyball team competes in California tournament
  The Austin Juniors under-18 boys volleyball team team traveled to California last weekend for the prestigious Southern California
            Volleyball Association Holiday Classic in Anaheim. The Austin team finished 19th out of 77 teams from across the nation. The Austin Juniors endured a tough draw, winning four
            of seven...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Austin Juniors under-18 boys volleyball team team traveled to California last weekend for the prestigious Southern California Volleyball Association Holiday Classic in Anaheim. The Austin team finished 19th out of 77 teams from across the nation. The Austin Juniors endured a tough draw, winning four of seven...
Westlake to celebrate career of retired volleyball coach Al Bennett Saturday
 Westlake Chaparrals head coach Al Bennett dance hops with the team in celebration of their match win at the district volleyball
               game between the Lake Travis Cavaliers and the Westlake Chaparrals at Westlake High School, October 13, 2017. JOHN GUTIERREZ
               / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN Westlake High School will host a...

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Westlake Chaparrals head coach Al Bennett dance hops with the team in celebration of their match win at the district volleyball game between the Lake Travis Cavaliers and the Westlake Chaparrals at Westlake High School, October 13, 2017. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN Westlake High School will host a...
Boys basketball: Fab Fives and notes
 BOYS BASKETBALL: FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Westlake (24-3) 2. Lake Travis (21-5) 3. Westwood (21-6) 4. Vandegrift (20-7) 5. Del Valle (14-8) • Class 5A 1. LBJ (17-5) 2. Rouse (20-6) 3. Lanier (17-6) 4. Austin High (15-8) 5. Reagan (16-7) • Class 4A and below 1. Jarrell (18-4) 2. Thorndale (20-3) 3. Liberty Hill (17-10) 4. Glenn...

Posted: 5 days ago

BOYS BASKETBALL: FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Westlake (24-3) 2. Lake Travis (21-5) 3. Westwood (21-6) 4. Vandegrift (20-7) 5. Del Valle (14-8) • Class 5A 1. LBJ (17-5) 2. Rouse (20-6) 3. Lanier (17-6) 4. Austin High (15-8) 5. Reagan (16-7) • Class 4A and below 1. Jarrell (18-4) 2. Thorndale (20-3) 3. Liberty Hill (17-10) 4. Glenn...
Lanier guard Buster finds ways to lift up teammates, frustrate foes
 With Reagan on a run and the Raiders’ home gym rocking Wednesday night, the basketball landed in just the right spot for Lanier. In Davion Buster’s hands. And Buster delivered — again — to lift Lanier to a thrilling 68-65 victory in a matchup of District 25-5A teams. Buster, a senior guard who leads the Austin area...

Posted: 5 days ago

With Reagan on a run and the Raiders’ home gym rocking Wednesday night, the basketball landed in just the right spot for Lanier. In Davion Buster’s hands. And Buster delivered — again — to lift Lanier to a thrilling 68-65 victory in a matchup of District 25-5A teams. Buster, a senior guard who leads the Austin area...