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November 2018

Welcome to the "Purple Pride Athletic News" newsletter. I hope you are having a great year! This newsletter will be an awesome way to brag about our student athletes, get information out, and to share with people about our program. We would love to fill up several pages about our Warriors, both at the junior high and high school level. The more you send the more exposure our student athletes will get. In this addition you will find the following:

  • Tony Cruz State Meet
  • Volleyball All District Selections
  • Football Playoff Game
  • Football ALL District Selections
  • Basketball
  • Junior High Basketball

A message from our Athletic Director

The Coaches of Bonham ISD understand that there are few things important for our sports programs than providing the best possible education for our students. Part of that education are the life values learned through sports participation such as the value of teamwork and setting goals, learning that hard work achieves desired results, and the value of persistence. Sports participation also develops winning attitudes, discipline, striving for excellence, faith, confidence, and how to handle adversity and success.

As we move forward from a spectacular Cross Country, Volleyball and Football season and on to our basketball and soccer season. Let’s as a community keep in mind the educational value of sports and competition. As a warrior family let’s continue to show class with our words and our actions. I look forward to continuing our current playoff streak with our basketball and soccer programs. Go Warriors!

Dr. Harold Colson

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Lady Warrrior Basketball off to a good start

The Lady Warriors basketball season tipped off November 5th as the Lady Warriors traveled to Anna. The short turnaround from the successful Volleyball season, meant that the girls had only 3 practices to prepare. The Lady Warriors played hard but in the end, came up just a little short as they lost 44-48. Leading scorers for the night were Melanee Lewis with 23 points and Averi Reeves with 15.

The following Friday, November 9th, the Lady Warriors had their first home game of the season as they hosted North Hopkins. The Lady Warriors again played extremely well, opening up a 20 point lead in the 4th quarter. The Lady Warriors ended up holding on for their first victory of the season by a score of 58-45. Leading the way again was the duo of Reeves and Lewis with 31 and 12 respectively.

Tuesday, November 13th, saw your Lady Warriors make a trip out east to play Clarksville. This was a game that had many lead changes and no team ever led by more than 10 points. Your Lady Warriors ended up losing a tough game, in overtime, by a score of 51-57. The duo of Reeves and Lewis leading the way with 31 and 12 respectively.

The Lady Warriors began Thanksgiving Break last Friday, November 16th, by having S & S travel to Bonham. In a strong showing by the Lady Warriors, they held onto win by a score of 47-44. Leading scorers were Averi Reeves with 17 and Haleigh Solano, Melanee Lewis and Carsyn Hemby with 7 points each.

Monday of Thanksgiving Break saw your Lady Warriors back in action again. This time traveling to Community. In a game where they never trailed, the girls were victorious by a score of 55-40. Leading scorers were Reeves with 26 and Lewis with 21 points.

The next day saw Pilot Point travel to Bonham. To say this was a close game would be an understatement. This game saw many lead changes throughout the game. Senior Mary Dunigan hit some very timely 3 pointers and ended the game with scoring 11 points. In the end, your Lady Warriors have a 3 game winning streak by defeating Pilot Point 44-43! Leading scorers were Reeves with 16, Dunigan with 11 and Lewis with 10.

Junior Varsity:

Final Score
Bonham 39 Wolfe City 17
Leading Scorers
Cheyetta Dunigan 10
Danielle Brown 9
Annie Ukpe 8
Andriana Edwards 8


Bonham 41 vs Pilot Point 9

Leading Scorers

Annie Ukpe 16

Danielle Brown 11

Cheyetta Dunigan 5


Bonham 45 vs Community 18

Leading Scorers

Daniella Brown 19

Annie Ukpe 10

Cheyetta Dunigan 9

Izabella Lessely 6


Bonham 46 S&S 21

Leading Scorers

Annie Ukpe 11

Andriana Edwards 9

Daniella Brown 8

Cheyetta Dunigan 8

Izabella Lessely 8

Valley View JV Tournament Results

11-29-18 Pool Play

Bonham 64 vs Gainesville 7

Leading Scorers

Annie Ukpe 24

Andriana Edwards 12

Cheyetta Dunigan 9

Bonham 37 vs Blue Ridge 14

Leading Scorers

Cheyetta Dunigan 15

Annie Ukpe 8

Andriana Edwards 5

Lady Warriors vs Wolfe City

Bonham junior Averi Reeves poured in 27 points to help her Lady Warriors pick up a five-point win over the Wolfe City Lady Wolves.

Bonham looked to be in control early as the Lady Warriors doubled up on Wolfe City, 14-7, in the opening period, however the Lady Wolves rallied to take a 22-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.

With Reeves doing most of the damage, the Lady Warriors pulled out to a 10-point lead in the second half. Wolfe City closed the gap to four points late in the fourth quarter, but Bonham held on for a 46-41 win on the road.

Melanee Lewis joined Reeves in double figures with 16 points and Haleigh Solano scored three.

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Farmersville Tournament Champions

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Bonham wins Farmersville Tournament

By Allen Rich

For two years running, the Bonham Warriors have been too much to handle in the Farmersville Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Saturday night it was Bonham beating Alvarado, 62-55, in the finals, with Bonham senior Josh Upke pouring in 36 points. Upke averaged more than 31 points per game in the 2018 Farmersville Invitational Basketball Tournament.

On a night when all the shots weren't falling, Bonham used a gritty defensive performance to put away the Class 4A Alvarado squad for the second time in this tournament.

Bonham got off to a good start, with Tyler Rodriguez hitting a bank shot and Gaige Cravin following his own miss for a 4-0 lead. Gavin hit a free throw and Upke floated through the lane for a finger roll that gave Bonham a quick 7-2 advantage.

Alvarado closed the gap to 9-8, but Bonham had a 15-10 lead after the first quarter. The Warriors stretched their lead to 34-26 at halftime, however Alvarado rallied to only trail by three points, 47-43, heading into the fourth quarter.

Bonham answered every run by Alvarado down the stretch as the Warriors brought home the championship plaque from the Farmersville tournament with a 62-55 win.

Cravin joined Upke in double figures with 13 points, Tanner Reaves scored six, Tyler Rodriguez finished with five points and Brandon Dona dropped in two points.

Bonham vs Prairieland

Bonham senior Josh Upke scored 26 points to lead his Warriors to an exciting three-point win over the Prairiland Patriots.

This was a seesaw battle from the opening tip-off until the final buzzer. Bonham led 11-10 after the first quarter, but it was Prairiland with a 25-24 lead at halftime.

The Patriots had a two-point lead, 44-42, as the fourth quarter got underway, however Bonham outscored Prairiland 15-10 down the stretch to give the Warriors a 57-54 victory.

In addition to the big night by Upke, Tanner Reaves knocked down nine points, Tyler Rodriguez and Noah Shellman both scored seven, with Gaige Cravin, Niyee Boston, Brandon Dona and Cam Reed all tossing in two points apiece.

Warriors vs Alvarado

The Bonham Warriors shook off a slow start to pick up their second win of the day in Farmersville with a tough three-point win over Alvarado.

It was Alvarado with a 13-9 advantage after the opening period, but Bonham had a 24-16 scoring edge in the second quarter to pull in front, 33-29 at the half.

The Warriors had a five-point lead going into the fourth quarter and Bonham turned back a late rally by Alvarado as the Warriors put a 66-63 win in the books.

Josh Ukpe turned in another outstanding performance with 29 points and this time it was Tyler Rodriguez joining Upke in double figures with 13 points.

Tanner Reaves and Noah Shellman both put up seven points, Gaige Cravin contributed five points and Brandon Dona had two points.

Warriors vs Blue Ridge

Josh Ukpe poured in a game-high 39 points as the Bonham Warriors overpowered the Blue Ridge Tigers 67-34 in the opening round of the Farmersville Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Bonham won this tournament in 2017.

The Warriors raced out to a 20-7 lead going into the second period and never looked back in a 33-point win.

Tanner Reaves 13 joined Upke in double digits with 13 points.

Tyler Rodriguez put up eight points, Noah Shellman scored five, Gaige Cravin had three points and Brandon Dona dropped in two points.

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Tony Cruz Advances to State

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Mothers of Fall

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Congratulations to the following Warriors on their All-District Awards

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Bonham Warriors fall to Eustace in Bi-District Playoff game.

By: Allen Rich

A record-setting season came to a close for the Bonham Warriors in a 59-34 bi-district loss to the Eustace Bulldogs.

Eustace struck first when Alejandro Sanchez raced 62 yards to score. In a busy first half, Sanchez would go on to run for four touchdowns and also hit Ethan Austin for a scoring strike

A nice punt return by Noah Shellman set up Bonham's first score and Tyler Rodriguez got the TD on a short run, but the PAT was unsuccessful and Eustace held a 7-6 advantage.

Sanchez got loose for a 75-yard scoring jaunt as Eustace went up 14-6.

Eustace stretched its lead to 21-6 when Sanchez hit Austin with a touchdown pass.

Bonham closed the gap when a pass from Rodriguez to Jerrell Stewart gave the Warriors good field possession and another short TD run by Rodriguez trimmed the Eustace lead to 21-12 when the two-point conversion failed.

Sanchez broke away for his third long touchdown run, this time going in from 71 yards out.

Bonham fought back with a 26-yard touchdown run by Rodriguez, the senior quarterback's third rushing TD of the first half, making the score 28-20 after Rodriguez passed to Stewart for the two-point conversion.

The final score of the first half came on Sanchez's fourth rushing touchdown of the first half to give the Bulldogs a 35-20 lead at halftime.

Eustace added a field goal early in the third quarter to make the score 38-20, but Rodriguez ran for his fourth touchdown and then also ran for the two-point conversion as Bonham whittled the Eustace lead down to 38-28.

In the fourth quarter, Eustace went to the air for its next TD when Cooper Cates passed to Austin and the PAT stretched the lead to 45-28.

Bonham hit pay dirt, but Sanchez offset it with his fifth rushing touchdown of the night to make the score 52-34 as time began running down in the fourth quarter.

Eustace tacked on a late TD to put the finishing touches on a 59-34 win.

A Bonham Warrior team that reignited the football program wraps up an exciting season of playoff football with an 8-3 record

By Allen Rich

In District 5-3A, all eyes were on Warrior Stadium in Bonham Friday night where the 5-0 Bonham Warriors hosted the 5-0 Van Alstyne Panthers in the district's showcase game this year.

With two high-octane offenses, this contest promised to be a high scoring affair and Van Alstyne led 33-21 after the first quarter and 43-35 at the half.

Bonham trailed 64-49 heading into the fourth quarter and Van Alstyne went on to post a 78-63 win to clinch the district title.

The Warriors wrap up district with a 5-1 mark and enter the playoffs as the second seed out of District 5-3A.

Bonham Warriors 63, Commerce 29

Story by Ryan Scott with www.commercejournal.com

An old Northeast Texas rivalry flared up again on Friday, with the Commerce Tigers falling 63-27 to the visiting Bonham Warriors on senior night at Memorial Stadium.

This was the 64th time these two teams have met, with the first match-up way back in 1917. The victory by Bonham broke a tie in the all-time series, with the Warriors now having a 32-31-1 record when facing the Tigers.

Bonham quarterback Tyler Rodriguez was almost unstoppable both through the air and on the ground on Friday, finishing with 334 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 19-of-25 passing. He also ran for 245 yards and three scores on just 12 carries.

Jerrell Stewart was a big-play weapon for Bonham, catching just four passes but amassing 175 receiving yards and a score. Hayden Stevenson had two touchdowns on the ground and 30 yards on eight carries.

Commerce attempted to gain some early momentum with an onside kickoff to start the game, but failed to grab the kick, setting up Bonham with great field position to begin its first drive. The Warriors did not waste much time, scoring on a 3-yard run by Stevenson to get on the board first after less than three minutes of play.

The scoring didn’t stop there, as Bonham continued to pour it on offensively, showing how the Warriors have averaged 49 points per game this season. The Warriors grew their lead to 35-0 in the second quarter before the Tigers got on the board with a 2-yard run from Xzay Basham, but missing the extra point. Following another quick score by Bonham, the home team was down 42-6 with less than a minute left in the half. Basham broke off an 80-yard touchdown run to spark some life into the Commerce side of the field, but the wind was taken out of the Tigers’ sails almost immediately as the Warriors scored on a passing play from Rodriguez to Jerrell Stewart that went for 94 yards on the very next play from scrimmage. The score at halftime was now 49-13.

There was a good start for the Tigers in the third, as Basham picked up a ball fumbled by teammate Nick Aaron and ran it 15 yards for a score early in the quarter. Then Commerce’s J’Den Wilson intercepted a Bonham pass, which then led to a 67-yard scoring run by quarterback Brad Caldwell.

This would be all the Tigers would get, however, as Bonham took back control of the game and finished off the win after a few more scores in the third frame.

The offensive numbers for the Tigers look pretty impressive on their own, but were not enough to match Bonham. Bonham improves to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in district play.



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District 10-3A All District Awards

L.H. Rather Junior High Sports

Lady Indians vs Blue Ridge

7B played a tough game, The Lady Tigers jumped out in the lead, and the Lady Indians tried to catch up, but fell short 11-20. Scoring for the Lady Indians were Starla Gordan with 7 points and Lily Godbey and Cammie Westbrook with 2 each.

8B came out with 15 points in the first half and held the lead to win 31-13. Faith Williams had a personal record in scoring with 24 points. Also scoring were Alana Garcia, Ana Perez and Emily Koontz with 2 points each and Alana Eaches added 1 point.

7A had a hard time against a full court press and could never gain footing in a 5-28 loss. Doris Williams and Kendall Brownfield scored 2 points each and Abby Dona with 1 point.

8A hustled, but got into foul trouble early in the game. They remained scoreless the first half. Then, after some half time adjustments, they scored 12 points in the 3rd quarter. They ran out of time before they could come up with the win, losing 31-17.

Indians vs Blue Ridge

7B boys got the win 25-20 against Blue Ridge. With a few timely rebounds and scores from Josue Castelan, the Indians were able to put down a run from Blue ridge in the final minutes. Joseph Gordon led the scoring with 7 and Josue close behind at 6.

7A boys fell to Blue Ridge 20-15.The difference in the game was several missed lay-ups. Many of those lay-ups were missed late in the game. Darien Yarborough led the scoring with 5 with Braedon Benson next with 3.

8B had trouble scoring with a loss to Blue Ridge 41-5. The press Blue Ridge employed was too much to handle for the Indians. Tucker Butler has 3 points and Peyton McBroom came in with 2 points.

8A Boys couldnt score enough in the 4th period to keep up with Blue Ridge losing 36-25. It was a close game at half-time, but the Indians couldnt hit their shots in the 4th period to close the gap. Elijah Reynolds led the scoring with 9 and Isaiah Reynolds put in 6 points.

Indians vs Whitewright

7B Boys basketball team started the year really well working a come from behind 23-23 tie with Whitewright. Mathew Hines hit a 3 point shot to tie the game and a very strong defense prevented Whitewright from getting the win. Mathew was the leading scorer with 7 points and Jagger Lyndsey with 6.

7A Boys won their season-opener beating Whitewright 17-3. The defense was outstanding with several blocked shots form Anthony Fields and Braedon Benson. Our leading scorer's were Austyn Herrington and Anthony Fields.

8B boys fell on hard luck losing to Whitewright 52-5. The Indians had trouble breaking the press and gave up quite a few turnovers. Tucker Butler had 3 points and Ace Edwards came in at 2.

The 8A boys team fell to whitewright 28-35. It was a close game but the Indians couldnt get over the early lead held by Whitewright. Elijah Reynolds led the scoring with 15 With Isaiah Reynolds next with 6.

Professional Photo Creds:

Charlie Joe Cary, Allen Rich, Shawna Haglund , Feddie Beckwith with Maxpreps, and Jordan Thompson BISD.

A Huge Thanks

Thank you to all the businesses, parents, faculty, coaches, players, and family who send in pictures in to complete our newsletters. If you have any pictures you would like to include in the future from games, email them to cathie.patton@bonhamisd.org. Again thanks!! #wearewarriors #teamwork

6th grade Athletics

We are so excited to announce our new program that started this year. Our 6th graders will now be able to to participate in pre-athletics. Coach Fish, Coach Clark, and Coach Sewell have had a great start to our program with over 100 kids involved. Exciting things happening at BISD.


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