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PHOTOS: Vandegrift hangs on for big-time district win over Hendrickson on Sept. 21, 2018

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Rain, lightning can’t stop Vandegrift in victory over Hendrickson

Rain, lightning can’t stop Vandegrift in victory over Hendrickson

A rainstorm followed by a lightning delay hardly dampened the Vandegrift football team’s victory celebration. The Vipers, soaked but smiling, made an emphatic statement to its District 13-6A brothers on Friday. Quarterback Dru Dawson’s steady hand, combined with four Hendrickson fumbles, propelled Vandegrift to a 29-20 victory over the Hawks at The Pfield. Vandegrift (4-0, 2-0 district)...
Batts, Bourgeois help LBJ roll to 41-7 win over rival McCallum

Batts, Bourgeois help LBJ roll to 41-7 win over rival McCallum

The thunderstorm that swept across Nelson Field in the second half and stopped the game with 5 minutes, 42 seconds left in the contest was the only thing that dampened a red-hot LBJ offense in a 41-7 win over McCallum in the District 12-5A Division I opener between these two fierce rivals. Behind another stellar performance from quarterback Brian Batts, the Jags rolled up 364 of their 486 yards before...
QB Elijah Oakmon off to fresh start for Pflugerville football team

QB Elijah Oakmon off to fresh start for Pflugerville football team

When Elijah Oakmon first began showing up at the Pflugerville High School field house for unprompted workouts early in the summer, football coach Charles Taylor didn’t know much about the eager freshman. But Oakmon certainly knew plenty about Taylor. At least, he knew about the first-year Panthers’ coach from his tenure at McCallum in the Austin school district. Several of Oakmon&rsquo...
Friday high school football matchups

Friday high school football matchups

GAMES OF THE DAY Vandegrift (3-0) vs. Hendrickson (2-0) 7 p.m. Friday, The Pfield, Pflugerville Quarterbacks: Dru Dawson has been terrific in three starts for Vandegrift, completing 34 of 52 passes (.654) for six touchdowns and one INT. … Hendrickson’s Blaine Barker was the leading rusher on a team that gained 372 yards on the ground in last week’s 64-14 victory over Westwood. EDGE...
Faces off the Field: Frankie Lord, cross country, Dripping Springs

Faces off the Field: Frankie Lord, cross country, Dripping Springs

How did you get involved with cross country? I’ve been running track since seventh grade and I’m in the marching band during the fall. Coach (Marisa) Tuzzi has always been very supportive of this decision, but for my senior year I decided to give cross country a shot. What are your individual goals for the year? I definitely want to push myself to set a new personal record at every meet...
El Paso team’s journey symbolizes coaches’ challenge to find opponents

El Paso team’s journey symbolizes coaches’ challenge to find opponents

The football team from El Paso Del Valle was prepared to travel 590 miles last week to play a game in Hutto. Unfortunately, the threat of lightning storms in Central Texas forced the teams to cancel. No sense in spending money for food, gas and hotel rooms for a game that might not be played. For more than 1,300 public high schools in the state, the biggest challenge for football teams is filling...
High school football game preview: Fredericksburg vs. Wimberley

High school football game preview: Fredericksburg vs. Wimberley

GAME OF THE DAY Fredericksburg (2-1) vs. Wimberley (1-2) 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Texan Stadium, Wimberley Quarterback: Fredericksburg senior Brant Bowers has thrown for 277 yards a game with eight TDs and four INTs, and he leads a unit that averages 31.7 points and more than 400 yards a game. … First-year starter Cooper McCollum has thrown for 640 yards and six TDs for Wimberley and has 119 yards...
Lake Travis tennis edges rival Westlake in midseason tennis showdown

Lake Travis tennis edges rival Westlake in midseason tennis showdown

For Tatum Blalock, a shot at redemption. For Carter White, a chance to be an unlikely hero. Five hours into a marathon match against rival Westlake, the final two Lake Travis players left on the court had very different reasons to be nervous. Both seized the moment, pulling out third-set tiebreakers to snatch a 10-9 victory for the No. 4 Cavaliers in a matchup between two top-1o teams, according to...
Improbable rally lifts Vandegrift volleyball team to win over Westwood

Improbable rally lifts Vandegrift volleyball team to win over Westwood

Vandegrift served notice to its competitors in two ways Tuesday. First, the Vipers (22-13 overall) let the rest of District 13-6A know they will be a player in the volleyball title race as they improved to 5-2 in the district with a home win over a Westwood team that entered the match tied for first place in the district. And second, but perhaps most important, the Vipers sent a message to future...
Vista Ridge volleyball cools off Cedar Ridge, remains in first place

Vista Ridge volleyball cools off Cedar Ridge, remains in first place

In a meeting between the top team and the hottest team in District 13-6A, Vista Ridge held onto first place by snapping Cedar Ridge’s three-game district winning streak 15-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-21 Tuesday at Cedar Ridge High School. Skylar Warde had 14 kills and 22 digs as Vista Ridge (22-10, 6-1) fought off a valiant effort by Cedar Ridge (15-10, 3-4) to secure the win. Paired with Vandegrift&rsquo...
Cedar Park slams district foe Pflugerville for 11th consecutive win

Cedar Park slams district foe Pflugerville for 11th consecutive win

Cedar Park (22-11 overall, 3-0 District 17-5A) extended its winning streak to 11 consecutive victories with a convincing win over district rival Pflugerville (12-22, 2-2) at home Sept. 18. The Timberwolves defeated Pflugerville in three consecutive sets 25-15, 25-15 and 25-11. That hot streak helped Cedar Park earn a No. 4 ranking in Class 5A, according to the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Poll...
Lake Travis volleyball beats small, scrappy Ann Richards

Lake Travis volleyball beats small, scrappy Ann Richards

For most of the first set, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders hung with powerhouse Lake Travis on Tuesday at Lake Travis High School. It was never going to last. The Cavaliers cruised to a straight-set victory over the outmatched Stars, 25-18, 25-11, 25-13, to stay unbeaten in District 25-6A. “I feel like we’re peaking at the right moment,” Lake Travis coach Brandace...
Game preview: Lake Travis vs. Akins

Game preview: Lake Travis vs. Akins

After three weeks, Lake Travis fans will finally get an up close and personal look at their Cavaliers. Lake Travis (2-0, 1-0 District 25-6A) plays its first home game of the season Friday when Akins (2-1, 0-1) makes the trek from South Austin to RR 620. Fans hoping to see quarterback Hudson Card and receiver Garrett Wilson might want to be in their seats prior to kickoff, at least if this Lake Travis-Akins...
Bohls: The Houston Astros make perfect sense for the Express

Bohls: The Houston Astros make perfect sense for the Express

1. The worst-kept secret in the 512 will be Thursday’s announcement that the Houston Astros are returning to Central Texas to link up with the Round Rock Express, this time as their Triple-A affiliate. The two were connected for 11 successful years with the Astros’ Double-A team (and one Triple-A team) playing at Dell Diamond, shipping major-league talent like Roy Oswalt, Hunter Pence...
Cedar Ridge volleyball beats Vandegrift, climbs district standings

Cedar Ridge volleyball beats Vandegrift, climbs district standings

The hottest team in Central Texas high school volleyball circles is likely Cedar Ridge. The Raiders picked up their third consecutive impressive win in District 13-6A by taking down district co-leader Vandegrift 25-27, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17, 16-14. The victory follows a win over previously district unbeaten Westwood, and it pulls Cedar Ridge (20-14, 3-3) to .500 in district play. First-year head coach...
Lake Travis offense finds groove in district opener

Lake Travis offense finds groove in district opener

As Lake Travis’ coaches and players lingered on the Burger Stadium turf following a 42-21 win over Bowie to open District 25-6A, the smiles were hard to ignore. “Tonight was the first time we’ve seen what our offense can be, and that’s exciting to see,” said Lake Travis head coach Hank Carter after the Cavaliers rolled up 519 yards of offense against a Bowie team that...
District 25-6A football roundup: Cavs crush Bowie in district opener

District 25-6A football roundup: Cavs crush Bowie in district opener

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the Week: Lake Travis The Cavaliers (2-0, 1-0) made a 42-21 win over Bowie look easy, something few teams will be able to say against the Bulldogs (2-1, 0-1) this season. Lake Travis scored on each of its first six possessions in building a 42-7 halftime lead, allowing starters to rest. Wide receiver Garrett Wilson caught five passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, including...
District 13-5A DII roundup: Glenn wrap up non-district with victory

District 13-5A DII roundup: Glenn wrap up non-district with victory

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: Glenn Grizzlies The Grizzlies got the first varsity win in program history in dramatic fashion, knocking off a previously unbeaten McCallum team that is coming off a run to the Class 5A Division II state semifinals last year. Glenn was the first team to beat the Knights in the regular season since LBJ did it on Sept. 23, 2016. The Grizzlies rushed for 232 yards...
Connally volleyball team picks up first district win

Connally volleyball team picks up first district win

Connally’ s Michera Moffett slammed 18 kills as the Cougars picked up their first District 19-5A volleyball win Friday with a 25-19, 25-13, 22-25, 25-20 triumph over Marble Falls. Audrey Garcia had 25 assists and Jennifer Nguyen Luu added 17 digs as the Cougars improved to 17-14 on the season and 1-2 in district play. The 17 wins are the most for the Cougars in four seasons, and Coach Meghan...
District 11-5A DI roundup: Cedar Park nabs first win

District 11-5A DI roundup: Cedar Park nabs first win

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: Cedar Park The Timberwolves finally got a notch in the win column with a 37-22 victory over San Angelo Central. Cedar Park rolled out to a 28-6 halftime lead and cruised to a victory in the second half. The Bobcats had a 25-game regular-season winning streak going into the game. Player of the week: Jackson Sioson, Georgetown The Eagles’ quarterback was close...
Distrct 13-6A football roundup: Hendrickson, Vandegrift set for clash

Distrct 13-6A football roundup: Hendrickson, Vandegrift set for clash

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the Week: Hendrickson The Hawks (2-0, 1-0) were absolutely dominant in a 64-14 blowout of Westwood (2-1, 0-1). They led 51-0 at halftime and scored on each of their first eight possessions. The Hendrickson defense completely shut down what had been a potent Warriors attack the first two weeks. The Hawks allowed only 13 total yards and two first downs in the first half, forcing...
Sunny and sandy, beach volleyball gaining popularity with area players

Sunny and sandy, beach volleyball gaining popularity with area players

It’s a subtle move, but one Westwood volleyball coach Tara Nelson is seeing more these days. Instead of tapping the ball over the net with an open hand, some players prefer to use their knuckles. There’s nothing wrong with the move, but Nelson has an idea where players are picking it up. “Total beach habit,” she said. For some area players, beach volleyball is becoming more...
Player of the Week and Game Balls

Player of the Week and Game Balls

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Hudson Card, QB, Lake Travis: The Cavalier junior was almost flawless in a 42-21 victory over Bowie, completing 15 of 20 passes for 337 yards and four TDs. Playing only in the first half, the University of Texas pledge added 51 yards rushing on six carries, scoring on a 32-yard run early in the second quarter as No. 2 Lake Travis improved to 2-0. GAME BALLS Ben Ballard, QB, Hyde...
High school volleyball: Fab Fives and notes

High school volleyball: Fab Fives and notes

FAB FIVES Class 6A 1. Lake Travis (22-11) 2. Westwood (24-12) 3. Westlake (24-9) 4. Vista Ridge (21-12) 5. Round Rock (27-7) Class 5A 1. Cedar Park (21-11) 2. Hutto (27-8) 3. Dripping Springs (18-15) 4. Lockhart (19-8) 5. Georgetown (21-12) Class 4A and Others 1. Johnson City (23-5) 2. Wimberley (18-11) 3. Liberty Hill (22-12) 4. Thrall (21-7) 5. Gateway Prep (22-7) DIG, SET, SPIKE Lake Travis rolled...
Faces off the Field: Sam Saxton, senior quarterback, St. Michael’s

Faces off the Field: Sam Saxton, senior quarterback, St. Michael’s

Sam, you come from a football family. How has that influenced you as a player? The game has always come naturally to me. Knowing that my father and grandfather both played at a high level of football has always been a motivation for me to be the best player possible. What are your individual goals for the year? Win a district championship for the St. Michael’s Crusaders. It is time to put some...
FOOTBALL FAB FIVES: The American-Statesman’s prep football poll

FOOTBALL FAB FIVES: The American-Statesman’s prep football poll

FOOTBALL FAB FIVES Class 6A Team;W-L;Pts. 1. Lake Travis;2-0;15 (3) Cavs send statement to rest of 25-6A by crushing Bowie 42-21 in district opener 2. Hendrickson;2-0;12 Hawks have outscored foes 120-21, including a 64-14 win over Westwood in 13-6A opener 3. Vandegrift;3-0;9 Defense has allowed 35 total points and stepped up late in 17-14 OT win over Cedar Ridge 4. Westlake;2-1;4 Chaps rebound from...
Card, Wilson carry Lake Travis to easy district opening win over Bowie

Card, Wilson carry Lake Travis to easy district opening win over Bowie

Garrett Wilson was in fifth grade the last time he caught a touchdown pass longer than 87 yards. So when he was describing the biggest play of Friday night’s 42-21 victory over Bowie (2-1, 0-1) on Friday, he recalled the time he hauled in a 99-yard touchdown while playing for the Glacier Ridge Elementary School Titans in Dublin, Ohio, in 2011. For all practical purposes, the District 25-6A opener...
Vipers defeat defending district champs Cedar Ridge 17-14 in OT

Vipers defeat defending district champs Cedar Ridge 17-14 in OT

District 13-6A, meet Vandegrift. The Vipers, in their first year aligned with Hendrickson and the Round Rock Class 6A schools, showed off the characteristics that Vandegrift’s previous district foes know well in a thrilling 17-14 overtime win over two-time defending district champion Cedar Ridge. Gritty. Resilient. Tough. Patient. The Vipers (3-0, 1-0) were all of that and more while rallying...
High school football previews: Games of the day

High school football previews: Games of the day

Lake Travis vs. Bowie 7:30 p.m. Friday, Burger Stadium Quarterbacks: Cavalier junior Hudson Card completed 70 percent of his passes in a 35-14 victory over Arlington Martin. … Bowie’s Trinidad Sanders is a dual threat who has accounted for 441 total yards. EDGE: Lake Travis Other offense: Senior Garrett Wilson is ranked as the No. 1 player in the state in the American-Statesman&rsquo...
Faces off the Field: Avery Hill, cross country sophomore, Georgetown

Faces off the Field: Avery Hill, cross country sophomore, Georgetown

How did you get involved with cross country? My parents coached a running team when I was in elementary school. I was one of the slower runners, but I improved over time. By the time I was in eighth grade, I was the fastest girl in our district. What is your personal goal this fall? Last year I was sick at the district meet and was disappointed with my performance. This year I want to compete at state...
Storms could wash out Friday games, push play to Saturday or Monday

Storms could wash out Friday games, push play to Saturday or Monday

While the East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence, area school officials are keeping a wary eye on a weather system that could trigger a wave of thunderstorms in Central Texas and wash out this weekend’s football games. Several high schools have already rescheduled or cancelled non-district games, but almost all of the area’s Class 6A programs begin district play this week. Cancelling...
Ready or not, Austin-area Class 6A teams open district play this week

Ready or not, Austin-area Class 6A teams open district play this week

Lake Travis has had 68 minutes of game action to prepare for its district football season. Ready or not, Lake Travis will take on Bowie in a critical District 25-6A game Friday at Burger Stadium. Bowie has played 96 minutes — two full games — before battling the state’s second-ranked 6A team. “We’re all in the same boat,” Cavalier coach Hank Carter said. Neither...
High school football game preview: Del Valle vs. Anderson

High school football game preview: Del Valle vs. Anderson

GAME OF THE DAY Del Valle (2-0) vs. Anderson (1-1) 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nelson Field Quarterback: Elijah Washington has impressed in his first full season as Del Valle’s starting quarterback with 206 yards rushing, 197 yards passing and five total TDs. … Anderson’s Scott Del Bosque replaced the injured Carsten Groos in last week’s 25-20 win over Rouse, and he helped the Trojans...
With win over McNeil, Vandegrift volleyball moves into tie for 1st

With win over McNeil, Vandegrift volleyball moves into tie for 1st

Vandegrift didn’t relax after pulling out a close first set Tuesday night at McNeil High School. The Vipers went for the quick kill. A straight-set victory — 28-26, 25-17, 25-21 — pulled Vandegrift (20-12, 4-1 District 13-6A) ahead of the Mavericks (19-14, 3-2) in the district standings into a tie for first place. Junior setter Delaney Dilfer said the Vipers weren’t satisfied...
Rouse volleyball finding rhythm, sweeps Connally

Rouse volleyball finding rhythm, sweeps Connally

You wouldn’t know it by watching Rouse’s precise 25-11, 25-12, 25-9 win at Connally Tuesday, but the first month of the season marked a bit of a slog for the Raiders. Rouse, coming off a 50-4 campaign and runner-up finish in Class 5A last fall, entered District 17-5A play 10-18 following an injury-riddled August, when it played a relentless schedule. But as Raiders coach Jacob Thompson...
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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