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Eagles go 3-0 in District play

Woodville’s Head Basketball Coach Reggie Williams uses a timeout.  The Eagles are 3-0 in district this year. (Jason Drake Photo)Woodville’s Head Basketball Coach Reggie Williams uses a timeout. The Eagles are 3-0 in district this year. (Jason Drake Photo)

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Eagles earned two more district victories last week to improve their district record to a perfect 3-0 and 12-3 for the season.

Tuesday, the Eagles hosted Newton in a tightly contested ball game. Newton controlled the first quarter 15-9. Woodville would narrow the lead at half time to 25-22 behind a balanced scoring offense. The Eagles had nine players scoring between two and four points making it difficult for Newton to make adjustments at halftime. Newton maintained the three point lead with both teams scoring 14 points apiece in the third quarter making the score 39-36 heading into the fourth quarter. The Eagles exploded offensively scoring 24 points in the final quarter to win the game 60-57. Head basketball coach Reggie Williams was excited about the way his team finished. "Our kids played great down the stretch. Newton is very athletic and we handled the pressure well," said Williams. The Eagles finished shooting 12-16 for 75 percent from the free throw line. Julius Midkiff, Jamal Horn and Marqui' Jackson combined for eighty percent from the charity stripe. Jackson and Horn led all scorers with 12 points apiece. Freshman Christian Williams added nine, while Midkiff and Kris Traylor chipped in a half of dozen points apiece.
Friday, the Eagles traveled to face Pollock-Central on the road. The Eagles had to overcome foul trouble as Central shot 13 more attempts from the free throw line and Traylor and Ashton Lockhart fouled out of the game. The Eagles took advantage of the three point line as Woodville combined for 21 points in three pointers. Horn and Williams led the Eagles with 14 and 13 points respectively including five three pointers together. The final score was Woodville 77 Central-Pollock 54. The Eagles will have to play the role as road Warriors as they play a pair of road games on Friday, January 16 and on Tuesday, January 20 at Woden and Hemphill.

The junior varsity games are set to start at 5 p.m., followed by the Lady Eagles varsity and the varsity boys. The junior high squads will challenge Garrison on Thursday at 5 p.m.. The girls will play at home and the boys will be on the road.

Spurger Pirate basketball head into District action

by Kelsey Sheffield

Spurger Pirate basketball is finally welcoming the district season. The varsity girls started their district season on January 9, and the varsity boys will start up on January 16. With such a big win to open the new year, prior to starting district, the Pirates and Pirate basketball fans are excited with high hopes for the opening of district.

by Kelsey Sheffield  Spurger Pirate basketball is finally welcoming the district season. The varsity girls started their district season on January 9, and the varsity boys will start up on January 16. With such a big win to open the new year, prior to starting district, the Pirates and Pirate basketball fans are excited with high hopes for the opening of district. The girls lost their district opener to Burkeville, but are still holding their heads up high. The girls have had a rocky season with wiping the slate clean with an almost completely new and young team.  The girls have experienced a session of growing pains through the season, and their true potential is starting to reveal itself. The girls are beginning to play as a team and learning to work together and grow as a whole. The varsity boys prepared for the upcoming district with a game against the Groveton Indians. The game was close, from start to finish. Not only were both teams struggling against the refs, but both were very determined teams and neither were interested in giving up.  The Pirates took a short lead on the Indians in the first quarter with a score of 17-10. The Pirates were struggling when Nathan Sheffield was quickly called with two fouls, and was only able to put two points on the board for the quarter. Thankfully, the team stepped up to fill in the gaps. Coltyn Simon, the Pirate’s rebounding leader, also put up two points, along with Zack Fisher. Robby Clark led the team for the quarter with six points, where he knocked down two three point shots. Cory Hyden also contributed to the lead, making two of two in free throws and putting up a two point basket. The second quarter was a much closer one for the Pirates. The lead at the half changed from a seven point lead to a stressing three point lead. Tough minded, the Pirates did not let that effect their play. Chance Shook knocked down two three pointers, and Alan Milstead was able to get one three pointer off. Every point helped to keep the lead, including the one free throw made by Clark. The Pirates had the lead at half-time with a score of 27-24. The third quarter, the Indians decided that if the Pirates were going to beat them, they had to step up their game. Barely keeping the lead in the game, the Pirates were ahead at the end of the third by one point. The Indians out scored them by two points, but both the Pirates’ strong defensive and their ability to crash the boards for rebounds kept them in the game. Hyden stepped up in the third and began to drive hard to the basket. Hyden made it to the free throw line three different times. By driving to the basket alone, he accumulated seven points. LeBouef followed shortly behind him with five for the quarter after hitting a critical three off an inbound play and later made a nice jump shot. Simon gained two points under the goal, and Sheffield made two points before getting back into foul trouble.  When the fourth quarter came around, the Pirates decided it was time to finish the Indians off and send them home as they would celebrate the victory, and that they did. The Pirates out scored them, for the fourth quarter by twelve points. Before fouling out, Sheffield gained thirteen points, six of which were free throws. He also pulled off two drives to the basket, and one three pointer. Shook, one of the overall leading scorers for the Pirates, also knocked down a three pointer. In panic mode, the Indians defense began fouling the Pirates which put players such as Fisher on the free throw line. He made one and then made another two free throws.  Sheffield led the team in points, with seventeen. Hyden was not far behind with eleven points overall. Shook, LeBouef and Clark all followed with nine points apiece. Fisher came away with six points and Simon contributed four. The Pirates came away with a final score of 68-55. On January 16, the varsity girls and boys will be playing against Leggett in Spurger at 6 p.m. This will be the varsity boy’s district opener. On January 20, both teams will play again in Spurger against High Island. From January 22-24 the Spurger Pirates junior high boys will be participating in the St. Anthony tournament. The varsity teams will be playing in Chester, January 23, at 6 p.m. by Kelsey Sheffield Spurger Pirate basketball is finally welcoming the district season. The varsity girls started their district season on January 9, and the varsity boys will start up on January 16. With such a big win to open the new year, prior to starting district, the Pirates and Pirate basketball fans are excited with high hopes for the opening of district. The girls lost their district opener to Burkeville, but are still holding their heads up high. The girls have had a rocky season with wiping the slate clean with an almost completely new and young team. The girls have experienced a session of growing pains through the season, and their true potential is starting to reveal itself. The girls are beginning to play as a team and learning to work together and grow as a whole. The varsity boys prepared for the upcoming district with a game against the Groveton Indians. The game was close, from start to finish. Not only were both teams struggling against the refs, but both were very determined teams and neither were interested in giving up. The Pirates took a short lead on the Indians in the first quarter with a score of 17-10. The Pirates were struggling when Nathan Sheffield was quickly called with two fouls, and was only able to put two points on the board for the quarter. Thankfully, the team stepped up to fill in the gaps. Coltyn Simon, the Pirate’s rebounding leader, also put up two points, along with Zack Fisher. Robby Clark led the team for the quarter with six points, where he knocked down two three point shots. Cory Hyden also contributed to the lead, making two of two in free throws and putting up a two point basket. The second quarter was a much closer one for the Pirates. The lead at the half changed from a seven point lead to a stressing three point lead. Tough minded, the Pirates did not let that effect their play. Chance Shook knocked down two three pointers, and Alan Milstead was able to get one three pointer off. Every point helped to keep the lead, including the one free throw made by Clark. The Pirates had the lead at half-time with a score of 27-24. The third quarter, the Indians decided that if the Pirates were going to beat them, they had to step up their game. Barely keeping the lead in the game, the Pirates were ahead at the end of the third by one point. The Indians out scored them by two points, but both the Pirates’ strong defensive and their ability to crash the boards for rebounds kept them in the game. Hyden stepped up in the third and began to drive hard to the basket. Hyden made it to the free throw line three different times. By driving to the basket alone, he accumulated seven points. LeBouef followed shortly behind him with five for the quarter after hitting a critical three off an inbound play and later made a nice jump shot. Simon gained two points under the goal, and Sheffield made two points before getting back into foul trouble. When the fourth quarter came around, the Pirates decided it was time to finish the Indians off and send them home as they would celebrate the victory, and that they did. The Pirates out scored them, for the fourth quarter by twelve points. Before fouling out, Sheffield gained thirteen points, six of which were free throws. He also pulled off two drives to the basket, and one three pointer. Shook, one of the overall leading scorers for the Pirates, also knocked down a three pointer. In panic mode, the Indians defense began fouling the Pirates which put players such as Fisher on the free throw line. He made one and then made another two free throws. Sheffield led the team in points, with seventeen. Hyden was not far behind with eleven points overall. Shook, LeBouef and Clark all followed with nine points apiece. Fisher came away with six points and Simon contributed four. The Pirates came away with a final score of 68-55. On January 16, the varsity girls and boys will be playing against Leggett in Spurger at 6 p.m. This will be the varsity boy’s district opener. On January 20, both teams will play again in Spurger against High Island. From January 22-24 the Spurger Pirates junior high boys will be participating in the St. Anthony tournament. The varsity teams will be playing in Chester, January 23, at 6 p.m. The girls lost their district opener to Burkeville, but are still holding their heads up high. The girls have had a rocky season with wiping the slate clean with an almost completely new and young team.
The girls have experienced a session of growing pains through the season, and their true potential is starting to reveal itself. The girls are beginning to play as a team and learning to work together and grow as a whole.

The varsity boys prepared for the upcoming district with a game against the Groveton Indians. The game was close, from start to finish. Not only were both teams struggling against the refs, but both were very determined teams and neither were interested in giving up.

The Pirates took a short lead on the Indians in the first quarter with a score of 17-10. The Pirates were struggling when Nathan Sheffield was quickly called with two fouls, and was only able to put two points on the board for the quarter. Thankfully, the team stepped up to fill in the gaps. Coltyn Simon, the Pirate's rebounding leader, also put up two points, along with Zack Fisher. Robby Clark led the team for the quarter with six points, where he knocked down two three point shots. Cory Hyden also contributed to the lead, making two of two in free throws and putting up a two point basket.

The second quarter was a much closer one for the Pirates. The lead at the half changed from a seven point lead to a stressing three point lead. Tough minded, the Pirates did not let that effect their play. Chance Shook knocked down two three pointers, and Alan Milstead was able to get one three pointer off. Every point helped to keep the lead, including the one free throw made by Clark. The Pirates had the lead at half-time with a score of 27-24.

The third quarter, the Indians decided that if the Pirates were going to beat them, they had to step up their game. Barely keeping the lead in the game, the Pirates were ahead at the end of the third by one point. The Indians out scored them by two points, but both the Pirates' strong defensive and their ability to crash the boards for rebounds kept them in the game. Hyden stepped up in the third and began to drive hard to the basket. Hyden made it to the free throw line three different times. By driving to the basket alone, he accumulated seven points. LeBouef followed shortly behind him with five for the quarter after hitting a critical three off an inbound play and later made a nice jump shot. Simon gained two points under the goal, and Sheffield made two points before getting back into foul trouble.

When the fourth quarter came around, the Pirates decided it was time to finish the Indians off and send them home as they would celebrate the victory, and that they did. The Pirates out scored them, for the fourth quarter by twelve points. Before fouling out, Sheffield gained thirteen points, six of which were free throws. He also pulled off two drives to the basket, and one three pointer. Shook, one of the overall leading scorers for the Pirates, also knocked down a three pointer. In panic mode, the Indians defense began fouling the Pirates which put players such as Fisher on the free throw line. He made one and then made another two free throws.

Sheffield led the team in points, with seventeen. Hyden was not far behind with eleven points overall. Shook, LeBouef and Clark all followed with nine points apiece. Fisher came away with six points and Simon contributed four. The Pirates came away with a final score of 68-55.

On January 16, the varsity girls and boys will be playing against Leggett in Spurger at 6 p.m. This will be the varsity boy's district opener. On January 20, both teams will play again in Spurger against High Island. From January 22-24 the Spurger Pirates junior high boys will be participating in the St. Anthony tournament. The varsity teams will be playing in Chester, January 23, at 6 p.m.

Lady Jackets Run past the Lady Cardinals

by Wendy Whitworth

The Chester Lady Jackets started district play with a win over High Island, 46-13. Going 10-for-14, Maddie Read had a solid showing for the Lady Jackets making 71% of field goals attempted and scoring twenty points. The Lady Jackets took an early first quarter lead and were determined to keep the Cardinals scoring to a minimum. The Lady Jackets dominated the first quarter with a 17-2 lead. Their intensity and drive was just as consistent in the second quarter. The close of the half had the Lady Jackets leading 32-2. The third quarter proved to be an offensive slump for the Lady Jackets. They were held to a mere three points. The Lady Jacket defense did their job and only gave up eight points to the Lady Cardinals. By the fourth quarter, the Lady Jackets had pulled themselves back together to dominate the quarter and the game. Scorers for the Lady Jackets were Destiny Kuehn with seven points, five rebounds, and two steals, Laken Read with six points and two rebounds, Kalee Thomson added four points and four steals, Donna Martin with two points, two rebounds, two steals, Meagan Clarke added two points, six rebounds, and one steal, Danique Davis had two points, three rebounds, and one steal, Carmen Mahaffey had two points and three rebounds and Jaci Davis had four steals and three rebounds. The Lady Jackets finished the game with 38 rebounds 21 offensive and 17 defensive, two blocks and 14 steals.

"Any time you start district play with a win, it is a very good thing. Our girls came out very fast and played very well against High Island. The main thing that I was pleased with in this game was that even when we had the game well at hand, the girls remained disciplined and did not get careless with the ball. Our girls have continued to improve with each game and will need to continue to do so to have a successful year in our district," comments Coach Ryan Hall.

The Lady Jackets and Yellowjackets will face Goodrich at home on January 16, and Legget away on January 20. Both Lady Jacket games will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Yellowjackets following.

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Basketball Keeps Rolling On

Taylor Barker wins the jump ball.  (Colmesneil Yearbook Photo)Taylor Barker wins the jump ball. (Colmesneil Yearbook Photo)by Alicyn Mitcham

by Alicyn Mitcham

High School Girls Basketball- The high school girls basketball team is bringing the heat.

On January 6, the Lady Dogs faced Bob Hope, and had a blowout game of 86-12. The Lady Dogs took an early lead with 37 points in the first quarter, eventually scoring 55-10 at halftime. Treasure Jackson was the leader of Colmesneil's offense scoring 26 points, six rebounds, five steals and one block. Also a top scorer was Taylor Barker who scored 25 points, Nature Jackson who scored 16 points, and Krista Harris who scored 10 points. Also contributing to the scoreboard was Grace Eddins who scored two points and six rebounds, Jordan Givins who scored two points and one rebound, Jacy Mcalister with two points and one rebound, Merrick Graham had two points, one rebound, and four steals and Mckayla Marshall scored two points, four rebounds and nine steals. Barker was also a valuable defensive contributor as well racking up 12 rebounds and 12 steals. This was an exceptional game for the Lady Dogs.

On January 9, the Lady Dogs played Hull-Daisetta and won with a score of 39-26. Nature Jackson scored 13 points helping the Lady Dogs notch the win.

The varsity Lady Dogs ended the second quarter with a lead of 21-13. Also contributing to the score was Treasure Jackson with 12 points, Barker with nine points, 12 rebounds and four steals, and Harris with four points, five rebounds, one steal, and one block.

On January 16, JV and varsity play Big Sandy at home, JV girls will be up first followed by JV boys, then varsity girls, and finally varsity boys. On January 20, JV and varsity play West Hardin at home; JV starts at 4 p.m., and varsity will follow after high school boys varsity.

High School Boys Basketball
Under new coaching this week, the basketball boys are still striving towards their goal.

On January 6, the varsity bulldogs traveled to Port Arthur to play Bob Hope, and won 53-36. Jake Pattillo scored the most with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Matterson scored 16 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, Eli Dinger scored eight points, three rebounds, and one assist, and Kameron Lindsey scored six points and had three assists.

On January 9, the varsity boys played Hull Daisetta at home. Kameron Lindsey was the top scorer having scored 17 points, two rebounds and one steal, Sam Matterson scored 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three steals, and Eli Dinger scored eight points, three rebounds and two steals. The final score of the game was 84-50. Although the Bulldogs lost, they are ready to put in the work to put the score in their favor.

On January 16, the JV and varsity boys play Big Sandy at home. JV plays at 4, and the varsity boys play after the JV girls. Come out and support Coach Trotter and the bulldogs!

Fishing Team
The fishing team will travel to Jackson Hill on Saturday January 24, and the teams will be on the water by 6 p.m. Come out and support the fishing team!

Warren Basketball dominates Deweyville 53-36

Warren’s Tanner Maass hitting one of his three point shots against Deweyville (Doug Glosson Photo)Warren’s Tanner Maass hitting one of his three point shots against Deweyville (Doug Glosson Photo)

by Doug Glosson

Warren's varsity boys' basketball team was able to come away with their first district win last Friday night, by soundly beating the Pirates of Deweyville 53-36. Unlike earlier in the week against Hardin, losing in overtime 62-64 after having a big lead in the second half, the Warriors would not let Deweyville back in this one once they were on top.

Warren's Tanner Maass started the Warriors scoring for the night with a three point shot. DJ Gilder added seven points, while Dylan Gillis, Kaleb Bickham, and William Pelt added two points apiece to take a 16-9 lead after one.

Maass started the second with another three pointer followed by a put back on a miss to push the score up 21-11. Gilder and Bickham had two more points apiece and Pelt had four to go in at halftime up 31-18. The Warriors only scored one bucket in the third quarter but also played good defense so Deweyville was unable to take advantage and only cut into the lead 33-22.

The Warriors were able to get back on track and secure the win in the fourth with Maass adding three points, Jimmy Adams with eight, Bickham with four, and Cody Davis with five.

The Lady Warriors were able to bounce back from a loss to Hardin, 30-50, earlier in the week by easily beating the Lady Pirates 60-33 behind good defense and multiple three pointers by Mollie Applewhite, Autumn Sims, and Chelsea Gordon. The Lady Warriors JV team lost a close one to Hardin 24-26; Deweyville did not have a JV team.

Next up for all the high school teams will be home games on Friday, January 16 against Anahuac and travel to Kountze on Tuesday, January 20. Baseball News – Warren High School is hosting the U.S. Baseball Academy training program from January 18-25 and February 1-8.

For a complete description of the program and registration forms, visit www.usbaseballacademy.com or call 866-622-4487.

On February 24 at 5 p.m., the Warriors baseball team will be taking on the Anahuac Panthers at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The team needs to sell vouchers to use the facility for this game.

Each voucher, costing $27, can be redeemed for one bullpen box ticket to any 2015 Houston Astros game, exceptions apply.

Admission to the Warriors game is free. Help out the Warriors and purchase your vouchers from any player or contact Coach Joe Wofford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 409-377-4581.