by Jana Rayburn
The Chester Yellowjacket boys basketball team played their last home game of the season Friday, February 10 against the Burkeville Mustangs. The five seniors were recognized prior to the tip off, and those same five started and ended the night on the court.
It was another fantastic night for Cord Neal, who racked up 28 points. Seth Read scored 14 points, Dane Barnes had 11 points, Colten Martin scored eight points, and Clay Thomson scored six for the night. The Jackets defeated the Mustangs by a score of 67-55.
Spring sports are getting started around the area, and Coach Gary Beam is anxious to get started with baseball. Beam believes his Jackets will compete very well in District 24, which includes Broaddus, Brookeland, Chireno, Colmesneil, West Sabine, San Augustine, Zavalla, and Burkeville. This district is comprised of both 1A and 2A schools, but this year there will be a separate championship for 1A, so both Burkeville and Chester will advance automatically in the playoffs.
Beam is looking to Neal to lead the team in pitching. The new rules in place that limit pitches each game will make things hard, but Beam is looking for other players to step up and pitch. Read is a player that Beam will be counting on to help pitch. Read will see action at first base as well. Others Beam will count on are J.D. Clarke, Martin, Thomson, Cader Powell, J.T. Martin, Cooper Bendy, Jake Pitre, and Jared Young.
Coach DeWayne Armstrong is getting the tennis schedule finalized for the season. Armstrong is excited about the upcoming season. He says there are several key players returning who competed in the regional tournament last year. Martin, Neal, Thomson, Read and Selah Spaulding are all returning players that saw post-season play. Armstrong is looking forward to competing in several meets this year prior to district.