by Michael Patrick
The Colmesneil Bulldogs and Lady Dogs powerlifting teams had extremely successful regional meets. The Lady Dogs meet was held in Palacios. Colmesneil had five girls qualify for the regional meet. Each of the Lady Dogs did a tremendous job competing and four of the five girls qualified to compete at the state meet. Magen Allen finished in third place in her weight class and qualified for state. Bayleigh Thedford finished in fourth place in her weight class and qualified for state. Kim Knighten finished in fifth place in her weight class and qualified for state. Merrick Graham finished in seventh place in her weight class and qualified for state. Krista Harris finished in seventh place in her weight class.
The Bulldogs regional meet was held in Cleveland. Colmesneil had four boys competing in the meet and each one gave all they had in the competition. Cole Johnson finished in second place in his weight class and is Colmesneil's lone qualifier for the state meet. Mason Carmelo finished in fifth place in his weight class. Kaleb Lindsey also finished in fifth place in his weight class. Cody Walsh also competed in the meet as well.
The Bulldogs competed in the Evadale tournament this past weekend where they went 3-1. Colmesneil started the tournament taking on Hardin and the Bulldogs wasted no time getting hot and picking up a convincing win 11-2. Cole Lowery picked up his first win of the season while mowing down 11 Hardin hitters for strikeouts during the game. Zack Bryan had a tremendous game at the plate going 3-4 and knocking in three runs.
Colmesneil took on Liberty on Friday, but came up short against the Panthers. However, on Saturday the Bulldogs bounced right back and got back in the win column by beating West Hardin 13-5. Chris Carr picked his second win of the season during this game. Mason Williams also contributed to the pitching effort, striking out four batters in 2 1/3 innings.
In their final game of the tournament the Bulldogs faced off with Anahuac. The Bulldogs had little trouble disposing of the Panthers as they took the victory 7-2. Matt Bailey took the mound for the Bulldogs and picked up his first win of the season pitching a complete game while striking out 10 Anahuac hitters along the way. Lowery did some damage at the plate going 3-3 with two runs batted in. Bryan continued his hot streak at the plate knocking in two more runs.
Bailey and Lowery were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Lady Dogs traveled right down the road to Woodville to compete in the Woodville tournament on Thursday and Saturday. The girls showed a lot of heart and grit throughout the tournament. On Thursday, the Lady Dogs came up short against Groveton and took a loss. But, they bounced back and pulled out an impressive win over Diboll in their second game of the day 3-2. The Lady Dogs struck first in the game. Merrick Graham and Treasure Jackson hit singles to get on base. Then Kara Standley drew a walk to load the bases. While Magen Allen was up to bat the Diboll catcher let a ball get by her which gave Graham an opportunity to cross home plate and put the Lady Dogs up 1-0. Allen then drove Jackson in to put Colmesneil up 2-0. Diboll struck back quickly tying the game up at 2-2 in the top of the third. But, the Lady Dogs did not get rattled. In the bottom of the third Jackson drew a walk to start things off; Standley then got on base by virtue of a Diboll error,Allen then knocked Jackson in with a single to put Colmesneil up 3-2 which would be the final score.
On Saturday, the Lady Dogs played Jasper to a 2-2 tie. Krista Harris and Kim Knighten each picked up an RBI in the game. In their last game neither the Lady Dogs nor Buna could find home plate as the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
High School Track
The Bulldogs and Lady Dogs hosted and competed in the Colmesneil relays. Both teams did very well for their first meet of the season and will continue to work hard as they build up for the district meet in April. Medaling for Lady Dogs were Taylor Barker first in the 400, Nikki Noble first in the 100, Treasure Jackson first in the 200, Alicyn Mitcham second in the mile run, the 4x100 relay team of Jackson, Barker, Destiney Kirkindoll, and anchor leg Noble finished first, the 4x200 relay team of Kirkindoll, Angela Montgomery, Kara Standley, and anchor Noble finished in third, and the 4x400 relay team of Jackson, Barker, Mitcham, and anchor Noble finished in second.
The Bulldogs 4x400 relay team of Dalton Davis, Kaleb Lindsey, Cole Johnson, and anchor Andrew Whitener finished in third place.