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Jackets take consolation prize in tourney

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The Chester Yellowjackets won consolation at the Apple Springs Holiday Hoops Tournament last weekend.  Pictured, front row (left to right):  Kaighnen Green, Luke Read, Carson Thomson, Jack Rayburn, and Jaxson Hilliard.  Back row (left to right):  Assistant Coach Sydney Hickman, P.J. Purvis, Rick Carlton, Head Coach Justin Hilliard, Keighen Green, Bradley Davison, Cutter Low, Kessler Romo, and Jeff Knox. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB)The Chester Yellowjackets won consolation at the Apple Springs Holiday Hoops Tournament last weekend.  Pictured, front row (left to right):  Kaighnen Green, Luke Read, Carson Thomson, Jack Rayburn, and Jaxson Hilliard.  Back row (left to right):  Assistant Coach Sydney Hickman, P.J. Purvis, Rick Carlton, Head Coach Justin Hilliard, Keighen Green, Bradley Davison, Cutter Low, Kessler Romo, and Jeff Knox. (JANA RAYBURN | TCB)

By Jana Rayburn

 The Yellowjacket boys basketball team also traveled to Spurger last Tuesday.  The Yellowjackets played a great game against the Pirates, and the boys played better defensively than they have all season.  The game was close the entire four quarters, with the Jackets losing 40-45.  Leading in scoring for the Jackets was Jack Rayburn with 12 points.  Carson Thomson was right behind Rayburn with 10 points.  Cutter Lowe scored seven points, Luke Read scored six points, and Rick Carlton scored five points. 

 The Yellowjackets played well in the Apple Springs Holiday Hoops Tournament November 2-4.  The Jackets went 2-1 in the tournament, with their loss coming in the first game of the tournament against the Grapeland Sandies JV team.  The Jackets lost against the Sandies 36-48.  Luke Read led the team with 10 points.  Carson Thomson scored seven points, Jack Rayburn and Keighen Green both contributed six points, and Rick Carlton added a free throw. 

 The Jackets came back for game two and defeated Centerville 42-40 in a game that came down to the final seconds.  Carson Thomson went on a scoring spree in the last quarter and ended the game with 19 points, seven of those points coming from free throws. Jack Rayburn contributed 15 points, Rick Carlton scored four points, and Luke Read, Cutter Low and Keighen Green all added two points. The Jackets won the consolation game against the Full Armor Christian Academy by a score of 52-15.  Jack Rayburn led the team with 12 points and 100% at the free throw line.  Luke Read scored 10 points, Keighen Green scored eight points, Rick Carlton added six points, and Carson Thomson finished the game with four points. Both Bradley Davison and Jeff Knox knocked in 3-pointers, and Kessler Romo and P.J. Purvis each scored a basket.  Carson Thomson, Luke Read, and Jack Rayburn were each awarded All-Tournament honors.

 The Jackets will compete in the Deweyville Classic on Dec. 10-11. The tournament bracket has Chester playing host team Deweyville on Friday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m.  A win will have the Jackets playing that same day at 2:30 p.m. If the Yellowjackets lose the game against Deweyville, they will play again at 4 p.m. 

The boys will have a bye on Tuesday, Dec. 14, as they prepare to begin district play on Friday, Dec. 17 against Burkeville. 

Lady Jackets take on Spurger 

Lady Pirates

 The Chester Lady Jackets traveled to Spurger last Tuesday, Nov. 30, to take on the Pirates. The girls battled hard against the Lady Pirates, but came up short, losing 28-37. Freshman Sydney Brock led with 10 points. Lily Read scored five points, and Kat Knox scored four points.  Both Emma Grimes and Kyli Handley each scored three points, and Abby Grimes contributed a free throw. 

 The Lady Jackets competed in the Apple Springs Holiday Hoops Tournament Nov. 2-4. The girls lost to Richards in their first game 22-25.  Lily Read led the team with 12 points. Sydney Brock ended the game with five points, Kyli Handley scored four points, Saydi Handley scored two points, and Emma Grimes scored a free throw.  The Lady Jackets defeated host team Apple Springs on Friday morning 49-11. 

 Lily Read led the team with 23 points. Kyli Handley scored nine points, Sydney Brock added 5 points, Kat Knox scored four points, and Saydi Handley contributed a 3-pointer.  Emma Grimes, Faith Jerkins, and Abby Grimes all scored two points. 

 The Lady Jackets lost their last game of the tournament to Grapeland 31-49. Kyle Handley was high point for the Lady Jackets with 11 points. Sydney Brock and Lily Read scored six points each. Emma Grimes scored four points, Kat Knox scored two points, and Saydi Handley contributed a free throw.  Lily Read was named All-Tournament. 

 The Lady Jackets will compete in the Deweyville Classic on Dec. 9-11. The tournament bracket has Chester playing Colmesneil on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 1:30p.m.  A win will have the girls playing that same day at 4:30 p.m. If the Lady Jackets lose the game against Colmesneil, they will play again at 3 p.m. 

The girls will play a district home game against the Zavalla Lady Eagles on Tuesday, Dec. 14.  The game will start at 6 p.m. 

 The junior high boys and girls traveled to Burkeville on Monday, November 29.  The girls and boys teams both defeated the Mustangs.  Coach Justin Hilliard is pleased with the progress the teams are making this season.

 The junior high boys and girls will travel to Spurger on Monday, Dec. 13 to take on the Pirates.  The girls game will tip off at 5 p.m. with the boys game to follow.

 

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‘Jackets defeat Apple Springs in opener

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JANA RAYBURN | TCB The Chester varsity basketball team is 2-0 after the first week of the season. Pictured, front row, left to right:  Elysia Gray (manager), Jack Rayburn, Kaighnen Green, Travis Zulpo, Rick Carlton,  Coach Justin Hilliard, P.J. Purvis, Cutter Lowe, Luke Read, Keighen Green, Carson Thomson, and Assistant Sydney Hickman.  Front row, left to right:  Jaxon Hilliard, Kessler Romo, Bradley Davison and Jeff Knox. JANA RAYBURN | TCB The Chester varsity basketball team is 2-0 after the first week of the season. Pictured, front row, left to right:  Elysia Gray (manager), Jack Rayburn, Kaighnen Green, Travis Zulpo, Rick Carlton,  Coach Justin Hilliard, P.J. Purvis, Cutter Lowe, Luke Read, Keighen Green, Carson Thomson, and Assistant Sydney Hickman.  Front row, left to right:  Jaxon Hilliard, Kessler Romo, Bradley Davison and Jeff Knox. 

By Jana Rayburn 

The Yellowjacket basketball team got the season off to a good start with a couple of wins last week.  The Jackets defeated the Apple Springs Eagles on Tuesday, Nov. 16 by a score of 45-17. Coach Hilliard is encouraged after this first week of play.  He has high expectations for the team.  High scorer for the night was Jack Rayburn with 20 points.  Carson Thomson scored nine points.  Keighen Green scored six points, Rick Carlton score four points, Jeff Knox scored three points, Cutter Lowe scored two points, and Kaighnen Green added a free throw.  The Jackets took on the Fred Good Samaritan Home School team on Friday, Nov. 19. 

 The Jackets won 37-19.  Rayburn again led in scoring with 14 points.  Luke Read and Keighen Green each had seven points.  Bradley Davison scored three points, and Carson Thomson, Cutter Lowe, and P.J. Purvis each scored two points. 

The Jackets next game will be in Spurger on Tuesday, Nov. 30.  The game will start at approximately 6:30 p.m., or after the conclusion of the girls game.

 The Lady Jackets won their first game of the season last week as they defeated the Apple Springs Lady Eagles 28-16 on Tuesday, November 16.  Coach Hilliard was pleased with the win, especially since the girls only had a few hours of practice.  Sydney Brock led the team with 9 points.  Emma Grimes, Kat Knox, and Lily Read all scored 5 points each, and Kyli Handley scored four points. 

The Lady Jackets will travel to Spurger to face off against the Lady Pirates on Tuesday, Nov. 30.  Tip off will be at 5 p.m.

 The junior high teams traveled down the road to Colmesneil on Monday, Nov. 15 to play a boys and girls game against the Bulldogs. Both boys and girls got big wins for their first game of the season. 

 The junior high teams will be on the road on Nov. 29, as they head to Burkeville to play against the Mustangs.  Game time for junior high girls will be 5 p.m., with the boys game to follow.

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Lady Dogs earn all-district nods

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Colmesneil Bulldogs LogoBy Chris Edwards
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COLMESNEIL – Several players from the Colmesneil Bulldogs’ squad earned All-District nods for their work this season.

 Senior Treston Horton, who played wide receiver for the ‘Dogs was named in the Superlative category as “Utility Player of the Year.”

 First team picks are: seniors Kolyer Marshall (center) and Scott Eddins (inside linebacker); juniors Reed Best (quarterback) and Dylan Fowler (defensive tackle.) Marshall and Fowler were also named to the second team as defensive tackle and offensive tackle, respectively.

Second team picks also included: senior Jermi Shamblin (outside linebacker) and junior William Mitchell (running back.)

 Honorable mention nods went to: senior Brent Jones (cornerback); juniors Michael Good (cornerback); Fisher Yardley (inside linebacker); Kaden Butler (WR); Mason Teel (safety) and sophomore Jayden Shamblin (offensive tackle.)

 The Bulldogs had an overall strong season with a 6-4 overall record and 2-4 in district play. 

Plenty of the Lady Dogs volleyball team also had reason to celebrate after the season ended. Lady Dogs who received All-District honors included the following:

 First-team All-District – Emily Park, sophomore (outside hitter); Second-team All-District – Karen Martin, senior (middle blocker); Bernice Pittman, sophomore (outside hitter). 

Juniors Gracen Lindsey (setter) and Cara Wade (right-side hitter) received honorable mentions.

 Lady Dogs head coach Tanner Shepherd said he wanted to thank all of the players who participated in volleyball this season.

“Sometimes success cannot be measured in winds and losses, but rather improvement and progress throughout the season,” he said.

 “This year your Lady Dogs progressed significantly as a unit at every level as well as individually. I am very proud of the body of work that they put together,” he added.

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Eagles dominate Crockett Bulldogs in bi-district round

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Mighty Eagles running back Pop Prejean has possession of the ball. Prejean scored three touchdowns against Crockett last Thursday. (LARRY LAMB | PCPC )Mighty Eagles running back Pop Prejean has possession of the ball. Prejean scored three touchdowns against Crockett last Thursday. (LARRY LAMB | PCPC )

By Larry Lamb
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LUFKIN –  The Woodville Eagles turned in a dominating performance on both sides of the ball to upend the Crockett Bulldogs, 41-6, in the bi-district round of the Class 3A DI playoffs Thursday night in Abe Martin Stadium.

The playoff road gets much tougher for the Eagles with an area round matchup against No. 5 ranked Lorena looming Thursday night at 7 o’clock in Madisonville’s Mustang Stadium. Lorena (9-2) beat Hitchcock (5-6) 53-28 in the first round.

The Eagles (7-3) received the opening kickoff and set the tone early by driving 51 yards on 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Senior running back Pop Prejean scored on a 2-yard blast and kicker Cole Standley added the extra point with 9:02 left in the first quarter.

Crockett intercepted a pass on Woodville’s second possession but was unable to pick up a first down. After a punt pinned the Eagles back at their own 9-yard line, Woodville drove down the field on hard running by Prejean and a 15-yard pass to Jaylin Kibble. Quarterback Jack Fowler connected with Raylon Williams on a 44-yard TD strike and Standley tacked on the PAT for a 14-0 lead with 3:06 left in the opening quarter.

Prejean made two more trips to the end zone before half time to put the Eagles up 28-0.

After the Eagle defense forced Crockett’s fourth punt of the game, Prejean escaped outside and rambled 55 yards to cap a 76-yard drive. Standley’s kick made it 21-0 with 4:28 left in the half.

A 13-yard quarterback sack at the 3-yard line forced the Bulldogs to punt from their own end zone. Punter Tony Cruz managed to get off a good kick under heavy pressure and the Eagles took over at Crockett’s 38. Three plays later, Prejean bulled his way into the end zone from 1 yard out with :48 before halftime.

Crockett’s biggest offensive play of the half came on the last play when quarterback Jadyn Collins hooked up with Crowley Pierce on a 31-yard toss to the Eagle 25.

After halftime, Pierce energized the Bulldogs when he returned the kickoff to the Eagle 34. Crockett senior running back Keshun Easterling put Crockett on the scoreboard with a 27-yarder but the Eagles blocked the extra point and the score stood at 28-6 with 10:18 in the third.

Midway through the quarter Woodville took over on downs at the Crockett 39 and scored on a 9-yard pass to Jaylin Kibble. Standley kicked his fifth extra point to put the Eagles up 35-6 with 3:47 on the clock.

The two teams exchanged punts the rest of the night.

Late in the game, the Eagles returned a punt to midfield and completed a 25-yard pass to Lloyd Evans at the 14-yard line. Kameron Wyatt scored on the next play with :18 left to make it 41-6. After a delay penalty on a two-point conversion, the quarterback took a knee in the backfield.

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Lady Jackets defeated in quarterfinal round

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The Chester Lady Jacket volleyball team were well represented in All-District selections.  Pictured are:  Bottom row, left to right:  Sydney Brock, Kat Knox, Emma Byrd, Bailey Fann.  Top row, left to right:  Emma Grimes, Kyli Handley, Kinsley Barnes, Abby Grimes, Lily Read, Kaylee Tolar, Linzie Romo.  The Chester Lady Jacket volleyball team were well represented in All-District selections. Pictured are: Bottom row, left to right: Sydney Brock, Kat Knox, Emma Byrd, Bailey Fann. Top row, left to right: Emma Grimes, Kyli Handley, Kinsley Barnes, Abby Grimes, Lily Read, Kaylee Tolar, Linzie Romo.

By Jana Rayburn

The Chester Lady Jacket volleyball team was knocked out of the state playoffs in the regional quarterfinal round to the Neches Lady Tigers.  The Lady Tigers were the defending state champions and had experience in their favor.  

Chester has met up with Neches for the last three years in this round, but this year, the score was very close.  The Lady Jackets lost 0-3 (21-25, 18-25, 19-25), but Chester put up a fight. Coach Terry Lambert said, “We battled with Neches, but came up short. Neches played some solid defense, and we errored a little bit more than they did.”  

Lambert said if they had minimized some of the errors and created a little more pressure, they would have won that game. All three sets were a tight battle and both teams fought hard. “In the past, Neches would run all over us. This year, Chester came to play. In the future, we are now on the radar as being a top team in Region 3,” said Lambert.  Everyone in Chester is really proud of the Lady Jackets and all they have accomplished this year. This group of athletes competed with every team they played and learned to play at a more advanced level.  The future for Chester volleyball is exciting.

All-District honors were announced after the conclusion of the season for the Lady Jackets, and Chester was well represented.  Freshman Lily Read was named MVP for the district.  Kat Knox received the honor of Defensive MVP, and Kaylee Tolar was named Co-Offensive MVP.  First team all-district honors go to Emma Grimes, Emma Byrd, and Sydney Brock. Second team honors went to Kyli Handley, Linzie Romo, and Bailey Fann. Kinsley Barnes and Abby Grimes were given honorable mention honors.  

Basketball in season

The Yellowjackets and Lady Jackets are already busy with basketball. Practice started shortly after the conclusion of football and volleyball, and games began last week.  Coach Justin Hilliard will be busy coaching both teams, but he is excited about the upcoming season.  

The boys will play a home game on Friday, Nov. 19, as they host the Good Samaritan Hornets in a 5 p.m. game. The boys will play at home again on Monday, Nov. 22 against the West Hardin Oilers.  Tip off will be at 1 p.m. The girls team will play their first game on Nov. 30 in Spurger.

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