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Westlake football dominates in history-making state championship win

Westlake took home their third state title making history in the 6A division. (Texas HS Football/Twitter)

Going into their third state championship in a row, Westlake High's undefeated football team was looking to nab their third straight title and send off head coach Todd Dodge with his seventh state championship as he headed into retirement.

The Chaparrals managed that, and then some, with a record-smashing 40-21 win over Denton Guyer as they took home the 6A Division II football title on Saturday—becoming the first school in this division to get three state titles in a row.

It was a game that saw the longest field goal in a championship game as Westlake's Charlie Barnett kicked in a 53-yarder to give the Chaps the lead in the third quarter. But broken records didn't stop there—Jaden Greathouse, who hauled in both a 69- and 71-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cade Klubnik for three total touchdowns, made the most receiving yards in a championship game with 236 yards.

And just as former Westlake great and current NFL quarterback Sam Ehlinger did just a few years back, Klubnik broke the school record for career passing yards with 7,551 total and 83 touchdowns in his high school career.

Dodge, who previously won four state titles with Southlake-Carroll in the 2000s, can now retire comfortably as he goes down in Texas coaching legend with seven titles under his belt.

The game was Westlake's fourth state championship title and 11th appearance in the title game as the school continues to build on its reputation as a football powerhouse. And after four seasons of hard work, team members like Klubnik and Greathouse will move from high school football royalty to the big leagues as they sign to Division I college programs. Klubnik signed to Clemson on last Wednesday's National Signing Day, while teammates Conner Robertson and Ethan Burke inked with hometown team Texas on the same day.

In a big high school football weekend, two other local schools, LBJ High and Liberty Hill High, made it to the state championship but fell short of a win in their respective divisions.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway