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Yellowjackets drop a 5-3 decision to San Augustine

Destiny Kuehn makes the out at second against Broaddus.Destiny Kuehn makes the out at second against Broaddus. (Wendy Whitworth photo)

by Wendy Whitworth

The Chester Yellowjackets dropped a 5-3 decision to San Augustine on Monday. This was their second showing against the Wolves in less than a week. The Jackets jumped to an early lead in the first inning when Kris Kuehn scored on a third base error. Keaton Whitworth was right behind ready to score, but a ground out to the pitcher ended his scoring threat. Several Yellowjacket errors allowed the Wolves to score one run in the second inning and three runs in the third. The Jackets began their comeback in the third inning with a sacrifice fly out by Levi Watts to plate Cord Neal and an RBI double by Colten Martin in the fourth inning to score Whitworth. A fifth inning third out left two Yellowjacket runners on base to end the Jackets' gritty efforts to take control of the game. Kuehn took the loss for the Jackets.He pitched six innings and allowed one earned run, four hits and three walks while striking out 15.

The Yellowjackets took a 9-1 loss against Broaddus on Friday. Neal led the Jackets on the mound. Neal allowed one hit, one earned run, walked three and struck out 12 during his six innings of work. Numerous fielding errors and lack of hits led to the Yellowjackets' loss.

The Lady Jackets downed Broaddus 7-2 Friday evening at Chester. Timber Wright had an amazing at bat in the fourth inning, where she worked a walk after seeing about ten pitches. Wright made the run to first, then Destiny Kuehn stole third base. A bad throw to third allowed Kuehn to go home, while Wright advanced to second. Then an over throw to second from third went into right field and Wright advanced to third and took a big turn to force the right fielder to make the throw in. Wright then made the decision to go for home. The ball came in high at home plate and the catcher was late on the tag, which turned a walk into a home run. Pitchers for the Lady Jackets were Donna Martin with four strikeouts and Kuehn with three strikeouts. Kuehn went 2-4 with one triple and two runs, Wright went 0-1 with two walks, one home run, one RBI and one sacrifice fly, Laken Read went 2-3 with one double and one RBI. "We were very disciplined at the plate and worked hard to get nine walks, and unfortunately we hit the ball right at them a few times. We left runners on base five out of six innings, which is always disappointing, but we did a better job of seeing the ball and hitting the ball. I was happy with our fielding. That was the best that we have looked fielding the ball in a long time, maybe all year. This was a good win for our ladies and they should be proud of their efforts," said Coach Fudge.

The Lady Jackets and Yellowjackets face Colmesneil at home on Friday, April 11 and Brookeland on Tuesday, April 15. The Lady Jackets will travel to Brookeland, while the Yellowjackets will play at home.

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Woodville advances in prelims

Miguel Falcon throwing the shot put at the district meet Monday. (Jason Drake photo)Miguel Falcon throwing the shot put at the district meet Monday. (Jason Drake photo)

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Eagles hosted the preliminary round of the District 20-AA track meet Monday at Eagle Stadium. District 20-AA is composed of teams from Woodville, Warren, Newton, Corrigan-Camden, Deweyville, Kountze, Hemphill and Kirbyville. Monday's round included the finals in field events, and the 3200 meter run. The top two finishers in each event advance to the regional track meet held in Whitehouse on April 18-19.

JuLisa Williams won district for the third straight year in the shot put with a throw of 40'7". Williams was also won the gold medal in the discus. Crailee Battise threw the shot put 29'6" for sixth place. Keandra King finished the district runner-up in triple jump with a leap of 34'7.25". Makala Kibble jumped 32'1.375" for a sixth place finish. Bethany Mitchell earned the bronze medal in high jump by clearing 4'6". Victoria Scoggins vaulted six feet earning her a fourth place finish in the pole vault. The Lady Eagles found their greatest success Monday in the 3200 meter run. Jordan Ogden and Kayla Fontenot finished first and second respectively with times of 13:44 and 13:55. Audrey Brookshire ran a time of 14:35.7 for a fifth place finish. Woodville had the highest point total heading into the finals.

The boys had several successes as well in the field events and the 3200 meter run. Miguel Falcon finished third in the shot put with a throw of 40'7". Aaron Garess placed fifth in the pole vault clearing 9'6". Bobby Swien completed the 3200 meter in 12:21.79 for a third place finish, while Dalton Rhame finished sixth with a time of 12:42.95.

The Woodville Lady Eagle softball team defeated Warren 15-0 last Thursday and Kountze 12-0 Friday night, increasing their record to 20-3. Woodville will travel to Hemphill on Friday and are looking forward to a rematch against Deweyville on Tuesday in Woodville.

The Eagles had less luck against the Warriors in the 11-6 defeat. The loss drops the Eagles to 9-9-1 on the season. The Eagles will travel to Kirbyville on Friday, before taking the field on Tuesday against Corrigan-Camden.

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Lady Pirates play West Hardin

Spurger Softball  (Left to right: Destiny Moore, Kate Loechel, Jamie Shumake, Coach Amber Moore, Karley Wood, Jordan McFarland, Angel Kennedy, and Breeann Ratcliff. Front Row: Hailee Hyatt and Samantha Brinkley)Spurger Softball (Left to right: Destiny Moore, Kate Loechel, Jamie Shumake, Coach Amber Moore, Karley Wood, Jordan McFarland, Angel Kennedy, and Breeann Ratcliff. Front Row: Hailee Hyatt and Samantha Brinkley)

by Kelsey Sheffield

On Saturday, April 5, the Spurger Lady Pirates traveled to West Hardin to compete in a softball game. The last time the girls played one another, the Lady Oilers made it a brutal beating for Spurger, but the Lady Pirate's defense did not allow history to be repeated.

With high hopes of changing the outcome of the previous match up, Spurger came out ready to play. To start the game off, pitcher, Breeann Ratcliff, was bringing the heat. Although West Hardin got hits off of her, Ratcliff struck out seven of her opponents. Not only was the pitching spot on, but both infield and outfield were working the field. Second basemen, Hailee Hyatt, and third basemen, Shania Peavy, caught several line drives and worked with the infield to create more outs. Angel Kennedy ran the centerfield when she caught crucial pop-flies sent her way for outs. Kate Loechel had outstanding defense throughout the game. She was hit pop-flies and line drives, and managed to never drop a ball the entire game. Not only was the defense good, but Spurger had a few good swings, such as Jamie Shumake getting a good hit. Although the score resulted in a loss for the Lady Pirates, they kept the game a close one and were very proud of their 6-7 score.

Lady Pirate's softball have two more games for this year's season. Both games will be in Spurger. On April 11 they will be competing against Sabine Pass and on April 15 they will play High Island. Spurger Pirate baseball will be playing on April 11 against West Hardin, and on April 15 versus High Island. The baseball team will also be playing April 17 in Big Sandy.

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The Lady Warrior softball teams fight to win

Chelsea Gordon bunts the ball. (Katie McCluskey photo)Chelsea Gordon bunts the ball. (Katie McCluskey photo)

by Katie McCluskey

On Friday, April 4, the JV and varsity Lady Warriors played against Corrigan at home. The JV Lady Warriors made an excellent come back from being behind 6-0 to winning 10-6. The varsity Lady Warriors played a hard game as well, but were unable to defeat Corrigan.

The starters for the varsity Lady Warriors included Chelsea Gordon, Kiley King, Bergandie Conner, Mollie Applewhite, Savannah Gore, Brielle Johnson, Skylin Spurlock, Haleigh Moore, and Autumn Sims. The first two outs Warren made on defense were both bunts picked up and thrown to first base by Sims. The third out of the inning was fielded at third base and thrown to first by Gore. The Lady Warriors were unable to get any runners on base in the first inning. At the end of the first inning Warren was behind 1-0. Sims again picked up a bunt and threw it to first for an out. Gordon then caught back to back hits to center field which gave the Lady Warriors three outs. Johnson had a great hit which gave her a single. Faith Moore was Johnson's courtesy runner. Emily Cloud was walked and got on base. The Lady Warriors were unable to score. In the third inning, Applewhite, Sims, and Conner each got an out by fielding the ball and throwing it to first. The Lady Warriors were unable to score again this inning. Warren was behind 10-0. In the fourth inning Sims again got an out by fielding the ball and throwing it to first. Cloud caught a foul ball hit near third base. Gore fielded the ball at short stop and threw it to first for the final out.

Applewhite had a great hit to center field which gave her a single. Gore had an excellent bunt which advanced the runner and Gore was safe at first. Cloud hit to short stop and was safe, but the Lady Warriors were unable to score. In the fifth inning Corrigan received an out by a foul bunt on the third strike. Applewhite provided Warren with the other two outs by fielding the ball at second and throwing it to first. Although the Lady Warriors tried their best, Warren lost 13-0.
On Friday, April 4, the JV and varsity Warriors traveled to Woodville. The JV Warriors played a hard game, but lost. The varsity Warriors played an excellent game and defeated Woodville 11-6.

The varsity Warriors now have a well earned district record of 4-1.

The JV and varsity Lady Warriors will travel to Newton on Friday, April 11, and play their last home game of the season on Tuesday, April 15, against Hemphill. The JV and varsity Warriors will travel to Hemphill on Friday, April 11.

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Junior High Lady Dogs dominate in Track District Championship

Colmesneil Lady Dogs 2014 junior high girls District 24-A track and field champions (Back Row L to R: Meg Standley, Bethany Gilbert, Brooke Hlavaty, Emilee James, Lainey Spradlin, Head Coach Patrick Sluga, Nature Jackson, McKayla Marshall, Lindsey Dobbins, and Lindy Zeller; Front Row L to R: Gabby Reynolds, Rylee Smith, Jackie Hughes, Jenna Wolfford, Shy Anne McClendon, and Leah White. Not Pictured: Grace Eddins, Rebecca Marino, Mylee Powell, Morgan Bruton, Erika Vargas, Sara England, Jordan Givens, Becca Schulze, Gabby Murray, Michaela’ Langston, and Nikki McNeely)Colmesneil Lady Dogs 2014 junior high girls District 24-A track and field champions (Back Row L to R: Meg Standley, Bethany Gilbert, Brooke Hlavaty, Emilee James, Lainey Spradlin, Head Coach Patrick Sluga, Nature Jackson, McKayla Marshall, Lindsey Dobbins, and Lindy Zeller; Front Row L to R: Gabby Reynolds, Rylee Smith, Jackie Hughes, Jenna Wolfford, Shy Anne McClendon, and Leah White. Not Pictured: Grace Eddins, Rebecca Marino, Mylee Powell, Morgan Bruton, Erika Vargas, Sara England, Jordan Givens, Becca Schulze, Gabby Murray, Michaela’ Langston, and Nikki McNeely)

by Michael Patrick

Junior High Track
On Monday, March 24 Colmesneil competed in the 24-A junior high district track meet held at West Hardin. The Lady Dogs completely dominated their competition on their way to the district championship. This makes it back to back district titles for the Lady Dogs. The Lady Dogs scored 229 points and Evadale was their closest competition in second place with 134 points. The Lady Dogs had at least one top six placer in every event at the meet. "Words cannot describe how proud I am of this bunch of girls," Coach Patrick Sluga said of his team's district championship. Finishing first place in their events for the Lady Dogs were: Rylee Smith in the 1600 and 2400, McKayla Marshall in the 400, Shy Anne McClendon in the pole vault, Jenna Wolfford in the 100, the 4x100 relay team of Michaela' Langston, McClendon, Lainey Spradlin, and Wolfford, and the 4x400 relay team of Nature Jackson, Smith, Spradlin, and Marshall.

Finishing in second place were: Lindsey Dobbins in the discus, McClendon in the 100 hurdles and 30 hurdles, Jackie Hughes in the 1600 and 2400, Gabby Reynolds in the 800, Jackson in the high jump, Marshall in the triple jump and the 4x200 relay team of Langston, Wolfford, Leah White and Jackson.

Finishing in third place were: White in the 2400, Spradlin in the long jump, Meg Standley in the 800, Marshall in the 200, Reynolds in the 1600 and Smith and Reynolds tied for third in the high jump.

Finishing in fourth place were: Erika Vargas in the 800 and Rebecca Marino in the discus.

Finishing in fifth place were: Reynolds in the 400 and Hughes in the 300 meter hurdles.

Finishing in sixth place were: Spradlin in the 100, Lindsey Dobbins in the shot put, BethanyGilbert in the discus, Jackson in the long jump and Gabby Murray in the 300 meter hurdles.

The Bulldogs also ran well at the district meet coming in fourth place as a team with 91 points in a highly competitive boy's division. "I am proud of the boys for the hard work they put in this season and they competed great today," Coach Rodney Haught said about the boy's performance.

The placers for the Bulldogs were:

Finishing in first place were: Lenny Topolinski in the high jump and Kameron Lindsey in the 800.
Finishing in second place were: Lindsey in the triple jump and 1600, Colby Brack in the 2400, and Colt Edwards in the 800.

Finishing in third place were: Edwards in the 2400, Zane Hermsen in the 110 meter hurdles, and Brack in the 1600.

Finishing in fourth place were: Brack in the 2400, Hermsen in the 300 meter hurdles, and Connor Newcomb in the 1600.

Finishing in fifth place were: Isaac Dinger in the triple jump and Topolinski in the 200 and 400.
Finishing in sixth place were: Hermsen in the triple jump, Keith Kibbey in the discus, and Carlos Cuellar in the shot put.

The Lady Dogs and Bulldogs should continue to have strong track programs at the junior high for the foreseeable future as they will return a number of strong seventh graders and have some very talented sixth graders joining the program next year.

Varsity Boys Basketball
The boys basketball team capped off their most successful season of the new millennium not only with their first play-off appearance since 1994, but with several individual accolades to go along with the team accomplishment. These accolades were voted on by the coaches from the district. Cole Lowery was named the District 24-A Defensive Most Valuable Player. Matt Bailey and Tyler Walker were both voted to the District 24-A first team.

These were tremendous accomplishments for these young men. It is a testament to their hard work throughout the season to be recognized by the coaches in the district and will leave a legacy for the up and coming Bulldogs to shoot for.

Varsity Girls Basketball
The Lady Dogs basketball team finished off their highly successful season with the most wins in a season since the 1990's and the first back-to-back play-off appearances since the mid-1990's with several individual accolades of their own. Again, these accolades are voted on by coaches from the district. Taylor Barker was named the District 24-A Defensive Most Valuable Player. Treasure Jackson was voted to the District 24-A first team for the second consecutive year. Krista Harris and Merrick Graham both were named to the District 24-A honorable mention team.

These were outstanding accomplishments for these young women. It shows that coaches around the district recognize the hard work they put in on a daily basis.

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Warren Junior High competes in the district track meet

by Katie McCluskey

On Monday, March 24, the seventh and eighth grade Lady Warriors competed in the district track meet. The seventh grade Lady Warriors earned as follows: Briana Amadore second and Lauren Griffin sixth in the 2400 meter race, the team of Olivia Hill, Hannah Balla, Kamey Ramer, and Jessica Pilgrim sixth in the 400 meter relay, Hallie Nevins fifth in the 100 meter hurdles, Pilgrim first in the 100 meter dash, Pilgrim first in long jump, Griffin second in the 1600 meter race, Pilgrim second in high jump, Brook Tanton fifth in discus, and Sachi Richardson sixth in triple jump. Other members of the Warren seventh grade track team are Tori Murphy, Evie Parsons, Valerie Weems, Chelsi Gore, Audrey Kramm, Hannah Benton, Bailey Moore, Jennifer Neyland, and Adri Williams. The seventh grade Lady Warriors placed fifth as a team at the district track meet.

The eighth grade Lady Warriors earned as follows: Mallory Walters second in the 2400 meter race, Walters second in the 1600 meter race, Samantha Marlar third in 100 meter hurdles, Marlar third in triple jump, the team of Alexis Arriola, Marlar, Erin Foster, and Currisa Hester fifth in the 400 meter relay. Kynsi Gillis fifth in the 300 meter hurdles, the team of Steffanee Fregia, Gillis, Gore, and Lexy Tingle sixth in the 1600 meter relay, Foster fifth in high jump, Hester second in shot put, and Grace Clinard fifth and Marion Purvis sixth in discus. Other members of the Warren eighth grade track team are Courtney Wheeler, Mikaila Spell, Skylar Hooks, Regan Foxworth, Dahlya Wise, Bailey Gray, Kyndell Gore, and Hannah Thorne. The eighth grade Lady Warriors placed fourth as a team at the district track meet. The junior high Lady Warriors had an excellent track season.

On Tuesday, March 25, the JV and varsity Lady Warriors played Deweyville at home. The JV team beat Deweyville 9-5 and the varsity Lady Warriors lost 15-0.

On Tuesday, March 25, the varsity Warriors lost to Kirbyville 10-0. On Friday, March 28, the varsity Warriors defeated Corrigan 4-2. The varsity Warriors district record is now 3-1.

The JV and varsity Lady Warriors will travel to Woodville on Thursday, April 3, play at home against Corrigan on Friday, April 4, and play at home against Kountze on Tuesday, April 8. The JV and varsity Warriors will travel to Woodville on Friday, April 4, and travel to Newton on Tuesday, April 8.

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