PURPLE PRIDE athletic news


February 2019

Welcome to the "Purple Pride Athletic News" newsletter. We are rocking through this year and what a great year to be a Bonham Purple Warrior!! Our Warrior Basketball team set some school records, cleaned house on district awards, and sure made us proud on their playoff run. Power-lifting advanced to the state meet in girls and boys. Baseball, Softball, and Soccer are all in the middle of district play. Track and Tennis season is going well too. In this edition you will find schedules, stories, and pictures from:

  • Warrior Basketball Playoffs
  • Powerlifting
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Golf
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A message from our Athletic Director

In Bonham ISD our coaches welcome all students to participate in our interscholastic sports programs. Sports are an excellent way to grow emotionally as an individual. As a former high school and collegiate athlete, I know that athletics played a major role in helping prepare me for college and the adult world. Because of sports, the lessons of my coaches, and the games I played, I developed skills in time management, problem solving, delegation, motivation, and team building. As a community let's take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and encourage all of our students to consider participating in one of our many sports programs. We have something for everyone who is willing to give us a try.

Bonham Warrior Area Playoffs

No. 3 Madison Trojans 68, Bonham 58

by Allen Rich

McKinney, Texas -- A record-breaking year for the Bonham Warriors came to a close in the area round with a 10-point loss to the Dallas Madison Trojans, currently ranked No. 3 in Class 3A.

Bonham looked inside to Josh Ukpe for the first basket of the game, but Madison managed to double up on the Warriors, 16-8, as the opening period ended.

Madison continued to pull away in the second quarter and the Trojans took a 16-point lead, 38-22, into the locker room at halftime.

Bonham battled back in the second half when Tanner Reaves knocked down four three-pointers and Upke hit three triples as the Warriors whittled Madison's lead down to two points, 55-53.

But Madison finished the game with 15-3 run to post a 68-58 win.

Bonham senior Josh Ukpe completed a stellar career with a game-high 31 point performance against the number three team in Class 3A.

Tanner Reaves dropped in a dozen points, Noah Shellman scored seven, Tyler Rodriguez tossed in six points and Cam Reed put up two points.

Jody Legans led Madison with 23 points and Jerome Rogers knocked down 19 points.

The Trojans advance to take on the winner of Mineola/Leonard in the regional quarterfinals.

The Bonham Warriors treated their fans to a school-record 26 wins, including Bonham's first playoff victory in 71 years.


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Warriors advance to Area

by Allen Rich

If the Bonham Warriors took a little extra time to cut down the net after their bi-district win over the Gunter Tigers, they certainly had every reason to relish the moment. After all, Harry Truman was president the last time the Bonham Warriors won a playoff game in basketball back in 1948, so Tuesday night's victory was the Warriors' first basketball playoff win in 71 years.

Bi-district action in boys basketball got underway Tuesday, February 19 with the Bonham Warriors defeating the Gunter Tigers, 66-53.

Bonham entered the playoffs as the number two seed out of District 10-3A, while Gunter placed third in District 9-3A.

In a sign of things to come, Bonham senior Josh Ukpe scored the first seven points of the game. The Warriors were up 17-12 after the first quarter and 33-24 at the half.

Bonham had a 17-point cushion, 56-39, heading into the fourth quarter and cruised to a 66-53 win in front of a large crowd that made the trip to Denison.

Josh Ukpe led all scorers with 33 points. Tanner Reaves loosened up the defense with six three-point shots and finished with 20 points.

Cam Reed scored six, Gaige Cravin finished with four points, Brandon Dona had two points and Noah Shellman sank a free throw to round out the scoring for the Warriors. Although Tyler Rodriguez didn't show up in the scorebook, the senior point guard contributed with pinpoint passing and quickness on defense.

It was a team victory that put an exclamation mark behind the school-record 26-win season the Warriors have enjoyed under first-year head coach Chris Williams.

Gunter put up a valiant battle, with Zander Turner finishing with 24 points, Kyle Watson tossed in 10 points and Kobe Hunter knocked down nine points.

Bonham improves to 26-5 with the victory and will face No. 3 Madison in the area round Friday, February 22 at McKinney High School. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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District 10-3A Awards

Congratulations to Josh Upke for making the 3A Region 2 TABC All Region Team! Region 2 was easily the toughest in the state and Josh showed out!

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by Allen Rich

It was a barn-burner in Bonham Tuesday night as the Bonham Warriors and the Whitewright Tigers opened District 10-3A competition with a nine-inning thriller.

After the first two innings were scoreless, Whitewright went up 1-0 in the top of the third and stretched its lead to 4-0 in the fourth frame.

Another run by Whitewright in the top of the fifth gave the Lady Tigers a 5-0 lead, but Bonham scored four runs in the bottom half of the frame to whittle Whitewright's advantage down to 5-4.

Neither team scored in the sixth inning, however Whitewright plated a runner in the top of the seventh to go up 6-4.

Bonham came through with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

After a scoreless eighth inning, Whitewright broke the deadlock when sophomore Kyleigh Clements singled to center field to drive in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. A throwing error allowed the Lady Tigers to tack on another run.

by Allen Rich

The Bonham Lady Warriors unleashed a 14-hit attack en route to an 11-7 win over the Celina Lady Cats.

Fans were on the edge of their seats as the lead changed hands, with Celina jumping out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning and Bonham pulling in front, 3-2, in the bottom of the second.

Celina tied the game in the top of the third and Bonham slipped back in front, 4-3, in the bottom half of the frame.

Celina plated three runners in the top of the fifth inning to go up 6-4, but Bonham erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Lady Warriors an 11-6 advantage heading into the final frame.

Celina managed to score one run in the top of the seventh, giving Bonham an 11-7 win.

Bonham's Raegan Shackelford went 2-for-3, scored twice and drove in four runs. Raegan Shackelford, Averi Reeves, and Madison Wrape all hit homeruns against Celina.

Bonham freshman Cameron Person picked up the win.

Bonham Softball Tournament Champs

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Bonham vs Anna

By: Allen Rich

Brooke Aaron and Katie Dunston both had two hits, with Aaron driving in four runs, while Shelby Jones pitched a five hitter to get the win and scored three runs to aid her own cause as the Bonham Lady Warriors posted a 7-4 win over the Anna Lady Coyotes.

This game was tied 1-1 going into the fourth inning before Bonham plated three runners in the bottom half of the frame to take a 4-1 lead.

Anna scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to make it a one-run game, however Bonham responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth to build a 7-3 cushion heading into the final inning.

Anna managed to score one run in the top of the seventh, giving Bonham a 7-4 win.

Anna's Hannah Howell was tagged with the loss. Howell had a pair of hits, while Madison Gaston drove in three runs with one hit.

Bonham Lady Warriors 14, Henrietta 4

By Allen Rich

The Bonham Lady Warriors hammered out 15 hits in a 14-4 five-inning win over Henrietta.

Bonham had an 8-0 lead before Henrietta got a run in the bottom of the third. The Lady Warriors put the game away with six runs in the top of the fifth frame.

Carsyn Hemby went 4-for-4 with four runs batted in to lead Bonham.

Shelby Jones had three hits and a pair of RBIs. Raegan Shackelford, Chyrsi Hemby and Joli Kirkpatrick all had two hits apiece.

Brooke Aaron and Averi Reeves each had one hit, with Aaron driving in two runs.

C. Person got the win.

Bonham Lady Warriors in Henrietta ASBC Tournament

By Allen Rich

The Bonham Lady Warriors fell to Vernon, 5-4, and handed Haskell a 12-3 loss in action at the Henrietta ASBC Tournament.

Against Vernon, Bonham had a 4-3 lead going into the final frame, but Vernon scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to edge Bonham, 5-4.

Shelby Jones, Carsyn Hemby and Madison Wrape all had a pair of hits and Brooke Aaron drove in a pair of runs.

In the runaway win over Haskell, Carsyn Hemby and Raegan Shackelford both had three hits, while Brooke Aaron, Chyrsi Hemby and Averi Reeves all had two hits.

Shackelford drove in four runs and Aaron had three RBIs.

Shelby Jones and Mackenzie Person both pitched three innings, with Person picking up the win.

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Warrior Tennis at Bells

Bonham Tennis competed in the Bells Invitational February 14th and 15th. Marco Avalos and Ashton Akins competed in their first tournament together in boys doubles. The duo played some tough matches and came out consolation champions. Austen Somerville, seeded 3rd, played great tennis and found himself bringing home a 3rd place medal. Freshman Casey Barrett had a hard draw and lost her only two matches of the day. Reese Davis, seeded 4th, won her first two matches of the day before running into the top seed in the tournament. She finished up with a 3rd place finish.

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Warriors at Aubrey All Relay Meet

Varsity Boys:

4x100 relay – 3rd Trevor Young, Hayden Stevenson, Joseph Rexrode, Aashton Atkins

4x200 relay – 4th Trevor Young, Hayden Stevenson, Joseph Rexrode, Aashton Atkins

4x800 relay- 4th Christian Chavez, Tristen Singleton, Greg Taft, Tony Cruz

100-100-200-400M 1st Hayden Styevenson, Joseph Rexrode, Ashton Atkins, Tony Cruz

Junior Varsity

4x800 relay- 6th Ben Cary, Jose Olguin, Darren Colson, Richard Swartz

100-100-200-400M 3rd Nyiee Boston, Dustan Sewell, Austin Richter, Adrian Fuller

Lady Warriors at Aubrey All Relay Meet

Varsity Girls:

4x800 relay- 6th Rayan Campbell, Lizset Alvarez, Kaitlyn Rhinehart, Samantha Hodge

100-100-200-400M - 3rd Haleigh Solano, Emma Bounds, Kaitlyn Barr, Bri Cruz

Junior Varsity Girls:

4x100 relay – 1st Melanee Lewis, Danielle Brown, Journi Shellman, Dakota Kibble

4x200 relay – 5th Melanee Lewis, Danielle Brown, Michelle Cox, Dakota Kibble

4x800 relay- 6th Nuvia Esquivel, Ema Freud, Perla Flores, Maria Hernandez

1200-400-800-1600M- 4th Nuvia Esquivel, Katia Martinez, Ema Freud, Perla Flores.

Lady Warriors @ Anna Relays

Varsity Girls

4x100 relay – 3rd Place Hayleigh Solano, Emma Bounds, Kaytlyn Barr, and Bri Cruz

4x200 relay – 4th Place Emma Bounds, Haleigh Solano, Dakoda Kibble, Bri cruz

800 M: Samantha Hodge 3rd Place

1600M: Samantha Hodge 5th Place

Long Jump: 6th Place Dakoda Kibble

Triple Jump: 5th Place Dakoda Kibble

Shot Put:

Discus: 6th Place Raegan Shackelford

High Jump: 3rd Place Kaitlyn Barr, 5th Melanee Lewis

Junior Varsity

100M: 5th Place Katia Martinez

400M: Lily Wilson

800M: 6th Place Ema Freud

Shotput: 6th Place Dania Arguella

Discus: Alejandra Soto

Warriors @ Anna Relays

Varsity Boys:

4x100 relay – 2nd Tyler Rodriguez, Hayden Stevenson, Joseph Rexrode, Aashton Atkins

4x200 relay – 3rd Hayden Stevenson, Josh Upke, Trevor Young, Tyler Rodriguez

4x400 relay- 3rd Tyler Rodriguez, Greg Taft, Trevor Young, Tony Cruz

100M: 1st Hayden Stevenson

200M: 5th Joseph Rexrode

800 M: 4th Tony Cruz

Long Jump: 1st Tyler Rodriguez

Triple Jump: 1st Tyler Rodriguez

Junior Varsity

4x100 relay – 2nd Kade Bowser, Jamari Murrell, Mason Rodriguez, Corey Richter

4x200 relay – 3rd Kade Bowser, Jamari Murrell, Mason Rodriguez, Corey Richter

800 M: 5th Richard Swartz

1600M: 5th Richard Swartz

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Congratulations Warrior Powerlifting

Warrior Powerlifting- State Bound


259- DANIA ARGUELLO(soph)= squat-345, bench-170, deadlift-280= Total-795; Placed 6th

198- CAGEN BURKARD(jr)= squat-290, bench-125, deadlift-240= Total-655; Placed 7th

165- MADDIE DILLS(sr)= squat-385, bench-215, deadlift-375= Total-975

*Placed 1st by 200 pounds.

*Broke 8 Regional Records in Squat, Bench, Deadlift and Overall Total

*Awarded Best Pound for Pound Lifter of the Meet in Squat, Bench, Deadlift and Overall Total.

*Qualified for The Girls State Meet in Waco on March 15th


SHW- ELIJAH MCFARLAN(soph)= squat-390, bench-310,deadlift-415= Total-1115; Placed 10th

SHW- SAM PORTER(sr)= squat-430,bench-320,deadlift-410= Total-1160; Placed 8th

SHW- CHRIS WILSON(sr)= squat-490, bench-350, deadlift-540= Total-1380; Placed 5th

198- LUKE PORTER(jr)= squat-540, bench-310, deadlift-480= Total-1330; Placed 2nd

*Qualified for the Boys State Meet in Abilene on March 23rd

242- DANIEL DOWLING(sr)= squat-675, bench-525, deadlift-520= Total-1720

*Placed 1st by 300 pounds

*Broke 2 Regional Records in Bench Press

*Awarded Best Pound for Pound Lifter of the Meet in Bench Press and Overall Total

*Qualified for The Boys State Meet in Abilene on March 23rd

Regional Qualifiers

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Bonham Warriors #Powerlifting Regional Qualifiers:

- Maddie Dills
- Cagen Burkard
- Dania Arguello
(Regional Alternates)
- Kate Vaught & Jordan Passanisi

- Daniel Dowling-
- Luke Porter
- Elijah McFarlan
- Chris Wilson
- Sam Porter
(Regional Alternate)
- Jacob Kennedy

Good luck to these #Warriors as they compete in the upcoming weeks!

Bonham Powerlifting at Howe


(squat, bench, deadlift = total - Place(Top 3 Lifters in each weight class Medaled)

132- Mia Hodge 185, 110, 160 = 455 - 12th Place

132- Sara Henry 220, 95, 200 = 515 - 9th Place

148- Kate Vaught 210, 120, 220 = 520 - 11th Place

165- Maddie Dills 365, 175, 330 = 870 - 1st Place

( Also Won the Plaque for Best Lifter of the Meet )

181- Jordan Passanisi 220, 125, 185 = 530 - 10th Place

181- Cagen Burkard 265, 135, 200 = 600 - 6th Place

259- Dania Arguello 330, 155, 280 = 765 - 3rd Place

Girls Team Placed 8th out of 20 Teams.

REGIONAL QUALIFIERS: 165-(Sr)Maddie Dills, 198-(Jr)Cagen Burkard, 259-(Soph)Dania Arguello

REGIONAL ALTERNATES: 132-(Sr)Kate Vaught, 181-(Fr)Jordan Passanisi



198- Luke Porter 490, 270, 485 = 1245 4th Place

220- Jacob Kennedy 445, 220, 440 = 1105 5th Place

242- Daniel Dowling 675, 500, 525 = 1700 1st Place

( Also Won the Plaque for Best Lifter of the Meet )

Shw-Sam Porter 440, 310, 420 = 1170 4th Place

Shw-Elijah McFarlan 365, 310, 380 = 1055 5th Place

Boys Team Placed 5th out of 20 Teams.

Will find out Regional Qualifiers for the Boys Next Week.

Boys Regional Meet will be at Saginaw HS on March 6th.

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vs Celina

The Warriors soccer team began district play last Friday. They visited the Celina Bobcats. The Warriors were able to escape with a 0-0 tie in a great defensive performance. They grabbed their first point for the district standings. With a short recovery time, the Warriors faced the Melissa Cardinals on Monday, February 19th. The Warriors created multiple scoring opportunities but could not finish any of them off. Melissa ended up capitalizing on their 2 chances late in the game, taking a 2-0 victory back home. These results put the Warriors record at 4-3-3. The next game is on Saturday, February 23rd against Anna at Anna
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Got a great 2-1 victory over Sunnyvale. Goals scored by Sam Hodge and Hanna Solano. Can’t wait to start district play next Friday. #WinTogether
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Junior Varsity Baseball

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Golf wins 2nd Place

Congratulations to our #LadyWarrior golf team on getting a 2nd place finish at the Stone River Invitational!

Cayliegh Ford

Vivi James

Bailee Nichols

Heather Glaser

They did an incredible job in some rough weather conditions!


L.H. Rather Junior High Track

Lady Indians at Anna

February 26, 2019 the 7th and 8th grade girls track teams traveled to Anna for their first meet of the season. We saw a lot of good things and some things we can improve on come from this meet. The 7th grade girls finished 7th and the 8th grade finished 8th overall. Placing in the top 10 was:

7th grade:

100 meters: Kylee Trompler – 3rd

1600M: Isabella Deas - 10th

300m Hurdles: Zoey Mangum – 10th

4x100 relay – 6th K. Berhnes, K. Trompler, D. Williams, A. Vaughn

4x200 relay – 6th K. Berhnes K. Trompler, D. Williams, A. Vaughn

4x400 relay – 8th A. Salinas, J. McMahon, K. Berhnes, A. Vaughn

Long Jump: Kylee Trompler – 3rd

Triple Jump: Kylee Trompler – 4th

8th Grade

100 meters: B. Killgo – 5th

300m Hurdles: M. Herndon – 4th

4x100 relay – 6th B. Killgo, A. Kirkpatrick, B. Rodriguez, F. Williams

4x200 relay 5th B. Killgo, A. Kirkpatrick, B. Rodriguez, F. Williams

Shot Put: A. Givens – 4th

Long Jump: Ali Kirkpatirck – 5th B. Killgo – 8th

Lady Indians at Van Alstyne

On Tuesday, March 5th, we traveled to Van Alstyne to compete in the MS Panther Relays. Both teams showed improvement from the first meet of the season. Even with the cold weather, these girls came out running and had heart and class the entire meet.

Both teams finished 2nd, with the 8th grade being edged out of first place by 20 points.

The top 6 places received points and medals / or ribbons. Those girls include:

7th grade:

Kylee Trompler 3rd -100 meters

Doris Williams – 5th -200 meters

Starla Gordan – 6th – 200 meters

Reyliegh Shockley – 4th – 400 meters

Isabella Deas – 5th – 800 meters and 1600 meters

Andrea Salias – 4th 2400 meters

Kate Roden – 3rd 100m and 300m Hurdles

Daniella Durante – 5th 100m Hurdles

Zoey Mangum – 4th 300m Hurdles

4x100 – 3rd and 4x200 – 3rd - K. Berhnes, K. Trompler, D. Williams, A. Vaughn

4x400 – 2nd A. Salinas J. McMahon, K. Berhnes, St. Gordan

8th grade:

B. Killgo – 2nd -100 meters

A. Fuller – 5th 100 meters, 200 meters and 4th – 400 meters

D. Wilson – 6th 100 meters, 3rd – 100m Hurdles

A. Hodge – 5th 800 meters 6th 1600 meters

E. Sparks – 1st – 2400 meters, 4th 1600 meters

A. Perez – 5th – 1600 meters

M. Herndon – 2nd 100m Hurdles, 1st – 300m Hurdles

M. Cox – 6th 100m Hurdles, 3rd – 300m Hurdles

4x100 – 1st and 4x200 – 2nd – B. Rodriguez, B. Killgo, A. Kirkpatrick, F. Willaims

4x400 – 2nd - B. Rodriguez, M. Herndon, A. Kirkpatrick, M. Cox

On Tuesday, March 5th, our boys traveled to Van Alstyne where they competed in the VA Invitational and both teams showed improvement from the first meet of the season. The weather was not ideal but warm enough for an all running event track meet.

Both our 7th grade boys and 8th grade boys finished 3rd overall in the 4 team meet. We are proud of how our boys competed and represented Bonham. The following boys either earned a medal in their even or place high enough to earn points towards the total point count which helped us place in the overall competition:

7th Grade Boys

Dylan Johnson: Gold 200m Silver 4x200 relay Bronze 4x400 relay

Justin McBride: Silver 100m Bronze 4x100 relay

Gauge Williams Silver 400m Bronze 200m Bronze 4x400 relay

Nate Van Huss Silver 110 Hurdles, Silver 4x200 relay, Bronze 300 Hurdles

Angel Esquivel Bronze 110 Hurdles, Bronze 4x100 relay

Hunter Haglund Silver 300 Hurdles, Silver 4x200 relay, Bronze 4x400 relay

Hunter Dudley Bronze 4x100 relay

Austyn Herrington Bronze 4x100 relay

Alexander Helms Bronze 4x200 relay

Kristopher Kerby Bronze 4x400 relay, 5th 110 Hurdles

Gavin Collier 4th 1600m, 6th 2400m run

8th Grade Boys

Jeren Ross Bronze 4x100 relay, Bronze 4x200 relay, 6th 200m dash

Jackson Abbott Bronze 4x100 relay, Bronze 4x200 relay

Cannan Farley Bronze 4x100 relay, Bronze 4x200 relay,

Jacob Gorden Bronze 4x100 relay, Bronze 4x200 relay

Fernando Delgado Bronze 4x400 relay, 6th 400 m dash

Jesse Koontz Bronze 4x400 relay, 6th 400 m dash

Ashton Gurley Bronze 4x400 relay

Richard Gomez Bronze 4x400 relay

Colton Young 4th 110 hurdles, 4th 300 hurdles

Indian track Meet @ Anna

LH Rather traveled to Anna for their first track meet of the year. For our 8th grade boys, this was a chance to get the first track meet out of the way, and for our 7th graders this was a great new experience.

As coaches we are very proud of the effort these boys brought to each of their events. Despite competing against much larger teams, the boys gave everything they had to every event and it was apparent to all who were there.

We set a standard for these young men at the beginning of the season that, win or lose, we would compete with heart and class. Multiple coaches approached us as a coaching staff to commend the boys on how they carried themselves at this meet, and for that we are very proud!

Unfortunately, we did not have any athletes place for a ribbon or medal as medals were only given to top three in this meet, but that competitive drive put many of our athletes just outside the placing for points. I look forward to being able to celebrate with some individuals next week that cross over into the placing, but this week it is all about celebrating the team and the way they represented Bonham. Way to go guys!!!

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