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Our preseason Top 10 preseason countdown: No. 7 Dripping Springs

PRESEASON TOP 10 COUNTDOWN: NO. 7 DRIPPING SPRINGS By Rick Cantu, American-Statesman Staff In Central Texas, August means scorching days and heated preseason debates about the area’s top high school football teams. Leading up to the season’s kickoff Aug. 30, we unveil our Top 10, as selected by our high school reporting staff. No. 7 Dripping Springs Coach: Galen Zimmerman (28-8, 4th season)...
Goal to go: Dripping Springs on verge of becoming a state contender

Goal to go: Dripping Springs on verge of becoming a state contender

Cedar Park, Lake Travis, Liberty Hill and Wimberley are Central Texas football programs that have won multiple state championships. In time, Dripping Springs coach Galen Zimmerman wants to join that elite club. There is no reason the Tigers should fail in that quest, he said. The school is loaded with athletic talent. Soccer, softball and track are among several campus teams that have become regular...
Pflugerville, Hendrickson renew rivalry in football scrimmage

Pflugerville, Hendrickson renew rivalry in football scrimmage

About the only way you could tell the scrimmage between Pflugerville and Hendrickson Friday at Hawk Stadium wasn’t a real game was the fact the players wore practice jerseys. Otherwise, it featured all the hard-hitting, intensity and game atmosphere — the crowd soared north of 700, and Hendrickson’s cheerleaders and marching band were also in on the festivities — of a high-profile...
Our No. 8 preseason team, Cedar Ridge, keeps raising its own standard

Our No. 8 preseason team, Cedar Ridge, keeps raising its own standard

There’s only one frontier that the Cedar Ridge football program has left to conquer. In 2017 — the Raiders’ sixth year of existence — they came within one win of the Class 6A, Division I state championship game. They were in a final four with blue-blood programs Allen, Lake Travis and Katy. Is the wave about to crest, or is Cedar Ridge here to stay? “That’s our...
Our preseason Top 10: No. 8 Cedar Ridge

Our preseason Top 10: No. 8 Cedar Ridge

PRESEASON TOP 10 COUNTDOWN: NO. 8 CEDAR RIDGE By Chris Bils, American-Statesman Correspondent In Central Texas, August means scorching days and heated preseason debates about the area’s top high school football teams. Leading up to the season’s kickoff Aug. 30, we unveil our Top 10, as selected by our high school reporting staff. No. 8 Cedar Ridge Coach: Sam Robinson (13-2, 2nd season)...
He’s baaack: A healthy Trinidad Sanders gives No. 9 Bowie a real jolt

He’s baaack: A healthy Trinidad Sanders gives No. 9 Bowie a real jolt

The future arrived earlier than expected for Bowie. Before last season even began, injuries rippled through the quarterback room. Starter Matthew Wheeler, one of the team’s senior leaders, went down during the preseason. So did the other upperclassmen with experience behind center. With the season opener against Pflugerville approaching fast, Bowie coach Jeff Ables knew his team needed an offensive...
Our preseason Top 10: No. 9 Bowie

Our preseason Top 10: No. 9 Bowie

PRESEASON TOP 10 COUNTDOWN: NO. 9 BOWIE By Thomas Jones, American-Statesman staff In Central Texas, August means scorching days and heated preseason debates about the area’s top high school football teams. Leading up to the season’s kickoff Aug. 30, we unveil our Top 10, as selected by our high school reporting staff. No. 9 Bowie Coach: Jeff Ables (115-66, 17th season) 2017: 8-3, Class...
Starting over: Our No. 10 preseason team, Wimberley, has shoes to fill

Starting over: Our No. 10 preseason team, Wimberley, has shoes to fill

For many elite high school football teams, tradition doesn’t graduate. Such is the case at Wimberley, which said farewell to several seniors who helped the Texans reach the Class 4A Division II state semifinals last season. The list includes a pair of players who earned first-team All-State honors — quarterback Jojo Weeks and offensive tackle Ian Burnette. So, what is coach Doug Warren...
Our preseason top 10: No. 10 Wimberley

Our preseason top 10: No. 10 Wimberley

PRESEASON TOP 10 COUNTDOWN: NO. 10 WIMBERLEY By Rick Cantu, American-Statesman staff In Central Texas, August means scorching days and heated preseason debates about the area’s top high school football teams. Leading up to the season’s kickoff on Aug. 30, we unveil our top 10, as selected by our high school reporting staff. No. 10 Wimberley Coach: Doug Warren (40-24, 6th season) 2017:...
Vista Ridge stays hot, cruises to volleyball win over Pflugerville

Vista Ridge stays hot, cruises to volleyball win over Pflugerville

Sophomore Ava Dahl slammed 11 kills and Skylar Warde added nine kills as Vista Ridge defeated a scrappy but outmatched Pflugerville squad in four sets, 25-13, 20-25, 25-14, 25-13, Tuesday at Vista Ridge High School. “It was really a good match,” said Vista Ridge coach Holly Lamb. “When girls were really pressed when we lost the second set, they came back and really finished with...
Westlake volleyball team shows off chemistry on home-opening win

Westlake volleyball team shows off chemistry on home-opening win

It’s not too early in the season for team-bonding activities as part of the Westlake volleyball program. And the results on the court show it. A day after Chaps seniors “kidnapped” the underclassmen on the team for breakfast Monday morning prior to practice, Westlake looked clinical at times Tuesday as it improved to 7-2 during a 25-23, 25-15, 25-22 home sweep over perennially strong...
The addition of Vandegrift threatens Westwood’s dominance in 13-6A

The addition of Vandegrift threatens Westwood’s dominance in 13-6A

The recent University Interscholastic League realignment created an interesting paring in District 13-6A tennis. Eight-time champion Westwood has had little competition for the better part of a decade. That changed when the UIL put state power Vandegrift in the revamped 13-6A landscape. The Vipers will offer the sternest test yet for coach Travis Dalrymple and the Warriors, who have reached the regional...
District 25-6A coach/intangibles rankings: Carter, Dodge top list

District 25-6A coach/intangibles rankings: Carter, Dodge top list

Now that we’ve had a look at all of the teams in the new District 25-6A, it’s time to go a little more in depth. In this three-part series, we rank three phases of the game – offense, defense and coaching/intangibles – and dole out points based on rankings. We opened the series by ranking the offenses. Last week, we looked at the defenses. We conclude the series by ranking...
Westwood tops Lake Travis in non-district showdown

Westwood tops Lake Travis in non-district showdown

Maddi Kriz and the Westwood Warriors picked up a statement victory on Monday, defeating Lake Travis 25-19, 26-24, 25-22 in a non-district showdown of two of the area’s top teams. Kriz, a 6-foot-1-inch outside hitter, totaled 16 kills with three blocks while Zoe Menendez added five blocks and Kenzie Beckham had 26 assists for Westwood (11-1). Lake Travis (5-4), coming off a strong showing at...
District 13-6A coach/intangible rankings: Coach Chessher gives SP edge

District 13-6A coach/intangible rankings: Coach Chessher gives SP edge

Now that we’ve had a look at all of the teams in District 13-6A, it’s time to go a little more in depth. In this three-part series, we rank three phases of the game – offense, defense and coaching/intangibles – and dole out points based on rankings. In the first part of the series, we ranked the offenses. Last week, we looked at the defenses. This week, we rank the district&rsquo...
District 11-5A DI coach/intangible rankings: CP, Abseck heads list

District 11-5A DI coach/intangible rankings: CP, Abseck heads list

Now that we’ve had a look at all of the teams in the new District 11-5A Division I, it’s time to go a little more in depth. In this three-part series, we rank three phases of the game – offense, defense and coaching/intangibles – and dole out points based on rankings. We opened the series by ranking the offenses. Last week, we looked at the defenses. This week, conclude the...
As football camp opens, Lake Travis coaches think about slowing WRs

As football camp opens, Lake Travis coaches think about slowing WRs

Defensive coordinators across Texas might have been well-served to have their own breakout session at last month’s high school coaching convention. The Austin American-Statesman’s annual Fab 55 of the state’s top players lists 11 receivers in its membership, including four of the top 10 players headed by Lake Travis’ Garrett Wilson. Teams planning on making deep playoff runs...
Todd Dodge, Westlake football team seek another run at state title

Todd Dodge, Westlake football team seek another run at state title

Coach Todd Dodge has made quite an impact in his four seasons at Westlake by compiling a 46-10 record, winning 24 of 28 district games and making a pair of state semifinal bids; as well as a state championship appearance in 2015. But the four-time state champion at Southlake Carroll is still seeking his first state title since 2007 and the first for the Chaps since future NFL players Drew Brees and...
Westwood 2nd at own volleyball tourney, Cedar Ridge 7th in AISD event

Westwood 2nd at own volleyball tourney, Cedar Ridge 7th in AISD event

Westwood finished as the runner-up at its own tournament this past weekend. The Warriors (10-1) fell to defending champion San Antonio Antonian 25-21, 26-24 in the gold-bracket championship game of the Warrior Showcase. Westwood outside hitter Maddi Kriz had a stellar weekend, but Antonian’s overall balance overcame the efforts of Kriz and Westwood. In other action, Round Rock edged District...
As volleyball begins, rivals Westlake, Lake Travis each post wins

As volleyball begins, rivals Westlake, Lake Travis each post wins

Separated by several hours and almost 20 miles, neighborhood rivals Westlake and Lake Travis opened their volleyball seasons Aug. 7 in similar fashion. Both teams faced some adversity, but both showed enough grit to secure a non-district win — Lake Travis beat visiting San Antonio Antonian while Westlake topped host McCallum — and enter this weekend’s John Turner Classic volleyball...
Round Rock opens volleyball season with sweep of Cedar Park

Round Rock opens volleyball season with sweep of Cedar Park

Round Rock’s Lauren Malone collected eight kills to lead the Dragons (1-0) to a sweep of visiting Cedar Park 25-20, 25-22, 25-16 in the non-district season opener for both teams. Round Rock’s ball control and effective offense helped offset the Cedar Park (0-1) height advantage. The Dragons used the passing of Malone, Grace Adams, Emma Young and sisters Sarah and Abby Keilen to thwart...
Impressive Georgetown downs Hendrickson in volleyball opener

Impressive Georgetown downs Hendrickson in volleyball opener

If the Aug. 7 season opener is any indication, good things are in store for the Georgetown volleyball team this season. And with a rotation dominated by juniors, the good times may not stop any time soon. Featuring an endless amount of players who put down numerous kills or had long serving stretches, visiting Georgetown swept Hendrickson 25-13, 25-13, 25-14 in the season opener for both teams. &ldquo...
District 25-6A defensive rankings: Loaded D bolsters Westlake hopes

District 25-6A defensive rankings: Loaded D bolsters Westlake hopes

Now that we’ve had a look at all of the teams in the new District 25-6A, it’s time to go a little more in depth. In this three-part series, we rank three phases of the game – offense, defense and coaching/intangibles – and dole out points based on rankings. Last week, we ranked the offenses. This week, we rank the defenses: 1. Westlake: Defensive end David Neil leads what is...
As summer workouts loom, 3 key questions face Lake Travis football

As summer workouts loom, 3 key questions face Lake Travis football

Fresh off its third consecutive Class 6A title game appearance, Lake Travis has been slotted as a preseason favorite to once again visit Arlington’s AT&T Stadium during winter break. Cavaliers’ coach Hank Carter gets his first official look at the Cavaliers on Aug. 13. While the ninth-year head coach has a good idea about what he’ll see in the first practices, several questions remain...
Pflugerville’s 5A schools ready for new volleyball rivalries

Pflugerville’s 5A schools ready for new volleyball rivalries

For the first time ever, the three Pflugerville school district volleyball programs will participate in the same University Interscholastic League athletic district. Pflugerville, Connally and Weiss will join the newly formatted District 17-5A, which also includes Cedar Park, Rouse and Glenn from the Leander school district as well as Marble Falls in a seven-team UIL district. Hendrickson, the fourth...
Westlake, Lake Travis headline 10-team volleyball district

Westlake, Lake Travis headline 10-team volleyball district

District 25-6A has a whole new look for the 2018 volleyball season. Westlake’s Hall of Fame coach Al Bennett has retired, and defending district co-champion Vandegrift has moved into District 13-6A. However, the new district is no place for the faint of heart. Three district champions from a year ago — Westlake in 25-6A, Bowie in 14-6A and Austin High in 25-5A — join playoff teams...
Round Rock coach Diane Watson adjusting to early start for volleyball

Round Rock coach Diane Watson adjusting to early start for volleyball

The high school volleyball season began this week, which is the earliest start to the season in the history of the University Interscholastic League. While local coaches may have appreciated the additional practice time, they had to adjust to a scheduling format that started basically started the season in July. “We had our middle school camp (in the middle of July),” said Round Rock coach...
Round Rock, Westwood still top teams in revamped volleyball district

Round Rock, Westwood still top teams in revamped volleyball district

Traditional Round Rock school district powers Westwood and Round Rock may be favored in the newly aligned District 13-6A, but the Warriors and Dragons face a formidable new adversary with the arrival of Vandegrift, which shared the District 25-6A title last season with Westlake. Defending champion Stony Point was hit hard by graduation, losing four starters. Cedar Ridge, another playoff qualifier...
District 13-5A DII defensive rankings: Brenham stacked on both sides

District 13-5A DII defensive rankings: Brenham stacked on both sides

Now that we’ve had a look at all of the teams in the new District 13-5A Division II, it’s time to go a little more in-depth. In this three-part series, we rank three phases of the game – offense, defense and coaching/intangibles – and dole out points based on rankings. Last week, we ranked the offenses. This week, we take a look at the district’s defenses. 1. Brenham...
District 13-6A defensive rankings: Hendrickson boasts talent, depth

District 13-6A defensive rankings: Hendrickson boasts talent, depth

N ow that we’ve had a look at all of the teams in District 13-6A, it’s time to go a little more in depth. In this three-part series, we rank three phases of the game – offense, defense and coaching/intangibles – and dole out points based on rankings. Last week, we ranked the offenses. This week, we take a look at the district’s defenses. 1. Hendrickson: Curley Young is...
District 11-5A DI defensive rankings: CP’s ‘Black Rain’ measuring stick

District 11-5A DI defensive rankings: CP’s ‘Black Rain’ measuring stick

Now that we’ve had a look at all of the teams in the new District 11-5A Division I, it’s time to go a little more in depth. In this three-part series, we rank three phases of the game – offense, defense and coaching/intangibles – and dole out points based on rankings. Last week, we ranked the offenses. This week, we take a look at the district’s defenses. 1. Cedar Park...
Sun rises on the high school football season as teams begin fall camp

Sun rises on the high school football season as teams begin fall camp

For the 31st straight year, Jeff Ables was on the campus football field when Bowie convened for the first day of summer camp. The sun was barely breaking through when Ables blew the whistle at 6:50 a.m. Monday morning. The Bulldogs took a knee at midfield, and Ables, in his 17th season as Bowie’s head coach, told them they will have a great fall. This was the scene throughout the state for high...
Lake Travis volleyball team faces key questions as new season begins

Lake Travis volleyball team faces key questions as new season begins

With volleyball starting next week, let’s take a look at a few key questions facing Lake Travis’s volleyball team. Who will run the Cavs’ offense? Departed setter Skylar Besch, a rock in the Lake Travis rotation for the past three seasons, doled out almost 1,000 assists a year ago while helping the Cavs compile a 27-17 record and nab a playoff spot. It will be a challenge for coach...
New era for Westlake volleyball: Laracuente replaces a legend

New era for Westlake volleyball: Laracuente replaces a legend

It took senior setter Rory Williams less than a week to realize Westlake volleyball will be different without Al Bennett in the gym. The mission, though, remains the same. After 12 years, Marci Laracuente left a comfortable coaching job at Flower Mound to take over for a legend. She understands the legacy of excellence she inherits. Bennett, 63, had won four state championships and compiled a 1,011-230...
Central Texas volleyball: Our top preseason teams and players

Central Texas volleyball: Our top preseason teams and players

PRESEASON TOP 10 TEAMS (Records from 2017) 1. Westwood (32-15, 6A regional quarterfinalist) The Warriors have a veteran lineup, returning outside hitter Maddie Kriz and five starters along with eight letter winners. Westwood hasn’t missed the playoffs since Tara Nelson took over as coach. 2. Westlake (28-17, 6A area finalist) The traditional power has a new coach, former Flower Mound coach Marci...
Round Rock to host future flag-football championships

Round Rock to host future flag-football championships

The Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Aug. 1 that Round Rock was selected to host the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association’s National Flag Football Championships in 2020, 2021 and 2022. NIRSA will hold the national championship tournaments at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex. According to NIRSA national sport programs director Valerie McCutchan, Round...
Westlake volleyball team faces four key questions as new season begins

Westlake volleyball team faces four key questions as new season begins

With volleyball starting next week, let’s take a look at a few key questions facing Westlake’s volleyball team. What will Westlake look like without Al Bennett coaching on the sideline? No one knows, because it’s been more than a generation since anyone but Bennett led the Chaps. The Hall of Fame coach retired after the 2017 season with his legacy as one of the top prep coaches in...
District 25-6A summer football tour: Expectations high for Lake Travis

District 25-6A summer football tour: Expectations high for Lake Travis

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 finish the series by looking at Lake Travis. Where we left...
Georgetown soccer coach Sam McCutchen selected for hall of honor

Georgetown soccer coach Sam McCutchen selected for hall of honor

The first congratulatory calls for Georgetown girls soccer coach Sam McCutchen came in May from former players. Then Sam McCutchen got an email, and the honor was official. McCutchen was selected to the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Organization Hall of Honor. In his humble fashion, McCutchen had few words but plenty of excitement. “I was kind of surprised, maybe even a bit shocked,&rdquo...
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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