Rick Cantu

Sports reporter, high school and UT women's basketball

Rick Cantu, for better or worse, has written sports for the Statesman since 1990. Began by covering University of Texas football and UT women's hoops. Beats have changed over the years and I've covered Texas A&M sports, UT baseball, the Dallas Cowboys (8 years) and now primarily high school sports. We have about 75 public and about 10 private high schools in our reading area. Much has been written about Lake Travis, the first high school to win state in football five straight years. I'm also back to writing about UT women's hoops, a fairly big beat here. My cat's name is Rookie and she's eternally hungry.

Latest from Rick Cantu

Lake Travis’ Garrett Wilson reaches top of our Fab 50 athletes list
 Kenny Wilson and his son Garrett were having a friendly debate about the greatest basketball player of all time. While watching the recent NBA Finals together, Garrett — a multisport athlete who just finished his junior year at Lake Travis High School — built a case for his favorite player, Cleveland icon LeBron James. Kenny,...

Posted: 4 days ago

Kenny Wilson and his son Garrett were having a friendly debate about the greatest basketball player of all time. While watching the recent NBA Finals together, Garrett — a multisport athlete who just finished his junior year at Lake Travis High School — built a case for his favorite player, Cleveland icon LeBron James. Kenny,...
UIL forms group to hear competition complaint by Ann Richards School
 The University Interscholastic League on Tuesday agreed to listen to a complaint by the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders about unfair athletic competition. The UIL’s legislative council voted to establish an ad hoc committee to determine whether changes are necessary to avoid mismatches for schools at all levels, including...

Posted: 8 days ago

The University Interscholastic League on Tuesday agreed to listen to a complaint by the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders about unfair athletic competition. The UIL’s legislative council voted to establish an ad hoc committee to determine whether changes are necessary to avoid mismatches for schools at all levels, including...
Jordan Hosey leaves University of Texas women’s basketball team
 Texas forward Jordan Hosey (right) jokes with teammates Jada Underwood (12) and Olamide Aborowa (14) during a second-round
               game against Arizona State in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Jordan Hosey has decided to skip her senior basketball season at the University of Texas...

Posted: 9 days ago

Texas forward Jordan Hosey (right) jokes with teammates Jada Underwood (12) and Olamide Aborowa (14) during a second-round game against Arizona State in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Jordan Hosey has decided to skip her senior basketball season at the University of Texas...
UIL to discuss home-field advantage for all first-round playoff games
 Wimberley football coach Doug Warren would like an opportunity to play a first-round playoff game at Texan Stadium. On Tuesday, the University Interscholastic League legislative council might grant him that wish. The council will convene to review UIL rules and vote on proposed rule changes. Among the possible changes is to allow higher-seeded...

Posted: 9 days ago

Wimberley football coach Doug Warren would like an opportunity to play a first-round playoff game at Texan Stadium. On Tuesday, the University Interscholastic League legislative council might grant him that wish. The council will convene to review UIL rules and vote on proposed rule changes. Among the possible changes is to allow higher-seeded...
Wasted opportunities plague Gateway Prep baseball team as season ends
 Clifton won its Class 3A state semifinal game by connecting for hits when it mattered most. Georgetown Gateway Prep’s season came to an end because the Gators failed to take advantage of their opportunities. In the end, Clifton pitcher Carter Guinn owned the moment. He scattered six hits and struck out five to lead the Cubs to a 5-2...

Posted: 12 days ago

Clifton won its Class 3A state semifinal game by connecting for hits when it mattered most. Georgetown Gateway Prep’s season came to an end because the Gators failed to take advantage of their opportunities. In the end, Clifton pitcher Carter Guinn owned the moment. He scattered six hits and struck out five to lead the Cubs to a 5-2...
Clifton defeats Gateway Prep in 3A state semifinal at Dell Diamond
 Clifton starting pitcher Carter Guinn scattered six hits to lead the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over Georgetown Gateway Prep in
            a Class 3A semifinal Friday morning at Dell Diamond. Jackson Phillips and Fisher Pitts each drove in a pair of runs to break a scoreless tie in the fourth. Although Gateway Prep
            would scratch for...

Posted: 12 days ago

Clifton starting pitcher Carter Guinn scattered six hits to lead the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over Georgetown Gateway Prep in a Class 3A semifinal Friday morning at Dell Diamond. Jackson Phillips and Fisher Pitts each drove in a pair of runs to break a scoreless tie in the fourth. Although Gateway Prep would scratch for...
State baseball tournament: Northwest Eaton survives 3-2 thriller in 5A
 A stellar performance by relief pitcher Cade Winquest and a clutch single by Colbie Fritchen has sent Northwest Eaton to the Class 5A state championship game. Winquest held Kingwood Park scoreless for 4 2/3 innings and Fritchen’s sharp single to left with one out in the bottom of the eighth gave the Eagles a 3-2 victory in a 5A semifinal...

Posted: 13 days ago

A stellar performance by relief pitcher Cade Winquest and a clutch single by Colbie Fritchen has sent Northwest Eaton to the Class 5A state championship game. Winquest held Kingwood Park scoreless for 4 2/3 innings and Fritchen’s sharp single to left with one out in the bottom of the eighth gave the Eagles a 3-2 victory in a 5A semifinal...
Faces off the Field: Rudy Reyna, senior outfielder, Akins
 One thing that sticks to me from baseball is how it taught me to overcome adversity. Baseball is a game of inches, and just because it doesn’t go your way, that doesn’t mean you hang your head and give up. It means you come back even harder and try to succeed no matter what happened before. The highlight of my season had to be...

Posted: 13 days ago

One thing that sticks to me from baseball is how it taught me to overcome adversity. Baseball is a game of inches, and just because it doesn’t go your way, that doesn’t mean you hang your head and give up. It means you come back even harder and try to succeed no matter what happened before. The highlight of my season had to be...
State baseball tournament: Argyle stays unbeaten, run-rules Jasper
 Argyle is chasing a state baseball championship — and a piece of history, too. The Eagles —the only unbeaten team in this week’s UIL state tournament — showed why they’re ranked No. 1 in Class 4A on Wednesday, scoring five runs in the first inning and then coasting to a 14-4 victory over Jasper in the state semifinals...

Posted: 14 days ago

Argyle is chasing a state baseball championship — and a piece of history, too. The Eagles —the only unbeaten team in this week’s UIL state tournament — showed why they’re ranked No. 1 in Class 4A on Wednesday, scoring five runs in the first inning and then coasting to a 14-4 victory over Jasper in the state semifinals...
Gateway Prep’s youth brigade comes of age in state baseball title run
 Coming off a berth in the state baseball tournament last spring, Gateway Prep convened for practice in late January with a new sheriff in the dugout. When John Broussard replaced Ryan Kjos as varsity coach, he was armed with some impressive credentials. He had five straight winning seasons at Cameron Yoe and led the team to the Class 2A state...

Posted: 14 days ago

Coming off a berth in the state baseball tournament last spring, Gateway Prep convened for practice in late January with a new sheriff in the dugout. When John Broussard replaced Ryan Kjos as varsity coach, he was armed with some impressive credentials. He had five straight winning seasons at Cameron Yoe and led the team to the Class 2A state...
State baseball tourney begins with several hopefuls, one unbeaten team
 Muenster and Abbott will play in the high school baseball championships this week with hopes of repeating as state champions. Five more teams that failed to win state last season will make encore appearances when the UIL state baseball championships convene Wednesday at Dell Diamond and UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Muenster won its first state...

Posted: 15 days ago

Muenster and Abbott will play in the high school baseball championships this week with hopes of repeating as state champions. Five more teams that failed to win state last season will make encore appearances when the UIL state baseball championships convene Wednesday at Dell Diamond and UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Muenster won its first state...