Former LC-M standout earns off-the-field honor

Former Little Cypress-Mauriceville standout and current Texas Lutheran senior of
Kountze native Cody Teel won the $100,000 Calgary Stampede on July 17 in Calgary

Former Little Cypress-Mauriceville standout and current Texas Lutheran senior offensive lineman Tyler Howlett is one of 165 national nominees for the 25th anniversary Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced the nominees for the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most coveted off-the-field honors in college football.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the award, which was established in 1992 to recognize a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to service and enriching the lives of others.

Howlett is a three-year letterman for the Bulldogs. He was a 2015 All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team honoree and a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection the past two seasons.

Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Howlett currently holds a 3.82 grade point average.

Along with his Bulldog teammates, Howlett has been active in community service. Howlett volunteered with TLU’s Hot Dogs Day of Service and contributed to cleanup duties in the community the past three years. He has also worked with community trash pickup, including work in local Walnut Creek. Howlett also helped as a Salvation Army bell ringer.

Howlett has been a Offensive Line honoree on Team of the Week (twice), and he scored a rushing TD of 11 yards in the 2015 conference-championship-clinching road win over Southwestern.

A member of three consecutive SCAC Championship squads, Howlett will be a three-year starter. A team captain, Howlett is a member of TLU Football’s award-winning community service program – recognized as TLU Athletics’ Team Community Service Award Winner for 2014-15.

A three-time Academic All-Conference selection, Howlett is a Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Fraternity member.

Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team website on, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain.

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

Kountze cowboy claims $100,000 prize

Kountze native Cody Teel won the $100,000 Calgary Stampede on July 17 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Teel rode the bull Liquid Fire in the finals to score 91.5. He also had a score of 84.5 on Diamond Eyes.

Free tennis classes

Beaumont Tennis Academy will host free tennis classes for players 5-10 years of age. Session I will be Aug. 1, 3, Session II on Aug. 8, 10, Session III on Aug. 15, 17. The classes will be held on the cover courts (rain or shine) at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center at 6455 College St. The same student can only attend one session.

For more information, call (409) 866-2833.


The BT3 Golf Academy at Tyrrell Park’s Henry Homberg Golf Course will hold a golf clinic Aug. 8-11. The Monday-Thursday clinic will be held from 9 a.m. – noon. Cost is $150 per golfer with a $25 discount per sibling. A $50 deposit is required upon signup.

For more information, call (409) 223-6723.

The Junior Tour, Junior Links and Little Linksters competed July 18 at Wildwood Golf Club in Village Mills. Winners were Bryce Shaver of Lumberton and Trent Kizer of Vidor (Boys 15-18, score of 80), Daniel Cormier of Nederland (Boys 13-14, 78), Haley Simmons of Newton (Girls 15-18, 100), Elizabeth Townsend of Kountze (Girls 13-14, 86), Jason Adams of Port Neches (Boys 13-14, 58), Xander Parks of Orange (Boys 11-12, 9-holes Red, 45), Lincoln Parks of Orange (Boys 9-10, 9-holes Modified, 39), Tanner Tillie of Nederland (Boys 9-10, 5-holes Modified, 28), Foster Cecka of Port Neches (Co-ed 6-8, 9-holes Modified, 56), Eli Lee of Port Neches (Co-ed 6-8, 5-holes Modified, 45), Annabel Cardenas of Beaumont (Girls 11-12, 9-holes Red) and Taylor Bull of Little Cypress (Girls 9-10, 9-holes Modified, 58).

Road Warrior Animal, 50 others suing WWE

A total of 51 former wrestlers/referees filed a lawsuit July 18 against the WWE and company president Vince McMahon claiming they have “sustained long term neurological injuries during their tenure with WWE.”

The suit was filed via five law firms in the United State District Court, District of Connecticut.

The suit goes on to claim, “These injuries involve a neurological disease and ongoing disease process called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) as well as the effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) that occur as a consequence of repetitive head trauma sustained by the Plaintiffs as professional wrestlers in matches sponsored, controlled and created by WWE.”

The plaintiffs also suggest that the “WWE routinely failed to care for … repetitive head injuries during their career in any medically competent or meaningful manner that complied with any known published contact sports return to play guidelines at the time the injuries occurred.”

Those 51 former workers are Road Warrior Animal, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Chavo Guerrero Sr., Adam Bomb, Ahmed Johnson, Kamala, Dave Hebner, Earl Hebner, King Kong Bundy, Ken Patera, Sabu, Barry Darsow (Demolition Smash, Repo Man), Bill Eadie (Demolition Ax), John Nord (The Bezerker), Johnny the Bull, Henry Godwin, Princess Victoria, Judy Martin, Mark Jindrak, Estate of Axl Rotten, Marty Jannetty, Jon Heidenreich, The Warlord, The Barbarian, The Crippler, Bobbi Billiard, Rex King, Tracy Smothers, Black Bart, Slick, One Man Gang, Jesse Barr, Butch Reed, Jazz, Sylvain Grenier, Omar Atlas, Don Leo Jonathan, Shane Douglas, Muhammad Hassan, Jim Brunzell, Susan Green, King Kong Mosca, Mike Enos, Lou Marconi, Rod Price, Donald Driggers, Rodney Mack and Outlaw Ron Bass.