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Pirates take the Bulldogs

Chance Shook PhotoChance Shook Photoby Kelsey Sheffield

The Spurger Pirates traveled to Colmesneil on November 25 to take victory at the house of the Bulldogs.

The Pirates started with a big lead of 10-0, and ended the first quarter with a score of 10-6. Throughout the first quarter, points were generated mainly from the multiple steals on the defensive side of the ball.

Followed by a steal by Caleb LeBouef, Nathan Sheffield was able to get the Pirates started off with a layup. Not long after, key player on the offensive side, Chance Shook, made his first of many three pointers of the night. Sheffield grabbed another steal and layup and Shook knocked down another three before the Bulldogs were able to get any points on the board.
The second quarter was a more difficult one for the Pirates, but the strong three point shots by LeBouef and Shook, and Shook's driving ability kept the Pirates ahead with a nail-biting score of 23-21, at halftime.

LeBouef opened the second quarter with two three pointers and Shook wrapped it up with two threes, as well as making one of two free throws.

In the second half, the Pirates began to play their game again.

The Pirates out scored the Bulldogs, for the third quarter, by eighteen points.
Once again, LeBouef and Shook started the Pirates out on the right foot with two big three pointers. Sheffield followed them with a two point jump shot, then brought himself to the free throw line to make one of two shots, after an attempted drive through the defense. Simon put some points on the board with a nice shot from the block.

The Pirates began to take off and leave the Bulldogs. Clark snagged a steal to come away with a two point fast break. Following that play, he took a hard foul that brought him to the free throw line where he made one of two to get the score to 39-29. Sheffield came away with a lay up, and Clark came down and dropped a long range three point shot. Clark kept his own momentum and made a drive to the basket through the defense for another lay up. To finish the third, LeBouef made a drive to the basket, where he was intentionally fouled, and the Bulldogs received a technical foul. After knocking down both free throws, the Pirates finished the third with a score of48-28.

For the Pirates, the fourth quarter was the time to finish the Bulldogs and come away victorious, and they did just that. Shook, Sheffield, and Milstead all dropped three pointers. Shook, Sheffield and Clark also knocked down two point jumpers and had successful lay ups. Fisher and Shook came away with a few free throws.

On the defensive side, Clark managed multiple steals and Sheffield and Shook both had clean blocks against the Bulldogs. The Pirates had a huge victory of 66-40.

Shook led the team in scoring with twenty-four points, followed by Sheffield with fourteen points. LeBouef scored eleven points, and Clark came away with ten points. Milstead made a three, and Simon and Fisher both contributed two points.

Spurger Pirate basketball fans have multiple opportunities to support the Pirates and Lady Pirates. December 4-6 the varsity girls and varsity boys will be in the Evadale tournament and the JV will be playing in the Spurger JV tournament. December 9, the junior varsity boys and varsity boys will be playing versus Kennard in Spurger. The varsity girls and varsity boys will be in another tournament on December 11-13, in Zavala, and the junior varsity will be in a tournament in Woodville.

The Spurger Pirate Fishing teams will be fishing again December 6, at Humphrey Pavilion and the weigh in will be at 2 p.m. Prospects are welcomed to come and support.

Lady Dogs on Fire, Dogs Beat Chester

Eli Dinger shoots his free-throw.Eli Dinger shoots his free-throw.By Alicyn Mitcham

High School Boys Basketball
The Bulldogs have found a good start to their season so far. The Bulldogs started their season on November 24 against Chester. The dogs began to dominate the Yellow Jackets as soon as the game started. The final score was 48-28, with Sam Matterson contributing 17 points, Jake Pattillo nine points, and Eli Dinger seven points. Kameron Lindsey had three assists, and Jermany Wooton had seven rebounds and three steals.

After a great start, the Dogs faced Warren on November 25. The Dogs fought hard, but the final score was 47-60, Colmesneil just falling short.

Lindsey and Matterson each scored 12 points, Dinger eight points, and Pattillo six points; Matterson also had 12 rebounds.

The varsity boys have a tournament on December 2 in Nacogdoches. The JV team has a tournament in Spurger December 4-6. Varsity has a game on December 8 against Harmony Science at Beamount with the game starting at 7 p.m.

High School Girls Basketball
The Lady Dogs have had a killer start to their season, defeating Chester on November 24, shutting the game down with a score of 60-28. Taylor Barker led the Lady Dogs with 31 points, followed by Treasure Jackson with 12 points, and Krista Harris with eight points. The Lady Dogs also played Spurger on November 25, earning another win with a score of 71-12. They scored early claiming a 34-5 lead at halftime. Barker scored 32 points, followed by Jackson with 13 points; and, Harris and Nature Jackson with nine points.

Nature Jackson had seven rebounds and Jordan Givins had two rebounds. The JV and varsity girls will play at Latexo on December 2, JV will start at 4:30 p.m. and varsity will follow.
December 4-6, the varsity girls will play in a tournament in Elkhart.

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Warren falls to Leggett in close one at home

Jimmy Adams makes bucket against Leggett. (Doug Glosson Photo)Jimmy Adams makes bucket against Leggett. (Doug Glosson Photo)by Doug Glosson

The Warren Warriors basketball team took on the Leggett Pirates last Tuesday, where turnovers late in the game proved to be the deciding factor as Warren could not recover losing 56-53.

Warren jumped out to an early 6-2 lead on three point jumpers by Warren's William Pelt and Tanner Maass. A steal and a lay up by Kaleb Bickham put Warren up 8-2 as the Warriors were playing good defense and taking advantage of missed shots by the Pirates. Jimmy Adams ended the first quarter scoring with a layup, Warren was up 14-10 after one.

In the second quarter, Leggett started getting aggressive and forced several turnovers by the Warriors. With about four minutes before the half, Leggett took a 20-18 lead.

The lead would go back and forth as both teams started hitting shots. Warren would keep it close as Tanner Maass was able to hit a couple of three point shots cutting into Leggett's lead 31-28 at the half. Warren and Leggett would trade baskets until about halfway through the third quarter with Leggett keeping the lead 41-38. But Leggett would go on a 6-0 run to end the quarter putting them up 47-38.

With about five minutes left in the game, Warren started to make a run of their own. Bickham hit three fast break lay ups in a row, tying the game at 49 with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Warren's Brendon Richman then took the inbound pass for a layup putting Warren up 52-49. Leggett missed their next shot, but a rebound and a put-back cut into Warren's lead 52-51. With 1:18 left in the game, Leggett missed another shot but again was able to get the rebound and score taking the lead 53-52. Warren was unable to hit on their next two shots, and with 25 seconds left in the game, had to start fouling to stop the clock.
Both teams went to the line in the last seconds of the game, but it was not enough for Warren to regain the lead.

Tanner Maass led Warren's scoring with 14 points while Adams added 11 point and eight rebounds.

Next up, Warren JV and varsity play at home against Beaumont Kelly on Tuesday December 9, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Warriors took on the Lady Pirates as well Tuesday afternoon. They played a close game, but fast break points by Leggett and Warren turnovers cost the Lady Warriors, as they took the loss 54-46. After being down by more than 20 points at the end of the third quarter, the Lady Warriors fought hard in the fourth quarter to close the gap, but it wasn't enough.
Mollie Applewhite had 14 points, Devan Barnett 13 points with seven rebounds, and Ashlynn Whisneant 10 points with 12 rebounds.

Next up, the Lady Warriors varsity team will play in the Evadale tournament on Thursday, December 4, and Saturday ,December 6. Both JV and varsity will be at home on Tuesday December 9 against West Orange-Stark, starting at 5 p.m.

Eagles Earn All-District in 12-AAA Football

Seniors Ashton Lockhart and Obie Barclay were selected as First Team All-District in District 12-AAA this past season.Seniors Ashton Lockhart and Obie Barclay were selected as First Team All-District in District 12-AAA this past season. (Jason Drake Photo)by Jason Drake

The Woodville Eagles had four football players selected to the First Team All-District and eight athletes selected to Second Team All-District in 12-AAA this past season.

Seniors Obie Barclay and Ashton Lockhart earned their first team selection on offense. Barclay played offensive guard and Lockhart won the honor as a wide receiver for the Eagles.
Sophomore Chris Castle was the lone first team selection on defense as a defensive tackle and sophomore Matthew Wagner earned first team recognition for special teams.

The eight Eagles on the second team included senior quarterback Marqui Jackson, senior defensive tackle Riley Shaw, junior offensive center Drake Allison, junior defensive end Chandler Button, junior offensive tackle Trey Dear, junior kicker Dawson Wainwright, junior inside linebacker Brock Waldie and sophomore outside linebacker Kris Traylor.

Eagles selected as honorable mention included senior safety Jacob Watts, senior wide receiver Markalin Merchant, junior outside linebacker Delante' Barclay, and junior offensive tackle Allen Williams.

Head Woodville Eagle football coach, Mike Waldie recapped the 2014 football season saying,"I want to begin by thanking my staff, their hard work and dedication to the young men in Woodville was superb. We hit the ground running as a new staff in August and accomplished a lot in a short amount of time.

"Next I want to thank the community of Woodville for their tremendous support in our first year. We had some ups and downs but finished strong for a winning season in our debut and look forward to filling the stands for 2015 as we will return seven starters on offense, eight on defense, and our kicker and punter.

"We also add to our depth with some tough additions coming up from the JV. Going into the off-season we will have 58 returning players to the program with an incoming freshmen team that did not lose a game during their middle school career.

"Our district was very tough and that will continue in 2015. The season ended with a tri-championship in our league, with East Chambers, Kirbyville, and Buna all tying at 9-1, and ending all ranked in the top 15 in the state of Texas.

"We look forward to competing for a playoff spot as our district has shown by winning in our league leads to playoff success. Those three teams won a combined five games this year in their playoff run."

The Woodville Eagles improved to 6-4 on the season. Last year, the Eagles finished 2-8.
Woodville Middle School boys basketball teams remained undefeated with two victories over Woden's seventh and eighth grade basketball teams.

Woodville seventh grade jumped up to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter before Woden went on a 15-4 run to take a 15-14 advantage going into halftime. Woden increased its lead to 19-14 in the third quarter before the Eagles finished on a 12-6 run to win 28-25.

Kaden Young led all scorers with 14 points. The Eagles spread out the rest of the points between Austin Thompson, Jamari Barlow, Wesley Gill, Keon Chatman, Michael Perkins, Timmy Telford and Trevor Cummings.

The Woodville Eagles eighth grade also played down the wire to pull out a 32-31 victory over Woden.

The Eagles jumped out to a lead in the first quarter. This was the biggest lead for either team as both squads traded baskets back and forth the entire game.

Cameron White was the top scorer with eighteen points, followed by Jaylan Foster's eight. Damichael Brooks chipped in four points, while Jaden Argumon added a basket.

Other Eagles contributing on defense included Riley Shaw, Garret Allen, Brock Holmes, Remington Speaks, McKane Maxwell, Wyatt Bell and Garrett Castillo.

Holmes and White managed to finish the game with both players picking up their fourth foul early in the fourth period.

The Eagles will make a return to Hemphill on Monday. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. for the seventh grade and 6 p.m for the eighth grade. The middle school Lady Eagles will be home against Hemphill.

Lady Jackets Receive Volleyball All-District Honors

Lady Jackets

by Wendy Whitworth

District 23-2A All-District Honors
Freshman Meagan Clarke received Newcomer of the Year; Second Team All-District honors went to senior Laken Read and junior Maddie Read. Honorable Mention honors went to senior Destiny Kuehn, junior Jaci Davis, and junior Kalee Thomson.

Academic All-District
(Cumulative average of 90 or above for all core classes): Destiny Kuehn, senior, Laken Read, senior, Maddie Read, junior, and Selah Spaulding, freshman.

Lady Jacket Basketball
The Chester Lady Jackets fell to Colmesneil Monday, 60-28, despite an outstanding game from Laken Read. After a very competitive and close first quarter, the Lady Jackets had fallen to 34-13 by the half. Laken was the front runner for Chester with eight points and three rebounds. Also helping the effort was Maddie Read with four points, one rebound and two blocks.

Carmen Mahaffey also added two points and one rebound. Destiny Kuehn was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up four rebounds and one steal. The Lady Jackets finished the game with 22 rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

"We played well in the first quarter. At the beginning of the second quarter there were some calls that did not go our way and our girls got extremely frustrated and soon just got so mentally and emotionally exhausted that it was just too much for our kids to overcome.

"In the future, we have to be more mature than that. We will have some calls go our way and some calls that won't, but we will have to keep our poise. As a coaching staff, we have to do a better job of keeping our girls cool headed when things aren't going their way," said Coach Hall.

Lady Eagles JV claim in Warren Tourney

JV Lady Eagles—Top Row: Coach Sarah Blair, Crailee Battise, Jailynne Menefee, Chelsie Sargent and Coach Michelle Merchant.  Bottom Row: Karrigan Young Eveona Williams, Crystal Martin and Savanah Jordan.JV Lady Eagles—Top Row: Coach Sarah Blair, Crailee Battise, Jailynne Menefee, Chelsie Sargent and Coach Michelle Merchant. Bottom Row: Karrigan Young Eveona Williams, Crystal Martin and Savanah Jordan.

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Lady Eagles junior varsity went 5-0 in the Warren Lady Warriors JV tournament last week to claim the championship trophy. The Lady Eagles claimed victories over Warrren, East Chambers, Big Sandy, Kirbyville, and Kountze.

In the Warren game, the Lady Eagles jumped up on 14-0 after the first quarter. Chelsie Sargrent scored ten of her game high 23 points in the first quarter. Woodville would increase its lead to 25-4 at halftime before cruising to its 39-25 win. Sargrent was five for seven from the free throw line.

The Lady Eagles played superb defense against East Chambers. Woodville held the Lady Buccaneers scoreless in the first half and limited East Chambers to six points in the game. Sargrent again led the Lady Eagles with ten points in the 25-6 victory.

The Lady Eagles game versus Big Sandy was highly contested. Woodville jumped out to a 14-11 lead over the Lady Wildcats. Big Sandy out scored Woodville 10-5 in the third quarter to take the 21-19 advantage heading to the fourth quarter. Woodville shot 67 percent from the charity stripe in the final period to ice the game 31-25. Sargrent led all scorers with 14 points, Crailee Battise chipped in eight and Savanah Jordan added seven. The Lady Eagles completed the game shooting 9 for 13 free throws.

The Lady Eagles held Kirbyville nearly scoreless as they walked away with the 40-2 victory over the Lady Wildcats. Sargrent and Eveona Williams both landed in double digits with ten points apiece. Crystal Martin poured in eight, while Battise and Jordan added six and five respectively. The Lady Eagles were impressive again from the free line shooting 67 percent as a team including Jordan being a perfect 100 percent.

The final match had the Lady Eagles faced up against Kountze. Woodville found itself in a half time deficit for the first time as the Lady Lions held a 15-14 lead going to the break. The Lady Eagles came alive offensively and defensively in the third quarter outscoring Kountze 9-0 to hang on to the 30-24 victory. Battise led the Lady Eagles with ten points.

The junior varsity girls will join the varsity as they travel to Warren to take on the Lady Warriors on Tuesday. The varsity will participate in the West Sabine tournament Thursday-Saturday. The JV and varsity boys will travel to Shelbyville Tuesday. The junior varsity will play in the Spurger tournament this weekend, while the varsity will travel to the Deweyville tournament.

Woodville Middle School boys will host Woden Monday, while the girls travel to Woden to take on the Lady Eagles. Seventh grade starts at 5 p.m. followed by the eighth grade at both sites.