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Past articles by Thomas:

Decision day looming for Vandegrift basketball star Greg Brown III

If the school year had followed its regular course, Friday would have been a busy day for both Greg Brown III and Vandegrift High School.Brown, a Vandegrift senior and one of the most touted high school basketball players in the country, will announce his decision about his future Friday. But instead of having a ceremony in Vandegrift’s gym complete with teammates, cheerleaders and a cluster of… → Read More

Game over for high school sports as Gov. Greg Abbott announces end to school year

The faint hopes of a resumption of high school athletics ended Friday, when Gov. Greg Abbott announced the end of the school year for both public and private schools because of the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement followed weeks of delays since the spread of the virus prompted a halt to all athletic and extracurricular activities in the second week of March. That stoppage of play included… → Read More

Southwest Preparatory Conference cancels rest of sports season

The high school sports season suffered its first outright cancellation Friday, when the Southwest Preparatory Conference announced the end of its spring → Read More

UIL suspends athletics across the state

The wave of cancellations that has affected sporting events across the U.S. swept across the state Friday afternoon, when the University Interscholastic → Read More

With new alignments on horizon, LBJ basketball team set for final run in 5A

A mural painted on a wall of LBJ’s gymnasium by students Greg Gosdin and Andrew Guerrero almost 40 years ago looms over the court. A black and → Read More

Travis one of many poor schools excelling at boys basketball

Don’t call the the Travis Rebels underdogs, at least when it comes to boys basketball.In a taut District 25-5A contest Friday at Travis High School, the Rebels lost a heartbreaker to visiting Dripping Springs 53-51. Travis (17-12, 7-6) leaned on intense half-court defense to build an 11-point halftime lead, but Dripping Springs (21-5, 11-2) relentlessly pounded the offensive boards to rally for… → Read More

UIL realignment makes big impact on Austin area

School officials may have already known their classification and division entering Monday’s biennial UIL realignment, but that didn’t stop the drama.A major regional shift for Austin-area Class 6A schools that could make a statewide impact and a surprising move into Class 4A by LBJ highlighted the UIL’s new football districts from the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.In Class 6A, the five Round… → Read More

UIL realignment triggers change, renews hopes for area high schools

Realignment day doesn’t quite hold the same intrigue that it did for decades.The University Interscholastic League, the state’s governing body for extracurricular activities of Texas public schools, changed its method of unveiling new districts two years ago when it began announcing enrollment figures for each school as well as classification cutoff numbers before realignment.Coaches,… → Read More

Delaney Dilfer, Vandegrift volleyball team race past Bowie

Two years ago, Delany Dilfer was the new kid at Vandegrift, trying to carve out an identity on the court and in the halls.Now? The senior setter acts as a → Read More

'New guys' Weiss, Glenn, New Tech make impact in first full varsity season

When it comes to measuring success for a school’s new athletic program, certain things can matter more than wins.Such as folks wearing the → Read More

2019 American-Statesman's Top 50 high school athletes

THE TOP 50: THE BEST OF THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR1. Brett Baty, senior, Lake Travis: On his baseball accolades alone, Baty earned a spot in the top 10. The → Read More

Lake Travis, coach Mike Rogers earn elusive trip to state baseball tournament

SAN ANTONIO — Not even his sunglasses could mask the emotions that Lake Travis coach Mike Rogers had while watching the Cavs celebrate their → Read More

Amanda Wolf-Schramm leaving Elgin softball program

Elgin softball coach Amanda Wolf-Schramm has always preached to her players that nothing matters more than family.And family is a primary reason the 2001 → Read More

Despite pitcher Caden Crane, Pflugerville baseball drops first game of playoff series

MUMFORD - Despite a 2-0 loss in the playoff series opener against Magnolia West Friday at Mumford ISD’ baseball and softball complex, Pflugerville coach Dale Waggoner left the field at the Cotton Palace feeling good about his squad.After all, a young Panther bunch led by sophomore ace Caden Crane made things extremely uncomfortable for one of the most touted Class 5A teams in the Houston… → Read More

Dripping Springs' Logan Hulon tosses no-hitter as Tigers advance in softball playoffs

SAN MARCOS - When Dripping Springs senior ace Logan Hulon stepped into the circle for the first pitch and eyed San Antonio Southwest’s Aaliyah → Read More

Westlake's Mason Mangum among area athletes to qualify for state track meet

Westlake’s Mason Mangum continued his stellar junior season with a trio of gold medals at the Class 6A Region IV track and field meet April 26-27 at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio.Mangum, an all-district receiver who committed to Arkansas’ football team earlier this year, won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.19 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 37.28. He also won the long jump with a mark of… → Read More

Texas pledge helps power Highland Park girls into title match

GEORGETOWN — Highland Park’s girls soccer team entered Thursday’s Class 5A state semifinal against Kingwood Park with purpose, pedigree and plenty of star players.The Scots displayed all three in a 4-1 win that sets up the program for a chance at history. With a win Saturday against either Dripping Springs or Mansfield Legacy, Highland Park (25-1-3) will become the first team - boys or girls -… → Read More

SXSW Sports: When it comes to NBA, future is now

When it comes to basketball, the future is now.At least, that’s the message delivered by a heavyweight NBA panel at Saturday’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival called “The Future of Basketball” in downtown Austin. Moderating by noted NBA analytics maestro and author Kirk Goldsberry, the panel included San Antonio Spurs president and general manager RC Buford, former NBA all-star Chris… → Read More

Buzzer-beater lifts Liberty Hill boys into 4A state championship

SAN ANTONIO — As the pressure of a Class 4A state semifinal mounted, Parker McCurdy stepped up and delivered the biggest shot for Liberty Hill → Read More

Manor falls to skilled, savvy Mansfield Timberview in state semifinals

SAN ANTONIO — Manor made its first state tournament appearance in school history primarily on its ability to run opponents off the court. But → Read More