Yellowjacket athletes Seth Read and Meagan Clarke were awarded the Aubry Bradley/Julius P. Johnson Awards in an awards ceremony last week at Chester High School.
By Jana Rayburn
Last week, the athletes at Chester High School were recognized and honored during an awards ceremony.
The Aubry Bradley/Julius P. Johnson Award is the highest honor awarded to a Chester athlete. Athletes deserving of this award display leadership, hard work, athletic ability, academic ability, and competitiveness. These are all traits that Coach Bradley and Coach Johnson demanded from the athletes they coached. Every year, a female and male athlete is chosen for this honor. This year, the Aubry Bradley/Julius P. Johnson Award went to Seth Read and Meagan Clarke.
Coach Jeremy Wooten recognized the football team. This was a hard year for the Jackets, who played in one of the toughest districts in the state. Earning MVP honors this year was Seth Read.
DeWayne Armstrong took the podium to show nothing but praise for the volleyball team for another successful season. The team came just one game shy of a regional tournament appearance. The co-MVP's this season are Amory Parker and Meagan Clarke.
Coach Charlotte Barnes and the cross country team had a very successful season, advancing both the boys and girls teams to the regional meet. Dane Barnes once again advanced to the state meet, earning him the boys MVP honors. Annie Rayburn made history at CHS by being the first ever cross country athlete to medal at the regional meet, which also qualified her to advance to the state meet. Rayburn was named the girls MVP.
Cory Hines praised the hard work and improvements made by the girls basketball team. MVP is Jasmine Mitchell. Hines is excited about the future of the girls basketball program at Chester, and believes the best is yet to come.
Coach Donald Mayhugh commended his Yellowjacket basketball team for their unwavering dedication and hard work. The team improved a great deal this season and Mayhugh said he is already excited about the future of the program. Seth Read was named MVP for this year. Coach Wooten was excited to recognize the achievements made by the softball team. The girls advanced even farther than last year, and the future of the softball program looks promising. Wooten named Josey Sturrock as the seasons MVP. T
he baseball team made it to the second round of the playoffs. Coach Tanner Neal recognized the efforts of the entire team. Seth Read received the MVP award.
The track teams were recognized for their hard work and grit displayed throughout the season. Most of the athletes advanced to the regional meet. Cade Parrish and Faith Loughner were both named as MVPs.
Armstrong and the tennis team also had a successful season. Most of the team advanced to the regional meet. Seth Read and Selah Spaulding received the MVP awards.
BEAUMONT—Several young women have taken up the cause to compete this spring in a newly formed league for spring volleyball. Teams competing in the league were Beaumont Central, Beaumont Ozen, (who will combine next year to create the new Beaumont United), Westbrook, Beaumont Kelly, Beaumont Legacy, Evadale, and Woodville.
The league was open for current eighth-graders to Juniors. Woodville sent two teams to compete, both JV and Varsity. There were 18 total girls from Woodville. They were Jordyn Beaty, Hallee Hughes, Emily Mixon, Adrian Prince, Jayda Argumon, Dana Carlton, Keyonna Paire, Linda Perkins, Shannon Whitehead, Shayla Williams, Kajaigh Eckert, Baylee Cooley, Hailey McClure, Natalie VonEssen, Riley Vaughn, Ambria Scott, Aly Tullos and Jaydee Borel.
Head volleyball coach Kaila Foster sees benefits to league participation.
"They get time on the court together in a more relaxed and fun atmosphere while they get to know one another and how they play as a group. The UIL prohibits us from working with the girls until August, but this gives them a huge opportunity to hone their skills on their own before the school season starts."
"I am excited to see how my varsity will begin to take shape into and I also have a unique opportunity to sit back and watch and evaluate younger players who may be able to contribute on the varsity level."
"It's good to see them get their hands on the ball. I was happy to see them come together as a team. I was excited to see how well they handled and passed the ball, considering most of them haven't touched a ball since November,"
Foster spoke about the community providing multiple opportunity for high school girls to get their hands on a volleyball.
"We made the spring league available for them during May, and then we are hosting a volleyball camp for young girls that the high school girls will be teaching from June 4-7. TC Thunder is also hosting a volleyball camp June 26-29 that Luciana Babin is heavily involved with. The final opportunity comes in late July which is the summer league that will be played in Lumberton right before two-a-days start for us. So, there's lots of opportunity for our girls to begin two-a-days ahead of the curve."
Foster was asked what she expected of the girls attending two-a-days in August.
"Across the board, I hope for improvement. I believe there's room for everyone to improve their game regardless of skill or talent level," Foster said. "We really do have a big chance to go far this year and I hope these girls take advantage of the opportunities in front of them."
Changes in the district and changes to the playoff bracket will give Woodville an unprecedented opportunity to make a very deep playoff run this year, the coach added.
"With six seniors and several juniors who are familiar with my game plan, We are planning on speeding up that offense this year to make it more difficult for defenses to adjust to what we do schematically," Foster said.
"I expect (the seniors) to be ready to lead, ready to play, ready to work hard and be in the shape that they know they need to be in to compete," she said. "I have very high expectations from the senior group, but at the same time I've gotten to know them, and they are great kids. I believe they won't let me down."
Conditioning and ball handling skills are important for underclassmen.
"Get your hands on the ball. Don't wait, and work during the summer months to be in shape. Don't wait for two-a-days to get you in shape or you'll be behind."
It's evident that the bar is being raised and participating in these leagues and camps are sure to give opportunity and exposure to the girls to improve their skills in the offseason and summer months.
Senior, McKayla Marshall, had many successful at bats during her high school career.
By Gabby Reynolds
The Ladydogs competed against Timpson for their second round of playoffs. The final score of this game was 11-5 with Colmesneil in the lead.
The Ladydogs will be moving to the third round of playoffs this week. They started the game off with two strikeouts by Mckayla Marshall and one line out by Mckayla Marshall.
Jackie Hughes and Nature Jackson each hit a double in the first inning. Taya Fowler hit a single and Shelby Patrick was walked. The second inning, Mckayla Marshall pitched one strikeout and had one fly out. Shelby Patrick also had a pop out.
In the third inning, Mckayla Marshall pitched two strikeouts and Chloe Redden caught a fly out. Jackie Hughes, Nature Jackson, Mckayla Marshall and Desi Hallo each hit a single. Chloe Redden was also walked this inning.
The fourth inning, Mckayla Marshall pitched one strikeout, Nature Jackson had a ground out and Shelby Patrick had a fly out. Mckayla Marshall hit a double, Jackie Hughes, Nature Jackson and Jamie Alegre each hit a single.
In the fifth inning, Mckayla Marshall pitched a strikeout and had a ground out. Shelby Patrick also had a ground out. The sixth inning, Mckayla Marshall pitched a strikeout, Shelby Patrick and Nature Jackson each had a ground out. Shelby Patrick and Jamie Alegre each hit a single. In the seventh inning, Chloe Redden and Jackie Hughes each had a fly out.
The Ladydogs winning this game put them in the third round of playoffs with a game against Woden.
The Ladydogs fought hard in their final game of the season against Woden on Friday, May 11.
The game started with a ground out by Shelby Patrick, a line out by McKayla Marshall and a ground out by Jamie Alegre.
The second inning, McKayla Marshall had a line out, Shelby Patrick had a ground out and Desi Hallo had a pop out. Mckayla Marshall was walked at her at bat in the second inning.
The third inning, Desi Hallo and Nature Jackson each had a ground out.
The fourth inning, Nature Jackson and Desi Hallo each had a ground out and Jackie Hughes had a pop out. McKayla Marshall was walked at her bat in the fourth inning.
The fifth inning, Jackie Hughes and Desi Hallo each had a pop out and Desi Hallo also had a ground out. Shelby Patrick was walked in the fifth inning and Desi Hallo hit a single.
This third round game was fought very hard by the Ladydogs and the town of Colmesneil is very proud of their season.
AUSTIN—The UIL hosted its annual State Track and Field Meet at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin last week. The Texas state meet is regarded as one of the premier events in the nation with a large portion of national records set in Texas, with California being the other major state contributing to national high school records. It's an event for the best of the best, the elite. Woodville sent three athletes and three athletes brought home medals. Tyler County was represented by three individuals: Sophomore Jordyn Beaty, who competed in the shot put and discus throw, Senior Tony Land who competed in both 110m and 300m hurdles and Junior Carrington Marendes, who competed in the seated shot put, the 100m and 400m wheelchair events.
Beaty got things started on Friday as she competed first for the Woodville athletes as she took to the discus event and finished with a fifth-place finish with a throw of 120' 07". Beaty would follow that effort up with a trip to the shot-put area. Beaty took to the circle and seemed to be a bit more focused and had a firm hold on second place for much of the event with a 37 and one-half inch throw. With the fifth round of throws, another competitor who had been throwing in the 36' range for the competition managed a throw just over 39 foot to overtake second and Beaty followed that with a toss of 38' 11" to secure a bronze medal in her first trip to Austin. One can only assume great things and repeat trips to Austin will happen for this standout sophomore.
Tony Land was up next for the Eagles as he drew lane six for the 3A 110m hurdles. The field was off to a quick start as the gun went off and after the third hurdle the leaders started to separate themselves with Land leading the hurdlers early. Land continued that trend and with three hurdles left it was apparent that the race was his to lose. Land didn't let the pressure get to him and he glided over the final hurdles to grab the first gold for Woodville for the weekend in a time of 14.19. Celebrations were short as Land quickly escaped the sun and retreated to the shade to recover for the upcoming 300's. Land was poised as he took to his blocks and was simply elegant as he glided over the first hurdle and gained a quick lead over the field. It was evident that Land was the class of the field as they rounded the corner for the homestretch and Land's smooth skillset for hurdling combined with his sheer foot speed was too much as Land swept the 3A hurdle events for the Eagles. Land's winning time was 38.87.
Carrington Marendes was slated for his competitions on Saturday and started his events with the shot put. A solid effort on his fifth attempt resulted in a throw of 22' 09" and secured the bronze for Marendes, ensuring that every athlete from Woodville would come home with a medal. Not satisfied, Marendes followed up with a tremendous effort in the 100m, narrowly missing out on gold by a mere six tenths of a second. Marendes seemed to use that second-place finish to fuel his fire for his final event, the 400m. Marendes had a good start and was matched wheel to wheel with the same foe he faced in the 100m as they were the class of the field. A strong headwind down the backstretch tested the competitors, but it was Marendes with his sheer brawn that saw him grab an early edge in the final corner. It was close down the back stretch, but Marendes held his lead and grabbed gold in the 400m with a time of 59.44 to complete the cycle, garnering a first, second and third place medal.
Woodville brought home six total medals, three golds, a silver and two bronze which is an epic feat for any school. "It's a huge accomplishment," said Principal Morgan Wright. "These other kids see what is possible from right here and know that these young athletes have put in the work to receive the kind of success they are seeing." Athletic director Ty Robinson also praised the work ethic of the athletes. He said, "These kids have worked really hard for this and as a coaching staff, we have told our athletes repeatedly that we can be the best in state and win championships. Some kids hear that and think maybe it's just coach speak, but then a lot of kids see someone like Tony not just win but sweep the hurdle events at state and they see that kind of success is real and it can happen. It raises their expectation to what our expectation is for them as coaches."
Tag ‘em & Bag ‘em: Woodville catcher Marcos Broom holds the ball high after tagging a Newton runner at home as Woodville wins its final home game of the season
By Hale Hughes
WOODVILLE—The Woodville boys' baseball team kickstarted a great week for Eagle athletics. The Eagles took down Newton on Senior Night last Tuesday to start a domino effect of success that bled over into softball and then the track and field programs. The Eagles took on a tough traveling Newton squad in front of a full home crowd last Tuesday as seniors Cade Bass, Ty Bryant, David Whitehead and Reed Weaver were honored as a part of senior night prior to the game.
Bryant took the mound for the Eagles and got things started off right for the Eagles and sparked Woodville to and early lead after the first two innings. Newton got two runs in the first inning, but Woodville answered with four runs as Truett McCollum, Whitehead, Reese Shaw and Garrett Allen each crossed the plate in the second inning to give Woodville the early lead after two. The third inning saw McCollum come to the mound to relieve Bryant as Newton edged in on Woodville's lead. Newton added three runs in the third while the Eagles added two to keep a narrow 6-5 lead over Newton as the teams headed into the fourth.
McCollum continued to pitch solidly for the Eagles as Kaden Young added a run for insurance in the fourth to widen Woodville's lead to 7-5 after the fourth. Woodville then added two more runs as Bryant plated the sixth run for the Eagles to put them ahead 9-5 headed into the final inning.
Newton would not go away quietly and mounted a comeback and got two runs in the seventh inning that saw Young come on to relieve McCollum and close out the game. Newton managed to load the bases and give the Eagles one final test before Young finished off Newton for the Eagle team. It was a great win for Woodville, especially on senior night that started a week's worth of winning for Woodville.
The Lady Eagles were next on the docket as they began their post-season in a bi-district tilt against New Waverly. The Lady Eagles traveled to New Waverly for the first contest on Thursday and made short work of them as they took game one of a three game series 10-3. Some creative juggling of schedules saw Woodville host game two up in Robinson, near Waco to allow for girls who were also competing in the regional track meet at Waco Midway on Friday and Saturday. The Woodville took the early lead much like the boys, as New Waverly opened up the scoring in the first inning with a run only to see Woodville answer in the second with three runs. The contest was controlled for the majority of the game by the Lady Eagles until the final dramatic final inning that saw the Lady Dogs mount a furious comeback to take what seemed like a convincing lead after scoring five runs in the top of the seventh inning as New Waverly hoped to force a game three by taking a 6-3 lead over Woodville
The Lady Eagles had the last at bat and in the bottom of the seventh scored three runs to force extra innings. It was high drama in Waco as Woodville held New Waverly scoreless in the top of the eighth and got a run in the bottom to win and advance to the area round of playoffs. The Lady Eagles will face Danbury in a best of three game series. All games will be in New Caney and the first game will be at 6 p.m. Thursday with the second game scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday and the third game (if needed) will be played 30 minutes following. The winner will advance to the regional quarter-final playoff round and will face the winner of Corrigan/Buna. Winning was clearly in the air for the Eagles athletic program and the winning continued over into the nearby regional track meet for Woodville. With state berths in Austin on the line, Woodville saw a little over two dozen athletes compete in the meet. Several made it out of the preliminary rounds to the finals and three athletes won events in the regional meet to advance to one of the premier state track and field meets in the country to be held in Austin. Tony Land continued to dominate in the hurdle events and won the 110's and took second in the 300's to advance in both. Land has the state's top time in the 110m hurdles and hopes to bring home a state gold for the Eagles.
Carrington Marendes has had a banner month, coming off of a national championship in wheelchair basketball and followed that up by winning all three wheelchair events, the shot put, the 100m and the 400m at the regional meet.
Like Land, Marendes holds the state's top time in the 400m and looks to be a lock for a gold. The only question for Marendes at this point is how many gold medals he can win at Austin. Not to be outdone by the boys, Jordyn Beaty will represent the Lady Eagles as she won the shot put and placed second in the discus to advance in both events. It's a statement to say that each of these three from Woodville will compete in multiple events at the state's highest level and continue to raise the bar for Eagle athletics.
Softball - Last Thursday the number three seed Lady Warriors traveled to Conroe to take on the number two seed Lady Raiders of Rice Consolidated in a Bi-District matchup. Both pitchers made it through the first three innings without giving up a run. Warren's Hailey Craigen was able to work around a couple of base hits in the second and third inning to keep Rice off of the board. Trouble came in the fourth for the Lady Warriors as a lead off single and a hit-batter put runners on the bases with no outs; setting up a three-run homerun over the left field wall to give Rice the lead.
The Lady Raiders next batter doubled to left, in front of the second homerun of the inning, this time over center field, to give Rice a 5-0 lead. Rice was able to tack on more in the fifth inning. A lead-off triple, two singles, and a throwing error gave the Lady Raiders three more runs to add to their lead. In the seventh, Craigen was able to break-up a perfect game by the Lady Raiders pitcher with a double to center field. This would be the only hit that the Lady Warriors were able to get, falling to the Lady Raiders 8-0. The Warren Community is so proud of the Lady Warriors for all of their accomplishments this season.
Coach Lauren Deaver stated (Facebook), "Being a coach isn't always easy of fun, but one thing it always manages to be is rewarding. Getting to watch girls learn and grown into beautiful young ladies is such a privilege. Being a part of these girls lives has been one of my greatest blessings. Thank you girls for yet another season filled with unforgettable memories. Love you all!
"Being a coach isn't always easy or fun, but one thing it always manages to be, is rewarding. Getting to watch girls learn and grow into beautiful young ladies is such a privilege. Being able to be a part of these girls lives has been one of my greatest blessings. Thank you girls for yet another season filled with unforgettable memories. Love you all! I'm still so very proud to be a Warrior!
Baseball – The Warriors baseball team finished up their season last week with a loss against Hardin 6-1 and a win against Anahuac 11-6. The game against Anahuac was senior night and will be featured in next weeks article. The Warriors finished the season with a district record of 7-7, just missing out on the playoffs by one game.