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Yellowjackets start season strong

Yellowjacket J.D. Clarke was the closer in Chester’s 16-2 victory over the Chireno Owls. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB PHOTO)Yellowjacket J.D. Clarke was the closer in Chester’s 16-2 victory over the Chireno Owls. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB PHOTO)

 

By Jana Rayburn

CHESTER – Chester High School and Junior High athletes are getting a lot of practice time in sports such as softball, baseball, and track and field due to the two-week mandatory suspension of all UIL contests. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has suspended all UIL sanctioned contests due to the outbreak of COVID-19 from March 16 through March 29. The athletes at Chester, and in all other schools across the state, are very hopeful that they will be back on the field and on the track in April.

The Chester Yellowjacket baseball team started last week off with a big win over the Chireno Owls.

The Jackets outscored The Owls 16-2. Jared Young pitched a great game, while J.D. Clarke and Jake Pitre both went 2 for 3 at the plate for the Jackets. The Jackets lost last Friday, March 13 to the San Augustine Wolves. Currently, they stand 2-1 in district.

Coach Marty Thompson is very pleased with this strong start for the season, and hopes that when the season resumes, his team continues to play well.

Lady Jackets take on Apple Springs, Groveton

The Chester Lady Jacket softball team played two district games last week, going 1-1 for the week. Chester defeated Apple Springs 22-1 on Tuesday, March 10. Olivia Gilzow pitched for the Jackets and struck out six Lady Eagles. She also hit a home run. Faith Loughner went 4 for 5 at the plate, and Kaylee Tolar went 3 for 3. Belle Gilzow led with stolen bases and had some great at bats.

The Lady Jackets lost to the Groveton Lady Indians 3-4 last Friday, March 13. Trinity Jerkins led the Lady Jackets at the plate, going 2 for 3. Emma Grimes played an impressive game at second base, throwing out two base runners.

 

 

The Lady Jackets are currently 1-1 in district play.

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Alicyn D. Mitcham Softball Tournament is a success

The winning team, Diboll Varsity Lady Jacks, at the Alicyn D. Mitcham Annual Softball Tournament.The winning team, Diboll Varsity Lady Jacks, at the Alicyn D. Mitcham Annual Softball Tournament.

 

COLMESNEIL – On March 5, 6 and 7, the Alicyn D Mitcham Memorial hosted a high school softball tournament. The memorial hosts this tournament to raise funds to give out to kids in the community through programs and scholarships.

The tournament is designed to honor Mitcham, a Colmesneil High School senior who died in Winter Park Colorado on Feb. 15, 2017. The Memorial Foundation wishes to continue to honor and remember a sweet soul who ran ahead to Heaven before others were ready.

Throughout the three days, teams played at the Alicyn D. Mitcham field in Colmesneil, Woodville Eagles softball field, and The Tyler County Little League softball fields.

Throughout the weekend, over 250 girls showed up hoping to place in the bracket and win individual awards. Although it looked like the weather would hinder the tournament from beginning, countless volunteers including friends, family and lineman showed up to guarantee the girls would be able to play ball. 22 teams entered the tournament, and Diboll Varsity came out as champions. Following in second was Lovelady Varsity, and then the Colmesneil Lady Dogs placed third. In the JV bracket, Vidor came out on top as champions. Second place went to FTCA, a team who traveled from Louisiana, and third place went to the West Hardin Oilers.

As girls competed for top spots, fans could enjoy tons of food at each concession stand including barbecue sandwiches, cheeseburgers and even ribeye steaks.
As the memorial foundation watched games, individual winners were chosen. The prestigious Fearless award which includes a $250 scholarship was awarded to Cynthia Sizemore from Trinity Varsity. This award is given to a talented athlete who exemplifies an aspect of sweet Alicyn’s spirit. Defensive MVP was awarded to Kayla Palomino, #5 from Diboll. Offensive MVP went to Ashtyn Alvarez, #10 from Diboll. All Tournament Pitcher was handed out to Mimi Sandoval, #12 from Lovelady.

All Tournament Catcher was awarded to Skyler Martin, #42 from Diboll. All Tournament Infielder was earned by Hailey Fuentes, #1 from Diboll. All Tournament Infielder was awarded to Mary Topolinski, #14 from Colmesneil. All Tournament Outfielder was given to Makenzie Pierce, #28 from Lovelady. Another All Tournament Outfielder award was earned by Erin Frazier, #11 from Colmesneil. All Tournament Utility Player went to Linda Martinez, #14 from Lovelady.

Another All Tournament Utility Player award was earned by Haley Primrose, #24 from West Sabine.
For JV awards, JV MVP was earned by Gracie Matherne, #4 from Vidor. One All Tournament award was given to Sienna Stinley, #3 from FTCA. Another JV All Tournament award was handed to McKenzie Leleaux, #5 from East Chambers. Brailyne Broussard, #18 from Vidor also earned a JV All Tournament Award. The final JV
All Tournament award went to #9 from Kountze, Reagan Carr.

Overall, it was a beautiful weekend to honor a precious angel with softball. The Memorial Foundation will continue to make donations to Colmesneil ISD Athletics, Woodville ISD Athletics and the Tyler County Little League for both the girls and the boys. Along with donations, the foundation gives scholarships and gifts to each graduating senior of Colmesneil High School. In addition, the foundation has purchased and installed a new scoreboard at the Alicyn D Mitcham softball field, given monetary support to athletic funds, given scholarships and donated supplies to multiple organizations. Without the help of our generous sponsors, our event and giving would not be possible. The Alicyn D Mitcham is blessed and thankful for the continued support.

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Lady Dog softball competes in Jasper tourney

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By Brooke Mitcham

The first game for the Lady Dogs in the Jasper tournament took place on Thursday, Feb. 27 against Hardin- Jefferson. Hardin- Jefferson took the lead early on and the Lady Dogs could not catch up before the game came to an end. The final score of the game was 1-11. The next game for the tournament was on Friday, Feb. 28 and sophomore Katelynn Guerrero led the team with two hits at the plate.

Despite their best efforts, the Lady Dogs lost 0-7. The dogs also played Orangefield on Friday and struggled to get on the scoreboard. The final score of the game was 0-9. The tournament was completed on Saturday, February 29. The first game took place against Jasper. The Lady Dogs were able to put five runs on the board but could not bring home a win. The final score of the game 5-10. The final game of the tournament was against West Orange- Stark. Senior Shelby Patrick hit a homerun during the game to contribute to the final score.

The ending score of the game was 3-10 with the Lady Dogs down by 7. The next game for the Lady Dogs will be in Kirbyville at 6:30 p.m. The Dogs will finish the week by competing in the annual Alicyn D. Mitcham Softball Tournament.

The Alicyn D. Mitcham Memorial Tournament honors Alicyn with several teams from across the Southeast Texas area coming out to compete. The tournament brings out a crowd and the chance to see competitive softball played throughout three days.

Bulldog baseball traveled to Hemphill for a two-day tournament on Thursday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 29. The Dogs took on Woden, Hemphill and Alto during the two days and could not bring home a win between the three games. Despite the Dogs taking losses over the weekend, the team is improving each day. The Dogs will start district on Tuesday, March 3 in Burkeville. Varsity will begin at 4 p.m. On Thursday, March 5 the Dogs will travel to Cleveland for a two-day tournament. The first game will be against Shepherd at 11:15.

The next game will be at 1:30 against Onalaska, and the final game of the day will start at 8:15 against Cleveland. The results of Thursday’s games will set the times for Saturday.

Game times and locations may change due to weather.

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Bulldog Country finishes out basketball season

Senior Lexi Washington goes up to shoot for the Lady Dogs. (PHOTO COURTESY OF COLMESNEIL ISD YEARBOOK STAFF )Senior Lexi Washington goes up to shoot for the Lady Dogs. (PHOTO COURTESY OF COLMESNEIL ISD YEARBOOK STAFF )

 

By Brooke Mitcham

The Lady Dog basketball team traveled to Deweyville on Tuesday, Feb. 17 for their Bi-District basketball game. The Lady Dogs fought hard to continue their post district play, but could not come out on top against the Sabine Pass Lady Sharks. The Dogs were not ready for the season to end, but have amazing potential for next season.

Bulldog basketball played their last game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 17 against Big Sandy. The dogs were not able to grab the lead in the beginning and could not catch back up. The final score of the game was 29-72. The Bulldogs fought hard throughout the season and put hard work and dedication into each game.

Lady Dog softball traveled to Hemphill on Saturday, Feb. 22 to play Warren and Hemphill. The first game was against Warren and the Lady Dogs came up short with a final score of 1-4. The second game took place against Hemphill. The dogs started out strong, but fell behind and could not catch up. The final score of the game was 5-15. The Lady Dogs will be their first official game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Alicyn D. Mitcham field in Colmesneil against Corrigan-Camden. Varsity will begin at 6 p.m. The dogs will also play in a tournament on Thursday, Feb. 27- Saturday, Feb. 29. The game times for Thursday will be at 8 a.m. against Kirbyville and 12 p.m. against Hardin Jefferson. On Friday, the dogs will play at 9:20 a.m. versus Orange Field and 1:20 against Hampshire Fannett. On Saturday, the dogs will take on West Orange Start at 2:40 p.m. and Jasper at 5:20 p.m. The Lady Dogs are working hard to improve each and every day at practice.

Bulldog baseball played at the Handley- Stewart Field on Saturday, Feb. 22 against Big Sandy. Freshman Reed Best performed exceptionally well on the mound and has a promising future. Senior Gerrick Vrooman and Sophomore Jay Johnson also did well on the mound for the dogs. Despite their best efforts, the dogs could not win and the final score of the game came out to 4-7. The Bulldogs also played their first official game of the season on Monday, Feb. 24 against Onalaska. The scoreboard did not end in the Dogs’ favor and the final score was 2-13.

The baseball team will be competing in a tournament on Thursday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 29. The game times for Thursday will take place at 4 p.m. against Woden and 6 p.m. against Hemphill. On Saturday, the dogs will play Alto at 2 p.m. The Junior Varsity will also play in a three-day tournament in Warren. On Thursday, Feb. 27 the dogs will play Warren at 4 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 28 the dogs will take on Buna at 10 a.m. On the final day of the tournament, Saturday, Feb. 29 the dogs will play Kirbyville at 1 p.m.

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