Sports Shorts 05-11-17

Sports Shorts 05-11-17

Christus All-Star Classic

The high school sports season is not over yet. The Southeast Texas Coaches Association (SETCA) has continued its partnership with Christus to give outgoing seniors one last chance to perform.

The Christus All-Star Classic is scheduled for Thursday, June 8, through Saturday, June 10, with multiple events including an all-star softball game June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Lamar Softball Complex. A trio of all-star activities will be held at East Chambers High School on June 9 beginning with volleyball at 5 p.m. followed by girls basketball then boys basketball.

The weekend will conclude June 10 with an all-star football game at 7 p.m. at Beaumont ISD’s Carroll A. Thomas Educational Support Center.

“Without Christus, none of this would be possible,” said Mark Foreman, who started the SETCA all-star activities seven years ago. “It started with one all-star football game and now has grown to volleyball, softball and basketball. This is a very difficult process that starts in January, but thanks to Christus, who believes in sports and academics, we are able to pull this off. This is something these high school athletes will remember forever.”

Dr. Curtis Thorpe, who is a board certified orthopedic surgeon at Beaumont Bone & Joint, told many of the student-athletes in attendance of the press conference that they were selected because of hard work.

“You are participating in these all-star games because you excelled in both sports and the classroom,” said Thorpe. “We are honored and proud to showcase the student-athletes of Southeast Texas.”

Coaches of each all-star games include Kayla Gallardo of Bridge City (softball, East Team), Aaron Fuller of Barbers Hill (softball, West Team), Debbie Hollyfield of Evadale (volleyball, East Team), Casey Mulryan-Veen of Goose Creek Memorial (volleyball, West Team), Jason Sanders of Lumberton (girls basketball, East Team), Michelle Trotter (girls basketball, West Team), Frankie Paul of Beaumont Central (boys basketball, East Team), Kevin Foster of Big Sandy (boys basketball, West Team), Toby Foreman formerly of Beaumont Central (football, East Team) and Chad Taylor of Liberty (football, West Team).

“Our sports medicine program already helps with 34 area schools, so we developed great working relationships with coaches,” said Bill Klamfoth, regional director of Outpatient Operations at Christus. “The coaches said they needed help, so it was a logical effort for Beaumont Bone & Joint and Christus Southeast Texas Foundation to partner.”

Legacy’s Alexis Morris

McDonald’s High School All-American basketball player Alexis Morris of Legacy Christian Academy was honored with the S.O.C. Top Female Athlete of the Year Award at a sports banquet May 9.

Morris, who will play college basketball at Baylor, was an obvious choice for the award said the Rev. J.D. Roberts, the founder and CEO of Save Our Children.

“Alexis was perfect for the award after the great high school basketball career she had,” said Roberts. “She also participated in S.O.C. when she was 7 years old. We sponsored her to attend the Lamar basketball camps.”

Deweyville’s Willis signs with Lamar

One of Deweyville’s all-time best volleyball players has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Lamar University.

Kennidee Willis, a senior who will be the salutatorian of her graduating class May 16, surpassed 2,000 kills in her high school playing career and was a multiple all-state player and four-time member of the first team all-district unit.

Softball playoffs

Three local Class 4A teams have made it to the third round of the UIL softball playoffs, which is now the Regional Quarterfinals.

Two of those teams will compete against each other. Bridge City will play Hardin-Jefferson in a best-of-three series. Game 1 has already taken place, and Game 2 will be Friday, May 12, at PN-G High School at 5 p.m. If Game 3 is needed, it will be at 7 p.m.

The winner of the series will face Lorena or Salado in the Regional Semifinal.

LC-M will be in a best-of-three series with Huntington with Game 1 on Thursday, May 11, at Kirbyville High School at 7 p.m. Games 2-3 will be Saturday, May 13 at Jasper High School beginning at noon.


Some call it a double-eagle while others say it’s an albatross, but it makes little difference to Jason Ayers of Beaumont as he hit an incredible shot at Bayou Din on May 4.

Ayers used a pitching wedge on his second shot from 115 yards out on the Par 5 Hole 3 that rolled directly into the cup.

Witnessing the “one in a million” shot was Lanny Vanskike.

Central athlete breaks records

Beaumont Central High School junior Maya Kelly set two school records on April 29 and also qualified for the UIL state track & field meet, which will be held May 11-13 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

Kelly set a new school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.83 that was previously set by Special Hawkins in 12.13. Kelly also bested Hawkin’s record of 24.70 in the 200-meter with a blistering time of 24.70.