High School Sports


As town grows, Liberty Hill’s high school teams keep winning

In 2001, current Liberty Hill football coach Jeff Walker was a young assistant at San Marcos High School already absorbing lessons from Bruce Bush, a maestro of the slot-T offense. He then received a call from Jerry Vance, who had recently arrived in Liberty Hill with high hopes and his own version of the intricate slot-T. “I had never even heard of Liberty Hill,” he said. “Then...
Well-rounded program lifts Liberty Hill to 2nd straight Breazeale Cup

Well-rounded program lifts Liberty Hill to 2nd straight Breazeale Cup

The Austin American-Statesman’s annual George Breazeale Cup honors the newspaper’s late sports writer, who was legendary for his dedication to the coverage of high school sports over five decades. The award recognizes the most successful high school athletic programs in our coverage area, regardless of their UIL classifications. That coverage area consists of high schools in Travis, Burnet...

Bellville moves to new district

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the UIL will split Class 5A schools into two divisions based on enrollment before the season. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the six football programs that will compete in District 12-4A Division II. This week, we start the series by looking at Bellville. Where we left off: Things were looking bleak for the Brahmas after blowout defeats by Sealy...
District 25-6A summer football tour: Del Valle to lean on youngsters

District 25-6A summer football tour: Del Valle to lean on youngsters

In February’s biennial realignment, Westlake and Lake Travis rejoined a district that includes familiar foes such as the four Austin school district Class 6A teams, the Hays school district teams and Del Valle. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the nine football programs that will compete in District 25-6A. This week, we continue the series by looking at Del Valle. Where we left...
New Braunfels’ Westburg goes bananas in Bulldogs’ victory

New Braunfels’ Westburg goes bananas in Bulldogs’ victory

Freshman Jordan Westburg hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs to help Mississippi State continue its surprise postseason surge by beating North Carolina 12-2 Tuesday at the College World Series. The Bulldogs (39-27), with two wins at the CWS, are off until Friday. Win then or on Saturday, and they’ll be playing for the national championship next week. This game was all about Westburg, a...
Lake Travis soph QB Nate Yarnell offered by Houston, continues trend

Lake Travis soph QB Nate Yarnell offered by Houston, continues trend

Lake Travis’ list of FBS-level quarterbacks continues to grow. Last month, junior Hudson Card committed to play at the University of Texas. Last week, sophomore Nate Yarnell received his first FBS offer from the University of Houston. “I wasn’t expecting it,” Yarnell said. “I’ve dreamed about getting an offer, but I never thought it would happen so soon.”...
District 13-5A-II summer football tour: Hester leads East View attack

District 13-5A-II summer football tour: Hester leads East View attack

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the UIL will split Class 5A schools into two divisions based on enrollment before the season. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the eight football programs that will compete in District 13-5A Division II. This week, we continue the series by looking at East View. Where we left off: Things started strong for the Patriots as East View jumped out to...
District 13-6A summer football tour: VR searching for new weapons

District 13-6A summer football tour: VR searching for new weapons

In February’s biennial realignment, longtime district competitor Pflugerville dropped down to Class 5A, and the three largest Leander school district programs joined Hendrickson and the Round Rock schools. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the nine football programs that will compete in District 13-6A. We continue the series this week by looking at Vista Ridge. Where we left off...
District 11-5A-I summer tour: Pflugerville enters new era

District 11-5A-I summer tour: Pflugerville enters new era

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the UIL will split Class 5A schools into two divisions based on enrollment prior to the season. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the seven football programs that will compete in District 11-5A Division I. This week, we continue the series by looking at Pflugerville. Where we left off: After a dramatic 34-27 win over McNeil in their District13-6A...
Pitchers shine in annual all-star softball game

Pitchers shine in annual all-star softball game

Major League baseball officials looking to shorten their all-star game would be proud of the timing of the 19th annual Greater Austin Area All-Star Game, held Wednesday at Westlake High School. That’s because the 2018 version of the game — which had produces an average score of 14 runs since its inception — became a pitcher’s duel. So much so, the game was scoreless after six...
Lake Travis’ Garrett Wilson reaches top of our Fab 50 athletes list

Lake Travis’ Garrett Wilson reaches top of our Fab 50 athletes list

Kenny Wilson and his son Garrett were having a friendly debate about the greatest basketball player of all time. While watching the recent NBA Finals together, Garrett — a multisport athlete who just finished his junior year at Lake Travis High School — built a case for his favorite player, Cleveland icon LeBron James. Kenny, who played in the NBA in the 1980s, gave Michael Jordan the...
Central Texas’ Fab 50: The best of the rest

Central Texas’ Fab 50: The best of the rest

CenTex Top 50 list Find out the Statesman’s picks for the top 10 high-school athletes here. THE BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY) Chaitanya Aduru and Vishwa Aduru, seniors, LBJ: The brother tennis tandem captured the Class 5A doubles championship — the first state tennis title in school history. Will Baker, senior, Westlake: The District 25-6A boys basketball MVP, a five-star athlete...

Fab 50: The American-Statesman’s top high school athletes of 2017-18

THE TOP 10 1. Garrett Wilson, Jr., Lake Travis: Wilson, a first-team member of both the Statesman’s All-Central Texas basketball and football teams, delivered highlights regardless of his sports season. A football pledge for Ohio State, the 6-foot, 180-pound receiver hauled in 98 receptions for 1,773 yards and 26 touchdowns while helping Lake Travis reach its third consecutive Class 6A championship...
High school baseball: 2018 All-Central Texas team

High school baseball: 2018 All-Central Texas team

PLAYER OF THE YEAR Brett Baty, Jr., Lake Travis With one of the sweetest swings in Central Texas, the third baseman keyed a loaded lineup that helped the Cavaliers win a seventh consecutive district championship and reach the third round of the playoffs, where they fell to eventual state finalist San Antonio Reagan. The 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound Baty, who has been committed to Texas since the summer...
All-Central Texas baseball: Hermandez makes a first-year splash

All-Central Texas baseball: Hermandez makes a first-year splash

At the end of his sophomore season, Austin High’s Noah Hernandez knew he needed to make a change. Hernandez had spent most of the year on the bench. The junior varsity bench. If he didn’t make the varsity team as a junior, he knew he would likely be cut from the program altogether. And even if he made varsity, the chances he would play a major role with the Maroons were slim. So Hernandez...
Hutto quarterback Chase Griffin commits to UCLA

Hutto quarterback Chase Griffin commits to UCLA

Hutto quarterback Chase Griffin remained on the field throwing footballs in front of UCLA offensive coordinator Dana Bible on Thursday after the conclusion of an invitation-only camp in Los Angeles. The three-star recruit from Hutto felt that he did well during the camp, and those feelings were validated when he and his father were invited to the office of head coach Chip Kelly. An offer was extended...
High school softball: 2018 All-Central Texas team

High school softball: 2018 All-Central Texas team

Whether on the mound or at the plate for one of the area’s top programs, Crafts earned a second consecutive All-Central Texas selection after powering the Wildcats to the Region II-5A finals. As a pitcher, she compiled a 21-4 record with 217 strikeouts and a 1.26 ERA in 171.2 innings. She showed her grit in the regional championship against Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill by throwing all...
All-Central Texas softball: Hedspeth, Lockhart smoked the competition

All-Central Texas softball: Hedspeth, Lockhart smoked the competition

Like many folks from her hometown, recent Lockhart graduate Alex Hedspeth has a favorite when it comes to barbecue. And like many of her friends and neighbors, the Lions’ slugging softball star prefers Chisholm Trail BBQ. Not that she has too much of a choice. “Well, I have to say Chisholm Trail because I work there,” Hedspeth said with a laugh. “Come say hi; I’m a cashier...
Central Texas high school all-district baseball teams

Central Texas high school all-district baseball teams

CENTRAL TEXAS ALL-DISTRICT BASEBALL TEAMS District 13-6A MVP: Cash Rugely, Sr., SS, Cedar Ridge Newcomer: Kyle Froemke, Sr., SS, Round Rock Coach: Daryl Reeves, Cedar Ridge First team — P: Nick Oslavar, Sr., Cedar Ridge; Michael Kronschabl, Sr., McNeil; Cameron Bush, Sr., Round Rock; RP: Grant McCall, Sr., Round Rock; C: Trey Dowley, Jr., Pflugerville; 1B: Zane Kampfer, Jr., McNeil; 2B: Luke...
State all-star game to include several Austin-area baseball players

State all-star game to include several Austin-area baseball players

2018 Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association all-star baseball games When: June 16, 10 a.m. (Class 2A-4A) and 1 p.m. (Class 5A-6A) Where: Dell Diamond, Round Rock The 2017-18 school year will make one last appearance at the plate as the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association hosts in annual games Saturday at Dell Diamond. The Class 2A-4A game will start at 10 a.m., while the Class 5A-6A...
District 25-6A Summer Tour: Can new-look Hays remain a contender?

District 25-6A Summer Tour: Can new-look Hays remain a contender?

In February’s biennial realignment, Westlake and Lake Travis rejoined a district that includes familiar foes such as the four Austin school district Class 6A teams, the Hays school district teams and Del Valle. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the nine football programs that will compete in District 25-6A. This week, we continue the series by looking at Hays. Where we left off:...
UIL forms group to hear competition complaint by Ann Richards School

UIL forms group to hear competition complaint by Ann Richards School

The University Interscholastic League on Tuesday agreed to listen to a complaint by the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders about unfair athletic competition. The UIL’s legislative council voted to establish an ad hoc committee to determine whether changes are necessary to avoid mismatches for schools at all levels, including charters. In February, Ann Richards (enrollment: 414) was...
Central Texas high school all-district softball teams

Central Texas high school all-district softball teams

CENTRAL TEXAS ALL-DISTRICT SOFTBALL TEAMS District 13-6A MVP: Erika Richardson, Sr., Cedar Ridge Pitcher: Tori McCann, Jr., Cedar Ridge Offensive players: Alyssa Popelka, Jr., Westwood; Taylor Bachmeyer, Jr., Hendrickson Defensive players: Kennedy Engleman, Jr., McNeil; Bre McElderry, Sr., Hendrickson Newcomer: Eileigh Whyte, Fr., Westwood Coach: Jessica Poole, Cedar Ridge First team — Lauren...
District 13-5A-II summer tour: Distant Brenham may be favorite

District 13-5A-II summer tour: Distant Brenham may be favorite

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the UIL will split Class 5A schools into two divisions based on enrollment prior to the season. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the eight football programs that will compete in District 13-5A-Division II. This week, we continue the series by looking at Brenham. Where we left off: Brenham navigated a tough district schedule last season to make the...
District 13-6A summer tour: Westwood must replace bevy of weapons

District 13-6A summer tour: Westwood must replace bevy of weapons

In February’s biennial realignment, longtime district competitor Pflugerville dropped down to Class 5A and the three largest Leander school district programs joined Hendrickson and the Round Rock schools. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the nine football programs that will compete in District 13-6A. This week, we continue the series by looking at Westwood. Where we left off: The...
UIL to discuss home-field advantage for all first-round playoff games

UIL to discuss home-field advantage for all first-round playoff games

Wimberley football coach Doug Warren would like an opportunity to play a first-round playoff game at Texan Stadium. On Tuesday, the University Interscholastic League legislative council might grant him that wish. The council will convene to review UIL rules and vote on proposed rule changes. Among the possible changes is to allow higher-seeded teams to have home-field advantage for the bi-district...
District 11-5A-I summer tour: QB Moore lifts playoff hopes for Rouse

District 11-5A-I summer tour: QB Moore lifts playoff hopes for Rouse

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the UIL will split Class 5A schools into two divisions based on enrollment prior to the season. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the seven football programs that will compete in District 11-5A Division I. This week, we continue the series by looking at Rouse. Where we left off: The Raiders found their way into the playoffs in one of the more competitive...
Georgetown’s Cole Moore shines at area all-star baseball game

Georgetown’s Cole Moore shines at area all-star baseball game

On a platform showcasing the top senior baseball players in Central Texas, Georgetown’s Cole Moore separated himself from the pack. Moore went 3-for-3 with a solo home run in the third inning and added an RBI single in the fourth as the North rolled past the South 21-5 on Sunday in the 19th annual Austin Area Baseball Coaches All-Star Game at Dell Diamond. More than 50 players competed, but...
Southlake Carroll wins 6A baseball title, adds to San Antonio’s misery

Southlake Carroll wins 6A baseball title, adds to San Antonio’s misery

San Antonio has its share of superstitions. And what else can explain the jinx that seems to torment the city’s baseball teams? Southlake Carroll took advantage of a gloveful of uncharacteristic errors by San Antonio Reagan to roll to a 7-2 win Saturday in the Class 6A championship game, the UIL state baseball tournament finale, at Dell Diamond. The loss extended a generation-long state slump...
State baseball tournament: Southlake Carroll wins, eyes first 6A title

State baseball tournament: Southlake Carroll wins, eyes first 6A title

After committing a pair of costly errors earlier in the game, Southlake Carroll shortstop Jorge Figueroa made amends with a two-run double in the sixth inning that proved the difference in a 3-1 win over The Woodlands in a Class 6A state semifinal Friday at Dell Diamond. Figueroa’s shot provided more than enough cushion for Carroll ace Nicco Cole, who held The Woodlands (25-15-1) to three hits...
Wasted opportunities plague Gateway Prep baseball team as season ends

Wasted opportunities plague Gateway Prep baseball team as season ends

Clifton won its Class 3A state semifinal game by connecting for hits when it mattered most. Georgetown Gateway Prep’s season came to an end because the Gators failed to take advantage of their opportunities. In the end, Clifton pitcher Carter Guinn owned the moment. He scattered six hits and struck out five to lead the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Gators in a Class 3A semifinal at the UIL...
As game changes, coaches head back to school

As game changes, coaches head back to school

When the UIL Legislative Council passed a rule last October requiring every high school and junior high school football coach to become certified in teaching tackling, Texas became the first state in the country to implement a mandatory statewide tackling certification program for all football coaches. On Tuesday, the UIL and the Texas High School Coaches Association, partners in the tackling certification...
State baseball tournament: Northwest Eaton survives 3-2 thriller in 5A

State baseball tournament: Northwest Eaton survives 3-2 thriller in 5A

A stellar performance by relief pitcher Cade Winquest and a clutch single by Colbie Fritchen has sent Northwest Eaton to the Class 5A state championship game. Winquest held Kingwood Park scoreless for 4 2/3 innings and Fritchen’s sharp single to left with one out in the bottom of the eighth gave the Eagles a 3-2 victory in a 5A semifinal at the UIL state baseball tournament Thursday at Dell...
Faces off the Field: Rudy Reyna, senior outfielder, Akins

Faces off the Field: Rudy Reyna, senior outfielder, Akins

One thing that sticks to me from baseball is how it taught me to overcome adversity. Baseball is a game of inches, and just because it doesn’t go your way, that doesn’t mean you hang your head and give up. It means you come back even harder and try to succeed no matter what happened before. The highlight of my season had to be hitting the walk-off home run against San Marcos to keep our...
State baseball tournament: Argyle stays unbeaten, run-rules Jasper

State baseball tournament: Argyle stays unbeaten, run-rules Jasper

Argyle is chasing a state baseball championship — and a piece of history, too. The Eagles —the only unbeaten team in this week’s UIL state tournament — showed why they’re ranked No. 1 in Class 4A on Wednesday, scoring five runs in the first inning and then coasting to a 14-4 victory over Jasper in the state semifinals at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The game ended with the...
Gateway Prep’s youth brigade comes of age in state baseball title run

Gateway Prep’s youth brigade comes of age in state baseball title run

Coming off a berth in the state baseball tournament last spring, Gateway Prep convened for practice in late January with a new sheriff in the dugout. When John Broussard replaced Ryan Kjos as varsity coach, he was armed with some impressive credentials. He had five straight winning seasons at Cameron Yoe and led the team to the Class 2A state championship in 2011. After he introduced himself, Broussard...
District 25-6A Summer Tour: Revamped Lehman ready for new challenges

District 25-6A Summer Tour: Revamped Lehman ready for new challenges

In February’s biennial realignment, Westlake and Lake Travis rejoined a district that includes familiar foes such as the four Austin school district Class 6A teams, the Hays school district teams and Del Valle. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the nine football programs that will compete in District 25-6A. This week, we open the series by looking at Lehman. Where we left off: The...
State baseball tourney begins with several hopefuls, one unbeaten team

State baseball tourney begins with several hopefuls, one unbeaten team

Muenster and Abbott will play in the high school baseball championships this week with hopes of repeating as state champions. Five more teams that failed to win state last season will make encore appearances when the UIL state baseball championships convene Wednesday at Dell Diamond and UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Muenster won its first state championship in 2017, beating Big Sandy 6-2 to capture the Class...
District 13-6A summer tour: Cedar Ridge reloads for new district foes

District 13-6A summer tour: Cedar Ridge reloads for new district foes

In February’s biennial realignment, longtime district competitor Pflugerville dropped down to Class 5A and the three largest Leander school district programs joined Hendrickson and the Round Rock schools. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the nine football programs that will compete in District 13-6A. This week, we open the series by looking at Cedar Ridge. Where we left off: The...
Area baseball players ready for annual all-star game

Area baseball players ready for annual all-star game

Just one day after the state baseball tournament wraps up at Dell Diamond, the home of the Round Rock Express will host the 19th annual Austin Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game. More than fifty of the top senior baseball players in Central Texas will compete in the game June 10 at Dell Diamond. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. The North team will be coached by Hutto’s Josh...
District 11-5A-I summer tour: Connally looks to rebound from down year

District 11-5A-I summer tour: Connally looks to rebound from down year

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the UIL will split Class 5A schools into two divisions based on enrollment prior to the season. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the seven football programs that will makeup the new District 11-5A-Division I. This week, we open the series by looking at Connally. Where we left off: The Cougars were curious bunch in 2017, going 3-7 and 2-6 in district...
Westlake to host annual all-star game

Westlake to host annual all-star game

The Austin area may not have fielded a team at the recent state softball tournament, but Central Texas will put on a show next week. Fifty of the top senior softball players in Central Texas will compete in the 2018 Greater Austin Area All-Star game June 13 at Westlake High School. Player introductions will begin at 7 p.m. The game will be held for the eighth straight year for graduating senior softball...
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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