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Pirates fall to Lumberjacks

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The Shepherd Pirates varsity football team. (Courtesy Photo)The Shepherd Pirates varsity football team. (Courtesy Photo)

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DIBOLL — The Shepherd Pirates, one of only a few teams playing last week, lost a last-minute substitution game on Friday 26-12.

Head Coach Miles Robison said that while the team moved the ball well, they had some costly turnovers in the form of interceptions.

“I thought our kids played well considering we weren’t originally scheduled to play Diboll,” he said. “We were excited to play a game when many area teams had to cancel because of COVID. I also I thought playing a quality football team like Diboll would only make us better.”

Robison said the team still is making some mental mistakes, but has shown improvement over past two weeks. 

“Our defense gave up a couple of long TD runs the first half, but made good adjustments in the second half,” he said.

The Shepherd Pirates Players of the Week for the 44-14 win over Tarkington are (from left) H.D. Green for offense, with 75 yards rushing, 117 yards passing and two TDs; the Hit of Week Award winner Landon Robbins; and Preston Stephens for defense, with four tackles and two sacks.The Shepherd Pirates Players of the Week for the 44-14 win over Tarkington are (from left) H.D. Green for offense, with 75 yards rushing, 117 yards passing and two TDs; the Hit of Week Award winner Landon Robbins; and Preston Stephens for defense, with four tackles and two sacks.While quarterback H.D. Green went 1-11 with two interceptions in the air, he carried the ball 20 times for 131 yards and scored the team’s two TDs.

Junior Tanner Lacey carried the ball 11 times for 94 yards, with one run racking up 33 yards.

For defense, Alberto Tovar pulled in the team’s only interception, and led with five solo and two assisted tackles. He was followed by Eli Wyatt, who tackled five solo and one assisted, and Preston Stephens with 3 and 2.

Both teams now stand at 1-1 overall.

Barring any last-minute cancellations, the Pirates face the Coldspring Trojans at home on Friday, and Robison said it should be a good game.  

“They’re big up front, and have couple of good backs,” he said. “We’ll be working on plan to hopefully slow down big plays and control the football to keep our defense off the field.”

A new middle school game has been added for Shepherd/Coldspring as well, which will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Coldspring. 

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Pole vaulter heading to state

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042921 track copyCOURTESY PHOTO Troy Fortenberry clears the bar on his leap during the Region 3 3A Track Meet in Waco on Saturday. Troy heads next to the state meet next week.

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WACO — Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojan Troy Fortenberry will represent the district in the state track meet next week.

Fortenberry placed second in the pole vault with a leap of 12’6 at the Region 3 3A meet, held Friday and Saturday at Midway High School in Waco.

Region 3 Track Meet

Boys Results

400 meters

Curtis Parker, third, 50.95 finals (50.34 prelims)

300-meter hurdles

Troy Fortenberry, 16th, 48.40 (prelims)

4x400 relay

Jared Curry, Reagan Roberts, Gavin Trejo, Curtis Parker, sixth, 3:30.37 (fourth, 3.31.77 prelims)

Shot put

Dante Eldridge, sixth, 44’ 2.75

Pole Vault

Troy Fortenberry, second, 12’ 6.

Carter Currie, eighth, 11’

Girls

100 meters

Miya Ellis, 14th, 13.22 (prelims)

Shot put

Shanaya Gilbert, third, 35’ 8.25

Alexis Moore, 11th, 30’ 5

High jump

Amanda Ready, fourth, 5’ 2

Triple jump

Alexis Chandler, seventh, 33’ 9.75

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COHS sending 14 entries to region meet

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                               JASON CHLAPEK I SJNT Coldspring-Oakhurst athlete Crystal Ramos finished fourth in the pole vault during last week’s area meet.

By Jason Chlapek

COLDSPRING — The Coldspring-Oakhurst boys and girls track and field programs each qualified seven entries for the Region III-Class 3A Meet this weekend in Waco.

The Trojans finished third in the team standings of last week’s Districts 23/24-3A Area Meet, while the Lady Trojans finished fifth. The meet took place on April 12 at Trojan Stadium in Coldspring.

The top four finishers in each event qualified for the region meet, which takes place Friday and Saturday at Midway High School’s Panther Stadium in Waco. The top two finishers and top third-place finish statewide in each event qualify for the Class 3A state meet, which takes place May 6 in Austin.

TROJANS

A trio of first-place finishes kept C-O in the hunt for the area championship. Edward Brown and Curtis Parker, Jr., won the 100 and 400-meter runs, respectively, and the quarter of Parker, Reagan Roberts, Gavin Trejo and Jared Curry won the 1,600-meter relay.

Dante Eldridge took second in the shot put, while Carter Currie was the runner-up in the pole vault. Troy Fortenberry finished third in the pole vault and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.

C-O had 79 points in the standings to finish third. East Bernard (96.5) and Boling (94) finished 1-2.

LADY TROJANS

Five of the seven regional-qualifying entries for C-O took place in the field events, including a pair of first-place finishes. Alexis Moore and Amanda Ready won the shot put and high jump, respectively, to lead the Lady Trojans’ charge.

Shanaya Gilbert finished second in the shot put, while Alexis Chandler was third in the triple jump, and Crystal Ramos took fourth in the pole vault. Miya Ellis qualified in two events as she finished third in the 100 and fourth in the 200.

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Coldspring downs rival Trinity

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040121 baseball 1TONY FARKAS | SJNT Coldspring-Oakhurst hurler Easton Dean delivers a pitch to a Trinity batter during the team’s 18-1 win over the Tigers on Friday.

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TRINITY — Hot bats gave the Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans a commanding win over the Trinity Tigers on Friday.

Trojan Head Coach Austin Riddell said it was a great overall team win, defeating the Tigers 18-1 in five innings.

Easton Dean, who also carried pitching duties, went 4-for-5 and hit for the cycle, including his first high school-career home run. He also put up three strikeouts while allowing only two hits.

Trinity managed to put up a few hits, but couldn’t string together enough to counter Coldspring-Oakhurst.

Tiger head coach Chad Kinney said senior Sam Allen gave up a total of 4 earned runs and 1 RBI at the plate, and junior Cole Caldwell went 2-for-2 with a triple and a run scored. Freshmen Remi Lassman and Cole Hortman each went 1-for-2 with a double, and freshman David McKendree walked twice.

Riddell said this week is going to be a tough test, as they were to play New Waverly on Tuesday at home, and then travel to Anderson-Shiro on Thursday.

“This will be a great measuring tool to see where we truly stand in our district and we are excited for the opportunity,” he said.

Kinney said that due to having players out, the next game — Onalaska on Thursday — they will be starting five or six freshmen.

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Lady Trojans outshine Lady Tigers

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040121 softball 1TONY FARKAS | SJNT Coldsprint-Oakhurst Lady Trojan Cami Fussell (No. 4) attempts to lay down a bunt during Friday’s game against Trinity. The Lady Trojans won 18-8.

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TRINITY — The Lady Trojans hammered runs out here and there to take a win over Trinity on Friday.

"We are taking it day-by-day," Coldspring coach Brandi Hill said. "Trinity is pretty good. Their ace pitcher ended up getting hurt, so they had to pull in backups. We just kind of hung with them at the very beginning and weren't hitting very well, but just making contact.

"We ended up scratching out a couple of runs here and there,” she said. “When she got injured and they had to pull her is when they were trying to keep things together, but it was really difficult for them."

Trinity Head Coach Doug Sanchez said Tiger Pitcher Cynthia Sizemore was injured, and the backup pitcher didn’t mount much defense.

Hill said the team is working to improve, with a goal of reaching the postseason. She said the offense usually begins clicking as games progress.

"It is hard for us to start, but as time goes, we are piecing together hits here and there by the end of the game."

The team is trying to get consistent play and "level out the bumps and trying to keep everybody on the same page" to improve. Coldspring's district record is 2-3 and tied for fourth place with Tarkington, which currently holds the tiebreaker in a win over the Lady Trojans.

To this point, Coldspring has dropped district games to Onalaska, Tarkington and Hardin, while defeating Anderson-Shiro and Trinity. New Waverly is the top team in district and the Lady Trojans challenged them Tuesday to finish up the first round of league play.

“We have a good fighting chance and hopefully things end up better on the second time through district."

Sanchez touted Dayanara Martinez, who hit her first home run of the season during the game, and Dezi Galvan and Abby Crowton, who each go their first hits at the varsity level.

Trinity heads to district play on Thursday against Onalaska.

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