Eagles notch convincing wins in football, volleyball


By Hale Hughes

Moran on the Move:  Woodville’s Kemo Moran returns a kickoff for the Woodville Eagles. (Hale Hughes photo)Moran on the Move:  Woodville’s Kemo Moran returns a kickoff for the Woodville Eagles. (Hale Hughes photo)Head football coach Ty Robinson took his team to Buna for a District 22-3A tilt against perennially tough Buna who seems to battle Woodville each year.

With the home field advantage, this year would prove no different.

It was Buna who drew first blood, scoring first against the visiting Eagles to give the Cougars an early 8-0 lead. The Buna defense was a challenge and the Eagles proved to be up to the task by answering with an 86-yard TD run by junior Zack Martin to bring the game close with the Cougars leading 8-7 at halftime.

It's not known what coach Robinson said in the dressing room to his squad during the break, but whatever it was, he should bottle it up and sell it.

The Eagles came out after halftime and simply took over the game. It was like watching two entirely different teams. The Cougars who had looked good for the first two quarters, now looked very beatable.

Conversely, the Eagles who looked equally good the first half, were simply sensational the final two quarters.

"We knew this was going to be a dogfight," Robinson said after the game. "It always is with them. This community has a lot of pride in their team and it shows. I have a great deal of respect for Buna and you just can't take them lightly."

Woodville would go on to score five second half touchdowns, spreading the ball all over to multiple ball carriers. Martin added another touchdown run in the second half to give him two touchdowns on the night, while senior fullback Reed Weaver added two touchdowns of his own to increase Woodville's lead. Junior quarterback Reese Shaw notched a touchdown and so did senior CJ Wooten.

Woodville's offensive power seemed too much for the Cougar defense the second half.

Woodville seemed to take the wind out of the Buna offense who just couldn't seem to get any momentum going like they had at the beginning of the game.

"Our kids really came out after halftime and responded," Robinson said. "We had a few breaks in the third quarter that helped us gain momentum and give us the upper hand."

When asked to elaborate, Robinson replied, "I think the key shift in the game was during Buna's first drive in the third quarter.
Linebacker Marcos Broom stripped the ball from their fullback and we recovered it. It seemed to ignite us and deflate them all at the same time."

Woodville won the game by a final margin of 43-14, once again having the Eagle offense flirting with 40-plus points for the fourth week in a row.

Woodville (6-1,4-0) looks ahead to Kountze, (1-4, 0-3) at Eagle Stadium on Oct. 27. The Eagles follow with a bye week and then will face the district's only other unbeaten team in district play, Coldspring, (4-2, 3-0) at Coldspring on Nov. 10 to close out the regular season.

Lady Eagles tame Bulldogs
The Woodville Lady Eagles hosted rival Garrison Friday for Senior Night, honoring their 2019 seniors before the game. Seniors Sydney Smith, Alexis Ferguson and Josie Watts were recognized for their four years of effort and success by head coach Kaila Foster before a packed crowd at the Eagle Summit.
Yoselin & Lesli Miranda were also recognized before the home crowd as seniors for their efforts competing in cross country.
Woodville dominated Garrison from the first serve, taking down the visitors in straight sets 25-7, 25-7, 25-11.
It was a great win for the Lady Eagles and a sure momentum boost as the Lady Eagles take winning momentum into the playoffs as they prepare for the post season.

Pirates’ Cross Country team runs through district

By Hannah Grissom

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Spurger Pirate Cross Country team ran in the District meet. This meet was held in Lufkin, Texas.

The junior high teams got to participate in the District meet. The junior high boys placed second overall.

Colton Jenkins placed the highest by receiving second.

The junior high girls also placed second overall. Shoney Eason placed the highest by receiving second place as well.

The Spurger High School boys, placed second in District with Gantt Stone placing seventh, Chase Shook placing eighth, and Christian Urias-Jimenez placing 10th .

The Spurger High School girls however, were District Champions. Sayri Urias-Jimenez placed second, Lana Whiteside placed third, McKenzy Hatton placed fourth, Lauren Griffin placed fifth, Justine Loechel placed seventh, Abigail Sirmons placed ninth, and Shelly Martin placed tenth. The high school teams ran Oct. 23, in Corpus Christi for the Regional meet.

Yellowjackets fall to Lions in district opener

By Jana Rayburn

Chester high school and junior high football teams hosted Leverett's Chapel on Friday, Oct. 20.
The junior high game was played first, and the Jackets fell to the Lions 0-20. Carson Thomson led the team as quarterback. Luke Read and Colton Pursley also played a great game for the Jackets.

The high school took the field next, and although the Jackets battled the entire game against one of the best teams in the district, Chester fell to Leverett's Chapel 6-54.

Coach Jeremy Wooten said this about Friday night's loss, "Our youth showed tonight. We played without one of our senior leaders, who is out with an injury."

Wooten had nothing but praise for the underclassmen who stepped up and showed some grit.
Seth Read led the team brilliantly on only his second game as quarterback. Dean Brown had some great catches as wide receiver.

Defensively, there were a lot of good hits. J.T. Martin got some hard hits, and Brown got some great tackles. Jake Pitre made numerous tackles against much larger opponents. Braydin Davis stepped up on defense with numerous quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery, and a couple of tackles.

The junior high will travel to High Island to battle the Cardinals on Thursday, Oct. 26. Kick-off will be at 5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27 will be a big night at Aubry Bradley Stadium in Chester. This will be both Homecoming and Senior night for the Yellowjackets. The football game Friday, Oct. 27 will pit the Jackets against the High Island Cardinals with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

Homecoming coronation will be held pre-game beginning at 7 p.m. and Senior night recognition will be held at half time.

The Yellowjacket cross country teams both earned the right to compete in the Region IV Cross Country meet in Corpus Christi. The girls team won the district championship, while the boys finished in third place. Boys team members are Dane Barnes, Cade Parrish, J.T. Martin, Levi Goins, and Austin Haskett. Girls team members are Haley Cowan, Selah Spaulding, Annie Rayburn, Faith Loughner, Brianna Cowan, and Jasmine Mitchell.

Coach Charlotte Barnes is hopeful that some of the athletes will advance to the state meet, as they have put in a great deal of practice. The state meet in held in Round Rock at Old Settlers Park on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The Lady Jackets volleyball team is nearing the end of district play. The team defeated the Leggett Pirates in three straight sets on Tuesday, October 17 and easily beat the Goodrich Lady Hornets in three straight sets on Friday, Oct. 20.

The Lady Jackets have clenched their spot as the number one seed in Class 1A. They will have two byes before their first playoff game, which will be the regional quarterfinal round.

To get some practice in before their playoff run, the Lady Jackets will play a warm-up game against the Hull Daisetta Lady Bobcats. This game will be played on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. at Warren High School. This will be the second meeting between these two teams, as the Lady Jackets defeated the Lady Bobcats in 5 sets earlier in the season.

Colmesneil CC teams turn in best times of the year at home meet

McKayla Pittman with her first place medal, Rylee Smith with her fourth place medal, and Kaleb Powers running his race.McKayla Pittman with her first place medal, Rylee Smith with her fourth place medal, and Kaleb Powers running his race.

By Gabby Reynolds

Cross Country Colmesneil Cross Country had a meet on their own course this past week. The invitational meet went very well.

Colmesneil had a third place finish as a team for Varsity Boys, Junior High Girls and Junior High Boys.

Freshman McKayla Pittman, finished first in the varsity girls division and senior Rylee Smith, finished fourth.

All Colmesneil varsity girls ran their fastest times this year. Senior Erika Martin and sophomore Lindsey Courtney have competed very well in every meet and both make the Varsity girls a very competitive team.

The Varsity boys team also ran very well. Sophomore Kaleb Powers finished eighth with his fastest time in his career so far.
Sophomore Gordon Smith, freshman Adam Smith, senior Lenny Topolinski and Sophomore Jon Jalomo also had their best times of the year this week.

In the Junior High boys division, Blake O'Neal finished eighth, and Treston Horton finished seventeenth. In the Junior High girls division Breyanna Neyland finished thirteenth. Colmesneil Cross Country is having an outstanding season and will compete again Wednesday, October 4, in Chester.

Volleyball Colmesneil Volleyball started the week off tough with a loss to Groveton.

This loss was also a turning point for the Lady Dogs, it allowed Colmesneil to do some reflecting as a team to see where they needed to be in order to be the playoff team they want to be.

As a team the players raised the bar in practice and pushed themselves to be better.

"We will work hard to do the hard things during practice and during games," Coach Ashley Currington said.

The Lady Dogs hard work showed off against Burkeville when they took the win in three games.

Colmesneil Lady Dogs will match up against Chester Saturday, Oct. 7, at 10:30 a.m. on their home court.

Football Colmesneil Football had a bye week last week. The team is ready to face Cushing in Colmesneil starting at 7:30 Friday.

Lady Warriors fall in 4 to Hardin

Baily Hamilton (8) going up for the block against Hardin. (Doug Glosson photo) Baily Hamilton (8) going up for the block against Hardin. (Doug Glosson photo)

By Doug Glosson

Last Friday the Lady Warriors defeated Bob Hope in straight sets to split wins and losses for the week.

On Tuesday, Warren traveled to Hardin to take on one of the top teams in the district.

In the first set, the Lady Warriors started out strong, taking a 12-4 lead and never looked back.

The Lady Hornets came within three points at 16-13, but kills by Bailey Hamilton and Claire McEachern, along with an ace by Taylor Renick, put Warren back up 22-17. The Lady Warriors were able to finish it off to take a one set lead 25-21.

The Lady Hornets showed grit in the next set by taking it to the Lady Warriors early.

Down 21-11, Warren made a short run to get within seven, but that would be as close as they would get, losing the set 25-17.
Determined to get back in the game, the Lady Warriors showed some grit of their own in the third set by taking an early 10-7 lead.
With the game tied at 12, the Lady Hornets went on a run to take a 16-12 lead, before Hamilton had a key block, Lindi Barnett a winner, and Laikyn Bell with a kill to get within one at 18-17. The Lady Warriors stayed within one to two points the rest of way until McEachern hit an ace to tie the set at 22.

Unfortunately, a couple of unforced errors by Warren contributed to this set slipping away 25-23 and down two sets to one.
The fourth set started out much like the third with the Lady Warriors taking an early 12-8 lead with kills by Samantha Marlar, Bell, Erin Foster, and Barnett.

But a couple of unforced errors by Warren and timely serving by Hardin let the Lady Hornets gain momentum and tie the game at 16.

McEachern was able to tie the game at 17 with a winner, before Hardin then went on an eight to five run the rest of the way to clinch the set, 25-22,and take the game three sets to one.

With one win and won loss for the week, the Lady Warriors district record stands at four wins against three losses.

Next up, all three teams will play Hardin again in Warren on Friday, Oct. 6 and then travel to Anahuac Oct. 10; games starting at 4:30 p.m.
Warriors fall to Woodville

The Warriors football team traveled to Woodville last Friday in search of spoiling the Eagles homecoming. Woodville would not be denied however, beating Warren 49-0.

Next up, the Warriors will play their first home game of the season Friday, Oct. 6 against Cold Springs, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Spurger Lady Pirates return to action after Hurricane Harvey

Lady Pirates Tanna Willis, Ashley Jenkins, Shelly Martin, Lauren Griffin, Abigail Sirmons and McKenzy Hatton take the court. Hannah Grissom photoLady Pirates Tanna Willis, Ashley Jenkins, Shelly Martin, Lauren Griffin, Abigail Sirmons and McKenzy Hatton take the court. Hannah Grissom photo

By Hannah Grissom

This past week was bittersweet for the Spurger Lady Pirates. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Lady Pirates took a big win over the Apple Springs Eagles. In the first set, the Pirates took the victory with a score of 25-12.

In the second set, the victories continued with a score of 25-3. In the third and final set, the Spurger Lady Pirates came out with their first district win. The final score was 25-13.

Junior Tabitha Martin served the most points in the second set with a total of 19 serves in a row.

In the third set, Tabitha served a total of 14 serves in a row.

The Lady Pirates faced off against the Chester Yellowjackets On Friday, Sept. 15. They came out with a devastating loss.

The first set the Pirates loss with a score of 10-25. The second set the ladies came out with a win of 25-13.

The Lady Pirates were super excited. The excitement did not last long.

The Yellowjackets played a great game and beat the Pirates with a final score of 9-25.

The Junior Varsity and Varsity Lady Pirates played at home Sept. 19, against the Colmesneil Bulldogs.

The Junior Varsity and Varsity Lady Pirates will also be playing at home Saturday, Sept. 23, starting at 1 p.m. against the Groveton Indians. Come and support your Spurger Lady Pirates.