Sports

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

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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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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

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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.

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