Friday, October 18, 2019

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Parent Portal is Getting a Facelift.

Sometime next week the Parent Portal is getting a new look and a new name. When you log in, you will notice that the portal will be called Ascender and that it will have a more user-friendly feel. Everything else will be the same. If you don't have access to Parent Portal, contact your student's campus for login credentials.

BHS Students Accepted into U.S. Navy Nuclear Program

BHS is pleased to announce that two current senior students have been accepted into the U.S. Navy nuclear program. Acceptance into this program is reserved for those students who have top honors on the ASVAB examination and meet all other physical and academic requirements. These students are considered so valuable to our nation's defense that they are offered a $40,000 signing bonus. After basic training at Great Lakes, they will attend nuclear training in South Carolina and subsequently by assigned to operate the nuclear reactor on a navy submarine or carrier. Again, these positions are so important to the Navy that a $100,000 bonus is offered for reenlistment. This is a great honor for the families of seniors Brandon Chafin and Byrl Cromwell, as well as the many BISD teachers who have taught them along the way. They will both enter basic training just a few weeks after graduation. Go Bulldogs and go Navy!

Academic Decathlon News

Bandera Academic Decathlon participated at the Northside Scrimmage held at Health Careers High school. The Bandera team took first place in super quiz and second overall at the meet.

Top individual results are:

Sam Nimmrichter - 1st science, 2nd economics, 2nd social science, 5th art and 5th literature.

Riley Longobardi - 1st economics, 1st social science, 2nd science, 2nd literature and 5th art

Hannah Bates - 1st science, 2nd literature, 2nd social science, and 3rd art

Ethan Ellingson - 1st math, 1st literature, 1st social science, 2nd music, 2nd economics, 3rd science, and 5th art

Esau Amaya - 4th social science

Samantha Rubalcava - 4th economics and 4th literature

Luke Bitzkie - 3rd music, 3rd science, and 4th social science

Chris McKnelly - 2nd science, 2nd social science, 4th art, 4th economics, and 4th literature

Rebecca Ellingson - 4th music, and 4th literature.

Additionally, the following students received recognition for being top overall scorers of the tournament.

Sam Nimmrichter - 5th overall varsity

Riley Longobardi - 2nd overall varsity

Hannah Bates - 5th overall scholastic

Ethan Ellingson - 2nd overall scholastic

Chris McKnelly - 3rd overall honors

Education Service Center Region 20 Parent & Family Resources

Bandera ISD is served by the Region 20 Educational Service Center, which is located near Fort Sam Houston and the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. Each week, ESC 20 provides a Parent Perusals newsletter with opportunities and information for families.

Bulldog Sports News

BHS Cross Country by Coach Ashcraft

The Bandera Lady Bulldog Cross Country Teams competed in the District 28-4A Cross Country

Meet in Llano on Thursday, October 17th. The Varsity Lady Bulldogs set the tone for the rest of

the day as they came out ready to run. The Varsity girls took first place as a team with a total of

32 points. The girls are District Champions for the 12th year in a row. All 7 girls came away

from the meet with faster times than previously on this course. 6 of the 7 girls also medaled

individually as well. Their individual results are as follows:

Raelynn Butler 3rd

Morgan Cole 5th

Hannah Edwards 6th

Jordan Edwards 10th

Elexis Pearson 14th

Corinne McMullan 15th

Caitlyn Thrasher 22nd

In the Junior Varsity race the Lady Bulldogs took charge immediately. Junior, Halle Rios and

Freshman, Kaitlin Doebbler worked together to push the front of the pack while Danielle

Gonzales closed the gap on the second half of the race. The Lady Bulldogs dominated the

Junior Varsity race as they almost came up with a perfect team score. They won the gold as a

team with 19 points over Fredericksburg who placed 2nd with 48 points. The top 7 girls all

medaled individually. The Junior Varsity Girls results were as follows:

Halle Rios 1st

Kaitlin Doebbler 2nd

Danielle Gonzales 3rd

Mallorie Powell 6th

Bietzel Gonzales 7th

Ashlyn Brown 8th

Ashley Grodman 14th

Gracie Wilson 20th

Madison Gillaspie 25th

Mia Ramirez 32nd

Noellia Guevarra 34th

Emily Garcia 39th

Tanna Flewellen 41st

Araya Mendiola 45th

In the Senior Division we had three girls earn medals. Those results were as follows:

Anna Guajardo 2nd

Caitlin Watson 3rd

Ofelia Macias 5th

The Varsity Lady Bulldogs will be competing at the UIL Region IV Cross Country Meet on

Monday, October 28th. Please congratulate them on their District results, but know that our

work is not quite done yet.

I am very proud of each and every single one of these girls. Each of the girls and their families

made a commitment to each other. Each of them sacrificed for the team, and in return it was


Friday Night Lights by Coach Bagby

The Bulldogs traveled to Cuero Friday night (the home of the State Champs)! Fall had finally arrived with 50 degree weather and wind gusts over 30 mph. It was the district opener for both teams and the tension could be felt in the air. It was opening day for “turkey season” and the Bulldogs were ready to hunt! Cuero is one tough place to win, but the Bandera Bulldogs did just that as they “Bagged ‘em up” some turkey and left victorious in a 16-15 nail-biter.

The Bulldog defense played lights out! They held the Gobblers to 135 total yards and 15 points. The defense had 6 tackles for a loss, a safety, and an interception. Gunnar Brown and Tommy Cardenas had some big hits and critical stops. Colton Perkins and Tyler Moore were the Defensive Players of the Week.

Special Teams came up big. Cristian Gonzalez had 2 kickoffs out of the end zone and the other only had a 5 yard return. Trace Decker was the Special Teams Player of the Week. He had 4 punts with 0 return yards. One was pinned on the 1-yard line...that led to a safety, another one was pinned on the 2-yard line. Cuero was pinned over and over again. The punt team did a great job of covering punts! This was huge because we were concerned about the big play capability of the Gobbler return men. On extra points, Blaise Salazar was 2 for 2 ...including one kick into a strong 30 mph wind.

Cuero took the opening drive 75 yards and scored with 6:18 left in the 1st quarter. With the score 7-0 Cuero, Bandera would waste no time in answering the call. On the Bulldogs first offensive play of the game, they shifted to a formation (to confuse the Gobbler secondary), and it worked...just like it was drawn up. QB Solomon MacNeil showed play action, then pulled up and hit a wide open and uncovered Mason Phair in perfect stride. Mason sprinted from the middle of the field to the left pylon to shock the home crowd and tie it up 7-7! The Bandera crowd and sideline were right back in this thing!

With just under 5 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, MacNeil was looking for an open receiver on a bootleg, he had pressure, so he scrambled out the backside and sprinted down the left sideline 35 yards to silence the home crowd and put Bandera up 14-7 going into the half. Tommy Cardenas had a heads up key block for MacNeil on his way to pay dirt.

With under 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Cuero answered with a score and a 2-point conversion to take the lead 15-14. After a pinned punt, the Bulldog defense swarmed Cuero for a safety and a one point lead. Bandera was up 16-15 with 7:53 left to play. From this point on, it was a slug fest...until Gage Brown intercepted a deep pass to “seal the deal”!

Logan Williams was the Offensive Lineman of the Week. He fought through injury to shore up the edges. Tommy Cardenas had 77 total yards and played physical.

Solomon MacNeil was the overall PLAYER of THE GAME. His leadership and play was instrumental for the biggest victory this season. He had an impressive game at QB, with a rushing TD and passing TD.

Your Bandera Bulldogs are 6-0!!!!!! We travel to Wimberley this Friday. Now, let’s go shock the great state of TEXAS again and seal up a playoff spot with a victory…Sic ‘em dogs...Let’s go!

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