GCCISD Magazine Feature: Battle for Baytown

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FOR LEE MARTINEZ GROWING UP IN HOUSTON, ONE OF THE CHERISHED TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RIVALRIES RESIDED ON THE EAST SIDE.

Baytown Lee versus Baytown Sterling.

As Sterling's numbers increased, the game eventually stopped being scheduled – last being played in 2016, which was the 50th-edition of the game.

In 2020, Sterling's numbers have dropped a bit, sending the school back down to Class 5A and into the same district as rival Lee and new kid on the block Goose Creek Memorial.

Now in the same district means for the 51st time, Baytown Lee – who hasn't beaten the Rangers since 2012 – would play Baytown Sterling this fall.

"I can remember growing up they would talk about the Baytown Lee – Sterling rivalry. Me personally, I have never seen one," Martinez said. "To not only be a part of that but to be the athletic director on the sidelines watching, I'm pretty excited."

But this isn't just about Lee and Sterling anymore. And it's not just about football.

This is about Baytown.