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.