WHS Cross-Country Starts; Lady Eagles Begin Season With Win

Medal winners from left to right: Ben Worsley, Jordan Ogden, Ella Standley and Sydney Smith.Medal winners from left to right: Ben Worsley, Jordan Ogden, Ella Standley and Sydney Smith.

by Hale Hughes

The Woodville cross-country teams saw their first action of the year this past Saturday at Claiborne West Park in Vidor competing in the Rick Miller Season Opener meet. The cross country coach, Ryan Kelly, brought nine Lady Eagles and seven Eagles to compete at the two mile course. The number of cross country runners is up this year and Kelly believes he has some special runners this year to compete strongly with.

Woodville competed with 4A Bridge City and 5A Nederland in each race. The Lady Eagles wasted no time in confirming Kelly's beliefs in the first girls' race of the morning. The "S.O.S. Squad" of Ella Standley, JordanOgden and Sydney Smith all placed in the top ten. Standley won the race with a time of 14.01. Ogden showed no signs of weakness competing with the larger schools by coming in third. According to Kelly, points are scored by a tally of each of the schools' top five runners and the team with the lowest score wins.

Smith finished with one of the toughest efforts resulting in a sixth place finish, helping spark the girls' team with enough points over the competition to take the meet win. Yoselin Miranda and Madison Tucker were Woodville's fourth and fifth finishing runners, contributing to the team's point tally.

Smith commented after the race that the course was flatter than she thought it would be, but thought her effort was good going against the bigger schools with challenging competition. Standley echoed Smith's opinions. "There was one girl that really stuck with me for the first half of the race, but it's still early in the season and I think I can improve my time."

Standley praised her teammate Ogden, 'She is very talented and just a natural. I'm so lucky to have someone ahead of me like her that can push me to be better." Ogden said after the race, "I think I need to work harder on my first mile and then on my last half-mile kick" to improve her time and compete for a win. Ogden said she thought the moist and humid conditions might have contributed to slower times, but "it felt good to get out there and compete."

Kelly said the girls did exceptionally well for the first meet. "I thought we would compete well, but I didn't go in expecting to win the meet. That was a good way for our girls to start the season," said Kelly.

Kelly also had high praise for Ben Worsley's fifth place finish in the men's race. "I thought Ben competed very well against the other runners, it was a good day for him," said Kelly. Worsley was the lone top-ten finisher for the Eagles. Worsley summed up his race by saying there was not a lot of passing opportunities that he was accustomed to. "I was happy with my effort, but I am not really satisfied happy with my time.

It's the first time I've ever ran only a two-mile distance in a meet." He continued, "This was also a flatter course than I am used to. That's normally where I catch people."

Kelly said that much of the training time for the runners is spent on hills due to the fact that the significant meets this season will all have plenty of hills for the runners.

The outlook for this season is good for the cross country program.

Lady Warriors JV Remains Unbeaten in four games

Bailey Hamilton goes for the kill against Jasper. (Doug Glosson Photo)Bailey Hamilton goes for the kill against Jasper. (Doug Glosson Photo)

by Doug Glosson

Even though it is early in the season, the Lady Warriors JV volleyball team is showing signs of coming together as they are undefeated through four games; going only once to a three sets.

They have been able to knock down two set wins against Hemphill, Colmesneil, and Jasper, while handing Woodville a loss in three sets. The stat leaders to date are Bailey Hamilton with 26 kills and eight blocks, Rachel Lee with 34 assists, Katlan Payne with two kills and two aces, Samantha Marlar with seven kills, Jami Miller with seven digs,Alexis Arriola with four aces, and Kynsi Gillis with three aces.

The Lady Warrior varsity team had an up and down time last week. On Tuesday they traveled to Woodville to take on the Lady Eagles. The Lady Warriors took an early 12-4 lead in the first set, but were unable to keep their momentum, losing the set 24-26.

The second set was close as well at 21-25, but the Lady Eagles pulled away in the third set 15-25 for the win. On Friday night against Jasper, the Lady Warriors pulled out the win in three sets 25-14, 25-22, and 25-12. They were also in the Buna tournament last week where they posted wins in the seating round against Evadale and Hull-Daisetta on Thursday.

On Saturday, the Lady Warriors were able to get by Hull-Daisetta again in three sets 23-25, 25-18, and 15-6, but were unable to get past Evadale a second time as they lost in two sets.

The loss sent the Lady Warriors to the third place game against West-Orange Stark where they lost in two sets 11-25, and 11-25; they placed four out of 12 teams.

The Lady Warriors varsity team will host a tournament from August 27 - 29. A team dropped out, so the Lady Warriors JV team will also be in the tournament.

Football – Last week the Warriors varsity team traveled to Shelbyville for a tri-scrimmage. Newton and Shelbyville are two of the best 3A schools in the state, but Warren was able to hold their own and come away knowing what they need to work on for the rest of the season.

Shelbyville scored twice in the scrimmage and once in the live quarter, while Newton scored once as well. The Warriors were able to move the ball offensively, but were unable to put it in the end zone against either team. They did however score defensively on a fumble return for a touchdown.

The Warriors travel to Mount Enterprise for the first game of the season on Friday, August 28, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Warriors JV team will be at home for their first game of the season on Thursday, August 27 against Hull-Daisetta at 5 p.m.

Warren Athletic Booster Club - will be holding an open meeting on Wednesday, September 9 at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building. Everyone is welcome so come and be a part of your child's athletic future.

Spurger Lady Pirates off to a great start in the new volleyball season

by Kelsey Sheffield

Spurger Lady Pirates are off to a great start as they head into a brand new year of play.

Freshmen varsity member Shelly Martin (#13) (Spurger Girls Athletics Photo)Freshmen varsity member Shelly Martin (#13) (Spurger Girls Athletics Photo)The girls competed with great harmony through their first scrimmages, and carried through to their first official game against the Sabine Pass Lady Sharks on August 11, and then to the Goodrich Lady Hornets on August 18.
Not only did the varsity girls come away with a victory, but the junior varsity did so as well.

Because of their rebuilding process, the Lady Pirates have not seen such great outcomes in a few years and are excited to see results of their hard work.

The ladies have a packed schedule full of opportunities for Pirate fans to come and support.

On August 27-29, the varsity girls will be competing in the Evadale Tournament. On September 1, the JV and varsity will be traveling to West Hardin and on September 3, the JV will be in the Corrigan tournament.

Lady Jackets take 3 of 4 games in Port Arthur tournament

by Becki Byrd

The Lady Jacket volleyball team traveled to Port Arthur to take on the Bob Hope Lady Eagles, and came out on top for three of the four games.

Senior Kalee Thomson and sophomore Amory Parker each had 44 sets in all four games combined. Jaci Davis is starting her senior year strong, leading the team with 17 completed serves. Newcomer Cayla Greer was right behind Davis with 16 completed serves.

Another impressive senior, Maddie Read, led in blocks with 11 total. Holli Handley, Meagan Clarke, Greer, and Parker received the most serves from the Lady Eagle team, but each had a few errors.

Overall, the Lady Jackets did great and got the job done. They now know what to work on in practice and are anxious for the rest of the season.

The Yellowjacket football team hosted a four team scrimmage, including Huntsville Omega, Tyler Kings Academy, and Conroe Lifestyle, at Aubry Bradley Stadium. The Yellowjackets won all three games they played, scoring 10 times total.

Defense was doing their job, only allowing opposing teams across the goal line once in each game. Chris Fudge was pleased with the scrimmages.

"We need to cut out our penalties. Do a better job tackling and blocking. On the other hand, we did have a lot to be happy about. We had a lot of kids make plays throughout the evening," said Fudge.
The Lady Jackets will travel to Warren Thursday and Saturday for the Lady Warrior tournament. Game times to be announced.

The Lady Jackets travel to Beaumont Harmony Friday with a game time of 4 p.m.

The Yellowjacket football team will host Lakeland Baptist at Aubry Bradley Stadium on Friday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Colmesneil Crimson Regiment is ready to March

Colmesneil band practices for the new season. They are changing their style of marching this year.Colmesneil band practices for the new season. They are changing their style of marching this year.

by Alicyn Mitcham

With much of the focus this time of year on the football teams, don't forget that the bands play a big part during the season. The Colmesneil High band has been working hard this year, and is ready to take to the field.

Band director Kerry Rice is very excited about the season and the potential the students are showing. The band has made many changes since last year; they were previously doing a corp style of marching, but will now we will be doing military style marching. Every day the students are learning new techniques and ways to improve the marching band. The band is extremely excited for football season because it is also marching season.

Every day the band is making a tremendous amount of progress. Along with marching, Crimson Regiment also has Regional Band Competition coming up on October 17. The competition will take place at Port Neches- Groves High School. The times are undetermined and will be drawn at a later date.

The goal is to have high enough ranks to advance to area, which will take place at Carthage on October 24.
Rice and the band are striving to receive superior ratings at regionals, which is the best a band can be ranked. The Colmesneil band has not received a "one" in a competition in over ten years, and they hope to change that this year.

Rice hopes to pave a way for the program so that it can thrive, and live on forever.

The officers for band this year are Jacy Mcalister as drum major, Lakota Jaton as drum caption, Diana Montgomery as band caption, Mckayla Marshall as first lieutenant, Wesley Dobbins as lieutenant, Erica Martinez as lieutenant, Orion Broussard as lieutenant, Lindsey Dobbins as historian, and Rebecca Marino as librarian.

Football- The Bulldogs have had several scrimmages to help them prepare for their upcoming season, and they are excited to see what the season will hold. Their first game will take place on August 28 at home against Lovelady. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m.

Volleyball- The Lady Dogs have put in a tremendous amount of work to prepare for their upcoming season. They have a tournament on August 27 and 29. The tournament will take place at Trinity High School.

They also have a game on August 28 against Lovelady. JV will start at 4:30 p.m. and varsity will follow.