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Elgin softball team falls one game short of state tournament

Elgin softball team falls one game short of state tournament

Before his team began its Region III-5A championship series with Elgin, Barbers Hill coach Aaron Fuller made a quick phone call to Elgin skipper Amanda Wolf-Schramm, one of his closest coaching comrades. The two had talked for years about possibly meeting up with a berth in the state tournament at stake some day, and Fuller knew that the result would prove bittersweet for either coach. “Obviously...
Bears searching for replacement quarterback

Bears searching for replacement quarterback

With the transfer of Dreyson Watters, Bastrop is searching for a starting quarterback. Watters moved after football season to Jenks, Okla., a suburb of Tulsa, for his senior year. Last season, Watters was Bastrop’s leading rusher with 814 yards and passed for 620 yards. “It’s hard to replace a guy with experience and a guy that talented,” Bastrop coach Todd Patmon said. &ldquo...
More substance than style, Georgetown baseball enjoying playoff run

More substance than style, Georgetown baseball enjoying playoff run

There’s nothing flashy about the Georgetown baseball team. And that’s just fine with the Eagles, who began a Class 5A, Region III semifinal series with Kingwood Park on Thursday night. The Eagles (31-9-1) say their success is a result of hard work, attention to detail and working as a team rather than having superstar players. “We’re not more talented than other teams; we just...
Faces off the Field: Cash Rugely, senior infielder, Cedar Ridge

Faces off the Field: Cash Rugely, senior infielder, Cedar Ridge

Tell me something you remember about the first time you played competitive baseball. When I was 7 years old, my team, the Sam Bass Diablos, played against the Georgetown Toros. They were our rivals because we played them so much, and we had never beaten them. With two on and two outs in the third inning, a teammate’s mom said she’d give me $100 if I hit a home run. On the second pitch...
Westlake romps to state golf championship, its first in seven years

Westlake romps to state golf championship, its first in seven years

Before the season, the Westlake golf team determined that anything less than a state championship would be a disappointment. After coming in second place the past two years, the Chaparrals were hungry. And loaded. So when they walked away with gold medals and an impressive plaque at the Class 6A UIL state girls tournament Tuesday at Legacy Hills Golf Club, the players were relieved but hardly surprised...
Rockdale’s Lyndy Laurrell wins 2nd gold at 3A girls golf tourney

Rockdale’s Lyndy Laurrell wins 2nd gold at 3A girls golf tourney

After grinding out a three-stroke lead following the first day of the Class 3A girls state golf tournament at Grey Rock Golf Course in Austin, Rockdale’s Lyndy Laurrell celebrated with a post-round meal from Whataburger. But following a strong second round Tuesday that secured her a 36-hole score of 153 and a second individual state championship, Laurrell had a bigger meal on her mind. &ldquo...
Card, Wilson connection clicks in Lake Travis spring fooball game

Card, Wilson connection clicks in Lake Travis spring fooball game

Hudson Card connected with Garrett Wilson for a trio of touchdown passes to highlight Lake Travis’ spring football game Friday night at Cavalier Stadium. After being sacked on his first play and misfiring on his first pass, Card settled in. He connected on 12 of his next 13 passes, including touchdown passes to Wilson covering 64, 22 and 56 yards. Card finished with 276 passing yards. &ldquo...
Long birdie by Westlake’s Englemann caps big first day at 6A state golf

Long birdie by Westlake’s Englemann caps big first day at 6A state golf

A 45-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole capped a remarkable round for Sadie Englemann and sent a current through her Westlake teammates. Englemann’s putt gave her a 2-under-par 70 on the first day of the Class 6A UIL state golf tournament Monday at Legacy Hills Golf Club. Overall, the Chaparrals shot a 2-over par 290 to grab a four-stroke lead over Houston Memorial heading into Tuesday&rsquo...
Rockdale senior Lyndy Laurrell driving for second state gold medal

Rockdale senior Lyndy Laurrell driving for second state gold medal

Earlier this week, Lago Vista junior Mikayla Adams cracked to a reporter that she hoped the Vikings “just don’t finish last” at the Class 3A girls state tournament. Halfway through the event at Grey Rock Golf Course in southwest Austin, the Vikings are a lot closer to the podium than the bottom of the leaderboard. Lago Vista, one of the five teams in this week’s 12-team field...
Championship girls soccer coach Rennie Rebe leaving Hendrickson

Championship girls soccer coach Rennie Rebe leaving Hendrickson

A year after reaching the prep pinnacle of her profession, Hendrickson girls soccer coach Rennie Rebe will resign from her position at the Pflugerville school district campus at the end of the school year to become executive director of the G10 Academy FC, a new soccer cub in Austin. Rebe tweeted out the news May 17. Rebe led Hendrickson to the 2017 Class 6A state championship, marking her first state...
Linked together, Lago Vista uses bond to ready for state tournament

Linked together, Lago Vista uses bond to ready for state tournament

Hannah Long and Mikayla Adams were cracking jokes and giggling before their practice round Wednesday at Grey Rock Golf Course. The Lago Vista juniors appeared relaxed and eager to take their swings. Joined by teammates Lyla Vaughn, Elizabeth Talley and Schuyler Burke, they were preparing for the UIL Class 3A Golf Tournament Monday and Tuesday at the golf course located in south Austin. Lagging behind...
Historic season ends for Stony Point baseball team

Historic season ends for Stony Point baseball team

Stony Point’s baseball players learned plenty during the longest playoff run in school history. But in a 3-1 loss Saturday to Klein in the third game of a best-of-three regional quarterfinal series at Nutrabolt Stadium, the Tigers found out that even the briefest of defensive lapses can cost plenty this deep into the postseason. All of Klein’s runs were unearned, and all came in the two...
Round Rock sweeps Klein Collins in regional quarterfinals

Round Rock sweeps Klein Collins in regional quarterfinals

With the score tied in the fifth inning, two outs and runners on first and second Friday night, batter Kyle Froemke and Round Rock coach John Carter met along the third base line to discuss the situation. Carter’s words proved prophetic as Froemke delivered a two-run double to give Round Rock the lead for good as the Dragons posted a 4-2 victory over Klein Collins. That clinched the best-of-three...
Reagan knocks out Lake Travis baseball in heavyweight playoff series

Reagan knocks out Lake Travis baseball in heavyweight playoff series

Losing in the third round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season proved painful enough for a Lake Travis baseball team with state-championship aspirations. But the manner of a season-ending, 3-2 setback to San Antonio Reagan in the second game of a best-of-three Class 6A playoff series added a heavy dash of salt to a wound that won’t likely heal for a long time. With the score tied...
LBJ doubles team rolls to school’s first UIL state tennis championship

LBJ doubles team rolls to school’s first UIL state tennis championship

History was made and a reputation was enhanced at the UIL boys and girls state tennis championships Friday at Texas A&M’s Mitchell Tennis Center. Dripping Springs’ Jayci Goldsmith won her second consecutive Class 5A girls singles title. And in winning the 5A boys doubles crown, LBJ’s Chaitanya Aduru and Vishwa Aduru delivered the school’s first state championship in tennis...
Defense delivers for Westlake in spring football game

Defense delivers for Westlake in spring football game

On a hot spring day with temperatures reaching around 95 degrees, the Westlake defense refused to melt. The unit, led by sacks from Jake Ehlinger and William Robertson, held the first-team Chaparral offense out of the end zone on the first and second series of their first set at Westlake’s annual spring game May 16 at Chaparral Stadium. To be fair, the offense was working out some kinks and...
LBJ boys doubles tandem inches closer to a state championship

LBJ boys doubles tandem inches closer to a state championship

LBJ moved one step closer toward a first state championship in any sport when the boys doubles team of Chaitanya Aduru and Vishwa Aduru won both of their matches Thursday for a spot in the 5A final at 10 a.m. Friday at the Texas A&M’s Mitchell Tennis Center. “We’ve been talking about it at school. This could be our first state championship in any sport. That’s pretty amazing...
Tradition-rich Elgin becomes Central Texas’ last softball team standing

Tradition-rich Elgin becomes Central Texas’ last softball team standing

Tori Aldridge was in such a hurry to be part of Elgin’s high school softball team, she volunteered to be the batgirl. Aldridge was in the fifth grade. A lot has happened over the last seven years. Aldridge, a left-handed catcher, has become one of the best softball players in Central Texas. And Elgin, a staple in the state high school playoffs, continues to be the Class 5A school’s premier...
Faces Off the Field: Taylor Bachmeyer, junior pitcher, Hendrickson

Faces Off the Field: Taylor Bachmeyer, junior pitcher, Hendrickson

You tore your ACL in a game last year. What was the hardest part of your recovery? The hardest part of recovery is the mental toughness of overcoming not being able to straighten my leg to having to trust my leg to jump again. What was the highlight of your season? The highlight of my season was being able to experience the crazy emotions of playoffs and the cutthroat attitude that all teams have...
Cedar Ridge heads list of all-district softball honors

Cedar Ridge heads list of all-district softball honors

Cedar Ridge, the District 13-6A champion, had a strong presence on the all-district team, chosen by the district’s coaches. Infielder Erika Richards was selected as the league’s most valuable player, junior Tori McCann was the pitcher of the year and Jessica Poole was tabbed the district’s coach of the year. The Raiders won their fourth straight district championship and was eliminated...
Westlake’s Roger Chou seeks to add doubles title to 2017 singles crown

Westlake’s Roger Chou seeks to add doubles title to 2017 singles crown

Roger Chou isn’t one to back away from a new challenge. A year after winning the Class 6A boys singles tennis title, the Westlake High School senior heads to the UIL state tennis tournament in College Station Thursday gunning for something else: a doubles title. Chou, who signed to play with Brown University , said the team aspect of doubles play is what drew him to switch from singles this...
With burnt-orange tinge, Highland Park continues state golf domination

With burnt-orange tinge, Highland Park continues state golf domination

Highland Park’s boys have proved plenty since winning the first of 20 state titles 68 years ago. In the second and final round of the Class 5A boys state tournament Tuesday at White Wing Golf Club, the Scots once again showed how big the gap remains between them and the rest of the state. Highland Park claimed its second consecutive state championship — and 14th state title in the past...
Chaps win ninth golf title, roll to victory at 6A state tournament

Chaps win ninth golf title, roll to victory at 6A state tournament

Anything less than a state championship would have been a major disappointment for the boys golf team from Westlake. The Chaparrals captured their second consecutive Class 6A title — and the school’s ninth overall — by outlasting a familiar opponent at the UIL state golf tournament Tuesday at Legacy Hills Golf Club. Vandegrift rallied to finish in second place, giving District 25-6A...
Cedar Park still in state 5A golf hunt despite lack of birdie putts

Cedar Park still in state 5A golf hunt despite lack of birdie putts

When Cedar Park’s H.S. Chang sank a birdie putt on the final hole Monday at Georgetown’s White Wing Golf Club, Timberwolves coach Cary Williams could only shake his head and chuckle. Such putts in the first round of the Class 5A boys state golf tournament rarely fell for Cedar Park, which ended the first round with a team score of 301, 15 strokes behind first-place Highland Park. &ldquo...
Freshman soars as Westlake takes 8-stroke lead in Class 6A tournament

Freshman soars as Westlake takes 8-stroke lead in Class 6A tournament

Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. Westlake freshman J. Holland Humphries made a spectacular debut at the UIL state golf tournment on Monday, securing five straight birdies en route to a 5-under-par 67 on the first day of the Class 6A competition at Legacy Hills Golf Club. Humphries led an impressive group of Chaparrals golfers who posted a combined score of 283, eight strokes ahead of Carroll...
Up and away! Tyler Lee senior smashes pole vault record at state meet

Up and away! Tyler Lee senior smashes pole vault record at state meet

Branson Ellis arrived at the UIL state track and field meet hoping to win a gold medal, perhaps clear a personal-best height in the Class 6A pole vault. He accomplished both of the goals — and so much more. The senior from Tyler Lee, who is bound for Stephen F. Austin, broke the 6A record with a jump of 17 feet, 7 inches. After fist-punching the air following his feat, he was told that the previous...
UIL track notes: Times beat national records

UIL track notes: Times beat national records

Some national records were bettered Saturday on the final day of the UIL state track and field meet at Myers Stadium, though the wind kept the times from actually going into the record books. Silsbee senior Kalon Barnes, a Baylor football signee, won gold medals Saturday in the Class 4A boys 100- and 200-meter dashes. It is the second consecutive year that Barnes has taken home gold in both events...

Liberty Hill softball team eliminated from playoffs

Despite a valiant effort from Liberty Hill pitcher Abby Covington, the Panthers lost to Robinson 7-5 in the third game of a best-of-three Class 4A third-round playoff series Saturday at Mary Hardin-Baylor University. Covington, who threw 13 2/3 innings as the teams split a doubleheader Friday, tossed another 12 innings Saturday as temperatures slipped into the 90s. She gave up a total...
Taylor’s Griffith, Burnet’s Carter strike gold at UIL state track meet

Taylor’s Griffith, Burnet’s Carter strike gold at UIL state track meet

Taylor junior Anna Cathryn Griffith surprised herself by walking away with a pair of medals Saturday. Griffith earned gold in the Class 4A pole vault, an event she was confident about winning. She finished her day with a silver in the 300 hurdles, an event in which she didn’t expect to earn a medal. What would have happened if someone had predicted she’d win two medals before the UIL state...
State track notebook: Central Texas athletes earn medals

State track notebook: Central Texas athletes earn medals

The first day of the UIL state track and field meet concluded Friday with a handful of local athletes in the highlights at Myers Stadium. Blanco junior Johanna Villarreal took the gold medal in the Class 3A girls 3,200-meter run when she finished in 11 minutes, 19 seconds. In the 5A 3,200, Cedar Park freshman Kaitlyn Childress placed fourth, and Georgetown senior Jazmin Hernanadez was seventh. Marble...
Marble Falls freshman makes debut at state track meet with gold medal

Marble Falls freshman makes debut at state track meet with gold medal

With a gold medal draped around her neck, Marble Falls freshman Bailey Goggans hardly looked nervous in her first appearance against state competition. Admittedly shy in public, Goggans was all business in the Class 5A 800-meter run at the UIL state track and field meet Friday at Myers Stadium. Yet she won her race with ease, jumping out to a big lead during the first lap and never looking back. Parents...
Stoneman Douglas hockey team wins state championship

Stoneman Douglas hockey team wins state championship

The ice hockey team at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School won a state title Sunday, 11 days after a gunman killed 14 students and three teachers at the school. Stoneman Douglas senior Joey Zenobi told WBBH-TV that the team was playing for the victims of the Valentine’s Day shooting. “We came into the game knowing we had to give it our all to get the win, and that&rsquo...
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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