Colmesneil Powerlifting prepares for regionals

Senior Wyatt Jackson came in first place in the 165 pound weight class.Senior Wyatt Jackson came in first place in the 165 pound weight class.

by Alicyn Mitcham

Powerlifting- On February 6, the Colmesneil powerlifting team travelled to Hull-Daisetta to compete in a meet where Wyatt Jackson came in first place in the 165 pound weight class. Jackson's total on squat was 410, 260 on bench, and 490 on deadlift. Jackson is ranked first in his region and is aiming to compete in the state meet.

On the girls side of the sport, Stormy Bairfield lifted a total of 605 pounds and is qualified for regionals. Alicyn Mitcham has a total of 480 pounds which qualifies her for regionals. Gabby Reynolds lifted a total of 420 pounds qualifying her for regionals as well. Grace Eddins lifted a total of 590 which qualifies her for regionals as well. Kenedy Rogers lifted a total of 585 pounds which also qualifies her for regionals.
Girls Basketball- On February 7, the Colmesneil Lady Dogs played their last home game of the season. The Lady Dogs faced a familiar rival and played a good game. The game came down to the last seconds, but the Lady Dogs did not come out victoriously, and lost the game 33-34. The team finished third in district.

On Tuesday, February 14, the Lady Dogs will face Hull Daisetta in the first playoff game. The game will take place in the Lumberton High School Gym, and is set to start at 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball- On February 7, the Colmesneil Bulldogs faced the Brookeland basketball team. The Bulldogs came out in the beginning of the game and did not slow down until the final buzzer sounded.

The Bulldogs continue to make adjustments throughout each week of practice and the changes were shown in the game this week. The boys won the game 76-33, and every player scored in this game.

The Dog's journey to the playoffs depends on how many games play out this week. Right now, the Dogs are sitting in third, but, depending on their oucomes, the Dogs could end up from anywhere from second to fifth place. The Dogs game that was Tuesday against Broaddus has been changed to Monday in Broaddus.

Yellowjacket Seniors Play Last Home Game

Yellowjacket senior basketball players were honored prior to their last home game of the year.  Pictured (l to r):  Junior Henson, Colten Martin, Clay Thomson, Coach Cory Hines, Cord Neal, and Bailey Goins.Yellowjacket senior basketball players were honored prior to their last home game of the year. Pictured (l to r): Junior Henson, Colten Martin, Clay Thomson, Coach Cory Hines, Cord Neal, and Bailey Goins.

by Jana Rayburn

The Chester Yellowjacket boys basketball team played their last home game of the season Friday, February 10 against the Burkeville Mustangs. The five seniors were recognized prior to the tip off, and those same five started and ended the night on the court.

It was another fantastic night for Cord Neal, who racked up 28 points. Seth Read scored 14 points, Dane Barnes had 11 points, Colten Martin scored eight points, and Clay Thomson scored six for the night. The Jackets defeated the Mustangs by a score of 67-55.

Spring sports are getting started around the area, and Coach Gary Beam is anxious to get started with baseball. Beam believes his Jackets will compete very well in District 24, which includes Broaddus, Brookeland, Chireno, Colmesneil, West Sabine, San Augustine, Zavalla, and Burkeville. This district is comprised of both 1A and 2A schools, but this year there will be a separate championship for 1A, so both Burkeville and Chester will advance automatically in the playoffs.

Beam is looking to Neal to lead the team in pitching. The new rules in place that limit pitches each game will make things hard, but Beam is looking for other players to step up and pitch. Read is a player that Beam will be counting on to help pitch. Read will see action at first base as well. Others Beam will count on are J.D. Clarke, Martin, Thomson, Cader Powell, J.T. Martin, Cooper Bendy, Jake Pitre, and Jared Young.
Coach DeWayne Armstrong is getting the tennis schedule finalized for the season. Armstrong is excited about the upcoming season. He says there are several key players returning who competed in the regional tournament last year. Martin, Neal, Thomson, Read and Selah Spaulding are all returning players that saw post-season play. Armstrong is looking forward to competing in several meets this year prior to district.

Woodville High School Cheerleaders to Participate at State Competition

Head cheerleader Victoria Scoggins addresses members of the squad during practice. (Hale Hughes Photo)Head cheerleader Victoria Scoggins addresses members of the squad during practice. (Hale Hughes Photo)

by Hale Hughes

The Woodville cheer squad is traveling to the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area to compete in the UIL State Cheerleading competition. Woodville is returning as a state finalist from 2016 and they have their sights on doing even better this year.

Leading the squad this year is Kerri Reagan. This is her first year at the helm of the cheer team. Reagan said that she is taking 23 cheerleaders from Woodville to the competition.

According to Reagan, the cheer squad has been working on building their cheer routine all year, and heavily focusing on competition cheering since right after Thanksgiving. Cheer members have been watching videos of themselves performing this year as well as at last year's inaugural competition as well as other winning squads to use every angle as an advantage for this year's competition. Reagan believes the experience of having been there before will help this year's squad.

"We raised the bar this year," said Reagan. "This year in our cheer we are doing stunts, which we didn't do last year. The stunts consist of a prep and a full in which cheerleaders will be lifted fully by other cheerleaders with everyone's arms fully extended, and we have four stunts that will be executed simultaneously in unison." She continued, "It will be a little more nerve-racking, a little more pressure and they must hit them and do them perfect." Reagan believes that if the team performs flawlessly, the Eagle cheerleaders have a great opportunity to return to finals.

Reagan said that over 400 teams from across the state are scheduled to be at the competition, so the competition level is expected to be tough. Nerves are sure to be an issue, but Reagan believes that the upperclassmen will be able to help there to eliminate those types of issues. "Many cheer members consider cheer to be their sport and their platform, "Reagan stated. "Some people think, ''s just cheerleading', but if you've ever been to a camp or a competition of this level, you can see just how intense and how grueling and demanding this sport is." Reagan didn't hold back when addressing competing in the cheer realm. "There is a mental aspect to cheering as well, just as there is to other stick and ball sports," she said. "If you are not mentally ready and you have someone up, you can really hurt someone. You must work as a team and communicate."

Reagan praised the UIL for making cheerleading a competitive sport. Reagan said, "These young people now realize they can win a state trophy, a state ring, and a UIL state medal for their work and they take a great deal of pride in that." Senior head cheerleader Victoria Scoggins was also interviewed. Scoggins is this year's head cheerleader and has cheered for Woodville since seventh grade. In addition to high school cheer, she has also participated in competitive cheering with a gym in Lufkin for the past five years. She says it's given her a unique perspective as far as stunting goes and she feels like the Eagles have a great chance to win state. Scoggins echoed Reagan's sentiment. "The state trophy, medals, and rings look just like that of any of the other sports, and we can go out there and get ours," said Scoggins. "Honestly, I believe in our squad," Scoggins added. "I believe if we go out and we perform like I know we can, with the sharpness, the smiles and the togetherness, we can win it. I believe we have the right routine, the right cheer, the right dance that can win, and if we do our best we can bring home a state trophy." Reagan closed saying, "I think they are going to do great, and I'm going to be like a proud momma duck watching them doing their best on that stage."

Competition will be held on Thursday, January 12 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

The competition schedule for the Woodville Eagle Cheer squad is as follows: 9:48 a.m. cheer and crowd leading; 11:44 a.m. fight song; and at 2:09 p.m. band dance. Each discipline will be performed separately and must not last longer than a single minute each.
Finalists will be named and those advancing will be performing in the finals Thursday evening and will perform a three-minute routine involving each discipline consecutively in succession that is timed and teams must not go over the allotted limit.

Lady Warriors Down Kountze in Final Minute 31-29

Brennah Buckner  makes critical free throw against Kountze. (Doug Glosson Photo)Brennah Buckner makes critical free throw against Kountze. (Doug Glosson Photo)

by Doug Glosson

Girls Basketball - Coming off a win against Anahuac on Tuesday, the Warren Lady Warriors welcomed Kountze to town on Friday for a district matchup.

The game started out slow with only 11 points each scored by each team at the half. Sophomore Hallie Nevins scored all five first quarter points on her way to a season high 15.

The second quarter featured Elizabeth Clymer with four blocks and a bucket to keep the Lionettes in check. Lex Kerr added two free throws and Nevins a bucket before the half to tie the score at 11.

Nevins started the third quarter with three points and Brennah Buckner added a free throw before Kountze went on a 9-1 run. Erin Foster had a bucket and one at the end of the quarter to bring Warren within four at 22-18.

Just like the other three quarters, Nevins started the scoring in the fourth with a three to bring Warren within one at 22-21. Kountze took advantage of a couple of turnovers by Warren, going on a 5-0 run to push the score up 27-21. Clymer then had back-to-back blocked shots (seven for the game) as Foster added a couple of baskets and Buckner a free throw to bring the Lady Warrens back to within one point at 27-26.

Down 29-28 after a layup by Nevins with one minute remaining in regulation, Kountze was fouled but could not convert at the line. The Lady Warriors then brought the ball down the court and missed the shot, but Clymer was there with the rebound and put back for two, giving Warren a 30-29 lead with 28 seconds to play.

With 15 seconds remaining Laikyn Bell stole the ball, feeding it to Buckner who was fouled. Buckner sank one at the foul line to take a 31-29 lead. Kountze had one shot left but was blocked by Nevins to secure the win.

The wins last week give Warren a 3-2 district record.

Next up, the JV and varsity will play at home against Kirbyville on Friday, January 13, and then travel to Buna on Tuesday, January 17. Games start at 5 p.m.

Boys Basketball – The Warriors basketball team had a tough week last week, falling to Anahuac and Kountze. Their schedule is the same as the girls schedule above.

Chester Yellowjacket Basketball 2-1 in District Play

Yellowjacket Colten Martin does his best to keep this PIrate from scoring.   Martin had an exceptional game, with 10 points and several rebounds for the night.Yellowjacket Colten Martin does his best to keep this PIrate from scoring. Martin had an exceptional game, with 10 points and several rebounds for the night.

by Jana Rayburn

The varsity boys basketball teams traveled to Centerville on Tuesday, January 3 to take on the Bulldogs in their second district game.
The Jackets came out ready to play, and kept the lead the entire game. The boys played aggressively, and three starters fouled out before the end of the game. The Jackets ended up winning 66-61.

Cord Neal had 28 points, and Dane Barnes was right behind him with 24 points. Seth Read had eight points and Colten Martin added six points.

The varsity girls basketball team did not fare so well against Centerville. The Lady Jackets got off to a slow start and never recovered, falling to the Lady Bulldogs 22-52. Chester just couldn't get their shots to fall, hitting just 10 percent of field goals for the night. The Lady Jackets did improve on rebounding the ball, pulling down 34 rebounds.

Carmen Mahaffey had 10 points, Danique Davis added seven points, Cayla Greer had four points, and Haley Cowan chipped in with a free throw.

On Friday, December 16, both the girls and boys teams hosted the Martinsville Pirates in a pair of district games.
The Lady Jackets met up with a disciplined Lady Pirate team. The Lady Jackets just couldn't get it together, as bad passes and turnovers were a problem all night long. The Jackets played a solid game defensively during the first half, but just ran out of steam in the second half. The Jackets ended up losing to the Pirates 3-48, with Annie Rayburn getting a 3-pointer for the only bucket of the night. The Lady Jackets are now 1-4 in district.

The varsity boys hit the court next for one of their best games of the season. Defensively, the boys played great, getting more rebounds than they have all year. Neal was the high scorer with 18 points, followed by Barnes with 13 points. Martin score 10 points, and both Read and Jaqualin George each scored eight points. The Jackets are 2-1 so far in district.

Both the boys and girls teams will play in Burkeville on Tuesday, January 17 with the girls game starting at 6 p.m. and the boys game to follow at around 7:30 p.m.

Spurger Anglers Reeling in Points

Spurger Sports

by Andrew Harmon

Dedication paid off once more for Spurger's Pirate bass club team members Cory Hyden and Colton Haynes, as they climbed into their boat on Saturday morning, January 7. Facing frigid temperatures ranging between 18-36 degrees, the pair competed in the fourth qualifier of the Deep East Texas High School Fishing Series.

Weighing in five fish, for a total of 16.25 pounds, the two managed to win third place at the event held at Jackson Hill Park and Marina in Broaddus. These points are sure to boost the standings of the team, which was sitting in fifth place for the season prior to this qualifier.

Deep East Texas High School Fishing Series provides student anglers and their families the opportunity to fish in a professionally run tournament setting with fun, prizes and opportunities to qualify for series, state and national championships.

On February 18, DETX will hold its fifth qualifier and Sweet Six Invitational. With continued success, Hyden and Haynes will be well on their way to another successful fishing season for Spurger's Pirate bass club.