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Jackets begin spring sports; basketball season ends

Lady Jacket head coach Cory Hines speaks with his team during a recent basketball game.  Hines has led the team to the state playoffs for the first time in several years.  (JANA RAYBURN | TCB PHOTO)Lady Jacket head coach Cory Hines speaks with his team during a recent basketball game.  Hines has led the team to the state playoffs for the first time in several years.  (JANA RAYBURN | TCB PHOTO)

 

By Jana Rayburn

Lady Jacket Basketball – The Lady Jackets started off the week with a missed game. Goodrich forfeited their district game scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5. This gave the team some extra time to practice and get ready for the next few games.

The team played against the High Island Lady Cardinals on Friday at Leggett High School to decide second and third place.

The game was close all four quarters, and both teams fought hard the entire game. In the end, the Lady Jackets came up short, losing to High Island by three points, 31-34. The Lady Jackets will go into the post-season in third place.

Yellowjacket Basketball – The boys basketball team hosted the Goodrich Hornets on Tuesday, February 5. The boys played hard against the Hornets but were not able to pull out a win. The Jackets lost the game by a score of 19-34.

The Jackets played another home game on Friday, Feb. 8 against the Spurger Pirates. Coach Donald Mayhugh said his team played with the Pirates the first half, but just ran out of gas, losing to the Pirates in the end. Shane Ison led the team with 23 points against the Pirates.

Yellowjacket Baseball – Spring sports are getting started around the area, and Coach Marty Thompson is anxious to get started with baseball. Thompson says that his team is young but believes they will spend the season learning a lot. His goal this season is to work hard and improve with each game.

Thompson says they will compete in District 24, which includes Broaddus, Brookeland, Chireno, Colmesneil, West Sabine, San Augustine, Zavalla and Burkeville.

This district is comprised of both 1A and 2A schools, but there is a separate championship for 1A, so Burkeville, Chireno and Chester will have to compete for the two playoff spots.

The boys will hit the field on Feb. 26 for a home game against Broaddus at 4 p.m.

Lady Jacket Softball – Coach Becki Byrd is very excited about this 2019 softball season. Byrd says the team has not been able to get started liked she wanted due to the success of the girls basketball team. Byrd and the Lady Jackets will have one main goal this season, and that is to go deeper in the playoffs than last year. There are several returning starters from last year, and these athletes will have to compete for their positions with a promising group of freshmen. Byrd is putting a great deal of faith into these freshmen and believes they will bring a lot to the team.

Senior Night – Chester high school acknowledged the seniors prior to the boys basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Seniors and their parents that were recognized were Ashlyn Overstreet, Maggie Mayo, Madison Berry, Taylor Handley, J.T. Martin, Joseph Aiena, Shane Ison and Thomas Hughes. Jamir Alvarado is also a senior but was not present for recognition. These seniors will have a busy spring filled with sports and activities before they graduate at the end of May.

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Woodville notches pair of key wins over Central

Flying High – Woodville Eagle Zack Martin (10) will continue to soar as a Warhawk for the University of Louisiana-Monroe. (HALE HUGHES | TCB PHOTO)

 

By Hale Hughes

WOODVILLE—The Woodville Eagles hosted the Pollok Central Bulldogs for two key district games last week in the Summit. The varsity girls had an opportunity to clinch the district championship with a win and the boys had an opportunity to gain some valuable playoff value with a win.

The Lady Eagles took the court and looked every bit the determined team from the onset. The Lady Eagles grabbed an early 13-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back and never relented their lead throughout the game. The Lady Dogs would not go down without a fight and proved to be one of the tougher teams Woodville has faced this year. The Lady Dogs made a fierce fourth period rally, but still came up nine points short of a game that was never really in serious doubt. With the 41-30 win over Central, Woodville secures the district championship and has an early playoff advantage knowing they have first place locked up.

“It means a lot winning district,” head coach Troy Carrell said. “We know where we are, and it takes some pressure off knowing we have it wrapped up.” Carrell spoke to his girls after the game and reminded them of goals set forth for this year. “We took a big step tonight winning a district championship, but that’s just one of several goals we want to achieve this year,” he reminded them. From here on out Carrell will have his team rested and poised for the playoff run and hoping to make it back to the regional tournament. “It’s all about surviving and advancing,” Carrell stated. “There are much bigger obstacles in our way to the regional tournament this year, and we will have to anticipate that and be ready.” Carrell said. “Tonight, Central played us tough. They had a great game plan against us, especially defensively. We had our hands full tonight, but a close game like this is good for us because it makes us realize that we cannot be complacent going forward. We will have to work all four quarters. We can’t hit cruise control.”

The boys took the court next and picked up right where the girls left off. The Eagles came out physical and dominated the inside game and took an early 20-12 lead. The quick start and carnal composition of the first period seemed to take out Central’s game plan. “Our boys did a great job setting the tone early for this game. We had a lead and let them know it was going to be a physical game early,” head coach Justin Havard said after the game. “Yeah, we did get in some foul trouble early, but our bench held things together in the second.” The second period that Havard spoke of saw Jalen Foster hit a 3-point shot that was key while Keon Chatham, Fabian Midkiff and Jaylon Hyder each added a basket. Havard was also appreciative of how his bunch played in the second half. Woodville held a narrow lead, ranging anywhere from 4-7 points throughout much of the third period, and had a 44-37 lead heading into the final period. Havard noted some players late in the game, “Foster hit two big three-point range shots for us late.” He also praised the inside game. “Kobe Adams can just flat out play and when he lets himself loose, he is just such a great player,” he said. Havard added, “Another player is Jaden Argumon. He is a key spark player for us and is one of our biggest pieces to the success we have had this year.

Havard said of the fourth, “I loved the way the kids handled the foul situation late and kept their composure.” He continued, “We knew it might come down to that. We hit some free throws, and so did they.” Havard said maintaining self-control was key and showed real maturity on the part of his team. With the win, Havard said it’s up to his squad what happens going forward. “We are 7-3 in district, but we are only looking ahead,” he said. “We control our own destiny at this point.”

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Chester Lady Jackets nab playoff spot

The Chester Lady Jacket basketball team is playoff bound.  PIctured are:  front row, left to right:  Trinity Jerkins, Annie Rayburn, and Jasmine Mitchell; back row, left to right:  Josey Sturrock, Taylor Handley, Ashlyn Overstreet, Emma Grimes and Madison Callaway.  (JANA RAYBURN | TCB PHOTO)The Chester Lady Jacket basketball team is playoff bound.  PIctured are:  front row, left to right:  Trinity Jerkins, Annie Rayburn, and Jasmine Mitchell; back row, left to right:  Josey Sturrock, Taylor Handley, Ashlyn Overstreet, Emma Grimes and Madison Callaway.  (JANA RAYBURN | TCB PHOTO)

 

By Jana Rayburn

Lady Jacket Basketball – The Lady Jacket basketball team clenched a playoff spot last Friday night with a big win over the Burkeville Lady Mustangs. The Lady Jackets have not played in a basketball post-season game in several years, and Coach Cory Hines is thrilled for his team. Hines has coached the girls for two years and he is excited for the Lady Jackets to experience post-season play and the excitement that comes with it. Spurger has wrapped up first place in District 29 1A, and Chester and High Island are currently tied for second place with one game left to play. Details on playoff location and opponent will be provided to the Tyler County Booster to be included on their website. Up-to-date playoff information will also be on the Chester ISD website at www.chesterisd.com.

Chester hosted the Leggett Lady Pirates on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The game was much closer than the Lady Jackets liked, and the final score was 49-38. Jasmine Mitchell scored 16 points for the team, followed by Annie Rayburn, with 12 points. Both Taylor Handley and Ashlyn Overstreet scored eight points.

The Lady Jackets headed to Burkeville on Friday, Feb. 1 for an easy win over the Lady Mustangs. Chester easily defeated Burkeville by a score of 48-16. Rayburn was high point with 17 points. Handley and Mitchell both scored 8 points, Overstreet score 6 points, and Josey Sturrock and Trinity Jerkins both scored 4 points.

Yellowjacket Basketball – The Yellowjackets have a few games left for the 2018-19 season, and they have high hopes of finishing stong.

The Jackets faced state ranked Leggett on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The boys played a great first half, staying closer to the Pirates than they did the first round. The second half, Leggett pulled ahead, and the Jackets ended the game with a 29-83 loss.

Chester traveled to Burkeville for a battle against the Mustangs on Friday, Feb. 1. The Jackets played a solid game and were able to get a win against the Mustangs by a score of 44-36.

The boys will play at home Friday, Feb. 8 against the Spurger Pirates. Game time is 6 p.m. The boys will play their final district game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 12 against the High Island Cardinals in Chester at 6 p.m.

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Bulldog basketball rolls on

Junior Kaleb Powers dribbles down the court to head to the basket. (COURTESY OF COLMESNEIL ISD YEARBOOK STAFF )Junior Kaleb Powers dribbles down the court to head to the basket. (COURTESY OF COLMESNEIL ISD YEARBOOK STAFF )

 

By Brooke Mitcham

Varsity Girls Basketball- The Colmesneil Varsity Girls basketball team took on the Broaddus Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and sadly were not able to pull out a win. The score going into half time was 9-34 and the Lady Dogs were down. Throughout the game, the Lady Dogs could not seem to make a shot and could not catch up after half time. The final score of the game was 22-69. On January 25 the Lady Dogs took on the Big Sand Lady Wildcats and were shorthanded without their Senior starter Jackie Hughes. Throughout the whole game, the Lady Dogs had amazing defense, but still came up short and lost the game. The Lady Dogs will take on the West Sabine Tigers on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the R.B. Moffett Gymnasium and will play after the JV Boys. The JV Boys will begin at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 1 the Lady Dogs will travel to Brookeland and will play at 6 p.m. Currently the Lady Dogs are tied for fourth with Zavalla and want to win the rest of their district games.

Varsity Boys Basketball- The Varsity Bulldog basketball team finished their first round of district and hope
to turn the season around in the second round. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Bulldogs took on the Broaddus Bulldogs and lost 40-71. Senior Zane Hermsen scored 22 points during the game and helped the team tremendously. On Friday, January 25, the Bulldogs faced off with the Big Sandy Wildcats and the final score was 39-78, the Bulldogs lost. Hermsen has had four consecutive 20+ point games. He has been an amazing asset to the Colmesneil varsity Basketball team and his effort shows itself on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs will play on Jan. 29 at the R.B. Moffett Gymnasium following the 4:30 JV Boys game, and the Varsity Lady Dogs. On Friday, Feb. 1 the Bulldogs will travel to Brookeland and play right after the Varsity Girls. The Varsity Girls will begin at 6 p.m.

Junior High Basketball- The Junior High basketball teams played their last game of the season on Jan. 28 against High Island at the R.B. Moffett Gymnasium. The B team boys played the first game of the night and sadly lost 8-12. 7th grader J.W. Mitcham scored 6 of the 8 points. The A team boys played an outstanding game and won 29-19. Reed Best had the highest individual point total and scored 12 points. The final game of the night was the combined 7th and 8th grade girls, and the Junior High Lady Dogs won 39-17. All of the teams have improved throughout the season and show potential for the future.

Softball- The Colmesneil Lady Dog Softball team has begun practice and will play their first scrimmage on Tuesday, Jan. 29 against Onalaska beginning at 4:30 p.m. The game will be played at the Alicyn D. Mitcham Field in Colmesneil.
The Lady Dogs have a bright future ahead for the season to come.

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