Sports Shorts 07-28-16

B.T. Striders Majesty Wilder, Andrew Brooke, LaTerra Satcher, and Terry Satcher

Local track team to compete at Junior Olympics in Houston

This summer, the B.T. Striders Youth Track Club will represent Southeast Texas at one of the highest-level youth track and field events of the year: 2016 AAU National Junior Olympics in Houston. Five athletes from this local team have qualified to compete in this year’s event, which will take place on the Humble High School campus from July 30 – Aug. 6, 2016.

This journey for these young athletes begins in November as the team comes together to practice and compete in the indoor track season, followed by the outdoor track season in the spring. The team competes in several meets in Houston, as well as travels to competitions in Birmingham, Alabama; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Gainesville, Florida.

For this year’s Junior Olympics, LaTerra Satcher will be competing in the 1500m race walk and the turbo javelin, while her brother Terry Satcher Jr. will be competing in three different field events: long jump, high jump and triathlon. Majesty Wilder and Andrew Brooke with also be competing in the 1500m race walk, and Jeffery Hulon will be competing in the 100m and 200m dash.

Four of the athletes — Jeffery Hulon, Majesty Wilder, LaTerra Satcher and Terry Satcher, Jr. — have competed in previous Junior Olympics. It will be the first Junior Olympics for Andrew Brooke.

“I am happy that I made it to the Junior Olympics again,” says Terry Satcher, Jr. “It has taught me to work hard at practice each and every day.”

In addition to the athletes’ excitement and anticipation, parents also appreciate the hard work that goes into qualifying and competing at the Junior Olympics. “Being part of the B.T. Striders has taught our family to embrace the team as our ‘family’ and always focus on achieving goals for ourselves and our children,” says LaMyra Satcher, LaTerra and Terry’s mom. “My children have learned that practice makes permanent, and hard work pays off.” 

Coaches Jeff and Patricia Hulon founded the B.T. Striders Youth Track Club in 2010.

“Our kids exhibit the true meaning of goal setting, sticking to the plan, getting the big picture and not focusing on the results, but rather focusing on the process,” said Jeff Hulon. “This is evident as the season begins in November and ends in August the following year. That takes commitment. Our kids apply that type of commitment in their classrooms. We are preparing these individuals for the future.”

The B.T. Striders is dedicated to the development of youth track and field athletes in Beaumont, and its surrounding areas. If you would like to learn more about the organization, visit www.btstriders.com or call Coach Hulon at (409) 347-8017.

— Michele Brooke

Athletic trainers

The Athletic Trainers of the Golden Triangle (ATGT) held its 2016 Summer Continuing Education Program on Wednesday, July 20, at the Christus St. Elizabeth Outpatient Pavilion in Beaumont.

The half-day CEU program provided area Athletic Trainers (ATs) the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming school year with educational content in emergency planning, the working relationship between ATs and EMS personnel, and guidelines for immediate treatment and referral of internal and orthopedic sports traumas, said Joshua Yonker, vice president for ATGT and head athletic trainer at Lamar University.

“There were 27 licensed athletic trainers in attendance representing Lamar University, Kelly, Hardin-Jefferson, Bridge City, East Chambers, Lumberton, BISD, Hamshire-Fannett, Silsbee, Little Cypress-Mauriceville and Port Neches-Groves high schools, as well as from Christus Southeast Texas Sports Medicine and Beaumont Bone & Joint Institute Sports Medicine,” Yonker said.

“This session further enhances collaboration among our school athletic professionals and medical experts with the goal of prompt and effective care for the injured athlete,” added Shawn Klinger, board member at large for the Athletic Trainers of the Golden Triangle and outreach athletic trainer for Christus Southeast Texas Sports Medicine.

Participants learned on-field treatment and emergent referral decisions for internal and orthopedic sports traumas, how to create a comprehensive emergency action plan to be prepared for emergency situations, and the best ways to provide for patient care while working beside EMS personnel.

“We received positive feedback about the content and instructors. The timing of the program just prior to football season and the content centered on preparedness for injuries,  and conditions that we may see more commonly in football were mentioned by several participants,” Yonker said.

ATGT has held a continuing education clinic annually, but this was the first clinic held in the summer. The ATGT also hosts a student clinic each spring with local high schools participating.

— Kevin King

Golf

Orange golf phenom Jack Burke returned to play in the STPGA on July 26 at Babe Zaharias Memorial Golf Course and continued his dominance, winning the Boys 13-14 Division by 14 strokes. Burke shot a 2-under 70.

Other division winners with scores were Trent Kizer of Vidor (Boys 15-18, score of 78); Kensey Dukes of Groves (Girls 15-18, 89); Elizabeth Townsend of Kountze (Girls 13-14, 84); Jake Fauthier of Port Neches (Junior Links, 9 holes, 49); Xander Parks of Orange (Boys 11-12, 9-holes Red, 43); Lincoln Parks of Orange (Boys 9-10, 9-holes Modified, 40); Case Crenshaw of Beaumont (Co-ed, 9-holes Modified, 55); Love Burd Segura of Beaumont (Co-ed 6-8, 5-holes Modified, 34); Mya Wimer of Nederland (Girls 11-12, 9-holes Red, 65); and Tatum Bean of Groves (Girls 9-10, 5-holes Modified, 66).

The last STPGA of the summer will be Monday, Aug. 1 at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange.

The BT3 Golf Academy at Tyrrell Park’s Henry Homberg Golf Course will hold a golf clinic August 8-11. The Monday-Thursday clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $150 per golfer with a $25 discount per sibling. A $50 deposit is required.

For more information, call (409) 223-6723.

Tennis

Beaumont Tennis Academy will host free tennis classes for players 5-10 years of age. Session I will be Aug. 1, 3; Session II on Aug. 8, 10; Session III on Aug. 15, 17. The classes will be held on the cover courts (rain or shine) at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center at 6455 College St. The same student can only attend one session.

For more information, call (409) 866-2833.

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