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Group rallies behind grief-stricken Backyard Metropolis

In probably the most troublesome of instances, the Backyard Metropolis boys basketball workforce has acquired an outpouring of affection and assist from its group in Glasscock County.

The Bearkats misplaced a beloved teammate when junior guard Ryder Gass, 16, handed away in an vehicle accident on Jan. 5 north of Backyard Metropolis.

Gass was extremely concerned in pupil life at Backyard Metropolis, as a member of the Nationwide Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, 4-H, Scholar Council and the golf workforce. He performed with ardour and hearth when he stepped on the courtroom for the Bearkats.

“Ryder was very outgoing,” Bearcats head coach Brad Corridor stated. “He at all times had a smile on his face. He was type of the heartbeat of our workforce. He would come off our bench and he would supply a spark on each ends of the courtroom. A variety of the youngsters referred to him as a ‘scrappy ache within the butt’ and that’s type of what he was. He was the undersized child however he performed like an enormous man. He by no means backed down. He was by no means afraid. He introduced lots of power to our workforce.”

Corridor stated Gass was selfless as a teammate.

“He was superb,” Corridor stated. He would do something for anyone. He didn’t care who received the credit score. He accepted his function and he knew his job was to come back in and simply present that spark on each ends of the courtroom. Everyone beloved him and appreciated him for that.”

This previous Monday, the Bearkats found how shut and caring their group is when their highschool basketball gymnasium was packed to attend a memorial service for Gass.

An image shared by Backyard Metropolis ladies basketball coach Thomas Clay on Twitter confirmed each seat within the fitness center crammed and folks standing on the concourses to pay their respects to Gass.

“This group is superb,” Corridor stated. “There’s not one other group like Backyard Metropolis. Simply the best way this group has come collectively by this time and beloved on each other. All of the acts of kindness that everyone confirmed us is only a testomony to all the good folks in the neighborhood.”

The Bearkats canceled their boys sport in opposition to Bronte final Friday in wake of the tragedy.

Backyard Metropolis returned to the courtroom Tuesday when it visited Forsan for a non-district sport.

The sport had a storybook script because the Bearkats beat the Buffaloes 54-47 in an extra time thriller behind a pair of double-doubles from Julio Talamantes (18 factors, 10 rebounds) and Mason Walker (16 factors, 20 rebounds).

In a photograph shared by Backyard Metropolis athletic director Jeff Jones on Twitter, the Bearkats positioned Gass’ No. 2 jersey on one of many bench seats on the sport.

Corridor stated Forsan have been gracious hosts, as Buffaloes coach Cory Richardson fed his Bearkats workforce for gratis after the sport.

“It was undoubtedly one of many hardest video games I’ve ever coached in,” Corridor stated. “Simply to see these guys get again on the courtroom and simply type of escape from this troublesome scenario for a little bit bit was big. We talked about simply taking that subsequent step and final evening was that subsequent step. The win was simply type of the cherry on prime.

“It’s been an emotional final week. The feelings have been flowing a little bit earlier than the sport, a little bit at halftime, a little bit after the sport. The love that these guys have for one another and the bond that they’ve with one another has helped us get by this troublesome time.”

Backyard Metropolis (9-3) visits Midland TLCA in its District 8-1A opener at 8 p.m. Friday.

“It’s simply a type of conditions that we are able to’t management and all we are able to do is simply love on each other and get by this collectively,” Corridor stated. “I really feel like this group was already tight-knit. Having to undergo this has introduced us even nearer collectively and we depend on one another and lean on one another by this time and all we are able to do is simply look ahead. We discuss lots about taking that subsequent step and final evening was an enormous subsequent step. After which we’re simply taking one step at a time from right here on out.”




The No. 1-ranked Midland Classical boys basketball workforce continues to be ready to play its first TAPPS 1-3A district sport.

The Knights’ district opener in opposition to Amarillo San Jacinto final Friday was postponed because of COVID-19 points on San Jacinto. MCA (15-7) received’t play its street sport at Fort Value Temple Christian this Friday after it was postponed because of COVID-19 points on Temple.

The Knights are hopeful that they’ll be capable to go to Kennedale Fellowship at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, which might be their district opener.




The Greenwood ladies basketball workforce has been spectacular in District 2-4A play to this point, profitable its first two video games by a mixed margin of victory of 80 factors.

The Rangerettes (13-13, 2-0) rolled previous Andrews 76-18 in final Friday’s league opener earlier than beating Monahans 43-21 on the street Tuesday.

Greenwood will look to enhance to 3-0 when it hosts Fort Stockton (9-10, 0-2) at 6 p.m. Friday.

No. 19-ranked Seminole (17-5) can also be off to a 2-0 begin in district. Greenwood visits Seminole in a much-anticipated assembly on Jan. 21.




The Greenwood boys basketball workforce hosts Fort Stockton (5-15) in its District 2-4A opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Rangers have gone 13-8 this season underneath head coach Marcus Morris, who’s in his first 12 months at Greenwood after teaching Graham from 2010-2021.




The Midland Christian girls and boys basketball groups will host Fort Value Nolan Catholic for his or her house openers in TAPPS 1-6A play this Friday.

The Girl Mustangs (10-16, 0-1) face the Girl Vikings (16-16, 1-0) at 6 p.m., whereas the Mustangs (12-15, 1-0) comply with with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off in opposition to the Vikings (18-12, 1-0).


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SG Nate Suttle, Sr., Legacy – He made six whole 3-pointers and completed with 22 factors to assist Legacy rally from a 15-point deficit and beat rival Midland Excessive 66-60 final Friday. He additionally scored 12 within the Rebels’ 59-49 victory over San Angelo Central on Tuesday.


SG Christopher Brazzell, Sr., Legacy – He led the Rebels with 16 factors in opposition to Central and scored 18 in opposition to Midland Excessive.

PG Elijah Maxwell, Sr., Legacy – He performed an integral function within the Rebels’ two district wins with 15 factors in opposition to the Bulldogs and 10 versus the Bobcats.

SG Jaime Puentes, Sr., Midland Excessive – Puentes led the Bulldogs with 19 factors of their hard-fought loss to Legacy final Friday at Chaparral Heart.

F/G Julio Talamantes, So., Backyard Metropolis – He registered a double-double with 18 factors and 10 rebounds to guide the Bearkats to a 54-47 win over Forsan in extra time on Tuesday.

P Mason Walker, Jr., Backyard Metropolis – He scored 16 factors and grabbed 20 rebounds within the Bearkats’ thrilling win over Forsan.



C Loredana Fouonji, Sr., Legacy – She had 16 factors and 7 rebounds in LHS’ 68-25 blowout win over Midland Excessive final Friday and adopted with 12 factors and 9 rebounds within the Girl Rebels’ 43-23 victory over San Angelo Central on Tuesday in a matchup of second-place groups.


SG Noemi Arciga, Sr., Midland Excessive – She helped the Girl Bulldogs notch their first District 2-6A win on Tuesday with 15 factors in a 50-36 victory over Abilene Excessive. She additionally had 12 factors in opposition to Legacy.

C Emma Dunn, Sr., Greenwood – Dunn put up 21 factors to guide the Rangerettes to a 76-18 rout of Andrews in final Friday’s District 2-4A opener.

SG Shae Lang, Jr., Coahoma – She helped the Bulldogettes tally a pair of District 5-3A wins with 16 factors throughout a 64-36 victory over Crane on Friday and 10 factors in a 57-39 victory over Stanton on Tuesday.

SF Madeleine Mathes, Jr., Stanton – Mathes scored a game-high 22 factors through the Girl Buffaloes’ loss to Coahoma in District 5-3A play on Tuesday.

SF Emma Beth Miller, Jr., Midland Classical – She scored 15 factors within the Girl Knights’ 49-44 loss to Amarillo San Jacinto to open TAPPS 1-3A play final Friday.

PG Karsyn Payton, Sr., Greenwood – The four-year starter scored 21 factors to assist Greenwood enhance to 2-0 in district with a 43-21 victory over Monahans on Tuesday.