Yoemen Sports Network

Thu
05
Jan

Franklin's aggressive style overpowers Lady Yoe

Going into Tuesday's 20-3A showdown with the Franklin, the Lady Yoe knew they were facing an uphill battle.

 

Cameron was without NaQuiria Gibbons and Marly Spink - two players that are normally in the starting rotation. That meant that others had to step up and carry the load against a Franklin team that was undefeated in district action.

 

Franklin (4-0) took full advantage early on, using the full court press to generate 16 turnovers in the first en route to an overwhelming 75-26 victory.

 

"That was big to the success," said Franklin coach Gary Watkins on the press defense. "My girls like to play that way. It energizes them to play with a full court press like that."

 

Meagan McCarver is a three-year starter for Franklin and showed why she was all-state a season ago. The guard not only knocked down shots, but also generated a portion of the turnovers in opening period.

 

Thu
05
Jan

Yoemen split 20-3A contests

Hearne

 

With the depth and competition you see in 20-3A basketball, every game could have major playoff implications. Though it was just the district opener for both Hearne and Cameron last Friday night, it appeared as if it were February and a playoff spot was on the line.

 

After a frantic first half ended in a 35-35 tie, the Yoemen went on a 22-6 run in the third in what was the turning point in a 70-64 victory.

 

LaRondre Booze’s nine points and Kevondre Wesley’s seven points inside in the period proved to be a critical stretch in the Yoemen’s (14-4/1-0) win.

 

Cameron held the lead lead after one (21-18), but turnovers and transition points for Hearne knotted the game at the half. In the lockerroom, persistence was the message from Yoe head coach Ed Glendening.

 

Thu
05
Jan

A way-to-early look at the best for 2017 in 3A football

Josh Pratt - Herald Sports

 

After going through all of the all-district numbers from 2016, I have managed to narrow down the list to 20 teams that I feel deserve a spot in the preseason rankings. These rankings are based on last year’s success, what you have returning, plus the tradition that the program has.

 

My preseason top 20

 

1. Yoakum - 13 all-district players return from 2016.

2. Cameron Yoe - 15 all-district players return from 2016.

3. Hallettsville - 11 all-district players return from 2016.

4. Mineola - 8 all-district players return from 2016.

5. Teague - 7 all-district players return from 2016.

6. Rockdale - 12 all-district players return from 2016.

7. Malakoff - 9 all-district players return from 2016.

8. Wall - 12 all-district players return from 2016.

9. Brock - 10 all-district players return from 2016.

Thu
05
Jan

Yoemen, Lady Yoe break even at Christmas Classic

The Diamond Valley Eagles of Australia celebrate after winning the girls championship at the Christmas Classic.  Photo by Peter Steven

This past week, 22 teams from across Central Texas and two from Australia traveled to Cameron to compete in the 19th annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Classic basketball tournament.

 

Play began at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning and ended on Wednesday night after the culmination of 98 games over the two days.

 

Cameron teams had high and low moments as each managed to break even at 2-2 in the final non-district action of the year.

 

Yoemen

 

Cameron went 1-1 on day one the tournament, easily coasting by Bartlett (58-18) before falling to 5A Marble Falls (54-45) in the nightcap.

 

The Yoemen fell behind 6-0 to Bartlett in the first, but went on a 58-12 run to close out the game. A larger reason for the dominant stretch was the full-court press, which the Yoemen put on to begin the second. Cameron forced 35 turnovers while only committing 13.

 

Thu
05
Jan

Diamond Valley Eagles visit Cameron

Players from the Cameron Yoemena and Diamond Valley Eagles (Australia) swap out team shirts last week at the Christmas Classic.  Photo by Peter Steven.  

Every two years, the Diamond Valley Eagles basketball organization of Australia plans a tour to the United States. Their first stop of 2016 was to Cameron to compete in the annual Christmas Classic basketball tournament.

 

It not only proved to be a great experience for the kids from Australia, but also for many in Cameron - including myself - who don’t often get to meet people from different cultures and walks of life.

 

In their few days in Cameron, I found out who the Diamond Valley Eagles are, met some of the players and coaches, got an understanding on what they hope to accomplish in their time in America, and a cause that is carried with the teams.

 

Who are the Diamond Valley Eagles?

 

Thu
29
Dec

Turning the spotlight on the assistants

To begin, let me say I overlooked another overtime loss, which makes us (0-5).  It was in 2004 and it came to the Hutto Hippos (38-35).  They were led by a young quarterback Jeremy Kerley (now an NFL star for the New York Jets).  We could not contain him on Yoe Field that night. 

 

Now let me start a series that covers some excellent assistant football coaches, who coach other varsity sports.  At the top of the list is Ken Poole.  Poole was head basketball coach for the Yoemen for 13 years (1974-1986).  His record was (211-131) with six district championships, four bi-district winners, three area championships and two regional tourney finalist.

 

Thu
29
Dec

2017 10-3A football outlook

For fans of the gridiron, it will be a long and sometimes-grueling seven months before 2-a-day practices get underway in preparation for the start of the 2017 Texas high school football season.  

 

You will typically see the first projections of the year in the summer month of June, but I'm going to take a look at some of the numbers now - just a short few weeks after the completion of the state championships. 

 

10-3A has always been regarded as one of the toughest districts in all of 3A football.  In fact, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football rated the district as the toughest in the state for any classification before the start of the 2016 season.  

 

Well, here is how it played out.  

 

Thu
22
Dec

4-6-3 Monument added to The Yards of Cameron

By Josh Pratt

Staff writer

In February, the Yards of Cameron was officially introduced to the community as one of the top state-of-the-art outdoor sporting facilities in the country.  Less than a year later, there is already a new feature addition coming to the entrance of the park.  

On Friday, December 16, a large crowd gathered at Founders Hall to celebrate the unveiling and dedication of the 4-6-3 Double Play monument.  The twice life-sized figure is a one of a kind piece of art that all future visitors will see as they make their way inside the complex.     

The monument was designed by Robert Hogan and was made possible through donations from the Fisher and Pemberton families.  

“This would have not happened without the generosity of the Fisher and Pemberton families,” said Bob McClaren, president of the Cameron Future Foundation.  

Thu
22
Dec

Lady Yoe fall to Jarrell; slip by Hearne

After dropping the district opener to Academy, the Lady Yoe were looking to pick up their first district win of the year versus Jarrell or Hearne.  

 

Jarrell

The Lady Cougars are regarded as one of the top teams in the state.  For two quarters Cameron was able to stay competitive, but Jarrell proved to be too much in the second half and walked out of Yoe Gym with a 62-35 win.  

 

Jarrell would go on multiple scoring runs in the first 16 minutes, but the Lady Yoe always had an answer to keep the game within single digits. Cameron trailed by just 11 at the half, 31-20.  

 

"Our girls came out fighting and I felt like they could compete with a team of Jarrell's caliber and they did just that the first half," said Cameron coach Corey Cunningham.  "We never took ourselves out of the game that first half."

 

Thu
22
Dec

Yoe wrestlers post strong finish in Bryan tournament

This past weekend, the Yoe High wrestling teams competed in the Doc Hess Invitational Tournament in Bryan.  The day ended up being a strong success for the program, as two boy wrestlers won their division and another finished within the top five.

Senior Rico Bolivar won the 120-pound weight class.  Joe Uvalle, another senior for the Yoemen, placed fifth within the same division.  Alfredo Ramos finished fourth in the 160-pound class. 

 Freshmen Dominique Borgas won the 200-pound class in the rookie division.  The newcomer to the program pinned all four of his opponents to capture the championship. “It was for wrestlers where it was the first year for them to wrestle,” said Keen, who added that was exciting for the program.

Caleb Mueck also competed for Cameron.  “My boys wrestled really well.  It was really outstanding.

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