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Pirates on a roll

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Spurger Pirates Coby Anthony (left) and Noah Donatucci (right) get some airtime against the Latexo Tigers in the recent Chester tournament. The Pirates beat the Tigers 51-40 and have been on a roll lately with wins against Goodrich last Friday (73-22); Burkeville (64-39); High Island (58-35) and Brookeland (81-40).

The Pirates rematched Chester on Tuesday on the ‘Jackets’ home court, with scores unavailable at press time. They play Zavalla at home on Friday, with a 7:30 p.m. tip off.

The Pirates are 3-2 in district and 13-10 overall.

The Lady Pirates have been faring well, too, with recent wins against Burkeville last week (59-18) and High Island (45-39). They had a narrow loss (44-41) against Goodrich, and played on Tuesday against the Chester Lady Jackets. The Lady Pirates will play Leggett on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at home, with a 12 a.m. tip-off.

The junior high Lady Pirates won in a tournament last weekend in Burkeville. Their first game was against Legacy Christian with a score of 26-7, second game was against High Island with a score of 20-15. The team was filled with excitement and joy over the win.

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Woodville takes down Newton

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From Staff Reports

WOODVILLE – Last Friday, the Woodville Eagles scored 51 points and held a flock of visiting Eagles, from Newton, to 34 in a district triumph.

The game was a tight contest throughout, with the scores 24-15, in the Woodville Eagles’ favor, at the half. In the second half, Woodville put 27 points on the board to Newton’s 19.

Both senior Julius Thrower and junior Christian Bean tied for top scorers for Woodville, with 16 points apiece, against Newton.

The Eagles now sport a 15-8 record, overall and a 32- number in district, for the third-place spot. On Tuesday, the Eagles hosted the Huntington Red Devils.

The Red Devils went into the game coming off a 59-43 loss to Diboll, who are currently first in district standings. Scores for the game were unavailable at press time.

The Eagles will hit the road on Friday to play the Hemphill Hornets, with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

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Lady Jackets get big district win

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011923 Chester SportsPhoto right – Lauren Citrano goes for a rebound in the Lady Jackets game against Brookeland last week.  Citrano scored 30 points last week to lead the Lady Jackets in their big 83-8 win over Burkeville. Photo by Becki Byrd

By Jana Rayburn

The Lady Jackets have completed the first round of district play and will go into round two with a 5-2 district record. The Lady Jackets lost to the Brookeland Lady Cats 42-66 on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Lily Read led with 19 points and Kyli Handley scored 13 points.

Other Lady Jackets putting points on the board were Bree Cooper with six points, Saydi Handley with three points, and Abby Grimes with one point.

The Lady Jackets traveled to Burkeville on Friday, Jan. 13 to take on the Lady Mustangs. The Lady Jackets destroyed Burkeville 83-8. Lauren Citrano was high point for Chester with 30 points. Read chipped in with 21 points. Blakeney Whitworth and Cooper both scored eight points apiece, S. Handley scored six points, Emma Byrd and Abby Grimes both scored four points, and K. Handley scored two points.

The Lady Jackets will travel to Leggett on Friday, Jan. 20 to play against the Lady Pirates at 6 p.m.

The Lady Jackets will take on the High Island Lady Cardinals in front of a home crowd on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Tip off will be at 6 p.m.

Yellowjacket Basketball

The Yellowjackets had a tough week, losing both district games. The Jackets lost to the state ranked Brookeland Wildcats on Jan. 10 by a score of 34-81. Jack Rayburn led the Jackets with 11 points and Cutter Lowe scored 10 points.

Other Jackets scoring against the Wildcats were Rick Carlton with eight points, Kai Hilliard with three points, and Bradley Davison with two points. The Jackets traveled later the same week to face the Burkeville Mustangs on Jan. 13.

The game remained tight all four quarters, but the Jackets were edged out by the Mustangs by a score of 46-34. Rayburn again led the team in scoring with 15 points. Jesse Bittick scored eight points, Carlton scored five points, Keighen Green scored five points, and Davison scored four points.

The Jackets will continue with district play as they travel to Leggett on Friday, Jan. 20 to face a tough Pirate team. The game will get started after the girls game, around 7:15 p.m.

The second round of district will get started for the boys on Jan. 24, as the Yellowjackets host the High Island Cardinals in a 7:15 p.m. game.

Softball practices underway

Softball practice for the Chester Lady Jackets has started, and Head Coach Crystal Muncrief is geared up and ready for a great season.

Muncrief is a seasoned coach but is in her first year as head coach at Chester. Assisting Muncrief this season will be Courtney Tonnies and Susan Muncrief.

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Warriors, Lady Warriors take on Orangefield

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011223 warriors orangefield Warrior Lewis Petty gets past the Orangefield defense to lay the ball in the basket.Warren senior Aly Gray prepares to drive toward the basket against the Lady Bobcats.  Photos courtesy of Warren ISD yearbook staff

The Warriors and Lady Warriors took on Orangefield last Friday night, and the girls pulled off a narrow upset, with a 28-26 victory against the Lady Bobcats.

The Lady Warriors enjoyed their only lead of the night with 30 seconds left on a breakaway layup by Abby Carrell, and the girls remain hopeful for a playoff spot. Friday night’s win brings the Lady Warriors to a 2-2 district record.

Leading scores were Allie Tillerson and Sadie Fontenot, and the team forced 15 turnovers and secured 27 rebounds in their best defensive effort of the season. 

The Warriors, unfortunately, despite a good fight, came away with a loss against the Bobcats. The Bobcats held the visiting Warriors to 48 points, with the Bobcats taking the 76-48 victory.

The Warriors are a young team growing and developing with each game, and are currently winless in district, but hope to improve that standing.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors were scheduled to play Buna, with the Cougars playing on the Warriors’ home court. Results unavailable at press time for those games.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors will travel to Hardin to take on the Hornets and Lady Hornets this Friday, with tip-off at 6 p.m. for the girls and 7 p.m. for theboys.

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Pirates take victory in tourney

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011223 Spurger PiratesThe Pirates returned home from Chester with some new hardware. Courtesy photo

On Friday, Dec. 30, the Spurger Pirate boys’ varsity team won the championship game against Chester, with a final score of 48-31 in the Chester Tournament.

Cole Simpson led the team with 14 points. Pirates coach Jerry Stapert said, “The boys did really well and we are very proud of the win.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, both the Pirates and Lady Pirates will take on Chester on the road, with tip-off at 6 p.m. for the girls and 7:30 p.m. for the boys.

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