The Spurger Lady Pirates recently suffered back-to-back losses within their district season.
Lady Pirate Ashley Mock serves the ball in the Lady Pirates’ contest against Burkeville. (Kelsey Sheffield Photo)This short slump was a definite setback toward their goal of reaching the playoffs, and was sure to ruin their chances, if they did not end the losing streak.
They lost in games to the Groveton Lady Indians, then to the Colmesneil Lady Bulldogs, but quickly redeemed themselves with a huge win against the Burkeville Lady Mustangs. The varsity volleyball girls traveled to Burkeville on Saturday, October 4 with high hopes of bringing their season back on the upside.
The Lady Pirates came out ready to fight and the team came together as a whole, and each individual contributed their parts with aces, kills, and remarkable defense. Spurger came away victorious with a 3-0 game count. Spurger now has a district standing of 3-4, and they are looking forward to creating and maintaining a winning streak. They have high hopes and beliefs they will make it in the top four teams of the district to make it to this year's playoffs.
The Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball will play again on Friday, October 10, in San Augustine at 4:30. Monday, October 13, the junior high volleyball will play in Spurger against San Augustine, also at 4:30. Following that Tuesday, October 14, the varsity volleyball will be playing at Chester at 5:30. The junior high through varsity cross-country teams will run in their pre-district meet in Chester on Wednesday, October 15. November 8 is the first basketball game of the season, against previous Spurger High graduates. Any Spurger alumni interested in participating needs to contact the high school office at 409-429-3464.
Warren Warrior quarterback Tate Gore hands off the ball to Garrett Amadore in the Warriors’ game against the Hardin Hornets on Friday. (Doug Glosson photo)
by Doug Glosson
Football - The Warren Warriors, looking to get back on track this week, played a tough game under the lights on Friday night but came up short against the Hardin Hornets 20-6. This game featured more yards on the ground than in the air by both teams. It took more than a quarter, but the Hornets were finally able to break through the scoring drought with a rushing touchdown with five minutes left in the second quarter to put them ahead 7-0.
On Warren's next possession they fumbled on their own 21 yard line which was recovered by the Hornets. One play later, the Hornets scored another rushing touchdown to go up 13-0. With about 2 minutes to go in the half, Warriors William Pelt intercepted the ball in the Hornets end zone, but Warren was unable to capitalize as the quarter ended with the Warriors down by 13.
Both teams battled in the third quarter as neither team was able to move the ball until Hardin was able to push it across their goal line with six minutes left in the third to put them ahead 20-0. With ten minutes left in the fourth quarter, Warriors Garrett Amadore scored a five-yard rushing touchdown but it would not be enough as the Warriors were unable to make a comeback. Warren's Junior Varsity had plenty of both offense and defense as they took care of business Thursday night with a 56-0 win over Hardin. In other games against Hardin, the seventh grade played to a 22-22 tie while the eighth grade lost 30-8. Next up, the seventh and eighth grade teams, as well as varsity, will play in East Chambers while JV plays at home.
Volleyball – Last Tuesday the Lady Warriors traveled to Kountze to take on the Lionettes with the Junior Varsity team losing in three sets (25-17), (19-25), (8-15), and the Varsity losing in four close sets.
On Thursday, all three teams took on the Lady Hornets of Hardin where the freshman lost their first game of the season in three sets.
The JV rebounded from their recent loss beating Hardin in two (25-23), (25-22), while the varsity played some of their best volleyball all season but came up short in four sets. All three teams will be in East Chambers on Friday October 10 and at Deweyville on Tuesday October 14. Games starting at 4:30.
Chester Defense Cord Neal, Keaton Whitworth, Colten Martin and Chris Carter. (Wendy Whitworth Photo)
by Wendy Whitworth
The Chester Lady Jackets took two tough losses this week in district play. Tuesday's loss was to Apple Springs in four sets. The Lady Jackets also lost Saturday morning to a tough Groveton team.
"We played very well against Apple Springs, but we have to learn to finish teams off. We led at some point in every set, but our lack of experience in big games really hurts us. That said, the only way to get experience playing in big games with close competition is to get ourselves into more of those games. We were very sluggish against Groveton. It's a tough week for us with the fair going on and us having so many kids participating in that, but we have to get in our heads that the second the whistle blows to start a volleyball game, it's time for us to go to work" comments Coach Hall.
In both games, the Lady Jackets were led by senior Destiny Kuehn.
The Yellowjackets hosted the Orange Community Christian Lions Friday, October 3. The Yellowjackets played one of their best games thus far. The game was a back and forth scoring effort. The Jacket's tight offense worked its magic to put 53 points on the board. The defense however, made their tackles, but it just wasn't enough to hold the Lions. The Lions took the game 64-53. Keaton Whitworth passed for 37 yards and three touchdowns. Whitworth also had five solo tackles, four assists, one forced fumble, and one sack. Levi Watts completed one pass for 15 yards and one touchdown, and Cader Powell completed two passes for 22 yards and two touch downs. McKail Smith had one tackle and rushed for 261 yards on 16 carries for 3 touchdowns. Jutty Vaughn rushed for 148 yards on 15 carries for two touch downs. Colten Martin had three tackles, four assists and rushed for 29 yards on eight carries. Billy Thompson had five tackles, four assists and one interception, Chris Carter had three assists and one sack, and LaDarius Kirkwood and Michael Castleberry had two assists.
Lady Jackets face Colmesneil at home on October 10 and Spurger away on October 14.
Yellowjackets are open on October 10. They travel to High Island on October 17.
The Woodville Middle School Lady Eagles traveled to Huntington on October 6 to participate in the Lady Red Devil Junior High Volleyball Tournament. The Lady Eagles competed in the seventh and eighth grade divisions. The tournament consisted of teams from Huntington, Nacogdoches, Trinity and Woodville.
The seventh grade opened the tournament against Trinity. Woodville defeated the Lady Tigers 25-18 and 25-13. The win advanced the Lady Eagles to the championship game. Woodville was victorious again as they defeated the host school Huntington 25-18 and 25-23.. The wins improved the Lady Eagles record to 6-1. Woodville's district record is 4-1. Members of the Lady Eagles volleyball team are Jayda Argumon, Telia Jackson, Elizabeth Barnes, Zoey hart, Shannon Whitehead, Abby Wilson, Kayla Merchant, Emily Mixon, Jordyn Beatty, Reagan Smith and Kendal Wilroy. The seventh grade is coached by Michele Merchant.
The eighth grade also opened the tournament against the Lady Tigers. Woodville advanced to the finals in two games 26-24 and 25-6. The Lady Eagles were matched up against Huntington in the finals. Woodville played hard, but were edged out by the Lady Red Devils 25-23 and 28-26. The Lady Eagles are 5-2 on the season and 4-1 in district. The 2014 Woodville Lady Eagles eighth grade volleyball team are Abby Villa, Katelyn Odom, Shayla Williams, Adrian Prince, Keyonna Paire, Allee Tolar, Koral Sylestine, Jacey Spell, Hallee Hughes, Linda Perkins, and Lucy Homnoik.
The Lady Eagles will return to action Monday, October 16 as they host Central Heights Woodville Middle School football teams remained undefeated this season with a 14-0 victory in the seventh grade and a 52-26 victory over Buna in the eighth grade. The Eagles return to action on Thursday as they travel to Kirbyville starting at 5:00. The JV hosts Kirbyville at 5:00 at Eagle Stadium.
Both the varsity volleyball and football host to rebound after Friday night losses to Central Heights and Buna. The volleyball team travels to Hemphill Tuesday and the football team visits Kirbyville Friday.
Colmesneil Bulldogs #12 Cole Johnson and teammates defend their turf against a pack of Hull-Daisetta Bobcats Friday night at Taylor Field. (Chris Edwards Photo)
by Chris Edwards
Friday night's match at Taylor Field didn't yield a win for the Colmesneil Bulldogs, but they got after the Hull-Daisetta Bobcats right until the end.
The Dogs, undaunted from the previous shut-out from Shelbyville, fought four hard quarters against the Bobcats. Despite a loss for Colmesneil, the night belonged to Chris Thedford, who stepped into the role of fullback for the night.
Thedford lit up the scoreboard for Colmesneil with all three of the Bulldogs' touchdowns.
Thedford's first TD came in the first quarter, which put the score at 6-8 in favor of the Bobcats. By and large, through the rest of the game, the Bocats' backfield proved a bit too much for the Bulldogs, with the score sitting at 53-14 during halftime.
Without the offensive firepower to go paws-to-claws with the 'Cats, the final score was 74-20 for a HD win.
Aside from Thedford's contributions, the Bulldogs also benfitted from the defensive play of defensive end Jermany Wooten and Kaleb Lindsey's rushing yardage.
The Bulldogs step into District play next Friday, after a bye week. They are set to play the Normangee Panthers at 7 p.m. in Normangee.
In other Colmesneil sports goings on, the junior high girls cross-country team placed second overall in the cross-country meet last Wednesday in Zavalla. There were 160 runners competing in the junior high girls' bracket.
Jacki Hughes placed fourth overall at the meet, while Mia Spradlin also notched a top ten finish with seventh place. Other Lady Bulldog cross-country runners who placed in the event were: Shelby Patrick with 24th place; Miley Powell with 60th place; Taya Fowler with an 81st place finish; Mary Topelinski at 133rd place and Kalya Divins with a 138th place finish.
Seventh Grade Lady Pirates team members pose with the first place trophy they earned in the Warren tournament. (Kelsey Sheffield Photo)
by Kelsey Sheffield
The Spurger Pirates have been at it again. The junior high volleyball team participated in the Warren Tournament, while the junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams have been chasing victories throughout district. The Pirates are continuing to improve on each level, and represent their Pirate Pride.
The volleyball girls have been very active in both the Junior High and Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. The Junior High has come away with many more victories than losses this season. September 27, the Junior High Lady Pirates took part in the Warren JH tournament. Out of all the teams that competed, the seventh grade girls came away with the first place trophy. The varsity girls kicked off their district season a few weeks ago, with high hopes of making the playoffs. Thus far, their district standing is 2-3. The Lady Pirates are looking forward to new wins to the remainder of the teams in their district and vengeances over the teams they have previously fell to. Such a big win against Leggett, on September 23, gave the girls a momentum and encouragement in their team and the rest of the season.
The junior high girls and boys, the junior varsity boys and the varsity boys cross-country teams raced in the meet in Zavalla, on September 24. This meet was the largest meet the runners have participated in, with over 100 runners in each of the races. The Varsity boys ran in the group of a total of 112 other Varsity runners. Of these, Spurger placed in the top 70 places, and one Pirate medaled after running his best time so far. Robby Clark received a medal after he placed twelfth place with a time of 18:57. Clark has continued to shorten his time, immensely, at each meet, and gives the Pirates high expectations and goals for his success in the upcoming district meet.
Cory Hyden placed 37th when a time of 20:23. Hyden also is improving his time in each race. Jayvon Fontenot has been out with an injury, but was able to come back for this meet. After a few weeks off of recovery, he managed to place 46th with a time of 20:41. Chase Shook was not far behind, in forty-ninth place. Shook finished the three miles in 20:45. Zachary Fisher ran in a time of 21:09, which landed him in 53rd. Nathan Sheffield finished up for the Pirates, in 66th place, in 22:06. The Junior Varsity, team of two, ran two miles and also finished within the top 70 runners. Chance Shook ran in 24:18 and placed 36th. Dylan Conner finished in sixty-seventh with a time of 29:34.The Junior Boys had the largest team representing the Pirates in Zavalla.
The team of 10 ran their mile and a half very well, for such large race. Tyler Dozier was thirty-seventh place with a time of 12:07. Hunter Jenkins came in 68th with a time of 13:27. Less than a minute behind was Stephen Martin, who ran in 13:50, in 92nd place. Jeff Chaison, Jacob McFarland and Gage Winkle all followed behind, very close in time. Chaison placed 96th with a time of 14:03. McFarland took 108th place with the time of 14:44. Winkle was in 111th with a time of 14:51. Colton Maurante completed the race in 15:04 and placed 114th. Kyle Mott was not far behind in one-hundred-twentieth with a time of 15:18, and was followed by Kolby Essary in one-hundred-twenty-eighth in 15:53.
Bailey Loftin wrapped up the Junior High Pirates in 135th in 16:45. The junior high Lady Pirates ran in one of the largest group of girls in a mile-and-a-half run.
Desiree Hallo led the Lady Pirates in 20th place with a time of 13:42. Justine Loechel finished in 14:24 in 36th place. McKenzy Hatton took 56th place in 15:02. Shelly Martin ran in 16:23 which put her in 100th place. Brianna Wogner and Katie Essary were back-to-back with 139th and 144th. Wogner ran in 18:24 and Essary finished with a time of 18:24. Abby Simmons finished for the Lady Pirates, with time of 19:24, in 145th.
The Spurger Pirates have continued to work hard and improve in each sport and are expected to continue to do so. October 4, the junior varsity and varsity volleyball will play at 10 a.m. in Burkeville.
On October 6, the junior high volleyball girls will play in Spurger, against Colmesneil at 4:30.
The varsity volleyball will travel to Apple Springs on October 7 to play the Lady Eagles at 5:30.
The junior high through varsity cross-country teams will run at West Sabine on September 8.
November 8 will be the kick off to the Pirates basketball season. Following a community tailgate, the Pirates will be playing Spurger alumni.
Any previous Spurger graduates who wish to participate need to contact the high school office at 409-429-3464.