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Lady Jackets start season strong

The varsity and junior varsity Lady Jacket volleyball teams are ready for the season. Pictured are (bottom row, left to right): Cheryl Clack, Katilyn Clack, Audrey Gilzow, Madison Callaway, Trinity Jerkins, Debbie Teets, and Olivia Gilzow.  Pictured, (top row, left to right): Faith Loughner, Chianne Chandler, Brianna Kort, Taylor Handley, Josey Sturrock, Belle Gilzow, Annie Rayburn, Ashlyn Overstreet, Jasmine Mitchell, and Zoey Helpenstill. (Jana Rayburn Photo)The varsity and junior varsity Lady Jacket volleyball teams are ready for the season. Pictured are (bottom row, left to right): Cheryl Clack, Katilyn Clack, Audrey Gilzow, Madison Callaway, Trinity Jerkins, Debbie Teets, and Olivia Gilzow.  Pictured, (top row, left to right): Faith Loughner, Chianne Chandler, Brianna Kort, Taylor Handley, Josey Sturrock, Belle Gilzow, Annie Rayburn, Ashlyn Overstreet, Jasmine Mitchell, and Zoey Helpenstill. (Jana Rayburn Photo)

 

By Jana Rayburn

CHESTER – The 2018 Chester High School Lady Jacket volleyball team began two-a-day workouts last week. These workouts, along with the next few weeks, will be very important because the teams will learn to work together and form a cohesive bond.

Seniors Taylor Handley and Ashlyn Overstreet are excited about their last season of playing volleyball for CHS and work hard to be effective leaders and encouragers for the underclassmen.

The Lady Jackets played host to both San Augustine and Shelbyville on Friday afternoon for scrimmages. The Lady Jackets played well against both teams, even though there have only been two days of practice. The next day, they traveled to Warren to scrimmage against both the Lady Warriors and the Hull-Daisetta Lady Bobcats. Coach Megan Nichols was happy with how strong her team started out the season.

Nichols was really impressed with how well her teams played against both Hull-Daisetta and Warren, which are both bigger schools. She added, “We have a lot to learn still, but we are definitely on the right track.”

Jasmine Mitchell stepped up as a setter on Saturday and was a major key in the teams’ offense. Belle Gilzow led defensively with a few big blocks.

The Lady Jackets will have a busy week, with several games on the schedule. They play Newton at home on Friday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m.

The Lady Jackets travel to Kirbyville on Monday, Aug. 13 for a 4 p.m. game. The next day, they host Sabine Pass at 4 p.m.

The varsity team will compete in the Groveton volleyball tournament on Thursday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 18.

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Woodville’s Dawson Wainwright fires a hole-in-one…TWICE!!

By Hale Hughes

“Midas Touch: Woodville’s Dawson Wainwright after hitting his second hole in one in consecutive tournaments.” (Image courtesy of Facebook)“Midas Touch: Woodville’s Dawson Wainwright after hitting his second hole in one in consecutive tournaments.” (Image courtesy of Facebook)DALLAS — One of Woodville’s own made his mark on the links over the past few weeks during tournament play. Dawson Wainwright who is a 2016 graduate from Woodville High School is enrolled at the Golf Academy of America after being accepted into the summer semester along with 77 other students.

Wainwright has played in approximately 12 tournaments over the summer. He began playing golf when he was a freshman at Woodville under the tutelage of Coach Troy Carrell, Coach Ronnie Brown and Coach Jason Drake.

Wainwright hit his first hole in one on July 9 at Las Colinas in Dallas on the seventeenth hole. Las Colinas was named by Avid Golfer Magazine as one of the best private clubs in 2017.

Wainwright described it as a relatively short par-three hole with a bunker on the left. Wainwright said that his thought process was to land the ball a few feet past the hole and spin it back toward the hole. Wainwright steadied himself for the shot and swung and said, “I had the yardage down pat, because it never bounced or anything. It went straight in the cup.” He continued, “I was confused at first because the ball just disappeared. I knew there was no way I hit it too far, but I we all heard a ‘click’ noise, so we looked around to see if any branches had been hit.” Wainwright said that another player on the course confirmed to him that he indeed ‘holed out’ and the group Wainwright was with all celebrated this unique moment with him. Wainwright said, “I dropped my club and threw my hands in the air and was like ‘Heck yeah!’”

Wainwright said that hitting his first hole-in-one was exciting, but pretty much resumed his normal routine after the round and went on about his regular schedule the following week. The whole academy was aware of Wainwright’s accomplishment and said comments were made around campus throughout the week like, “Hey, Ace!” as if to give him a new nickname.

The next tournament Wainwright participated in found him at the Watter’s Creek course. This was a match play tournament and some comments were made to Wainwright prior to the game in which his competitor said to him, “Now don’t go making any more shots like last week,” as the two laughed it off and began playing. Wainwright said that his group was preparing for the ninth hole, which he described as another short par three. He said his thought process was the same as what he had the week prior and planned on hitting the ball just past the flag and spinning the ball back to the cup. “I got a nice little gap wedge and choked down on it a little bit and hit a nice low trajectory shot to hold the ball against the oncoming wind that day.” He continued, “Sure enough, I landed the ball about a yard past the flag and the ball spun back right into the cup. It was as if I had completely called the shot.”

Wainwright was quick to share the credit of his newfound popularity for making two holes in one in as many weeks. “I have to give credit to my teachers and to my swing coach. I’ve just learned so much since I’ve been here,” Wainwright said. “It’s ridiculous how much I’ve learned from coach Nathan Grafe. I definitely couldn’t sum it all up from just techniques and taking lessons from him. I never knew that I had as much room for improvement as what he has shown me. It shocked me how well comprehending what he was teaching me and how well I was learning it and being able to execute those things on the course.”

Wainwright says he hopes to one day play on the PGA Tour but also says students graduate from the academy with teaching certificates and are able to be a player/coach if certain requirements are met, so multiple job options are available for Wainwright after he graduates. Wainwright says playing in the PGA has been a dream of his ever since he started playing and that he is focused on golf now more than ever.

Since making the second hole in one, many other players and students have asked Wainwright what he is doing right. He said it’s just being dialed in to your game and focusing on the fundamentals, techniques and skills learned from quality practice. Wainwright was asked if it was just repetition, and he said, “To an extent, but not really. You can practice bad habits and you won’t get any improvement, so it’s not really about quantity. It’s about learning what parts of your game are weak and working on those things and learning how to work on those things to get better at it. Many people tend to favor doing more of what they are good at and not spending enough time on improving those tougher parts that they necessarily may not like as much.”

Wainwright said that he found out really quick that he had a real gift for the sport of golf and if he could go back in time and give his former self some advice that he would have definitely stuck to golf and taken the game much more serious. “I was just kind of hanging out and playing in high school I guess but looking back I would have done it differently.” Wainwright said he has a newfound passion for golf, even before the holes in one and enjoys playing regularly and every chance he can which is almost daily.

Wainwright is currently employed by the Indian Creek Golf Club in Carrolton. Wainwright said he wanted to thank his parent for supporting him throughout this journey and that he misses them greatly only being able to see them during this past fourth of July after many months of not seeing them at all while at the same time knowing it will be several months before seeing them again.

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Alicyn Mitcham 5K and 10K Memorial Run/Walk Held at Lake Tejas

OFF TO THE RACES – Runners get ready to tackle the 10K run on Saturday at Lake Tejas during the Alicyn Mitcham Memorial 5K and 10K Run/Walk event. (ROBERT JACOBUS | TCB)OFF TO THE RACES – Runners get ready to tackle the 10K run on Saturday at Lake Tejas during the Alicyn Mitcham Memorial 5K and 10K Run/Walk event. (ROBERT JACOBUS | TCB)

By Robert Jacobus

COLMESNEIL – The Second Annual Alicyn D. Mitcham Memorial 5K and 10K Run/Walk took place on Saturday, July 14, at Lake Tejas in Colmesneil.

The event is a fundraiser and the proceeds will go into the Alicyn D. Mitcham Memorial Fund, which was established in Mitcham's memory. Mitcham was a senior softball player for the Colmesneil Lady Bulldogs who died in a skiing accident in Feb. 2017. The fund awards scholarships to area seniors.

Michael Flowers, Alycin's uncle, organized the first annual event in the summer of 2017. Flowers explained why the event was organized. "After Alycin passed away on vacation in February 2017, the people in the community had placed thousands of dollars into the Mitcham's bank account," he said.

Heather Mitcham, Alicyn Mitcham's mother, spoke of the importance of the fundraiser. "This event means so much to me. It helps continue Alycin's legacy and it helps put money back into the school and the softball program, which Alycin loved. It was started thanks mostly to my brother, Michael Flowers, who put this together."

"Alycin's family decided to use that money to put the Alycin Mitcham scoreboard in at the softball field. We decided we wanted to keep raising money for the school and the softball program, so we started this event. It's a great way to give back to the community and to also give scholarships to deserving seniors in the area. It also helps to keep my sister and her family engaged with the school and the Colmesneil community. Plus, the memorial run carries on Alicyn's legacy," Flowers said.

About 40 runners participated in the three events. There were other activities for attendees, such as a softball toss and face painting.

Dean Yates was the winner of the Fun Run for kids at the beginning of the day. He won the .6- mile event in 3:01.
JW Mitcham took first in the 5K run with a time of 29:48, edging out Dean Yates, who had a time of 29:49. Becky Yates placed third with a time of 30:14. Mitcham, who will be a 7th grader at Colmesneil Junior High, is the younger brother of Alycin Mitcham and he said, "It was cool to win one of the races that honors my sister."

In the 10K run, Kaleb Powers won with a time of 54:34. Derrek Noriskin was second with a time of 1:05:50, while Chris Cullather came in third with a time of 1:11:10.

Powers, the winner of the 10k, will be a junior at Colmesneil High School this fall. Powers competes on the cross country and track teams. Powers has made regionals in cross country the past two years, and he said, "My goal this year is to qualify for state. This 10K run help prepares me for the high school season and it's for a good cause."
In other Colmesneil sports news, Athletic Director Ross McMurry sent out a reminder that the Bulldogs football camp will be on July 25 and 26 from 8-10 a.m.

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Colmesneil continues summer workouts

By Robert Jacobus

CHS-Summer-Workouts-07122018COLMESNEIL – Athletic Director Ross McMurry and his coaching staff have hosted summer workouts at the Bulldogs' field house on Mondays through Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.

With the start of volleyball and football practice less than a month away, McMurry stressed the importance of attending summer workouts.

"We've been emphasizing how coming to workouts in the summer shows up in the win column once the season starts," McMurry said. "My first year as head coach we had only 18% of players come to summer workouts and we only won one game that fall. Last year, that number jumped to 44% and we won four games. Our goal this summer has been 75%, which hopefully would translate into seven victories or more."

McMurry added, "This summer, we've only had 40% participation by our football players. I was hoping for more. We have had some guys who have been hurt and aren't able to participate yet in workouts, so that explains the drop in participation a little bit. However, to be honest, I'm not totally happy with the numbers. It's frustrating for the kids who are putting the work in."

"We do have six football players who have been to every workout. They are Hunter Burkhalter, Scott Eddins, Jaden Johnson, Presley Brown, Kobe Shird and Skyler Tompkins," McMurry said. "I really appreciate their effort and commitment. I know there's some days they don't want to be here, but they push themselves to be better. I want to add that the number of our girl athletes coming to summer workouts is higher than last year. Two of our Lady Bulldogs, Keely and Taya Fowler, have been to every workout."

McMurry concluded with, "There was a lot of buzz at the end of the school year how good we could be in football. A lot of these guys who started as sophomores two years ago are now seniors. We have 18 starters coming back, 9 on each side of the ball. I just want them to remember that the key to success in the regular season is what they accomplish in the off-season."

In other Bulldog sports news, the Colmesneil Softball Camp scheduled for July 10 and 11 was once again rained out. Coach Ashley Currington said the camp would now take place on July 17 and 18 from 9 until noon.

In addition, the Bulldogs added a new coach to their staff. First-year coach and social studies teacher Dax Hill joins the Colmesneil staff and will be an assistant coach in football, basketball and possibly baseball.

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