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AREA SPORTS NOTEBOOK: Former Mustang Sticklen earns All-American status

By Dennis Silva II, Sports Editor
Posted 3/24/21

Former Taylor swimming standout and University of Texas freshman Emma Sticklen finished seventh in the 200-yard butterfly at the 2021 NCAA Championships on March 20 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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AREA SPORTS NOTEBOOK: Former Mustang Sticklen earns All-American status

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Former Taylor swimming standout and University of Texas freshman Emma Sticklen finished seventh in the 200-yard butterfly at the 2021 NCAA Championships on March 20 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Sticklen posted a time of 1:54.09 to help the Longhorns to a third-place team finish and earn All-American status. It was Texas’ first top-three finish at the NCAA Championships since 2001. Sticklen swims the butterfly, sprint freestyle and backstroke. She won the UIL 6A state championships in the 100 butterfly and backstroke as a Mustang in 2019 and holds the UIL state record in the 100 butterfly (51.88). …

Katy ISD moved into Phase 2 Athletic Event Spectator Capacities, effective Monday, March 22. There will be 100 percent capacity allowed for outdoor sports (soccer, track, baseball, softball, golf, tennis) and 75 percent capacity permitted for indoor sports (wrestling). …  

Former Taylor standout Cullen Gillaspia signed with the New York Giants on March 16. Gillaspia, a 2019 seventh-round draft pick of the Houston Texans, appeared in 23 games for the Texans over the last two seasons with nine total tackles as primarily a special teams player. He is fondly remembered for his key block as a fullback pulling out wide on a Deshaun Watson touchdown run late in the Texans’ 2019 Wild Card playoff win over the Buffalo Bills. He was released by the Texans on March 9 with a failed physical designation after missing time last season with a back injury. Gillaspia was a former baseball and football standout for the Mustangs. …

Former Katy High standout Andy Dalton signed with the Chicago Bears on March 16. Dalton, the longtime Cincinnati Bengal, spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys, completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 2,170 yards and 14 touchdowns to eight interceptions in 11 games. …

Former Cinco Ranch star and Texas Tech senior outfielder Karli Hamilton recorded her 200th career hit for the Red Raiders in Texas Tech’s 8-0 win over Texas-El Paso on March 19. Hamilton is in fifth place in career hits at Texas Tech. …

Two Katy ISD baseball teams are ranked in the top 10 in Class 6A in the state by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association. Tompkins is ranked No. 2 and Katy is ranked No. 3. Entering the playoffs later this week, Seven Lakes is ranked No. 10 in the Class 6A girls soccer rankings by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Tompkins is ranked No. 25.

 (The weekly sports notebook highlights notes and news that occurred in the Katy area within the last week. To submit a news item, email dennis.silva@katytimes.com or message on Twitter @densilva02).

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