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Behind UCLA-bound Griffin, Hutto eyes 7-on-7, then 2018 season titles
 Hutto quarterback Chase Griffin considers this week’s state 7-on-7 tournament a dress rehearsal for what might be the best football season in school history. Simply put, the Hippos are loaded. Their top four offensive players — Griffin, running back Chux Nwabuko and receivers DJ Baptist and Caleb Forrest — accounted for...

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Hutto quarterback Chase Griffin considers this week’s state 7-on-7 tournament a dress rehearsal for what might be the best football season in school history. Simply put, the Hippos are loaded. Their top four offensive players — Griffin, running back Chux Nwabuko and receivers DJ Baptist and Caleb Forrest — accounted for...
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,...

8:00 PM Saturday, Jun. 16, 2018

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...

10:31 PM Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018

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...

7:29 PM Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

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...

6:17 PM Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

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...

9:26 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

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...

5:01 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

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...

12:17 AM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

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...

5:48 PM Thursday, Jun. 07, 2018

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...

12:04 AM Thursday, Jun. 07, 2018

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...

8:45 PM Wednesday, Jun. 06, 2018

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...

9:29 PM Tuesday, Jun. 05, 2018

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...
Gateway Prep making an encore appearance at state baseball tournament
 For the second straight year, Gateway Prep has scanned its ticket to the UIL state baseball tournament. This time, the Gators vow they will be prepared. Senior pitcher Taylor Smith said they were “surprised” to reach the tournament a year ago. The Gators won six straight playoff games and outscored their opponents 60-12 before...

9:36 PM Sunday, Jun. 03, 2018

For the second straight year, Gateway Prep has scanned its ticket to the UIL state baseball tournament. This time, the Gators vow they will be prepared. Senior pitcher Taylor Smith said they were “surprised” to reach the tournament a year ago. The Gators won six straight playoff games and outscored their opponents 60-12 before...
We’re back! Gateway Prep returns to state baseball tournament
 For the second straight year, Gateway Prep has scanned its ticket to the UIL State Baseball Tournament. This time, the Gators vow they will be prepared. Senior pitcher Taylor Smith said they were “surprised” to reach state last June. The Gators won six straight playoff games
            and outscored their opponents 60-12 before...

9:14 PM Sunday, Jun. 03, 2018

For the second straight year, Gateway Prep has scanned its ticket to the UIL State Baseball Tournament. This time, the Gators vow they will be prepared. Senior pitcher Taylor Smith said they were “surprised” to reach state last June. The Gators won six straight playoff games and outscored their opponents 60-12 before...
It’s a final: The Woodlands 2, Round Rock 0
 MUMFORD — In the end, Round Rock was the victim of silent bats. The Dragons made no excuses after they were beaten by The Woodlands 2-0 in a Class 6A regional finals game Friday night. The
            Highlanders won both games in the best-of-three series. In two games, Round Rock scratched for a total of three hits. On Friday, senior...

2:36 AM Saturday, Jun. 02, 2018

MUMFORD — In the end, Round Rock was the victim of silent bats. The Dragons made no excuses after they were beaten by The Woodlands 2-0 in a Class 6A regional finals game Friday night. The Highlanders won both games in the best-of-three series. In two games, Round Rock scratched for a total of three hits. On Friday, senior...
Round Rock infielder inspired by baseball playoffs, mother’s wisdom
 When darkness fell during a playoff game last weekend, second baseman Luke Almendarez gazed at the sky and picked out the brightest star. Throughout the game, the junior second baseman for the Round Rock High baseball team found comfort watching the twinkling light, just as he does at every night game. The star represented his late mother...

10:19 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2018

When darkness fell during a playoff game last weekend, second baseman Luke Almendarez gazed at the sky and picked out the brightest star. Throughout the game, the junior second baseman for the Round Rock High baseball team found comfort watching the twinkling light, just as he does at every night game. The star represented his late mother...
Faces off the Field: Laura Despres, senior pitcher, Stony Point
 What is your earliest memory of playing competitive softball? I was around 10 years old in Colorado, and I remember how excited I was to be on a competitive softball team with my close friends. Going from coach-pitch to competitive was a big step back then but my dad — my coach at the time — was there to help me every step of...

7:24 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2018

What is your earliest memory of playing competitive softball? I was around 10 years old in Colorado, and I remember how excited I was to be on a competitive softball team with my close friends. Going from coach-pitch to competitive was a big step back then but my dad — my coach at the time — was there to help me every step of...
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