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Junior High Lady Dogs dominate in Track District Championship

Colmesneil Lady Dogs 2014 junior high girls District 24-A track and field champions (Back Row L to R: Meg Standley, Bethany Gilbert, Brooke Hlavaty, Emilee James, Lainey Spradlin, Head Coach Patrick Sluga, Nature Jackson, McKayla Marshall, Lindsey Dobbins, and Lindy Zeller; Front Row L to R: Gabby Reynolds, Rylee Smith, Jackie Hughes, Jenna Wolfford, Shy Anne McClendon, and Leah White. Not Pictured: Grace Eddins, Rebecca Marino, Mylee Powell, Morgan Bruton, Erika Vargas, Sara England, Jordan Givens, Becca Schulze, Gabby Murray, Michaela’ Langston, and Nikki McNeely)Colmesneil Lady Dogs 2014 junior high girls District 24-A track and field champions (Back Row L to R: Meg Standley, Bethany Gilbert, Brooke Hlavaty, Emilee James, Lainey Spradlin, Head Coach Patrick Sluga, Nature Jackson, McKayla Marshall, Lindsey Dobbins, and Lindy Zeller; Front Row L to R: Gabby Reynolds, Rylee Smith, Jackie Hughes, Jenna Wolfford, Shy Anne McClendon, and Leah White. Not Pictured: Grace Eddins, Rebecca Marino, Mylee Powell, Morgan Bruton, Erika Vargas, Sara England, Jordan Givens, Becca Schulze, Gabby Murray, Michaela’ Langston, and Nikki McNeely)

by Michael Patrick

Junior High Track
On Monday, March 24 Colmesneil competed in the 24-A junior high district track meet held at West Hardin. The Lady Dogs completely dominated their competition on their way to the district championship. This makes it back to back district titles for the Lady Dogs. The Lady Dogs scored 229 points and Evadale was their closest competition in second place with 134 points. The Lady Dogs had at least one top six placer in every event at the meet. "Words cannot describe how proud I am of this bunch of girls," Coach Patrick Sluga said of his team's district championship. Finishing first place in their events for the Lady Dogs were: Rylee Smith in the 1600 and 2400, McKayla Marshall in the 400, Shy Anne McClendon in the pole vault, Jenna Wolfford in the 100, the 4x100 relay team of Michaela' Langston, McClendon, Lainey Spradlin, and Wolfford, and the 4x400 relay team of Nature Jackson, Smith, Spradlin, and Marshall.

Finishing in second place were: Lindsey Dobbins in the discus, McClendon in the 100 hurdles and 30 hurdles, Jackie Hughes in the 1600 and 2400, Gabby Reynolds in the 800, Jackson in the high jump, Marshall in the triple jump and the 4x200 relay team of Langston, Wolfford, Leah White and Jackson.

Finishing in third place were: White in the 2400, Spradlin in the long jump, Meg Standley in the 800, Marshall in the 200, Reynolds in the 1600 and Smith and Reynolds tied for third in the high jump.

Finishing in fourth place were: Erika Vargas in the 800 and Rebecca Marino in the discus.

Finishing in fifth place were: Reynolds in the 400 and Hughes in the 300 meter hurdles.

Finishing in sixth place were: Spradlin in the 100, Lindsey Dobbins in the shot put, BethanyGilbert in the discus, Jackson in the long jump and Gabby Murray in the 300 meter hurdles.

The Bulldogs also ran well at the district meet coming in fourth place as a team with 91 points in a highly competitive boy's division. "I am proud of the boys for the hard work they put in this season and they competed great today," Coach Rodney Haught said about the boy's performance.

The placers for the Bulldogs were:

Finishing in first place were: Lenny Topolinski in the high jump and Kameron Lindsey in the 800.
Finishing in second place were: Lindsey in the triple jump and 1600, Colby Brack in the 2400, and Colt Edwards in the 800.

Finishing in third place were: Edwards in the 2400, Zane Hermsen in the 110 meter hurdles, and Brack in the 1600.

Finishing in fourth place were: Brack in the 2400, Hermsen in the 300 meter hurdles, and Connor Newcomb in the 1600.

Finishing in fifth place were: Isaac Dinger in the triple jump and Topolinski in the 200 and 400.
Finishing in sixth place were: Hermsen in the triple jump, Keith Kibbey in the discus, and Carlos Cuellar in the shot put.

The Lady Dogs and Bulldogs should continue to have strong track programs at the junior high for the foreseeable future as they will return a number of strong seventh graders and have some very talented sixth graders joining the program next year.

Varsity Boys Basketball
The boys basketball team capped off their most successful season of the new millennium not only with their first play-off appearance since 1994, but with several individual accolades to go along with the team accomplishment. These accolades were voted on by the coaches from the district. Cole Lowery was named the District 24-A Defensive Most Valuable Player. Matt Bailey and Tyler Walker were both voted to the District 24-A first team.

These were tremendous accomplishments for these young men. It is a testament to their hard work throughout the season to be recognized by the coaches in the district and will leave a legacy for the up and coming Bulldogs to shoot for.

Varsity Girls Basketball
The Lady Dogs basketball team finished off their highly successful season with the most wins in a season since the 1990's and the first back-to-back play-off appearances since the mid-1990's with several individual accolades of their own. Again, these accolades are voted on by coaches from the district. Taylor Barker was named the District 24-A Defensive Most Valuable Player. Treasure Jackson was voted to the District 24-A first team for the second consecutive year. Krista Harris and Merrick Graham both were named to the District 24-A honorable mention team.

These were outstanding accomplishments for these young women. It shows that coaches around the district recognize the hard work they put in on a daily basis.

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