Chester Lady Jackets fall to Goodrich and Warren

Junior Lady Jacket Jaci Davis makes the return during Chester’s game against the Lady Warriors. (Wendy Whitworth photo)Junior Lady Jacket Jaci Davis makes the return during Chester’s game against the Lady Warriors. (Wendy Whitworth photo)

by Wendy Whitworth/Erica Holmes

The Lady Jackets were unable to pull off a win at their first volleyball game against the greatly improved Goodrich team. However, this experience has shown the ladies and the coaches their strengths and weaknesses. They recognize the areas they need to greatly improve and others that just need some fine tuning. The two returning seniors, Destiny Kuehn and Laken Read are great leaders. They give 110% and are very encouraging with the rest of the team, especially the 6 new freshmen. Kalee Thomson and Jaci Davis have done very well in their new positions, as well as Kylee Thomson whom had to play a new position she had not had practiced in. Freshmen Meagan, Clarke, Haley Cowan and Carmen Mahaffey made their varsity debut. Junior Jaci Davis was the big hitter of the night, leading the team with 3 aces and 7 kills.

The Chester lady jacket volleyball team played up to their opponent the Warren Lady Warriors, but still fell short. They played more as a team with experience, chemistry, and heart, rather than like their last game against Goodrich, looking like strangers playing a pickup game. The Read sisters, Maddie and Laken really showed out during this game. They led the team in kills with two each. L. Read also dominated the net with three blocks and had two aces. M. Read had an ace and a dig. Destiny Kuehn held down the back row with 4 digs while Jaci Davis, whom always comes through with her power serve, had 2 aces and 2 digs. Freshmen Ashley Wells and Selah Spaulding made their varsity debut.

The Lady Jackets will play in the Buna Tournament Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22. The Yellowjackets will scrimmage in Huntsville.

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Lady Pirates off to successful start, varsity girls win against Sharks 3-1

Varsity Lady Pirates prepare to take on the Sabine Pass Sharks (Kelsey Sheffield photo)Varsity Lady Pirates prepare to take on the Sabine Pass Sharks (Kelsey Sheffield photo)

by Kelsey Sheffield

Spurger Lady Pirates are off to a successful start in volleyball. The team has come away so far with more wins than losses, and high hopes for the games ahead.

Both the junior varsity and varsity girls competed against the Sabine Pass Sharks, on August 12. Although the JV girls did not manage a win, the Varsity Lady Pirates came away with a 3-1 win.

The girls started off hot through the first game with a 4-0 score before the Lady Sharks could score. Of those four points, Courtney Crain served an ace and two unreturned serves. The Lady Pirates quickly got the serve back and continued to dominate the game. Cassidy LeBouef helped take the lead with her serving streak that was accompanied by Shania Peavy's digs. Each time the girls lost a point, they quickly picked back up. Karley Wood delieved, back to back, a hard kill then a deep push to accelerate the team to take the first game. Alongside these girls, Ashley Mock and Jamie Shumake helped seal the deal. Both Mock's defense and offense had intense runs of smart tips and and a few blocks. Not only did Shumake have consecutive serves, but she also dominated the back row against the Lady Sharks in digging most of what hit threw her way. The girls came away with great momentum after a 25-13 score. Through the second game, the Lady Pirates seemed to have fallen asleep.

The game remained tied, between the two teams, early on, but the Lady Sharks soon took the lead and ran with it. Although they lost the second match 14-25, good plays were still made on behalf of the Lady Pirates. Natalie Zornoza and Hailee Hyatt both made impressive kills. Thankfully, for the third and fourth rounds, the girls woke up and decided to take the win. In both sets, each one of the girls stepped and and brought something to contribute to the win. The third game was an uplifting victory of 25-14, after the surprising loss of the second match. Crain continued her serving streaks, in which many of her serves could not be returned. LeBouef and Lila Fortenberry accompanied the win by serves as well. LeBouef served an ace and Fortenberry served two aces back to back. Shumake gained control on the net and made two kills. Alongside her was Wood who has grown confident in her net work and sent a push that the Lady Sharks could not recover, as well as a striking kill to the 10-foot line. She also managed the game point with another hard kill. With an abundance of drive to win, the girls looked forward to an easy sweep in the fourth. Little did they know at the time, it did not happen.

The Lady Pirates tools huge lead on the Lady Sharks of 21-7. The girls were all playing with such high skill and confidence, they expected the game to come to an end very soon. Wood had two kills and back to back aces. LeBouef showed off her confidence in her serving when she made a seven serve streak, two of which were aces, and Crain continued to serve aces as before. Mock and Shumake continued to rule on the net with smart tipping. As the girls and all their fans were preparing to celebrate for a sweeping win, the competition came alive with an 11-point run. Finally with a score of 22-18, the Lady Pirates created an opportunity for Wood to make a successful push to the backcourt to break the streak. Shumake then boosted the reestablished confidence in the girls with an ace. The girls came away with a win of 25-19 and an overall game win 3-1.

The varsity Lady Pirates will play in the Buna Tournament, August 21-23. The junior varsity and varsity play Tuesday, August 26, in Spurger against Good Samaritan and again Friday, August 29, in Hull-Daisetta. All non-tournament games will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Eagle cheerleaders ready for 2014

by Jason Drake

The Woodville High School cheerleaders are ready for the 2014 Football season. The varsity cheerleading squad will be led by Melissa Ramsey and assisted by the junior varsity cheer sponsor Marsha Watts. The girls have put in numerous hours preparing their cheers and stunts as well as attending camp at Moody Gardens this summer. They earned a spirit stick every night of camp and received a trophy for a superior performance. The Woodville Gold Varsity Cheerleaders are looking forward to a year filled with pride and spirit for our Eagles. Ramsey noted, "I am so excited about this season and this squad. These girls are working hard and they bring a great attitude every day to practice." The 2014 varsity cheerleaders are Rhiannon Odom, Keandra King, Ashley White, Payton Lynn, Lena Mannino, Sarah Cloud, Shawnacey Williams, Alexis West, Makala Kibble, Keyara Williams, Elizabeth Thompson, Emily Parker, Haylie Tullos, April Kirby, Mikayla Amason, and Victoria Scoggins. Monique Moye will be "Rocky" the mascot.

The Lady Eagles volleyball team had the opportunity to scrimmage Hardin on Friday. Head Volleyball coach Laura Willis mentioned, "This was a great opportunity to allow all potential varsity volleyball players to play against a new opponent." The Lady Eagles had trouble with Lady Hornets' size and reading their hits. Coach Willis narrowed the potential varsity group down as they hosted Coldspring and Shepherd on Saturday. Avery Tolar was the stand out player with multiple blocks and net play. Woodville will host their annual varsity Tournament Thursday, August 14.

The Eagle varsity and junior varsity will see their first taste of a new opponent on Friday August 15 as the face the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs at Eagle Stadium. The junior varsity will start at 10 am with varsity playing immediately after. On Thursday, the Eagles will travel to San Augustine.

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Lady Eagles take consolation gold in annual tourney

Lady Eagles prepare to return Splendora’s serve at Woodville’s volleyball tournament last weekend. (Jason Drake photo)Lady Eagles prepare to return Splendora’s serve at Woodville’s volleyball tournament last weekend. (Jason Drake photo)

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Lady Eagles hosted their annual volleyball tournament last Thursday and Saturday at the Woodville Eagle summit. Teams playing in the tournament were Woodville, Splendora, Beaumont West Brook, Diboll, Liberty, Corrigan-Camden, Deweyville, West Hardin, Coldspring, Hull-Daisetta, Huntington, Cleveland, Kirbyville, Groveton, Colmesneil and Jasper. The Lady Eagles went 3-0 on Thursday in pool play. Woodville defeated Jasper, West Hardin and Coldspring to advance to the Gold Bracket. The top two teams in the four pools advanced to the gold bracket, while the bottom two teams played in the silver bracket.

Woodville lost the first game of the gold bracket to the Splendora Ladycats 25-21, 21-25, 25-20. Shawnacy Williams led the Lady Eagles with seven kills, three blocks and eight assists. AveryTolar contributed six kills and two blocks, while Makala Kibble had four kills and eight digs. Morgan Poncho had ten assists. The second game faced the Lady Eagles against the Diboll Ladyjacks. Woodville was victorious in two games as they won 25-12, 25-23. The Lady Eagles came from a 22-14 deficit in game two to advance to the consolation game. Williams continued her excellent play with six kills and four assists. Tolar added four kills and two block and Poncho had six assists. The consolation gold game had Woodville facing West Hardin Lady Oilers. The Lady Eagles again found themselves victorious in two games 25-23, 25-17. Williams kicked in four kills, two blocks, and four assists. Tolar chipped in four kills and two blocks, while Kati Crenshaw hit four kill shots. Poncho again led in assists with four and had a game high four ace serves.

The varsity Lady Eagles will play in the Buna tournament Friday and Saturday, before hosting Groveton on Tuesday at 4:30. The Eagle football team had a strong showing against Corrigan-Camden in its opening scrimmage. Coach Mike Walde reported, "We played hard and lots of successes, but we have a long way to go." The Eagles will travel to San Augustine Thursday for its final scrimmage of the year.

Chester Lady Jackets play first scrimmage

by Wendy Whitworth

The Chester Lady Jackets volleyball team has finished up a great first week of practice and first scrimmage. It was a tough first week of practices, with lots of adjustments made to the Lady Jacket team, which made it to the playoffs last year.

Chester has eight returning players and six girls who have moved up as freshmen who will contribute on the varsity squad. The team traveled to Beaumont last Saturday for a three-team scrimmage against Legacy Christian Academy of Beaumont and Newton High School. Chester split its varsity squad to allow more time on the court for the freshmen on the team, and in the end, had a successful scrimmage.

The score was not kept at the scrimmage, but the coaches were able to evaluate how the first week of practice has helped the Lady Jackets as well as what needs to be done in the future to help Chester return to the playoffs for a second year in a row. The coaches' number one concern right now is getting the girls used to playing together and developing good team chemistry. From a conditioning standpoint, Coach Hall is confident that there isn't a team in the area that works as hard as the Lady Jackets do. "We will never be beaten because another team is in better shape than us," said Coach Hall. From a fundamental volleyball standpoint, the Lady Jackets are being taught the proper techniques and positioning to be successful as the season progresses. The scrimmage was a very important coaching tool.

By splitting the freshmen and returning players, the coaches learned that the freshmen are comfortable working together, and the returning players are comfortable working together, but when the two groups were mixed, they did not play as the cohesive unit they we will grow to be. Volleyball is a sport where it is important to know where all of your teammates are on the court and where they are all supposed to be moving to. "Once we get comfortable with each other and know where each other are going on the court (which will happen very soon), we will be a tough team to go against. We are looking forward to a great year," said Coach Hall.

The first week of practice went great for the Chester Yellowjackets. There were 22 young men and one young lady to make the practices. The first week of practice was probably the hardest as they worked on conditioning. All the athletes have worked incredibly hard and have put forth a great effort.

"We have raised the expectations of the players and they are working meet them. Obviously we have got to be more consistent on both sides of the ball, but that will come with repetition," said Coach Fudge.

The third annual "Midnight Madness" was a positive experience for the team. The community was able to experience a Yellowjacket practice and the team was able to showcase its immense talent. The coaches were able to use this practice as a learning tool in order to make improvements.

"The most important thing is that we did not have any major injuries throughout the first week of practice. With us only having two district games, we need to do our best to stay healthy throughout. I'm really looking forward to seeing how we improve over the next 5 days," Coach Fudge said.

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