Sports

Tue
22
Dec

Ellis shoots first deer

Kyle Ellis shot his first deer, an eight point buck, while hunting with his dad on Dec. 5 on his family’s land in Dewitt County. Kyle is the son of Steven and Amanda Ellis and brother of Katelyn Ellis, who also shot her third deer this year.
 
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Tue
22
Dec

Kitty Kats slide past Lady Pirates in OT

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Yorktown Kitty Kats had to make some adjustments with their basketball players just days before playing Nordheim last Friday, Dec. 18 while at home.

Yorktown coach Bruno Mata said, “I was more worried about the girls having the chemistry after what we lost recently with girls leaving. But these girls have heart and character and were competitive.”

The Lady Pirates and Kitty Kats were tied after the first quarter 6-6. Some adjustments were made with the Yorktown defense that shut down Nordheim scoreless in the second quarter with Yorktown taking the lead 14-6.

Mata said, “Our defense will carry us. It is easier to teach and coach.”

Nordheim came out strong in the third outscoring Yorktown 10-4. The Lady Pirates caused many turnovers and the Kitty Kats’s inexperience with some of the players started to show on offense.

Tue
22
Dec

Yorktown ISD AD recaps fall athletics

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

With fall classes at a close Yorktown Independent School District can look back and see some great success in regards to the athletic program.

Athletic director Ty Robinson said, “This is not unprecedented success but this has been a great start athletically for Yorktown ISD.”

Both girls and boys cross country teams came in second in their district and both qualified to advanced to regional tournament for the second straight year. Yorktown took six girls and seven boys.

The 7th grade volleyball team is coached by Crystal Cobb. They went undefeated. The junior varsity volleyball team, coached by Chelsea McClendon, took first place at the Pettus Tournament and had a 8-1 district season. The varsity were district champions for the sixth straight season and regional semifinalists with an overall 33-8 record.

Tue
15
Dec

Yorktown AD makes statement regarding demotion of Alexander

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

On Monday, Dec. 14, Yorktown head volleyball and girl’s track coach Deirdre Alexander found herself with a new set of responsibilities after being demoted to assistant coach.

She has been head coach of the volleyball team 12 years winning seven district championship with the last six straight title wins in a row. She has helped take the Kitty Kats to playoffs every year as head coach with several playoff championships along the way but never making a state playoff appearance.

Yorktown athletic director Ty Robinson wrote this statement as to why he demoted coach Alexander.

Tue
15
Dec

"Girls showed character..."

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Yorktown Kitty Kats had a non-conference game against the #15 state ranked McMullen County (according to Texas Association of Basketball Coaches) at home on Dec. 8 with a loss 34-24.

The game was like the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” McMullen was fast up and down the court while the Kitty Kats remained steady and paced.

Scoring was slow at the beginning while both teams missed their mark and both teams had strong defensive rebound recoveries. McMullen had the edge with their quick responses to Yorktown’s passing game with several steals but not without Shelby Franke’s aggressive stand on defense knocking the ball out of the ball handlers hands. Yorktown had the lead going into the second period 9-8.

Franke displayed a strong defense. Laycee Guerrero was not herself on the court with her normal defensive game.

Tue
15
Dec

Wildcats step up, fall short against McMullen

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Yorktown Wildcats certainly proved that they can compete with the best of them after a 10 point loss to #23 state ranked 1A McMullen County at home on Dec. 8.

McMullen started with a full court press against the Wildcats that worked to Yorktown’s favor in the fourth period. During the first period McMullen outplayed the Wildcats offensively and picked off several passes to take a considerable lead 7-14. In the second period they had E. Queen’s number stealing many of his passes to his teammates. The half ended with Yorktown behind 17-26.

During the third period Yorktown nearly shut down McMullen’s offense to 5-points and closing the gap 26-31.

Tue
15
Dec

Football All-District teams announced

All-District selections have been announced for District 15-4A. Sinton led all teams with 22 players earning all-district honors, followed by Cuero with with 20, Yoakum with 19, Ingleside with 13 and Jourdanton with six.
 
Cuero and Sinton split the eight MVP awards. Elex Martinez was named offensive MVP. Mike Hopkins earned defensive line MVP. Zech Hopkins claimed defensive skill MVP honors, and freshman Keiran Grant was district newcomer of the year.
 
Sinton quarterback Colton Colton Cohea was overall district MVP. Robert Knox was defensive MVP. Chase Herrig was named offensive line MVP, and wide receiver Mark Villarreal earned offensive skill MVP honors.
 
Tue
15
Dec

YISD Trustees hear coaching change concerns

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Earlier in the day on Monday, Dec. 14 Yorktown Athletic Director Ty Robinson demoted head volleyball coach Deirdra Alexander as head coach for volleyball and girls track.

Yorktown Independent School District trustees held their regular scheduled meeting last night at the YJHS Library.

At the meeting there was standing room only from young to old. A majority were there to give support and express their concern to the board as to why coach Alexander was demoted.

The board opened the meeting allowing the five people, who signed a request form, to speak publically about the issues. The board could not respond, by policy, to any of the allegations or comments from the speakers.

Amanda Thamm expressed her concern that the athletic director let another coach go after serving over a decade. She expressed how the AD is doing a disservice to the school and it’s programs.

Tue
15
Dec

Bishop named Elite Academic All-State

The Texas High School Coaches Association announced its 2015 Academic All-State Teams for football and volleyball last week, and several of Cuero Gobblers and Lady Gobblers were named to the team. To qualify for these teams, students must be a senior of good moral character who has a grade point average of 92 or above for their entire high school career. In football, Cody Bishop was named to the Elite Academic All-State Team. Only a handful of student-athletes are named to this team from schools of all classifications in the state of Texas, and Cody was one of the few. Colton Oglesby and Phillip Thamm were named First Team Academic All-State, and Elex Martinez was named Second Team Academic All-State. In volleyball, Mia Knetig was named Second Team Academic All-State, and Mary Kate Krueger was named Honorable Mention Academic All-State.

Pictured from left are Colton Oglesby and Cody Bishop.

Tue
15
Dec

Playoff run ends for Gobblers

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
December football at the high school level is something special, and for the first time in six years, Cuero made it to the month of December. West Orange-Stark ended the Gobblers’ season with a 41-28 win on Saturday, Dec. 12. One win away from the state championship after starting the season 2-4 is something that will never be forgotten in this town, and head coach Travis Reeve may have summed it up best.
 
“These are uncommon men,” Reeve said. “They did something uncommon this year. This football team is gonna be remembered in Cuero for a long time. They’re special kids. The toughest thing about it is not losing the game. The toughest thing about it is our journey with these guys is over.” 
 
Wins are wonderful, but coach Reeve, his staff and the players understand that winning this game or any game would not define them, their life would.

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