Varsity Track The district 26A-II track meet was held Wednesday, April 9 at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin. The Chester Ladyjackets came away with the district championship. The Chester Yellowjackets finished fourth overall in team totals. The teams will be advancing to area in many individual and team relay events which will be held Wednesday, April 16 in Lufkin. This was a great day for the Chester athletic program. The following athletes placed in several events: Tyra Adair placed first 100m run, 200m run, and the 400m run, and second in the long jump and triple jump; Kyrstin Jobe placed first in the 800m run, 1600m run, and placed third in the 800m relay; Destiny Kuehn placed third in the 800m relay, second in the 1600m relay, and sixth in the 400m relay; Laken Read placed third in the 800m relay and shot put, second in the 1600m relay, and sixth in the 400m relay; Kalee Thomson placed first in the 2400m run, second in the 1600m run, and 1600m relay, and sixth in the 400m relay; Kylee Thomson placed third in the 800m relay and second in the 1600m relay; Alexis Paire placed third in discus; Donna Martin placed third in the 800m run and fourth in the 1600m run; Alexis Washington placed sixth in the 400m relay; Cord Neal placed second in the 1600m relay, discus, and triple jump, fourth in the 800m run, and fifth in the long jump; Keaton Whitworth placed third in the 200m run and second in the 1600m relay; Colten Martin placed second in the 1600m relay; Billy Thompson placed first in pole vault, second in the 1600m relay, and fourth in the 400m relay; Kris Kuehn placed fourth in the 400m relay; Carlos Berry placed fourth in the 400m relay; Levi Watts placed fourth in the 400m relay, sixth in shot put, and fifth in discus; Dakota Thomas placed fifth in the 1600m run, and J.J. Cowan placed fifth in the 300m hurdles. "We had athletes competing in events who showed more than athletic ability who were willing to do what we needed them to do to win a championship," comments Coach Barnes. The following athletes that will be advancing to area are: Adair, Jobe, Kuehn, Read, Paire, Thomson, Martin, Kuehn, Whitworth, Watts, Thompson, Berry, Neal, and Martin. The track manager is Maddie Read.
Junior High Track The district 26A-II junior high track meet was held on Monday, April 7 at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin. The girls finished fifth and the boys finished third overall in team totals. The following athletes who competed and their results are: Selah Spaulding placed first in the 1600m run, second in the 800m run, and fourth in the 400m run; Amory Parker placed third in the 300m hurdles and 4th 100m hurdles; Ashlyn Overstreet placed second in the shot put, third in the discus, and ran the 800m run, Carmen Mahaffey ran the 100m run, and the 200m run; Sarah Brown ran the 100m run, 200m run, and 400m run; Ladarius Kirkwood - 1st 100m, 2nd shot put, 3rd 200m, and 3rd 1600m relay; Mason Richard placed first in the discus, fifth in the 800m relay, and ran the 110m hurdles and the 300m hurdles; Dane Barnes placed second in the 2400m run, third in the 1600m run, and fifth in the 800m relay; Seth Read placed third in the 1600m relay, fifth in the 800m relay, and ran the 100m dash; Cooper Bendy placed third in the 1600m relay and fifth in the 800m relay; Jaqualin George placed second in the 200m, third in the 100m run, and third in the 1600m relay; J.T. Martin placed fifth in the discus, and shot put. "The junior high teams had a great season and I am looking forward to those who will be competing in high school next year," said Coach Barnes.
Yellowjacket Baseball and Softball The Chester Yellowjackets dropped a 20-4 decision to the West Sabine Tigers on Tuesday, April 8 and lost 16-0 to the Colmesneil Bulldogs on Thursday, April 10. The Lady Jackets took the win over West Sabine 6-4, but lost 4-6 to Colmesneil.
The Lady Jackets and Yellowjackets will face Zavalla at home on April 17, and the Yellowjackets will play Burkeville there on Tuesday, April 22.
Colmesneil Lady Dog Nikki Noble going up to clear the bar in the high jump. She finished in second place overall. This is just one of five events she has qualified for the in area meet. (Colmesneil Yearbook Staff photo)
by Michael Patrick
High School Track On Wednesday, April 9 Colmesneil competed in the 24-A high school district track meet held at Evadale with the comåpetitors who finish in the top four of their event advancing to the area meet in Zavalla. The Lady Dogs went into the meet as the defending district champions and had no plans of relinquishing the title. Colmesneil got off to a great start by scoring 86 points through the 3200 and field events. Their next closest competitor, West Hardin only had 29 points after field events. The Lady Dogs continued to pour it on the competition throughout the running events as they accumulated a total of 158 points and held onto their district title. The second place team of Hull-Daisetta had 125 points. "This is such a great accomplishment for these girls. I am so proud of them I can't put it into words. I'm not sure people outside of our school and community thought we could do it (win back-to-back district titles), but the girls showed what heart and desire can accomplish", said Coach Patrick Sluga.
Finishing first place in their events for the Lady Dogs were: Taylor Barker in the 400, triple jump and discus and Magen Allen in the shot put.
Finishing in second place were: Treasure Jackson in the long jump and triple jump, Nikki Noble in the 200 and high jump, Alicyn Mitcham in the 3200, and the 4x100 relay team of Jackson, Barker, Kara Standley, and Noble.
Finishing in third place were: Noble in the 100 and long jump, Jackson in the 200, Alexis Follmar in the 3200, Barker in the 1600, and Krista Harris in the shot put.
Finishing in fourth place were: Merrick Graham in the 1600, Allen in the discus, and the 4x400 relay team of Jackson, Graham, Destiney Kirkindoll, and Standley.
Finishing in fifth place were: Bayleigh Thedford in the 3200, Mitcham in the 1600, Follmar in the 800, and the 4x200 relay team of Kirkindoll, Graham, Follmar, and Standley.
The Bulldogs also ran well at the district meet coming in fifth place as a team with 47 points in a highly competitive boy's division. "I am proud of this group of boys for the hard work they have put in this season and they ran hard today," Coach Rodney Haught said about the boy's performance.
Finishing in second place were: Blaine Turner in the pole vault.
Finishing in third place were: Colt Brown in the 1600.
Finishing in fourth place were: Cody Walsh in the 200, Seth Cashat in the shot put, Tyler Walker in the 3200, the 4x100 relay team of Dalton Davis, Kaleb Lindsey, Cole Johnson, and Walsh, and the 4x200 relay team of Walsh, Lindsey, Johnson, and Jordan Myers.
Finishing in fifth place were: the 4x400 relay team of Lindsey, Johnson, Walker, and Brown.
Finishing in sixth place were: Brown in the 3200.
The Lady Dogs and Bulldogs should continue to have strong track programs at the high school for the next several years as they return a lot of strong talent and have some very talented incoming freshmen next year that will look to contribute and continue the tradition of excellence in track and field at Colmesneil.
Boy's Varsity Tennis wins District Championship The Colmesneil varsity boys and girls tennis teams traveled to Lamar this past week to compete in the District 23-A team tennis tournament. Brookeland, Pineywoods Academy, and Sabine Pass were some of the teams they faced throughout the tournament. The Bulldogs played extremely well as they cruised to the team tennis district championship.
The Lady Dogs dynamic duo of Presley Parker and Taylor Bell continued their stellar play by winning the girl's doubles district championship which allows them to advance to the regional tournament.
The Bulldogs tandem of Richard Barnes and Jake Wolfford overpowered their competition throughout the tournament to take the boy's doubles district title. And the team they had to beat for the championship was their own teammates of Jonathan Marino and Hunter Vaughn who also overwhelmed their competition during the tournament. The team of Marino and Vaughn finished in second place overall. Both of these teams will be moving on to compete at the regional tournament.
Trystan Evans also performed well at the tournament. He placed third overall in the singles competition. Also, competing for the Bulldogs and Lady Dogs were Robbie Cornell and Sarah Pesek.
Varsity Boys Basketball The All-District Honorable Mention and Academic All-District Honorees were inadvertently left out of last week's article. Taylor Walker was named to the All-District Honorable Mention Team for his stellar play this season. And making the Academic All-District Team for their hard work in the classroom were Cole Lowery, Kolton Bass, and Tyler Walker.
Freshman Shelby Mixon struck out twelve batters in seven innings to lead Woodville to a 12-2 win over the Lady Hornets in Hemphill. Mixon kept Hemphill hitless until the seventh inning when a RBI single broke up her no-hit bid.
Jacob Watts took the pitching against Hemphill.Woodville exploded offensively in the second inning to put Hemphill away early. Mixon opened the inning reaching second base on an error at second base. Mica Maxwell walked putting runners on first and second base with no outs. Faith Sermons reached first base on a bunt to third base line to load the bases with no outs. Katelyn Watts walked. Katie Crenshaw walked on four pitches to give Woodville the early 2-0 lead. Ashton Weatherford fell behind early on a 1-2 count before hitting a grand slam igniting the Lady Eagles to a 6-0 lead. Avery Tolar and Tamara White both walked. Tolar would score and White advanced to third base on a passed ball and an error by the catcher increasing the lead to 7-0. White came around to score Mixon's ground out to second base. This would be all the offense Woodville would need as the Lady Eagles led 8-0. Weatherford led Woodville offensively with two hits, two walks and four RBI's. Maxwell added two hits and a RBI. The win improves Woodville's record to 21-3. The Lady Eagles will travel to Kirbyville Friday for the final district game before the playoffs.
The Eagle baseball team lost two games last week by a total of two runs. Hemphill defeated the Eagles 8-7 and Kirbyville survived 2-1.
Friday, Woodville took the early 1-0 lead against Kirbyville in the top of the first inning. Marqui Jackson singled to first base with two outs. Jackson advanced to second base on a Sam Matterson single to left field. Jackson and Matterson stole second and third bases, before Jackson scored on an error by the catcher. Kirbyville answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. This would be all the scoring in the game.
Hickman took the loss for the Eagles. Hickman pitched five innings giving up one earned run, two walks and three strikeouts. Chase Hensarling closed the game pitching one hitless inning. Jackson, Matterson and Reggie Williams each landed a base hit. The Eagles will travel to Newton on Friday before hosting Corrigan in the district finale.
Daniel Ogrodowicz advanced to the regional golf tournament in Bullard ,Texas. Ogrodowicz earned the trip as the second place medalist, shooting a 89 at Wildwood in the district meet Tuesday. The boys and girls track regional qualifiers will run Thursday in Diboll. Charles Fentress and Phillip Nobble will represent the boys in the 400 meter run and the 110 meter hurdles. Fentress broke the school record with a time of 50.91. Jordan Ogden qualified in the 3200 meter run and the 1600 meter run. JuLisa Williams will throw the shot put and the discus. Kayla Fontenot will join Ogden in the 3200 meter run. Bethany Mitchell advanced in the 400 meter run and Monique Moye will run the 300 meter hurdles. Keandra King will compete in the triple jump.
Spurger high school track team. Back row: Nathan Sheffield, Caleb Winkle and Heith Zoch. Middle row: Jayven Fontenot, Vivian Zoch, Coltyn Simon, and Randal Marcum. Front row: Robby Clark, Karley Wood, Angel Kennedy, and Destiny Moore.
by Kelsey Sheffield
On April 7, the District 26A track meet was held. The Spurger Pirates track team showed up and showed out with Pirate Pride.
There were eleven participants for the Pirates, in which ten of them advanced to the area track meet. In the 3200 meter run, Robby Clark swept the other racers for first place by twenty seconds with a time of 12:48. Caleb Winkle followed behind him taking second place for the race with a time of 13:08. Winkle also took second place in the 1600 meter race. Clark participated in the 800 meter dash where he took third place. Jayven Fontenot competed in the 200 meter sprint and took fourth place. The Lady Pirates participated in the 4 x 400 meter relay. The team consisted of Karley Wood, Destiny Moore, Vivian Zoch, and Angel Kennedy. The girls advanced after placing third place in the event. The Pirates also competed exceptionally well in the field events. For the high jump, Nathan Sheffield represented Spurger and took fourth place jumping five foot and four and a half inches. Senior, Heith Zoch, took part in the shot put which he threw for third place. Coltyn Simon threw the discus and placed fourth overall.
The Pirates all represented Spurger very well and are looking forward to doing the same in area with hopes of advancing to regionals.
The Spurger baseball team will be playing in Big Sandy on April 17, and will be hosting the Sabine Pass Sharks on April 22 in Spurger.
Warren gets ready for their game against Hemphill. (Liz Fry photo)
by Katie McCluskey
On Tuesday, April 8, the JV and varsity Lady Warriors played at home against Kountze. This was the Lady Warriors pink out game in honor of supporting breast cancer. The JV Lady Warriors fought hard but were unable to defeat Kountze as they lost 13-8. The varsity Lady Warriors played excellent as they claimed a victory against Kountze for the second time this season. Warren won 16-10. On Friday, April 11, the JV and varsity Lady Warriors traveled to Newton. Warren JV and varsity Lady Warriors both had phenomenal games. The JV Lady Warriors won 13-0 and the varsity Lady Warriors won 9-3.
On Tuesday, April 8, the varsity Warriors traveled to Newton. The varsity Warriors excelled throughout the entire game and dominated Newton 17-1. On Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11, the JV Warriors competed in a district tournament. Warren played Woodville, Corrigan, and Kirbyville in this tournament. The JV Warriors placed fourth overall in district. On Friday, April 11, the varsity Warriors traveled to Hemphill. Warren earned yet another win for the season as they defeated Hemphill 9-0.
The district track results are: Cody Hammonds placed 1st in the 400, 1st in the 800, 2nd in the high jump, and 4th in the triple jump. William Pelt placed 1st in the 3200 and 1st in the 1600. Keri Banks placed 2nd in the high jump. Chance McGallion placed 5th in the 110 hurdles.
Cameron Flebe placed 6th in the 100 and Tristin Garcia placed 6th in the 400.
The JV and varsity Lady Warriors will travel to Deweyville for their last game of the season on Thursday, April 17. The varsity Warriors will travel to Corrigan on Friday, April 18 and will play their last district home game against Woodville on Monday, April 21.
Destiny Kuehn makes the out at second against Broaddus. (Wendy Whitworth photo)
by Wendy Whitworth
The Chester Yellowjackets dropped a 5-3 decision to San Augustine on Monday. This was their second showing against the Wolves in less than a week. The Jackets jumped to an early lead in the first inning when Kris Kuehn scored on a third base error. Keaton Whitworth was right behind ready to score, but a ground out to the pitcher ended his scoring threat. Several Yellowjacket errors allowed the Wolves to score one run in the second inning and three runs in the third. The Jackets began their comeback in the third inning with a sacrifice fly out by Levi Watts to plate Cord Neal and an RBI double by Colten Martin in the fourth inning to score Whitworth. A fifth inning third out left two Yellowjacket runners on base to end the Jackets' gritty efforts to take control of the game. Kuehn took the loss for the Jackets.He pitched six innings and allowed one earned run, four hits and three walks while striking out 15.
The Yellowjackets took a 9-1 loss against Broaddus on Friday. Neal led the Jackets on the mound. Neal allowed one hit, one earned run, walked three and struck out 12 during his six innings of work. Numerous fielding errors and lack of hits led to the Yellowjackets' loss.
The Lady Jackets downed Broaddus 7-2 Friday evening at Chester. Timber Wright had an amazing at bat in the fourth inning, where she worked a walk after seeing about ten pitches. Wright made the run to first, then Destiny Kuehn stole third base. A bad throw to third allowed Kuehn to go home, while Wright advanced to second. Then an over throw to second from third went into right field and Wright advanced to third and took a big turn to force the right fielder to make the throw in. Wright then made the decision to go for home. The ball came in high at home plate and the catcher was late on the tag, which turned a walk into a home run. Pitchers for the Lady Jackets were Donna Martin with four strikeouts and Kuehn with three strikeouts. Kuehn went 2-4 with one triple and two runs, Wright went 0-1 with two walks, one home run, one RBI and one sacrifice fly, Laken Read went 2-3 with one double and one RBI. "We were very disciplined at the plate and worked hard to get nine walks, and unfortunately we hit the ball right at them a few times. We left runners on base five out of six innings, which is always disappointing, but we did a better job of seeing the ball and hitting the ball. I was happy with our fielding. That was the best that we have looked fielding the ball in a long time, maybe all year. This was a good win for our ladies and they should be proud of their efforts," said Coach Fudge.
The Lady Jackets and Yellowjackets face Colmesneil at home on Friday, April 11 and Brookeland on Tuesday, April 15. The Lady Jackets will travel to Brookeland, while the Yellowjackets will play at home.