by Michael Patrick
High School Track
On Wednesday, April 9 Colmesneil competed in the 24-A high school district track meet held at Evadale with the comåpetitors who finish in the top four of their event advancing to the area meet in Zavalla. The Lady Dogs went into the meet as the defending district champions and had no plans of relinquishing the title. Colmesneil got off to a great start by scoring 86 points through the 3200 and field events. Their next closest competitor, West Hardin only had 29 points after field events. The Lady Dogs continued to pour it on the competition throughout the running events as they accumulated a total of 158 points and held onto their district title. The second place team of Hull-Daisetta had 125 points. "This is such a great accomplishment for these girls. I am so proud of them I can't put it into words. I'm not sure people outside of our school and community thought we could do it (win back-to-back district titles), but the girls showed what heart and desire can accomplish", said Coach Patrick Sluga.
Finishing first place in their events for the Lady Dogs were: Taylor Barker in the 400, triple jump and discus and Magen Allen in the shot put.
Finishing in second place were: Treasure Jackson in the long jump and triple jump, Nikki Noble in the 200 and high jump, Alicyn Mitcham in the 3200, and the 4x100 relay team of Jackson, Barker, Kara Standley, and Noble.
Finishing in third place were: Noble in the 100 and long jump, Jackson in the 200, Alexis Follmar in the 3200, Barker in the 1600, and Krista Harris in the shot put.
Finishing in fourth place were: Merrick Graham in the 1600, Allen in the discus, and the 4x400 relay team of Jackson, Graham, Destiney Kirkindoll, and Standley.
Finishing in fifth place were: Bayleigh Thedford in the 3200, Mitcham in the 1600, Follmar in the 800, and the 4x200 relay team of Kirkindoll, Graham, Follmar, and Standley.
The Bulldogs also ran well at the district meet coming in fifth place as a team with 47 points in a highly competitive boy's division. "I am proud of this group of boys for the hard work they have put in this season and they ran hard today," Coach Rodney Haught said about the boy's performance.
Finishing in second place were: Blaine Turner in the pole vault.
Finishing in third place were: Colt Brown in the 1600.
Finishing in fourth place were: Cody Walsh in the 200, Seth Cashat in the shot put, Tyler Walker in the 3200, the 4x100 relay team of Dalton Davis, Kaleb Lindsey, Cole Johnson, and Walsh, and the 4x200 relay team of Walsh, Lindsey, Johnson, and Jordan Myers.
Finishing in fifth place were: the 4x400 relay team of Lindsey, Johnson, Walker, and Brown.
Finishing in sixth place were: Brown in the 3200.
The Lady Dogs and Bulldogs should continue to have strong track programs at the high school for the next several years as they return a lot of strong talent and have some very talented incoming freshmen next year that will look to contribute and continue the tradition of excellence in track and field at Colmesneil.
Boy's Varsity Tennis wins District Championship
The Colmesneil varsity boys and girls tennis teams traveled to Lamar this past week to compete in the District 23-A team tennis tournament. Brookeland, Pineywoods Academy, and Sabine Pass were some of the teams they faced throughout the tournament. The Bulldogs played extremely well as they cruised to the team tennis district championship.
The Lady Dogs dynamic duo of Presley Parker and Taylor Bell continued their stellar play by winning the girl's doubles district championship which allows them to advance to the regional tournament.
The Bulldogs tandem of Richard Barnes and Jake Wolfford overpowered their competition throughout the tournament to take the boy's doubles district title. And the team they had to beat for the championship was their own teammates of Jonathan Marino and Hunter Vaughn who also overwhelmed their competition during the tournament. The team of Marino and Vaughn finished in second place overall. Both of these teams will be moving on to compete at the regional tournament.
Trystan Evans also performed well at the tournament. He placed third overall in the singles competition. Also, competing for the Bulldogs and Lady Dogs were Robbie Cornell and Sarah Pesek.
Varsity Boys Basketball
The All-District Honorable Mention and Academic All-District Honorees were inadvertently left out of last week's article. Taylor Walker was named to the All-District Honorable Mention Team for his stellar play this season. And making the Academic All-District Team for their hard work in the classroom were Cole Lowery, Kolton Bass, and Tyler Walker.