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Playoff run ends for Lady Jackets

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Lady Jacket Kat Knox dribbles around a Lady Pirate defender in their bi-district loss to Wells on Monday.  JANA RAYBURN | TCB Lady Jacket Kat Knox dribbles around a Lady Pirate defender in their bi-district loss to Wells on Monday. JANA RAYBURN | TCB

By Jana Rayburn

The season ended for the Lady Jackets on Monday, Feb. 14, with a 33-63 loss to the Wells Lady Pirates.  Trinity Jerkins ended the night with 10 points.  Lily Read had eight points, Kyli Handley scored six points, Kat Knox had four points, Sydney Brock scored three points, and Emma Grimes scored two points.  The Lady Jackets were the third-place team in their district. 

The Jackets split a couple of games this week, as they near the end of the season.  The boys traveled to Chireno last Tuesday, February 8 and lost to the Owls.  Jack Rayburn scored seven points, Rick Carlton scored five points, Keighen Green scored four points, and Luke Read scored two points. 

The Jackets won big over the High Island Cardinals last Friday, Feb. 11 by a score of 69-13.  Jack Rayburn had a big night with 8 three-pointers and 28 points overall.  Keighen Green scored nine points, Luke Read scored eight points, and both Bradley Davison, Carson Thomson scored six points, and Kaighnen Green scored four points.  Also scoring for the Jackets were Rick Carlton, Jaxson Hilliard, and Cutter Lowe all scored two points and Jeff Knox scored a free throw.

Both the junior high boys and girls competed in a basketball tournament in Colmesneil on Saturday, Feb. 12.  Both teams ended the tournament with third place finishes.  This tournament concluded basketball season for the teams. 

Lady Jackets scrimmage Crockett

The Lady Jackets scrimmaged Crockett last week in Chester.  Coach Marty Thompson said the girls played well against the Lady Bulldogs.  Audrey Gilzow sent one over the fence for the Lady Jackets.  Both Olivia Gilzow and Kaylee Tolar pitched, and both did a good job.  The Lady Jackets played a couple of scrimmages in Woodville on Friday, Feb. 11.  The Lady Jackets played against Woodville and Central Heights.  The girls did a good job in both games.  Audrey Gilzow had a double play and caught a hard-hit line drive. 

The Lady Jackets will have a little break this week but will be back in action on Feb. 24-26 in the Kountze tournament.  Opponents and game times will be announced next week.    

Baseball gearing up in ‘Jacket Country

Baseball season is finally upon us, and no one is more excited than Coach Coleman Butter, who is in his first year as Head Baseball Coach for the Jackets.  “The kids are eager and ready to start playing. We have lots of returners and some young kids coming in that are going to help right away,” says Butter. Butter is looking for the returning guys to lead the team. Peanut Fann, Luke Read, Jack Rayburn, Carson Thomson, Zayne Barnhart and Cole Clarke are all returning starters. Butter will also lean on Carsyn Whitworth and Colton Pursley throughout the year. Butter believes this is going to be a different team and the beginning of a new era for Chester Baseball. Butter added, “I’m excited about it all. We will be playing at updated facilities and looking to turn heads this season”. Coach Butter has a full schedule for his team lined out, and several games for the junior varsity team.

The Yellowjackets will kick off their season with a game against the West Hardin Oilers on Tuesday, Feb. 22 in Chester at Alex Johnson Memorial Field at 4 p.m.




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Yellowjacket football program recognized with national award

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Chester ISD logo template 300By 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 

for softball

 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. 

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Lady Jackets defeat Goodrich; move to 7-3

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Chester LadyjacketChester Lady Jacket Sydney Brock takes a shot in her teams win over the Goodrich Hornets last week. Brock scored 17 points during the game. JANA RAYBURN | TCB By Jana Rayburn

The Lady Jackets are holding in third place as they have two games left in the regular season.  The Lady Jackets were scheduled to play Burkeville on Tuesday, Jan. 25, but got a win due to a forfeit by the Lady Mustangs.  Chester traveled to Goodrich on Friday, Jan. 28 and overpowered the Lady Hornets 39-27. Sydney Brock led with 17 points.  Kyli Handley scored 10 points. Lily Read scored seven points, Kat Knox and Emma Grimes each scored two points, and Abby Grimes scored one point. 

The Lady Jackets will play their last home game of the season on Friday, Feb.4.

They will be hosting the Leggett Lady Pirates at 6 p.m.  This should be a good game, as their last meeting with Leggett was an extremely close game.  This game will also be designated as ‘Senior Night’, in which to recognize seniors on the team.  Emma Grimes and Trinity Jerkins will be recognized for their efforts on the court during their time at Chester.  The final regular season game for the Lady Jackets will be on Tuesday, Feb. 8.  The team will travel to Chireno for a 6 p.m. tip off.   

The Yellowjacket basketball team split their games this past week, losing to Burkeville by 10 points and defeating Goodrich easily. 

The Yellowjackets lost a close game to Burkeville on Tuesday, Jan. 25 by a score of 48-58. Jack Rayburn led the team in scoring with 15 points.  Keighen Green had 10 points, Rick Carlton contributed nine points, Carson Thomson scored eight points, Luke Read scored four points, and Bradley Davison added a basket.

The Jackets traveled to Goodrich on Friday, January 28 for a game against the Hornets.  The Jackets made easy work of the Hornets, defeating them 47-32.  Rick Carlton had an impressive start, scoring 12 points in the first quarter alone. 

Carlton finished the game with 16 points.  Jack Rayburn scored 13 points, Carson Thomson scored six points, Cutter Lowe scored five points, P.J. Purvis scored three points, and both Luke Read and Jaxson Hilliard scored a basket. 

The Yellowjackets will play at home on Friday, Feb. 4, as they host the Leggett Pirates. This will be ‘Senior Night’ for the Jackets, honoring and recognizing Luke Read, Carson Thomson, and Kaighnen Green for their hard work and contributions to the team. They game will tip off around 7:15 p.m. 

The Jackets will take on the Chireno Owls in Chireno on Tuesday, Feb. 8 around 7:15 p.m.

Lady Jackets scrimmage

The Chester Lady Jackets hosted the Kountze Lady Lions in a scrimmage on Saturday, Jan. 29.  The Lady Jackets got some good practice against a strong Kountze team. 

Coach Marty Thompson was pleased with their offensive efforts and got to see some things that he needs to work on with his team.

The Lady Jackets will have a week of practice before their first game, which will be on Thursday, February 10 in Crockett.

Annual Wild Game Supper scheduled

The Wild Game Supper will be on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m in the Chester ISD Cafeteria.  This annual event helps to support athletics at Chester. 

Along with all the home cooked food, there will be a silent auction. 

Also, the Alex Johnson Memorial group will hold a Volleyball and Cornhole tournament earlier on the same day.  Teams will need to sign up early. 

Contact Becki Byrd at 936-465-6572 for more information.  Spread the word and join us to help support our kids.    

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Lady Eagles continue district dominance with win against Warren Lady Warriors

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The Lady Eagles continued their dominating streak in district 22 of 3A Region III with a win last Friday over the Warren Lady Warriors. The Lady Eagles beat them 59-38 at the Eagle Summit.

Lady Eagles’ head coach Troy Carrell called the victory a “solid win” for the team and added that “every day is a chance to get better.”

The Lady Eagles’ overall season record is now at 27-4 and their district performance has been a perfect 11-0. 

The Eagles also notched a victory over their in-county district rivals Warren on Tuesday. The boys posted a mighty 77-35 win over the Warriors. 

Top scorers for the Eagles were juniors Kameron Wyatt and Julius Thrower with 15 points apiece; seniors Omari Lewis and Jaylin Kibble with 14 points each and junior Jatavian Taylor with 13. Lewis also led the Eagles in three-pointers against Warren, with four successful attempts.

The Lady Eagles and Eagles played Newton on Tuesday, with results unavailable at press time.

Following their trip to Newton, the Lady Eagles have two more regular season games left. The JV girls and boys and varsity girls and boys will play Buna on Friday, Feb. 4 at home.

For the Lady Eagles and Eagles, that game, which begins at 5 p.m., will be senior recognition night. After that, JV and varsity squads will play Kirbyville on the road on Tuesday, Feb. 8, beginning at 5 p.m.

The Eagles, who are standing at a 20-7 overall season record and 7-2 in district, will also play Anahuac and Kountze in the coming weeks to finish up their regular season, with games on Feb. 11 and 15, respectively.

Mannino places second in 

Lewis Invitational

Woodville High School track and field standout Linus Mannino, a WHS senior, recently placed second in the high jump event at the annual Carl Lewis Invitational, held in Houston.

The meet, which is hosted by the University of Houston and named after the Olympic gold medalist, took place during a two-day period of Jan. 14-15. Mannino earned his silver medal with a height of 6’6”.

Mannino said he was “kind of nervous” at the event, as he hadn’t jumped in almost a year.

Last year, Mannino, along with classmate Kesean Paire, represented the Eagles in Austin at the UIL State Track Meet. Paire earned the gold in the boys’ wheelchair shot put and Mannino bronzed in the high jump.

Lady Eagles softball start scrimmages

The Lady Eagles softball girls got down to business with a couple of scrimmages last weekend to prep for what they hope will be another successful season. 

They took down both Shepherd (6-1) and New Waverly (8-1) on Saturday.

The Lady Eagles put up four runs in the fourth inning against the Shepherd Lady Pirates. For that monumental inning, Lady Eagles Cassandra Perez, Kristina Nash and Mary Lassiter all sent runners across the plate with RBIs.

Nash led in pitching, and only gave up one run on two hits through four innings; struck out seven batters and walked one.

The Lady Eagles notched up three runs in the second inning against New Waverly. Nash doubled on a 1-2 count, and scored one run. Lassiter singled on the first pitch at bat, and scored twice.

The Lady Eagles later chalked up three more runs in the fourth inning, led by singles from Lassiter and Kajaigh Eckert. 

They totaled 11 hits in the game, with Lassiter, Perez and Madison Wainwright each getting multiple hits for the Lady Eagles.

The girls are set to scrimmage again this Friday, against the Hudson Lady Hornets at Hudson, starting at 4:30 p.m. The regular season begins on Tuesday, Feb. 15 against Port Neches-Groves. 

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Jackets within reach of playoff spot

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Jordyn Williams gets down the court for the Lady Eagles against the Kountze Lady Tigers last week. The Lady Eagles continued their perfect record in district (9-0) and an overall 25-4 record for the season with their 45-27 come-from-behind win against Kountze. PHOTO BY DANNIE OLIVEAUX Jordyn Williams gets down the court for the Lady Eagles against the Kountze Lady Tigers last week. The Lady Eagles continued their perfect record in district (9-0) and an overall 25-4 record for the season with their 45-27 come-from-behind win against Kountze. PHOTO BY DANNIE OLIVEAUX By Jana Rayburn 

 The Yellowjacket basketball team has finished their first round of district play and are 3-3, getting wins against Goodrich, High Island, and Burkeville.  The fight for a playoff spot will be a tough one for the Jackets.   

 The Yellowjackets easily defeated the High Island Cardinals in front of a home crowd last Tuesday, Jan. 18 at home.  59-18.  Jack Rayburn led the team in scoring with 21 points.  Also scoring double-digits for the Jackets were Luke Read with 11 points, and Rick Carlton with 11 points. 

 Bradley Davison scored five points, Cutter Lowe scored four points, Jeff Knox scored three points, and P.J.Purvis scored two points. 

 The Jackets traveled to Zavalla on Friday, January 21 to play against the Eagles.  The Jackets had a tough night, and were defeated 20-46.  Luke Read, Carson Thomson, Bradley Davison, and Kessler Romo each had four points.  P.J. Purvis had two points and both Jack Rayburn and Jeff Knox added a free throw. 

 The Yellowjackets will travel to Goodrich on Friday, Jan. 28, as they attempt to defeat the Hornets for the second time this season. 

 The game will tip off around 7:15 p.m.  The boys will get a bye on Feb. 1.    

 The Lady Jackets are currently in third place as they near the end of district play.  The Lady Jackets beat the High Island Lady Cards 52-21 last Tuesday, Jan. 18. 

 Lily Read led with 19 points.  Kyli Handley scored 11 points, and went five for five the free throw line.  Emma Grimes scored eight points, Sydney Brock and Abby Grimes each scored seven points.  The Lady Jackets had a hard loss at the hands of the Zavalla Lady Eagles on Friday, Jan. 21, losing 19-50.  Sydney Brock led the team with seven points.  Lily Read scored six points, Abby Grimes scored three points, Saydi Handley scored two points, and Emma Grimes contributed a free throw. 

 The Lady Jackets will be on the road on Friday, January 28, as they face the Goodrich Lady Hornets.  The game will get started at 6 p.m. 

 The Chester Athletic Booster Club will hold the annual Wild Game Supper on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Chester ISD Cafeteria. 

 This has been a much-anticipated event for the past several years, and this year will be no different.  There will be plenty of ‘wild’ food, but also things to eat for the squeamish. 

 The Alex Johnson Memorial will hold a volleyball and cornhole tournament on the same day. 

 Teams will need to sign up early.  Contact Becki Byrd at 936-465-6572 for more information.  Come join us for good food and fun. 

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