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Thu
09
Feb

Smith, Valdez sign to play college football

 

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

Lady Yoe close out season

Rogers

In Cameron’s first matchup with the Lady Eagles, points came at a premium.  The Lady Yoe shot the ball 43 times, but only converted on four of those shots in a 60-14 loss. 

 

On Friday in the second round of district, it appeared as if we were headed down the same path.  Rogers led 10-2 after one period and Cameron was 0-2 from the floor.  Cameron finally broke through in the second quarter, pushing across 20 points to keep the game competitive at the half (33-22) before Rogers created some distance in the 63-39 win.

 

“I felt like our defense kept us in the game in the first quarter,” said head coach Corey Cunningham, who added that his team’s 10 turnovers led to the scoring opportunities for Rogers.   

 

Thu
09
Feb

Yoe continues to win with playoffs on the line

Rogers

For Cameron to get into the postseason for the first time since the 2010-2011 season, a win over the Rogers Eagles at Yoe Gym was of the utmost importance. 

 

The Yoemen had fallen to the Eagles on the road earlier this year, 61-57, and needed to pick up a win to at the worst stay tied with the Hearne Eagles.

 

Cameron struggled offensively a good portion of the game, and trailed 29-23 entering the final period.  However, Cameron closed the final eight minutes on a 21-9 run to pick up a critical 44-38 win.

 

The Yoemen defense, which has propelled the team into its current position, came through in a contest where neither team had much offensive consistency.

 

“If we would play like we did in the fourth quarter, we would be fine,” said Glendenning.  “ We play really good defense.  I don’t care what sport it is, defense is going to matter.  That is what is going to get us there.”

 

Thu
09
Feb

Hopkins, Wilkins make it big after time in Cameron

Just sitting here on Saturday afternoon, trying not to get interested in all the Super Bowl hype, but looking forward to the NFL Network coverage of Cameron Yoe, that was filmed the week of the Malakoff game.  I just found out that besides the 10 minute coverage (1:30-1:40) on Sunday, that they were running the entire story today at 4:30 on the NFL Network. 

Also I am writing my column this week about a couple of assistant coaches, who started their careers briefly here with the Yoemen.  They are Jerry Hopkins (1957-1958) and John Wilkins (1965-1966).  Both wound up as two of the winningest head coaches in Texas.

Wed
08
Feb

TSWA 3A All-State Football Teams

FIRST TEAM

 

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Jeremiah Crawford, Mineola, 5-10, 185, Sr.

Running backs: Nic Dillon, Lexington, 6-0, 185, Sr.; Tyler Gray, Brock, 5-10, 175, Sr.; Trey Sterling, Sunnyvale, 6-1, 190, Sr.

Fullback: Kade Bickham, Boling, 5-11, 220, sr.

Split ends: Jason Florez, Muleshoe, 5-9, 165, Sr.; Sicory Smith, Cameron Yoe, 5-9, 150, Sr.

Tight end: (tie) Tyler Carr, Canadian, 6-6, 250, sr.; Jayton Alexander, Lago Vista, 6-1, 235, sr.

Tackles: Silas Robinson, Yoakum, 6-5, 300, jr.; Matthew Arce, Littlefield, 6-0, 260, Jr.

Guards: Tyler Richardson, Canadian, 6-2, 240, jr.; Hugo Sanchez, Mineola, 5-5, 260, jr.

Center: (tie) Waymon Lay, Big Sandy Harmony, 6-5, 223, Sr.; Ardian Martinez, Gunter, 5-9, 195, jr.

Place-kicker: Bryce Nye, Brock, 5-9, 170, Sr.

All-purpose: Montrell Estell, Hooks, 6-3, 180, sr.

Offensive Player of the Year: Crawford, Mineola

Thu
02
Feb

Yoe soccer opens district

 

The Yoe soccer program opened up 26-4A play on Friday night.  Both the Lady Yoe (9-0) and Yoemen (3-0) fell to Giddings in the opener.  Cameron returned to action on Tuesday at Smithville.  The boys (2-1) and girls (3-0) both lost their games to fall to 0-2 in the standings. Diego Martinez scored the goal for the Yoemen.  With a seven team district, Cameron will be on a bye on Friday and will return to action on Tuesday by hosting Eastside Memorial.  Cameron will also play Gonzales, La Grange and Taylor in the coming weeks.  

Thu
02
Feb

Lady Yoe softball prepares to take next step

After a week of practice, Lady Yoe head coach Abe Vargas and his team saw their first live action of the year in a scrimmage versus the Troy Trojanettes on Monday night from the Mark Humble softball complex in Cameron. 

 

“We did a lot of good things,” said Vargas after Monday night’s scrimmage.  “There is a lot of work we still have to do.  Like I told the ladies, the biggest improvement I saw was our mentality.  They hit the ball hard but we never got down on ourselves.”

 

Cameron will feature a young, but experienced roster in 2017.  This includes two key seniors in Zabrian Sowders (P) and Daniella Hill (SS). 

 

Sowders was one of Cameron’s mainstays in the circle, pitching 15 games, coming away with a 5-4 record and 22 strikeouts in 50 innings. Hill hit .286 in 2016 and was fourth on the team with 14 runs driven in. 

 

Thu
02
Feb

Yoemen edge Franklin in overtime

Franklin

When The Yoemen and Lions played the first go-around in 20-3A play, we saw a low scoring, defensive battle.  Franklin won that meeting in come-from-behind fashion, outscoring the Yoemen 28-7 in the final 13 minutes of play to escape with a 43-33 win. 

 

On Friday night on the road at Franklin, we got a similar type of ball game. The only difference between the two contests was the outcome, as the Yoemen did just enough to pull out a 47-45 overtime win. 

 

This is the fourth win in the last five 20-3A games for Cameron (5-4), but this one meant a little more to everyone involved.  Yoe coach Ed Glendening has won over 400 games in his coaching career, and this one will go down as one of the most memorable.

 

“I want to compliment our seniors,” said Glending.  “Four years ago, we wanted to build a program to compete with better programs and we're excited.”

 

Thu
02
Feb

Lady Yoe battle against Franklin, Lexington

Franklin

By the time the first quarter of Friday’s 20-3A contest between Cameron and Franklin came to an end, the outcome was well in hand.  The Lions, which had only lost one other district game to number three Academy, were up on the Lady Yoe 42-8 after eight minutes of play.

 

Despite the overwhelming deficit, the ladies continued to battle all the way through in a 81-40 loss. 

 

Franklin (10-1) could not miss from the field in the 42-point first quarter.  Half of those points came from guard Jessie Medcalf, whose sharpshooting skills were fully on display from the opening tip. 

 

“Franklin shot lights out to begin with,” said Lady Yoe coach Corey Cunningham.  “That is not to undermine how good of a team that they are.  We couldn't handle the press in the beginning, and the early turnovers hurt us.”

 

Thu
26
Jan

Fall Sports Award Winners

Coaches Tommy Brashear and James Henderson present Jesse Valdez with the Seth Dockery Lineman MVP Award.  

Javier Torres (left) and Brandon Wilkins (right) are presented the Mueck Reinders Heart and Courage awawrd by Tommy Brashear.  

Eddie Luna (left) and Sicory Smith (right) are named football MVP's.  

Dale Keen with cross country MVP's Jose Osorio and Frances Sims.  

Lady Yoe volleyabll coach Kamol Nohe with MVP Savannah Kruse.  

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