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Yellowjackets get win in Apple Springs tourney

Yellowjacket Jake Pitre brings the ball down the court in recent action in J.P. Johnson Gymnasium.  (JANA RAYBURN | TCB)Yellowjacket Jake Pitre brings the ball down the court in recent action in J.P. Johnson Gymnasium.  (JANA RAYBURN | TCB)


By Jana Rayburn

CHESTER – The varsity boys got their first win of the season last weekend in the Apple Springs Holiday Hoops basketball tournament. The Jackets played Apple Springs on Thursday, losing to the Eagles. The next day, Chester played Groveton JV, winning the game 34-14. J.T. Martin scored 14 points, while J.D. Clarke and Jake Pitre each scored 8 points. Braydin Davis and Luke Read each scored a basket for the team. Saturday, the Jackets lost to Jacksonville JV. Coach Donald Mayhugh is pleased with the progress the team is making. Mayhugh said, “We played in a couple of tough games, but I feel that it will help us prepare for the rest of the season.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 25, Chester hosted the Brookeland Wildcats. Chester played an aggressive game defensively, but the Jackets could not keep up with the Wildcats. The Jackets were edged out by the Wildcats by a score of 30-57. Martin had 17 points against Brookeland. Clarke added 5 points, Pitre scored 4 points, and Read and Davis each had 2 points for the night.
The Jackets will be on the road to Sulphur Bluff on Thursday to compete in the Cap Herman Tournament, which will be held Dec. 6-8. The team will be on the road again on the following Tuesday, Dec. 11, as they take on the Douglass Indians in Douglass. Game time is approximately 6:30 p.m.

The Chester varsity girls basketball team also competed in the Apple Springs Holiday Hoops Tournament last weekend. The Lady Jackets blew out Jacksonville JV on Thursday. Annie Rayburn scored 19 points. Jasmine Mitchell added 17 points. Taylor Handley scored 8 points, Ashlyn Overstreet had 7 points, Josey Sturrock scored 2 points, and Trinity Jerkins scored 2 points. On Friday, the Lady Jackets took on the Groveton Lady Indians. The Lady Jackets lost the game 19-32. Rayburn scored 7 points, Mitchell added 6 points, Handley scored 6 points, and Sturrock scored 2 points. The Lady Jackets faced off against Centerville on Saturday. The Lady Jackets played a great defensive game. Their shots just did not fall, resulting in an 18-38 loss.

The Lady Jackets played host to the Brookeland Lady Mustangs on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The Lady Jackets played great both offensively and defensively. Mitchell scored 18 points, followed by Overstreet with 10 points and Sturrock with 8 points. Handley, Jerkins, and Emma Grimes each scored 2 points.

The Lady Jackets will be traveling to Sulphur Bluff to take part in the Cap Herman Basketball Tournament Dec. 6-8. The team will be on the road on Tuesday, Dec. 11, as they travel to Douglass to take on the Lady Indians. The game will start at 5 p.m.

The junior high boys and girls played against each other on Monday, Nov. 26. The Jackets were scheduled to play Good Samaritan Fellowship from Fred, but the team did not show up to play. With the stands full of spectators and the referees present, the coaches made the decision for the teams to battle it out. It was a fun night, and the fans enjoyed watching the athletes. In the end, the boys team won, but not by very much! Playing on the girls team are Savannah Boyd, Kat Knox, Koree Hilliard, Aniya Dove, Lily Read, Sealy Hines, Handley, Handley, Emma Byrd, Watson, Emma Grimes, Boys team members are Jack Rayburn, Jakori Davis, Chase Bertrand, Bertrand, Cole Clarke, Jeff Knox and Keighen Green.

The Chester junior high boys and girls basketball teams will play host to Apple Springs on Monday, Dec. 10. The girls game will start at 5:00 p.m., with the boys game to follow.

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Woodville’s historic football season ends

Marvelous Martin –  Woodville’s Zack Martin (10) cuts through the Zebra defense to score the final touchdown of the season for the Eagles. (HALE HUGHES | TCB)Marvelous Martin –  Woodville’s Zack Martin (10) cuts through the Zebra defense to score the final touchdown of the season for the Eagles. (HALE HUGHES | TCB)


By Hale Hughes

TYLER—The Woodville Eagles magical football season came to an end on Earl Campbell Field in Tyler Rose Stadium last Friday night. The season had very high hopes for Woodville making a deep run into the Class 3A DI playoffs, but it wasn’t meant to be as the Grandview Zebras sent the Eagles home, again in the second round. This is the third straight year that the Eagles have been bounced out of the playoffs in the second round.

The Eagles have had fits with District 9 and District 10 eliminating them from the second round of playoff games the last three years. Cameron Yoe took Woodville out in 2016 and Rockdale eliminated the Eagles in 2017, and this year it was Grandview. This is also the third time that Grandview has beaten Woodville in playoff competition. Last year, Grandview beat the Woodville girls in basketball in the regional tournament. The year before, the Zebras knocked Woodville out of the softball playoffs.

The teams last Friday night were as contrasting as their uniforms. The Eagles showed up wearing white pants and jerseys with black helmets and the Zebras arrived in black pants and jerseys with white helmets. Woodville was off to a good start early as they forced Grandview to punt on their first drive and were able to put together a solid first drive that ended in a halfback pass from Zack Martin to Kemo Moran to give the Eagles an early lead. Woodville scored quickly the way they have for the majority of the season. It would be the final time the Eagles would have a lead on their opponent this season. Grandview struck back with their own pass play to tie the game at 7-7 and that score was how the first quarter ended. The Zebras then took a 14-7 lead on a run play with 8:55 left in the second quarter. Martin took the team on his back and made a tremendous 50-yard touchdown run that began around the right side and Martin weaved his way back through Zebra defense to tie the game up at 14-14 with 7:55 left in the second quarter.

From there it was all Grandview. The Zebras scored two more touchdowns before the half and both teams went in at the intermission with Grandview having the momentum and the lead, 28-14. After halftime, Woodville came out and went three-and-out and punted the ball to the Zebras and Grandview wasted little time increasing their lead as they completed a 56-yard pass to make the score 35-14 at the 8:53 mark of the third quarter. The Zebras added one more score in the fourth that cemented the victory and the final score was 42-17 at the end of the game.
It was a bitter, yet all-too-familar end to a tremendous and unprecedented season for the Eagles. Woodville posted the school’s first ever three-peat as district champions, first ever undefeated regular season and first ever 11-win season for the Eagles.

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Jackets’ basketball season begins

Lady Jacket basketball head coach Cory Hines talks with his team last week in a game against the Timpson Lady Bears.  (JANA RAYBURN | TCB)Lady Jacket basketball head coach Cory Hines talks with his team last week in a game against the Timpson Lady Bears.  (JANA RAYBURN | TCB)


By Jana Rayburn

CHESTER – The Lady Jackets played their first basketball game of the season in Chester on Tuesday, Nov. 13 against the Timpson Lady Bears. The Lady Jackets worked hard this first game, focusing their efforts on effectively running their offense and breaking the press.

Unfortunately, the Lady Jackets efforts were not enough, and the game ended in a 12-69 loss. Suiting up for the Lady Jackets this year are Ashlyn Overstreet, Taylor Handley, Annie Rayburn, Jasmine Mitchell, Josey Sturrock, Emma Grimes, and Trinity Jerkins. Mitchell put up four points for the Lady Jackets. Taylor Handley and Annie Rayburn both added three points each, and Ashlyn Overstreet scored two points.

The Lady Jacket basketball team fell to Centerville on Friday, Nov. 16 by a score of 14-32. Rayburn was high point with five points. Handley and Mitchell each scored four points, and Overstreet sunk a free throw.

The varsity boys basketball team played their first game of the season on Friday, Nov. 16 against the Centerville Bulldogs. J.T. Martin, J.D. Clarke, Jake Pitre, Austin Jerkins, Braydin Davis, Carsyn Whitworth, Luke Read and Kaighnen Green are playing on the varsity squad this season. Clarke led the Jackets with 12 points. Davis and Whitworth each scored two points, and Martin scored a free throw. The boys fell to the Bulldogs 19-51.

The girls and boys teams will be at home on Tuesday, Nov. 27 as they host the Brookeland Wildcats. The girls game begins at 6 p.m., with the boys game to follow. Both boys and girls will compete in the Apple Springs Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, December 1. Opponents and game times not available at press time.

The junior high teams hosted the High Island Cardinals on Monday, Nov. 12. The high girls won their game and showed great promise for the upcoming season. The junior high boys came up short and lost to the Cardinals.

The junior high boys and girls will play at home on Monday, Nov. 26 against Good Samaritan Fellowship. The girls game tips off at 5 p.m., with the boys game to follow.

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Football season comes to an end for Jackets

Yellowjacket senior J.T. Martin serves as team captain for the last time prior to the Jackets football game against Apple Springs. The Jackets lost the game 6-52. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB)Yellowjacket senior J.T. Martin serves as team captain for the last time prior to the Jackets football game against Apple Springs. The Jackets lost the game 6-52. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB)


By Jana Rayburn

CHESTER – The Chester Yellowjacket football team finished out the 2018 season with the same good sportsmanship and class that they have displayed all throughout the year.

J.T. Martin, the team’s only senior, was the sole captain for the game. Martin proved to be a positive role model and leader for this young team all season long and will be missed next year for sure.

Martin and his team took on the Apple Springs Eagles Friday, Nov. 9. The Jackets started out strong, but lost momentum when one of their teammates, Dakota Chandler, was injured during the first quarter. Chandler suffered a serious knee injury and was air lifted to Texas Childrens Hospital in Houston. Adjustments were made to fill Chandlers position, but the Jackets just were not able to stop the Eagles and lost the game 6-52.

Coach Jeremy Wooten is proud of the way the team handled themselves, playing hard each week and improving greatly from last season. Martin and Jared Young led the team defensively, while Jake Pitre scored the team’s only touchdown.

All-District selections have been announced, and the Lady Jackets have quite a few players making the cut. Jasmine Mitchell received co-offensive player of the year and Brianna Kort received newcomer of the year. Receiving first team honors were Taylor Handley and Belle Gilzow. Annie Rayburn and Ashlyn Overstreet got second team nods. Faith Loughner and Josey Sturrock received honorable mention.

The girls basketball team started practice last week and Coach Cory Hines has high expectations from his team. The Lady Jackets have five returning players, and the team will benefit from experience gained last season. District alignment changes have placed the Lady Jackets in the district with Goodrich, Spurger, Leggett, High Island and Burkeville.

The boys basketball team had to squeeze in some early morning practices in order to be ready to start the season while many team members were still playing football. Coach Donald Mayhugh will lead the Jackets again this season. The team lost four seniors from last year, which will definitely be a challenge for the team.

The boys and girls will travel to Little Centerville on Friday, Nov. 16. The girls tip off at 2 p.m. with the boys to follow around 3:30 p.m. During Thanksgiving break, the teams will play back-to-back games on the road. Monday, Nov. 19, the teams will travel to Martinsville with the girls game beginning at 1 p.m. The boys will play at 2:30 p.m. They will be on the road again on Tuesday to Zavalla, with the girls again getting started at 1 p.m., and the boys game following around 2:30 p.m.

The junior high basketball teams have started practice, and the coaches are very excited to get the season started. The junior high girls will be coached by Jeremy Wooten, and the boys will be coached by Daniel Wooten. However, Coach Hines has been helping out with the girls team.

The junior high boys and girls will play a home game on Monday, Nov. 26 against the Good Samaritan Fellowship Hornets. The girls’ game will get started at 5 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow.

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