If someone mentioned the mythological baseball creature ‘the brown rat’ around any baseball team other than El Campo, they would probably be seen as a little crazy.
Despite three days of rain delays, the Ricebirds still shut out the Black Cats 12-0 on Monday night in Bay City to jump to a 7-1 record and stay atop the district standings.
The El Campo varsity boys track team tied for first place with Bay City at the District 4A-27 meet in Sealy on April 15. The Ricebirds and Black Cats both earned 151 points.
The El Campo Little League Challenger Inaugural opening day is set for Saturday.
Despite a six-inning comeback, the Ladybird softball team was unable to overcome the Bay City Black Cats on Monday night in Bay City in a 9-5 loss. Both EC and the Black Cats had 8 hits each, but after BC earned 7 runs in two innings, the Ladybirds struggled.
A little mud couldn’t prevent the Ricebird baseball team from crushing the Brookshire Royal Falcons 16-1 on Tuesday in EC, moving to a 6-1 district record. El Campo currently leads District 27-4A.
The Ricebird golf team missed going to the state tournament by just two strokes, coming in fourth behind Llano, Fredericksburg and LaVernia on Monday and Tuesday in Corpus Christi. The Ladybirds finished in eighth place at the Region 4 golf tournament. Cody Marquardt qualified to go to state as a medalist.
Alice Laitkep of El Campo, right, finally met her pen pals, the Rev. Don and Ginger Griffith, from north Texas a couple of weeks ago when she accompanied her son on a business trip to the area. Laitkep has pen pals in several states and countries and has been writing to some for more than 30 years. Letter writing may be a thing of the past, but Laitkep enjoys the friendships she has made over the years with total strangers who have become good friends.
El Campo High School junior Christian Bustamante will be spending his senior year abroad as a Rotary exchange student in Istanbul, Turkey. The local Rotary is sponsoring his stay, which will begin in August or early September. He is excited about experiencing a new culture and making new friends. His philosophy is: “If you have the opportunity to do something this extraordinary, do it. Don’t let the fear of failing stop you from trying.”
On behalf of the Hispanic Education Project (HEP), El Campo Middle School Resource Officer Arthur Debo, left, and HEP member Adam Gusman, right, present $500 donation to the AVID program at ECMS. Accepting the check are AVID students (front, center) Eric Del Aqua and Dierra George and teachers (back, l-r) Stephanie Garrett and Herman Mauch. In its fourth year at ECMS and ECHS, AVID is a class for students who have the desire to pursue a higher education, but may not have the tools to do so. AVID prepares them to be successful in school with a goal to attend college after high school graduation. These funds will be used for college field trips and other class expenditures.