For the first time ever, Woodville High School hosted a Tennis Regional Qualifiers Tournament. This was done after school and in the evening so students who qualifed for their Regional tournament would not lose school time.
The following Regional Qualifiers from our Tyler County schools were involved in the tournament: Colmesneil, Chester, Spurger, Warren and Woodville along with Kountze H.S. To be a Regional qualifier the tennis players must have won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at their respective District tournaments.
Colmesneil H.S. qualifiers were: in boys singles-Tanner McAlpin. In girls doubles: Presley Parker & T. Bell
Chester H.S. qualifiers were: in boys singles Hernan Martinez and Johnny Aienna, in boys doubles: W. Davis & J. Liljequist
Spurger H.S. qualifiers were: in boys singles Nathan Sheffield: in girls singles: Kelsey Sheffield and in girls doubles: A.
Hollier & A. Duvail
Warren H.S. qualifiers were: in girls singles-Kristyn Miller and in boys doubles-Nathan Albaugh and Jacob Blackshear.
Woodville H.S. qualifiers were: in boys singles-Grant Hensarling; in boys doubles-Austin Coker and B.J. Hutto; Enrique Gonzalez and Jordan Greenbaum; in girls doubles- Jenny Grissom and Kristen Swafford; and in mixed doubles-Sean O'Neal and Destini Hadnot.
Kountze H.S. qualifiers were: in boys singles-Larami Linn; in mixed doubles: Landri Linn and M. Read and D. Mayer and
Results of the Regional Qualifiers Tournament:
Boys Singles; Larami Linn (Kountze) - 1st and Hernan Martinez (Chester)-2nd.: Johnny Aienna (Chester)-3rd.
Girls Singles: Kristyn Miller (Warren)- 1st and Kelsey Sheffield (Spurger)- 2nd;
Boys Doubles: Austin Coker & B.J. Hutto (Woodville)-1st and Nathan Albaugh & Mark Blackshear (Warren)-2nd; W. Davis & J. Liljequist (Chester)-3rd.
Girls Doubles: Jenny Grissom & Kristen Swafford (Woodville)- 1st and A. Hollier & A. Duvail (Spurger) - 2nd.; P. Parker & T. Bell (Colmesneil)- 3rd.
Mixed Doubles: D. Mayer & D. Anderson (Kountze)-1st; L. Linn & M. Read (Kountze) 2nd.; Sean O'Neal & Destini Hadnot-(Woodville-3rd)
This Tennis Regiional Qualifiers tournament was played with the idea of helping our Tyler County Schools do better in their respective Regional tournaments.
Woodville Eagles Tennis Team Regional Qualifiers: The Eagles will fly to Tyler Junior College on April 18 and 19 to play at the Regional Tennis tournament. Front row-left to right: Coach Ramos, Jenny Grissom, Kristen Swafford, B.J. Hutto and Destini Hadnot. Back row-left to right: Sean O'Neal, Grant Hensarling and Austin Coker. Not pictured: Enrique Gonzalez, Jordan Greenbaum, Hannah Williams and Adrian Baeza.
On March 27, the Colmesneil Bulldogs took on Burkeville in a district contest. The Bulldogs started off the game on fire, scoring five runs in the first two innings, led by Bryce Rains' two-run in-park homerun and Chris Thedford's RBI double. The third inning of this game was arguably the best inning that the Bulldogs have played this season. They were able to score a season-high nine runs, highlighted by Dakota Thedford's RBI double, Dylan Falcon's two-run double, and Bryce Rains' RBI double. In the end, the Bulldogs' 15-run ruled the Mustangs, and continued their perfect season. Bryce Rains finished the game with four innings pitched: walking three batters, striking out four batters, and giving up zero runs. Later on in the week, the Bulldogs took on their bitter rivals, the West Sabine Tigers. The Bulldogs took the field with a ton of confidence, not having lost a baseball game in almost a month. The Bulldogs struggled heavily, not being able to get on base or score runs. The Tigers were able to handle the Bulldogs, only giving up one run. The final score was 8-1, ending the Bulldogs' dreams of finishing the season with an undefeated district championship. This sets up a highly anticipated rematch against the Tigers on April 24, a game where the Bulldogs will be seeking revenge, and it could also be the game that decides the district champion. On April 4, the Bulldogs traveled to Brookeland. After suffering that humbling loss to West Sabine, The Bulldogs came out motivated, and that led to an 11-2 romp of the Wildcats, giving the Bulldogs a 6-1 district record. Their next game will be at home against Chireno on April 13, at 6 p.m.
The Colmesneil JV Bulldogs took on Anahuac last week, looking for their first win of the season. In the first inning, The JV Bulldogs came out swinging the bat and were able to soar out to a 5-0 lead, led by Ryan Tyler's single, Cody Walsh's RBI single, Zach Bryan's RBI double, and Troy Eaves' two-run single. By the time the fourth inning came around, the JV Bulldogs had a 10-0 lead, and pitcher Matt Bailey was relieved after striking out eight batters, walking five batters, and giving up zero runs. After Bailey left the game, the JV Bulldogs got into a little bit of a scare, but were able to come out with a 10-6 win after giving up six runs in the game's fourth and final inning. In the JV Bulldogs' next game, they struggled, losing 11-4 to the West Sabine Tigers.
The Colmesneil Lady Dogs took on the West Sabine Tigers on March 30, looking to extend their undefeated streak to 5-0. In the first inning, senior Elisabeth Bryan drove in a run to give the Lady Dogs a 1-0 lead. As the game continued, junior Olivia Spradlin was on a completely different level, hitting triples in the second, third, and sixth innings, and playing lights out at third base for the Lady Dogs. The Lady Dogs were essentially able to put the game away, thanks to Kara Standley's two-run double and Jaymee Broussard's RBI single. The final score was 10-3, and the Lady Dogs were able to add another win to their undefeated record. On April 5, the Lady Dogs put their 6-0 record on the line against the Brookeland Wildcats. This game started off slow for the Lady Dogs, as they gave up three runs in the first inning. The Wildcats' dugout was completely ecstatic, having a sense of energy that the Lady Dogs couldn't match. The Lady Dogs were able to close the gap in the fifth inning, keeping the score at 5-4. But in the sixth inning, the Lady Dogs gave up two runs, and Brookeland was able to end the Lady Dogs' perfect season with a final score of 7-4. The Lady Dogs will have the week off this week, before taking on Zavalla on April 17.
The Spurger Pirates had many exciting victories in sports this past week. First, Amanda Duvail and Ashley Hollier advanced to the regional competition in doubles tennis. They competed in the district tennis match in Kirbyville on April 1 and 2, and claimed second place in the tournament. Ashley and Amanda will now travel to College Station on April 17-18 to compete in the regional competition.
The girls also won both of their softball games of the week. The softball team beat High Island 16-1 in High Island and 19-12 against Sabine Pass.
"It was a very stressful game," said Duvail. The girls were ahead for two innings, and then Sabine Pass came back and got ahead of the Pirates 10-8 in the third inning. Duvail stepped up to bat and hit an amazing triple and got three runners in. After that hit, the girls all stepped and played as a team to pull off the win. Top players in the game were Amanda Duvail with an infield homerun, two triples, two doubles and three singles; Maddie Fortenbery; Samantha Brinkley and Skeye Hutto. McKenzie McGallion also did an awesome job on the mound
The baseball boys traveled to Sabine Pass for their only game of the week, but lost 11-1. Top players in the game were Brett Bussel, who scored the run for the Pirates; Caleb Lebouf, with two stolen bases; and Hunter Smith, with a double.
The softball and baseball teams will play Big Sandy in Big Sandy on April 10, and a double header against Hull Daisetta on April 13.
The Jackets tennis team won first place this year in their district. Trent Davis and Matt Liljequist won first place in doubles, Hernan Martinez won first place in singles and Johnny Aeina was runner up in the singles. They all advanced to regionals, which will take place in College Station on April 18.
On Tuesday, April 5, Chester's track team traveled to Lufkin for their District meet. Kelli Handley placed first in both the shot put and discus throw. She will be advancing to Area in both events, which will take place in Zavalla on Thursday, April 12. Also advancing to Area with Handley is Tyra Adair. She placed first in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. She also placed third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump. Congratulations to both girls; good luck at Area.
The Lady Jackets softball team traveled to Zavalla on Thursday, April 5. They played a good game but fell short to the Lady Eagles, with a final score of 16-2. Their game scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, against West Sabine was cancelled due to rain. On Monday, April 16 the girls will be playing their last game of the season at home against Brookeland at 3:30 p.m. The baseball boys will be playing at home on Friday, April 13 against Burkeville at 4:30 pm. Then on Tuesday, April 17, they will be playing Brookeland at home starting at 4:30 pm.