by Jason Drake
Woodville's Tennis teams started tournament play last Friday at the Kelly High School Invitational Tournament in Beaumont. Due to the recent weather, the Eagles practice time has been limited. Woodville was able to make its presence felt against the stiff completion of Kelly, Beaumont Westbrook, Port Arthur Memorial, Nederland, Vidor, PNG, Bridge City and Kirbyville.
Senior Sean O'Neal advanced to the final in boy's singles. O'Neal defeated Nederland's Amar Asad in the first round (6-2), (6-3) to advance to the quarterfinals. The second round paired O'Neal with PNG's Raul Rios. O'Neal wasted little time in the (6-3), (6-2) victory. The semifinals placed O'Neal with the number two ranked Drake Meaux of Nederland. Meaux took O'Neal to three sets, but it wasn't enough. O'Neal took the match (6-4), (0-6), and (10-6). O'Neal would take the silver medal as Tyler Williams of Nederland downed O'Neal (6-3), (2-6), and (10-6).
Woodville's senior Amado Ramirez drew a bye in the first round of the tournament. Ramirez defeated Jacob Sherman of Kelly (6-0) (6-0) before losing to Williams of Nederland by the same score.
In the boy's double division, Woodville sophomores, Justin Livingston and partner Ben Worsley were great contributors in the winning Eagles team effort. Livingston and Worsley drew a bye in the first round, but had to meet the number one seeds from Nederland, Danny Abdullah and Andrew Do. Immediately, Livingston and Worsley took control of the match showing consistency and superior playing. The Woodville duo came out victorious (6-2) (6-1). The semifinals matched Woodville up with Saalik Dhanani and Aleem Jeelani of PNG. Livingston and Worsley came on top (6-2) (6-1). They went on to the finals to play against the power players from Beaumont West Brook, Adrien Bisner and Boalong Nguyen. Livingston and Worsley played hard but lost (1-6) (3-6) for second place.
The Woodville girls played well, advancing to the quarter and semifinals. Woodville entered three doubles team and represented W.H.S. well. Lena Mannino and Samatha Ruble played doubles for the first time and advanced to the quarterfinals. Carolina Baeza and Audrey Brookshire advanced to the quarterfinals as well. Camoron Hutto and Aureanna Stacey played well and advanced to the semifinals.
Senior Octavia Tapia and sophomore Claire Kenneson played in the girl's singles but were unable to advance.
Coaches Sergio Ramos and Phillip Scoggins felt extremely proud of how the Woodville Eagles represented our school and community.
The Woodville Eagles power lifting season opened up last season in Colmesneil. "Our kids had a great meet. We made our lifts and had considerable increases," said head power lifting coach Jared Slaten. Aaron Garess was third place in the 123 pound weight class. Riley Shaw and Josh Hensarling placed fourth and sixth in the 148 pound class respectively. Chandler Button and Jacob Williams earned fourth and fifth place honors in the 181 weight class. Dylan Hasson finished second in the 198 class, while Allen Williams ended the day in third. The Eagles had their strongest showing in the super heavy weight class. Daniel Ogrodowicz won the meet, with Trey Dear finishing a strong third.
The Lady Eagles also finished third. Dorian Malloy and Antoinette Burrell both finished first in their weight class. Malloy competed 1n the 105 pound weight, while Burrell lifted with the 195 pound weight class.
Friday the Woodville Eagles will host Corrigan-Camden on Senior Night. The Eagles will finish the regular season in Warren. The JV is slated to start at 6:00, with the varsity following. The Lady Eagles playoff site and time is yet to be determined.
Softball and baseball season is just around the corner. Friday, the Woodville softball team will host Buna and travel to PNG on Saturday. The scrimmages are set to start 6 p.m. Friday and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tuesday will be Woodville first game of the season against Jasper. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Boys and Girls athleticcoordinators Jared Slaten and Troy Carrell would like to thank the community for the great support and generosity for their contributions at the Annual Booster Club Auction and Dinner.