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Posts from January 2013


Fanstand: Signing Day '13 Austin-Area List
LAST UPDATED: 12:12 PM CST, February 15th

In 2010, Fanstand covered this group of Seniors as they arrived on the Varsity scene.  Our original 'Super Sophs' are now on our 'Signing Day Watch List'.  

CenTex West - District 25-4A
 

Cedar Park Timberwolves
Cedar Park
Timberwolves
Dripping Springs Tigers
Dripping
Springs Tigers
Leander Lions
Leander
Lions
Rouse Raiders Football
Rouse
Raiders
Marble Falls Mustangs Football
Marble Falls
Mustangs
Vandegrift Vipers Football
Vandegrift
Vipers
Vista Ridge Rangers
Vista Ridge
Rangers

CEDAR PARK:

OL - Austin Hisler, Abilene Christian
OL - Riley Mayfield, Abilene Christian
ATH - Ethan Fry, Houston Baptist
ATH - Keith Tambe, Mary Hardin Baylor

 


DRIPPING SPRINGS:

WR - Cole Rogers, University of Texas-El Paso
OL - Jackson Hoskins, Texas State

LEANDER:

ATH - Caleb Woodward, Texas Tech
ATH - Tevin Smith, Mary Hardin Baylor
LB - Hayden Newsom, Mary Hardin Baylor
OL - Bryan Resa, Kansas Wesleyan
DB - Taylor Sugar, Mary Hardin Baylor
WR - Darrell Cleveland, Mary Hardin Baylor

ROUSE: 

WR - Wesley Lewis, Houston Baptist
ATH - Logan Kinder,  University of Texas-San Antonio (baseball)
QB - Justin Pelt, Southwestern University
LB - Tim LaPaglia - Midwestern State University


MARBLE FALLS:

ATH - Ishiah Carson, Hardin-Simmons
OL - Rey Balatzar, Sam Houston State
DL - Brennan Parker, Hardin-Simmons
OL - Rex Printz, Trinity Valley JC

CenTex North - District 16-5A
 

Cedar Ridge Raiders
Cedar Ridge
Hendrickson Hawks Football
Hendrickson
Hawks
McNeil Mavericks
McNeil
Mavericks
Pflugerville Panthers
Pflugerville
Panthers
Round Rock Dragons
Round Rock
Dragons
Stony Point Tigers
Stony Point
Tigers
Westwood Warriors
Westwood
Warriors

CEDAR RIDGE:

WR - Ray Racine, West Texas A&M


 

PFLUGERVILLE: 

ATH - Jay Byrd, Mary Hardin Baylor
LB - Ashton Thielke, Angelo State
ATH - Durrell Arsenault, Arkansas Baptist College


STONY POINT:

LB - Marcos Curry, University of Texas-San Antonio
ATH - Christian Ahrens, Texas Lutheran University
ATH - Kyle Plattor, Life University (Rugby)
ATH - Frank Pendleton, Life University (Rugby)

HENDRICKSON:

ATH - Tyron McMillian, Howard Payne

ROUND ROCK: 

LB - Sam Lawlis, Midwestern State University
ATH - Kirby McGuire, New Mexico (baseball)

 


MCNEIL:

K - Will Janosek, Blinn JC
OL - Chad Loitz, Blinn JC

WESTWOOD:

DL - Parker Hanusa, Rice
DB - Brad Watson, Wake Forest
K - Colin McGuire, Fresno State
DB - Tyler Logan, Colorado School of Mines
OL - Dayne Bullock, Southwest Baptist University
LB - Blake Thomas, Texas-Pan Am (baseball)


CenTex East - District 17-4A
 

Bastrop Bears Football
Bastrop
Bears
Cedar Creek Eagles
Cedar Creek
Eagles
Connally Cougars Football
Connally
Cougars
East View Patriots
East View
Patriots
Elgin Wildcats Football
Elgin
Wildcats
Georgetown Eagles
Georgetown
Eagles
Hutto Hippos Football
Hutto
Hippos
Manor Mustangs Football
Manor
Mustangs

BASTROP:

DB - Antwuan Davis, University of Texas
LB - Paul Whitmill, Texas Christian University
ATH - Aneas Henricks, UT-San Antonio

CONNALLY:

QB - Dajon Williams, University of North Texas
LB - Darrell Songy, Oregon State
LB - Michael Egwaugu, University of Texas-San Antonio
K - Daniel Portillo, University of Texas-San Antonio
RB - Dae Payton, Kilgore College
WR - Leo Dawson,  Arkansas Baptist College
 
MANOR:

LB - Dominique Briscoe, Prarie View A&M
DB - Barion Henry, Cisco JC
ATH - Jalen Washington, Cisco JC
DB - Quinton Baker, Abeline Christian
WR - Kelton Evans, Texas Lutheran University
 
 
HUTTO:

DL - Tanner Thirft, Baylor

GEORGETOWN:

OL - Jacob Hildebrand, Angelo State
QB - Jake Hubenak, Forks Union (VA)
OL - Chance Cottle, Howard Payne
ATH - Trey Hicks, Texas State (baseball)
ATH - Matt Sanchez, Texas State (baseball)

 
CenTex South - District 15-5A
 

Akins Eagles
Akins
Eagles
Anderson Trojans
Anderson
Trojans
Austin High Maroons
Austin High
Maroons
Bowie Bulldogs
Bowie
Bulldogs
Del Valle Cardinals
Del Valle
Cardinals
Lake Travis Cavaliers
Lake Travis
Cavaliers
Westlake Chaparrals
Westlake
Chaparrals

AUSTIN HIGH:

WR - Zay Jones, Eastern Carolina
ATH - Charles Schneider, Rhodes College

 

ANDERSON:

DE/TE - Xavier Garcia, Texas Lutheran University

NOTE: i-Reporter Abby Kowal to report from AHS on February 6
 
BOWIE:

DL/LB - Elijah Thompson, Central Connecticut 
ATH - Dontae Harris, Blinn JC

DEL VALLE:

RB - Josh Cleveland, Navarro Junior College
LB - Kelly McBride, Hastings College

LAKE TRAVIS:

DL - Brandon Quinterro, Henderson State University
DB - Brock Kenyon, Columbus University
DB - Hunter Strueling, West Texas A&M
 

WESTLAKE:

K - Michael Barden, Air Force
LB - Michael Edwards, Mercer State (lacrosse)

CenTex Central - District 26-4A
 

Crockett Cougars
Crockett
Cougars
Eastside Memorial Panthers
Eastside Mem.
Panthers
Lanier Vikings
Lanier
Vikings
Del Valle Cardinals
LBJ
Jaguars
McCallum Knights
McCallum
Knights
Reagan Raiders Football
Reagan
Raiders
Travis Rebels Football
Travis

LBJ:

ATH - Randon Knotts, Fresno State
ATH - Sebastian Canizares, Texas Weslyan
ATH - John Gromley, University of Chicago

TRAVIS:

DL - Cantrell Gaines, Trinity Valley JC
RB - Chris Clark, Bacone College (OK)
ATH - Mike Moreno, Bacone College (OK)
ATH - Braylun Watson, Campbellsville University (KY)

GREATER AUSTIN/PRIVATE:

OL - Kyle Wurzel (St. Michaels), Marist College

OL - Will Trevillion (Hays), Texas State

ATH - Kolby Kelley (Wimberley), Mary Hardin Baylor

QB - Reed Jones (Wimberley), Harding University (Arkansas)

QB - Zach Allen (Temple), Texas Christian University (former Syracuse commit)

TE  - Durham Smythe, Belton (Notre Dame)
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Fanstand: 17-4A Returning All District

 

17-4A was Texas high school football's biggest surpise last season.  With 3 teams making the quarterfinals and further (Manor made the semis, Georgetown made the finals), the entire State is on notice.  Who returns in 2013 to carry the torch?  The following featured players were honored as all-district performers last year - but return for more next Fall.

Elgin Wildcats Football ELGIN WILDCATS

QB - Te'Rel Simmons ('14)

ATH - Detrean Simmons ('14)

LB - J.T. Biddy ('14)

DB - Anthony Nash ('14)

WILDCAT QUICK NOTES: Bringing back the core of a State quarterfinalist will undoubtedly keep expectations high for Elgin fans.  The emergence of both the Nash (Anthony remains) and Snell Brothers (Colin, Kyle), combined with the continued maturity of the Simmons Brothers - we could see the Wildcats challenge for a State berth.



Manor Mustangs Football MANOR MUSTANGS

RB - Tyrone Ownens ('14)

OL - Brandon Donnermeyer ('14)

OL - Chad Smith ('14)

DL - Marcus Hudson ('14)

DL - Jimmy Deleon ('14)

LB - Jonathan Johnson ('14)

LB - Curtis Williams ('14)

MUSTANG QUICK NOTES: WAMM feels last season was just the beginning.  Returning a host of tenacious defenders (especially in the front 7), plus arguably the district's best halfback (Owens) - Manor has the pieces in place to make another run.



Georgetown Eagles GEORGETOWN EAGLES

OL - Tyler Preston ('14)

OL - Calvin Anderson ('14)

RB - Tyler Moody ('14)

RB - Donald Walton ('14)

LB - Jace LaCaille ('14)

EAGLE QUICK NOTES: Yes, the Eagles lose a slew of talented seniors.  But with all-state Preston returning (along with underrated Anderson/Vicars), it could be the running game that gets the Eagles back to dominance.  Moody/Walton form the district's best one-two combo - while the district defensive MVP (LaCaille) returns to anchor the other side.



Eastside Memorial Panthers EAST VIEW PATRIOTS

OL - David Moss ('14)

ATH - Chandler Crawford ('14)

DB - Adrian Contreras ('14)

P - Zach Zavala ('14)

PATRIOT QUICK NOTES: Returning every member of last year's Varsity team will pay divideneds.  The chimistry will remain strong, as nearly the entire football team is playing on the same baseball team this Spring.  Its not far fetched to think that EV could challenge the Eagles as the best team in Georgetown next Fall.



HUTTO HIPPOS

DL - Rolando Ruiz ('14)

WR - Darryl Harrision ('14)

TE - Hayden Doggett ('14)

LB - Ryan Robison ('14)

LB - Brooks Baack ('14)

HIPPO QUICK NOTES: Anything less than a postseason berth in 2013 will be considered a let down for Hutto.  Even though they loss Felderhoff, the Hippos defense shines the brightest.  The front seven will be one of the district's best - while Doggett/Harrison attempt to bond quickly with Spence/Douglas to make the offense potent.



Connally Cougars Football CONNALLY COUGARS

TE - Andrew Hill ('14)

DL/OL - Gabriel Hernandez ('15)

DL - Jamir Bowser ('14)

DB - Cole Sneed ('14)

COUGAR QUICK NOTES: Much like Georgetown, the Cougars will have to fill the shoes of a huge senior class.  Hill returns as a top flight TE - and will need to be a safety blanket for incumbent QB Landon Nobles.  Hernandez proved to be Coach McMahan's most pleasant surprise in '12, and will improve as time passes.  Notice that Gabriel is the only sophomore on this entire list.  Bowser/Sneed will need to combine with Chris Luca to ensure the defense maintains its excellence from last Fall.



Eastside Memorial Panthers CEDAR CREEK EAGLES

TE - Devin Tuggle ('14)

EAGLE QUICK NOTES: Our new Bastrop friends learned some tough lessons last season.  But don't think the Eagles can't compete.  Devin Tuggle is a big target, who is adding bulk this offseason.  If QB Jose Vazquez is able to sharpen his deep route passes, double digit TDs in not out the question for Tuggle.  Its possible we may see Connor Hamilton more on offense in '13, but Tuggle returns as the face of Cedar Creek. 

Bastrop Bears Football BASTROP BEARS

No all-district selections from '12 return in 2013

BEARS QUICK NOTE: We feel that Bastrop is one of the area's sneakiest teams, because the 'notable' players are graduating.  This gives us an opportunity to put some talented Bears on your radar.  The RB tandem of Mason Homesley/Iziayah Washington will be names to know over the next two seasons.  DB Romello Wilson will be playing with chip on his shoulders after being left off the all-district list.  Throw in the versatile Logan Allen (who could play both WR and QB at times next year), and Bastrop will be tough to handle.

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Fanstand Life: McCallum Knights year-end honorees

Winning 26-4A was a major win for this year's McCallum Knights team.  In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year (new head coach) - Jason Cecil and his staff built a district champion.  Special S/O to Jim Whitefield for helping us with this project.  We present to you the Knights 2012 honorees!
 
 Fightning Knight Award - Garrett Hemphill
 Outstanding Offensive Back - AJ Herrera
 Outstanding Receiver - Willie Mays
? Outstanding OLs - Billy Won and Jake Whitefield
 OFFENSIVE MVP - Griffin Stuesser
 Outstanding Defensive Back - Khalil Gant
 Outstanding Linebacker - Wes Bellomy
 Outstanding Defensive Lineman - Marquis King-Smith
 DEFENSIVE MVP - Adam Gordon
Pat Honeycutt Scholarship Recipients - Billy WonJake Whitefield and Wil Smith

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i-Reporters: '13 Returning Class

The introduction of i-Reporters helped Fanstand have its most successful year to date.  2013 will bring a host of fresh faces to your smart phones.  Gone are talents like Tamsyn Stonebarger and Mandy Lee - but there's an interesting cast of characters returning.

THE VETERANS:
 

Hannah Huffman  Hannah Huffman ('14), Unaffiliated (25-4A, 16-5A, 15-5A, 17-4A, 26-4A)

The Austin-area's favorite female reporter returns!  One of the 'originals', we think she'll find a career in Bristol, CT one day.

Jason Felts  Jason Felts ('14), Austin High (15-5A, 16-5A, 26-4A)

Fanstand's first three-year letterman is back for his senior finale.  Mainly focusing on his Maroons' over the past two years, we'll see Jason bring his analysis to key games across Central Texas in 2013.

Boyd Kennemer  Boyd Kennemer ('14), Westwood High (16-5A, 17-4A, 15-5A)

Boyd was a mid-season acquisition in 2012, and was with us through the State championships.  Valuable experienced gained, our sharpest-dressed i-reporter will be everywhere this season.


 
THE ROOKIES:

Sammi Sweetheart Sammi Jones ('15), Hays High School (27-4A, 25-4A, 15-5A)

Twitter-guru and Instagram-hero, Sammi is helping spread Fanstand to our newest district (27-4A).  She has already broken news stories on Coach Blake Feldt departure, and has a bright 2 Fanstand years ahead.

Kathleeeen. :) Kathleen Kani ('14), Rouse (25-4A)

Joining us for Spring camp/7 on 7 coverage is Rouse cheerleader, Kathleen Kani.  A featured cast member on the original Fanstand Life series, we'll have KK for a spell, reporting on 25-4A football.

ALEXA Alexa Ramirez ('15), Austin High (15-5A)

Alexa is a spirited youngster, with tons of confidence.  Her sports saavy and social networking skills are early signs that she will have a successful rookie i-reporting season.
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Official: 17-4A All District First Team Selections

The long-awaited official 17-4A all district list was voted on, and now available to the public.   The following players were honored by the coaches as all district first team selections.  Click here for second team selections.

DISTRICT MVP: QB - Jake Hubenak ('13)

OFFENSIVE MVP: RB - Dae Payton ('13)

DEFENSIVE MVP: LB - Jace LaCaille ('14)

ATHELETE MVP:  WR/DB - De'Trean Simmons ('14)

O-NEWCOMER: RB - Tyler Moody ('14)

D-NEWCOMER: DB - Anthony Nash ('14)




FIRST TEAM OFFENSE: 

TIE: QB - Dajon Williams ('13), Connally, QB Te'Rel Simmons ('14)

RB - Tyrone Owens ('14), Manor

WR - Kelton Evans ('13), Manor

WR - Randy Knighter ('13), Georgetown

WR - Austin Weston ('13), Georgetown

WR - AJ Lopez ('13), Hutto

TE - Noah Douglas ('13), Georgetown

OL - Tyler Preston ('14), Georgetown

OL - Jacob Hildebrand ('13), Georgetown

OL - Brandon Donnermeyer ('14), Manor

OL - David Moss ('14), East View

OL - Isaiah Robinson ('13), Connally

OL - Jay Tijerina ('13), Hutto

K - Daniel Portillo ('13), Connally, Austin Stevens ('13), Georgetown

KR/PR - Ed'drick McDonald ('13), Connally


 

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE: 

DL - Rolando Ruiz ('14), Hutto

DL - Tanner Thrift ('13), Hutto

DL - Darrell Nix ('13), Connally

DL - J.W. Barnes ('13), Georgetown

DL - Ryan Rickerson ('14), Georgetown

DL - Trey Nash ('13), Elgin

LB - Darrell Songy ('13), Connally

LB - Michael Egwaugu ('13), Connally

LB - Blair Murski ('13), Georgetown

LB - Quinton Grant ('13), Manor

LB - Chris Walker ('13), Elgin

LB - Jonathan Johnson ('14), Manor

LB - Paul Whitmill ('13), Bastrop

DB - Brandon Boone ('13), Georgetown

DB - Quinton Baker ('13), Manor

DB - Barion Henry ('13), Manor

DB - Antwaun Davis ('13), Bastrop

P - Zach Zavala ('14), East View

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Defensive Driving: Georgetown '12 Review

We've all heard about the miracles Jake performed on the field.  The dozens upon dozens of spectacular catches by Knightner/Bedford/Weston/Douglas.  We've heard about the goal line heroics of Tyler Moody running behind a golden boy offensive line.  Now is the defense's time to shine.  Here are the top performing Eagles, in defensive categories.



TACKLES:

LB - Jace Lacaille ('14), 139 tackles (13 TFL)

ATH - Brandon Boone ('13), 98 tackles (3 TFL)

LB - Blair Murski ('13), 89 tackles (14 TFL)

LB - Chico Martinez ('13), 71 tackles (5 TFL)

DB - Mason Alexander ('13) 62 tackles (2 TFL)



SACKS
 

DE - J.W. Barnes ('13), 14 sacks (29 TFL)

DL - Brock Drummond ('13), 11 sacks (28 TFL)

DL - Garrett Neimann ('13), 9 sacks (17 TFL)



INTERCEPTIONS
 
ATH - Brandon Boone ('13), 6 picks (2 for TDs)

LB - Chico Martinez ('13), 2 picks

DB - Matt McCullough ('13), 2 picks



SPECIAL TEAMS YARDS:

ATH - Matt Sanchez ('13) 770 total return yards, 1 TD
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'13 Returning All-District 16-5A

When asked on Twitter, 'which is the best 5A district in the Austin-area', the replies weighed astoundingly on 16-5A's side.  Despite 15-5A producing a State semifinalist, the public seems sold on Cen-Tex North being the strongest.  The Pflguerville/Round Rock area has watched the evolution of 25-4A, and looks to take a leap forward themselves.  The following returning players were all honored in 2012 as all-district performers by the coaches.

Hendrickson Hawks Football HENDRICKSON HAWKS

RB – Samaje Perine (’14)
WR – Latrell Martin (’14)
DL – Coby Fontenette (’14)
LB – Nikko Delacruz (’15)
DB – Chance Waz (’14)
DB – Trai Mosley (’14)

HAWKS QUICKY: The reigning 16-5A champs bring back the reigning district MVP.  Perine is destined to play on Sundays.  We hope Hendrickson fans get a good glimpse before he trots off for college.  Martin was impressive in a run-first offense.  With flashes of big play ability, he could easily approach 800+ yards receiving.  The defense was the most pleasant surprise of their 6-0 district run.  Delacruz filled in for Trey Gutierrez at times last year – and flourished.  He returns as one of the area’s top run/pass defending LBs.  Waz/Mosley form the district’s most dynamic (and confident) defensive backfield.  We’re expecting a consecutive year of triple digit tackles for Chance, and for Trai to challenge for the district’s interception title (currently belonging to RR’s Meunnink)


 
Pflugerville Panthers PFLUGERVILLE PANTHERS
 

RB – Clarence Guidry (’14)
WR – Caleb Horton (’14)

PANTHERS QUICKY: Just two players return in ’13 as all-district honorees.  However, these two players could be the ones leading P’ville into the playoffs.  With Dilworth gone, we foresee over 1k rush yards for the talented Guidry.  He remained in 16-5A’s top 10 rush list the entire season.  Horton was arguably the 3rd best receiver in Cen-Tex North last year (behind Ty Marshall, Ray Racine).  The two-sport star will need to be Mr. Do-It-All for newbie Zach Milner. 


 
Westwood Warriors WESTWOOD WARRIORS

WR – Travis Dale (’14)
OL – Brendan Moore (’14)
DL – Lucas Dielmann (’14)
DL – Brandon Brown (’14)
DB – Michael McCaughey (’14)

WARRIORS QUICKY: Fans believe Dale could be be next year’s ‘Ty Marshall’.  As his confidence grows, the sky is the limit for #6.  Moore returns as a security blanket for QB Fenimore – carrying valuable experience from his 2012 playing time.  Dielmann/Brown are aggressive trench players that will need to fill the production of graduating Hanusa/Roach.  We’re already hearing rumors that McCaughey will move down to LB in 2013.  Regardless of where he is on the field, he’ll be relied on as an anchor.  Talented youngsters like Bartek/Hoerferkamp return as well, but these 5 Warriors were honored by the coaches in 2012.


 
Round Rock Dragons ROUND ROCK DRAGONS

RB – Deandre Story (’14)
WR – Keyon Dilosa (’14)
OL – Robert Castaneda (’14)
DL – Breylin Davis (’15)
DB – Andrew Muennink (’14)
 
DRAGONS QUICKY: We fully expect Story to soar over 1K rush yards in 2012 – especially with on/off field buddy Robert Castaneda up front (and unlisted Isaiah Edwards).  Muennink led 16-5A in interceptions last year, and should continue his rise to stardom next Fall.  Dilosa has all the talent in the world, and should benefit from the seasoning he received last year.  He is capable of much more than he showed in '12.  We rank Davis as a top 4 lineman, citywide.  The tenacity he showed as a sophomore will morph into greater things over the next two season.  #6 will be special.  This team will benefit simply from having better health in '13.  Other youngsters will also chip in, but this core returns as recognized all-district players.


 
Stony Point Tigers STONY POINT TIGERS

WR – Justin Gamble (’15)
OL – Eric Newman (’14)
DL – Michael Ezimako (’14)
DL – Stacy Anderson (’14)
 
TIGERS QUICKY: Gamble has been showing since Summer ’12 that he is a big time playmaker.  His hardwork carried over into the season, and will do so over the next two years.  The most recognized talent returns up front (Ezimako/Anderson), as the Tigers should maintain their defensive reputation.   Newman will have a slew of skill players that he’ll need to make room for (Lindley/Barrera/Marrero/Tonkins).  Notable missing from this list are players like Jordan, Damian and Aidan - but they'll be sure to make coaches/fans remember them by this time next season.



 
Eastside Memorial Panthers CEDAR RIDGE RAIDERS

QB – Michael McCann (’14)
WR – Charles Porter (’14)
OL – Kyle Truax (’14)
OL – Matthew Cooper (’14)

RAIDER QUICKY: Returning the district’s first team QB gives the Raiders a head start on 16-5A.  The chemistry McCann built with Porter and the offensive line (Truax, Cooper, Scales) will pay off big in 2013.  We feel this team is capable of what Rouse did in 2012 – from missing the playoffs, to making a run at State.  The young talent list is long for CR (Morello, Racine, Malesky, Ockletree), but only this Raider-quartet received all-district recognition in 2012.


 
McNeil Mavericks MCNEIL MAVERICKS

RB – Donnie Holmes (’14)
OL – Solomon Perdue (’14)
DL – Tillman Johnson (’14)

MAVS QUICKY: Holmes was one of the biggest breakout stories of 2012  From turning heads in Spring ’12 camp, to rushing over 1K in the Fall – he has proven to be a top flight back.  OL Perdue losses the comfort of Loitz/Pepper, but is man enough to hold his own.  The line will be young next year, so Coach Penland needs Solomon to bring his best game each week.  Same for Tillman Johnson, who is a handful for any opposing OL.   Players such as Colton Russell/Zach Vaughan/Deandre Connor didn’t make all district, but return with the above mentioned trio to form an improved Mavericks team.
 
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Returning 2013 All-District (15-5A)

The spotlight on 15-5A is at an all-time high.  Westlake's re-emergence as a State power puts 5A on notice.  Don't think that Lake Travis won't reload and challenge for a title in '13.  Bowie and Del Valle bring back a host of talent - same for Anderson/Austin High.  If Akins builds on 2012 progressions, the battle for the 4th playoff spot could come down to Week 10.  The following players were recognized last season as 'all district' by the coaches - and return for more in 2013.

Lake Travis CavaliersLake Travis Cavaliers

RB - Shuan Nixon ('14)

RB - Dominic Packer ('14)

RB - Romey Kelso ('14)

WR - Grant Foster ('15)

WR - Tyler Payne ('14)

WR - Chayce Pannell ('14)

OL - Garrett Stotts ('15)

DL - Zach Davies ('14) - 1st team all-state

DL - Feno Pearson ('15)

DL - Michael Islava ('14)

LB - Luke Hutton ('14)

LB - Hagen Patterson ('14)

CAVS QUICKY: Despite losing Baker, we think 2013 will be the best chance for the Cavs first 5A state title.  Coach Hank Carter turned injury lemons into experienced lemonade.  With 12 returning all-district nominees - half of them are offensive skill players.  The Summer is bound to reveal more potential weapons - but Foster/Payne/Pannell makes for a nice trio of receivers.  Not to mention the soft hands of Nixon/Packer/Kelso - we expect the scoring for Lake Travis to trend upwards in 2013.  Davies/Pearson could notch double digit sacks, while Patterson/Hutton is likely 15-5A's best 1-2 LB punch (with respect to Hudson/Hager).  Lastly, we feel Nixon will be back to prove that he (not Perine) is the most talented RB from the Austin-area.



Westlake Chaparrals Westlake Chaps

QB - Jordan Severt ('14)

WR - Patrick Elliott ('14)

TE - Zach Dansby ('14)

OL - Bobby Dwyer ('14)

DL - Luke Womack ('14)

LB - Hudson Hall ('15)

LB - Breckyn Hager ('15)

DB - Jack Meredith ('14)

CHAPS QUICKY: Last year's 3 point loss to Cedar Hill showed that the Chaps can still get it done.  Having Severt back behind center instantly makes Westlake a contender.  The defense improved over the course of the season, with the core returning in '13.  Hager/Hall are campus favorites, and two of 15-5A's top juniors.  Meredith/Dwyer return as seniors who have received all-district honors since their sophomore seasons.  Elliott/Dansby offer experience and Severt-chemistry that will result in inflated numbers this Fall.



Bowie Bulldogs Bowie Bulldogs

QB - Austin Eschenberg ('14)

RB - Steve Johnson ('15)

WR - Mac McGarah ('14)

WR - Jake Walton ('14)

OL - Andrew Alvarado ('14)

OL - Clayton Law ('14)

DB - Tyler Walker ('14)

BULLDOGS QUICKY: The strength is in the trenches for Bowie, returning the majority of their offensive line.  Anchored by Law/Alvarado, they'll clear the way for Eschenberg/Johnson.  Both Austin and Steve received valuable Varsity experience in '12, which puts them ahead of the curb next Fall.  Eschenberg's pass game will be sharpened this Summer (when he's not playing baseball) in 7 on 7.  We're excited to see how McGarah/Walton follow up their all-district junior campaigns.  Walker returns as the marquee name for Bowie's defense.




Del Valle Cardinals Del Valle Cardinals


OL - Sam De LaRosa ('14)

OL - Anthony Herrera ('15)

OL - Matt Bailey ('14)

OL - Pedro Rodriguez ('14)

LB - Khalid Taylor ('15)

LB - Darius Bender ('14)

DB - Vincent Wilson ('14)

CARDINAL QUICKY: Look at the offensive line.  Del Valle's skill players were able to have huge numbers because of the studs up front.  With four all-district honorees returning up front, we forsee another year of explosive DV offense.  We feel Khalid Taylor vaults to be one of the premiere linebackers in the district.  Darius Bender adds a playmaking deminsion to a DV defense that will be re-tooling to replace some senior leadership.  Wilson could be the key, as he'll have to patrol the backfield without Anthony Smith/Thomas Anderson.


 
Austin High Maroons Austin High Maroons

RB - Quin Goode ('14)

RB - Quincy Reese ('14)

OL - Daniel Laden ('14)

DL - Robert Navejas ('14)

LB - Mason Choate ('14)

DB - Chris Elizondo ('14)

DB - Desmon Barrett ('14)

MAROONS QUICKY: Quin and Quinta form the quickest running back duo in 15-5A.  Running behind mammoth Laden helps them get lost at the line of scrimmage, before darting out for big gains.  Both could approach 1K yards.  The defense losses some valuable seniors, but returns 4 key members in '13.  Elizondo and Barrett wiil be asked to tame some tough district QBs next year.  While Choate/Navejas will have to step up with the loss of Weinberger/Jones/Johnson.  There are several returning players who did not receive all-district praise (most notable, QB J.A. Mansour), which makes the Maroons a preseason favorite to make the playoffs.



Anderson Trojans Anderson Trojans
 

WR - Blake Allen ('14)

TE - Braden Buckman ('15)

DL - Raj Rajab ('14)

DL - Will Griffin ('15)

LB - Connor Gabriel ('14)

TROJANS QUICKIE: We certainly expect Anderson High to improve in 2013. Ending last year with a win was great for morale and momentum.  Coach Darin Shaw's second year should come with more success, mainly from the youngsters played in '12.  We feel Allen will be among the district's best wideouts (LBs, too).  Rajab and Griffin are two heavy hitters that make the Trojans competitive in the trenches.  Gabriel is an underrated athlete who will double as the team punter - while Braden is one of a handful of talented 2015 returnees for Anderson High.



Akins Eagles Akins Eagles
 
OL - Ben Salazar ('14)

EAGLES QUICKY: While the list isn't long, the Eagles aren't short on returning talent.  Salazar was an obvious pick for coaches, as he could start for any team in the district.   WIth defensive line talent being deeper across the district in 2013, Ben will play a vital role for the Eagles.  Keeping young Medrano upright, and opening running space for Cedric Williams and others.

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2013 Returning All-District (26-4A)

LBJ head coach Keith Willis proclaimed, 'high school football is alive and well in the city of Austin', after his Jaguars fell to McCallum in Week Nine.  The sprit of 26-4A has certainly trended upward lately.  The evolution of Travis/Crockett's passing attack, and the rise of the McCallum defense are a few signs of major progress.  The following all-district recognized players will return for more in 2013.

McCallum Knights MCCALLUM KNIGHTS

WR - Willie Mays ('14)

ATH - Sabian Cannon ('15)

ATH - Kris Reyes ('14)

OL - Robert Brown ('14)

OL - Xavier Castillo ('15)

DL - Rashard Jarmon ('14)

DL - Marquis King-Smith ('14)

DL - Courtney Organ ('14)

DL - Dewayne Bryant ('14)

LB - Wes Bellomy ('14)

LB - Jordan Gray ('14)

DB - Khalil Gant ('14)

KNIGHTS QUICKY: Head coach Jason Cecil has implemented his defense-first mindset on McCallum - garnering immediate results.  The Knights' district-repeat hopes starts with seven returning all-district performers.  We think Sabian could be the most impressive in a long/talented family line of Cannon's.  Bellomy will be an district-MVP caliber player on both sides, while Mays is arguably the district's top wideout.  A repeat is possible, but won't come easy.



 
Del Valle Cardinals LBJ JAGUARS

RB - Juwan Smith ('14)

OL - Bernard Tucker ('14)

OL - Walter Stroup ('14)

OL - Derrin Wytaske ('14)

DL - Kendall Cairo ('14)

DL - Lance Hyder ('14)

LB - Gary Lovings ('14)

LB - Jaylen Rose ('14)

DB - Lee Dawson ('14)

JAGUARS QUICKY: The offensive line looks like the obvious strength for Coach Keith Willis.  Juwan Smith could finally get the number of touches he's always desired.  We expect Dawson to play more on offense to help out Smith, as they'll need to replace a talented Knotts/Bryant combo.  Rose and Lovings play with a chip on their shoulders - and they'll benefit from Cairo/Hyder's experience up front.  LBJ should once again challenge for 26-4A's top spot.


 
Travis Rebels Football TRAVIS REBELS

QB - Jonathan Caldwell ('14)

WR - Johnny Williams ('14)

WR - Keimean Reynolds ('14)

OL - Dominique Thomas ('14)

LB - Juan Garza ('14)



REBEL QUICKY: We feel this is the best chance for Travis to unseat either McCallum or LBJ as district champ.  The evolution of Caldwell last year will continue in '13.  He may be the single best 'locker room' leader in the district.  Garza is a man amongst boys.  He could surprise the area with over 1K in offensive production while approaching 100 tackles.  Williams was the nicest surprise of the district last Fall, and should contribute around the same amount - despite defenses being more aware of his talents.
 
Crockett Cougars CROCKETT COUGARS

RB - Justin Miller ('15)

RB - Joel Rodriguez ('14)

TE - Nikko Tamez ('14)

WR - Vincent Lopez ('15)

OL - Adrian Davilla ('15)

DL - DJ Wilhite ('14)

DL - Zach Rodriguez ('14)

DL - Luis Sanchez ('14)

LB - Seth Riojas ('15)

LB - Trevon Harris ('14)

DB - Jonathan Garcia ('14)

COUGARS QUICKIE: Similar to Travis High, we think Crockett's best chance to steal the district title is 2013.  Several sophomores return with a full seaon of Varsity under their belts - most notably Justin Miller.  While Miller will challenge for offensive MVP, both Seth Riojas and Jonathan Garcia will challenge for defensive MVP.  Donald Wilhite could have approached 80 tackles, but Henderson gobbled up most of the stops.  He'll have his run in '13.  Add in the ever-emerging Trevon Louis, and the athleticism of Nikko Tamez - we suggest teams take Coach Waugh's squad very seriously next year.  


 
Lanier Vikings LANIER VIKINGS

QB - Keith Newton ('14)

QB - Saul Orton ('14)

RB - Melvin Kincheon ('14)

TE - Lamar McGinnis ('14)

OL - Alex Gonzales ('14)

OL - Dante Plaster ('15)

LB - Johnte Evans ('14)

LB - Nathan Fedrick ('14)

DB - Ahmand Lewis ('14)

VIKINGS QUICKY: After missing the postseason last year, the Vikings fully plan on a run in 2013.  The combo of Newton/Orton is the best dual-tandem in the district.  With Evans back healthy next season, Lanier's scoring woes should become a thing of the past. McKincheon should ease the loss of Samuel Charlez, while Plaster/Gonzales make Coach Odem's team tougher up front.



 
Reagan Raiders Football REAGAN RAIDERS

RB - Jamal Robinson

RB - Deondre Lott ('15)

TE - Josh Smith ('15)

OL - Brendon Butler ('14)

OL - Aaron Martinez ('14)

OL - Trayvion Gray ('14)

DL - Ocie Kerr ('14)

LB - Tristen Mendez ('14)

DB - Demetrius Johnson ('14)

RAIDERS QUICKY: 2012 was a marquee year for this team.  With Coach Carey's guidance, Raider pride is alive again.  We feel the success will start up front with a trio of returning all-district offensive linemen.  The athletic ability of QB Johnson and RBs Robinson/Lott will shine if Gray/Martinez/Butler can build on what they learned last season.   Johnson's conditioning this Summer will be key, as he'll need to go 40 plus minutes to help on defensive side of the ball.  Kerr/Mendez have potential, but will need others to step up on defense.
 

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2013 Returning All-District (25-4A)

 

A new year rings in new hope.  We'll be releasing installments of this feature throughout the month of January.  In the state's toughest 4A district, replacing lost seniors is quite a task.  As we prepare for Spring camp, we take an early glance at the returning 25-4A all-district perfomers in 2013.  This is a select group, because many other juniors/sophomores had outstanding years.  These were the ones honored by the head coaches.


Cedar Park Timberwolves CEDAR PARK TIMBERWOLVES

QB - Nate Grimm ('14)

LB - Thomas Hutchings ('15)

WR - Samuel Brock ('14)

OL - Davis Geerts ('14)

RB - Chris Hutchings ('15)

TE - Chad Whitehead ('14)

DL - Ben Harral ('14)

LB - Peter Maneikis ('14)

DB - Sean Angle ('14)

TE - Colt Owen ('14)

OL - Austin Bryant ('14)

CPFB QUICKIE: The Hutchings' Twins contributions at such an early stage will pay off big over the next two seasons.  Having both TE's, plus Bryant and Geerts back up front, means Cedar Park will be able to control the line of scrimmage again.  With a full year under his belt (and his favorite target Brock returning), Nate Grimm will easily top his production from what was a district-MVP season.  The pressure to repeat will be great, but its a task this group can certainly accomplish.



Dripping Springs Tigers DRIPPING SPRINGS TIGERS

K - Matthew Wiley ('14)

TE - Eli Shelton ('14)

TIGER NOTES: Coach Bob Schlutz was forced to play a slew of youngsters last year, due to injury.  The majority of next year's starters were getting their Varsity feet wet - thus not many returning all-district selections.  However, Eli Shelton could be in for a monster year.  He'll be a key red zone threat, and relied on to make space for Falcon/Battle in '13.  Matthew Wylie was one of the area's best kickers as a sophomore, and returns for a special senior season.

Leander Lions LEANDER LIONS

RB - Darian McClatcher ('15)

DL - Michael Epley ('14)

LB - Martin Nwakamma ('14)

LB - Greg Kelley ('14)

DB - Zach Noska ('14)

LION QUICKIE: After last year's heartbreaking, hail mary loss - Leander will be back with a vengence.  Fan favorite Hopp will finally get full time snaps.  McClatcher enters '13 as an offensive MVP candidate.  With four top flight defensive players back, expect another year of tenacious play from Coach Salazar's side of the ball.

Marble Falls Mustangs Football MARBLE FALLS MUSTANGS

WR - Garrett Gray ('14)

RB - Keith Jerome ('14)

MUSTANG QUICKIE: Marble will look to maintain their hot non-district start into 25-4A play next season.  Gray may easily be the area's top receiver in 2013.  But if you ask most opponents, the scariest weapon for the Mustangs is Keith Jerome.  Formerly from the Louisiana area, the returning back has a full grasp of what Coach Todd Dodge needs from him.

 




Rouse Raiders Football ROUSE RAIDERS

ATH Billy Ray McCrary ('15)

RAIDER QUICKIE: Don't be fooled by this short list.  Rouse had a ton of senior leadership, but there's talent waiting in the wings.  Not listed above is offensive lineman Will Noble.  The CPL Statesman and LISD AD Chris Ross both agree: Noble is destined.  But Billy McCrary is the only returning Raider of the coach's official all-district list.  We could see a position change for BM III in 2013.


Vandegrift Vipers Football VANDEGRIFT VIPERS

DB - Tristan Prukop ('14)

DL - Gunner Linhart ('14)

VIPER QUICKIE: Prukop Family greatness continues with Vandegrift Football, as we expect a D-MVP caliber type season from Tristan in 2013.  Nearly notching 100 tackles in his first full Varsity season, he serves as Vandy's last line of defense.  Things will start up front with the tenacious Linhart.  His intangibles and passion make him a handful for the best OL's in Texas. 



Vista Ridge Rangers VISTA RIDGE RANGERS

RB - Stedman Mayberry ('14)

TE - Blake Gossett ('14)

DL - Micah Thomas ('14)

LB - Eddie Brock ('14)

DB - DaQuan Patton ('15)

DB - Kevin Harris ('15)

DB - Alex Quintero ('15)

RANGERS QUICKIE: If you look at what Vista brings back on the defensive side of the ball - there is no question they can compete to win 25-4A outright.  This is a hard-hitting group of talent, that will force offenses to get creative.  Some say a true #1 RB is half of what you need to win a state title.  Mayberry fits that description perfectly.  

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