Top local stories of 2016

Dec. 30, 2016 at 11:36 p.m.

Refugio head coach Jason Herring holds up the state championship trophy after the Bobcats won the Class 2A, Division I state final.

Refugio head coach Jason Herring holds up the state championship trophy after the Bobcats won the Class 2A, Division I state final.   Casey Jackson for The Victoria Advocate

1. State champions

Refugio wins state championship in football - It was the Bobcats' third state final appearance in four years and second state title during that span. Refugio coach Jason Herring earned his 200th career win.

Goliad wins state championship in volleyball - It was the first state title for the Tigerettes, who finished with a 44-2 record.

Shiner wins back-to-back state titles in softball - Championship game MVP Cece Darilek threw a perfect game to claim the sixth overall title in program history for the Lady Comanches.

Flatonia wins back-to-back state championships in baseball - The Bulldogs won their second straight state title in three straight trips to the state championships.

Shiner captures girls state title in track and field - The Lady Comanches earned a share of the Class 2A state title with Italy.

Weimar wins girls state championship in basketball - The Lady Cats earned their first state title after falling in the semifinals the last two seasons.

2. Notable accomplishments, events

Victoria East has most successful football season in school history - The Titans advanced to the Class 5A, Division II quarterfinal for the first time in the school's seven-year history.

Victoria East, Victoria West and Calhoun reunite - Calhoun re-joined East and West in District 27-5A with Angleton and Richmond and Rosenberg schools in the UIL's reclassification and realignment in February.

Yoakum drops in classification - The Bulldogs dropped from Class 4A to 3A and made the first state final appearance in football since 1952.

Area players in NFL - TCU's Joey Hunt, from El Campo, gets drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and the University of the Incarnate Word's Cole Wick, from Hallettsville Sacred Heart, signs as a free agent with the Detroit Lions. Both made the roster.

New leadership at Victoria West - Courtney Boyce was promoted from offensive coordinator to head football coach, He succeeded Leonard McAngus, who was named the VISD athletic director in December 2015.

3. TAPPS state titles

Shiner St. Paul wins back-to-back state titles in football - The Cardinals captured the TAPPS Division IV state title. They won the Division III championship last season.

Shiner St. Paul sweeps at track and field state meet - The Cardinals captured the TAPPS 2A state meet for the second straight year.

Shiner St. Paul girls win state cross country title - The Lady Cardinals won the TAPPS 2A state championship for the fourth straight year, while the boys were the runners-up.

Hallettsville Sacred Heart wins state title in girls basketball - The Indianettes won the program's third overall state title and first since 1989.

4. Other top stories

- Former Goliad head football coach Kyle Tayllor enters plea of no contest to misdemeanor harrassment charges and surrenders teaching certificate

- UHV's Andrew Gross breaks school's home run record and Dylan Blaha, from Weimar, breaks the record for career hits

- Refugio freshman Alexa Valenzuela qualifies for state track and field meet in five events and wins three gold medals

- Cuero softball advanced to the Class 4A regional final for the first time in school history

- University of Texas' Ashtin Zamzow, from Goliad, sets a school record in the heptathlon

- Hallettsville's Teidrick Smith named NCAA Division III Defensive Player of the Year for helping to lead Mary Hardin-Baylor to national championship

- Former Bay City quarterback, the late Andrew Smith Jr., named to North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame

- Team Mynar wins what is believed to be the second-closest race in Texas Water Safari history

- Texas Mile announced it will make Victoria Regional Airport its permanent home in 2017.



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