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

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...

Posted: 15 hours ago

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...
New-look Joyner Holmes embracing junior year at Texas
 Joyner Holmes dribbled around a pair of defenders, pulled up for a 12-foot jumper, and nailed it. And then she smiled. Buckets and grins were in short supply for the Texas junior last season. She missed summer and fall camps and was suspended
            for the first 10 games of the year after committing a university violation. The 6-3 forward...

Posted: 8 days ago

Joyner Holmes dribbled around a pair of defenders, pulled up for a 12-foot jumper, and nailed it. And then she smiled. Buckets and grins were in short supply for the Texas junior last season. She missed summer and fall camps and was suspended for the first 10 games of the year after committing a university violation. The 6-3 forward...
Texas freshman Sedona Prince has successful surgery on broken right leg
 For Texas freshman Sedona Prince, the comeback to join the basketball team has begun. The 6-7 post player from Liberty Hill had surgery on Monday in Austin to repair her broken right leg. Surgery was considered
            “successful,” according to the university. Prince suffered the injury while playing for the United States...

Posted: 10 days ago

For Texas freshman Sedona Prince, the comeback to join the basketball team has begun. The 6-7 post player from Liberty Hill had surgery on Monday in Austin to repair her broken right leg. Surgery was considered “successful,” according to the university. Prince suffered the injury while playing for the United States...
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...

Posted: 10 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 12 days ago

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...
Texas freshman Sedona Prince to miss basketball season with broken leg
 Texas freshman Sedona Prince will miss the season after breaking her right leg during a tournament game Friday night in Mexico
            City. The 6-foot-7 center from Liberty Hill had been playing for the United States U18 team at the FIBA Americas championship. She
            broke her tibia and fibula during a game against Puerto Rico...

Posted: 12 days ago

Texas freshman Sedona Prince will miss the season after breaking her right leg during a tournament game Friday night in Mexico City. The 6-foot-7 center from Liberty Hill had been playing for the United States U18 team at the FIBA Americas championship. She broke her tibia and fibula during a game against Puerto Rico...
Texas freshman Sedona Prince competes in Mexico for USA basketball
 Freshman Texas women’s basketball player Sedona Prince and the United States U18 Team open play at the 2018 FIBA Americas
            U18 Championship on Wednesday in Mexico City. Preliminary-round action at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship begins on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. when the United States
            takes on Argentina...

Posted: 15 days ago

Freshman Texas women’s basketball player Sedona Prince and the United States U18 Team open play at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Wednesday in Mexico City. Preliminary-round action at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship begins on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. when the United States takes on Argentina...
Cedar Park named regional site for NCAA women’s basketball in 2021
 The NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament is coming to Central Texas. On Wednesday, the NCAA Women’s Basketball committee selected seven cities to have regional rounds for 2021 and 2022. Among
            the selections was the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park for 2021. “We’re really excited that we’ve been...

Posted: 29 days ago

The NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament is coming to Central Texas. On Wednesday, the NCAA Women’s Basketball committee selected seven cities to have regional rounds for 2021 and 2022. Among the selections was the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park for 2021. “We’re really excited that we’ve been...
Our 10th annual Top 25 countdown: No. 22 Central Florida out to go unbeaten (ahem, again)
 Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our annual countdown of the preseason
            Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 5,
            8 and 14 on our 2017 list. Our Top...

1:02 PM Saturday, Jul. 07, 2018

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 14 on our 2017 list. Our Top...