by Jana Rayburn
The Chester Lady Jacket volleyball team got their first win last Friday, August 19. The Lady Jackets beat Beaumont Harmony and Science on the road in three straight games.
The girls came out confident, made good serves, and communicated. These are some of the things that Coach Dewayne Armstrong and Coach Becki Byrd have been working on in practice the last week. Armstrong says that the team continues to practice hard and are coming together and playing as a unit. He is extremely proud of their positive attitudes and their dedication to getting better each game. Byrd agreed and said the girls are starting to work well in their new positions.
The Lady Jackets will travel to Warren to compete in the Warren volleyball tournament on Thursday, August 25 and Saturday, August 27. Pool play starts Thursday, as Chester plays East Chambers at 3 p.m. They will play Apple Springs at 4 p.m., then Hemphill at 6 p.m. Bracket play starts Saturday morning.
The CHS cross country teams have been working hard every day in anticipation of the upcoming season. The wait is just about over, as the teams head to Corrigan-Camden for a meet on Saturday, August 27. Coach Charlotte Barnes has been impressed so far with the determination and willingness of her runners and anticipates a great season with this large group of athletes.
The Yellowjacket football team met up with Apple Springs at Woodville High School stadium on Friday, August 19 for a scrimmage. Coach Gary Beam initially thought his team did okay. Then he watched the game film and saw a lot of good things. The offense did well moving the ball, going 220 yards in 20 plays is not bad at all. Beam believes they still need to improve on blocking, and we have to be more aggressive up front.
He was pleased with quarterback Clay Thomson, who continues to progress very nicely. Thomson completed two out of three passes for 81 yards and had two touchdowns and one interception. Colten Martin was very impressive and had a great night running the ball. He had seven carries for 70 yards and one touchdown. Freshman Jake Pitre, who had five carries for 53 yards, was awesome as well.
Cord Neal had a reception for a 60 yard touchdown, and Seth Read added a catch for a 21 yard touchdown as well. Read played real well on defense, as did Jake Pitre. Beam also said Junior Henson played well on defense, just needs more reps.
Defensively, there were several good things going on, but there was a lot of confusion on sets, which is to be expected in the first scrimmage. Beam said overall, the team is further along than he thought. Most of the problems can be fixed rather easily, and he expects they will.
"On a positive note, we scored three and gave up one touchdown, and that is a plus anytime," Beam said.
The Jackets will travel to Bryan-College Station on Saturday, August 27 to play Huntsville Alpha Omega at 8:30 p.m. as part of the Allen Academy six-man showcase.