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Westwood quarterback Jack Swensen rolls out against Round Rock on Friday night. The Dragons won 52-7. CREDIT: Henry Huey/For American-Statesman

Hutchings’ four TDs lead Cedar Park past East View

Thomas Hutchings rushed for four touchdowns, including three in the fourth-quarter as Cedar Park came from behind to defeat East View 48-31 Friday night in District 25-5A.With the Timberwolves trailing 31-28 entering the final quarter, Hutchings capped a four-play, 52-yard drive by scoring from 10 yards out with 6:44 to ...

Pflugerville coach Jeff Coward talks to his team during the match between Pflugerville and Round Rock at Round Rock on October 21, 2014. Henry Huey for Round Rock Leader.

KnockOut hoping to change volleyball

Over the next few weeks, thousands of high school volleyball players will compete in the playoffs. Some already are. Others begin Nov. 3.Chances are pretty high that by the end of next week every high school volleyball team still playing will have a starting lineup consisting of all offseason club ...

Connally’s season ends

Manor’s Jonathan Gaston started the Mustangs’ aerial attack against Connally. Teammate Jamall Collins finished it. Together the play of the two quarterbacks was too much for the opposition to handle.Gaston finished with 102 yards on 8-of-9 attempts and Collins threw for 157 yards on 7-of-13 attempts and a touchdown as ...

Hendrickson senior linebacker Niko Delacruz #33 punches the ball out for a fumble turnover Friday night against Cedar Ridge. Photo by Ben Conlan, 512Action.com for the Pflugerville Pflag.

Cedar Ridge falls in shootout

There were no tricks from Hendrickson this Halloween in the thier victory over Cedar Ridge.The offense was simple. Run the ball.It’s exactly what the Hawks did in their 40-33 win over the Raiders, rushing 49 times for 282 yards and five touchdowns.Maloy had four of the five rushing touchdowns for ...

Stony Point’s Damian Lindley(10) looks for a receiver down field as he is pressured by Rouse’s Drew Dickson(90), right, and Brandon Wells(11) during their high school football game at Bible Memorial Stadium Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Here comes Rouse

To celebrate Halloween, Rouse dressed up like a playoff contender.The Raiders were a disappointing 4-4 heading into Friday night’s game against Stony Point, but with quarterback Billy Ray McCrary accounting for four touchdowns, Rouse crushed the Tigers 27-14 in a key District 13-6A matchup at Bible Stadium.The Raiders (5-4, 4-2) ...

Josh Webber scores Round Rock’s second touchdown during the game between Westwood and Round Rock at Dragon Stadium on October 31, 2014

Round Rock snaps streak to Westwood

Before Round Rock could clinch an outright district championship and cap a perfect homecoming week, there was first the matter of overcoming Westwood, a team the Dragons had not beaten in six years. And the Warriors lived up to their end of the rival game bargain through the first quarter, ...

Today’s horoscopes: Sunday, Nov. 2

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You feel like you shouldn’t have to fight for what’s meant to be yours, but right now what’s meant to be yours won’t be without a fight. Determination will win out.TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The exchange is pretty simple today. You put love out, and you ...

Literary Calendar: 11/02/14

William Gibson. 5 p.m. Sunday. Speaks and signs “The Peripheral.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.Heather Greene. 7 p.m. Sunday. Speaks and signs “Whisk(e)y Distilled.” BookPeople.Chris Hadfield. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Speaks and signs “You Are Here.” BookPeople.Bill Wittliff and Jack Unruh. 6 p.m. Thursday. Speak and sign “The Devil’s ...

“How We Got to Now,” by Steven Johnson

Kirkus Reviews

The Austin American-Statesman has teamed up with Kirkus Reviews to bring you select reviews from one of the most trusted and authoritative voices in book discovery. For more from Kirkus, visit www.kirkusreviews.com.The JugheadsJ.R. HeltonSeven Stories, $17.95It would seem like this stark, southwestern-set family history by J.R. Helton is meant to ...

“The Innovators,” by Walter Isaacson

‘Innovators’ tells thrilling history of thinking machines

Reach into your pocket and pull out your smartphone. Or, reach across the coffee table and grab your tablet. Maybe open the laptop that’s sitting on your desk. Look carefully at the device you’ve chosen.These are all computers, and they’ve become more than just a fixture of the modern age. ...

Author Colm Tóibín speaks during The New Yorker Festival, Oct. 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images The New Yorker)

Quiet triumphs and despairs make ‘Nora Webster’ miraculous

Colm Tóibín’s most recent book, “The Testament of Mary,” was about a grieving woman. But she was the mother of Jesus Christ, so the stakes seemed somewhat higher. In his new novel, “Nora Webster,” the Irish master has posed an entirely different challenge for himself: Rather than imagining the anger ...

“City of Stairs,” by Robert Jackson Bennett

Illusions tend to lead ‘City of Stairs’ in wrong direction

Something’s gone wrong when the magician saws the rabbit in half.Hand waves, silk hats, wands, lovely assistants, smoke machines, mirrors; good magic tricks live and die on distractions. Nobody pays attention to the pulley system behind the magician while fireworks shoot off from the stage. Fantasy novels like “City of ...

Author William Gibson. Credit: Michael O’Shea.

Gibson goes back to the future (sorry) in ‘The Peripheral’

For the past decade or so, William Gibson has actively avoided the future. Not anymore.In “The Peripheral,” which hit shelves Oct. 28, the man who coined the term “cyberspace” back in the Reagan administration hits fast-forward and goes all-in.Gibson’s three previous novels, the post-9/11 trilogy “Pattern Recognition” (2003), “Spook Country” ...

Best-sellers

NATIONALBEST-SELLERSTHE NEW YORK TIMESFICTION1. ‘Leaving Time,’ Jodi Picoult2. ‘Deadline,’ John Sandford3. ‘Edge of Eternity,’ Ken Follett4. ‘Burn,’ James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge5. ‘Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good,’ Jan Karon6. ‘Lila,’ Marilynne Robinson7. ‘All the Light We Cannot See,’ Anthony Doerr8. ‘Personal,’ Lee Child9. ‘Some Luck,’ Jane Smiley10.’The Narrow Road to ...

Today’s birthdays: Sunday, Nov. 2

Singer Jay Black (Jay and the Americans) is 76. Political commentator Patrick Buchanan is 76. Actress Stefanie Powers is 72. Author Shere Hite is 72. Rock musician Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 70. Country-rock singer-songwriter J.D. Souther is 69. Actress Kate Linder is 67. Rock musician Carter Beauford ...

Utah’s most southern resort, Brian Head Resort, has a noticeable lack of crowds.

Snowy adventures await in southern Utah

Skiing at Brian Head Resort is like discovering a well-kept secret.As I make my way over to the ski lift at Utah’s southernmost resort, I look for the end of the line but don’t find one. It’s another one of Utah’s signature blue-bird mornings, so I happily take a seat ...

Skiing at Aspen Ski Resort in Colorado.

When in Aspen, ski, shop, dine and hunt for shrines on the mountain

Stevie Ray Vaughan is hidden somewhere here on Ajax Mountain, and we’re on a mission to find him.Finally, following directions scrawled onto a scrap of paper, we steer our skis toward a little hollow in a grove of trees. We dip into the hushed alcove and find a single laminated ...

Turning real estate bubble into a boom

The mid-morning drive-time trip from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes about two hours. The surprising thing: It’s developed and industrial all the way. No quiet drive in the desert. Even so, when Mount San Jacinto is just behind you, there is a kind of magic. At some moment, the ...

Up the Ladder

DevelopmentEmbree Asset Group Inc. has named Tommy Waters director of development services.Law firmsPirkey Barber has named Jered Matthysse a member of the firm.MedicalVermillion Inc. has named Velerie Palmieri chief operating officer.SoftwarePostUp has named Keith Sibson vice president and named Patrick Vogt to its board.TechnologyAdvanced Micro Devices has named Forrest Norrod ...

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

COTA IMPACTCircuit of the Americas claims huge economic impact on Austin: Circuit of the Americas is having a huge economic impact on Austin, circuit officials said last week, pointing to an analysis they commissioned that contends the track has pumped billions into the region’s economy in the past four years.The ...

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