The Spurger Pirate softball team's season has officially come to an end after the loss of their first playoff game against Slocum.
The girls traveled to Huntington on Monday, April 30 to play their first playoff game of the season after their warm-up game against Hudson on Friday. The game was a battle from the very beginning, and the Pirates quickly racked up their first two points of the game. Ashley Hollier was walked to first, and McKenzie McGallions bat sent Hollier further on the third base. McGallion then stole second, and Amanda Duvail was walked to first. The bases were loaded and Brooke Kaylor stepped up to bat. She hit in Hollier, then Kaitlyn Willis stepped up to bat and hit it McGallion. Duvail then stole third and was trying to make a third run when Slocum caught a pop fly and ended the inning. Slocum came back with three runs and the score stayed at 2-3 with Slocum in the lead until the fifth inning. The Pirates did a great job holding off their opponent and didn't allow them to score any runs, but in the sixth inning, Slocum started hitting really well and Spurger couldn't shut them down in time. The game ended with a score of 12-2.
"They were just hitting really good, and we were so close. We just ran out of time," says Amanda Duvail.
The entire team were upset about the loss, but are proud that they made it as far as they did for the first time in years. The Spurger softball team is sure to be a contender in district playoffs for years to come.
The Colmesneil Bulldogs played the Broaddus Bulldogs on Thursday, April 19, in Colmesneil. In what would be their last home game of the season, seniors Cullen Barker, Daniel Bruton, Garrett Follmar, and Chris Flournoy stepped on the field for Colmesneil.
The Bulldogs got off to a slow start. In the game's first inning, Broaddus was hitting everything that Colmesneil threw at them, scoring four runs. But in the second inning, Colmesneil showed why they were in first place in the district, scoring five runs, highlighted by Zach Costellow's two-run single and Cullen Barker's three-run homerun to left field. In what would be his final inning of the game, pitcher Bryce Rains took the mound looking to maintain the Bulldogs' lead. He was unable to do so, as Broaddus continued to take advantage of Colmesneil's infield errors. Rains then faced tough situations, walking two batters with the bases loaded, allowing two runs. Later in the inning, Kolton Bass hit an RBI single that put the Bulldogs down by a score of 8-6 at the end of the third inning. In the fourth inning, head coach Alex Davis pulled Bryce Rains and put in sophomore Cole Lowery to pitch. Rains finished his toughest game of the season with three innings pitched, giving up seven hits, walking five batters, striking out one batter, and giving up eight runs. Lowery then took the mound, but the results were the same. Broaddus was able to score three runs in the fourth inning, giving them an 11-6 lead. The Bulldogs weren't able to come back, as the final score was 13-6, giving the Bulldogs their second district loss of the season. Earlier in the week, the Bulldogs took on the Zavalla Eagles, a game which they were able to handle with ease, defeating the Eagles 6-0. The Bulldogs were also scheduled to play the Burkeville Mustangs, but the Mustangs forfeited, giving the Bulldogs an overall district record of 11-2, and the Mustangs forfeit means that the Bulldogs have clinched a playoff spot.
The Colmesneil Lady Dogs took on the Zavalla Eagles on Tuesday, April 17, in Colmesneil. The Lady Dogs got off to a slow start, as they fell into a three-run hole against the Eagles. But the Lady Dogs had a great third inning, as they were able to score three runs and tie up the game, led by Megan Allen's double, Ali Harvey's RBI single, Kara Standley's single, and Elisabeth Bryan's two-run single. In the fifth inning, a three-run homerun by the Eagles seemed to take the life out of the Lady Dogs until the seventh inning. With only one out from ending the game, Elisabeth Bryan stepped up to the plate with two runners on base. Bryan then had a hit deep into left field, and both runners for the Lady Dogs scored, making the score 6-5, in favor of the Eagles. The Lady Dogs then hit a pop-up into center field, as the Eagles were able to make the play and give the Lady Dogs their second district loss of the season. The Lady Dogs already have a playoff spot clinched; they're just waiting for the other two playoff teams in the district to finish, so the final seedings can be released.
The Colmesneil Varsity Track team will travel to San Antonio on Thursday, April 26, to compete in the regional track meet. Competing in the meet will be Bryce Rains, Ryan Tyler, Zach Costellow, Cody Walsh, Matt Bailey, Colton Ackley, Waylon Whitley, Jaymee Broussard, Nikki Noble, Ali Harvey, Treasure Jackson, and Kara Standley.
Woden defeated the Lady Eagles 8-3 last Tuesday in Woodville. The game started with neither team scoring in the first three frames, while Cayla White retired the first six batters she faced. Woden then scored three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth before the Lady Eagles' comeback that fell a little short. Woodville made two quick outs before Ashley Livingston doubled to left field. Katie Watts recovered from an 0-2 count to walk and put runners on first and second. Ashton Weatherford then singled to right, scoring Livingston. Watts and Weatherford advanced to second and third on the error home. Tamera White doubled to left on another 0-2 count, scoring Watts and Weatherford. White advanced to third on a wild pitch before the final out was recorded. Woden would tack on three more runs, but the Lady Eagles continued to play hard and show their never-quit attitude. The JV won 5-1 to become the undefeated district champs. The Varsity and JV baseball put up big numbers, defeating Woden 10-0 in five innings and 16-1, respectively.
Woodville tennis had a strong showing in the regional tournament held at Tyler Junior College. Jenny Grissom and Kristen Swafford ended up regional semifinalists with wins over Ore City and East Chambers in women's doubles. Sean O'Neal and Destini Hadnot were regional semifinalists with a win over Redwater in mixed doubles. The men's doubles team of Austin Coker and B.J. Hutto lost out in the first round to Hughes Springs by a score of 7-5 and 6-4 in men's doubles. Adrian Baeza also qualified in men's singles, but lost out in the first round to Centerville. The Eagles had a great season, considering the weather did not cooperate, and they only had three tournaments to prepare.
The Warren School Board held its monthly meeting on April 24, 2012, and were happy to announce that they have finished the search for a new athletic director and head football coach. Superintendent Lance Johnson and Mr. Paddie both interviewed 5 possible candidates using a set of 22 questions pertaining to football, athletics, and general information. The interviewers were both looking for a head coach that had small school football experience, playoff experience, a veteran coach, and someone that would fit in with the current staff and students.
Both of the men, as well as the entire school board, felt that John Woodard would best fill the position. Coach Woodard has 23 years of experience coaching High School football. He has athletic director and head coaching experience at the small school level, offensive and defensive coordinator experience at all levels from 1A through 5A, as well as head coaching experience in boys and girls power lifting, track and cross country. He has coached in 20 playoff football games, and has won championships in various other sports, including a state champion power lifter and coach of the year accolades in track.
"He will bring a lot of discipline and motivation to the program," says Lance Johnson, "his offensive scheme is a blend from three different power football state championship programs, including Newton, Mexia and Garrison."
Woodard also addressed the board and said, "I know what I do will build a great program for these kids and am excited to get to work."
The entire Warren school district feels that Woodard is a great fit for the program and are very excited about the upcoming football season and what it has to offer.
The Colmesneil track team has advanced 12 people to the regional track meet in San Antonio on April 27. For the boys, the relay team of Bryce Rains, Ryan Tyler, Zach Costellow, and Cody Walsh will be running the 400-meter relay and the 800-meter relay. Also for the boys, Colton Ackley will compete in the shot put and discus, and Matt Bailey will compete in the 300-meter hurdles. For the girls, the relay team of Jaymee Broussard, Kara Standley, Nikki Noble, and Treasure Jackson advanced in the 400-meter relay. Also, Ali Harvey advanced in the shot put and discus, Nikki Noble advanced in the 100-meter dash, and Jaymee Broussard advanced in the pole vault, long jump, and 110-meter hurdles.
The Lady Dogs softball team traveled to Chester last Tuesday, looking to extend their 7-1 district record and maintain sole possession of first place. Kara Standley got the Lady Dogs started with her RBI triple in the first inning, allowing them to jump out to an early lead against Chester. In the second inning, Megan Allen's two-run homerun to left field gave the Lady Dogs a comfortable 4-1 lead. The third inning is when things started getting out of hand. With two runners on base, Olivia Spradlin hit an RBI single. The next batter, Ali Harvey, then hit a three-run homerun, giving the Lady Dogs a 9-1 lead. In the fourth inning, sloppy play by the Lady Jackets allowed Natalie Moffet, Kimberly Knighten, Dakota Pentecost, and Olivia Spradlin all to steal home. Pitcher Kara Standley finished the game with eight strikeouts, allowing one walk, and gave up only one run. The final score was 17-1, giving the Lady Dogs an 8-1 district record as they head into a pivotal part of their season.
The Bulldogs traveled to Chireno last Friday to play the Owls in a double-header. In the first game, senior Cullen Barker hit a two-run homerun, paving the way for an easy 13-0 win for the Bulldogs. Pitcher Bryce Rains was almost perfect, striking out eight batters and giving up zero runs. In the second game, senior Daniel Bruton's only at-bat resulted in a solo homerun. Haiden Hughes also had a nice day swinging the bat, going three-for-three with two runs batted in. Sophomore Cole Lowery got his first start of the season pitching, and he didn't disappoint. His 14-strikeout, one-hit performance led the Bulldogs to a 12-1 victory over the Owls. The Bulldogs are now 9-1, and are in the driver's seat in district standings with just three games to go. The Bulldogs' next game will be in Burkeville on April 20 at 6 p.m.
The Lady Warriors of Warren were put against the Hardin Hornets, currently in first place for the district. The game took place at Warren on April 13. After a seven inning struggle, they lost in the end. This loss changed their record to 20 wins and 3 losses this season. It was also Senior Night for Warren. The team saw five seniors play their final home game. The seniors were Shelby Ford, Meagan McCluskey, Ashley Odom, Haley Roach, and Jordan Spivey.
The first inning began with the Hornets up to bat. Chelsea Hammonds pitched for Warren, pitching hits for four opponents. Hardin hit one player in before a triple was hit and two more players were hit into home. The third out came with Hammonds striking out a batter. The home team then came up to bat. Four players batted in this inning; however, Spivey was the only one to make it to first base. The first inning ended with the Hornets in the lead at 0-3.
The Lady Warriors upped their fielding for the next inning, not allowing any players onto the bases. Their opponents returned the favor and halted the team from advancing their score. During the third inning, the Hornets' score remained the same as they were unable to advance onto the bases. The Lady Warriors finally contributed some action to the game as Brenna Johnson made it to first base. Kaylon Morvant and Jordan Spivey were walked afterwards, loading the bases for the upcoming batter Kacy Priddy. Priddy was able to hit the ball, but was forced out at first base, ending another scoreless inning.
Hammonds pitched two hits in the fourth inning; however, the fielding team members guarded their bases well, preventing the hitters to advance. McCluskey and Ford both had solid hits, but were quickly halted before they reached first base. To the Lady Warriors' dismay, the Hornets increased their score during the fifth inning. After four hits and one strike out, a triple was hit, bringing in three team members. After Johnson and Morvant had base-worthy hits, Spivey hit in a strong double, bringing Johnson back home, for the first point for the Lady Warriors. The inning ended with the score at 1-6.
Johnson took the place as pitcher for the final two innings, and struck out two players in the sixth inning. Hardin failed to score; however, they remained in the lead after Odom was the only Lady Warrior to make it onto first base. The Hornets had four hits and two strike outs in the final inning. The team also scored four points to strengthen their position against Warren. Odom, Ford, and Morvant hit themselves onto a base, during the seventh inning. Though Odom was forced out at third base, the team was still able to score, as Spivey hit Ford home. The game ended with a score at 2-10, a well-played, but losing game for the Lady Warriors.