Tiger Lacrosse win playoff, advance to regionals

Coach Bill Cafferata, Seniors Josh Hays, Connor Jamail, Sean O’Connor, Gabe Reno, Mark Tressler, and Diedrich Welling. PHOTO BY TROY WALKER   

The inside outside dual scoring threat of seniors Connor Jamail and Gabe Reno continued Tuesday night as the pair scored eight of the twelve goals in the 12-10 victory against Anderson High School.  FOGO Alex Schlab won 19 of 24 face-offs at X to put the ball into the hands of the Tigers’ offense.  Also scoring for the Tigers was Nic Austin with two goals, Cristian Reno with a goal and an assist, and defender Jakob Joy.  Ryan Watterson, Ryan Thomas, and Sean O’Connor each contributed with assists. Jakob Joy lead the defensive charge with three positive turnovers and a defensive stick check.  The Tigers ended regular season play with a 13W-5L record. This is the first play-off appearance by the Tigers since moving to D1 status. 



Hall of Honor Coaches Announced


The 2018 Hall of Honor Inductees have been unanimously approved at the March meeting of the THSCA Board of Directors. The inductees will be honored at the THSCA Hall of Honor Banquet sponsored by Balfour, in San Antonio on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 7:00 pm. The banquet is held in conjunction with the annual THSCA Coaching School and Convention, which will take place July 22-24, 2018 in San Antonio. Tickets to the luncheon are $50 each and can be purchased by downloading the ticket form from the THSCA website ( and sending in with payment. Hall of Honor Inductees are:


Wrestlers qualify for UIL STATE

Ryland Kinnard finished his Tiger year with the second most career wins, 170. PHOTO BY KIRA DYER


Dripping Springs Tigers had four qualifiers in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Wrestling Tournament in Cy Fair, Texas, at the Berry Center. The four qualifiers and their weight classes are: Chase Warden (138), Nick Hammond (145), Ryland Kinard (170) Clayton Jetton (182).

As a team, the Tigers placed 14th out of 90 competing teams. The top teams were Dumas 115.5 points, Prosper 108 and Frisco Liberty 80.5. Dripping had 36.5. Numerous teams had scores of zero points.

Warden in the 138-weight class “rattled off three very convincing wins (a pin, a technical fall, and a 7-0 decision) to get into the finals versus the kid who won state at 132 last season… Chase got caught in a bad position and got pinned. He’s a sophomore and has two years left, so he’ll be back,” Tiger Coach Joe Kirksey said. Warden finished at 2nd place for that class.


UIL Realignment Upon Us


There does not appear to be much mystery left in the new football realignment for Dripping Springs Not much of it is good either. For sure it will be solved by the time you have read this. UIL usually announces the realignments around February 1. As I guessified a few months ago on this situation, the answer is pretty well clear now. Affecting the possibilities of 5A Division I was Austin LBJ, who was the only Austin school from their district to have DI numbers. Instead of letting LBJ fend for themselves in a district near them, Austin ISD opted to put all their DII teams in athletic jeopardy by making them participate in DI so that LBJ could play them in district. Although it is legal, seems selfish to do this so you have less scheduling problems instead of giving your school athletes a more level playing field.


Football All-District Selections


There is an old saying “To the victor goes the spoils” and this usually goes with the selection of all-district squads. Many times it does not go this way because of politics or team is strong as a unit and not due to athletic ability. However, there was no doubt the Dripping Springs Tigers were the best team and had the best athletes and their dominance in the selections was expected or would have been an injustice. As a result, the Tigers placed 22 individuals on the two teams. However, my pet peeve remains as 109 players were selected, which, to me, waters down the honor. I like a true team and let the chips fall where they may.


Tiger Football winning season coms to an end

Tigers #42 Beau Collins, #17 Miles Farris, #3 Curt Raymond, and #21 Josh Embry take to the field for the coin toss. PHOTOS COURTESY OF RONNIE ADAIR PHOTOGRAPHY


All the hopes and dreams of a far-reaching season was taken away from the Dripping Springs Tigers as the Richmond Foster Falcons swooped down and took advantage of six turn- overs for twenty-one points and a 28-21 victory. Even though it looked possible by the end of the game, there would be no miracle finish at the Area level as there was last year. The Tigers got the better of the stats but stats mean absolutely nothing, only the points on the board do. If you play long enough, you will have games like this one but the timing of this one was certainly not good for the Tigers goals.


Adult softball games are close


National League: Games continue to be close and the standings. The final games on the two fields had comeback wins in the result.

League standings: Fighting Pharmers 2-0, Slapnut Magoos 2-1, Misfits 2-1, Chronic Offenders 2-1, DS Electric Shockers 1-1, UnWanted 1-1, Sunset Canyon Baptist 1-2, DS First Baptist 1-2, Hill Country Bible Church 0-3.


Good Athletic Year


Volleyball: Lady Tigers won the outright championship and made another run before falling in the quarterfinals.


It was a very productive year for Dripping Springs sports. Many cheered the new district alignment and most certainly there are elements of it that provided the opportunity to have more success. However, in my opinion, I believe we have the quality in our athletic programs that we would have probably fared just as well in the old district. As has been noted before, reaching the top spot in the new district was not going to be any easier than the old one. The advantage in the new one was that one did not have to have a battle on their hands each week to get the needed wins to reach the playoff level of competition. Basically you got to start in the middle and work your way up. Probably the most important aspect was the level playing field of equal enrollment numbers. Of the 20 sports, Dripping Springs had five champions during the 2016-17 year. No reason to believe they will not improve on that in 2017-18. Below is a summary of the year.


Dripping falls to Willis in state semifinals



Seniors Kiele Miller, Hayley Odell, Lexi Poehl and Sydney Campbell pose with Dripping Springs’ semi-finalist plaque at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Ausitn. CENTURY NEWS PHOTO BY ISHMAEL JOHNSON


AUSTIN — Dripping Springs’ postseason run came to an end Friday in its UIL 5A State Semifinal matchup against Willis.

LadyKats senior pitcher Casey Dixon kept the Tigers off balanced throughout the game. Meanwhile, Dripping Springs (35-9, 13-1 26-5A) allowed Willis (41-7, 13-3 20-5A) to score three runs in the opening inning en route to a 5-0 loss inside Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin. 

“It’s always disappointing when you lose, especially on this stage,” Tigers head coach Wade Womack said. “But if we’re going to lose, I guess you’d rather lose here in the state tournament.”

Dripping Springs can’t put its finger on what caused its rough start to Friday’s contest. Maybe it was nerves, or maybe it was nearly sold-out crowd of 1,079 split half in Dripping Springs maroon and half in Willis purple. Whatever the case, the LadyKats took advantage of back-to-back four pitch walks from Tiger ace pitcher Kiele Miller to begin the game.


Tiger Baseball hopes dashed


Pitcher Reese Johnson throws the heat. PHOTO BY ISHMAEL JOHNSON


Chris Payne went around and hugged his players Saturday evening.

Payne and his Dripping Springs Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs after a 2-0 loss to Corpus Christi Ray at Jourdanton Sports Complex. Despite the disappointing result, it was important for Payne to express to his team his gratitude for their performance this season.

 “They’re all like my own kids,” Payne said. “There’s a family atmosphere. There’s great chemistry between a lot of them. You know, a lot of these kids spend a lot of time with me. A lot of them are straight baseball kids and I have an opportunity to spend more time (with). I just love them and respect each and every one of them.”

 Senior shortstop/pitcher Reese Johnson said it came as no surprise that Payne made sure to hug each of Johnson's teammates after their season came to an end.


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