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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas vs. Texas A&M in baseball? Hey, this could be the start of something good …

Cliff Gustafson regretted the words almost as soon as they left his mouth. It was way back in 1989 when Texas A&M fielded perhaps the best college baseball team to never make it to Omaha. The overpowering Aggies, brimming with talent like Chuck Knoblauch and John Byington, had just crushed … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Remember Long Beach! Texas elders are holding on to 2017 disappointment as motivation

Nolan Kingham felt helpless. He’d done all he could and more in Game 1 of the NCAA baseball regional at Long Beach State last May, but after throwing masterfully for almost eight innings and pacing Texas to a clutch victory over UCLA en route to a 2-0 start that weekend, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: OK, class, take out your No. 2’s — it’s time to take your 2017-18 Texas 101 final

Summer beckons, but before we can get to the sandy beaches and salty margaritas, we obviously have to finish our final exams first. And we will not be grading on the curve here. So have at it with your No. 2 pencil. 1. Name the Longhorns athlete who had the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Chris Del Conte wraps up this year’s ‘This is Texas’ tour with laughs, straight talk to Earl’s hometown

TYLER — The “This is Texas Tour” is finished, but the rebuild is ongoing. Athletic director Chris Del Conte played to a full room Wednesday night at the Holiday Inn in Earl Campbell’s hometown, closing out the 10-city tour with promises of better facilities, more wins and plenty of enthusiasm … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Pierce’s Longhorns make some history, grab title

If memory serves, they used to light the UT Tower for conference championships around here. It’s been a minute. Lots of ’em actually. While Texas has been saving on light bulbs for much of this decade, the school will gladly spring for some extra voltage because it has an actual, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Will Texas baseball host an NCAA regional? (It’d be a lot cooler if they did …)

The Texas Longhorns can win a Big 12 regular season baseball title this weekend, but need a little bit of assistance to make it happen. Even if it doesn’t happen, Texas can make its postseason outlook much rosier if it earns one of 16 regional home sites that will be … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas-bound Keaontay Ingram to make run at starting spot

If Keaontay Ingram had his druthers, he might have slipped right out of his Carthage track uniform after his final event at the UIL state track meet Saturday, crossed Robert Dedman Drive and walked into Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center. After all, Royal-Memorial Stadium is just a javelin throw away from Mike … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas ex Michael Griffin starts next chapter after retirement

A quick stroll through Gigi’s Cupcakes in Bee Cave last week revealed several sweet options. Red Velvet. Midnight Magic. Strawberry Shortcake. And a personal favorite, Wedding Cake. It’s 1:45 on a hot Tuesday afternoon, and the co-owner is running a little late for our interview. He had to run an … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: So, did you hear the one about the Augie Garrido tribute bash?

Augie Garrido’s memorial service last month at the Erwin Center was very touching. But it wasn’t him. His former players openly wept while sharing their best memories of the coaching legend. Some, like Huston Street, got choked up while recalling their memories of their coach. It was a wonderful tribute … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Old pals Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker team up to edge Rockets closer to an NBA championship

HOUSTON — James Harden listened until he couldn’t take it any more. Point guard Chris Paul had just scored a playoff career-high 41 points along with 10 assists and seven rebounds and not a single solitary assist Tuesday night — the first NBA player to ever do so in recorded … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Schubert, Arkansas’ Fassi, Michigan State’s Burnham set the pace at NCAA golf regional

The best women’s college golfers in the country converged on the University of Texas Golf Club Monday morning. And that was just the 8:40 a.m. threesome. Oh, there were plenty of other talented golfers competing on the first day of the Austin Regional — among them Texas A&M senior Maddie … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Dynamic Sophia Schubert leads the Texas women into NCAA regional golf

Admittedly, Sophia Schubert was lost. Totally and inexplicably lost. The golf prodigy out of Oak Ridge, Tenn., had just withdrawn from the 2016 North & South Amateur at legendary Pinehurst after the then-Longhorns sophomore posted terrible scores of 79 and 87 in the first two rounds. After years of success, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: At stake in Lubbock for Texas? A possible Big 12 baseball title and national seed, that’s all

There is no proof that Aristotle ever played baseball, but David Pierce may be channeling his inner Greek philosopher these days because the whole of his Texas team is without question greater than the sum of its parts. Aristotle didn’t necessarily have the Longhorns in mind when he uttered his … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: What impact will Garrett Wilson’s post-commitment words have on Texas recruiting?

Garrett Wilson respectfully gave Texas fans a view of how a national power from a decade past is viewed by a future star. Lake Travis’ five-star wideout committed to Ohio State on Sunday night, potentially giving the Buckeyes and coach Urban Meyer their most explosive receiving option … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Collin Johnson reveal themselves as big-time Texas threats

Lil’ Jordan Humphrey was everywhere Saturday night. The junior-to-be wide receiver was outside catching passes. He was inside catching passes. He was catching balls over the middle and in the seams. And when he wasn’t doing that, he was running the ball out of the Texas backfield like the two-time … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Spring game shows that the quarterback position is still a process at Texas

Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele were OK on Saturday night. Both made some throws. Missed some others. To hope for one of them to become the next Vince Young or Colt McCoy? Not realistic. Doesn’t mean that one can’t become the leader that this Texas offense sorely needs. Neither lit … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Jordan Spieth flirts with second green jacket and history

History will have to wait. So will Jordan Spieth. The 2015 Masters champion flirted with the best round in tournament history and a second green jacket but didn’t win. But his day might well be remembered more than the one of the man who did. Playing … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Doug Ghim nets eagles and prizes while impressing on first day of Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Doug Ghim was putting the finishing touches on his preparation when another somewhat better-known Texas Longhorn approached him on the putting green. Jordan Spieth, who knows a thing or two about success at Augusta National, gave Texas’ senior golfer a bit of a pep talk to ease … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: With Jordan Spieth’s touch, confidence restored, is this year’s slow start behind him?

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jordan Spieth went to a place this week where very few professional athletes allow themselves to go, especially in a public setting, when the young superstar looked deep into his psyche and had a confession. He’d been in a panic. Really? The same guy who won the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Doug Ghim is a man with game and a Masters plan

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The room will be more than a little cramped, but he’s fine with it for one night. Somehow the good folks at Augusta National crammed five single beds into the very small upstairs room of the clubhouse known as the Crow’s Nest. He reserved a spot early enough … Read More