Two Colmesneil athletes, both of whom recently signed on to play collegiate sports, were named to the All-State Baseball Team.
Dylan Falcon and Matt Bailey, both Colmesneil class of 2014 graduates, earned spots on the Class 1A All State Baseball Team in June. The 1A class division, which included four other players from Southeast Texas teams, had the most out of any other district classification, regionally. The other schools in the region represented on the All State Team included West Sabine and Evadale, which also had two players picked, apiece.
Each year the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, headquartered in College Station, chooses a select group of outstanding athletes from around the state for the All-State Baseball Team honor, from all district divisions and scholastic regions. Those who receive the honor are nominated by their coaches, who submit their picks for inclusion to THSBCA. First baseman Falcon and pitcher Bailey were selected for the first and third teams, respectively, and each was a key player for the Bulldog baseball teams (as well as other sports) throughout their high school careers.
Falcon, who was an All-District player for the Bulldogs in football and baseball, recently signed on with Galveston College to play first base for the GC Whitecaps. Bailey, also an All-District athlete in multiple sports (football, basketball and baseball), signed with McMurry University in Abilene to play on the University's football team as quarterback.
According to its website, the THSBCA "works hard to promote membership and further its members' knowledge and awareness of baseball at all levels." The THSBCA was established in 1972 to formulate new ideas for promoting and improving the game of baseball in Texas high schools. The association now claims over 3,000 members.
Michael-Jay Evans with his proud mom at Kilgore College.
by Doug Glosson
Warren has had few student athletes play football past their high school career. Michael-Jay Evans is on that short list as he heads into his second season for the Kilgore Rangers. Kilgore College is in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference and had a record of four wins with five losses, missing out on the playoffs by one game last season. Evans, who stands 6'4" and weighs 320 pounds, is the starting left guard for the Rangers.
When asked about the biggest difference between playing high school football and college ball, Evans said, "It is a shock just getting used to the adjustments. Not only do we practice several times a day, but the size and speed of the other players is amazing. In high school you play against players from freshman level to seniors, but in college everyone is on a level playing field." He also said that the intensity of the coaches is another aspect of college he had to get used to. "My high school coaches were tough, but college coaches stay on you like their life depends on it," he said. When asked what his advice for high school athletes wanting to play at the collegiate level was, he said: "Keep working and playing hard and you can be the best. You never know who is watching and willing to take a chance on you."
He is looking forward to next season as there are several new players coming in that could make a difference in taking this year's team to the playoffs.
"With the new high powered offense, anchored by an incoming quarterback, this team should be able to go as far as we want to go."
Michael-Jay is a Forestry Science major and is doing well in balancing practice and games while keeping a 3.0 average. He has been working hard this off-season, getting ready for the upcoming fall season as it will be his last before he makes the jump to a four year university as several teams have shown an interest. Warren is proud of Evans and supports him in having a successful season with the Rangers this fall.
Spurger High School is blessed with several dedicated athletes who have worked hard to represent the Pirate family. Players have learned to develop and grow to reach unlimited successes through their involvment in multiple programs and, without a doubt, exceeding in each.
Spurger is excited about having three years left with one particular young man because of his thrilling freshman year. Cory Hyden is an incoming sophomore and has used his first years' experience as a stepping stone to shine through the remainder of his high school days.
Hyden participated in basketball where he was a part of the varsity basketball team last season and helped them greatly on their journey to the playoffs. He also was a key player for the varsity baseball team which later scored him an award of second team all distrct first basement.
If that wasn't enough, Hyden caught a lot of his attention for his part in this year's first year fishing team. He and his fishing partner, Robby Clark, made a huge impression and reputation for themselves. They took home several awards from different fishing tournaments and places in the top 10 of 345 fishing teams of their division. Of the fishermen, Hyden held the title of the biggest bass catch of the season at a whopping 9.09 pounds.
Hyden and Spurger athletics are excited for his years to come as a Pirate.
Woodville Eagles' Fall Camp and the beginning of the 2014 football season are almost here. The Eagles are hoping to improve on last year's 2-8 overall and 1-6 district record. The team will compete in District 12-3A Division I with Kirbyville, East Chambers, Buna, Kountze, Anahuac, Hardin and Warren. Players to watch in 2014 are returning quarterback Marqui Jackson, leading rusher Delante' Barclay, defensive end Chris Castle, defensive back Aaron Mitchell, defensive end Allen Williams, defensive lineman Obie Barclay and wide receiver Jamal Horn.
Head football coach Mike Waldie is excited about the upcoming season. "I am ready to get started. We are going to start checking out equipment on Monday, July 28th to the seniors from 9:00-11:00," Waldie said.
"The juniors will receive their equipment on Tuesday, the sophomores on Wednesday and the freshmen on Thursday."
On Tuesday, July 29th, Coach Waldie will be hosting a parent meeting at the Eagle Summit Auditorium at 6 p.m. The meeting will set the expectations for the upcoming season, go over fall camp schedule, scrimmage information and a full question and answer period.
Monday, August 4th, is the first day of UIL allowed practice. All incoming ninth through twelfth grade football players need to report to the field house at 7 a.m.
The first four days of practice are helmets only and the schedule is from 7-12:00 p.m. August 8th is the first day of practice in full pads and the Eagles will host an intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, August 9th at 9:30 p.m. at the Woodville Eagles Stadium.
Connor Fry takes the mound against Hardin Jefferson. (Doug Glosson Photo)
by Doug Glosson
In their first summer baseball game since June 3, Warren tried to knock off the rust against Hardin Jefferson on Tuesday, July 1. The Warriors' determination after the month-long break wasn't enough as Hardin Jefferson defeated Warren 7-2.
Connor Fry of Warren pitched the first two innings giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits, one walk and three strikeouts. The long layoff between games showed in this one early as two errors lead to two unearned runs.
The highlight of the second inning came with runners on first and third for Hardin Jefferson when William Pelt of Warren makes a spectacular diving catch in center field to end the inning and save two runs. Tate Gore of Warren came in to pitch innings three and four striking out one with two walks and no runs scored. Warren was finally able to break through and get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth thanks to some shaky play by the Hardin Jefferson defense. Connor Fry hit a fly ball that was misjudged by the right fielder that put Fry on second base.
Next at bat, a throwing error by Hardin Jefferson's third base on a grounder by Tate Gore scored Fry to cut into Hardin Jefferson's lead 3-1. Dylan Riley of Warren pitched the next one and a third innings with three strikeouts, two walks and three runs scored. Ty Choate relieved Riley with one out in the top of the fifth with bases loaded. With Warren's infield drawn in and looking for a double play, Hardin Jefferson's batter hits a ground ball to the first baseman who then makes a low throw to second that skips out into left field scoring all three runners making the score 6-1 in favor of Hardin Jefferson.
At the top of the seventh inning, Hardin Jefferson's first batter makes it to third on an error by the Warren's first baseman, but Choate did not let that phase him on the mound striking out the next two batters. Hardin Jefferson then hit a hard fly ball to center field that was tracked down again by Pelt for an impressive over the shoulder catch. Warren's bottom half of the final inning started with a base on balls to Bryce Sumrall and singles by Layton Vonberg and Ty Choate to score Sumrall.
The Woodville Middle School cheerleaders attended cheer camp during the week of June 23-27. The 2014 WMS cheerleaders are Hallee Hughes, Hope Tantzen, Taylan Cook, Douglas Dinger, Alexis White, Keyonna Paire, Madison Lane, Shayla Williams, Camber Castellanos, Zoey Hart, Brooke Lacox, Allie Jarrott, Trista Mitchell, Kayla Merchant, Abby Wilson, and Reagan Smith. The cheerleading squad will be led again by seventh grade English teacher Amee Scarberry.
This week was extremely important because there were ten new members to the cheer squad. The camp was put on by the Universal Cheerleaders Association instructors. During the camp, the girls learned new cheers and stunts that will be displayed during pep rallies and football games.
The camp week was completed with a parent show off, along with a slumber party. The girls were given a superior rating trophy based on team performance. Hallee Hughes, Brooke Lacox and Madison Lane each received All-American honors by the UCA.
Scarberry noted, "This is going to be an awesome year. My girls are really enthusiastic and full of school spirit."
Woodville Middle School's first football game and pep rally is scheduled for September 18, as they host the Deweyville Pirates.