BENCH STRENGTH PROVES PIVOTAL TO SINKING THE VIKINGS: The Knights came out of the gate with a purpose tonight at Navarro, building an 8-0 lead before Navarro scored a point, but the host Vikings steadied from there, fighting back to within two points at 12-10 and again at 14-12 with 3:39 left in the second quarter. With the game very much still in doubt, Coach Fuentes trusted his bench to get the job done, and they richly rewarded his trust with a 15-2 run that effectively put the game out of reach. To start that torrid Knight stretch, Sam Holcomb scored an inside bucket to make it 16-12, then Jakob Broaders and John Wade nailed 3-pointers from the left baseline to make it 22-12. After Navarro’s Chauncey Droemer scored to cut the Knight lead to eight, Holcomb scored again from inside to extend the lead back to double digits. John Wade finished the second quarter with a 2-pointer and opened the third with a 3-pointer to give the Knights a comfortable 29-14 lead. The Vikings never got closer than 10 points after that. The Wade brothers, John and Rob, led the Knights in scoring with 11 apiece, and Hudson Spradling chipped in nine. John Wade and Spradling each made three 3-point field goals. The Knights face first place LBJ on the road on Tuesday night. The Jags defeated Lockhart, 66-44 tonight, to remain unbeaten in district play. Pictures by Kennedy Weatherby, Annabel Winter and Dave Winter. #dayinthelifeatmac #KnightTime #MACbasketball #MAChoops @macknighthoops @kennedygracephoto @picsbyannabel @fandstandatx @tx_athletes @swish.tapes #txhsbasketball #txhshoops #txhsbball #txhsbb #atxhoops @thehoopinsider
SOARING PAST THE EAGLES: The McCallum Lady Knights breezed to a sweeping 5-0 win over the Cedar Creek Eagles Friday. Junior Avery Miller opened up scoring for the Knights, followed by sophomore Kyla Murphy off of an assist from sophomore Mia Gomez, and Eagle’s own goal off of a corner kick and then Gomez added a goal of her own with an assist from senior Karen Esparza to extend the lead to 4-0 at the half. The second half was slower offensively but junior Hannah Zuniga added a 5th goal from a penalty kick after Murphy was fouled in the box. The Knights defense and junior goalkeeper Lindsey Plotkin held strong to keep the shutout. “We felt good going into it” said Gomez. “We played them in a scrimmage last season and beat them 2-0 but we still had to get the confidence going in.” The Knights next game will be their first home game of the season Tuesday against Elgin at Nelson Field. Photos and reporting by Caleb Melville. #knighttime #txhssoccer #txhsfutbol @fanstandatx @tx_athletes
DOWN TO THE LAST DRIP: In a game with major implications in the District 25-5A standings, Dripping Springs literally stole a win from Northeast tonight at home with the theft of a three-quarter court inbound pass and a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Heading into tonight's game, both teams were 3-1 in district play and tied for second place. Drip (4-1) is now alone in second place. Mac beat Navarro tonight, 58-38, to move into a tie for third with Northeast at 3-2. The Knights beat the Raiders, 68-53, on Jan. 7. #Repost @fanstandatx with @repostsaveapp ・・・ 🚨BUZZER BEATER: #DrippingSprings Trace Young ('20) ⏩⏩Aidan Bailey ('21) knocks off red hot Northeast program as time expired. Dog pile ensues #NewDrip #TXHSHOOPS🐯🏀 [🤳: @cbrunson32]
GHOST FRAMES: The boys bowling team got back on track at Spare Time Lanes in Pflugerville with a 17-0 extraterrestrial beatdown of Casper High School on Sunday. OK, not really. There are an odd number of teams in the district, and the boys didn’t have an opponent, but the team put up a good showing in what amounted to a pratice round on Sunday night. Junior Bruno Cioci rolled the highest game and series of the night with a 187 and 342 respectively. Junior John Pratt was close behind with a 174 in Game 1. Cioci had the high score in Game 2 with a 155. Sophomore bowler Keegan Langley said that the team’s average scores have been steadily increasing this season and that he personally did a good job of converting splits during Sunday’s game. Despite the loss of several key bowlers to graduation, Langley said the team hopes to qualify for regionals the season.
WINS AND PINS: Lulu Elliott, Zoey Rucker and Olivia Linscomb were all smiles last Sunday as the girls bowling team continued its undefeated streak in pre-district play with a 16-1 victory over Hendrickson at Spare Time Lanes in Pflugerville. (2) Rose Dotson had the high individual game for the Knights with a Game 1 146. Elliott rolled the highest score in the second game with a 121. Dotson rolled the high series for the Knights with a 250. After the two individual games had been bowled, the Knights led the Hawks, 6-1. The Knights swept the Baker games because Hendrickson only had two bowlers compete not the five necessary for a full team. In Baker games, each bowler rolls two of the 10 frames and the team rolls a combined game. The Knights earned two points for each Baker win plus the two-point bonus for winning the Baker round for a final score of 17-1. The two teams are back in action tonight at Dart Bowl tonight starting at . Photos by Frances Arellano.
THIRSTY FOR A WIN: Senior Jakob Broaders and his teammates on the boys varsity basketball team head to Navarro (formerly Lanier) today needing a win to shake off two disappointing losses (at Travis and versus Dripping Springs at home) in their last two games. The Knights (2-2) are currently tied with the Lockhart Lions (2-2) for fourth place behind first-place LBJ (3-0) and second-place Drip (3-1) and Northeast (3-1). The Raiders are coming off a big win over Travis (1-3), which sent the Rebels to the second division in the district standings. The Jags and Lions play tonight at LBJ, and the Knights play both of those teams next week, the Jags on Tuesday at DCG and Lockhart on Friday in the Lions’ den. But junior forward Rob Wade said that the Knights aren’t looking ahead to next week. The Vikings (0-3) may be struggling thus far in the season, buy Wade said that doesn’t matter because they are the Knights’ next opponent. “We just gotta stay focused one game at a time and take [Navarro] like any other team,” Wade said. Navarro doesn’t have a freshman team so there will be no freshman game this evening. Rather, the Knight freshmen will play up with the JV as the combined sub-varsity teams will take on the Viking JV boys team at 5:30 with the varsity game to follow at 7 p.m. File photo by Kennedy Weatherby. #KnightTime #MAChoops #MACbasketball @macknighthoops @kennedygracephoto @fandstandatx @tx_athletes @thehoopinsider @swish.tapes #atxhoops #txhshoops #txhsbasketball #txhsbb #txhsbball
GOOD TO BE HOME: After a rough trip to Dripping Springs that included a lopsided loss to the district leaders, the girls varsity basketball team returns home Friday night hoping to reverse its fortunes when the Knights take on the Navarro Vikings. Photos by Olivia Allen. #MACbasketball #MAChoops #txhsbb #txhsbasketball #txhshoops #txhshoops🏀
FIRE ALARM UPDATE: Since Wednesday's fire alarm scare and lunchtime evacuation, there have been lots of questions as to what caused the alarms to go off. Assistant principal Andy Baxa told Macjournalism today that when the fire department arrived, they investigated two possible areas in the school that could have triggered the false alarms. In the end, no sign of fire or heat signatures were detected, and the fire department was able to reset the alarm system. Baxa added that there is a good chance that “critters in our ceiling,” “dust buildup or the fact that McCallum is an older school caused the alarms to sound. Ultimately, the administrators decided to err on the side of caution in order to “protect everybody.” As previously reported, more fire department technicians will be coming in the future to figure out what truly triggered the alarms. Reporting and caption by Scarlett Houser. #dayinthelifeatmac
GOALS GALORE! Coming off a narrow 2-1 victory in its season opener against Austin High and a weather cancellation that wiped out Friday’s scheduled game against Eastside, the boys varsity soccer team kicked off against Canyon Lake on Tuesday night in fine form and didn’t skip a beat in dispatching the Hawks, 5-0, at Nelson Field. A quick start to the first half saw the Knights take a majority of possession and be benefitted for their time on the ball with a goal from junior forward Luis Auyero taking the team into half time a goal to the good. “I had asked the team to play more patiently, looking for opportunities to attack, and they did,” varsity coach Nicholas Martin said. Attacking was the name of the game and the team was up to the task. A flurry of second half goals saw the Blues in command of the game in no time taking every opportunity that came their way with precision and consistency. A brace (two goals) from sophomore forward Silvio Guzman put the team in cruise control before junior midfielders Jake Anderson and Moss Gillespie made it safe. “I thought I did well, but I still have a lot more effort to put in and things to learn in this season,” Gillespie said. Anderson also expressed contentment in his team’s showing. “I feel like our team played pretty well last night,” he said. “We were able to make pretty good runs and score off of them, and our defense played pretty well too.” Anderson also noted the fantastic contribution of the defense as well as the offensive play to make everything gel as a unit. The varsity and the JVA squad travel to Elgin Friday night as they look to keep this young winning streak going. Photos, caption and videos by Javier Vela. Video narration by Mira MacLaurin. #KnightTime #MACsoccer #MACfutbol @mccallumsoccer #txhssoccer #txhsfutbol @fanstandatx @tx_athletes