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Latexo Dominates in Pink Out Game

 Latexo fans were treated to a victory by the Lady Tigers in their home debut Tuesday, Sept. 9.Latexo fans were treated to a victory by the Lady Tigers in their home debut Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Latexo's Lady Tigers warmed up for their volleyball match against Neches on Tuesday, Sept. 9 wearing pink t-shirts symbolizing "Pink Out For Cancer", but they played with red-hot intensity on the court.

The Lady Tigers swept Neches in three games 25-12, 25-10, 25-12 to wrap up their non-district schedule and boost their record to 6-2 heading into district.

It was an exciting night for the Lady Tigers. Not only was this their first home appearance of the season, but they raised $700 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research through their Pink Out Night activities.

Latexo got on a run early in the first game with good serving from Carolyn Townshend and Kursten Catoe, putting them up 8-1. The Lady Tigers dominated Neches offensively with some quick sets and kills in the middle, and quickly took Game 1 25-12.

Latexo didn't let up in Game 2, putting away Neches 25-10, and then wrapped up with a 25-12 victory in Game 3.

Sophomore Carolyn Townshend continues to step up every game and led the night's stats with 3 kills, 8 assists, 5 aces, and 1 dig.

Karson Patton had a busy night contributing with 2 kills 3 assists 2 aces and 1 dig.
Other statistics were: Ashlee Frizzell 5 kills, Kursten Catoe 1 ace, Kelsey Killian 7 digs, Brooke Ashley 2 aces and 5 digs; Madison Cook 1 dig, Macie Cook 1 kill, Jordan Davenport 3 assists, Ashlyn Brazail 1 ace, and Sarah Schumann 3 digs.

Coach Corinna Smith was excited that her team finished their regular season with a win to give them momentum heading into their district opener against Lovelady on Friday, Sept. 12.

"We have played solid volleyball during the regular season and have come so far along since the first day in August. We are playing as a team every time we step on the court. It's exciting as a coach to see girls who are willing to lay everything out there, hit the floor for balls, and keep each other motivated when things get tough," said Coach Smith. "My favorite part about this team is that they work just as hard in practice as they do in the games."

Latexo's district includes Centerville, Grapeland, Iola, Kennard, Lovelady, Normangee and North Zulch.

"I know we are in one of the hardest districts in the region. I am confident that if my girls come out and play to their full potential that we can make playoffs. It's going to be hard work though, and I stress that every ball, every serve, every play counts," added Coach Smith.

This week, Latexo hosts Kennard on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and then travels to Centerville on Friday, Sept. 19.

Victories give boost to CHS spikers heading into district

KennardVB 640pxCrockettVB 640pxCrockett (bottom) and Kennard top photo) battle during a non-district contest Tuesday, Sept. 9 at The Hop.

Crockett Lady Bulldogs closed out their non-district schedule with back-to-back wins over Corrigan-Camden and Kennard to give them momentum heading in their district opener against Jewett Leon.
On Friday, Sept. 5, the Lady Bulldogs swept Corrigan-Camden in three games 25-21, 25-16, 25-14 on the road.

"The girls played a tremendous game and it was the best I have seen so far. Like I keep telling the girls, I know they have the potential, but they must first believe in themselves," said Lady Dogs Head Coach TaNesiah Johnson. "As coaches we work pretty hard, but they must be willing to work harder and smarter."

Antraneisha McKnight paced the team with 6 kills and Beverly Ross led the way with 5 blocks.
"All of the girls worked hard and left everything on the court, which led to our successful win!" added Johnson. "We played against a strong team, and this was a win we definitely needed to prepare us for Kennard and then our district opener against Leon."

Playing at home Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Lady Dogs overcame the Lady Tigers from Kennard in four games.

Crockett took the the first two games 25-21 and 25-12, but Kennard won the third game 25-22 to stay alive.

In game four, the Lady Bulldogs came back with a decisive 25-15 victory to claim the match.

"We came out weak. We played sloppy and were all over the place. We finally stepped it up a notch and got to them," said Coach Johnson. "We still weren't playing at the level we should have because we looked awesome against Corrigan. This was completely different than our game Friday. We get started, but we need to find a way to finish the whole game."

Johnson knows the Lady Dogs must bring their "A Game" into the district opener against Leon, a perennial volleyball powerhouse that has made 25 appeaerances at the state tournament. Leon fell in the Class 1A state semifinals last year and was highly-ranked in state polls earlier this season.
"We're going against a tough team, but if we play like we did against Corrigan then we can beat any team at any given time," said Johnson. "We're getting there. We just have to find it and stick with it instead of going backwards. We need to go forward and be more consistent. As long as we have fun and work it's easy. We have to find the time to have fun and work and at the same time, and not just have fun. Once we add fun and work together, I think we're capable of beating anyone at any given time."

Beverly Ross missed the Kennard game due to a minor injury, but was expected to be back in the lineup against Leon.

Johnson pointed out that most of the Lady Bulldogs' losses this season came during tournament play. "We won all our matches but one outside the tournaments, and we're still undefeated playing here in the dome," she said Tuesday after the Lady Dogs posted their fourth victory in The Hop.

After the trip to Jewett Leon for the district opener, Crockett will host Onalaska on Tuesday, Sept. 16 starting at 5 p.m. with the Junior Varsity B-Team followed by the JV A-Team. The varsity contest is expected to start around 7 p.m.at The Hop.

The Lady Dogs hit the road again on Friday, Sept. 19 for their third district game at Westwood.

Junior High Bulldogs make season debut

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The Crockett Junior High Bulldogs kicked off their football season Thursday, Sept. 11 against the Diboll Lumberjacks in Driskell Stadium. The Seventh Grade Dogs rolled to 40-14 victory while the Eighth Graders fell to the Lumberjacks 24-14. This week, the junior high squads travel to Madisonville.

Beckville Dominates Grapeland Sandies

Grapeland’s defense (left photo) swarms the Beckville quarterback during Friday night’s road game while the Sandie offense (right photo) moves the ball on the ground. (Photos by Dan Leonard)Grapeland’s defense (left photo) swarms the Beckville quarterback during Friday night’s road game while the Sandie offense (right photo) moves the ball on the ground. (Photos by Dan Leonard)

By Jeff Gayle

BECKVILLE- The Grapeland Sandies' long trip to Beckville Friday night was even longer coming home after a 49-13 loss to the hometown Bearcats.

Beckville sports a beautiful football stadium with a turf field that provided a playoff atmosphere.

The Sandies won the opening toss but deferred to the Bearcats, who took the opening kickoff to their own 41 yard line. After a 20-yard carry on first down, the Bearcat runner fumbled and Sandie Zach Lewis recovered at their own 42. The Sandies' offense sputtered and turned the ball over after a failed fourth down attempt.

The Bearcats flashed their depth and experience on the next drive. After two runs, the Bearcat runner broke free for a 40 yard touchdown with 7:41 left in the first quarter. The PAT was good.
After a short drive, the Sandies offense stalled. A beautiful punt of 50 yards by Jaques Faulk started the Bearcats at their own 10. Using their speedy backfield and senior quarterback experience, the Bearcats methodically drove down the field to score and tacked on the extra point for a 14-0 lead with 1:46 left in the first.

Starting at their own 40 after the kickoff, the Sandies just couldn't get anything started and punted from their own 41.

The Bearcats, starting at their own 30, broke a long run and looked to be going in for the touchdown. But senior Roderick Cook flew in and stripped the ball from the runner, just as he was crossing the goal line. Cook then recovered the ball in the end zone for a Sandie touchback.
Starting at their own 20, quarterback Isaac Lewis rolled out and, avoiding pressure, tossed a 30-yard pass to Faulk for a first down at the Bearcat 47.

On the next play, Lewis passed deep to a speedy Riley Chipman for a 47-yard touchdown. The PAT attempt by Faulk failed, leaving Beckville with a 14-6 lead with 4:32 left in the half.

After a failed onside kick attempt by the Sandies, the Bearcats took over at the 50. Mixing run and pass, the Bearcat quarterback ran the ball for an 18-yard touchdown. The PAT failed and the score stood 20-6, Bearcats.

After another stalled possession, the Sandies punted and the Bearcats set up on their own 30. Turning to their senior-laden offense, the Bearcats took only two plays to score and ran in the PAT to take a 28-6 halftime lead.

The Sandies showed some spark after receiving the second half kickoff. QB Lewis ran 20 yards up the middle and Cook took the ball outside for a nice 10-yard run. Dropping back to pass, Lewis was hit as he threw the ball and the pass was intercepted.

Starting in Sandie territory, the Bearcats had a short drive for the touchdown and PAT to take a 35-6 lead with 7:56 in the third quarter.

Once again on the next Sandie drive, Lewis' pass was picked off by the Bearcats senior safety. Starting at their own 49, Beckville drove hard against the young Sandie defense and quickly scored a touchdown and PAT to make it 42-6 at the end of the third.

Starting the fourth quarter with the ball, the Sandies offense faced a setback after a team member was injured and taken off the field on a stretcher. This seemed to take some of the air out of the young Sandie squad, and they turned the ball over again on downs.

On Beckville's next drive, young Sandie Dylan Gilpin, getting his first action, stripped the runner of the ball and recovered the fumble. The Sandie offense put together a six-minute drive, mixing runs by QB Lewis and running back Cook. The drive stalled and once again, Faulk punted. The Bearcats' second stringers now went against some Sandie first and second stringers and were able to score on a fourth down run. The PAT was good, making it 49-6 with two minutes to go in the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, Riley Chipman took the ball at the 30 and sped down the left side line for a beautiful 70-yard return for the touchdown. The PAT attempt by Zach Lewis was good.

After the game, Head Coach Shawn Brown, said, "The young team needed to learn to take a punch and come back strong."

Leading tackler for the Sandies was Dustin Ackley with 12. Other defensive standouts were Wesley Lord, Riley Chipman, Rodney Davis, Aaron Davis, and Ashton Henry. Offensive standouts were Jaques Faulk, Isaac Lewis, Roderick Cook, Tink McQuirter and Tanner Keith.

Total offense for the Sandies was 143 yards, while the Bearcats had 451 yards.

It is apparent to me, as a writer following the Sandies, that this young team, made up mostly of freshman and sophomores is going to have many growing pains before the year is out. The Sandies are showing growth against more experienced teams, which is a good thing.

Lovelady Lions Collar New Waverly Dogs

Lovelady’s Emanual Williams has clear sailing on the Lions’ final touchdown. (Photo by Lawanna Monk)Lovelady’s Emanual Williams has clear sailing on the Lions’ final touchdown. (Photo by Lawanna Monk)

By Lawanna Monk

NEW WAVERLY- The Lovelady Lions took their show on the road and took down the New Waverly Bulldogs 21-12 Friday, Sept. 5 to stay unbeaten after two games.

The Bulldogs returned Jose Mora's kickoff to their own 30, but were forced to punt after just three plays. After Lovelady's Taylor Golden returned the kick to the Lion 46, quarterback Lee Holsey handed off to Emanual Williams to quickly move the ball to the Bulldogs 20 yard line. Dillon McLaughlin pushed through the line for a short gain, but a penalty moved the Lions back five yards.
Holsey then connected on a pass to Jacob Jeffus to the 6 and Golden scored on a quick snap with 8:32 on the clock. The point-after kick was good, putting the Lions up 7-0.

Mora's kickoff was taken by the Bulldogs at their 35, but there was no return due to excellent coverage by the Lions, who raced down the field and immediately nailed the return man after he fielded the ball.

New Waverly again was unable to move the ball, and a key defensive play by Jeffus to break up a third-down pass forced the Bulldogs to punt.

After the Lions' offense set up shop at their own 40, Holsey went to the air again connecting with Brady Feilds for a gain of six. On third down Holsey carried the ball to the 50 yard line, but the drive eventually stalled and Mora's punt rolled dead at the 10.

New Waverly's offense continued to sputter against the Lions defense and a second-down quarterback sack by Brandan Pollock led to another Bulldog punt.

The Lions took over at the NW 38, but turned the ball over on an interception. The Bulldogs failed to capitalize when they coughed up the ball and Pollock recovered on the Bulldog 36.

Early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs put together a 69-yard scoring drive and finally scored on a 6-yard pass. The kick was no good, leaving the Lions with a 7-6 lead with 7:11 before halftime.
Another quarterback sack by Taylor Connell forced New Waverly to punt again, but time expired before the Lions could reach the end zone.

New Waverly cashed in a Lovelady turnover early in the third quarter to take the lead, 12-7. After Golden returned the second half kickoff to the Lion 30, the Lions coughed up the ball and Joe Woolley recovered on the Lion 45. The Bulldogs stripped the ball and carried it into the end zone with 10:17 on the clock. The extra point was no good.

A 15-yard interception return by Mora to the NW 34 set up the Lions' next touchdown. After Williams carried for four, Holsey hooked up with Golden down the left side. Mora nailed the extra point, putting the Lions back in front 14-12 with 4:14 left in the third.

The Lions defense continued to shine in the turnover department as New Waverly's next possession ended when Connell jarred the ball loose and Andrew Estes recovered on the Lion 24.

In the fourth quarter, the Lion continued their strong defensive showing. Petey Little set the Dogs for a loss of five, Andrew Estes brought down a receiver after a completed pass, and Mora and

Jeffus had tackles for losses to force another punt.

New Waverly again was unable to cope with the Lions' defensive pressure. After a defensive stand that included an eight-yard quarterback sack by Little, Lovelady's offense took over on downs at the Lion 43.

Keeping the ball on the ground, Williams carried five times and scored on a 39-yard run with 1:56 left. The kick was good for a 21-12 lead.

After Golden downed the ball on the New Waverly 25 on a high kick, the Lions moved the ball down inside the Bulldog 20 and took a knee to end the game.

Lady Dogs fine-tuning for district

Crockett volleyballers came up short in nondistrict action at Normangee on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
 junior varsity crew lost their match in two games, while the varsity fell in three games 20-25, 9-25, 22-25.

Lady Dogs head coach TaNesiah Johnson said, "We need to just get out of the slump, pick it up a notch and play our style of volleyball. We dig a hole and then it becomes too deep. We must pull out on top and stay there. As I tell the girls constantly, I have yet to see a team better than us, but we have to be consistent and determined to win EVERY GAME! We must move forward with the loss and get ready to compete against Corrigan-Camden on Friday (Sept. 6) at their place."

The Lady Dogs will get their final tune-up before starting district on Tuesday, Sept. 9 when they host Kennard.

Johnson's crew opens District 21-3A play on Friday, Sept. 12 with a trip to Leon.

Before facing Normangee, the Lady Dogs competed in Centerville Extravaganza on Aug. 28 and 30.

Opening pool play against class 4A Mexia, Crockett fell short in three sets: 20-25, 25-15, 17-25.

Paired with class 5A Livingston, the Lady Dogs fell 13-25, 26-24, 21-25 and then lost to tourney host Centerville 8-25, 15-25.

Returning Saturday for bracket play, the Lady Dogs got off to a winning start with a three-game decision over 4A Coldspring. After dropping the first game 26-28, Crockett bounced back with two straight victories of 25-16, 25-18.

Continuing bracket play, the Lady Dogs lost to Normangee 17-25, 25-21 and then suffered a three-game loss to Huntington 20-25, 25-16, 15-18.

"Overall, the ladies did a good job. W e played some really tough teams and should we have beaten them, but we didn't give up," said Coach Johnson.