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In this Ring, Aspiring Wrestlers Grapple with Opponents Within

“Learning The Ropes” pulls back the curtain on an upstart professional wrestling school in Austin, Texas. For the students and trainers here, the performance lifestyle of wrestling has become a way out of – and for some a way into – very real personal struggles. Produced, shot and edited by Eric Goodman and Trenton Daeschner, […]

Shooting Their Shot: Wheelchair Basketball Team Finds Home and Builds Family on Court

A short documentary produced by Luke Hendry and Katerina Biancardi, “Limitless” follows a group of wheelchair basketball players from Central Texas to the 2017 national tournament in Kentucky. The film goes on a journey from their home life to life on the court and the obstacles they don’t let stand in their way.     […]

Copa de la Diversión Seeks to Lure More Latinos to Minor League Ball

Teams in Texas and across the country are temporarily wearing uniforms with Hispanic symbols as part of an effort to broaden their fan base.

G-League Rookie Grinds on Distant Courts, Waits for NBA to Call

Life in the NBA can mean five-star hotels and playing on TV. For San Antonio spurs rookie Derrick White, that’s only part of it.

Dec 08, 2017

In Season of Transition, Two High School Quarterbacks Accept the End

The starting quarterback for Cedar Park High School broke his leg late in his senior season. That left the team’s playoff run to the next man up.

Nov 30, 2017

From Sprocket to Chain, Yellow Bike Project Fosters Cycle of Independence

Twenty years ago, friends with an interest in bicycles opened a modest shop for anyone who shared their passion. Now they have a community.

Nov 16, 2017

In Season of Goals, Freshman Berg Kicks Texas Soccer into Prominence

Haley Berg made up her mind four years ago to play soccer at Texas. Her arrival helped the Longhorns to a turnaround season, and hopes for a conference dynasty.

Nov 13, 2017

Prayer or Possibility? Abbott Wants Texas-Texas A&M Football Rematch

Gov. Greg Abbott wants to revive to annual football showdown between Texas and Texas A&M. Fans would love it, but making it happen isn’t easy.

Nov 01, 2017

The Celebrity Effect: How an NFL Star Raised Millions in a Hurricane

Sports celebrities can mobilize fans in meaningful ways, as J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans did during Hurricane Harvey.

Oct 30, 2017

Through Patience and Perseverance, Texas Guards Start Last Season with Highest Hopes

Seniors Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty helped to change Texas women’s basketball, one season at a time.

Oct 17, 2017

Shooting for Another Chance, Hoop Dreamers Keep Hopes Aloft in Round Rock

Most of the hopefuls at the Austin Spurs G League tryout came for another chance at playing professional basketball. A few actually had one.

Oct 12, 2017

After Whirlwind Summer, UT Golfer Finds LPGA Tour Future in Range

Winning the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship put Sophia Schubert in three women’s major championships in 2018.

Jul 30, 2017

The Dog Days of Summer Raise the Woof at Dell Diamond

Spike, the Round Rock mascot, has been a team mainstay since Day One. Just don’t ask the baseball team to reveal whose inside the custom.

May 23, 2017

Pitched on Softball, Texas Freshman Leaves Baseball Career Behind

Jade Gortarez played baseball as a kid in California. When it was time for college, the University of Texas made her a softball star.

May 09, 2017

Friendly Fire: Fathers and Sons Find Kinship and Opportunity in Paintball

Fathers Todd Sloan and Tom Shaffer, with their sons Dominic Sloan and Chris Shaffer, are behind most paintball competitions in Central Texas.

May 09, 2017

Inclusive Spirit Squad Gives Girl With Down Syndrome Something to Cheer About

Madison Thompson found her place with the Cheer Athletics Superkatz in Plano. The 13-year-old just won a spot on her middle-school cheerleading squad.

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