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Former Longhorn Nneka Enemkpali joins staff at UCSB
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               UT’s Nneka Enemkpali tries to get free from Keisha Lee so she can take a shot at the goal during the game against Northwestern
               State University at the Frank Erwin Center on Sunday.
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               121514 texfem Former...

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USE THIS PHOTO ON SPORTS FRONT UT’s Nneka Enemkpali tries to get free from Keisha Lee so she can take a shot at the goal during the game against Northwestern State University at the Frank Erwin Center on Sunday. 12.14.2014 LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 121514 texfem Former...
Faces Off the Field: Tiffany Licon, senior third baseman, Bowie
 Why did you start playing softball? Growing up I played a lot of sports. I started playing softball when I was 2, along with soccer and basketball. Softball was my favorite sport to play so I stuck with it while giving up soccer and basketball. What do you enjoy most about softball? Being able to compete alongside my best friends. This game...

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Why did you start playing softball? Growing up I played a lot of sports. I started playing softball when I was 2, along with soccer and basketball. Softball was my favorite sport to play so I stuck with it while giving up soccer and basketball. What do you enjoy most about softball? Being able to compete alongside my best friends. This game...
Young keepers help defensive-minded Liberty Hill to state tournament
 It’s been a season of both goals and dinosaur eggs for Liberty Hill’s state-bound girls soccer team. In just its fifth season of UIL-sanctioned soccer, Liberty Hill has dominated its opponents, outscoring them 161-6 and recording 23 shutouts. Junior midfielder Brooke Briscoe (40 goals) and freshman forward Madi Fuller (25 goals)...

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It’s been a season of both goals and dinosaur eggs for Liberty Hill’s state-bound girls soccer team. In just its fifth season of UIL-sanctioned soccer, Liberty Hill has dominated its opponents, outscoring them 161-6 and recording 23 shutouts. Junior midfielder Brooke Briscoe (40 goals) and freshman forward Madi Fuller (25 goals)...
Tina Thompson named head women’s basketball coach at Virginia
 Tina Thompson (here with Diana Taurasi) helped Team USA win a pair of Olympic golds medals. Photo courtesy of USA Baskketball. When Tina Thompson was named head coach of the University of Virginia’s basketball team on Monday, her 12-year-old son Dyllan
            was impressed. A member of Karen Aston’s staff for three years...

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Tina Thompson (here with Diana Taurasi) helped Team USA win a pair of Olympic golds medals. Photo courtesy of USA Baskketball. When Tina Thompson was named head coach of the University of Virginia’s basketball team on Monday, her 12-year-old son Dyllan was impressed. A member of Karen Aston’s staff for three years...
Texas forward Khaléann Caron-Goudreau to transfer to Canada university
 UT’s Khaleann Caron-Goudreau (foreground) played in 33 games during her seasons with the Longhorns. (Tamir Kalifa/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Last month senior Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau played her final game with the University of Texas basketball team. On Saturday,
            twin sister Khaléann Caron announced she is leaving too...

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UT’s Khaleann Caron-Goudreau (foreground) played in 33 games during her seasons with the Longhorns. (Tamir Kalifa/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Last month senior Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau played her final game with the University of Texas basketball team. On Saturday, twin sister Khaléann Caron announced she is leaving too...
Plan A comes true as Texas senior Ariel Atkins heads to Washington
 UT’s Brooke McCarty was invited to try out for L.A. Sparks after going undrafted. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Ariel Atkins is not expected to be a team savior when she reports to the Washington Mystics on April 29. That’s what Mystics coach and general manager Mike Thibault said after he chose the former University of Texas...

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UT’s Brooke McCarty was invited to try out for L.A. Sparks after going undrafted. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Ariel Atkins is not expected to be a team savior when she reports to the Washington Mystics on April 29. That’s what Mystics coach and general manager Mike Thibault said after he chose the former University of Texas...
Vandegrift’s longtime batboy makes a memorable trip around the bases
 Chris Lucido stood in the batter’s box, kicked up some dirt with his new metal cleats, tightened his jet-black batting gloves, adjusted his helmet and stared out at the opposing pitcher. This was Lucido’s chance to emulate his sports hero, former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. For one treasured moment on a chilly Saturday...

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Chris Lucido stood in the batter’s box, kicked up some dirt with his new metal cleats, tightened his jet-black batting gloves, adjusted his helmet and stared out at the opposing pitcher. This was Lucido’s chance to emulate his sports hero, former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. For one treasured moment on a chilly Saturday...
Texas guard Ariel Atkins taken in first round by WNBA’s Mystics.

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It didn’t take long for Ariel Atkins to learn of her new basketball home during the WNBA draft. Atkins, a 5-foot-11 guard from the University of Texas, was selected by the Washington Mystics in the draft’s first round. She was the seventh pick overall Thursday night. A combo guard who mixes perimeter scoring with the...
Oh, K! Hulon piling up strikeouts as Dripping Springs’ new softball ace
 Camille Corona did not fully comprehend the power of teammate Logan Hulon’s pitches until she was plunked on the left shoulder by a 66-mph fastball. Corona, the Dripping Springs second baseman who has committed to the Texas Longhorns, had to take a few minutes to survey the damage before climing back into the batter’s box during...

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Camille Corona did not fully comprehend the power of teammate Logan Hulon’s pitches until she was plunked on the left shoulder by a 66-mph fastball. Corona, the Dripping Springs second baseman who has committed to the Texas Longhorns, had to take a few minutes to survey the damage before climing back into the batter’s box during...
Faces Off the Field: Tyler Driskill, senior outfielder, Round Rock
 Tell me a memory from the first time you played organized baseball. The first thing I remember was the competition I felt of always wanting to win the game no matter what. What’s the toughest thing for you to do in baseball? Not thinking when you’re playing and just letting your body take over and let it play. What’s your...

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Tell me a memory from the first time you played organized baseball. The first thing I remember was the competition I felt of always wanting to win the game no matter what. What’s the toughest thing for you to do in baseball? Not thinking when you’re playing and just letting your body take over and let it play. What’s your...
Texas signee Sedona Prince receives state’s top basketball award
 Sedona Prince continues to Liberty Hill’s Sedona Prince headlines the new class for the University of Texas basketball team. (Stephen Spillman / for
               AMERICAN-STATESMAN) receive accolades for her outstanding high school basketball career. The Texas women’s signee has been named the Texas Girls Coaches Association...

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Sedona Prince continues to Liberty Hill’s Sedona Prince headlines the new class for the University of Texas basketball team. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN) receive accolades for her outstanding high school basketball career. The Texas women’s signee has been named the Texas Girls Coaches Association...
Latest WNBA draft just might include a Longhorns double-double
 Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty will gather at Karen Aston’s home Thursday night to learn whether they have a future in the
            WNBA. A total of 36 players will be chosen during the three-round draft that begins at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2. Both
            Longhorns said they are eager to begin a new chapter in...

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Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty will gather at Karen Aston’s home Thursday night to learn whether they have a future in the WNBA. A total of 36 players will be chosen during the three-round draft that begins at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2. Both Longhorns said they are eager to begin a new chapter in...
Former Texas Longhorn Rellah Boothe looks for fresh start in home state
 Texas Rellah Boothe (33) will play for a juco in Florida this fall. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/For AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Rellah Boothe said “lack of playing time” is one reason she decided to leave the University of Texas basketball team and enroll
            at a college in her home state. In a long note on her Twitter page, Boothe...

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Texas Rellah Boothe (33) will play for a juco in Florida this fall. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/For AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN) Rellah Boothe said “lack of playing time” is one reason she decided to leave the University of Texas basketball team and enroll at a college in her home state. In a long note on her Twitter page, Boothe...
Basketball player Rellah Boothe transfers from Texas
 Texas’ Rellah Boothe was the No. 3 overall high school recruit in the nation last year. For Rodolfo Gonzalez) Rellah Boothe, the popular Texas basketball player whose freshman season was mired by two team suspensions, has transferred
            from the university. The 6-3 Boothe will play next season at Northwest Florida State in...

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Texas’ Rellah Boothe was the No. 3 overall high school recruit in the nation last year. For Rodolfo Gonzalez) Rellah Boothe, the popular Texas basketball player whose freshman season was mired by two team suspensions, has transferred from the university. The 6-3 Boothe will play next season at Northwest Florida State in...
Texas signees Prince, Collier prepare for Jordan Brand Classic
 Charli Collier has been ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the nation for the Class of 2018 by ESPN. Sedona Prince and Charli Collier, the top recruits for the University of Texas women’s basketball team, will play in the Jordan
            Brand Classic on Sunday in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tip-off at the Barclays Center is 1:30 p.m. CT and the...

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Charli Collier has been ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the nation for the Class of 2018 by ESPN. Sedona Prince and Charli Collier, the top recruits for the University of Texas women’s basketball team, will play in the Jordan Brand Classic on Sunday in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tip-off at the Barclays Center is 1:30 p.m. CT and the...
Woods fueled late-season run to help Hendrickson to historic season
 Long before she embarked on her basketball journey, football was Mikayla Woods’ first sports passion. Woods, who ran for touchdowns as a pee-wee running back before ever racing downcourt on a fastbreak, made a name for herself this past season, helping Hendrickson’s varsity girls basketball team to a school-record 32 victories...

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Long before she embarked on her basketball journey, football was Mikayla Woods’ first sports passion. Woods, who ran for touchdowns as a pee-wee running back before ever racing downcourt on a fastbreak, made a name for herself this past season, helping Hendrickson’s varsity girls basketball team to a school-record 32 victories...
Faces Off the Field: Illyana Cisneros, senior third baseman, Hays
 When I was 8 or 9, coach Jay (Figueroa) would not hold back with hitting the balls as hard as he could at us. Some would hit us, but eventually we learned to not be scared of the ball. I think Hays is always so good at softball because of the drive all of the athletes have to get better and how hard the coaches push us day-in and day-out...

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When I was 8 or 9, coach Jay (Figueroa) would not hold back with hitting the balls as hard as he could at us. Some would hit us, but eventually we learned to not be scared of the ball. I think Hays is always so good at softball because of the drive all of the athletes have to get better and how hard the coaches push us day-in and day-out...
Texas Relays notes: Piperi wins shot put, adds tattoo

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Texas freshman Tripp Piperi opened his outdoor season with a new tattoo and a win. Piperi won the Section A shot put at the Texas Relays on Saturday with a throw of 64 feet, 3¾ inches (19.6 meters). Piperi’s winning hurl came on his second attempt, but he was able to hold off a field that included Texas State’s T&rsquo...
Chaps surprise field, selves by winning relay after qualifying 17th
 With about 100 meters to go, Westlake’s Chris Vescovo glanced at the video monitor at the north end of the stadium to look for enemy sprinters who might be lurking behind his shoulders. “I put my head up and just drove through it,” Vescovo said after the Chaparrals captured the Section 2 3,200-meter relay Saturday afternoon...

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With about 100 meters to go, Westlake’s Chris Vescovo glanced at the video monitor at the north end of the stadium to look for enemy sprinters who might be lurking behind his shoulders. “I put my head up and just drove through it,” Vescovo said after the Chaparrals captured the Section 2 3,200-meter relay Saturday afternoon...
Texas coach Tina Thompson named to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
 Tina Thompson was honored for her stellar college, professional and Olympic career when she was named to the 2018 Class of
            the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. The associate head coach for the University of Texas women’s basketball team joins a list that includes NBA greats Steve Nash,
            Ray...

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Tina Thompson was honored for her stellar college, professional and Olympic career when she was named to the 2018 Class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. The associate head coach for the University of Texas women’s basketball team joins a list that includes NBA greats Steve Nash, Ray...
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