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

Which baseball teams from the Austin area are state-ranked?
 Georgetown’s Cole Posey stands ready for the play against Stony Point at the Tiger’s diamond on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. JAMIE
               HARMS / FOR ROUND ROCK LEADER The Lake Travis baseball team may have lost its first game of the season last week against Vista Ridge, but that didn’t knock
            the Cavs from...

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Georgetown’s Cole Posey stands ready for the play against Stony Point at the Tiger’s diamond on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. JAMIE HARMS / FOR ROUND ROCK LEADER The Lake Travis baseball team may have lost its first game of the season last week against Vista Ridge, but that didn’t knock the Cavs from...
Which Austin-area softball teams are state-ranked entering this week’s playoffs?
 April 17, 2018, Cedar Park, TX; Lake Travis Cavaliers Jessica Day (17) gets congratulated by teammates for her homerun against
               the Vista Ridge Rangers during the third inning for the 6A district softball game at Vista Ridge High School. JOHN GUTIERREZ
               / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN With the regular season over, a handful...

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April 17, 2018, Cedar Park, TX; Lake Travis Cavaliers Jessica Day (17) gets congratulated by teammates for her homerun against the Vista Ridge Rangers during the third inning for the 6A district softball game at Vista Ridge High School. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN With the regular season over, a handful...
UIL honors Rennie Rebe, Hendrickson girls soccer team at state soccer tourney
 Hendrickson girls soccer coach Rennie Rebe, second from right, was honored by the UIL at the state soccer tournament Saturday
               in Georgetown for leading Hendrickson to the 2017 state championship. Joining her at halftime of the 2018 Class 6A girls title
               match are, from left, Darryl Beasley of the UIL, Pflugerville...

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Hendrickson girls soccer coach Rennie Rebe, second from right, was honored by the UIL at the state soccer tournament Saturday in Georgetown for leading Hendrickson to the 2017 state championship. Joining her at halftime of the 2018 Class 6A girls title match are, from left, Darryl Beasley of the UIL, Pflugerville...
All-District 13-6A soccer picks reflect balance, competitiveness
 District 13-6A is one of the more competitive girls soccer districts in the state, and the all-district team recently released by the 13-6A coaches reflects that balance. Five different squads earned one of the seven major postseason awards, and six of the district’s seven teams had a player represented on the first team. Defender Ella...

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District 13-6A is one of the more competitive girls soccer districts in the state, and the all-district team recently released by the 13-6A coaches reflects that balance. Five different squads earned one of the seven major postseason awards, and six of the district’s seven teams had a player represented on the first team. Defender Ella...
Ben Ludwig throws shutout as Westlake baseball team beats Vista Ridge
 Moments after his team wrapped up a hard-fought 2-0 win over Vista Ridge at Westlake High School’s Woerner Field, Westlake baseball coach J.T. Blair made no secret about the importance of the three-game series. “For us, the playoffs have already started,” he said after the Chaps won the first game in a best-of-three series...

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Moments after his team wrapped up a hard-fought 2-0 win over Vista Ridge at Westlake High School’s Woerner Field, Westlake baseball coach J.T. Blair made no secret about the importance of the three-game series. “For us, the playoffs have already started,” he said after the Chaps won the first game in a best-of-three series...
No shirt? No problem for Sports Illustrated and former Lake Travis QB Baker Mayfield.
 Baker Mayfield, a Lake Travis graduate, appears on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. Baker Mayfield had made three previous appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but this week’s cover gives readers
            a side of the Lake Travis graduate they may not have before seen. As part of the magazine’s...

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Baker Mayfield, a Lake Travis graduate, appears on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. Baker Mayfield had made three previous appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but this week’s cover gives readers a side of the Lake Travis graduate they may not have before seen. As part of the magazine’s...
Pflugerville graduate Nneka Enemkpali to coach college basketball
 Former University of Texas basketball standout Nneka Enemkpali’s career as a college coach is about to begin. Enemkpali, a 2011 graduate of Pflugerville High School, has been named assistant women’s coach at the University of California-Santa Barbara, the school announced Thursday. Enemkpali enters her first college on-court coaching...

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Former University of Texas basketball standout Nneka Enemkpali’s career as a college coach is about to begin. Enemkpali, a 2011 graduate of Pflugerville High School, has been named assistant women’s coach at the University of California-Santa Barbara, the school announced Thursday. Enemkpali enters her first college on-court coaching...
High school baseball: Fab Fives and notes
 FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Lake Travis (25-1) 2. Round Rock (21-6) 2. Hendrickson (17-7-1) 4. Vista Ridge (19-7-2) 6. Cedar Ridge (18-9) • Class 5A 1. Georgetown (24-7-1) 2. Rouse (21-9-1) 3. Dripping Springs (19-7-1) 4. McCallum (14-5) 5. Cedar Park (16-9) • Class 4A and below 1. Gateway Prep (22-1) 2. Thorndale (22-3-1) 3. Wimberley...

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FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Lake Travis (25-1) 2. Round Rock (21-6) 2. Hendrickson (17-7-1) 4. Vista Ridge (19-7-2) 6. Cedar Ridge (18-9) • Class 5A 1. Georgetown (24-7-1) 2. Rouse (21-9-1) 3. Dripping Springs (19-7-1) 4. McCallum (14-5) 5. Cedar Park (16-9) • Class 4A and below 1. Gateway Prep (22-1) 2. Thorndale (22-3-1) 3. Wimberley...
UIL to implement instant replay in football title games
 19 DECEMBER 2009-Austin American-Statesman/Rodolfo Gonzalez: Westlake’s #10, Tanner Price looks and throws to #47, Tim Johnston
               for a first half touchdown against Euless Trinity during 5A Div. I State Championship game held at the Alamodome in San Antonio,
               Texas, on Saturday, December 19, 2009.   The...

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19 DECEMBER 2009-Austin American-Statesman/Rodolfo Gonzalez: Westlake’s #10, Tanner Price looks and throws to #47, Tim Johnston for a first half touchdown against Euless Trinity during 5A Div. I State Championship game held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, December 19, 2009.   The...
No. 1 Lake Travis baseball team loses first game of season
 Lake Travis Cavaliers Carlos Contreras (No. 9), tagged out at home plate by Westlake Chaparrals catcher Rigo Gutierrez (21)
               earlier this year, and the Cavs dropped their first game of the season Tuesday against Vista Ridge. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN It took more than two months, but Lake Travis finally dropped...

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Lake Travis Cavaliers Carlos Contreras (No. 9), tagged out at home plate by Westlake Chaparrals catcher Rigo Gutierrez (21) earlier this year, and the Cavs dropped their first game of the season Tuesday against Vista Ridge. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN It took more than two months, but Lake Travis finally dropped...
Jasper tops Kilgore 1-0, advances to Class 4A girls final

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fJasper’s girls soccer team, a mainstay at the UIL state tournament, earned another shot at its first state title, posting a 1-0 victory over Kilgore on Wednesday in a Class 4A state semifinal. Jasper finally broke a scoreless deadlock in Georgetown in the 67th minute, when Kylee Dominy took advantage of a steady north wind and curled...