Right fielder Bryce Holmes gets a base hit in the opening week of baseball season.by Jason Drake
The Woodville Eagles defeated Tarkington 2-0 behind both the arm and bat of junior Jacob Watts. Watts held the Longhorns hitless through five innings walking two and striking out seven. Watts reached base three times for the Eagles including a single in the second inning.
Senior Charles Fentress closed the game giving one hit and striking out five for the save. Junior Marqui Jackson led the Eagles with a pair of hits including one double. Chase Hensarling joined Watts with two walks at the plate.
The varsity baseball team will host its annual tournament Thursday through Saturday, before traveling to Silsbee on Tuesday.
Softball season has also started their season. Freshman Shelby Mixon had three extra base hits, helping the Lady Eagles to an 8-4 victory over the Shepherd Pirates at Kit McConnico Field. Mixon doubled in the first, third, and fourth innings. Avery Tolar added two more hits as the pair combined for six of Woodville's RBIs. Morgan Poncho received the win for the Lady Eagles, as she gave up four runs on four hits. Poncho walked one and struck out four in her five innings of work.
Shepherd opened the top of the first inning scoring a pair of runs to take an early 2-0 lead. It didn't take long for the Eagles to answer on Mixon's two run double in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 2-2. Woodville gained the lead in the fourth inning on another Mixon two run double and a RBI single by Faith Sirmons. Woodville pushed two more runs across in the fifth inning.
The win improves Woodville's record to 5-1 on the young season.
The Lady Eagle golf team will tee off in Wildwood,Tuesday and the middle school track teams will travel to Huntington for the start of track season.
Kris Kuehn safe at second. (Wendy Whitworth photo)by Wendy Whitworth
The Chester Lady Jackets and Yellowjackets both saw tournament action this past weekend. The Lady Jackets played six games in the Trinity tournament. The Lady Jackets fell to Mexia 6–4, New Waverly 7-4, Big Sandy 3-0, Mexia 10-7, Trinity 13- 2, and New Waverly 14–4. Throughout the tournament, Timber Wright had five hits and three stolen bases, Destiny Kuehn six hits and three stolen bases, Donna Martin three hits and three stolen bases, Kyrstin two hits and two stolen bases, Kalee Thomson one hit and one stolen base. Alexis Washington finished with two hits and Tyra Adair and Heather Choate each had one hit. "The girls played well, especially considering that we have had two practices since basketball ended. We left a lot of runners on base, but the good news is that everyone made contact with the ball. We are all very excited about the beginning of the softball season and we have high hopes," said Coach Chris Fudge.
The Yellowjackets played three games in the Alto tournament. They lost to Alto 6-5, Timpson 8-2, and tied with Cayuga 3-3. The time limit on these games proved to be a disadvantage for the Jackets. Pitching for the Yellowjackets were Kris Kuehn, Keaton Whitworth and Cord Neal. The Yellowjackets played three good games. They were able to field the ball well and put the bat on the ball to score several runs.
The Lady Jackets will play in the Woodville tournament, February 27-March 1 and the Yellowjackets will play in the Big Sandy tournament, February 27-March 1.
The Chester fishing team will fish another Rayburn tournament on March 1.
Tuesday, February 18, Spurger competed in the first round of playoffs for the season. The game was a rematch for the Pirates, when they faced Oakwood for the second year in a row. With have lost so closely last year, the boys were anxious for another shot. Unfortunately for Spurger, once again, the win was not in their favor.
For the first quarter, Spurger defense was on top of their game, only allowing Oakwood 15 points against them. Although they were successful in that area, Spurger only made six points on the offensive side. The second quarter, Spurger then stepped it up, scoring 15 points, thanks to three pointers from Caleb LeBouef, Caleb Winkle, and Nathan Sheffield. For the second half, both teams were very successful at pushing the ball up the court, but the points were not falling as they were for Oakwood. The tired Pirates, although they scored 15 points in both the third and fourth quarters, could not keep up with Oakwood. Despite the loss, the Pirates played a hard fought match. Sheffield led the team in points with 15 points, followed by LeBouef who put up 13. Seniors, Cody Winkle, Heath Zoch and Michael Reyna all scored as well for their last game. Winkle put up seven points, Zoch made one of his two free throws of the fourth quarter, and Reyna hit two free throws. The game ended at 76-51.
With basketball officially over, baseball and softball are breaking out. The Pirates baseball and softball teams will both be playing in Hull Daisetta at 4:30 p.m.
Varsity Baseball While school was out last week for Tyler County schools, the Colmesneil Bulldog baseball team was starting their season. The varsity Bulldogs started their season by competing in the very competitive Groveton tournament held February 20–22.
Colmesneil opened the tournament up against Cleveland and Warren on Thursday. The Bulldogs who are transitioning from a play-off basketball season into baseball mode had a tough go the first day of the tournament dropping their game against Cleveland 10-5 and then dropping their second game of the day against Warren 8-1.
On Friday, the Bulldogs took on Leon and Latexo. Friday went much better for the Bulldogs. Colmesneil opened up the day by playing a tough Leon team. In a very tight game, the Bulldogs prevailed 4-3. Reigning District MVP Dylan Falcon picked up where he left off last season smacking two key doubles. Chris Carr picked up the victory after pitching a solid game. Matt Bailey came in and shut the door on Leon to pick up the save. The second game of the day was against Latexo. The Bulldogs jumped all over the Tigers from the first pitch as they defeated Latexo 15-0. The Bulldogs got an extremely solid pitching effort from Jake Pattillo as he held the Latexo bats in check on his way to pitching the first no-hitter of the season for the Bulldogs.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs took on a very talented squad from Groveton. This game did not disappoint as neither team could take complete control of the game. The Bulldogs fought hard and came out on top in a dog fight 7-6. Cody Walsh had two key hits and scored two runs for Colmesneil. Tyler Walker took one yard for his first homerun of the season. Cole Johnson had a solid outing on his way to picking up the win. And Bailey picked up his second save of the young season by quieting the Groveton bats to seal the win.
Up next for Colmesneil is the Evadale Tournament to be held February 27–March 1.
JV Baseball The Colmesneil JV baseball team traveled to Douglass to compete in the Douglass tournament. The young Bulldogs fought hard going 1-2 in the tournament. The Bulldogs did pick up a convincing win over Trinity 10-3.
Varsity Softball The Lady Dogs softball season is under full swing as well as they started playing games this past week. Colmesneil started the season off facing Cushing this past Tuesday for their home opener. This was a tight game for the first three innings as both teams struggled to get anything going against their opponent's pitcher. Colmesneil finally broke through with some key hits, with Kara Standley leading the way with a double and single. Merrick Graham chalked up two singles during the game also. Standley was able to keep the Cushing bats from getting hot as she fanned eight of their batters for the game. Colmesneil shut out Cushing 4-0 with Standley getting the win and the shutout.
The Lady Dogs then traveled to Jasper to compete in the Jasper softball tournament February 20 –22. The Lady Dogs continued their hot play throughout the tournament as they amassed a 5-1 tournament record to push their season record to 6-1.
The Lady Dogs opened the tournament by crushing West Hardin 15-0. Colmesneil had their way on the base paths as several of the Lady Dogs managed to steal multiple bases on the Lady Oiler defense. Treasure Jackson and Magen Allen both led the way with four stolen bases apiece. Krista Harris stole three bases and Kim Knighten also stole one base. Standley picked up the win in this game as well. Colmesneil also defeated Burkeville by a score of 9-0 on day one of the tournament.
On Friday, the Lady Dogs took on a tough Bridge City team and came up short dropping the game 6-1. But the Lady Dogs made a complete 180 turnaround in their second game of the day, by dismantling Buna 7-1. The bats were rolling in this afternoon match-up as Standley smashed a triple and McKenzie Rogers crushed a double for the Lady Dogs.
To finish up the tournament on Saturday, Colmesneil took on Port Arthur Memorial and had another solid outing as they defeated Memorial 9-2. To finish up the tournament the Lad Dogs took on Beaumont Ozen. Allen got the bats going in this one as she absolutely crushed a ball over dead centerfield for a two run homerun, her first on the season. The Lady Dogs went on to win the game 7-0.
The Lady Dogs continue this week by competing in the Woodville tournament on Thursday and Saturday. They also open up district play by taking on Big Sandy on Friday, February 28.
The varsity Warrior basketball team played their first play-off game on Monday, February 17, versus Central Heights. The Warriors had an excellent season, but lost 47-35.
On Thursday February 20 and Saturday February 22, the varsity Lady Warrior softball team competed in an Orangefield tournament located in Beaumont. The Lady Warriors played a total of four games. Although the Lady Warriors were not able to place in this tournament it was an excellent preparation for the upcoming season. On Friday February 21 and Saturday February 22, the JV Lady Warrior softball team competed in a tournament at Livingston. The JV Lady Warriors competed well while preparing for the season.
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday February 20-22, the varsity Warrior baseball team participated in a tournament hosted by Groveton. The Warriors defeated the Colmesneil Bulldogs 8-1 on Thursday February 20. On Friday, February 21, the Warriors defeated Latexo 6-0. Warren played another great game on Friday, but lost to Groveton 7-6. On Saturday, February 22, the Warriors competed in their last game of the tournament against Leon. The Warriors won 3-0.
The varsity Lady Warriors will compete in a Livingston tournament on Thursday and Saturday, February 27 and March 1. On Tuesday, March 4, the JV and varsity Lady Warriors will travel to Kirbyville for their first district game of the season. The varsity Warriors will compete in a Frankston Memorial tournament on Thursday, February 27. On Tuesday, March 4, the Warriors will play Buna at home.
The Lady Warriors softball team will be hosting a hit a thon and home run derby as a fundraiser for the softball program on Friday, February 28, and Saturday, March 1. The hit a thon will consist of each Lady Warrior softball player hitting a total of ten softballs. Pledges can be made per foot, which will be based off the farthest ball hit by the player. Flat donations are also accepted. There are a total of eight different divisons for the home run derby: division 1 is boys 8 and under, division 1A is girls 8 and under, division 2 is boys 9-13, division 2A is girls 9-13, division 3 is boys 14-18, division 3A is girls 14-18, division 4 is men 19 and older, and division 4A is women 19 and older. Each division will have a prize for the winner. Winners of each division will be determined by the farthest hit, or most homeruns. Divisions 1 and 2 will hit softballs on Friday, February 28, around 6:30 p.m. Divisions 3 and 4 will hit ragballs on Saturday, March 1, around 6:00 p.m. The entry fee for each participant is ten dollars which will include 10 hits. Both the hit a thon and home run derby will be open for sign ups until February 28 at 3:00 p.m.
Kolton Bass hit two clutch three-pointers in the fourth quarter in the Bulldogs win over Hull-Daisetta that sent Colmesneil to the play-offs. (Colmesneil Yearbook Staff photo)by Michael Patrick
Bulldogs snap play-off drought with win over Hull-Daisetta With a victory Friday night over the Bobcats of Hull-Daisetta the Bulldogs would snap a play-off drought in boys' basketball that traces back 20 years. And win they did by overcoming a 13 point deficit to pull off an exciting 57-46 victory.
The game started slowly for both teams as they tried to get into a rhythm. Colmesneil took the early lead jumping out to a 5-1 lead. But, the Bobcats would soon get into their own rhythm as it seemed everything they threw anywhere near the basket found its way in. This helped Hull-Daisetta erase that early deficit and jump out to a 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The hot shooting of Hull-Daisetta continued into the beginning of the second quarter as they extended their lead to 20-7. At this point the Bulldogs could have checked out and gone through the motions, but they showed heart as they began chipping away at the Bobcat lead one basket at a time. Tyler Walker who struggled during the first period finding his shot, found it in a big way in the second quarter as he scored eight of his 13 points during the Bulldog comeback. Cole Lowery was a monster down low controlling the boards and coming up with some huge offensive rebounds. Just as quickly as Hull-Daisetta got hot, they went stone cold. The Bulldogs made a defensive adjustment to neutralize the Bobcats leading scorer and it shifted the tide Colmesneil's way as they outscored Hull-Daisetta 16-7 in the second to go into halftime only trailing by one, 24-23. After halftime, the two teams traded baskets with neither team being able to separate from the other and gain a comfortable lead. But, Colmesneil was able to take their first lead since early in the first quarter as they ended the third period up 36-34. From a fan's perspective you could sense the wind going out of Hull-Daisetta's sail.
There was a sense of determination from the Bulldogs as they started the fourth quarter. They were not going to be denied a trip to the play-offs. Much like the Bobcats were on fire in the first quarter the Bulldogs caught fire in the fourth. Matt Bailey drained two of his four three-pointers on the night in the fourth. Kolton Bass hit two huge three-pointers that were like daggers in the Bobcats hopes of coming back and Lowery muscled in six of his team high 15 points in the fourth period. When the final buzzer sounded the Bulldogs had taken a 57-46 victory over Hull-Daisetta and made a date on Monday night with the losing team of the West Sabine versus San Augustine game that was also being played Friday night to determine the top seed out of their district as those two teams tied for first. "It was a good team effort. We shot the ball well from the three point line in the fourth quarter. Cole was a monster on the boards and in the paint. And Kolton and Tayler were unsung heroes tonight," Coach Clint Stephens said.
Along with Lowery's 15 points, Bailey had 13, Tyler Walker also had 13, Tayler Walker chipped in four, Bass had six, and Dylan Falcon had six points as well.
Colmesneil Youth Basketball This year the Colmesneil Basketball Association joined up with the Backwoods Basketball League. Along with Colmesneil the league consists of the communities of Zavalla, Etoile, Brookeland, Broaddus, Chireno, and Pineland. This year 90 young athletes from the ages of 4-14 represented the Bulldogs and Lady Dogs competing on the hardwood in this tough league. It has been a great year for these athletes and the coaches who have helped coach them. Every Saturday starting in January these young athletes have traveled to compete and the growth they have shown has been tremendous. Their seasons will be winding down with end of the season tournaments for each age group the last two weekends of February. The Colmesneil Basketball Association would like to thank the coaches who volunteered their time each week helping these athletes learn the game of basketball. They would also like to thank the parents for getting them to practice and games. And they would like to thank the players themselves for giving it everything they had every game. This year was a tremendous success and they expect next year to be even better.