Sports Shorts 01-26-17

Marshall Middle School eighth grade basketball (top) and Ozen soccer

SETCA Class of 2017 Hall of Fame

The Southeast Texas Coaches Association will host its annual luncheon and introduce the SETCA Class of 2017 Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Holiday Inn on Walden Road. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., and tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.

This year’s class includes Belle Mead Holm (former women’s athletic director at Lamar University); Steve McCarty (South Park, first head football coach at WO-S); Randy Theriot (former head coach at Orangefield, Kelly, assistant at Thomas Jefferson and Nederland); and Angie Cruse (former volleyball coach at Kountze).

The Southeast Texas Coaches Association will also be giving out the 2016 Southeast Texas Coach Of The Year awards to the head coaches of 17 sports and as well as Trainer of the Year and Official of the Year honors.

Beaumont ISD sports

The Ozen boys soccer team competed in the Jasper Winter Classic from Jan. 12-14 and finished in second place.

“This is the best performance any team has had in the history of the program,” said assistant coach Galen Douglas. “The boys were disappointed that we didn’t get first place, but they were still happy with their performance.”

In other Beaumont ISD news, the Marshall Middle School eighth grade boys basketball team competed in a tournament in Nederland on Jan. 14. Coach Desmond Bridges led the team to a third-place victory.

Hardin football

Larry Haynes has returned to Hardin High School to become the Hornets’ new head football coach. Haynes was the head football coach for Hardin from 2007-11 and is replacing Tod Stark, who was let go last season when the Hornets were 0-5.

Haynes comes back to Hardin after two years as an assistant at West Brook. He has an overall record of 149-95-3, with head coaching stops at Lumberton, Crosby and Clear Lake.

LSPCA beats Angelina to end three-game skid

A strong defensive effort put one of the best offenses in NJCAA Region 14 off its game as Lamar State College Port Arthur ended a three-game skid with a 77-59 victory over Angelina College at the Carl Parker Center on Jan. 18. 

The Seahawks defense kept the Roadrunners on their heels, forcing 21 turnovers that LSCPA converted into 25 points. Angelina, which had gone 5-2 in the early-season cross-division play against the North Zone, shot just 35.5 percent in their first South Zone game, including a 28.1 percent showing in the second half where the Runners were outscored 43-30.

“We beat a good offensive team tonight,” Seahawks head coach Lance Madison said. “We got a lot of stops and kept them off the glass. It was a good overall team win.”

The Seahawks, now 2-6 in conference and 11-6 overall, showed a cohesiveness they had been struggling to find in early conference games. Shooting 48 percent from the field in the game, the Hawks relied on its inside game early to go up by as many as four. LSCPA’s Petar Radojicic worked the paint to near-perfection, picking up his 11th double-double performance of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Radojicic currently leads the conference in rebounding with 10.2 a game.

Angelina, behind the work of guard Gary Blackston’s team-best 14 points, worked its way to an 8-point lead, 19-11, at the midway point of the first half. A 9-0 run by the Seahawks put them back on top 20-19 less than three minutes later. By the time the first half came to an end, the Hawks were up five, 34-29.

Angelina managed to tie the game at 36-36 with 18:39 left in the game but that would be the last advantage the Roadrunners would enjoy as the Seahawks stretched out their lead to as many as 20 before the final buzzer.

Freshman guard John Comeaux of Ozen finished as the game’s high scorer with 22 points, adding four steals and three assists, while Chol Luk added 12 points, hitting 6 of 6 from the free throw line.

The Seahawks will travel to Blinn on Saturday, Jan. 28 then return home on Wednesday, Feb. 1 to host San Jacinto at 7 p.m. 

LC-M powerlifting

LC-M boys powerlifting team, coached by David Kendrick, won first place at the Silsbee Meet. A total of eight students took individual first-place medals in their respective weight classes, including five for the boys in Hunter Angelo (1050 total pounds, 148 pound weight class); Ethan McKay (950, 181); Lucas Russell (1070, 220); Colt LeBleu (1300, 275); and Jeremiah Armstrong (1520, super heavyweight class).

Three members of the girls’ team finished first, including Ceideah Walker (305 total pounds, 105 pound weight class); Kelsey Dyson (555, 259); and Breanna Dyson (640, 259).


The Texas/Louisiana Junior Tour held the Bayou Din Junior Open on Jan. 21. Winners were Brayden Wright of Sulphur, Louisiana. (Boys 16-18, 72 score); Caleb Folmar of Buna (Boys 14-15, 82); Micah Depew of Beaumont (Boys 12-13, 85); McKenzie LeDuff of Lake Charles, Louisiana (Girls 16-18, 78); McKinsey Joe of Lake Charles, La. (Girls 14-15, 106); Xander Parks of Orange (Co-ed 10-11, 35); and Camryn Nelson of Orange (Co-ed 7-9, 26).