Bulldogs No Longer Perfect, Still In First Place

Matt Bailey throws a pitch for the junior varsity Bulldogs. (Tom Bailey Photo)by Chance Bailey

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.

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Spurger Pirates Have Exciting Week

Cody Winkle throws out a pitch for the Pirates in Sabine Pass. (Emily Waldrep Photo)by Emily Waldrep

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.

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Chester Boy's Tennis Advances To Regionals

by Bethany Bruce

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.

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Warren Junior High Track Team Excels In District Meet

The junior high track team with their well-deserved Mitchell McCluskey

The Warren Junior High boys' track team competed in Anahuac in the district meet on March 28. The team brought home the first place trophy, as well as many individual awards.

In the 800m run, Andrew Gordon placed first and Cade Flebee made it in second. Flebee and Gordon placed second and third, respectively, in the 400m dash. The team was also successful in the 100m dash, with Kelby Weyler taking first and Tyler Murphy taking third place. Weyler placed first again in the 200m dash with Alec Marlar placing third. Marlar also placed second in the 100m hurdles. A compilation of Gordon, Flebee, Tyler Murphy, and Samuel Garcia placed second in the 400m relay. Murphy, Marlar, Weyler, and Kyler Bradford joined together to take home second in the 200m relay. Bradford placed again in the 1600m run, in which he came in third. Jason Adney placed first and Ty Choate placed sixth in the 300m hurdles. Three Warren participants placed in the triple jump; Bradford, Garcia, and Choate placed fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.

The Warren High School tennis players competed in the District Tennis Tournament. Nathan Aulbaugh and Jacob Blackshear placed first in Boys Doubles and Lucas Briest and Taylor Conner placed third in Mixed Doubles. Kristyn Miller also placed, making second in Girls Singles.

The boys' golf team placed first in the district golf tournament on April 4. Brenna Johnson placed first in the girls division.

The varsity baseball team was also met with success in a seven inning game at home against Deweyville. The Warriors met with victory, with a score of 9-5. Their next game will take place on April 13 against Anahuac at home and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The varsity softball team also won their home game against East Chambers on April 5. The Lady Warriors finished with an impressive score of 14-4.

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Yellowjackets Have Tough Week

Sam Hubert pitches in the game against Bethany Bruce

Last week the Jackets had a tough time, with both the baseball and softball teams falling to the Zavalla Eagles and the Colmesneil Bulldogs. On Tuesday, March 13, both teams were scheduled to play the Eagles at home, but due to Chester's softball field not being in adequate playing condition the girls game was moved to the Zavalla field. The final score for that game was 12-2. The baseball game stayed true to the schedule and was played at 5 p.m. in Chester. They also fell to the Eagles ending the game in the fifth inning with a final score of 27-7. On Friday, March 16, both teams travelled to Colmesneil for a rivalry match up. The softball game began at 5 p.m. and ended in the fifth inning with a final score of 11 -1. The baseball game began at 6 p.m. and was ended in the fifth inning, the final score being 16-0. Both teams are hoping for a better outcome in the games to come. Friday March 23, they will be travelling to Brookeland. The softball game will begin at 5 p.m., and the baseball game will begin at 6 p.m. Then on Tuesday, March 27, the baseball boys will travel to Chireno for a game that will also begin at 6 p.m.

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Spurger Pirates Great Effort Against Sabine Pass

Hunter Smith throws out the first pitch of the Emily Waldrep

The Spurger baseball team took on Sabine Pass on Friday in a make-up game to replace the one that was rained out two weeks earlier. The boys knew that Sabine Pass would be a tough team to beat, and some expected the game to end in a 15-run rule like last season. But, in true Pirate fashion, the team gave the Sharks a true run for their money.

The first inning started out with Sabine Pass stepping up to bat first. The Pirates caught the first two batters' hits, and threw the third batter out at first base to take the game to the bottom of the first inning. Aaron Ford, the second batter in the Pirates' line up managed to hit a double, and a hit by Brett Bussel brought Ford into home, bringing the score to 1-0 with the Pirates in the lead.

No score was made in the second inning; both teams struck out at bat, and hit pop flies that were caught by the outfielders.

Sabine Pass started out the top of the third inning with a single and a stolen base that put a runner on second, but the next two batters were thrown out at first base. Then a single hit by the Sharks brought the runner into home, tying the game at 1-1. The Pirates had a chance to pull ahead of Sabine Pass in the bottom of the third inning, but all three batters struck out at the plate.

The Sharks saw their opportunity to get ahead of the Pirates in the top of the fourth and took it, with all three of their first batters making it to home plate, bringing the score to 1-4. The Pirates battled to get ahead and close the score gap, and managed to get a runner, Derreck Laurent, on second base; but Oliver hit a line drive to the pitcher, who threw Oliver out at first base, ending the inning before Laurent could make it across home place.

Sabine Pass scored another point during the top of the fifth, and had two more runners on base, but a fantastic double play by the Pirates ended the Sharks' batting, and brought the game into the bottom of the fifth. The boys knew that they had to close the score gap during that inning if they wanted a chance at a win, but they were batting the bottom of their lineup, and the first batter struck out. The Pirates managed to get a runner on second and third bases, but another strike out and pop fly ended the inning too quickly for the Pirates to score.

Sabine Pass racked up the points again in the top of the sixth inning and ran four runners into home, bringing the score to 1-7. The Pirates also began to come back in the sixth inning when the first batter, Brett Bussel, was walked to first, and then ran in to second when Derreck Laurent hit another line drive into the outfield. With runners on first and third, Cody Winkle stepped up to bat and drove home Bussel, bringing the score to 2-7 and putting a runner on first and third. The next batter, Cody Oliver, made another great hit to bring Winkle home, bringing the score to 3-7. The Pirates were definitely coming back, but the next two batters struck out swinging and brought the game into the final inning.

Sabine pass struck out twice in the top of the seventh, and the Pirates threw a batter out at first base for three outs. The bottom of the seventh was the Pirates' last chance for a comeback, and Hunter Smith got a great first base hit to start off the bottom of the seventh inning. Aaron Ford was thrown out at first, but Smith managed to steal second base. Then, Brett Bussel hit a double, bringing Smith home. The boys kept getting a few great hits, but a strike out by Oliver with the bases loaded ended the game for the Pirates. Although they didn't win, they improved 100% since last year and are looking forward to the rest of the season.

Both the baseball and softball teams will take on Evadale, in Evadale on the 20th and Legget at home on the 23rd. The tennis team will also play in the Woodville Varisty tournament on the 30th.

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