Sports Shorts 6-16-16

Sports Shorts 6-16-16

Samurai Showdown

It was an overwhelming success in every capacity as Texas Karate Academy (TKA) held its first Samurai Showdown June 11 as more than 200 competitors from Austin to Baton Rouge filled Wesley Methodist Church in Beaumont.

TKA had 36 students compete, which resulted in 29 first-place awards, nine second-place awards and 15 third-place finishes.

Those winners were Skyler Neil, Killian Sutton, Kade Canizaro, Gavin Harper, Jack Kramer, Jalyn Meteer, Maximus Knupple, Ace Parmenter, Raegan Rayon, Cayden Comeaux, Chase Downs, Zoe Thurston, Rhys Earle, Jaidyn Bourne, Alex Endres, Jonah Fortenberry, Gabriel Fox, Jacob Fortenberry, Ali Nelson, Josye Meteer, Taylor Fernie, Phillip Briggs, Caleb Berryhill, Shane Berryhill, Joshua Haltom, Ram Diaz, Natalie Haltom, Michael Endres, Chase Bridgeman, Landon Choate, Darrius McCain, Matthew Fortenberry, Elgie McGalin, Austin McGalin, Melyssa Truong, Aidyn Troung, Shelby Hunt and Shelby Foshee.

TKA instructors are Master Sensei Mike Berryhill, Cliff Palermo and Ram Diaz.

Deweyville pitcher drafted by Nationals

Former Deweyville standout Jacob Howell was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 21st round (634th pick) of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. Howell just finished his junior season at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Howell, a right-handed pitcher who graduated from Deweyville in 2013, made 18 appearances this season, 17 in relief and one start, finishing with a 1-3 record and three saves. He had a 3.93 ERA while allowing 17 runs, 15 earned, with 45 strikeouts in 34.1 innings on a team that finished 42-17.

Howell transferred to Delta State after playing at Angelina Junior College in Lufkin. In high school, he was a two-time all-district pitcher of the year.

Legacy Warrior Week 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, a Legacy press release says. 

The Challenge is for students aged 12 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.


Bayou Din Golf Course at 8537 Labelle Road in Beaumont will host a summer golf clinic June 20-23. For cost and signup information, call (409) 549-1757 or (409) 344-0205.


Cheniere Energy Inc. is sponsoring its fifth annual Charitable Fishing Classic on Saturday, June 25, at Sabine Lake and Calcasieu Lake. Weigh-ins will be held at Crain’s Camp in Johnson Bayou (mile marker 7).

Entry is $50, and fishing hours will be 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

There are two divisions, boat and kayak, with cash prizes for first, second and third places. Redfish, speckled trout and flounder will be sought.

Proceeds will support wounded warriors through Louisiana Heroes Project and Wounded Warriors Association of East Texas and West Louisiana.

For more information, call Cindy McGee at (337) 567-7708.

Copa America Centenario soccer

The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Paraguay 1-0 in front of a crowd of 51,041 fans at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on June 11. With the win, the USMNT (2-1-0) won Group A and will next play on Thursday, June 16, in a quarterfinals match against Ecuador (1-0-2) at 8:30 p.m. at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1.

Ecuador leads the series 5-3-3, but lost to the USMNT in May, 1-0.


WWE NXT Live comes to Houston at the Revention Music Center on Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$75 and go on sale Friday, June 17, at 10 a.m. via Scheduled to appear are Finn Bálor, Shinsuke Nakamura, NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, Bayley, NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival and more.