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Yellowjackets prepare for homecoming

Lady Jacket Kaylee Tolar gets ready to serve in last week’s game against Colmesneil. Tolar has been consistent in serving for the Lady Jackets. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB Photo)Lady Jacket Kaylee Tolar gets ready to serve in last week’s game against Colmesneil. Tolar has been consistent in serving for the Lady Jackets. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB Photo)

 

By Jana Rayburn

The Chester Yellowjacket football team had a bye last week due to the Tyler County Fair. This week off gave the Jackets extra time to practice and get ready for their upcoming district schedule.

The Jackets will host the Sanchez Eagles on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7p.m. This game will also be homecoming for the Yellowjackets.

This past week has been homecoming week in Chester, and it has been a busy week. On Thursday, Oct. 10, the community, students and public are invited to a Homecoming Pep Rally and Bonfire, to be held beside the baseball field at 7:30p.m.

The junior class will have a concession stand with snacks and drinks available for purchase. On Friday, October 11, coronation festivities will begin at 6:15p.m. prior to the game kick-off at 7 p.m.

Lady Jacket Volleyball
The high school volleyball team traveled to Colmesneil on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The Lady Jackets played hard but lost to the Lady Dogs in three sets. Freshman Kaylee Tolar led the Lady Jackets in serves.

The high school volleyball team traveled to Goodrich on Friday, Oct. 4 to face the Lady Hornets in a district game. The Lady Jackets defeated Goodrich easily in three games.

The rotation had to be changed due to a few of the players missing the game to show their heifers in the fair, but the players stepped up and got the job done. Olivia Gilzow led the team in serving.

Chester will finish out the second round of district with a home game against Kennard on Friday, Oct. 11 starting at 4 p.m. just prior to the homecoming coronation and game. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Lady Jackets will travel to Apple Springs to take on the Lady Eagles to get the third and final round of district started. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

The junior high volleyball teams traveled to Colmesneil on Monday, Sept. 30. The A Team defeated Colmesneil 2-0. The B Team lost to the Lady Dogs 0-2. The junior high Lady Jackets will play their final game of the season on Monday, Oct. 14 in Groveton against the Lady Indians. The game will start at 4 p.m.

Cross-country teams prep for meet
The Chester cross country teams have been off for the past few weeks and are ready for some competition. The teams will have their district meet on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in Lufkin.

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Bulldogs soldier on against Acadiana

The Bulldogs battle against Acadiana.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF LISA ALEGRE)The Bulldogs battle against Acadiana.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF LISA ALEGRE)

 

By Brooke Mitcham

The Bulldog Football team took on Acadiana on Friday, Sept. 27. Sadly, the Bulldogs could not come out with a win and the final score of the game was 12-50.

Senior Wesley Dobbins had an interception during the game and returned it for 58 yards. Dobbins also had seven tackles during the game including two for loss of yards. Junior Kobe Shird had two sacks and three tackles for loss of yards.

Junior Evan Stewart plays left guard and defensive tackle and led the team in rushing yards with 38 yards. Stewart stated, “We have grown as a team since the beginning of two-a-days and continue to grow each week through practice and the weight room. Our attitudes as a whole have changed for the better. All of our preseason games have prepared us for the challenge of our first district game this week. I believe we have a solid team and the potential to go far this season if we maintain a solid work ethic, good character, and mental toughness.” Sophomore Jayden Ferguson ran the ball well throughout the game. Senior Kaleb Powers and Freshman Mason Teal did a consistently good job on coverage for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs saw more passing from the opposing team than they will in of the games coming up. The first district game for the Bulldogs will take place in Lovelady, Kickoff will begin at 7 p.m.

The Lady Dog volleyball team took on Groveton on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and came out victorious. The first game of the set, the Lady Dogs won 25-20, the second resulted in 25-23, and the third was a tight race and the score was 28-26. Senior Lacy Reynolds helped the team to victory by having an accurate serve in crucial moments of the game. The next game for the Lady Dogs took place on Wednesday, Sept. 25 against Goodrich. The final score of the first game was 25-11, the second was 25-2, and the third ended with 25-8.

The Lady Dogs began the second round of district on Friday, Sept. 27 against Kennard. Sophomore Kaitlyn Byrum impacted the score by serving for the Lady Dogs and earning points. The Lady Dogs are 6-0 in district and will play their next game on Tuesday, Oct. 1 against Chester in the R.B. Moffett Gymnasium, Varsity will begin at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Dogs will travel to Apple Springs on Friday, Oct. 4. Varsity will start at 4 p.m. The volleyball team is undefeated in district and has the potential to do great things this season.

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Yellowjackets shut out Tigers 66-0

Carsyn Whitworth, #82 for the Jackets, takes a pitchout from Carson Thomson during last Friday night’s game against the Texas Christian Tigers. The Jackets beat the Tigers 66-0. (PHOTO COURTESY OF BECKI BYRD)Carsyn Whitworth, #82 for the Jackets, takes a pitchout from Carson Thomson during last Friday night’s game against the Texas Christian Tigers. The Jackets beat the Tigers 66-0. (PHOTO COURTESY OF BECKI BYRD)

 

By Jana Rayburn

CHESTER – The Chester Yellowjacket football team hosted the Texas Christian Tigers on Friday, Sept. 20 in the first home game of the season.

The Jackets defeated the Tigers 66-0 in a game that ended at half time due to the mercy rule. Quarterback Jared Young had a great night for Chester, with eight carries for 182 yards. Young ran in four touchdowns, was 2 for 2 in passing for 37 yards and 1 touchdown. He also had a fumble recovery. Jake Pitre had five carries for 109 yards, three touchdowns, and a fumble recovery.

Carsyn Whitworth carried the ball four times for 35 yards and one touchdown. Whitworth also had 4 points after touchdowns, one reception for 14 yards, and a fumble recovery. Levi Goins had one reception for 30 yards and a touchdown. Carson Thomson went 1 for 1 in passing for 14 yards. Thomson also had a 27-yard interception and returned it for a touchdown.

The Jackets will host the High Island Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

The junior high Yellowjacket football teams have played only one game so far this season and are anxious for another win. The junior high will play High Island at home on Friday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m., just before to the high school football game.

Lady Jacket Volleyball action rages on
The high school volleyball team hosted the Goodrich Hornets on Tuesday, Sept. 17. They had no trouble with Goodrich and defeated the Lady Hornets in three games. Jasmine Mitchell led in kills with 14.

The high school volleyball team traveled to Groveton on Friday, Sept. 20 to face the Lady Indians in a district game. Groveton has been a tough team to beat the past several years, and this game was no different.

The Lady Jackets lost games one and two by a close margin and came back to defeat Groveton in game three. However, the Lady Jackets were not able to come back, and lost game four. Coach Megan Nichols hopes to use this loss as motivation to bounce back in the second round of district.

Chester will start the second round of district with a home game against Apple Springs on Friday, Sept. 27 starting at 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Lady Jackets will make the short drive to Colmesneil to take on the Lady Dogs. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

The junior high volleyball teams were off last week. The teams will travel to Colmesneil on Monday, Sept. 30 to take on the Lady Dogs. Game time is 4 p.m.

Cross-country teams scheduled for October meet
The Chester cross country teams have Tropical Storm Imelda to thank for their off week, as the West Sabine Meet was cancelled due to the weather.
The teams will travel to Lufkin on Wednesday, Oct. 9 to compete in the Coke Classic meet.

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Bulldogs put up good fight against Deweyville Pirates

The Bulldogs keep their defense strong to keep the Pirates from scoring.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF DENA SETTLOCKER )The Bulldogs keep their defense strong to keep the Pirates from scoring.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF DENA SETTLOCKER )

 

By Brooke Mitcham

The Bulldog football team traveled to Deweyville on Friday, Sept. 6 to take on the Pirates. After the first quarter, the dogs were down by 0-14, but the game was only just beginning. Both teams fought hard during the second quarter and the Dogs went up 16-14.

As the second quarter came into play, both teams returned ready to play. The Dogs were down 30-36 with only a few minutes left in the fourth quarter and sadly, could not score before time ran out. The final score of the game was 30-36.

Despite the loss, the Dogs had great effort throughout the entire game and came back multiple times throughout the game. Sophomore Jayden Ferguson had a fumble recovery for a defensive touchdown. Senior Wesley Dobbins led the team in tackles.

Sophomore Kolyer Marshall and Junior Kobe Shird also played well on defense. Junior Jordan James threw for 120 yards in two touchdowns. The next game for the Bulldogs will be in Willis against Northside at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

Lady Dogs take on Timpson
The Lady Dogs volleyball team went to Timpson on Tuesday, September 3, and could not pull out a win. Despite starting the week with a loss, the Lady Dogs ended the week with a win over Kountze. The first game in Kountze came out with the lady dogs on top and a score of 25-10. Sophomore Kaitlyn Byrum led the team in serves with 12 serves. The second game the Lady Dogs fell out of rhythm and lost 23-25. The third and fourth game ended in the Lady Dogs favor. The volleyball team has improved since the first day of two-a-days and plan to continue to grow throughout district.

The Lady Dogs will play on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in Kennard against the Tigers for the first district game of the season. On Friday, September 13 the Lady Dogs will travel to Chester to take on the Yellowjackets. Colmesneil will be hosting a Junior Varsity and Freshman team tournament on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 14. Game times for the JV Lady Dogs include; 10 a.m. against Cleveland and 3 p.m. against Warren. The freshman team will play at 9 a.m. against Cleveland and 3 p.m. against Warren.

Bulldog cross-country will travel to Broaddus for the first meet of the year on Wednesday, sept. 11. The Varsity girls will begin at 1:30, Varsity Boys at 1:50, JV Girls at 2:15, JV Boys at 2:45, JH Girls at 3:30, and JH Boys at 3:50.

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