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Spurger Pirates honor Loftin family before their games

Spurger Little Dribblers joined hands with Good Samaritan Hornets in prayer for the Loftin Family. Spurger Little Dribblers joined hands with Good Samaritan Hornets in prayer for the Loftin Family.

by Kelsey Sheffield

As most of the community and surrounding communities are aware, Spurger faced a tragic loss of four children due to an unfortunate house fire. Not only did the community of Spurger take a loss, but the Spurger Pirates lost four of their own. The loss of the children has impacted the entire school from elementary to the high school in both the academic and athletic perspectives.

The oldest of the four children, Kolton Loftin, participated in the Little Dribblers program. His father shared, "He loved basketball and was very good at it for such a young age." Spurger is very proud to have called Kolton one of their own.

After the passing of the children, such a burden fell on not only the Little Dribblers team, but the junior high teams as well. Before their game on February 5, the Spurger Pirates joined hands with the opposing team, High Island Cardinals, and went into prayer together on behalf of the Loftin children, and their family.

The Little Dribblers team also took the time to join hands with their opponents, the Warren Warriors, and held a prayer on their behalf as well. The Little Dribblers team misses and will continue to grieve the absence of their teammate and his siblings.

Lady Pirates junior high did come away with a close win against High Island. The varsity boys also won an intense, close game against High Island with a score of 33-27.The

Pirates basketball has a few games left to come. The Little Dribblers will be playing again February 14. The Spurger varsity boys will play on February 13, against Burkeville in Spurger, looking for a redemption win. Their last district game will be on February 17 in Goodrich at 6 p.m.

Lady Jackets and Yellowjackets Lose to Goodrich and Leggett

by Wendy Whitworth

The Chester Lady Jackets fell to Goodrich on Tuesday, 70-25. They finished the game strong, adding 10 points in the final quarter. However, it was not enough to close the point gap.
Destiny Kuehn and Maddie Read were the front runners for the Lady Jacket's offense with six points each. Read also contributed four rebounds and two blocks and Kuehn contributed two rebounds. Also helping the effort for the Lady Jackets were, Kalee Thomson with five points, four rebounds, two steals, Danique Davis with three points and two rebounds, Jaci Davis with three points, six rebounds and one steal and Laken Read with two points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. The Lady Jackets finished the game with 40 rebounds, 11 offensiveand 29 defensive, four blocks and three steals.

Junior Levi Watts takes the shot.Junior Levi Watts takes the shot."Goodrich is such a great team and such a tough match up for our girls. Despite them being an excellent team, we simply have to play better. It is too late in the year for us to have some of the mental mistakes that we made in this game as well as the foul trouble that we got into. We have to play better, especially if we want to have a good showing in the playoffs," said Coach Hall.
The Chester Lady Jackets fell to Leggett on Friday, 70-36, despite Maddie Read putting 15 points on the scoreboard. Leggett is ranked #14 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches State Rankings.

Even though the Lady Jackets added 10 points in the final quarter, it wasn't enough to overcome their opponent. Sinking 47 percent, 7-for-15 of shots, Maddie Read had a solid performance from the field for the Lady Jackets. Also helping the effort were Meagan Clarke with eight points and five rebounds, Kuehn with six points, four rebounds, three steals and one block, Davis had three points and four rebounds and Laken Read had two points, five rebounds, one steal, and one block. The Lady Jackets finished the game with 46 rebounds, 14 offensive and 32 defensive, eight blocks and five steals.

The game was also senior night for the Lady Jackets who recognized two seniors. Laken Read and Destiny Kuehn have been the team's captains this year and have been leaders both on and off the court for this young Lady Jacket team.

"Our girls started the game well and finished strong in the fourth quarter, but we played with very little intensity from about halfway through the first quarter until the end of the third quarter.
"It is very tough to get mentally ready for a game when you know that you are playing one of the top teams in the state and that they are favored to beat you by more than fifty points.

"Our girls didn't let the game get too much out of hand, but just like our game with Goodrich earlier in the week, we just have to play better. That said, we are still in great position for the playoffs and are looking forward to making a good showing," comments Coach Hall.

Chester fell to Goodrich on Tuesday, 66-31, even with Cord Neal scoring 11 points. With a total of 24 fouls, the Yellowjackets were on the attack over the course of the game. Neal was the front runner for Chester's offense with 11 points, including five during the fourth period. He also contributed 12 rebounds. Also helping the effort for Chester were LaDarius Kirkwood with six points, and four rebounds, Colten Martin with four points, and nine rebounds and Billy Thompson with two points, and six rebounds.

Chester finished the game with 44 rebounds, 15 offensive and 29 defensive.

Chester fell to Leggett on Friday, 85-35, despite Thompson scoring 12 points.

Leggett solidified their lead in the third quarter, scoring 20 points. Putting up five points, Thompson saw his best shooting game in the fourth period. Also chipping in for Chester were Neal with seven points, three rebounds, and one steal, Levi Watts with six points, and three rebounds and Dane Barnes with two points, and one rebound. The Yellowjackets finished the game with 23 rebounds, seven offensive and 16 defensive and two steals.

The Lady Jackets and Yellowjackets will travel to Spurger on Tuesday, February 10. The Yellowjackets will travel to High Island on Friday, February 13.

Lady Warriors host East Chambers on Senior Night

by Doug Glosson  Although this has been an up and down season for the Lady Warriors, there are three seniors who were not ready to play the final home game of their high school careers. Mollie Applewhite, Chelsea Gordon, and Jacey Ryals were honored Friday night when they took on East Chambers.   The Lady Warriors played East Chambers much tougher this time around, but were unable to come out with the victory, losing 44-52.  Applewhite had 20 points while Devan Barnett had 16.  Coach Deaver said, “All the Lady Warriors played with a lot of heart tonight.”   Warren’s boys’ basketball team had a rough week, losing to Deweyville and East Chambers.   They will travel to Kountze on February 13 and then back to Warren for their final game of the season against Buna on February 17.  Softball – The Lady Warriors softball team kicked off their season last Friday with a scrimmage against West Orange Stark.   Several parents commented, “Although it is a young team, they have some up and coming talent that should help them to have a good season this year.”   The next two scrimmages will be at Newton on February 13,  at 4 p.m. (varsity only) and JV and varsity at Bridge City February 14, game time to be announced.   Baseball – The Warrior’s baseball team will continue their season with scrimmages against Corrigan on February 13 and Huntington on February 19.  Both games are at home and start at 6 p.m.   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 <script type='text/javascript'>
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 </script> or phone 409-377-4581.   Power Lifting – The girl’s power lifting team traveled to Anahuac last Thursday where both Bria Kirkpatrick and Lauren Buffington placed first in their weight divisions.  Kirkpatrick is currently ranked fourth in the region.  The girl’s next meet will be  onThursday, February 12 in Tarkington; both boys and girls teams will be in Lumberton on February 19. Seniors Mollie Applewhite, Chelsea Gordon, and Jacey Ryals (Doug Glosson Photo)

by Doug Glosson

Although this has been an up and down season for the Lady Warriors, there are three seniors who were not ready to play the final home game of their high school careers. Mollie Applewhite, Chelsea Gordon, and Jacey Ryals were honored Friday night when they took on East Chambers.
The Lady Warriors played East Chambers much tougher this time around, but were unable to come out with the victory, losing 44-52. Applewhite had 20 points while Devan Barnett had 16. Coach Deaver said, "All the Lady Warriors played with a lot of heart tonight."

Warren's boys' basketball team had a rough week, losing to Deweyville and East Chambers.
They will travel to Kountze on February 13 and then back to Warren for their final game of the season against Buna on February 17. Softball – The Lady Warriors softball team kicked off their season last Friday with a scrimmage against West Orange Stark.

Several parents commented, "Although it is a young team, they have some up and coming talent that should help them to have a good season this year."

The next two scrimmages will be at Newton on February 13, at 4 p.m. (varsity only) and JV and varsity at Bridge City February 14, game time to be announced.

Baseball – The Warrior's baseball team will continue their season with scrimmages against Corrigan on February 13 and Huntington on February 19. Both games are at home and start at 6 p.m.

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.

Power Lifting – The girl's power lifting team traveled to Anahuac last Thursday where both Bria Kirkpatrick and Lauren Buffington placed first in their weight divisions. Kirkpatrick is currently ranked fourth in the region. The girl's next meet will be onThursday, February 12 in Tarkington; both boys and girls teams will be in Lumberton on February 19.

Eagles Open Tennis Season

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Eagles opened tennis season last Friday at the Ron Westbrook's Lamar University Tennis Invitational. This is the biggest tournament of the season for the Eagles as twenty-one teams were represented from all over East Texas. Woodville had outstanding results and the Eagles showed their depth and strength as they finished second overall behind Silsbee. Woodville and Silsbee had equal number of players in the semi-finals and finals.

James Kenneson warms up before his match at Jasper.James Kenneson warms up before his match at Jasper.Lena Mannino made it to the semi-finals with wins over Hardin Jefferson, West Orange Stark and Jasper. She split sets losing to Silsbee (6-4, 5-7, 11-9). Cameron Coker earned a spot in the finals finals with wins over Orangefield, Bridge City, Kirbyville and Silsbee's second seed. Coker lost in the finals to Silsbee's number one seed (6-3, 6-0). However, Coker did come home with the Silver Medal.

Woodville dominated in the girls doubles division. Aureanna Stacey and Cameron Hutto brought home the gold medals. Stacey and Hutto defeated Jasper, Anahuac, Hardin Jefferson, East Chambers and Silsbee's number one seed. The finals were heavily fought with Woodville winning by a narrow margin of 7-6, 7-6.

The Eagle junior varsity started their season in Jasper along with Colmesneil and Warren. The girls' doubles teams played exceptionally well. Shelby Swein and Lindsey Kinard won first place and freshmen twin sisters Lesli and Yoselin Miranda earned the silver medals for an all Lady Eagle finals.

The Woodville Tennis Eagles will travel south again this coming Friday, February 13, playing in the Vidor H.S. Tennis Invitational.

The Woodville Eagle basketball team played a tremendous fourth quarter to defeat the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs 70-60 last Friday night in Corrigan. The Eagles entered the fourth quarter down 52-38 before an offensive explosion by Woodville. The Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 32-8 to secure the victory. Marqui' Jackson was the top scorer for the Eagles with 15 points. Jamal Horn poured in 13 and Christian Williams added 10. Kris Traylor, Jamal Horn and Chris Castle combined for twenty rebounds, while Julius Midkiff dished out three assists. The Eagles will host Garrison for senior night on Friday and travel to Hemphill Tuesday for the final regular season game of the year. Play-off information will be available next week.

Lady Dogs and Dogs Win Senior Night

Senior Treasure Jackson moves the ball.Senior Treasure Jackson moves the ball.

by Alicyn Mitcham

High School Boys Basketball-
The high school boys have been on a roll, beating Sabine Pass and Bob Hope in the past two weeks. On senior night, the varsity boys played Sabine Pass, and came out victorious with a score of 65-60. Sam Matterson scored 24 points, had five blocks, three rebounds, and three assists. Seth Cashat scored 13 points including going five for five on his free throws, had two rebounds, and two blocks.

Kameron Lindsey scored 11 points, had three rebounds and two steals. Jake Pattillo scored 10 points, had eight rebounds, three assists, and three blocks. Eli Dinger scored seven points, had eight rebounds, and seven blocks. The game was very close, but the bulldogs were able to pull out a win for senior night. On February 13, the Bulldogs will play West Hardin away.

High School Girls Basketball-
The high school girls are finishing up their district season, and are looking forward to playoffs. To secure their spot in the playoffs, the varsity girls had to beat Hull Daisetta; which they did, in a nail biter game. The final score was 54-49, Taylor Barker was the top scorer scoring 24 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

The Lady Dogs were down at half time 30-22, but came back with a vengeance to win the game. On Friday, February 6, the Lady Dogs faced the Sabine Pass Sharks for senior night. Treasure Jackson was the top scorer with 15 points and making 75% of her free throws.

Krista Harris scored nine points and had two rebounds, and Mckayla Marshall scored six points, made two rebounds, and had two steals. The Lady Dogs came out with both wins.