Sports Shorts 05-04-17

Sports Shorts 05-04-17

Legendary football coach and current defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams Wade Phillips will sign copies of his newly released book titled “Son of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football and Life” on Friday, May 5.

His first stop will be at 2 p.m. at the Museum of the Gulf Coast (700 Procter St.) in Port Arthur, and Phillips will sign copies in Beaumont at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble (4155 Dowlen Road).

Phillips, who won a Super Bowl in 2016 as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, recalls his life in football and his father, the late Bum Phillips.

The 256-page hardcover book price is $17.76 at Barnes & Noble and is also available on Kindle.

Kelly High School

Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School announced that Kelly alum Adam Henry, the receivers coach for the New York Giants, will be the special commencement speaker at the Kelly 2017 graduation on Saturday, May 20, at the Beaumont Civic Center.

Henry, a 1990 graduate of Kelly, is in his second season as coach of the Giants receivers, who are led by one of the best wideouts in the league — Odell Beckham Jr.

Now in his 20th year of coaching, Henry was the receivers coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015, and held the same position at LSU from 2012-14.

While at LSU, he helped develop two of the most successful receivers in school history in Beckham and Jarvis Landry. The two became the first pair of receivers in school history to finish with more than 1,000 yards in the same season.

Henry also had coaching stops with the Oakland Raiders and offensive coordinator for McNeese State, where he also played as a wide receiver from 1990-93 earning All-Southland Conference honors as a senior. He finished his college career with 93 receptions for 1,690 yards and 16 touchdowns, all of which remain in the Top-10 at McNeese. He went on to sign a free agent contract in 1994 with the New Orleans Saints.

Softball playoffs

Several teams advanced to the Area round of the UIL softball playoffs last week, but all local teams that remain are in Class 4A and 3A.

In 4A, Orangefield and Hardin-Jefferson will play in a single game on Friday, May 5, at PN-G High School at 5 p.m.

Bridge City and Liberty will play in a best-of-three series beginning Friday at 5 p.m. at Crosby High School. Games 2 and 3 will be Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m. at Port Arthur Memorial.

LC-M and Huffman will also play in a best-of-three with Game 1 on Friday at 7 p.m. at PN-G. Game 2 will be Saturday at noon at Crosby.

In Class 3A, Buna and Woodville will face off in a one-game playoff at Jasper on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Orangefield

Former Orangefield standout Kesley Ancelot was named to the first team softball all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference as an outfielder for Centenary.

Ancelot, a junior, led the team with a .429 batting average and .463 on-base percentage.

LSCPA Seahawks

A Beaumont basketball player and a Nederland softball player earned top honors at the annual Lamar State College Port Arthur athletics banquet April 26 at the Carl Parker Center.

John Comeaux, who graduated from Beaumont Ozen, was named the Seahawks men’s basketball team’s MVP on both offense and defense, while Savana Guidry, a Nederland graduate, was selected Seahawks Offensive Player of the Year and the Cooper Sports Network Player of the Year in softball. She was also named the NJCAA Region 14 South Zone Player of the Year, which voted on by the league’s coaches.

The annual event highlights both the athletic and academic successes of the college’s students-athletes, while also recognizing community service undertaken by those students.

During Comeaux’s freshman season at LSCPA, he earned First Team All-NJCAA Region 14 and First Team All-Region 14 South Zone honors. After just one season at the junior college level, he was recruited and signed by NCAA Division I program Stephen F. Austin State University. He started in 28 games and averaged 19.8 points per game. He had a school record 47 points against Panola College and is now the LSCPA all-time leading conference scorer with 427 points in 19 games.

Guidry, a transfer from Houston Baptist, set new school records in batting average (.510), hits (101), doubles (27), and runs scored (59). She’s likely to extend those records as the Seahawks head to the NJCAA Region 14 softball tournament starting Saturday, May 6, where LSCPA will play at least two more games.She will extend her collegiate softball career next season at Lamar University.

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