Lady Leps playoff hopes dashed by loss to East Bernard

  The Van Vleck High School volleyball team’s run for the 2015 playoffs ended on Friday with a three-set loss to first place East Bernard at home.
   After a convincing win over Hitchcock on Oct. 20, (25-14, 25-13,25-14) the Lady Leps needed one more win – combined with losses by either Danbury or Boling in their final two games – to secure the final playoff spot in District 13-4A. 
   But Van Vleck came up short (7-25, 7-25, 7-25) and finished its district season with a 5-7 record. The team will finish finish in the district this year.
   The game was Van Vleck’s last for 2015, but all other teams in the district were set to wrap up their regular season on Tuesday. 
   East Bernard (11-0), Brazos (9-2), Danbury (6-5) and Boling (6-5) will represent the district in the state playoffs which begin Nov. 2.


Blackmon sees Leps evenly matched with Tidehaven

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Leopard quarterback Zevante Easton (3) tries to pick up yardage against a stingy East Bernard defense Friday night.

   The Van Vleck High School football team must win at least one of its last two regular season games to earn a play-off spot, and the first of those games is coming up Friday against cross-county rival Tidehaven.
   “To be honest, we’re not even thinking about the playoffs,” said Head Coach Robert Blackmon. 
   “All we’re concentrating on is getting our guys ready for this big game, this week.”
   Van Vleck (2-6 overall; 1-2 in district) will go into the game off a 51-7 loss to a disciplined and physical East Bernard team (6-2 overall; 3-0 in district) that currently sits in first place in District 13-3A (2).
   Meanwhile, Tidehaven (5-3 overall; 2-1 in district) will be trying to bounce back from last week’s double over-time loss to Boling (7-1 overall; 2-1 in district), a team Van Vleck also played tough in a 21-12 loss Oct. 16.
   The Leopards were a “little banged up” as the week’s practices began on Monday, Blackmon said. 


Matagorda County duck season begins Oct. 31

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Professional gun dog trainer Rob Murray takes aim.

   Duck Season opens in Matagorda County on Saturday, Oct. 31 and lasts until Nov. 29.
   Preparation for the opening of the season happen days beforehand.
   A hunting license is required of any person, regardless of age, who hunts any animal, bird, frog or turtle in Texas.
   No hunter orange is required while hunting on private property, but it is recommended by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
   Public hunting lands require 400 square inches of daylight florescent orange with 144 square inches appearing on both chest and back, and daylight florescent orange headwear must be worn.
   Not only should gear be checked and made sure to be in working order, but four-legged helpers need a check-up, too.

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Lady Cat recordholders recognized

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BCHS recognized the BCHS record-holding ladies’ 1600 meter relay team during halftime ceremonies of the Bay City versus El Campo football game on Oct. 23. This record of 3:56.43 has stood for 40 years, since 1975. Pictured from left to right are: Ingrid Pointer Smith, Angela Smith Wright, and Kathy Wendt Riggers. Riggers also still holds the BCHS record in the ladies’ 400 meter dash. Not pictured is Pamela Spiller King, who was unable to attend due to the weather.


Homecoming pits Blackcats vs. El Campo

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Blackcat senior running back Murray Baugh (5), upper left, gains part of his 117 yards rushing against the Exporters.

   The Blackcat Homecoming game this Friday against El Campo – by several accounts the longest continual high school rivalry in Texas – has the markings of a classic confrontation.
      “We excited about this week,” said Blackcat Head Coach Lupe Florez.
   “We’ve been making improvements during the week,” he declared, in the wake of Bay City’s decisive 26-7 victory over Brazosport last Friday night in Freeport.
   “There will be lots of ex-Blackcats around” for the homecoming matchup, the coach pointed out.
   Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium.  
   The matchup first began in 1911 and the Ricebirds and Blackcats have played every year since 1920.
   “It’s going to be ‘match your efforts’ to beat them,” Florez said, adding the Blackcats match up physically with any team in the district.
   El Campo’s offense is keyed by standout running back Kevin Dove, who has 1,596 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns this season.


Tigers stomp Danbury; Await test from Boling

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Tiger senior Leighton Galvan watches his point-after kick clear the uprights to put the Tidehaven Tigers ahead, 55-7, with 11:54 remaining in the game.

   Had a great game against Danbury. I thought we played well throughout the entire night. 
   After last week, I thought our offense line came out and dominated the line of scrimmage. 
   When you rush for 446 yards the offense linemen are doing their job. 
   Also I thought our backs ran well and I thought they carried their fakes out well and blocked well.  
   In our offense, everybody has to do their job and this week in practice we challenged the entire group. 
   We made a few changes and I think it paid off. We threw the ball well at times but we have to become more efficient with our passing game. 
   We got a couple of big plays in the passing game. I thought Bryce threw the ball well, but we did not come up with the catch. 
   We have to be able to be multi-dimension on offense as we face the next three teams in district play (Boling, VV and EB). 


Leps to focus on upcoming East Bernard game

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Van Vleck sophomore ZeVaunte’ Easton (3) performs a balancing act to shed a Boling defender last Friday night.

   After a 20-12 loss to Boling on Friday, the Van Vleck High School football team is now preparing for its next marque game of the district season: East Bernard has outscored opponents 274-74 this season and is set to bring its game winning streak to town on Friday.
   “This is going to be more intense. Any time you play a team of East Bernard’s caliber, you have to try to bring more to the game than you did the week before,” said coach Robert Blackmon. 
   “They play well across the board, they’re always tough on all three phases (offense, defense and special teams).”
   Van Vleck fell to 1-1 in district 13-3A play (2-5 overall) with Friday’s loss and East Bernard improved to 2-0 (5-2 overall) after a 76-14 win over Brazos. 
   Van Vleck will likely need to win at least two of its remaining three games to secure one of the district’s four play-off spots.


Lady Lep volleyball will need help to reach playoffs

   The Van Vleck High School volleyball team will need a little help to make the 2015 playoffs.
   Before Tuesday’s game at Hitchcock, the Lady Leapords (4-6) were in fifth place in district 13-3A, one game behind Boling and Danbury (both 6-4) for the final playoff spot. 
   For Van Vleck to qualify for state playoffs, either Boling or Danbury would have to lose at least one of their final two games, and Van Vleck would have to win against Hitchcock (0-9) and on Friday night against East Bernard (9-0)
   Van Vleck’s game at home against East Bernard will be the team’s final regular season game. 
   The Lady Bulldogs have clinched at least a tie with Brazos (7-2) for the district championship.
   Van Vleck beat Hitchcock in three sets on Sept. 26 (25-8; 25-12; 25-7), and it lost to East Bernard on Sept. 29 (14-25; 12-25; 11-25).
   The Lady Leps find themselves in this must-win situation after two losses last week.


Blackcats hope to improve mark against Brazosport

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Blackcat senior running back Prinard Payne Jr. (3) stiff arms a Stafford defender Friday in Bay City’s District 12-4A opener at Stafford. Payne had an outstanding game against the Spartans, including a 90-yard kickoff return.

   Bay City’s loss to District 12-4A co-leader Stafford (1-0, 6-0) 34-14 last Friday would seem at first glance a lopsided match. 
      It wasn’t lopsided on the field, as Bay City had 13 first downs to Stafford’s 16 and total yards of 218 to 252 for Stafford.  
   Bay City ran 65 plays to the Spartans’ 63. 
   What was lopsided were the penalty numbers. 
   Bay City had eight penalties for 87 yards, while Stafford was called for four flags for 32 yards. 
   Those Blackcat penalties included two touchdowns that were called back.  
   Bay City (0-1, 2-4) trailed 13-7 at half and was a hanging with the undefeated Spartans at their home. 
   While Stafford extended its lead in the second half, the Blackcat defense did a good job of containing the Spartan quarterback Curtis Robinson, including five sacks on the night. 


Tidehaven keeps fighting to overcome Brazos

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Brazos fans react, upper left in photo, with disbelief as Tidehaven senior David Prescott, 44, returns an interception against Brazos Friday night.

   The Tidehaven Tigers came out on top in the opening game of district play with a 17-14 win vs Brazos.   
   Austin Hammons kicked a 14-yard field goal with two seconds left in the game to give the Tiger the victory.   
   Brazos lead 14-0 at halftime and carried that lead into the last play of the third quarter when a blocked punt by Tidehaven in the end zone gave the Tigers the evening’s first points.   
   The extra point failed.  
   The defense played great the entire night. 
   Tidehaven scored on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Galvan to Brandon Brune and Jeff Williams ran in for the two points.   
   The defense held Brazos once again and the Tigers drove the field to set up the winning field goal by Austin Hammons.
   It is great to be 1-0 in district play.   
   I was disappointed in our first-half play.  I thought we did a poor job blocking them and taking care of the ball.   


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