Sports

Thu
15
Oct

Blackcats hope to improve mark against Brazosport

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior running back Prinard Payne Jr. (3) stiff arms a Stafford defender Friday in Bay City’s District 12-4A opener at Stafford. Payne had an outstanding game against the Spartans, including a 90-yard kickoff return.

   Bay City’s loss to District 12-4A co-leader Stafford (1-0, 6-0) 34-14 last Friday would seem at first glance a lopsided match. 
      It wasn’t lopsided on the field, as Bay City had 13 first downs to Stafford’s 16 and total yards of 218 to 252 for Stafford.  
   Bay City ran 65 plays to the Spartans’ 63. 
   What was lopsided were the penalty numbers. 
   Bay City had eight penalties for 87 yards, while Stafford was called for four flags for 32 yards. 
   Those Blackcat penalties included two touchdowns that were called back.  
   Bay City (0-1, 2-4) trailed 13-7 at half and was a hanging with the undefeated Spartans at their home. 
   While Stafford extended its lead in the second half, the Blackcat defense did a good job of containing the Spartan quarterback Curtis Robinson, including five sacks on the night. 

Thu
15
Oct

Tidehaven keeps fighting to overcome Brazos

Photo/Beth Foley
Brazos fans react, upper left in photo, with disbelief as Tidehaven senior David Prescott, 44, returns an interception against Brazos Friday night.

   The Tidehaven Tigers came out on top in the opening game of district play with a 17-14 win vs Brazos.   
   Austin Hammons kicked a 14-yard field goal with two seconds left in the game to give the Tiger the victory.   
   Brazos lead 14-0 at halftime and carried that lead into the last play of the third quarter when a blocked punt by Tidehaven in the end zone gave the Tigers the evening’s first points.   
   The extra point failed.  
   The defense played great the entire night. 
   Tidehaven scored on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Galvan to Brandon Brune and Jeff Williams ran in for the two points.   
   The defense held Brazos once again and the Tigers drove the field to set up the winning field goal by Austin Hammons.
   It is great to be 1-0 in district play.   
   I was disappointed in our first-half play.  I thought we did a poor job blocking them and taking care of the ball.   

Thu
15
Oct

Blackmon wants consistency from Leopards

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Van Vleck senior wide receiver Zach Hubbard (12) breaks free from his Danbury pursuers last Friday in the Leps district opener at home..

   The Van Vleck high school football team broke free for nine touchdowns in its district-opening 68-12 blowout of Danbury at home Friday. 
   But coach Robert Blackmon wasn’t necessarily in a celebratory mood after the game.
   “It was bittersweet,” Blackmon said. 
   “Any time you get a win, that’s great. But I said bittersweet because we need to define who we are. We came out and showed our potential tonight, but I want to see that every week.”
   Going into a tough two-game stretch against Boling and East Bernard – the two pre-season favorites in District 13-3A (2) – Blackmon said his team made too many mistakes in the game for his liking. 
   Specifically, he pointed to several penalties that canceled long gains by Leopard runners and wiped out two Van Vleck touchdowns.
   “Penalties are still a problem,” he said.

Thu
15
Oct

Lady Leps final four games key to play-off hopes

   Headed into a district match against Brazos on Tuesday, the Van Vleck high school volleyball team was 4-4 in district 13-3A play and thinking about the playoffs.
   “We were thinking about the playoffs since day one,” Coach Krystal Polk said in an email to the Sentinel before the game. 
   “The girls know to get there they have to be a team that plays together as one, communicates, and stays positive. 
   “Each one of them know that they will have to play their position hard for every match.”
   The final four games of the regular season will be crucial to the Lady Leps play-off hopes. 
   After the game against Brazos, the team will travel to Boling on Friday before rounding out the district season against Hitchcock and East Bernard.
   In its first meetings with both Brazos and Boling, Van Vleck lost in three sets. 

Thu
15
Oct

BCHS Varsity 'Digs Pink' against Royal

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Ladycat Volleyball team supported Breast Cancer Awareness by dedicating their volleyball match against Royal Friday - the Ladycats won - to Individuals with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors. The individuals in the stands who has survived breast cancer, received flowers.The Bay City Ladycats will compete against Sealy Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Thu
08
Oct

Colesio eyes gold in district

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Blackcat Joseph Colesio

   Our district meet is Tuesday Oct. 13 at Royal.  
   Senior Joseph Colesio is the top contender in our district.
   Last year he was second in district - this year he wants to claim the gold in district and head all the way to the state meet.  
   He has a high chance to go all the way with the times he has been finishing with.   
   I have coached him all four years and just seen him get faster and stronger every year.  
   The year he made a big difference in our program was when he began high school and became one of the top runners in our district - a three-time regional qualifier.   
   A Bay City High School senior, he has stolen the spotlight every year and brought recognition to the program again.  
   He is determined in this sport. He’s not only part of the high school Cross Country, he also participates in the BCHS soccer and track teams, as he was district champion in the 3200 M run. 

Thu
08
Oct

Blackcats return to 2-a-day practice mentality

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat quarterback Daryl Florez (16) will need to rally his teammates against Stafford Friday.

   Lupe Florez hopes a two-a-day practice mentality over the past two weeks will help his Bay City Blackcats’ first foray into District 12-4A play this season against 5-0 Stafford Friday night – there, at 1625 Staffordshire. 
   The Spartans share the 12-4A lead with West Columbia, also 5-0, followed by Needville and El Campo, both 3-2, Bay City (2-3) and Brazosport (1-4). 
   “By far the best practices” for the Blackcats this season were over the last two weeks, that included bye week, said Head Coach Florez.  
   “We’ve gotten better every week. We’re going back to the basics – our tempo is better. 
   “We had a lot of fun with the team. We went back to a two-a-day mentality – we’re going to grind, we’re going to work. 
    “Stafford is a good football team,” Florez noted. 
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Thu
08
Oct

Tidehaven hopes to shake off errors against Goliad

Photo/Beth Foley
Tidehaven senior Jonathan Rhoades tackles a Goliad player for a loss late in the fourth quarter, as senior Isaac Ibarra, 6, assists. Tidehaven plays Brazos at Delvin L. Taska Stadium Friday night.

   Turnovers were huge for us Friday night in our loss to Goliad, 28-6.
   We were down 6-0 with a minute to go before the half and we turn the ball over and Goliad scores right before half to go up 14-0 at halftime.   
   I thought we had good effort, but mental mistakes and big plays cost us the game.   
   Goliad speed was the difference in the game. They made a few big plays in the passing game and they had a 63-yard touchdown run.   
   If we don’t give up those big plays we did a good job on defense.   
   On offense I thought Jeff Williams had a great night running the football.   
   He ran with authority. Even though we lost, without doubt, we are a better team right now than when we started the season.   
   We break up the season into four parts of the year: scrimmages, predistrict, district and playoffs.   

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.

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