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Eagles soar into District Playoffs

Woodville's Chris Castle goes for the goal while teammate Kris Traylor looks on.by Debby Harrison-

Seventh Grade Boys Basketball

The Woodville seventh grade boys' A team had a big win Thursday night, February 2, against the Corrigan Bulldogs, where the 45-7 victory locked up a district championship for the Eagles with one game remaining against Central Heights. These Middle School Eagles have set another team goal of an undefeated season as they travel to Central Heights on Thursday, February 9, starting at 4:30 p.m., striving for a zero in the loss column for the season.

High School Girls Basketball

The Lady Eagles split games this week. They traveled to Central Heights on Tuesday, January 31 and lost 46-33. The girls played hard and had the game cut to six points with about three minutes to go, but just couldn't close the gap. Scorers were TK Barlow with eight points; Morgan Powell with six points; JuLisa Williams with five points; Jasmine Spears, Mia Barlow, Sarah Reese, and Shaniqua Barlow with two each.

On Friday, February 3, the girls picked up a win at home on Senior Night by defeating Woden by a score of 44-32. The win guaranteed the girls a play-off spot. "I felt that we struggled at times offensively,' said Coach Troy Carrell, "but really picked it up on the defensive side."

Woodville held Woden to just nine points at the half. Scorers for the lady Eagles were Mia Barlow with 12 points; JuLisa Williams with 10 points; Jasmine Spears and Destiny Gill with seven each; and Shaniqua Barlow, Sarah Reese, Katie Watts, and TK Barlow with two each.

The girls were to close out district play on Tuesday evening, February 7 at San Augustine. According to Coach Carrel, "If we win there, we will be tied for second place in the district." Good luck, Lady Eagles!

Eighth Grade Boys Basketball

The Woodville Eagles eighth grade boys' A team was defeated by the Corrigan Camden Bulldogs last Thursday night by a score of 48-24. The Eagles played the Dogs hard the first half, trailing 21-11. After the half, the Bulldogs came out and outmatched the Eagles the rest of the game. The Eagles' next game will be Thursday, February 9 in Central Heights with a tip-off of 4:30 p.m.

Tennis

The Woodville Varsity tennis team began the 2012 tennis season with a bang! The team played in their first tournament of the year, the "Legacy Hot Chocolate" in Beaumont. The following playing sites were used for the tournament: West Brook High School, Beaumont Country Club and Lamar University. Most schools were 4A and 5A, Woodville being the only 2A school represented.

Sean O'Neal came home with the silver medal in boys' singles. He had wins over Nederland, Vidor, West Brook, Legacy and Bridge City losing a very close final match against PNG.

Both of our girls' doubles teams made it to the semi-finals. Our number one doubles team composed of Jenny Grissom and Kristen Swafford drew a bye in the first round and went on to beat Kirbyville and West Brook before losing a close match to Bridge City.

The number two girls' doubles team of Heather Burkehalter and Octavia Tapia also had a bye in the first round. They went on to win their second and third rounds before losing to Memorial from Port Arthur in the fourth.

The next tournament, the Mid-County Invitational, was postponed until March 16, due to bad weather conditions. That makes the Lamar University High School Invitational the next tournament for Woodville, which will be held this coming Friday, February 10. According to Coach Sergio Ramos, "The Woodville Tennis Eagles are preparing hard and looking forward to another successful outing."

Middle School Girls Basketball

On Thursday, February 2, the Lady Eagles traveled to Corrigan and all seventh and eighth grade teams won. The seventh grade girls won with a score of 25-15 and the eighth grade girls won 26-16. This week will be their last regular season game, hosting Central Height at Woodville on Thursday, February 9, starting at 5 p.m.

Middle School Track

The Woodville Middle School Track teams begin their season by traveling to Newton on Monday, February 27, where field events will begin at 3:30 p.m. Then on Friday, March 2, both the boys and girls teams will travel to Groveton for field events beginning at 3:30 p.m. and both will continue their road trip by traveling to Corrigan on Friday, March 9, for another track meet starting at 3:30 p.m.

On Monday, February 19, the boys team will host a district track meet in Woodville and on Wednesday, February 22, the girls will travel to Hemphill for their district meet.Both meets have a schedule start time of 3:30 p.m.

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Pirates lose to Legget in district play

by Emily Waldrep-

On Friday, February 3, the Spurger varsity boy's basketball team faced the Legget Pirates in one of the last few games of the season. The district game started off slowly, as both teams struggled to make shots and get together as a team. In the middle of the first quarter, the Pirates had only scored 3 points and had only allowed Legget to score four, which is a rarity at Pirate games because the boys usually begin making baskets within the first few seconds of the first quarter. The score slowly crawled to five to eight with only a few seconds left before the second quarter, then a perfect shot from the three-point line by Cody Winkle tied the score up eight to eight at the buzzer.

The game began to move at a faster pace during the second quarter, and Aaron Ford and Hunter Smith both led the Pirates in making baskets. Aaron Ford hit a 3-point shot and a layup, while Hunter Smith sunk two three-point baskets as well as a layup and free throw. Their efforts brought the score at half time to 21-31 with Legget holding the lead by 10 points.

Although the boys were behind, they didn't let the score deter them from fighting for a district win. Although Legget was attacking the basket and slowing widening the gap in the score, the boys continued to hit their shots and free throws. Colyn Walding made a perfect layup at the end of the third quarter to bring the score to 38-55 with Legget ahead.

The fourth quarter began to slow down as both teams lost a lot of steam. Legget was giving up, and the Pirates were exhausted from the fast pace of the game. Neither team scored within the first 2 minutes of the game, until Aaron Ford sunk a basket with five minutes and five seconds left in the last quarter of the game. The fourth quarter was filled with fouls, turnovers and missed baskets by both of the teams, and even though the boys gave it a good effort they lost the game with a score of 52-66.

They gave it a great effort, and the fans and coaches are very proud of the boys season so far. The Pirates only have a few games left, and the next boys game will be on Tuesday, February 7, in Burkeville.

Colmesneil Junior High Basketball

Kaleb Lindsey dodges an opposing player on his way to the goalBy: Julia Barnes

Junior High Girls

The Junior High Lady Dogs have had a great season this year. After Monday's win against Chester, the team is 9-1 on the season. The score ended 36-18 with Taylor Barker leading the team with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and two steals, followed by Sabryn Costellow with nine points and five rebounds; Bayleigh Thedford with two points and four steals; and Alexis Follmar with two points and five steals. "This was a good win for our girls," said Coach Sewell, "They really played well." The Lady Dogs will play their final game on Monday, February 6 against Apple Springs in Colmesneil, beginning at 5 p.m.

Junior High Boys

It's been a pretty good season for the Junior High Bulldogs. The team has had four wins and three losses so far, their toughest loss being against West Sabine. "Our best game was when we played Burkeville," explained team members Tristan Rigsby and Dalton Davis, "They were good competition and we won!" The team will also play their final game on February 6. Good luck Bulldogs and Lady Dogs!

High School Upcoming Events

The varsity Lady Dogs and Bulldogs will play their next games on Friday, February 3. The teams will play in Zavalla beginning at 6 p.m. They will then play at home on Tuesday, February 7 for Senior Night. Both teams will play West Sabine beginning at 6 p.m., and it will be the Lady Dogs' last game. Good Luck varsity!

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Woodville scores wins against Newton & Corrigan-Camden

By: Debby HarrisonPhoto: Woodville Eagle Haley Briers up for a basket

High School Lady Eagles Basketball

The Lady Eagles picked up two big district wins this past week. Woodville traveled to Newton on Tuesday, January 25 and walked away with the win, 61-38. The JV girls also defeated Newton that evening. On Friday, January 28, Woodville hosted Corrigan-Camden and also defeated them, 67-49.

Eagle scorers for the home game included Destiny Gill and Mia Barlow each had 19 points, Jasmine Spears with nine points, JuLisa Williams with eight points, TeKenah Barlow with five, Sarah Reese with three, Shaniqua Barlow and Morgan Powell with two points each. "These two wins bring our district record to 6-3, tied with San Augustine for second place in district play, "said Coach Troy Carrell. "Our overall record is 16-8. We are really starting to peak at the right time and playing good ball."

Woodville Eagles high school basketball teams will all play again on Friday, February 3 at home against Woden starting at 5 p.m., and will then all travel to San Augustine on Tuesday, February 7 with play starting at 5 p.m.

High School JV Boys Basketball

Although the Eagles' JV boys played hard in their game against the Newton Eagles on Tuesday, January 25, they walked away with a loss. However, Friday's game against the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs was a different game with a different result – a win for Woodville. Eagle scorers included Jamal Horn with 22 points while Jason Evans had an additional five points and a big shot to put the game into overtime.

The boys hung on to win the game by a score of 39-36, putting the boys at 11-16 for the season. The Woodville Eagles will travel to Central Heights to play the Blue Devils on Tuesday, January 31 and will then play the Woden Eagles on Friday, February 3. The Woodville-Woden game will be Woodville's last home game.

Woodville Middle School boys will host Corrigan-Camden on Thursday, February 2 at 5 p.m., and will travel to Central Heights for games on Thursday, February 9 at 5 p.m.

The Woodville Middle School girls' basketball teams played Newton on Thursday, January 26 where the seventh grade girls' team won 22-8. During the game, Woodville kept the score down, not allowing the visiting team to score until well into the third quarter. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 10-0 and at halftime the score was still in Woodville's favor, 16-0. By the end of the third, it was 16-5 and the game ended with Woodville ahead, 22-8.

The Woodville eighth grade girls also won their game with a game end score of 33-14. The score at the end of the first quarter showed the home team ahead 8-2 and at halftime, the home Eagles were still ahead 18-4. At the end of the third, Woodville was still in the lead, 26-11, and at game's end, the scoreboard showed Woodville's win, 33-14.

The girls' teams will travel away to Corrigan-Camden on Thursday, February 2 starting at 5 p.m. and will then play Central Heights at home on Thursday, February 9 starting at 5 p.m.

The Woodville Softball JV and Varsity games will begin on Tuesday, January 31 with scrimmages at Kountze starting at 4:30 and 6 p.m. On Friday, February 3 both softball teams will travel to Kirbyville for scrimmages with start times of 4:30 and 6 p.m. Their first home games will be in scrimmages on Tuesday, February 7 against L.C.M. with start times of 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Woodville Eagle Baseball JV and Varsity teams will begin their season at home on Monday, February 6 playing Silsbee at 4:30 and 6 p.m. and will then travel to Kountze on Friday, February 10 for games at 4:30 and 6 p.m.

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Spurger basketball has a week of big wins

Spurger's Health Zoch makers first Varsity basket of the seasonBy: Emily Waldrep

Both the varsity girls and boys basketball teams ended the week on a good note after winning all of their scheduled district games. After a few tough losses, both teams got back on their feet and brought home four consecutive wins.

The boy's team faced Chester on Tuesday and got pulled off a 71-18 win. The game began with an unguarded layup by Colyn Walding, a perfect sideline shot by Aaron Ford, and a free throw and rebound by Chaz Shook. The rest was history as the boys hit a large percentage of their shots. After the first quarter, the Pirates had pulled ahead by 24-4. In the second quarter the boys were still on fire as they hit layup after layup and consecutively snagged rebounds. For the game against Chester, Coach Odom had pulled the Junior Varsity team up to play with the Varsity boys and they all proved that they have what it takes to compete in a higher level of game play. Cody Winkle sunk three 3-point shots from the baseline, and Austin Ross finished up the game with a layup that brought the final score to 71-18.

The girls also managed to snag a win at Chester. The game started out with the Pirates ahead five to zero but Chester fought back hard and evened the score at 9-9 with 2 minutes left in the first quarter. Coach Martin called a timeout, and afterwards the girls really started to play like a team and make their shots. At the end of the first quarter the score was 14-9 with the Pirates leading. In the second quarter the team only allowed Chester to score 6 points while the girls scored 11 points, bringing the score at halftime to 24-15.

In the second half the Pirates really stepped up their game play and Kaitlyn Willis started to attack the basket and made 8 points for the Pirates in the third quarter alone. The score at the end of the third quarter was 33-34. Ashley Hollier, Kaitlyn Willis and McKenzie McGallion led the scoring in the fourth quarter with multiple layups, rebounds and assists. A last-second basket by Ashley Hollier won the game with a 48-39 score.

After the wins in Chester, both teams were pumped for the games against High Island. The girls played first and beat High Island with a score of 42-20. The team was led by Kelsey Sheffield with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Kaitlyn Willis with 10 points and 7 rebounds. The girls also set a season record of lowest number of turnovers in a game with only 3. Although the girls struggled with shooting and only made 28% of shots from the field and 10% of three point shots, they still persevered and fought to claim the win.

The girls only have two district games left and are expected to make it to the play-offs for the first time in years. The coaches and community wish the girls luck as their season continues.

The boys also dominated at the game against High Island and won with a score of 71-28. Leading scorers for the game were Nathan Sheffield with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals; Cody Winkle with 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals; and Aaron Ford with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals. The crowd went wild when Heith Zoch and Michael Reyna picked up their very first varsity baskets in the fourth quarter.

Although High Island lost the game, the team and coaches respect their heart and drive. They went into the game with only 5 players and no bench, and were forced to play with only 4 boys during the end of the game.

"I really admire High Island," said Coach Odom. "They continued to play the entire game, even when they were left with only four players. Everyone should learn a lesson from those players about having heart."

The boys and girls play in Goodrich on January 31 and at home against Legget on February 3.

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Warriors conquer the Panthers

WarrenDSC_0731by Mitchell McCluskey

On January 27, the Warren Varsity boys' basketball team played in a crucial game against Anahuac. Throughout the game, the Warriors performed excellently and finished with a solid win against the Panthers.

Anahuac was the first to be put on the scoreboard via a pre-game technical foul against the Warriors; however Warren was quick to turn it around with Jacob Blackshear and Kolton Perfect both making shots for their team. The team then initiated a powerful attack against the Panthers with Bryce Glosson and Jacob Jensen adding to the score. Anahuac threw in a few shots, but was not capable of taking on their opponents, who rounded off the first quarter with an impressive score at 15-4.

The Warriors continued their tour de force with a relentless onslaught against the Panthers. Blackshear led the way, scoring 8 points himself. Jensen and Glosson also accumulated a number of points for the team. Anahuac pushed even harder this quarter and their work paid off as they made a significant approach toward Warren. Despite their labors, the Warriors continued to take this one home with a score at 34-17, with only two quarters remaining.

The Panthers realized that they would have to work harder than ever in order to prove successful, but Warren found fault in their plan with their unwillingness to budge. Just as before, the team worked as a whole and collectively made multiple goals to keep them a comfortable distance away from their opponents. Dresden Chatman and Tyler Conner both added to the end score of 60-32.

The last quarter arrived with the Warriors in a secure lead. However, they worked just as hard to defend their position as they did to get there. Conner supplemented a total of 13 points to the already steady score, which all but guaranteed their victory, which came shortly; the score ended at 75-44.

The Warriors compete against Kountze on February 7, the game will be at home and will commence at 7:30 p.m. Only the varsity will play.

The Lady Warriors will also play against Kountze on February 7. This will be the final game for the team and will honor the senior members. The game will begin at 6 p.m. and will be at home.

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