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Warren Tennis Does Well at District Tournament

Warren Varsity Tennis—Shown, from left, are John Applewhite, Cameron Kojak, Jami Miller, and Seth Brown at district tennis tournament. (Coach Ronate Sloan Photo)Warren Varsity Tennis—Shown, from left, are John Applewhite, Cameron Kojak, Jami Miller, and Seth Brown at district tennis tournament. (Coach Ronate Sloan Photo)

by Doug Glosson

Tennis – The Warren tennis teams started out the season slow, but in the end, many of the athletes showed much improvement as well as some having personal bests.

The varsity consists of John Applewhite, Kyler Bradford, Seth Brown, Cameron Kojak, Colton Ford, Chandler Langham, Jami Miller, Kyndell Gore, Kynsi Gillis, Samantha Marlar, and manager Linzy Tingle.

In the Woodville tournament on March 17, in boys singles Applewhite placed first and Bradford third. Brown and Kojak won consolation in boy's doubles, while Miller won consolation in girl's singles.

The district meet was held on March 27 in East Chambers. Applewhite finished with third place in boy's singles, Miller fourth in girl's singles, and Brown and Kojak placed fourth in boy's doubles.

Baseball – Warren was on the road for both games last week. Their first stop was at Bob Hope, where they took care of business quickly in five innings, winning 13-0. The Warriors then traveled to Hardin to take on the Hornets. With strong pitching performances by Hunter Welch and Jacob Riley, timely hitting by Easton Perfect and Bryce Harrington, and top plays in the outfield by Ty Choate, Warren took the game 8-3; tying Buna for second place in district at 4-2.

Coming up, JV will be in Kirbyville for the JV tournament April 6-8. Varsity will start the second half of the season at home against Kirbyville on Friday April 7, and then will travel to Buna on Tuesday, April 11. Games start at 6 p.m.

Softball – The Lady Warriors had a mixed week as they won one and lost one.
At Bob Hope on Tuesday, Hailey Craigen threw a perfect game with no runs and no walks, while striking out six in three innings of work in an 18-0 win. Craigen also helped herself at the plate with three RBI's. Emily Cloud and Hallie Nevins pitched in as well with two hits and two RBI's each.

Warren then traveled to Hardin, where the Lady Warriors got down early and could not recover, losing this one 11-1 in six innings; leaving them with a district record of three wins against four losses.

Next up, the Lady Warriors will be at home against Kirbyville on Friday, April 7, and then will travel to Buna on Tuesday, April 11. Games start at 6 p.m.

Woodville Sends Three To National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

We Three Kings: Kesean Paire, Garrett Castillo and Carrington Marendes play at the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Louisville, KY. (Photo Melissa Castillo)We Three Kings: Kesean Paire, Garrett Castillo and Carrington Marendes play at the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Louisville, KY. (Photo Melissa Castillo)

by Hale Hughes

Last week, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) held their national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. The tournament consists of six classifications in which only the top 16 teams are allowed to compete. Teams must qualify for this tournament by winning a qualifier tournament or have a highly coveted invitation.

The Hot Wheels team, based out of Houston was one of the few teams that earned their place at the tournament by winning the Atlanta, Georgia tournament earlier this year. The Hot Wheels are coached by Trice Ham who has high expectations for his players on and off the court. Ham, although not governed by the UIL, holds his players to the same standards enforced by the UIL, and will bench any player not passing all his or her classes. The NWBA is a co-ed association and girls play right next to the boys. The wheelchair is the great equalizer and any gender strengths or weaknesses are balanced once the players take the court.

Kesean Paire, Garrett Castillo and Carrington Marendes are three young men from Woodville who compete for the Hot Wheels Team in the Junior/Varisity division and are sponsored by TIRR Herman Memorial Hospital. These three young men sacrifice a great deal to be a part of the Hot Wheels organization by traveling to Houston each Tuesday for practice and then traveling all over the nation on the weekends to play. Some of the recent places these young men have traveled to are Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Illinois. Paire and Castillo are new to the game this year, but Marendes has been playing for a few years now and has found a great deal of success in the past, winning the national title a few years ago and being named to the First Team All-Star National Tournament team last year.

The Hot Wheels played in the Exposition Center in Louisville last weekend and finished fifth, losing only one game to the eventual champion by a close six points. According to Tony Castillo, it was the only game that the eventual champions were seriously challenged as they went on to win the tournament by beating other teams by significant margins, usually by 20 or more points. The Hot Wheels didn't lose another game and finished with a 33-4 record for the year that saw them ranked as high as third in the nation this year.

Another highlight for the Hot Wheels team this year was that they were able to meet with the Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball team just before they traveled to the Olympics and bringing back the gold medal. There's a great deal of pride, self-worth, accomplishment and integrity that bonds these players together, regardless of team and much respect is shared among the players. There is a great comradery built amongst the players and the best players are recognized for their efforts.

College scouts were at the Louisville tournament looking for players that fit the leadership mold that their respective schools are looking for that have the talent and desire to take their game to the next level after high school. Several of these scouts spoke with the Woodville players and are anticipating great things from these three young men in the coming years.

Colmesneil Bulldogs Repeat Victory Over Chireno

by Andrew Harmon  On Friday, March 31, the Colmesneil Bulldogs took on the Chireno Owls. After defeating Chireno earlier in the season, Colmesneil’s team knew they were capable of a repeat. However, Chireno came ready to put up a fight. The first inning started with a ground out and a strikeout for the Bulldogs. After moving to the field for a quick three outs, Colmesneil returned to the batters box eager to correct their previous mistakes.  Senior Mason Williams started off the second inning with a deep shot to center field and advanced to second base. Williams was left stranded on third as the Owls took their next turn at bat. The Bulldogs quickly ended the inning with a triple play. Senior Colt Brown, caught a fly ball from right field, beamed it to first baseman Williams, where it was shot to third baseman sophomore, Tanner Rhodes for the final out.  The Bulldogs gained more confidence with each turn at bat and continued defensively playing the outfield. The game ended with a 5-2 Colmesneil win over Chrino, advancing their record to 13-1 for the season.  The Bulldogs have great momentum, moving into their next week of play when they are scheduled to meet West Sabine, Brookeland, and Zavalla. Colmesneil looks forward to another shot to claim first in district play.by Andrew Harmon On Friday, March 31, the Colmesneil Bulldogs took on the Chireno Owls. After defeating Chireno earlier in the season, Colmesneil’s team knew they were capable of a repeat. However, Chireno came ready to put up a fight. The first inning started with a ground out and a strikeout for the Bulldogs. After moving to the field for a quick three outs, Colmesneil returned to the batters box eager to correct their previous mistakes. Senior Mason Williams started off the second inning with a deep shot to center field and advanced to second base. Williams was left stranded on third as the Owls took their next turn at bat. The Bulldogs quickly ended the inning with a triple play. Senior Colt Brown, caught a fly ball from right field, beamed it to first baseman Williams, where it was shot to third baseman sophomore, Tanner Rhodes for the final out. The Bulldogs gained more confidence with each turn at bat and continued defensively playing the outfield. The game ended with a 5-2 Colmesneil win over Chrino, advancing their record to 13-1 for the season. The Bulldogs have great momentum, moving into their next week of play when they are scheduled to meet West Sabine, Brookeland, and Zavalla. Colmesneil looks forward to another shot to claim first in district play.

by Andrew Harmon

On Friday, March 31, the Colmesneil Bulldogs took on the Chireno Owls. After defeating Chireno earlier in the season, Colmesneil's team knew they were capable of a repeat. However, Chireno came ready to put up a fight.

The first inning started with a ground out and a strikeout for the Bulldogs. After moving to the field for a quick three outs, Colmesneil returned to the batters box eager to correct their previous mistakes.

Senior Mason Williams started off the second inning with a deep shot to center field and advanced to second base. Williams was left stranded on third as the Owls took their next turn at bat. The Bulldogs quickly ended the inning with a triple play. Senior Colt Brown, caught a fly ball from right field, beamed it to first baseman Williams, where it was shot to third baseman sophomore, Tanner Rhodes for the final out.

The Bulldogs gained more confidence with each turn at bat and continued defensively playing the outfield. The game ended with a 5-2 Colmesneil win over Chrino, advancing their record to 13-1 for the season.

The Bulldogs have great momentum, moving into their next week of play when they are scheduled to meet West Sabine, Brookeland, and Zavalla. Colmesneil looks forward to another shot to claim first in district play.

Spurger Varsity Cheerleader Squad Announced

Spurger-Sports DSC 1874Shown, from left, are Abigail Sanchez, (Mascot) Gracie Merritt, Kelly Wilson, Breanna Wagner, Justine Loechel, Brooke Ellis, Delaney Holley, Carley Pilgreen, McKenzy Hatton, and Krissy Porterfield. Not pictured: Abigail Sirmons.
by Hannah Grissom

The upcoming 2017-2018 Spurger Pirate varsity cheerleaders are looking forward to having a great season. The cheer squad is being sponsored by Crystal Means.

2017-2018 cheerleaders are upcoming freshman Abigail Sanchez, freshman Krissy Porterfield, freshman Delaney Holley, freshman Carley Pilgreen, sophomore, McKenzy Hatton, sophomore Abigail Sirmons, sophomore Breanna Wagner, sophomore Brooke Ellis, sophomore Kelly Wilson, and junior Justine Loechel . The mascot is sophomore Gracie Merritt.

Porterfield said, "I am looking forward to being with my friends and having a great year with everyone." Loechel said, "I am hoping that this upcoming cheer season is filled with joyful laughter, new friendships, and lots of wins!" There has not been a head cheerleader or captain selected at this time.

Everyone is just looking forward to making memories, having fun, and giving it their all. The squad will begin learning new cheers, chants, stunts and dance routines during the summer. Cheer camp will be held at Sam Houston State University.

The Pirate softball and baseball teams have home games on Friday, April 7. The girls are playing Big Sandy at 4 p.m. The boys are playing Sabine Pass at 4 p.m. On Saturday, April 8 the varsity golf team will have a district tournament at Rayburn Country.

Jackets Entire Tennis Team advancing to Regional Meet

Chester tennis team advancing to regional meet—Shown, front row (l to r):  Colten Martin, Cord Neal, Clay Thomson; back row (l to r):  Ashlyn Overstreet, Seth Read, Annie Rayburn, J.T. Martin, and Selah Spaulding.Chester tennis team advancing to regional meet—Shown, front row (l to r): Colten Martin, Cord Neal, Clay Thomson; back row (l to r): Ashlyn Overstreet, Seth Read, Annie Rayburn, J.T. Martin, and Selah Spaulding.

by Jana Rayburn

The Chester High School tennis team has had a very successful year so far. Every member of the team has advanced to the regional tournament.

The men's doubles team of Seth Read and Clay Thomson placed first, as did the mixed doubles team of Colten Martin and Annie Rayburn. Cord Neal also placed first in the men's singles division. Selah Spaulding placed second in the women's singles division, and the team of J.T. Martin and Ashlyn Overstreet came in second in mixed doubles. The regional tournament will be held on April 18-19 in Georgetown at Georgetown High School.

The Chester track team competed in the Rainey Relays at Evadale High School on Thursday, March 30. The 800m relay team of Jaqualin George, Michael Castleberry, Caleb Sitting and Colten Martin came in fourth place. The 1600m relay team of Castleberry, Sittig, Martin, and Cord Neal came in third place. Danique Davis placed sixth in the long jump, and Ashlyn Overstreet placed fifth in the discus. Faith Loughner came in fifth place in the 100m hurdles and Amory Parker came in third in the 300m hurdles. Neal placed first in the triple jump, fourth in the long jump, and sixth in the 400m dash. Dane Barnes placed first in the 3200mrun and first in the 1600m run. Annie Rayburn placed first in the 1600m run and second in the 3200m run.

The Yellowjacket track team will travel to Deweyville for their last meet before district on Thursday, April 6.

The Chester Lady Jacket softball team played in Big Sandy on Tuesday, March 28. Despite some good hits by Haley Cowan, Faith Loughner, Belle Gilzow, Meagan Clarke, and Donna Martin, the Lady Jackets fell to the Lady Wildcats 2-12. Clarke drove in one run in the second inning with a grounder and Gilzow drove in the other run in the third inning with a hit to left field.

Head Coach Jeremy Wooten said, "The girls played much better. We've got some things to work on, but we are improving for the play-off push."

The Lady Jackets will have Friday off, and will play in Zavalla on Tuesday, Aprill 11 at 6 p.m.

The Chester baseball team defeated Zavalla on Tuesday, March 28 with a score of 14-8. Cord Neal led the Jackets with four hits, seven stolen bases, and five RBI's. Seth Read pitched four innings for the Jackets, getting the win with six strike outs. Chester grabbed an early lead as Clay Thomson laid down a sacrifice bunt to score a run in the first inning.

The Jackets scored five runs in the second inning with hits from Avery Wade, Neal, Thomson, and Read. The Jackets added two more runs in the third inning thanks to hits by Colten Martin, J.D. Clarke, Jake Pitre, Wade, and Neal.

The Jackets added three more runs in the seventh inning with hits from Cader Powell, Neal, and Thomson.

The Jackets will travel to Pineland to face the West Sabine Tigers on Saturday, April 8 at noon. Then, on Tuesday, April 11, the Jackets will travel to Brookeland for a 6 p.m. game.

Lady Pirates Basketball Season Comes To A Close

Kenzie Hatton  shoots one for the Lady Pirates in their game against Prairies Lee High.Kenzie Hatton shoots one for the Lady Pirates in their game against Prairies Lee High.

by Andrew Harmon

On Monday, February 12, the Spurger Lady Pirates basketball team took on Prairie Lee High School in the first round playoff match-up. The Lady Pirates were ready for this game, as they had practiced all season in preparation.

The Lady Pirates came to the court with great attitudes and so did the spectators. A packed gym, excited fans, and anxious players indicated that it was, in fact, a playoff game. The senior players seemed determined to pull off another win to keep their season alive.

As the game was tipped off, the girls ran and played with great intensity. Prairie Lee seemed to have an advantage as they took the ball and held it with great momentum for the first half of the game. The senior Lady Pirates struggled in the first period but picked the pace back up as the game progressed. Kaylee Hatton and Cassidy LeBouef worked together extremely well with some excellent passes.

As the final half of play began we saw a lot of talent from both teams. However, the Spurger season came to a close with a score of 34-67.
The Lady Pirates were very grateful to head coach Amber Moore for her great work in leading the girls to a winning playoff season. Moore is already looking forward to next basketball season.