West Orange-Stark Mustangs

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Pete Amy
Nathaniel Colbert
Ruth Hancock
Eric Mitchell
Bryan Thomas Muhammad
Hardy O'Neal 
Sarah Jefferson Simon


2014-15 School Highlights

West Orange Cove CISD attorney George Barron swears in three new school board members after they won seats in the May 9 election.  From left John Gray, Roderick Robertson, and Linda Platt-Bryant.

OF's Kress, WOS' Rutledge Co-MVP's Of Coaches 24-4A Basketball Team

Deionte Thompson of WOS won the Wille Ray Smith Defensive Player of the Year Award Wednesday.  Central's Michael Jacquet was the offensive winner.  It's the 7th time a Mustang has won the award.
Five West Orange-Stark football players will play at the next level.  From left: Josh Orebo, Arkansas Baptist; Scott McCarty Missiouri Valley College; Will Johnson Trinity Valley Cardinals in Athens TX; Grant LaPointe-Teate East Texas Baptist University in Marshall TX; and Trey Spencer Louisiana Tech.   Not pictured is Johnny Shaw who signed with La. Tech.
Former West Orange Cove Superintendent O. Taylor Collins passed away Tuesday in Kentucky from heart complications. Collins came to WOC in 2005 and was instrumental in the opening of the new WOS Elementary School. He returned to his home state of Kentucky in 2010 to become Executive Director of Red Bird Mission Christian Schools.
Gilmer beats WOS 35-25 for the 4A D2 Championship
Trey Baldwin of West Orange-Stark is consoled after the Mustangs lost to Gilmer Friday in the title game.  WOS held a 25-7 halftime lead and was outscored 28-0 in the second half following three turnovers.

See more photos in the KOGT Photo Gallery



Mustangs Beat Giddings...LaMarque Next!
Friday, 7pm at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown
First Quarter
WOS - Jack Dallas, 3yd run. Vela PAT is good
GHS - 14 yd run by Raylon Hickey. PAT Good

Second Quarter
WOS - 2 yd run by Grant LaPoint-Teate, PAT good
Third Quarter
GHS - 21 yd run by Hickey, PAT Good
WOS - Trey Baldwin 1 yd run. Vela PAT no good
Fourth Quarter
WOS - Baldwin 6 yd run. PAT good
WOS - Baldwin 8 yd run. PAT good.
Star football player Deionte Thompson of the West Orange-Stark Mustangs was presented his jersey Wednesday for the Under Armour All-American Bowl during a special ceremony in the WOS gym. Thompson will be one of about 90 high school athletes playing in the all star football game on January 2, 2015 in Florida. Thompson thanked his mom and dad for their help to get him to the position where he is today. He thanked them for always being there for him taking him to football camps and getting whatever he needed without question. Thompson also thanked his teammates and Coach Cornel Thompson for molding him into the player he is and for the chance to hopefully play for a state championship this season. Thompson’s days at WOS are numbered since he will be able to graduate at the end of December and has already signed to attend Alabama and play football for Nick Saban.

Mustangs Maul Spartans

The West Orange-Stark Mustangs scored an easy 64-0 victory over the Houston Scarborough Spartans at the Carroll Thomas Educational Support Center in Beaumont on Thursday night.

On the night the Mustangs scored on offense, defense, and specialty teams.  West Orange-Stark (9-2) opened up a 35-0 lead before the end of one quarter.  Scarborough (0-11) remains winless for the last five seasons. more


Brothers Aidan and Grant Anderson both signed letters on Wednesday to play baseball at McNeese State University.  The Andersons were a terrific one-two punch on the mound for the West Orange-Stark Mustangs the last three seasons and led the Mustangs to the playoffs last season.  More wins are expected from the twins in their senior year at WOS. story


West Orange-Cove CISD Superintendent James Colbert has been named as the lone finalist to become superintendent for the Harris County Department of Education in Houston.
The Harris County school board Tuesday afternoon voted to name him the finalist. State law requires a 21-day period after a lone finalist has been named before the hiring becomes official. “I’m really excited about the opportunity,” he said. “It wasn’t something I was seeking. It was something I was actually recruited for.”
Harris County and Dallas County are the only counties left in the state that till have a countywide superintendent. Colbert described the job as more like a business CEO than a traditional school superintendent. He will be working with the 25 independent school districts in Harris County. “All of them are large,” he said. Harris County has a population of 4.1 million. He said the Harris County Education Department operates a successful Head Start program and also allows vendors to set up so all the school districts can make purchases at reduced prices.
He will stay with WO-C until the end of November. He said the board of trustees should have enough time to appoint an interim superintendent to work until a permanent replacement is named. The board will decide whether or not to hire an outside consulting firm to help search for a new superintendent. The search process could take three or four months, he said.
Colbert started the job with WO-C in January 2011. He immediately had to deal with the state legislature making drastic budget cuts to education. He oversaw the cutback of 50 teachers and administrators, largely through offering a retirement bonus. Then in May of that year, he oversaw a new bond election utilizing federal stimulus money. The bond election was needed to complete several projects that were unfinished after a 2007 bond election that was implemented under a previous administration.
The school district under his leadership also renovated the former Anderson Elementary School into a new alternative education center and an administration building. The previous administration was more than 50 years and was not designed for 21st Century technology. The new administration building opened in January.
When Colbert started, schools in the district were having trouble meeting the state testing standards. He said West Orange-Stark Elementary still needs improvements, but the high school is meeting standards. In addition, the middle school had failed to meet standards for two years. This year, the Texas Education Agency gave that school five of seven distinctions for improvements under the new state testing model.
Colbert said he talked with his wife, Angie, and son, Isom, a freshman at WO-S High, before considering the new job. He described them as “Team Colbert, my greatest strength.”
Colbert grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and was an All-American in track. He received a scholarship to the University of Texas, where he served as captain of the track team. During almost 20 years as an educator, he has worked in various positions, including as a high school principal in Dallas. He came to WO-C after being assistant superintendent for the Hamilton County schools near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In talking about moving to the Houston area, he described himself as a “city boy” who will be able to be close to a metropolitan area again. “Traffic is not what I look forward to,” he added. “In Orange our version of traffic is getting stuck by a train.”

West Orange-Stark's Homecoming queen and king are Mar'Laysia Davis and Deionte Thompson. Thompson was crowned at the homecoming pep rally and Davis was crowned during half time of the game after the court was presented. Davis is the daughter of Marco and Hattie Davis and Thompson is the son of Vester and Pamela Thompson.

The Mustangs defeated Liberty 45-7 to open district play.  See more scores on the KOGT.com Sports Page.


New principals, coordinators, and directors have taken the lead at three campuses and one department within the West Orange – Cove School System. “We are excited about our additions to the WOCCISD Leadership Team. I am very pleased that we are able to promote people within the District to our leadership,” James Colbert, WOCCISD Superintendent, said.
At WOS Elementary School, new principal Dr. Tyrus Doctor has been working with his campus leadership since July to further enhance the elementary school’s programs and systems. He has a Doctorate Degree in Education Leadership, Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a Bachelor’s in Community Service. Additionally, he is a certified principal and special education instructor. Dr. Doctor has been an educator for 14 years serving most recently in the Port Arthur school system as an Academic Associate Principal.
Sherry Hardin is the new principal at North Early Learning Center. Last year, she served at West Orange – Stark Middle School as an assistant principal. Prior to that Hardin taught in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade core content subject areas in other school systems. She holds Master’s degrees in Education and Business Administration, as well as a principal certification and a teacher certification for prekindergarten through grade eight.
Beverly Robinson is the new coordinator of the West Orange – Stark Academic Alternative Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, as well as a Principal’s certification. She has been an educator for 28 years; ten of those years within the WOCCISD school system. “It is a privilege to serve my hometown and alma mater in a leadership role in the District,” she said. Robinson said the structured environment of the AAC will provide students the chance to catch up on academics, learn from mistakes, and make better decisions.
Lynda Willie became the WOCCISD’s Transportation Director in the spring of 2014. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and has been in the WOC school system since 2010, serving as an administrator at West Orange – Stark High School. Her goals are for WOC transportation staff to serve as examples of professionalism, safety, and a positive image for the District.

2013-2014 School Highlights

 Kalairn Keaton is the WO-S Valedictorian and Chelsie Daniel is the Salutatorian.
LaShya Cole of West Orange-Stark signed a track scholarship to New Mexico State on Wednesday.
West Orange – Cove campus Teachers of the Year were honored Thursday night. They are Kurt Reeves, West Orange – Stark High School; Ola Conner, North Early Learning Center; Superintendent James Colbert; Yokishia Hope, WO-S Middle School; and Callie Orebo, WO-S Elementary.   more
West Orange-Stark's Casey Chapman was crowned the 3A state champion in Headline Writing. He also placed 6th in Feature Writing.
West Orange-Stark held its prom Saturday night. Chris James and Daijah Roberts were crowned King and Queen as they were selected by the senior class of 2014.

Winners of the WOS Athletic Banquet held Monday

WOS 4x200 picked up the silver medal for their second place finish Saturday with a time of 1:27.5.  Kennedale won 1:26.3

Wednesday night former West Orange-Stark football coach Dan Hooks was inducted into the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  The event was held in the Carl Lewis Center at the University of Houston.  Presenting Hooks with his wall clock is GHFCA President Mark Byrd.
Tuesday Derreashia Breaux Daughtery of West Orange-Stark signed to play basketball at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas
Lamar University softball coach Holly Bruder announced that three student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent this week to play for Lamar starting in the 2014-15 season. Signing with Lamar are outfielder Sarah Ragsdale (WOS), infielder Sabrina Reyes (Spring, Texas) and pitcher Annika Seedborg (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.). With the four players signed in the fall, the Lady Cardinals will have seven new players next season. Ragsdale, a 2012 graduate of West Orange-Stark High School, is completing her sophomore season at San Jacinto College-South, where she hit .414 as a freshman with 33 RBIs. Ragsdale was San Jacinto College’s Student-Athlete of the Year and earned first-team All-Region XIV and All-South Conference honors.

Area Track Meets held Wednesday - Regional Track Qualifiers
3A Regional is at Turner Stadium in Humble April 25-26

WOS-Boys: 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, T.Fontenot (100), D.Thompson (HJ, LJ), W.Johnson (110H, 300H), C.James (200), D.Spencer (400), D.Bundage (800), A.Hogan (800). Girls: B.McDonald (100), L.Cole (400,LJ,TJ), A.Teal (200), 4x100, 4x200, 4x400.  WOS girls team finished 2nd to Huffman and the boys finished 2nd to Coldspring.

21-3A Track Meet Results

Elijah Teel of West Orange-Stark committed to playing football at Kilgore Junior College next season.  Teel was the leading tackler for the Mustang defense last season.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs received their sixth oral commitment for the Class of 2015 on Tuesday. Tre' Spencer, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback from West Orange-Stark has committed to the Bulldogs. Spencer played as both a wide receiver and defensive back last season as a junior. He caught 10 passes for 208 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He is projected as a cornerback in college.
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
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
The district missed three days because of the recent weather. The state is waiving one of the days missed for students. Teachers will have to make up three days and students will have to make up two days. Students will have an early-release day of school on Good Friday, April 18. The teachers will stay that day for staff development. Schools in the district will also have classes on May 23 is now a full day instead of an early release day. Everyone will also go on May 26, which had been set aside for a possible make-up day. The last day of school for students will be June 6, which is a half-day for them. Teachers will have June 10 as a teacher work day.   

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.

For the first time, WOS had two finalists for the Willie Ray Smith Award.  WOS's Elijah Teal and Deionte Thompson were Defensive finalists with Deshawn Washington of Ned and CJ Levine of Memorial.  . Offensive finalists include: Justin Hervey, RB, WBrook; Patrick Reed, QB, Silsbee; Jeremiah Rose, WR, PNG.  Winners are in bold.
Chris James of West Orange-Stark signed to play defensive back with the University of Illinois.
The season came to an end for the West Orange-Stark Mustangs Friday with a 28-14 loss to Carthage in the 3A Division I Quarterfinal in Beaumont.  Carthage took advantage of three first half turnovers to take a 20-0 lead at the half.  But Thomarcus Fontenot changed that with a 98 yd. kickoff return to open the third quarter.  WOS got the ball right back after the Bulldogs fumbled the kickoff but they gave it right back to them when a Dillon Cole pass was intercepted.  Chase Rutledge came into the game for Cole and lead the Mustangs to their first offensive TD.  Jack Dallas added the PAT to make it 20-14.  WOS got the ball at  their own 7 at the beginning of the fourth and put together a 13 play drive and had the ball at the 12 when Rutledge threw an interception in the endzone.  Carthage took over at the 20 and the Mustangs looked to get the ball back after putting the Bulldogs in a 4th and 12 call from their own 17.  Carthage Coach Scott Suratt made the gutsiest call of the night by going for it and QB Blake Bogenschutz ran 17 yards for the first.  That kickstarted a 16 play, 93 yd drive that also took 8 minutes off the clock.  They capped it with a TD and 2 point conversion for a 28-14 lead.  WOS would commit their sixth turnover of the game as it came to a close, giving the Bulldogs the two touchdown victory.
WO-S basketball player Laquarious Paige signed Wednesday to play basketball at Indiana State University. Pictured are West Orange-Stark Athletic Director Cornel Thompson, Head Basketball Coach Jason Wilkins and Paige's mother, Henrietta Paige.  Indiana State finished the season 18-15 a year ago, finishing fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference. Paige will have a Texan for a teammate.  Charles “Tre” Bennett III of Lamar-Port Arthur also signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play for ISU next fall.

The WOS Band received a 3 at the marching contest Oct. 19

The former Anderson Elementary School is ready to be turned into offices for the West Orange-Cove school administration. The move is expected to come in December after a slight delay in the renovation of the 1981 building. Contractors putting a new concrete parking lot on the Park Avenue side of the block had extra work to do. They uncovered concrete and rebar along with from a previous Anderson School. Was it the foundation of the first or the second Anderson school? The one standing now is the third Anderson, though it no longer has the name ‘Elementary School’ behind the title.  Anderson Elementary was the first ‘suburban’ school for the city of Orange. The original town grew along the crescent of the Sabine River in what is now downtown or the southern side near the Port of Orange and the Cove neighborhood. more

Friday night Derreashia Breaux-Daughtery was crowned homecoming queen at West Orange-Stark High School.  The Mustangs beat Hardin-Jefferson 46-6.

Students at West Orange-Stark high school and middle school will be getting bus service home this year when they participate in after-school activities like sports and academic activities. The service will be offered only Mondays through Thursdays. The school board in a special meeting Monday night, Aug. 5 had a split vote for that decision. The board had spent nearly three hours during the past two weeks discussing the proposal. Then last night before a standing-room crowd, board members had almost two hours of discussion. The vote came after a strange development. The director of the transportation department, who oversees buses and bus drivers, said he needed to ask the school district's attorney a question. Board President Pete Amy suddenly called a closed-door executive session for the board to meet with the lawyer. After coming out of the session, Board member Tony Dallas made a motion to delay the bus decision because of what he learned in the closed session. No one seconded the motion. Amy, who has argued the district can't afford the bus service, moved not to offer the service. His motion, too, had no second. Board members Bryan 'Chop' Thomas Mohammed and Andrew Hayes made and seconded the motion to provide the four day transportation to a vote. Members Mary Ann Kirksey, Hardy O'Neal, Eric Mitchell, Mohammed and Hayes all voted for the service. Dallas after the meeting said he supports the bus transportation but wanted to delay the decision a week. Superintendent James Colbert and Finance Director Melinda James presented the prices on different options for service. The after-school bus service was provided for 30 years to participants in boy sports. The board in December 2008 voted to eliminate the service because of the costs. Amy was a member of that board. The reinstated service will be for boys and girls and all after-school activities including tutorials. Several board members are concerned about children walking home late at night after sporting events but the costs would be about $121,125 a year. The four-day-a-week after-school service will cost about $66,000 a year. The district already started a new budget. The option for paying for the service is for the costs to be absorbed by not hiring a new maintenance employee that was budgeted, and cutting back on all supplies 5 percent. The board will vote on the budget changes at a future meeting.

The West Orange Stark Mustangs had another banner season in 2012 going 13 and 1 before being eliminated in the regional finals by eventual state champion Navasota. Head Coach Cornel Thompson evaluated last season for the Mustangs. "We had a number of people that were returning especially on the defensive side of the ball and some on the offensive side of the ball with experience," Thompson said. "It was a great run." One advantage of advancing that far in the playoffs, Coach Thompson admitted, is it gave the coaches at West Orange Stark a chance to look at younger Mustangs brought up to the varsity. "Those extra days of workouts especially for your young kids, that looms huge," Thompson explained. "We got four extra weeks of work with some of the young kids out here, so you start looking off of those workouts who may be your players for the next year that would be coming back and maybe what positions they would be in," Thompson concluded. more



2012-2013 School Highlights

West Orange - Cove CISD honored Retirees and Campus Teachers of the Year at a special event last night at the Brown Estate. Campus Teachers of the Year present at the dinner are Laura Lemmond (WO-S Middle School), Jill Hart (WO-S Elementary), and Diztorsha Lavan (WO-S High School). Not pictured is Bridget Linscomb (North Early Learning Center).

The West Orange – Cove CISD has announced Anya V. Miller as the next principal of West Orange – Stark Elementary School. Miller is currently an assistant principal at West Orange – Stark Middle School. WOCCISD Superintendent James Colbert said, “Ms. Miller is a strong administrator with a tremendous amount of potential. She has a very clear instructional vision for our elementary school. With her skill set and instructional plan, I am confident that she will ensure that our campus will achieve high standards.” Principal interview candidates were selected and interviewed by an Elementary Principal Interview Committee comprised of administrative staff, a community representative, a parent, and a WO-S Elementary teacher. Miller was recommended by Superintendent Colbert at the Monday night meeting of the Board of Trustees. Miller said, “As the principal of West Orange-Stark Elementary School, I am honored to lead the campus toward exemplary status by upholding the campus mission of setting standards of excellence. I am excited about being a part of the WO-S Elementary School family and look forward to enhancing the climate and culture that promotes success of all students.” She has a Master’s Degree in Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in French Education. Additionally, she is a certified principal and a reading specialist who is currently pursuing an educational doctorate in teaching and learning. Miller has been in education for 15 years, serving as a graduation coach, reading specialist, department chairperson, reading teacher, athletic coach, and English as a second language (ESL) instructor. She has been employed in school systems in Louisiana and Texas. She will begin duties at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Current WO-S Elementary Principal Benny Smith is retiring

The State Track Meet was Friday and Saturday.  WOS boys finish second as a team.
On Friday, LCM's Zoe Casteel vaulted 11-0 to finish 8th in the pole vault.
Alexus Henry, BC, High Jump, 6th (5-6)
Kati Thornton, BC, Pole Vault, 9th (10-6)
WOS 4x100 finishes second to Kennedale at State.
Kennedale ran a 41.24 and the Mustangs 41.25
WOS girls 4x200 finishes 6th (1:41.33)
Waco LaVega won with 1:39.21
WOS 4x200 finishes second (1:26.14) Paris won with a new state record 1:25.82
RaShon McDonald was 9th in 400 and Will Johnson 9th in 300 hurdles
WOS 4x400 finishes fifth (3:21.85)  Celina wins (3:16.15) and Celina wins team title.  WOS boys finish second.

When visitors to the West Orange – Stark Middle School campus walk through the main corridor which links the new office area to the Stark Building, they are stopping in their tracks to view the documents and photographs on the wall.  The information is unusual. It is not art work, reports, and meeting information. The wall of this middle school main walkway is covered with contracts ---  the signatures and photographs of students who have pledged to be brilliant. The “Pledge to Brilliance” concept originated with District Superintendent James Colbert. more

Former McNeese Cowboy Seth Thomas signed a free agent deal Saturday following the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft. Thomas, a 5-9, 190-pound cornerback from WOS signed on with the Washington Redskins. Thomas played in all 11 games for the Pokes and accumulated 42 tackles with a tackle for a loss. He led the Cowboys with three pass interceptions and had five break-ups.
WOS Boys Win Regional Track Meet
The running finals of the Region 3 track meet wrapped up Monday with the
WOS 4x100 heading to State after winning with a time of 41.67.  The WOS 4x200 also won with a time of 1:26.49.  Navasota second 1:27.00. WOS girls finished third in 4x200 but will qualify as the ninth best time in 4A.  Will Johnson finished second in the 300 hurdles and Rashon McDonald was second in the 400. 

Mustang Boys, Hamshire-Fannett Girls, capture team titles at the 21-3A Track Meet held at WOS High School.  The top four in each event advance to the Area Meet at WOS on April 18. Photos in the KOGT Photo Gallery.  Results

J'Marcus Rhodes of West Orange-Stark will play in the Texas High School Coaches Assoc. All-Star football game on July 31 at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.  The only other two local players on the South roster are Chevoski Collins of Livingston and Hunter Bergeron of Anahuac.

The WOS basketball team (2nd in 21-3A) beat Huffman in the first round and lost to LaMarque in the second round 52-47 to end the season 22-11.

Thursday, Feb. 21 former WOS Mustang assistant coach and Orange native Toby Foreman, was named the new head football coach at Beaumont Central High School.  This past season Foreman was an assistant coach at LaMarque HS.
Deon Beasley, the defensive back from Orange who spent the last three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, signed a free agent contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday. Beasley joined the Bombers in July 2010 and started nine games at cornerback during his rookie season. He made only three starts at corner in 2011, despite appearing in all 18 games, and he started four games in 2012. Beasley also has the ability to return kicks. He ran back 37 of them in Winnipeg for 681 yards. He did not appear to be in the team's long-term plans.
Wednesday was National Signing Day and WOS is sending six to play college football.  From left: Daniel Woodson (Kilgore), J'Marcus Rhodes (SMU), Joe Lynch (Kilgore), Travon Blanchard (Baylor), Quinton Tezeno (UTEP), and Colin Janice (Ark.State). photo by Margaret Toal.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor softball team has been picked to successfully defend its American Southwest Conference West Division title in the league's Preseason Coaches and Media Poll.  Hardin-Simmons grabbed two first-place votes and 116 total points for second place and Howard Payne University and Texas Lutheran University tied for third place. Cru right-hander Rebekah Ragsdale was voted ASC West Division Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Ragsdale, a junior from West Orange-Stark High School, posted a 14-7 record and 2.47 ERA. She struck out 87 batters and recorded seven shutouts on the season.
After a stellar career at West Orange-Stark and the University of Houston, WOS retired the number 11 jersey worn by Brittany Scott on Tuesday.

Scott, with her grandmother Bessie Richard, still owns the career three pointers made mark at UH and is seventh all-time on the scoring list.

WOS Lady Mustangs defeated the Silsbee Lady Tigers 47-46 Tuesday to claim their first district victory.  It was a good night for Coach Bonnie Perry, who also had her jersey retired before the game. Derreashia Daughtery led the Lady Mustangs in scoring with 10 points. Adreama Beverly and Eriel Jordan each had 8 points. Jordan also had 5 blocked shots. BreAnna Preston gave an outstanding defensive effort. The next game is Tuesday at home against Hamshire Fannett.

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

Autumn Jones was crowned the Homecoming Queen at the West Orange-Stark football game Friday night.

The Mustangs improved to 7-0 with a 54-0 win over the Orangefield Bobcats. 

You can see more scores on the KOGT Sports Page.

Colin Janice was crowned Homecoming King.  He returned a blocked kick for a touchdown.

West Orange – Stark Mustangs Cross Country 2012 – 2013 schedule
Sept 29 (Sat) 26th Annual Pleasure Island CC Meet (Port Arthur) 8:00 am
Oct 13 (Sat) South County Distance Classic CC Meet (Port Arthur) 8:00 am
Oct 27 (Fri) District 21-AAA CC Meet (Claiborne Park – Vidor) 9:00 am

Friday:  WOS 7-on-7 defeated Cam Yoe 34-15 to move on to the next round.  But they lost to Celina 33-26 to end their run at the Div II Championship.  Celina went on to win the title.

At the State 7-on-7 Tournament in College Station, the WOS Mustangs went 3-0 Thursday after defeating Burnett 41-29, Aubrey 22-12, and Alpine 40-32.  They'll face Cameron Yoe at 9am Friday.

The West Orange-Stark won the 7-on-7 Tournament at Anahuac, They beat Anahuac, Huffman, Jasper, Liberty, and Liberty again in the finals. They have qualified for the State Tournament in College Station July 19-20.

2011-2012 School Highlights

The 2012 WOS Valedictorian is Sarah Ragsdale, the daughter of Paula and Randy Ragsdale. She will attend San Jacinto Junior College where she will play softball and major in Psychology. As a senior, Sarah has served as Class President and Cheerleader Captain. She is four year member and officer of the WO-S Student Council, the Key Club, & theWO-S softball team.  This year, she was selected as the “Outstanding Senior Girl” by the faculty and staff.
2012 WOS Salutatorian Jada Renee Semien is the daughter of Janice and John Semien. She will attend Lamar University majoring in Speech Communications & Disorders.  She was the student body Vice-President, and the Secretary for National Honor Society. Semien has also participated in Key Club, and Foreign Language Club. She will graduate will 21 college credit hours, which she earned from Lamar State College-Orange while maintaining a 4.0 college GPA.

MVP's of the West Orange-Stark Athletic Banquet

Orange native and former major league player Bruce Aven is hit with the ice bucket Friday after his American Heritage High School baseball team beat Ponte Vedra 9-0 and won their first state championship since 2008.  For Aven, a WOS grad, it's his first season coaching the 5A team out of Broward County, Florida. 
With WOS athletic director Cornel Thompson and his father, Derek Ledet, senior Derek Ledet signed to play football at Kilgore College in Kilgore.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor softball team placed eleven players on the American Southwest Conference All-West Division teams. Led by Pitcher Rebekah Ragsdale who was named West Division Pitcher of the Year, the Cru had four First Team selections, placed two players on the All-West Second Team and added five Honorable Mention All-West picks. Ragsdale, a sophomore right-hander from West Orange-Stark also named to the ASC All-Tournament Team, recorded a 14-7 record and posted a 2.46 ERA. Ragsdale also struck out 87 batters, nailed down two saves, tossed eight shutouts and completed 14 games while throwing 139.1 innings.  Ragsdale was interviewed after her win against Hardin-Simmons.
West Orange – Stark High School students earned Best of Show in two categories at the State Skills USA competition held in Corpus Christi. Ashton Lemoine won Best of Show in the Precision Machining Job Exhibit competition for the second consecutive year; while Amber Carpenter won Best of Show in Building Trades Job Exhibit Competition. Fellow WO-S Career Center classmates Michael Hagan and Matt Goff earned blue ribbons on their precision machine projects. Sterling Lewis, Bradley Freeman, Josh Blanchard, Tyler Chandler, Stephen Tramell, Dillan Trahan, and Joseph Self earned second place ribbons for their precision machine job exhibits. Goff, Freeman, Blanchard, Tramell, and Trahan are Bridge City High School students who attend WO-S Career Center precision machine classes. WO-S building trades students also competed in project exhibits and earned blue ribbons as well. They are Nicholas Tezeno and Ashley Hooper. Matthew Broussard earned a red ribbon. Carlo Paulino is the WO-S High School precision machining instructor. Randy Palmero instructs building trades.
Jamarcus Rhodes of WOS won both the 110 and 300 hurdles held at Dan Hooks Stadium Thursday at the 21-3A Meet. more photos in our photo gallery  Boys Results  Girls Results

1 West Orange-Stark  187
2 Bridge City 109.50
3 Hamshire Fannett  106
4 Silsbee  89.50
5 Hardin Jefferson 85
6 Orangefield  35


WOS Head Football Coach Cornel Thompson has confirmed to KOGT that longtime assistant Ed Dyer will be the Mustangs Offensive Coordinator next season.  He's replacing first year OC Stan Hodges who is pursuing a position at another school.
West Orange-Stark linebacker Trayvon Blanchard has given Baylor University a verbal commitment to play football there following his senior season.
Tuesday during the West Orange-Stark basketball game, Mustang great Travessa Gant had her jersey retired by the school.  Gant was an incredible player who could and sometimes did play every position during a game.  Gant went on to play at Lamar and also overseas.  Her former coaches, Ricky Ryan and Camille Fuller, also attended the event. photo by Meri Elen Jacobs.

Monday morning Sarah Ragsdale of WOS signed a softball scholarship with San Jac out of Baytown.  Ragsdale is the daughter of head softball coach Randy Ragsdale and Paula Ragsdale, who also teaches at the school.  Following her selection as Newcomer of the Year her freshman year, Sarah has been an All-District selection her sophomore and junior seasons.

Three from West Orange-Stark signed football scholarships Wednesday.  From left: Justin Thomas (Utah), Ryan Allen (Missouri Valley), and DeCarlos Renfro (UTEP).
Surrounded by her coaches and mother, WO-S senior Cassandra May signs to play softball at Lamar State College in Port Arthur. From left to right, Athletic Director Cornel Thompson, Asst. Coach Brittany Washburn, Head Coach Randy Ragsdale and Asst. Coach Michael Shugart, along with Cassandra and her mother, Carolyn May.
Britton Lindsey will play football at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. The WOS senior RB was the Offensive Player of the Year in District 21-3A last season. The Wildcats play in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and finished 2-8 last season.
The WOCCISD Education Foundation surprised over a dozen teachers at four different West Orange – Cove CISD campuses with grant awards for innovative teaching Friday, Jan. 27. A total of 13 grants were presented to teachers at North Early Learning Center, West Orange – Stark Elementary, West Orange – Stark Middle, and West Orange – Stark High Schools. more

Daniel Woodson and Britton Lindsey named MVP's on 21-3A football team

District Champion Mustangs flood All-KOGT Football Team

Academic All-State Football Team

Ashleigh Kelly of WOS named 21-3A volleyball MVP. Twelve players from Orange County named to the
 All-District Team.  Kelly was also named to the All-KOGT Volleyball Team.

Crystal Haynes was crowned the West Orange-Stark Homecoming Queen Friday. 

The Mustangs defeated Hamshire-Fannett 22-12 in the 21-3A opener. 

WOS also held a tailgate party before the game and did some line dancing!

For the fourth consecutive year, West Orange - Cove CISD has earned a Property Casualty Alliance of Texas (PCAT) dividend. Kerry Sims, Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer of North American Solutions made the $53,780.27 presentation to WOCCISD Superintendent James Colbert (right) this week. Previous presentations to WOCCISD have totaled more than $130,000, excluding this week’s dividend. Dividends result from lower than normal claims. PCAT is a Texas interlocal governmental risk program representing 104 school districts and over $27 million in annual contributions.

The old Anderson Elementary School has students once again. However, they are not youngsters learning their ABCs. Part of the campus is now the West Orange-Stark Academic Alternative School. In the next few months, the main part of the school will be remodeled to house the West Orange-Cove district administration offices. The changes are part of the $6 million bond issue voters approved in May.  more

Many new Directors, Principals, and Coordinators will welcome students and their families for the 2011-2012 West Orange – Cove CISD academic school year as a result of increased instructional support at the central office and campus level. “The District has experienced a great amount of change in a short amount of time. One of our major goals through these events has been to be stronger and to strengthen our leadership teams,” Superintendent James Colbert said.  Meet the new additions.

Shannon Larson, a former assistant principal for the Vidor school district, will be the new principal for North Early Learning Center. The West Orange-Cove school board Monday night approved hiring Larson, who was chosen by Superintendent James Colbert. Larson will be the second new principal for the upcoming school year. The school district has four campuses.

Katy Snell, a 2004 WOS graduate and four year starter for the softball team, has been named the new head softball coach at Lockhart HS.  Lockhart is a 4A school located just east of San Marcos.