For three seasons, Austin Jupe was a star on the football field for East Central High School. On the field for the Hornets, Jupe earned All-State Honorable Mention, First Team All-Area, and First- Team All-District honors. His skills caught the attention of schools all across the country; after redshirting one season at Baylor, Jupe returned home to attend school and play football at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
The late, great Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra’s malapropisms have become part of our everyday lexicon. One great Yogi-ism refers to his never-say-die attitude: “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
The East Central Hornets epitomized this April 17, at home against district rival Canyon. With the game knotted up for virtually the entire contest, the home team scored a dramatic walkoff victory, beating the Cougars 3-2.
Founded in 1888, the team that would become the San Antonio Missions was a charter member of the Texas League, one of the largest Double-A leagues in the minors. In their history the club has seen Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Joe Morgan, Mike Piazza, Pedro Martinez, and Dennis Eckersley take the field in San Antonio.
Currently a feeder club for the San Diego Padres, the Missions have been a force since day one of their existence.
The beloved citywide celebration is back and bigger than ever, in honor of the Alamo City's 300th birthday.
A float on the San Antonio River during the Texas Cavaliers River Parade (Courtesy Fiesta San Antonio Commission)
Each year, during the month of April, a magnificent transformation overtakes the city of San Antonio. The city—the entire city—becomes swept up in a fever of live music, energetic dancing, delicious food and billions of pieces of brightly colored confetti.
Football has always been a game that has fostered the idea of second chances. The game is built on a foundation of hard work, dedication, teamwork, and sacrifice. It is these traits that led to some of the great comebacks in the game’s history.
Comebacks and second chances have proven to be some of the greatest stories in the history of football. This consideration was one of the tenets behind the founding of The Spring League in 2016.
Throughout his career, Head Coach Robb Glasscock’s teams have had one similar trait on offense — they bring the power. The Lady Hornets have carried on that philosophy this season and are hitting home runs at an amazing clip. This power was on full display as East Central slugged its way past district rival New Braunfels by a final score of 16-4 on April 6 at Hornets Stadium.
The University of Houston has fielded a college baseball program since 1947 – in the years since the Cougars first took the field, the squad has made the NCAA Tournament an astounding 16 times, has made the College World Series twice, and in 1967 were the runners up. They have sent dozens of players to the big leagues, with the most prominent arguably being former Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek.
There are many lessons that football players have been able to learn from the game over the years. Hard work, self-sacrifice, the value of teamwork all have been passed down from coaches to players, teammates to teammates for generations. One lesson has proven to have been especially valuable to former Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Jerry Tagger: perseverance.
All season long, Head Softball Coach Robb Glasscock has stressed one key point to his young Lady Hornet team — patience will win games.
His players have listened and the practice of patience paid off in a big way March 27 as his team took on district rival Clemens in Schertz. After a back-and-forth struggle, East Central prevailed by a final score of 12-9 to lift their season record to 18-8 overall.
The East Central Hornet baseball team brought out the heavy lumber during a March 20 home game against district rival Judson, and grabbed an important 10-0 win to bring their record to 15-6-2 on the season.
It was also a win that gave Head Coach J.K. Moody a glimpse at what his young, fast, and hungry Hornets could be for the rest of the season.
As the sun went down and temperatures started to cool at Hornets Stadium on March 23, emotions started to heat up on the pitch between East Central and Wagner.
Ultimately, the Hornets clawed their way back from an early deficit to earn a 2-2 draw. This brought their record to 6-12-4 overall on the season, taking fifth place in District 27-6A.
District 26-6A girls soccer, as expected, has proven to be a gauntlet for every team. It’s safe to say that there is no such thing as an easy win, no matter which two teams square off.
This was exactly the case when the East Central Lady Hornets took on Steele March 16 at Hornet Stadium, falling to the Lady Knights, 1-0.
One goal, scored midway through the first half by the visitors, was the difference in the game, despite stellar Lady Hornet defense and multiple scoring opportunities.
Suffice it to say, the East Central Hornets are on a roll. Since dropping their season opener, Head Coach J.K. Moody’s squad has reeled off seven straight wins. This includes their dominant 12-2 win over San Marcos at Hornet Stadium Feb. 27.
“Our guys were really unselfish … especially our hitters,” Moody said. “We got a lot of our bunts down and moved guys around. Guys playing unselfishly is a lot of what we are trying to do here with this team.”
Founded in 2001 and originally known as the Columbus Riverdragons (based out of Columbus, GA), the franchise moved to Austin as part of the NBA’s D-League (now the NBA G-League) in 2005 and became the Austin Toros. The San Antonio Spurs purchased the franchise in 2007 to serve as their developmental team.
Houston Baptist University opened as a private non-secular university in 1960; their athletics program started the same year, and from then until 1990 the Huskies were members of the NCAA, and their basketball team made the Big Dance in 1984. After 1990 the school moved to the NAIA and were a perennial powerhouse; HBU made the NAIA Tournament 10 years in a row from 1998-2007.