By Jana Rayburn
Lady Jacket Volleyball – High school athletes across Texas have waited a long time for athletic competitions to resume.
That time has come for the Chester Lady Jackets, who were victorious in their first game of the season. The Lady Jackets defeated the Sabine Pass Lady Sharks on Tuesday, August 11. The Lady Jackets won 3-2. Jasmine Mitchell led in kills with 15. Trinity Jerkins and Kaylee Tolar each had 8 aces for the night. Coach Megan Nichols was pleased with their first showing, and looks forward to watching her athletes grow and improve during this season.
Chester was scheduled to travel to Hull-Daisetta on Friday, August 21, but the game has been cancelled. The Lady Jackets will travel to San Augustine on Tuesday, August 25 for a game against the Lady Wolves at 4:30p.m.
Looking forward to a great season
Nichols is in her third year as head coach of the team, and Dylan Varnon will officially step in as assistant coach. Nichols is excited for the addition of Varnon. She believes he brings a lot of offensive system knowledge and helps determine what rotations need the most work. She added, “Coach V also brings a lot of enthusiasm and pep to balance out my ‘seriousness’ at times.”
Nichols said the first week of workouts have gone great. The team is fairly young but have been able to pick up on things fast and adjust. Nichols said senior Jasmine Mitchell really stepped up and attended almost every summer workout, and it shows. Kaylee Tolar has also stepped up, and even though she is a sophomore, she has grown from a serving specialist to an all-around player. Olivia Gilzow has been able to take on a new position and has stepped up as a vocal leader. Kat Knox and Kinsley Barnes have been great additions to the team as freshmen.
Nichols said she is fortunate to have a group of athletes this season that are all going to play their role to the best of their ability. Additionally, she has eight girls who have played together previously and that is huge for team chemistry. Nichols also adds that the biggest challenge this season will be adjusting to the new rotation and training a new setter.
UIL guidelines will make things a little difficult this season, with mask wearing on the bench and other stipulations, but Nichols and her team are happy to do whatever needs to be done in order to get to play.
Yellowjacket Football – The Chester Yellowjackets had their first day of football practice on Monday, August 10. The Yellowjackets will again be under the direction of head coach Raymond Woodard, with Andrew Touchette as an assistant coach.
The Yellowjackets will have a ‘Midnight Madness’ inter-squad scrimmage on Friday. This will give parents, students, and community members a chance to get a preview of the 2020 Yellowjackets.
The Yellowjackets will have only a few weeks of practice before they scrimmage against Apple Springs on August 28. The first game for the team will be on Friday, Sept. 4 at home against the Fort Bend Chargers. Junior high game begins at 5 p.m. and the high school game starts at 7 p.m.