Category: Sports

Jake McKenzie, a Man of Many Baseball Talents

Former W.T. White standout Jake McKenzie played all nine positions for the University of Texas during an April 17 game against UT Rio Grande Valley. (Courtesy photo)

Jake McKenzie first heard his coaches mention the outrageous idea in the fall. Could he really play all nine positions — one per inning — in a regulation game for the University of Texas?

He figured they were joking until April 15, after the team returned to Austin following weekend series against rival Oklahoma. He was called into the office of head coach David Pierce, who wanted to reward McKenzie for his versatility by giving him a rare opportunity.


Gilliam Bows Out in State Semifinals

Hillcrest senior Anne Gilliam wrapped up her high school career by advancing to the semifinals at the 5A state tournament. (File photo: Tim Hurst)

By Joshua Koch / Special Contributor

COLLEGE STATION — Even if her high school career ended on a losing note, Anne Gilliam made history for girls tennis in Dallas ISD.

The Hillcrest senior fell in straight sets to Femke Tjon-A-Joe of Corpus Christi Flour Bluff on Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 5A state tennis tournament.

“I feel like I left a mark here at Hillcrest,” Gilliam said. “That was my goal coming in and I gave it my all.”


Hillcrest’s Gilliam Heading Back to State

Hillcrest senior Anne Gilliam will try to win her second 5A girls singles title this week in College Station. (File photo: Tim Hurst)

Hillcrest senior Anne Gilliam will aim to cap her high school career this week with another state title in the girls singles bracket at the UIL state tournament in College Station.


Reports: Man Posed as Teen, Played Basketball for Hillcrest High School

No. 14 went by Rashun Richardson during the season, but was really 25-year-old Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, according to authorities. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The Hillcrest High School basketball player who wore No. 14 and went by “Rashun Richardson” during this past season was really a 25-year-old man posing as a teen displaced by Hurricane Harvey, according to media reports.

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley was arrested Friday and is facing a charge of tampering with government records, the reports say.


Hockaday Earns State Lacrosse Title

Congratulations to Hockaday, which swept both the SPC and TGHSLL postseason tournament titles this spring.

Hockaday capped a stellar lacrosse season by winning the Division 1 title in the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League state tournament on Sunday in Round Rock.

The Daisies won the championship a week after claiming the SPC crown, sweeping the two season-ending tournaments for the first time in program history.

At the TGHSLL event, Hockaday was seeded sixth but upset each of the top three teams in the bracket. After opening with a 16-7 victory over The Woodlands, the Daisies held off ESD 12-11 in the semifinals.


Lions Upset ESD, But Fall in Title Game

St. Mark’s reached the title game of the THSLL state tournament before falling to The Woodlands on Sunday in Round Rock. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

By Michael Shapiro / Special Contributor

ROUND ROCK — One day after notching a semifinal win over rival ESD in the state semifinals, St. Mark’s fell to The Woodlands in the championship game at the Texas High School Lacrosse League state tournament on Sunday.

With the 10-6 loss, the Lions enter their offseason still searching for the program’s first state title since 2013.

“We tried to close the gap after falling behind today, but [The Woodlands] had a little too much offense,” St. Mark’s head coach Hayward Lee said. “Congrats to The Woodlands, they were the best team I saw this year, and we couldn’t quite keep up.”


Youth QB Minicamp Returning to Jesuit

Bill Reagan has been mentoring young quarterbacks for decades. His youth camp comes to Jesuit this month.

Longtime college football coach Bill Reagan will again bring his series of elite youth quarterback camps to Jesuit’s Postell Stadium from May 30 through June 1.

Reagan, a former assistant coach at Notre Dame and head coach at the NCAA Division II level, started Top Gun Quarterback Training in 2003 and has mentored and trained more than 150 quarterbacks since.

Reagan’s minicamp at Jesuit will include two sessions each day — grades 5-8 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., and grades 9-12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Space is limited to the first 12 quarterbacks for the younger camp, and eight QBs for the older group. Cost ranges from $215 to $230, which includes a T-shirt.


ESD, St. Mark’s Meet Again at State

ESD has won nine straight games over St. Mark’s since the Lions beat the Eagles for the state title in 2013. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

ESD and St. Mark’s will renew their lacrosse rivalry in the semifinals of the Texas High School Lacrosse League state tournament on Saturday in Round Rock.

The two schools have been fixtures at the state tournament over the years in addition to their annual SPC battles. In fact, the Eagles defeated St. Mark’s 10-2 three weeks ago for their fifth straight SPC title — including three in a row over the Lions.

ESD (14-2) was the THSLL state runner-up a year ago and will make its sixth consecutive appearance, while St. Mark’s (9-6) is returning to state for the first time since 2013 — when the Lions topped ESD in the championship game.


Rangers Rally to Reach Second Round

Jesuit will face Conroe Oak Ridge in the area round this week after dispatching Rowlett in three games. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit and Rowlett traded late-inning comebacks on Saturday, with the Rangers surviving in Game 3 of a Class 6A Region II bi-district playoff series in Prosper.

Jesuit claimed the deciding game 6-4 in nine innings, thanks to a game-winning two-run single by Paul Gramling. Ben Shepherd pitched four shutout innings in relief — the longest outing of his career — to pick up the win.

The Rangers (28-7) advance to meet Conroe Oak Ridge in the area round. The best-of-three series starts on Thursday at Wright Field before shifting to Conroe on Friday. A third game, if necessary, would be Saturday at a time and site to be determined.