Area Sports Suspended to Abate COVID-19
12 Mar 2020
Professional and collegiate sports ground to a halt as the nation attempts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is a summary of what is affected locally:
American Hockey League (Texas Stars) – remainder of season cancelled.
Circuit of the Americas – MotoGP postponed, IndyCar Classic cancelled.
Seniors Say Goodbye with Victory
08 Mar 2020
It was Senior Day as the Texas Longhorns said goodbye to five players as they defeated the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 63-to-52. Playing their last game at the Frank Erwin Center were Lashaan Higgs, Joyner Holmes, Sug Sutton, Sophie Taylor and Jada Underwood.
Texas also celebrated the retirement of the No.…
Spurs Outlast the Blue
08 Mar 2020
The Austin Spurs (24-17) avoided a near-total second half collapse to defeat the Oklahoma City Blue (20-21) by a score of 117-to-114.
The Spurs played their best period of best basketball in the entire season leading up to halftime. They moved the ball with a pace and deliberateness of a…
Bold Top United in Season Opener
07 Mar 2020
The Austin Bold (1-0-0) continued the steady progress it made in its inaugural season with a 1-0 victory over the New Mexico United (0-1-0).
The 2020 Bold squad saw the return of majority of the core members from 2019. Key among the returning players is goalkeeper Diego Restrepo. Restrepo tendered…
Spur Come from Behind, Top Suns
06 Mar 2020
The Austin Spurs (23-17) overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficient to defeat the Northern Arizona Suns (8-33) in overtime by a score of 117-to-114.
Both teams played a highly competitive first half with the lead either tied or changed 18 times in 24 minutes. The Spurs maintained a slight edge…
Stars’ Hopes Raised Then Dashed Against Admirals
05 Mar 2020
The Texas Stars (24-28-3-4) took on the Milwaukee Admirals (39-13-5-3), the best team in the AHL, and play competitive for most of the game but lost in overtime by a score of 3-2.
Yes, you would be correct to say that the Stars gave up 3 answered goals after leading…
Legends Top a Depleted Spurs
03 Mar 2020
The beauty of the NBA G-League is you regularly see first and second year NBA players on the court, preferring playing time in the G-League versus bench-time in the big league. The downside is sometimes those players get called up.
Missing from the Austin Spurs (22-17) roster in their game…
Stars Implode, Fall to Marlies
02 Mar 2020
The Texas Stars (24-27-2-4) squandered a 2-1 lead with seven minutes remaining the game to give the Toronto Marlies (28-24-3-2) a 3-to-2 victory. Two careless penalties by the Stars, that produce two power play goals, cost Texas the game.
“We put ourselves in a position to get 2 points (a…
Stars Fall Badly to IceHogs
28 Feb 2020
The Texas Stars (23-26-2-4) played pathetically for first two periods of their game against the Rockford IceHogs (28-28-1-2). Most teams would have thrown in the towel and conceded the game. But the Stars reached deep, played hard in the final 20 minutes, and nearly came back. Ultimately the Stars fell…
Stars Fail in OT Shoot-Out, Again
26 Feb 2020
The Texas Stars played the Rockford IceHogs with an intensity that is often reserved for a playoff game. In some regards, this was a playoff game. Or at least a race to make the playoffs.
If the result of Wednesday’s game is any indication, it might be a while before…
KSU Surprises Texas
22 Feb 2020
The Kansas State University Wildcats (13-12) dominated the final minutes of their games against the University of Texas Longhorns (16-10) to win by a score of 60-to-54. The Wildcats trailed by two points entering into the final frame and out-scored the Longhorn 15-7 to secure the win.
The teams play…
Tennessee Remains Perfect with Win in RR Classic Day Two
22 Feb 2020
The University of Tennessee Volunteers withstood a middle-inning rally to defeat the University of Houston Cougars by a score of 8-to-4 in the second game of the Round Rock Classic. The win extended the Vols perfect season with a 6-and-0 record.
Tennessee took a 3-0 lead on an RBIs by…
Houston Tops Stanford in RR Classic Inaugural
21 Feb 2020
The Round Rock Classic brought together four of the nation’s top NCAA Division 1 baseball teams to compete in a three round robin format. This featured Stanford, Houston, Tennessee and Texas Tech. Event organizers marketed the series as a prequel to the College World Series held annually in Omaha, Nebraska.…
Stars Upset Wild in Thriller
21 Feb 2020
The second place Iowa Wild (33-16-3-3) were upset by the sixth place Texas Stars (23-24-2-3) in a frenzied contest. The final score was 4-to-3. The Stars, one of the worst teams in the league in power play conversions, score on both man-advantage opportunities and on an Iowa power play.
Spurs Come from Behind to Top Lakers
20 Feb 2020
The Austin Spurs (21-14) overcame a 16-point deficient and withstood a serious come-back attempt to defeat the South Bay Lakers (14-22) by a score of 128-to-124.
Statistically, the game should have been a tilted to Austin’s advantage. Austin was third in the conference while South Bay was sitting at eleventh.…
Texas Defense Smothers West Virginia
17 Feb 2020
The University of Texas Longhorns women’s (16-9) basketball team soundly defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers (15-9), winning by a score of 50-to-44. Texas led from the opening tip-off and their defense dominated West Virginia for most of the game.
The Longhorn defense squeezed the Mountaineers on field goals (20-60, 33%)…
Weariness Shows as Stars Fall to Rampage
14 Feb 2020
The Texas Stars (23-24-2-3) looked very tired as they took on the San Antonio Rampage (18-20-7-5) after just completing a disappointing two-week road trip. The Stars dropped 4 of 6 games while wearing their visitor’s jerseys.
And the losing didn’t stop on home ice as the Rampage defeated the Stars…
Spurs Defeat a Depleted Skyforce
14 Feb 2020
The Austin Spurs (21-14) rebounded from an embarrassing loss on Sunday to defeat the Sioux Falls Skyforce (17-20) by a score of 116-to-106. Sioux Falls was working with a bench of only two players.
Both teams played a very competitive first period, exchanging the lead seven times with neither team…
Iowa State Embarrasses Texas at Home
12 Feb 2020
Iowa State Cyclones (15-8) averted a season series sweep by soundly defeating the Texas Longhorns (15-8) by a score of 69-to-51 before a nationally televised audience.
The Cyclones build a 12-point lead in the second quarter by holding the Longhorns scoreless for six minutes. Iowa State led 30-to-21 going into…
Spurs Comeback Falls Short
09 Feb 2020
I can always tell when the Austin Spurs will lose. A member of the Cedar Park Police Department was witness to this game’s prediction.
Excessive slam-dunks and trick plays in the warm-ups seems to reveal the team isn’t taking the opponent seriously. And it showed as the Austin Spurs (19-14)…
Major League Rugby Returns but by a Different Name
09 Feb 2020
Since the end of last season the Austin Elite underwent two name changes and a change of ownership. Some things have changed, but much appears to have stayed the same.
The 2019 Austin Elite went 0-16 on the season. The 2020 Austin Gilgronis extended that winless record in their season-opening…
Spurs’ Bench Delivers over Clippers
04 Feb 2020
The Austin Spurs (18-13) overcame a weak-kneed first quarter to defeat the Agua Caliente Clippers (16-16) by a score of 114 to 103.
The Clipper jumped to a 14-point lead with three minutes remaining in the open frame when Spurs head coach Blake Ahearn sent all his starters to the…
Wolves Squeeze by Stars
24 Jan 2020
The visiting Chicago Wolves (21-18-3-2) won a tight, hard-fought game against the Texas Stars by a score of 2-1. Defenses were tight on both sides of the ice. Texas managed only 20 shots-on-goal in the game and Chicago produced just 23.
Gavin Bayreuther gave the Stars the early lead with…
OKC Blue Surprises Austin Spurs
21 Jan 2020
The game between the third place Austin Spurs and the tenth place Oklahoma City (OKC) Blue should have been a ho-hummer.
Austin was five games above 0.500 while OKC was five games below 0.500. Austin had their full complement of San Antonio assignees and two-way players, while OKC was without…
Stars Best Penguins in Shootout Thriller
17 Jan 2020
Shootout goals by Jason Robertson and Nick Caamano, and masterful goaltending by Jake Oettinger gave the Texas Stars (19-17-2-2) a 4-3 overtime victory against the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins (18-17-3-4). The win extends Texas’ streak to six games and have a perfect 6-0-0-0 record in 2020.
Texas Stars wept this…
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