Woodville High School Hoops: Girls win over Warren; Guys Get Underway

by Hale Hughes

Girls head coach Troy Carrell had good things to say about his team's start to the season and their win over Warren just before the Thanksgiving break. He acknowledged the elephant in the room that he likely has the youngest team in the district, but was quick to give credit to the upperclassmen and the leadership for the direction of the team early in the season. "Chelsie Sargent and Bethany Mitchell have really taken over this team, and rightly so," said Carrell. "It's their team. The freshmen look like freshmen sometimes. Chelsie and Bethany have shown the younger players where they are supposed to be and what they are supposed to be doing, and there are moments that the younger players look very experienced." Carrell added, "When you have that much youth, it's good to have a couple of leaders. That's a big deal."

Woodville-Sports 2 A16I8546-Bethany-MitchellThe Lady Eagles topped Warren, 67-27 and with only two losses to 4A and 5A teams, the early season's momentum led to discussion of expectations, notably after the Thanksgiving break and what the December schedule had in store. "Brutal." In one word, that's how coach Carrell described it. He commented that the Big Sandy tournament will be a key test early this season and will let the Lady Eagles know early how they stand in the region, as many significant schools will be prominent there, notably New Waverly and Franklin, both of who are ranked. Carrell said he was enthusiastic about seeing them saying, "We'll get to see how we stack up."

The players know they are in for a bumpy ride as this early schedule plays out. Carrell says he is using it as a pressure cooker to see which players can handle it. He said he's discussed it with his team and they fully understand what his big plan is "I have to know who can adapt and withstand the stress and anxiety of the tough moments in games. We will need that going forward, especially in playoff situations. I have to know who can deliver when those times come."

Coach Lane Shands takes over at the helm for the boys' basketball program this year. Although the sport has changed, Shands is no stranger to many of the boys that will make up his roster as he has been working with most of them for the past four months. "We have some really athletic kids. They work hard and I know we have good speed, everything you really want for a good basketball team."

Shands has high expectations for his team and said the 'usual supects' will be important games for Woodville to win. "Everyone's goal is to win their district. We have until December 16 to get to where we need to be. I want to attack district play first and then tackle regional and state scenarios at their respective times."

This is Shands' fourth year coaching basketball, and while new to Woodville, playoff basketball has become something that is quite common to him. A product of the west Texas town of Grady, this small community has been to the state tourney six out of the last twelve years. They are a force to be reckoned with and everyone knows when Grady is present at big tournaments. Shands attended Howard Payne and transferred to Texas Tech and graduated in 2013. Shands is keenly familiar with what ingredients it takes to have a successful program. He has seen first-hand state basketball trophies and medals presented to players and he hopes to bring that same success he grew up knowing to the Eagle program here in Woodville.

Shands will begin his schedule immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday break and exciting hoops action looks to be in store for the Woodville faithful to see and be a part of. Schedules of the teams are available on the high school website,

Football and Volleyball District Awards Announced for Colmesneil

Colmesneil-Sports IMG 0020Football and Volleyball District Awards for Colmesneil—Top Row- Joey Adaway, Dillion Tompkins, Kevin Trunell, Wyatt Jackson and Zane Hermsen. Second Row- Colton Cox, Skylar Tompkins, Brodrick Jenkins, and Nature Jackson. Third Row- Kameron Lindsey,Carlos Cuellar, Emilee James, and Leah White. Bottom Row- Ryan Bray, Wesley Dobbins, Cason Smith, Taya Fowler, Gabby Reynolds and Rylee Smith.

by Alicyn Mitcham

Football District Awards- The football district awards for District 12-2A in Colmesneil include first team quarterback Kameron Lindsey, running back Brodrick Jenkins, defensive line Dillion Tompkins, defensive back Kameron Lindsey and Zane Hermsen. Second team all district include offensive line Wesley Dobbins, tight end Skylar Tompkins, running back Wyatt Jackson, wide receiver Zane Hermsen, and linebacker Brodrick Jenkins and Tyger McClendon. Honorable mentions include Carlos Cuellar, Kevin Trunnell, Joey Adaway, Cason Smith, and Ryan Bray.

Volleyball District Awards- The volleyball district awards for Colmesneil include Offensive MVP Nature Jackson, first team all district Gabby Reynolds, second team all district Emilee James and Taya Fowler, and honorable mentions include Desiree Halo, Lainey Spradlin, and Rylee Smith. High School Girls Basketball- On November 21, Lady Dogs basketball coach Quentin Cates upped his career wins to 492.

The Lady Dogs played High Island, and the game was a shutout. The final score was 59-23, and the Lady Dogs were victorious.

Nature Jackson was the top scorer of the night with 34 points in the game; she also had 11 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. Following her was Krista Harris with nine points, eight assists, eight rebounds, and two blocks. Mckayla Marshall scored three points, six rebounds, four steals and eight assists. Together Harris and Marshall had 16 assists which guarantees a good game for the Lady Dogs.

The Lady Dogs dominated the game from the start and shredded High Island's defense early on in the game. A key element that the Lady Dogs succeeded in this game was movement of the ball. The team moved the ball around the court around well, and it reflected in score of the game. When High Island would attempt to trap the Lady Dogs, the team would reverse the ball and dump the ball down low which would usually result in points. As a team, the they took 22 steals and nine turnovers. This resulted in a chance for the Lady Dogs to score more.

In the game, the Lady Dogs worked as a team and everyone found a chance to play. The Lady Dogs are improving working together as a team, and now are going to focus on individual skills.

The varsity Lady Dogs will play in a tournament on December 1-3 in Sabine Pass. On December 1, the Lady Dogs will have a game against High Island. On December 2, the Lady Dogs will play Sabine Pass at 8 a.m., and Nederland at 11 a.m.
High School Boys Basketball- On November 22, the Bulldogs found their first win of the season against Groveton. The Dogs held their own against the Indians in the first quarter as they held their opponents scoreless with a lead of 12-0.
After that quarter, the Dogs and Indians battled back and forth for the score lead. In the final two minutes of the game, Kameron Lindsey hit a free throw that gave the point lead back to the Dogs. After a defensive rebound, Julius Midkiff forced the Groveton defense to start fouling.

The Dogs took a six point lead in the final ten seconds of the game, and made Groveton shoot a desperate shot to try to win the game, but only resulted in the Dogs' victory.

Midkiff was the top scorer of the night with 17 points, eight steals, and five assists. Zane Hermsen followed with 16 points. On December 1-3, the varsity Dogs will have a tournament in Deweyville, and times are TBA. On December 8-10, the Dogs will host the annual R.B Tournament for varsity girls and boys in the new gym and times will be announced.

Bell Key in Opener for Lady Warriors against Corrigan-Camden

Warren-Sports IMG 5973-3---CopyLaikyn Bell cuts through defenders headed to the basket. (Doug Glosson Photo)

by Doug Glosson

Girls' Basketball- The Warren Lady Warriors hosted Corrigan-Camden Lady Dogs for their season opener on November 18. Laikyn Bell was able to help the Lady Warriors take this one, as she scored 26 points in a 47-33 win.

Bell started out quickly, scoring 10 in the first quarter as the Lady Warriors took an 11-2 lead. Bell would add another three points to start the second before Bailey Hamilton and Haley Briers added a couple of free throws to put Warren up 17-9.

Lex Kerr put in a free throw and a layup, pushing the score to 21-11. Bell then added another four points and Erin Foster hit a jumper to go in at halftime with a 27-16 lead. Bell and Briers started the third quarter scoring with a pair of layups.

Elizabeth Clymer had several key rebounds and a couple of blocked shots to fend off a run by the Lady Dogs, as they climbed back into the game at 33-22. Bell then scored the last four points of the third quarter as the Lady Warriors took a 37-29 lead.

With Bell out with an injury to start the fourth quarter, Brennah Buckner tacked on four points and a blocked shot to go along with Hallie Nevins' four points to put the Lady Dogs away 47-33.

Next up, the varsity team will participate in the Evadale Tournament December 1-3.

JV and varsity will then be in Spurger on December 6, starting at 5 p.m.

Boys' Basketball – The Warriors took their opener as well, beating Sabine Pass 55-50 after being down seven to start the fourth quarter.

Next up, varsity will be in the Zavalla tournament December 1-3. JV and varsity will host Spurger on December 6, starting at 5 p.m.

Jacket Basketball Teams Fall Short to Pirates

by Jana Rayburn

The Chester basketball teams had only one game this week, due to Thanksgiving holidays. The JV boys, varsity girls, and varsity boys all traveled to Deweyville to take on the Pirates on Tuesday, November 22.

The JV boys came up short against Deweyville, losing 16-32. Michael Castleberry led the Jackets with four buckets before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Junior Henson finished the game with four points, J.T. Martin scored three points, and Jake Pitre scored a free throw. Bailey Goins played hard for the Jackets.

The JV boys are getting better with every game and practice, and coaches Cory Hines and DeWayne Armstrong expect even more progress by the time district play begins.

The Lady Jackets were no match for the Lady Pirates. The Lady Jackets lost 15-51. Turnovers and missed shots riddled the Lady Jackets all through the game. The team had an especially rough first half, scoring only four points to Deweyville's 21 points.

The second half was a lot better for the young Jacket team, adding 11 points and rebounding the ball much better. Ashlyn Overstreet scored five points and pulled down four rebounds. Carmen Mahaffey scored four points and Danique Davis managed seven rebounds for the team. Annie Rayburn and Selah Spaulding both scored two points a piece and rebounded well.

Coach Charlotte Barnes said the team has made improvement, mainly on defense. Barnes went into this week telling the girls they needed to be more aggressive defensively, and they did what she asked.

The varsity boys came out strong against the Pirates. The Jackets were leading most of the game, and gave it away in the fourth quarter. The final score was 46-63 in favor of the Pirates.

Cord Neal led the Jackets with 11 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter, closely followed by Dane Barnes, who scored 10 points. Colten Martin scored seven points, Cade Parrish had six points, Seth Read had five points before fouling out in the fourth quarter, and J.D. Clarke added two free throws. Coach Cory Hines was disappointed with the outcome after leading most of the game, but he continues to see progress.

The varsity girls and boys will play in the Apple Springs Holiday Hoops Tournament this weekend. The Lady Jackets will take on Centerville on Thursday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. At 3 p.m. on the same day, the boys will play the winner out of Hull-Daisetta and Brookland.

Tuesday, December 6, will be a great time to catch our basketball teams in action at home as the girls face Burkeville in their first district game starting at 6 p.m. After the girls game, the boys will take on Thomas Bryzbee.

Back-To-Back Wins for Lady Pirate Basketball

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by Andrew Harmon

On Monday, November 21, the Spurger Lady Pirates basketball team took on the West Hardin Lady Oilers for a non conference match-up. Coming off of a homecoming loss the Lady Pirates were looking to get back on track.

The Lady Pirates ran out of the gate fast to gain control of the game. Spurger's team showed great determination as they worked together to increase their early lead. Coach Amber Moore seemed excited to see her players execute their plays perfectly.
Lauren Griffin proved to be a strong force on the court as she consistently drove in the paint, and shot excellent mid-range shots. Griffin finished the game with 20 points. However, Griffin was not the only point leader on the team. Shelly Martin was a dominant force shot after shot. Martin finished the game with 16 points.

Although Griffin and Martin had a total of 36 points together, it was a team effort to take the win. The Lady Pirates defeated the Lady Oilers 54-37.

This victory gave the team momentum as they took to the court on Tuesday and beat Monsignor Kelly Catholic School's Lady Bulldogs 30-26.

With back to back wins under their belts, the Lady Pirates have gained confidence for the next week of play and look forward to a winning season.