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  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • Colmesneil athlete selected to play in France

    Soccer Kid 061120Vicki Wood | Soccer star in the making Landon Wood.

    BY CHRIS EDWARDS
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    COLMESNEIL – Landon Wood, an incoming fifth grader at Colmesneil ISD, is preparing to go across the pond and do something that no other Tyler County youngster has done.

    Wood has been invited to play soccer in France during June of next year. According to his grandmother Vicki Wood, the trip is more than a means to show off and hone his athletic ability, for the young athlete will also have the opportunity to explore some of the European countryside.

    Wood is part of the team Real Texas FC, which is coached by Jeff Coulter. During tournament play, North and South America, Africa and Europe will be represented. The exclusive appointment to play is by invitation only. Coulter, who has coached for more than a decade, has taken teams to play in France before, Vicki Wood said.

    Pull Quote Vicki Wood“These are friendly matches and the boys will be staying with host families in France. They will be participating in a parade in the youth’s honor where they will be carrying the flags of their respective countries. As such, it’s an honor for the boys being asked as they act as ambassadors for both for the US and Texas,” Vicki Wood said.

    Soccer, also known as football in other countries, is one of the most popular sports around the world, and continues to increase in popularity in the United States. An ESPN poll ranked it as the fourth most popular team sport played on American soil.

    In Texas, youth soccer leagues exist statewide. The South Texas Youth Soccer Association represents 29 member organizations and stretches from El Paso to Lufkin, with a registration base of 100,000 players, coaches and administrators.

    Vicki added that the young athletes will have opportunities to explore historic sites such cathedrals and castles and will get to experience professional training at the soccer facilities.

    She said also that in preparation for the trip, she and some others are planning fundraisers. “Of course, all things are being planned around the pandemic, so we are trying to get creative for fundraisers for the boys. So far it will be T-shirts and there are plans for raffles as Covid-19 restrictions start to be lifted,” she said.

    Currently Landon has been playing soccer in Jasper with the Piney Woods Youth Soccer League since the spring of 2018, and this year with the elite boys’ Twisters team. It was during the Twisters’ matches that Coulter scouted some of the boys to make the elite team, Vicki said.

    Vicki added that anyone interested in helping with the fundraising can contact Landon’s mother Angeleah Pilgreen at the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Vicki, herself, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Colmesneil kids win fishing tournament

    kids fishing iconReed Best, Cooper Graham, River Squier COURTESY OF COTY SQUIER

    SAM RAYBURN – Colmesneil kids got to enjoy some fishing out at Lake Sam Rayburn and bring home some money last weekend. On Sunday, June 14, the Little Anglers Big Bass Showdown at Umphrey Pavillion on Lake Sam Rayburn took place. Payouts were dispersed every hour. Three young Colmesneil anglers took home some money and created some great memories.

    Cooper Graham took fourth place in the first hour with 2.44 pounds, winning $250. Reed Best took first place in the sixth hour with 2.29 pounds, winning $500. River Squier took first place in the second hour with 5.05 pounds, winning $1,000 and Overall Big Bass Angler.

    Both Squier and Best have fished on the Colmesneil High School Fishing Team and fish often on Lake Sam Rayburn. They both took home nice checks to add to their fishing winnings.

    All the kids did a fantastic job. They were so proud of each and every fish. The tournament was such a great wholesome family environment.

    There are two more Little Anglers events scheduled for the year: one at Toledo Bend Lake on Sept. 27 and another at Sam Rayburn on Oct. 25.

    For more information on the event and how to enter your Little Angler, visit their website at https://www.littleanglersbigbassshowdown.com/

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