High School Sports


Lake Travis community honors favorite son Baker Mayfield

It was a surreal setting at the Hill Country Galleria Sunday. The Lake Travis cheerleaders led the crowd through an awkward rendition of Boomer Sooner in the heart of Texas – a certain first-time occurrence in the event’s location. Yet the event’s odd ambiance comes nowhere close to matching the uncanny career of its honoree, Heisman trophy winner and 2013 Lake Travis graduate Baker...
Cedar Ridge wraps up outright district title with win over Westwood

Cedar Ridge wraps up outright district title with win over Westwood

Tori McCann pitched a 12-strikeout shutout and scattered four hits as Cedar Ridge claimed their fourth straight district title and fifth straight playoff appearance with a 10-0 win over Westwood Friday at Westwood High School. According to Cedar Ridge coach Jessica Poole, her hitters were able to find a groove against Westwood pitcher Haley Popelka. “We hit the ball real well,” Poole said...
Lake Travis baseball team rebounds from 1st loss, beats Vandegrift

Lake Travis baseball team rebounds from 1st loss, beats Vandegrift

With their 25-game, season-opening win streak snapped against Vista Ridge April 17, senior Blake Helton made sure Lake Travis didn’t start a streak in the opposite direction Friday. The Baylor-bound pitcher made a pair of runs stand up as Lake Travis (27-1, 16-1 in District 25-6A) opened its final regular season series with a 2-0 win over Vandegrift (11-18, 7-10). The cavs won the second game...
District 13-6A roundup: Cedar Ridge, Round Rock tied in final week

District 13-6A roundup: Cedar Ridge, Round Rock tied in final week

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: Cedar Ridge The Raiders (20-9, 13-4) continued their late-season surge with a clean sweep over Westwood (3-23, 2-16). The Raiders beat the Warriors 12-2 on April 17, 3-2 on April 20 and 10-6 on April 21. The wins move the Raiders into a tie for first place in the district standings heading into the season’s final week. Player of the week: Cash Rugely, Cedar...
District 19-5A baseball roundup: Cedar Park wins key series v. Hutto

District 19-5A baseball roundup: Cedar Park wins key series v. Hutto

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: Cedar Park The Timberwolves were in a pair of wars with Hutto but emerged victorious in both to assert themselves in the playoff picture. Cedar Park went 11 innings before Brooks Raby belted a walk-off single to give the Timberwolves a 4-3 win over the Hippos in game one. Sameer Alzer’s two-run single gave the Timberwolves the lead for good in the top of...
All-District 13-6A soccer picks reflect balance, competitiveness

All-District 13-6A soccer picks reflect balance, competitiveness

District 13-6A is one of the more competitive girls soccer districts in the state, and the all-district team recently released by the 13-6A coaches reflects that balance. Five different squads earned one of the seven major postseason awards, and six of the district’s seven teams had a player represented on the first team. Defender Ella Concannon, a Westwood senior, earned the district&rsquo...
Cedar Ridge softball wins outright district title, eyes playoffs

Cedar Ridge softball wins outright district title, eyes playoffs

Cedar Ridge pitcher Tori McCann dealt a shutout and scattered four hits to will the Raiders to a 10-0 win Friday over Westwood. The Texas State signee fanned 12 batters to help send Cedar Ridge (19-3, 11-1) to its fifth straight playoff appearance. The Raiders claimed their fourth straight district championship as well. Cedar Ridge advances to the postseason along with Hendrickson, which will be the...
Frisco Wakeland sweeps Class 5A boys, girls soccer championships

Frisco Wakeland sweeps Class 5A boys, girls soccer championships

Frisco Wakeland joined a select group of UIL boys soccer teams that have repeated as state champions, posting a methodical 3-1 victory over Aledo on Saturday in the Class 5A final. Dominating possession and controlling tempo, Wakeland (19-4-6) applied constant pressure and turned Aledeo’s offense into a non-factor. Sophomore Marc Borbonus’ rebound goal in the 20th minute put the Wolverines...
Ben Ludwig throws shutout as Westlake baseball team beats Vista Ridge

Ben Ludwig throws shutout as Westlake baseball team beats Vista Ridge

Moments after his team wrapped up a hard-fought 2-0 win over Vista Ridge at Westlake High School’s Woerner Field, Westlake baseball coach J.T. Blair made no secret about the importance of the three-game series. “For us, the playoffs have already started,” he said after the Chaps won the first game in a best-of-three series between the two teams tied for second place in District 25-6A...
San Elizario ends Palestine’s perfect season, wins Class 4A boys title

San Elizario ends Palestine’s perfect season, wins Class 4A boys title

San Elizario’s roughly 560-mile journey to the UIL soccer championships proved to be worth the trek Friday. Facing Palestine in the Class 4A boys final at Birkelbach Field, the Eagles posted a 1-0 victory to claim a state championship and defeat a squad that had been unbeaten through 35 matches. “We were the underdogs, I guess, but we didn’t play scared,” said San Elizario...
Pflugerville graduate Nneka Enemkpali to coach college basketball

Pflugerville graduate Nneka Enemkpali to coach college basketball

Former University of Texas basketball standout Nneka Enemkpali’s career as a college coach is about to begin. Enemkpali, a 2011 graduate of Pflugerville High School, has been named assistant women’s coach at the University of California-Santa Barbara, the school announced Thursday. Enemkpali enters her first college on-court coaching job after spending two seasons as the women’s...
Midlothian Heritage knocks off Jasper 2-1 to grab Class 4A girls title

Midlothian Heritage knocks off Jasper 2-1 to grab Class 4A girls title

Midlothian Heritage freshman Rachel Allen stood just inside the box with under a minute to go in double overtime. As the clock ticked down in the Class 4A girls state championship match at Birkebach Field in Georgetown, Allen knew teammate Kayla Aston’s corner kick would come her way. “I just had a feeling it would end up near me,” said Allen, a forward. “I knew it was the...
High school softball: Fab Fives and notes

High school softball: Fab Fives and notes

SOFTBALL Fab Fives • Class 6A 1. Cedar Ridge (15-4-1) 2. Lake Travis (20-6) 3. Akins (20-9) 4. Hays (17-7) 5. Vista Ridge (16-4) • Class 5A 1. Elgin (18-5) 2. Lockhart (19-4-1) 3. Austin (14-5) 4. Dripping Springs (24-7) 5. Georgetown (18-4) • Class 4A and below 1. Salado (19-3) 2. Thorndale (21-1-1) 3. Hyde Park (14-1) 4. Wimberley (23-4) 5. La Grange (19-6) DIAMOND BITS Cedar Ridge...
High school baseball: Fab Fives and notes

High school baseball: Fab Fives and notes

FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Lake Travis (25-1) 2. Round Rock (21-6) 2. Hendrickson (17-7-1) 4. Vista Ridge (19-7-2) 6. Cedar Ridge (18-9) • Class 5A 1. Georgetown (24-7-1) 2. Rouse (21-9-1) 3. Dripping Springs (19-7-1) 4. McCallum (14-5) 5. Cedar Park (16-9) • Class 4A and below 1. Gateway Prep (22-1) 2. Thorndale (22-3-1) 3. Wimberley (17-3-1) 4. Taylor (20-6) 5. Luling (12-6) DIAMOND...
Faces Off the Field: Tiffany Licon, senior third baseman, Bowie

Faces Off the Field: Tiffany Licon, senior third baseman, Bowie

Why did you start playing softball? Growing up I played a lot of sports. I started playing softball when I was 2, along with soccer and basketball. Softball was my favorite sport to play so I stuck with it while giving up soccer and basketball. What do you enjoy most about softball? Being able to compete alongside my best friends. This game has made me create many strong friendships that will last...
Hendrickson softball moves into second with win over Round Rock

Hendrickson softball moves into second with win over Round Rock

Hendrickson’s Taylor Bachmeyer shined at the plate and in the circle as the Hawks beat Round Rock 2-0 Tuesday to move into a tie for second place in the District 13-6A race. Bachmeyer allowed just two hits while striking out 10. She also slammed three hits and drove in the only run Hendrickson would need for the pivotal district win. “Taylor pitched a great game for us tonight, and we...
Vista Ridge works extra innings to beat Lake Travis softball team

Vista Ridge works extra innings to beat Lake Travis softball team

Maya Benologa had a dramatic, walk-off double in the ninth inning that lifted Vista Ridge past Lake Travis, 5-4, in a pivotal District 25-6A contest Tuesday at Vista Ridge High School. The win improved the Rangers to 8-3 in district play and moved them into a tie for second with Hays behind the Cavaliers (9-2). “Last weekend against Hays was harsh,” said Rangers coach Lauren Myrick, referring...

Jasper tops Kilgore 1-0, advances to Class 4A girls final

fJasper’s girls soccer team, a mainstay at the UIL state tournament, earned another shot at its first state title, posting a 1-0 victory over Kilgore on Wednesday in a Class 4A state semifinal. Jasper finally broke a scoreless deadlock in Georgetown in the 67th minute, when Kylee Dominy took advantage of a steady north wind and curled a corner kick into the goal. The “Olimpico” triggered...
Hit by injuries, Liberty Hill falls short in Class 4A girls semifinal

Hit by injuries, Liberty Hill falls short in Class 4A girls semifinal

With just four minutes to play in regulation of a Class 4A state semifinal and the score knotted 1-1 against Midlothian Heritage, things looked bleak for Liberty Hill’s girls soccer team on Thursday. The Panthers’ starting keeper, freshman Samantha Carter, was on the bench at Birkelbach Field, nursing injured ribs and awaiting the end of the match before making a trip to the hospital for...
Georgetown baseball team stays hot in non-district, beats Stony Point

Georgetown baseball team stays hot in non-district, beats Stony Point

A reprieve from District 19-5A play did little to slow down Georgetown on Tuesday night, as the Eagles’ offense pounced on host Stony Point in an 8-4 non-district victory. Georgetown, which is ranked No. 10 in the latest Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, improved to 23-7-1. The Eagles are 10–0 in district and have already clinched the 19-5A title. Georgetown’s bats...
Young keepers help defensive-minded Liberty Hill to state tournament

Young keepers help defensive-minded Liberty Hill to state tournament

It’s been a season of both goals and dinosaur eggs for Liberty Hill’s state-bound girls soccer team. In just its fifth season of UIL-sanctioned soccer, Liberty Hill has dominated its opponents, outscoring them 161-6 and recording 23 shutouts. Junior midfielder Brooke Briscoe (40 goals) and freshman forward Madi Fuller (25 goals) have led the Panthers on offense, but their last line of...
District 25-6A baseball roundup: Lake Travis wins district title

District 25-6A baseball roundup: Lake Travis wins district title

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: Lake Travis Lake Travis (25-0, 14-0) put an end to District 26-5A race after two wins over Vista Ridge (18-7-2, 8-6) this past week. The Rangers entered the series with momentum and an opportunity to cut into the Cavs’ lead in the standings, but after 5-1 and 11-1 wins, Lake Travis has already mathematically clinched the district title with four games left...
Cedar Ridge softball team clinches at least share of district title

Cedar Ridge softball team clinches at least share of district title

The District 13-6A playoff race took another twist as Stony Point (5-6 in district) rebounded from a one-run loss to Westwood last week by beating Hendrickson 9-8 on Friday. The win moved the Tigers into a fourth-place tie with the Warriors. Hendrickson (7-3) dropped into third place and remains a game behind Round Rock (8-2). Cedar Ridge has clinched at least a share of its fourth straight district...
No. 1 Lake Travis tops Vista Ridge, nabs District 25-6A baseball title

No. 1 Lake Travis tops Vista Ridge, nabs District 25-6A baseball title

Austin Plante’s RBI single capped a four-run third inning, leading Lake Travis to a District 25-6A win over Vista Ridge Friday night in Cedar Park, 5-1. Paired with an 11-1 win over Vista Ridge Saturday, the victory helped seal the district title with four games left in the regular season entering this week. Plante’s single scored Carlos Contreras and Dylan Weiss to give the unbeaten and...
Pitching lifts Westlake baseball team to wins over Leander

Pitching lifts Westlake baseball team to wins over Leander

Westlake’s pitching staff entered Friday’s matchup at Leander High School with some serious momentum. The Chaps took to the road following a combined no-hitter by William Robertson and Dylan Savino on April 10, in which the pair tossed seven innings without surrendering a base hit. And while the Chaps failed to repeat that performance against the Lions, their staff hummed along once again...
District 19-5A baseball roundup: Elgin streaks into second place

District 19-5A baseball roundup: Elgin streaks into second place

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: Rouse The Raiders got hits from all up and down the lineup in pair of wins over Hutto. Rouse cruised to a 9-1 win over the Hippos on April 13 and then run-ruled Hutto 12-2 on April 14. The Raider wins knocked Hutto back to fourth place in the district and kept Rouse in a three-way tie for second place. Player of the week of the week: Jace Grady, Elgin The Wildcats...
Stony Point holds on for thrilling win over Hendrickson softball team

Stony Point holds on for thrilling win over Hendrickson softball team

Stony Point held on for a thrilling 9-8 win over Hendrickson in a pivotal District 13-6A contest April 13 at Hendrickson High School. Stony Point hung six runs on Hendrickson in the fourth inning then watched as the Hawks scratched back with three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Hendrickson, the defending district co-champion, added another two runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull...
District 13-6A baseball roundup: Cedar Ridge moves within game of Rock

District 13-6A baseball roundup: Cedar Ridge moves within game of Rock

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: Round Rock The Dragons took a big step toward claiming the District 13-6A title by taking two-of-three games against Hendrickson. The Dragons dropped the first game of the series 11-8 on April 10, a setback that allowed the Hawks to climb into a tie for first place in the standings, but Round Rock took both games of a doubleheader on April 13, 1-0 and 7-3, to give...
High school soccer: UIL championships schedule

High school soccer: UIL championships schedule

UIL SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS The UIL soccer championships open Wednesday in Georgetown, and Liberty Hill could become the third girls champion from the Austin area in the past five years. Hendrickson won the Class 6A title last season, defeating Katy Tompkins 2-0. The Hawks’ victory came three years after Vandegrift claimed the Class 4A crown, topping Wylie East 1-0. Liberty Hill (27-2-0) qualifed...
Late goal helps McAllen upend Lake Travis girls

Late goal helps McAllen upend Lake Travis girls

This wasn’t how it was supposed to end for the Lake Travis girls soccer team. After dominating possession most of the game, the Cavaliers weren’t prepared for the stunning ending, losing 1-0 to McAllen on a late goal in the Class 6A, Region IV final Saturday at the Blossom Athletic Center. McAllen sophomore Ava Alaniz cleared Lake Travis’ backline on a counterattack and beat junior...
Round Rock girls soccer season ends in regional final

Round Rock girls soccer season ends in regional final

Round Rock’s girls soccer program reached new heights this season while earning a spot in the regional final for the first time, but making history couldn’t help the Dragons hold off talented and tenacious Houston Memorial. Memorial snapped Round Rock’s string of six consecutive shutout wins with a 3-1 victory in the Class 6A, Region II final on a blustery afternoon at the Reeves...
Lake Travis blows past Brownsville Rivera 5-0 to reach regional final

Lake Travis blows past Brownsville Rivera 5-0 to reach regional final

Following a familiar playoff pattern, the Lake Travis girls soccer team took a little while to settle down before ramping up its potent offense in a Class 6A, Region IV semifinal against Brownsville Rivera on Friday. After their nerves eased, the Cavaliers rolled to four first-half goals in a 5-0 victory at the Blossom Athletic Complex. Lake Travis (14-7-4) advanced to face McAllen at 1 p.m. Saturday...
Banks’ goal helps Round Rock past Coppell in regional semifinal

Banks’ goal helps Round Rock past Coppell in regional semifinal

When Round Rock senior Hanna Banks had a second chance to score during a Class 6A, Region II girls soccer semifinal against Coppell, she wasn’t about to miss the opportunity. Banks slotted home the only goal in the Dragons’ 1-0 victory over Coppell in the 55th minute, and Round Rock (19-2-3) survived a few harrowing moments to advance to the regional final at Reeves Athletic Complex. At...
Vandegrift’s longtime batboy makes a memorable trip around the bases

Vandegrift’s longtime batboy makes a memorable trip around the bases

Chris Lucido stood in the batter’s box, kicked up some dirt with his new metal cleats, tightened his jet-black batting gloves, adjusted his helmet and stared out at the opposing pitcher. This was Lucido’s chance to emulate his sports hero, former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. For one treasured moment on a chilly Saturday afternoon last week, Lucido aspired to be just like Big Papi...
Sophomore Garcia helping Austin High to historic soccer success

Sophomore Garcia helping Austin High to historic soccer success

Austin High’s boys soccer team has a tradition of cranking up the music on the team bus after a victory, and one of the players most responsible for the win often gets to pick the playlist. That means the Maroons have listened to a lot of cumbia over the past two seasons. That’s the music of choice for dynamic sophomore striker Ronaldo Garcia. “When we get a win, we’re going...
Oh, K! Hulon piling up strikeouts as Dripping Springs’ new softball ace

Oh, K! Hulon piling up strikeouts as Dripping Springs’ new softball ace

Camille Corona did not fully comprehend the power of teammate Logan Hulon’s pitches until she was plunked on the left shoulder by a 66-mph fastball. Corona, the Dripping Springs second baseman who has committed to the Texas Longhorns, had to take a few minutes to survey the damage before climing back into the batter’s box during a recent practice. No blood. No broken bones. No permanent...
High school softball: Fab Fives and notes

High school softball: Fab Fives and notes

Softball FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Lake Travis (19-5) 2. Round Rock (15-5-2) 3. Vista Ridge (14-4) 4. Cedar Ridge (15-4-1) 5. Akins (18-9) • Class 5A 1. Dripping Springs (23-6) 2. Elgin (16-5) 3. Lockhart (16-4-1) 4. Austin (13-5) 5. Georgetown (16-4) • Class 4A and below 1. Salado (19-3) 2. Thorndale (19-1-1) 3. Hyde Park (13-1) 4. La Grange (19-6) 5. Wimberley (21-4) DIAMOND BITS Lake...
High school baseball: Fab Fives and notes

High school baseball: Fab Fives and notes

Baseball FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Lake Travis (22-0) 2. Hendrickson (16-5-1) 3. Round Rock (18-5) 4. Vista Ridge (18-5-2) 5. Anderson (14-7) • Class 5A 1. Georgetown (20-7-1) 2. Rouse (18-9-1) 3. Dripping Springs (18-8-1) 4. McCallum (12-4) 5. Cedar Park (12-7) • Class 4A and below 1. Gateway Prep (21-1) 2. Thorndale (20-3-1) 3. Wimberley (14-3-1) 4. Taylor (20-5) 5. Luling (12-6) DIAMOND...
Faces Off the Field: Tyler Driskill, senior outfielder, Round Rock

Faces Off the Field: Tyler Driskill, senior outfielder, Round Rock

Tell me a memory from the first time you played organized baseball. The first thing I remember was the competition I felt of always wanting to win the game no matter what. What’s the toughest thing for you to do in baseball? Not thinking when you’re playing and just letting your body take over and let it play. What’s your favorite baseball memory at Round Rock? Going to the state...
Walk-off homer lifts Round Rock softball to win over Cedar Ridge

Walk-off homer lifts Round Rock softball to win over Cedar Ridge

Madi Johnson’s walk-off home run lifted Round Rock to an 8-7 victory over visiting Cedar Ridge in a key District 13-6A contest on April 10. Round Rock trailed 6-1 through four innings before staging a five-run rally to knot the score. Cedar Ridge regained the lead with a run in the top of the seventh innings. In the bottom of the inning, Emily Murphy singled up the middle and reached second...
Hendrickson baseball rallies past Round Rock, claims share of 1st

Hendrickson baseball rallies past Round Rock, claims share of 1st

Hendrickson’s baseball team confirmed one of its characteristics in an 11-8 win over Round Rock April 10 at Hendrickson High School. The Hawks know how to respond when down. Hendrickson (16-7-1, 9-5 District 13-6A) rallied from a deficit three times against the Dragons in the first of a three-game series between the top two teams in the district. The Hawks’ win moved them into a temporary...
District 25-6A baseball roundup: Vista Ridge extends winning streak

District 25-6A baseball roundup: Vista Ridge extends winning streak

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: Vista Ridge The Rangers (16-5-2, 6-4) have been white hot since coming back from spring break and are fresh off their eighth-straight win, a 9-7 slugfest over Hays (14-8, 6-6) on Monday. Vista Ridge knocked off the Rebels 9-3 on April 6 and swept past Vandegrift before that. The Rangers have scored seven or more runs in their last five outings. The offensive explosion...
Westlake girls, Lake Travis boys win team titles at district track

Westlake girls, Lake Travis boys win team titles at district track

Westlake’s girls won the overall team title at the District 25-6A track meet April 3-4 at Leander High School, while Lake Travis won the boys team title. Both squads will send a heathy contingent of athletes to the area meet April 19 at Gustafson Stadium in San Antonio. The top four finishers in each event at the district meet advance to the area meet. The top four finishers at the area meet...
Lake Travis softball team whips rival Westlake, stays first in 25-6A

Lake Travis softball team whips rival Westlake, stays first in 25-6A

Lake Travis exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat both Westlake and the encroaching thunderstorm 11-1 in the softball version of the Battle of the Lakes Friday at Lake Travis High School. Cav pitcher Emerald Pina allowed three hits while fanning eight in the complete-game win that kept Lake Travis atop District 25-6A. According to first-year Lake Travis coach Billy Coleman...
No. 1 Lake Travis baseball team opens series against Leander with win

No. 1 Lake Travis baseball team opens series against Leander with win

Lake Travis senior pitcher Blake Helton allowed his first earned run of the season on Friday night, but it wasn’t a Leander base knock that jumped Helton’s earned run average above 0.00. A balk by Helton with runners on second and third allowed the Lions to send their first runner home in the second inning, ending what had been a perfect year thus far for the Cavs’ ace. A two-run...
Westwood dominates District 13-6A tennis tourney, sends 8 to regionals

Westwood dominates District 13-6A tennis tourney, sends 8 to regionals

One again, Westwood’s tennis team ruled the District 13-6A tournament. Westwood qualified for eight of the 10 available regional spots Thursday at Old Settlers Park, continuing almost a decade of domination under coach Travis Dalrymple, a 2000 graduate of Westwood who has guided the Warriors’ tennis program for the past eight years. Westwood won titles in all five events for the ninth...
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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