by Jana Rayburn
The Chester Yellowjacket football team wrapped up the football season on Friday night by putting up a good fight against the Union Hill Bulldogs. This has been a tough season for the team, but they have gotten better each game. Fans who made the long drive to Union Hill saw the Jackets play one of the best games of the season. Coach Gary Beam was proud of the fact that his team was the only team in the district to take Union Hill to the second half. Beam gives credit to the defense, who played extremely hard against the number eight ranked team in the state.
"We were on the doorstep of taking the lead, and that was exciting", said Beam. Union Hill had a lot of depth and just started running in fresh legs and that made a difference. Beam said that the kids have really showed great improvement in the past three games and we were a very hard win for our opponents. Beam also said, "I thank the seniors for battling to the very end, and hope our young players learned from them".
The Chester junior high football team lost their last game of the season to Union Hill. The Jackets were without three starters, and had to make some changes in the line-up. The underclassmen stepped up and battled hard against a strong Bulldog team.
Dane Barnes will run in the state cross country meet on Saturday, November 12 at 12:50 p.m. The meet will be held in Round Rock at Old Settlers Park. Barnes is the only runner from CHS to qualify for state. Coach Charlotte Barnes is so proud of his hard work. "Dane worked all summer long, and his determination and effort is paying off", said Barnes. There will be a spirited send-off for Barnes on Friday, November 11 at 8 a.m. in the high school. All community members are invited to come show their support for Barnes.
The athletes at Chester did not get a break between sports, as basketball is already in full swing. The boys team started practice immediately after football season ended. The girls got a later start because of their run in the volleyball playoffs.
The boys coach is Chester superintendent Cory Hines, and even though he is new to the district, Hines comes with a lot of basketball coaching experience. Coach DeWayne Armstrong will coach the girls team. Armstrong has been coaching boys basketball for several years. Both the varsity girls and varsity boys will have a home game on Tuesday, November 15, against the High Island Cardinals. The girls game starts at 5 p.m. and the boys game will follow.
The junior high boys and girls basketball teams have their first game on Monday, November 14 in High Island. The girls game starts at 5 p.m. and the boys game will follow.
The Lady Jacket volleyball team won the area playoff game against the Kennard Tigers. Armstrong was pleased with his team and the five set victory against a very tough opponent. He said, "I'm very proud of each player on our team, even when we made mistakes, we continued to be positive and encouraging." Armstrong was also proud of the support from the community, students, and parents. You could feel the excitement in the gym even before the match started, and it only intensified as the game progressed.
The first annual Hoops and Scoops Dinner will be held in the Julius P. Johnson Gymnasium on Wednesday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. This night will include a bar-b-que dinner with all the fixings and desserts, a guest speaker, and both basketball coaches will give the 'scoop' on their expectations for this season. The guest speaker will be Tim Bartlett, who currently serves as the boys athletic director and head basketball coach at Huntington High School. Tables for this event are $150 each and if you would like more information on this, contact the Chester High School office.