Sports Shorts 06-23-16

Sports Shorts 06-23-16

Deweyville’s Willis earns more awards

Deweyville’s Kennidee Willis was named the Southeast Texas Coaches Association Volleyball Player of the Year. Willis, who was an all-state player in her last two seasons, had 782 kills as a junior in 1,646 attempts. She had 78 kills in two playoff games, 111 aces, 548 digs and 401 quality serve receive passes. Willis was also named the 23-3A Offensive MVP. She will be a senior next school year.

Orangefield, Lumberton fishing teams do well on Rayburn

The Southeast Texas High School Fishing Association held its 2016 Championship on June 18-19 at Sam Rayburn. A total of 322 teams competed for more than $190,000 in scholarship money, and it was the team of Johnnie Nemecek and Hunter Scott of Friendswood High School finishing first with a total weight of 35.87 pounds They claimed the top prize of a $10,000 scholarship.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Brock Cross and Coby Cross of Orangefield (33.51 pounds), Layne Mobley and Jace Vasquez of PN-G (32.51), Danny Mullins and Robert Noel of Huntington (31.17), Dillian Metreyeon and Monty Poe of Lumberton (30.86), Hunter Muncrief and Landen McCary of West Sabine (30.86), Bryce Roder and Jared Goebel of Lumberton (30.66), Cory Hyden and Robby Clark of Spurger (30.25), Collin Hale and Devin Yates of Central Heights (30.22) and Chandler Burgay and Hunter Smith of Center (30.02).


Four locals from Southeast Texas were selected to the Texas High School Coaches Association all-state first team. Those include Ramiro Sanchez (6A, Port Arthur Memorial, catcher); Payton Robertson (4A, West Orange-Stark, shortstop); John McMillon (4A, Jasper, pitcher); and Jackson Gore (3A, Kirbyville, outfield).

Legacy Warrior Challenge

Legacy Christian Academy in Beaumont will be hosting its annual “4 Week Warrior Challenge” from June 27 – July 22. It’s an opportunity to motivate, inspire and give self-worth,  all with a Christian backing that will benefit each and every student.

The Challenge is for students aged 12 years and older, and is open to the public. Cost is $40. Time is 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Athletes will learn how to stretch properly, receive motivational speeches from different guests, and proceed with intense gym workouts designed by certified instructors from Southeast Texas.

For more information, call (409) 924-0500.


While playing in the Sabine District Transportation Club Scramble, Austin Stone of Port Neches made his first hole-in-one June 17 at Bayou Din on Hole 16. Stone used his driver from 274 yards out and aced the Par 4. Witnesses were Jay Stone, Mark Byars, and Kirt Gaspard.

The STPGA Junior Tour and Little Linksters competed in a two-day tournament at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Port Arthur on June 13-14.

Winners were Nicholas Beausoleil of Liberty (Boys 15-18, 77); Daniel Cormier of Nederland (Boys 13-14, 83); Jaci Wolcik of Tarkington (Girls 15-18, 86); Jake Gauthier of Port Neches (Boys 13-14, 9 holes, 47); Xander Parks of Orange (Boys 11-12, 9 holes Red, 50); Lincoln Parks of Orange (Boys 9-10, 9-hole Modified, 39); Chase Peddy of Groves (Boys 9-10, 5 holes Modified, 26); Tatum Bean of Groves (Girls 9-10, 5 holes Modified, 34); Camryn Nelson of Little Cypress (Co-ed 6-8, 9 holes Modified, 44); and Trevor Chesson of Hamshire (Co-ed, 5 holes Modified, 21).

Copa America Centenario soccer

Already down three starters (Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood and Alejandro Bedoya), the United States Men’s National team was no match for the world’s No. 1 soccer team as Argentina eased passed the Americans 4-0 in the semifinals of Copa America.

A crowd of 70,858 at NRG Stadium in Houston saw Argentina score three minutes into the match when Ezequiel Lavezzi kicked it over the head of goalie Brad Guzan.

The USMNT failed to get a shot on a goal, a first in the last four Copa America tournaments, and the loss was the worst since the 2009 Gold Cup Final when Mexico defeated the Americans, 5-0.

With the loss, the USMNT will play in the third place game against Chile or Columbia on Saturday, June 25, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on FX

Argentina will look to win their first major title since winning the 1993 Copa when they play for the Copa championship (Chile or Columbia) on Sunday, June 26, at 7 p.m. The match will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and shown live on FOX Sports 1.

WWE star suspended

WWE has suspended former world champion Roman Reigns (real name Joe Anoa’i) for 30 days effective immediately for violation of the company’s talent wellness policy. This was Reigns’ first violation, and no specifics were given.

“I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWE’s wellness policy,” said Reigns, 31, on his Twitter. “No excuses. I own it.”

Reigns made his WWE main roster television debut Nov. 18, 2012, alongside Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose under the name The Shield.

Reigns is a three-time WWE world heavyweight champion. He defeated Triple H on April 3 at Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas to regain the championship but lost the title Sunday, June 19, to Seth Rollins at the “Money in the Bank” event.

Reigns will miss the WWE Raw/Smackdown Draft set for July 19 but will be back in time for “Battleground,” scheduled for July 24 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.