Sports

Thu
12
Mar

Bay City 3rd in Yoakum Relays

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Bay City sophomore Darryl Lopez had a third place in the pole vault at the Yoakum Relays on Saturday, March 7.

   The Bay City Blackcats placed third at the Yoakum Tom-Tom Relays with 76 points coming in behind boys team champion and host Yoakum’s 219 and runner-up Cuero’s 142 Saturday, March 7.
   The Blackcats had two runners record individual second places with Devon Fowler going silver in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 8.83 seconds), and Malcolm Cunningham doing the same in the 200 meters (23.29).
   “Fowler is a sophomore, and it was his first varsity meet, and he was edged out at the finish line (2:08.77 to 2:08.83 by Yoakum’s Justin Ramirez), and (Fowler) gave us a big boost in the 1,600-meter relay with our time going from 3:55 and 3:56 the first two meets to 3:41 with him at Yoakum,” Bay City boys track coach Nathan Potts said. 
   “That’s a drastic drop and we feel like we can keep improving, and Fowler ran very well.”
Thu
12
Mar

Blackcat coach sees El Campo as team to beat

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Bay City girls track team triple jumper My’Destinee Franklin (left) and Ladycats track and field coach Yvette Segura (and the rest of the Bay City girls) are scheduled to be at the Columbus Cardinal Relays on Thursday, March 12.

   So much for a lengthly sport-to-sport transition.
   With only ONE day of practice, Bay City senior Sha’Niya Mitchell captured four gold medals to help lead the Ladycats to a second-place team finish at the Yoakum Tom-Tom Relays on Saturday, March 7.
   Mitchell, a standout basketball player who had not planned to make this early of an appearance in track and field, captured individual first places in the high jump with a personal best of 5 feet, 10 inches, and in the 200 meters (winning time of 26.56 seconds).
   She couldn’t really let go in the 200 meters due to tender hamstrings, but other than that, Mitchell felt good about her first track & field competition since her sophomore year (2013 track season).
Thu
12
Mar

Bay City, Van Vleck to play at el Campo tourney

Sentinel photo/L. Scott Hainline
Bay City junior first baseman Cole Cashion (20) and the Blackcats hope to have a lot to high-five about at Thursday-through-Saturday’s (March 12-14) El Campo baseball tournament. Bay City meets Van Vleck at 5 p.m. Friday in El Campo during the three-day event..

   Bay City baseball fell to 0-9 on the season with losses to Terry 4-1, Lamar Consolidated 11-1, Houston Northland Christian 11-1 and Houston St. John’s 10-2 at Friday and Saturday’s Lamar Consolidated Tournament in Rosenberg.
   Bay City and Van Vleck are scheduled to play in Thursday-through-Saturday’s (March 12-14) El Campo baseball tournament, and Bay City and Van Vleck (both in Pool B) square off at 5 p.m. Friday in El Campo.
   But before that on Thursday, Bay City takes on HYCA (Houston home school) at noon and Needville at 2:30 p.m., and Van Vleck meets Needville at 9:30 a.m. and HYCA at 5 p.m.
Thu
12
Mar

Tidehaven sports briefs

Tidehaven Baseball
   The Tidehaven Tigers went 1-3 at last week’s Rice Consolidated baseball tournament with the lone win coming against Aransas Pass in an event opener on March 5.
   After topping Aransas Pass 7-3, the Tigers fell to Conroe Northside Home School 20-2 on Friday, and on Saturday, the Tigers were edged 4-3 by Edna in the tournament’s third-place game.
   The three straight losses dropped Tidehaven’s season mark to 6-3.

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Thu
12
Mar

Ladycat soccer in playoffs; Boys close to earning berth

Sentinel photo/L. Scott Hainline
The Bay City Ladycats soccer team and coach Melissa Ursery have clinched a District 24-4A girls soccer playoff berth, and they’re also going for a 24-4A championship with two district matches to go..

    It’s the soccer playoffs with a twist.
   Bay City girls and boys soccer compete in University Interscholastic League (UIL) District 24-4A with the top four finishers qualifying for the playoffs (the Ladycats have clinched a spot; the Bay City boys are working on it).
   And here’s the twist...all eight 24-4A teams that eventually advance to the postseason (four girls team and four boys) will receive a first-round (bidistrict) bye.
   It’s because there is no District 23-4A in Region 3 in UIL soccer, so every 24-4A qualifier gets a free pass in the opening round, which will be played March 26-28.
Thu
05
Mar

Blackcat coach sees El Campo as team to beat

Sentinel photo/L. Scott Hainliner
Bay City sophomore pitcher Michael Torrez seems to be in excellent position for the out at the plate, but the ball had unknowingly to him bounced away and his glove was empty during an 11-1 loss to Danbury on Saturday (Feb. 28) at the Sweeny Tournament

    Bay City’s first-year baseball head coach Todd Slater looks at El Campo as the team to beat in the upcoming District 27-4A baseball race.
   “El Campo has everybody back, and they have a good number of seniors, so they have to be the favorite,” Slater said. 
   “After that, it’s a toss up with our team, Sealy, Columbus, Wharton and (Brookshire) Royal fighting it out for the other (three) playoff berths.
   “We have six or seven returning varsity players who competed in an extremely tough district against Foster and George Ranch and others a year ago, and we’re hoping that experience will pay off in our new district lineup.”
   But before the 2015 District 27-4A opener on March 24 (a Tuesday) at Columbus (7 p.m.), the Blackcats are attempting to mesh the veterans with numerous new-to-varsity players.
Thu
05
Mar

Blackcat track makes most of foul weather

   It was a miserable day to run, but the Bay City Blackcats made the most of the weather-shortened 2015 Ingelside Mustang Relays on Saturday (Feb. 28).
   “It was really pretty bad weather,” Bay City boys track & field head coach Nathan Potts said. 
   “It was in the low 50s and rainy with winds of 15 miles per hour and more, and some of the schools didn’t even show up, but we were able to come away with a couple of golds in the relays, and we were happy about that.”

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Thu
05
Mar

"Bay City basketball in good hands with Griffin, Shepherd" by L. Scoot Hainline

   Don’t know how she did it.
   Time after time, Bay City Ladycats basketball head coach Liz Griffin would not call a timeout and she just let her team play. 
   A couple of turnovers would become four or five or more, but she would let them play on, and it was genius, because a 10-to-20-point run was always right around the corner, and it all paid off in a region-quarterfinals berth for the first time since 2004, according to the banners in the Bay City High School gym.
   It took extreme patience, and letting go of a little control, more than possibly any coach I’ve covered in 40-plus years, and I applaud her.
   And it was a lot of fun to watch, and also hard on the heart!
   Just too bad the referees had to play a big role in the Ladycats’ loss to powerful Liberty Hill. 
Thu
05
Mar

Tidehaven starts season 5-0

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Tidehaven Tigers with their championship award from the Weimar Tournament.

   Tidehaven baseball’s perfect 5-0 start to the 2015 season included a Weimar Tournament championship, and inside that title was a 4-2 triumph over state-ranked and district co-member Hallettsville.
   “Despite some rough elements all week, I was very proud of our focus and determination to get the job done,” Tidehaven’s third-year baseball head coach Eddie Russell said. 
   “Winning a tournament such as Weimar is a great accomplishment for these young men. As long as we stay humble and have a one-game-at-a-time approach, I look forward to a good season.”

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Thu
05
Mar

Ladycat soccer chases title

Sentinel photo/L. Scott Hainline
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.

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