By Jana Rayburn
The Chester Yellowjacket Football Team was recently named the 1A School State Champion for the 2021-22 National Football Federation National High School Academic Excellence Award.
This award was created in February 2021, with the goal to inspire and foster a culture of academic excellence in high school football teams throughout the nation.
Finalists from each division, 6A through Private, were selected by the Texas High School Coaches Association from submissions made from coaches across the state. Eligibility requirements for the award are a minimum cumulative team GPA of 3.0, superior academic application and performance, and a successful football season.
This award is a direct reflection of the work put in by the teachers, coaches, and student athletes at Chester High School, both on and off the field.
All state champions will be submitted to the National Football Federation to be considered for the overall National Champion Award. Congratulations go to Head Coach Justin Hilliard, Athletic Director/Coach Coleman Butter, the amazing staff at Chester ISD, and the 2021 Chester Yellowjacket football team members.
‘Jackets take on Leggett Pirates
The Yellowjackets hosted the Leggett Pirates on Friday, Feb. 4 for the last time this season.
The Jackets played hard and stayed with the Pirates most of the game and ended up losing 29-46. Jack Rayburn knocked down three 3-pointers, ending the night with 13 points. Keighen Green scored 9 points. Carson Thomson scored four points, Luke Green scored two points, and Kaighnen Green scored a free throw.
The Jackets next game will be in High Island on Friday, Feb. 11. The game will start at 7 p.m.
The Jackets will play their final district game of the season in Chester on Tuesday, Feb. 15 against the Chireno Owls. Game time will be at 7 p.m.
The Lady Jackets defeated the Leggett Lady Pirates last week 56-48. Lily Read scored 25 points and Sydney Brock scored 16 points. Kat Knox and Emma Grimes both score four points each. Saydi Handley scored three points, and Abby Grimes and Trinity Jerkins each scored two points.
The Lady Jackets have wrapped up the regular season and are gearing up for what they hope is a long postseason run. The team will face the Wells Lady Pirates in the bi-district round of the state playoffs on Monday, Feb. 14 at Hudson High School. Tip off will be at 6 p.m.
Lady Jackets prepping
The Lady Jackets will play their first softball game of the season on Thursday, Feb. 10 as they host the Crockett Lady Bulldogs for a 4 p.m game.
Then, the team will travel to Woodville for games against both the Lady Eagles and the Lady Blue Devils from Central Heights. The Lady Jackets will first take on Central Heights at 4:30 p.m. and then Woodville.
Coach Marty Thompson said this has been a challenging start to the season, as his team is battling injuries and illnesses. However, the girls have been working hard in practice and in the batting cages with the goals to improve and make a long playoff run.