By Jennifer LeBouef
SPURGER – It was a busy week for the Pirate athletic department at Spurger. Junior high girls and boys played High Island at home last Monday night. The girls were up first to play and after a hard-fought game, they lost (7-26). The seventh-grade boys team played next and although they couldn’t secure a win, they played their best. The eighth-grade boys team played their closest game of the season. The teams would battle and tie the game multiple times. When the buzzer went off, it was Spurger for the win (30-29.) Finally, the seventh-grade boys ended the week at the All Saints Tournament in Beaumont. They played East Chambers (11-40) on Friday and Saturday in a close game against All Saints. They lost (20-23) to All Saints but played well as a team.
The Lady Pirates played the Chester Yellowjackets at home last Tuesday evening. Lauren Griffin started the night with a three-point shot and would go on to make six more identical baskets throughout the game. The Spurger offense operated as a well-oiled machine, as they worked the ball to make the baskets. A bounce pass from Gracie Greenwood to Shelly Martin to Tabitha Martin for two showcased the team’s fundamental skills. The Lady Pirates would go on to obtain another win (61-41). Lauren Griffin was high scorer with 23 points. They defeated Leggett on Friday (68-32), with all players contributing to the victory. Lauren Griffin and Mckenzy Hatton both had 14 points. The Lady Pirates are currently 7-0 in district.
Varsity boys played Chester at home last Tuesday, as well. Gantt Stone would be up first to add digits to the board with a three-point shot for the Pirates. Stone would later gain possession to drive through the lane for two. Hunter Jenkins made his first of four three-point shots, followed by Samuel Sirmons with his own three. Zack Covington would get control of a loose ball and throw to Tyler Dozier who made the lay-up. Samuel Tompkins made two points just inside the three-point line. Later, Tompkins made a basket, drew the foul, and was 1-1 at the line. Hunter Jenkins and Colton Jenkins passed the ball back and forth until Colton saw the open shot and scored two. Spurger won against Chester (70-20). Later in the week, the varsity boys played Leggett on Friday but came up short (29-50).
Both Spurger varsity teams will play at Goodrich on Friday, Feb. 1. They will be at home on Tuesday, Feb. 5, against High Island in what is expected to be a highly competitive re-match for the rival teams. This will be Senior Night, and the last home game for the Lady Pirates.
The weather was cold last week, but that didn’t stop Spring sports from making their debut for Spurger. The Pirate Tennis team played in the West Brook Tournament last Friday. Coach Carrie Brinkley brought five athletes, while additional players were finishing up district basketball play. The doubles team of Gage Applegate-Winkle and Kyle Mott, both seniors, had a successful first meet. They won three straight matches, followed by their first finals match of the season. In the first round they dominated Hampshire Fannett 6-0, 6-0. The momentum didn’t stop, as they went on to defeat Anahuac 6-4, 6-2, and Kirbyville 6-4, 6-3. They faced 4A Bridge City in the final match but lost 6-4, 6-2 securing second place overall. Last year, Applegate-Winkle and Mott medaled in five tournaments, placed first place in District 1A, and made it to the Regional tournament before losing in the first round. Mott had this to say about the upcoming season, “This year we are going to go out and do our best. I feel very confident that we will go far this year.” Next up for Spurger tennis will be the Vidor Varsity Invitational at Lamar University on Friday, February 1.