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Beaty named to Texas Coaches All-Star Team

Aim High – Jordyn Beaty (23) from Woodville aims to represent Woodville, Tyler County and All of east Texas as she competes at the 2019 TGCA All Star Game in Arlington.” (HALE HUGHES | TCB)Aim High – Jordyn Beaty (23) from Woodville aims to represent Woodville, Tyler County and All of east Texas as she competes at the 2019 TGCA All Star Game in Arlington.” (HALE HUGHES | TCB)

 

By Hale Hughes

WOODVILLE—Junior standout Jordyn Beaty continues to gather accolades after this year’s title run basketball season. Beaty was named Co-MVP District with her teammate Jayda Argumon. Beaty was named as an Calss 3A All-Region and Class 3A All-State player by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and along with Argumon, was named by the UIL to the Class 3A All-Tournament Team at the UIL State Championships in San Antonio.

Beaty has also been selected to participate in the 2019 All-Star Basketball Game by the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA). This All-Star basketball team is comprised of the best basketball players from across the state and hand-selected by TGCA from the 1A-4A classifications. Beaty is one of only 24 girls chosen to partake in this prestigious event. Teams have been named as Blue and Red, and each team consists of 12 players each.

Beaty will be on the Blue Team and play with players from as far north as Haskell (in the Abilene area) to Poth (San Antonio area) and will compete against girls on the Red Team comprised with players from as far north as Vega (Amarillo area) to Midlothian HS (Dallas area). This All-Star event will be held at Arlington Lamar High School on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Beaty remains humbled by the honor and hopes to represent her high school teammates, her school, community, the east Texas area and her family well as she competes. Beaty carries the lone distinction of being one of the only 1A-4A girls in the east Texas area selected to compete in this prominent event. “Coach Carrell told me about being named for this and we were excited to hear about it,” Beaty said when she was made aware that she’d been selected to play in this competition. “There are a lot of girls that play this same position as me,” Beaty explained. “I’ve played a lot of basketball games and know a lot of these girls that I’ve competed with and against. I hope to represent them in this recognition.” Beaty said she is flattered but continued to use the word ‘represent’ as she spoke.

Beaty said she knows that she represents her school and teammates and is well aware of even little girls who look up to her and want to play like her when they get older. But carrying the torch is something that Beaty is used to and doesn’t necessarily add any pressure in her mind. “It just makes me want to just work harder when I hear about so many people looking to me and having faith in my abilities.” Beaty gave some insight on what she does to stay at the top of her game. “I try to stay mentally focused, and be smart with managing my time between school, homework, and practicing.” Beaty says she tries to compete even in practices. “I always try to be first in anything, even when we’re running. If we are shooting layups or free throws or even doing something like sit-ups. I try to be the player with the most. It’s just little things like that, but always keeping myself competitive regardless of the surroundings.” Beaty is currently competing in track and field events for Woodville High School.

On weekends, Beaty said she stays sharp by running in her neighborhood and doing dribble drills just to keep her skill set at a high level. Beaty also competes with her select team from Alvin and will play with that team throughout the summer. Beaty noted that many college coaches recruit heavily during the select basketball season, primarily because the select summer season does not interfere with the regular college season which happens at the same time as the high school season. Beaty said she hopes to eventually play on a college team that plays with the same intensity that her high school team employs. Beaty said, “I like teams that execute hard, press is really good and push the ball in transition and create extra scoring opportunities.”

“Basketball is just something I just feel like I have to play,” Beaty explained. “A lot of it comes from my mom and dad. I guess you could say it’s in our blood.” And no one else has more faith in Jordyn than her parents, Stephanie and Ardis. Beaty explained that her mom played her college ball at nearby Angelina and her dad played at Kilgore and later in the Houston area. “My mom and dad both have a deep understanding of this game and what it requires. I play the same position that my dad played, and both of my parents have really good insight for me.” It’s more to Jordyn to not just represent the area, but her family as well. “I hope I do good for my school and community. But most of all, I really hope I make my mom and dad proud,” Beaty said.

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Bulldog Baseball continues to power through District

Senior Desi Hallo slides into home to score for the Lady Dogs.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF COLMESNEIL BARKER YEARBOOK)Senior Desi Hallo slides into home to score for the Lady Dogs.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF COLMESNEIL BARKER YEARBOOK)

 

By Brooke Mitcham

Baseball – The Bulldog Baseball team is playing an outstanding season in district and show amazing effort on the field. On Tuesday, March 12, the Bulldogs took on Chester and run ruled the Yellowjackets by the fourth inning and the final score was 15-2. Dallen Pate and Jayden Ferguson pitched a great game and only allowed one hit during all four innings. At the plate, Jordan James, Wesley Dobbins, and Tanner Rhodes had three hits each.
On Saturday, March 16, the Bulldogs defeated Broaddus in four innings. Senior Jackson Dannelley threw a no hitter and struck out 11 of the 12 batters he faced. Senior Tanner Rhodes went 4-4 in hit batting and had 5 RBIs. Sophomore Jordan James went 2-3 while batting and Jackson Dannelley scored 4 runs. The final score of the game was 15-0 and the Bulldogs put another win under their belt.
On Tuesday, March 19, the Bulldogs will play in Zavalla and Varsity will begin at 6 p.m. On Friday, March 22, the Bulldogs will take on San Augustine at the Handley- Stewart Field. JV will start at 4 p.m. and Varsity will begin at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs have shown amazing potential for the rest of the season and have hopes to go far.

Softball – The Colmesneil Lady Dog Softball team took on rival, the Groveton Indians on Tuesday, March 12, and sadly came up short in the end. The Lady Dogs started the game off strong and scored two runs in the first inning and neither team scored in the second inning. The Indians had a good hit during the third inning and tied the game 2-2. In the fourth inning, the Indians took the lead and made the score 3-4. Both teams played great defense and neither team scored in the fifth or sixth inning. The score was 3-5 and the Lady Dogs needed to score in the bottom of the seventh. The final score was 3-5 and the Indians took home a win. On Friday, March 15, the Lady Dogs took on Big Sandy, and were not able to pull out a win. Sophomore Jamie Alegre had a great hit to left field and got an RBI. The score at the bottom of the third was 2-4 and the Lady Dogs were down. During the last inning, Big Sandy scored one run, and the Lady Dogs fought hard to win, but came up short with a score of 4-5. The JV softball team played in a one-day tournament on Saturday, March 16, and went undefeated the whole day and scored 31 runs total and only gave up nine runs during the whole tournament. The next district game for the Lady Dogs is on Tuesday, March 19, in Apple Springs starting at 6 p.m. and only Varsity will play. On Friday, March 22, the Lady Dogs will play in Chester and Varsity will begin at 4 p.m.

Tennis – The Colmesneil High School Tennis team will play their first tournament on Wednesday, March 20 in Lufkin at Crown Colony.
The variety of pairs and singles will take on PCA to practice before the district tournament.

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Warren Warriors participate in LCM tournament

Claire McEachern is on the mound for the Lady Warriors. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CARRIE STANDLEY)

 

By Bailey Moore

Baseball- The Warren Warriors baseball team competed in the LCM tournament this last weekend. Their first game in the tournament was up against New Waverly. On the mound this game was senior, Brody Brockman. The Warriors learned a lot from this experience. Their second game was moved to home and was against Shepard. Pitching for the Warriors was sophomore Trace Daigle pitching excellent and only allowing one player on base. Daigle scattered out 5 hits in 5 and two-thirds innings.  Alongside this the Warriors worked hard to do their job at the plate and scored six runs on the Shepard Pirates.

The final score 6-4 over Shepard. In their last game of the tournament against the Buffalo Bisons, the Warriors competed well. However, fell short over Buffalo. The Warren Warrior Baseball team will play its district opener away in Hardin this Tuesday and home against Buna on Friday with results in next week.

Softball- The Lady Warrior softball team started district last week. Playing the Anahuac Panthers on Tuesday and the Kountze Lionettes Friday night. The Lady Warriors have been improving constantly game after game. The Lady Warriors have continued working competitively at the plate and Claire McEachern improving greatly on the mound. In the game against Anahuac the Lady Warriors fought hard to gain a win, however falling short in the very end. As well as in the Kountze game the Lady Warriors worked their hardest but, in the end, did not pull through with a win. The Lady Warriors will continue district playing away in Hardin Tuesday and Friday playing home against Buna. The results will be in next week of these games.  

Band- The Warren band competed in the UIL Region 10 Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation at Silsbee High School. Warren Warrior band gained a “Superior’ rating in both these categories. In the concert section the band received 2-1-1 and also in the sight-reading section. Students in the band have also competed in the UIL Region Solo and Ensemble contest with many earning superior and excellent ratings. The Warren High School band is directed by Russell Hopkins and Taylor Moore.

Powerlifting- Kyler Loftin and Jeremiah Juarez competed in the Region 4 Division 3 Powerlifting Championship. They both qualified for regionals. Kyler Loftin placed first and will be advancing to state. Jeremiah Juarez placed 8th in his division.

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Woodville Lady Eagles end season in state championship game

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By Hale Hughes

Tenacious Telia – Woodville’s Telia Jackson (3) races past a Chapel Hill defender for a score in the state championship game in the Alamodome. (HALE HUGHES | TCB PHOTO)Tenacious Telia – Woodville’s Telia Jackson (3) races past a Chapel Hill defender for a score in the state championship game in the Alamodome. (HALE HUGHES | TCB PHOTO)SAN ANTONIO—The Lady Eagles showed the state that they are among the elite teams in Texas by advancing to the state championship 3A basketball game. The Lady Eagles used speed, a smothering defense and supreme ball handling skills as well as good decision making to find the open shots all season to take their place on the grandest stage in high school basketball.

The Alamodome hosted all teams where players and coaches were treated to one of the finest championship venues in the nation. Woodville (39-1) advanced to take on the unbeaten Chapel Hill Red Devils (36-0) in a matchup of both 3A teams with the highest winning percentages of the season. The Lady Eagles showed that they were up to the task and entered the game firm and undaunted against Chapel Hill and were not intimidated by their record or pedigree. Woodville’s Jordyn Beaty won the tip off and the Lady Eagles quickly went to work. Woodville jumped out to an early lead with Jayda Argumon hitting a three-pointer followed up with a jumper by Beaty. Beaty made a quick steal to allow Kayla Merchant to land an early layup to give the Lady Eagles a 7-2 run to start the game. Telia Jackson hit a free throw and Woodville was all gas and no brakes as they used the early momentum to their advantage. After a missed Chapel Hill shot, Merchant rebounded, and Jackson found Merchant open at the other end of the court to feed her the ball for another layup, giving Woodville a commanding 10-2 lead. Argumon and Beaty made back to back shots from the floor and then Argumon again hit from deep three-point range to give the Lady Eagles a whopping 17-7 lead with just over a minute remaining in the first period as Woodville flexed their muscle against the best the state had to offer.

The second period began with a 17-10 Woodville lead, but Chapel Hill showed why they were undefeated. The Red Devils made a three-pointer, a layup and two free throws to tie the game at 17 with 6:11 left in the second period. This was developing into a game of runs as each team was able put together a string of scores. The lead changed hands back and forth and Woodville had the upper hand 21-18 thanks to a couple of tip ins by Beaty.
The score was again tied 24-24 with 1:12 left as Woodville and Chapel Hill battled for the lead before halftime. The Red Devils were able to convert a layup at :16 to take a narrow two-point lead into the break.

Teams returned from the break looking fresh and ready to finish this epic battle with the state title in the balance. Woodville’s Beaty quickly tied the game at 26. Chapel Hill then copied what Woodville did to start the game as the Red Devils went on a 12-0 run to jump out to a 39-26 lead by the 4:26 mark of the third period. That run gave a tremendous amount of momentum to Chapel Hill and they leveraged that momentum to control the tempo of the game. Woodville remained resilient and battled back to narrow the gap, but Chapel Hill maintained the lead for the remainder of the period, as the third came to an end with a 40-35 Red Devil lead.

The fourth period was much like the third, with Woodville continuing to battle back. It was Woodville who made the game’s next run, and with a tip in by Merchant, the Lady Eagles found themselves tied up once again, 43-43 with four minutes left in the game.

In a game that swayed back and forth, it ended up being Chapel Hill who had the final run, forcing Woodville to resort to fouling to save time on the clock and hoping for missed free throws. Chapel Hill was clutch from the free throw line as they finished the game with a 55-46 win over the Lady Eagles.
Beaty led all scorers with 22 points. Beaty was 10 of 19 from the floor and one-of-two from three-point range. Jayda Argumon was 4 of 7 and 2 of 4 from three-point range and had 10 points, while Kayla Merchant finished with six points and Telia Jackson added five points.

This was a tremendous year for the Lady Eagles who played more games during this season than any other 3A school in the state. It should be noted that this was also one of the most successful seasons on record in school history.

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