The Athletics Department Foundation announced today its grant winners for the 2014-15 school year.

Grace Media, LLC will travel to the six grant winners and present a $1,000 check to each between April 1 and April 6, 2015. The 2014-15 winners are Tascosa High School in Amarillo; A&M Consolidated High School in College Station; Hudson High School in Lufkin; Woodville High SchoolMumford High School; and Groom School.

The Athletics Department Foundation is a pilot program set up by Grace Media, LLC to give back to the schools that make  TheAthleticsDepartment.com web site possible. TheAthleticsDepartment.com is a sports information web site keeping track of the current University Interscholastic League, Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools and Southwest Preparatory Conference athletics playoffs as well as archiving the results and honors to create an online athletics history of Texas high schools.

Schools registered for the grant by adding a link to TheAthleticsDepartment.com on their web pages by December 31, 2014. Winners were chosen at random from six enrollment groups (>2100 students; 1060-2099; 465-1059; 220-464; 105-219; <105).

Grace Media, LLC will present the checks on the following dates: 

April 1, 10:30 a.m. | Tascosa High School, 3921 Westlawn, Amarillo, TX 79102
April 1, 12 p.m. | Groom School304 W 3rd ST, Groom, TX 79039
April 2, 8:30 a.m. | Hudson High School6735 Ted Trout DR, Lufkin, TX 75904
April 2, 11 a.m. | Woodville High School505 N Charlton ST, Woodville, TX 75979
April 6, 9:30 a.m. | A&M Consolidated High School1801 Harvey Mitchell PKWY S,  College Station, TX 77840
April 6, 11 a.m. | Mumford High School9755 FM Rd 50, Mumford, TX 77807


For more information on TheAthleticsDepartment.com or next year’s grant drawing visit:

http://www.theathleticsdepartment.com/

http://www.theathleticsdepartment.com/foundation/

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheAthleticsDepartment

Twitter http://twitter.com/AthleticsDept

 

For more information, contact Paige Blount

paige.blount@theathleticsdepartment.com | 512.452.8800

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TheAthleticsDepartment.com, published by Grace Media, LLC, announced the addition of Swimming & Diving playoff history to the web site. The web site is introducing individual sports throughout the 2014-15 school year.

Swimming & Diving is the second individual sport added to the web site. Visit the swimming & diving section of TheAthleticsDepartment.com and keep up-to-date with the University Interscholastic League (UIL), Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and Southwest Preparatory (SPC) postseason as well as past three years of postseason history.

TheAthleticsDepartment.com not only provides a central site to find all the postseason schedules and results, it parses the data into reports that helps the media cover the postseason as well as serve as a resource for fans.

“With 12 events, boys and girls results, finals and consolation finals a swim meet is a lot of data to consume,” said Sarah Hornaday, Publisher of TheAthleticsDepartment.com. “We believe our site and its different reports breaks down the information so it’s easier for reporters to not miss an angle. And it’s great for schools and fans that are only interested in a specific school or athlete.”

The features of the tournament history section include state champions list (both team and individual); qualifiers lists; multiple-year champions and qualifiers as well as a team and individual search function.

 

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TheAthleticsDepartment.com, published by Grace Media, LLC, announces the addition of honors certificates for the all-district, all-region and all-state team it names.

Individuals can print the certificates from each TheAthleticsDepartment.com honor team page. There is an icon beside each name to produce a certificate. Certificates contain the athlete’s name and school as well as the name of the honor team.

TheAthleticsDepartment.com began naming its own honor teams in the 2013-14 school year. The sports honored are cross country, tennis and golf.

Here are sample links:

CONTACT: John Bumgardner – 512.452.8800
john.bumgardner@GraceMediaWeb.com

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TheAthleticsDepartment.com, published by Grace Media, LLC, announced the addition of Texas high school state tournament appearances to its growing list of historical playoffs information.

A “history” tab has been added to each sports playoffs section listing state tournament champions and state tournament appearances. The tabs can be found under volleyball, team tennis, basketball, baseball, softball and soccer.  State tournament champions can be seen in school order or chronologically. On the state tournament appearances list, state champions are noted with a golden trophy icon.

Here are sample links:

The pages are a new addition to TheAthleticsDepartment.com,  but the information has been available on the premium section as well as the history sections of the web site. Now the state tournament information is available as a list in addition to the other features.

TheAthleticsDepartment.com is a one-of-its kind Texas high school athletics history website, archiving Texas high school state tournament playoffs history.

CONTACT: John Bumgardner – 512.452.8800
john.bumgardner@GraceMediaWeb.com

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Grace Media, LLC introduced the addition of a playoffs widget to the companies’ growing portfolio of content-delivery services.

The playoff widget displays the playoffs schedule and results in the order of the playoff bracket making it easy for fans to see “who’s next” on the playoff trail. The widget, which covers the University Interscholastic League (UIL), Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) postseason, is updated with results and the next round’s pairings without any interaction by the client.

With one line of code, the playoffs information can be embedded seamlessly on a website giving the client one less screen to update. Customization of the widget includes displaying multiple sports in the same widget, defining the brackets displayed and changing the size.

Examples of the widget can be found at:

  • http://theathleticsdepartment.com/four/widgets/demo/57/
  • http://theathleticsdepartment.com/four/widgets/demo/40/

Early adopters of the playoffs widget are  The El Paso TimesVype.com, and TexasHSFootball.com. Grace Media, LLC also introduced a widget to display football standings and schedules in the fall.

Grace Media is the publisher of TheAthleticsDepartment.com, a one-of-its kind Texas high school athletics history website archiving Texas high school post season results and honor teams (All-District, All-State, etc.).  Grace Media, LLC, was founded by former sports newspaper reporter/editor Sarah Hornaday.  Recently partnered with the Texas High School Coaches Association, Grace Media hosts the first regional football poll voted on by Texas high school coaches.

For more information about widgets and pricing contact:

John Bumgardner – 512.452.8800

john.bumgardner@GraceMediaWeb.com

 

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TheAthleticsDepartment.com, published by Grace Media, LLC, announced today the web site is adding individual Texas high school championships to its playoff history. The web site will introduce individual sports throughout the 2014-15 school year beginning with the cross country postseason.

Visit the cross country section of TheAthleticsDepartment.com and keep up-to-date with the University Interscholastic League (UIL), Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and Southwest Preparatory (SPC) playoffs as well as past three years of postseason history.

TheAthleticsDepartment.com makes it easy to find historical postseason data for Texas high school sports as well as honor teams. Those looking for specific data related to an athlete can search the website using our filters. For instance, if you want to find out if an individual is a two-time or three-time qualifier, filter the results for a fast and easy search.

“This is the first time The Athletics Department has introduced results for an individual sport,” said Sarah Hornaday, Publisher of TheAthleticsDepartment.com. “I’m excited about the addition of individual sports. This is when we can really get geeky and quickly let people find things like multiple state champions in addition to full past results.”

“This should be a great tool for media as well as interesting for fans,” Hornaday continued.

The Cross Country section displays District, Regional and State meet results, a people results search, team results search, Lists of All-Time State champions, Multi-Year State Champions.

CONTACT:  John Bumgardner – 512.452.8800
john.bumgardner@GraceMediaWeb.com

 

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Now hosted on Vype  Houston, News West 9 Game Time and TexasHSFootball.com is the football standings widget powered by TheAthleticsDepartment.com.

The widget embeds standings and schedules for the current week, and results from the previous week. All data auto-populates from TheAthleticsDepartment.com database as final results come in.  Website editors are given weekly content that generates high levels of return users and advertising opportunities.

The widget is localized to display only the districts covered by the media outlet and formatted in size, font and color to fit the aesthetic of the site.

Such partnerships with members of the sports media are the core of TheAthleticsDepartment.com’s mission to provide tools for Texas High School athletics coverage. Contact Christian@gracemediaweb.com to discuss adding a widget to your page today.

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Grace Media, LLC is donating a portion of its advertisement revenue to schools through the newly formed The Athletics Department Foundation.

The pilot program during the 2014-15 school year will begin with a $6,000 donation. The Foundation will give six $1,000 grants to high schools with a link to any TheAthleticsDepartment.com page on their school or ISD website. The Foundation will be funded in the future with advertising revenues from TheAthleticsDepartment.com. Sponsors will be spotlighted as contributors to The Athletics Department Foundation grants distributed directly to high schools.

UIL, TAPPS and SPC schools can enter by linking these TheAthleticsDepartment.com pages to their webpage:

  • Football schedule, results, standings
  • Honor teams (all-district, all-state, all-region)
  • Playoffs schedule results
  • Playoff history for team sports

Additionally, schools can embed a football standings widgets on their page for entry in the Foundation.

For information regarding partnership and sponsorship for The Athletics Department Foundation contact christian@gracemediaweb.com. For more information regarding the 2014-15 grants see our web page at TheAthleticsDepartment.com/foundation.

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TheAthleticsDepartment.com will begin publishing weekly Texas High School Coaches Association regional football polls beginning Monday, August 11, 2014.

There will be 32 polls each week covering the UIL Class 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A regions. The polls will be voted on by a panel of  football coach.  The panel consists of one coach per district. Each coach votes on his own region and will submit a Top 10 with a first-place vote worth 10 points, second place 9, and so on down to one point for 10th.

“We are excited about partnering with theAthleticsDepartment.com for the first ever THSCA Football Coaches Poll generated by coaches.  We encourage our coaches to participate and help make this endeavor a success,” said D.W. Rutledge, THSCA Executive Director.

The poll results will be released to the media via email and posted on theAthleticsDepartment.com every Monday at 3 P.M. CST.

There will be a total of 12 polls for every region: one preseason poll, released on August 11; 10 regular-season polls, released every Monday beginning September 1; and one final poll released on November 10.

  • 32 UIL football regions
  • 32 polls
  • 160 coaches voting
  • 12 polls to be released in 2014

For more information, please visit: www.TheAthleticsDepartment.com/football/poll/coaches/

 

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TheAthleticsDepartment.com adds a team schedule report to its premium section for 11-man and six-man football schedules.

There are several format options to best suit your publishing needs (Time, Home/Away, Facilities legend, Last year’s results, with or without scrimmages).

The addition is a continuation of TheAthleticsDepartment.com focus on housing media-friendly reports to help with the coverage of Texas High School athletics. Sign up for a premium account today.

The other reports available are:

  • Honor Teams
  • Playoff pairings
  • Football daily Schedules/Scores
  • Football standings

Here’s the Brenham 2014 varsity football schedule

 

Date Opponent H/A Results Last Year
Aug. 29 Houston Lamar1 A 7 p.m. Did not play
Sep. 5 Liberty Hill2 H 7:30 p.m. Did not play
Sep. 12 Houston Westside2 H 7:30 p.m. Did not play
Sep. 26* Tomball Memorial3 A 7 p.m. Did not play
Oct. 3* Magnolia West2 H 7 p.m. W, 27-7
Oct. 10* Houston Stratford4 A 7 p.m. Did not play
Oct. 17* Magnolia2 H 7 p.m. W, 55-20
Oct. 24* Tomball A 7 p.m. Did not play
Oct. 31* Waller5 A 7 p.m. W, 27-0
Nov. 7* Houston Spring Woods2 H 7 p.m. Did not play

* District Game

(s) Scrimmage

Stadiums1Houston Delmar-Dyer Sports Complex Delmar Stadium;
2Brenham Cub Stadium;
3Tomball Tomball ISD Stadium;
4Houston Tully;
5Waller Waller ISD Stadium.

 

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