Sports Shorts 07-27-17

Sports Shorts 07-27-17

PN-G quarterback commits to UT

Port Neches-Groves incoming junior quarterback Roschon Johnson recently took to his Twitter account to announce that he has verbally committed to play football at the University of Texas.

Johnson (6-1, 190) threw for 2,364 yards last season and ran for 1,488 while being named the 25-5A MVP.

A consensus four-star prospect, Johnson is the No. 167 player nationally, the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback, and the No. 21 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Bridge City

Schuyler Thibodeaux has verbally committed to play college baseball at McNeese State in Lake Charles. Thibodeaux, who will be a senior this year at Bridge City, was named the 22-4A Defensive Player of the Year at catcher last season and had a lead-off batting average of .400.


LC-M cheerleaders and mascots went to Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) camp in June at Texas A&M University in College Station and received Gold Superior Crowd Leading Cheer, Gold Superior X-treme Routine, Spirit Stick each night, and Reese Cricchio and Saylor Dronett were in the jump off finals.

Cricchio won the jump off for the 9th/JV division, and Henry and Dronett earned the “Pin it Forward” award.

Haley Edwards, Haleigh Stark andAllyson Campbell, along with Henry, Cricchio and Dronett, were named All-American. Stark was also asked to join UCA staff.

The LC-M mascots also distinguished themselves during camp, receiving a spirit stick each night. Sydney Franklin was named mascot All-American and won the Best Attitude Award. Lexxi Fair received the Most Motivated and Most Spirited Awards.

Cheerleader sponsors are Brandy Cricchio and Katrina Daniels.

High school football

FOX Sports Southwest, in conjunction with the University Interscholastic League, will begin the football season with a live doubleheader Friday, Sept. 1. 

Texas Football Days, a new event celebrating the state’s unmatched passion for the sport, was announced recently by FOX Sports Southwest and the UIL at the Texas High School Coaches Association’s annual Coaching School and Convention in Houston. FSSW Texas Football Days will begin with a Texas high school football programming block on Monday, Aug. 28.

A 14-hour live broadcast marathon from the FOX Sports Southwest Studios begins Friday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m. Live looks at gameday activities across the state in between six classic games lead into two live game broadcasts. The featured marquee match-ups will be 3A Shallowater vs. Idalou at 6 p.m., followed by the 6A contest between Lake Travis and Converse Judson at 8:30 p.m.

“The UIL is excited to celebrate football across the state of Texas with this unique television event,” said Dr. Charles Breithaupt, UIL Executive Director. “Historically, UIL rules have not allowed for live football telecasts on Friday night, to protect the local community aspects of Friday night games. However, FSSW understands the significance of these games and is committed to showcasing the best high school football in the country. The UIL Legislative Council allowing these two live telecasts is a wonderful celebration to kick off the 98th season of UIL football.”

More than 10 games across the Lone Star state will be part of the live look-ins during the back-to-back live game coverage. FSSW will capture the local pageantry, pride and fanfare throughout the night with features highlighting Texas football legends and stories that connect communities to gridiron history. Live look-in matchups include Refugio at Hebbronville Gilmer; Colleyville Heritage at Aledo Austin Vandegrift; Manvel at Crosby; Mercedes at Corpus Christi Calallen; Laredo United at San Benito; Cedar Hill at Allen; Austin Westlake at Katy; and Bushland at Canadian.


The STPGA Junior Tour/Little Linksters competed July 24 at Babe Zaharias Memorial Golf Course in Port Arthur.

Winners were Timothy Feemster of Port Neches (Boys 15-18, 75 score); Dalton Shields of Port Neches (Boys 13-14, 93); Connor Denson of Hankamer (Boys 11-12, 93); Caroline Ogden of Beaumont (Girls 15-18, 103); Cari Denson of Hankamer (Girls 13-14, 88); Mya Wimer of Nederland (Girls 11-12, 135); Xander Parks of Orange (Boys 11-12, 9-hole Red, 43); Lincoln Parks of Orange (Boys 9-10, 9-hole Modified, 35); Montana DiLeo of Orange (Girls 11-12, 9-hole Red, 57); Tatum Bean of Groves and Mattie Purgahn of Orange tied in the Girls 9-10, 9-hole Modified with a score of 52; Foster Cecka of Port Neches (Co-ed 6-8, 9-hole Modified, 46); Waylon Brooks of China (Boys 9-10, 5-hole Modified, 27); and Win Crawford of Beaumont (Co-ed 6-8, 5-hole Modified, 28).