Sports

Thu
04
Feb

Bay City Texans take opener

Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell
Texan quarterback Doug Ford scrambles away from the Lone Star’s defense as he looks for an open receiver during the team’s 26-20 overtime win at Memorial Stadium.

 The new Bay City Texans, moving to Matagorda County this year after three seasons in Victoria, picked up win number one Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
   And it came in dramatic fashion.  
   With their game against the Houston-based Texas Lone Stars tied at 20 at the end of regulation, the Texans won the overtime toss and elected to receive. 

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Thu
28
Jan

Tiger Dome now open!

Bay City Sentinel/Don Cudd
The Tidehaven High School band looks on from its new digs during basketball games in the school's brand new dome arena, which opened Jan. 22. Tidehaven's boys and girls basketball teams both lost their opening night games in the new building, but Tigerrette Chelcy Broussard made history by scoring Tidehaven's first-ever basket in the dome. FEMA paid for most of the dome's construction, and the building will double as a storm shelter for first responders.

Thu
28
Jan

Van Vleck football moving to D1

Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City junior Prinard Payne goes high off the paint for a shot as senior Thurman Williams readies himself for an offensive rebound. The move came during a 79-48 loss to El Campo at home Friday. Bay City fell to 0-3 in district after the game, as did Tidehaven’s boys team after a 57-33 loss to Halletsville. Tidehaven’s girls also dropped to 0-5 with a loss to state ranked Hallettsville in the first-ever varsity game played in the school’s new dome arena. (See page 1.) Meanwhile, three other area teams continued to rack up district wins last week. Van Vleck’s boys squad improved to 4-1 with a 36-25 win over Danbury Jan. 19. The Lady Leopards also beat Danbury and improved to 6-1. And, Bay City’s girls, despite falling to undefeated Wharton on Tuesday, rebounded against El Campo 71-50 on Friday.

As area high school athletic programs await Friday’s announcement of Texas’s latest district re-alignments, preliminary indications are that football teams at Bay City and Tidehaven will stay in their current divisions while Van Vleck will be moving up a notch beginning next school year. 
   Exact district alignments for all sports at all schools are set to be released by the UIL Friday morning. But schools have already been tentatively assigned to classes and divisions based on the enrollment numbers they reported late last year. Those assignments are subject to change as coaches and administrators still may argue their cases through most of this week. UIL officials may also take miscellaneous considerations such as travel time into account in making final district assignments. 

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Thu
28
Jan

Area swimmers make regionals

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Bay City relay swimmers Colby Johnson, Stephen Estraca, Jayden Dye and Nickelas DeLaGarza show off the silver medals they won in the 400 yard freestyle race in Victoria Jan. 22.

  Swimmers from Bay City and Van Vleck High Schools advanced to the the UIL Region 7 -5A meet set for Feb. 5-6 in Rosenberg. 
   The athletes earned their spots based on their top six finishes at the District 27-5A meet Jan. 21-22 in Victoria. 
   For Bay City, the boys relay team of Colby Johnson, Stephen Estraca, Nickelas DeLaGarza and Jayden Dye will advanced to region in three events. At district, they finished second in the 400 yard freestyle,  third in the 200 yard medley, and fourth in the 200 yard freestyle.

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Thu
28
Jan

Aquacats win big at state meet

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Bay City Aquacat swimmers Iralynn Gibbens, Nicole Ryman, Oliver Spencer, Keegan Spencer, and Bode Sones pose with the ribbons and medals they picked up at the State Games of Texas Swim Meet Jan. 16-17 in Frisco.

   Members of the Bay City Aquacats swim team had a good showing at the State Games of Texas Swim Meet hosted by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Jan. 16-17 in Frisco.
   Four local swimmers broke local records at the meet, and one swam on a state record breaking relay team. In total, six of the eight competitors from Bay City qualified for the State Games of America national meet set for Michigan in 2017. 

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Thu
28
Jan

Ladycat soccer hanging tough

  The Bay City Ladycats Soccer team will bring a 2-1 district record into its match-up with Palacios at home on Friday.
   After a win over El Campo to start district play last week, the team came-up short (4-5) on a comeback bid at Columbia on Saturday and solidly beat Wharton (8-0)  on Monday.
   In the Columbia game, the Ladycats were down 5-0 with 18:14 remaining – and the goals started pouring in.    
   LeJay Longoria fed Whitney Muskiet for the first score, and Muskiet found the net again some 45 seconds later on an assist by Madison Trevino. With 14:41 left, Longoria scored on a penalty kick, and then Madison Trevino took advantage of Alyson Montoya’s assist to bring home the final tally of the game. 
   “This was an incredible game from this group of ladies to come from behind and nearly tie the game,” coach Melissa Ursery said in an email to media and supporters afterward. 

Thu
28
Jan

Bay City boys looking for a win

The Bay City High School boys soccer team will be looking for its first win of the district season when it takes the field against Palacios on Friday. 
   The Blackcats are 0-3 in district so far, but they have kept every every game close.  After a district-opening 3-2 loss to El Campo on Jan. 18, the team fell to Columbus 2-0 on Saturday and, finally, to Wharton 1-0 on Monday. 
   Despite the losses, the team has not been without its share of scoring opportunities in the early season. 
   In the game against Wharton, the Blackcats saw shots on goal from Anthony Chavez, Gavino Zamora and Jair Garcia, who had two scoring changes. 
    In the loss to El Campo, the team had seven shots on goal. Chavez, Zamora and Garcia each had two serious opportunities at the net, and Johnathan Zavala added another. 
    Goalie Jorge DeLaRosa save seven goals for the Blackcats against Wharton. He and Mario Murillo teamed up to record three saves against El Campo.

Thu
28
Jan

Archery Lessons

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
One of the outdoor events designed for younger sportsmen was the archery demonstrations and hands-on training at Camofest Saturday in downtown Bay City.

Thu
21
Jan

Bay City grad named WJCAC player of the week

Mitchell

Former Bay City High School basketball player Shaniya Mitchell is fitting in well on her college team.
   The 5’10 freshman at New Mexico Junior College has been named Western Junior College Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season. 
   Mitchell earned the honor after the Lady Thunderbirds’ win over South Plains Community College last week.
   In that game, she came off the bench to score 20 points and contribute six rebounds while leading the team in minutes.
   Mitchell was the Bay City Ladycats leading scorer in her senior season last year. She averaged 23 points per game and tallied 211 rebounds through the 2014-2015 campaign.
   With those numbers, she was the key figure in Bay City’s 6-4 district season (23-16 overall) in which the ‘Cats advanced to the third round of the UIL State playoffs. 

 

Thu
21
Jan

Wilcox hits 40 in Ladycat district win

Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell
Sha’ dasia Wilcox takes a shot in Bay City’s 41-30 win over Columbus at the Bay City gym Jan.15. The game followed Wilcox’s 40-point performance on Jan. 12, and the win put the Ladycats at 3-0 in district 27-4A play.

   For those who follow high school basketball box scores, Bay City senior Sha’ dasia Wilcox’s numbers on Jan. 12 are an attention getter, to say the least.
   She hit 40 points in the Ladycats’ 61-50 district 27-4A win over Sealy.
  “Yeah, that’s definitely rare,” Coach Liz Griffin said this week. “I think I’ve seen stats sheets showing players hitting 45 points in a game a couple of times over the years, but it of course doesn’t happen very often.”
   Wilcox’s feat was part of a six-game win streak that Bay City took into its marquee district matchup at Wharton, just after press time on Tuesday. 

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