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The Lady Indians continue their romp through the 3A postseason with two wins over West Sabine. Courtesy photoThe Lady Indians continue their romp through the 3A postseason with two wins over West Sabine. Courtesy photo

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LUFKIN — The Lady Indians are moving on to the regional semifinals after two wins over West Sabine in the quarterfinal rounds on Thursday and Friday.

West Sabine, the defending regional champs, lost 3-1 on Thursday and 5-0 on Friday. 

Coach Chris Sexton said Game 1 was a pitching and defensive dual between the two teams with both teams pitching shutouts until the fifth, when West Sabine notched a run. 

The Lady Indians would respond in the bottom of the sixth when, with two runners on, Megan Luce comes up and on the first pitch hits a 3-run homer over the centerfield wall, giving the Lady Indians a 3-1 lead.

The girls would hold lead through the seventh and for the win. 

Lexi Easterling, Kiki Smith, Landree Martin and Luce provided the hits for Groveton, with Luce’s homer being the key to the win.

Luce also got the win on the mound, pitching just over 6 innings; Martin closed the game, and the two combined for 6 strikeouts while allowing only 4 hits.

In game 2, the Ladies started fast at the plate, scoring 3 runs in the first. The bats went cold until the fifth when the ladies put up 2 more for a 5-0 lead. 

Sexton said West Sabine would threaten a couple times to score, but the pitching and defense were on point to finish the game and the ladies come away with a 5-0 victory.

Abby Lee, Easterling, Smith, Martin and Luce each got a hit in the contest.

Martin had full mound duty, allowing only four hits and one base on balls while tossing nine strikeouts.

Groveton faces Kerens at Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse for a three-game series on Thursday.

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Yellowjackets sweep North Zulch; Headed to playoff round three

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By Jana Rayburn

The Chester Yellowjacket baseball team swept the North Zulch Bulldogs last weekend in the Regional Quarterfinals.  North Zulch was a well-coach and tough team, and this made for two exciting games.  Game one was played in Jasper, and the Jackets won 7-6.  The Jackets were led by Peanut Fann on the mound, Carsyn Whitworth behind the plate, Will Thomason at third base, and Jack Rayburn in the outfield.  These four defensive standouts made it possible for the Jackets to take game one.  Fann threw a complete game.  Offensively, Chester was led by Bradley Davison who had two hits and four RBI’s and Cole Clarke who had three hits and scored three runs as well. Trayce Knox scored the winning run in the home half of the 7th and gave us the momentum going into Saturday’s game, which took place in Mumford.  Game two was another battle, but the Jackets are no stranger to tough and close games. Defensively, the team was led by Carson Thomson on the mound, who threw a complete game two hitter and only allowed one run.  Doing the catching again was Carsyn Whitworth, who did a great job holding the runners close to bases and throwing one Bulldog out trying to steal second. Jack Rayburn caught two fly balls in the outfield and Will Thomason and Luke Read did great jobs on the infield protecting our narrow lead. Offensively, we had just four hits, but they proved to be enough to win this tight game.  Carson Thomson and Cole Clarke scored the two runs needed to take the win by a score of 2-1.
 The Yellowjackets will play the Kennard Tigers in a series for the Regional Semi-final round.  Game one will be on Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m.  Game two will be on Friday, May 20 at 5 p.m.  Game three, if necessary, will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.  All games will be played at Gary High School.  Come out and support these boys and coaches, as they have put in many hours to get to this round. 

The Chester Lady Jackets season came to an end last week, as they were knocked out of the playoffs by Chireno.  Game one of the series took place on Thursday, May 12 at Central High School.  Olivia Gilzow pitched a phenomenal game, striking out eight Lady Owls and hitting a home run in seventh inning.  The game stayed scoreless through the third inning.  Chireno put up the first run in the fourth inning, and never lost their lead.  The Lady Jackets lost 3-5.  Game two on Friday was also played at Central High School.  Kaylee Tolar and Olivia Gilzow both put in time in the circle.  Chester started off behind but rallied back in the bottom of the seventh inning and came close to catching the Lady Owls.  The Lady Jackets lost 6-7.   

It was truly a team effort and the Lady Jackets kept on pushing and supporting each other until the end. Coach Marty Thompson and assistant coach Lindsey Thompson were proud of the fight the girls put up and the great season they had. 

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Area champs Eagles headed to round three

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The Woodville Eagles: Area champs following a win against Tarkington. Photo courtesy of Angie Moses The Woodville Eagles: Area champs following a win against Tarkington. Photo courtesy of Angie Moses

By Chris Edwards
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The Woodville Eagles now have another feather to place in their hats in their trek toward a state championship – Area champs.

The Eagles soundly defeated the Longhorns of Tarkington in their second round deep into the UIL 3A Region I and III ranks toward a state title. They faced off with the Longhorns last Friday night at Lufkin High School’s diamond and shut-out the Longhorns in the first game with a score of 10-0.

In game two, which was played on Saturday at Grand Oaks High School, the Eagles gave up one run to the Longhorns, and finished with a final score of 11-1.

The Eagles are set to take on the Diboll Lumberjacks for the regional quarterfinal round of the playoffs. For round three in their post-season bid, the Eagles will play game one on Friday at 7 p.m. at Hudson High School. Game two will be at Jasper HS at 4 p.m., and if needed, a third game will take place 30 minutes after the second.

Tickets to those games are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

The Lumberjacks are coming off their second playoff round with a three-game victory against Boling. The winner of the next round will take on the winner of the Cameron Yoe/Lorena contest.

In Lady Eagles news, although softball season ended with a well-earned co-district championship, many of the team members snagged some district-level awards from coaches.

Those named to district honors were: Kristina Nash (District MVP); Jade McQueen (Defensive MVP); Casandra Perez (First Team Catcher); Alexis Alcalais (First Team Infielder); Mary Lassiter (First Team Outfielder); Marleigh Robinson (Second Team Pitcher); Katie Ronaghan (Second Team Infielder); Rachel Risinger and Madison Wainwright (Second Team Outfielder). Mallory Dunn was named Honorable Mention as infielder. 

Lady Eagles’ head coach Meredith Diggles was named Co-Coach of the year, an honor he shared with Kountze’s Kylie Bradley.

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Lady Jackets head into round three

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Lady Jacket Olivia Gilzow led her team in defeating High Island last week in round one of the state softball playoffs. JANA RAYBURN | TCB Lady Jacket Olivia Gilzow led her team in defeating High Island last week in round one of the state softball playoffs. JANA RAYBURN | TCB

By Jana Rayburn

The Chester Lady Jackets are still alive in the playoffs, as they completely destroyed their last two opponents.  Chester defeated the High Island Lady Cardinals last week 23-2 in five innings and won against the Kennard Lady Tigers (18-3) on Tuesday, May 3 in the quarterfinal round. 

Olivia Gilzow stood out for the Lady Jackets both offensively and defensively against High Island.  Gilzow hit a home run and struck out 11 batters during the game.    

The Lady Jackets have moved up in the rankings and are now ranked tenth in the state among 1A teams.  The Lady Jackets have a huge series next week, as they will either take on Chireno or Wells in the regional semi-final round. 

The Chester Yellowacket baseball team finished up the regular season coming in second place.  The Jackets got a bye for the first round and are busy practicing for the regional quarterfinal round, which will be played next week.  The Jackets will meet up with the winner of the bi-district playoff game between North Zulch and Centerville (Groveton). To get ready, Coach Coleman Butter has scheduled a warm-up game against Leverett’s Chapel to be played at Gary High School on Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m.  Leverett’s Chapel are the current district champions in 19-2A. 

Yellowjacket Track and Field wrap up regionals

The Yellowjacket track teams wrapped up the 2022 season at the regional meet last weekend.  Although all athletes performed well, and many improved upon their personal bests, none qualified for the state meet.  The Jackets had two athletes advancing to the finals at the meet.  Audrey Gilzow placed fifth in the shot put and Anthony White finished in eighth place in the 110m hurdles and seventh place in the high jump. 

Yellowjacket Golf

The Chester boys golf team will leave for the state golf meet on Sunday, May 8.  The meet will be held at Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle, Texas, just outside of Austin.  The Jackets are led by freshman Will Thomason, who placed second overall in the regional meet a few weeks ago.  Thomason has been playing golf for several years and has had a strong start to his high school career.  Joining Thomason on the team are Carson Thomson, Luke Read, Jack Rayburn, and Cutter Lowe.  Coach Coleman Butter is very proud of how serious these boys have been about improving their game.  They have taken corrections and worked to apply them on the course.  The boys will be allowed to play a practice round on Sunday at Plum Creek.  The boys will then play 18 holes on both Monday and Tuesday.

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Pirates excel in tennis, track

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Spurger Pirate track and field athletes competed in district and regional competitions. PHOTO COURTESY OF SPURGER ISD Spurger Pirate track and field athletes competed in district and regional competitions. PHOTO COURTESY OF SPURGER ISD

From TCB Staff

The Spurger Lady Pirates are now first in district in tennis and the Pirates second place. 

Spurger’s teams took those honors at the district tennis meet last week in Woodville. Spurger High School seniors Kendall Gray and Colton Jenkins returned to Spurger as district champions in the girls and boys singles competitions, respectively.

Joshua Grissom and Jillian Leasman earned the first-place medals for mixed doubles, and KayLynn Deckert and Jade Tucker earned the second place in girls’ doubles.

The meet was also a chance to shine for some newcomers to the Pirates’ tennis program. Mason McGallion and Alexis Drake brought home the silver for mixed doubles, and Ella Hatton earned the silver in the girls’ singles.

Pirate senior Tyler Callaway earned the bronze in boys’ singles and Nick Wilson and Noah Donatucci also earned third place medals in boys’ doubles.

During spring break, the Pirate and Lady Pirate tennis teams competed in the regional tournament in College Station.

Leasman; Grissom; Hatton; McGallion and Drake all fought hard but came up short in the first round. 

However, Gray; Jenkins; Deckert and Tucker all made it to the quarter finals. 

In Pirate and Lady Pirate track and field news, Spurger’s track teams competed in Zavalla for the 2022 District Meet.  

Junior, Jose’ Jimenez is the District Champion for both the 3200-meter and 1600-meter Run. Freshman, Jade Tucker, is the District Champion in the 100-meter Hurdles. The entire boys team advanced to the Area meet along with Jade Tucker and Senior Katy Curry for the Lady Pirate Team. 

Over the spring break, the Spurger high school track team competed at Area in Shelbyville.  Four of the students advanced to regionals by placing in the top four. 

Katy Curry placed fourth in the 800 meter, Jose Jimenez placed fourth in the mile, Josh Grissom placed third in the 800 meter, and Kade Ford placed fourth in Discus. Coby Anthony will also be competing at Regionals in the 300-meter hurdles.

Spurger’s tennis teams show off some of their hardware earned from the district meet. PHOTO COURTESY OF SPURGER ISD Spurger’s tennis teams show off some of their hardware earned from the district meet. PHOTO COURTESY OF SPURGER ISD

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