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Fri
27
Feb

Ladycats fall to Liberty Hill in quarterfinal loss

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Bay City will miss senior sensation Sha’Niya Mitchell (21).

   The Bay City Ladycats were eliminated from the playoffs in an 81-58 Class 4A region 4 quarterfinals loss to state-ranked No. 4 Liberty Hill on Tuesday (Feb. 24) in La Grange.
   The Ladycats (23-16) played half the game without their best player, senior sensation Sha’Niya Mitchell, who was called for her fourth foul with 2:21 remaining in the first half.
   Mitchell had scored 13 points at that point, and was a major force in a close game, and even with her on the bench, the rest of the Ladycats continued to battle and trailed by only four (34-30) at halftime.

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Fri
27
Feb

Blackcat, Ladycat track teams off to promising starts

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Bay City High School Athletic Director Lupe Florez backs up starting blocks to help launch Blackcat relay team runner.

   Bay City junior Malcolm Cunningham and sophomore Corrie Lopez had sparkling debuts to the 2015 track and field season at Saturday’s (Feb. 21) Blackcat Relays at Bay City High School. 
   Cunningham came from behind to anchor the Bay City boys 400-meter relay team to a gold-medal finish (42.37 second), and he added second places in the 200 meters (23.21) and as part of the 800 relay (1:35.48), and earlier in the day, Cunningham placed third in the pole vault (11 feet). 
   “Malcolm is a one-of-kind athlete, and when the lights come on, he finds another gear,” Bay City second-year boys track coach Nathan Potts said.  
   “If I’d let him, and if the rules allowed, he’d run and compete in everything at a meet.  
   “He’s even throw the shot (put) for us in the past, and the first time he tried the 110 (meter) hurdles, he ran in the 15s, and that’s pretty incredible.” 
Thu
19
Feb

Blackcats enter playoffs next week as No.2 seed

Sentinel photo/ L. Scott Hainline
The Bay City Blackcats boys basketball team opens the Class 4A Region 4 playoffs early next week (Monday or Tuesday, Feb. 23-24).
The Cats will enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed from District 27-4A, and by all indications, they’ll open the playoffs against Brazosport or La Marque.
Bay City has faced and lost to both those teams this season, but now it’s the playoffs and everyone starts 0-0!

Thu
19
Feb

Lady Cats refuse to be denied key win over Needville

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Bay City’s Sha’Niya Mitchell (21 with ball) recorded the game-winning 3-point play with three seconds to play against Needville.The Bay City Lady Blackcats basketball second round playoff game against Burnet at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 20, 2015) at Luling High School.

   With the score tied at 51-51 and time running down, Needville set up for what would be a potential game-winning shot.
   But Bay City senior Sha’Niya Mitchell wouldn’t have any of it!
   Mitchell, one of the most entertaining high school basketball players around the state, cleanly picked the pocket of the Needville ball handler with a picture-perfect steal, drove to the hoop, and scored and was fouled.
   That bucket plus one turned out to be the game-winning margin for Bay City, which held off stubborn-and-determined Needville 54-51 in a Class 4A Region 4 playoff opener on Tuesday (Feb. 17) at Van Vleck.
   Bay City (21-15) advances to the second round against Burnet, which edged Navarro High School from Geronimo 48-45 on Tuesday.
Thu
19
Feb

Lady Leps fight to end in playoff against Anahuac

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Van Vleck junior Shayla Martin (right) is fouled in a play for the ball.

It was just a horrible start, but in the end, and even though it was a loss, the Van Vleck Lady Leopards displayed tremendous courage and fortitude in a season-ending 34-32 playoff loss to Anahuac Monday (Feb. 16) at South Houston High School.
   The Van Vleck girls qualified for the postseason as the District 24-3A runner-up, and following Monday’s Class 3A Region 3 bidistrict loss, they closed the season with a 15-11 mark.
   Considering the Lady Leopards didn’t record a point in a first quarter that ended with Anahuac leading 11-0, and they trailed 13-0 before scoring their first point on a Sierra Matthews free throw with 7:13 remaining before halftime, it was a miracle Van Vleck was even in the game at any point.
   But with a never-say-die spirit, the Lady Leopards battled back and would eventually take the lead at 20-19 with2:52 to go in the third period.
Thu
12
Feb

Lady Cats in 3-way tie for 2nd; Assured playoff berth

Sentinel photo/L. Scott Hainline
The Bay City Lady Blackcats, including (from left) head coach Liz Griffin, and sophomores Brianna Cunningham (5) and Caylin Delong (25), had a lot to smile about following a 68-30 home win against Columbus on Feb. 3.

   Bay City girls basketball will definitely be a part of Monday and Tuesday’s (Feb. 16-17) UIL Class 4A Region 4 bi-district playoff openers, but heading into this week, the opponent was still a mystery.
   The probable suspects included all four District 28-4A playoff qualifiers - champion Brazosport, runner-up West Columbia, and Needville and Stafford - and Needville and Stafford met late Tuesday (Feb. 10) to decide third and fourth.
   Prior to Tuesday’s late action, the Lady Blackcats were in a three-way tie for second place with Wharton and Sealy in District 27-4A, and all three trailed 27-4A winner El Campo, and if two or more teams ended in a deadlock, a coin flip was to determine the seeding.
Thu
12
Feb

Black Cats likely to face familiar opponent in playoffs

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The playoff-bound Bay City Blackcats and junior Zahria Battle (11 with ball) defeated Columbus 69-42 on Feb. 3 in Bay City.

 No matter what happens, coach David Shepherd’s Bay City Blackcats are headed to the boys basketball playoffs, and by all indications, their bidistrict opponent will be a familiar foe.
   But before all that, the Blackcats must complete District 27-4A action, and that includes 7:30 p.m. outings at Royal High School in Brookshire on Friday (Feb. 13), and the Tuesday (Feb. 17) regular-season finale at home with Sealy.
   The Bay City boys started this week with a 5-2 district mark (17-12 overall) and in a second-place deadlock with El Campo (5-2; 17-9), and those two teams were scheduled to meet late Tuesday (see complete Feb. 10 coverage at www.Sentinel247Sports.com).
Thu
12
Feb

Crowd of 300 cheers Paul Hill signing

When Van Vleck all-state offensive lineman signed a litter of intent to play with the Stephen F. Austin University Lumberjacks, there were about 300 people present to celebrate the occasion Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 4, VVHS gym. At right, Paul Hill, second from right, is joined at the signing by, from left: his sister, Jennifer; his mother, Nancy; and his father, Paul Hill Sr. It was almost a standing room only crowd, below, for the signing. Hill, below right, a colorful poster signed by friends and family.
Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell

Thu
12
Feb

Lady Cats soccer wins over Columbia, Wharton

   Led by Lejay Longoria’s two goals and assist, the Bay City Lady Blackcats soccer team recorded a 5-3 District 24-4A home win against Columbia on Feb. 3.
   Longoria tallied goals off assists by Mercedes Maldonado and Esmeralda Chavez, and Maldonado added a goal of her own on an assist by Longoria later in the match.
   Whitney Muskiet (assisted by Adriana Zepeda) and Araceli Caballero (assisted by Esmeralda Chavez) also scored goals for the Lady Blackacats against Columbia.
Thu
12
Feb

Van Vleck basketball teams are in playoffs

Both Van Vleck basketball teams have qualified for the UIL Class 3A Region 4 playoffs with the Lady Leopards opening postseason play early next week and the Leopards starting extra games on Feb. 23 or 24.
   Coach Joe Evans’ Van Vleck girls will be one of the top three seeds coming out of District 24-3A and have a bi-district playoff encounter on Monday or Tuesday (Feb. 16-17) with the opponent to be determined by Tuesday’s late-game results (Feb. 10).

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