Nathan Sheffield battles for the Pirates. (Kelsey Sheffield photo)
by Kelsey Sheffield
With basketball over, after the loss of the playoff game, Spurger is now ready to kick off their spring sports. Spurger's softball and baseball teams are beginning to break out the balls and bats, and the tennis and track teams to ready to begin as well. Although it is over, Spurger basketball all-district awards have been awarded to some of the players. Spurger basketball, from junior high to high school had an exceptional year, and these awards are reflections of some of the hard work exerted.
The varsity boys kept the tradition going on by making playoffs again for their 2013-2014 basketball season, in the third place spot. Although all of the boys expressed heart and hustle, four of them rose to the top when compared alongside other district opponents. Senior, Dave Pilgreen was awarded first team all-district. Another senior, Cody Winkle received second team all-district. Junior, Nathan Sheffield achieved first team all-district, as well as earning offensive MVP of the district. Freshmen, Caleb Winkle took home the honor of first team all-district, as well as new comer of the year in the district.
The varsity girls had a good year of rebuilding with such a young team. Two of the girls who played as role players for the Lady Pirates both achieved district honors. Senior, Emilee Shumake received first team all-district. Sophomore, Karley Wood was awarded second team all-district. Junior high basketball does not receive district awards, but they also had a successful season. The girl's team came away with more wins than losses overall. The girls learned and grew quickly throughout the season. The junior high boy's team was one game away from a perfect season. The boys were undefeated, until they lost in a tournament, which the game went into overtime and they lost by one point. The baseball and softball players both are looking forward to their upcoming games. The baseball boys will be playing March 11 in Spurger against the Evadale Rebels at 4:30 p.m. Lady Pirate's softball will be participating in the Evadale tournament on March 6-8. They will also be playing March 11 in Spurger against West Hardin at 4:30 p.m.
Yellowjacket Baseball The Chester Yellowjackets grabbed a 7-4 victory over the High Island Cardinals Tuesday, February 25 at High Island. Chester took the early lead in the top of the first on a run scored by Cord Neal. Neal scored another run on a balk in the third to make the score 2-0. High Island scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth which gave the High Island Cardinals a leg up to take the lead of 4-2. Second baseman Levi Watts makes the catch.The High Island Cardinals got on the board thanks to an RBI single by E McSpadin, and S Lopez, and a single by M Gutierrez. With the Chester Yellowjackets now trailing by two in the top of the fifth, Neal singled to first then stole second. Kris Kuehn singled to left field with a hard ground ball and Neal advanced to third then made his way home to score. Kuehn stole second and Keaton Whitworth got a walk. The Yellowjackets had runners on first and second. Colten Martin singled to right field with a ground ball. Kuehn advanced to third and Whitworth advanced to second. Bailey Goins singled to the pitcher with a bunt to push Kuehn home. Whitworth and Levi Watts made two outs on fly balls and Kuehn struck out the third batter. The fifth inning ended with a tied score of 4-4. The Yellowjackets started the sixth inning with two outs. Watts singled to left field on a ground ball and Kuehn walked. Whitworth hit a ground ball to advance the runners. Martin doubled to center field, scoring Watts, Kuehn and Whitworth. Martin racked up three RBIs on three hits for Chester Yellowjackets. Kuehn got it done on the mound. He allowed four runs over six innings. Kuehn struck out eight, walked three, and gave up five hits. He got the win for Chester. The Yellowjackets also played in the Big Sandy tournament; unfortunately, they did not fare well against their opponents. The Yellowjackets lost to Apple Springs 13-7, Big Sandy 13-3 and Livingston junior varsity 13-3.
Lady Jacket Softball The Lady Jacket softball team played in the Woodville tournament February 27-March 1. On Thursday the Lady Jackets played Groveton and Woodville. The Lady Jackets were up 3-1 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, when Groveton put a rally together to go up 5-3 as time expired. The Lady Jackets did not have their best outing when they faced the Woodville Lady Eagles. A few too many errors and too many walks led to an early lead for the Woodville Lady Eagles. As the errors, walks and good hits compiled against the Lady Jackets, so did the runs for the Lady Eagles. Woodville won 15-3. On Friday, the Lady Jackets faced Jasper then Burkeville for a regular season game.
The Lady Jackets hit the ball really well against the Jasper Lady Bulldogs. Kyrstin Jobe got a hit all three times she went to the plate. Kalee Thomson walked both times she went to bat and scored both times. The Lady Jackets took a 5-4 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Unfortunately, a leadoff double, a walk, and an over throw from third to first was all it took for the Jasper Lady Bulldogs to take the lead and hold off the Lady Jackets. Jasper won 6-5. The Lady Jackets gave the Burkeville Lady Mustangs their all. The Lady Jackets were ahead 20-6 at the end of the fourth inning, when the game was called due to darkness. This game will be completed when the Burkeville Lady Mustangs come to Chester for their second meeting later in the year. The highlights for the Lady Jackets so far in this game were Jobe with two triples, Timber Wright had three hits, all of which were triples, Donna Martin with three hits, and Thomson with two doubles and two walks.
Saturday, the Lady Jackets played well against the Diboll Lady Jacks, but unfortunately, the Diboll Lady Jacks did an excellent job executing bunts and moving their runners around. The Chester Lady Jackets did not field the bunted balls cleanly, which lead to more base runners. The Lady Jackets had plenty of base runners, but did not always get the hit they needed in key situations.
Destiny Kuehn reached base on all of her at bats in this game. Diboll won 7-3.
Junior High Track The Chester junior high track team attended the R.B. Moffett relays at Colmesneil on Monday, February 24. The team competed very well bringing home several medals and finishing in the top six in several events. Amory Parker placed second in 100m hurdles, Selah Spaulding placed third in the 800m, second in the 400m, and second 1200m, Dane Barnes placed second in the 1200m, and Ladarius Kirkwood placed first in the shot put, and second in the 100m. Other participants were Sarah Brown, Carmen Mahaffey, Cooper Bendy, Michael Castleberry, Jaqualin George, Zachary Johnson, J.T. Martin, Seth Read and Mason Richard. Coach Barnes and Coach Hall were very pleased with the performance of all the competitors. They are looking forward to a great track season for the junior high teams.
The Lady Jackets face Broaddus on March 7 there and West Sabine on March 11 in Chester. Both games will be at 5:00 p.m.
The Yellowjackets take on West Hardin there on March 7 and West Sabine on March 11 in Chester. Both games will be at 4:00 p.m.
Colmesneil Bulldogs Powerlifting Regional Qualifiers: (L to R) Cole Johnson, Mason Carmelo, Coach Paul Veirs, Cody Walsh, and Kaleb Lindsey.by Michael Patrick
Powerlifting The Colmesneil Bulldogs and Lady Dogs powerlifting teams had extremely successful regional meets. The Lady Dogs meet was held in Palacios. Colmesneil had five girls qualify for the regional meet. Each of the Lady Dogs did a tremendous job competing and four of the five girls qualified to compete at the state meet. Magen Allen finished in third place in her weight class and qualified for state. Bayleigh Thedford finished in fourth place in her weight class and qualified for state. Kim Knighten finished in fifth place in her weight class and qualified for state. Merrick Graham finished in seventh place in her weight class and qualified for state. Krista Harris finished in seventh place in her weight class.Colmesneil Lady Dogs Powerlifting Regional Qualifiers: (L to R) Krista Harris, Merrick Graham, Kim Knighten, Magen Allen, Bayleigh Thedford, Coach Paul Veirs, and Kristy Veirs.
The Bulldogs regional meet was held in Cleveland. Colmesneil had four boys competing in the meet and each one gave all they had in the competition. Cole Johnson finished in second place in his weight class and is Colmesneil's lone qualifier for the state meet. Mason Carmelo finished in fifth place in his weight class. Kaleb Lindsey also finished in fifth place in his weight class. Cody Walsh also competed in the meet as well.
Varsity Baseball The Bulldogs competed in the Evadale tournament this past weekend where they went 3-1. Colmesneil started the tournament taking on Hardin and the Bulldogs wasted no time getting hot and picking up a convincing win 11-2. Cole Lowery picked up his first win of the season while mowing down 11 Hardin hitters for strikeouts during the game. Zack Bryan had a tremendous game at the plate going 3-4 and knocking in three runs.
Colmesneil took on Liberty on Friday, but came up short against the Panthers. However, on Saturday the Bulldogs bounced right back and got back in the win column by beating West Hardin 13-5. Chris Carr picked his second win of the season during this game. Mason Williams also contributed to the pitching effort, striking out four batters in 2 1/3 innings.
In their final game of the tournament the Bulldogs faced off with Anahuac. The Bulldogs had little trouble disposing of the Panthers as they took the victory 7-2. Matt Bailey took the mound for the Bulldogs and picked up his first win of the season pitching a complete game while striking out 10 Anahuac hitters along the way. Lowery did some damage at the plate going 3-3 with two runs batted in. Bryan continued his hot streak at the plate knocking in two more runs. Bailey and Lowery were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
Varsity Softball The Lady Dogs traveled right down the road to Woodville to compete in the Woodville tournament on Thursday and Saturday. The girls showed a lot of heart and grit throughout the tournament. On Thursday, the Lady Dogs came up short against Groveton and took a loss. But, they bounced back and pulled out an impressive win over Diboll in their second game of the day 3-2. The Lady Dogs struck first in the game. Merrick Graham and Treasure Jackson hit singles to get on base. Then Kara Standley drew a walk to load the bases. While Magen Allen was up to bat the Diboll catcher let a ball get by her which gave Graham an opportunity to cross home plate and put the Lady Dogs up 1-0. Allen then drove Jackson in to put Colmesneil up 2-0. Diboll struck back quickly tying the game up at 2-2 in the top of the third. But, the Lady Dogs did not get rattled. In the bottom of the third Jackson drew a walk to start things off; Standley then got on base by virtue of a Diboll error,Allen then knocked Jackson in with a single to put Colmesneil up 3-2 which would be the final score.
On Saturday, the Lady Dogs played Jasper to a 2-2 tie. Krista Harris and Kim Knighten each picked up an RBI in the game. In their last game neither the Lady Dogs nor Buna could find home plate as the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
High School Track The Bulldogs and Lady Dogs hosted and competed in the Colmesneil relays. Both teams did very well for their first meet of the season and will continue to work hard as they build up for the district meet in April. Medaling for Lady Dogs were Taylor Barker first in the 400, Nikki Noble first in the 100, Treasure Jackson first in the 200, Alicyn Mitcham second in the mile run, the 4x100 relay team of Jackson, Barker, Destiney Kirkindoll, and anchor leg Noble finished first, the 4x200 relay team of Kirkindoll, Angela Montgomery, Kara Standley, and anchor Noble finished in third, and the 4x400 relay team of Jackson, Barker, Mitcham, and anchor Noble finished in second. The Bulldogs 4x400 relay team of Dalton Davis, Kaleb Lindsey, Cole Johnson, and anchor Andrew Whitener finished in third place.
The varsity Warrior baseball team with their championship trophy. (Liz Fry Photo)
by Katie McCluskey
On Monday, February 24, the varsity Lady Warrior softball team played at home against Spurger. The Lady Warriors played a great game and defeated the Lady Pirates 18-3. The varsity Lady Warriors competed in a Livingston tournament on Thursday, February 27, and on Saturday, March 1. Although the Lady Warriors did not place in the tournament it helped to prepare the team for the upcoming season.
On Thursday, February 27, Friday, February 28, and Saturday, March 1, the varsity Warrior baseball team traveled to Frankston to compete in a tournament. The Warriors first game in theKelby Weyler was awarded the MVP of the Frankston tournament. (Liz Fry Photo) tournament was played against LaPoyner. The Warriors took the lead early in the game and were able to continuously extend it as the team won 16-0. On Friday the Warriors played another great game and defeated Martin Mills 18-0. The Warriors competed in the championship game on Saturday against Malakoff. The Warriors worked hard and were able to win 8-1. This win earned the Warriors the championship title of the tournament. Kelby Weyler received MVP of the tournament.
The Lady Warrior softball home run derby took place on Friday, February 28, and Saturday, March 1. The Friday night winners consisted of Corley Dillbeck in the division of boys 8 and under, Cadence Carrell in the division of girls 8 and under, Bryce Herrington in the division of boys 9-13, and Courtney Stewart in the division of girls 9-13. The Saturday night winners consisted of Chelsea Gordon in the division of girls 14-18, Tristan Murphy with nine homeruns in the division of boys 14-18, Coach Weichert with five homeruns in the division of women 19 and older, and Bryce Glosson with nineteen homeruns in the division of men 19 and older.
The JV and varsity Lady Warriors will host their first district home game of the season on Friday, March 7, against Woodville. The Lady Warriors will compete at Corrigan-Camden on Tuesday, March 11. On Monday, March 13, the Warriors will play away versus Legacy Christian.
Right fielder Bryce Holmes gets a base hit in the opening week of baseball season.by Jason Drake
The Woodville Eagles defeated Tarkington 2-0 behind both the arm and bat of junior Jacob Watts. Watts held the Longhorns hitless through five innings walking two and striking out seven. Watts reached base three times for the Eagles including a single in the second inning.
Senior Charles Fentress closed the game giving one hit and striking out five for the save. Junior Marqui Jackson led the Eagles with a pair of hits including one double. Chase Hensarling joined Watts with two walks at the plate.
The varsity baseball team will host its annual tournament Thursday through Saturday, before traveling to Silsbee on Tuesday.
Softball season has also started their season. Freshman Shelby Mixon had three extra base hits, helping the Lady Eagles to an 8-4 victory over the Shepherd Pirates at Kit McConnico Field. Mixon doubled in the first, third, and fourth innings. Avery Tolar added two more hits as the pair combined for six of Woodville's RBIs. Morgan Poncho received the win for the Lady Eagles, as she gave up four runs on four hits. Poncho walked one and struck out four in her five innings of work.
Shepherd opened the top of the first inning scoring a pair of runs to take an early 2-0 lead. It didn't take long for the Eagles to answer on Mixon's two run double in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 2-2. Woodville gained the lead in the fourth inning on another Mixon two run double and a RBI single by Faith Sirmons. Woodville pushed two more runs across in the fifth inning.
The win improves Woodville's record to 5-1 on the young season.
The Lady Eagle golf team will tee off in Wildwood,Tuesday and the middle school track teams will travel to Huntington for the start of track season.