Cord Neal from Chester won the gold in the triple jump at the Region 4 track meet in Huntsville last weekend. Neal earned a trip to Austin to compete in the state meet on May 11-13.
by Jana Rayburn
Region IV Track and Field Meet was held April 28-29 in Huntsville on the Sam Houston State University campus. The Chester Yellowjackets were just one of the many teams competing.
Cord Neal secured a trip to state with a 43' 5" triple jump for the first place medal. Neal also placed fourth in the long jump. The boys 4x200M relay team of Colten Martin, Caleb Sittig, Michael Castleberry, and Jaqualin George finished in fourth place with a time of 1:37.94. The boys 4x400M relay team of Neal, Martin, Castleberry, and George also placed fourth with a time of 3:40.15. Dane Barnes finished in fifth place in the 1600M run and seventh place in the 3200M run. Annie Rayburn finished fifth place in the 3200M run and ninth place in the 1600M run. Also competing for the Jackets were Amory Parker, Faith Loughner, and Danique Davis.
The Lady Jackets defeated the Zavalla Lady Eagles by a score of 13-10 on Monday, April 24. The Jackets took an early lead in the first inning, and kept hitting the ball. Zavalla got their bats going in the third inning to tie the score at 4-4. The Lady Jackets took the lead for good in the fourth inning as Ashlyn Overstreet doubled, driving in two runs. Belle Gilzow followed with a single, also driving in two runs. Gilzow pitched a good game for the Jackets, striking out six batters.
The Lady Jackets run ruled the Burkeville Lady Mustangs 15-0 in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday, April 25. Donna Martin pitched a great game. Martin struck out four out of twelve batters faced, and allowed no hits. Hitting for the Jackets were Martin, Cowan, Spaulding, and Overstreet, with one hit apiece. Martin, Spaulding, and Overstreet also had two RBI's each. Coach Jeremy Wooten said this of his play-off run, "This team has made all of us proud. We are working hard and will be ready to battle."
The Lady Jackets will face the Kennard Lady Tigers in the regional quarterfinal round. The game will be Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Groveton High School softball field.
The Chester boys baseball team played their final district game of the season on Wednesday, April 26 against the Zavalla Eagles. The Jackets defeated the Eagles 5-0. The senior players were honored just prior to the start of the game. Recognized were Cord Neal, Colten Martin, Clay Thomson, Junior Henson, and Cader Powell.
The Yellowjackets finished first in the 1A division of District 24. They will face either the Kennard Tigers or the Apple Springs Eagles. The Tigers and Eagles are currently tied and will play Tuesday, May 2. The Jackets are looking at a three game series early next week.
Warren seniors (left to right) – Kelby Weyler, Austin Scarborough, Ty Choate, and Hunter Welch. (Doug Glosson Photo)
by Doug Glosson
Baseball – The Warrior baseball team celebrated four seniors last Tuesday night.
Kelby Weyler has played varsity baseball all four years in high school. As a freshman, he was voted Pitcher of the Year, Co-MVP his sophomore year, and First Team All-District his junior year. Weyler will be attending Rice University in the Fall on a baseball scholarship and will pursue a degree in Sports Management. Austin Scarborough played all four years in high school and will attend Lamar Institute of Technology for a degree in Instrumentation.
Ty Choate played baseball, basketball, and football all four years as well as being involved in Christians in Action for three years. Choate will attend Lamar University for a year before transferring to Texas A&M University to earn a degree in Sports Medicine. Hunter Welch enjoys baseball, hunting, fishing, and four-wheeling and will be attending Lamar Institute of Technology in the Fall to study Instrumentation. All of these young men thanked their parents as well as all of their teammates for making the last four years a memorable time for them.
The Warren baseball team had an interesting week as they attempted to make the fourth and final playoff spot. It was not looking good after a loss to Hardin on Tuesday by a score of 5-1. Refusing to give up on the season, the boys showed up big at Anahuac on Friday, taking this one 8-0; forcing a three-way tie for fourth place in the district race.
By way of a coin flip, Warren had to travel to East Chambers on Saturday, where they took on 60 mph winds to take a 9-2 win, earning the Warriors a final showdown with Kountze on Monday night.
On Monday, the Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over Kountze, but let the door open with a couple of errors that the Lions were able to take advantage of. The Warriors had runners on in nearly every inning as well, but came up short by a score of 5-4, ending their season.
Softball – After beating Kountze last week and earning a spot in the playoffs, the Lady Warriors hosted Kountze last Tuesday to see who would be the third and fourth seeds. The Lady Warriors were down 5-3 in the fourth inning when Marion Purvis and Laikyn Bell both earned walks to put two runners on. After a double steal, Rachel Lee hit a two out RBI single, scoring Purvis. Bailey Hamilton then hit the ball to the shortstop, who could not handle it, scoring Bell and Lee; giving Warren a 6-5 lead.
With two outs and the Lady Warriors up in the top of the seventh 9-8, Kountze tied the game at nine with a homerun to left field. Warren however would come back in the bottom of the frame.
Purvis led off with a single and then moved around to third base by way of a stolen base and wild pitch. With two outs, Hallie Nevins slapped the ball to third. Kountze's third baseman bobbled the ball just enough for Nevins to make it to first base and hand the Lady Warriors a walk-off win with Purvis scoring from third. The win gave the Lady Warriors the third seed going into the game against Rice Consolidated of Altair on Thursday night in Centerville.
Warren started out well in this bi-district matchup, taking a 1-0 lead when Hamilton scored Bell from third on a fielder's choice. Rice took the 3-1 lead in the second inning, but the Lady Warriors tied the game at three in the top of the third inning with timely hits by Hamilton and Emily Cloud and a little help by Rice with a couple of errors. Rice, however, would continue to score in the fourth through sixth innings and close out the Lady Warriors season 11-4.
The Spurger Pirates golf team played at regionals in Pfluggerville on April 24-25. At the end of the tournament, the team placed seventh overall. Sophomore Tyler Dozier, however, placed third and qualified for the state tournament. The state tournament will be held in Austin at the Lions Municipal golf course. The tournament will be played May 22-23. This is Spurger's second year for golf, and the first year they have had a state qualifier. The golf team is coached by Lin Ellis.
On Friday, April 28, the Pirate's track team competed at regionals. Kaleb Hyden placed second in the 110m hurdles. Hyden also placed second in the 300m. He has qualified for the state track and field championships. State competition will be held May 11-12 at the Mike Myers Stadium, University of Texas in Austin.
Colmesneil Lady Dog’s softball team will enter the second round Friday against Cushing.
by Andrew Harmon
On Thursday, April 27, the Colmesneil Lady Bulldogs played game one of a three-game series against the Brookeland Lady Wildcats. This meeting was the first round of the State UIL softball playoffs. The Lady Dogs came out with great determination as they kicked off their playoff run.
After a few short innings, the Lady Dogs proved they would be dominating the game. Sophomore Jackie Hughes; and seniors Bayleigh Thedford and Krista Harris, demonstrated their skills with great hits, while juniors McKayla Marshall and Grace Eddins displayed excellent fielding. Colmesneil fans witnessed team unity with every play and the Lady Dogs ended game one with a commanding lead of 12-1. On Saturday, the Lady Dogs returned to the field with hopes of finishing up the series and moving on to round two. After another day of near perfect batting and fielding, the Lady Dogs closed out the series in two games with a score of 12-2.
"I'm proud of the way everyone played this week," said senior Harris. "I know we have what it takes to beat the next team we play and keep our season alive."
This is an opinion shared by many of the Lady Dogs, coaches, and Colmesneil fans.
The Lady Dogs will continue their playoff run in the second round, when they meet Cushing this Friday at 6 p.m. in either Huntington or Hudson, which has yet to be determined.
Woodville Strong—Woodville catcher Marcos Broom rares back to throw down to second base. (Hale Hughes Photo)
by Hale Hughes
The Eagles and Lady Eagles both continue their remarkable seasons. The Eagles were in a knot with other teams in the district but played their way out of it and after knocking off Newton, Woodville baseball took sole possession of second place in district, and more importantly the better playoff seed. The Eagles look to continue their momentum in a single game playoff bi-district game against Crockett that is slated for Friday night at Frank Morris Park in Lufkin. It should be a good contest, but the Eagles are a determined bunch and look to go farther than they did last year.
This playoff atmosphere is a familiar one for head coach Eugene Lafitte, as he has two state championships on his resume and the Eagles will look for his guidance as they navigate the playoff gauntlet. Seniors Tyler Hollingsworth, Ivan Lockhart, Kris Traylor and Chancy Northern will lead this talented bunch. Strong pitching by Hollingsworth, Lockhart, junior Ty Bryant and strong closes by Northern have proved to be sufficient for the Eagles thus far from the mound. Aggressive base running by the likes of Lockhart and Traylor have helped earn runs while quality glove work by Reed Weaver, and Reese Shaw hasn't gone unnoticed.
Quality at-bats by Cade Bass, Hollingsworth, Marcos Broom and Bryant have kept games manageable this season for Lafitte, and will certainly be called upon as the playoffs get underway as Woodville goes for the bi-district title.
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has softball a week ahead of the boys, and the third ranked Lady Eagles dropped Coldspring from playoff contention, winning bi-district in front of a full crowd at Angelina Junior College in Lufkin.
The Lady Eagles jumped out to a modest 3-0 lead after the first inning. An uneventful scoreless second inning came and went, but an absolute laser show erupted from the bats of the Lady Eagles in the third inning as senior Bailey Stewart started it off with a triple. More hits came as fellow senior Faith Sirmons, Shelby Mixon, Koral Sylestine and Gracin McCollum all continued the hit parade as Woodville pumped nine more runs in for the Lady Eagles to break the back of the Lady Trojans.
It was a batting spree all the way around as batter after batter continued to find open ground to hit to and it was just more than anything Coldspring could overcome, as they were completely dominated from start to finish 15-0 as the Lady Eagles run ruled them in five innings, not even batting the bottom of the fifth. It was simply no contest for the Lady Eagles, District 22-3A's best. They dominated Coldspring from start to finish, and were led by the superb play from Mixon in the circle. Woodville was superior in every way. Their offense was relentless, their base running was quick and assertive, and their defense was simply solid in all positions.
Eagle fans will once again be split between baseball and softball as the Lady Eagles softball team will play Buna in Jasper on Friday night in the area round of the UIL playoffs, the same night and time that the boys will be taking on Crockett, and both will be single elimination games. It's an exciting time to be supporting either team and the coaches appreciate all the fans, parents and community who come out to support their programs.
UIL Regional Track Highlights: Carrington Marendes and Claire Robinson have both qualified for the state track meet. Marendes will continue to compete in the wheelchair 100m and 400m as well as the shot put and Robinson will compete in the 300m hurdles May 11-13 in Austin.
Seniors Rachel Lee and Emily Cloud (left to right) (Emily Glosson Photo)
by Doug Glosson
Softball – Last week was bitter sweet for the Lady Warriors softball team. They solidified a spot in the playoffs, but also recognized two senior leaders at the final home game of the season.
Emily Cloud has played softball all four years and will be attending Lamar University in the Fall with a goal of being an elementary teacher. Rachel Lee also played all four years and will be obtaining her LVN degree at Woodville Nursing School. Both girls thanked their parents and coaches for being such a huge influence in their lives.
After being rained out early in the week, the Lady Warriors were finally able to travel to Kountze for a critical district game against the Lionettes in hopes of making the playoffs. With the game scoreless in the top of the second, Bailey Hamilton and Alyssa Phillips started the inning with back-to-back singles. Cloud then stepped to the plate and promptly hit the ball to the center field fence for a two-run double. A couple of batters later, Marion Purvis grounded out, but was able to get Cloud home to give Warren a 3-0 lead.
In the third, Laikyn Bell walked and stole a base. With Bell at second, Hamilton hit an RBI double followed by Phillips RBI single to push the score up to 5-0.
The Lady Warriors would take a 6-0 lead in the fourth when Hallie Nevins hit an RBI single to score Hailey Craigen who had singled earlier in the frame. Warren pitcher, Craigen, cruised through the first four innings just seeing two over the minimum batters; but that would change in the fifth.
Kountze was able to put up a five-spot due to runners on base in way of two errors, a hit batter, and a rare walk. The Lionettes hit a three-run triple to bring them within one run at 6-5.
But the Lady Warriors were determined to win this one. They were able to score three runs in the final two innings with a RBI double by Lee in the sixth and back-to-back home runs by Hamilton and Craigen in the seventh; taking the win 9-5 and ensuring a playoff spot. Craigen pitched a great game going all seven innings with seven strikeouts, one walk, and one earned run.
The Lady Warriors then faced Bob Hope, Port Arthur, on Friday, coming away with a 17-1 win. Playoff information was not available at the time of publication.
Baseball – The Warrior baseball team had a mixed week as they took on Kountze and Bob Hope. Kountze was able to take an early 4-0 lead and would not give it up, as they beat the Warriors 6-3. The Warriors would rebound however, beating Bob Hope by the ten-run rule on Friday.