Sports Shorts 03-30-17

Sports Shorts 03-30-17

LSCPA Seahawks suspend 11 players

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is enforcing a two-game suspension of 11 of its softball players after an incident that involved members of the LSU-Eunice softball program.

LSCPA Director of Athletics Scott Street handed down the disciplinary action March 27 after an investigation into an incident that took place early Wednesday morning, March 22.

Based on the investigative findings, members of the LSU-E team traveled to Port Arthur to confront members of the LSCPA team. That confrontation took place off campus in Port Arthur. The two teams had played in a doubleheader in Eunice, La., earlier in the day Tuesday, March 21.

The 11 members of the LSCPA program were suspended from a doubleheader against Baton Rouge Community College on March 28. The women will also be required to serve a collective 40 hours of community service.

Street and his staff conducted the independent investigation of the incident. No charges were filed with local law enforcement authorities.

This release serves as the official statement for LSCPA and no further comment will be made.

Bridge City

Former Bridge City standout and current Nicholls State sophomore Kasey Frederick was named the Southland Conference Softball Hitter of the Week on March 27.

Frederick hit safely in all four games last week, including a walk-off single in Game 2 of a doubleheader against Southeastern Louisiana.

She started last week with a single to center to drive in a run in the Colonels’ near upset of No. 12 LSU. In the sweep over SLC, Frederick was 6-for-7 at the plate, highlighted by a 3-for-3 outing in the 4-3 victory that clinched the series. With two down in the seventh and the game tied at 3-3, Frederick ripped a shot into the gap in right center for the walk-off win.

Frederick then capped the series with another multi-hit game, which included her third double of the weekend. Frederick finished the week with a .700 batting average, a 1.000 slugging percentage, and reached base 10 times in the sweep of Southeastern.

Soccer playoffs

Nine area teams remain in the UIL soccer playoffs, which is now in the second round. On the boys side, PN-G is the lone 5-A school playing and will next get Houston Furr on Friday, March 31 at Barbers Hill Stadium at 7 p.m.

In the 4-A bracket, East Chambers will play in Spring on Friday at Leonard George Stadium against Mexia at 7 p.m.

There’s plenty of action on the girls side with three 5-A teams: Nederland will play Fort Bend Elkins on Friday at 5 p.m. at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown; PN-G will play Santa Fe immediately following Nederland/Elkins; and Lumberton will face off against Manvel at 5 p.m. on Friday at Barbers Hill High School.

The 4-A docket gets underway on Thursday, March 30, with Jasper playing China Springs at 6:30 p.m. at Madisonville High School and Hardin-Jefferson meeting Lufkin Hudson on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Jasper.

Friday, LC-M plays Lorena at 6 p.m. at Huntsville High School, and Hamshire-Fannett matches up against Gatesville at Madisonville High School at 5:30 p.m.

LC-M

Representatives Marcus Johnson and Julianna Poyotte from Gexa Energy came to LC-M High School to award senior Makayla Dyer a $1,000 scholarship. Dyer, who played softball for four years and two years of volleyball, is also a member of the UIL Accounting Team and participates in church activities, select softball, all while maintaining A’s and B’s throughout her years at LC-M High School.

“Makayla is a bright student who is involved in school activities and her community,” said LC-M Principal Todd Loupe. “She also represents her school with pride and integrity.”

Upon graduation in May, she will already have 18 college hours from taking co-enrolled classes in U.S. history, English, Algebra and Government. She plans to attend McNeese State University in the fall and major in elementary education.

Golf

The LC-M Education Foundation Inc. is hosting a golf tournament Monday, April 24, at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange. This is the not-for-profit organization’s spring fundraising event. All proceeds will go toward its Grant-To-Educators program, which has funded 163 grants for a total of just under $197,000 since 2004.

Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 8 a.m. There will be trophies awarded for first place, and all players’ names will be entered for door prizes, including a round of golf for four at Tour 18 in Humble. Lunch will be provide by The Hut along with coffee and donuts.

To register or become a sponsor, e-mail acourmier [at] gt [dot] rr [dot] com or call (409) 920-2064.

The annual Sabine Area Central Labor Council and Sabine Area Building and Construction Trades Council will host their four-person scramble Monday, May 8, at Brentwood with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Registration fee is $75 per player and sponsorships are available starting at $200. For more information, call (409) 474-2191.

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas invites all golfers and those in the community to help support the work of Baptist Hospitals in its annual Cajun Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, May 19, at the Beaumont Country Club. For registration and sponsorship, call Olivia Kay at (409) 212-6113.

The seventh annual Babe Didrikson Zaharias Junior Golf Awards is scheduled for Thursday June 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Club Room at the Montagne Center on the campus of Lamar University.

The finalists nominated for the Boys/Leadership Awards are Jadon Bell (Nederland), Jared Dowdy (West Brook), Trey Love (LC-M) and Bryce Shaver (Lumberton).

Female finalists are Brynna Bailey (PN-G), Theresa Beckett (LC-M), Karlei Hemler (PN-G) and Mackenzie Sears (Silsbee).

The awards are presented by Champions Youth Development and the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Foundation.

Danny Ducote Sr. is one of those remarkable golfers that can still shoot his age — 66. Ducote, a Beaumont native who is one of the most talented golfers in Southeast Texas, recently bought a set of new PXG irons that he had tested.

But before he gave them the final test on the course at the Beaumont Country Club, he strolled the course with his “old” Titleist irons. Result? Ducote shot a remarkable 65, one stroke better than his age.

“I ordered these new sticks, and they’re quite nice,” he said. “But those Titleists still work fine.”

A total of 16 teams competed on March 20 at the Idylwild Clubhouse Grand Opening Tournament.

Front nine winners at 4-under were Steve Martin, Pat Kelly, Dwayne Mitchell and Robert Rochford. Martin had eight birdies and an eagle for a round of 63.

Back nine winners with a score of 3-under were Matt Nicholas, Danny Lovett, Jim Campbell and Tommy Turner.

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