"Rodney Dowell returns to Van Vleck to become Leopards’ Athletic Director" by: Mike Reddell

Rodney Dowell

   Van Vleck school trustees chose Boling assistant coach Rodney L. Dowell as the new Van Vleck ISD Athletic Director.  
   The decision to hire Howell came after nearly five hours of interviews with the three finalists for the job Thursday night at a special meeting, Jan. 14.  
   After the interviews were completed, the school board reconvened in open session heard a motion to approve Dowell for the position and voted 7-0 in favor of Dowell becoming the new AD.  
   “All three were great candidates,” said Van Vleck Superintendent John O’Brien.   
   The board started with 74 applicants, he added.  

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Results from BCHS Powerlifting meet Saturday

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Blackcat Powerlifter Ruben Alameda strains during the seven-team boys and girls BCHS Powerlifting meet Saturday, Jan. 16. Alameda lifts in the 198 pound weight class, said BCHS Powerlifting Coach Ron Arneson.

Here are the PL results from the Meet in Bay City on 1/16/21:  
     Girls: 4th out of 7 Teams  
   Lizbeth Amezquita- 1st in 165, 285 Squat, 170 Bench, 260 DL, 715 Total  
   Celine Reyes- 1st in 181, 190 Squat, 110 Bench, 210 DL, 510 Total  
   Ashlynn Flores- 2nd in 165. 260 Squat, 135 Bench, 265 DL, 660 Total  
   Alexis Alvarez- 3rd in 123, 160 Squat, 75 Bench, 160 DL, 395 Total  
   Jessica Frasier- 5th in 198. 190 Squat, 90 Bench, 200 DL, 480 Total  
   Iris DeWitt- 5th in 165, 170 Squat, 105 Bench, 230 DL, 505 Total  
   Madasyn Medina- 9th in 148, 160 Squat, 80 Bench, 170 DL, 410 Total  
      Boys: 5th out of 7 Teams  
   Blake Frausto-1st in 308, 310 Squat, 165 Bench, 375 DL, 850 total  
   Logan MacLennan-3rd in 242, 375 Squat, 225 Bench, 405 DL, 1005 Total  
   Isaac Allen-3rd in 275, 425 Squat, 275 Bench, 385 DL, 1085 Total  


BCHS powerlifting meet results

   Here are the Powerlifting results from the Bay City meet on January 9th, 2021.
  Team-5th out of 8.
  Lizbeth Amezquita- 1st in 165, 265 Squat, 165 Bench, 255 DL, 685 Total
Ashlynn Flores- 2nd in 165, 230 squat, 135 Bench, 260 DL, 625 Total
Jessica Frasier-4th in 198, 180 Squat, 85 Bench, 190 DL, 455 Total
Alexis Alvarez- 5th in 123, 140 Squat, 65 Bench, 155 DL, 360 Total
Team- 5th out of 7
Blake Frausto- 1st in 308, 300 Total. 165 Bench, 350 DL, 815 Total
Isaac Allen- 2nd in 275, 410 Squat, 265 Bench, 385 DL, 1060 Total
Kadin Nunez- 3rd in 165, 275 Squat, 165 Bench, 325 DL, 765 Total
Marco Mata-3rd in 275, 315 Squat, 170 Bench, 285 DL, 770 Total   


BCHS swimmers host meet with Katy’s St. John

BCHS photo
Picture of BCHS teams before last Saturday’s meet with Katy’s St. John XXIII

   The Bay City High School boys and girls swim teams hosted a dual meet with Katy’s St. John XXIII Saturday, Jan. 9.
   All swimming distances are in yards.
Girls’ team score: SJXIII 86–BC 51
   Bay City’s lone double winner was Glory Vargas (12) in the 200 & 100 freestyles.  
   Suhana Khondker (09) took the top spot in the 100 backstroke and Lucie Frick (09) added a win in the 200 individual medley.  
   Megan Moya (09) added second places in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
   Frick, Vargas, Moya, and Khondker lapped the competition while winning the 400 freestyle relay.
   Boys’ team score:  BC 77 – SJXXIII 58
   Michael Vargas (10) was a double winner for the boys, taking wins in the 50 & 100 freestyles.  
   Matthew Brooks (11) won the 200 free, Ashton Wallace (10) was first in 1 meter diving, and Chris Peralta (11) swam to a win in the 100 butterfly.


Blackcats fall to Sharks in overtime

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Center Carlton Jones (11), at left, focuses on his shot despite opponents’ arms during the Blackcats home game against Palacios on Dec. 29. The Sharks won 57-56 in an overtime thriller. Under Head Coach David Montano, Bay City began district 25-4A-1 play against Stafford there Tuesday night, Jan. 5. The Blackcats were 2-6 in non-district play.


Leopards play Hitchcock Jan. 8

Photo/Anna Hernandez
Van Vleck senior Sam Bree (2) goes up for a layup against a determined Bluejay defender in a non-district game against Needville at home Jan. 2. The Leopards began District 24-3A-2 play Dec. 21, with a 49-46 win against Hempstead at home, and lost to East Bernard 48-46 Dec. 29. The Leopards played at Danbury Tuesday, Jan. 5, and will play at home Friday, Jan. 8, when they host Hitchcock.


"County deer hunting: Impressive harvest numbers, quality" Aaron Sumrall, PhD Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

   Far before the hint of light begins to grace the eastern skyline in the fall and winter months, traffic begins to build on Matagorda County roads with not all heading to the various plants and industries, but into the more remote expanses of the county. 
   Matagorda County is termed the recreational capital of Texas in many conversational circles and articles which brings many folks from across the globe to enjoy what is in our back yard. 
   The Christmas bird count has indicated for more than two decades that Matagorda County is the undisputed birding king with its species diversity second to none. 


"Matagorda tallies 219 birds in Audubon Christmas Bird Count" by: Jessica Shepard

   Unofficially, Matagorda County has 219 bird species reported for the 121st Annual Audubon Matagorda County Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Monday, Dec. 14.
   That number awaits verification for at least five rare birds before becoming official sometime mid-March next year.
   Those rare birds mentioned during the virtual countdown Monday night were the Bullock’s oriole, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Green Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker and a Parasitic Jaeger.
   As of press time Tuesday morning, no official results had been posted to the Audubon website which leaves no clue as to the Matagorda CBC’s ranking compared to others throughout North America.
   In past years counts in San Diego, and the Guadalupe River Delta have been the ones to beat to maintain the number one spot.
   Due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, the annual countdown dinner was canceled in favor of a virtual count with birding section leaders via Zoom.


BCHS swimmers compete in 2 recent meets

   Saturday, Dec. 12, the BCHS boys and girls swim teams hosted a dual meet with Wharton.
   All swimming distances are in yards.
   Girls’ team score:  Bay City 36 – Wharton 22
   Double individual winners for the girls were Glory Vargas (12) in the 100 butterfly & 100 backstroke, Suhana Khondker (09) in the 50 free & 100 breaststroke, and Megan Moya (09) in the 200 & 500 freestyles.
   Boys’ team score:  Bay City 80 – Wharton 15
   Bay City swept the boys’ relays.
   Felix Rodriguez (10), Matthew Brooks (11), Michael Vargas (10), & Ashton Wallace (10) opened with a win in the 200 medley relay.
   Jordan Wright (12), Daniel Dye (11), Wallace, & Brooks took top spot in the 200 free relay.
   Dye, Rodriguez, Wright, & Vargas wrapped up the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay.


"All-District Blackcats" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel file photo/Mike Reddell
Senior Blackcat quarterback Avery Smith (12), shown here avoiding El Campo tacklers, was chosen District 14-4A-1 Offensive MVP.

   Senior Blackcat quarterback Avery Smith was the top pick for Offensive MVP on the District 14-4A-1 first team All-District Team.
   Smith compiled 1,399 passing yards, with 12 aerial TDs, for an average of 139 passing yards per game. 
   He also rushed for 1,173 yards on 149 carries for an average of 7.9 yards per carry.
   Other Blackcats on the first team offensive All-District team included:

  •     Senior running back Davieyon Curtis, a unanimous pick
  •     Senior wide receiver Ray Bibbins, also a unanimous selection
  •     Senior offensive lineman Jessie Oros.

   First Team Defensive All-District selections from Bay City were:

  •     Senior defensive lineman Trent Monroe, unanimous
  •     Senior defensive back Amarion Holman, unanimous

   Blackcats on the second-team All-District offensive squad were:


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