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Yellowjackets compete at Regional Meet

Yellowjackets Levi Goins and Cade Parrish were neck and neck on the last 100 meters of the 800M run at the regional track meet held at Sam Houston State University last weekend. Yellowjackets Levi Goins and Cade Parrish were neck and neck on the last 100 meters of the 800M run at the regional track meet held at Sam Houston State University last weekend.

By Jana Rayburn

Several Chester Yellowjacket track athletes competed in the Region IV Track and Field Meet that was held April 27-28 in Huntsville on the Sam Houston State University campus. Faith Loughner placed fifth in the 100M hurdles. Annie Rayburn finished the 3200M run in eighth place. Rayburn also placed ninth in the 800M run, and eighth place in the 1600M run. Levi Goins placed twelfth in the 800M run, and Cade Parrish placed thirteenth in the 800M run. Danique Davis placed eleventh in the long jump and Ashlyn Overstreet placed twelfth in the discus.

Last week, the Lady Jackets decimated the Burkeville Lady Mustangs 26-0 in just three innings to advance to the second round of the state softball playoffs. The Jackets got a huge lead during the first inning, scoring 16 runs. Everyone on the team got some hits and moved around the bases. Coaches Jeremy Wooten and Becki Byrd were pleased with both the win and the way all the girls played.
The Lady Jackets will face the Wells Lady Pirates in the Area round of the state softball playoffs. Game one will be at Chester on Thursday, May 3 at 5:00 p.m. Game two will be in Wells on Friday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. If necessary, game three will be 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.

The Chester boys baseball team played their final district game of the season on Tuesday, April 24 against the Zavalla Eagles. The Jackets lost to the Eagles 10-18.

The Yellowjackets will face the Wells Pirates in the bi-district round of the state baseball playoffs. Information regarding game day and time will be provided to the Booster online when it becomes available.

Warren honors former baseball player

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The Warren baseball team paid tribute to former player Justin Phillips on Tuesday, April 10. The memorial took place just before the Warriors' game against the Buna Cougars.

Phillips died in an automobile accident on January 17 at the age of 21.

After the starting lineups for both teams were announced, Phillips' brother, Austin Phillips, threw the first pitch, which was caught by his sister, Alyssa Phillips.

The Phillips family was then presented with a banner honoring Justin that will be displayed at Warren High School.

Following the presentation of the banner, a statement by former Warren baseball coach Joe Wofford was read.

"The game of baseball has blessed me with so many great memories, none more memorable than my time at Warren High School," he wrote. "Amongst those memories are a large group of successful young men who not only proved their worth on the field, but more importantly, life itself. Along with his brother Austin, Justin was one of the most respected and respectful young men I've ever coached.

"Justin exemplified exactly what was important to the Warrior baseball program: respect, class, dignity, dedication and hard work. He wore the uniform with pride and made an impact on the baseball diamond. More importantly, Justin always did the little things right, and was a winner in the game of life, which is a credit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips. He treated everyone he met with the aforementioned respect, class and dignity, and always put a smile on people's face. Rest in peace good buddy!"

A number of those in attendance at the game were wearing Justin Phillips memorial t-shirts in honor of Phillips. Phillips' mother, Christina Phillips, expressed gratitude at the show of support.

"Thanks to the Warren community and Buna for the tribute to Justin," she said.The Warren baseball team paid tribute to former player Justin Phillips on Tuesday, April 10. The memorial took place just before the Warriors' game against the Buna Cougars.

Phillips died in an automobile accident on January 17 at the age of 21.

After the starting lineups for both teams were announced, Phillips' brother, Austin Phillips, threw the first pitch, which was caught by his sister, Alyssa Phillips.

The Phillips family was then presented with a banner honoring Justin that will be displayed at Warren High School.

Following the presentation of the banner, a statement by former Warren baseball coach Joe Wofford was read.
"The game of baseball has blessed me with so many great memories, none more memorable than my time at Warren High School," he wrote. "Amongst those memories are a large group of successful young men who not only proved their worth on the field, but more importantly, life itself. Along with his brother Austin, Justin was one of the most respected and respectful young men I've ever coached.

"Justin exemplified exactly what was important to the Warrior baseball program: respect, class, dignity, dedication and hard work. He wore the uniform with pride and made an impact on the baseball diamond. More importantly, Justin always did the little things right, and was a winner in the game of life, which is a credit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips. He treated everyone he met with the aforementioned respect, class and dignity, and always put a smile on people's face. Rest in peace good buddy!"

A number of those in attendance at the game were wearing Justin Phillips memorial t-shirts in honor of Phillips. Phillips' mother, Christina Phillips, expressed gratitude at the show of support.

"Thanks to the Warren community and Buna for the tribute to Justin," she said.

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.