Colmesneil Continues to Seek Improvement

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by Alicyn Mitcham

Football- On September 9, the Colmesneil Bulldogs battled against Mount Enterprise, a good team with a well-established program containing a coach who has built the ideas and goals for eight years.

This week, the Dogs found improvement in the small aspects of the game that play into the big parts of the game. Every week, the coaches see improvement in the Dogs, and that is what the focus is about, progress, not perfection.

The Dogs saw improvement on the score at halftime. At Deweyville, two weeks ago, the score was 8-6 with five minutes left until halftime, and the Dogs ultimately went into halftime defeated with a score of 20-8. Giving up this many points allowed Deweyville to possess the lead at halftime.

In contrast, this week the Dogs experienced the opportunity to give up a score right before halftime, and the team proactively responded. They found their backs against the wall, and they fought back; this demonstrates progress.

In the third quarter, the Dogs gave up two scores after a short field run. The team did respond with a touchdown to land within a score, but defensively, the Dogs lost their focus and could not earn the ball back. They played three quarters, but not three consistently.

The Dogs are improving and growing every day. They have eight freshman and twelve sophomores on the rooster which results in some inconsistencies. Coach Ross McMurry said, "It's our job to make the Dogs consistent for future games. We can always get better. Progress not perfection!"

Volleyball- On September 9, the Lady Dogs started their district play. The team faced Leggett, and the game was finalized with a shut out by the Lady Dogs.

In the first game, they only allowed Leggett to score three points, only four in the second game, and merely six in the third game. This is a total of 13 points allowed by the Dogs over their 75 points in the three games.

The varsity Lady Dogs competed in the YMBL tournament in Beaumont on September 8 and 10, and ran into a bit of a wall. They did not compete up to par, fell short, and hope to break the streak as they face Chester on September 13 for a district game beginning at 4:30 p.m.

On Saturday, September 17, the Lady Dogs will face Goodrich in Goodrich at 4:30 p.m.

In junior high volleyball, the eighth grade A and B teams traveled to Burkeville Monday night, September 12. Coach Ashley Doss led the A game into a victory clinched in three games with stand-out serves executed by Peyton Flannery and Brooke Mitcham. The B team fell short, but is continuing progress weekly.

Lady Warriors Open District Play with Win Against Kirbyville

Haley Briers, libero, with the dig against Kirbyville. (Cindy Payne Photo)Haley Briers, libero, with the dig against Kirbyville. (Cindy Payne Photo)

by Doug Glosson

Volleyball - The Lady Warriors took momentum into Friday's district opener against Kirbyville after beating Groveton earlier in the week to come out with the win in four sets.

The Lady Warriors had already seen Kirbyville a couple of times this season in tournaments, coming away with wins; so they knew what to expect when the Lady Wildcats showed up in Warren on Friday.

Warren found themselves down early in the first set 7-3, but a key block by Brooke Foster and six consecutive serves by Lindi Barnett, helped the Lady Warriors take a 21-16 lead. Kirbyville would come within 24-23 before a service error gave set one to the Lady Warriors.

The second set started out much like the first with Warren down early 5-0. The Lady Warriors would be behind the entire set until tying it at 24. Warren then gave up the next two points, handing the set to Kirbyville 26-24.

The Lady Warriors would not be behind again in the final two sets as kills by Erin Foster and Bailey Hamilton, along with a service ace by Ashley Post, gave the Lady Warriors a 25-19 third set win.
E. Foster started the fourth and deciding set with eight straight serves for an 8-0 lead the Lady Warriors would never relinquish; taking the set 25-17.

Next up, all three teams will continue district play against Anahuac at home on Friday, September 16. JV and varsity will travel to Bob Hope on Tuesday, September 20. The games start at 4:30 p.m.

Football – The Warriors hosted Tarkington last Friday night for homecoming, but were unable to come away with the win. Warren was down early in the first quarter 16-0, but fought back to take only an eight-point deficit into halftime at 16-8. That would be as close as the Warriors would get however, as Tarkington took this one 30-8.

Next up, JV will play at home against Hull Daisetta on Thursday, September 15, at 5:30 p.m; Varsity will travel to Hull Daisetta on Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Great Turnout For Annual ‘Meet The Eagles’ event

Coach Troy Carrell directs the Eagles just prior to athlete introductions during Meet The Eagles. (Hale Hughes Photo)Coach Troy Carrell directs the Eagles just prior to athlete introductions during Meet The Eagles. (Hale Hughes Photo)

by Hale Hughes

Last Saturday the Woodville Athletic Booster Club hosted its annual "Meet The Eagles" behind the Summit. This is a tradition for Eagle fans old and new and a time for the community to gather and support our young athletes of Woodville High School. Hundreds of the Eagle nation faithful turned out for great food, fellowship and celebration of the upcoming school year and athletic program.

This year was unique as several new coaching staff members were introduced to the community. Although most of the staff has been working for several weeks now with the athletes, this was the first time many of the community members had an opportunity to put a face with a name and talk with them. Returning as the girls' athletic director, Coach Troy Carrell will return and will continue to be the head girls' basketball coach. Joining him will be the returning Mixon duo of Jennifer and Shawn. Kaila Foster is also returning as well as Sherry Sharum, Michelle Merchant and Ryan Kelly. New additions to the girls' staff this year is Chelsie McClendon and McKenzie St. Charles and new tennis coach Tyler Word.

There are several new faces on the boys' side of the staff this year as well. With new athletic director Ty Robinson, several of his staff members came with him. Coaches Woody McClendon and Justin Havard bring a vast amount of football knowledge to Woodville and share in Head Coach Robinson's vision for Woodville athletics. Also new to the Eagle staff this year is Lane Shands who will be taking over the varsity basketball program. Eugine Lafitte is a state champion winning coach hired this year from Douglas Coach Brad Green returns this year with Reggie Williams and Randy Williams. Coach Troy Carpenter is yet another new face and has already proven to be a force on the field. Rounding out the new faces is the new athletic trainer, Coach Dante Johnson who recently graduated from Sam Houston State and is coming in fresh from working with the Houston Texans during the off-season and should be a great asset to this year's staff.

All athletes representing Woodville High School were asked to attend and were introduced to the fans following the food festivities. It's apparent that the Eagles have a truly blessed program and has some truly talented athletes, several of who are likely to play at the next level.

Fans are invited to continue to support the Eagles and Lady Eagles during this season and schedules can be found on the WISD school website.

The future looks bright for the new staff members and each of the Eagles. These coaches and individuals have made a choice to work, a choice to sacrifice, to put themselves on the line every week, sometimes twice a week for the next school year, to represent you, this community and Woodville High School. That kind of commitment and effort deserves and demands our respect. These are our Eagles, and it was an honor to have met each of you this past weekend.

Lady Pirates face tough competition in Buna Volleyball Tournament

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by Andrew Harmon

Spurger's Lady Pirates spent August 18-20 participating in the Buna volleyball tournament. Although the Lady Pirates came up short, they received important court practice needed to reach their goal of making the playoffs this season.

In the first game of the tournament, the Lady Pirates took on the host team of Buna. With a huge home court advantage, the Lady Pirates knew this would be a tough match. Losing by single digit points, team members reflected on their shortcomings. "Our passes weren't too great at the beginning but we saw some improvement during the game," said Destiny Moore. "We can always improve on everything but we definitely need to improve on communicating with each other."

In game two, the Lady Pirates competed with Kirbyville's tough Lady Wildcats and the team shifted focus on improving communication with each other throughout the game. Although the team fell short, the Lady Pirates were competitive until the last hit, threatening to take the game back, even in the final seconds. "Keeping our heads up throughout the entire game is what will take our game to the next level," said Chloé Peterson, "That is our biggest problem. I know we will come together and fix this before district."

In the final matchup, the Lady Pirates found themselves playing East Chambers. The Spurger ladies knew this would be one of the most skillful opponents they meet. However, the Lady Pirates vowed not to go down without a fight. Falling short in the end, the Spurger team feels they learned from the loss. The tough games now will help them in future competitive district meets. "I'm ready for us to get more practice games in before district," said Cassidy LeBouef, "We will grow stronger as a team."

The Lady Pirates know the main goal is to make playoffs and to not get overwhelmed by these early losses. It is a mutual idea that they will work on the fundamentals and communication for future games. The team is confident they will have a much better outcome in the upcoming Warren volleyball tournament.

Colmesneil Volleyball Sets Up for a New Season

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by Alicyn Mitcham

Volleyball- On August 16, the Lady Dogs fought a long, hard battle against the Anahuac Tigers in Anahuac. They lost the first two matches of the game, but in the third match, showed their endurance and passion. In the third game, they dug deeper and won the match 26-24. In the fourth match, they fought to overcome the Tigers, and won the match. In the last match of the game, they united as a team, but failed to overcome the Tigers. They lost the game, but showed hustle and heart.

On August 20, the Lady Dogs played against San Augustine in Colmesneil. They started the first match strongly, but deteriorated as the game progressed. After two grueling games where they could not keep up with San Augustine, the team attempted to battle back in the third match. After an effort made by the team, they lost to San Augustine. Despite the loss, they are looking forward to their season. On August 26, they will play an away game against Deweyville beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Football- The Bulldogs are continuing to band together and learning their roles as a team. They were scheduled to play a scrimmage this week, but due to the weather, the game was not finished. The parts of the game that they were able to play showed progress in the offensive line and defensive line.

Coach McMurry said, "We're still not where we would like to be, but we did grow and we seemed to push ourselves longer than the first week of practice. I am happy that our kids buy into what we ask of them. We have great kids who want what we want."

They are seeking to become mentally and physically tougher in the upcoming weeks. The Dogs are looking forward to a win against Deweyville on Friday night, August 26. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be played in Deweyville.