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Spurger Lady Pirates play last official game, boys team warm up for District Playoff

Spurger Lady Pirates Play Wellsby Emily Waldrep-

After a fun and sometimes difficult basketball season, the Spurger Lady Pirates played their last official game on Thursday, February 14 at Angelina College in Nacogdoches. The team played Well's in their first playoff game of the year, and fell behind 22-54. The girls played long and hard, and truly gave it their best shot against Wells, but couldn't hit the shots they needed to bring up the score. Notable players in the game were Kaitlyn Willis with 6 points and McKenzie McGallion with 5 points. The girls had a great season and are already looking forward to making it into the playoffs next year.

The boy's team on the other hand will start warming up for their district playoffs Friday, February 17 when they play Evadale in Spurger. The warm-up game doesn't hold any weight in district playoffs, but provides the boys practice for facing other teams and fills in a week that would otherwise not have a game scheduled. An official playoff game, opponent or location has been scheduled for Spurger but they expect to have a bracket for playoffs early next week.

Woodville and Colmesneil face off in impromptu scrimmage

Woodville-Colmesneil Impromptu Scrimmage at Hennigan ParkWoodville High School and Colmesneil High School junior varsity and varsity teams held an impromptu scrimmage at Hennigan Park during Winter Break. The junior varsity teams were equally matched, with Colmesneil edging out the Woodville JV.

Woodville varsity turned in 12 runs to dominate the Colmesneil varsity. Both teams were in practice mode and missing several players, but the atmosphere was "all baseball". The players, coaches and fans are ready to get this season in high gear.

Good luck to all Tyler County Baseball teams this season!

Basketball season ends for Colmesneil

# 14 for the Junior High Bulldogs and Lady Dogs, Connor Ackley and Madison Bryan, pass the ball in their games against Apple Springs.by Julia Barnes

Basketball season is over for Colmesneil. While the high school teams did not do as well as expected, the junior high teams excelled. The Lady Dogs won District, going undefeated, and the Bulldogs won three of their games.

Baseball and softball season are just beginning for Colmesneil High School. The Bulldogs have played one scrimmage so far and are looking good for having few practices with the whole team. Great things are expected from the teams as Coach Davis (varsity) and Coach McCullough (junior varsity) continue to coach. Coach Sewell will be coaching the softball team, along with Coach Johnson. Unlike the boys' side of the ball, the girls will only have a varsity team this year.

The Bulldogs will play in their second scrimmage of the year on Friday, February 17 against Woodville. The games will be in Woodville and will begin at 4:30 p.m. with junior varsity. The Lady Dogs will compete in the Warren Tournament on Thursday, February 16 through Saturday, February 18.

The high school power lifting team competed in their last meet of the year in Kountze last Thursday. Colton Ackley placed third place in the 200-220 pound weight class. Tyler Cutrer also placed third in his weight class of 181-200 pounds.

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Woodville Middle School Eagles end season at top of District

Woodville’s #20 Trent Daniels goes to bat for the team in their scrimmage against Silsbee at home.by Debby Harrison

The Woodville eighth grade boys' basketball team lost to Central Heights 59-21 in their last away game of the year on Thursday, February 9.  According to Coach Jason Drake, the kids fought hard and never gave up.  "They came a long way this year.  I am really proud of them," he said.  Though the Eagles did not win, the season ended on a high point as Delante' Barclay hit a Buzzer Beater Basket as time expired.

The Woodville seventh grade boys basketball team also traveled Central Heights on February 9, but they came back to win 33-30, after being down 12-17 at the half. This left these Eagles with an undefeated season and the district championship. Congratulations, Eagles!

Congratulations to the seventh grade Lady Eagles Basketball Teams on a great season. After a hard-fought and well-executed game at home on Thursday, February 9, the Lady Eagles gave the Central Heights Lady Devils their first district loss in a 28-21 Eagle victory. In their first match-up, previously in the season, the Lady Devils defeated the Eagles by a score of 22-23, which was the Lady Eagles' only district loss. The Lady Eagles overall record is 13-2, with a district record of 9-1. Thursday's victory gave the Lady Eagles the right to share the District Championship with the Lady Dragons.

Seventh grade A team members are Chelsea Sargrent, Shelby Mixon, Bethany Mitchell, Gracin McCollum, Haley Briers, Madison Mahaffey, Hilary Mitchell, Jordan Ogden,Raven Perkins, Alexis Wigley, Baylee Battise, and Bailey Stewart.

The eighth grade Lady Eagles ended up with a season record of 12-3 and a district record of 8-2, with the two district losses coming from Central Heights. This gave the Eagles sole possession of second place in the District behind Central Heights in first place. Congratulations, Lady Eagles!

Eighth grade A team members included Antwanette Martin, Shawnacey Williams, Karlea Greaff, Mika Maxwell, Crailee Battise, Halie Tullos,

Brittany Allvord, Keyara Williams, Crailyn McNeal, Madison Hennigan, Avery Tolar, Makala Kibble, and Alexis West.

The Woodville Tennis Team went to Beaumont on Friday, February 10 to play in the Lamar University Invitational Tennis Tournament.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate, and the tournament was rained out.  This is the second consecutive tournament this year that has been rained out. The tennis team will travel to Lufkin next for tennis play on Friday, February 24.

The Woodville JV and Varsity baseball teams hosted Silsbee for scrimmage games on Tuesday, February 7. These baseball teams will next host Colmesneil on Friday, February 17 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The Woodville JV and Varsity softball teams hosted LCM for scrimmage games on Tuesday, February 7. These Varsity softball team will next play in Beaumont over Thursday-Saturday, February 16-18. The JV softball team will next play at home against Beaumont Kelly on Monday, February 20 with a start time of 4:30 p.m.

The Woodville Eagles Track Season will begin soon with its first meet scheduled for Monday, February 27 in Newton.

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Spurger Pirates Snag 3rd Place In District

by Emily Waldrep

The Spurger Pirates defeated the Legget Mustangs in a close game on Tuesday, February 7. The game determined which team would take the 3rd place spot in playoffs this year, and was a very important game to the team, coaches and fans.

The first quarter started out with the pirates leading five to two. It looked like an easy win for the boys, until Legget quickly tied up the score at five to five with one minute left in the game. Leggett's defense did a great job of throwing off the Pirates rhythm throughout the game, and Spurger didn't make another basket until the last few seconds of the game when Hunter Smith sunk a layup, bringing the score to seven to five at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter began with the Pirates quickly making a basket within the first few seconds to tie up the game seven to seven. As the quarter went on, every basket that Leggett made, Spurger responded by making one of their own and the score stayed tied until the end of the second quarter. The boys went into half time with a score of 13-13.

After halftime the game continued to stay extremely close as both teams fought for a spot in district playoffs. Luke McLeod opened the 3rd quarter by making a two point shot that put the Pirates in the lead 15-13. But, the third quarter went exactly the same as the second, and Leggett wouldn't allow the Pirates to get ahead. The score was tied at 17-17 with six minutes remaining and 24-24 with five minutes remaining. After the five-minute mark in the third quarter, the boys began to come back. Nathan Sheffield scored five unanswered points, putting the pirates in the lead 28-24.

The fourth quarter was a fight to the finish as both teams wanted that 3rd place district spot. Aaron Ford, Colyn Walding, and Luke McLeod all put points up on the board that allowed the Pirates to hold their first place spot. With only two minutes left in the game, the Pirates led 38-32. But Leggett wasn't going to give up. The Mustangs sunk a three point shot with only seconds left in the game, and the fight was back on. They only needed one more three pointer to tie up the game into overtime and the Mustangs went for the shot, but fouled in the process and the Pirates got the ball. Then, another foul on the Mustangs part allowed Hunter Smith to shoot the last shot of the game, a free throw with three seconds left on the clock that leveled to score to 35-39, making it impossible for the Mustangs to bring the game into overtime.

High scorers of the game were Luke McLeod with 13 points and six assist, Colyn Walding with 10 rebounds, two steals and four points, Cody Winkle with six points, and Nathan Sheffield with seven points, one steal and one block.

Coach Odom was proud of his team and his player, and praised the whole team for the win.

"Hunter Smith played well defensively and attacked the basket well on offense. He sank the free throw that put us ahead by four with under a minute remaining. Cody Winkle came of the bench and provided a spark to our offense with his two three pointers in the 3rd quarter. Our offense was really sluggish, so we needed those baskets. Luke McLeod led all scorers in the game with his 13 points. He really kept us in the game with his steady play at guard."

Spurger is now 3rd place in district, and their next game will be against Chester at home on Friday, January 10.

Yellowjacket girls defeat Lady Cards 30-22

by Bethany Bruce

The Chester Yellowjackets played great games against High Island Friday night, February 3. The girls defeated the Lady Cards with a final score of 30 to 22.Timber Wright was the high scorer of the game with a total of 26 points.

The guys played their best game of the season against the Cardinals giving it their all. Unfortunately they fell short with a final score of Chester 24 to High Island's 52. Keaton Whitworth was the top scorer for the boys, scoring nine points in all.

The girls finished their season Tuesday night and the close match-ups against Spurger resulted in the Lady Jackets just falling short of the last playoff spot. The Varsity boys will be playing this Friday, February 10, in Spurger, starting at 6 p.m. Their last game will be Tuesday, February 14, also starting at 6 p.m.

The Jackets are very grateful for all the support their fans have given them this season. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.