"Blackmon to leave coaching for middle school asst. principal job" by: Mike Reddell

   Robert Blackmon will be changing jobs at Van Vleck next school year – he will go from Head Leopard Football Coach to middle school assistant principal.
   “Coach Blackmon is ready for a change and we are in need of some extra help as we move into our new middle school next school year,” said Van Vleck ISD Superintendent John O’Brien Tuesday, Nov. 24.
   “He will be moving to an assistant principal’s role next school year,” O’Brien added.
   “We are excited about the opportunity of having Coach join us on our administrative team.”
   Meanwhile, the superintendent added, “The search is on for a new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach.”
   The district has begun advertising for his replacement on its website.
   Blackmon finished his seventh year at his alma mater this fall and the Leopards went 3-6 this season and were the fourth seed in District 14-3A-2.


"Van Vleck, Tidehaven All-District picks" by: Mike Reddell

   Van Vleck and Tidehaven each placed players in the District 14-3A-2 All-District Superlatives selections.
   In that category, Van Vleck senior running back Sam Bree was the district’s Offensive MVP.
   Tidehaven freshman wide receiver Joseph Dodds was Newcomer of the Year – a unanimous selection.
   Van Vleck and Tidehaven selections named to 1st Team All-District Offense  were:
   Running back

  •     Tidehaven senior Kylan Sardinea, unanimous 

Wide receiver

  •     Van Vleck senior Slade Huerta, unanimous
  •    Tidehaven senior Austin Smith, unanimous

Offensive line

  •     Tidehaven senior Kyus Saha
  •     Van Vleck senior Wyatt Gobert, unanimous

   Van Vleck and Tidehaven selections to the 1st Team All-District Defense included:
Defensive Ends

  •     Tidehaven senior Grant Von Gontard, unanimous

Defensive Tackles


Local swimmers compete at Houston

   Swim Houston Aquatic Club hosted a Senior Meet (13 & over) Nov. 7 & 8
 Top Five Team Scores: Highlands Ranch (Colorado) 815 ½, Swim Houston 605 ½, Sharks 240, Aquastar 203, Rice 135
   All distance in yards. All events were combined (no age groups). Scoring was through 8 places.
   Local ShAC athletes with top 8 finishes:
   Oliver Spencer (14)
   100 freestyle – 1st - :50.91
   50 butterfly – 1st - :25.96
   50 freestyle – 1st - :23.86
   50 backstroke – 2nd - :29.32
   100 butterfly – 5th - 1:01.02
   Sophie Stowers (13)
   400 individual medley – 1st 4:59.42
   200 individual medley – 5th – 2:19.24
   50 freestyle – 5th - :26.86
   100 freestyle – 7th - :57.64
   200 freestyle – 8th 2:06.12
   Matthew Brooks (16)
   200 breaststroke – 8th – 2:46.36
   50 butterfly – 8th - :31.65
   Coach’s comments:


"Lions take a bite out of Leopards in bi-district round" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Senior Van Vleck running back Sam Bree (2) works through Franklin defenders to gain yardage.

   WALLER – With the Van Vleck Leopards finishing fourth in District play, the team found themselves facing state-ranked Franklin in round one of the playoffs. 
   The Lions lived up to their state ranking, scoring early and often in a 58-19 victory, ending the season for the Leopards.  
   Van Vleck gave their fans some excitement early in the game. After the Lions took a quick 7-0 lead, the Leopards went on the offensive. 
   On second down from their own 35-yard line, Van Vleck quarterback Payton Brown busted off a long 61-yard run down to the Franklin 4-yard line. 
   Brown took it in two plays later and with a Hayden Pena extra point, the game was tied at 7 apiece with 7:54 left in the second quarter. 
   The tie didn’t last long as Franklin turned good field position on their next possession into points. The Lions started at the Van Vleck 39-yard line and scored in only three plays. 


"Tidehaven loses to Rogers in hard-fought 3A-2 playoff" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Tiger standout running back Kylan Sardinea (5) had a team-high 140 yards rushing against Rogers in last Friday’s bi-district playoff.

   NAVASOTA - Despite leading for three quarters, Tidehaven fell to Rogers 41-34 in the bi-district playoff round of the 2020 state football championship.
   Both Tidehaven and Rogers held identical 6-5, 4-2 records after the contest.
   And with Tidehaven’s total yardage of 439 and Rogers’ offense totaling 447 yards, the game itself reflected how close these two teams were.
   Tidehaven ran for 351 yards, with 88 passing yards.
   Kylan Sardinea had a team high 140 yards rushing on 16 carries, followed by Jose Martinez with 15 carries for 100 yards and quarterback Logan Crow with 16 carries for 88 yards.
   Crow was 5 of 9 for 88 yards passing, with a touchdown and an interception.

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"Council agrees to sit down, discuss aquatics center costs" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council agreed to sit down about the proposed Matagorda County Aquatics Center with other partners to discuss how financing and operating costs will be shared at council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10.
   The agreement to further discuss the $19 million “all purpose” project that’s part natatorium and part water park followed last week’s council workshop to determine council support.
   That meeting revealed council and staff approached concerns over how the city would assume total responsibility for the center.
   Tuesday night, Councilman Bill Cornman discussed with council a feasibility study provided by Ballard-King & Associates – a planning consultant for the aquatics center.
   Ballard-King stressed the project is viable, but will need to be operated efficiently.


"Blackmon expects impressive team in Franklin" by: Mike Reddell

   Van Vleck Head Coach Robert Blackmon Leopards face an impressive team in Franklin in Thursday’s bi-district playoff round.
   “Franklin is a very good team. We will have to play a complete game for four quarters versus this team,” the coach added.
   Van Vleck (3-5, 3-2) will play Franklin (7-2, 6-0) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in Waller ISD Stadium   
   “They have a herd of skill position guys who are capable of scoring every time they touch the ball. 
   “Their offensive line has a combination of quick and big guys, so we will have to fight on both sides of the ball every play,” he added.

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"Lucio: Rogers ‘very good’ team from toughest 3A district" by: Mike Reddell

   Tidehaven will add its 39-0 shellacking of Danbury last Friday to its season successes going into this week’s 2020 high school championship playoff.
   The Tigers (6-4, 5-1) will play the Rogers Eagles (5-5, 4-1) in the Bi-District Playoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in Navasota’s Rattler Stadium.
   Tickets will be $5 for students and adults.  
   Tidehaven had 483 total yards against Danbury’s 216 yards.
   The Tigers’ total included 322 yards rushing.
   Kylan Sardinea had a game-high 14 carries for 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
   Tiger quarterback Logan Crow had nine carries for 100 yards. 
   Crow threw 10 of 14 for 161 yards and four touchdowns.

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"Jones praises Blackcat seniors for setting bar for upcoming seasons" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Senior Blackcat running back Davieyon Curtis (7) keeps a Spartan at arms length while his blockers, Logan Maclennan (62), Jacob Dominguez (60) and Jessie Oros (61) do their jobs blocking. Curtis had a game-high 136 yards rushing.

   First-year coach and Blackcat alum Robert Jones energized the Bay City fans with a high-octane offense while debuting the new Memorial Stadium in 2020. 
   Bay City Blackcats (5-5, 1-4) ended the 2020 football season with another impressive offensive showing this time, albeit in a losing 30-19 effort against Stafford Friday, Nov. 6. 
   The Blackcats – tied with the Spartans at halftime 13-13 – had 320 total yards of offensive to Stafford’s 265, in addition to posting 19 first downs to the Spartans’ 12. 
   “I really think if we would have performed better on special teams we would have had a good chance to pull off the win,” Jones said. 
   Offensively, Bay City senior running back Davieyon Curtis had 26 carries for a game-high 136 yards, while senior quarterback Avery Smith had 15 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. 
   Smith was 13 of 27 passing for 118 yards with a touchdown and an interception. 


Cheering on Van Vleck High School Cross Country team

Photo/Anna Hernandez
The Van Vleck High School Cross Country team got a great sendoff before traveling to Huntsville for the UIL Regional Championship at Sam Houston State University. Emilee Schneider placed 14th and Claire Alford placed 87th. VVHS officials indicate they would learn Wednesday if Schneider advances to the state cross country meet in Round Rock.


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