Apr 30, 2021
Bradley C. Collier (VYPE)
One of the fastest-growing sports at Bridge City High isn’t on the field or court.
It’s on the water.
Dating back to 2013, BCHS has gradually been developing a club dedicated to the common passion of competitive fishing.
Along with several other schools that make up the Southeast Texas High School Fishing Association, this program consists of numerous tournaments in which teams compete against each other with the opportunity to win scholarships.
One might wonder about the full scope of its popularity.
“Our team has been growing,” said one of the program’s directors, Melissa Cox. “We started with just a few. We only have 30 seniors right now, but the junior class is huge, and the underclassmen team continues to grow as well. We’re trying to expand our club, and they’ve been really fun to work with.
“Around here, we fish a lot. But it’s not like football, where something brings people together. So, watching all these kids bond and compete over their common love for fishing is really special to see.”
Inspired by the BassMaster Elite trail, this phenomenon has spread to the collegiate and high school level, which brings the Bridge City team to where it is today.
The Cardinals represent exceptionally well on the water. The group averaging at least three Top 30 finishers in every tournament, and had success to the tune of earning up to $15,000 in scholarships in just one season.
Fishing may be a solitary activity to some, but that doesn’t mean the students can’t learn something along the way.
“The kids learn teamwork through the tournament fishing program, and they learn how to be accountable for themselves,” said Cox. “They are working in groups and they have a partner throughout the process, but they understand how to be individually responsible as a result.”
So what does a tournament day look like for the students involved?
“Usually, the kids are blasting off pretty early,” Cox said. “They can start putting their lines in the water around 7 a.m. and they tend to grind it out all day until around 3 p.m. Since most of our tournaments start around January, they can sometimes be out in 30-degree weather with icicles hanging off their boats and poles.
“That, paired with the fact that they tend to bring their own equipment and drive to the location, shows just how committed these kids are to this sport.”
Sounds difficult, yet inviting. It’s not hard to see what reeled these competitors in.
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VYPE Thursday Night Showdown is Back!!
Game four of the VYPE TNS broadcast presented by Daspit Law Firm happened last week as we had a great matchup between the Jersey Village Falcons vs the Cy Fair Bobcats. Cy Fair pulled out a big win to improve to 4-1 on the year.
Check out the highlights from the game below!
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01 Oct, 2023
Photo By Jackson DiPasquale
To be the champ, you have to the beat the champ.
The Katy Tigers and North Shore Mustangs were up to their respective challenges as Katy Jordan and CE King attempted to knock the kings off their thrones.
North Shore won 42-6 and Katy got past Jordan 42-35.
How about Cypress Springs? They took down Cypress Ranch, 35-31, in a District 16-6A playoff-seeding matchup. The Panthers are legit and will make the postseason.
Texas City couldn’t stop super-power Port Neches-Groves in a Class 5A matchup, but still remain in the Top 10, while Lake Creek was challenged by district rival Montgomery in a classic.
HARD FLEX: Ridge Point got off to a slow start this season against some tough competition, but has it rolling since. The Panthers blew out George Ranch, 56-27, to virtually to determine District 20-6A.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: The Nimitz Cougars beat Eisenhower, 20-0, to remain undefeated on the season. The NIMITZ COUGARS are one of the surprise teams in the city in 2023.
PRIVATE SCHOOL LOOK IN: Concordia Lutheran is having a strong start in 2023 going 4-1. The ‘Saders slammed TWCA 51-37 over the weekend.
VYPE’s 6A TOP 25 RANKINGS
No. 1 North Shore Mustangs
No. 2 Atascocita Eagles
No. 3 Lamar Texans
No. 4 Summer Creek Bulldogs
No. 5 Katy Tigers
No. 6 Willis Wildkats
No. 7 Tomball Memorial Wildcats
No. 8 Hightower Hurricanes
No. 9 Shadow Creek Sharks
No. 10 Bridgeland Bears
No. 11 Jordan Warriors
No. 12 Klein Collins Tigers
No. 13 Cy-Fair Bobcats
No. 14 CE King Panthers
No. 15 Pearland Oilers
No. 16 Nimitz Cougars
No. 17 Cypress Springs Panthers
No. 19 Dickinson Gators
No. 20 The Woodlands Highlanders
No. 21 Deer Park Deer
No. 22 Ridge Point Panthers
No. 23 Cinco Ranch Cougars
No. 24 Clear Creek Wildcats
No. 25 Cypress Falls Eagles
VYPE’s 5A TOP 10 RANKINGS
No. 1 Lake Creek Lions
No. 2 Fulshear Chargers
No. 3 Magnolia West Mustangs
No. 4 FB Marshall Buffs
No. 5 LaPorte Bulldogs
No. 6 Barbers Hill Eagles
No. 7 Texas City Stings
No. 8 Randle Lions
No. 9 Magnolia Bulldogs
No. 10 Galveston Ball Tors
VYPE’s CLASS 4A/3A TOP 10 RANKINGS
No. 1 Hitchcock Bulldogs
No. 2 Bellville Brahmas
No. 3 Columbus Cardinals
No. 4 Iowa Colony Pioneers
No. 5 Needville Bluejays
No. 6 El Campo Ricebirds
No. 7 Brookshire Royal
No. 8 Bay City Blackcats
No. 9 Yates Lions
No. 10 North Forest Bulldogs
VYPE’s TOP 5 Private School RANKINGS
No. 1 Episcopal Knights
No. 2 St. Thomas Eagles
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