Yoemen Sports Network

Thu
14
Jun

Building a Successful Athletic Program - Part II

My column last week on building a successful athletic program garnered quite a bit of attention, and I gained some great feedback from readers. This week, I want go over some of those comments and re-emphasize some of the points I made while also trying to be a bit more clear in my explanations. I spoke mainly on select organizations and privates lessons. There are certainly other factors that come into play when building a successful program, but right now I feel that is the area we must focus on improving.

 

I am not promoting sports specialization

I saw an interesting post on Facebook after Clifton had lost their 3A state championship baseball game to Beckville in dramatic fashion over the weekend. All of the players on the Clifton starting lineup were multi-sport athletes. Simply put, at the small school level you must have all of your great athletes competing in as many sports as possible if you want to be successful.

 

Fri
08
Jun

Column: Building a successful athletic program

This week, I want to dive into a second topic that I feel very strongly about - building a successful athletic program. Cameron themselves has one of the most successful athletic programs in the state in its football team, which is in the top 10 in wins all time for all classifications and has won a total of four state championships. There is potential for other programs in Cameron to reach this level, but I believe there has to be changes at the bottom to make that happen.

 

Why is Yoe Football is so successful?

In Cameron - on any given Friday throughout the months of August through December - there is just a different feel in the air. That’s because there is going to be a Yoe football game played somewhere.

 

Fri
08
Jun

Ranking the Yoemen’s 2017 opponents

As I do every year, I want to take a look back to the 2017 season and give you a breakdown of Cameron’s opponents and how I had them ranked, from weakest to toughest The pool of teams was smaller than usual as Cameron only played 11 games this past season, so I will go ahead and list everyone.

 

11. Jarrell (W, 55-0)

After going 11-1 in 2015, Jarrell has fallen on hard times in a big way the past two seasons, finishing with a combined 1-19 overall record. The Cougars were shutout in six of their 10 games and the Yoemen managed to collect one of those in their most dominant victory of the season.

 

10. Little River Academy (W, 41-0)

Fri
08
Jun

Sports Shorts - 6/7

Summer basketball and football update

Over the weekend, Cameron hosted their first-ever state qualifying basketball tournament from Yoe Gym. Things did not go quite as planned as the Yoemen fell to Thorndale (44-41) in their opener before rebounding with a win over Rosebud-Lott (62-48). Thorndale and Salado qualified for the state tournament.

 

The team will be back at it this Saturday in the Salado SQT. There is also the Rosebud-Lott SQT on June 16. There will be open gym for most of June before it is closed for floor repair in July.

 

Varsity players will be attending the Texas A&M camp from June 21-23.

 

On Monday, the Yoe football 7-on-7 team traveled over to Copperas Cove and finished with a 1-2 mark. The Yoemen took down host Cove before falling to Belton and Temple.

 

Thu
31
May

Column: When will The Yard become The Yards?

With the 2017-2018 sports season coming to an end at Yoe High, I want to dive into a topic that I feel is extremely important for the future of this community we call home. That would be The Yards of Cameron.

 

Currently, this facility has two main attractions to offer. 1. A premier field for high school playoffs games. 2. A farmers market.

 

Over the past several weeks, Cameron has managed to host a large number of playoff series at the high school field. In addition, there have been weekly farmers market events held at the 44 Farms pavilion. Those two are great additions for the community, but that is just simply scratching the surface of what we’re looking at.

 

Thu
31
May

Yoe advances to semifinals of Burnet SQT, falls to China Spring

The closer we get to June, the hotter the temperatures get. That did not slow down the Yoemen, which joined 14 other teams in the Burnet 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament over the weekend. It was not going to be easy to qualify, but the Yoemen almost made that happen, advancing out of their pool while winning a quarterfinal game. The Yoemen needed to defeat China Spring in a semifinals to advance, but ran out of steam in a 20-12 loss.

 

“We played them the first time and they did not have all of their people,” said Yoe head coach Tommy Brashear, who’s team had beaten China Spring in an earlier SQT, 20-0. “They were still playing baseball and things like that and I was worried about that coming into this game. I was worried that our kids thought they had this and we have already beat them once.”

 

Thu
31
May

Sports Shorts - 5/31

Sports camps approaching

If you want your child to attend sports camps this summer, then there are plenty of options on the table. A total of nine camps will be taking place this June through August and signups are underway.

 

The camps include: Yoe Baseball (June 4-5, $30); Lady Yoe Softball (June 4-6, $40); Yoe/Lady Yoe Wrestling (June 5, 7, 12 and 14; free); Yoe Basketball (June 5-7, $30); Lady Yoe Volleyball (June 11-14, $30); Lady Yoe Basketball (June 12-14, $30); Lady Yoe Volleyball (July 24-25, $50); Mini Cheer Camp (July 28, $30); Yoe Football (July 30-August 2, $45).

 

Baseball Playoff Update

With just one week before the state tournament, there are still a few local schools that have a shot advancing on to the state’s biggest stage.

 

Thu
24
May

Year in review: Strong May salvages rough start for Yoe athletics

With Cameron’s last sporting event for 2017-2018 ending on Tuesday, I now want to go back and look over all the the sports from this past calendar year.  Collectively, it was a down year for the program, which saw four team sports make the playoffs, but had no squads advance past the first round of the playoffs.  The high note came at the very end of the year with the track, golf and tennis programs sending members to their respective state tournaments.

 

Fall Sports

 

Football (4-7/3-3)

Preseason State Ranking: First

District Finish: Fourth

Playoff Finish: Bi-District

Lone Star Cup Points: Two

 

Thu
24
May

Yoe comes up short in Gatesville SQT

The goal of state qualifying tournaments is to actually qualify for the state tournament.  The Yoemen fell short of that goal on Saturday, winning their first two pools matches before falling to Brownwood in match number three to finish with a 2-1 record.   

 

Cameron picked up wins over Little River Academy (33-18) in the opener before edging out Mineral Wells (25-20) in their second game.  Meanwhile, Brownwood had also topped both of those opponents, so whomever won that match would move on to the semifinals.

 

Cameron was overwhelmed early and often, falling behind 34-7 at the break.  Some ground was made up in the second half, but it was too much to overcome in the end in a 39-25 loss.  

 

“Their kids play, smart, hard and physical and they made plays,” said Yoe coach Tommy Brashear on Brownwood, which will be advancing to their 19th straight state tournament.  

 

Thu
24
May

Sports Shorts - 5/24

20-3A All-District Baseball

With Lexington exiting the playoffs in the regional quarterfinals, the 20-3A all-district lists have been released.  Cameron - which finished this season with a district record of 5-7 - had three different players honored. Topping that list was senior Bryce Brashear, which was the Yoemen’s lone first team selection.  Zack Andress, another senior, received second team honors while senior catcher Rick Fuentes took home honorable mention accolades.

 

Baseball Playoff Update

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