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Spurger Baseball team plays in AAU tournament

Pitcher McKenzie McGallion throws another ball to High Island during their blowout win.by Emily Waldrep

While the Spurger baseball and softball teams faced game cancelations due to heavy rains on Friday, the girls were still able to squeeze in a Tuesday game against High Island. Even though it is still early in the season, the entire softball team is already looking amazing and playing together as a team. By the third inning, Spurger had only allowed High Island score three runs, compared to the Pirates' 18. The score just continued to rise from there, and the Pirates walked away with a well-deserved win.

Although the baseball team was cancelled, that didn't stop them from playing in an AAU tournament on Saturday. Chance Shook, Chase Shook, Zack Fisher, Austyn McGallion, Dalton Cheek, Jordan McFarlen, Dylan Conner, Dylan Martin, Marlin Blankenship, Christian Kotara and Tyler Dozier are all the young men that play for Spurger's special AAU baseball team. The boys played Silsbee, but fell behind and could never close the score gap to get a win.

"Spurger AAU boys lost a tough game against Silsbee," said a fan that attended the game. "They are still really young and have worked hard to play on this team, and we expect great things from these boys in the future"

Spurger baseball and softball is expected to return to its regular schedule this week, weather permitting.

The baseball and softball teams will face Big Sandy on March 13 at home and Evadale on March 20 at Evadale. Spurger will also be competing in the Woodville Junior Varsity Tennis Tournament on March 16 in Woodville.

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Warren Baseball Extends Record to 10 & 2

Junior Hunter Holloway swings at a pitch.by Mitchell McCluskey

The Warren Warriors varsity baseball team traveled to Deweyville on March 5 and Pollock Central on March 8 to amp up their record to a sensational 10 wins and 2 losses. The Warriors have managed to keep up the excellent playing through their season and aim to continue their strategy throughout the rest of the season.

They first played the Deweyville Pirates on March 5 and emerged victorious after a seven inning game. They shut out the Pirates with an ending score of only 0-2, scoring two runs in the third inning. This was the team's first time to play against Deweyville this season; however, they will compete against the Pirates again on April 2. This game marked the beginning of the district games for Warren.

The Warriors also participated in a tournament at Pollock Central on March 8. The first played a four inning game against Trinity. The game resulted in a score of 8-9, with Warren narrowly escaping with the win. They then went to compete against the host team, Pollock Central. After a five inning game, the Warriors were triumphant with the score at 8-4.

The Warriors will play their next game on March 16 at Buna. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be the Warriors' third district game and their first time to play against Buna this year.

The Lady Warriors will be playing their next game March 16. Their game will take place at home and will be against Anahuac. Only the varsity team will play and the game will begin at 5 p.m. This will be a non-district game.

In basketball, Junior Brenna Johnson and Sophomore Kaelin Miller of the Lady Warriors' varsity basketball team were both added to the All-District team. Johnson was added to the first team and Miller was added to the second team.

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Woodville Posts Wins Before Rained Out

Woodville Junior Felix Johnson throws the shot put for the Eagles at home.by Debby Harrison

Varsity Baseball

The Woodville Varsity Baseball team won two games this week. Game 1 on Monday, March 5 was a road contest against the Coldspring Trojans. The game was an 11 inning battle in which the Eagles came out on top, 10-6. Chase Hensarling got the win, pitching scoreless tenth and eleventh innings. It was a team effort at the plate as all of the Eagles contributed to the win.

Woodville was also slated to play in the Hardin tournament and played one game on Thursday, March 8 against the Shepherd Pirates. The Eagles came out on top in a close 4-2 decision that revolved around great pitching from both teams. Torin Hickman pitched a complete game, striking out 14. At the plate, Grant Bullock, Quade Allison, Charles Fentress, and Marqui Jackson all had hits in the win.

The rest of the tournament was cancelled due to rain over the weekend. The Eagles are now 6-2-1 heading into district play this week as they will take on Newton on Tuesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. and on the road against Corrigan-Camden on Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, March 20 they will return home to take on Central Heights starting at 7 p.m.

Tennis

The Woodville Tennis teams were ready to play this week. Previously they had been rained out on Friday, February 10 and re-scheduled for March 9. However, the Lamar University Tennis Tournament was rained out again, so Woodville Tennis teams did not get to play again.

Woodville High School is hosting a J.V./9th grade invitational tennis tournament this Friday, March 16. It is a small tournament involving mainly Tyler County schools. Come out and support your Eagles!

Junior Varsity Baseball

The Woodville JV Baseball team beat Tarkington 8-4 before being rained out the rest of the tournament in Coldspring. Next they will host Newton at home on Tuesday, March 13 beginning at 4:30 p.m., and then travel to Corrigan-Camden on Friday, March 16 starting at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 16 they will go to Jasper with play beginning at noon, returning home to play Central Heights on Tuesday, March 20 starting at 4:30 p.m.

Track

The Woodville High School Boys and Girls Track teams will travel to Kirbyville on Thursday, March 22 and on Friday, March 30 will travel to Center for track and field events.

Softball

The Woodville Softball teams (Varsity and JV) will travel to Corrigan on Friday, March 16 with play starting at 4:30 p.m. and will then host Central Heights at home in Woodville on Tuesday, March 20 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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Spurger Pirates Compete In Evadale Tourney

Cody Winkle throws out a pitch.by Emily Waldrep

The Spurger Pirates Varsity baseball team competed in the Evadale tournament on March 1 and 2, and came away with two losses and one win for their first games of the season. The tournament started off with one game on Thursday against Evadale, which they lost 3-17. The second game began on Friday morning, and Spurger fell behind 0-6 against Anahuac. Although they lost the first two games of the season, the Pirates never forgot that they hadn't been playing or practicing baseball as long as most of the other teams in their district, and didn't let the losses get them down. In the third game of the tournament they played as a team to pull off a win against Hull Daisetta on Friday.

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Bulldogs Rally In 7th, Collapse In 9th; Fall To Lions

Varsity team member and senior Cullen Barker gets ready to hit for the Bulldogs.by Chance Bailey

Varsity Baseball

The Bulldogs got off to a hot start last Tuesday against Kountze, scoring three runs in the first inning, led by Senior Daniel Bruton's two-run double and Junior Bryce Rains' stand-up triple. The game was kept close throughout, with some consistent pitching and solid infield play from the Bulldogs. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bulldogs trailed 7-6. The first two batters that stepped up to the plate struck out, leaving Bryce Rains as the potential final out to seal a victory for the Lions. Rains then walked after five pitches and was able to steal second base, third base, and eventually home plate to send the Bulldogs into extra innings. Senior pitcher Cullen Barker took the mound to start the eighth inning, but was only able to get one out before being relieved by lefty Haiden Hughes. Hughes got the final two outs, putting the Bulldogs back on the plate with a chance to end the game. The Bulldogs couldn't find their rhythm swinging the bat, though, as none of the first three batters were able to get on base. In the ninth inning, things started going wrong for Colmesneil. The Bulldogs put themselves in a hole, surrendering four runs in the ninth, allowing Kountze to take an insurmountable 11-7 lead. The final score was 11-7. On top of the tough loss, the Bulldogs will be without starting first baseman Dylan Falcon for a few weeks due to a pulled hamstring suffered in the fifth inning. The Bulldogs also competed in the Evadale Tournament over the weekend. They finished in third place, beating Anahuac and Brookeland in the process. The Bulldogs will travel to Broaddus on Friday, March 9, at 6 p.m. to compete in their first district game of the season.

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Warren ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Resigns

Kevin Barbay, the athletic director and head football coach at Warren Independent School District, officially resigned from his position on March 6,2012 to pursue other opportunities for himself as well as his family.

"We will begin searching for a new head football coach in the coming weeks," said Lance Johnson, superintendent at Warren.

Johnson has not yet set a definite time-frame for finding the new head football coach.