by Julia Barnes
Bulldogs play in intra-squad scrimmage
Last Saturday, the Colmesneil Bulldogs had an intra-squad scrimmage. The practice was positive, showing the coaches what the team needs to work on before the season starts. As athletic director and head football coach, Fancy Johnson points out, one thing that needs improvement is the team's stamina. "They are not implemented to the hot weather with pads yet, and it showed about halfway through the scrimmage," said Johnson. The temperature was not the only thing that proved to be hot. "Offense quickened very well, and the offensive line looked great," said Johnson, "but defense needs to fly to the ball faster."
The Bulldogs will travel to West Sabine on Friday, August 16 to compete in a scrimmage. Since the Tigers are ranked sixth in the state, it should be a good competition for the Bulldogs. According to Johnson, the game will begin at 6 p.m.
Lady Dogs prepare for season
The Lady Dogs are entering the 2013 season with a good attitude and a good work ethic. The team has taken every practice and scrimmage as a learning experience, and they are improving each time they step on the court. "It is like they are little sponges," said Patrick Sluga, head volleyball coach. The team's only returning varsity players, All-District junior Treasure Jackson, and sophomores Destiney Kirkindoll, Merrick Graham, and Taylor Barker, are determined to prove that age is not a factor in their success.
Varsity played games in Onalaska last Friday. The team looked good but as it is with every team, improvements are needed. "If we were already at our best, I would be worried," said Sluga. "We do not want to peak too soon." The freshmen also competed last weekend and they are getting much better. Since it was their first time competing in high school, they were very nervous, but with every match the butterflies went away and the team improved. The game on Tuesday, August 13 was cancelled by the opposing team, but the Lady Dogs will be competing in the Woodville tournament beginning Thursday, August 15 at 8 a.m. The team is in a pool with Diboll, Groveton, and Cleveland. They will play each team once in the morning in a best two out of three match, and then again in the afternoon, totaling six games. The girls will travel back to Woodville the following Saturday, where they will compete in a double elimination bracket. If the team finishes in the top two, they will be in the gold practice matches, but if they are not, they will be in the silver practice matches.
The Lady Dogs will play in their first home game on Friday, August 16 at 5 p.m. against Groveton. Varsity and JV teams will be competing, and the freshman team may compete as well. The senior class of 2014 will be working the concession stand for all volleyball and basketball games this year. The menu for Friday's game is chicken strips, french fries, nachos, cheese sticks, chips, candy, and drinks.