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McGallion Signs Letter of Intent

McGallion Signs Letter of Intent

by Jason Drake

Kenzie McGallion signed her letter of intent to continue her softball career at Navarro College in Corsicana. McGallion has excelled in both softball and basketball for the Woodville Lady Eagles. McGallion was selected to the Team All District her freshman and junior years in basketball. She was also named New Comer of the Year her freshman year as well. McGallion missed much of her sophomore year due to injury and received Honorable Mention. Last year, McGallion was pivotal in the Lady Eagles softball play-off success. The Lady Eagles defeated Woden, Tatum and Garrison before dropping to Salado in the regional finals. Kenzie was joined by her mother Shelly McGallion, father Craig, brothers Austyn and Chase McGallion, Navarro coaches Robert Armentrout and Jimmy Weise, Lady Eagle coach Michell Merchant, girls athletic coordinator Troy Carrell and head softball coach Shawn Mixon.

The Woodville Eagles basketball team added two more district victories this week to improve their record to 5-0 in district and 15-3 overall. On Tuesday, Corrigan was no match for Woodville as the Eagles cruised to a 62-45 victory over the Bulldogs. They found the key to victory was getting ahead early and making the Bulldogs work to get into the game. Jamal Horn led the Eagles in scoring with 14 points, with Christian Williams adding twelve. Horn and Williams also led the team in rebounds with nine and seven respectively. Marqui Jackson and Julius Midiff combined for nine assists. Head basketball coach Reggie Williams summed up the game, "The guys played well and executed well and found a way to defeat a very athletic team. It was total effort all the way around by the entire team."

On Friday, the Eagles traveled to Woden. Woden challenged the Eagles early, but Woodville came out victorious 57-50. The Eagles started the game down 17-11 in the first quarter and narrowed the lead to one point at halftime. Delante' Barclay, Ashton Lockhart and Ivan Lockhart played a pivotal role in the end of third and beginning of the fourth quarters. Woodville had four players with three or four fouls. The trio stepped in and maintained the four point lead for the Eagles. Horn and Williams led the Eagles with twenty one and eleven points. Horn and Chris Castle pulled down 15 rebounds together. Williams noted, "We took an early blow from Woden, but we managed to stay the course of executing our game plan and being patient in taking what they gave us." The Eagles and Lady Eagles will host Garrison on Friday and Central Heights on Tuesday.

Woodville Middle School Lady Eagles will host Newton on Thursday, with the boys traveling to Newton.

Lady Warriors JV basketball takes down Anahuac 32-11

Warren’s Alyssa Phillips makes two points against Anahuac. (Doug Glosson Photo)Warren’s Alyssa Phillips makes two points against Anahuac. (Doug Glosson Photo)

by Doug Glossen

The Lady Warriors junior varsity basketball team avenged a loss at East Chambers earlier in the week by taking care of business at home Friday night beating Anahuac 32-11.

Warren's Brielle Johnson and Haley Briers teamed up in the first half of the contest for a combined 20 points. Caitlin Parsons added a layup just before half to give the Lady Warriors a 22-2 lead. Mikala McCauley, Grace Clinard, and Alyssa Phillips had two points apiece in the third to end the quarter up 28-4.

Johnson scored the lone bucket in the fourth quarter as Anahuac made a small run, but it would not be enough to overtake Warren.

The Lady Warriors varsity team was looking to bounce back from a loss to East Chambers as well.

Warren was able to jump out to an early 10-2 lead with buckets by Ashlynn Whisneant, Devan Barnett, and Autumn Sims, but Anahuac would go on a run of their own to take a 14-13 lead after one quarter of play. The Lady Warriors fought to try and regain the lead before half with shots by Sims, Whisneant, Erin Foster, and Mollie Applewhite, but still found themselves down at the half 22-30.

Both teams had to wait nearly an hour at halftime for replacement referees as an altercation between an official and Anahuac fan ended with the dismissal of the original referees. When play resumed, Warren kept the game close through three quarters, finding themselves only down six. Halfway through the fourth quarter Autumn Sims hit one of her five three pointers to pull the Lady Warriors within five at 41-46, but Anahuac would finish the game on a 10-0 run and take the game 56-41.

The Warriors varsity team last week lost to East Chambers 26-66 and then to Anahuac 42-51.

All teams travel to Buna on Friday January 23 and will be at home against Kirbyville on Tuesday January 27. Gameswill be starting at 5 p.m.

Baseball News – Warren High School is hosting the U.S. Baseball Academy training program from February 1-8. For a complete description of the program and registration forms, visit or call 866-622-4487.

On February 24 at 5 p.m., the Warriors baseball team will be taking on the Anahuac Panthers at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The team needs to sell vouchers to use the facility for this game. Each voucher, costing $27, can be redeemed for one bullpen box ticket to any 2015 Houston Astros game, exceptions apply. Admission to the Warriors game is free. Help out the Warriors and purchase your vouchers from any player or contact Coach Joe Wofford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 409-377-4581.

Spurger Robotics advance to Regional competition

by Kelsey Sheffield

The Spurger Pirates Robotics team of six had a successful year last year, and are looking to live up to the expectation again this year, if not surpass it.

With such a young team, for the most part, many of the students are still learning how the activities work, but that did not hold them back from being an outstanding group.

Madison “Madness” Werner representing the first place match medals the Spurger Pirates were awarded with. ( Tasha Werner Photo)Madison “Madness” Werner representing the first place match medals the Spurger Pirates were awarded with. ( Tasha Werner Photo)The group had their first competition in Houston. Houston was a huge achievement in itself when they came away with the Inspire award. The concept of the Inspire award is the fact that the team challenged themselves to their highest standards. With this achievement, the team already scored a seat at the regional competition, but took the opportunity to compete again on Saturday, January 17, to better themselves and grow in preparation for regionals. At this particular event, there were twenty-one other competing teams.

The Pirates competed a total of five times throughout the meet, which carried them through to the semi-finals. After winning their first round of the semi-finals, the Pirates faced some adversity, to moving any further to the top four. Fortunately for the Spurger Pirates, the teams that do make it to the top four get to pick two other teams to be in their alliance for the semi-final matches. The Pirates were given the opportunity to be an alliance for one of the few teams left competing.

In coalition with the other robotics team, they won the two semi-final matches in which they took part in. The alliances of the Pirates came away victorious in the final match. Not only were the Pirates privileged to work alongside the victors of the meet, and better themselves for the upcoming events, but they were awarded the Design Award. The objective of the design award is commemorate the collaboration of imagination and intelligence in their work, as well as to encourage them to push further and harder. The Pirates were well pleased with their accomplishments thus far, and have proven to be a hard working group to take their free time to better themselves. They are looking forward to reaching big goals in Regionals, and the remainder of the competing year.

Spurger Pirates basketball teams both lost their district openers.
The Lady Pirates are siting 0-2, but are hopeful for winning games to come because of their vast improvement.
The boys' basketball lost their opener to Leggett, after nearly winning a brutal comeback. Down by double digits, the Pirates made the game a nail bitter. As the game came to a close, Leggett then left the Spurger Pirates far behind where they fell short to a score of 52-74.

January 22 and 24, the eighth grade boys team will be playing in the St. Anthony tournament. January 26, the seventh and eighth grade boys will be playing at All-Saints in Beaumont at 4:30 p.m.

The Varsity boys and girls will continue their district season. Friday, January 23, they will be playing in Chester, and January 27, in Burkeville. The girls will begin at 6 p.m. and the boy's game will follow.

Chester Lady Jackets Dominate Burkeville Lady Mustangs

Jaci Davis shoots for two.Jaci Davis shoots for two.

by Wendy Whitworth

The Lady Jackets were victorious against Burkeville 42-29 on Tuesday, January 13 with the help of Maddie Read, who scored 11 points. The Lady Jackets concluded the first half 22-12 on the heels of an 18-4 run. Read was the front runner for the Lady Jacket's offense with 11 points, including eight during the second period. She also contributed five rebounds. Others chipping in for Chester were Jaci Davis with nine points and six rebounds, Destiny Kuehn with eight points, eight rebounds, and three steals, Kalee Thomson with five points, five rebounds, and one steal and Laken Read with four points, 12 rebounds, and one steal. The Lady Jackets finished the game with 48 rebounds,16 offensive and 32 defensive, and five steals.

"I was very happy with the way that we started the game and finished the game. It's always fun as a coach when your team plays exactly the way that you coach them to, and that's exactly how they opened and closed the Burkeville game. We got lazy in the middle, and we will have to fix that, but I was very pleased with the first and fourth quarters," commented Coach Hall.
In the Goodrich game, although Maddie Read put 10 points on the scoreboard, the Chester Lady Jackets fell to Goodrich 68-29. The Lady Jackets finished strong, adding 11 points in the final quarter. However, it was not enough to close the point gap. Putting up six points, Maddie Read saw her best shooting game in the fourth period. Also helping the effort for Chester were Laken Read with seven points and six rebounds, Kuehn with six points, six rebounds, and three steals and Thomson with three points, three rebounds, and two steals. The Lady Jackets finished the game with 32 rebounds, 15 offensive and 17 defensive, one block and five steals.

"Goodrich is the best team we've faced all year and they are one of the best 1A teams in the state. Our girls battled as best as they could but it was a tough match up for us. We'll see them again in a couple of weeks and we are just hoping that we can put forth a better effort and maybe surprise them," said Coach Ryan Hall

Chester Yellowjackets Fall To Goodrich
Chester fell to Goodrich 65-37 Friday, January 16. In an aggressive showing, the Yellowjackets racked up 22 fouls in total. Although Cord Neal put 16 points on the scoreboard, his accumulation of points was not enough to push the Jackets to a victory. Neal was on the ball from the field, making 50 percent, 7-for-14, of shots attempted. Also chipping in for Chester were Billy Thompson with six points, Colten Martin with four points, one steal, LaDarius Kirkwood with two points, two rebounds, and two steals and Dane Barnes with two points, two rebounds, and one steal. Levi Watts was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up four rebounds and three steals. Chester finished the game with 37 rebounds ,14 offensive and 23 defensive, and seven steals.

The Lady Jackets and Yellowjackets will face Spurger on January 23 and High Island on January 27. Both games are at home and tip off for the Lady Jackets is 6:00 p.m. with the Yellowjackets following.

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Lady Dogs and Dogs beat Sabine Pass 61-20

Merrick Graham shoots a free throw. (Colmesneil Yearbook Photo)Merrick Graham shoots a free throw. (Colmesneil Yearbook Photo)by Alicyn Mitcham

High School Boys Basketball:
This past week the varsity basketball boys traveled to Sabine Pass, which was a grudge match. In the game a total of 54 fouls were committed, an unbelievable amount of fouls for one game. Both Sam Matterson and Eli Dinger fouled out. After an extremely tense game Colmesneil came out with the win, with a score of 68-55. Matterson scored 26 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kameron Lindsey scored 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and one steal. Dinger scored 15 points, 12 rebounds, and one assist. Jake Pattilo scored seven points, 11 rebounds and two assists. Hunter Lablanc scored five points, five rebounds, one steal, and made 75 percent of his free throws. On January 23, the varsity boys play Harmony Science at home, the game will start at 6. On January 27, JV and varsity will face Evadale away.

High School Girls Basketball:
This past week the varsity basketball girls played Sabine and emerged victorious with a win of 61-20. The Lady Dogs claimed an early lead and ran with it. Taylor Barker scored 24 points, 12 rebounds, eight steals and one block. Krista Harris and Nature Jackson each scored 10 points, and Treasure Jackson scored nine points.

On January 16, the Lady Dogs faced Big Sandy which was a grueling game, the Lady Dogs fought hard but fell short with a score of 46-31. The game was rough with several people fouling out, for both teams. Treasure Jackson scored 13 points and Nature Jackson scored seven points. Harris scored two points and Barker scored four points. The Lady Dogs played hard, and just came up short.

On January 27, the JV and varsity will travel to Evadale and play.

Eagles go 3-0 in District play

Woodville’s Head Basketball Coach Reggie Williams uses a timeout.  The Eagles are 3-0 in district this year. (Jason Drake Photo)Woodville’s Head Basketball Coach Reggie Williams uses a timeout. The Eagles are 3-0 in district this year. (Jason Drake Photo)

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Eagles earned two more district victories last week to improve their district record to a perfect 3-0 and 12-3 for the season.

Tuesday, the Eagles hosted Newton in a tightly contested ball game. Newton controlled the first quarter 15-9. Woodville would narrow the lead at half time to 25-22 behind a balanced scoring offense. The Eagles had nine players scoring between two and four points making it difficult for Newton to make adjustments at halftime. Newton maintained the three point lead with both teams scoring 14 points apiece in the third quarter making the score 39-36 heading into the fourth quarter. The Eagles exploded offensively scoring 24 points in the final quarter to win the game 60-57. Head basketball coach Reggie Williams was excited about the way his team finished. "Our kids played great down the stretch. Newton is very athletic and we handled the pressure well," said Williams. The Eagles finished shooting 12-16 for 75 percent from the free throw line. Julius Midkiff, Jamal Horn and Marqui' Jackson combined for eighty percent from the charity stripe. Jackson and Horn led all scorers with 12 points apiece. Freshman Christian Williams added nine, while Midkiff and Kris Traylor chipped in a half of dozen points apiece.
Friday, the Eagles traveled to face Pollock-Central on the road. The Eagles had to overcome foul trouble as Central shot 13 more attempts from the free throw line and Traylor and Ashton Lockhart fouled out of the game. The Eagles took advantage of the three point line as Woodville combined for 21 points in three pointers. Horn and Williams led the Eagles with 14 and 13 points respectively including five three pointers together. The final score was Woodville 77 Central-Pollock 54. The Eagles will have to play the role as road Warriors as they play a pair of road games on Friday, January 16 and on Tuesday, January 20 at Woden and Hemphill.

The junior varsity games are set to start at 5 p.m., followed by the Lady Eagles varsity and the varsity boys. The junior high squads will challenge Garrison on Thursday at 5 p.m.. The girls will play at home and the boys will be on the road.