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Shooters place high in state whizbang finals

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100222 shooting contestBrian Fiolek earned second place in Senior Division in Texas Whizbang Competition. Trey Musgrove captured the top spot in junior division state whizbang competition. Courtesy photos

By William Benton
Club reporter

Houston County 4-H Shooting Sports congratulates two teenage shooters for their recent accomplishments.

Trey Musgrove, a Junior Division shooter, earned the No. 1 spot in Texas Whizbang Competition and Brian Fiolek, a Senior Division shooter, earned second place.

In order to qualify, shooters must shoot no less than six Dbl Whizbang shoots and score high enough to stay in top five across the state shooter list.

Trey and Brian will compete against each other Oct. 29 at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio. All of the club members are proud of these young men and wish them the best of luck.

Whizbang is a cooperative program between Texas 4-H Shooting Sports and Texas Parks and Wildlife department. Whizbang consists of five stations with 10 targets at each station. There is a minimum of six trap machines and a maximum of eight traps per whizbang. Most of the county shoots have whizbangs set up by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department making them whizbang qualifiers. A 4-H shooter must attend at least six whizbang qualifiers to be eligible to make the whizbang finals in October. The top four scores are then added together to get a whizbang total. Only the top five 4-H shooters in each age division of the state are asked to attend the whizbang finals.

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Lady Lions christen new gym with victory

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092922 Lady Lions2Lady Lions christen new gym with victory. Photos by Lawanna Monk

From Staff Reports

LOVELADY — The Lovelady Lady Lions volleyball team served up a three-set victory playing in the school's new gymnasium for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The Lady Lions swept Grapeland 25-6, 25-13, 25-11 in their District 23-2A opener.

Senior Haven Prager's serve was the first by a Lady Lion in the new facility.

Taking part in the history-making match for Lovelady were Morgan Womack, McKinzie Seale, A'nyya Mitchell, Alayna McCullough, MaKenna Pierce, Shyla LeMaire, Arris LeMaire, Haley Shupak, Kylie Pugh, Olivia Ice, Addi Carney, Shelby Pugh and Haven Prager.

Lovelady dominated the district last year, clinching the championship with a perfect 13-0 record with three-set sweeps in every match.

Groveton was district runnerup, Latexo was third and Colmesneil was fourth. The district also included four 1A schools, but the UIL created separate districts for the smaller schools this time around.

Corrigan-Camden and Grapeland round out the district this year. Corrigan dropped from class 3A, where is was a district runner-up and Grapeland moved from another 2A district.

The Lady Lions picked up their second district win Friday at Colmesneil 25-12, 25-18, 24-26, 25-20.

Fans have two opportunities to see the Lady Lions in action at home this week against Corrigan on Tuesday and Grovetonon Friday.

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Ring of Honor induction set

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092922 ring of honor

Four honorees will be inducted into the Crockett Ring of Honor during a ceremony Friday at 5 p.m. in the high school commons. The 2022 inductees are Monte Jack Driskell, Fernando Harris, Paul Richmond and Charissa Scott.

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Week 5 Scores • Week 6 Matchups • Statistics

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092922 hcc football standings

District 9-3A DI

Week 5 Scores
Shepherd 32, Crockett 26
Coldspring 40, Huntington 0
Diboll 21, Woodville 14
Westwood (1-3) - open

Week 6 Matchups
Coldspring (3-2, 1-0) at Crockett (3-2, 0-1)
Diboll (3-2, 1-0) at Westwood (1-3, 0-0)
Shepherd (3-2, 1-0) at Woodville (3-2, 0-1)
Huntington (1-4, 0-1) - open


District 12-2A DII

Week 5 Scores
Lovelady 50, Leon 7
Cushing 23, Colmesneil 20
Chilton 52, Deweyville 18
West Hardin 20, Hull-Daisetta 14
Sabine Pass 14, KIPP Generations Collegiate 7
Northside 41, Evadale 0 (1-3)

Week 6 Matchups
KIPP Northeast (Houston) at Hull-Daisetta (2-2)
Open: Lovelady (4-0)
Colmesneil (3-2)
Evadale (1-4)
Sabine Pass (1-3)
Deweyville (3-2)

District 11-2A DI

Week 5 Scores
Timpson 67, Grapeland 6
Garrison 52, W. Sabine 0
Joaquin 69, Shelbyville 20
San Augustine (0-4) - open

Week 6 Matchups

West Sabine (1-4, 0-1) at Grapeland (1-4, 0-1)
Garrison (4-1, 1-0) at Joaquin (3-1, 1-0)
Timpson (5-0, 1-0) at San Augustine (0-4, 0-0)
Shelbyville (3-2, 0-1) - open


Shepherd Offense
286 total yards
Rushing: 60 for 286 yards, 4 TD.
Passing: 0 of 5, 0 interceptions
0 fumbles

Crockett Offense
324 total yards
Rushing: 25 for 180 yards, 2 TD
Jadyn Collins, 16-105, 2 TD; Corey Simon 2-57; Tywoin Delane, 7-18.

Passing: Jadyn Collins 7 of 11 for 144 yards, 2 TD, 0 interceptions.
Receiving: Devin Bedford, 4-98, 2 TD; Zandric Anderson 1-29; Jonathan Lockhart 1-16.

Crockett Defense
Jevon Porter - 5 tackles, 2 assists.
Demarion Davis - 4 tackles, 1 assist, 1 PBU.
Dylan Porter - 3 tackles.
Ajani Ellis - 2 tackles.
Corey Simon - 2 PBU.
Bryson Burton - 8 tackles, 1 assist, 1 PBU
Zandric Anderson - 8 tackles, 4 assists.
Jonathan Lockhart - 5 tackles, 4 assists.
Courtney Byrd - 7 tackles, 1 assist, 2 TFL.
Jim Carruthers - 2 tackles, 3 assists.
Tristen McGraw - 4 tackles, 1 assist.`
Blake Jones - 3 tackles, 1 assist.


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Lions win catfight over Cougars

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092922 Lovelady defensejpgLovelady defenders swarm a Leon ball carrier in last week's 50-7 road win.  Photo by Lawanna Monk

By Lawanna Monk

JEWETT – The Lovelady Lions wrapped up their non-district schedule with a 50-7 win over Leon Friday night.

Dayvian Skinner booted a deep opening kick and Alan Baskin immediately hit the return man at the 20. Leon was forced to punt and a highkick went out of bounds at the Leon 34.

After a 10-yard penalty, quarterback Shaun Easterling rolled out and hit Brandon Fry on a pass to the 19. Easterling capped the drive on a 19-yard run with 9:13 left. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the Lions with a 6-0 lead.

Taking over at their own 28 after a punt, the Lions put together an 8-play, 72-yard scoring drive. Runs by Easterling and Jordan Blackmon moved the ball across midfield. On the first play of the second quarter, Blake Patrick took a handoff and was hit as he went through the line. Bouncing off defenders, Patrick kept his feet moving for 44 yards before being forced out of bounds at the Leon 5. Easterling then hit Jayton Crawford on a 5-yard TD toss and Skinner ran up the middle for the conversion to put the Lions up 14-0 at the 11:22 mark.

Leon scored after returning the kickoff to its 30 before Landen LeBlanc made the stop. The Cougars completed a quick pass over the top and the receiver reached the Lion 2 before Skylar Pipkin ran him down. After LeBlanc shut down the next play, the Cougars scored on a 3-yard pass and kicked the extra point to make it 14-7 with 10:11 left in the half.

Lovelady dominated the rest of the game and opened up a 28-7 halftime lead.

After Leon's kickoff, the Lions drove 58 yards on six plays and scored on a 29-yard pass to Oscar Sutton. Blackmon ran the conversion for a 22-7 lead with 7:19 on the clock.

Taking over at their own 34 on another punt, the Lions drove the field on the running of Blackmon, Easterling, Whitaker and Skinner. Easterling threw to Fry for 24-yards to the 2 yard line and then capped the drive on the next play with :30 left in the half. The conversion failed.

The Lions struck for three touchdowns in the third quarter before the scoreless final period.

After Pipkin fielded the second-half kickoff at the Lion 42, Blackmon reeled off a 28-yarder as he strong-armed defenders along the way.

Blackmon carried three more times, Skinner had three carries and Easterling had four carries, including a 2 -yard TD run. Blackmon ran the conversion, putting the Lions in control 36-7 at 7:01 mark.

Lovelady's next scoring drive covered 61 yards on three plays. After Cortavies Whitaker carried twice for 14 and 11 yards, Skinner finished it off with a strong run from the Cougar 36. Skinner ran the conversion and the Lions went up 43-7 with 3:28 in the third.

The Lions cashed in a Leon fumble after Patrick scooped up a loose ball around the 40 and returned it to the Cougar 21. Whitaker carried for six, Baskin followed with a five-yarder and Whitaker scored from 10 yards out. Skinner tacked on the final point to make it 50-7 with 1:33 left in the third.

Troy Shupak kept pressure on the quarterback all night and set the Cougars for a loss more than once.

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