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By Chris Edwards
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HENDERSON – Colmesneil athletic director and head football coach Cody Day was announced to lead the Carlisle High School athletics program last Thursday.

Day will replace Clay Baker in heading up the Indians’ athletics starting for the 2023-24 school year, where he will also serve as head football coach in addition to AD duties, as he had with the Bulldogs.

Day has served four seasons in his role at CISD and led the Bulldogs to the playoffs last season to the bi-district round, where they lost to Cushing by a single point.

The Indians finished their football season last year with a perfect 4-0 district record, in a stacked conference with heavy hitters such as Teneha and Overton. They made it to the regional round and finished with a 9-1 overall record.

Day’s overall record with the Bulldogs sits at 18-21. Before Colmesneil, Day served three seasons as HC at West Hardin, where he took a previously winless team (in its 2017 season) to the playoffs in 2018.

Carlisle, a 2A-DII school, has been to the playoffs 10 consecutive seasons.

Day said that two factors attracted him to the decision to look into the position at Carlisle: the location, which he said is much closer to his wife’s family and the program’s track record, which he said has maintained a high level of success.

Of his time at Colmesneil, Day called the experience “unbelievable” and said that he cannot thank the kids enough.

“They worked their tails off and totally bought in and the community and administration has been great. I can’t thank them enough,” he said.

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Warren Softball and Baseball

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The Warren Lady Warriors beat East Chambers last Friday 12-10 to get their first district win.

Pictured above, from left: Natalie Standley, Kinley Thompson, Ruby Spurlock, Abby Carrell, Emma Jeansonne, Roxie Spurlock, Brilynn Gore, Allison Smith, Jasiea Tupper, MaKayla Baker, and Brooke Ibeck.

The Lady Warriors played the Kountze Lady Lions on Tuesday. The score of that game is unavailable at press time.

The Warriors played the Hardin Hornets last week.

Pictured above, first baseman Easton Evans secures the out versus Hardin.

The boys lost 1-0 in extra innings last week and will resume district play this week against Orangefield on Friday on the road, beginning at 7 pm.

Photos courtesy of Warren ISD

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‘Jackets in it to win it with win over Burkeville

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021623 Chester GirlsThe Chester Yellowjacket Cheerleaders have done a great job pumping up the crowd and supporting the basketball team during home district games this season.  Pictured, left to right:  Kyli Handley, Lauren Citrano, Emma Byrd, Lily Payne, Marae Pounds (mascot), Lily Read, Blakeney Whitworth, Josie Pecina, and Abby Grimes. Photo by Becki Byrd

By Jana Rayburn

CHESTER — The Yellowjackets played a couple of good games this week, defeating Burkeville and losing a close game to Spurger. The Jackets played Burkeville at home on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Not only was this senior night for Chester, but the Jackets had to win this game to have a chance of making the playoffs. The Jackets rose to the challenge and defeated the Mustangs 49-40. Jack Rayburn led the Jackets with 21 points. Other Yellowjackets scoring against Burkeville were Rick Carlton with 11 points, Jesse Bittick with eight points, Bradley Davison with five points, and Cutter Lowe and Kai Hilliard with two points apiece. The Jackets traveled later the same week to Spurger. The game was extremely close the first half, with only four points separating the teams after the second quarter. However, Spurger pulled ahead in the third quarter and maintained that lead the remainder of the game. The Jackets ended up losing the hard fought battle 44-68. Rayburn led the team again with 22 points. Davison had seven points, Bittick ended the night with six points, P.J. Purvis scored four points, Jaxon Gay and Carlton each scored two points, and Hiliard scored one point.

The Jackets will most likely end the regular season tied with Burkeville for the fourth place playoff spot. As of press time, no information has been released on game date or location. Look for information on the Chester Yellowjacket Buzz Link on Facebook.

The seniors were recognized prior to the game against Burkeville. Playing their last year of basketball as Chester Yellowjackets are Jack Rayburn, Rick Carlton, Kessler Romo, Chase Bertrand, Levi Barnhart, and Jaxson Hilliard.

Lady Jacket Basketball

The Lady Jackets defeated Burkeville in their last district game of the season by a score of 65-20. Lily Read led the team with 20 points. Also scoring for the Lady Jackets were Kyli Handley with 14 points, Blakeney Whitworth and Sydney Brock with eight points apiece, Lauren Citrano with six points, Emma Byrd with five points, Abby Grimes with three points, and Saydi Handley with one point.

This win put the Lady Jackets in a tie for second place with the Goodrich Lady Hornets, forcing a ‘play-in’ between the two schools. The Lady Jackets and the Lady Hornets met up at Leggett High School on Friday, February 10. The Lady Jackets trailed Goodrich the entire game, but were able to come back in the fourth quarter to defeat the Lady Hornets 28-27. Read and Brock each scored seven points, Abby Grimes scored six points, K. Handley scored four points, and Byrd and S. Handley each scored two points.

Junior High Basketball

Both the Chester Jr. High girls and boys teams brought home championship plaques from the High Island Basketball Tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The junior high girls team chalked up wins against High Island, Odyssey, and Crenshaw to take first place. The girls beat High Island 36-7. Carlen Sluga scored 12 points, Ty Cochran scored eight points, Kayla Glawson and Allie Ogden each scored six points, and Hailey Purvis scored four points.

The Lady Jackets defeated Odyssey 53-14. Cochran scored 24 points, Sluga and Purvis scores 10 points each, Ogden scored seven points, and Tanalyn Knox scored two points. The Jackets also got a big win over Crenshaw 43-5. Scoring for the Lady Jackets were Sluga with 12 points, Cochran with 11 points, Ogden with 10 points, Purvis with six points, and Glawson with four points. This tournament win was a total team effort, and there are big things to come for Chester basketball with this group of athletes.

The junior high boys also were undefeated during the tournament. The boys defeated High Island 36-13. Turner Johnson and Bryson Swanson scored 10 points each, Kasen Citrano scored nine points, Braysen Neal added four points, Jayse Gay scored two points, and Henry David added a free throw. The Yellowjackets beat Odyssey Charter 58-19. Citrano led the team with 18 points, Swanson scored 15 points, Johnson ended the game with 12 points, Neal scored seven points, Gay added five points, and David scored one point. The Jackets outscored Crenshaw 39-6. Neal led the team with 13 points, Citrano scored 10 points, Johnson added eight points, Swanson scored four points, and Gay and David each scored two points apiece. This boys team had a successful season of basketball. They have improved as a team this year.

Lady Jacket Softball

The Chester Lady Jacket softball team got to get a scrimmage in, thanks to Coach Hanks from Woodville High School. Because many of the softball players are still playing basketball, Coach Muncrief just didn’t have the numbers to play. Coach Hanks shared some players and worked together so the Lady Jackets could scrimmage Woodville on Friday, Feb. 10.

Coach Muncrief said the girls enjoyed it and the scrimmage was very helpful for the girls. Both Coach Muncrief and the Lady Jackets are looking forward to competing in the Jasper Tournament Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 25. The Lady Jackets are scheduled to play at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Friday, and at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Yellowjacket Baseball

Coach Coleman Butter is ready to play ball. The Yellowjackets went deeper in the playoffs last year in Butters first year as head coach than Chester has gone in several years. Butter and his team have been working hard to go even farther this season. The Jackets will travel to Lindale to compete in the Highway 59 Classic, which is held Thursday through Saturday, February 23-25. The Jackets are scheduled to face Liberty Eylau on Thursday at 1:30pm and then Pewitt at 4 p.m. These seed games will determine the bracket for Saturday.

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Warriors, Lady Warriors victorious

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012623 warren bbCheyene Schroeder gets position against the Kirbyville Wildcat to secure the rebound. Jerrod Yeagin fights his way through the Kirbyville defenders to get to the basket.

The Warren Warriors and Lady Warriors took on the respective boys and girls Hardin Hornet and Lady Hornet squads recently, and the Kirbyville Wildcats and Lady Wildcats last Tuesday.

The girls won against visiting Kirbyville 58-29 and are currently in third place in district, which is a playoff spot.

They began the second half of the district schedule with their victory against Kirbyville.

The Warriors won 53-36 and are improving with every game.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors will head a little bit south up highway 69 on Friday to play the Kountze Lions and Lady Lions. Tip-off is: 6:15 for the girls’ game and 7:45 for the boys.

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JV ‘Jacket team defeats Leggett

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012623 Chester YellowjacketsYellowjacket Kessler Romo Goes up for a shot in last week’s JV win over Leggett. Photo by Becki Byrd

By Jana Rayburn

The junior varsity team won both games this week. The Jackets lost to Spurger on Jan. 17 by a score of 21-33. Travis Zulpo led the team with 10 points, Kessler Romo scored six points, both Levi Barnhart and Hunter Luther scored two points, and Jakori Davis scored one point. The Jackets defeated the Leggett Pirates on the road on Jan. 20 by a score of 40-20. Barnhart was high point with 14 points. Also scoring during the game were Romo with 12 points, Davis, Zulpo, and Luther with four points apiece, and Chase Bertrand with two points.
The JV Yellowjackets will host the Zavalla Eagles on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m.

Lady Jacket Basketball
The Lady Jackets outscored both Spurger and Leggett this week, bringing their district record to 7-2. The Lady Jackets defeated the Spurger Lady Pirates on Tuesday, Jan. 17 in front of a packed Yellowjacket gymnasium by a score of 62-51. Lily Read scored 22 points and Lauren Citrano scored 16 points. Kyli Handley scored 10 points, Saydi Handley scored seven points, Emma Byrd scored four points, and Blakeney Whitworth scored three points. The Lady Jackets traveled to Leggett on Friday, Jan. 20 and defeated the Lady Pirates 73-21. Read led the team again with 33 points and K. Handley added an impressive 18 points. Other Lady Jackets scoring during the game were Citrano with five points,

Byrd, Emma Grimes, and Bree Cooper with four points apiece, S. Handley with three points, and Whitworth with two points.
The Lady Jackets are nearing the end of the regular season, with just a few weeks remaining. The girls will travel to Goodrich on Friday, Jan. 20 to play against the Lady Hornets in a 6 p.m. game. The Lady Jackets will take on the Zavalla Lady Eagles at home on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Tip off will be at 6 p.m.

Yellowjacket Varsity Basketball
The Yellowjackets dropped both district games this week. The Jackets lost to Spurger on Jan. 17 by a score of 35-74. Jack Rayburn led the Jackets with 15 points.

Also putting points on the scoreboards for the Jackets were Jesse Bittick with six points, Keighen Green with five points, Jaxon Gay, Kai Hilliard, and Bradley Davison each with two points, and Rick Carlton with one point. The Jackets traveled to Leggett for a game against the Pirates on Jan. 20, losing 26-98.

Rayburn ended the night with 10 points, Davison scored nine points, Bittick scored seven points, and Gay, Hilliard, and Carlton all scored three points apiece.

The Jackets will be on the road as they take on the Goodrich Hornets on Friday, Jan. 27. The game will get started after the girls’ game, around 7:15 p.m. The Jackets host the Zavalla Eagles on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Tip off will be around 7:15 p.m., after the girls’ game.

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