Sports

Thu
08
Oct

Blackmon: Leopard record doesn’t reflect team’s ability

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Van Vleck will be counting on running back Darius Williams (1) when it plays Danbury Friday.

   The Van Vleck High School football team heads into 2015 district games on a losing note at 1-4, but head coach Robert Blackmon has plenty of confidence in the Leopards.  
   “This is a good 1-4 team,” Blackmon said on Monday.  
   “The won-loss column doesn’t reveal that, but this team is capable of beating anybody.” 
   Van Vleck ended its non-district games with a 26-7 loss at Ganado on Sept. 26.  
   The team is set to begin district 13-3A (D2) games by hosting Danbury (2-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.    
   “There’s no question that winning changes everyone’s thought processes,” Blackmon said.  
   “If we could have grabbed one more win going into district, I would feel better, but, as I’ve said all along, I still like the team that we have.  
   “This will team compete with anyone in our district. We’ve just had some bad breaks. A lot of it was our doing, so we just have to clean that up and we’ll be okay.”

Thu
01
Oct

Blackcats have a bye week before district starts

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Bellville running back Clayton Stallones (40) finds stiff resistance from Blackcat defenders who include Andrew Smith (10) and Prinard Payne Jr. (3). Below, Blackcats Richy Ortiz (62) sets up to block two Houston Kinkaid defenders to give quarterback Daryl Florez (16) running room. Below Bay City’s Hodari Williams (25) and Keiko Gaskin (21) bring down a Bramah runner.

   It’s bye week for the Bay City Blackcat football team that will have to regroup after its decisive 42-7 defeat by the Bellville Brahmas last Friday night.
   Next up is Stafford, an Oct. 9 game that begins district play. 
Stafford is 4-0 and the Spartans will play St. Pius X this Friday, Oct. 2. 
   Dave Campbell’s Texas Football picked Stafford No. 2 in District 12-4A, after El Campo, now 3-2.
   Against Bellville, the District 12-4A Blackcats (2-3) struggled offensively, gaining 106 yards in the air and 65 yards rushing, for 171 total yards.
   Bellville had 444 total yards – 394 yards rushing – with 24 first downs to Bay City’s seven.
   The Brahmas struck first at Memorial Stadium Friday with a touchdown and PAT and 48 seconds left in the first quarter.
   Bellville added seven more at the 9:11 mark in the second for a 14-0 lead.

Thu
01
Oct

Tidehaven: Little mistakes cost chance to win

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Tidehaven defenders converge on a Louise running back to stop all progress..

   The Tidehaven Tigers came up short vs. the Louise Hornets 39-29.
   We had the ball with three minutes left in the game down by three and was moving down the field for the win but a turnover was returned by Louise for a TD to end the comeback for the Tigers.
   We were down 19-14 at halftime and I thought we came out the second half and did a great job competing, but little mistakes cost us a chance to win.
   On the defense side of the ball, we played well in spots but we gave up a couple of big plays, including a 90-yard touchdown run by Louise.
   Again, we had people in position to make the play but did not make it. 
   On offense, I thought the entire backfield ran hard. It was a very physical clean game between two very good teams.
   It was a game that is going to prepare us for the upcoming district competition.
   We needed a game like this where we had some adversity and it was good to see our kids keep fighting back. 

Thu
13
Aug

Blackcats first scrimmage

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Blackcat coaches got several different looks at this year’s varsity football team during its intrasquad scrimmage Friday night, Aug. 7, at Memorial Stadium. Coaches mixed players around, including combining tentative first-team players going with second- and third-team formations.

Thu
06
Aug

BCHS players to apply ‘Blackcat Way’ everywhere

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Head Blackcat Football Coach Lupe Florez works with players on the first day of two-a-day training.

   “The Blackcat Way” is the motto for the 2015 Bay City High School football season and to Head Coach Lupe Florez that carries way more significance than a simple phrase. 
   After 10 years of not having good Blackcat teams, Florez told players and their parents last week, some negatives surface. 
   “But that’s not the Blackcat Way!” he stressed during the “Meet the Coaches” session last Thursday, July 30. 
   The coach said that he and his staff had researched the football archives for BCHS and Hilliard High School records.  
   They found that both schools have a combined five state football championships. 
   “Bay City is one of the most storied teams in Texas” since the early 1900s, Florez reminded players and parents alike. 
   “We’re going to play and act ‘The Blackcat Way.’” 
   The Blackcats began two-a-day workouts Monday – the beginning of the new season. 
Thu
06
Aug

Two-a-Days underway at Van Vleck

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard

Thu
30
Jul

Meet the coaches

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Head Blackcat football coach Lupe Florez, center, introduces his 2015 season coaches to young men who will be in the seventh through ninth grade attending this week’s Blackcat Football Camp at BCHS. For more photos on the camp and for an interview with Florez, see Page 6.

Thu
30
Jul

Having fun on the field

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Florez and a camper, at right, show they know how to jump for joy.

Thu
30
Jul

Florez teaches different lessons at camp

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Learning how to be competitive and have fun playing football was part of what BCHS Head Football Coach Lupe Florez and his coaching staff stressed in this week Blackcat Football Camp at the BCHS practice field. Blackcat Offensive Coordinator Brent Bennett (far left) instructed the campers - seventh through ninth grade- to show they’re enjoying things following the completion of each warmup exercise.

   A lot of football coaches will talk about the attributes their players should have on the field, but Blackcat Head Football Guadalupe Florez also wants his teams to have fun – a lot more fun than their opponents.
   Florez and his coaching staff had a shakeout cruise for the 2015 season as they hosted the Blackcat Football Camp for incoming third through sixth-graders - in one group - and seventh through ninth-graders Monday through Thursday (July 27-30) at the BCHS practice fields.
   That shakeout is important since the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity Blackcat football teams begin the time-honored two-a-day workouts Monday, Aug. 3, signaling the start of the new season.
Thu
16
Jul

3 from county on all-state softball team

McKayla Brown

   Three Matagorda County softball players were named to the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Softball Team.
   In the Class 4A team selections, McKayla Brown of Bay City High School, earned honorable mention at third base.
   The Class 3A Honorable Mention list included Van Vleck Lady Lep pitcher Hanna Harvey and catcher Madison O’Neil.
   The players, along with their statistics are nominated by coaches to the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Softball Team.
   Nominations were sent to Longview News - Journal Sports Editor Jack Stallard.
 

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