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Yoemen Powerlifting Classic Results














Hundres of lifters from across Central Texas filled Yoe Gym on Saturday for the 2017 Yoemen Powerlifting Classic.  Below are the results for the Lady Yoe & Yoemen that participated in the meet.  A full story will be published in Thursday's edition of The Cameron Herald.  




114 Weight Class

4. Selene Vargas, 430 lbs. 


132 Weight Class

4. Faith Kistler, 490 lbs. 


259 Weigt Class

5. Daejanay Bell, 630 lbs. 




132 Weight Class

3. Joe Rangel, 675 lbs. 


165 Weight Class

5. Zach Andress, 930 lbs. 


181 Weight Class

3. Kevin Advic, 930 lbs. 



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.



Yoemen split 20-3A contests



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.



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.


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.




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.



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?



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.



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.  



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.  


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.  



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."



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