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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
State-ranked girls basketball teams from Pflugerville, Hendrickson to face off FRisay
 Pflugerville Panthers Samariae Bonds (44) makes the layup against the Hendrickson Hawks during the third period at the girls
               varsity basketball between the Pflugerville Panthers and the Hendrickson Hawks at Pflugerville High School on Friday, December
               15, 2017. The two state-ranked teams play again Friday. JOHN...

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Pflugerville Panthers Samariae Bonds (44) makes the layup against the Hendrickson Hawks during the third period at the girls varsity basketball between the Pflugerville Panthers and the Hendrickson Hawks at Pflugerville High School on Friday, December 15, 2017. The two state-ranked teams play again Friday. JOHN...
Liberty Hill’s Sedona Prince named to McDonald’s All-American basketball team
 Liberty Hill’s Sedona Prince(23) scores over Godley’s Makaila Tyer(21) during the Class 4A girls basketball UIL State Semifinals
               at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Friday, March 3, 2017. On Tuesday, Prince became the third Austin area girls basketball player
               to be selected as a McDonald’s All-America...

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Liberty Hill’s Sedona Prince(23) scores over Godley’s Makaila Tyer(21) during the Class 4A girls basketball UIL State Semifinals at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Friday, March 3, 2017. On Tuesday, Prince became the third Austin area girls basketball player to be selected as a McDonald’s All-America...
How did our Fab 5 basketball teams fare Friday? Top-ranked teams all win
 Starr Omozee and top-ranked Pflugerville beat No. 4 Cedar Ridge Friday. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN How did our Fab Five basketball teams fare Friday? BOYS Class 6A Westlake (23-3): Beat Lehman 82-34
            Lake Travis (20-5): Beat Leander 49-44
            Vandegrift (19-7): Did not play
            Vista Ridge (17-6)...

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Starr Omozee and top-ranked Pflugerville beat No. 4 Cedar Ridge Friday. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN How did our Fab Five basketball teams fare Friday? BOYS Class 6A Westlake (23-3): Beat Lehman 82-34 Lake Travis (20-5): Beat Leander 49-44 Vandegrift (19-7): Did not play Vista Ridge (17-6)...
Hendrickson basketball team survives Stony Point for road win
 In one of the most competitive districts in the area, the little things — a missed defensive rotation, an errant pass, a failure to block out — mark the difference between worst and first. And those little things added up to another excruciating loss for Stony Point, which fell to Hendrickson 50-47 in a District 13-6A contest...

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In one of the most competitive districts in the area, the little things — a missed defensive rotation, an errant pass, a failure to block out — mark the difference between worst and first. And those little things added up to another excruciating loss for Stony Point, which fell to Hendrickson 50-47 in a District 13-6A contest...
Area basketball players nominated for McDonald’s All-American game
 Brock Cunningham (30) joins Westlake teammate Matthew Mayer as a McDonald’s All-American nominee. Roy Mata for Austin American
               Statesman Westlake teammates 
            Brock Cunningham and 
            Matthew Mayer are among the elite prep basketball players nominated to participate in the prestigious McDonald&rsquo...

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Brock Cunningham (30) joins Westlake teammate Matthew Mayer as a McDonald’s All-American nominee. Roy Mata for Austin American Statesman Westlake teammates Brock Cunningham and Matthew Mayer are among the elite prep basketball players nominated to participate in the prestigious McDonald&rsquo...
Girls basketball: Our latest Fab 5 rankings
 Austin Maroons Ellen Hagen (21) recovers a loose ball and passes it away during the fourth period at the Girls Varsity Basketball
               game between the Westlake Chaparrals and the Austin Maroons at Westlake High School on Friday, January 8, 2018. Austin High
               lost the nondistrict game but remains ranked in the Fab...

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Austin Maroons Ellen Hagen (21) recovers a loose ball and passes it away during the fourth period at the Girls Varsity Basketball game between the Westlake Chaparrals and the Austin Maroons at Westlake High School on Friday, January 8, 2018. Austin High lost the nondistrict game but remains ranked in the Fab...
Boys basketball: Our latest Fab 5 rankings
 Reagan guard Tyrese Sanders blocks a shot by LBJ forward Kevyon Tyler during a high school basketball game between LBJ and
               Reagan at the Delco Center in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Both District 25-5A teams are ranked in the Stateman’s
               latest poll. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN BOYS BASKETBALL...

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Reagan guard Tyrese Sanders blocks a shot by LBJ forward Kevyon Tyler during a high school basketball game between LBJ and Reagan at the Delco Center in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Both District 25-5A teams are ranked in the Stateman’s latest poll. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN BOYS BASKETBALL...
2017 All-Centex team: Cedar Ridge defensive tackle puts football first
 Cedar Ridge senior Daymond Williams doesn’t try to hide his feelings for his first sports love, basketball. He shows an appreciation for the game whether he’s slipping no-look passes to his teammates or helping out with vigor on defense. It’s the sport he played while growing up in Round Rock, and, heck, even his Twitter...

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Cedar Ridge senior Daymond Williams doesn’t try to hide his feelings for his first sports love, basketball. He shows an appreciation for the game whether he’s slipping no-look passes to his teammates or helping out with vigor on defense. It’s the sport he played while growing up in Round Rock, and, heck, even his Twitter...
2017 All-Central Texas football: first-team honorees
 2017 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Quarterback: JoJo Weeks, sr., Wimberley A one-time Texas State baseball recruit, Weeks now plans to play footbal for UT-San Antonio after throwing for 4,411 yards and 52 TDs while helping the Texans to a Class 4A, Division II state semifinal. Running back: Alexander Julian, sr., McCallum...

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2017 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Quarterback: JoJo Weeks, sr., Wimberley A one-time Texas State baseball recruit, Weeks now plans to play footbal for UT-San Antonio after throwing for 4,411 yards and 52 TDs while helping the Texans to a Class 4A, Division II state semifinal. Running back: Alexander Julian, sr., McCallum...
Greg Brown III lifts Vandegrift boys to OT win over Vista Ridge
 Vista Ridge had the game plan, the effort and the execution in a showdown with rival Vandegrift. The host Vipers had Greg Brown III, and that proved enough to lift Vandegrift to a thrilling 77-73 overtime win in Tuesday’s District 25-6A matchup. Brown raced to 40 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Vipers to their first district win...

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Vista Ridge had the game plan, the effort and the execution in a showdown with rival Vandegrift. The host Vipers had Greg Brown III, and that proved enough to lift Vandegrift to a thrilling 77-73 overtime win in Tuesday’s District 25-6A matchup. Brown raced to 40 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Vipers to their first district win...
Lehman football coach Josh Kirkland takes college job at Incarnate Word
 Lehman quarterback Bryant Lewis and his teammates need a new coach after Josh Kirkland left the Hays Consolidated school for
               Incarnate Word University. PAUL BRICK FOR ACN. Lehman’s latest football coach didn’t last long on the Hays Consolidated school district campus. Josh Kirkland, who was hired as Lehman&rsquo...

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Lehman quarterback Bryant Lewis and his teammates need a new coach after Josh Kirkland left the Hays Consolidated school for Incarnate Word University. PAUL BRICK FOR ACN. Lehman’s latest football coach didn’t last long on the Hays Consolidated school district campus. Josh Kirkland, who was hired as Lehman&rsquo...
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