The University Interscholastic League announced 2016-2017 and tentative 2017-2018 realignments on Monday morning, Feb. 1. The new alignments, established by enrollment figures submitted to the UIL by its member schools in October, will serve as the football and basketball districts for the next two school years.
Ladycat Soccer split 1-1 this week
Last year Bay City High School had no swim team. This year five Bay City swimmers are heading to the regional meet. The Van Vleck Leopards fared well in the pool at the district matchup in Victoria on Saturday as well.
Van Vleck boys and girls both pulled out district wins Saturday as they opened district with the Bulldogs from Boling coming to town.
Van Vleck has found themselves back in the postseason for the second time in as many years under head coach Robert Blackmon, and are looking forward to improving on what can only be described as a season that hasn’t quite lived up to expectations as of yet.
They are here. It is time. Are you ready? Do we have what it takes?
With a trip to the 2015 UIL State Playoffs on the line the Van Vleck Leopards rolled in to Wallis to battle the Brazos Cougars firing on all cylinders.
It’s take all or go home time for the Leopards this week. Everything they worked for since the summer is on the line in the final district game with Brazos Friday night in Wallis at Cougar Stadium.
"The best part of the rivalry between the two schools is that it’s not a nasty one like it could be. Sure there have been heated moments, but for the most part it’s a great week in the county for football. You will see two teams play their hardest to keep the bragging rights for another year."
Van Vleck High School’s Dylan Wakefield signed his letter of intent to play football for Texas A&T (Houston) on Wed., Feb. 3, in the gym at Van Vleck High School. Dylan plans to play slot receiver and punt for the Drillers.Seated, from left to right are father Mike Wakefield, Dylan Wakefield, and mother Vicki Wakefield.Standing, from left to right, are Van Vleck Athletic Director Robert Blackmon, grandmother Dot Wakefield, brother Cody Wakefield, grandmother Sally Bennight, and grandfather Richard Bennight.
Blackmon has the Leopards ready to take final post season spot in 13-3A.
The Bay City Babe Ruth 15 year old All-Star team brought home second place this weekend at the East Texas State Babe Ruth Tournament held in Lake Jackson. Bay City dropped their tournament opener and then battled back through the consolation bracket to win three straight games and advance to the championship contest. In that final game, Bay City was edged out bay Brazoswood Blue to finish in second place. This year’s Bay City 15 year old team included, front from left, Matt Reed, Chris Uher, Colton Carrion, Mike Torrez, & Adam Smith not pictured is Austin Evans, Isaiah Castaneda, back; Manager Max Carrion, John Thomas Armatta, Bryce Quinn, Landen Ward, Nico Huerta, Seth Garza, Anthony Dominguez and Coaches Angel Dominguez and Tom Uher.
Barely older than some of the participants, Michael Blackmon served as one of the instructors for this year’s inaugural “Let Me Play” football camp. The nephew of Van Vleck Head Coach Robert Blackmon, Michael currently plays receiver for Fort Valley State University in Georgia.
From left, Matagorda County is well represented on this year's Texas Sports Writers Association All-State team by Bay City's MaKayla Brown and Van Vleck's Hannah Harvey and Madison O'Neal. Brown was named honorable mention 4A while Harvey and O'Neal were 3A honorable mention selections.
Gary Haack, Kinsley Simons and Lori Ham look on as tournament officials weigh this 30.06-pound king fish caught by Kinsley Simons, Kinsley was named the Junior. Angler of the Tournament of the 2015 Matagorda Mermaid Tournament held July 10-11.
Team Boogey Man members Ginger Kacal Jill Harsh John Thomas Dusek and Clint Kacal finished in third place and caught the Largest Ling of the 2015 Matagorda Mermaid Tournament at 69.90-pounds.
Going back to the beginning, Former Van Vleck Leopard standout Eric Martin held his inaugural Let Me Play Football Camp in Van Vleck on Friday and Saturday, July 10-11. Open to players ages 8 to 18, the younger group runs through a cone drill designed to develop footwork.