PURPLE PRIDE athletic news


January 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 playoffs will begin soon. Power-lifting, Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Track have all started. In this edition you will find schedules, stories, and pictures from:

  • Warrior Basketball
  • Lady Warrior Basketball
  • Indian Basketball
  • Lady Indian Basketball
  • Powerlifting
  • Soccer
  • Tennis


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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.


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Bonham Warriors set school record with 25th win

by Allen Rich

A balanced scoring attack carried the Bonham Warriors to a 55-51 win over the Howe Bulldogs. It was the 25th win of the year for Bonham, which sets a new school record.

Josh Ukpe put up 14 points to lead four Warriors in double figures. Tyler Rodriguez tossed in 13 points, Tanner Reaves had 11 points and Noah Shellman scored 10.

Cam Reed finished with five points and Gaige Cravin contributed two points.

Warrrios Vs Leonard

By Allen Rich:

The Leonard Tigers got off to a fast start and held off Bonham down the stretch to earn a five-point win.

Leonard had an 18-8 lead early in the second period, but Bonham only trailed by three points, 22-19, at halftime.

The Tigers were on top, 35-34, heading into the fourth quarter, however a three-pointer by Josh Ukpe gave Bonham a 37-35 advantage.

Leonard freshman D.J. Brown came through with three clutch baskets in the final minutes to help his Tigers post a 53-48 win.

Bonham vs Van Alstyne

By Allen Rich:

Van Alstyne's Sam Tormos poured in 37 points to carry his Panthers to a seven-point win over the Bonham Warriors in overtime.

Bonham led 26-19 at the half and 45-40 heading into the fourth quarter, but Van Alstyne pulled even at 53-53 as time ran out in regulation.

In overtime, Van Alstyne prevailed, 63-56.

Josh Ukpe led Bonham with 25 points, Brandon Dona hit a pair of clutch three-points in the final period and finished with 10 points, Cam Reed put up eight points, Tyler Rodriguez scored seven, Tanner Reaves finished with five points and Gaige Cravin hit a free throw.

Bonham vs Bells

By Allen Rich:

Four Bonham Warriors finished in double figures in a 31-point win over the Bells Panthers.

It was Bells with an early 10-4 lead, but Bonham pulled ahead on three-point shots by Josh Ukpe, Noah Shellman and Tanner Reaves. The Warriors went inside to Gaige Cravin for a basket that gave Bonham a 19-15 lead as the opening period ended.

Reaves had two more triples in the second period as the Warriors opened up a 40-21 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, it was Shellman knocking down a pair of three pointers that helped Bonham build a 55-28 cushion heading into the final period.

The Warriors finished the night with a 69-38 win on the road.

Josh Ukpe paced the Bonham offense with 20 points, Tanner Reaves hit five triples and finished with 19 points, Noah Shellman drained three triples and had 13 points, while Gaige Cravin had a solid performance in the paint and put up 10 points.

Tyler Rodriguez finished with five points and Cam Reed had two points.

Warriors vs Blue Ridge

By Allen Rich:

The Bonham Warriors moved to 8-0 in District 10-3A and clinched a playoff spot with a 61-54 win over Blue Ridge.

Bonham senior Josh Ukpe led all scorers with 27 points and Tanner Reaves and Brandon Dona were also in double digits with 17 points and 11 points, respectively.

Cam Reed finished with four points and Tyler Rodriguez had two points.

Warriors vs Whitewright

By Allen Rich

Josh Ukpe led all scorers with 26 points as the Bonham Warriors improved to 22-4 on the year and 7-0 in District 10-3A with a 15-point win at Whitewright.

The Warriors were on top 26-20 at halftime, stretched their advantage to double digits in the third when Tanner Reaves drained a pair of triples and continued to pull away for a 60-45 win on the road.

Tanner Reaves and Tyler Rodriguez joined Ukpe if double figures with 11 points and 10 points, respectively.

Noah Shellman scored six, Brandon Dona dropped in four points and Cam Reed put up three points.

Warriors vs Leonard

By Allen Rich

The Bonham Warriors completed a clean sweep of the first round of District 10-3A with a 16-point win over the Leonard Tigers.

The Warriors were up 8-6 at the first buzzer, but Bonham sophomore Tanner Reaves knocked down three triples in the second period as the Warriors opened up a 31-19 lead at halftime.

Bonham started the third period with an 8-0 run when Noah Shellman hit a three-point and dropped in a lay-up on the next possession before Josh Ukpe drained a triple. The Warriors led 42-28 after the third quarter and went on to put a 61-45 win in the books.

Bonham used a balanced scoring attack with four Warriors finishing the night in double figures.

Tanner Reaves and Noah Shellman both scored 15, Josh Ukpe put up 12 points and Tyler Rodriguez tossed in 10 points.

Gaige Cravin had seven points and Cam Reed finished with two points

Bonham Warriors Junior Varsity Basketball

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Lady Warriors vs Van Alstyne

By Allen Rich:

The Bonham Lady Warriors had an 18-16 lead at halftime, but a strong second half lifted the Van Alstyne Lady Panthers to a 37-26 win on the road.

Melanee Lewis led Bonham with 12 points and Averi Reeves had eight points.

Lady Warriors vs Bells

By Allen Rich

The Bells Lady Panthers improved to 7-3 in District 10-3A with a 30-point win over the Bonham Lady Warriors.

Averi Reeves led Bonham with 10 points, Melanee Lewis scored six, Emma Bounds put up five points, Mary Dunigan and Carsyn Hemby both finished with four points, Chyrsi Hemby had two points and Journi Shellman sank a free throw.

Bells senior Alexis Grove scored a game-high 21 points, Gabby Smith scored 17 and Cheznie Hale had 15 points.

Lady Warriors vs Blue Ridge

By Allen Rich

The Bonham Lady Warriors grabbed an early lead, but Blue Ridge pulled ahead 30-24 at halftime en route to a 63-46 win on the road.

Bonham's Melanee Lewis led all scorers with 20 points, Averi Reeves put up 13 points, Haleigh Solano had four points, Carsyn Hemby and Chyrsi Hemby both three in three points and Mary Dunigan hit a free throw.

Skylar Gerner scored 17 to lead Blue Ridge, Abigail Sullivan dropped in a dozen points and Kenna Walker was also in double figures with 10 points.

Lady Warriors vs Leonard

By Allen Rich:

The good news for the Bonham Lady Warriors was that senior Melanee Lewis put up 11 points in the first quarter. The bad news was that Lewis was the only Lady Warrior to scratch the scorebook in the opening period.

The Leonard Lady Tigers opened the game with a 9-0 run, but Lewis helped Bonham pull even at 11-11 before another scoring spree by Leonard gave the Lady Tigers a 17-11 advantage as the first quarter ended.

Leonard led 29-19 at the half and 37-27 going into the fourth quarter. The Lady Tigers finished strong to post a 53-35 win.

Melanee Lewis led Bonham with 25 points, Averi Reeves finished with five points, with Carsyn Hemby and Haleigh Solano scoring two points apiece

Lady Warriors vs Whitewright

By Allen Rich

Bonham junior Averi Reeves scored a game-high 21 points to propel her Lady Warriors to a nine-point win at Whitewright.

Whitewright led 19-17 at halftime and the score was tied 27-27 at the end of the third quarter, but Bonham outscored Whitewright 16-7 in the fourth quarter to earn a 43-34 win on the road.

In addition to the impressive performance by Reeves, Haleigh Solano put up eight points, Melanee Lewis scored seven, Emma Bounds finished with four points, Chyrsi Hemby had two points and Mary Dunigan hit a free throw.

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Lady Warriors Junior Varsity Basketball

Final Season Record 17-7 District 7-5

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Bonham Tennis kicked off their season.

By Coach Logan

The boys got things started. Austen Somerville cruised through the winners bracket before hitting a tough Whitesboro opponent in the boys singles championship. Austen finished 2nd in his first tournament of the season. Marco Avalos had a slow start losing his first match but quickly warmed up making it to the consolation championship game placing 2nd. Lucas Lira lost in the semifinals of the consolation to teammate Marco Avalos. Ashton Akins ran into tough completion early in the bracket but played some great games.

Girls started their season off with a fun day. Katyn Yarbrough and Olivia Foster played in their first ever tennis tournament dropping their last match in a nail biter 8-6 tie breaker for girls doubles. On the other side of the bracket Jenna Hubbard and Abigail Dawson had a great first match. They competed well but fell short at the end. Freshman Casey Barrett came out and competed well in her first high school tennis tournament battling some big competition early in the bracket. Reese Davis had a great start to her senior season finishing 4th out of 12 girls in singles. It was an overall great week for our tennis program.


Robert and David in the maintenance department for helping get our facilities looking spectacular for our tournament.

Coach Payne for supplying us with water, coolers and her assistance in making sure our athletes were taken care of.

Dr. Colson for helping get the facilities ready and for cooking for our athletes both days.


S&S Meet Results

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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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Chris Wilson signs

Bonham senior Chris Wilson (center) signs his letter of intent on National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Bonham High School gymnasium to be an offensive lineman for the University of Texas at Permian Basin in Odessa. Mom Annette Wilson (left) and dad Bobby Wilson (right) watch. Photo by Rich Hilliard/Fannin County Leader

Ford Tough Player of the Year




Class 3-A

This was the third straight win for the Bonham Warriors, even though a rain delay forced the game into 10-minute quarters. Quarterback Tyler Rodriguez had a total of 15-19 completions-attempts, 263 yards passing, seven touchdown passes, 81 yards rushing and one touchdown rush.

Bonham High School defeated Dallas Hillcrest Panthers 67-34, despite being in a full classification below the opponent.

“Tyler is the definition of complete team player,” said Head Coach John Fish. “He is a captain, ultimate leader. Does all the little things right. Did not miss a single Summer workout. Takes all AP classes. His leadership is completely changing the culture and dynamic of our locker room.”

By Coach Ashlock

LH Rather boys hosted Whitewright last and provided an entertaining competitive night of basketball.

The 8th grade B team started of strong in a battle that went back and forth but were trailing 14-9 at half time. Fatigue got the best of the boys in the second half. Out numbered, the boys continued to fight both offensively and defensively, but late in the game the Whitewright team was able to pull away on their lead. In the 36-17 loss four Indians were able to put points on the board. Leading scorer was Braxyn Smith with 7 points, Ace Edwards and Damon Ash scored 4 points each, and Andrew Felmet scored 2.

The 8th grade A team would go on to lose 38-28 in a game which was much closer than the score would show. The first period got the best of the Indians. With an injury to Elijah Reynolds that would take him out for the rest of the game, and an adjustment to positions on the court, the boys found themselves trailing 13-4. As the Indians settled into the offense in their new positions and played tight aggressive defense, they matched white wright bucket for bucket for the next two periods but were never able to cut the lead to less than 4. In the 4th period fouls from a great defensive effort would get the best of Bonham as Whitewright extended their lead late in the game. Jeren Ross was the leading scorer for the Indians with 15 points followed by Isaiah Reynolds with 6, Carson McClain score 3 before fouling out in the 4th and Elijah Reynolds scored 2 before he was injured in the 1st.

8th Grade Boys Basketball

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Indians vs. Blue Ridge

By Allen Rich

Our 8th grade B team had quiet the challenge in front of them, With a few students missing from the line-up for our Indians, they found them selves out numbered throughout the game. In a 55-10 loss the boys continued to fight till the last tick of the clock. This is something that is not easy to do. Many teams would roll over and quit when facing a deficit like this, bu not these boys. I am truly proud of the fight and the growth that these boys step onto the court with everyday. Braxyn Smith was the leading scorer for Bonham with 4 points.

Our 8th grade A-team came to the game with a different energy than the last time they faced Blue Ridge. In their first meeting Bonham trailed the majority of the game by more than 15 and only closed the gap in a the closing minutes to lose by only 9. This next time was a battle from the opening tip off. Back and forth Bonham and Blueridge would fight trading the lead through out the game. With less than 30 second Bonham made a great defensive stop and came away with the ball pressing it down the court. the boys ran their offense and found the perfect back door cut that could have potentially tie the game! The aggressive play of Bonham got the best of them as two teammates tried to receive the same pass resulting in a turn over. Bonham would quickly foul on the ensuing inbound putting Blue Ridged leading scorer on the free throw line. He was only successful with one of his two free throws and the Indians called a timeout with 1.8 seconds left and one chance at a 3 point play to tie the game. Unfortunately, Bonham failed to connect its shot and the boys faced a heartbreaking loss. Elijah Reynold was the leading scorer with 14 points, followed by Jeren Ross with 9 points. Colton Young, Ashton Gurly and Caleb Arris also contributed points the near win. I am so proud of the work these boys are putting in to get better each week and am so proud of their growth defensively and its impact on their game as a whole.


Lady Indians Basketball

By Coach Cox

7B had a bye week 1/12

They played Blue Ridge on 1/28 and came away with a tie- 6-6. Maddie Smith, Amy Vaughn, and Cammie Westbrook each had 2 points.


Vs. Whitewright on 1/12

Starla Gorden scored 3, Abby Dona scored 3, and Doris Williams scored 1 in a 5-12 loss to the Lady Tigers.

On 1/28 they took on Blue Ridge and came up short 5-26. Scoring for the Lady Indians: Starla Gorden and Kate Roden, each with 2 points, and Sahara Gorden with 1 point.


Played Whitewright on 1/12. We lost 17-25. Alana Eaches and Erica Sparks each scored 1 point. Alana Garcia scored 2 points and Faith Williams scored 13.

They had a bye 1/28.


Went to Whitewright 1/12. They played a tough game and lost 15 - 65. Scoring for the Indians were Brianna Rodriguez with 10 points and Alli Kirkpatrick with 5.

They played Blue Ridge on 1/28. They played a great, close game, but fell 21-31. Victoria Royse and Aubri Pendergrass each had 2 points. Marissa Cox had 3 points. Aisly Andrews had 4 points. Breauna Killgo and Brianna Rodriguez each had 5 points.