Sports

Thu
12
Feb

Lady Cats in 3-way tie for 2nd; Assured playoff berth

Sentinel photo/L. Scott Hainline
The Bay City Lady Blackcats, including (from left) head coach Liz Griffin, and sophomores Brianna Cunningham (5) and Caylin Delong (25), had a lot to smile about following a 68-30 home win against Columbus on Feb. 3.

   Bay City girls basketball will definitely be a part of Monday and Tuesday’s (Feb. 16-17) UIL Class 4A Region 4 bi-district playoff openers, but heading into this week, the opponent was still a mystery.
   The probable suspects included all four District 28-4A playoff qualifiers - champion Brazosport, runner-up West Columbia, and Needville and Stafford - and Needville and Stafford met late Tuesday (Feb. 10) to decide third and fourth.
   Prior to Tuesday’s late action, the Lady Blackcats were in a three-way tie for second place with Wharton and Sealy in District 27-4A, and all three trailed 27-4A winner El Campo, and if two or more teams ended in a deadlock, a coin flip was to determine the seeding.
Thu
12
Feb

Black Cats likely to face familiar opponent in playoffs

Sentinel photo/L. Scott Hainline
The playoff-bound Bay City Blackcats and junior Zahria Battle (11 with ball) defeated Columbus 69-42 on Feb. 3 in Bay City.

 No matter what happens, coach David Shepherd’s Bay City Blackcats are headed to the boys basketball playoffs, and by all indications, their bidistrict opponent will be a familiar foe.
   But before all that, the Blackcats must complete District 27-4A action, and that includes 7:30 p.m. outings at Royal High School in Brookshire on Friday (Feb. 13), and the Tuesday (Feb. 17) regular-season finale at home with Sealy.
   The Bay City boys started this week with a 5-2 district mark (17-12 overall) and in a second-place deadlock with El Campo (5-2; 17-9), and those two teams were scheduled to meet late Tuesday (see complete Feb. 10 coverage at www.Sentinel247Sports.com).
Thu
12
Feb

Crowd of 300 cheers Paul Hill signing

When Van Vleck all-state offensive lineman signed a litter of intent to play with the Stephen F. Austin University Lumberjacks, there were about 300 people present to celebrate the occasion Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 4, VVHS gym. At right, Paul Hill, second from right, is joined at the signing by, from left: his sister, Jennifer; his mother, Nancy; and his father, Paul Hill Sr. It was almost a standing room only crowd, below, for the signing. Hill, below right, a colorful poster signed by friends and family.
Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell

Thu
12
Feb

Lady Cats soccer wins over Columbia, Wharton

   Led by Lejay Longoria’s two goals and assist, the Bay City Lady Blackcats soccer team recorded a 5-3 District 24-4A home win against Columbia on Feb. 3.
   Longoria tallied goals off assists by Mercedes Maldonado and Esmeralda Chavez, and Maldonado added a goal of her own on an assist by Longoria later in the match.
   Whitney Muskiet (assisted by Adriana Zepeda) and Araceli Caballero (assisted by Esmeralda Chavez) also scored goals for the Lady Blackacats against Columbia.
Thu
12
Feb

Van Vleck basketball teams are in playoffs

Both Van Vleck basketball teams have qualified for the UIL Class 3A Region 4 playoffs with the Lady Leopards opening postseason play early next week and the Leopards starting extra games on Feb. 23 or 24.
   Coach Joe Evans’ Van Vleck girls will be one of the top three seeds coming out of District 24-3A and have a bi-district playoff encounter on Monday or Tuesday (Feb. 16-17) with the opponent to be determined by Tuesday’s late-game results (Feb. 10).
Thu
12
Feb

Blackcat tennis gets underway

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Bay City Blackcat tennis team includes, front from left: Coach Nick Kalisek, Hannah Koenig, Brittany Condry, Payton Plant and Nick Talasek. Back row, from left: William Teague, Camryn Brown, Elizabeth Arnold, Sarah Smith and Zechariah Payne. Not pictured are Neel Shah, Connor Jenewein, Rahul Atodaria and Kaden Holden.

   The Bay City Blackcat tennis season began its spring tournament season with their first two tournaments in Victoria and a home competition.  
   Bay City made a strong showing taking a first place in boys doubles varsity and JV, consolation boys doubles in both varsity and JV, first place in JV girls doubles, third place Varsity girls doubles, third place Varsity girls singles and consolation varsity girls singles.   
   The Blackcats were back in action on Feb. 10 for the Sweeny JV Invitational and Feb. 19 for the Sweeny Varsity Invitational.
Thu
12
Feb

Bay City powerlifting team: Strong meet performance

   The Bay City Powerlifting team put on a strong performance Feb. 7 at the Bay City Invitational Powerlifting Meet. 
   The Bay City Boys won first Overall as a team, with the BCHS girls winning second, finishing just behind Brazosport.
   The Boys have 14 lifters currently ranked in the top 10 in the region. The girls have six lifters ranked in the top 10 in the region.
Thu
05
Feb

Lady Cats rolling again

Sentinel file photo
Bay City senior Sha’Niya Mitchell (21) scored 29 points against Columbus in Bay City Tuesday, Feb. 3.

   The Bay City Lady Blackcats improved to 4-4 in District 27-4A basketball and grabbed sole possession of fourth place and the final playoff spot with a 68-30 blowout of Columbus on Tuesday (Feb. 3) in Bay City. 
   The Lady Blackcats, now 17-15 overall, were led by Sha’Niya Mitchell’s 29 points, and Bay City also had Heaven Dandridge finish with 18 points, Sha’Dasia Wilcox 17, and Zahria Battle four. 
   Bay City led 16-5 after one quarter and 41-12 at halftime before winning by 38. 
   “I’m very happy with the victory, and very proud and impressed with our defense against Columbia,” Bay City girls basketball coach Liz Griffin said.  
Thu
05
Feb

Bay City 'Killer Bees' pressure district teams

Sentinel photo/L. Scott Hainline
Bay City seniors Stephon Williams (far left), Treyson Wilson (00) and the rest of the Blackcats will look to keep up the defensive pressure at state-ranked Wharton Friday (7:30 p.m. tipoff on Feb. 6).

   Blackcats. That’s the official mascot of Bay City High School, but when it comes to boys basketball, you can also call them “The Killer Bees.” 
   That’s a description Bay City boys basketball head coach David Shepherd used while talking about recent District 27-4A triumphs against Brookshire Royal (55-27 on Jan. 27) and Sealy (56-19 on Jan. 30). 
   “In both games we came closer to playing our defensive style the way we project it, and that was a major factor in our success,” Shepherd said. 
   “The ‘Killer Bees’ is a small lineup we sometimes have on the floor, and that group is very difficult to score against because they are so quick and play with great effort (Bay City seniors Shamar Robinson,Treyson Wilson and Stephon Williams, plus junior Archelous Gaskin) make it very difficult for the opponent to get good looks at the basket.” 
Thu
05
Feb

Lady Blackcat soccer opens with 3-0 over El Campo

Sentinel photo/L. Scott Hainline
Bay City junior Lejay Longoria had a goal (including the game-winner) and two assists in a 3-0 win at El Campo on Friday, Jan. 30.

   Goalkeepers Valerie Lucio and Elsa Jopling combined for a shutout as the Bay City Lady Blackcats opened District 24-4A soccer with a 3-0 road win at El Campo on Friday (Jan. 30). 
   “Lucio played in goal for about the first 15 minutes, and then we swapped her to defense and put Jopling in goal for the remainder of the game,” Bay City girls soccer coach Melissa Ursery said. 
   “Jopling had two saves in the first half, and another in the second half, and the ball stayed in our attacking half of the field a majority of the match.” 

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