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Warriors lose late to Woden Eagles 4-3

Hunter Jacobson on the mound against Woden. (Doug Glossen Photo)Hunter Jacobson on the mound against Woden. (Doug Glossen Photo)

by Doug Glosson

Last Tuesday the Warren Warriors baseball team took on the Eagles of Woden. The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning but were unable to hold on dropping the game 4-3.

Warren pitcher, Hunter Jacobson, threw five strong innings striking out six while only giving up one hit and no runs.
The Warriors were held scoreless until the third inning when walks to Kelby Weyler and Jacobson proved costly for the Eagles as Cody Cardin's double and Drew Kirk's single drove in three runs. Warren's pitcher Connor Fry came in to pitch the sixth, but Woden was able to get to him, scoring four runs in the inning before Dylan Scherry came in as relief.

The Warriors were also in a tournament in Frankston last weekend. A no-hitter by Weyler lead the Warriors past Cayuga 19-0 while a late game error by Dawson proved costly as the Warriors won 6-5.

The varsity team will be traveling to Franklin for a tournament March 12-14 and then in Anahuac on Tuesday March 17 at 7 p.m. for their first district game.

Power lifting – The Warren community congratulates sophomore Cade Flebbe for qualifying for State as he placed second in his weight class lifting a total combined weight of 900 pounds. Senior Cameron Flebbe placed third with a combined weight of 1180 pounds and sophomore Tyler Murphy placed third with a combined weight of 1020 pounds in their respective weight classes.

Warren's Coach Compton said "I am very proud of my boys. Cameron got off to a very rough start on squats, but did not quit. Murphy dropped from first down to fifth, but fought back to third. It has been a pleasure to work with these fine young men."

Tennis – Last Friday, the Warren JV tennis team was in the Hardin Jefferson tournament where Seth Brown and John Applewhite took second place in boy's doubles.

Softball – The Lady Warriors softball team had a rough week as they lost their district opener to Buna and then two of three at a rain shortened West Orange-Stark tournament. The Lady Warriors varsity will host Hardin on Thursday, March 12 and then travel to Anahuac on Tuesday March 17, starting at 5 p.m.

Bulldogs and Lady Dogs Compete in Tourneys

by Alicyn Mitcham

Baseball-Bulldog baseball found their first district win against Chireno on March 3. The game was a blow out with the final score as 17-1. Sam Matterson was the bulldog's first point, by scoring on a walk, a two run single by Zach Bryan, and a two run single by Mason Williams. Kaleb Lindsey reached base four times, scored three runs, and had one RBI. Jake Pattilo pitched a good game, only allowing one run over the course of the game.

The Bulldogs were in a tournament at Kirbyville on March 7 and 8. In their first game, the Bulldogs faced Anahuac and lost. Although Lindsey went 3 for 3 at the plate, the Bulldogs could not pull out a win. In their next game, the Bulldogs swallowed a hard lost against Kirbyville of 10-0. The Bulldogs were determined to fight back after a hard lost.

The Bulldogs played Big Sandy, and though losing 8-6, the Bulldogs still played well. Bryan racked up two RBI'S and Chris Thedford scored when Williams walked. The Bulldogs took an early lead scoring 2-0 in the first inning. Big Sandy answered the two runs by scoring three in the next inning. Big Sandy took their lead, and ran with it.
The Bulldogs play Zavalla on March 13 away, and have a district bye for March 14. On March 17, the bulldogs face San Augustine away. Come out and support the bulldogs!

Softball-Lady dog softball faced their first district game on March 3, Although the lady dogs had some trouble getting their bats started; the lady dogs still pulled out a win of 11-1.

The lady dogs played a tournament in Woodville on March 5-7. In their first game against Onalaska, the lady dogs won 7-3. Treasure Jackson went 3 for 3 at the plate, helping the lady dogs secure their win. The lady dogs faced a hard loss in their next game against Huntington. The lady dogs fought hard, but made fatal errors that cost them the game. The final score of the game was 8-2. The lady dogs outlasted their next opponent Jasper beating them 3-2.

On March 7, the first opponent was Coldspring. This game could be compared to a football game instead of a softball game. The game was close all throughout, Coldspring managed to score two more points in the last inning. The last game of the tournament was a good game for Colmesneil, the final score being 6-1. The lady dogs out hit and out played their opponent, who was Kountze.

The lady dogs have a game on March 13 against Groveton at home, the game will start at 6 p.m. On March 17, the lady dogs face Big Sandy at home with the game starting at 6 p.m. Come out and support the lady dogs!

Spurger Varsity Boys District Honors

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by Kelsey Sheffield

With the basketball season officially over for those of our district, the players' individual acknowledgements have been released.

The Pirates finished the season with a well-deserved third place spot to enter the playoffs. Although they did not advance past Premiere Academy, the boys had an overall successful season. Not only did they grow as a team, but some really shined as individuals.

Senior, Nathan Sheffield, was recognized as the co-offensive MVP of the district, as well as first-team all-district. Junior, Robby Clark, and sophomore, Coltyn Simon, were named second-team all-district. Another sophomore, Corey Hyden, was accredited first-team all-district.

Chance Shook, freshmen, was also given the honor of second-team all-district. Another Pirate freshmen, Zachary fisher, earned honorable mention of the district.

Congratulations to all the Pirates on their district accomplishments.

The baseball season has been off to a busy start. With games now under their belt, they are excited to welcome the district season.

On March 17, the Pirates will host a game against the Sabine Pass Sharks at 4:30 p.m.

The Lady Pirates softball team has a busy weekend ahead. On March 12 and 14, they will be a part of the Evadale Tournament, and on March 13 they will be playing in Big Sandy at 4 p.m.

Woodville Hosts Baseball-Softball Tournaments

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Eagles and Lady Eagles were set to host their annual baseball and softball tournaments on Thursday, but freezing temperatures pushed the tournament to a Friday and Saturday event. The Eagles opened the game against Quitman with pitcher Jacob Watts on the mound. Watts pitched a perfect first inning, including a strike out to end the top of the first inning. The Eagles opened the bottom of the first inning with back to back singles by Bryce Holmes and Markus Frankens. Woodville was not able to advance the runners keeping the score 0-0 after the first inning.

Ashton Weatherford prepares to make a play at shortstop. (H. Hughes Photo)Ashton Weatherford prepares to make a play at shortstop. (H. Hughes Photo)The game would remain a scoreless pitching duel until the bottom of the fourth inning. Cade Bass, Watts and Markalin Merchant reached base on three consecutive errors by the Bulldogs. Jamal Horn, pitch running for Bass and Watts scored on the errors giving the Eagles a 2-0 advantage.

David McCollister walked on five pitches advancing Merchant. Holmes walked to load the bases with one out. Frankens hit a hard ground ball to right scoring Riley Shaw, who reached on a fielder's choice , and McCollister to increase the lead to 4-0. Marqui' Jackson sacrificed Holmes home advancing Frankens to second base for a 5-0 lead. Tyler Hollingsworth walked on four straight balls loading the bases for the second time in the inning.
Stephen Thomas entered the game for Hollingsworth. Bass doubled to right field on a hard line drive to right field scoring Frankens and Thomas for a demanding 7-0 lead. The Eagles would put the final run across the board as Merchant singled in Bass for the final run of the game.

Watts pitched four innings giving up one hit, striking out eight and walking two batters. Frankens highlight the offense going 3-3 at the plate with two RBI's and a run scored. The Eagles scored eight runs on seven hits and committed no errors. The Bulldogs scored zero runs on one hit, while committing five errors. The win would be the lone win for the Eagles as they dropped the next two games to Navasota and Huntington.

The Eagles are 3-3 on the season and will return to action Tuesday night in Central Heights. First pitch is slated to start at 7 p.m.

The Lady Eagles have started their season off 12-1. During the tournament Woodville defeated Groveton 10-1, Alto 5-0, Troup 10-1 and Onalaska 6-3. The Lady Eagles dropped their final game of the tournament to Huntington 4-0. Woodville will host Woden on Friday, before traveling to Central Heights on Tuesday. The games are both scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Junior Trey Dear won first place in the Region 4 Division 3 power lifting meet held this past Saturday. Dear lifted a combined 1,425 pounds to earn the gold medal. Dear squatted 550pounds, bench pressed 325 pounds and dead lifted 550 for the victory. Dear will compete in the state power lifting meet held in Abilene on March 28.

The Woodville tennis team traveled to Beaumont again this past Friday to play in the Legacy Christian Academy Invitational Tournament. Legacy proved to be a much larger and tougher tournament than last week, but the Eagles did well overall.

All events had a 32 entry draw. Woodville was well represented but were only able to advance to the quarter and semifinals. Several Eagles advanced to the semifinals, including Yoselin Miranda. In the girls singles division, she made it to the semifinals after defeating West Brook and Jasper girls. She lost a tough match to Hamshire-Fannett by a narrow score of 8-6.

In the boy's singles, Justin Livingston earned a trip to the semifinals with wins over Warren and Silsbee before losing to Nederland. Likewise, Josh Sheffield advanced to the semifinal round with wins over West Orange Stark and Nederland before losing to Jasper.

In the mixed doubles, Ben Worsely and Carolina Baeza went on to play in the semifinals with wins over Kountze and Kelly High School, before losing to Nederland. The boys doubles team of Cameron Coker and Caleb Dinger played up in the A Divisions against 5A and 6A schools but lost to a very tough Beaumont West Brook doubles team. The Woodville Eagles will travel to Ozen High School this coming Friday.

The Eagles will host their annual high school boys and girls track meet on Thursday and middle school meet on Friday.

Woodville Eagles Tennis team brings home wins in Friday Tourney

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Eagles tennis team had an outstanding tournament on Friday, February 27, in Jasper. Of five different events, Woodville High School tennis team brought home four first place, two second place, a first place consolation and semi-finalist medals.

Josh Sheffield and Justin Livingston met the finals of the Jasper Invitational last Friday. (Jason Drake Photo)Josh Sheffield and Justin Livingston met the finals of the Jasper Invitational last Friday. (Jason Drake Photo)The boys singles division was an all Woodville final as teammates Justin Livingston and Josh Sheffield met each other in the finals after disposing of players from Warren, Huntington, Jasper, Colmesneil and Spurger. Livingston defeated Sheffield with a score of 6-1 and 6-4.

The mixed doubles divison saw a second all Woodville finals as Ben Worsely and Carolina Baeza downed the freshman duo of James Kenneson and Lesli Miranda with a score of 6-0 and 6-0. Besides the loss, Kenneson and Miranda sailed to the finals with wins over Colmesneil, Huntington and Warren. Worsely and Baeza reached the finals with victories over Huntington, Jasper, and Colmesneil.

The boys doubles team of Cameron Coker and Caleb Dinger soared to the finals with wins over Huntington, Spurger's second team and Warren's first team. Coker and Dinger found themselves on top in the finals with a score of 6-1 and 6-2. This is the second consecutive win for Coker and Dinger in boys double competition, as they also brought home the gold medals from the Vidor High School Invitational last weekend.

Woodville's second doubles team made up of Nick Miller and Eli Hart lost their first round game, which placed the duo in the consolation bracket. The pair went on to win the consolation bracket giving them a first place honors in consolation.

Lena Mannino, in girls' singles, came home with the gold medal after she struggled with Warren's freshman, Jami Miller in the quarter finals. Mannino came on top with a 6-4 and 6-3. Manino advanced on to the finals by defeating Huntington and Jasper. Mannino was victorious in the finals with a victory over Jasper's Emily Bailey with 6-1 and 6-1.

Aureanna Stacey and Audrey Brookshire drew a bye in the first round and then met a Jasper Bulldog duo winning with a score of 6-3 and 6-0. They lost to Colmesneil in the semifinals with a 6-2 and 6-2 score. Woodville's other doubles team, Shelby Swien and Lyndsey Kinard had wins over Jasper, Huntington and Colmesneil sending them to the finals against Colmesneil winning the finals with a 6-0 and 6-4 score.
It was a good showing for all Tyler County tennis players especially the Woodville Eagles. The Woodville High tennis players made a strong statement of the strength and depth of the Woodville's tennis winning tradition under the leadership of legendary tennis coach Sergio Ramos and his assistant, Coach Philip Scoggins.

The Eagles will play in the Legacy, Ozen and Woodville invitational tournament in the next three weeks leading to the District 23-3A which will be played in Woodville on April 10.

Warriors take the field at Minute Maid Park

Warren Warriors baseball at Minute Maid Park. (Holly Weyler Photo)Warren Warriors baseball at Minute Maid Park. (Holly Weyler Photo)

by Doug Glosson

Last Tuesday the Warren Warriors had the privilege of playing at Minute Maid Park in Houston against the Panthers of Anahuac. Even though the Warriors came out on the losing end of a 2-1 ballgame, it was the experience that they will remember the most. Warren's Coach Wofford had this to say.

"Although we came up short on the scoreboard, I was pleased with what happened defensively. I thought our pitchers threw well for their first outing and we limited our errors to one. The experience itself was something the players and coaching staff will never forget.

"Not many youngsters get an opportunity to step foot on a big league field, much less play a game. Warren was able to get on the board with hits by Conner Fry, Tate Gore, and Rian O'Quinn." Warren's senior outfielder Fry, on his experience at Minute Maid commented, "When I first took the field a huge amount of emotions and excitement ran through me. I ran out on the field thinking of all the greats I idolized growing up and have played on this field. It stuns you because you are like wow, Carlos Lee, Josh Hamilton, and even Lance Berkman stood right here. You know you have a game to play but you take a moment to soak it all in. It's truly something I will take with me the rest of my life. It was a great experience for me, the team, and the city of Warren. I wish everyone who has a strong love for the game could have this experience at least once in their lifetime."

Last Friday, Big Sandy took on the Warrior varsity team with Warren coming out on top 2-1 in eight innings. Sophomore Kelby Weyler threw four shutout innings while piling up nine strikeouts against no hits or walks.

The Warriors were able to capitalize on an error by Big Sandy in the first to put Weyler on first. Tate Gore then came up with the RBI double to score Weyler. Drew Kirk came in to pitch the fifth and sixth innings, giving up only one run before Cody Carden came in with bases loaded. Carden was able to get out of trouble leaving the bases loaded for Big Sandy.

This would prove big as an error in the bottom of the eighth allowed Carden on base, Kirk to hit a sac bunt, and then Fry to hit a walk off double for the win.

Warren also hosted a JV round robin tournament last weekend, where Warren's JV was able to go 4-0 against some good local teams.

Next up, the Warriors will be in the Frankston tournament March 5-7.

Softball – The varsity and JV Lady Warriors visited Jasper last Thursday through Saturday for a round robin tournament in Jasper. The JV ended up win three wins, two losses, with one tie while the varsity ended the weekend with one win, four losses, and one tie.

Coach Loren Deaver said, "I am thrilled at the improvement that I was able to witness with our girls this weekend. Regardless of the scoreboard at times, we improved our game in many different aspects. I am really looking forward to this season with a wonderful group of girls and their families."

The Lady Warrior teams will travel to West Orange-Stark for a tournament on Thursday, March 5, and Saturday, March 7. On March 6, they will open up district play in Buna starting at 5 p.m.

Power lifting – Senior Bria Kirkpatrick and junior Lauren Buffington had great seasons heading into regionals last Saturday but were unable to advance and they both placed sixth in their respective weight classes.

The boys will be represented this Saturday in regionals by senior Cameron Flebbe, sophomore Cade Flebbe, and sophomore Tyler Murphy.

Golf – Last Thursday at the Nederland varsity boy's tournament at Brentwood, Warren finished with a team score of 362. Justin Robertson had the low score of 86. Warren placed in the middle of the pack, but edged out Buna with 405 and Woodville with 428.

On Friday, the girls played at the Ozen golf tournament at Bayou Din. Due to cold weather, this was just a nine hole tournament. Trystan Hall tied for sixth with a 54, while Courtney Wagers finished twelfth with a score of 65.

Tennis – Last Friday Warren's Ty Ard and Caine Denmon came in second in boy's doubles while Kaleb Bickham won consolation in boy's singles at the Jasper varsity tournament.