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May 19, 2021

Esports Gaming Seeks Validation from University

Esports, or competitive gaming, has been growing on college campuses nationwide including here at the University of Texas at Austin. On their official website, Longhorn Gaming defines themselves as “the central hub for casual and competitive gaming at the University of Texas at Austin.” Longhorn Gaming has 23 teams competing in leagues for games across multiple genres […]

Apr 20, 2021

Teed Up and Let Down as St. Edward’s Eliminates Men’s Golf Program

On April 15, 2020, Carson Vickers received a message at 7:30 a.m. from Chris Hill, the head coach of St. Edward’s University men’s golf. “They cut the golf team,” it read. For a couple of hours, Hill’s five-word message was the only source of information for Vickers and his 14 teammates. That was until 11:45 […]

Apr 09, 2021

COVID-19 Hamstrings UT Men’s Basketball for a Year; Then Came Turnovers

The University of Texas mens’ basketball program has had quite the year. Their 2019-2020 season was cut short by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. A year later, after battling through the pandemic, their 2020-2021 season was ended by something much more in their control: turnovers. In March 2020, going into the Big 12 Conference tournament, they […]

Apr 07, 2021

Cricket’s Popularity Reflects Central Texas’ Changing Demographic

Cricket, a team sport using a bat and hard ball, is thriving in Central Texas. Immigration from countries where cricket is popular, such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa, has fueled the rise of the sport. 

Apr 01, 2021

“La Copita” Ushers in New Rivalry Between Austin and San Antonio

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas soccer fans are gearing up for the inaugural matchup between Austin FC and San Antonio FC. The game will take place April 1 as part of “La Copita,” a preseason tournament consisting of several Division 1 and 2 professional soccer clubs from all over Texas. San Antonio FC, formerly the San […]

Jul 27, 2020

Transgender Man Finds Community on Austin Woman’s Football Team

Battling issues of gender identity, depression and an estranged father, Kaelyn Daxton found his second family in a women’s contact football team.

Jul 27, 2020

Cedar Park’s Jeremiah Chambers Overcame Long Odds to Achieve Football Stardom at Abilene Christian

 

Jun 01, 2019

Competitive Esports Burgeoning Among Small Texas Colleges

Fielding an esports team can help colleges recruit top students in STEM fields.

May 30, 2019

Austin’s Professional Soccer Team May Spur Increase in Youth Soccer Participation

Soccer aficionados say that the addition of a professional soccer team in Austin, coupled with the 2019 Women’s World Cup this summer and a gradual shift away from American football, may spur more young people in Central Texas to take up soccer.

May 21, 2019

Austin Women Find Camaraderie on the Gridiron

The Outlaws is an all-women’s full-contact football team that has played in Austin for nearly 20 years.

May 20, 2019

Texas Tennis Fights Through Scandal to Win First National Title

After losing their coach in the wake of a college admissions scandal, UT-Austin’s men’s tennis team won its first national championship.

May 14, 2019

Rodeo Bullfighters Find Fulfillment and Friendship on a Long, Hard Road

In a fast-moving and dangerous sport, the bullfighters develop a bond on and off the dirt.

Apr 04, 2019

From 10 Acres to 40, Mike White Is Ready to Transform Texas Softball

White is now one of the best-paid coaches in the country, and he’s committed to showing the money is well spent.

Apr 02, 2019

The Physics of Puck Luck

On March 13, Joel Hanley, a defenseman for the Texas Stars hockey team in Cedar Park, scored an almost unbelievable goal.

Jan 29, 2019

Grass Whisperers Keep UT-Austin Fields Green and Growing

Their names aren’t in the box scores. But the turf specializes who take care of athletic fields at UT-Austin are MVPs in their own way.

Jan 08, 2019

With Stock Car Racing on the Decline in Texas, One Woman Seeks to Save a Dying Track

After a lifetime in stock car racing, Mary Ann Naumann is trying to revive the sport at a dirt track in Paige.

Dec 07, 2018

Relationship Between Athletic Director and Football Coach Vital to UT’s Success

An athletic director inheriting a football coach at one of the country’s preeminent programs can be tough for both the coach and athletic director, but UT’s Chris Del Conte and Tom Herman are making it work.

Nov 13, 2018

Recreational League Hockey Heats Up in Austin

In a Sun Belt city whose sports culture is dominated by college football and basketball, more people are playing hockey than ever before.

Oct 02, 2018

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, […]

Sep 14, 2018

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.     […]