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Yellowjackets start district strong

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Chester BBall 1 12Yellowjacket Cutter Lowe fights for the ball last weekend against Zavalla.  The Jackets defeated Zavalla 44-38. Photo by Becki Byrd

By Jana Rayburn

The Jackets went two for two in district play this week, defeating both Goodrich and Zavalla. The Jackets defeated the Goodrich Hornets in Chester on Tuesday, Jan. 3 by a score of 35-31. Rich Carlton led with 18 points.

Bradley Davison had eight points, Cutter Lowe scored three points, Jack Rayburn, P.J. Purvis, and Jaxon Gay all scored two points. The Jackets traveled to Zavalla on Friday, Jan. 6, the Yellowjackets beat the Eagles 44-38 in Zavalla. Rayburn led the team with 18 points. Keighen Green scored nine points, Lowe scored six points, Carlton scored four points, Kai Hilliard scored three points, and Gay, and Jesse Bittick each scored two points.

The Jackets will be on the road on Friday, Jan. 13 to take on the Burkeville Mustangs. The game will be played after the conclusion of the girls’ games, around 7:15 p.m.

The Yellowjackets need everyone to come pack the stands on Tuesday, Jan. 17 as they host the Spurger Pirates. The Jackets lost to the Pirates at the end of December in a non-district tournament game.

Tip off between the Jackets and Pirates will be around 7:15 p.m.

Lady Jacket Basketball

The Lady Jackets played two district games this past week, winning against Goodrich and losing a nail biter to Zavalla.

The Lady Jackets defeated Goodrich 45-41. Kyli Handley was the top scorer with 15 points. Others scoring for the Jackets were Lily Read with 14 points, Abby Grimes with nine points, Lauren Citrano with five points, and Saydi Handley with two points.

The Lady Jackets lost to the Zavalla Lady Eagles by a score of 27-36. Read led the team with 12 points. Kyle Handley scored seven points, Abby Grimes scored four points, and both Emma Byrd and Saydi Handley scored two points.

The Lady Jackets will travel to Burkeville on Friday, Jan. 13. Tip off will be at 6 p.m. The Lady Jackets will host the Spurger Lady Pirates on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.

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Lady Jackets consolidation champs in Apple Springs tourney

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120822 Chester GirlsThe Chester Lady Jacket basketball team poses after winning Consolidation in the Apple Springs tournament last weekend.  Pictured are:  Assistance Coach Courtney Tonnies, Lauren Citrano, Abby Grimes, Saydi Handley, Emma Byrd, Blakeney Whitworth, Bree Cooper, Manager Carlen Sluga, Kyli Handley, Lily Read, Manager Bailey Hight and Coach Patrick Sluga. Photo by Jana Rayburn | TCB 

By Jana Rayburn

CHESTER – The Chester Lady Jackets hosted the Kennard Lady Tigers on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The Lady Jackets defeated the Lady Tigers 38-10. Lily Read scored 19 points, Kyli Handley scored 10 points, Blakeney Whitworth scored four points, Abby Grimes scored three points, and Bree Cooper scored two points.

The Lady Jackets lost their first game in the Apple Springs Tournament to Groveton 28-57. Read had 15 points, K.Handley had six points, Grimes and Lauren Citrano scored three points each, and Saydi Handley scored a free throw. Chester faced New Waverly in their second game, and the Lady Jackets defeated New Waverly 55-21. K. Handley led the team with 19 points. Read scored 14 points, Grimes had 12 points, Citrano added six points, and Whitworth scored four points. This win sent the Lady Jackets to the Consolation championship against the Corrigan-Camden Lady Dogs. Chester easily defeated Corrigan-Camden 35-18. Citrano was high point against the Lady Dogs with 12 points. Read scored nine points, K. Handley added six points, S. Handley had four points, and both Grimes and Whitworth added two points a piece.

The Lady Jackets will compete in the West Hardin Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 8 through Saturday, Dec. 10. The Chester Yellowjacket Buzz Link will post tournament game times. The Lady Jackets will host the Leggett Lady Pirates on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Jackets defeat Tigers

The Yellowjacket varsity boys basketball team defeated the Kennard Tigers on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at J.P. Johnson Gymnasium by a score of 43-16. Jack Rayburn led the team with 11 points. Bradley Davison scored nine points, Jesse Bittick scored eight points, Rick Carlton scored seven points, and Keighen Green and Kai Hilliard each scored four points.

The Yellowjackets played against Richards in their first game of the Apple Springs Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 1. The Jackets lost to Richards 28-56. Scoring for the Jackets were Rayburn with eight points, Bittick with six points, and Davison with five points. Cutter Lowe, PJ. Purvis, Green and Carlton each scored two points, and Hilliard added a free throw. Later that same day, the Jackets took on Apple Springs JV, and won 62-34. Rayburn scored 19 points, Davison added 11 points, Bittick had seven points, and both Lowe and Hilliard scored six points. Also scoring for the Jackets were Jaxon Gay with five points, Purvis with four points, Carlton with three points, and Jakori Davis with one point. The boys advanced to the Consolidation Championship on Saturday and faced the Centerville Bulldogs.

The game was close all throughout, but the Jackets came up short after one overtime by a score of 36-38.

Both teams were in foul trouble near the end, and the Jackets just couldn’t hit their free throws.

Scoring for the Jackets were Rayburn with 13 points, Carlton with 10 points, Davison with six points, and Lowe, Green, and Bittick with two points apiece.

The Jackets will play in the Colmesneil Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 8 through Saturday, Dec. 10. The boys face Goodrich in their first pool game of the tourney on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. The boys will be back for pool play in Colmesneil on Friday with a game at 3:00 p.m against Hull Daisetta and a game at 7 p.m. against Colmesneil. Saturdays bracket will be determined after completion of the pool games. The Chester Yellowjacket Buzz Link will post Saturday game times. The Jackets will travel to Sabine Pass on Tuesday, Dec. 13 for a 6 p.m. game against the Sharks.

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Eagles, Lady Eagles busy on court

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – The Woodville Eagles got a nudge Saturday against the Anahuac Panthers.

The visiting Panther team got the narrow 54-52 victory, putting the Eagles at 4-1 for the season.

Eagles Coach Juan Olivo said he was proud of the way the boys fought and were able to get their way back into the game.

The Eagles fought hard, but trailed 19-28 at the half, and in the third quarter, they trailed, as well. Going into the fourth period of play, the Eagles trailed by 15 points. A 24-point haul was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Leading the charge for Woodville was senior Julius Thrower, who led on points and rebounds, with 21 and eight, respectively. Junior Christian Bean led in blocks; senior Jatavian Taylor led in steals and junior Ty’marion Walker led the team in assists.

The win puts the Panthers at 6-1. The Eagles hit the road to play the Buna Cougars on Tuesday.

Lady Eagles get tournament wins

The Lady Eagles have been busy as of late. Coach Michelle Merchant’s squad is now at a 10-2 season record after some nice tournament wins last weekend.

On Friday, the Lady Eagles took down the Tarkington Longhorns, 46-27 and the Splendora Lady Wildcats (42-35). On Saturday, they took down the Jasper Lady Dogs, 55-44.

The Lady Eagles played the Huntington Red Devils on the road on Tuesday. Scores unavailable at press time.

With one more game (Silsbee, at home on Friday) to go after Huntington, the Lady Eagles start district next week against the Hemphill Lady Hornets, on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

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Eagles shut out Crockett

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103022 Eagles OneEagle defender Jacob Hyder (5) wraps up Crockett running back Jonathan Lockhart as Tyquan Miller (21), Jaythan Traylor (20) and Tayvion Hunter (28) move in to assist. Photo by Larry Lamb

By Larry Lamb
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CROCKETT –  Scoring on offense, defense and special teams, the Woodville Eagles dominated the Crockett Bulldogs 44-0 in a district matchup Friday night in Driskell Stadium.

Woodville (7-2, 4-1) is idle this week before its district finale at home against Westwood on Nov. 4. Crockett (4-4, 1-3) travels to Westwood on Friday and hosts Diboll next week. 

The Eagles received the opening kickoff and got off to a shaky start when they coughed up the ball at their 41-yard line on the first play,

After forcing Crockett to punt, the Eagles took over at their 11 and converted two third-down situations on an 18-yard keeper by Ralon Williams and a 17-yard pass to TyMarious Walker. Facing third-and-15, Zayon Williams broke a 12-yarder but a fourth-down play came up short and Crockett took over on downs at the 35-yard line.

The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard with 1:43 left in the opening period. Taking over at their 37 on a punt, the Eagles completed a 36-yard screen pass to Zayon Williams and Jatavian Taylor took it to the end zone from 27 yards out. Kicker Cole Standley, back in the lineup after Tommy John surgery, put the Eagles up 7-0.
Late in the first half, a high snap on a Crockett punt gave Woodville the ball at the 16-yard line.

Taylor carried to the 5 and Ralon Williams scored on the next play with the offensive line pushing him into the end zone. The PAT was no good, leaving the Eagles with a 13-0 lead at the 1:59 mark.

After kicking off, the Eagles padded their lead when Jacob Hyder picked off a pass on Crockett’s first play and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. Standley’s PAT gave Woodville a 20-0 advantage with 1:51 left in the half.

Crockett reached the Eagle 13 on its next series but an intentional grounding penalty and two quarterback sacks by Woodville preserved a 20-0 halftime lead.

After two second-half kickoffs by Woodville went out of bounds, the Eagles recovered a well-placed third attempt at the Bulldog 45. The Eagles didn’t waste any time and struck on a first-down pass from Williams to a wide-open Christian Bean. The PAT was good for a 27-0 lead just nine seconds into the third quarter.
Crockett started its next series in a deep hole at the 3-yard line and picked up one first down before having to punt. The Eagles then drove to the Crockett 14, where they turned the ball over on downs.

Crockett’s misfortunes continued when Jacob Hyder recovered a fumble in the end zone. The PAT put the Eagles up 34-0 at the 7:24 mark in the third quarter.
Another fourth-down stop gave Woodville the ball at Crockett’s 42 and the Eagles stretched their lead to 41-0 with 11:12 left in the game. Nick Ruiz carried for 11 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter, setting up a 5-yard touchdown run by Taylor on the next play. Standley tacked on the extra point.

After a long punt return by TyMarious Walker to the Bulldog 36, the Eagles reached the 10 yard-line on the running of backup quarterback Dustin Barlow and running backs Hayden Hunter and Ronnie Douglas.

With 2:55 left, Standley booted a 27-yard field goal and the defense kept Crockett out of the end zone to preserve the shutout.

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Tyler County Football Week 6

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Colmesneil starts district against Lions

By Chris Edwards
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LOVELADY – The Colmesneil Bulldogs are starting district-level play this week. They will treked over to Houston County to take on the Lovelady Lions Friday.

The ‘Dogs have had plenty of time to prep for Friday and for their district campaign, as last week was a bye for the team. Colmesneil will go into Friday’s game with a 3-2 record, so far. The Lions, who are currently sitting at the top of the UIL 2A Region III District 12 standings are undefeated.

Last season the Lions walloped the ‘Dogs to the tune of a 55-6 final score. This season, however, fortunes might be changing, with improved performances on both sides of the ball for Coach Cody Day’s squad.

The last time the Bulldogs played, against Cushing, it was a close call, with the ‘Dogs narrowly coming up short on a 20-23 final score.

Lovelady’s last opponent, Leon, got the short end of a 50-7 shellacking by the Lions. This will be Lovelady’s entry into district, as well. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the Lions’ Den in Lovelady.

Eagles take down Pirates 42-14

WOODVILLE – It was Robinson vs. Robison last Friday as Coach Ty Robinson’s Eagles knocked-off Coach Miles Robison’s team of Pirates.

The Eagles hosted the Shepherd team and beat them 42-14 in a game that saw the losing team holding tight in the first half, with the score 22-14 at halftime, but devolving due to turnovers in the second.

A turnover on downs halfway into the third quarter worked toward a scoring advantage for the Eagles. An interception on the next play by Eian

Haynes, junior RB, for a rushing TD put more numbers on the board.

With three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Hayden Hunter, scored a rushing TD to finalize the score for the night.

Defensively, overall, the Pirates made some big stops but was no match for the Eagles. Big plays by Woodville in the fourth quarter meant that the Pirates went scoreless for the rest of the game.

Shepherd’s Robison called the Eagles a very good football team,” and added that the Pirates “made too many mistakes to beat a team as talented as them.”

The now 4-2 Eagles will take on the Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans this Friday. The Trojans are riding high after a 42-30 win over Crockett last week and a perfect district record, so far. The Eagles have only one district loss, to Diboll, and are sitting at third in the 3A Region III District 9 standings.



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