Athletics at the Wharton County Junior College, like the high schools in the area, did not get to complete their spring season due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
After months away from in-person workouts, schools will be allowed to start conducting their offseason programs on June 8.
The University Interscholastic League announced Tuesday afternoon, June 8 is the potential date for controlled offseason workouts and marching band activities to start this year.
Parents, fans and underclassmen El Campo baseball and softball players waved goodbye to their senior teammates Saturday afternoon outside Legacy Field.
The El Campo Little League will not have a spring season of baseball or softball this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
El Campo Ricebird senior Philip Hundl, like other athletes in his grade, school and throughout the area have had their sports season put on hold by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The El Campo Ricebirds basketball program for the last two years had been the worst in district play, finishing alone in last place.
While reaching out to find some of the greatest athletes, stories or moments throughout Wharton County’s history. My quest came across the legend of El Campo’s Gaynard Wiggington.
Former El Campo Ricebird Head Coach and Texas Hall of Honor member Bob Gillis took to social media Thursday night to try and add a little bit of calm to uncertain times.
The El Campo Ricebirds only twice in their history made it to the state championship football game, both losses.
The Louise Lady Hornets (9-11, 2-8) missed the playoffs for the second straight season. After a tough non-district campaign that saw them state-ranked for a short time, the Lady Hornets had a rough time in district.
tball made their mark this season, returning to playoffs for the first time in more than a decade. In their first-round matchup, they even took the Port Aransas Marlins, a basketball-only school to the brink, before ultimately losing.
Without any live sports to cover, the Leader-News has been looking back throughout some of the big moments of El Campo’s history.
The COVID-19 outbreak across the world has caused the UIL to make another update to the Texas Public School athletics calendar.
To support the health and safety of our students and communities, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is suspending all UIL sanctioned contests, rehearsals, practices and workouts due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Texas. Effective March 16, all UIL interscholastic acti…
With the impending closure of high schools across the state looming Monday, the El Campo Ricebirds played quite possibly the last two baseball games in Texas for the next two weeks Saturday at Legacy Fields.
Wharton County has yet experience anyone diagnosed with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), but it hasn’t stopped Wharton County schools from being affected by the outbreak in Houston, Fort Bend County and across the state.
El Campo senior catcher Clay Jung was one of five District 25 all-state baseball players last year and the only one slated for a return this season with the other four graduating.
Offense, offense and more offense was the recipe Tuesday afternoon on the road as the El Campo Ladybirds mercy-ruled the Stafford Lady Spartans 24-0 in three innings.
Ricebirds senior Matthew Van Gorp explains his reasoning behind singing with TLU
The La Grange Lady Leopards (4-9) put on an offensive clinic in El Campo Tuesday night, besting the Ladybirds (7-8) for a 12-10 victory.
El Campo Ricebirds senior Matthew Van Gorp didn’t have the best start to the football season, after getting injured in the team’s opening scrimmage. That didn’t stop him from ending his season as part of a dominating defense and earning a college scholarship.
Wayne Svatek with a single down the first line against Bellville.
El Campo opened up their baseball season about as well as you can do getting a combined no-hitter, beating the Brazosport Exporters 3-0 last Tuesday night on the road.
Ladybird senior catcher Raven Contreras talks about how the season has gone so far.
After graduating nine seniors last season, the El Campo Ladybirds catcher Raven Contreras knew this year was going to be different.
Bloomington - The Louise Hornets (15-12, 4-6) gave the Port Aransas Marlins (25-11, 12-0) everything they had Tuesday night in Bloomington going punch-for-punch for large stretches.
With all of the District 25 girls basketball teams eliminated following the second round of the playoffs, the all-district teams have been released.
Louise ISD put a lot of effort into their appeal to the UIL, but it wasn’t enough Tuesday morning.
Louise Hornets Atheltic Director Joe Bill and Superintendent Garth Oliver will be in Pflugerville Tuesday to appeal the volleyball district the UIL handed down after their biennial reclassification and realignment.
The Louise Hornets’ (15-11, 4-6) first basketball playoff game in more than a decade will come against one of the toughest 2A teams in the state.
The El Campo Ladybirds (25-8) used a dominant first half to defeat the Smithville Tigers (7-16) 56-47 in Columbus to claim a bi-district championship and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
The last time the Louise Hornets boys basketball team made the playoffs, junior point guard Rogeric Schooler was in Elementary School.
El Campo's freshman forward Alexis Salazar's second goal against Bay City Saturday.
The El Campo Ricebirds soccer team split the weekend with a home win over the Bay City Blackcats Saturday morning and a road loss to the West Columbia Roughnecks Monday night, wrapping up the first leg of district play.
The Wharton Tigers and their high-powered offense were held in check Monday night at home behind a stifling El Campo Ricebirds defense.
Wharton County Junior College Pioneers did not have a great weekend, but sophomore infielder Jacob Wilk had a big weekend offensively on the road against Baton Rouge Community College.
The El Campo Ladybirds and the Wharton Lady Tigers Friday night produced a battle only worthy of two teams that are heading to the playoffs. Both needed the game for different reasons, but it was the Ladybirds on the road outlasting the Lady Tigers 47-46.
A dunk changed the tone of Friday night’s game between the Wharton Tigers and the El Campo Ricebirds.
After 33 straight district losses, the El Campo Ricebirds Tuesday night at home held off the Sealy Tigers 67-64, picking their first win since 2017.
El Campo Ricebird Philip Hundl has been a rising star ever since stepping onto the track at the high school. As a sophomore, he made it to state. As a junior, he had bronze medal finishes in the high jump and the 110-meter hurdles.
Luke Has picks off a runner at second base during the Pioneers opening day.
After two years of planning, the Wharton County Junior College Pioneers opened up their home baseball field, Corbett Park, Sunday afternoon in front of packed stands.
Possession soccer and solid defense were all it took Saturday morning for the El Campo Ricebirds to pick up three points and the win at home against the Palacios Sharks.
A share of the district title was on the line Friday night, but the El Campo Ladybirds crumpled in the second half and the Brookshire Royal Lady Flacons picked up the 56-28 win.
The UIL’s biennial re-alignment and redistricting in football only saw a drastic change for one team in the area. Every team in the state was affected by the redistricting but in the area none more than the 2A Divison II Louise Hornets.
In the history of the Wharton County Junior College Pioneers baseball program, they’ve never played a game on a field that was their own. Since the Pioneers started throwing around baseballs back in the 40s and 50s, every home game they played has been on the Wharton Tigers High School field.
A home win over of the Needville Lady Jays 49-30 wasn’t the only positive thing that happened to the El Campo Ladybirds Tuesday night. Across the district, the Brookshire Royal Lady Falcons lost to the Wharton Lady Tigers.
For the first time in seven years, the El Campo Ricebirds swimming team did not leave the Victoria as the boys or girls district champions.
District wins for the Louise Hornets basketball team have not happened often over the last few years, but at home Friday night they sent fans home happy with 20-point district win.