Another Rough Week for Bobcats and LadyCats!
LadyCats Beat Ranger Lady Bulldogs in Four Games!
September 17, 2012
This has been one of those weeks for Newcastle athletes you like to see in your rearview mirror!! The LadyCats and Bobcats got lots of valuable experience for the upcoming district competitions but there was only one victory for the win column with the LadyCats defeating the Ranger Lady Bulldogs in their Saturday morning volleyball match!
The week got off to a bad start Monday when the young, junior high LadyCat volleyball team traveled to Garner for a three team match with Garner and Graford. They ended the week with lots of “live action” in the Bryson Junior High Volleyball Tournament. I emphasize the adjective – young! Several of these young ladies are playing an organized, team sport for the very first time and the transition from recreational volleyball to competitive volleyball is difficult to make. The level of competition and the expectations are raised a notch when it comes to team sports. These young ladies are coming to school for practice at 6:45 AM and there is no doubt that the hard work and sacrifices they are making now will pay huge physical dividends for them individually and for their LadyCat teams of the future! Hang in there girls! We are proud of you and I promise as you continue to improve, your self-confidence will grow and you will be so happy that you persevered!
The varsity LadyCat volleyball team still can’t catch a break because of illness and injury. Seems like every week there is another LadyCat sitting on the bench because of a physical ailment preventing their participation! However, if we look on the bright side, all of the girls are getting plenty of playing time and they are learning to be very flexible with the positions that they play! Saturday the LadyCats won a home contest versus the Ranger Lady Bulldogs in four games. The LadyCats came out of the chute pretty slow which is typical for a Saturday morning after an away football game on Friday night. But, after losing the first game 21-25, they squeaked out a come-from-behind win in game two 25-23 and that win ignited a fire in them and they dominated game three with a 25-16 victory. In game three it was 10-0 before the Lady Bulldogs ever got on the scoreboard and in game four it was much the same with the LadyCats jumping out to a 6-0 lead. Winning that match was a great confidence builder! As I said, lots of good experience is being gained for the future! District for the LadyCat volleyball team gets underway next Saturday, September 22nd, when the LadyCats take on the Woodson Cowgirls here in Newcastle City!! Game time is 10:00 AM.
Thursday night the junior high and junior varsity Bobcat football teams took to the field versus the May Tigers! This was the junior high Bobcats’ 2012 debut and considering they lost six eighth grade players from last year, I thought the rebuilding program showed definite, positive signs of progress! Just as the junior high girls, the junior high boys have several new faces that have never stepped foot on a football field until this year when practice started! I know it’s hard to lose any game, but these boys did a great job and came back from a 19 point deficit at half to close within six points and make it a game! Put the fear into May! Keep up the hard work guys and you will get better each and every week!
The junior varsity Bobcat football team also did a really great job even though they came out on the short end of the winning stick! They played really hard and even though they got behind in the first half, they outscored the Tigers in the second half and kept the game alive. Our junior varsity team is made up of 2 sophomore and 8 freshmen and they are doing a great job and getting lots of experience not only during their games, but also, every day that they scrimmage with our Bobcat varsity team. There is no doubt that the experience they are gaining will pay huge dividends in the future.
The Bobcat football team traveled to May for an expectedly tough game with the May Tigers! The Bobcats lost the game 36-14, but at the start of the fourth quarter the Bobcats were only 8 points (14-22) away from tying the score! The defense played a really good game to hold down the Tigers on their home field, but the strength and speed of the Tigers really challenged the offense as the Bobcats went inside the Tiger 15 yard line three or four times without scoring! Tyler Mays was the leading rusher for the Bobcats with 54 yards on 8 carries for an average of 6.8 yards per carry. Michael Moreno tacked on another 39 yards of rushing and Will Lewis had 3 positive rushing yards. Tyler Mays handled most of the passing with 14 completions on 26 attempts for 90 yards. Michael Moreno was on the receiving end of 6 passes for 81 yards and Will Lewis had 4 receptions for 12 yards. Jerry Shields had 1 reception for 7 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball Michael Moreno was the leading tackler with 10 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. Tyler Mays had 9 tackles and sophomore, Blake Maxwell, contributed 8 tackles when he came in for an ailing Nathan Wilson. Before Nathan left the game he had 7 tackles. Preston Hobbs had 7 tackles and a fumble recovery and H.R. Shields added on 6 tackles. Sean Osborn played a really good game with some hard hits and was credited with 2 tackles.
This week the Bobcats and LadyCats will be participating in homecoming activities and working toward a win over the Knox City Greyhounds on Friday night and then a first district win for the LadyCats over the Woodson Cowgirls! Game time for the Bobcats will be 7:30 Friday and the LadyCats’ Saturday volleyball match begins at 10:00 AM. The Homecoming bonfire will be Wednesday, September 19th, at dark and the homecoming pep rally will be held Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm in the football bleachers weather permitting. Grandparents are encouraged to come and share the fun and excitement of the homecoming pep rally and sit with your grandchildren!!