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Woodville High School Cheerleaders to Participate at State Competition

Head cheerleader Victoria Scoggins addresses members of the squad during practice. (Hale Hughes Photo)Head cheerleader Victoria Scoggins addresses members of the squad during practice. (Hale Hughes Photo)

by Hale Hughes

The Woodville cheer squad is traveling to the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area to compete in the UIL State Cheerleading competition. Woodville is returning as a state finalist from 2016 and they have their sights on doing even better this year.

Leading the squad this year is Kerri Reagan. This is her first year at the helm of the cheer team. Reagan said that she is taking 23 cheerleaders from Woodville to the competition.

According to Reagan, the cheer squad has been working on building their cheer routine all year, and heavily focusing on competition cheering since right after Thanksgiving. Cheer members have been watching videos of themselves performing this year as well as at last year's inaugural competition as well as other winning squads to use every angle as an advantage for this year's competition. Reagan believes the experience of having been there before will help this year's squad.

"We raised the bar this year," said Reagan. "This year in our cheer we are doing stunts, which we didn't do last year. The stunts consist of a prep and a full in which cheerleaders will be lifted fully by other cheerleaders with everyone's arms fully extended, and we have four stunts that will be executed simultaneously in unison." She continued, "It will be a little more nerve-racking, a little more pressure and they must hit them and do them perfect." Reagan believes that if the team performs flawlessly, the Eagle cheerleaders have a great opportunity to return to finals.

Reagan said that over 400 teams from across the state are scheduled to be at the competition, so the competition level is expected to be tough. Nerves are sure to be an issue, but Reagan believes that the upperclassmen will be able to help there to eliminate those types of issues. "Many cheer members consider cheer to be their sport and their platform, "Reagan stated. "Some people think, 'oh...it's just cheerleading', but if you've ever been to a camp or a competition of this level, you can see just how intense and how grueling and demanding this sport is." Reagan didn't hold back when addressing competing in the cheer realm. "There is a mental aspect to cheering as well, just as there is to other stick and ball sports," she said. "If you are not mentally ready and you have someone up, you can really hurt someone. You must work as a team and communicate."

Reagan praised the UIL for making cheerleading a competitive sport. Reagan said, "These young people now realize they can win a state trophy, a state ring, and a UIL state medal for their work and they take a great deal of pride in that." Senior head cheerleader Victoria Scoggins was also interviewed. Scoggins is this year's head cheerleader and has cheered for Woodville since seventh grade. In addition to high school cheer, she has also participated in competitive cheering with a gym in Lufkin for the past five years. She says it's given her a unique perspective as far as stunting goes and she feels like the Eagles have a great chance to win state. Scoggins echoed Reagan's sentiment. "The state trophy, medals, and rings look just like that of any of the other sports, and we can go out there and get ours," said Scoggins. "Honestly, I believe in our squad," Scoggins added. "I believe if we go out and we perform like I know we can, with the sharpness, the smiles and the togetherness, we can win it. I believe we have the right routine, the right cheer, the right dance that can win, and if we do our best we can bring home a state trophy." Reagan closed saying, "I think they are going to do great, and I'm going to be like a proud momma duck watching them doing their best on that stage."

Competition will be held on Thursday, January 12 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

The competition schedule for the Woodville Eagle Cheer squad is as follows: 9:48 a.m. cheer and crowd leading; 11:44 a.m. fight song; and at 2:09 p.m. band dance. Each discipline will be performed separately and must not last longer than a single minute each.
Finalists will be named and those advancing will be performing in the finals Thursday evening and will perform a three-minute routine involving each discipline consecutively in succession that is timed and teams must not go over the allotted limit.

Lady Warriors Down Kountze in Final Minute 31-29

Brennah Buckner  makes critical free throw against Kountze. (Doug Glosson Photo)Brennah Buckner makes critical free throw against Kountze. (Doug Glosson Photo)

by Doug Glosson

Girls Basketball - Coming off a win against Anahuac on Tuesday, the Warren Lady Warriors welcomed Kountze to town on Friday for a district matchup.

The game started out slow with only 11 points each scored by each team at the half. Sophomore Hallie Nevins scored all five first quarter points on her way to a season high 15.

The second quarter featured Elizabeth Clymer with four blocks and a bucket to keep the Lionettes in check. Lex Kerr added two free throws and Nevins a bucket before the half to tie the score at 11.

Nevins started the third quarter with three points and Brennah Buckner added a free throw before Kountze went on a 9-1 run. Erin Foster had a bucket and one at the end of the quarter to bring Warren within four at 22-18.

Just like the other three quarters, Nevins started the scoring in the fourth with a three to bring Warren within one at 22-21. Kountze took advantage of a couple of turnovers by Warren, going on a 5-0 run to push the score up 27-21. Clymer then had back-to-back blocked shots (seven for the game) as Foster added a couple of baskets and Buckner a free throw to bring the Lady Warrens back to within one point at 27-26.

Down 29-28 after a layup by Nevins with one minute remaining in regulation, Kountze was fouled but could not convert at the line. The Lady Warriors then brought the ball down the court and missed the shot, but Clymer was there with the rebound and put back for two, giving Warren a 30-29 lead with 28 seconds to play.

With 15 seconds remaining Laikyn Bell stole the ball, feeding it to Buckner who was fouled. Buckner sank one at the foul line to take a 31-29 lead. Kountze had one shot left but was blocked by Nevins to secure the win.

The wins last week give Warren a 3-2 district record.

Next up, the JV and varsity will play at home against Kirbyville on Friday, January 13, and then travel to Buna on Tuesday, January 17. Games start at 5 p.m.

Boys Basketball – The Warriors basketball team had a tough week last week, falling to Anahuac and Kountze. Their schedule is the same as the girls schedule above.

Colmesneil Lady Dogs Open District Play

by Alicyn Mitcham

High School Lady Dog Basketball- On January 3, the Colmesneil Lady Dogs played Oakwood in Colmesneil. They came out in the game on fire and scored 25 points in the first quarter, opposed to Oakwood's score of two. The final score of the game was 59-23, and the Lady Dogs were victorious.

Emilee James earned 15 points, and went seven for eight, scoring 88 percent of her shots. Nature Jackson scored 17 points, and was followed by Desi Halo with seven points, Jackie Hughes with five, Krista Harris with four points, and Alexia Washington, McKayla Marshall, Lainey Spraidlin, and Mia Spraidlin with two points.

The team successfully attempted four three pointers. Hughes scored two threes, Jackson earned one three, and Halo scored one three.

On January 6, the Lady Dogs played their first district game at home against PCA. The Lady Dogs and PCA battled back and forth for the first half with the Lady Dogs ahead by two.

In the third quarter, the Lady Dogs kicked their game up a notch and scored 16 points opposed to PCA's two points. This continued for the remainder of the game, and the Lady Dogs won their first district game 40-21.
Jackson earned 12 points and was followed by Hughes with 10 points, Emilee James with six points, and Harris, Marshall, and Halo with four points.

Coach Quintin Cates said, "Defense won that game. In the second half, they only scored six points, and we scored 23 points. We won this game because PCA did not score in the second half. We were ready to play, offered great defense, and they could not do anything against us. Jackie Hughes lit PCA up with outside shots, and scored two three's and two two's. This spread PCA out and we had a greater chance of scoring."

On January 13, the Lady Dogs will play Zavalla at home. The JV girls will play first, at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity Lady Dogs will follow the JV Bulldogs. The Lady Dogs' record for this season is 19-7.

High School Bulldog Basketball- The Bulldogs did not play a game last week due to weather issues, but will play on January 13 at home against Zavalla. The JV boys will follow the JV girls who will play at 4:30 p.m., and the varsity boys will play after the varsity girls.

Woodville High School Hoops: Girls win over Warren; Guys Get Underway

by Hale Hughes

Girls head coach Troy Carrell had good things to say about his team's start to the season and their win over Warren just before the Thanksgiving break. He acknowledged the elephant in the room that he likely has the youngest team in the district, but was quick to give credit to the upperclassmen and the leadership for the direction of the team early in the season. "Chelsie Sargent and Bethany Mitchell have really taken over this team, and rightly so," said Carrell. "It's their team. The freshmen look like freshmen sometimes. Chelsie and Bethany have shown the younger players where they are supposed to be and what they are supposed to be doing, and there are moments that the younger players look very experienced." Carrell added, "When you have that much youth, it's good to have a couple of leaders. That's a big deal."

Woodville-Sports 2 A16I8546-Bethany-MitchellThe Lady Eagles topped Warren, 67-27 and with only two losses to 4A and 5A teams, the early season's momentum led to discussion of expectations, notably after the Thanksgiving break and what the December schedule had in store. "Brutal." In one word, that's how coach Carrell described it. He commented that the Big Sandy tournament will be a key test early this season and will let the Lady Eagles know early how they stand in the region, as many significant schools will be prominent there, notably New Waverly and Franklin, both of who are ranked. Carrell said he was enthusiastic about seeing them saying, "We'll get to see how we stack up."

The players know they are in for a bumpy ride as this early schedule plays out. Carrell says he is using it as a pressure cooker to see which players can handle it. He said he's discussed it with his team and they fully understand what his big plan is "I have to know who can adapt and withstand the stress and anxiety of the tough moments in games. We will need that going forward, especially in playoff situations. I have to know who can deliver when those times come."

Coach Lane Shands takes over at the helm for the boys' basketball program this year. Although the sport has changed, Shands is no stranger to many of the boys that will make up his roster as he has been working with most of them for the past four months. "We have some really athletic kids. They work hard and I know we have good speed, everything you really want for a good basketball team."

Shands has high expectations for his team and said the 'usual supects' will be important games for Woodville to win. "Everyone's goal is to win their district. We have until December 16 to get to where we need to be. I want to attack district play first and then tackle regional and state scenarios at their respective times."

This is Shands' fourth year coaching basketball, and while new to Woodville, playoff basketball has become something that is quite common to him. A product of the west Texas town of Grady, this small community has been to the state tourney six out of the last twelve years. They are a force to be reckoned with and everyone knows when Grady is present at big tournaments. Shands attended Howard Payne and transferred to Texas Tech and graduated in 2013. Shands is keenly familiar with what ingredients it takes to have a successful program. He has seen first-hand state basketball trophies and medals presented to players and he hopes to bring that same success he grew up knowing to the Eagle program here in Woodville.

Shands will begin his schedule immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday break and exciting hoops action looks to be in store for the Woodville faithful to see and be a part of. Schedules of the teams are available on the high school website, www.woodvilleeagles.org

Football and Volleyball District Awards Announced for Colmesneil

Colmesneil-Sports IMG 0020Football and Volleyball District Awards for Colmesneil—Top Row- Joey Adaway, Dillion Tompkins, Kevin Trunell, Wyatt Jackson and Zane Hermsen. Second Row- Colton Cox, Skylar Tompkins, Brodrick Jenkins, and Nature Jackson. Third Row- Kameron Lindsey,Carlos Cuellar, Emilee James, and Leah White. Bottom Row- Ryan Bray, Wesley Dobbins, Cason Smith, Taya Fowler, Gabby Reynolds and Rylee Smith.

by Alicyn Mitcham

Football District Awards- The football district awards for District 12-2A in Colmesneil include first team quarterback Kameron Lindsey, running back Brodrick Jenkins, defensive line Dillion Tompkins, defensive back Kameron Lindsey and Zane Hermsen. Second team all district include offensive line Wesley Dobbins, tight end Skylar Tompkins, running back Wyatt Jackson, wide receiver Zane Hermsen, and linebacker Brodrick Jenkins and Tyger McClendon. Honorable mentions include Carlos Cuellar, Kevin Trunnell, Joey Adaway, Cason Smith, and Ryan Bray.

Volleyball District Awards- The volleyball district awards for Colmesneil include Offensive MVP Nature Jackson, first team all district Gabby Reynolds, second team all district Emilee James and Taya Fowler, and honorable mentions include Desiree Halo, Lainey Spradlin, and Rylee Smith. High School Girls Basketball- On November 21, Lady Dogs basketball coach Quentin Cates upped his career wins to 492.

The Lady Dogs played High Island, and the game was a shutout. The final score was 59-23, and the Lady Dogs were victorious.

Nature Jackson was the top scorer of the night with 34 points in the game; she also had 11 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. Following her was Krista Harris with nine points, eight assists, eight rebounds, and two blocks. Mckayla Marshall scored three points, six rebounds, four steals and eight assists. Together Harris and Marshall had 16 assists which guarantees a good game for the Lady Dogs.

The Lady Dogs dominated the game from the start and shredded High Island's defense early on in the game. A key element that the Lady Dogs succeeded in this game was movement of the ball. The team moved the ball around the court around well, and it reflected in score of the game. When High Island would attempt to trap the Lady Dogs, the team would reverse the ball and dump the ball down low which would usually result in points. As a team, the they took 22 steals and nine turnovers. This resulted in a chance for the Lady Dogs to score more.

In the game, the Lady Dogs worked as a team and everyone found a chance to play. The Lady Dogs are improving working together as a team, and now are going to focus on individual skills.

The varsity Lady Dogs will play in a tournament on December 1-3 in Sabine Pass. On December 1, the Lady Dogs will have a game against High Island. On December 2, the Lady Dogs will play Sabine Pass at 8 a.m., and Nederland at 11 a.m.
High School Boys Basketball- On November 22, the Bulldogs found their first win of the season against Groveton. The Dogs held their own against the Indians in the first quarter as they held their opponents scoreless with a lead of 12-0.
After that quarter, the Dogs and Indians battled back and forth for the score lead. In the final two minutes of the game, Kameron Lindsey hit a free throw that gave the point lead back to the Dogs. After a defensive rebound, Julius Midkiff forced the Groveton defense to start fouling.

The Dogs took a six point lead in the final ten seconds of the game, and made Groveton shoot a desperate shot to try to win the game, but only resulted in the Dogs' victory.

Midkiff was the top scorer of the night with 17 points, eight steals, and five assists. Zane Hermsen followed with 16 points. On December 1-3, the varsity Dogs will have a tournament in Deweyville, and times are TBA. On December 8-10, the Dogs will host the annual R.B Tournament for varsity girls and boys in the new gym and times will be announced.

Jacket Basketball Teams Fall Short to Pirates

by Jana Rayburn

The Chester basketball teams had only one game this week, due to Thanksgiving holidays. The JV boys, varsity girls, and varsity boys all traveled to Deweyville to take on the Pirates on Tuesday, November 22.

The JV boys came up short against Deweyville, losing 16-32. Michael Castleberry led the Jackets with four buckets before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Junior Henson finished the game with four points, J.T. Martin scored three points, and Jake Pitre scored a free throw. Bailey Goins played hard for the Jackets.

The JV boys are getting better with every game and practice, and coaches Cory Hines and DeWayne Armstrong expect even more progress by the time district play begins.

The Lady Jackets were no match for the Lady Pirates. The Lady Jackets lost 15-51. Turnovers and missed shots riddled the Lady Jackets all through the game. The team had an especially rough first half, scoring only four points to Deweyville's 21 points.

The second half was a lot better for the young Jacket team, adding 11 points and rebounding the ball much better. Ashlyn Overstreet scored five points and pulled down four rebounds. Carmen Mahaffey scored four points and Danique Davis managed seven rebounds for the team. Annie Rayburn and Selah Spaulding both scored two points a piece and rebounded well.

Coach Charlotte Barnes said the team has made improvement, mainly on defense. Barnes went into this week telling the girls they needed to be more aggressive defensively, and they did what she asked.

The varsity boys came out strong against the Pirates. The Jackets were leading most of the game, and gave it away in the fourth quarter. The final score was 46-63 in favor of the Pirates.

Cord Neal led the Jackets with 11 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter, closely followed by Dane Barnes, who scored 10 points. Colten Martin scored seven points, Cade Parrish had six points, Seth Read had five points before fouling out in the fourth quarter, and J.D. Clarke added two free throws. Coach Cory Hines was disappointed with the outcome after leading most of the game, but he continues to see progress.

The varsity girls and boys will play in the Apple Springs Holiday Hoops Tournament this weekend. The Lady Jackets will take on Centerville on Thursday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. At 3 p.m. on the same day, the boys will play the winner out of Hull-Daisetta and Brookland.

Tuesday, December 6, will be a great time to catch our basketball teams in action at home as the girls face Burkeville in their first district game starting at 6 p.m. After the girls game, the boys will take on Thomas Bryzbee.