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Eagles Hosts Central Heights; Splits Varsity Games

Keon Coming:  Woodville’s Keon Chapman (3) comes in hot and goes full airborne with a layup against three Blue Devils. (Hale Hughes Photo)Keon Coming: Woodville’s Keon Chapman (3) comes in hot and goes full airborne with a layup against three Blue Devils. (Hale Hughes Photo)

By Hale Hughes

WOODVILLE—The Eagles played host to district foe Central Heights Blue Devils last week and split the varsity games with their rival. The Lady Devils arrived to face one of the top ranked teams in the Lady Eagles and head coach Troy Carrell made sure his squad was up to the task.

The Lady Eagles came out ready to play and quickly jumped to an early 27-4 lead after the first period. Despite all efforts on the part of the Lady Devils, they were simply no match for Woodville's girls as they easily dispatched Central Heights with a final score of 48-19 in what could hardly be called a competitive game. The Lady Eagles were dominant from start to finish, and were led by the superb play from Telia Jackson, Jordyn Beaty and Jayda Argumon. Woodville was superior in every way. The Lady Eagles' defensive press was relentless, their passing was crisp, and their offense was simply solid in all positions.

It was quite different as the boys took the court immediately after. As the girls' game was never in doubt, the boys' game was nip and tuck the whole way. The Blue Devils matched up evenly with the Eagles as play got underway. The Blue Devils took an early lead 15-9 over the Eagles at the end of the first period. The Eagles made up for lost ground and were dominant in the second period and the game was close as the teams went in at half with the Blue Devils holding a very narrow 24-23 lead.

The stats reflected the score as the game wound down. Both teams were 50 percent from the free throw line and both teams made 16 shots from the field. The Eagles were better than the Blue Devils from the perimeter as they made seven shots from three-point range compared to only four from Central Heights, and Woodville was better in transition with a 4:1 ratio in transition points. Turnovers and points off of turnovers hurt the Eagles, especially in the third period as Central stretched out a sizable 12-point lead with a 46-34 score at the end of the third.

The Eagles fought back nobly and kept pace with the Blue Devils in the fourth period, but the 12-point lead held as the Blue Devils won the game with a final of 64-52. The tale of the tape was Central Heights made 24 points in the paint compared to the Eagles' 12 points in the paint, and the Blue Devils accumulated 21 points from turnovers whereas the Eagles only managed 12 against their district rival.

Christian Williams led the scoring for the Eagles with 14 points and CJ Wooten added 13 with Keon Chapman putting up 8 points as the top 3 scorers for Woodville.

WHAT'S NEXT: Both Eagle squads will have a bye on Friday, Jan. 12 and will then face Hemphill on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Summit. Games are slated to begin with JV boys and girls starting at 5 p.m.

By Hale Hughes

WOODVILLE—The Eagles played host to district foe Central Heights Blue Devils last week and split the varsity games with their rival. The Lady Devils arrived to face one of the top ranked teams in the Lady Eagles and head coach Troy Carrell made sure his squad was up to the task.

The Lady Eagles came out ready to play and quickly jumped to an early 27-4 lead after the first period. Despite all efforts on the part of the Lady Devils, they were simply no match for Woodville's girls as they easily dispatched Central Heights with a final score of 48-19 in what could hardly be called a competitive game. The Lady Eagles were dominant from start to finish, and were led by the superb play from Telia Jackson, Jordyn Beaty and Jayda Argumon. Woodville was superior in every way. The Lady Eagles' defensive press was relentless, their passing was crisp, and their offense was simply solid in all positions.

It was quite different as the boys took the court immediately after. As the girls' game was never in doubt, the boys' game was nip and tuck the whole way. The Blue Devils matched up evenly with the Eagles as play got underway. The Blue Devils took an early lead 15-9 over the Eagles at the end of the first period. The Eagles made up for lost ground and were dominant in the second period and the game was close as the teams went in at half with the Blue Devils holding a very narrow 24-23 lead.

The stats reflected the score as the game wound down. Both teams were 50 percent from the free throw line and both teams made 16 shots from the field. The Eagles were better than the Blue Devils from the perimeter as they made seven shots from three-point range compared to only four from Central Heights, and Woodville was better in transition with a 4:1 ratio in transition points. Turnovers and points off of turnovers hurt the Eagles, especially in the third period as Central stretched out a sizable 12-point lead with a 46-34 score at the end of the third.

The Eagles fought back nobly and kept pace with the Blue Devils in the fourth period, but the 12-point lead held as the Blue Devils won the game with a final of 64-52. The tale of the tape was Central Heights made 24 points in the paint compared to the Eagles' 12 points in the paint, and the Blue Devils accumulated 21 points from turnovers whereas the Eagles only managed 12 against their district rival.

Christian Williams led the scoring for the Eagles with 14 points and CJ Wooten added 13 with Keon Chapman putting up 8 points as the top 3 scorers for Woodville.

WHAT'S NEXT: Both Eagle squads will have a bye on Friday, Jan. 12 and will then face Hemphill on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Summit. Games are slated to begin with JV boys and girls starting at 5 p.m.

Lady Warriors Top Lady Panthers 43-41

Warren’s Erin Foster (12) attempts jump shot against Anahuac. (Doug Glosson Photo)Warren’s Erin Foster (12) attempts jump shot against Anahuac. (Doug Glosson Photo)

By Doug Glosson

Lady Warrior Basketball- Last Tuesday, the Lady Warriors played host to the Lady Panthers of Anahuac in a district matchup that came down to the last shot. Warren's Elizabeth Clymer got the Lady Warriors going with six straight points, out of her game high 21 points, to take the early lead. Warren was able to build a 28-15 halftime lead with buckets from Laikyn Bell and Erin Foster.

Clymer and Bell traded baskets with the Lady Panthers in the third, but Anahuac was able to come within six at 36-30 at the end of the quarter with a 15-8 run.

In the fourth, Brenna Buckner hit a crucial jumper to put the Lady Warriors up 42-35. The Lady Panthers then answered with back-to-back 3-point shots to come within one at 42-41 with 90 seconds remaining on the clock. With the lead, the Lady Warriors passed the ball around to kill the clock, forcing Anahuac to foul Clymer. Clymer made one out of two shots to put Warren up 43-41.

The Lady Panthers inbounded the ball on Warren's side of the court with 1.6 seconds left, but could only find the side of the rim, giving Warren the win. Bell ended the night with 10 points and Foster with four. On Friday, the Lady Warriors traveled to Kountze to take on the Lionettes. Unfortunately, they were not able to come away with the win, losing 45-27. With the split, the Lady Warriors are now two wins against two losses in district play. Next up, JV and varsity will travel to Kirbyville on Friday January 12 and then be at home on Tuesday January 16; games starting at 5 pm.

Warrior Basketball– The Warriors hosted Anahuac last week as well, coming away with a 62-24 win. They would not be able to sustain that momentum as they lost to Kountze on Friday. In district play, the Warriors have one win against two losses. The upcoming schedule is the same as the Lady Warriors stated above.

District 11-3A Football All-District honorees named

By Hale Hughes

Mighty Eagle:  Woodville’s Zack Martin (10) was named as a Unanimous MVP for the district in 2017. (Hale Hughes photo.)Mighty Eagle: Woodville’s Zack Martin (10) was named as a Unanimous MVP for the district in 2017. (Hale Hughes photo.)WOODVILLE—The Woodville Eagles had a stellar football season. Woodville stunned the district by gutting their opponents during district play by fairly large margins the whole season. As the season ended for District 11-3A, the coaches selected the All-District players and to no one's surprise, Coach Robinson's Eagles dominated this year's selections with a whopping 27 selections to the list.

Junior running back and safety Zack Martin was the unanimous pick for the district MVP. Zack is a two-way starter for the Eagles and amassed 1461 yards on 145 carries and had 18 touchdowns in the 2017 campaign.

"It's an honor to be named the MVP and this kid really deserves it," Coach Robinson said. "He has a great work ethic and has put in the work to get to where he is at."

The other Woodville players who earned district superlatives were junior Marcos Broom, who was named as the Defensive MVP, while senior Drew Poncho was named as the

Lineman of the Year for the district. Senior CJ Wooten was unanimously voted the district's Special Team Player of the Year.

The final superlative was given to Robinson, who was named as the Coach of the Year for the district after leading his team to a 10-2 record and back to back district championships.

First team All-District honorees from Woodville were junior QB Reese Shaw who helmed the Eagles offense this year. Senior running back DaMichael Brooks was also named to the first team All-District. Adding to the offensive roster is senior Reed Weaver, selected as first team fullback.

Woodville was clearly known for its running game, but when the Eagles' looked to pass, they went to senior tight end Tyren Beatty, who was a standout at his position, both for blocking as well as dramatic receptions.

The Eagles also swept the district in offensive lineman selections, with senior Cade Bass and junior Seth Fabela as first team Offensive Tackle selections. Woodville also had two guards named as first team offensive linemen in senior Holden Lott and sophomore Wade Walsh. Rounding out the first team offensive lineman is junior center Treshawn Thomas, making five first team offensive lineman. Typically, only five offensive linemen are on the field at any given time, making this a very special honor for the Eagles in the trenches.

Sophomore Tyler Greer was named to the special teams as an All District kicker.

Defensive first team All-District honors start with senior David Whitehead as the top defensive end. Junior Michael Lockett and Senior LaDarius Kirkwood were chosen as first team All-District defensive tackles and senior Ty Bryant led the first team All-District selections as an inside linebacker. Senior Tony Land was tops as a first team All-District outside linebacker for the Eagles. Senior Christian Williams was named as first team All-District safety and junior Jayden Argumon was named first team All-District corner back.

Rounding out the first team selections was junior Kobe Adams, who was named as the Utility Player of the Year for Woodville.

Woodville had only four players honored as second team All-District. Those players were freshman Jacory Hyder as a running back, sophomore Cade Gray as offensive guard, senior Jaylen Hyder as defensive end, and senior Mark Tucker as defensive tackle.

Congratulations to these young men who represented their team, their school, their families, as well as this community and Tyler County this year.

Yellowjackets host Indians, Eagles in home openers

Yellowjacket Dane Barnes goes up for a shot in the Jackets' home opener against the Apple Spring Eagles. (Photo by Jana Rayburn)Yellowjacket Dane Barnes goes up for a shot in the Jackets' home opener against the Apple Spring Eagles. (Photo by Jana Rayburn)The Chester varsity boys hosted the Zavalla Eagles on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Jackets were defeated by the Eagles 53-69. Cade Parrish led the Jackets with 20 points. Dane Barnes was close behind with 17. Dean Brown, J.D. Clarke, and J.T. Martin also got on the board for the Jackets.

The Chester varsity girls basketball team played the Groveton Lady Indians in their first game of the season on Monday, Nov. 20. This was a tough loss for the Lady Jackets, with the final score 21-45.
Ashlyn Overstreet scored 8 points for the Lady Jackets. Also scoring for the Lady Jackets were Carmen Mahaffey, Danique Davis, Annie Rayburn, Taylor Handley, and Meagan Clarke.
The Lady Jackets took on the Zavalla Lady Eagles on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and the Lady Jackets got the win. The Lady Jackets outscored the Lady Eagles 21-20. Mahaffey led the Lady Jackets with 7 points. Also putting points on the board were Handley, Clarke, Rayburn, Overstreet, and Jasmine Mitchell.
Both the varsity boys and girls will play in the Apple Springs Tournament on Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

On Tuesday, December 5, both teams will be on the road. The varsity girls will travel to Burkeville for their first district game and the varsity boys will travel to West Hardin to take on the Oilers. Both the girls and boys games will begin at 6 p.m.

Woodville falls in area round

By Hale Hughes

CYPRESS—This area playoff game was dramatic from the onset as Woodville's CJ Wooten returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown within a mere 14 seconds into the game. Woodville's power runner Zack Martin ran in the two-point conversion to give the Eagles the early lead and put Rockdale on notice that Woodville was here to win.

Woodville began the game with huge momentum as the Eagle defense forced a three and out for the Tigers.

A miserable punt by Rockdale gave the Eagles tremendous field position at the Tiger 32-yard line. It looked like the Eagles were sure to go up early by two touchdowns, but the Tiger defense held, forcing the Eagles to settle for a field goal.

Tyler Greer's kick was good and gave the Eagles an 11-0 lead with 6:56 left in the first quarter.
Woodville's success on their two opening drives seemed to wake up the Tigers.

Rockdale pieced together some momentum with a big run, mixed in with some of their passing attack and got on the board at the 4:47 mark of the first quarter to close the gap 11-7, still in favor of the Eagles.

That offensive momentum for the Tigers translated to some defensive momentum as well as Rockdale stopped the Eagle offense on their next possession.

Woodville punted and the Tigers took the ball and drove on the Woodville defense before a fumble stopped Rockdale.

Woodville had another offensive opportunity but was stopped quick on the possession. Rockdale returned the punt to the Woodville 25-yard line to give the Tigers their best starting field position with just over a minute in the first quarter.

Rockdale took the ball and gained their first lead of the game in the early part of the second quarter with a TD pass across the middle making the score 14-11 in favor of the Tigers.

CJ Wooten was the star for Woodville with his two kickoff returns for touchdowns coupled with two rushing touchdowns delivering four scores for the Eagles on this night.

Wooten appeared to be in video game mode and was the class of the field with his speed. Rockdale simply didn't have an answer for Wooten once he was in the open field. He scored his second kickoff return touchdown on the ensuing kickoff with a 95-yard return to allow the Eagles to immediately retake the lead 17-14 at 10:53 mark of the second quarter.

The Woodville defense held the Tiger offense and forced a punt with Woodville taking over on their own 12-yard line.

Woodville strung together a 13-play, 88-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 38-yard run by Martin that culminated with Wooten scoring around the left side, giving Woodville a 24-14 lead with 4:03 in the second quarter. This would prove to be Woodville's best offensive drive of the game.

Rockdale took over and quickly moved the ball on a five play, 63-yard scoring drive highlighted by two passes both to their tight end, first with a 44-yard pass reception to get the ball down to the 25-yard line and then a 10-yard strike across the middle for a touchdown.

This narrowed the Eagle lead to 24-21 with 2:33 left in the half. The Eagles would take that lead into the halftime break.

The special teams that had kept the Eagles' in the game during the first half had a meltdown in the second half. With two punts blocked and one resulting in a scoop and score for Rockdale, the Eagles were dealt a serious blow to its hopes for making school history by advancing to the regional round.
Rockdale simply rolled in the second half, notching 34 more points against the Eagles. Woodville would add a second half Wooten touchdown, but the outcome was fairly certain at that point, with a final score of 55-30 in favor of the Tigers.

SUMMARY:
ROCKDALE: The Tiger offense used a sharp passing attack sprinkled with periodic runs to move the ball against the Eagles. Rockdale's offense was slowed at times by the Eagle defense but the Tigers continued to find more success against Woodville as the game progressed.

WOODVILLE: The Eagles' special teams kept pace with the Tiger offense for much of the first half with Wooten returning two kickoffs for scores. The Eagles' two leading rushers for the season, Martin and DaMichael Brooks were kept out of the end zone. Special teams play was disastrous for the Eagles in the second half, with three blocked punts and one returned for a score. The Tigers also were successful against the Eagles with an onside kick late in the game that led to an additional Rockdale touchdown. Woodville had won its previous nine consecutive games, losing only to 4A Madisonville on September 8.

WOODVILLE: The Eagles end their season 9-2. The boys will start their basketball season and join the Lady Eagles who started their season three weeks ago.

The Lady Dogs had a great season

The Ladydog Volleyball team before bi-district playoffs.The Ladydog Volleyball team before bi-district playoffs.

By Gaby Reynolds

The Colmesneil Lady Dogs finished their season on Nov. 4. The Lady Dogs were second in district and bi-district champs. Last Tuesday the Lady Dogs fought hard for their bi-district win against Hull Daisetta.

The Ladydogs were down by two games and came back and won the last three. They went on to area where they played the three-time defending state champs. Although the game did not turn out the way that they hoped it would have, the Ladydogs learned a lot about the future of their volleyball program. Each and every player has worked hard and came along way during the season.

"I would like to especially thank our seniors, Bethany Gilbert, Lindsey Dobbins, Rylee Smith, Gabby Reynolds, and Nature Jackson for their leadership throughout the year," Coach Ashley Currington said. "Each one of them have left a legacy in this program that their teammates will carry on. They have left a lasting impact on me and I am grateful to have been a part of their junior and senior season. I am excited and I look forward to the even bigger and better things the program will achieve next year."