Thomas Jones

Sports editor, Westlake Picayune & Lake Travis View

A native Texan and a 1999 graduate of The University of Texas, Thomas Jones has spent 16 years as a reporter and editor in Austin. He currently works as a sports reporter and community sports editor for the Austin American-Statesman, overseeing the sports sections for six weekly and semi-weekly newspapers in the greater Austin area. Thomas maintains his peak physical form by playing disc golf at least twice a month. Follow Thomas at @ThomasJonesAAS.

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High school baseball: Fab Fives and notes
 FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Lake Travis (27-2) 2. Round Rock (24-6) 3. Cedar Ridge (21-9) 4. Westlake (20-8) 5. Hendrickson (18-9) • Class 5A 1. Georgetown (25-7-1) 2. Rouse (24-9-1) 3. McCallum (16-5) 4. Dripping Springs (20-7-1) 5. Cedar Park (19-10) • Class 4A and below 1. Gateway Prep (24-1) 2. Thorndale (24-3-1) 3. Wimberley...

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FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Lake Travis (27-2) 2. Round Rock (24-6) 3. Cedar Ridge (21-9) 4. Westlake (20-8) 5. Hendrickson (18-9) • Class 5A 1. Georgetown (25-7-1) 2. Rouse (24-9-1) 3. McCallum (16-5) 4. Dripping Springs (20-7-1) 5. Cedar Park (19-10) • Class 4A and below 1. Gateway Prep (24-1) 2. Thorndale (24-3-1) 3. Wimberley...
Will Baker Mayfield be the No. 1 pick in today’s NFL Draft?
 April 22, 2018, Bee Caves, Texas; Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield talks to the audience at the at the Hill Country Galleria.
               JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN With the NFL Draft just hours away, the intrigue surrounding Lake Travis graduate Baker Mayfield continues to grow. The quarterback, who won last season&rsquo...

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April 22, 2018, Bee Caves, Texas; Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield talks to the audience at the at the Hill Country Galleria. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN With the NFL Draft just hours away, the intrigue surrounding Lake Travis graduate Baker Mayfield continues to grow. The quarterback, who won last season&rsquo...
Westlake boys golf team wins regional tourney, will defend state championship
 Westlake’s regional-championship golf team includes, from left, head coach Callan Nokes, Thomas Bockholt, Matthew Denton,
               Reid Davenport, J. Holland Humphries, Jackson Davenport and assistant coach Lane Grigg. Westlake’s boys golf team took the next step toward defending its state title by winning the Class 6A Region...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Westlake’s regional-championship golf team includes, from left, head coach Callan Nokes, Thomas Bockholt, Matthew Denton, Reid Davenport, J. Holland Humphries, Jackson Davenport and assistant coach Lane Grigg. Westlake’s boys golf team took the next step toward defending its state title by winning the Class 6A Region...
Tori McCann’s maturity has paid off for district champs Cedar Ridge
 In her first three seasons on Cedar Ridge’s varsity softball team, junior pitcher Tori McCann says she’s increased her speed as well as the movement on her pitches. But her biggest area of development may have come after a conversation before this season with Randi Rupp, Texas State’s All-American pitcher who was just drafted...

Posted: a day ago

In her first three seasons on Cedar Ridge’s varsity softball team, junior pitcher Tori McCann says she’s increased her speed as well as the movement on her pitches. But her biggest area of development may have come after a conversation before this season with Randi Rupp, Texas State’s All-American pitcher who was just drafted...
First-round playoff schedule set for Austin-area softball teams
 Pitcher Nikki Ramirez and the Round Rock Dragons are among the area softball teams that open the playoffs this week. Henry
               Huey for Round Rock Leader.   Softball bi-district playoff schedule  ONE-GAME PLAYOFFS Thursday, April 26 Class 6A Leander at San Antonio Johnson, 7 p.m. Class 5A LBJ at Dripping Springs, 7 ...

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Pitcher Nikki Ramirez and the Round Rock Dragons are among the area softball teams that open the playoffs this week. Henry Huey for Round Rock Leader.   Softball bi-district playoff schedule  ONE-GAME PLAYOFFS Thursday, April 26 Class 6A Leander at San Antonio Johnson, 7 p.m. Class 5A LBJ at Dripping Springs, 7 ...
Lake Travis, Westlake girls golf teams renew school rivalry at regional tourney
 Westlake’s Sadie Englemann won individual honors at the District 25-6A girls golf tournament April 2 at Avery Ranch Golf Club.
               CONTRIBUTED PHOTO After finishing behind rival Lake Travis in eight consecutive postseason tournaments, Westlake’s girls golf team finally topped
            the Cavs at the District 25-6A...

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Westlake’s Sadie Englemann won individual honors at the District 25-6A girls golf tournament April 2 at Avery Ranch Golf Club. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO After finishing behind rival Lake Travis in eight consecutive postseason tournaments, Westlake’s girls golf team finally topped the Cavs at the District 25-6A...
Late rally lifts Cedar Ridge baseball team to district title
 Cedar Ridge junior Ethan Ruiz hardy had time to savor his two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that tied the regular-season finale Tuesday against visiting Hendrickson. Because moments later, Ruiz leaped out of the dugout to join a massive dogpile after Julian Meza drove in Cash Rugely with a game-winning RBI single...

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Cedar Ridge junior Ethan Ruiz hardy had time to savor his two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that tied the regular-season finale Tuesday against visiting Hendrickson. Because moments later, Ruiz leaped out of the dugout to join a massive dogpile after Julian Meza drove in Cash Rugely with a game-winning RBI single...
Which baseball teams from the Austin area are state-ranked?
 Georgetown’s Cole Posey stands ready for the play against Stony Point at the Tiger’s diamond on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. JAMIE
               HARMS / FOR ROUND ROCK LEADER The Lake Travis baseball team may have lost its first game of the season last week against Vista Ridge, but that didn’t knock
            the Cavs from...

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Georgetown’s Cole Posey stands ready for the play against Stony Point at the Tiger’s diamond on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. JAMIE HARMS / FOR ROUND ROCK LEADER The Lake Travis baseball team may have lost its first game of the season last week against Vista Ridge, but that didn’t knock the Cavs from...
Which Austin-area softball teams are state-ranked entering this week’s playoffs?
 April 17, 2018, Cedar Park, TX; Lake Travis Cavaliers Jessica Day (17) gets congratulated by teammates for her homerun against
               the Vista Ridge Rangers during the third inning for the 6A district softball game at Vista Ridge High School. JOHN GUTIERREZ
               / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN With the regular season over, a handful...

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April 17, 2018, Cedar Park, TX; Lake Travis Cavaliers Jessica Day (17) gets congratulated by teammates for her homerun against the Vista Ridge Rangers during the third inning for the 6A district softball game at Vista Ridge High School. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN With the regular season over, a handful...
UIL honors Rennie Rebe, Hendrickson girls soccer team at state soccer tourney
 Hendrickson girls soccer coach Rennie Rebe, second from right, was honored by the UIL at the state soccer tournament Saturday
               in Georgetown for leading Hendrickson to the 2017 state championship. Joining her at halftime of the 2018 Class 6A girls title
               match are, from left, Darryl Beasley of the UIL, Pflugerville...

Posted: 3 days ago

Hendrickson girls soccer coach Rennie Rebe, second from right, was honored by the UIL at the state soccer tournament Saturday in Georgetown for leading Hendrickson to the 2017 state championship. Joining her at halftime of the 2018 Class 6A girls title match are, from left, Darryl Beasley of the UIL, Pflugerville...
All-District 13-6A soccer picks reflect balance, competitiveness
 District 13-6A is one of the more competitive girls soccer districts in the state, and the all-district team recently released by the 13-6A coaches reflects that balance. Five different squads earned one of the seven major postseason awards, and six of the district’s seven teams had a player represented on the first team. Defender Ella...

Posted: 3 days ago

District 13-6A is one of the more competitive girls soccer districts in the state, and the all-district team recently released by the 13-6A coaches reflects that balance. Five different squads earned one of the seven major postseason awards, and six of the district’s seven teams had a player represented on the first team. Defender Ella...