Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ sports year was (a) outstanding (b) awful (c) somewhere in between

Now that the caps and gowns time have been put up, and the Longhorns have put up their cleats, sneakers, gloves, rowing oars and whatever else needs to be put up, it’s time to do our annual objective audit of the Texas athletic program. There’s a lot of highlights from … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: LSU’s Richardson shows flair and a speed that’s rare

Sha’Carri Richardson had one busy Saturday. Busier than most. And faster than most as well. That’s to be expected from a young woman who was the No. 1 sprinter recruit in the nation in 2018 and is flirting with becoming one of the best female sprinters to ever come out … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Kittley, Texas Tech tracks down first men’s NCAA title

He got hooked on the sport as a third-grader. Hooked for good. Wes Kittley was a wide-eyed 8-year-old when he expressed interest in the County Days athletic contests held in Paint Creek not far from his hometown of tiny Rule north of Abilene. Competitors ranged from sixth to eighth grade, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ shorter Piperi sizes up his shot put title, Olympic hopes

Tripp Piperi isn’t your normal, every-day shot put thrower. He’s much shorter at 6-foot than most in his field, much, much shorter than 6-8 former Longhorn and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser. He’s got a football-caliber vertical leap of 37 inches but hasn’t played football since his sophomore year at … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas Tech’s world-class sprinters look simply ‘Divine’ at NCAA outdoors

Wes Kittley found the best pair of sprinters he’s ever coached at pretty much the opposite ends of the earth. The veteran Texas Tech coach located A.J. Hudson at high school powerhouse Cibolo Steele outside San Antonio. He spotted Divine Oduduru at a junior meet in Eugene, Ore. Everyone else … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Elish pitches and pitches and pitches Texas to victory

And then Miranda Elish rested. But not before her arm almost fell off. Thankfully, it didn’t. That would qualify as outrageous hyperbole, but not any more so than the inconceivable notion that a softball pitcher might throw every single pitch of four games over a two-day span at McCombs Field. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: From triumphs to tragedies, Texas’ Harrison Scott has overcome a lot on, off court

When Harrison Scott arrived on campus three years ago as a wide-eyed freshman from Canada, then-Texas assistant tennis coach Bruce Berque could hardly get a word out of him. “He would barely speak,” Berque recalled. “He was really, really quiet. He started not only speaking up, but I kid him … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

It’s Hammer’s time: Texas’ talented freshman golfer is the Longhorns’ next big thing

Cole Hammer has always felt at home at the UT Golf Club. Even before it was home. This Texas freshman felt so comfortable at the school’s private golf club in west Austin that he committed to becoming a future Longhorn at age 14 even before he won first place in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: There’s always next year, and 2020 looks brighter for Texas baseball

In all likelihood, Texas’ baseball season ends next Saturday. There is a slim possibility of the post-season — maybe a 10-percent chance, the head coach says — but it will likely come crashing to an embarrassing conclusion with the home finale against Oklahoma. Pending a colossal miracle that probably includes … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: If Jordan Spieth truly needs a golfing reboot, Augusta National is his place

AUGUSTA, Ga. — With one more day before the start of the 83rd Masters, everybody wants to know. What’s wrong with Jordan Spieth? What isn’t? Let’s see. His driver. His putting. His irons. His long game. His short game. His mental game. Nothing. Everything. But nothing that Augusta National can’t … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Confounding Texas baseball team searching for consistency

With the baseball season well past its halfway mark, the Texas Longhorns renew conference play by traveling to Waco to face the Baylor Bears. And face themselves as well. That’s because this Texas baseball team has frequently met the enemy and it has closely resembled the same one it sees … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas baseball is winning ugly, yet putting together a pretty good run

Those hardy souls who braved the finale of the Texas-Arkansas baseball mini-series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field have to be hoping for one conclusive piece of data. Please don’t let Wednesday night’s marathon be a preview of the type of College World Series game this June. But what the near-four hour … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas Tech ‘green’ with envy after losing weekend series to Texas

Needless to say, this isn’t the blueprint David Pierce had in mind when he came to the ballpark for the series finale on the Big 12’s opening weekend. The Texas coach emptied his bullpen and used seven pitchers on Sunday. Those throwers walked nine Texas Tech batters. Pierce’s batters got … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: ‘I still can’t believe my eyes’ — Johnny ‘Lam’ Jones glides effortlessly into history books

To this very day almost half a century later, I still can’t believe my eyes. Without question, it’s at the top of the best sports memories ever witnessed in person. There was Ben Crenshaw bent over in delirious exhaustion and exhilaration on the 18th green at Augusta after he sealed … Read More

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Former Texas star, Olympian Johnny ‘Lam’ Jones passes away after cancer battle

Johnny “Lam” Jones, one of the most celebrated athletes in University of Texas history as both a football and a track star, died Friday morning after a decades-long fight with myeloma cancer. He was 60. He was known more for his track exploits as an Olympic gold medalist on the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Another close loss leaves Smart, Longhorns feeling hollow

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At best, it’d be nice to report that Texas has a 50-50 chance to get in the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, that’s not possible for the Longhorns because their season record is, well, 50-50. Come to think of it, so are Shaka Smart’s career numbers since he … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Who knows the fates of Texas, Smart, Hayes? Mr. Bubble, that’s who.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At long last, the Mr. Bubble column returns. Whether you like it or not. Sorry if it makes you cringe, we’re duty-bound to scribble out the annual essay that addresses all the major issues of the day pertaining to that round hoop. So plunge ahead at … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Up-and-down Kerwin Roach II is the poster child of this Texas basketball program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In so many respects, he’s emblematic of the Texas basketball program. Fraught with potential. Highly coveted once. Well-respected for his past. Good guy. Great expectations. Very likable. Inconsistent. Great table manners. We’re talking Kerwin Roach II, but we just as easily could be referring to Shaka … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas rides balanced offense, Austin Todd’s heroics to cream LSU

The remnants of shaving cream on Austin Todd’s face and neck said it all. Todd, who’s arguably Texas’ best hitter, wore the very visible vestiges of a crown with pride after driving in the decisive run of a three-run, ninth-inning rally Sunday afternoon for a 7-6 comeback win to bury … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Jase Febres models his father’s jump shot

Jase Febres learned it all from his dad. The proper technique of shooting a basketball, that is. Squaring up the shoulders. Letting go at the top of his jump. Snapping the wrist. Keeping the elbow tucked in. Following through. Orlando Febres passed it down to his son. And why wouldn’t … Read More