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Woodville seniors to play wheelchair basketball for UT Arlington

Carrington Marendes Garrett Castillo NLI


By Hale Hughes

WOODVILLE—Two Woodville seniors signed their national letters of intent last week to play wheelchair basketball for the University of Texas at Arlington. Carrington Marendes and Garrett Castillo both inked deals to play for the Movie’ Mavs for the next four years on one of the top wheelchair teams in the nation. 

Both Marendes and Castillo were heavily recruited nationally after competing all over the country and winning nationals with their Hermann Memorial “Hot Wheels” team out of Houston.  Both athletes competed in cities like Atlanta, Indianapolis and Dallas among others. The two athletes have been named wheelchair basketball All-Americans and both were multiple All-Tournament team selections throughout the year. Marendes was named MVP of the national basketball tournament.

Basketball isn’t the only sport these young men play. In wheelchair softball, both Castillo and Marendes are National Champions with Marendes again being named the MVP of the national tournament while Castillo was named as the best hitter in the nation.  Marendes also has some hardware from the UIL State Track and field meet as he won the 400m and took silver in the 100m and a bronze in the shot put.

Coach Trice Hamm from the Hot Wheels team and University of Texas at Arlington Wheelchair Basketball coach Garner were on hand to witness these young men ink their deals with the university. It is a rare thing to have the top two national recruits going to the same school in one sport and even more remarkable that both athletes are from the same high school.

Woodville is proud to be home to these young men and they represent what is best about Tyler County and our community and we wish both of these young men the best as they prepare to play at the next level.

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Lady Dogs beat Kennard and Chester to remain undefeated in district play; Bulldogs trounced by Lovelady

Colmesneil’s Deavin Wooten brought down after a big gain vs Lovelady. (ROBERT JACOBUS | TCB)Colmesneil’s Deavin Wooten brought down after a big gain vs Lovelady. (ROBERT JACOBUS | TCB)


By Robert Jacobus

COLMESNEIL – The first place Colmesneil Lady Dogs’ volleyball team continued their winning ways by defeating Kennard on Oct. 2 in an away contest 25-20, 25-11, 25-18, and followed that up with another victory at home over Chester last Saturday morning 25-10, 25-20, 25-19.
The Lady Dogs improved to 7-0 in District 23-2A play. Colmesneil played Goodrich in an away match on Oct. 9 and were scheduled to play a home match this Friday against Leggett, but Leggett recently cancelled the rest of their season.

Bulldogs trounced by Lovelady in district opener
The Colmesneil football team was beaten soundly by Lovelady, the seventh-ranked team in the state in Class 2A-Division 2. After seeing themselves down 42-0 at halftime, the Bulldogs ended up on the short end of a 66-0 final score in their district opener.

With Jordan James leading the way at quarterback for the Bulldogs, the night started promising as they took the opening kickoff and on their opening drive gained a couple of first downs and advanced into Lions’ territory. However, Colmesneil ended up turning the ball over on downs at the Lovelady 35.

After Lovelady gained four yards in two plays, on third and six Lions’ quarterback Logan Lowery hit wide receiver Michael Price for a 63-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good and Lovelady led 6-0 with 6:50 left in the first quarter.

On the Bulldogs’ next possession, Deavin Wooten ripped off runs of five and eight yards. The Lovelady defense stiffened after that and took over on the 50-yard line after a Colmesneil punt. From there Lovelady’s Price caught another touchdown pass from Lowery to make it 12-0 Lions with 2:08 left in the quarter. The two-point conversion was again no good thanks to Colmesneil’s Wesley Dobbins stuffing the running play up the middle.

Colmesneil received the ensuing kickoff and returned it to their own 30. Three plays netted two yards for the Bulldogs as the first quarter expired.

On the first play of the second quarter Lovelady got the ball on the Colmesneil 38 after a shanked punt by Colmesneil. On the first play from scrimmage after the punt Lovelady’s Tre’ Hawkins scored untouched from 38 yards out on an end around play to the right side. After another two-point conversion was unsuccessful, the score was now 18-0 Lovelady.

Jordan James returned the ensuing kickoff to the Colmesneil 22. The Bulldogs offense gained on two yards in three plays from there and were forced to punt again. Another shanked punt by Colmesneil gave Lovelady the ball on the Colmesneil 32.

After an 18-yard gain by Lovelady on first down to the Bulldogs’ 14, Colmesneil’s defense stiffened, and Wesley Dobbins sacked the Lovelady’s Lowery for a 15-yard loss on third down. An incomplete pass by Lovelady on fourth down gave the ball to Colmesneil on their own 35.

The Lions then intercepted a Colmesneil pass on third down and from the Bulldogs’ 37, Lovelady quarterback Lowery hit Michael Price from there for their third touchdown connection of the first half. Lovelady finally converted on a two-point conversion and they now led 26-0 with 6:07 left in the first half.

Colmesneil proceeded to fumble the Lovelady kickoff and the Lions took over on the Bulldogs 30-yard line. Lovelady gained 18 yards on their first down running play and from there Lowery connected on his fourth touchdown pass of the half, this time a 12-yarder to Tre’ Hawkins. Hawkins ran in the two-point conversion, and the Lovelady lead widened to 34-0 with 4:56 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs again fumbled the Lovelady kickoff, but this time they recovered the ball on their own five-yard line. Colmesneil’s offense went nowhere again, and on fourth and eight the Colmesneil punt was blocked, and Logan LeBlanc of Lovelady recovered the ball in the endzone for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was again good, and the score was now 42-0 Lovelady with 2:36 until halftime.

Colmesneil and Lovelady changed possessions after that and the first half clock expired with the score 42-0 Lovelady.

Lovelady received the second half kickoff and Tim Johnson of the Lions raced 64 yards down the left sideline for the score. After another successful two-point conversion, Lovelady now led 50-0 with just 19 seconds expired in the second half.

The two teams exchanged punts and after Colmesneil stalled on their own 43, they punted to Lovelady. Michael Price returned the punt for a touchdown, his fourth on the night. Quarterback Lowery scored on a keeper play for the two-point conversion, and Lovelady upped the score to 58-0 with 6:30 left in the third quarter.

The benches were emptied after that, and Lovelady added a fourth quarter touchdown and one last two-point conversion to make the final 66-0.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Bulldogs as they travel to Grapeland this Friday to take on the Sandies, the ninth ranked team in the state in Class 2A-Division 2. Grapeland is 5-1 on the season, losing only to Class 3A Crockett 19-18 on Sept. 14. Grapeland has rolled over their other competition, beating Milano 27-0, Cayuga 28-8, and Normangee 47-18. The Sandies are also 2-0 in District 12-2A, whipping Evadale 41-6, and Burkeville 52-0.

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Jackets tackle tough High Island team

Yellowjacket junior Jake Pitre runs the ball last Friday night in the Jackets’ loss to the High Island Cardinals. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB PHOTO)Yellowjacket junior Jake Pitre runs the ball last Friday night in the Jackets’ loss to the High Island Cardinals. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB PHOTO)


by Jana Rayburn

CHESTER—The Chester football team faced long-time foe High Island on Friday, Sept. 28. Playing conditions were not ideal. The field was saturated with water from all the recent rains and swarms of mosquitos attacked both players and fans throughout the evening. Despite losing to the Cardinals 0-50, the Jackets put forth good effort. Coach Jeremy Wooten said that many players were in positions they never have played before due to injuries. Jake Pitre ran the ball well on offense. J.T. Martin, Jared Young, and Austin Jerkins played well on defense for the Jackets. Wooten said overall the team is improving and the freshmen are learning on the job.

The Jackets have an extra week to regroup and hopefully get everyone healthy before facing off against Sanchez Charter School on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Chester’s “Big Homecoming” is next week. The entire week will gear toward getting ready for the big game on Saturday, and the entire student body is encouraged to dress up each day. Monday, Oct. 8 will be “Nerd vs. Jock Day”. Tuesday, Oct. 9 is “Character/Meme Day”. Wednesday will be “Entertainer/Musician Day”. Thursday will be “Country vs. Country Club”. Friday is “Purple and Gold Day”. There will be a Pep Rally on Friday afternoon, which will feature a performance by the Little Cheerleaders. Saturday, Oct. 13 will be a full day of activities. The parade begins at 10 a.m., followed by a CHS Alumni business meeting and pep rally in J.P. Johnson Gymnasium. The junior class will have a barbecue dinner in the cafeteria from noon until 2 p.m. The library will be open for visitation until 4:30 p.m., when the activities move down to Aubry Bradley Football Stadium. The Queen’s Coronation will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. football game. The Little Cheerleaders will perform during halftime.

Lady Jackets sweep Goodrich
The Chester Lady Jacket volleyball team wrapped up the first round of district play last Friday night with a sweep over the Goodrich Lady Hornets. Chester won the game easily with scores of 25-12; 25-16; 25-5, bringing their district record to 4-1. The Lady Jackets were led in serving by Taylor Handley. The Jackets were tied up in game two when Handley served for eleven points straight, digging the Jackets out of a hole. Freshman Trinity Jerkins and Jasmine Mitchell also served well. Assistant Coach Becki Byrd, who is stepping up to coach while Head Coach Megan Nichols is on maternity leave, said that the team has spent a lot of time working on serving in practice, and it is paying off.

The Lady Jackets will travel to Colmesneil on Saturday, Oct. 6 to face the Lady Bulldogs for the second time this season. Varsity will get started at 10:30 a.m., with the junior varsity game to follow.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Lady Jacket varsity volleyball team will travel to Kennard to meet up with the Lady Tigers. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

The junior high volleyball team played against Goodrich at home on Monday, September 24. The team lost to Goodrich in two sets but have improved a lot. The next game for the junior high team will be on Monday, Oct. 8 at home against Kennard. The game will start at 4 p.m.

Weather foils cross-country efforts again
The Chester cross country teams had yet another hiccup in their cross-country schedule. Zavalla was forced to cancel their cross country meet due to the weather, leaving the team without a meet for the week.

The district cross country meet will be held on Thursday, October 11 in Lufkin. Goodrich and Spurger are the other two teams competing against Chester in the district meet. The high school runners are all vying for the chance to run at the Region IV Cross Country Meet in Corpus Christi on Oct. 22.

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Woodville football tops East Chambers in District opener

Running Wild – Woodville senior Zack Martin (10) takes off on a 67-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter against East Chambers (HALE HUGHES | TCB)Running Wild – Woodville senior Zack Martin (10) takes off on a 67-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter against East Chambers (HALE HUGHES | TCB)


By Hale Hughes

WOODVILLE — The East Chambers Buccaneers traveled to Woodville as one of the main district threats to dethrone the reigning two-time Woodville Eagle district champs.

East Chambers proved to be as good as advertised as they started strong and finished strong, but there was just too much Woodville in between for East Chambers to handle.

The Buccaneers arrived and made a statement with a great return on the opening kickoff down to the 25-yard line. East Chambers looked to be in great shape offensively, but Woodville’s self-titled “K-9” defense showed why Woodville controls the district and shut down the drive to force the Bucs to attempt a field goal. An Eagle penalty gave East Chambers a new set of downs and the Bucs capitalized on the early miscue and took an early lead after scoring the game’s opening touchdown.

Woodville would answer by putting together a drive with seniors DaMichael Brooks and Zack Martin trading duties of toting the ball with Martin scoring. The point after attempt (PAT) was blocked giving the Buccaneers and early 7-6 lead.

An attempted on-side kick by the Eagles was not recovered, giving the Bucs good field position to start their second drive. A bit of razzle-dazzle with a flea-flicker play allowed East Chambers to score on their second play from scrimmage on a long TD pass. That score allowed the Buccaneers to pad their lead to 14-6. That momentum that East Chambers had was short lived as on the first play of Woodville’s next drive, Martin took the ball from the Eagles’ own 33-yard line and ran 67 yards, swatting away Buccaneer tacklers left and right along the way. The Eagles elected to go for two on the PAT and were successful to tie the game up at 14-14. It also sent a message to the Buccaneer faithful that the Eagles also showed up to win this game.

It was a fabulous firework filled first quarter with a great deal of scoring between the two teams. East Chambers fought back with a limited drive and was able to score a field goal to retake the lead 17-14 with 3:57 left in the explosive opening quarter.

Woodville close out the quarter with one of their patented clock consuming drives with East Chambers leading 17-14. That lead was short lived. On the first play of the second quarter, the Eagles took to the air and Reese Shaw hit a narrow window on a 17 yard TD pass to senior Kemo Moran who made a great catch at the one yard line on the sideline against a Buccaneer defender and then made a great football move to get the ball inside the pylon to score and take the lead for good, 20-17 in favor of the Eagles. The PAT was no good, but the Eagles led for the first time in the game and didn’t look back.

Woodville led 34-17 by halftime and won the game 42-31 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score might indicate. Woodville finished the game with a whopping 511 total offensive yards. Zack Martin led the game with 22 carries for 223 yards 4 touchdowns and one interception in the second half to halt a drive by East Chambers. DaMichael Brooks had 21 carries for 143 yards and senior quarterback Reese Shaw had 7 carries for 39 yards with one rushing TD. Shaw was one for three in passing with the lone 17-yard touchdown pass to Moran.

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