Yoemen Sports Network

Thu
16
Feb

Yoe basketball still alive amid tie-breaker confusion

When Cameron fans emptied Yoe Gym after Tuesday night’s 60-48 loss to the Jarrell Cougars, everyone thought it would be the last time a Yoemen basketball game would be played this season.

Despite losing to Academy (55-52) on Friday, Cameron entered Tuesday’s action with a one game lead over Lexington, Hearne and Academy for the third spot in the district.

The word going around the gym was that if the Yoemen lost to Jarrell, Academy beat Rockdale, and Lexington defeated Hearne, then Cameron would be the odd man out of the playoff tiebreaker.

All of those things did indeed happen, and for a good while everyone thought that the season was actually over.  However, after a more careful inspection of the tie-breaker rules, the scenario had changed.  

Thu
16
Feb

Yoe wrestling sends four to regionals

Driving up to Huntsville on Saturday for the 10-5A district wrestling meet, Yoe head coach Dale Keen was not sure what to expect.  It was the program’s first time to compete at the district level and it was coming against some of the best varsity grapplers at the 5A level.

It didn’t take long for Cameron to make their presence felt as Rico Bolivar pinned his first opponent in the event’s opening match.  That set the tone for things to come as Lady Yoe and Yoemen went on to win a total of 10 matches on the day and had four qualify for the regional tournament this Saturday in Bryan. 

“Going into this, I knew it would be possible to come over here and not win a match,” said Keen.  “That is very possible and there was a little fear.  We did end up finishing winning 10 matches.”

Thu
16
Feb

Wesley’s leadership sets tone for Yoemen

Looking back on when he was younger, one of Kevondre Wesley’s fondest memories was the trips to Cameron and the times when he was able to pick berries in his grandmother’s garden. 

Wesley had spent the first several years of his life in Bay Minette, Ala., before making the official move to Cameron during his eighth-grade year. 

“My family had some issues and my mom was forced to move here and ever since we have stayed,” said Wesley.  “It’s been my home ever since”

During his youth, Wesley got his first experience with basketball on a court down the street from where he was living.  He said his brother Robert was the one that introduced him to the game of basketball - now his favorite sport.

Thu
16
Feb

Cameron lifters compete in Temple

Cameron lifters competed in the Temple meet last Thursday.  For the boys, Joe Rangel (710 lbs.) was 3rd in the 132-pound division, Alex Aguillon (1,015 lbs.) was 7th and Kendall Fincher (825 lbs.) was 14th in the 165-pound division, Kevin Advic (1,035 lbs.) was 6th in the 181-pound division, Garrett Roeder (1,190 lbs.) was 2nd, John Santos (1,065 lbs.) was 4th and Dominic Lewis (890 lbs.) was 11th in the 198-pound division, Nico Vargas (1,225) was 4th in the 220-pounds division, Dortavis Lewis (1,365 lbs.) was 4th and Alfredo Sierra (945 lbs.) was 13th in the 275-pound division, and Adrian Lewis (1,360) was 3rd in the super heavyweight division.  The boys finished fifth as a team behind Belton, Waco, Temple and Copperas Cove. 

 

The girls had Faith Kistler (545 lbs.) finish 7th in the 148-pound division and Daejanay Bell (785 lbs.) was 3rd in the 259-pound division.  

 

Thu
16
Feb

Lady Yoe golfers grab 2nd in Caldwell

On Monday, the Cameron Lady Yoe golf team competed in their third tournament of the young season on the road at Copperas Hollow Golf Course in Caldwell.

It was another strong performance across the board as the ladies finished second as a team with a 391.  Host Caldwell was first with a 364.  “We did well,” said first-year golf coach Pete Magre.   “We started off slow, but just about all the girls started off slow.  Several of them turned it around and had good back nine’s and saved rounds.”

Cameron’s number one golfer Keagan Galvan was one of those in that position, grinding through the first nine holes before finishing strong on the back nine for a team-low 89. 

“I started off bad, but I came back and it’s all about comebacks,” said Galvan.  “Golf is a game where the next shot is the most important shot.  That is all I did.”

Thu
16
Feb

Yoe baseball set for another run at the playoffs

Since moving down to 3A back in 2011, the Yoemen baseball team has been one of the most consistent programs in the Yoe High athletic department.  Cameron won a state championship in 2011 and has been in the playoffs five out of the last six years. 

On Monday, the 2017 version of the Yoemen put on the cleats for the first time in a scrimmage at Robinson in what is the beginning of a 3-month trek to getting back into the postseason.

The expectations should remain high with the return of eight starters from last season’s 17-15 area finalist team.  The second round playoff finish was the best since the Yoemen won it all six years ago.

"2016 was our most successful playoff finish since 2011," said Yoemen head coach John Broussard, who has won 173 games in his nine years as a coach. "I was really impressed on how our team came together and competed after having a slow start. We had a combination of younger and older players step up and play big roles last year."

Thu
09
Feb

Smith, Valdez sign to play college football

Jesse Valdez signed with Howard Payne University last Wednesday.  The defensive lineman finished his Yoemen career with 52 games played and 290 total tackles.

Sicory Smith signed with Blinn College on national signing day.  The standout receiver totaled 4,192 yards through the air in his career in Cameron, which is good enough for 7th on the all-time receiving list. 

 

 

 

By Josh Pratt

Herald Sports

 

Last Wednesday, two Yoemen football players decided to continue their education and football careers.  Yoe receiver Sicory Smith signed with Blinn College while defensive lineman Jesse Valdez signed with Howard Payne University.  

“It’s huge for these two young men and their families,” said Yoe athletic director Tommy Brashear.  “It’s huge for our community.  We have a lot of tradition in Cameron, and a lot of our kids have a dream of going on and playing on the next level, and these two are getting to fulfill those dreams.  These two guys have taken care of business to be able to play at the next level.”

Smith will join a Buccaneers program that has seen plenty of Yoemen come through in recent years, including Edgar Luna, Tralund Webber and Dede Westbrook.  Blinn finished 5-4 last season and was 3-4 in the Southwest Junior College football conference.  

Thu
09
Feb

Golf season is underway

The Lady Yoe golf team has opened the 2017 season by participating in two tournaments.  The ladies were in Lampasas on Feb. 1 and at Taylor on Feb. 6.

Cameron finished seventh as a team at Lampasas.  Keegan Galvan (92), Alexis Magre (102), Julie Harwell (112), Jazmin Vaculin (112), Presley Berry (122) and Emily Graham (125) all competed for the Lady Yoe.

Cameron upped their play the following week by winning with Taylor tournament with a 384.  Salado was second and Thrall was third.  Galvan was the second medalist and finished with an 86.  Magre (94), Harwell (102), Vaculin (102), Graham (103), Berry (110), and Darci Denio (121) all got a round of golf in.

The boys saw their first action of the year on Wednesday in Taylor, finishing third as a team.  We will have a report on that tournament in next week’s edition of sports.

The girls will be in Caldwell on Monday with the boys to follow on Tuesday.

Thu
09
Feb

Lady Yoe Soccer picks up first district win

After taking Friday off due to a seven team district, Cameron was back in action on Tuesday at home against Eastside Memorial.  The Lady Yoe picked up their first district win of the season with a 1-0 shutout victory.  Karla Martinez scored the goal to improve Cameron to 1-2 in district play.  The Yoemen did not have the same fortune in a 19-0 loss to the Panthers.  Eastside had defeated Smithville (11-1) in their previous match and is now undefeated in district at 4-0.  The Yoemen drop to 0-3.  Both teams will be in La Grange on Friday and will return home on Tuesday to host Gonzales.  The girls will begin at 5:15 p.m. with the boys to follow at 7:15 p.m.  

Thu
09
Feb

Wrestlers shine at junior varsity championships

This past weekend, the Yoe High wrestlers competed in the junior varsity wrestling championships from Bowie High School in Arlington.   Every competitor for Cameron ended up winning a match in what head coach Dale Keen classified as his team’s most successful week to date.

Rico Bolivar was in five matches, going 3-2 on the day.  Joel Uvalle, Alfredo Ramos and Domanique Borgas all were 2-2 for the boys. 

For the girls, McKenzie Salicos and Destiny Merrow both were 1-2 and finished third in their respective weight classes. 

“We had a great day,” said Keen.  “Every wrestler we took won at least one match   We got pinned a few times but not as much as we sometimes do so this is encouraging.  This was our best performance up to date.”

Cameron will compete in the district tournament this Saturday from Huntsville High School. 

 

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