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.

Warriors Take Trinity 8-3/Lady Warriors in Championship Game

Jacob Riley on the mound against Trinity. (Doug Glosson Photo)Jacob Riley on the mound against Trinity. (Doug Glosson Photo)

by Doug Glosson

Baseball - Last Monday, Trinity visited Warren for an early season scrimmage. Scrimmages are used to give several pitchers a chance to show themselves while getting their arms in shape for the long season, and batters a chance to work on their timing.
Each team was only allowed six batters or three outs, whichever came first. Warren's Jacob Riley pitched the first two innings striking out two while allowing no hits or runs.

Trinity was able to get on the board with a run in the third inning, but Warren would strike in the bottom of the inning as well. Austin Scarborough, pitching the third and fourth innings, started off the bottom half of the third with a double. Riley then hit a single to set up Easton Perfect who hit a two-run double, to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead. Dylan McGallion then hit a RBI single to score Perfect and then Cody Freeman with a single to score McGallion, giving Warren a 4-1 lead.

Trinity would not fold so easily and got right back in the game with two runs in the top of the fourth inning, making the score 4-3.
Warren had a chance to blow it open in the bottom of the fourth with bases loaded and no outs, but were unable to push any runs across.

Scarborough and Austin Scherry did a good job of holding Trinity to just three runs over the next couple of innings.

Warren was able to push across three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to take the scrimmage 8-3.

Next up, the Warren JV is hosting a tournament February 23-24. Varsity is heading to Hemphill for a tournament February 23-25.

Softball – The Lady Warriors participated in the Bayou Classic hosted by the Hampshire Fannett Lady Horns this past weekend. They took their first win with a score of 13-1 over Port Arthur Memorial. Junior Alyssa Phillips went two for two with two RBI's and an in-the-park homerun. Freshman pitcher, Hailey Craigen went one for one at the plate with one RBI. She also had seven strikeouts and gave up on two hits.

The Lady Warriors then took on Hampshire Fannett, defeating them 9-0. Junior shortstop, Laikyn Bell, went one for two with two stolen bases. Junior first baseman, Bailey Hamilton, went two for two with a double, a stolen base, and RBI. Junior third baseman, Marion Purvis, went two for two with two RBI. Craigen again only gave up two hits while on the mound and went two for two with two RBI at the plate.

The Lady Warriors played in the championship game Saturday night against the Hardin Lady Hornets, coming up short by a score of 5-1. Hamilton and Emily Cloud both went one for two. Cloud hit a solid double, getting the only RBI of the game. Craigen worked hard on the mound, getting four strikeouts while giving up only six hits.

Coach Deaver said, "It was a lot of fun and the game gave the girls a good taste of the great things that are ahead of them this season."
Phillips and Hamilton were both selected for All-Tournament honors, while Craigen was chosen MVP for the Lady Warriors for the tournament.

They will travel to Jasper this weekend for a tournament, playing at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and then at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Chester upsets Apple Springs in last District game

by Jana Rayburn

Cord Neal gets set to shoot a free throw against the Eagles.  Neal scored 27 points during the game.Cord Neal gets set to shoot a free throw against the Eagles. Neal scored 27 points during the game.The Chester boys basketball team has finished out their regular season in 3rd place and are headed into post-season play.

The Jackets played their final district game in Apple Springs on Monday, February 13. This game was a must win for the Jackets, and despite an overly aggressive Eagle team, the Jackets got the win 70-50. Cord Neal was high point of the night with 27 points. Other Jackets contributing on the scoreboard were Dane Barnes with 16 points, Seth Read with 12 points, Colten Martin with 8 points, and Jaqualin George with 7 points.
The Jackets have a tough starting lineup and a strong bench to pull from. Senior Neal leads the team in scoring, and is definitely a presence on the court. Neal averaged over 25 points per game during district play. Barnes is a strong ball handler and an overall smart player. He has high percentages in both 3-pointers and free throws. Read is a beast under the goal. He is aggressive on offense and on defense. Martin is a strong rebounder, and is a reliable and consistent presence on the court. George has speed, and his defensive skills are an asset for the team. Clay Thomson uses his height to his advantage, rebounding and playing hard under the goal. Freshman J.D. Clarke has stepped up this year and improved with each game he played. Junior Henson brings aggressiveness to the game. J.T. Martin is hard working and enthusiastic. The Jackets are also lucky enough to have two great managers in Cooper Bendy and Stran Hines.

The Chester Lady Jacket softball team has been hard at work preparing for this season. Coaches Jeremy Wooten and Becki Byrd believe they have the right group of girls to have a successful season. Coach Byrd added, "We are a work in progress right now. The games we play before district starts will be the time for our players to get used to their positions in game situations. We need to get all the kinks worked out before our first district game on March 7."

The Lady Jackets will play Lovelady in an away game on Tuesday, February 28 at 6 p.m.

Playoff Basketball Thrives

by Hale Hughes

Taking Aim—Woodville’s Jayda Argumon (11) sets up for a three-point shot as the playoff rounds deepen. (Hale Hughes Photo)Taking Aim—Woodville’s Jayda Argumon (11) sets up for a three-point shot as the playoff rounds deepen. (Hale Hughes Photo)Woodville Boys finished fourth in District 22 and beat Big Sandy last week 53-57 in a warm-up game as they head to postseason play to take on Hempstead in Bi-District Tilt. Head coach Lane Shands has his Eagle team ready and Woodville looks solid as they prepare to take on district champion Hempstead. Confidence is high right now with the Eagles and their primary short-term goal of making the playoffs is now a reality. The Eagles fought diligently this year for a playoff spot in what is traditionally known as one of the toughest teams in state, with Buna currently holding a number eight state ranking to their credit. "Getting in the playoffs is all that matters," said Shands. "Now we have the same opportunity as everyone else and it's a whole new season and level playing surface for everyone who qualified." Now it's time to see just what the Eagles will do with their hard earned playoff opportunity.

District 22 champ Woodville girls face Crockett (the District 21 winner) with a showdown with the winner of Teague and Franklin on the line to decide who goes to the Regional Tournament. Woodville's girls are ranked number 13 in state according to Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and head coach Troy Carrell has the Lady Eagles firing on all cylinders this post season. It's been several years since Woodville has advanced to the regional tournament, and if this team can take care of business and block out distractions, the sky's the limit for our Lady Eagles.

Last week's win over Rice Consolidated 58-33 in the area round was proof and put all of east Texas on notice that the Lady Eagles are the real deal this year. In the win over Rice, senior Bethany Mitchell led all scorers with 20 points and added ten rebounds to her game credits. Freshman Jordan Beaty added another 16 points with her efforts that contributed to Woodville's 58-point total. Beaty also garnered four offensive and four defensive rebounds to provide a solid game for Woodville down low. Jayda Argumon and Chelsie Sargent added eight and six points respectively.

Carrell said he has high expectations for this group this year and each player on the team strives to do their part to make the machine that is the Lady Eagles run smoothly. With each win, Woodville becomes more and more confident in their abilities and further strengthens the bond that each player shares with one another. Woodville's game with Crockett is scheduled for Tuesday evening at Livingston High School.