Ashton Lockhart runs the ball during the varsity Eagles’ Friday game against the Kirbyville Wildcats. (Ben Newman Photo)
by Jason Drake
The Woodville Middle School football team traveled to Kirbyville last Thursday for third district game of the season. Both seventh and eighth grade entered the game undefeated on the season.
In the seventh grade game the Eagles opened with ball first. Kaden Young led the Eagles' offense deep into Kirbyville's territory before an interception stopped the drive. Kirbyville held on to the ball for the next ten minutes taking the early 6-0 lead with two minutes left in the half. Young scored on a 64 yard giving Eagles an 8-6 lead. The score would remain until the Wildcats scored at the end of the third quarter to take the 12-8 lead. Jaylon Hyder scored on the next drive to tie the game at 14-12. Kirbyville hit a pass in the corner of the end zone to take the 18-14 advantage. Both teams scored back and forth with Kirbyville leading the game 24-20 with less than two minutes left in the game. Woodville stopped Kirbyville on four downs and received the ball on the 20-yard line with less than a minute left. Young scored a touchdown on a 60 yard run with 18 seconds left in the game. Woodville recovered the onside kick to secure the 28-24 victory.
The Wildcats put up little resistance in the eighth grade game as the Eagles walked away with a 42-0 lead. Zachary Martin rushed 152 yards on 12 carries and five touchdowns. The final touchdown came on a 36-yard fumble recovery. Marcus Broom scored the other touchdown. Broom threw 5-6 for 56 yards. Defensively, Broom and Martin led the Eagles with nine tackles apiece. The win improved the Eagles district record to 3-0 and 6-0 on the year. The Eagles will host Anahuac Thursday at Eagle Stadium. The seventh grade will kick off at 5 p.m. and the eighth grade will begin around 6:15. The junior varsity will travel to Anahuac Thursday, while the varsity will be the home team Friday night at 7:30. The Eagles are hoping to use their home field advantage after back to back losses to Buna and Kirbyville on the road. The Woodville Eagles are 4-2 on the season.
The Lady Eagles will travel Friday and Tuesday as the face Newton and Central Heights. These are games two and three of Woodville's four straight road games in district. The middle school girls have a bye on Monday.
Junior Running Back Jermany Wooten runs for a 60-yard gain in Friday night’s game against the Normangee Panthers. (Colmesneil Yearbook Staff Photo)
by Chris Edwards
Excitement is building in Bulldog Country for Saturday night's Homecoming contest, in which the Bulldogs will take on the Evadale Rebels.
Although Colmesneil is sitting at an 0-1 record in District play currently, with the Dogs' first conference contest against the Normangee Panthers resulting in a 34-12 defeat, the Dogs showed some momentum on the offensive side of the ball as well as some rhythm on the defensive side of things. The Dogs held off the Panthers for the second half of the game and although they didn't notch a victory, they are looking to gain their first win of the season on Saturday against their rivals, Rebels, whom they managed to beat by a single point last season in a 21-20 victory.
There will be a pre-game Homecoming celebration beginning at 7 p.m., when the 2014-15 Homecoming Queen will be crowned on Taylor Field. Kickoff for the game will be at 7:30.
The Spurger Pirates athletic and outdoor programs are at it again.
The fishing team, cross-country team and volleyball teams are excelling, making them proud to be Pirates.
Last year, the first-year fishing program went above and beyond expectations. Cory Hyden came away last season with the Big Bass title, and he and Robby Clark reached high rankings overall by placing high in each tournament.
The anxious fishing teams kicked their season off, October 11, with their first tournament. Clark and Hyden made up one team, and Nathaniel Lane and Kaleb Hyden fished as the other pair to represent the Pirates.
The boys traveled out to Jackson Hill Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn to get the season started with a bang. Unfortunately, Lane and Kaleb Hyden had a delayed start, so they were not as fortunate as the other teams represented, but they did manage to reel in a few legal catches.
On the other hand, Clark and Cory Hyden made for a successful day of fishing. Not only did the boys make decent catches to land in eighth place, but Cory Hyden caught one of the top bass. He reeled in a 4.58 lb. bass, which earned him the second place Big Bass title.
The teams were excited about the successful day and are even more hopeful for the upcoming tournaments.
Pirate Volleyball, cross-country maintain winning streaks Not only were the Spurger Pirates showing out in the fishing tournament, but also in the junior high volleyball and the cross-country team as well. The junior high volleyball has kept their winning record thus far.
They have a perfect 5-0 district record, after they dominated Colmesneil October 6.
The junior high through varsity level cross-country teams traveled to West Sabine, on October 8. Each of the races consisted of at least 40 runners, some more than others, but three of the Spurger Pirates placed within the top 20, and one of these medaled for placing in the top 10. The junior high girls are required to run a mile-and-a-half long course. Justine Loechel did so in a time of 11:15, which put her in fourteenth place. Of the Junior Varsity boys' race, Chance Shook ran his two miles in 21:35, which earned him sixth place. Varsity runner, Robby Clark has continuously improved in each of the three mile races he has participated in. Clark took fourth place, with an impressive time of 18:25.
The Pirates have several upcoming events. October 17, the Varsity volleyball will be playing in Leggett, at 4:30. October 20, the junior high volleyball will be playing their last game of the season against Chester, at 4:30. The junior varsity and varsity will have a home game, October 22, against Groveton. The junior high through varsity cross country will be in Chester for their District meet on October 23. The first basketball game will be November 8, following the community-wide tailgate. The game will be against former Spurger graduates, so anyone who is interested in participating can contact the High School office at 409-429-3464.
Laken Read makes the block for the Lady Jackets Wendy Whitworth Photo
by Wendy Whitworth
The Chester Lady Jackets faced the San Augustine Lady Wolves on Tuesday, October 7. Although the Lady Jackets are playing much better as a team with their new rotation, they are still trying to work out the kinks.
The Lady Jackets fell to San Augustine in three sets. Destiny Kuehn had two kill assists, and Laken Read had one kill, two aces, and two blocks. Kalee Thomson had two kill assists, five aces, and one dig.
Maddie Read had two kills and one ace. Jaci Davis had two kills, and Meagan Clarke had one kill, one ace and one dig.
The Chester Lady Jackets volleyball team fell to the Colmesneil Lady Bulldogs in straight sets last Friday 15-25, 15-25 and 21-25. The Lady Jackets were led offensively by Destiny Kuehn and Jaci Davis.
Defensively, Chester was led by the blocking of Laken Read and Maddie Read.
"Colmesneil is a tough team. They are undefeated in district for a reason. But we are a young team, and we are learning and getting better as the year goes on. We have an incredible upside that will show itself over the next several years. And this year's team, with all of our ups and downs is a part of that. These girls work hard for us in practice every day and they will reap the benefits of their work soon" Lady Jackets head volleyball coach Ryan Hall said.
The Lacy Jackets will face the Burkeville Lady Mustangs at Burkeville on Friday, and Leggett at home on Tuesday, October 21.
In Chester football news, The Yellowjackets will face the High Island Cardinals there on Friday night at 7:30.
The Lady Dogs played against Chester in the Pink-Out game to honor breast cancer survivors and victims. (Photo courtesy of the Colmesneil Yearbook Staff)
by Nature Jackson and Hannah Guillory
This past week the Colmesneil Lady Bulldogs swept away the competition making them 9-0 in district. Tuesday, October 8, the girls played the Groveton Lady Indians, and defeated them in a set of three! In the first match,the ladies won 25-16. In the second match the girls won 25-14, and finished it off in match three with the score being 25-23. Contributing to this outcome was a good amount of serving runs by Treasure Jackson, Destiney Kirkindoll and Taylor Barker. Along with this came seven kills by Barker and two kills by Jackson.
Friday, October 10, two teams came together for one cause: breast cancer. The two teams were the Chester Lady Jackets and the Colmesneil Lady Dogs. Seeing these two teams play in honor of the survivors, fighters, and the ones that lost their lives, was phenomenal. The Lady Dogs dominated the Chester Yellow Jackets in a set of three with the score in the first match being 25-15, the second match being 25-15, and ending it in the third match with the score being 25-21. Adding to this victory were serving runs by Treasure Jackson, and Nature Jackson. Adding to this came a total of six blocks and 22 kills by Taylor Barker, Hannah Guillory, Nature Jackson, Treasure Jackson and Destiney Kirkindoll.
Warren’s JV Warrior squad get after their rival, the East Chambers JV Buccaneers during last week’s game. (Doug Glosson Photo)
by Doug Glosson
Football – The Warriors Junior Varsity football team was able to keep their unbeaten district streak alive last week beating the Buccaneers of East Chambers 24-8.
With nine minutes left in the first quarter, defensive back Andrew Gordon recovered a Bucs fumble on Warren's 38-yard line and just a couple of minutes later as the quarterback, Gordon had a rushing touchdown to put the Warriors up 8-0. Still in the first quarter, Bucs were forced to punt and Warren's William Pelt runs the punt back to the Bucs 25 yard line setting up running back Blake Venable for a rushing touchdown as the Warriors take a 16-0 lead. East Chambers was able to get on the board with two minutes before the half with a four yard rushing touchdown to cut into Warren's lead 16-8. With nine minutes left in the game its Déjà vu as Warren's Pelt runs an East Chambers punt back to the 10 yard line setting up Venable's second rushing touchdown of the game putting the finishing touches on this contest.
The Warriors varsity squad was unable to stop the Bucs last Friday night, losing the game 50-6. Warren's seventh and eighth grade teams both lost to the Bucs 38-0. Next up for the Warriors, the JV plays in Kountze while the junior high and varsity play at home.
Volleyball – It was a good week for the freshman and junior varsity teams as they took on Kirbyville and East Chambers. The freshman team beat Kirbyville in two sets (25-14), (25-11) while the JV won in three sets (26-28), (25-20), (25-11). The varsity played tough, but could not come out with the win losing in three sets (8-25), (19-25), (22-25). Against the Bucs, freshman came out with the win in three sets as well as the JV (12-25), (25-18), (17-15). Varsity was able to be competitive but fell to East Chambers in four sets (17-25), (23-25), (25-18), (22-25). All teams will be home against Kountze on Friday October 17 (pink out game), then in Kirbyville on Tuesday October 21 starting at 4:30pm.
Cross-country – At the Lufkin Coke Classic last Saturday, Warren's Mallory Walters placed 16th out of 99 1A to 4A varsity girls. Justin Roberson placed 44th, Travis Chapman 67th, and Kyler Bradford 85th out of 96 1A to 4A varsity boys. Junior Varsity boys Trea Key placed 38th out of 65 runners. Junior high did well, but no places were given. The next meet is the district meet in Warren on October 22.