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High School Sports


Bowie’s red-hot softball team burns a trail through Class 6A playoffs

Bowie softball players Alex McLennan and Nikki Gil were treated like conquering heroes at their high school’s senior prom Saturday. McLennan, Gil and their Bulldogs teammates became VIPs after Bowie defeated Conroe Oak Ridge 5-4 in extra innings last Friday, a victory that qualified the Dawgs for the the Class 6A, Region II championship series against The Woodlands, which opens Friday in Mumford...
Round Rock baseball team reaches regional finals

Round Rock baseball team reaches regional finals

Round Rock is heading to the regional finals for the first time in 14 years. The Dragons clinched a trip to the Class 6A, Region II championship with a pair of shutouts over No. 1 Rockwall Heath in the semifinal round at Murff Field in Belton. Grant Miller threw a no-hitter in game one, and Luke Malone tossed five shutout innings in game two to cap a memorable night for Round Rock on the campus of...
Hendrickson baseball team tops Rockwall, eyes showdown with Round Rock

Hendrickson baseball team tops Rockwall, eyes showdown with Round Rock

Apparently, three regular-season meeting weren’t enough to determine the best team in District 13-6A. Less than an hour after Round Rock closed out its series against top-ranked Rockwall-Heath in Belton, Hendrickson completed the sweep of No. 5 Rockwall (33-7) in a Class 6A Region II semifinal series with a 4-2 win at Olsen Field on the campus of Texas A&M May 26. Now, the two District 13-6A...

On to state: Bowie sweeps The Woodlands 2-1 and 3-0

Throughout the season, Bowie softball coach Liz Wissel told friends her team had the potential to reach the state tournament. Perhaps now they will believe her. The Bulldogs, combining stellar pitching from Alex McLennan with key hits, defeated The Woodlands 3-0 to claim the Class 6A regional championship series Friday night at Mumford Field. Bowie swept the three-game series, winning the opener 2-1...
Gateway Prep will get one swing at a regional-semifinal victory

Gateway Prep will get one swing at a regional-semifinal victory

It’s winner take all Friday night for Gateway Prep’s baseball team. At stake? A trip to the Class 3A Region IV finals, where the Gators would have the chance to win the first regional title in the program’s seven-year history. Gateway Prep, which is appearing in the UIL postseason for the fourth straight year, will be squaring off against Falfurrias at 7:30 at Jourdanton High. Falfurrias...
Faces Off the Field: Bailey Vannoy, sophomore, Rouse catcher

Faces Off the Field: Bailey Vannoy, sophomore, Rouse catcher

What’s your favorite softball memory from high school? When both my brother and I had a game on a Tuesday night at Rouse. My brother heard my walk-up song and ran as fast as he could from the baseball bullpen to be able to watch me hit. I saw him and gave him a head nod as if the hit was for him. I stepped into the box and let two balls go by, but when the third one came, it was right on the...
Liberty Hill wins opener of Class 4A regional-final series

Liberty Hill wins opener of Class 4A regional-final series

Overcoming mistakes on the base paths and in the field, Liberty Hill’s softball team rallied twice to edge Lorena 3-2 Wednesday night in the opening game of the Class 4A Region III finals. With the victory, Liberty Hill (37-2-1) pulled within a win of qualifying for the UIL state tournament, which opens next week. The Panthers’ best-of-three regional-final series is scheduled to resume...
Cedar Ridge, Hendrickson dominate all-District 13-6A softball honors

Cedar Ridge, Hendrickson dominate all-District 13-6A softball honors

District 13-6A co-champions Hendrickson and Cedar ridge combined for eight first-team all-district selections, including several superlative honors. Cedar Ridge pitcher Bre Hernandez, a senior, was selected as the district’s most valuable player while Hendrickson’s Hope Trautwein was tabbed the district’s top pitcher. That wasn’t the only honors for Hendrickson, which enjoyed...
Westwood freshman Kiana Graham enjoyed perfect tennis season

Westwood freshman Kiana Graham enjoyed perfect tennis season

Westwood’s Kiana Graham capped off a perfect season at the UIL state tennis tournament at Texas A&M University in May. The freshman posted a 26-0 recordand did not drop a single set in any of her matches. Graham also captured Westwood’s first state tennis championship in four years with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Emma Gener of McKinney Boyd. It nearly did not happen. Graham came close to following...
Cedar Park settles for silver medal at Class 5A golf tournament

Cedar Park settles for silver medal at Class 5A golf tournament

As Cedar Park learned Tuesday, there is a silver lining to a silver medal. The Timberwolves were all smiles after their second place finish at the UIL Class 5A state golf championships at Wolfdancer Golf Club. Highland Park ran away with the team title, finishing with a two-day score of 591. Cedar Park was 10 shots back at 601 and Lubbock Cooper’s Black team was third at 611. “We&rsquo...
Westlake holds off Plano West for eighth state title in boys golf

Westlake holds off Plano West for eighth state title in boys golf

As he celebrated Westlake’s latest boys golf championship with his teammates on Tuesday, Westlake’s Reese Ramsey couldn’t help but reflect on the full circle of a fabulous prep career. Three years ago as a freshman, Ramsey was the fresh-faced youngster on an experienced Westlake team that won the high school’s seventh UIL state championship in the sport. Now as grizzled as...
QB Matthew Baldwin, offense shine in Lake Travis spring football game

QB Matthew Baldwin, offense shine in Lake Travis spring football game

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That was the overriding belief – or goal – as Lake Travis wrapped up its spring football campaign at its annual intrasquad scrimmage May 19 at Cavalier Stadium. “I think that we made a ton of progress,” said Lake Travis coach Hank Carter. “I think we figured out just about where everyone needs to be playing.”...
Elgin leads all-district softball honorees

Elgin leads all-district softball honorees

Six Connally softball players capped their season by earning All-District 19-5A honors. Kendra Barefield was selected to the first team while Kiara Garcia and Claudia Arias were given a second-team nod. Jackie Castillo, Melina Padron and Destiny Martinez were given honorable mentions to the all-district team. District 19-5A co-champion Elgin led the pack in honorees on the all-district team. Pitcher...
Fledgling sport of ultimate Frisbee shines at new sports complex

Fledgling sport of ultimate Frisbee shines at new sports complex

Caleb Denecour almost chose Halo over ultimate Frisbee. That may not sound like a big deal, but considering Denecour is now a professional ultimate Frisbee player for the Austin Sol, it’s easy to see how different his life may have been had he decided to stay in his dorm room to slay aliens on Xbox. As he remembers it, he was walking back to the dormitory during his freshman year at Canada College...
Westlake closes with a rush to grab Class 6A tournament lead

Westlake closes with a rush to grab Class 6A tournament lead

As he approached the 16th tee box during the opening round of the Class 6A boys state tournament, Westlake junior golfer Reid Davenport had a quiet conversation with his team’s coach, Callan Nokes, just before he pulled an iron out of his bag for the par-3 hole. Nokes, mincing no words, implored Davenport to step up and help the Chaparrals break away from a pack of five teams hovering a few...
Cedar Park’s Dunne shares first-round lead at Class 5A state tournament

Cedar Park’s Dunne shares first-round lead at Class 5A state tournament

Cedar Park golfer Ben Dunne responded to the worst round of his high school career with a day to remember. A junior, Dunne tamed Wolfdancer Golf Club with a 2-under-par 70 Monday in the opening round of the Class 5A boys state tournament. Dunne and Scott Roden of Highland Park will be tied for first place entering the final round of the tournament Tuesday. A birdie on the 18th hole was indicative...
Historical season ends in regional semis for Cedar Ridge softball team

Historical season ends in regional semis for Cedar Ridge softball team

Cedar Ridge ended its most successful softball season in school history with a three-game series loss to state powerhouse The Woodlands. The Raiders are taking no time in starting preparing for next year. “We elevated the bar this season,” said Jessica Poole, the lone head coach in the program’s eight-year history. “Now, we need to take it the next step.” Cedar Ridge...
Quarterbacks in spotlight at Westlake’s spring football game

Quarterbacks in spotlight at Westlake’s spring football game

The post-Sam Ehlinger era at Westlake is underway, and quarterbacks Kirkland Michaux and Taylor Anderson took center stage at the annual spring game May 18 at Chaparral Stadium. While Anderson, a rising junior, impressed with his scrambling ability, his four interceptions were a damper on his night. He bounced back in the second half with a 43-yard touchdown pass, and head coach Todd Dodge said he...
Lake Travis baseball team falls in third round

Lake Travis baseball team falls in third round

San Antonio Churchill jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back, routing Lake Travis 14-2 in Saturday’s third and final game of a Class 6A Region IV quarterfinal series. Jordan Billups made a diving catch early in the game and reached base five times, driving in four runs. Garrett Wilkinson, who delivered the game-winning hit for Churchill (23-7-2) in the series opener, also reached base...
Hendrickson sweeps Anderson to reach regional semifinals

Hendrickson sweeps Anderson to reach regional semifinals

After a shaky second inning, Chase Piper settled in as Hendrickson rallied to sweep Anderson out of the Class 6A regional quarterfinals with a 4-2 win May 19 at Georgetown High School. Piper (11-1) allowed three hits as the Trojans put up two runs in the second inning but limited Anderson (19-15-1) to two hits the rest of the way. Piper escaped two-out jams in the fifth and sixth innings to keep the...
Lake Travis eliminated from Class 6A baseball playoffs

Lake Travis eliminated from Class 6A baseball playoffs

San Antonio Churchill jumped ahead 6-0 and rolled to a 14-2 victory over Lake Travis on Saturday night in the deciding game of a Class 6A baseball playoff series. Jordan Billups drove in four runs for Churchill, which will face McAllen in the regional semifinal round. The Chargers bounced back from a 5-2 defeat in Game 2 of the series thanks to 14 hits and nine walks by Cavaliers pitchers in the concluding...
Carter earns 300th career win as Dragons advance in Class 6A playoffs

Carter earns 300th career win as Dragons advance in Class 6A playoffs

Milestone wins don’t come with much more drama. Longtime Round Rock baseball coach John Carter picked up his 300th career victory Friday night as the Dragons rallied from a one-run deficit in the seventh inning to record a 5-3 victory over Klein Collins. The triumph in the decisive game of a best-of-three regional quarterfinal series allowed Round Rock (27-7-1) to move ahead to the regional...
Bowie advances to Class 6A regional final with nine-inning victory

Bowie advances to Class 6A regional final with nine-inning victory

Forget the fearsome Conroe Oak Ridge lineup that Bowie faced Friday night in a Class 6A softball game; Bulldogs coach Liz Wissel knew there was a more imposing foe looming on the schedule. That would be the Bowie prom, which was to take place Saturday night. Facing a scheduling dilemma, Wissel opted for a one-game regional semifinal playoff against Oak Ridge. The move paid off as the Bulldogs recorded...
Milestone win lifts Round Rock baseball team to playoff-series win

Milestone win lifts Round Rock baseball team to playoff-series win

Milestones wins don’t come with much more drama. Round Rock rallied from a one-run deficit in the seventh inning to secure a 5-3 win in the third and decisive game of a best-of-three third-round series against Klein Collins at the Mumford school district athletic complex. In the process, the Dragons gave longtime coach John Carter his 300th career victory, all at Round Rock. “Our kids...
Westlake’s Reece Ramsey, boys golf team eyeing gold at state tournament

Westlake’s Reece Ramsey, boys golf team eyeing gold at state tournament

Reese Ramsey had a fine week at the end of April The Westlake golfer started out by placing 13th at the world’s most competitive junior tournament, the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, in Georgia on April 22. He then flew back to Texas and promptly won individual and team titles at the Class 6A Region IV tournament with his Chaparral teammates on April 27. It was Ramsey’s first regional...
Lake Travis boys golf team embraces underdog status at state tourney

Lake Travis boys golf team embraces underdog status at state tourney

Last June, the Austin American-Statesman made a prediction. The Lake Travis boys golf team, it said, would be “fortunate to finish fifth” in the District 25-6A tournament. It’s 11 months later, and the Cavaliers have blown up that prediction like a hot drive off the tee box. Not only did Lake Travis finish second at the district tournament, but the Cavs repeated that feat at the...
Three area tennis players net UIL singles championships

Three area tennis players net UIL singles championships

On Friday, Westwood High School freshman Kiana Graham completed the perfect tennis season. With a 6-1, 6-2 victory over McKinney Boyd’s Emma Gener at the Mitchell Tennis Center, Graham wrapped up the Class 6A girls singles title at the University Interscholastic League championships. She also finished with a 26-0 record while not losing a single set. “I’m really relieved,”...
Despite home-school families’ hopes, Tebow bill might fall incomplete

Despite home-school families’ hopes, Tebow bill might fall incomplete

For several years, Bruce Collie and his strapping sons delivered pizzas from their family’s restaurant to the Wimberley High School football team. After the Friday night lights dimmed, the Texans munched on pies from Brewster’s, a popular hangout in Wimberley, a small Hill Country town about 30 miles southwest of Austin. Collie, who has 13 children — six boys and seven girls &mdash...
Young swimmer dives into debate about home-schoolers competing in UIL

Young swimmer dives into debate about home-schoolers competing in UIL

Last month, Kloie Kim, a 10-year-old competitive swimmer from Mansfield, dove headlong into the debate about home-schooled students being given the chance to compete in public school athletics. Flanked by her mother, Rachel, Kloie spoke before the Senate Education Committee at the Capitol, telling committee members it’s unfair that home-schooled students are not eligible to compete in University...
Westlake’s Chou, Westwood’s Graham advance to state-title matches

Westlake’s Chou, Westwood’s Graham advance to state-title matches

When the Class 6A boys singles bracket was first released, Roger Chou quickly spotted the potential rematch. On Thursday at the UIL tennis championships at Texas A&M, the showdown Chou, a junior at Westlake, had envisioned came to fruition. Facing Southlake Carroll’s Arman Dave for a spot in Friday’s state-title match, Chou won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, knocking off the defending 6A...
Faces Off the Field: Jamesson Tankersley, senior, Westwood tennis

Faces Off the Field: Jamesson Tankersley, senior, Westwood tennis

How did you get started playing tennis? My dad and mom both play tennis and so do both of their parents so I guess it’s a family tradition. When I started playing in earnest, I was 14. For you, what’s been the hardest skill to master as a tennis player? Probably the mental part of the game. It’s so different from other sports because when you play tennis, you are alone on the court...
Stingy pitching leads Anderson into third round of Class 6A playoffs

Stingy pitching leads Anderson into third round of Class 6A playoffs

At one point, Darin Ramsey had nearly given up on becoming a high school baseball head coach. He bounced around numerous Austin-area schools, including Round Rock, Stony Point, Cedar Park and Hendrickson, spending time as both a baseball and a football coach, but always in an assistant’s role. Three years ago, he ended up at Anderson, as — what else — an assistant to Gilbert Prather...
Wimberley baseball, softball still rolling in postseason

Wimberley baseball, softball still rolling in postseason

It’s been a two-for-one postseason in Wimberley this spring. As the playoffs continue in UIL softball and baseball, Wimberley’s one of only two Austin-area schools to have teams still competing in both sports. And last week, the two Texans squads defeated a common opponent — Columbus — to advance in the postseason. On the softball side, the Texans swept Columbus in two games...
Cedar Ridge starts new era with spring football game

Cedar Ridge starts new era with spring football game

First-year Cedar Ridge coach Sam Robinson had a confession after his team’s spring game. “I’m was a little nervous coming in,” he said, “but all-in-all, it was a good start.” Robinson, who served as defensive coordinator, showcased a team full of speed and athleticism to a sizable crowd at the Cedar Ridge High School practice field Tuesday. With the varsity team...
Lake Travis girls golfers card a UIL state championship three-peat

Lake Travis girls golfers card a UIL state championship three-peat

Kaitlyn Papp first donned a Lake Travis golf uniform three years ago. Not coincidentally, the Cavaliers have been winning state titles ever since. Papp, a Texas Longhorns signee, won medalist honors Tuesday while helping Lake Travis to its third straight Class 6A championship in girls golf. Papp shot a two-round score of 7-under 137 at Legacy Hills Golf Club, and the Cavaliers totaled a 4-over 580...
Westlake’s Roger Chou all smiles on eve of tennis state tournament

Westlake’s Roger Chou all smiles on eve of tennis state tournament

If Roger Chou could put one word on a billboard along I-35, it would be “smile.” Why? “Because you never know if a smile can change someone’s day for the better,” he said. An uplifting sentiment, for sure, and Chou has done a fair amount of smiling himself of late. The Westlake junior has qualified for his second consecutive UIL Class 6A tournament after winning his second...
Lake Travis’ Jesse Wikso ready to ace state tennis tournament

Lake Travis’ Jesse Wikso ready to ace state tennis tournament

Jesse Wikso won’t have to wait around for his first big test at the state tennis tournament. Wikso, a sophomore at Lake Travis, has drawn Pearland Dawson’s Kevin Zhu in the quarterfinals of the UIL Class 6A tennis state championships. Zhu, also a sophomore, is the eighth-ranked player in the nation and the second-ranked player in the state of Texas. The two young phenoms will square off...
Newcomers ready to shine for Lake Travis football team

Newcomers ready to shine for Lake Travis football team

During its roll to the 2016 6A Division I state championship, Lake Travis’ fans and foes alike marveled at the collection of college talent the Cavaliers sent out onto the field. As many as 14 seniors who played in the championship game will continue their football careers in college – including six at Power 5 conference schools. With all that skill graduated, there’s one obvious...
Lake Travis girls golfers card a UIL state championship three-peat

Lake Travis girls golfers card a UIL state championship three-peat

Kaitlyn Papp first donned a Lake Travis golf uniform three years ago. Not coincidentally, the Cavaliers have been winning state titles ever since. Papp, a Texas Longhorns signee, won medalist honors Tuesday while helping Lake Travis to its third straight Class 6A championship in girls golf. Papp shot a two-round score of 7-under 137 at Legacy Hills Golf Club, and the Cavaliers totaled a 4-over 580...
Cavaliers jump out front in pursuit of third straight UIL golf title

Cavaliers jump out front in pursuit of third straight UIL golf title

When Lake Travis senior Morgan Lay finished her opening round Monday at the Class 6A girls golf championships, she hurried to the scorer’s table and stole a glance at the incoming team scores. That done, Lay, a Texas A&M signee, quickly breathed a sigh of relief. The two newcomers for the two-time defending state champion Cavaliers — sophomore Hanna Liu and freshman Macy Fox — had...
Lake Travis baseball team stays alive with thrilling series win

Lake Travis baseball team stays alive with thrilling series win

In a series with plenty of heroes and heartache,Lake Travis did just enough to stay live in a three-game series against San Antonio Brandeis. After a thrilling 2-1 win in the second game of the Class 6A Region IV second-round series, the Cavs rallied for a 7-4 win in the third game May 13 at San Marcos High School. Lake Travis trailed entering the seventh inning before the rally. A third game wouldn&rsquo...
Bowie knocks off Hendrickson in softball playoffs

Bowie knocks off Hendrickson in softball playoffs

Hendrickson’s exceptional season ended earlier than the Hawks would have liked. Bowie swept Hendrickson this past weekend in a best-of-three Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series at Noack Field in Austin. The Bulldogs took game one of the series 1-0 and then Bowie won a thrilling Game 2 3-2 in 11 innings to complete the sweep. Despite the series loss, this year’s Hendrickson squad raised...
High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

A South Florida high school student, who is facing a felony charge, will not be allowed to take part in spring football practice while wearing an ankle monitor after school officials read a newspaper story about it online. A judge’s order had allowed Shelley Singletary to participate in spring practices, as well as attend classes at Boca Raton High School, and the 18-year-old apparently was...
Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Members of a Florida high school football team surprised their No. 1 fan with a Christmas gift. Andrew Hayne is a special needs student at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel. The 18-year-old has been friends with Bulls quarterback Chris Faddoul since middle school, BayNews9 reported. Faddoul would let Hayne wear his No. 14 jersey on Fridays before Wesley Chapel games, and after...
Ohio student with MD scores touchdown on senior night

Ohio student with MD scores touchdown on senior night

An Ohio high school senior with muscular dystrophy scored a touchdown for the varsity football team Friday night while remaining in his wheelchair. Connor Williams has been a special captain with the Valley View High School varsity football team in Germantown since his freshman year. Being confined to a wheelchair has never stopped his love of Spartans football. Williams has served in several capacities...
Special needs student in Utah scores touchdown

Special needs student in Utah scores touchdown

Brian Herrera attends Cottonwood High School in Murray, located in suburban Salt Lake City. He is a special needs student and has known senior Alex Hart since the pair attended junior high school.

Powerful Washington high school football team strikes fear in opponents

In the world of Friday night lights and high school football, is it possible for one team to be too good? In Everett, Washington, one powerhouse team outscored its opponents 170-0 in its first three football games this season. Now other conference opponents would rather forfeit than get pummeled by Archbishop Murphy High School’s team.  "There's still unknowns. … We don't know...
High school coach bloodied on sideline after headbutting player

High school coach bloodied on sideline after headbutting player

TV cameras captured some tense moments on the sidelines during the Georgia high school playoffs Friday night. In a game between Colquitt County and Mill Creek, Colquitt coach Rush Propst appears to headbutt one of his players on the sideline in the second quarter. Moments later, blood was seen pouring from Propst's forehead. Colquitt County is the defending AAAAAA state football champs. They beat...
High school football player suspended for 'praising God'

High school football player suspended for 'praising God'

A high school football player in Arizona could miss the school's first playoff game in 25 years after an official deemed a gesture to in praise of God as "excessive celebration." Pedro Banda, 17, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected from a game last week after he pointed his index finger to the sky following a touchdown. The senior running back at Dysart High School in El...
Coach suspended after 161-2 rout

Coach suspended after 161-2 rout

You may expect a coach to be suspended for losing too many games. But what about when his team wins one? That's exactly what happened to the head coach of a high school girls basketball team in California after they beat the other team 161-2.   That is not a typo.  The Arroyo Valley High School girl's basketball team beat Bloomington High School  by nearly 160 points the ...
3 deaths in 1 week: How risky is high school football?

3 deaths in 1 week: How risky is high school football?

A 16-year-old high school football player died Wednesday following an on-field collision. Tom Cutinella was a junior at Shoreham-Wading River High School. He was pronounced dead after collapsing during the third quarter of a varsity football game.  But school officials say football is not to blame. STEVEN COHEN, Shoreham-Wading Superintendent WNBC: "It was the result of a typical...

Close-knit, competitive family helps Palm Beach Central’s Kc McDermott become one of the top football recruits in the country

The note on Kc McDermott’s bathroom mirror, typed in all caps and printed out on white paper, has two questions. “What are you going to be doing on Feb. 5th, 2014? And what are you doing today to ensure that?” This week, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound 16-year-old offensive tackle is visiting Notre Dame and Miami. By the end of this week, McDermott, one of the top recruits in the nation...
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