Posts by Chuck Cox
Northwestern lacrosse player Taylor Thornton, a Hockaday alumnae, has been nominated for Sports Illustrated‘s Female College Athlete of the Year.
Thornton will try to wrap up her stellar college career by helping the Wildcats win their third straight and eighth overall national title. After opening the NCAA Tournament with a 15-8 win over Stanford on Sunday, Northwestern will host Penn State in the second round at 7 p.m. Saturday.
You can read Thornton’s profile and vote for her here.
When it comes to making the playoffs in baseball, head coach David Shepherd and the W.T. White Longhorns are automatic. Thirty-one straight years, to be exact.
W.T. White (21-9) opened the Class 5A state playoffs with a 3-1 victory over Allen (18-10-2) in Game 1 of a best-of-three series last night. Game 2 is at 5 this afternoon at W.T. White. If necessary, Game 3 will be at noon Saturday at The Colony. The winner will face the Rockwall-Heath-Garland Lakeview Centennial winner in the area round next week.
In the bottom half of the Region II bracket, Jesuit (24-11-1) is taking on McKinney (16-11) in a best-of-three series. The Lions took Game 1, 6-5. Game 2 is at 7:30 tonight at Jesuit. If necessary, Game 3 will be at noon Saturday in McKinney.
The winner of that series will face Rockwall in the area round.
In Class 4A, Hillcrest beat Molina, 9-1, in a one-gamer. The Panthers will take on the Frisco Wakeland-Colleyville Heritage winner in the are round.
Thomas Jefferson is also playing North Dallas in bi-district. Game 1 is at 6:30 tonight at Reverchon Park. Game 2 is at noon Saturday at TJ. If necessary, Game 3 will follow. The winner will take on the Forney-Frisco Liberty winner in area.
I’ve never seen her play a full show, but I did get to hear her play a few songs when she came back to Hockaday a couple of years ago to perform for the students. I also got to interview her. She was really cool and sounded great.
It should be a great show. You should check it out. What better way to combat the nasty weather expected in the area?
Terrance Williams is coming home.
The former W.T. White and Baylor standout wide receiver was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 12th pick of the third round (74th overall pick) of the NFL Draft on Friday.
Williams (6-2, 205) was a three-year starter for the Bears. He racked up 97 catches for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season. He averaged nearly 19 yards per catch for Baylor, which finished 8-5 and beat UCLA in the Holiday Bowl.
For his career, Williams finished with 3,334 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also returned punts and kickoffs early in his college career.
Three Preston Hollow teams — Episcopal School of Dallas, Jesuit, and St. Mark’s — qualified for the Texas High School Lacrosse League super regionals this weekend in The Woodlands and Round Rock.
Jesuit (13-2) has a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed from the North District. The Rangers will take on the winner of the fist-round game between Austin Anderson and an opponent to be determined from the South District at 3 p.m. Sunday in The Woodlands.
ESD (12-6) is the No. 3 seed from the North and will take on Bowie (13-7) at noon on Saturday in The Woodlands. The winner of that game takes on The Woodlands (18-0) at noon on Sunday at The Woodlands.
St. Mark’s (14-3), the No. 4 seed from the North, will face an opponent to be determined from the South District at 1 p.m. Saturday in Round Rock. The winner of that game plays Austin Westlake (14-4) at 1 p.m. Sunday in Round Rock.
Highland Park (13-3) is the other team from the North District. The Scots have a first-round bye and will face the St. John’s-Austin High winner at 11 a.m. Sunday in Round Rock.
The four second-round winners advance to the state tournament May 4-5 in Plano.
Former Episcopal School of Dallas basketball standout Phil Pressey has decided to leave Missouri and declare for the NBA Draft.
According to the Columbia Tribune, Pressey has signed with Creative Artists Agency Sports and will forego his senior season with the Tigers. Pressey is Mizzou’s all-time assists leader with 580.
Pressey, whose dad Paul is a former NBA player and current assistant coach with Cleveland, averaged 11.9 points and 7.1 assists per game. Mizzou went 23-11 and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Jesuit Rangers (16-4-2) will look to keep their playoff run alive when they battle McKinney Boyd (17-5-2) in a Class 5A Region II quarterfinal at 7 tonight at Frisco’s Memorial Stadium.
The winner of the match will take on the winner of tonight’s Cedar Ridge-The Woodlands game in the regional semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday in Round Rock.
The Hillcrest soccer teams split a pair of Class 4A bi-district playoff matches on Tuesday, while Thomas Jefferson’s boys were stunned.
The Panthers (15-8-3) beat Lucas Lovejoy, 1-0, to set up an area match against Mesquite Poteet later this week. The Lady Panthers (10-7-2) lost to Wylie, 5-0.
Meanwhile, Thomas Jefferson, after making a run to the regional quarterfinals last season, dropped a 1-0 decision to Wylie East in bi-district. The Patriots finished 19-5-1.
Former Episcopal School of Dallas standout Phil Pressey and his Missouri Tigers got a No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament. Mizzou (23-10) will take on Colorado State (25-8) on Thursday in Lexington, Kent.
The bad news for the Tigers is they will likely take on No. 1-seed Louisville (29-5) in the second round, provided they are able to get past the Rams.
Pressey, a junior point guard, is averaging 11.6 points, 7.1 assists. and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Former Jesuit standout Jordan Spieth will be returning to the Byron Nelson after a one-year absence. Spieth, who turned pro earlier this year, has accepted a sponsor exemption to play in this year’s event, which is slated for May 16-19 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort.
Spieth played in the Nelson twice while he was still in high school. He had to skip last year’s event because he was helping the University of Texas win an NCAA national championship. Spieth had the top amateur finish in the history of the Byron Nelson by tying for 16th place in 2010. In 2011, he finished tied for 32nd.