Lady Dogs are Bi-District Champs. (CISD Yearbook Staff Photo)
by Alicyn Mitcham
Volleyball The Colmesneil Lady Dogs have finished a victorious season, concluding playoff rounds as Bi- District Champs, and remaining undefeated throughout district play.
On Saturday, November 8, the Lady Dogs played their second round playoff game in Grapeland against Centerville. The first game, the Lady Dogs were on top of their game, with Taylor Barker executing four kills, Treasure Jackson following with two kills, and Nature Jackson possessed three digs. Gabby Reynolds, Treasure Jackson, and Destiny Kirkindoll all were successful with 100 percent of their serves. The Lady Dogs fell just short of victory losing the game 26-24.
Ready to come back and win, the Lady Dogs fought hard, but could not pull out a win, losing their second game 25-13, and third game 25-11. With top honors, Barker received MVP of district (23-2A), Treasure Jackson, Merrick Graham, and Nature Jackson all received 1st team, Grace Eddins received 2nd team, and Kirkindoll received honorable mention. Coach Rainey and Coach Bumstead deserve kudos for an awesome season with some phenomenal athletes. Football
The Colmesneil football boys travelled to Burkeville for their final game of the season Friday, November 7, and came out with a win.
With a score of 39-24, the Bulldogs' hard work was shown on the score board. Senior Christopher Thedford earned some experience as quarter back, and scored a touchdown, as well as a field goal. Zach "Earl" Bryan scored a touchdown while Kaleb Lindsey and Jermany Wooten contributed two touchdowns to help build the score. The bulldogs have fought hard this season, and now look forward to basketball.
Basketball It is basketball time in Bulldog Country, with a junior high basketball game kicking off the season at home on Thursday, November 13 at 5 p.m. The varsity girls will follow with their first game at home on Friday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m. The junior high will host a tournament in Colmesneil, Saturday, November 15, beginning at 9 a.m. The junior high will then travel to Sabine Pass Monday, November 17. JV and varsity girls will travel to Elkhart Tuesday November 18 to play at 5 p.m. Coach Stephens and Coach L. Trotter will lead the dogs on the court.
The Woodville Eagles defeated the Warren Warriors 27-20 last Friday night in Warren. The win improved the Eagles to 6-4 on the year and 3-4 in district. The Eagles improved greatly on last year's 2-8 and 1-6 season.
Warren won the opening coin toss and elected to receive the ball to start the game. Warren was forced to punt the ball when Chris Castle sacked Warren's quarterback on their first possession.
The Eagles traveled 70 yards on eleven plays capped off by Marqui Jackson's five yard pass to Chandler Button for a touchdown. Dawson Wainwright added the extra-point for the Eagles 7-0 lead with 3:32 left in the first quarter. This would be Woodville's only possession in the quarter. On the first play of the second quarter, Castle recorded his second drive ending sack giving the Eagles the ball at their own 47 yard line.
Woodville wasted little time scoring on their next drive. Jackson started the drive with a 13 and six yard quarterback keepers to move the ball to the Warriors 34 yard line. The Eagles would score on the next play of the drive on a Jackson pass to Ashton Lockhart increasing the lead to 13-0 with 11:06 before halftime.
The Warriors would go three and out on their next drive. Obie Barclay recorded the sack on third down ending the Warrior momentum. The Eagles managed little offense on its next drive possession giving the Warriors the ball at Warren's 47 yard line. Once again the Warriors drive ended in a sack. This time it was senior Riley Shaw coming up with the stop. The Eagles managed to drive the ball down to the Warriors twelve yard line just before halftime. Wainwright just missed a field goal to the right. The halftime score was Woodville 13, Warren 0.
Woodville was slated to receive the ball the second half. Warren recovered an on-side kick, putting the Eagles on defense first. Warren drove the ball down to the 13 yard line before Dylan Hasson recovered a fumble ending the Warriors' drive. The Eagles would turn the ball over on its next play giving the Warriors new life. Warren would score with 4:06 left in the third quarter narrowing the lead to 13-6. Warren scored on its next possession tightening the game to 31-12 with less than a minute left in the third quarter. The Eagles would maintain the one point lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles would answer Warren's touchdown on a 24 yard Jackson pass to Jamal Horn. Wainwright's kick went through the uprights and the Eagles led 20-12 with 10:20 left in the game. Warren would tie the game at the 3:26 mark. The Eagles would go on top again as Jackson rushed for a 15 yard touchdown to take the 27-20 advantage with 2:39 left in the game. The Warriors drove the ball down to Eagle's territory on their final drive of the game. Horn intercepted a pass on a one hand grab to end the game 27-20.
Both the eighth grade and seventh grade defeated the Warriors on Thursday. The seventh grade was victorious 16-14 on a late Jalen Hyder touchdown run. The eighth grade finished the season a perfect 8-0 and 16-0 over the last two seasons with a 42-20 win.
The Lady Eagles are heading into basketball season this week. Woodville will host Shepherd on Thursday before traveling to West Sabine Tuesday. The JV will play at 5:00 both days followed by the varsity. The junior varsity will also participate in the Warren Tournament Thursday-Saturday.
The middle school teams will get back to action this week. The Lady Eagles will host Central Heights Thursday and travel to Newton Monday. The boys will travel to Central Heights Saturday before hosting Newton on Monday.
Robby Clark and Cory Hyden with third place tournament medals.
by Kelsey Sheffield
The Spurger Pirates are more than happy to start up new sports again The basketball team and fishing team have officially begun their seasons, and give the fans and themselves every reason to be excited for the season to come. November 8 was an eventful day for both sports, and both were a huge success.
Two Spurger Pirate fishing teams traveled to Jackson Hill Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn early that morning to compete. Nathaniel Lane and Kaleb Hyden fished as one team, and Robby Clark and Cory Hyden fished as the other. After a full day on the water, Hyden and Lane brought in four fish to the weigh-in, that brought them a little over nine pounds. Because the weigh-ins were so close, the boys took eleventh place with their total weight. Clark and Hyden weighed in some of the biggest fish they have caught yet, and were less than a pound of away of taking the tournament first place title. The boys weighed in a combined 10.8 pounds, which earned them third place overall.
Spurger Pirate basketball has officially begun. November 8, Spurger High hosted the first annual season kickoff tailgate. The Pirates and their fans gathered for games, festivities and cheers by the Junior High and Varsity cheerleaders before the alumni game. Spurger graduates from the class of 1993 to 2014 participated in playing our Varsity boys. Not only was it great preparation for our boys for the upcoming season, but a proud moment to be a Pirate. Spurger Pirates, of all ages, represented Pirate Pride to the highest standard. The athletics program is looking forward to the now starting season.
November 13 - 15, the Varsity girls will be playing in the Mr. Mac Classic Tournament hosted in Spurger. The Junior Varsity boys, and the Varsity girls and boys will be playing in Cherino on November 18. Spurger Homecoming will be November 21, against Good Samaritan and Sabine Pass.
Quarterback Tate Gore throws touchdown pass to Andrew Kirk. (Doug Glosson Photo
by Doug Glosson
Records never seem to matter when the Warriors play the Eagles in football and this year was no different. The game was back and forth for four quarters, but the Eagles were able to beat the Warriors for just the first time in three years Friday night 27-20.
Woodville got on the board with 3:42 left in the first quarter with a touchdown pass to go up 7-0. With a minute gone in the second quarter, the Eagles scored another passing touchdown putting them ahead 13-0. Warren's William Pelt made an interception with three minutes before the half, but Warren was unable to take the advantage.
Just before the half, the Eagles were able to take the ball down into Warren's red zone but were not able to convert a field goal try. In the third, the Warriors were able to turn a fumble recovery on Woodville's 42 yard line into a rushing touchdown by fullback Chance McGallion to cut the Eagles lead 13-6. In the last minute of the third, Warren's running back Jairus Williams scored on a 50 yard rushing touchdown making the score 13-12.
With ten minutes left in the fourth, Woodville scored on yet another passing touchdown to extend their lead 20-12. Not to be outdone, Warren's quarterback Tate Gore threw a 22 yard touchdown pass to Andrew Kirk. With the 2-point conversion good, the game was now tied up 20-20 with 3:26 left. The Eagles did not let the comeback by the Warriors get to them as they marched down the field and scored a rushing touchdown on their next possession; 27-20, Woodville. This would prove to be the winning score as the Eagles picked off Warren's pass on Woodville's 10 yard line and were able to run out the clock.
The Warriors junior varsity football team was able to finish the season undefeated with a comeback win over the Woodville Eagles by a score of 22-16. The Eagles scored the only points of the first half on a couple of rushing touchdowns taking a 16-0 lead.
Warren was able to regroup at halftime, with the defense causing four turnovers and the offensive rushing touchdowns by running backs Tyler Murphy and Ethan Owens late in the second half to complete the comeback and seal the victory and undefeated season.
In junior high football, The Eagles defeated the Warriors in both games. Seventh grade lost a close one 14-16, while the eighth grade lost 22-46.
The Warren community could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication of all the football players and coaches this year.
In basketball, the Lady Warriors started their basketball season last week by taking on Brookland and Hamshire-Fannett in scrimmages. The games were close and good practice for the Lady Warriors.
First year head coach Loren Deaver said, "I have been impressed with the girls' work ethic so far. I have high expectations for the Lady Warriors if they continue on the path they are on; working hard every day toward a common goal. I just want to take one game at a time and focus on it. If we can win the small victories and conquer the short term goals we set, we will ultimately reach the big goal all our hearts and minds are set on.
"Our district is full of some well ran competitive programs. It will be a tough district but I think the girls are ready to make some things happen this year. I am really looking forward to this season with a great group of athletes."
Chester Cross-Country Teams (Wendy Whitworth Photo)
by Wendy Whitworth
Both the Chester Yellowjacket boys' cross country team and the Chester Lady Jacket girls' cross country team advanced to the Region III cross country championships at Atascocita High School. While at the meet, both teams had members who ran personal record times. Members of the boys' team that qualified for regionals were freshmen Dane Barnes and Caleb Sittig and sophomores Justice Howell, Colten Martin , Cord Neal, and Dakota Thomas. Members of the girls' team that qualified for regionals were juniors Jaci Davis and Kalee Thomson, senior Destiny Kuehn, sophomore Donna Martin, and freshman Selah Spaulding. "I am very happy with our two teams' performance. These kids worked so hard and had a lot of very early mornings so that they could practice cross country. Most all of our kids are playing multiple sports, so for them to give each sport some of their time so that they can give their best effort shows a lot about the character of these kids. And I'm also thrilled that so many of them went to regionals and ran their personal best times. The kids worked hard and their hard work paid off with a trip to the regional meet, you can't ask for much more than that for them," commented Coach Ryan Hall.
The Yellowjackets will play their first game of the playoffs against Campbell on November 14. They will play at the Leverett's Chapel field at 7:30 p.m. According to sixmanfootball.com, the Yellowjackets are favored over Campbell by eight. The Yellowjackets are very capable of taking this win, if the coaches and the players are on the same page. This team has yet to play to their full potential.
Leverett's Chapel is the only team Chester and Campbell have in common. Chester's loss to Leverett's Chapel was due to some miscommunications and the lack of strategy change. The Yellowjackets were the stronger team, but still lost by ten. Campbell lost to Leverett's Chapel by 16. Hopefully, the Yellowjackets' practices have been productive and they are ready physically and mentally to take the win.
The Chester Yellowjackets made a spectacular showing against the Apple Springs Eagles Friday, October 31. The team came out on fire and never burned out.
The Yellowjackets scored on each of their first three possessions. The Eagles were able to push past the Jackets' defense on their third series of downs to score. The Yellowjackets would once again have possession and within a few plays, had scored another touchdown to make the score 28-8.
Chester immediately regained possession due to a forced fumble by Cord Neal that was recovered by Levi Watts. The Yellowjackets made it to about the five yard line, but were forced to turn over on downs. The Yellowjacket defense did their job and stopped the Eagles almost before they got started. The next series of downs would also bring another touchdown for the Jackets.
Keaton Whitworth did his job, pressuring the quarterback, which resulted in an interception by Billy Thompson. Thompson was able to make about a 50 yard touchdown run to make the score 40-8.
The Yellowjacket defense only allowed the Eagles to score two more times. The Yellowjackets, on the other hand, scored almost every time they had possession of the ball. The use of both their tight offense which consists of Keaton Whitworth, Cody Riley, Levi Watts, Colten Martin, Cader Powell and McKail Smith and their spread offense which consists of Chris Carter, Cord Neal, Colten Martin, Dakota Thomas, Clay Thomson and Jutty Vaughn, kept the Eagles guessing. The blocking efforts of these athletes paved the way for the numerous touchdowns scored. Defensive players, Keaton Whitworth, Billy Thompson, Cord Neal, Colten Martin, McKail Smith and Chris Carter definitely did their job by containing the Eagles to only three touchdowns. The Yellowjackets mercy ruled the Eagles at the end of the third quarter with a score of 67-22. This win assures the Yellowjackets a playoff spot. The Yellowjackets have a bye this week and will be anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Leverett's Chapel /Apple Springs game.
"To say that I was pleased with our effort tonight would be an understatement. We have been on the cusp the last five weeks of doing something like this. It was great to see the defense playing so well. Offensively we were able to mix up our formations, runs, passes and the kids executed well. I am excited for this group of seniors to be able to lead this team into the post season for the 1st time since 1992. It is something that our kids have worked hard for, and I think that this community deserves a playoff team. I hope that we can execute the same way throughout the next few weeks," said Coach Chris Fudge.
"This week was by far the best we have played on both sides of the ball, but even if we 45'ed Apple Springs, we can still play better," Comments Billy Thompson.
"I have a lot of confidence in my team. I know we will practice hard over the weeks until the first round of the playoffs. We will definitely put forth our best effort to obtain a win and continue to play," Keaton Whitworth said.