Stars First Round Pick Coffey ready to grind in Saturday's preseason debut

When the Stars drafted Nia Coffey with the fifth pick in this year's WNBA draft, it only took a short while for the former Wildcat to realize the magnitude of what she had accomplished.

She had become only the second female from Northwestern University to be drafted since Amy Jaeschke in 2011 and it was the highest selection of any graduate in the school's history.

It was only after she arrived in San Antonio a few days later for training camp that Coffey would finally be able to embrace her longtime dream of becoming a WNBA player.

There had never been a doubt as to whether Coffey could succeed on the collegiate level.

Her tireless work ethic on offense and defensive swagger made sure of that.


Lady Texans’ historic season falls game short of state

Photo by Stephen Shead

McAllen - When the final horn sounded there were some tears but a handful of smiles as well from each and every Lady Texan soccer player on the turf at Veterans Stadium.

The best season of school history ended one game short of a state tournament appearance and many of the Lady Texans were trying to come to grips with what they had just accomplished.

Having seemingly snagged the momentum early in the first half and then again later in the second half, Wimberley put itself in prime position to pull off another huge upset over district champion Boerne in their regional final playoff match.

But the Lady Hounds, fresh off of winning the District 27 4-A regular title - including a pair of one-point wins over the Lady Texans - secured their state semi-final berth to Georgetown by tying the contest midway through the second half and then in again the waning moments. 


Spillar throws third no hitter of the season

Cole Spillar has now thrown his third no hitter of the season, and is showing no sign of slowing down.

You would have to go back pretty early in the Major League Baseball record books to reference the last professional pitcher to accomplish what Wimberley’s Cole Spillar has already managed to accomplish in high school.

Spillar has certainly cemented himself into Wimberley baseball lore by completing his third no-hitter this season for the Texans and is on pace to single handedly re-write all of the UIL state baseball record books only 16 games into his junior season.

Equipped with a pitching arsenal that consists of a dazzling slider, an exploding fastball and a knee bending change-up, the lanky six-foot Spillar has twice been named PREPSTAR ELITE 360 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK and has also garnered attention from the Austin-American Statesman based solely on his first two no-hitters.


Texans, Lady Texans sweep track meet

Maya Allan handing off to Serena Frank in the 4x100 meter relays, which the Lady Texans took second place in. (Photo by Stephen Shead)

Both the Texan and Lady Texan track team came out on top in the Texan Relays last week. Winning the home meet was a nice stamp on what is turning into a great season on the track.

“We hadn’t really won our track meet very often in my 14 years of being here, but it sure made all the hard work worth it,” Head Coach Josh DeMarco said. “I was very proud of our kids.”

The Texans edged out a 138 to 115 win over San Marcos to take the meet by scoring points in all but two events.

The mile relay team of Cameron Kotek, Chris Hartman, Gavin Martinez and Kaycee Polanco took second place. Martinez and Polanco were joined by Sam Valadez and Hayden Krebs in the 4x200 meter relay, which took third.

Cameron Kotek took first place in the 110 meter hurdles with Kaden Kowalski taking third place. Kotek won the 300 meter hurdles.


Lady Texans finish district big

Senior Caroline Biggers scored in the 11-0 victory over Bandera in the last district game of the year. (Photo by Stephen Shead)

The Lady Texans completed district play on Friday as they travelled to Bandera for their last scheduled game.

With second spot secured, one might be forgiven in thinking the team would ease up a little. That they did not, with the Lady Texans running away with an 11-0 victory. 

A first half hat-trick from the energetic Taylor Blass was complimented by a well taken brace from Serena Frank. Further goals from Leah Girard (2) and Madalyn Riser gave the team a convincing half time lead.

The second half saw Wimberley make several changes, including some positional shifts, allowing both Caroline Biggers and Ryland Maples to score in their more offensive second half roles.


No. 14 Texas Women open NCAA Tournament against red-hot Central Arkansas

Although No. 14 Texas will begin their postseason in familiar surroundings, they will face a team that could be a mirror image of themselves on a slightly smaller scale.

No.14-seeded Central Arkansas, the Southland Conference Tournament Champion, enters Friday afternoon's First Round matchup with a 17-game winning streak in tow.

The Sugar Bears and Longhorns meet for the first time, with tipoff set for 1:30 pm following the matchup between 6th-seeded North Carolina State and 11th-seeded Auburn.

Central Arkansas (25-4) won their second consecutive SLC title by steamrolling Stephen F. Austin 60-35 in the final on Sunday.

Texas, the prohibitive favorite to advance into next weekend's Sweet 16, hasn't played since March 5 after they lost to eventual Big 12 tournament champion West Virginia in the conference semi-finals 62-59.


Sister Act: Messenger twins help lead Wimberley softball

Twins Averie and Allie Messenger have helped the Lady Texans this year by leading in multiple categories like home runs and average. (Photo by Karli Rico)

The Wimberley Softball team is not only winning lots of games this year - they’re twinning.

Junior softball players Averie and Allie Messenger are identical twins and valuable assets to a team that has surged out to a sizzling start this season.

The Lady Texans are currently 11-3 and looking to secure a district title in what will be a very challenging league. 

Growing up, the Messenger twins didn’t know what positions they wanted to play or even if softball would be their go-to sport.

But as their skills have developed after becoming members of the National Tournament participant Dripping Springs Lady Redbugs as elementary school kids, the talented pair has blazed their own glory in excelling on the softball diamond.


Wimberley athletes head to next level

Davin Masur signed with the Southwestern Pirates. He was one of multiple Wimberley athletes that signed to play college sports on Wednesday. (Photo by Dalton Sweat/Wimberley View)

Get ready to warm up the fax machines and break out the cameras.

Wednesday marked the first day for outgoing Texan male and female student athletes to sign their National Letters of Intent to play collegiately at NCAA Division I and II programs next fall.

That’s when most local colleges will find out where the top high school recruits are going, who flipped from one school to the other, and who finished with the #1 recruiting class in college football.

This date which is commonly referred to as National Signing Day, is the first day of these sports respective date to finalize their college destination. Football’s final day of the signing period is April 1 this year. 

Meanwhile, soccer’s final day to select is August 1 while Basketball recruits will have until May 17 (Division I) or August 1 (Division II).


Lady Texans triumph in Salado, win tournament

The Lady Texans capped off a fantastic week by lifting the Salado Classic Tournament trophy on Saturday afternoon. 

Before their tournament last weekend the Lady Texans traveled to Lehman High School on Tuesday. In torrential rain and two lightening stoppages, the girls came away with a 2-1 victory against their larger 6A school opponents. Goals from Taylor Blass and Serena Frank gave the team a 2-0 lead before Lehman pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 shortly before the teams were called off the field early for lightening.


Lady Texans face challenging start

Avery Biggers works the ball up the field versus Bastrop last week. (Photo by Stephen Shead)

The Lady Texans kicked off their 2017 soccer season last week with games at Bastrop and local rivals, Dripping Springs. The Lady Texans produced an encouraging display in Bastrop on Tuesday night, coming away from Memorial Stadium with a 3-1 victory. First half goals from Seniors Serena Frank and Madalyn Riser seemed to have put the game to bed for the Texans, but the Bears came back in the second half to make it 2-1. The game had barely restarted when Sophomore, Avery Biggers, received the ball on the right hand side and flighted a cross, come shot into the far left corner. 

On Friday night the team made their way up Ranch Road 12 to Dripping Springs in what could only be described as arctic conditions. The Lady Texans were certainly caught cold and soon found themselves 2-0 down at the break. It was not to be the girls’ night as the finally succumbed to a 5-0 defeat. 


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