New Rules Force Volleyball to Choose Fans

It’s a headache, so many things going on with the new policies, travelling, practices, it’s all changed, we mask up for practices and games

This year’s volleyball season officially kicks-off this Friday with many new changes and policies in place. 

“Games are limited to five spectators per player and parents can’t interact with their players before the game like usual,” Varsity Coach Brian Soistman said. “Our first scrimmages were weird, there were only coaches and players there.” 

With games only allowed limited attendance compared to previous seasons it’s hard for players and coaches alike to adjust.

“The stands will be at half capacity, that’s the biggest change,” varsity player Reagan Blank said. “It’s my first year on varsity so I was looking forward to having all my family and friends in the stands, that part will be different, not having them there.”

With the new policies things you would not have thought about are now regulated and controlled.

“It’s a headache, so many things going on with the new policies, travelling, practices, it’s all changed, we mask up for practices and games,” Soistman said. “It’s still fun though, the girls are doing everything right, It’s just a headache.”

It’s especially hard for coaches and players especially when it’s their last season like Soistman who is retiring this year.

“I know I’m going to miss volleyball, I just love the game, it’s so strategic and such a team game,” Soistman said. 

Even though things are different, the players are still happy to be able to play this season.

“I’m just glad to be able to play the sport that I love. Many athletes weren’t able to finish out their season last spring,” Blank said. “ I know this season will be different but I can’t wait to step on the court and represent Brazoswood this season.” 

Pair of runners Prepare for State Meet on Saturday

“I am really looking forward to the state meet,” Habeck said. “It’s my last race as a part of Brazoswood cross country, so I’m aiming to have the best race I can possibly have.”

Sam Whitmarsh and Madison Habeck will compete in the state cross country meet on November 9th in Round Rock, after they advanced in their recent regionals meet.

“Going into regionals I didn’t know what to expect,” Whitmarsh said. “I knew that there was going to be some tough competition and that I needed to give everything I had if I was going to move forward.”

With the tough competition in the regionals, Whitmarsh didn’t find out that he advanced until after the race. On the other hand Habeck knew she had the spot towards the end of the race and it helped push her to keep going strong.

“I realized I was going to make it at about the end of the second mile,” Habeck said. “My dad and Coach Tummins were yelling at me that I was in the top 10, so I knew if I just held my pace and pushed it as hard as I could that I would qualify.”

For Habeck this allows her to run her last meet of her high school career in state. Which is just another bonus to the great season she has already had. 

“My senior season was honestly amazing,” Habeck said. “I achieved all of my goals this season by medaling at every single meet, breaking 19 minutes, qualifying for state, and the girls team qualifying for regionals. I felt like all of my hard work over the past 4 years was paying off.”

All these things were not only able to be accomplished by all the hard work both Whitmarsh and Habeck have put in, but also by the supportive team and coaches they work with.

“My favorite part about cross country has to be my teammates,” Whitmarsh said. “They are all great and we push each other to get better.”

With the amazing atmosphere the cross country team provides Habeck and Whitmarsh are looking forward to running their best races yet.

“I am really looking forward to the state meet,” Habeck said. “It’s my last race as a part of Brazoswood cross country, so I’m aiming to have the best race I can possibly have.”

Black Out Game Means More Than Black Uniforms

Putting on the black jersey at Brazoswood is special to the players, this still resides true with many other Brazoswood alumni.

The Brazoswood Blackout game is the most traditional and historic game of the year for the buccaneers football team. This years event will be held on Friday, November 1st, at Hopper field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm. 

“The tradition around the game really adds another element compared to a normal game, but it’ll be a really cool experience with all the excitement and energy around the game,” Quarterback Trace Thompson said.

This game is the most important of the Buccaneers season, it signifies the last home game of the season. Not only that, it presents itself as the last blackout game that Brazoswood football will ever play. 

“It feels great to play in a great atmosphere in the blackout game with it being our last blackout game ever, so we all want to go out with a bang,” Center Cade Stroud said. 

This game also brings a different atmosphere for the Buccaneers team each year. 

“It’ll be very different than any other game and it’ll draw a bigger crowd, but that all will be really exciting to see and feel,” Thompson said.

This game will also present a tough challenge for the Buccaneers as they go against the Pearland Oilers. [(6-2)(3-2)]

“It’s going to be really tough with Pearland coming in but, in our district it is tough every week, we just have to prepare and execute our gameplan,” Thompson said. 

If the Buccaneers could pull off a win, it would be a monumental one. This would mark the first win the Buccaneers would have against the Oilers since joinng district 23-6A.

“My expectations for the game is to come out with a bang and show everyone how the culture is going to change in the next few years,” Stroud said. 

An additional factor that the players will have in their mind is wearing the jerseys that so many past Brazoswood football alumni have worn. 

“It’s a good feeling to be able to carry on the tradition of the past alumni and try to continue to build that for the program,” Thompson said.

 Putting on the black jersey at Brazoswood is special to the players, this still resides true with many other Brazoswood alumni. 

“It really gives you a sense of pride, for example before me Dillon Tolbert wore number 4, so you kind of don’t want to let him down, but you also want to leave your mark so kids growing up can say they want to wear number 4,” Former Brazoswood quarterback Lane Caballero said.

The game to the players just has a different feel for alumni and players alike.

“This games different because it’s a one time a year thing. There’s no redo or next one. So it intensifies the effort for everyone on the team,” Caballero went on to say.

Bucs Build Character Through Mentor Program

In an effort to build a relationship with feeder schools, senior basketball players traveled to elementary schools to mentor kids last week.

“They go to mentor students and work with them on reading, classroom assignments, and behavior,” Coach Olivier said. 

One of the senior players, Jack Vreeland, attended the recent trip to the school and worked with the elementary students. 

“I enjoy how happy they are to see me and how I can help them with their education,” Vreeland said.

While the players do multiple activities with the students, working with the students in subjects they’re struggling with can be rewarding.

“My favorite thing to do with the kids is to help them learn and watch how happy they get when they understand something,” Vreeland said.

The players visit with the students every Wednesday throughout the year.

Homecoming Game Brings Tradition Home

The guest of honor on Saturday’s game was the first Brazoswood homecoming queen who was invited to attend this year to help with the crowning of the new homecoming queen on the 50th year celebration of Brazoswood High School.

On Friday, October 4, 2019 was our annual homecoming game. The game everyone is looking forward to where everyone shows school pride, have fun, be with friends, and make new memories. Congratulations to Katelyn Frier and Matthew Kucera for winning homecoming queen and king of 2019.

 The guest of honor on Saturday’s game was the first Brazoswood homecoming queen who was invited to attend this year to help with the crowning of the new homecoming queen on the 50th year celebration of Brazoswood High School. 

“I thought it was really cool seeing her! I still can’t believe that the school has been open for 50 years,” senior Julisa Echartea said. 

Homecoming is all about honoring old traditions as well as making memories. 

“I enjoy watching the homecoming king and queen ride the golf cart around the field,” junior Abigail Mendoza said.

Halftime sparked excitement as the student section showed their Buc Pride by throwing powder and shooting off confetti cannons into the crowd. However, even if it was to show pride the activity was quickly thwarted by administration in order to still stay in the UIL guidelines and to keep students safe from inhalation of the dust particles. 

 “We love the student section at games and events. These students provide enthusiasm, school spirit and support for the athletes on the fields and courts,” Principal Rita Pintavalle said in a released statement. “However, there are items that are not allowed at events that UIL rules and/or stadiums in our district do not allow at outdoor events (football, soccer, tennis, baseball, softball, etc:)”