Good baseball teams are usually strong up the middle, meaning great defense from your catcher, center-fielder and – most importantly – the shortstop and second baseman. Add a strong-arm pitching staff and you should have a contender. The 1977 Uvalde Coyotes, who captured the Class 3-A state baseball championship, had such a nucleus. Since the majority of batted baseballs travel through the centerof the diamond and are grounders, good defense in the center of the infield is imperative.
Tommy Inman, former Uvalde Coyote basketball and baseball star, was recently inducted into the Lubbock Christian University Athletic Hall of Honor. He earned All-District honors at Uvalde High School in both sports, lettering all four years in baseball. Baseball scouts folowed him because of his powerful bat and speed. During his senior year, Inman batted .343, had 18 extra base hits, and was 35/35 in stolen bases.
Don Laffere’s former coaches, teachers and even teammates might never have envisioned him as a Sunday school teacher, but the lay leader is spreading the good news in more ways than one. When one of his former coaches heard Laffere was teaching Sunday school, he was shocked. It just goes to prove what God can do. Laffere is a bona-fide Uvalde native, born and raised in Uvalde, graduated from Uvalde High, and except for a four-year hiatus in San Marcos to obtain a college degree, has lived in the area all his life.
The dust has settled and results are in for the final Uvalde Youth Rodeo Club points night held July 28. Uvalde Youth Rodeo Club members are scheduled to compete tomorrow and Saturday in the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex. The club’s annual award night is set Aug. 11 at First United Methodist Church. The 8-year-old and over groups will compete at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, while the 7-and-under age group will compete Saturday at 9 a.m.
The final points night of the Uvalde Youth Rodeo Club’s 2015 summer season will be conducted tomorrow night in the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex. Action will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Some of the events will include cloverleaf barrels,straight barrels, pole bending, goat tying, and various roping events, including breakaway roping, tie-down roping, ribbon roping, and team roping.
The Uvalde Coyotes lost only two football games during the 2014 season. Their lone two losses came against a couple of really good high school football teams in Somerset and Victoria West. The Coyotes lost a narrowDistrict 29-5A decision to the Somerset Bulldogs in a 44-39 road thriller. And the Coyotes lost a 47-28 Class 5A Division I Bi-District verdict against the Victoria West Warriors in a contest played at San Marcos .
Three games remain on the Uvalde summer league softball schedule. wo post-season playoffgames will be played Tuesday night, while the league championship game is set for Thursday night. At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the top-seeded team will play the fourth-seeded teamin semi-final action at the Uvalde High School softball game. In the second semi-finale game Tuesday, the secondseeded team will play the third-seeded team at 7:30 p.m. .