Yoemen Sports Network

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.

Thu
22
Dec

Yoe soccer continues to grow at new season nears

 

As 2016 comes to an end and 2017 begins, the winter sports season will soon be in full swing in Cameron.  Basketball and wrestling has been in progress for a number of weeks now and soccer will be joining that group at the beginning of January. 

 

Yoemen

The Yoe soccer team - headed by Kevin Webb - will enter the new season with a roster that will have a mix senior leadership, but overall will be young, as five starters will have to be replaced. 

 

Benny Paredes, Xavier Torres and Noah Kostroun are three seniors returning to help lead the newcomers to the roster.

 

As a junior, Paredes was arguably the Yoemen’s most valuable player, earning a first team all-district selection out of 26-4A. 

 

Thu
22
Dec

Slow start too much to overcome for Yoemen

Yoemen coach Ed Glendening knows that it’s very difficult to come out of the gate firing on all cylinders in every non-district contest. 

 

Tuesday’s road game at Caldwell appeared to be one of those instances, as the Hornets jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first period and went on to hold off the Yoemen late to win, 51-44.

 

“We just came out flat,” said Glendening.  “We told the kids we were going to come out and work on some things for district.  We ran multiple defenses and all of our stuff and we were down 19 points and we were flat.”

 

The loss breaks the win streak for Cameron (11-2) at six.  Caldwell (5-9) picks up their first win over Cameron in three tries. 

 

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