by Michael Patrick
The Colmesneil Bulldogs and Lady Dogs had highly successful seasons on the diamond this year. The Bulldogs were Co-District Champions and advanced to the area round of the play-offs. The Lady Dogs were District Runner-ups and also advanced to the area round of the play-offs. Their success on the diamond was recognized by the opposing coaches of the district when it came to the All-District selections.
The Bulldogs not only dominated the competition throughout district play they also dominated the All-District selections. The following Bulldogs were selected to the All-District Team: Co-MVP – Dylan Falcon, Co-Offensive MVP – Kaleb Lindsey,Pitcher of the Year – Cole Lowery,First Team – Outfield – Kolton Bass and Cody Walsh, Infield – Zach Bryan and Zach Costellow, Pitcher – Matt Bailey, Designated Hitter – Chris Thedford,Second Team – Outfield – Justin Fountain, Pitcher – Chris Carr, Catcher – Tyler Walker, Honorable Mention – Dalton Davis and Tayler Walker, Co-Coach of the Year – Jacob Hooker.
Lady Dogs Softball
The Lady Dogs capped off another successful season on the diamond as District Runner-ups and a trip to the area finals with a number of All-District selections. The following Lady Dogs were selected to the All-District Team:
Co-Offensive MVP – Magen Allen, First Team – Kara Standley, Treasure Jackson, Merrick Graham, and Kim Knighten, Second Team – Destiney Kirkindoll, Krista Harris, and Alicyn Mitcham, Honorable Mention - Bayleigh Thedford and McKenzie Rogers.
There were also several Lady Dogs who not only excelled on the field, but also in the classroom as they were named to the Academic All-District Team. The following players were selected:
Academic All-District Team - Kara Standley, Treasure Jackson, Alicyn Mitcham, and McKenzie Rogers
Lady Dogs Volleyball
The Lady Dogs are already gearing up for volleyball season as they are competing in the Warren Spring League. Colmesneil has teams in all three divisions: junior high, junior varsity, and varsity. The league consists of some very strong volleyball programs in the area. The Lady Dogs are competing with teams such as Buna, Woodville, Warren, Silsbee, Kountze, Jasper, Evadale, and Spurger. Each week the teams are playing two to three matches in a night and gaining valuable experience in a low stress environment.
The junior high team which consists of current sixth and seventh graders is doing very well. This past week they played Warren, Buna, and Jasper. They competed hard against Warren and Buna, but came up short each match. They did bounce back and beat Jasper in an exciting match. This is great experience for these young athletes as it is preparing them for their junior high season that starts in September. It is especially beneficial to the sixth graders as it gives them some extremely valuable court time and experience.
The junior varsity team which is composed of entirely eighth graders is competing very well against teams that are typically made up of girls already in high school. This past week they dropped a close match to Evadale, but bounced back in their second match and beat a tough Kountze team. This is also valuable experience for these young ladies as it gives them a glimpse of what to expect from other teams in high school.
The varsity team is composed of returning varsity girls and girls who played junior varsity this year. Their first match was against Evadale and it was a back and forth match, but Evadale prevailed. In their second match the Lady Dogs took on Woodville and came out on top in a very exciting match that had everyone on the edge of their seat as the teams went back and forth. This league allows the older girls to start getting the rust off before they pick the volleyball up and go full steam in August.
Overall, it is a great experience for the girls who are playing. It is allowing them to build chemistry while also getting them some early preparation for the upcoming season.