Sports

Thu
10
Oct

"Bay City wants passing game on par with running" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City running back Davieyon Curtis begins his 29-yard run that led to the Blackcats first TD against Needville.

   Bay City will face Fulshear in a Thursday night game between two teams thirsty for a win.
   “You’ve got two teams looking for a win coming out of weekend where both teams played well,” said Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews.
   In the seven-team District 13-4A-1 race, Bay City (0-5, 0-2) Fulshear (0-6, 0-2) are at the bottom.
   Bay City lost to Needville last Friday 48-27 at home, while the Fulshear Chargers are coming off a closely fought 29-33 loss to El Campo (5-1, 1-1) last Friday – the score was 20-20 to start the fourth quarter.
   “I think they’re looking for a win,” Matthews noted about Fulshear, which can “throw the ball around and is a good team defensively.
   “Right now, we’ve got to get a win. Before we get a win, we can’t possibly think about post-season,” Matthews added.
   “That’s the whole goal - playing four quarters and getting a win and a win after that.”

Thu
10
Oct

"Tidehaven, Van Vleck rivalry game has more at stake for both teams" by: Mike Reddell

   Tidehaven will host Van Vleck in a rivalry clash Friday night between intra-county teams vying for playoff berths in a highly competitive District 14-3A-2 race this season.
   Van Vleck (2-2, 0-1) is coming off a bye week, while Tidehaven (2-4, 1-1) had 176 yards rushing and 155 yards passing against the district-leading and state-ranked East Bernard Brahmas in a 34-24 battle there last Friday. 
   The Brahmas (6-0) piled up 304 yards rushing in that game and 38 yards passing.
   Tiger quarterback Blake Garcia was 9-15 for 155 yards – the longest was 36 yards - with a TD and an interception.
   Garcia’s targets included Mason Perales with five catches for 72 yards – longest 25 yards – and a TD.
   Kaden Henry had three receptions for 47 yards and Austin Smith had a 36-yard catch.
   Garcia led Tidehaven rushers with 17 carries for 85 yards and a TD, while Jose Martinez had 19 carries for 70 yards and a TD.

Thu
03
Oct

Tidehaven Homecoming King, Queen

This year's Tidehaven High School Homecoming Queen is Jennifer Sepulveda, right, with Homecoming King Chance Riojas. The pair were announced during Tidehaven’s Homecoming game against Danbury, Friday, Sept. 27. See Page 7 for Homecoming game coverage.
Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell

Thu
03
Oct

Nikki makes touchdown run

Photo by Stacey Mackenzie
Big Nikki ran for a touchdown on the Freshmen Blackcats' first offensive play of the game versus the Columbia Roughnecks on Sept. 26. Entry fee to the game was a donation for BC Down Syndrome Association to Fund Buddy Walk.

Thu
03
Oct

"Blackcats work on bouncing back from adversity" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior running back RJ Mitchell (22) gets behind his blockers to pick up good yardage against Columbia.

   A focus on the positives and figuring out how to be competitive is what Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews is stressing this week.
   “We’re having a hard time how to handle adversity. It’s one of those things we talk about all of the time – like life,” Matthews added.
   The Blackcats (0-4, 0-1) are coming off a 50-6 loss to Columbia in a District 13-4A-1 season opener at the Roughnecks’ homecoming there last Friday.
   “We have to work them on how to focus on adversity, because it will happen at any football game,” the coach said.
   This Friday, Bay City will host another district opponent in Needville (4-1, 1-0), which toppled previously unbeaten El Campo 47-27 last Friday.
   “Needville has a solid running back, a strong-armed quarterback and receivers who can catch the ball,” Matthews said, also noting that the Bluejays also have a strong defensive front.

Thu
03
Oct

"Tigers overwhelm Danbury in district opener" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Tidehaven’s Joey Kacer (40) celebrates teammate Jerry Johnson’s fumble recovery TD.

   Paced by Tiger running back Jose Martinez’s 157 yards rushing and quarterback Blake Garcia 163 yards passing, Tidehaven began District 14-3A-2 play with a 39-8 win over Danbury Friday, Sept. 27.
   “It was a good game for us,” Head Coach David Lucio said.
   “We were able to put the game away early and got to play a lot of our backups,” he added. 
   “We started district play 1-0 and came away with no new injuries.” 
   Tidehaven (2-3, 1-0) had 496 total yards against Danbury – 333 yards rushing and 163 yards in the air. Garcia was 6-12 – the longest throw was 71 yards – with three touchdowns.
   Mason Perales caught three passes for 80 yards and two TDs and Kaden Henry had two receptions for 71 yards and a TD.
   The Tiger defense held Danbury’s rushing game to 70 yards and its passing to 75 yards and a TD.
   Tiger Jerry Johnson recovered a fumble and returned for a TD.

Thu
03
Oct

"Leopards struggle against East Bernard stampede" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

  The Van Vleck Leopards knew opening District play against state-ranked East Bernard was going to be a tough task, and after the final second ticked from the clock, they realized just how good this Brahma team was.
   East Bernard dominated in every facet of the game, jumping out to a 21-0 halftime lead, and never looking back in coasting to a 56-0 victory. 
   With the loss, Van Vleck drops to 2-2 on the season, 0-1 in District play.
   The defenses were the star of the show early in the contest. 
   Both teams traded off punts to start the game. 
   After a quick first quarter seeing a scoreless affair, the Brahmas got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter.
   East Bernard running back Kobe Brown capped off a 7 play, 58-yard drive, by going in from 14 yards out for the first Brahma touchdown of the night, making it 7-0.

Thu
26
Sep

"Matagorda County teams open district play Friday" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Tidehaven quarterback Blake Garcia gets some help in this gain against Shiner.

   Matagorda County high school football teams enter district play this week that saw Palacios emerging undefeated after four games, Tidehaven and Van Vleck trying to rebound to losses last Friday and Bay City working to untrack after a two-week hiatus because of Tropical Storm Imelda.
   Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews said Bay City’s game with Westbury last Friday was cancelled by the Houston ISD’s athletic director who cancelled all Friday night games.
   There were some discussions about playing last Saturday but the stadiums already were booked, Matthews added. 
   “Things were discussed logistically, but we had to focus on next week. It’s not a bad thing necessarily,” the coach said.
   Bay City (0-3) will play the Columbia Roughnecks (4-0) there Friday.
   “It’s just a game and an opportunity to get a win.
   “They seem to be more explosive than in the past,” Matthews said of the Roughnecks.

Thu
19
Sep

"Council moves BCHA board appointments to closed session" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Eagle Scout Caleb Spears, center, presented a check from McCoy's Building Supply for his $3,500 project to add ga-ga ball pits at Valiant Park across from Bay City Junior High School and at Amistad Park. The game combines dodging, striking, running and jumping; with the objective of being the last person standing. Spears is joined by city Finance Director Scotty Jones, Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Blackburn and Mayor Robert Nelson.

   Mayor Robert Nelson pulled an open session item about Bay City Housing Authority (BCHA) board appointments into a closed-door meeting at council’s regular meeting Thursday, Sept. 12.
   Council’s Thursday agenda included the reappointment of three BCHA board members three members: Danyal Manning, Vidalia Leal and Ronnie Reeves and the appointment of Thomas Battle.
   When the agenda came up, Mayor Pro Tem Jason Childers began to speak, only to be interrupted by Nelson.
   “We’re not talking about that now. We’re going to talk about it in closed session,” the mayor said.
   The Sentinel first asked the mayor and council what provision of the open meetings act allowed council to discuss people who were not city employees as an allowable personnel matter in an executive session.
   City Attorney Anne Marie Odefy said the housing authority appointments were pushed into closed meeting not under personnel, but “legal,” without further explanation.

Thu
19
Sep

"Matthews’ 2 main goals from Bay City Friday: Discipline, execution" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat running back Avery Smith gets some yardage on this play, part of the 60 yards rushing he had against GP.

   Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews is doubling down on consistency and execution when Bay City travels to District 18-6A Westbury this Friday, Sept. 20. 
   While the Huskies (0-3) have struggled so far this season, Matthews said “They’re looking for a win just as we are.” 
   “The biggest thing for us is finding a way for this team to win,” the coach added.
   Bay City is coming off a 37-7 loss to 5A Gregory-Portland last Friday.
   “We need to play well. We haven’t played well since Cuero,” he said, explaining he was referring to the Blackcat defensive game Cuero.
   “Offensively, we’ve got to find a way to put it together. We need to find the right mix of people.
   “We haven’t established our identity as far as offense is concerned.”
   It all boils down to consistency and execution, he said.

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