Running Eagles—Cross country runners from the girls and boys Woodville teams show off their district medals and plaques as both Eagle teams qualify for regionals.
Big Ben—Woodville Senior Ben Worsley outpaces a runner from Central Heights in district cross country. (Hale Hughes Photo)
by Hale Hughes
The Woodville High School cross country teams traveled to Woden to compete in the district meet and Coach Ryan Kelly had his runners prepared. Both of the boys' and girls' teams raced hard and both teams earned second place to qualify for the regional cross-country meet to be held in Huntsville on Monday, October 26.
"This is really good for both teams," Kelly said. "To not have either team qualify for regionals last year and then for both to go this year, that's definitely a step in the right direction for our program. This is where we wanted to be, and I feel like we can build off of this for the future."
Kelly continued that he just hopes this success regenerates with his runners. Now they have seen and felt what it's like to qualify, he hopes success at the district level spills over to the regional level. Kelly expressed, "I am not putting any pressure on the runners as far as expectations in the form of finishes or times, I just want them to do at Huntsville what they did today, and that is to go out, have fun, and compete."
Kelly said, "The experience of the regional meet will do well for the future of the WHS cross country program, especially having both entire teams of runners participating rather than a few individuals." Kelly planned for this scenario early in the season. He deliberately scheduled a race at Huntsville and took the team to the course earlier this year and he feels like his teams will now have a leg up on some of the teams by having already raced on it.
Only the top three teams based on points of finishers in each district qualify for the regional meet and then the top ten individual finishers also qualify. Central Heights, Woodville and Corrigan will be the girls teams that compete in Huntsville and for the boys, it will be Central, Woodville and Central Heights.
The teams were awarded a UIL trophy plaque for their efforts to be displayed at the school in the trophy case as well as medals for each team runner. Top ten finishers were also awarded additional medals to recognize their top ten finishes.
Woodville had two runners from each of the varsity races for boys and girls who finished in the top ten. In the girls' race, Woodville junior Jordan Ogden finished in third place and freshman Ella Standley finished seventh.
Woodville senior Ben Worsley finished in fifth place overall with fellow senior Tyler Hollingsworth close behind in seventh in the boy's race.
Colten Martin fights off Cardinal for extra point.
by Becki Byrd
The junior high Lady Jackets traveled to Groveton this week. They had two very close matches but lost both games with scores of 25-21 and 25-22.Brinna Cowan led the team in sets and serves. Annie Rayburn led attacks. The team will travel to Spurger this week for their last game.
The varsity Lady Jackets traveled to Spurger for a very intense match up against the Lady Pirates. The Lady Jackets won two games, lost two, and then won the last game with a very close score of 16-14. Cayla Greer was the leading server and had the most serves received. Amory Parker led in attacks. Kalee Thomson had the most sets. Maddie Read did her job blocking the ball well. The junior varsity also played the Lady Pirates, losing in two games 25-10 and 25-20. Sarah Brown led in sets and serves. Ashlyn Overstreet led in serves received.
On Friday the Lady Jackets held their senior night game against Burkeville. The Lady Jackets came out on top, winning three games, 25-19, 22-10, and 25-23. This win puts them in the playoffs this season. The seniors for the Lady Jackets are Maddie Read, Kalee Thomson, Jaci Davis, and Kylee Thomson. This was a pretty cut and dry matchup. Parker led in sets, Meagan Clarke in serves, Greer led attacks and serves received. The Lady Jackets will play Leggett and Apple Springs this week.
On Wednesday the cross country team hosted their district meet at Camp Takula. The teams did well advancing to regionals, which will be held October 26 in Corpus Christi. Caleb Sittig placed seventh, Cord Neal eighth, Dane Barnes ninth, and Colten Martin placed tenth in the district meet. Donna Martin did very well placing third, Kalee Thomson seventh, Cayla Greer ninth, Ashlyn Overstreet, Jaci Davis, and Chloe Johnson were twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth.
The junior high boys and girls team also ran, with Annie Rayburn finishing first for her team. Cheyanne Chandler placed seventh, Josey Sturrock placed eighth, and Belle Gilzow placed fifteenth. For the boys J.D. Clarke placed ninth and Avery Wade placed tenth. The junior high football team traveled to High Island this week. The Jackets did not come out on top, with a score of 61-12. Coach Brake said his team learned a new play they were trying out with Jared Young. Blake Whitworth caught a pass and made a nice run. Jake Pitre had a nice run as well. They will play Leverrett's Chapel this week at Aubry Bradley Staduim.
The varsity Yellowjackets had their homecoming game this week against High Island. This was a well matched game with the Yellowjackets winning 60-58. The Yellowjackets had a couple of fumbles but also forced the Cardinals to have three fumbles.
All nine touchdowns were made by senior, Jutty Vaughn. Vaughn had 26 carries for 343 yards. Colten Martin had seven carries for 57 yards. Jared Greer caught a pass for seven yards.
Defensively, the Yellowjackets had a few stand out players. Ladarius Kirkwood, Billy Thompson, Martin, and Cord Neal had several tackles each and also assisted with tackles. Kirkwood and Neal forced fumbles at important times in the game. The next game is on October 23 at Leverrett's Chapel.
Running ahead of their competition, the Spurger varsity cross country team succeeded in winning first place in the varsity girls division and second place in the varsity boys division of the Region IV district meet, on Wednesday, October 14. With this win, both teams will advance to the regional meet to be held on October 26 in Corpus Christi.
Justine Loechel led the Lady Pirates, coming in 4th place, followed by teammate Vivian Zoch in 5th place. In 8th place was Lauren Griffin. Gracie Greenwood took 10th place, and finishing in 11th place was Shelly Martin.
Chase Shook was the first Pirate to cross the line, finishing in 6th place.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to run at the regional level," said Shook.
Zack Fisher came in 11th place, followed by Kaleb Hyden placing 12th, Javyn Fontenot placing 13th, and Chance Shook who placed 14th. Finishing the pack of pirates was Tyler Dozier in 16th and Stephan Martin placing 17th.
Grant Stone placed 5th in the junior varsity boys division, followed by Hunter Jenkins, who was 6th and Gage Winkle placing 7th. Junior high boys were represented well by Randall Colley placing 5th, Keaton King in 7th, and Alvin Whisneant placing 8th. Not to be out done, the junior high girls team's Kenzie Hatton came in 3rd, Katie Essary finished 10th, Krissy Poterfield was 12th, and Abigail Sanchez in 14th.
This week also proved successful for the Spurger Lady Pirate volleyball team, in their senior night matchup against the Lady Pirates of Leggett High School. The Spurger girls took the match in three games.
Coming out strong, with aces from seniors, Courtney Crain and Shania Peavy, Spurger quickly had an 11-1 jump over Leggett. Game one ended with three consecutive aces served up by freshman, Tabitha Martin making the score 25-7.
In game two, Spurger's Crain made an amazing spike, making the score 10-0. After another 10 point run from Crain, Spurger ended the game with a score of 25-7.
Leggett rallied in game three with an early lead of 11-13. Senior, Lilla Fortenberry shifted momentum back to Spurger's Lady Pirates after spiking the ball to make the score 17-20.
Cheered on by fans, Spurger found their spot to tie the game 25-25. Senior Shelly Martin scored the winning point finishing the game 27-25.
The Lady Pirates meet Groveton's Lady Indians at home on Tuesday, October 20, and Colmesneil's Lady Bulldogs also at home on Friday, October 23. The final district game for the Lady Pirates will be held at Burkville on Tuesday, October 27.
Leading the pack for varsity cross country, Jackie Hughes and Rylee Smith. (Colmesneil Yearbook Photo)
by Alicyn Mitcham
Football- On Saturday, October 17,the Colmesneil Bulldogs faced the Evadale Rebals. The Bulldogs lost the game with a score of 43-0.
The day began on a bad note, possibly because they were playing on Saturday, and the atmosphere and routine felt different; which was obvious for the Dogs in the game. The Dogs did not play their best offensive game, evident by the lack of any points.
Despite the Dogs lack of focus, Davis had an 85 yard kick return. The Dogs were in the red zone and managed to receive a penalty. Coach McMurray said, "Every week we get in the red zone, and every week we find a way to get a penalty, fumble, and be ineffective in everything we do in the red zone."
According to McMurray, the Bulldogs are working on ways to stay consistent inside the red zone. On Friday, October 23, the Bulldogs will play their homecoming game against the Sabine Pass Sharks. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. and homecoming coronation will take place at half time. There will be a pep rally and tail gating party beginning on Thursday, October 22, at 6 p.m. at the Taylor Field. Cross Country- On October 14, the district cross country meet was held at Lake Tejas.
Jackie Hughes led the pack for the Lady Dogs, coming in first in the varsity girls division at the meet. Close behind was Rylee Smith in second place. These girls, along with Mylee Powell, Alicyn Mitcham, Bayleigh Thedford, Mckayla Marshall, and Erika Martinez, will be advancing to the regional cross country meet in Huntsville, on October 26.
Leading the pack for the Colmesneil Bulldogs in the varsity boys division was Colt Edwards in eighth place. Close behind was Andrew Harmon in ninth place. Blaine Turner was also trailing closely in eleventh place.
Advancing to regionals in the boys division will be Andrew Harmon, Colby Brack, Blaine Turner, and Gavin Allen.
In the junior high girls cross country division, Mia Spradlin came in first,, and close behind was Brooke Mitcham in second. Shelby Patrick came in sixth place, Taya Fowler followed in eighth place, and Peyton Flannery wrapped it up in ninth place. The junior high girls blew the competition away and came in first as a team at their meet.
Warren’s running back, Tyler Murphy (12), rushes for a first down against Kountze. (Doug Glosson Photo)
by Doug Glosson
Football - The Warren Warriors took on the Lions of Kountze last Friday, with the Lions passing their way to a 37-6 victory. Kountze took the opening kickoff and three plays later were in the end zone with a 39 yard pass play to put the Lions up 7-0. Warren went three and out on their first possession of the game. A punt put the Lions on their own 39 yard line. Another long pass set the Lions up on Warren's 17. Kountze would manage to get to the five yard line before Warren's Dominic Lebouf intercepted the ball on the two. Warren was able to move the ball out to their own 19 yard line before having to punt. With Kountze starting on their own 42, they were able to move the ball with passing plays of 18 and 16 to get down to Warren's 11 before settling for a field goal to go up 10-0. After the kickoff, Warren started on their own 33 yard line. With rushes by Tyler Murphy and Garrett Amadore, Warren moved the ball all the way to the 46 yard line of Kountze, before stalling. Warren then attempted a fake punt that came up just short of a first down, turning the ball over to Kountze on the 50. Two plays later, the Lions completed a 47 yard pass for a touchdown to move ahead 17-0. Unable to manage a first down, Warren punted; setting the Lions up on Warren's 44 yard line. Kountze made it all the way down to the nine yard line before going for it on fourth and goal. Warren's Ty Choate deflected the pass, giving Warren the ball on downs. Warren would move the ball with running back Chance McGallion shouldering much of the load. The Warriors made it to the Lions 34 yard line before being intercepted on the 20. Kountze would run out the clock and go into halftime with a 17 point lead. Warren however would fight back on their opening possession of the second half. Starting on the Lions 48, McGallion rushed for 13 and 12 yards setting Warren up on the Lions 23. On fourth and two, the Lions defense jumped offside, giving Warren a first down on the 11. Andrew Gordon then connected with Lebouf for the touchdown with 8:22 left in the third quarter; bringing the Warriors within two scores at 17-6. Kountze however could not be stopped, going on to score a rushing touchdown setup by three pass plays, a 49 yard touchdown pass, and a 42 yard touchdown pass to put the game away. Next up, Warren varsity will be at home Friday against Anahuac, senior night, at 7:30 p.m.; JV will be in Anahuac on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Cross-Country – Warren participated in the District meet in Wildwood last Wednesday, with the boys' varsity team coming in third and qualifying for regionals. William Pelt came in first, William Bouse sixth, Seth Smith placed twentieth, Chase Soignet twenty-third, and Hunter McGallion came in fortieth. The lone Warren girl, Mallory Walters, placed seventh; qualifying her for regionals as well. The regional meet is October 26 in Huntsville. Volleyball – Last Tuesday the Lady Warriors took on Deweyville. The freshman team remained undefeated, winning in two sets, while the JV lost in three close sets. The Varsity lost in three sets as well, 12-25, 18-25, 17-25. They would rebound however on Friday against Kountze as JV won in two sets and Varsity in three sets 25-18, 26-24, 25-18. All three teams will be home against Anahuac on Friday October 23 and play their final regular season game at Hardin on October 27; games starting at 4:30 p.m.
Medal winners from left to right: Ben Worsley, Jordan Ogden, Ella Standley and Sydney Smith.
by Hale Hughes
The Woodville cross-country teams saw their first action of the year this past Saturday at Claiborne West Park in Vidor competing in the Rick Miller Season Opener meet. The cross country coach, Ryan Kelly, brought nine Lady Eagles and seven Eagles to compete at the two mile course. The number of cross country runners is up this year and Kelly believes he has some special runners this year to compete strongly with.
Woodville competed with 4A Bridge City and 5A Nederland in each race. The Lady Eagles wasted no time in confirming Kelly's beliefs in the first girls' race of the morning. The "S.O.S. Squad" of Ella Standley, JordanOgden and Sydney Smith all placed in the top ten. Standley won the race with a time of 14.01. Ogden showed no signs of weakness competing with the larger schools by coming in third. According to Kelly, points are scored by a tally of each of the schools' top five runners and the team with the lowest score wins.
Smith finished with one of the toughest efforts resulting in a sixth place finish, helping spark the girls' team with enough points over the competition to take the meet win. Yoselin Miranda and Madison Tucker were Woodville's fourth and fifth finishing runners, contributing to the team's point tally.
Smith commented after the race that the course was flatter than she thought it would be, but thought her effort was good going against the bigger schools with challenging competition. Standley echoed Smith's opinions. "There was one girl that really stuck with me for the first half of the race, but it's still early in the season and I think I can improve my time."
Standley praised her teammate Ogden, 'She is very talented and just a natural. I'm so lucky to have someone ahead of me like her that can push me to be better." Ogden said after the race, "I think I need to work harder on my first mile and then on my last half-mile kick" to improve her time and compete for a win. Ogden said she thought the moist and humid conditions might have contributed to slower times, but "it felt good to get out there and compete."
Kelly said the girls did exceptionally well for the first meet. "I thought we would compete well, but I didn't go in expecting to win the meet. That was a good way for our girls to start the season," said Kelly.
Kelly also had high praise for Ben Worsley's fifth place finish in the men's race. "I thought Ben competed very well against the other runners, it was a good day for him," said Kelly. Worsley was the lone top-ten finisher for the Eagles. Worsley summed up his race by saying there was not a lot of passing opportunities that he was accustomed to. "I was happy with my effort, but I am not really satisfied happy with my time.
It's the first time I've ever ran only a two-mile distance in a meet." He continued, "This was also a flatter course than I am used to. That's normally where I catch people."
Kelly said that much of the training time for the runners is spent on hills due to the fact that the significant meets this season will all have plenty of hills for the runners.
The outlook for this season is good for the cross country program.