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  • ‘Jackets excited to return to court, field

    Chester for 082020JANA RAYBURN | TCB Chester Lady Jacket junior Trinity Jerkins puts in some work last week with assistant coach Dylan Varnon. The Lady Jackets started workouts last week.

    By Jana Rayburn

    Lady Jacket Volleyball – High school athletes across Texas have waited a long time for athletic competitions to resume.
    That time has come for the Chester Lady Jackets, who were victorious in their first game of the season. The Lady Jackets defeated the Sabine Pass Lady Sharks on Tuesday, August 11. The Lady Jackets won 3-2. Jasmine Mitchell led in kills with 15. Trinity Jerkins and Kaylee Tolar each had 8 aces for the night. Coach Megan Nichols was pleased with their first showing, and looks forward to watching her athletes grow and improve during this season.
    Chester was scheduled to travel to Hull-Daisetta on Friday, August 21, but the game has been cancelled. The Lady Jackets will travel to San Augustine on Tuesday, August 25 for a game against the Lady Wolves at 4:30p.m.

    Looking forward to a great season
    Nichols is in her third year as head coach of the team, and Dylan Varnon will officially step in as assistant coach. Nichols is excited for the addition of Varnon. She believes he brings a lot of offensive system knowledge and helps determine what rotations need the most work. She added, “Coach V also brings a lot of enthusiasm and pep to balance out my ‘seriousness’ at times.”
    Nichols said the first week of workouts have gone great. The team is fairly young but have been able to pick up on things fast and adjust. Nichols said senior Jasmine Mitchell really stepped up and attended almost every summer workout, and it shows. Kaylee Tolar has also stepped up, and even though she is a sophomore, she has grown from a serving specialist to an all-around player. Olivia Gilzow has been able to take on a new position and has stepped up as a vocal leader. Kat Knox and Kinsley Barnes have been great additions to the team as freshmen.
    Nichols said she is fortunate to have a group of athletes this season that are all going to play their role to the best of their ability. Additionally, she has eight girls who have played together previously and that is huge for team chemistry. Nichols also adds that the biggest challenge this season will be adjusting to the new rotation and training a new setter.
    UIL guidelines will make things a little difficult this season, with mask wearing on the bench and other stipulations, but Nichols and her team are happy to do whatever needs to be done in order to get to play.

    Yellowjacket Football – The Chester Yellowjackets had their first day of football practice on Monday, August 10. The Yellowjackets will again be under the direction of head coach Raymond Woodard, with Andrew Touchette as an assistant coach.
    The Yellowjackets will have a ‘Midnight Madness’ inter-squad scrimmage on Friday. This will give parents, students, and community members a chance to get a preview of the 2020 Yellowjackets.
    The Yellowjackets will have only a few weeks of practice before they scrimmage against Apple Springs on August 28. The first game for the team will be on Friday, Sept. 4 at home against the Fort Bend Chargers. Junior high game begins at 5 p.m. and the high school game starts at 7 p.m.

  • ‘Jackets lose season opener

    Chester YellowjacketsJANA RAYBURN | TCB Chester Yellowjacket Colton Pursley #13 runs the ball for a touchdown last Friday night. Pursley had two touchdowns during the Jackets' loss against the Fort Bend Chargers.

    By Jana Rayburn

    CHESTER – The Chester Yellowjacket football team hosted the Fort Bend Chargers on Friday, Sept. 4 in the first home game of the season.

    Coach Raymond Woodard was encouraged with the progress his team has made since they started practice at the beginning of the school year. “We had two players rush for over 100 yards. Carsyn Whitworth finished the game with 140 yards and Kessler Romo had 102 yards,” Woodard said.

    Additionally, Romo and Colton Pursley had two touchdown receptions each. Carson Thomson has improved tremendously, and Woodard looks for him to have a big year as quarterback for the Yellowjackets. The entire team played hard until the end of the fourth quarter, and even though the Jackets lost 39-71, the coaches were proud of their effort.

    The Jackets will travel to Houston to face the Texas Christian Tigers on Friday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

    Junior High Football
    The junior high football team took the field on Friday, Sept. 4 against the Fort Bend Chargers. The boys weren’t out on the field long before the weather got rough. After the game was delayed due to lightening, the coaches and officials made the decision to cancel the game.

    The junior high school was scheduled to travel to Houston to play against the Texas Christian Tigers next week, just prior to the high school game. However, due to low player turnout for the Tigers, that game has been cancelled.

    Lady Jacket Volleyball
    The high school volleyball team hosted the West Hardin Oilers on Tuesday, September 1. The Lady Jackets had no trouble with Hardin and defeated the Lady Oilers in three games. Coach Megan Nichols was very pleased with her team and said, “This is the best they have played yet this season.” Jasmine Mitchell led in kills and digs, going into double digits in both. Brianna Kort had four aces. Bailey Fann played a great game and had 2 aces and 4 kills in her first varsity match.

    The Lady Jackets will kick off district on Friday, September 11 as they take on the Lady Eagles in Apple Springs at 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Lady Jackets will play Goodrich in an away game. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

    If spectators are planning to attend an away volleyball game, they must obtain tickets from a volleyball player. Each district team is only given a certain number of tickets for away games, depending on the gym size of the opposing team.

    The junior high volleyball teams were off again last week due to a power outage in Chester. The Jackets were scheduled to host the Diboll Lady Jacks.
    The junior high team will travel to Goodrich on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. The girls will be back on the road as they will head to Livingston on Saturday, Sept. 19 to take on the Lady Lions. Game time is 9 a.m.

  • Bulldogs lose to Pirates

    Colmesneil Player 091720CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB

    By Chris Edwards
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    COLMESNEIL – The Colmesneil Bulldogs hosted the Deweyville Pirates for their homecoming game last Friday and came up on the short end of things.

    The 46-6 final score, with the Pirates in the win column, brought both schools to a 1-1 record. The ‘Dogs held off the Pirates for most of the first quarter, only giving up six points to them. Once the game started, with the Pirates winning the coin toss, senior running back Cade Watson scored within a few plays. In the second quarter, the ‘Dogs scored their lone touchdown of the game, and the game sat at 14-6 at halftime.

    The second half of the game was much more the Pirates’ show, as they scored two touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarter. A 79-yard touchdown from Watson set the stage soon after the third quarter began.

    Colmesneil is set to play High Island’s Cardinals on the road on Friday. The 0-2 Cardinals are coming off a shut-out loss to Louise last week.

    This week’s game will be the final non-District contest for the ‘Dogs. They are scheduled to take on the Overton Mustangs on the road Sept. 25 to begin conference play.

    In Lady Dogs volleyball action, Colmesneil is at 3-4 overall, with one game into District play. They lost Friday’s game against the Lovelady Lady Lions 3-0. They played the Groveton Lady Indians on Tuesday at Groveton. The results of that game are unavailable at press time.

  • Chester shuts out Mount Carmel for homecoming

    Chester Yellowjackets 100820PHOTO COURTESY OF BECKI BYRD Yellowjacket quarterback Carson Thomson prepares to hand off the ball to Keighen Green last week. The Jackets defeated the Mount Carmel Bulldogs 45-0.

    By Jana Rayburn

    CHESTER – The Chester Yellowjacket football team destroyed the Mount Carmel Bulldogs in front of the homecoming crowd last Friday night at Aubry Bradley Stadium. The Jackets outscored the Bulldogs 45-0, in a game that ended in the third quarter because of the mercy rule.

    Coach Raymond Woodard said, “We came out with an intensity that I like.” He was impressed with quarterback Carson Thomson, who did an outstanding job running the offense for the Jackets. Woodard said his team improved on the defensive side of the ball, and that is something they have been working on in practice. Freshman Keighen Green scored twice on offense and then broke their back with a 47-yard fumble return for a touchdown. The entire team executed and made it happen Friday night.

    Just prior to kickoff, Jasmine Mitchell was crowned the 2020 Homecoming Queen. Mitchell was escorted by Zaron Missey.
    The Jackets will have this week off due to the Tyler County Fair, but will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 16 as they travel to Buckholts to face off against the Badgers in a 7 p.m. game.

    Junior High Football–The junior high Jackets did not have a game last week and will have a bye due to the Tyler County Fair this week. The Jackets will travel to Buckholts on Friday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. to battle it out against the Badgers. The junior high will play prior to the high school game.

    Lady Jacket Volleyball– The high school volleyball team played only one game this week, as their game against Latexo was cancelled. The Lady Jackets shut out the Goodrich Lady Hornets in front of a home crowd on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The Lady Jackets won in three straight sets, 25-5, 25-6, 25-14. Brianna Kort had 13 aces, Jasmine Mitchell had 10 aces, and Linzie Romo had 2 aces. Mitchell led with 6 kills for the night and Audrey Gilzow had 5 kills.
    On Friday, Oct. 9, the Lady Jackets will host the Apple Springs Lady Eagles in a 4:30 p.m. game. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Lady Jackets will play another home game against the Lovelady Lady Lions. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
    The junior high Lady Jackets were off this past week, but will play against the Kennard Lady Tigers at home on Monday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.

    Cross-Country –The Chester cross-country teams competed in the Edward Pina Invitational cross country meet in Corrigan on Saturday, Oct. 3. Miles Redwine placed ninth in the varsity boys division and Kat Knox placed 14th in the varsity girls division. The junior high boys and girls teams both placed second overall. Zack Redwine placed ninth and Jaxson Gay placed tenth for the boys. Sealy Hines brought home a second-place medal and Sydney Brock placed seventh.

    The high school cross-country teams will compete in the Lufkin Coca-Cola Invitational on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

  • Lady Jackets sweep Apple Springs in first District match

    Chester Lady Jackets 091720PHOTO COURTESY OF BECKI BYRD Lady Jacket Jasmine Mitchell goes up for a kill last week in a match against Apple Springs. The Lady Jackets swept The Lady Eagles in three sets.

    By Jana Rayburn

    CHESTER – The high school volleyball team was on the road all last week. The team defeated Kountze 4-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

    Kinsley Barnes had 8 blocks and 10 kills during the game. On Friday, September 11, the girls defeated Apple Springs in their first district game of the season. The Lady Jackets swept the Lady Eagles in three sets. Jasmine Mitchell led in kills for the game, with a total of 20 kills in all three sets combined.

    The Lady Jackets will play a home game on Friday, Sept. 18 against Kennard. The game will start at 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, September 22, the Lady Jackets will host the Colmesneil Lady Dogs in a 4:30 p.m. match.

    Junior High Volleyball
    The junior high volleyball A and B teams both defeated the Goodrich Lady Hornets 2-0 last week. The teams will travel to Livingston on Saturday, September 19 to take on the Lady Lions. Game starts at 9:00am. The teams will travel to Colmesneil on Monday, September 21 to take on the Lady Dogs. Game time is 4:00p.m.

    Yellowjacket Football
    The Chester Yellowjacket football team traveled to Houston on Friday, Sept. 11 to face the Texas Christian Tigers. The Yellowjackets got behind early in the game. However, they played a much better second half. In the end, the Jackets lost 24-48.

    The Jackets will host the Baytown Christian Bulldogs on Friday, Sept. 25 at 7p.m.

  • Warriors drill Oilers 41-0

    Warren Warriors 091720CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB

    By Chris Edwards
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    WARREN – For the second week in a row, the Warren Warriors came out on top.

    The 2-0 Tyler County team drilled the West Hardin Oilers on Warrior land for Warren’s homecoming last Friday. The game was a shut-out, with a final score of 41-0.

    The Warriors were strong right out of the gate with senior Luke Whisneant plowing down the field in the first quarter for a 45-yard touchdown.

    Warren led by 29 points at halftime, and never let up going into the second half. The Oilers’ offense just could not get past the Warrior defense, and the

    Warriors put a couple more touchdowns on the scoreboard in the second half.

    On Friday, the Warriors look to keep the streak going when they play the Deweyville Pirates at Deweyville. The Pirates sit at 1-1 thus far and are coming off a win over Colmesneil from last week.

    Warren will begin District play next week when they play Anderson-Shiro at home.

    Prior to the game, a tribute was made to Mike Paddie. Paddie, who died in July, was the longtime announcer at Warriors football games, and addition to being known as “the voice of the Warriors,” he served Warren ISD as an administrator, teacher and coach for more than 40 years.

    During the tribute, the Warrior band played Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A,” and Rep. Brian Babin presented WHS Principal Jimbo Swinney with an American flag in Paddie’s honor.

    The Warriors are scheduled to play the Deweyville Pirates on Friday at Deweyville. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

    In volleyball action over in Warrior Country, the Lady Warriors are set to play Kountze on Friday at Kountze. The freshman, junior varsity and varsity girls take on the Lady Lions in a District match-up starting at 4:30.

    The Lady Warriors played East Chambers at home in a District match on Tuesday. The results of that game are unavailable at press time.

  • Warriors get ready for the season

    Warren PlayersCaleb Fortenberry | TCB Warren Warriors football practice

    Warren Warriors offensive coordinator Ronnie Ford coaches the team as they prepare for the season. Friday’s game against Huntington is cancelled due to Hurricane Laura, but according to Warren ISD, those who bought tickets will be honored at the next home game on Sept. 11 when the Warriors play West Hardin. For more countywide sports, check out this week's paper.

  • Woodville takes down Corrigan-Camden 48-7

    IMG 0107PHOTO COURTESY OF ALBERT TREVINO

    By Albert Trevino

    WOODVILLE – The Woodville Eagles took down the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs 48-7 on the Eagles’ home field on Friday.
    A constant string of turnovers, penalties and bad snaps hit a season high on Friday and prevented Corrigan from gaining any real momentum over the Eagles.

    Although the Bulldog defense held strong for most of the first half and made crucial stops, it was eventually worn down by Woodville later in the game.

    Corrigan was forced to punt on the opening drive, while the Eagles quickly reached the red zone, scoring on a touchdown pass from Woodville quarterback Jack Fowler to running back Jatavian Taylor.

    The first turnover occurred on Corrigan’s second possession, with a fumble recovered by Eagle defensive end Pop Prejean and taken 88 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. The extra kick was blocked, which made it 13-0 midway through the first quarter.

    During the second quarter, Woodville’s offense struck again with Eagle safety Trotter Moses breaking a key tackle on a short reception for a touchdown.

    The following two-point conversion was successful to extend the lead to 21-0 at halftime.

    The Bulldogs came out swinging to start the third quarter by recovering an onside kick, then capitalizing with their only scoring drive of the game.

    The touchdown play involved some trickery, as Bulldog sophomore running back JaVarion Williams threw a 41-yard bomb to sophomore back Anthony Harrell. The extra kick was good, putting seven points on the board for Corrigan.

    However, the Bulldog offense lost momentum on its next possession, where a bad snap resulted in Williams tackled on the wrong end of the field for a safety.

    The Eagle offense capitalized with receiver Jacorey Hyder scoring on a 33-yard touchdown catch, making it 29-7 midway through the third quarter.

    Corrigan then suffered a quick three-and-out, leading to the Eagle offense putting together a long scoring drive. Eagle safety Ralon Williams punched it in for the final two yards to get the rushing touchdown. This further extended the lead to 35-7 late in the third.

    Woodville scored twice more in the fourth quarter. The first was a one-yard touchdown run by Taylor. Following another turnover by Corrigan’s offense, Eagle receiver Ronald Washington caught a 50-yard touchdown pass for the final points of the night.

    This Friday, the Eagles play Little-Cypress Mauriceville for Woodville’s homecoming. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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