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Posts from May 2012

Lake Travis SQT Preview: Pool C
Austin High, Pflugerville Hendrickson, Hays Consolidated and Vista Ridge make up Pool C in this year's Lake Travis State Qualifying Tournament (SQT). The four teams will start Saturday at 9am on Lake Travis' middle practice fields.  The grass playing field environment will test the speed of all four athletic teams.  The Pool winner advances to the semifinals, held at 1pm that afternoon. 

Austin High MaroonsAustin High Maroons

These are new Maroons.  New head coach, new QB, new attitude.  If jam-packing House Park for this year's Spring Game wasn't enough, we expect A-High fans to show up in droves this weekend.  Human highlight Cayleb Jones has moved on to the 40 Acres, but there's plenty left returning.  Little brother, Isaiah Jones has been named one of Texas' Top 100 athletes.  QBs Trey Blake and John Albert Mansour are pushinig each other to new heights.  Returning studs Alek McCracken, Matt Jones and Charles Schneider make this a well-balanced Maroon squad.  Austin High opens with our favorite match up of the 9am hour.  We're expecting a shootout with Hendrickso to get the LTSQT off to a good start.  Maroons play Vista Ridge (10am) and Hays (11am) to close the opening round.


Hendrickson Hawks FootballHendrickson Hawks

Hendrickson took Lake Travis to the wire last week in the SQT Semifinals.  Despite missing Samaje Perine, Tyler Williams and others, the upbeat Hawks impressed everyone.  DB Chance Waz had 2 interceptions, QB Xavier Conely looked like the next big thing.  We'll enjoy seeing Hendrickson get another chance to prove itself this weekend.  Players like Craig Roberts, Ryan Hamilton and Neil Haight are stepping up.   The team's step up to 5A in 2012 is a big one.  Critics are watching, after Coach Killian's Hawks won 16-4A in 2011.  Hendrickson opens the morning vs. Austin High (9am), followed by Hays (10am) and Vista Ridge (11am).

Vista Ridge RangersVista Ridge Rangers

Vista Ridge was without some of its best players last weekend, but still scored an SQT win over Cedar Park.  QBs Leland Dunn and Zach Lowe got valuable rep times with receivers Jamsion Cotterell and Adrian Duncan.  We're expecting a sharper approach by The Ridge this weekend.  DL Micah Thomas exhibited his athleticism by participating in Summer skill action.  Vista earned last year's state tourney bid on this field, and could repeat in 2012.

Hays Rebels
The Rebels compiled an 8-4 overall record (5-1, district), including a playoff win vs. Brennan.  Hays has been chomping at the bit to get back on the field, after their tough round 2 loss to Cedar Park.  Hays will rely on the shoulder of Caleb Kimbro.  As well as he played last year, its hard to imagine he was just a junior in 2011.  Adam Castro, Hayden Cagle (6'6), and Granger Studdard all return to help the Rebels chase their State skill tourney dreams.

Pool C Predictions: We'd love to see Hendrickson take care of unfinished business and earn a College Station trip.  We see Austin High making it tough for them.  Vista Ridge has 'been there, done that', but it'll take full effort to emerge from this competitive pool.  Kimbro is in line for a breakout season, making the Rebels a team to watch.  We'll provide score updates and highlights from Pool C through the weekend.

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Lake Travis SQT Preview: Pool B (revised)
Updated 12:28 P.M. Westwood has decided to forgo this weekend's SQT.  The Warriors clinched a State tourney berth last weekend with a win over Lake Travis.  They will be replaced by coach Wade Griffin's Elgin Wildcats.   

We'll see two teams in their first Summer 7 on 7 action (Bowie, Rouse) along with pesky Copperas Cove.  Elgin (17-4A) makes a late sub for Westwood.  Check out our preview of Pool B, which starts at 9am on Lake Travis' half field/baseball field.   If you'd like a look at the entire bracket, click here.

Westwood Warriors***Westwood Warriors - NO LONGER IN TOURNAMENT, CLINCHED LAST WEEK
Winning last week's SQT was important for the Warriors.  It showed that the passing game won't miss a beat as Bear Fenimore takes the torch from UT-bound Ben Johnson.  

Rouse Raiders FootballRouse Raiders
No longer the kids on the block, the Raiders are ready for the next step.  This is the first time we'll get to see Rouse in an SQT environment.  QB Justin Pelt looks like he could be a season-long starter.  A bump up in competition will help Pelt get on the same page as his talented receivers.  There is no lack of skill depth for Rouse.  Youngsters Andre Alger and Billy Ray McCrary are looking to put their names on the map.  WR Wesley Lewis returns as one of the area's best.  Jordan Vise, Chris Hendricks and Avery Schieffer will get a chance to hone their cover skills.  The pride level is high for Raider Nation, and we expect Rouse to exhibit a good fight.  They pull the Elgin Wildcats at 9am, followed by Bowie during 10am's session.


Bowie BulldogsBowie Bulldogs
After an intense Spring camp by Coach Jeff Ables, it was best for the Bulldogs to sit last week's SQT out.  Healed from sunburns and bruises, Bowie participates in this weekend's state qualifier.  The post-Robbie Dickey Era is in the hands of Dontae Harris.  Bryson Hoskins, Tyler Walker, Wesley Higgins and several other skill players will be on display.  Bowie will start the days vs. Cove at 9am, with Rouse lined up for the 10am game.


Elgin Wildcats FootballElgin Wildcats
It was this time last year when we first saw Elgin QB Ty'Rel Simmons taking snaps.  No longer under the radar, the returning junior is a preseason 17-4A MVP candidate.  The graduation of Geno Perez and Charlston Matthews will leave questionmarks, but the Wildcats won't be denied.  After starting the season 4-0 in 2011, Elgin's only win was via a hail mary vs. Bastrop.  They're ready to make amends, starting with this weekend's late entry to Lake Travis's SQT.   We'll get our first look at the Snell Brothers and the Nash Brothers.  Elgin will play Rouse to open at 9am, followed by Copperas Cove at 10am.

Fanstand Wildcat Watchlist:

QB Ty'Rell Simmons, Elgin (pictured below, '14)
RB/LB Chris walker ('13)
WR/DB Anthony Nash ('14)
DB/RB Abraham Zapata ('13)
QB/LB - Colin Snell ('15)
WR/LB Kyle Snell ('15)
WR Trey Nash ('13) 
TE Troy Nash ('13)
WR/CB John smith ('13)
WR/CB Richard Robinson ('13)
WR/DB Daryion Backer ('14)
WR/DB Da'Trean Simmons ('14)

Eastside Memorial PanthersCopperas Cove Bulldogs
Cove beat Cedar Ridge 28-25 in last week's SQT, but couldn't trump Hendrickson to earn the semi-final trip.  It'll be a matchup of Bulldogs in the 9am game, as Copperas battles Bowie.  They'll tussle with Elgin at 10am.

POOL B Predictions: We feel Rouse could surprise casual fans and emerge from this pool.  The Raiders are certainly pumped for the the opportunity.  Bowie clinched a College Station trip last year, and will be the obvious favorite to make the semifinals.  Cove ended last weekend well, and carries the most momentum.  

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Lake Travis SQT Preview: Pool A
Last week's State Qualifying Tournament (SQT) was a huge hit at Round Rock.  Kudos to Cedar Ridge head coach Todd Ford, Westwood head coach Anthony Wood and the rest of the staff responsible for putting on a successful event.  Westwood and Lake Travis clinched spots in College Station's State tournament by finishing 1st and 2nd (Warriors beat the Cavaliers 26-15 in the final).   We now turn our attention towards this weekend's (June 2nd) SQT at Lake Travis.  Let's breakdown Pool A, which starts at 9am on Cavalier Track Stadium:
Lake Travis CavaliersLake Travis Cavaliers 

The Cavaliers won't qualify to advance from Pool A, since they've already punched their College Station ticket.  That doesn't mean they won't try to win every game this weekend.  Zach Austin returned with a vegence, and looks to prove his his 18 TDs from a year ago wasn't a fluke.  Brock Kenyon has really worked hard this offseason, and looks like a future Division I athlete.   David Hourin, Jacob Pate and Vince Villigomez are earning valuable experience covering tough receivers this Summer.  They'll benefit in the Fall.  The Cavs draw early favorite-Belton in their 9am match.


Eastside Memorial PanthersCedar Ridge Raiders 
We finally saw the Michael McCann to Ray Racine combo, and its as good as advertised.  Their calm confidence, teammed with the swagger of players like DB Juwan Cannon...the Raiders have a nice balance of talent.   Cedar Ridge will play Georgetown in the opening 9am game.  They'll play Belton in the following round at 10am.


Georgetown EaglesGeorgetown Eagles
The bad news is, we won't see any Brent Ellerbee this Summer.  His commitment to summer baseball is similar to Colten Shea's in 2011, so we'll have to wait for Fall.  The good news is: more Jake Hubenak.  Jake is working his way back to game shape, and could use the extra snaps this Summer.  WRs Ryan Bedford, Tiger Weston and Noah Douglas have already given us highlight footage this Summer.  But they fully plan to challenge for a State berth this weekend.  The Eagles draw Cedar Ridge at 9am, followed by Lake Travis at 10am.

Tigers mascot photo.Belton Tigers
TOC's Matt Stepp predicts that the Tigers will win it all this weekend in Lake Travis.  Future UT tight end Durham Smythe will be on display for our Austin-area DBs to contend with.  We'll get a glimpse of speedy Malik Jackson at QB.  Corner Ben Munoz is sticky, while Kyle Battle can man up the tallest receivers.  There are a bevy of returning skill players for the Tigers - making them a tough draw in Pool A.  Belton tackles Lake Travis to start the morning, with Cedar Ridge lined up at 10am.

POOL A Predictions: We like Georgetown's chances this round.  The Eagles have the depth of a 5A team at the skill positions, despite entering 4A play next season.  Mr. Stepp isn't wrong to think so highly of Belton.  Cedar Ridge will continue to play underdog as the area's newest 5A squad.  

Traversing Central Texas at the speed of light to cover high school football doesn't come without a price.  We'd like to send a very special thanks to Next Care - Urgent Care, our new presenting sponsor.   Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter.  We're Austin's Friday Night Fanstand!
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Fanstand 7 on 7: Cedar Ridge Raiders highlights
They may be new to 16-5A, but the Cedar Ridge Rangers have their sights set on making the playoffs in their first ever Varsity campaign.


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Fanstand '12: Marble Falls RB Keith Jerome
Watch out for Marble Falls next season.  With new head coach Todd Dodge and RB Keith Jerome, the Mustangs will compete in 25-4A.


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Fanstand '12: Cedar Park Spring Game
We sent our Tamsyn the Intern out to Cedar Park's spring game for some insight and shout outs! #CPFB


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Lake Travis SQT Schedule Revealed
Cavalier 7 on 7
JUNE 2, 2012
Welcome to the Cavalier 7 on 7 State Qualifying Tournament.  This tournament will be a 16 team tournament with pool play in the morning and the 4 pool winners advancing to the afternoon state qualifying round.  All pool play will take place at Lake Travis High School. All of the fields are natural grass, and hopefully we will not get any rain on this date. Pool play will be spread out somewhat between the 2 upper fields above the baseball stadium, and the track stadium. All of the fields are on the high school campus so there should be no driving around to various locations.  The Final Four bracket play will be at Cavalier Track Stadium with the 1st place team and runner-up receiving an automatic bid to the State Tournament being held at Texas A&M University in College Station on July 20-21.
Games will be played according to state rules that can be found at
Notable Rule:
** Any team that is scheduled to participate in a SQT and does not show up will be reported to the 7 on 7 Regional directors unless they notify the host school no later than the 1st business day of the tournament week. Please bring the amount that you still owe for entry fees and pay at the Cavalier Activity Center.
POOLS - * indicates the team has already qualified for State
POOL A – Cavalier Track Stadium                POOL B – Half Field & Base Ball Field
Fields 1 & 2 on the map                                              Fields 3 & 4 on the map
1    Lake Travis *                                                        1   Copperas Cove
2    Belton                                                                   2   Austin Bowie
3    Georgetown                                                          3   RR Westwood *
4    Cedar Ridge                                                          4   Leander Rouse 
POOL C – Middle Practice Field                               POOL D – Upper Practice Field
Fields 5 & 6 on the map                                              Fields 7 & 8 on the map
1   Austin High                                                           1   RR Stony Point
2   Pflugerville Hendrickson                                       2   Cedar Park
3   Vista Ridge                                                                        3   Dripping Springs
4   Hays Consolidated                                                            4   Austin McCallum

Please Note:  Bring Both White and Dark colored jerseys. The team listed first in the pairings will wear Dark and the second team listed will wear white. Please refer to the pairings on the page below.
Pool Play and Championship Play for LT SQT
The team listed first wears Dark jersey, the second team wears White 
Pool A                                                 Schedule         Time                Location
1 Lake Travis *                                   1 vs 2               9:00                 Field 1
2 Belton                                                3 vs 4             9:00                 Field 2
3 Georgetown
4 Cedar Ridge                                     1 vs 3               10:00               Field 1
                                                            2 vs 4               10:00               Field 2
                                                            4 vs 1               11:00               Field 1
                                                            2 vs 3               11:00               Field 2
Pool B                                                 Schedule         Time                Location
1 Copperas Cove                                 1 vs 2               9:00                 Field 3
2 Austin Bowie                                   3 vs 4               9:00                 Field 4
3 RR Westwood *                 
4 Leander Rouse                                 1 vs 3               10:00               Field 3
                                                            2 vs 4               10:00               Field 4
                                                            4 vs 1               11:00               Field 3
                                                            2 vs 3               11:00               Field 4
Pool C                                                 Schedule         Time                Location
1 Austin High                                     1 vs 2               9:00                 Field 5
2 Pflugerville Hendrickson                 3 vs 4               9:00                 Field 6
3 Vista Ridge             
4 Hays Consolidated                          1 vs 3               10:00               Field 5
                                                            2 vs 4               10:00               Field 6
                                                            4 vs 1               11:00               Field 5
                                                            2 vs 3               11:00               Field 6
Pool D                                                 Schedule         Time                Location
1 RR Stony Point                                1 vs 2               9:00                 Field 7
2 Cedar Park                                       3 vs 4               9:00                 Field 8
3 Dripping Springs     
4 Austin McCallum                             1 vs 3               10:00               Field 7
                                                            2 vs 4               10:00               Field 8
                                                            4 vs 1               11:00               Field 7
                                                            2 vs 3               11:00               Field 8
Semi Finals – will be played @ Cavalier football stadium 
Final Four Schedule
11:50 – 1:00 LUNCH BREAK
1:15 – 2:00  SEMI-FINAL GAMES @ Cavalier Track Stadium
            Pool A winner vs Pool B winner
            Pool C Winner vs Pool D winner
2:10    CHAMPIONSHIP GAME @ Cavalier Track Stadium  
If you have any questions: 

For a recap of last weekend's SQT, listen as our Tamsyn the Intern breaks it down.

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Fanstand 7 on 7 Highlight: Vista Ridge's Micah Thomas
We ran into one of the Austin-area's top underclassmen.  Vista Ridge DL Micah Jones talks with our Tamsyn the Intern about 7 on 7.


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Fanstand 7 on 7: Cedar Park
We caught up with some of the new key members of Cedar Park's 2012 Football team, and got their thoughts on 7 on 7.


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Fanstand 7 on 7 Coverage: Weswood Warriors
We caught up with the eventual RR SQT champion Westwood Warriors during halftime of their midday 7 on 7 match.


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Fanstand 7 on 7 Coverage: Lake Travis
The 5-time State champs participated in this weekend's 7 on 7 SQT, as we spoke with your favorite Cavs about LT's Summer goals.


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Fanstand 7 on 7 Coverage: Stony Point Tigers
We caught up with the Stony Point Tigers during their morning pool at this weekend's State qualifier.  Check out some 7 on 7 highlights, and here sTp shout outs


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Fanstand 7 on 7 Coverage: Hendrickson Hawks
We caught up with the Hendrickson Hawks at this weekend's SQT.  Despite missing key members, the the nearly upset Lake Travis in the semifinals. 


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Fanstand 7 on 7 Highlights: Pflugerville v. Lake Travis
Tied going into the half at 13 all, the Panthers came to show the Cavs that they can play with the best.  Find out how it ended in this sideline HD highlight reel.


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Fanstand '12: 7 on 7 Highlights (McNeil Mavericks)
Check out the McNeil Mavericks S/O session and highlights from this weeken's state qualifying skill tournament.


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Fanstand '12: 7 on 7 (Connallyl S/O Video)
The Connally Cougars are early favorites to win 17-4A.  They showed their goods by making the semifinals of this weekend's 7 on 7 State qualifier.  We caught up with them for a spell.


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Fanstand '12 Spring Tour: Lake Travis
Fanstand wrapped up its Spring tour by visiting four games on Friday!  Here are the sight and sounds of our visit to Lake Travis for the Cavs annual Spring Jamboree!


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Fanstand '12 Spring Tour: St. Michael's Crusaders
We caught up with new head coach Darrell Pantalone and the St. Michael's Crusaders at spring camp.  SMCA looks strong headed into 2012 season with 25 returning seinors.


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Fanstand '12 Spring Highlight: Dripping Spring's Jackson Hoskins
We caught up with the big man on Dripping campus, Mr. Jackson Hoskins.  He is a division I talent finishing his senior Tiger campgain in 2012.


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Fanstand '12 Tour: Del Valle Cardinals
We visited coach Courtney Wash and the Del Valle Cardinals, just days before they broke spring camp.  A young team has done a lot of growing.


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Fanstand '12 Tour: Connally Cougars
Fanstand caught up with Coach McMahan and his Connally Cougars in the final week of Spring camp.


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ACL Festival Lineup Announced
The 2012 Austin City Limits festival lineup was announced Tuesday morning. The festival will take place October 12-14 - the latest time the festival has taken place. Here is a list of the coming attractions!

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Punch Brothers
Kopecky Family Band
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Bombay Bicycle Club
River City Extension
The Black Keys
Quiet Corral
Jack White
Trampled By Turtles
Wheeler Brothers
Florence + The Machine
Patterson Hood
The Relatives
The Avett Brothers
Michael Kiwanuka
Space Capone
Iggy & The Stooges
Big K.R.I.T.
The Staves
Native Run
Nikki Lane
The Roots
Quiet Company
The Shins
Zola Jesus
Wild Child
La Vida Bohème
The Civil Wars
Black Lips
The Eastern Sea
Los Campesinos!
The Dunwells
Tegan and Sara
Kenny Vaughan Trio
Childish Gambino
Ben Howard
Justin Jones
Two Door Cinema Club
Ruthie Foster
Thievery Corporation
Freelance Whales
Royal Teeth
The Afghan Whigs
Civil Twilight
Noah Gunderson
Crystal Castles
The Whigs
The Aaron Ivey Band
Andrew Bird
The Mighty Sincere Voices
Gary Clark Jr.
The Lumineers
Bad Books
Band of Skulls
The Devil Makes Three
Lera Lynn
Esperanza Spalding
Asleep At The Wheel
Megan McCormick
Alabama Shakes
First Aid Kit
Shields Of Faith
Delta Spirit
Patrick Watson
M. Ward
The Baylor Choir

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Tuesday Spring Game Schedule (May 22)

Tuesday Spring Game schedule (May 22):
5:00 - Bowie Bulldogs Bowie Bulldogs (Bulldogs practice field)

5:30 - 
Crockett CougarsCrockett Cougars (Burger Stadium)

6:00 - 
Anderson TrojansAnderson Trojans (AHS practice field)

Click team names above to get a glimpse of our Spring '12 preview videos.  Player photos, interview and shout out sessions can be found on our Facebook page.  Keep up with the latest via Twitter.  We're Austin's Friday Night Fanstand!
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Fanstand: 7 on 7 Education
We're glad you visited this page if you are trying to understand 7 on 7 better.  What is it?  What the heck is an SQT?  Why should I care?  All great questions, that we'll try to disect here.

What is 7 on 7?

Seven offensive players attempt to score on seven defensive players on a 50 yard field.  4 downs, no rushing the QB,  touch football.  2 point conversions after every score.  Features a non-stop running clock of 15 minutes per half.  

Head coaches are not allowed to lead these teams, giving assistants and parents the opportunity to coach.  It gives the skill players an opportunity to stay sharp and develop chemistry in the passing game (offensive and defensively).

What is an SQT?

SQT stands for State Qualifying Tournament.  The top two finishing team in each 'SQT' advances to the State Championship tourney held in College Station.  4 Austin-area teams will qualify after May 26th's Round Rock SQT and June 2nd's SQT in Lake Travis.

Why Should I Care?

There is no denying, stars emerge during Summer skill season.  Lake Travis WR Zach Austin foreshadowed his 16 receiving TD season during this time last year.  Stony Point WR Braizon Fresch put his name on the map during skill league.  The examples are numerous.  This is a great opportunity to see your team's QB in a wide open passing environment.  Parents, friends, scouts and coaches are all on hand - so the pressure to impress remains high.  

Who Is Playing This Saturday?

Glad you asked.  During our Spring Camp '12 Tour, we've discovered inside info on your favorite teams.  Who can we expect to shine this weekend during Round Rock's SQT?  Click the 'pools' below.


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Fanstand '12 'Sounds of Spring': Stony Point
Fanstand visitied Stony Point spring camp for Tiger Drill.  Here are the sights and sounds of a team hoping to bounce back in 2012.


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Fanstand Spring '12 Tour: McCallum Knights (Coach Jason Cecil)
We caught up with McCallum Knights new head coach Jason Cecil during their Spring game on Saturday.


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Fanstand Spring '12 Tour: Georgetown Eagles (Coach Jason Dean)
We caught up with Georgetown head coach Jason Dean to get a quick word on Eagles camp.  Highlights from Spring game plus player shout out videos coming soon!


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Fanstand 'Under the Radar': Dripping Springs RB C.J. Battle
A former Lake Travis product is now a member of a talented Dripping Springs team.  With the Tigers finally rid of the Cavs as district foes (and with improved personel), Drip is hoping for success similar to 2011's.   Battle will join a healthy Jobe Falcon and emerging Derek McLemore to form a talented trio of backfield options.  Coach Bob Schultz will have plenty of options.

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Fanstand '12 Sounds of Spring: Manor
We visited the Mustangs of Manor to get their shout outs and thoughts on the upcoming football season, as they are busy at Spring camp!
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Westlake Spring Game 2012 Preview: Joe Taylor
Westlake's Spring Game takes place on Thursday (May 17th), 6pm. We caught up with Chaps tv/radio voice, Joe Taylor, to talk some WHS!

You will be able to hear regular season coverage of Westlake Football with the Chap Ap and on Sunday morning replays (YNN).  We'll check back with Mr. Taylor periodically to get an update on Westlake Football.
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'12 Spring Tour: Pflugerville Panthers (Senior '13)
We spoke with 4 senior leaders of Pflugerville's 2012 team. Clear minds, full hearts, can't lose. Look for in-depth 7 on 7 coverage of your favorite Panthers during the upcoming RR SQT (May 26)!
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'12 Spring Tour: Manor Mustangs (Coach Sadd Jackson)
Passion. Drive. WAMM. Manor head coach Sadd Jackson at his best (from Mustangs Spring camp 2012). More WAMM videos and pics coming soon! Remember to select HD viewing option.


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'12 Spring Tour: Travis Rebels (Coach Armando Jacinto)
Our spring tour took us to South Austin, as we stopped by to visit coach Armando Jacinto at Travis High's spring camp.
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'12 Spring Tour: Anderson Trojans (Coach Darin Shaw)
Fanstand Spring '12 continues, as we pay new Anderson High head coach Darin Shaw a visit!

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RR SQT Preview: Pool D



Pool D comprises of the most heavy hitting teams.  Three Austin-area powerhouses duke it out to survive round one.  Lake Travis has larger goals in mind (a 6th straight State title and first in 5A), but is expected to win it all in College Station's July 7 on 7 Championship.  Stony Point is excited to get their new regime of athletes up to speed, while Pflugerville is a darkhorse favorite to win 16-5A.  Throw in a scrappy Temple team, and Pool D will be among the morning's best.  They'll kick things off at 9 a.m. the Cedar Ridge practice turf field.  Here's our preview of the action:  

Stony Point TigersStony Point Tigers (District 16-5A, Head Coach: Craig Chessher)

If you consider 2011 a step back for Stony Point, expect the Tigers to take two steps forward in 2012.  Their nucleus is still incredibly young, but they have solid senior leadership to back them up.  Perhaps 5A's best safety tandem will be on display with Wes Moore and Moose Ahrens.  LB Marcos Curry has gotten stronger/faster and QB Aidan Barrera has matured.  Coupled with the up-and-coming Jeremy Carr/Jordan Smith and the return of Xavier Mays, the Tigers enter 2012 as bounce-back candidates.

Fanstand Skill Player Watch List (Tigers):

QB Aidan Barrera
WR Jeremey Carr
DB Moose Ahrens
DB Wes Moore
LB Marcos Curry
WR Justin Gamble
TE Jordan Smith
DB Chris Njoku
LB Kyle Plattor
DB DeShawn Littlejohn
ATH Damian Lindley
RB Joe Morrero
RB Xavier Mays

Lake Travis CavaliersLake Travis Cavaliers (District 15-5A, Head Coach: Hank Carter)

'Maintain the Reign'.  'The Chase for Seis'.  Whatever you call it, the Cavaliers are focused on winning.  Lake Travis has won it all before in College Station in a 7 on 7 capacity - but they keep thing in perspective.  Skill season a blast, but winning isn't required.  This group stays in top shape all year long, so expect their conditioning to outstretch others later in the day.   With each state ring, the scrutiny gets tougher for our young Cavs.  QB Baker Mayfield was was of the State's top passers 2011, and he expects to increase those totals in '12.  A new receiver or two always emerges for LT during these sessions.

Fanstand Skill Player Watch (Cavaliers):

RB Shuan Nixon
QB Bake Mayfield
LB Luke Hutton
DB Brock Kenyon
WR Zach Austin
DB Hunter Streuling
DB Jacob Pate
WR Grant Foster
RB Romey Kelso
QB Nic Medina
LB Nico Escalante
QB Dominic DeLira

Pflugerville PanthersPflugerville Panthers (District 16-5A, Head Coach: George Herrmann)

We got our first glimpse of QB Blain Kruemcke and RB Adrian Dilworth at this time last year.  With a full year of Varsity stripes, these gentlemen return as leaders this Summer.  Along with DB Jay Byrd, they repreent the core of a Panther team with legit district title dreams. 

Fanstand Skill Player Watch (Tigers):

RB Adrian Dilworth
QB Blain Kruemcke
DB Jay Byrd
QB Jacob Sowell
RB Jonathan Wallace
LB Demetrius Wilson
WR Caleb Horton
TE Noah Menke
DB Nick Bowens

Wildcats mascot photo.Temple Wildcats (District 8-5A, Head Coach: Mike Spradlin)

While SMU-commit Freddie Johnson won't be able to help his team in 7 on 7, he'll likely be on hand to watch his teammates battle Austin's best 5A schools. They'll return a junior QB that looked impressive during stretches on 2011.  There's a slew of skill players that could make things difficult on our Austin-area DBs.

Fanstand Skill Player Watch (Wildcats):

QB Zachary Allen
WR Stephonn Love
DB A'Keel Wilson
TE Erick Arizmendi
RB Rodney Alexander
RB Donvante McClellan
WR Jeremy Hemphill
QB Kevin Anderson
WR L'Darius Thomas

Pool D Projections: On pride and history, Lake Travis is an obvious favorite.  But the way the team is focused on their upcoming 5A venture, don't be surprised if the Cavs scale it back a notch this Summer.  We've long been fans of the upcoming senior skill groups from both Stony and P'ville.  Panthers get the edge on experience, while the Tigers get the nod for overall upside.  Temple won't slouch with Zachary Allen, but we'll roll with area-turf advantage.  We'll bring you scores, footage and interviews from Pool D on May 26th.

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RR SQT Preview: Pool B



Pool B revs up the Round Rock/McNeil rivalry early.  The Mavs and Dragons will familiarize themselves as they prep for their regular season game on October 19th (Mavericks' homecoming).  Connally may be a 4A team, but will prove they can hold their own with 5A on turf.  Orlado Thomas is no longer with Cove, but they'll field a competive group.  Pool B kicks off at 9am on Dragon Stadium turf.  Here's our preview:

Round Rock DragonsRound Rock Dragons (District 16-5A, Head Coach: Jeff Cheatham)

The Dragons keep it 'all the family' as Tyler Gerds (little brother of last year's starting QB, Garrett) takes the QB reins.  A healthy Sam Lawliss returns to make the Dragons legit.  A bevy of proven underclassmen return with Varsity stripes.  We'll get to see one of the area's best corners in Brandon Bullock.  We'll keep the film rolling.

Fanstand Skill Player Watch List (Round Rock Dragons)

RB Deandre Story*
DB/WR Dakari Antoine
DB Brandon Bullock
DB Brandon Roberto
DB/WR Sam Lawliss
QB Tyler Gerds
LB/DB Brandon Zaleski
LB/DB Zachary Pleasant

McNeil MavericksMcNeil Mavericks (District 16-5A, Head Coach: Lee Penland)

We recently visited the Mavericks spring camp, and this team is pumped.  They made a trip to the State tournament in College Station in 2011, and could repeat this Summer.  It looks like a QB tandem of Colton Russell and Jordan Robinson.  Both will get needed pass reps with speedsters Ryan Murphy/Nick Parinella.  We'll get our first look as Zach Vaughan transitions from defensive end to safety.  Skill players like Donnie Holmes, Matt Zebrowski and Joseph Miele make McNeil a threat to win it all on May 26th.

Fanstand Skill Player Watch List (McNeil Mavericks)

WR Nick Parinella
WR Ryan Murphy
DB Zach Vaughan*
RB Matt Zebrowski
QB/DB Colton Russell
RB Donnie Holmes
DB Toroti Oke
DB Cameron Terrell

Connally Cougars FootballConnally Cougars (District 17-4A, Head Coach: Howard McMahan)

The core of a playoff-bound team is in place.  QB Dajon Williams and RB Dae Payton are now the elder statesmen in the locker room.  Their maturity could fuel a 4A run to remember.  LB Michael Egwaugu will get a chance sharpen his footwork while defending the pass.  The Cougars were one of the highest scoring units during last year's Summer sessions, and should have similar success in Pool B.

Fanstand Skill Player Watch (Connally Cougars)

RB Dae Payton
WR Luther Yamthe
QB Dajon Williams
LB Michael Egwaugu
DB Eddrick McDonald

Light Blue And Silver Clip Art Copperas Cove Cougars (District 12-5A, Head Coach: Jack Welch)

After running into Rowlette in the postseason, Copperas can't wait to get back on the field.  Thomas is gone, but the King may take the throne.  Vondereaz King was the only sophomore on Varsity last year, and for good reason.  He'll be fun to see up close at Dragon Stadium.  Cove will come to play, so our Austin-area teams will need to be on their toes.  Key in on the following players:

Fanstand Skill Player Watch (Copperas Cove)

WR Rashuan Gibson
RB Chans Colbert
RB Vondereaz King
DB Demarkos White
DB Kincey English
WR Fabian Valenzuela
WR Robbie Seybold

Pool B Projections: This is the biggest toss up Pool of the four that take the field on May 26th.  We tend to say McNeil, because they have 'been there, done that' in a state qualifying tournament.  The skill players at Round Rock are too good to ignore.  Connally excels in this arena, and Copperas Cove won't  make the long drive to simply lay down.  May the best team win...

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