The Breazeale Cup: our Top 20


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1. Liberty Hill, 85 points: Dominant showings by its volleyball, girls basketball and softball teams — all three advanced to state tournaments — lifted Liberty Hill to the top of the Breazeale Cup standings. Those three sports alone accounted for 48 points, and the Panthers accumulated another 10 total points in girls cross country and girls soccer while posting the best showing in the area in girls sports. Overall, the Class 4A Panthers posted at least one postseason victory in every team sport this past school year.

Scoring: Girls basketball, 17; softball, 17; volleyball, 14; baseball, 9; girls soccer, 8; boys cross country, 6; football, 4; boys basketball, 4; boys soccer, 4; girls cross country, 2

2. Westlake (74): Traditionally one of the top high school athletic programs in Central Texas, Westlake ranked just 10th if these standings included only the usual team sports, but strong showings by the golf, swimming and diving and tennis teams added up 27 points. The Class 6A school also benefited from its football and boys basketball teams reaching reaching regional finals as well as a top-10 showing at state in wrestling.

Scoring: boys basketball, 13; football, 8; boys golf, 8; girls soccer, 6; volleyball, 8; tennis, 7; girls golf, 4; boys swimming, 4; girls swimming, 4; boys soccer, 4; girls cross country, 2; girls basketball, 2; softball, 2; boys wrestling, 2

3. Dripping Springs (70): A historical run by its football team and a regional finals berth for its boys basketball team — each team garnered 10 points — complemented the usual success of the Tigers’ girls athletic program, which scored sports in each team sport. The softball team advanced to the state tournament, and an individual state championship in girls tennis gave the Class 5A Tigers a total of 18 points.

Scoring: softball, 15; boys basketball, 10; football, 10; baseball, 8; volleyball, 8; girls soccer, 6; girls basketball, 4; tennis, 3; boys cross country, 2; girls cross country, 2; girls golf, 2

4. Lake Travis (65): When your state-championship football team picks up 17 points, any school will get a boost in these standings, but the Class 6A Cavaliers also garnered points in all but one team sport, and their strong golf teams combined for 12 points. The 49 points compiled by Lake Travis’ boys teams topped all other boys programs in the area.

Scoring: football, 17; baseball, 9; boys soccer, 9; girls golf, 8; boys basketball, 6; boys golf, 4; softball, 4; boys cross country, 2; girls soccer, 2; boys swimming, 2; volleyball, 2

5. Hendrickson (64): One of just two Class 6A schools to earn points in every team sport, Hendrickson, part of the Pflugerville school district,, picked up 19 points thanks to a state championship in girls soccer, but the baseball team also reached a regional final.

Scoring: girls soccer, 19; baseball, 12; boys soccer, 9; softball, 8; boys cross country, 4; volleyball, 4; boys basketball, 2; girls basketball, 2; girls cross country, 2; football, 2

6. Wimberley (58): Once again, this Class 4A school enjoyed success in both boys and girls athletics as its basketball teams both advanced three rounds deep in the playoffs and the girls soccer team reached a regional final. Wimberley capped the school year with lengthy playoff runs by its softball and baseball teams.

Scoring: softball, 11; baseball, 9; girls soccer, 8; boys basketball, 7; girls basketball, 7; football, 6; boys cross country, 2; girls cross country, 2; boys golf, 2; girls golf, 2; volleyball, 2

7. Austin High (55): What a difference competing in Class 5A made for the Maroons, who dropped down a UIL classification as a result of realignment and had the best year of any high school in the Austin school district. Thirty-three of Austin High’s points came from volleyball, girls basketball, girls soccer and softball.

Scoring: girls basketball, 13; girls soccer, 9; softball, 9; boys soccer, 8; boys golf, 6; baseball, 2; boys cross country, 2; football, 2; girls golf, 2; volleyball, 2

8. Rouse (54): Another school that benefited from a drop to 5A, the Raiders enjoyed lengthy playoff runs in volleyball, girls basketball and girls soccer, sports that combined for 35 points. The baseball team contributed a district championship and three playoff victories to help Rouse post the top total by a high school in the Leander district.

Scoring: girls soccer, 15; volleyball, 12; baseball, 9; girls basketball, 8; boys basketball, 4; girls cross country, 2; boys soccer, 2; softball, 2

9. Bowie (51): Bowie joined Hendrickson as the only 6A school to qualify for the playoffs in every team sport this past school year. The Bulldogs’ state-finalist softball team earned the most points, but the volleyball, football and girls basketball squad also had postseason success.

Scoring: softball, 17; football, 8; volleyball, 8; girls basketball, 6; boys basketball, 2; baseball, 2; girls cross country, 2; boys golf, 2; boys soccer, 2; girls soccer, 2

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10. Giddings (50): A small-town school that boasts a stellar athletic tradition, Class 4A Giddings garnered points in every team sport except boys soccer. Giddings also picked up two points in girls track thanks to a top-10 finish at the state meet.

Scoring: football, 10; volleyball, 8; baseball, 7; girls soccer, 7; girls golf, 4; softball, 4; boys basketball, 2; girls basketball, 2; boys cross country, 2; girls cross country, 2; girls track and field, 2

11. Thorndale (49): Extended playoff runs by the boys basketball team and the baseball team accounted for more than half of the Class 2A Bulldogs’ points.

Scoring: boys basketball, 14; baseball, 13; softball, 6; girls basketball, 4; volleyball, 4; boys cross country, 2; girls cross country, 2; football, 2; girls golf, 2

12. Cedar Park (46): A bit of a down year for the Class 5A Timberwolves, but a state-finalist volleyball team still helped the school finish among the area’s best.

Scoring: volleyball, 16; football, 8; baseball, 6; boys golf, 6; boys basketball, 2; girls basketball, 2; girls cross country, 2; girls golf, 2; girls soccer, 2

13. Round Rock (44): A state-tournament showing by the baseball team, and a historically successful playoff run by the football team made Class 6A Round Rock the top finisher out of the Round Rock school district.

Scoring: baseball, 14; football, 8; volleyball, 8; girls soccer, 6; softball, 4; boys cross country, 2; girls cross country, 2

14. Georgetown (42): Strong showings by both basketball teams accounted for a combined 20 points, but the Class 5A school also picked up points in golf, cross country and tennis.

Scoring: girls basketball, 13; boys basketball, 7; boys cross country, 4; boys soccer, 4; baseball, 2; girls cross country, 2; football, 2; boys golf, 2; girls golf, 2; softball, 2; tennis, 2

15. Vandegrift (41): The Lone Star Cup champion a year ago in Class 5A, the Vipers had mixed results in their first 6A season. The highlight came when the girls soccer team reached state.

Scoring: girls soccer, 15; girls basketball, 4; football, 4; volleyball, 4; baseball, 2; boys cross country, 2; girls cross country, 2; boys soccer, 2; boys swimming, 2; tennis, 2; boys wrestling, 2

16. Salado (39): This Class 4A school enjoyed a stellar spring, as its boys and girls golf teams advanced to state and the baseball and softball teams replicated the lengthy playoffs runs of the boys and girls soccer squads.

Scoring: girls soccer, 8; boys soccer, 7; baseball, 6; softball, 6; football, 4; girls golf, 4; girls basketball, 2; boys golf, 2

17. Anderson (38): The Class 6A Trojans enjoyed being part of a new district that didn’t include Westlake and Lake Travis, earning playoff berths in six of eight team sports.

Scoring: baseball, 9; girls soccer, 5; boys basketball, 4; girls golf, 4; boys cross country, 2; girls basketball, 2; football, 2; boys golf, 2; boys soccer, 2; softball, 2; tennis, 2; volleyball, 2

18. Cedar Ridge (35): Their first undisputed district title in football as well as extended playoff runs by the girls soccer and softball teams helped the Class 6A Raiders finish second among schools in the Round Rock district.

Scoring: softball, 10; girls soccer, 6; football, 5; girls basketball, 4; baseball, 4; boys basketball, 2; boys cross country, 2; volleyball, 2

(tie)La Grange (35): With a playoff appearance in every team sport, the Class 4A Leopards made up for a lack of postseason excellence in any one sport.

Scoring: softball, 7; boys basketball, 6; volleyball, 6; girls basketball, 2; baseball, 2; girls cross country, 2; football, 2; boys golf, 2; girls golf, 2; boys soccer, 2; girls soccer, 2

20. LBJ (30): A run to the regional tournament in boys basketball highlighted the year for the Class 5A Jaguars, who also picked up points in eight other sports.

Scoring: boys basketball, 10; football, 4; girls track and field, 4; baseball, 2; girls basketball, 2; boys cross country, 2; girls cross country, 2; girls soccer, 2; softball, 2



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