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2014-15 School Highlights

Orangefield senior Jerrod Watkins signed with McMurry to play college football. He's joined by his mom, dad, two brothers, and grandmother.

Monday Orangefield High School senior, Baileigh Perkins signed to play softball for the University of Dallas.
Faulkner State located in Alabama picked up two Bobcat softball players Thursday.  Kylie Bradley (left) and Ashton Gautreaux committed to becoming members of the Sun Chiefs.

Orangefield High School senior Katelyn Dickerson (center) is surrounded by her teammates and Coach Amy McLaughlin after signing a softball scholarship to play for the Blue Wave at  Florida State College in Jacksonville.

The Orangefield Boy's Basketball Team competed in the Evadale Tournament over the weekend. On Thursday morning, the Bobcats defeated Spurger 79-43. Matthew Kress led the Bobcats with 23 points. Nick Harvey also had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Caleb Kress added 11 points. On Thursday afternoon, the Bobcats defeated Anahuac 66-27. Matthew Kress once again led the Bobcats with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Nick Harvey also had 12 points and 9 rebounds. The Bobcats played the host Rebels on Friday night in a very intense game. After trailing in the 1st quarter, the Bobcats took the lead and never looked back in the 2nd with a 72-52 win. Nick Harvey led all scorers with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Caleb Kress added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Matthew Kress had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Matthew Watkins also chipped in 10 points and some outstanding defense. In the final on Saturday night, the Bobcats played Martinsville and came away with a 42-37 victory to claim the championship. Matthew Kress had 26 points and 13 rebounds. Matthew Watkins and Nick Harvey were selected to the All Tournament Team and Matthew Kress was chosen MVP of the Evadale Tournament. The Bobcats are now 5-2 on the year and will host Evadale on Tuesday night.

Orangefield's Matthew Kress was selected to the First Team Academic All-State football team.  Chazz Decker of Bridge City made the Second Team.  OF's Connor Fox and BC's Thomas Findlay and Hayden Fowler were selected to the Honorable Mention Team.
Orangefield could not control the game with its Slot T ground attack.  La Grange used its two-headed monster backfield to roll for over 400 yards in just three quarters.  The La Grange Leopards eliminated the gritty Orangefield Bobcats with a decisive 49-7 win Friday night at Jack F. Rhodes Memorial Stadium in Katy.
La Grange (12-0) used its most potent weapon the sophomore J. K. Dobbins to take a 42-point lead with 3:44 left in the third quarter.  Dobbins came into the game with over 1600 yards and 23 touchdowns.  He found paydirt three times in the first half and picked up 205 yards running from the Wildcat and from a wingback position for the game.  Joining Dobbins in the Leopard backfield was Bralon Hutchison, who matched Dobbins with 205 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 34 and 61 yards. more

District 24-4A All-District Volleyball Team
MVP:   Sarah Woods    LCM Senior
Outstanding Setter:   Jade Piper   LCM    Senior
Outstanding Middle:   Malayzia Winbush     LCM    Senior
Outstanding Outside:  Alexus Henry     BC   Senior
Outstanding defensive player     Kathryne Padgett   HJ    Senior
Newcomer of the Year:  Mallorie Brooks   Silsbee    Sophomore
Coach of the Year:  Vicki Castino  LCM

1st Team
Taylor Aldrich Senior HJ
Tori Hare Senior HJ
Darby Strother Senior LCM
Delani Crowder Senior HF
Brandy Ehrlich  Senior OF
Aaliyah Teel Jr. WOS
Eranishia Carmenar Soph Silsbee
Sarah Acosta Senior BC

2nd Team
Dakota Jeffcoat Senior HJ
Marissa Powell Senior LCM
Abby Alton Senior HF
Ashley Coots Senior HF
Rebecca Newell Junior OF
Sabryn Crain Jr OF
Keleigh Trabing Jr Silsbee
Kaitlin Thayer Jr BC

The Orangefield Bobcats gave Coach Josh Smalley his first playoff win Thursday with a 49-35 win over Houston Kashmere at Galena Park ISD Stadium.  OF totaled 545 yards of offense, all on the ground, and never attempted a pass.  Lead by a strong performance from the offensive line, Colby Choate rushed for 331 yards on 40 carries and 6 TD's (Five in the first half).  QB Matthew Kress had 14 carries for 133 yards and a score.  The Bobcat defense recorded three interceptions, one by Matthew Watkins and two by Sean Langele.  The second was a gamechanger as Langele intercepted a Ram pass on a first and goal from the seven late in the fourth quarter.  A touchdown would've cut the lead to seven.  Instead the Bobcat ran out the clock for the victory.  OF will play LaGrange (11-0) who defeated Columbus 35-0 on Friday at 7:30 at Rhodes Stadium in Katy.

Brian Ousley, the Director of Support Services in the Orangefield School District, is also the new girls varsity basketball coach. Ousley takes over for second year coach Denny Downing who is on medical leave.  Ousley is not a stranger to coaching on the parquet.  He was a coach before joining administration and he has coached many of the girls on this year's team through Little Dribblers.  "Of course I wish Coach Downing a speedy recovery but I'm also excited about the opportunity to work with the girls and keep them moving in the right direction," he said.  Practice started last week.
Orangefield Senior Morgan Worthy, escorted by her dad John, was crowned Homecoming Queen Friday night.  The Bobcats capped the night with a 26-20 win against the Newton Eagles to improve to 3-2 on the season.

2013-14 School Highlights

Orangefield High School
Valedictorian - Carrie Henderson
Salutatorian -
  Austin Seaux
Orangefield held its prom Saturday night, May 17.  Dane Risinger and Carrie Henderson were crowned King and Queen.
At Orangefield's Athletic Banquet Monday night, Priscilla Garza and Carl Wiley were named Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

2014 Coaches 21-3A All-District Softball Team

The Orangefield School board approved the hiring of a new band director at Orangefield High School during a special meeting Monday night at the administration building. Superintendent Dr. Stephen Patterson elaborated on the new band director Kevin Credeur’s background saying Credeur comes to Orangefield from the Barbers Hill school district. He is a graduate of Lamar University and has begun work on his Master’s degree. Patterson emphasizes that Credeur was enthusiastic about the Orangefield program, and Patterson feels Credeur will be a good fit for Orangefield. Credeur inherits a strong band program at Orangefield which made a One in the state competition this year. Enterprise Products is considering building a plant in the district to liquefy natural gas which they will ship worldwide. An extension of the 151-day negotiation time period with the school district has been asked for by Enterprise according to Dr. Patterson. The school board approved granting the extension request, and Patterson adds that hopefully there will be a formal announcement coming from Enterprise in the very near future that they are beginning work on the site. The new plant would mean increased tax revenues for the school district. The extension will run through December 2014.

Regional Track Qualifiers: Boys: M.Sonnier (Disc) Girls: M.Worthy (800), B.Goldsmith (PV), B.Ehrlich (300H), P.Garza (shot)

Five Orangefield seniors represented District 21 3A extremely well in the regional tennis tournament in Bryan, Texas this past week by winning their first round matches. Boys’ singles, Jake Quarles and girls’ doubles team, Shelby Fincher and Priscilla Garza all advanced to the quarterfinals. Boys’ doubles team, Cameron Childers and Tyler Vayon made a great run with a fourth place finish in the tournament after suffering a loss in the semifinals match.

The Orangefield Tennis team had a great showing at the 21-3A district tournament this week. The Bobcats brought home a total of ten medals with five regional qualifiers. Winning district titles in their respective divisions were Jake Quarles in boys’ singles and Cameron Childers and Tyler Vayon in boys’ doubles. The girls’ doubles team, Shelby Fincher and Priscilla Garza placed second while mixed doubles team Rebekah Newell and Carmichael Wiley won third. Fourth place medals were awarded to Zach Hussey in boys’ singles and Madison Fontenot and Chase Furlough in mixed doubles. First and second place medalists will travel to Bryan, Texas to compete in the regional tournament next week. The Bobcats’ success was highlighted with the presentation of the Boy’s Team Trophy.

2014 All-KOGT Basketball Team
Boys Girls
LaQuarious Paige, WOS Alexus Henry, BC
Ty Thompson, WOS Kelsey Fults, BC
Trumaine Elmore, LCM Eriel Jordan, WOS
Jace Robertson, LCM Cassidy Webster, LCM
Alex Bingham, BC Tori Thompson, LCM
Carmichael Wiley, OF Caylin Choate, BC
Coach-Jason Wilkins, WOS Coach-Jennifer Willis, BC

Coaches 21-3A All District Basketball Team

District MVP- Laquarious Paige, WO-S, SR.
Offensive MVP- Zjori Bosha, HJ, SR.
Defensive MVP
- Patrick Reed, Silsbee, SR.
Newcomer of the Year
- Michael McCain, Silsbee, Fresh.
Co-Coach of the Year
-Jason Wilkins, WO-S, Joe Sigler, Silsbee

First Team All-District
Chris Elam, Silsbee, SR.
Dylan Mays, HJ, JR.
Brandon Joubert, WO-S, SR.
Zayon Jackson, Silsbee, SR.
Alex Bingham, BC, SR.
Carmichael Wiley, OF, SR.
Ty Thompson, WO-S, SR.

Second Team All-District
Deonte Thompson, WO-S, JR.
Kreston Richardson, Buna, JR.
Matthew Kress, OF, JR.
Paul Schneider, HF, JR.
Tyler Edwards, Buna, JR.
Jalen Hardaway, Silsbee, SR.
Michael Saladin, HJ, Soph.

Tuesday, Feb. 18: The Orangefield Bobcat basketball team battled the Cleveland Indians in the Bi-district round of the playoffs on Tuesday night in Barbers Hill, losing 71-51. After getting down 21-9 after the 1st quarter, the Bobcats clawed back to within 8 at the half. During the 3rd quarter, the Indians broke it open hitting 6 3-pointers as a team and took a commanding 60-42 lead. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Matthew Kress with 11. Carl and Carmichael Wiley each added 10 points for the Bobcats as well. The Bobcats finished a successful year with a 16-13 record.

21AAA All-District Basketball Selections
District MVP: Kesha Broussard Sr. Hardin-Jefferson
Offensive Player of the Year: Hannah Hulet Sr. Hamshire-Fannett
Defensive Player of the Year: Deja Briscoe Sr. Buna
Newcomer of the Year:Shayla Bratton Jr. Bridge City
First Team All-District:
Becca DeLord Sr. Hamshire-Fannett
Camry Martin Sr. Silsbee
Alexus Henry Jr. Bridge City
Kelsey Fults Sr. Bridge City
Shay Garsee Jr. Buna
Eriel Jordan So. WO-S
Second Team All-District:
Derreashia Daugherty Sr. WO-S
Morgan Worthy Jr. Orangefield
Savannah Galloway Jr. Buna
Caylin Choate Sr. Bridge City
Eranishia Carmenar Fr. Silsbee
Delani Crowder Jr. Hamshire-Fannett

After graduating from Orangefield in May, Kelsey Ancelot will take her softball talents to Kilgore College.  Kelsey was an All-District selection and a member of the All-KOGT Team last season.

Orangefield High School held its Winter Formal Dance Saturday.  Madison Fontenot and Ben Crow were crowned Winter Formal Queen and King.
The Orangefield Bobcats defeated Woden in the Championship Game of the Zavalla Jingle Bell Jubilee 70-30. Leading the way for the Bobcats in the Championship Game was Dustin Verrett with 17 points and Carmichael Wiley with 16. On the way to the Championship, Orangefield also defeated Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill 64-34, Garrison 63-47, and Lovelady 93-54. The Bobcats are now 9-2 on the year and will start district play on Tuesday by hosting the Silsbee Tigers.
Orangefield's Carl Wiley was a 21-3A first team selection on Offense and Defense.  He was one of nine Bobcats to make the team.

The district champion WOS Mustangs lead all teams in nominations including Offensive and Defensive MVP.  Team


The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce has selected Chad Jenkins as the 2013 Citizen of the Year. Jenkins has been an employee with the Orangefield Independent School District since 1994 and is the Agricultural Teacher as well as serving as the FFA Advisor and Attendance Officer. On August 17, 2013. Jenkins took on the role of being Event Director for the Orangefield Centennial Celebration which was organized for the community to celebrate its 100th year of the discovery of oil. He is also the event director of Christmas in Orangefield, the Orangefield FFA Fall Festival director and very involved with the Cormier Museum. And as they say...there's more! Jenkins is very instrumental in the administration and fundraising for the Orange County Youth Rodeo Association which allows local cowboys and cowgirls to compete in statewide and regional rodeo events. Jenkins is also the voice of the Bobcats, handling the PA duties for the football and softball team. Jenkins is a 1987 Little Cypress-Mauriceville graduate. He went to college at Sam Houston State. He's married to Windee Jenkins and has three boys, Tanner, Tyler, and Trevor. Misty Bellard, an OFISD employee who nominated Jenkins, said "When it comes to having pride in your community, no one leads by example more than Chad. He not only teaches the kids, he teaches them what it means to give back to the community." On the KOGT Morning Show Friday, Jenkins said, "Well I have to thank my parents. They're the ones who taught me about giving back. And I have to thank my wife and kids for allowing me to have the time to help others." Jenkins will be honored at the Annual Chamber Banquet on December 10 at Sunset Grove CC.

Bill Tennison Memorial Tournament in Orangefield

9:30 a.m.

VAR: Orange Bracket Gm1

BC over OF 48-31

JV: PN-G won vs. Central 25-22

9TH: 3rd Place

OF won vs. Central 37-31

11:00 a.m.

VAR: Orange Bracket Gm2

Ozen won vs. HCYA 78-22

VAR: White Bracket Gm1

Evadale won vs. Silsbee 54-27

9TH: Championship

OF won vs. Ozen 23-21

12:30 p.m.

JV: Consolation

Ozen won vs. WO-S 30-28

VAR: White Bracket Gm2

Dayton won vs. WO-S 57-53

VAR: PN-G won vs. Kountze

2:00 p.m.

VAR: 3rd Place

OF over HCYA 49-44

JV: 3rd Place

Orangefield won vs. LC-M 28-24

VAR: LC-M won vs. Tarkington


3:30 p.m.

JV: Championship

Ned beat Evadale 32-21

VAR: Consolation

Dayton won vs. Evadale 30-24

VAR: East Chambers won vs. Kirbyville

5:00 p.m.

VAR: Championship

Ozen won vs. BC 50-40










































Orangefield pitcher Khandi Breaux signed a letter of intent to play for Tyler Junior College where they will be playing softball for the first time.
2013 21-3A All District Volleyball Team
MVP: Jolie Basye, HF, Sr. Outstanding Setter: Taylor Aldrich, HJ, Jr
Outstanding Middle: Ferrell Kiker, HF, Sr Outstanding Outside: Alexus Henry, BC, Jr
Outstanding Defense: Kathryne Padgett, HJ, Jr Newcomer: Keleigh Trabing, Silsbee, So
First Team
Taylor Benoit, OF, Sr
Jessi Glover, BC, Sr
Caylin Choate, BC, Sr
Aaliyah Teel, WOS, So
Kelby Sparks, HJ, Sr
Shelby Keefer, Silsbee, Sr
Baylee Burt, Buna, Sr
Abby Alton, HF, Sr
Second Team
Sabryn Crain, OF, So
Priscilla Garza, OF, Sr
Gabby Smith, BC, Jr
Dakota Jeffcoat, HJ, Jr
Chelsea Cripps, Buna, Jr
Delani Crowder, HF, Jr
Jacie Leblanc, HF, Sr
Erin Donaldson, Silsbee, Sr

The OF volleyball team finished third in district and were swept by Huffman in the first round.
1. HF  2. HJ  3. OF  4. BC

The OF Band received a ONE at the marching contest Oct. 19

Keeping The Bobcat Beat

Orangefield's Josh Ferguson is part of the high school band percussion section that adds the beats and rhythms to the Friday night football games. He plays bass drum, xylophone, bells, cymbals and snares. His enthusiasm is obvious. He marches in step, moves to the rhythms and sings the words to the school fight song.

Josh has Down syndrome and is in his second year performing with the Bobcat Band at Orangefield High School. Band director Lonnie Ferrell said he welcomed Josh despite his handicap. 'He started three years ago and did beginning band at the junior high,' Ferrell said. 'When he moved over to the high school, he became part of the high school band.'  more

Yes they did call your name Kirsten Wolfford!  You are the Homecoming Queen at Orangefield High School!

More photos in the KOGT Photo Gallery

Last season was the first as head coach for Josh Smalley at Orangefield. That first season served as a great learning experience for Smalley. "It was a fun year, exciting year, learned a lot. You know it didn’t finish the way we wanted it to finish. We ended up 4 and 6, one game out of the playoffs, ended up losing the last game by 11 and kept us home in the playoff hunt," Smalley recalled. Coach Smalley had an abbreviated off season with his Bobcats last year, and he believes things are looking up for Orangefield for this coming season. Smalley noted they have some key personnel coming back including all of their running backs and all of their offensive line. A full off season with the kids, a full summer, the kids worked extremely hard getting bigger and stronger which has Smalley counting on that to help the Bobcats’ cause come the fall.  more

Denny Downing has been hired as the new girls basketball coach at Orangefield, replacing Katie Sanders after one season.  Downing was the women's basketball coach at Texas Pan-Am University in Edinberg the past four seasons.  The Oklahoma native was among the group of head coaches who were released after the school brought in a new athletic director.  He was replaced by Larry Tidwell who was the women's coach at Lamar.  Downing said it's part of the business.  "We had the best winning percentage in my four years there and this year we had 12 wins, including one over TCU, with six freshmen playing.  But the new AD wanted to go into a different direction." Before going to Pan Am he lead Texas A&M Commerce to their first ever conference title in 2007.  Coaching high school basketball will be new for Downing who has spent most of his career in the collegiate ranks.  "I'm excited about the challenge and I'm well aware of tradition of the Lady Bobcats," he said.  "Basketball is basketball but the biggest transition for me may be playing without a shot clock."  Orangefield Athletic Director Josh Smalley said the Bobcats are fortunate.  "We're late in the summer and still looking for a coach then all of a sudden I'm talking with a man who has collegiate experience and wants to come here.  It's a blessing and we're looking for good things from Coach Downing."  Most high school coaches also have a second sport.  Downing will also coach the Bobcat Cross Country team.

Orangefield High School Senior,Brittney Ashworth, (pic. right) was recently appointed as Varsity Cheer Captain. Brittney has been cheering for the Bobcats for the past 6 years, beginning her cheerleading endeavor as a 7th grader. Brittney has been honored as an UCA All American Cheerleader, a Cheer Hawaii 2013 participant, and is involved in Competition Cheer for BGA. Brittney is the daughter of Chris and Nancy Ashworth. Kirsten Wolfford (left), also an O.H.S. senior, was named co-captain. Kirsten has been a cheerleader for 3 years, was named UCA All American, and was a Cheer Hawaii 2013 participant. Kirsten is the daughter of Greg and Staci Wolfford.
After just one season, Orangefield girls basketball coach Katie Sanders is leaving to take the Middle School Coordinator position in the Pflugerville School District.  Sanders, a 2006 OF grad, was 16-13 in her first job as a head coach and lead the Bobcats to the second round of the playoffs. 

2012-13 School Highlights

Luke Johnson was named Mr. OHS and Macy Hamilton was named Miss OHS at the senior awards ceremony.

21-3A All-District baseball team here.

Haleigh Turley, senior 3rd baseman for the Orangefield Lady Bobcats, was selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association to represent OF in the 3A State All-Star game. Her coach, Amy McLaughlin, was also selected to be the head coach of the All-Star team. Haleigh and Coach McLaughlin are the first state all-star player and coach in OF softball history. The game will be played on Friday, July 12 at the University of Texas softball field.
21-3A All-District Softball Team
MVP – Cierra Roby- Silsbee- Sr.- Pitcher
Haleigh Turley- OF-Sr.- 3rd
Annelise Borg- BC- DP/2nd- Sr.
Kellyn Cormier- BC- So.- Pitcher
Hannah Carpenter- BC- Fr. -SS
Orangefield's Kacey LeBlanc announced Wednesday that she will be playing volleyball at San Jac Junior College.  The All-District performer and All-KOGT member was also named Most Athletic Girl at the Bobcat Sports Banquet Monday night.
Braving the cold temps and gusty winds in Austin, the Orangefield Lady Bobcat golf team climbed from 11th to finish 9th at State.
The Orangefield Lady Bobcat golf team is headed to State after a third place finish at Regionals Tuesday.  From left: Megan Burton, Macy Hamilton, Ashton Gautreaux, Rylie Granger, Maggie Hebert and Coach Brandon Prouse.  The State Tournament is May 2-3 at the Jimmy Clay Course in Austin.

21-3A Track Results                   Area Track Results

Orangefield's Haleigh Turley has been selected to represent the East Team for the 1st Annual Southeast Texas Softball ALL-Star Games to be held June 13th at Port Arthur Memorial HS.
The Orangefield Varsity Tennis team represented well in the district tournament this week. The tournament was held in Vidor on Friday and Saturday. The Bobcats nabbed 9 medals with four qualifying for the regional tournament which will be played in Bryan, Texas on April 15th and 16th. Kacey LeBlanc and Levi Shores captured the district title in the mixed doubles division. Shelby Fincher and Priscilla Garza placed second in the girls doubles. Third places medalists were Cameron Childers and Tyler Vayon in the boys doubles, Rebekah Newell in the girls singles and Shane Granger in the boys singles. Jake Quarles placed fourth in the boys singles.

The OF girls golf team qualified for Regionals with a second place finish at the 21-3A Tournament at Wildwood.  Cameron Duhon of OF also qualified individually for Regionals.  Silsbee won the tournament.

Here are your 2013-2014 Orangefield Sophisticats
Captain- Kayla Lozano
Lieutenant- Haley Abshire
Lt.- Claire Trawhon
Lt.- Ceci Wilson
Molly Anthony
Cameron Armstrong
Jennifer Bolen
Carly Counts
Naomi Fells
Abby Gautreaux
Emily Graffagino
Savannah Grant
Reanna Hanks
Rebecca Marlow
Emily McCall
Randah Monceaux
Taylor Morgan
Cassidy Schiefelbein
Macy Tapp
Orangefield's Rylie Granger made it official Thursday, signing a scholarship to play volleyball at Blinn Junior College in Brenham.  Blinn won the JC Championship two years ago and made it to the Region Tournament this past season.  Granger, sitting with her teammates behind her, was a member of the All-KOGT Volleyball team and the District 21-3A MVP.
Here's A First

David Rainey, a senior at Orangefield HS signed a scholarship to play soccer at Oklahoma Wesleyan. Orangefield doesn't have a soccer team. OF AD Josh Smalley said, "It is a testament to David, his parents, their hard work, and willingness to travel to Sugarland in order for David to be seen and play with some top quality programs." Rainey was the placekicker for the Bobcats football team last season.
Three ladies that attend Orangefield High School all placed in the Texas High School Rodeo Association Queens Contest in Athens, Tx. for the honor of representing Region V as Rodeo Queen for the 2013-2014 year. Categories included modeling, impromptu speaking, speech, personality, & horsemanship. Region V spans from Winnie to Carthage. Keeley Gray, center, was crowned queen. Bailee Ackerman, right, was first runner up and Lori Bailleaux finished as the 2nd runner up. All three are also members of the Orange County Youth Rodeo Association. They will advance to compete in June at the State High School Finals in Abilene for Miss Texas High School Rodeo Queen.
Lamar University punter Kollin Kahler and defensive lineman Logan Moss were both named to the Southland Conference All-Academic Football Team, the league office announced Tuesday. A former standout at Orangefield High School, Moss has a 3.71 grade point average in nursing. Moss played in all 12 games for the Cardinals as a redshirt freshman in 2012, registering 13 tackles with nine solo stops.

The Coaches 21-3A All-District Football Team here.

Orangefield High School held its Winter Formal on Saturday.

Elizabeth Newell was crowned the queen and Reagan Ficken was named King.

This is the last week for local schools before the Christmas break.  Scroll down to see the Christmas schedule for all schools.

The Orangefield Bobcats won the Championship of the Goodrich Christmas Classic on Saturday night by defeating the Liberty Panthers 48-38. Cody Angelle led the way for the Bobcats with 19 points and 14 of those came in the 4th quarter. Levi Shores also added 12 points. Earning all tournament for the Bobcats was Carl Wiley and Levi Shores and Cody Angelle was named Tournament MVP.
Orangefield's Rylie Granger (far left) and Kacey LeBlanc were two of 40 players across the state to be named to the 3A Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team. Granger will also play in the All-Star game.

Orangefield senior Rylie Granger was named the 21-3A All-District Volleyball MVP. Best Setter- Corlee Means, Sr.; HJ, Best Middle Blocker-Morgan Moss, Sr; OF, Best Outside Hitter-Taylor Thomas, Sr.; HJ, Best Defensive Specialist-Kacey LeBlanc, Sr; OF, Newcomer of the Year-Taylor Benoit, Jr.; OF. Check out the full team here. You can find more volleyball pictures in the KOGT Photo Gallery.

OFISD 1 Early Vote Total OFISD 3 Early Vote Total
Juan Gonzalez   437 Nancy Ashworth-i   517
Van "Bo" Henley   1010 Jesse Fremont   947
OFISD 6 Early Vote Total OFISD 7 Early Vote Total
Johnny Dorman   613 Richard Durkin   499
Ronnie Risinger   845 Brad Frye   804
      Jason Guidroz   133

Orangefield's Sammi Burgess goes over the top for a point Tuesday against Bridge City's Jessi Glover.

OF defeated BC 25-16, 25-21,

The District Champ Bobcats finish with an 12-0 record and they only lost one set (36-1)

After a first round bye, and beating Stafford in straight sets in the second round, OF was upset by Liberty in straight sets in the third rd.

Friday night Orangefield principal Ben Petty crowned Macy Hamilton as the Bobcats Homecoming Queen for 2012.  The Bobcats also won the game, beating H-J 19-14. Photo by Terri Newell

Two more candidates filed for the Orangefield school board. All four of the positions are contested with only one of four incumbents running. Richard Durkin and Jason Guidroz will be running against Brad Frye for the Place 7 seat. Incumbent Thad Angelle did not file. All three of those candidates are newcomers to board politics. The school board election will be November 6, the same day as the general election for federal, state and county offices. Other school districts in the county had elections in May. Candidates in the race for other positions are Juan Gonzales and former board member Bo Henley for the Place 1 seat currently held by Donna Gail Ford, who is not running. Board president Nancy Ashworth is the only incumbent on the ballot as she seeks re-election to her Place 3 seat. She is facing Jesse Fremont. Former board member Johnny Dorman will run against Ronald Risinger for Place 6 now held by Susan Gunstream.

These Orangefield Elementary School PTA moms raised money to build a new playground by allowing a reality show to follow them and their families. The show never appeared on a network, but Leftfield Pictures paid them for their effort. Nitia Smith, Natasha Garrett, Amber Wrinkle, Amanda Reynolds and Melissa Garrett posed at the new playground Wednesday after a dedication ceremony.  Story
Orangefield has hired Meagan Adams as the schools new volleyball coach.  The former Lamar standout is from Bastrop.  This is her first head coaching position.  Her fiancé' is former Lamar standout and Atlanta Braves minor leaguer Colin Delome from Buna.
The Orangefield school board Friday hired Katie Sanders as the new girls basketball coach for Orangefield High School. Sanders is a 2006 graduate of Orangefield and played basketball at Sam Houston State University. She received her bachelor's degree from Texas State University. She has been the coach at Kelly High School in Beaumont and previously coached at Westbrook High. Her parents Becky and Keith Sanders, along with her sisters, nephew and niece attended the special board meeting.
The new principal for Orangefield High School is Ben Petty, who has been an assistant principal at Klein Oak High School, a 5A school near Houston. The school board Monday night hired Petty to replace Shaun McAlpin, who has been promoted to director of curriculum and instruction. Also, the board hired Deena Van Pelt as assistant high school principal. She has been diagnostician at the school. In other business, the board decided to have pre-kindergarten classes last a half day instead of a full day for the upcoming school year. The board agreed to keep the 20 percent homestead exemption for school property taxes. Hank Hargraves was moved from the junior high to OF Elementary School Principal.

Orangefield Varsity Cheerleaders spent last week at UCA Cheer Camp in Galveston and came home with numerous awards. Pictured back row (l to r) Brittney Ashworth, Jessica Carpenter, Heather Stout, Ashlyn Edwards, Haley Woods, Paige Laughlin, (sponsor) Olivia Gravett. Front row: Aaliyah Johnson, Chloe Breaux, Kirsten Wolfford, Logan Hayes, Asla Tran, Lindsay Caswell

Orangefield School Board Member Jack Smith returns Josh Smalley's shirt to him Monday after he was hired as the Bobcats new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.  When Smalley left OF as an assistant coach in 2008, he gave the shirt to Smith with the tongue-in-cheek promise that if he ever returned, Smith would have to give it back.  Smalley, 36, graduated from Bridge City in 1994.  After graduating from Lamar he has been an assistant coach at BC, OF, Vidor, and LCM.  "I'm excited," Smalley told KOGT.  "I appreciate the opportunity and responsibility to run the Bobcat program.  I know we have our work cut out for us but we have a good start because Orangefield kids have always been hard workers and the community is behind the school."  Smalley will turn his attention to completing his coaching staff, which includes hiring a new head girls basketball coach and volleyball coach.

After five years as principal of Orangefield High School, Shaun McAlpin has been promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Schools.  His duties will include overseeing the districts finances.  "We're excited to promote Mr. McAlpin who has an incredible work ethic," said school board president Nancy Ashworth. "He is an Orangefield graduate that has proven his leadership abilities.  He has spent his 12 year career here, working his way up through the ranks."

Dr. Stephen Patterson, an Orange native who has been director of curriculum and instruction for Orangefield, will become the school district's next superintendent. The Orangefield school board in a late afternoon meeting Friday voted unanimously 6-0 to name Patterson as the lone finalist for the vacant job. State law requires a district to have a lone finalist for 21 days before the official hiring.  The board last month hired a consulting firm to lead the search for a new superintendent. Board President Nancy Gray Ashworth said the firm sent out questionnaires for the school staff and community to answer about what they wanted for a superintendent. She said the survey showed people wanted a superintendent who came from within the district. "The voice of the community and staff was very important to us," she said. She asked the consulting firm about the costs for promoting within the district. "The fee dropped drastically," she said. "We decided to interview Dr. Patterson." Patterson is a 1990 graduate of West Orange-Stark High School. He earned bachelors and master's degrees from Lamar University and has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. He taught math at West Orange-Stark Middle School and later for the Beaumont school district at Austin Middle School and Ozen High. His career at Orangefield started 10 years ago when he became assistant high school principal and he was principal from 2005-2007. He became the director of curriculum and instruction in 2007.  He is married and his wife, Candi, is a counselor in the Vidor school district. They have two children who both attend Orangefield schools. Mack is in the seventh grade and Meara is in the sixth grade.

2011-2012 School Highlights

Robert Ehrlich is the Valedictorian at Orangefield High School, graduating number one out of 108 students. Ehrlich was the President of the Student Council, Vice President of the Interact Club, Class President, and a member of the National Honor Society, TAFE Club, and the Library Club.

Jenna Cook is the Salutatorian at Orangefield High School. Her senior year she was the President of the National Honor Society, President of the Uprising Christian Organization, Class Vice President, and Treasurer of the Art Club.

Allie Sherwood and Robert Ehrlich were selected as Mr. & Mrs. Orangefield High School for year 2012. Robert plans to attend Lamar University in Beaumont pursuing a degree in Engineering. Allie plans to attend Texas A&M Corpus Christi pursuing a degree in Nursing and eventually Medical School.
The carousel continues at Orangefield.  Girls basketball coach and girls activities director Chris Jost announced he is leaving to take the same position at Marble Falls HS after five seasons with the Bobcats.  OF made the playoffs all five seasons.  He joins Hd. Football/AD Brian Huckabay and volleyball head coach Kristin Holbrooks who have also left.  Jost's wife Jennifer was the Bobcats tennis coach and will be leaving.  She did not coach the team this season because she was on maternity leave.
The Orangefield FFA held its yearend banquet and FFA member received awards for their hard work and participation throughout the year. The 2011-2012 FFA officers were retired, and the 2012-2013 FFA officers were installed. The new Orangefield FFA officers are as follows; President- Tanner Jenkins, Vice President- Jacob Buckles, Secretary- Bailee Ackerman, Treasurer- Lanna Harrison, Reporter- Dylan Howard, Sentinel- Jerrod Watkins.
Brian Huckabay has announced his resignation as Orangefield's Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.  Huckabay told the school board that his recent knee replacement surgery will possibly require some extra months of rehab and he didn't want it to effect the start of football season.  He was 16-14 in three seasons with the Bobcats.
Orangefield named its 2012 Male & Female Athletes of the Year taken at their Sports Banquet. Selected were Ty Johnson and Rebecca Higginbotham. 
This year’s Orangefield ISD Teachers of the Year: Elementary – Cheryl Linscomb (left), Junior High – Donna Thomas, High School – Jennifer Rumsey. Linscomb, a veteran first grade teacher at OE, was recently awarded the Reaud Teacher of the Year award. Mrs. Linscomb has been an educator for 31 years, nearly all of them with OISD. She received her Bachelor’s degree (1979) and Master’s degree (1984) from Lamar University. Over the course of her stellar career, she has taught Special Education classes, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. She has been a fixture as a first grade teacher in Orangefield since 1981. She was honored with a plaque and a check for $10,000 at a dinner on May 3 at Lamar University.
Nancy Christine “Chrissy” Hickman, 35, of Silsbee died Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. Chrissy was a lifelong resident of Silsbee. She was Salutatorian of the Silsbee High School graduating class of 1995, and was finance director for Orangefield Independent School District. She is survived by her husband, Hiawatha Hickman; son, Alex Hickman; parents, Bobby and Nancy Biddle; brother, David Biddle and his wife, Amanda; “brother” Davey Stephens; and “sister”, Angela Stephens all of Silsbee; best friend, Charlotte Jungen of Beaumont; mother and father-in-law, Iva Jones, Sr. and Linda Jones; and numerous other family and friends. Chrissy is preceded in death by her son, Nate Hickman. Her funeral service will be 4:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee with burial to follow at R. S. Farmer Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Broussard’s.
Jackson Calhoun and Haley Permenter were crowned Prom King and Queen at Orangefield High School Saturday night.  You can see more pictures in our KOGT Photo Gallery.  photo by Teri Newell

Haley has had a great weekend!  Sunday she won the Stark Reading Declamation Contest and classmate Kirsten Wolfford won the Interpretive Contest.

Congressman Kevin Brady announced that Hunter Puckett of Orangefield HS will represent the Eighth Congressional District at the 2012 Congressional Art Competition held in Washington, DC. Hunter’s award-winning artwork, Just Five More Minutes, Mom, was named Best of Show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “Our district is home to some very talented and accomplished young artists," said Brady. "I couldn't be prouder that Just Five More Minutes, Mom will hang in the U.S. Capitol so thousands of Americans will get a glimpse of what life is like in our very special corner of Texas.” Winners from each congressional district get to have their artwork displayed at the nation’s capitol for an entire year, and Hunter and a guest will be flown to Washington where they will attend a reception. The Congressional Art Competition requires that all artwork be original in concept and design and that all artists be high school students.

2012-2013 Orangefield High School Sophisticats-Naomi Fells,Carly Counts, Haley Abshire, Macy Tapp, Molly Anthony, Cameron Armstrong, Emily McCall, Ceci Wilson, Randah Monceaux, Claire Trawhon, Reanna Hanks, Brianna Teague, Jennifer Bolen, Taylor Morgan, Lieutenant~Kayla Lozano, Haley Kibodeaux, Captain~Leilah Peveto, AmberDeramus, Lieutenant~Kaitlan Crew. The Sophisticats are directed by Jill Morris and Suzanne Ogden
District Champs
It was truly a team effort Tuesday as the Orangefield boys and girls swept the 21-3A District Golf Tournament. Neither team had an individual place in the top two. For the ladies at Wildwood Golf Course, the team of Ashton Gautreaux (212), Megan Burton (219), Jordan Worthy (243), Maggie Hebert (248), and Macy Hamilton (251) combined for a two day team score of 922. Silsbee followed with 937, Hamshire-Fannett 958, Hardin-Jefferson 963, Bridge City “A” 1062 and Bridge City “B” 1198. Claire Trawhon shot a two day score of 247 as a medalist. The Lady Bobcats will compete at Regionals April 16-17 at The Village Golf Club near Conroe.  Individually, David Hearn of Bridge City finished second (173) and will head to Regionals.
Bobcat athletes stand in line late Tuesday night to hug Orangefield Athletic Director Brian Huckabay after the school board voted 3-1 with 2 abstains to keep the coach.   more
Kristin Holbrooks has resigned and left the Orangefield School District.  As the head coach of the volleyball team she lead the Lady Bobcats to the playoffs in four of her five seasons. Holbrooks, an LCM grad, told KOGT she is taking a job in north Texas in corporate communications.

Kay Karr, a retired educator who moved to Orange 10 years ago to be near grandchildren, will be the interim superintendent of the Orangefield school district. The school board hired her after meeting two hours in a closed-door executive session. The move comes after Phillip Welch notified the board president on Thursday that he was resigning-retiring. More than 50 people crowded into the board room and out in the hall hoping to speak to the board about Welch's sudden resignation. The crowd included teachers, retired teachers and former board members. But the school board did not allow any comments. The board unanimously voted (Donna Gail Ford was absent because of illness) to hire Karr and didn't introduce her. Board members Jack Smith and Thad Angelle quickly left the meeting room and the building as some school patrons asked for at least an introduction to their new interim superintendent. Karr, who had been sitting at the board table, was standing and began telling people her background. She was born and raised in West Texas and been an educator for 47 years. She has taught at all grade levels before becoming an administrator and superintendent. In addition, she worked for the Texas Education Agency as a monitor and conservator in different school district. She said she moved to Orange in 2002 because her daughter married someone from here and she wanted to be near her grandchildren. Board President Nancy Ashworth said she hopes to have a new superintendent hired for the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. Before Tuesday's school board meeting, Orangefield School Board President Nancy Ashworth released this statement to KOGT concerning the retirement of Supt. Phillip Welch.

Orangefield Superintendent Phillip Welch has told his faculty that he will be resigning after five years and will announce it at the next school board meeting which will be Tuesday.  Welch, who has been with the district more than 20 years, stated he was eligible for retirement and that in his opinion, "it is the best thing for OISD at this time."
Orangefield senior Ashton Wagner (left) and OF junior Kacey LeBlanc were named to the Coaches
21-3A All-District Basketball Team.

The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation congratulates the students of Orangefield High School that participated in the Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation. On Thursday, February 16, 2012, students took part in the local level contest at the Orangefield Elementary campus. In declamation, Haley Permenter (left) took first place with Declaration of Conscience by Margaret Chase Smith, and in interpretive reading, Kirsten Wofford (2nd from right) won first place with her interpretation of Katherine Mansfield's The Singing Lesson. Second place went to Kirby Clayton and Kathryn Petry in declamation and interpretive reading, respectively, and they receive $1,500 in scholarships for their efforts. In addition, all participating students received a certificate for competing in the contest from Orangefield High School principle Shaun McAlpine. The two first place winners, Permenter and Wofford receive $2,000 in scholarships and will go on to compete in the County Final contest at the Lutcher Theater on April 29, 2012.

Senior Ashton Wagner hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter to give Orangefield a 43-42 lead. But Giddings took over in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Bobcats 20-9 and winning 62-52 in the Area round playoff game played in Huntsville Thursday, Feb. 16.  Wagner finished with 14 points, Kacey LeBlanc scored 12, and Morgan Moss added 11.  OF was hindered by 41 turnovers and they were called for 27 fouls compared to 9 for Giddings.  OF ends the season 20-14 while Giddings (32-5) will play Hardin-Jefferson.
Orangefield standout Ty Johnson will be playing football at the next level after signing Wednesday with Texas Lutheran, located in Seguin.  The Bulldogs play in the Division III American Southwest Conference and were 5-5 a year ago.
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Bridge City
Bridge City

Orangefield graduate Nathan Reeves, 28, who has been the offensive line coach at Lamar University, has been hired by new A&M coach Kevin Sumlin to be the offensive quality control assistant.

21-3A Football Team

All-KOGT Football Team

Academic All-State Football Team

Bobcat Choir member, Daryl Broussard, earned a place in the All State Mixed Choir.  In head to head competition, he competed against students from the Orange area to the greater Houston area to make the top choir in the state of Texas.

Two Orangefield High School students excelled in the 2011-2012 Voice of Democracy Oratory and Essay contest. Orange Area winners were Carrie Grace Henderson, 2nd place, and Kirby Clayton, 3rd place. Carrie Grace Henderson also place 2nd in the District 2 level of competition.

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce presented Mr. Shaun McAlpin, High School Principal with the Orangefield Independent School District as the Employee of the Month at the January monthly Networking coffee hosted by Orangefield High School and presented at the Orangefield-Cormier Museum located on FM 105 in Orangefield.  Steadfast, dependable, conscientious, high-energy, fair, consistent and a good Christian role-model for young people, those are the words that describe Mr. Shaun McAlpin this months recipient.   Shaun McAlpin has deep roots in Bobcat Territory.  He worked summers for the district in their work program between his junior and senior year of high school, served as an office aide his senior year, and was a 1996 OHS graduate.  He received Orangefield’s highest athletic honor where he received the Ed Peveto Scholarship which helped him start his degree at Lamar University.  He was often named to the Dean’s list on numerous occasions, and received his degree in 2000.  Shaun has been an educator for the past twelve years; after graduating from Lamar, he returned to his home turf to become a trainer for the OHS athletic department that gave him his start.  He was a trainer and health teacher for three years, and then became the Assistant Principal at Orangefield Elementary School, where he served for two years in that capacity. He next moved to the high school where he served another two years in the Assistant Principal capacity.  He is now in his fifth year as principal of OHS, and in March of 2011 he was selected by TASSB (the organization for administrators in Texas) as “High School Principal of the Year”. Mr. McAlpin is everywhere, actively involved with the students, faculty and staff.  He is a very visible principal and he is great with his one-on-one relating to teens and their experiences.  He is a very real person and his genuine concern for the students comes across in his interactions with them.  He is a team leader, leading by example and with a “hands on” approach to what needs to be accomplished.  He is a gentleman and is a rare privilege to work with for. His daily announcements end each day with “OHS, ONLY THE BEST” and he lives by that motto.  Mr.McAlpin is married to wife, Lindsey, and they now have two beautiful children.  His son Rylan will be 4 years old at the end of March, and his daughter Ainsley is 9 months old.  He is actively involved in his church and is a man that “walks the walk” and doesn’t just “talk the talk” in his interactions with his faculty and young people. Orangefield High School is very blessed to have Shaun McAlpin as its educational leader.  We are proud of him and of his many accomplishments and are glad to recognize him as employee of the month.

Orangefield's Kaitlyn Henson will become the first Bobcat volleyball to play at the collegiate level.  Monday she signed to play with North Central Texas College in Gainesville.

Orangefield High School held its Winter Dance on Saturday, December 10.  Vivian Luong and Mason Ousley were crowned Queen and King.


The Orangefield Bobcats won the Evadale Tournament. They defeated Deweyville 71-43, Hamshire-Fannett 54-39, and Vidor, in the championship, 59-47. Steele Bolton was named the Tournament MVP and Levi Shores was also named to the All Tournament Team. The Bobcats went 4-0 last week to move their record to 5-2 on the year. They will travel to Nederland on Tuesday and host the Bill Tennison Memorial Tournament on December 8-10.
Orangefield's District (21-3A) Volleyball Picks. Top (left to right): Rebecca Higginbotham-2nd team, Morgan Moss-1st team, Jennifer McManus-1st team, Allie Sherwood-2nd team. Bottom (left to right): Kaitlynn Henson-Outstanding Outside Hitter, Kacey LeBlanc-Outstanding Libero, Ashton Wagner-Honorable Mention.   Henson, McManus and LeBlanc also made the All-KOGT Volleyball Team.

21-3A volleyball All-District Team.

21-3A Volleyball
(1)Silsbee 8-2 (2)Orangefield 6-4
(3)Bridge City 6-4 H-Fannett 3-7
WOS 6-4 H-Jefferson 1-9
Principal Shaun McAlpin crowns Ashley Ehrlich as the 2011-12 Homecoming Queen at Orangefield High School Friday night.

The Bobcats also won the game, beating Jasper 47-37. 

There will be two new administrators at Orangefield Junior High School for the 2011-2012 school year. Preston Clark (left) is a 1987 graduate of Orangefield High School will be principal. Mr. Clark had been an assistant principal at Vidor High School for two years before becoming the principal of Evadale High School last year. Hank Hargraves is the new assistant principal. Mr. Hargraves had been a teacher/coach at Hardin Jefferson, East Chambers and Bullard. Mr. Hargraves had been an assistant principal at Higgins Elementary at Whitehouse ISD for the past two years.



The 2011-12 Orangefield Varsity Cheerleaders are at camp this week preparing for the upcoming school year. Front row: Jenna Worthy, Ashla Tran, Logan Hayes, Hannah Walles, Brianna Graffagnino. Middle: Ashley Ehrlich, Lindsay Caswell, Lexi Bonin, Chloe Breaux. Back row: Jaycie Willis (mascot), Kacey LeBlanc, Ashlyn Edwards, Haley Permenter, Lauren Smith (mascot).  re.
Orangefield High Junior Varsity Cheerleaders for the 2011-12 school year.  Front row: Jessica Carpenter, Geri Jackson, Bailey Berry, Kirsten Wolfford, Destiny Stidham. Back row: Brittany Ashworth, Aailyah Johnson, Emilee Bellow, Kortnie Frazier, Madison Ousley, Macy Edgerly, Haley Woods.