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Archery Gaining Popularity in Central Texas

People’s desire to provide their own meat and to get outside during the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the influence of movies featuring archery and celebrities promoting the sport, fueled an increase in archery participation.

Longhorn Volleyball Fans Fuel Team’s Success

Volleyball games in the 4,000-seat Gregory Gymnasium, a 90-year-old building in the heart of the UT campus, are regularly packed — not a common occurrence for many college volleyball teams around the country.

Youth Athletes Happy to Get Back in the Game

Central Texans are happy for the return of youth sports, which they see as important for kid’s physical and mental health.

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 […]

Oct 29, 2021

Divergent Paths of Soccer in Austin

The 2015 Memorial Day floods caused dramatic damage throughout Austin and perhaps the most lasting image of the event was House Park overrun by water from Shoal Creek. The high waters were so bad that rescue boats were deployed on Lamar Boulevard to save stranded citizens. That event was also the catalyst behind why Austin […]

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 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.

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