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Spurger golf tees off for Regional meet

Spurger Pirate golf team competes in regional tourney. (JENNIFER LEBOUEF | TCB PHOTO)Spurger Pirate golf team competes in regional tourney. (JENNIFER LEBOUEF | TCB PHOTO)

 

By Jennifer LeBouef

The 1A Regional golf tournament was held April 22-23 in Pflugerville. The boys’ team played a good round of golf, and senior Tyler Dozier placed 5th overall in the tournament.  The first year Lady Pirate golf team did not place but played well and are looking forward to next year.   

The stands were packed on April 26 as parents, friends, and Pirate fans anxiously awaited the last home game of the year for the Spurger Pirate baseball team. They faced off against Big Sandy JV in what was also Senior Night.

The game started off with a quick play by seniors Dalton Holley and Jacob McFarland. A runner attempted to steal second, but Holley ran and threw the ball to McFarland who tagged the runner out. Samuel Sirmons (Sr) had a base hit to first and then preceded to steal second. Tyler Dozier (Sr) followed with a hit and run to third which allowed Sirmons to score. Dozier then added his own to the board as he slid into home. Gantt Stone (Sr) had a solid hit which landed him on first.

With Holley on third and Stone on second, Christian Russell was next up to bat. Russell had a hit to the outfield which enabled him to run to third and brought Holley and Stone across the plate to score. The ball then got loose from the catcher, and Russell ran from third to bring the game to 5-0.

They continued this forward momentum throughout the game with steals, runs, solid hits, and teamwork. The game ended with a win for the Pirates 12-1. The team celebrated and recognized the seniors following the win. Seniors (Trey Cormicle, Tyler Dozier, Dalton Holley, Jacob McFarland, Samuel Sirmons and Gantt Stone), teammates, and Coaches Aaron Newcomb and Josh Toney, all contributed to a memorable season at home and away. They played at High Island in a double header on April 29 to finish regular season play before play-offs begin.

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Two Yellowjackets Qualify for regional meet

 

JANA RAYBURN | TCB Yellowjackets Faith Loughner and Trinity Jerkins raån hard in the 100m hurdles in the area meet last week.  Both girls qualified for the regional meet.

Yellowjackets Faith Loughner and Trinity Jerkins ran hard in the 100m hurdles in the area meet last week.  Both girls qualified for the regional meet. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB PHOTO)

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Yellowjacket track gearing up for regional meet

These Yellowjackets will represent Chester at the 1A Region IV Track and Field Meet in Huntsville on April 26-27.  Pictured are Levi Goins, Annie Rayburn, Coach Megan Nichols, and Shane Ison. Not pictured are Faith Loughner and Trinity Jerkins. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB PHOTO)These Yellowjackets will represent Chester at the 1A Region IV Track and Field Meet in Huntsville on April 26-27.  Pictured are Levi Goins, Annie Rayburn, Coach Megan Nichols, and Shane Ison. Not pictured are Faith Loughner and Trinity Jerkins. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB PHOTO)

 

By Jana Rayburn

CHESTER – The Yellowjacket track teams competed in their Area Track Meet on April 15 in Livingston. Several athletes advanced to the regional meet, which will be held this weekend in Huntsville. Faith Loughner placed first in the 110m and 300m hurdles and Trinity Jerkins placed fourth in the 300m hurdles. Annie Rayburn placed third in the 800m run. Shane Ison placed third in the 100m dash and third in the 400m dash. Levi Goins placed second in the 110m hurdles and fourth in the 300m hurdles. The regional meet will be held at Bowers Stadium on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.

Preliminary running events start at 4:30p.m. Friday. The running finals will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Chester Lady Jackets got a much-needed boost last Tuesday as they defeated the Colmesneil Lady Dogs in Colmesneil. The Lady Jackets built up a six-run lead in the top of the fourth inning and held off the Lady Dogs to win by a score of 8-7. Coach Becki Byrd said she was so proud of her team for playing ball until the very end. Byrd added, “It wasn’t an error free game, we made simple errors at the worst times, but the good plays outweighed the bad.” Byrd praised Olivia Gilzow for a great job pitching and Chianne Chandler and Cheryl Clack for their key plays in the infield. Belle Gilzow hit a line drive double that was the highlight of the fourth inning for the team. Byrd said, “This game showed our potential and happened at a great time for us just before playoffs.”
The Lady Jackets played their final district game of the season on Friday, April 19 at home against the Big Sandy Lady Wildcats. The Lady Jackets were tied in the third inning and managed to take the lead in the fourth with a score of 5-3. However, the Lady Wildcats took the lead for good in the fifth inning, and Chester ended up losing the game 5-10. Belle Gilzow led the Lady Jackets at the plate, going two for four, including a double. The Lady Jackets will face the Burkeville Lady Mustangs in round one of the state softball playoffs on Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m. in Chester.

The Chester Yellowjacket baseball team racked up another win last week by defeating Burkeville by a score of 7-6. Sophomore Braydin Davis made a couple of good plays on second base. The win sealed a playoff spot for the Yellowjackets, who will advance as the second-place team in the 1A division.

The Jackets traveled to Brookeland for their final district game of the year on Friday, April 19. The Jackets built up a lead, but were unable to capitalize, and lost the game due to several errors.

The Jackets will get a bye in the first round of the state playoffs and will automatically advance to the regional quarterfinal round.

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Beaty named to Texas Coaches All-Star Team

Aim High – Jordyn Beaty (23) from Woodville aims to represent Woodville, Tyler County and All of east Texas as she competes at the 2019 TGCA All Star Game in Arlington.” (HALE HUGHES | TCB)Aim High – Jordyn Beaty (23) from Woodville aims to represent Woodville, Tyler County and All of east Texas as she competes at the 2019 TGCA All Star Game in Arlington.” (HALE HUGHES | TCB)

 

By Hale Hughes

WOODVILLE—Junior standout Jordyn Beaty continues to gather accolades after this year’s title run basketball season. Beaty was named Co-MVP District with her teammate Jayda Argumon. Beaty was named as an Calss 3A All-Region and Class 3A All-State player by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and along with Argumon, was named by the UIL to the Class 3A All-Tournament Team at the UIL State Championships in San Antonio.

Beaty has also been selected to participate in the 2019 All-Star Basketball Game by the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA). This All-Star basketball team is comprised of the best basketball players from across the state and hand-selected by TGCA from the 1A-4A classifications. Beaty is one of only 24 girls chosen to partake in this prestigious event. Teams have been named as Blue and Red, and each team consists of 12 players each.

Beaty will be on the Blue Team and play with players from as far north as Haskell (in the Abilene area) to Poth (San Antonio area) and will compete against girls on the Red Team comprised with players from as far north as Vega (Amarillo area) to Midlothian HS (Dallas area). This All-Star event will be held at Arlington Lamar High School on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Beaty remains humbled by the honor and hopes to represent her high school teammates, her school, community, the east Texas area and her family well as she competes. Beaty carries the lone distinction of being one of the only 1A-4A girls in the east Texas area selected to compete in this prominent event. “Coach Carrell told me about being named for this and we were excited to hear about it,” Beaty said when she was made aware that she’d been selected to play in this competition. “There are a lot of girls that play this same position as me,” Beaty explained. “I’ve played a lot of basketball games and know a lot of these girls that I’ve competed with and against. I hope to represent them in this recognition.” Beaty said she is flattered but continued to use the word ‘represent’ as she spoke.

Beaty said she knows that she represents her school and teammates and is well aware of even little girls who look up to her and want to play like her when they get older. But carrying the torch is something that Beaty is used to and doesn’t necessarily add any pressure in her mind. “It just makes me want to just work harder when I hear about so many people looking to me and having faith in my abilities.” Beaty gave some insight on what she does to stay at the top of her game. “I try to stay mentally focused, and be smart with managing my time between school, homework, and practicing.” Beaty says she tries to compete even in practices. “I always try to be first in anything, even when we’re running. If we are shooting layups or free throws or even doing something like sit-ups. I try to be the player with the most. It’s just little things like that, but always keeping myself competitive regardless of the surroundings.” Beaty is currently competing in track and field events for Woodville High School.

On weekends, Beaty said she stays sharp by running in her neighborhood and doing dribble drills just to keep her skill set at a high level. Beaty also competes with her select team from Alvin and will play with that team throughout the summer. Beaty noted that many college coaches recruit heavily during the select basketball season, primarily because the select summer season does not interfere with the regular college season which happens at the same time as the high school season. Beaty said she hopes to eventually play on a college team that plays with the same intensity that her high school team employs. Beaty said, “I like teams that execute hard, press is really good and push the ball in transition and create extra scoring opportunities.”

“Basketball is just something I just feel like I have to play,” Beaty explained. “A lot of it comes from my mom and dad. I guess you could say it’s in our blood.” And no one else has more faith in Jordyn than her parents, Stephanie and Ardis. Beaty explained that her mom played her college ball at nearby Angelina and her dad played at Kilgore and later in the Houston area. “My mom and dad both have a deep understanding of this game and what it requires. I play the same position that my dad played, and both of my parents have really good insight for me.” It’s more to Jordyn to not just represent the area, but her family as well. “I hope I do good for my school and community. But most of all, I really hope I make my mom and dad proud,” Beaty said.

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