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CISD honored for work on athletic fields

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The winning photo submitted to Pioneer Athletics of Taylor Field in Colmesneil.The winning photo submitted to Pioneer Athletics of Taylor Field in Colmesneil.

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Pioneer Athletics announced last week that Colmesneil ISD has been selected as a winner in its 2023 “Fields of Excellence” award.

As a winner, CISD will receive a certificate of recognition and a banner proclaiming that the school district’s athletics fields are truly “Fields of Excellence.” Pioneer may also use the winning picture of CISD’s winning field, Taylor Field, where the Bulldogs play football, in the upcoming publications for Pioneer Athletics products.

According to a news release from Pioneer, the company understands that excellence in athletic field maintenance often goes unrecognized. The award was established to honor the hard work of field crews who diligently maintain them. Since it was established in 1997, the award has honored more than 1,560 fields from across the country.

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Chester defeats Colmesneil

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Chester BeisballFreshman Kasen Citrano earns the 15-4 win against the Bulldogs. BECKI BYRD | TCB

By Becki Byrd

Monday night, March 18, the JV baseball team played in Colmesneil, defeating the Bulldogs 15-4. Kasen Citrano earned the win for the Jackets on the bump. Citrano also went 4-4 at the plate. 

The Chester and Colmesneil varsity squads met up on Tuesday March 19. The Jackets jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning. Will Thomason and Turner Johnson each collected two hits. Thomason earned the 10-0 win giving up three hits, with six strikeouts and no walks. Johnson appeared in relief for the Jackets. 

On Friday the Jackets took a hard loss to the Chireno Owls. Will Thomason went three for three at the plate. Jesse Bittick started on the mound giving up four hits, four walks, and five strikeouts.

Thomason took the loss going three innings with two hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. The Jackets will host Leggett on March 26 and then travel to Burkeville on April 2 with game time at 4 p.m. 

The Lady Jackets only played one game this past week due to rain. They hosted the Colmesneil Lady Dogs. Kinsley Barnes started in the circle for the Lady Jackets giving up five hits, five runs, five walks, and one strikeout. Barnes and Emma Byrd each had two hits.

The Lady Jackets will play Chireno on March 26 in Zavalla and on March 28 they will host Burkeville with game time at 4:30 p.m. 


Yellowjacket Golf earns championship

The district golf meet was held March 25 at Rayburn Country. The boys golf team earned their third straight District Championship with Will Thomason, Cutter Lowe, Brad Davison, Waylon Sturrock, and PJ Purvis.

The girls team, Kinsley Barnes and Hailey Purvis, earned first and second place respectively at the tournament. Both the boys and girls team advanced to the Regional Tournament on April 16-17 in Manor, Texas.

 

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Lady Jackets, ‘Jackets take on Brookeland, Broaddus

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Lily Read hit a home run in the first inning against Brookeland. Read hit another home run in her very next at bat in the third inning. BECKI BYRD | TCBLily Read hit a home run in the first inning against Brookeland. Read hit another home run in her very next at bat in the third inning. BECKI BYRD | TCB

By Becki Byrd

Girls basketball All-District awards were announced. Ty Cochran earned Freshman of The Year, Sydney Brock was named First Team, and Kyli Handley was named Second Team.

The Lady Jackets played three games this past week due to bad weather the previous week. They traveled to Brookeland on Monday and played a thrilling 12 innings. Lily Read started the game off early with a homerun in the first inning. She hit another home run in her next at bat in the third inning scoring two runs. Lily Payne and Emma Byrd singled in the fifth inning to take the lead 6-5. Holly Moore, Lauren Citrano, and Allie Ogden each collected multiple hits.

Allie Ogden pitched 7 of the 12 innings surrendering three hits, two runs, three strikeouts, and five walks. The game however did not end in the Lady Jackets favor, as the Brookeland Lady Cats laid down a perfectly executed bunt and scored the winning run on an error. 

On Tuesday the Lady Jackets fell to Broaddus 6-10 despite out-hitting the Lady Bulldogs nine to seven. Allie Ogden had a big game at the plate hitting a grand slam. 

At the end of the week the Lady Jackets got a 19-6 win against West Sabine. Lily Read drove in four runs on two hits, with a triple in the third inning and a single in the fifth inning. Sydney Brock singled, scoring two runs. Emma Byrd went two for four at the plate and led the team in RBI’s with five. Kinsley Barnes, Allie Ogden, and Sydney Brock each collected three hits. Holly Moore, Read, and Lily Payne each had multiple hits. Overall the Lady Jackets collected 17 hits. Kinsley Barnes earned the win in the circle allowing two hits, five strikeouts, and two walks. 

This week the Lady Jackets host Colmesneil on Tuesday and then travel to Chireno on Friday, March 22 with game time starting at 5 p.m. 

The Yellowjacket baseball team traveled to Broaddus for a 4-3 win. The Jackets took the lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to singles by Trayce Knox and Turner Johnson.

Will Thoamson earned the win for the Jackets giving up seven hits, three runs, striking out six and walking one. Jesse Bittick collected the save as relief. The Jackets collected 11 hits in the game. Jesse Bittick, Turner Johnson, and Waylon Sturrock each collected two hits. Johnson led RBI’s with two. 

At the end of the week the Jackets bats fell off and they came up short against West Sabine, 4-8. Waylon Sturrock took the loss as the starting pitcher going five innings allowing eight runs, eight hits, striking out five and walking three. Bradley Davison went 2 for 4 with two RBI’s, and stole two bases. 

This week they play Colmesneil on Tuesday and travel to Chireno with game time starting at 5 p.m. 

 

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Lady Jackets, Yellowjackets soldier on

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Jaxon Gay hits a triple against Slocum in the Chester Tournament. Gay racked up five hits, two RBI’s, and eight runs over five games. BECKI BYRD | TCBJaxon Gay hits a triple against Slocum in the Chester Tournament. Gay racked up five hits, two RBI’s, and eight runs over five games. BECKI BYRD | TCB

By Becki Byrd

The Lady Jackets came up short on Monday in Woden for their first district game of the season. Lily Read had the only hit of the game with a triple. Kinsley Barnes was in the circle surrendering six hits, eight runs, one strike out and five walks. The game ended in the fifth inning with a score of 10-0. Due to a rain out on Friday the Lady Jackets have three games this week playing Brookland on Monday, March 11, home game vs Broaddus on Tuesday March 12, and then travel to West Sabine on Friday March 15 with game time starting at 5 p.m. 

The Yellowjacket baseball team also started off district this week with a 15-4 win vs San Augustine. Will Thomason led things off on the mound for the Jackets. The starting pitcher gave up two hits, three runs, three strikeouts, and three runs over two innings. Bradley Davison came in as relief and earned the win giving up one hit, one run, and four strikeouts. The Jackets piled up 14 hits in the game. Turner Johnson led with three hits in five at bats. Cutter Lowe led RBI’s with 3 and went two for five on the day. Rex Gilzow, Jesse Bittick, Jaxon Gay, and Waylon Sturrock each collected multiple hits. 

At the end of the week the Jackets hosted a three-day tournament and picked up wins against Spurger 18-2, Slocum 13-3, and Kennard 8-4. The Jackets fell short to Neches 3-5 and Martinsville 3-5. Over five games the Jackets racked up 39 hits, 37 RBI’s, and 45 runs. Seven pitchers were utilized, striking out 30, walking 19, and giving up 19 runs. This week they continue district play vs Broaddus early in the week and then travel to West Sabine on Friday March 15, with game time starting at 6 p.m. 

 

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Warren Seniors Honored

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Warren Ftbl PlayersWarren senior Sam Spurlock (left) and freshman Hunter Hollyfield (right) were honored as Warren HS Defensive and Offensive Nominees at the Willie Ray Smith Sr Football Player of the Year Banquet. This banquet has been dubbed the “Heisman of SE Texas Ceremony”. PHOTO COURESY OF WARREN ISD

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