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Lady Dogs Advance to Next Round, Bulldogs to Playoffs

Zach (Earl) Bryan diving back to the base to avoid the tag.Zach (Earl) Bryan diving back to the base to avoid the tag.

by Heather Mitcham

Baseball- The Bulldogs are headed to playoffs.

The Bulldogs will play Gary in a three game series, the first game will take place at Gary on Thursday, May 7, the second game will be held at Colmesneil on Friday, May 8, and the third game if needed will take place at Douglas on Saturday, May 9.

The Bulldogs are not only headed to the playoffs, but the Bulldogs ended the district season with a blowout win against Burkeville with a score of 17-0.

The Bulldogs took an early lead with three runs in the first inning, and the then scoring 11 runs in the fourth inning. Two pitchers baffled Burkeville, teaming up to pull a no-hitter. Chris Thedford and Mason Williams worked together to get seven strikeouts and only one walk.

Williams was in control on the rubber, and held Burkeville hitless over four innings. He allowed no earned runs, walked one, and struck out six.

The offense exploded for the Bulldogs in the fourth inning scoring 11 runs. Richard Barnes and Cole Johnson each had an RBI single, Sam Matterson had a three run double, an RBI single by Zach Bryan, and an RBI double by Kaleb Lindsey. Johnson racked up four RBIs on four hits for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs ended their district on high note. Good luck to the Bulldogs in the playoffs.

Softball- The Lady Dogs had their first playoff game on April 30 and captured the win with a score of 13-0. Seven runs in the first three innings allowed the Lady Dogs to put the game away early. A two run double by Merrick Graham and an RBI single by Mckenzie Rogers in the second inning helped the Lady Dogs score early on. Graham racked up four RBIs on three hits for the Lady Dogs.

The Lady Dogs piled on three more runs in the third. Nature Jackson singled, scoring Destiny Kirkindoll to start the inning.

The Lady Dogs increased their lead with six runs in the fourth. Great job to the Lady Dogs on their first playoff win.
In the next round of playoffs, which is area, the Lady Dogs will be battling Grapeland in a three game series. The series will take place in Central-Pollack on May 7-9. Good luck to the Lady Dogs.

Spurger Pirates at Regional Meet

Coltyn Simon throwing discus at regionals. (Julia Simon Photo)Coltyn Simon throwing discus at regionals. (Julia Simon Photo)

by Kelsey Sheffield

For the first time in several years, the Spurger Pirates made an appearance at the regional track meet, thanks to two young men.

Freshmen Chase Shook advanced in the 110 meter hurdle race. Sophomore Coltyn Simon excelled in the discus to make it to regionals.

The regional meet consists of two days of competition. Participants must place high enough the first day to advance to day two. If advancing after day two, they have the opportunity of competing at the state level.

On day one, Coltyn Simon represented himself and the Pirates at the upmost level. Being such a young athlete, his skill is commendable, and has great potential to grow in the next two years. Of the several other athletes there representing their schools, Simon took tenth place. He not only threw further than a majority of the others, but he improved his distance with a distance of 107' 10".

Chase Shook also bettered his previous records.
On day one, Shook placed seventh out of the total sixteen 110meter hurdlers. With such a high placing, Shook advanced to day two to compete for a shot at the state level. On day two of regionals, he came short of time to advance to the next level, but he grew in leaps and bounds as he continued to improve his own time.

The boys made Spurger proud for their dedication and representation this track season. At such young athletic ages, the boys have potential to reach the state level in their years to come. This 2015 season is one step forward to great things for both boys.

Warriors steal game from Hornets on senior night 4-3

Back: Dylan Riley, Justin Phillips, Cody Carden, Hunter Jacobson.  Front: Connor Fry, Tate Gore, Dylan Scherry (Doug Glosson Photo)Back: Dylan Riley, Justin Phillips, Cody Carden, Hunter Jacobson. Front: Connor Fry, Tate Gore, Dylan Scherry (Doug Glosson Photo)

by Doug Glosson

With seating for the playoffs on the line, the Warren Warriors were able to come from behind on senior night in Warren to take down the Hardin Hornets in eight innings 4-3.

Coming off a tough 4-1 loss to Buna earlier in the week, the Warriors knew they needed to get back on track with their bats as Buna pitcher Joe Clark held the Warriors to just one hit over seven innings.

Warren pitcher Kelby Weyler did his part on the mound, striking out 11 while allowing three runs on five hits over seven innings of work. Weyler's performance gave the Warriors a chance to come back in this contest as they found themselves down 3-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Ryan O'Quinn started off the home half of the sixth by getting hit by the pitch followed with a walk by Weyler, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Back-to-back singles by Tate Gore and Hunter Jacobson plated two, bringing the Warriors within one at the end of the frame. Connor Fry led off the seventh with a double, stole third and then tied the game on a fielder's choice by William Pelt.

Warren's Dylan Scherry pitched a scoreless eighth, keeping the game tied and giving the Warriors a chance to win it in the bottom of the inning. Weyler started off the inning with a walk, promptly stole second and third, followed by Gore being hit by a pitch. Cody Carden then lined out to the third base, but when Buna's third baseman tried to pick Gore off at first base for a double play, the ball ended up in right field and Weyler was able to score easily from third for the winning run.

The following seven seniors were honored Friday night as they played their last game on Warren's field. Dylan Riley – will attend LIT for Construction Management; Justin Phillips – will attend the Fire Academy in Baytown; Cody Carden – will attend Lamar University and major in Business Management; Hunter Jacobson – will attend LIT to obtain a degree in Process Operating; Connor Fry – will attend Blinn College and then transfer to Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in Geology; Tate Gore – will attend LIT for an Instrumentation degree; Dylan Scherry – plans on attending college for an Engineering degree.

The Warriors will start their playoff bid on Friday, May 8, against East Bernard at Robinson Park in Texas City. The first game of a double header will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and, if necessary, game three will be at noon on Saturday.

The Warren community is behind the Warriors and are wishing them good luck in the playoffs.

Lady Eagles District-Bi-District Champions

Woodville Lady Eagles defeated Trinity for the bi-district championship.  The Lady Eagles will play Danbury on Thursday at 7 p.m. and  on Saturday at 2 p.m. in New Caney with a third game to follow if needed. (Hugh Hales Photo)Woodville Lady Eagles defeated Trinity for the bi-district championship. The Lady Eagles will play Danbury on Thursday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 2 p.m. in New Caney with a third game to follow if needed. (Hugh Hales Photo)

by Jason Drake

The Lady Eagles finished District 22-AAA in a first place tie with the Central Lady Bulldogs at 13-1, forcing a tie breaker to determine first and second place seeding.

Central scored first for the 1-0 lead, before Woodville answered with three runs for 3-1 victory. The Lady Eagles scored three runs on two hits, while the Lady Bulldogs scored one run on five hits. Shelby Mixon pitched a complete game striking out eleven batters and walking four. Bailey Stewart led the offensive attack with two runs batted in and a base hit. Kenzie McGallion, Morgan Poncho and Mixon scored the Lady Eagles runs. The win propelled the Lady Eagles as the top seed to face the Trinity Lady Tigers in bi-district.

On Thursday, Woodville faced little adversity with Trinity in the 17-0 victory. Mixon pitched five innings of no-hit softball, striking out eleven batters and walking three. Poncho led the Lady Eagles at the plate with four base hits, while Ashton Weatherford and Mika Maxwell combined for six hits. Avery Tolar had four RBI's, with Poncho and Weatherford knocking in three and two runs respectively. On Saturday, Woodville was victorious 15-4 to advance to the area round of the playoffs versus Danbury. Danbury was the third place finisher in district 24-AAA.

The Woodville Eagles baseball team found themselves in a must win to go to the playoffs situation last Tuesday night versus Woden. Woodville took care of business on Monday night in their 19-1 drubbing of the Newton Eagles.
Everything looked great early for the Eagles as pitcher Jacob Watts pitched a scoreless top of the first inning and Woodville exploded for five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Marqui' Jackson hit a one-out single to right field to open the offensive explosion. Bryce Holmes hit a hard ground ball double to left field putting Jackson and Holmes in scoring position. Watts hit a two run doubled to right field scoring Jackson and Holmes.

Reed Weaver entered the game as a courtesy runner for Watts. Cade Bass hit a fly ball single to right field putting runners on the corners, still with one out. Stephen Thomas reached on an error by the second baseman, scoring Weaver and advancing Bass to second base. Eric McCollister singled to centerfield scoring Bass for the final run of the inning.

The Eagles tacked on an additional run in the second inning. Watts hit a line drive double with a one out. Bass hit an RBI double to centerfield for the 6-0 lead. Woden answered with four runs in the third inning and scored again in the fifth inning to narrow the margin to 6-5. Woden attempted a rally in the seventh inning, but ended when Tyler Hollingsworth picked off a Woden runner at first base.

The Eagles scored six runs on eleven hits. Woden scored five runs on a single hit. Watts was the winning pitcher in five innings work, striking out nine. Holmes recorded the save. Bass and Jackson combined to lead the offensive attack with six hits and three RBI's.

The Eagles will face district champion New Waverly in the bi-district round of the play-offs. The boys will play their play-off series at Adam Stadium in New Caney on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 3 p.m. Game three will follow game two if necessary.

Chester’s 4x400 Relay Team Advances to State

State Qualifying 1600m Relay Team—Keaton Whitworth, Cord Neal, Chris Carter, and Billy Thompson.State Qualifying 1600m Relay Team—Keaton Whitworth, Cord Neal, Chris Carter, and Billy Thompson.

by Wendy Whitworth

The Chester Yellowjacket track team competed at the Region IV 1A meet held in Pflugerville on May 1 and 2.
The boys' 1600m relay team took first place with a time of 36.07. This earns them a place at the state track meet on May 14-16 at the University of Texas at Austin at the Mike Myers Track Complex. Members of this relay team include: Keaton Whitworth, Chris Carter, Billy Thompson, and Cord Neal. All Yellowjacket athletes were very successful.

Neal placed fourth in discus with a throw of 112' 09", fifth in the triple jump with a jump of 40' 10.50", and sixth in the 400m dash with a time of 55.80. Laken Read placed 12th in the shot put, Thompson placed seventh in the pole vault with a cleared height of 9', Levi Watts placed 16th in the shot put with a throw of 34', and Donna Martin placed 14th in the 1600m run with a time of 7:17.32.

Kalee Thomson placed 15th in the 3200m run with a time of 15:58.86 and 12th in the 1600m run with a time of 6:56.33. Jutty Vaughn placed eighth in the 100m dash with a time of 11.84 -1.5 and seventh in the 200m dash with a time of 24.60 -1.2. The 4x200 relay placed fifth with a time 1:36.58. Members of this relay include: Whitworth, Carter, Thompson and Vaughn.

"I am so proud of all of the kids that advanced to regionals. All of our athletes that were in running events qualified for the finals. Of course I am excited to take our 4x400 meter relay team to state, these guys have worked so hard to achieve this goal and it is such an accomplishment," said Coach Fudge.

Softball - The Lady Jackets finished their season with a 7-3 loss to Apple Springs. Apple Springs took an early 5-0 lead. The Lady Jackets began to make a comeback in the fourth scoring two runs. Meagan Clarke and Destiny Kuehn both scored on a steal of home. Apple Springs put up two more runs in the fifth. The Lady Jackets added one more run in the sixth on a steal of home by Laken Read. Unfortunately, the Lady Jackets were unable to pull out the win.

Baseball - On Tuesday, April 28, the Chester Yellowjacket baseball team recognized their only senior. Keaton Whitworth was a team captain and a leader both on and off the field. Whitworth played mainly in the catcher's position, but was able to play in all nine positions during this last game.

The Yellowjackets jumped out to an early lead, but were unable to hold on and lost 6-2 to Zavalla. In the top of the first, Zavalla grabbed the early lead, 1-0. Chester survived Zavalla's surge and put up one run of its own in the first. The Jackets scored on an RBI double by Cord Neal.

The Yellowjackets took the lead in the third with an RBI single by Whitworth. While the Yellowjackets led until the fifth inning, Zavalla worked its way back and took the lead on a two-run double. Whitworth started and closed for the Yellowjackets. He pitched 3.1 innings, had three strike outs, allowed four hits and two runs. Levi Watts pitched 0.2 innings, allowed one hit, one walk and had one strike out. Neal pitched 1.2 innings. He allowed one hit, one walk and had three strike outs. Billy Thompson pitched 1.1 innings. He allowed two hits, walked three, struck out one, and allowed four runs.