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Thu
05
Mar

Blackcat coach sees El Campo as team to beat

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Bay City sophomore pitcher Michael Torrez seems to be in excellent position for the out at the plate, but the ball had unknowingly to him bounced away and his glove was empty during an 11-1 loss to Danbury on Saturday (Feb. 28) at the Sweeny Tournament

    Bay City’s first-year baseball head coach Todd Slater looks at El Campo as the team to beat in the upcoming District 27-4A baseball race.
   “El Campo has everybody back, and they have a good number of seniors, so they have to be the favorite,” Slater said. 
   “After that, it’s a toss up with our team, Sealy, Columbus, Wharton and (Brookshire) Royal fighting it out for the other (three) playoff berths.
   “We have six or seven returning varsity players who competed in an extremely tough district against Foster and George Ranch and others a year ago, and we’re hoping that experience will pay off in our new district lineup.”
   But before the 2015 District 27-4A opener on March 24 (a Tuesday) at Columbus (7 p.m.), the Blackcats are attempting to mesh the veterans with numerous new-to-varsity players.
Thu
05
Mar

Blackcat track makes most of foul weather

   It was a miserable day to run, but the Bay City Blackcats made the most of the weather-shortened 2015 Ingelside Mustang Relays on Saturday (Feb. 28).
   “It was really pretty bad weather,” Bay City boys track & field head coach Nathan Potts said. 
   “It was in the low 50s and rainy with winds of 15 miles per hour and more, and some of the schools didn’t even show up, but we were able to come away with a couple of golds in the relays, and we were happy about that.”

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Thu
05
Mar

"Bay City basketball in good hands with Griffin, Shepherd" by L. Scoot Hainline

   Don’t know how she did it.
   Time after time, Bay City Ladycats basketball head coach Liz Griffin would not call a timeout and she just let her team play. 
   A couple of turnovers would become four or five or more, but she would let them play on, and it was genius, because a 10-to-20-point run was always right around the corner, and it all paid off in a region-quarterfinals berth for the first time since 2004, according to the banners in the Bay City High School gym.
   It took extreme patience, and letting go of a little control, more than possibly any coach I’ve covered in 40-plus years, and I applaud her.
   And it was a lot of fun to watch, and also hard on the heart!
   Just too bad the referees had to play a big role in the Ladycats’ loss to powerful Liberty Hill. 
Thu
05
Mar

Tidehaven starts season 5-0

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Tidehaven Tigers with their championship award from the Weimar Tournament.

   Tidehaven baseball’s perfect 5-0 start to the 2015 season included a Weimar Tournament championship, and inside that title was a 4-2 triumph over state-ranked and district co-member Hallettsville.
   “Despite some rough elements all week, I was very proud of our focus and determination to get the job done,” Tidehaven’s third-year baseball head coach Eddie Russell said. 
   “Winning a tournament such as Weimar is a great accomplishment for these young men. As long as we stay humble and have a one-game-at-a-time approach, I look forward to a good season.”

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Thu
05
Mar

Ladycat soccer chases title

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Bay City girls soccer head coach Melissa Ursery (left) and junior scoring machine Lejay Longoria (47 points in eight district matches) are looking for a District 24-4A championship.

The playoff-bound Bay City Ladycats soccer team, behind the incredible scoring by junior Lejay Longoria, continues to fight for a District 24-4A championship, and it could come down to the March 17 league finale at Brazosport.
   Heading into this week, and with four 24-4A matches to go, the Ladycats had a district-leading 22 points thanks to a 7-0-1 record (three points for a district win and one for a tie).
   Brazosport’s 19 points in seven games was a close second (the Lady Exporters were 6-0-1 prior to Tuesday), and then came Columbia with 12 points (4-4-0), Sweeny 11 (3-3-2), El Campo 7 (2-5-1), Palacios 4 (1-5-2), and Wharton 1 (0-0-1).
   Longoria, who has missed parts of this season with injuries, has run away with the 24-4A girls soccer individual scoring race with 47 points on 14 goals and five assists in eight district games.
Thu
05
Mar

Ladycats average 10 runs a game in 5-2 season start

Sentinel photo/L. Scott Hainline
Bay City softball pitcher Amy Bertsch (2) and catcher Taylor MacKenzie, third baseman McKayla Brown (far left), shortstop Cheyenne Trevino (headband), first baseman Drew Gonzales (9), and second baseman Hannah Eidlebach (blocked behind Gonzales) have a little fun breaking a huddle after an out during a 20-1 victory over Terry on Saturday (Feb. 28) at the Sweeny Tournament.

   Nearly 10 runs per game.
   That’s what Bay City softball head coach Amanda Slater’s Ladycats averaged during a 5-2 season start, and she couldn’t be more pleased.
   “We are hitting the ball very well,” Slater said. 
   “We’ve had to make adjustments at the plate to somewhat slower pitching, and the players have stepped up and are doing a really good job, and we want that to continue into district, and battle for a championship as we expect them to do.”
   Possibly even more impressive than 69 runs in the first seven games was the Ladycats’ 2-0 victory against East Bernard, the state’s No. 1 Class 3A team, at last week’s Sweeny Tournament.
   “We were not suppose to win that game, and that was just a huge victory for the players and our program,” Slater said. 
Thu
05
Mar

Aristocats continue to win

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The Bay City High School dance team, the Aristocats, show off the awards they won at contest.

   The Bay City High School Aristocat Dance Team competed at Show Time International’s Texas Pride  Contest at Willis High School on February 21st, bringing home eight awards. 
   The team and officer line each entered routines in three different categories in order to be eligible for sweepstakes honors consideration.  

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Fri
27
Feb

'Lupe Florez Experience' by L. Scott Hainline

   Major props to the Bay City ISD, and if you don’t know “props”, it’s short for “propers” as in, “proper respect” - and that’s straight from the Urban Dictionary. 
   New Bay City football head coach-athletic director Guadalupe “Lupe” Florez will make Bay City ISD student-athletes winners on and off the field, and there’s major-network reality show potential all over the place. 
   “The Lupe Florez Experience.” 
   I’m calling ESPN! 
Fri
27
Feb

Thomas shares district MVP honors

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Blackcat senior J’Qualyn Thomas (5) was the district’s co-MVP for the 2014-15 season.

   Bay City senior 6-0 wing J’Qualyn Thomas has been named co-Most Valuable Player in District 27-4A boys basketball for the 2014-15 season. 
   In a recent vote of 27-4A coaches, Bay City’s Thomas and Wharton senior Keyshawn Johnson were selected co-MVPs, according to Blackcats head coach David Shepherd, who commented on the all-district team that was released on the Bay City ISD web site a few days ago. 
   “We’re pleased to have J’Qualyn receive this honor, and for several of our players to be recognized by the district coaches,” Shepherd said. 
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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