As the 2014-2015 year comes to a close, some great plays have been made at Colmesneil High School. The highlights of the year are, in volleyball, the Lady Dogs went two rounds deep in the playoffs, and their district record was 11-0.
In the Bulldogs football season, despite all the injuries the Dogs faced, they still put on their game faces every Friday night and gave it all.
In the Lady Dogs basketball season the Lady Dogs went two rounds deep in the playoffs which has not been done for many years. Taylor Barker also received first team all-state.
In Bulldog basketball the boys had an overall good year, and showed much improvement throughout the season. In the Lady Dogs softball season, the Lady Dogs went two rounds deep in the playoffs, and Krista Harris and Mckayla Marshall each hit a homerun.
In the Bulldog baseball season, the boys had a great season, hitting several home runs throughout the season. The Dogs also went three rounds deep in the playoffs, while doing this the Bulldogs beat out the back to back state champs, Douglas.
In cross country, both the Lady Dogs and Dogs teams competed well in district and advanced to regionals.
The tennis team did exceptionally well this year, Taylor Bell and Presley Parker went to regionals in women's doubles, Jake Wolford and Richard Barnes advanced to regionals in men's doubles. Colt Brown and Diana Montgomery advanced to regionals in mixed doubles, and Andrew Harmon and Trystan Evans advanced to regionals in men's singles.
In track the Bulldogs and Lady Dogs had a great year. There were several members of the track team that made it to area and advanced to regionals.
Lance Standley joins the Woodville baseball program as the new head coach, Athletic Director Mike Waldie announced Friday morning at Woodville High School. He is the third head coach to be named at Woodville in as many years.
"We are excited to be able to land a coach of his caliber; a UIL Class 5A coach with 17 years of experience. It will be a great addition for our kids and this community," said Waldie. "He has had some great success and we are looking forward to having him on our staff."
That success has been in the form of wins. He has an impressive 249 wins in 17 seasons, as well as personal recognition. Coach Standley's accolades include being named as the District Coach of the Year in 1999 while at High Island, 2009 and 2010 while in Lake Worth, and 2013 while at Longview Pine Tree. Also, in 1999 he was named as the Southeast Texas Coach of the Year, Galveston County Coach of the Year, Beaumont Enterprise Coach of the Year, as well as First Team Coach by the Houston Chronicle.
Prior to Woodville, Standley was the head coach at Longview Pine Tree High School from 2012-2015. The Texas native is a graduate of Arlington Lamar High School and LeTourneau University. He was a decorated baseball player earning Rookie of the Year honors as well as setting eight school baseball records as a shortstop and pitcher for LeTourneau.
Standley will also assist with football operations, but was truly excited to discuss baseball with local media and with student athletes from WHS.
When asked what lured him to Woodville, Standley commented, "While combing the job boards, Woodville showed up. I remember taking High Island through the playoffs in '99 and we played here at Woodville. I did some research, a lot of research, and at this point of my career, I wanted to work for a great AD. I wanted to work under an athletic director who is involved in all sports." Standley continued, "Before sending in my resume, I researched Coach Waldie, Coach Carrell and Coach Mixon. I know some coaches who have worked before with Waldie, and they relayed that he is a backer of all athletics. And when Waldie called to interview me, I really enjoyed our conversation." Standley also shared a personal note. "I have three daughters and through my research I found that Woodville has a great girls' athletic program. I mean if Woodville brings a guy like Coach Mixon in, they are trying to tell you that they support athletics and they want to win."
Coach Standley had several other offers, but chose Woodville over larger schools. When addressing some of the current and future WHS baseball players he said, "Woodville is trying to build something big. Woodville is moving forward and that is what I want to be a part of building championships. And we will have a few, I promise you that."
When questioned about his goals and expectations for the upcoming school year, Standley stated, "I expect to win. I'm going to hit the ground running like no one's ever seen before. And the kid, they will be pushed hard to reach their full potential and they too will also expect to win."
When asked if there was anything he would like to share with the community about himself, he responded, "You know, I am a character guy. I am going to do what is right. You're not going to see me doing anything in town that I shouldn't be. I believe in discipline and doing the right thing. My family and I look forward to getting involved in church and spending time fishing, camping and at sporting events."
Woodville girls will go against other area volleyball players in the finale of the spring season in tournament style.
Teams from the area include Evadale, Warren, Colmesneil, Buna and Silsbee. The spring league gives girls from Woodville an opportunity to improve their skills and develop relationships with teammates that they will be competing with during the fall volleyball season.
The response was so positive for this league that Woodville signed up enough girls for two teams.
This type of turnout is a good indication of how competitive the girls in Woodville are. The fact that this many girls choose to voluntarily participate in this off-season league demonstrates their character, their commitment and desire to improve as athletes.
Results from this tournament will be in next week's issue.
Tyler County Titans 12U took 2nd Place May 31 "Best of the Best Ford Park"—Shown are Head Coach Lindy Haynes, Assistant Coach Dalton Wise and Assistant Patrick Sluga. Players are Jarule Telford, Marco Escalante, Nick Mosley, Logan Fant, Trey Black, Bryson Sluga, Alex Luna, Eckzarier Pinkert, Jaren Caldwell, Cameron Scott and Colton Haynes.
Cory Hyden and Robby Clark at the Deep East Texas Fishing Tournament. (DETX Fishing Tournament Photo)
by Kelsey Sheffield
Spurger fishing team results for the Deep East Texas Tournament are in. The fishing team of Cory Hyden and Robby Clark have been a well known name through the fishing competition in the South East Texas Region.
The boys competed on May 30 at Lake Sam Rayburn where they brought in the limit of five to the weigh in. With a total of 13.72 pounds, the team landed in second place.
They have continued to practice to succeed to gain their title back as the first place team of the region. Clark and Hyden are looking forward to staying competitive in the sport to excel. As upcoming seniors, their main focus will be towards their fishing passion.
The Warren community is proud to have Jay Buckner as the new Athletic Director and head football coach.
Coach Buckner is married to wife Kimberly and has seven kids, six girls and one boy, ranging from nine months to 18 years. The Buckner's will have one high school sophomore and two elementary students attending Warren next year as they move into the district from Sante Fe, Texas.
Coach Buckner was born in Iowa and spent the first 10 years of his life there. He grew up in Southwest Missouri in a 3A school, Reeds Spring, which is similar in size to Warren. He then went to Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri for his Bachelors in Education/Social Studies (1996) and graduated from University of Clear Lake in 2008 with a Master's in Education Management.
Coach Buckner has coached almost every sport there is in his 20 year career. He has been a head football coach for seven years prior to this, six of which were in Santa Fe, Texas. He was a head basketball coach for four years early in his career, a head track coach for a season, and an assistant in baseball and volleyball.
Buckner spent his first 10 years in Missouri and the last 10 in Texas.
Coach Buckner said in regards to his plans as head football coach, "The kids have been great to work with thus far. They work very hard and I believe are ready to translate the hard work into success. We are going to focus on doing the little things right and improving every day.
"We want to do everything as perfectly as possible in effort to avoid mistakes. I have always felt the score will take care of itself if we do the little things right. Turnovers really hurt this team last season, and we will make it a priority to stop our own and create some for the opponents.
"I believe in the option and will incorporate that in what we do. We will focus on being able to run the ball as we believe we have the personnel to do this very effectively. Defensively we intend to be very aggressive and try to force the other team to make decisions quickly. I have been here a month already and the kids are picking up on things quickly.
"I truly believe we have an opportunity to do some very special things this season. Above all we want to carry ourselves with class and represent our team and school in a very positive manner."
As Athletic Director, "First, we want our students to play as many sports as possible. We will do our best to work our schedules so students can be involved in many things at the same time. Secondly, we have a great staff of coaches that really care about kids and their success. We will continue to find ways to improve in what we do, and challenge kids to be their very best at everything they do in all aspect of their lives. Third, this is a fantastic environment. It has a community of parents, administrator, teachers, and others that truly want to see success with their student athletes. I look forward to helping bring it all together so we can see the result of great success for deserving kids. "