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050423 Chester LadyJacketsThe CHS Lady Jacket Softball Team will play Martinsville this weekend for round two of the state softball playoffs.  Game one will be on Friday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Huntington High School.  Game two will be on Saturday, May 6 at 12 p.m. at Huntington High School, with game three (if needed) at 3 p.m.  Pictured are the team with their coaches:  Head Coach Crystal Muncrief, Kinsley Barnes, Marae Pounds, Lauren Citrano, Emma Byrd, Lily Read, Koree Hilliard, Lily Payne, Alyssa White, Kaylee Tolar, Abby Grimes, Coach Susan Muncrief, and Coach Courtney Tonnies.  Photo by Jana Rayburn | Tyler County Booster

By Jana Rayburn

The Chester Lady Jackets played a warm up game last week against the Big Sandy Lady Wildcats. The Lady Jackets took the lead late in the game when Lauren Citrano doubled in the sixth inning, scoring three runs.

Both Kaylee Tolar and Kinsley Barnes were in the circle for the Lady Jackets. Citrano led the team at the plate with two hits in four at bats. The final score was a 7-5 Chester victory. Coach Crystal Muncrief was elated with the outcome of the game.

The Lady Jackets will get round two of the State Softball Playoffs started this weekend with a best of three series against the Martinsville Lady Pirates. Game one will be played on Friday, May 5 at 6 p.m. Game two will be on Saturday, May 6 at 12 p.m., with game three (if necessary) at 3 p.m. All games will be played at Huntington High School softball field.

CHS Athletic Awards

Chester High School honored their student athletes last week in front of parents, teachers, and staff. These athletes were recognized for their dedication to their sports by the coaches who spent countless hours with them during the year.

The volleyball MVP’s for the year were Emma Grimes and Lily Read. Keighen Green was named football MVP. MVP’s in cross country were Travis Zulpo and Kyli Handley. Basketball MVP’s were Lily Read, Jack Rayburn, and Rick Carlton.

The Aubry Bradley Award was awarded to Jack Rayburn, Jaxon Gay, Lily Read, and Kinsley Barnes. The baseball, softball, track, and golf MVP awards will be named after their respective seasons come to a close.

Yellowjacket Baseball

The Chester Yellowjackets are the District 24-1A/2A Champions. The Jackets went 12-1 in district play this season. Their only loss came last week when the Jackets lost to Brookeland 9-10, outhitting the Wildcats and climbing back from a seven-hit deficit. Leading the Jackets at the plate with two hits apiece were Jack Rayburn, Jaxon Gay, and Jesse Bittick. Will Thomason and Trayce Knox pitched for the Jackets. This loss tied these two teams for first. Brookeland then conceded the tie-breaker game, making the Yellowjackets the outright District Champions and giving them a bye in round one of the playoffs. Chester will face either Kennard or North Zulch, who play at the end of this week. To get ready for the Area round, Chester will play a warm up game against the Leverett’s Chapel Lions, District Champions of 19-1A/2A, on Friday, May 5 at 4 p.m. at Huntington High School.

High School Track and Field

The Chester Yellowjacket Track and Field teams traveled to Jourdanton to compete in the Regional Track meet last week.
There were 12 athletes from Chester participating in the meet, seven of those being freshmen. Kinsley Barnes finished seventh in the 100M dash. Lauren Citrano just missed qualifying for finals in the 200M dash.

All the relay teams competed in a very tough region, and all teams had their times improve throughout the season. Congratulations to all participants on a great 2023 track season!

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