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Thu
26
Nov

Tidehaven loses ground vs. air battle against Odem

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Tidehaven senior Brandon Brune, above, goes airborne for yardage against Odem.

Tidehaven’s area playoff against Odem delivered the rush versus the pass contest as promised, and Odem prevailed with three aerial touchdowns for a final 30-7 score in Edna Friday night, Nov. 27.
   Odem had 328 yards passing from an elusive and accurate Owl quarterback Michael Everett, while Tidehaven rushed for 313 yards – an impressive 217 of those yards coming from hard-running sophomore Jeff Williams.
   “This loss will sting for a while, for the simple fact that we as a program have grown from hoping to win to expecting to win,” said Tiger head coach Brent Mascheck.  
   “I thought our defense played a good game, besides a few breakdowns versus one of the best quarterbacks in the state. 
   “We had several opportunities to sack him and he avoided the rush and made a big play downfield. 
   “We knew we were going to give up some yards against Odem, but we got stops,” Mascheck pointed out.  

Thu
19
Nov

Tigers clear a playoff hurdle

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Tidehaven football players and cheerleaders gather to celebrate the Tigers’ bi-district playoff win against Stockdale in Schulenberg Friday. The Tigers play Odem in the area playoff in Edna Fridiay.

Thu
19
Nov

Ladycat softball team recognized by trustees

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BCISD Board of Trustees Celebration of Excellence honors 2015 varsity softball team members. Front row: Abigail Torres, Maliyah Griggs, Paitan Hassell, Taylor MacKenzie, Hannah Eidlebach and Cheyenne Trevino. Back Row: Drew Gonzales, Gabriella Garza, Harmony Santoya, McKayla Brown and Amy Bertsch. Not pictured are Samantha Thomas, Melissa Bullock, Bailey Nichols, Corrie Lopez, Juliet Galvan..

   The 2015 BCHS varsity softball team was recognized with Celebration of Excellence honors by the BCISD school board Monday night.
   Sixteen girls received medals and awards for being the team with the second-highest GPA in the U.S. for the second year in a row by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
   Each Ladycat also was awarded the NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete award by the coaches association.
   To qualify for this award, athletes must have at least a 3.5 out of a 4.0 GPA.
   Trustees voted on and approved Budget Amendment #12 to fund contracting with North Star Recovery to clean the HVAC units and ducts at Tenie Holes and Linnie Roberts elementary campuses.
   “I’ve been reporting to the board that we have bene having some air quality problems reported by Holmes, primarily,” said Superintendent Keith Brown.

Thu
19
Nov

1 down for Tigers; Odem next playoff target

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Tidehaven’s sophomore running back Jeff Williams (3), above, looks for a room to run against Stockdale last Friday in the two team’s bi-district playoff. Below, senior Cameron Riojas (5) breaks free for yardage. Tiger quarterback Bryce Galvan (11), at right, looks for a receiver.

   It should be a classic run-versus-pass contest in the Region 4 3A-2 area playoff between Tidehaven and Odem at Edna Friday night.
      “Odem will want to make it a 7-on-7 game,” said Tidehaven AD and head football coach Brent Mascheck.
   Mascheck’s Tigers - coming off a decisive 28-14 bi-district win over Stockdale last Friday – will face a No. 5 state-ranked and undefeated Odem Owl.
   The Owls are led by junior quarterback Michael Everett, who has 3,280 yards passing this season.
   “He throws it all the over the place,” Mascheck said of Everett.
   “Our secondary is very excited about the challenge,” the coach added.
   Likewise, Odem gets a Tidehaven rushing game that has accumulated almost 3,000 yards on the ground.

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Thu
19
Nov

Leopards hang tough with state-ranked Blanco

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Leopard sophomore Malik Mitchell (2) breaks through the Blanco defense in the second quarter of the Van Vleck - Blanco bi-district playoff game Friday in Yoakum. Mitchell scored the Leopards’ touchdown.

The large crowd at Yoakum High School’s stadium went silent for nearly 15 minutes last Friday as coaches, trainers – and then paramedics — attended to Malik Mitchell. 
   The Van Vleck High School sophomore had been a key to his scrappy young team holding tight with state-ranked Blanco in this first-round playoff game. 
   He had scored the game’s first touchdown, and broken free for several other long runs that had kept the Panther’s defense guessing wrong much of the night.
   But now, he was screaming tortuously.
   And plenty of somber observers in the stands were confused about how, exactly, he had gone down so dramatically on that fourth-quarter drive in which the Leopards, down 12-7, were threatening to take the lead.
   “We’ve watched that play on video, several times, and I still don’t know exactly what happened,” Van Vleck head coach Robert Blackmon said on Tuesday.
   “Malik says someone stepped on his leg. We just don’t know.”

Thu
19
Nov

Girls basketball gets under way; boys teams to follow

   The Bay City Lady Blackcats, loaded with experience from a deep run in last year’s state playoffs, are the area’s marquee team as the girls high school basketball season kicks off for Bay City, Tidehaven and Van Vleck.
   “Our goal is, first, to be district champions this year. But, after that, we are really expecting this to be a great year in the playoffs,” said second year coach Bay City coach Liz Griffin.
   The Lady Cats have seven seniors returning from last year’s 23-16 team that advanced to the Region 4 semi-finals, falling to eventual state finalist Liberty Hill.
   The team’s 6-4 district record was tied with Wharton for second best in District 27-4A behind 9-1 El Campo.
   Among the seniors are team captain Ma’kayla Woods and Sha’dasia Wilcox, both of whom have put up healthy numbers in the season’s early going. 

Thu
12
Nov

Salute to veterans

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The Bay City High School Aristocats paid tribute to local veterans during last Friday's game. The Blackcat Band joined the Needville band at halftime and provided music for the half time show as well. Check out pages 10 and 11 for more Veteran's Day recognition.

Thu
12
Nov

8 inducted into BCHS Hall of Fame

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The Blackcat Hall of Fame Class of 2015 was inducted during halftime ceremonies on Friday night. From left: Bobby Briggs, Class of 2000, Baseball; Stoney Davis, Class of 2009, Track; Dennis Grebe, '06, Football; Debra and Lynn Grebe representing James Craig Grebe, '04, Football; LaWanda and Dexter Hines representing Colby Hines, '09, Baseball; Allison Hinton, '07, Softball; Chance Leissner, '09, Baseball; Letevin Wilcox, '10, Football.

The Bay City ISD Blackcat Hall of Fame inducted eight members at a football game halftime ceremony on November 6th.   
   The Hall of Fame was established in 2001 to recognize former Blackcat and Ladycat athletes or head coaches who have distinguished themselves beyond “the norm” and who have represented our community at a state or national level.  

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Thu
12
Nov

Blackcats try hard to make playoffs come true

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Senior Blackcat back Lawrence Smith (6), does his best to elude a pair of Needville defenders last Friday night. Smith accounted for a 35-yard, fourth-quarter rushing TD.

   The Bay City Blackcats ended their 2015 season by holding off the Needville Blue Jays and winning 35-32 last Friday at Memorial Stadium.
   But this is one win that felt like a loss.
   For a chance at one of their district’s remaining three spots in the state playoffs, the Blackcats had to win the game by at least 17 points. 
   And they were up by 18 – twice – in the fourth quarter.
   “I know we don’t have anything to hang our heads over,” said Blackcat coach Lupe Florez.
   “They fought their way back into that (game). They played like that (the entire game).”
   “They know what total efforts looks like now.
   “They did their job last night. I was excited.”
   The Blackcats got off to a rocky start in the game, allowing Needville a touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff return. 

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Thu
12
Nov

Tigers, Leopards feed off playoff excitement

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Tidehaven sophomore running back Jeff Williams runs into a wall of East Bernard defenders Friday night in the Tigers' 50-0 district loss. Tidehaven (6-4 overall, 3-2 district) will host the Stockdale Brahmas (5-5 overall) in the Class 3A playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Schulenberg.

   Football fever is running high across Matagorda County this week as two local high school teams prepare for playoff runs.
   For Van Vleck High School the “must-win” nature of the playoffs began last week. 
   The Leopards needed a win over Brazos in their regular season finale to secure a bi-district match-up with perennial power Blanco. 
   And that’s what they got, a 42-14 blowout victory for what many local observers – and even head coach Robert Blackmon – have called “the best 3-7 team in Texas.”
   The 6-4 Tidehaven Tigers, meanwhile, knew they had a post-season spot secured before their 50-0 regular-season loss to District 13-3A (Division 2) champion East Bernard last week. 
   They now draw Stockdale for a bi-district game they hope will result in their first playoff win since 1998.
   Coaches and administrators at both schools said playoff excitement has been in full force this week.

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