Eagles Earn Hotwheels Recognition

Eagle Carrington Marendes named Second Team All-Conference for the Nation for the Hotwheels.  The Hotwheels are the number one ranked team in the nation.Eagle Carrington Marendes named Second Team All-Conference for the Nation for the Hotwheels. The Hotwheels are the number one ranked team in the nation.

by Jason Drake

Woodville Middle School's Carrington Marendes was selected Second Team All-Conference for the Hotwheels during the 2015 Southwest Conference Championships held last weekend in Fort Worth.

The Hotwheels are the number one ranked team in the nation, and recently won a tournament in Kansas City. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association will host their National Championship Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky on April 15-19.

Marendes also participates on the Eagles eighth grade basketball team and placed fourth in the open 400 meter run last Friday night at The Eagle Relays competing against athletes not in wheelchairs. Marendes ran a time of 1:13.43.

Marendes was not the only Eagle earning recognition this past week. Freshman Christian Williams, Marendes' brother, was named Newcomer of the Year in basketball for District 22-AAA. Williams was joined by 1st team selections that included sophomore Chris Castle, senior Jamal Horn and senior Marqui' Jackson. Senior Ashton Lochart and sophomore Julius Midkiff landed on the 2nd team. Sophomore Kris Traylor was recognized as honorable mention. The Eagles were the district runner-up this past season behind Newton.

The Lady Eagles were also well represented on the on the All-District Team. Sophomore Jasmine Douglas was named Newcomer of the Year, while senior Kenzie McGallion was selected to the 1st team. Sophomore Bethany Mitchell and senior Katie Crenshaw were selected to the 2nd team. Karlea Belsey was the lone Lady Eagle awarded honorable mention. The Lady Eagles narrowly missed out on the play-offs this past season.
The Eagle baseball and softball team only got one game in this week due to inclement weather. The Eagles defeated Pollock-Central 4-1, while the Lady Eagles dropped to the Lady Bulldogs 3-2.

The baseball team will host Corrigan on Friday and play Hemphill on Tuesday.

Both varsity boys and girls track team won the Woodville Eagle Invitational track meet held on Friday.

The track teams will travel to Corrigan on Thursday for the high school and Friday for the middle school.

Tyler County Titans win 1st place at Ford Park

Tyler County Titans

Tyler County Titans 12U Select Baseball Team won 1st Place again at For Park during "March Madness" weekend. Shown are Manager Lindy Haynes; assistants Dalton Wise, Ben Cockrell and Patrick Sluga; and, team members (top row) Bryson Sluga, Logan Fant, Cameron Scott and Luke Cockrell. (Bottom Row) Colton Haynes, Ekzavier Pinkert, Brennan Valentine, Dequincy Wise, Jaren Caldwell and Alex Luna.

Chester Receives All-District Basketball Honors

by Wendy Whitworth

Chester is proud to recognize their basketball All-District Selections for District 26A.

Junior, Maddie Read was named Defensive MVP , senior Destiny Kuehn and sophomore Cord Neal received 1st team honors, senior Laken Read, junior Jaci Davis and junior Billy Thompson received 2nd team honors and junior Kalee Thompson, junior Levi Watts, and freshman Meagan Clarke received honorable mention.

The Chester Yellowjackets took two hard losses this week. The Yellowjackets dropped a 16-6 decision to Broaddus on Wednesday, March 11 and a 13-0 decision to West Sabine on Saturday, March 14. The accumulation of errors and lack of hits were ultimately their downfall.

In the top of the first, against Broaddus, Chester grabbed the early lead, 1-0 when Billy Thompson doubled, stole third and home to score. An RBI double in the third inning by Neal pushed Thompson across the plate once again.
In the fourth inning, Watts scored on a steal of home, an RBI single by Bailey Goins scored Clay Thompson, Chris Carter scored on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Neal scored Goins. Unfortunately, the Jackets still trailed 12-6.
Broaddus gained four more runs in the fifth inning to take the win.

The Lady Jackets travel to Spurger on March 20 and face Colmesneil at home on March 24. Both games will have a 4 p.m. start.

The Yellowjackets will travel to Burkeville on March 20 for a 4:30 p.m. game. They will face Colmesneil at home on Saturday, March 21. Game time is set for 11 a.m. They will travel to Chireno on Tuesday, March 24 for a 6 p.m. game.

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Bulldogs Dominate in District play

by Alicyn Mitcham

On March 11, the Bulldogs faced Brookeland and dominated. The Bulldogs took an early lead scoring nine runs in the first inning. Brookeland never recovered after the first inning. The Bulldogs finished the game with a score of 22-3.

Mason Williams at bat. (Colmesneil Yearbook Photo)Mason Williams at bat. (Colmesneil Yearbook Photo)Zach Bryan had a two-run single, Gavin Allen had a RBI single, Kaleb Lindsey had a two-run double, Kameron Lindsey had a two run single, and Sam Matterson had a RBI single.

On March 14, the Bulldogs played Zavalla, fought hard and won with a score of 10-0. The Bulldogs took an early lead scoring eight runs in the first inning. Matterson kept the Zavalla Eagles off of the score board all five innings he was on the mound. He pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on eight hits while ringing up six. An RBI single by Eli Dinger, an RBI double by Allen, and a RBI double by Kaleb Lindsey helped the Bulldogs put runs on the scoreboard early on in the game. The Bulldogs got an early lead and ran with it.

The Bulldogs have a game on March 20 against Broaddus at home, the game will start at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs play Chester on March 21 at Chester. The game will start at 11 a.m.

On March 10 the Lady Dogs faced the Spurger Pirates and won 17-0. The Lady Dogs jumped to an early lead and ran with it. The Lady Dogs scored nine runs in the first three innings, leaving no doubt of the eventual outcome. Some errors and wild pitching helped the Lady Dogs get on base.

Spurger could not get any good hits with McKayla Marshall on the mound. Spurger only managed one good hit off of Marshall. She walked none and struck out five people during her four innings of work.

Bethany Gilbert had a great night at the plate, having hits that scored several runners home.

On March 13, the Bulldogs faced Groveton and the outcome was not what the Lady Dogs had expected. Despite Treasure Jackson's great defense and offense, the Lady Dogs lost 15-2. Although the Lady Dogs tried to recover after Groveton scored five in the first inning, they never could. The Lady Dogs are ready to shake off the tough loss and focus on the rest of their season.

On March 20, the Lady Dogs face Apple Springs at Apple Springs at 7 p.m. On March 24, the Lady Dogs will face Chester away, the game will start at 4 p.m.

Spurger Robotics compete in San Antonio

Robotics team with the elementary kids. (Spurge Journalism Photo)Robotics team with the elementary kids. (Spurge Journalism Photo)

by Kelsey Sheffield

Spurger robotics traveled to San Antonio to the Super-Regional Robotics competition. Teams from all over the southern states region competed in hopes of advancing to the Robotics World Championship.

The team started off doing exceptionally well at the begining of the meet. In the first of the total of eight matches, they were ranked near the top of the leaderboard. Unfortunately for the Pirates, the last of the matches did not go in their favor.

Although they lost their chance to advance to the next level, the Pirates showed their Pirate pride. Team member Madison Werner said, "We all had a great time, and a wonderful experience.

"The team reached accomplishments that do not come easily and have continued to propel the program in the right direction."Congrats to the robotics team.