Lifestyle

Thu
24
Oct

BCHS principal reads letter to school trustees

   EDITOR’S NOTE: BCHS principal Estela Reyes read a letter to the Bay City school board Monday night seeking support for Blackcat football players enduring a difficult season this year.
   This is her letter:
   Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to speak tonight.  When I started working at BCHS last year, our scores were not where they needed to be.  I presented the data to the staff and achievement and executed the plans.  
   This was a total team effort! All staff came together- CET teachers, Fine Arts teachers and guess what.... even the coaches!  Without a school-wide approach of all of us working towards one goal, this would not have been a success.
   As you might know, our scores improved dramatically from last year and we are still working hard to improve them even more.

Thu
24
Oct

"Sealy, Bay City: 2 young teams dealing with injuries" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior running back RJ Mitchell (22) leaps over a pileup en route to a big gain against Brazosport last Friday.

   Bay City will again test its resolve to shed past mistakes as it faces the Sealy Tigers there this Friday in a District 13-4A-1 contest. 
   Bay City is 0-7 going into this matchup against Sealy (1-2, 4-2). 
   The Blackcats lost to Brazosport 35-20 last Friday, while the Tigers were shut out by El Campo 28-0. 
   “Things haven’t gone our way and we are continuing to work on those things we’re not very good at,” said Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews. 
   “Sealy is very good football team. Most people don’t realize they’re in a rebuilding phase as well and the (Sealy) coach is trying to put together a good football team,” Matthews said. 
   Sealy started the season strong, but had some upsets. 
   While Bay City and Fulshear are exceptions, the rest of District 13-4A-1teams have been ranked at some time in the state 4A division, Matthews said. 
   “We trying to be in position to make plays. 

Thu
24
Oct

Kids & Karankawas: A day of learning about tribe most-identified with Matagorda County

Sentinel photo by Mike Reddell
Abby Herreth explained the Karankawa lifestyle to visitors who received a small bag of pecans, one of the foods gathered by the Karankawas.

 

Thu
24
Oct

"Reel Reviews: ‘Addams Family’ shows that it’s OK to be weird and not fit in as long as you’re not a liar" by: Jessica shepard

   I grew up watching the original Addams Family black and white re-runs on TV and got another glimpse at the iconic family in the early 90s with full-color movies.
   So, I went into the animated version with high hopes and maybe some low expectations.
   After all, not everyone has seen either of the movies or the old show, so, this film was geared more towards re-introducing the Addams to a younger audience.
   Plus, it’s the spookiest month of the year, and of course I’m going to go see “The Addams Family” in theaters.
   The Addams Family is ranked second in box offices worldwide with over $30 million in revenue during its debut weekend.
   The film is rated PG for macabre and suggestive humor, and some action, but has a few jokes that only older children, teens and adults will get.
   It’s a 3D computer-animated comedy horror film based on the comics of the same name by Charles Addams.

Thu
24
Oct

Paint disposal at Household Hazardous Waste

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
A crew with Clean Harbors Environmental Services disposes of paint during Saturday’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds last Saturday, Oct. 19. Clean Harbors has contract with the county for the paint disposal.

Thu
24
Oct

"Shorthorns run over Van Vleck" By: John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

Lanora Luna/God’s Creations Photography
Van Vleck senior wide receiver Jalen Williams (6) looks downfield as he picks up good yardage against Schulenburg last Friday.

   The Schulenburg Shorthorns used a ball control offense, and an opportunistic defense to outscore the high-potent Van Vleck offense in a 49-34 win last Friday night.
    With the loss, Van Vleck has to win out the rest of the way in order to have a chance to reach the playoffs.
   Things went Van Vleck’s way early in the game, with the Leopard offense attacking quickly. 
   After Van Vleck forced a Schulenburg punt on their first possession of the night, the Leopard offense needed only one play to get onto the scoreboard. 
   Van Vleck runningback Sam Bree took the first Leopard handoff of the night from the Van Vleck 47-yard line and raced untouched for a quick touchdown. 
   Slade Huerta booted the extra point through, and the Leopards were up 7-0 with 9:02 left in the first quarter.
   The Leopard defense forced another Shorthorn punt on the next series, but a Van Vleck miscue got Schulenburg going. 
 

Thu
24
Oct

BCHS band advance

Contributed photo
The Bay City High School Blackcat Band earned a Superior/First Division rating at the Region 13 UIL Marching Competition in Ganado Oct. 19. Each of the three judges rated the band with a superior rating, which meant that the band received a first division rating and brought home a trophy. The musicians and their directors have been working since August toward this achievement. BCISD Director of Bands is Mark Longoria, and assistants are Adrian Carrizales, Jake Harmon and Austin Zimmerman.

Thu
24
Oct

Van Vleck band advance

Contributed photo
The Mighty Leopard Band received a superior rating at UIL Marching Band Contest Oct. 19, and advanced to UIL area marching band competition for the first time in many years. Congratulations to the Mighty Leopard Band and their directors, and best of luck as they continue working towards area marching finals and advance to state.

Thu
17
Oct

"Tidehaven board talks about combating vaping" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees heard about the widespread vaping problem on the junior high and high school campus and discussed the safety of the intersection of Texas 35 and FM 1095 during their regular meeting, Oct. 14.
   “I’ve had a really big push for disciplining tardies and vaping has been an issue,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patrick Talbert, who also serves as junior high/high school principal.
   “It’s been hard for us to keep up with the vaping. But for now, the first time a student gets caught it’s a phone call to their parents and three days in-school suspension, the second time it’s five days and third time you’re going to DAEP. 
   “And if you’re a high school kid giving it to a junior high student, I’m taking you straight to DAEP right away,” Talbert said.

Thu
17
Oct

"Cedar Lane resident warns about Brazoria County rail proposal" by: Mike Reddell

   A Cedar Lane man is warning Matagorda County residents and officials to become involved in the proposed routing of a massive rail project from the Port of Freeport to the Rosenberg rail hub.
   The Brazoria County-Fort Bend Rail District narrowed a list of possible routes for the rail line from 15 to two final routes – one of which would go through Matagorda and Wharton counties, Louis Peter told the Matagorda County Rural Rail Transportation District board Monday afternoon, Oct. 14.
   “The Brazoria County Rail District is trying to sneak this railroad into Matagorda and Wharton County without our involvement, said Peter, a Matagorda County native who was plant manager at STP for six years.
   “Their citizen advisory panel and board didn’t want it run in their county,” Peter said.
   “They are proposing to build a heavy cargo and hazardous material railroad line from Port of Freeport to the Rosenberg rail hub.”

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