Sports

Tue
16
Feb

Haden Haas named 1st team all-state

Three Cuero Gobbler football players were named to the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Class 4A all-state team which was released Thursday, Feb. 11.
 
Junior center Haden Haas was named first team all-state, while senior linebacker Zech Hopkins earned third team honors and senior defensive lineman Mike Hopkins received honorable mention accolades.
 
Haas helped to anchor the offensive line which paved the way for the running game to average 265 yards per game on the season and nearly 4,000 total. For his accomplishments during the 2015 season, Haas earned an invite to the Nike Best of the Best Combine which will take place in May.
 
Mike and Zech led the defense which only allowed 233 yards per game on average for the season, 118 rushing and 115 passing. The Gobblers advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since the 2009 season.
Tue
09
Feb

Lady Pirates make big run with 17 points, lose at final seconds

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Nordheim Lady Pirates came back from behind by scoring 17 points in the fourth period against the Austwell-Tivoli Lady Redfish losing in the final seconds of the game, 33-35 during district play at home on Feb. 2.

The Lady Pirates struggled in the beginning with only four points in the first period against A-T’s 11. Lady Redfish P. Tovar was hot at the 3-point line with 9-points scored before the half leading Nordheim 8-19.

Nordheim came out strong after the half with a full court press limiting A-T to five points during the third period while closing the gap with eight more points on the board ending the third 16-24.

Still trailing, Haley Wilson had back-to-back steals adding two points to the board and closing the gap 24-26. Elise Schuenemann and Wilson continued to press A-Ts offense causing turnovers and an opportunity for Savannah Castillo to put two points on the board.

Tue
09
Feb

Kitty Kats fighting to enter play-offs

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Kitty Kats have found themselves still in contention for the playoffs after defeating the Pettus Lady Eagles at home on Feb. 5.

Yorktown started off slightly behind in the first period 6-8 and watched the Lady Eagles distance themselves ending the first half 8-12.

Yorktown coach Bruno Mata said, “We missed baskets, easy layups and missing free throws. Nothing was going in and our defense was slow on rotations. Pettus were cautious and were trying to work on what they are going to play in the playoffs.”

During the half Coach Mata said words were expressed in the locker room. He said, “Laycee Guererro grabbed the bull by the horns. She said that this is her last year as a senior and she wanted to go out swinging. She told the girls to feed off her energy.”

Tue
09
Feb

Nordheim Pirates hook Redfish

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Free throws played a major role between the Austwell-Tivoli Redfish (12 out of 18) and the Nordheim Pirates (8 out of 13) on Feb. 2 at the Pirate gymnasium for a Nordheim victory 54-46.

The Redfish took advantage of the Pirates when their shooting in the field grew cold to tie the game 15-15 but Nordheim’s DJ Anderson and Eli Julian found a way to draw fouls during the second period with Anderson hitting 4 of 5 free throws and Julian with 3 of 4 to end the first half 28-23.

After the half it was Will Anderson and Julian who were hot against the backboard hitting eight points each extending the overall lead 44-33.

Nordheim found themselves in a slump just over four minutes into the fourth period scoring only two points while the Redfish worked upstream allowing A-T’s Josh Maddox to hit eight points.

Tue
09
Feb

Wildcats battle for win against Pettus Eagles

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Yorktown battled in triumph securing a win in the fourth period against the Pettus Eagles on Feb. 5 at home.

The first period was a slow start for both teams as they tried to find their tempo. The first score on the board did not come until four minutes into the game when Pettus came up with a layup. Forty-five seconds later Tanner Koricanek answered back to tie the game 2-2 ending the first period 9-4. In the second both teams exchanged the lead ending the half 23-20.

Yorktown coach Lane Shands said, “We could not make an easy bucket, missing layups, forcing the ball and settling for 30 foot shots.”

It was a battle point-for-point as each team scored 19 points in the third period.  

But it was Tanner Koricanek, who scored 18 points, that sealed their victory in the fourth quarter on a two-pointer. Koricanek made the most shots during the fourth period, earning six points for Yorktown.

Tue
09
Feb

Brothers team-up at Blinn College

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Gobbler running back and linebacker Zech Hopkins will soon be joining his brother, D’Anthony Hopkins, at Blinn College in Brenham as a Buccaneer. Following an impressive career which culminated in a state semifinal appearance, Zech will now have the opportunity to showcase his talent at the collegiate level alongside his brother.
 
Zech finished his senior season with 691 yards rushing on 105 carries and 18 touchdowns. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry.
In the receiving game, Zech hauled in five passes for 63 yards.
 
For the season the Gobbler defense, which was anchored by Zech at middle linebacker, allowed 234 yards per game (118 rushing, 116 passing).
 
Tue
09
Feb

Powerlifters visit Yorktown

The Cuero power lifting teams completed in the Yorktown Invitational meet on Jan. 30 in Yorktown.
 
With 21 teams, the Cuero boys team placed 18th and the girls placed 6th.
 
Girl’s individual results: Competing in the 148 weight class was Dana Mican finishing 3rd with a total lift of 735 pounds. Alex Brannon finished 3rd in the 165 pound weight class with a total lift of 680 pounds. In the 198 weight class Kinzley Ley finished 3rd with a total lift of 535 pounds. Right behind her was April Reyes finishing 4th with a total lift of 520 pounds. Leah Whittington, 220+ class, placed 3rd for a total lift of 690 pounds.
 
In the boy’s individual competition, Hayden Haas placed 4th in the super heavy weight class with a total lift of 1,135 pounds.
Tue
09
Feb

Battle of the birds goes to Hawks

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Improvement on the defensive end of the court kept the Gobblers in the game early, but dry spells in scoring eventually took its toll, as the Canyon Lake Hawks came away with the win, 61-34.
 
Cuero was able to set the pace and move well into transition defense at the start. Canyon Lake then started to find open shooters in transition and pull away.
 
That’s something we talk about,” coach Clint Coles said. “We wanna be a quicker paced team and try to dictate action. For awhile, that was the case. We went through a spurt where we couldn’t make a shot and couldn’t get them to have to set up.
We need to be able to hit more shots to be able to set up our pressure and make the game go at our pace.
 
Tue
09
Feb

Making her mark at college level

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Following a strong career as a Lady Gobbler pitcher and hitter, 2015 Cuero High School graduate Audrey Simpson is continuing her softball endeavors at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
 
Simpson played her first games for the Aggies on Tuesday night, Feb. 2 on the road against the Vernon College Lady Chaps.
 
Murray State split the doubleheader, falling 1-0 in the first game, before the bats came alive in game two for an 11-5 victory.
 
Simpson saw action in both games, going 1 for 4 in game two with an RBI double, reaching on an error and scoring one run.
 
She played in the outfield in the opening series and will also see time as a pitcher for the Aggies.
 
Tue
09
Feb

Lady Gobblers narrowly defeated

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Despite being issued a mere one point defeat, 39-38, the Lady Gobblers put together possibly their best performance of the season from start to finish. From the opening tip, the girls stuck together and made plays against the Canyon Lake Hawks on Tuesday night, Feb. 2.
 
Coach Amy Crain has talked all season about putting together four consistent quarters, and that is exactly what the Lady Gobblers did against the Hawks.
 
“We were solid the whole game,” Crain said. “It was a fun game to coach, fun for the spectators; everyone was in the game.”
 
Heading into the final quarter of play, Cuero was only behind by two points, 29-27. Canyon Lake hit a big three-pointer with 1:27 remaining to put the Hawks on top, 39-34, but the Lady Gobblers kept fighting, energized by the excitement of both team’s fans.
 

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