High School Sports


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...
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...
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...
Westwood tops Lake Travis in nondistrict volleyball showdown

Westwood tops Lake Travis in nondistrict volleyball showdown

Maddi Kriz and the rest of the Westwood volleyball team brought the thunder in a resounding 25-19, 26-24, 25-22 non-district win over visiting Lake Travis in a meeting between two of the top Class 6A programs in the Austin area. Kriz, a 6-foot-1-inch outside hitter, fired 16 kills with three blocks while Zoe Menendez added five blocks and Kenzie Beckham had 26 assists for Westwood (11-1), the top-ranked...
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...
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...
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...
Lake Travis’s other receivers hope to make impact

Lake Travis’s other receivers hope to make impact

Each of Lake Travis’ Division I quarterbacks had one thing in common: a standout receiver – or two – to keep the Cavaliers’ high-octane passing attack humming. Last season, Hudson Card served as one of those standout receivers, catching 67 passes for 1,134 yards and 13 touchdowns. Along with his rushing and passing prowess, Card earned first-team all-state honors as an all-purpose...
District 13-5A DII offensive rankings: Powerful Brenham leads charge

District 13-5A DII offensive rankings: Powerful Brenham leads charge

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. This week, we rank offenses. 1. Brenham: The Cubs are an offensive machine. The cogs may change out, but the...
Veteran coach Karen Huffman takes over Weiss volleyball program

Veteran coach Karen Huffman takes over Weiss volleyball program

The Weiss volleyball program, which has yet to play a varsity season, will welcome it’s second head coach. Karen Huffman, who was originally hired as Weiss’s junior varsity coach and varsity assistant, has replaced Julie Schier, who was hired in 2017 as the Weiss head volleyball coach and campus coordinator for girls athletics. Schier resigned earlier this year to pursue her master&rsquo...
District 13-6A summer football tour: Stony Point still a contender

District 13-6A summer football tour: Stony Point still a contender

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 finish the series this week by looking at Stony Point. Where we left off: Head...
District 13-6A offensive rankings: Is Cedar Ridge still top attack?

District 13-6A offensive rankings: Is Cedar Ridge still top attack?

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. This week, we rank offenses. 1. Cedar Ridge: The Raiders scored at a blistering pace last year but lose six...
Former RRCA volleyball standout Mallory Blauser staying in the game

Former RRCA volleyball standout Mallory Blauser staying in the game

Former Round Rock Christian Academy volleyball standout Mallory Blauser has entered a new adventure in her life, trading in her tennis shoes and knee pads for an educator’s tools at both the elementary and university level. Oh, and the former All-Central Texas player of the year for the Austin American-Statesman is also eyeing a December wedding. Blauser, a 2013 graduate of Round Rock Christian...
Former Lake Travis golfer Kristen Gillman nabs 1st title at pro event

Former Lake Travis golfer Kristen Gillman nabs 1st title at pro event

Kristen Gillman picked up her first professional win over the weekend. Playing as an amateur, the 2016 Lake Travis graduate fired a final-round 67 on Sunday to win the Japan LPGA Tour’s Century 21 Ladies’ Tournament in Shiga, Japan. Gillman, a 20-year-old junior at Alabama, finished the weekend at 17-under par (65-67-67 199) to win the event by four shots. Gillman was one of three amateurs...
District 25-6A summer football tour: Westlake seeks another long run

District 25-6A summer football tour: Westlake seeks another long run

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 Westlake. Where we left off...
Lake Travis LB looks to rebound from ACL injury for senior season

Lake Travis LB looks to rebound from ACL injury for senior season

Lake Travis’ spring football game on May 18 marked an anniversary of sorts for senior linebacker Matthew Peterman, just not one he cared to celebrate. Fresh off a 2016 state title season in which Peterman, then a sophomore, played a key role in Lake Travis’ defense, he looked to take the logical next step from role player to leader. Instead, because of a torn ACL suffered in the Cavaliers&rsquo...
District 13-5A-II summer football tour: Marble Falls welcomes 5A split

District 13-5A-II summer football tour: Marble Falls welcomes 5A split

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 end the series by looking at Marble Falls. Where we left off: The Mustangs were up and down last year in a tough district. Non-district...
District 13-6A summer football tour: Talented McNeil seeks consistency

District 13-6A summer football tour: Talented McNeil seeks consistency

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 McNeil. Where we left off: After...
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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