Organized by Food & Consumer Science teacher, Blanca Cantu, the Lytle HS Blood Drive gathered 75 units of blood, and held a special drive for plasma donations in April of 2018. Combined with the October 24, 2017 blood drive, Lytle High School was recognized by the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center for coming in 12th place for Most Units Collected out of 90+ schools. Maybe it's the delicious treats prepared by Ms. Cantu's Culinary Class that bring those donors in? See the full Google Photo Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2YFfja29uen5Dqct2
Congratulations to the following Lytle baseball players for earning All District Honors for 2018!
All District Baseball Honors for 2018
· Newcomer of the Year – Logan Wilson
· 1st Team Pitcher – Jared Martinez
· 1st Team 1st base – Joel Guerrero
· 1st Team 3rd base – Parker Redding
· 2nd Team Catcher – Adan Ayala
· 2nd Team Shortstop – Caleb Carrillo
· 2nd Team Outfield – Jack Mills
· Honorable Mention – AJ Reyna and Javier Garcia
I am happy to announce that the Lytle HS Robo Pirates brought home the Team Spirit award at the Texas UIL FIRST Robotics State Championship! While our robot did not perform as planned on the field, the Robo Pirates never quit and were gracious competitors. One of only three awards given out, the Team Spirit award goes to the team that demonstrates the most team identity, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship. These students have truly embraced what it means to be Lytle Pirates!
Thank you for all of your support this season. #piratepride
I am also happy to announce that the UIL robotics event is moving from pilot to permanent event status!
Lytle High School
Robo Pirates Coach
Collaborative Learning Facilitator
Lytle HS Band Students Given Statewide Music Award
Three members of the Pirate Band were honored as Texas Music Scholars at the band’s Spring Concert on May 3, 2018. The students receiving this honor were
Patrick Garcia (Senior)
Eddie Morfin (Sophomore)
Victoria Simmons (Senior)
They were nominated for this honor by Mr. Mark Fender, and the award was given by the Texas Music Educators Association. Last year, out of all the students statewide that participate in band, choir and orchestra, fewer than 2,100 students received this award.
This award is given to students who have exhibited outstanding qualities in scholastic merit, musicianship and citizenship in their school and community during the 2017-2018 school year.
The specific requirements to receive this award include
· Maintaining an overall “A” average
· Being selected as a member of the All-Region Band (or Choir or Orchestra)
· Performing a solo chosen from the most difficult list of UIL solos
Kendra graduated Saturday from Austin College with a double major in Media Studies and Communications. She finished playing basketball there, as well, her last two years.
Head Basketball Coach
Lytle High School
This past Friday, we hosted a Solo and Ensemble competition for our students. Thirty-three events earned a 1st Division, 5 events earned a 2nd Division, and only 1 earned a 3rd Division. Mr. Fender and I are proud of the hard work our students did in preparation for this contest. This is the only contest in which our students do the bulk of the work themselves. Please join us for our spring concert coming up on Monday, May 21st at 7 pm in the High School Auditorium.
Lytle 4, Pleasanton 2
PIRATE BASEBALL traveled to Pleasanton last night for their 1st round playoff game and defeated Pleasanton 4 – 2. Lytle scored 4 runs on 6 hits. Jared Martinez pitched the entire game and threw well.
The Pirates scored 1st in the 3rd inning on a walk from Caleb Carrillo, a hit from Joel Guerrero and an errant throw. In the 5th inning Caleb Carrillo singled to left, Joel Guerrero was hit by the pitch and Parker Redding singled to left scoring Carrillo. Adan Ayala drove in 2 more runs with a triple over the center fielder’s head.
Highlights: Joel Guerrero was 2 – 2 at the plate with a walk and hit by pitch. Adan Ayala was 1 – 4 with 2 RBI’s. The game ended on a nice over the shoulder diving catch by Logan Wilson.
2nd round opponent: Orange Grove. We will be playing a 3 game series on Friday & Saturday of next week. Details will come later.
Overall Record: 21 - 7
Good Morning to all!!!!
Good things this morning! I am so proud to announce that one of our art students at the high school Elissa Gallegos has publicized two of her art pieces in a yearly journal Palo Alto College produces. The journal consist of poetry, small stories and visual artwork that has been reviewed by many writers and artists. By being enrolled in her dual credit college class she was given the opportunity to submit her artwork to the Palo Alto College “Eleven Rivers Journal Review”. Her work was selected by residences at San Antonio Art Gallery ArtPace to be featured in the newest edition of the journal. She is the only high school student that has work featured in the latest journal. Congratulations Elissa!!! Your creativity and hard work has rewarded you!
Mrs. Sarah Pacheco
Lytle High School
Lytle 4, Crystal City 2
PIRATE BASEBALL traveled to Pearsall on Friday to match up with Crystal City for a 2nd place playoff. The Pirates jumped out to an early 2 – 0 lead and held on the rest of the way. Jared Martinez threw a complete game allowing 2 unearned runs. Javier Garcia was 2 for 3 at the plate. There were several fine defensive plays made by Parker Redding, Logan Wilson and Caleb Carrillo.
A special thanks to the large crowd in attendance. Your presence was felt.
BI-DISTRICT PLAYOFF ARRANGEMENTS
Lytle vs. Pleasanton – 1 game playoff on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm in Pleasanton. Ticket prices: $5/Adult and $3/Students
Overall Record: 20 - 7
Have an oatmeal cookie and listen to a bit of jazz on oatmeal cookie day and international jazz day.
“There is a destiny that makes us brothers,
None goes his way alone.
All that we send into the lives of others,
Comes back into our own.” –Edwin Markham
This weekend Katelin Van Dong completed her time as a thrower for Lytle and Noelia Medina finished her first season as a Lytle High school thrower. Both ladies competed admirably and finished with great throws. I attached both of their final throws. I am not sure if they uploaded correctly. Noelia finished 14th with a final throw of 100’4”. Katelin finished 13th with a final throw of 32’6.5”. It was an honor and joy to coach Katelin for 6 years. I look forward to how far Noelia will progress in the future. I hope you all finish out the school year well. Thank you for allowing me to fill your inboxes with the accomplishments of the students I coach. Thank you to all the district for your support of our athletes. From Transportation to food from the Cafeteria to all the maintenance of our facilities which we compete on. May each one realize how important you are to the success of the students here in Lytle. Finally thanks to Coach Ruiz for allowing me to drive him all over Texas since 2005.
“If you get caught up in things over which you have no control, it will adversely affect those things over which you have control.” – advice to John Wooden from his father.
Hadley Foster Jr.
Your Lytle Pirate Track Team traveled to Kingsville to participate in the Region IV – 4A Track meet this weekend in hopes of finishing in the top 2 to advance to State.
The weekend started great with 2 personal bests in the 3200m run but tapered off on Saturday. There were controversies on both days starting on Friday morning’s 4A girls 3200m run as someone rang a bell early causing girls to think they were on their final lap and it created mass confusion at the end. Through all the confusion Clarissa Cantu still managed to set a personal best in the fastest region in the state. Isaiah Gomez also had a personal best to finish 4th and sophomore Carlos Tamayo in his first regional experience had a great finish just 2 seconds of his personal best. Freshman Noelia Medina finished the morning in the discus gaining valuable experience for next year’s meet.
Saturday Katelin VanDong started the morning in the shot put and finished her career with a 13th place finish. In the afternoon we had our best opportunity to get out as senior Edson Hernandez had the 2nd fastest time coming in all year. But poor execution in the start and not being aggressive when the pushing began, forced him off the track and he never recovered. But when one loses an opportunity…another shall rise. Freshman Mark Cantu got around the first part of the shoving and almost became the victim of the second. But after avoiding the 2nd tumbling runner and getting spiked he managed to maneuver himself into 2nd with 200m to go. The 57.6 second first lap proved to be too fast for him and he couldn’t hold it the last 130m, but he gave it a run and placed 4th. He will be older, faster and stronger next year and hopefully be able to hang on. In the 1600m run, Clarissa Cantu faced the same fast field and had a strong last lap to finish 10th. With the transition of moving down to 3A next year and her new sense of focus, it has her eyeing a chance to advance next year like her brother. For the boys 1600m run we were hoping the disappointment of the 800m would propel our seniors to change this outcome, but again we didn’t get out with the urgency we hoped for. They finished strong but never gave themselves a chance and finished a respectable 4th and 5th.
I would like to thank all the people that made this year possible(Coaches, Teachers, Administrators, Parents, Transportation, Cafeteria, Trainers,…)
Though we did not qualify anyone for State the 2nd year in a row after going 11 straight, we did see a lot of new young kids that have the drive to get there. And as long as there is one…we will try.
Clarrisa Cantu 3200m 8th 12:20(personal record)
Isaiah Gomez 3200m 4th 10:02(personal record)
Carlos Tamayo 3200m 10th 10:24
Noelia Medina Discus 14th 100’3.5”
Katelin VanDong Shot 13th 32’6.5”.
Mark Cantu 800m 4th 2:02.46
Edson Hernandez 800m 7th 2:07.31
Clarissa Cantu 1600m 10th 5:42.97
Isaiah Gomez 1600m 4th 4:37.91
Edson Hernandez 1600m 5th 4:40.42
Full results will be posted on following link:
This past weekend, your Lady Pirates softball team traveled to Alice on Saturday to face off against the Cuero Lady Gobblers in Game 2 of the playoff series; with a possible Game 3 if needed immediately following.
Unfortunately, it may have been the long 2 1/2 hour bus ride that somehow we couldn't get our feet underneath us the entire game, as your Lady Pirates fell to the Lady Gobblers, 18-1; which put an end to our season.
From the get go, Cuero got off to an early 6-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning where they didn't seem to let off the gas peddle any time throughout the game. With an accumulation of 10+ errors on the day, it's tough to come back from a deficit of against a state powerhouse team.
Our bats did come alive in the bottom of the 4th inning, when we were able to bring a run across to cut the lead to 9-1, when Jalyn Aguinaga started us off with a single to left, then Mariah Amador with a beautiful single up the middle which allowed Jalyn to safely make it into 3rd base. That gave Shyane Barnhill an opportunity, as she hit a line drive shot to center field scoring Aguinaga for the 1st and only run of the ball game for the Lady Pirates.
With the ups and downs, adversity faced, and numerous mountains that had to be climbed this year, it turned out to be a very successful season for our program.
It's tough losing a core group (6 seniors) of your team heading into the following season, but with the exposure multiple underclassmen got to witness and be a part of this season, it sets us up for something special for next year! It won't be seen as a rebuilding year, but a reloading year heading into the Spring of 2019.
Thanks to y'all for the continued support this season, and be sure to congratulate this fine young ladies on a remarkable season.
Head Softball Coach
Asst Football Coach
Lytle High School
Last night began the journey towards a State Championship for your Lady Pirates!
They traveled to Judson HS to take on the Cuero Lady Gobblers in 1st round, Bi-District action of the Texas High School Softball State Playoffs.
As the game kicked off, it was a pitcher's duel through 3 innings, as Precious Carrillo held her own against a tough Cuero lineup, sealing 3 K's and allowing only 3 hits. The defense had built a wall behind her allowing the girls to hang in there with the #4 ranked team in the state in 4A; it was 0-0 heading into the top of the 4th.
Knowing what kind of speed and movement the pitcher from Cuero was bringing, the Lady Pirates had a tough time catching up to the 65mph rise ball, along with a nasty 43mph change up.
As the top of the 4th inning got going, a miscommunication play and 2 errors in the top half of the 4th allowed Cuero to bring across 3 runs, which gave them the lead 3-0.
When the Lady Pirates came up to bat next, there was life brought back into them as Jalyn Aguinaga scorched down the 1st base line beating out a throw and a bobbled handle by the 1st baseman to lead things off.
Mariah Amador then laid down a beautiful sac bunt to move Jalyn over, but also Amador was safe at 1st.
This allowed Shyane Barnhill to finally get the barrel on the ball and gain an RBI single to left field.
The score was 3-1, Cuero heading into the top of the 5th inning.
Throughout the remaining 3 innings, your Lady Pirates accumulated for 5 more errors, and 7 more team strikeouts at the plate, which allowed Cuero to finish the game off scoring 6 unanswered runs and seal the game for them 9-1, gaining 1-0 lead in the series.
Game 2 will be tomorrow (Saturday, April 28) in Alice at 5:30pm, with a possible Game 3 if necessary 30 minutes after Game 2.
Head Softball Coach
Asst. Football Coach
Lytle High School
Devine 7, Lytle 1
Devine JV 6, Lytle JV 5
PIRATE BASEBALL played host to Devine on Tuesday. The Pirates came into the game trailing Devine by 1 game for a chance at a 1st place finish. Unfortunately, we did not play well enough. Joel Guerrero pitched well for the Pirates. Joel was relieved by Caleb Carrillo in the 7th inning. Highlights included Logan Wilson’s 3 for 3 performance at the plate along with a nice diving play to his left.
The Pirates will play tomorrow in Pearsall for 2nd place versus Crystal City at 7:30 in Pearsall.
District Record: 5 – 3
Overall Record: 19 - 7
This past week Michael Bradshaw traveled to Corpus Christi to compete in the AAAA Regional Tennis Tournament. Michael had a great showing and played very well but a few unforced errors cost him the match, falling in 3 sets 1-6, 6-4, 4-6. I am very proud of Michael and all of his accomplishments. Michael has represented Lytle the last four years proudly and our program is in a better place because of his work and dedication. His great attitude and work ethic has transferred over to our younger players and we will feel his presence on the court for years to come. Coach Cameron and I will truly miss you Michael!
Frank P. Hernandez M.A.Ed.
Teacher – World Geography
Head Tennis Coach
Asst. Boys Basketball Coach
Lytle High School
Showcase visitor, James Miller had this to say, "We had a great time. To see all the hard work everyone put in to all the projects was great. I even learned of a few programs that Lytle offers that I had no idea. I am a plumber and I learned of the plumbers program offered. The robotics club and all of the computer related programs are great. Thank you to all and the hard work put into the showcase!"
On April 23, 2018 along with 300 high school students from six counties, and many special guests from Texas media outlets, a Lytle Skull Studios student team attended the Bexar County High School Film Festival. At this Red Carpet event, videos produced by students for 30 local nonprofit organizations were showcased. Watch and see why Lytle's entry was the only one that made the audience laugh and cry out loud. We are proud of this team's work.
To see all 30 videos produced by student teams: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHJqC1QXcpsb-lmmuLQ4uaoGM_wqvtVW2
Lytle 1, Pearsall 0
Lytle JV 4, Pearsall JV 1
PIRATE BASEBALL traveled to Pearsall Friday night and won an exciting game. With 1 out in the top of the 7th inning, AJ Reyna singled in the winning run. Jared Martinez was the winning pitcher throwing a 2 – hit shutout. The Pirates played great defense throughout with many nice plays by Caleb Carrillo and Logan Wilson.
Tuesday’s game this week is versus Devine at home. The Pirates trail Devine by one game and are one game ahead of Crystal City. So, either way, the Pirates will be playing one more game at the conclusion of the season for seeding purposes.
District Record: 5 – 2
Overall Record: 19 - 6
Crystal City 8, Lytle 7
Lytle JV 12, Crystal City JV 2
PIRATE BASEBALL traveled to Crystal City on Tuesday. The Pirates led 7 – 4 in the 7th inning. Crystal City rattled off 6 hits in the bottom of the 7th to defeat us 8 – 7. It was a difficult way to lose but “difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”.
District Record: 4 – 2
Overall Record: 18 - 6
We had 4 Lady Pirates participate in the 29/30 4A Track Meet yesterday in hopes of finishing in the top 4 to advance to next week’s Regional Meet in Kingsville. All 4 ladies gave great performances with 3 of them hitting PERSONAL BESTS to help propel them into next week. We are very proud of how they competed and look forward to this next week in hopes of reaching new goals. The following are your lady pirate area qualifiers:
Clarissa Cantu 3200m 1st Area Champion Regional Qualifier
1600m 4th Regional Qualifier
Katelin VanDong Shot Put 3rd Regional Qualifier
Noelia Medina Discus 2nd Regional Qualifier
Lauren Gomez 800m 5th