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FEBRUARY 26, 2017







2220 Barton Skyway

Austin, Texas 78704



Athletes head to college, professional play

B y J O N A T H A N A D A M S

Across a century, the

Georgetown school district

has produced thousands of

athletes, many of whomhave

continued to play at the col-

legiate level and at least five

recently have competed pro-


Of those five, three were

drafted to play Major League

Baseball — Taylor Jung-

mann, Corey Knebel and

Andrew McKirahan — while

Mason Crosby and Matt

Dominguez went on to play

in the National Football

League. Mr. Dominguez later

played in the Canadian Foot-

ball League.

“Georgetown ISD takes

great pride in the tremen-

dous success several of our

athletes have had in the

collegiate and professional

ranks,” said GISD Athletic

Director Todd York.

“We commend our coach-

es who played a part in their

development and our com-

munity for the support they

have given our players and

programs. These athletes

are paving the way for future

athletes to follow in their


Stars on the

baseball diamond

Mr. McKirahan graduat-

ed from Georgetown High

School in 2008 and played col-

lege baseball at the Universi-

ty of Texas at Austin. He was

later drafted by the Chicago

Cubs in the 21st round of the

2011 Major League Baseball


After suffering an injury

in 2012 and sitting out for a

year, he was selected by the

Miami Marlins during the

2014 MLB draft. He later

joined the Atlanta Braves in

2015, before sustaining an-

other injury in 2016. He holds

a 1-0 record.

Mr. Jungmann, a 2008 GHS

graduate, originally attended

Rogers High School, where

his team won the Texas 2A

State Championship in 2007.

He transferred schools the

following year.

Mr. Jungmann also played

baseball at UT. In 2009, he

pitched a complete game

against Louisiana State in

the best-of-three final round

of the 2009 College World Se-

ries, but LSU eventually won

the championship. He closed

his Longhorns career with a

32-9 record.

He was picked up by the

Milwaukee Brewers in the

first round of the 2011 MLB

draft, but did not official-

ly begin his major league

career until 2015 when he

became the first Brewers

pitcher in franchise history

to throw a complete game at

Dodger Stadium in Los An-


Mr. Knebel, who graduated

from GHS in 2011, also plays

for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Like his fellow Eagles, Mr.

Knebel also played baseball

at UT. There, he became the

Longhorns’ closer as a fresh-


Mr. Knebel was picked up

by the Detroit Tigers in 2013,

before transferring to the

Texas Rangers the following

year. He was traded to the

Brewers in 2015.

Winning the Super Bowl

Mr. Dominguez graduated

from GHS in 1997 and played

college football at Sam Hous-

ton State University, where

he became the college’s all-

time leading receiver, with

211 catches and 27 touch-

downs. He was named to the

university’s Hall of Honor in


Mr. Dominguez played for

the Denver Broncos in 2001,

then moved to Regina, Sas-

katchewan, in Canada to

play for the Roughriders in

2003. He became a top Cana-

dian Football League receiv-

er, closing his career with

250 receptions and 19 touch-


Mr. Crosby, a 2003 GHS

graduate, attended the Uni-

versity of Colorado, where

he played for the Buffaloes

football team from 2003 to

2006. Mr. Crosby holds 31

school records at his alma


In 2007, Mr. Crosby was

chosen by the Green Bay

Packers, a team he still plays

for. In all, he has completed

262 of 326 field goal attempts,

his longest one being 58


Mr. Crosby and his team

were Super Bowl champions

in 2011.

Georgetown also boasts

famous coaches. In 1986-

1987, Art Briles unsuccess-

fully coached the Eagles

football team, winning only

four games. He went on to

turn Baylor University into

a powerhouse football pro-

gram, winning multiple bowl

games before a sexual assault

scandal in the program led to

his departure from Baylor.

Champs and runners-up

In high school, Georgetown

has seen success.

The Eagles boys basketball

team reached the state title

game in 1991 while the girls

squad won state in 1978, but

lost in 1991 and 2002.

Matt Harvey was the state

golf champion in 2005.

The boys football teamcame

upshort in the state champion-

ship game in 2012.

The East View soccer team

came in second in the state in


And the Georgetown base-

ball team just came up short

in the state title game in 2015.

Before he was kicking game-winning field goals for the Green Bay

Packers, Mason Crosby was playing defense for the Georgetown

Eagles football team in the early 2000s.

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Taylor Jungmann pitches for the Georgetown Eagles in 2008.

He went on to play for the University of Texas at Austin and the

Milwaukee Brewers.

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