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Bandera, like any small town, produces more than its share of bands featuring talented young musicians. Unfortunately, most disappear as quickly as they form, music drifting into memory.

Bella Fool, I can confidently say, is the best band I’ve heard come out of Bandera since Rune. They are the small-town equivalent of a supergroup: Gilbert Rivera on vocals, Christopher Peterson on guitar, Chris Byman on drums, Erik Hillman on bass. If I were to hand pick a set of talents, these guys would stand out on any list.

I had the chance to photograph Bella Fool at their weekly Bandera Bowl performance Thursday night, which has to be one of the most unique venues I’ve shot at. My full set of photos can be found in the Bandera.net Gallery:

Bella Fool at Bandera Bowl – Feb. 25, 2010

You can catch up with Bella Fool’s music on MySpace and connect with the band on Facebook.

Don’t miss out; their Bandera Bowl weeklies are must-see, cover is cheap and includes bowling for hours, and there’s a big Bandera presence there for the band.

Below, Bella Fool’s great acoustic performance on KABB Fox News. Their musical magic here shows talent far beyond their years.



28 Feb 2010

Photos: Bella Fool at Bandera Bowl

Author: James Taylor | Filed under: Community Journalism

Ignoring the first quarter, Medina brought their A-game to their basketball playoff match against the Port Aransas Marlins at Pearsall tonight. The Bobcat boys picked up a big 71-30 win as they advance to the next round of post-season play, which I’m told will come Monday night.

Keep an eye on the @BanderaOutlaw Twitter feed on the right side of this page for details when they come my way. –>

The full set of photos from tonight’s game can be viewed in the Bandera.net Gallery:

Medina Bobcats basketball vs. Port Aransas Marlins – Feb. 26, 2010

27 Feb 2010

Photos: Medina Bobcats vs. Port Aransas Marlins basketball playoffs

Author: James Taylor | Filed under: Sports

Photos from this week’s Bandera Boys & Girls Club Spurs Youth Basketball League games comes to Bandera.net courtesy of photographer and newspaper editor Jessica Hawley-Jerome.

You can view the full album in the Bandera.net Gallery:

Bandera Boys & Girls Club Spurs Youth Basketball League games – Feb. 6, 2010

18 Feb 2010

Photos: Bandera Boys & Girls Club Spurs Youth Basketball League games

Author: James Taylor | Filed under: Sports

The Bandera Lady Bulldogs suffered a heartbreaking defeat to the Devine Arabians in the first round of varsity girls basketball playoffs this evening. The game was played at the Paul Taylor Field House in San Antonio.

Photos from the game can be viewed in the Bandera.net Gallery:

Bandera Lady Bulldogs playoffs vs. Devine Arabians – Feb. 15, 2010

16 Feb 2010

Photos: Bandera Lady Bulldogs playoffs vs. Devine Arabians

Author: James Taylor | Filed under: Sports

The Bandera Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs took on San Antonio Memorial in varsity soccer action on Feb. 12, 2010, at the Bandera Middle School Field.

I didn’t catch the final score from the boys game, but the girls picked up a big 6-2 win.

You can view all of my photos from the game in the Bandera.net Gallery:

Bandera Bulldogs soccer vs. San Antonio Memorial – Feb. 12, 2010

Bandera Lady Bulldogs soccer vs. San Antonio Memorial – Feb. 12, 2010

16 Feb 2010

Photos: Bandera soccer vs. San Antonio Memorial

Author: James Taylor | Filed under: Sports

Comedy hypnotist Tim Castleman left the Bandera High School auditorium in stitches after his performance with some of Bandera’s finest young minds last Thursday.

Castleman’s show was to benefit the BHS senior class.

As always, you can view photos from the event in the Bandera.net Gallery:

Comedy Hypnotist Fundraiser at Bandera High School – Feb. 11, 2010

Great games between Bandera and Canyon Lake; Bandera varsity boys and girls both picked up big wins.

Three sets of albums from these games, available as always in the Bandera.net Gallery:

Bandera Cheerleaders & Star Steppers Dance Team – Feb. 5, 2010

Bandera Bulldogs vs. Canyon Lake Hawks – Feb. 5, 2010

Bandera Lady Bulldogs vs. Canyon Lake Lady Hawks – Feb. 5, 2010

7 Feb 2010

Photos: Bandera vs. Canyon Lake basketball + cheer + dance

Author: James Taylor | Filed under: Sports

I caught three Bandera basketball games last week, including some freshmen boys action, and you can view all three sets of photos in the Bandera.net Gallery:

Bandera Bulldogs vs. Ingram Warriors – Jan. 29, 2010

Bandera Lady Bulldogs vs. Ingram Lady Warriors – Jan. 29, 2010

Bandera Bulldogs Freshmen vs. Ingram Warriors – Jan. 29, 2010

Off to shoot Bandera vs. Canyon Lake basketball at the gym! See you guys there.

5 Feb 2010

Photos: Bandera vs. Ingram basketball

Author: James Taylor | Filed under: Sports

Bulldog Times writer and Outlaw Intern Megan Greebon’s article “Life in a war zone after Bandera High School” was published this week in the Bandera Bulletin, bringing Greebon’s excellent reporting and writing to thousands of new readers.

You can read her story online on the Bulletin’s web site.

Congratulations, Megan!

I’m working with Megan to hopefully do some exclusive content for here on Bandera.net – what would you like to read about?