Sports shorts, April 16

Community Christian tennis team and Kelly track team members

Jasper soccer falls in state semifinals

For the first time in school history, the Jasper Lady Bulldogs made their way to the UIL Class 4A state soccer tournament.

Down several times in the state semifinals to Princeton on April 15, the Lady Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining but couldn’t sustain as Princeton (22-4-2) handed Jasper its first loss of the season (26-1) with a final of 4-3 at Georgetown High School.

Princeton will move on to play Kennedale (23-2-1) for the 4A girls state soccer championship.

Kelly track

The Kelly track team competed at the Joe Williamson Relays at Port Neches-Groves High School on Thursday, April 9, and the girls 1600-meter relay team of Paige Hooper, Olivia Fuselier, Cynthia Bean and Caroline Kirschner beating out Nederland and Lumberton down the stretch to win first place in the event with a time of 4:08.61.

Charity shoot

Hope Women’s Resource Clinic will host the “Aim for Life” Sporting Clay Shoot on Saturday, April 18, at the 1-in-100 Gun Club (1228 FM 421) in Lumberton. There will be two flights beginning at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

You must bring your own gun, ammunition, eye and ear protection. Mulligans may also be purchased at registration or at the Mulligans Station. A safety orientation will be required for every shooter before each flight. Golf carts are available for rent or you may bring your own. 

A two-man golf cart is $70; mulligans are $50 per team; and games are $10 per shooter.

There will also be a raffle for a Henry Repeating Arms Silver Boy .22 LR rifle; a duck hunt for two at the Drake Plantation in Winnie, which includes both breakfast and lunch; and a Yeti Tundra 45-quart cooler. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

All proceeds will benefit the Hope Women’s Resource Clinic, which since 1995 have been dedicated to helping women and families in a crisis or unplanned pregnancy. Hope Clinic is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization with a small paid staff and many volunteers. They rely completely on the community for support.

All of their services at Hope Clinic are offered at no cost to the client, including pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, peer counseling and educational classes. They also provide clothing, formula, diapers and other baby products and supplies.

For more information, call (409) 898-4005.

Community Christian varsity tennis

Community Christian School’s varsity tennis team was rewarded for its efforts at the TAPPS 2A District tennis tournament held in Pasadena on April 7.

Overall results were Josh Howard (4th, boys singles); Danielle Paul and Justin Sylestine (3rd, girls doubles); and Nathan Rose and Jimmy Cornell (2nd, boys doubles).

These players will now advance to compete in the TAPPS State 2A Tennis Tournament, which will be held in Waco on April 16.

Other CCS team members (not pictured) who competed in the tournament were Skyler Menard, Christion Rivas and Brenden Baker.

Volunteer coach is Gary Havens.

Horse, burro adoption

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption Friday, April 24 – Saturday, April 25, in the Ford Park Ag Barns behind Ford Arena. The two-day event will feature dozens of spectacular animals including adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption program is essential for achieving these important management goals.

The schedule is Friday, April 24, from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, from 8-10 a.m.

Application approval is required and can be done onsite; to qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18 years old with no record of animal abuse. Adopters must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with free access to food, water and shelter. A 6-foot corral fence is required for adult horses, 5 feet for yearlings and 4 1/2 feet for burros. All animals must be loaded in covered stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to assist adopters through the short application process and to answer any questions.

All animals will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for the minimum adoption fee of $125, as set by law.

BLM pays a one-time $500 care-and-feeding allowance to adopters of horses at least 4 years old. The allowance is paid in full after one year when adopters receive official ownership title for their horse or horses. All standard adoption conditions and fees apply. A limited number of eligible horses will be available. Younger horses, burros and trained animals are not eligible for this incentive. This incentive is designed to find homes for older horses that might otherwise be destined for long-term pastures, where they’d live out the remainder of their natural lives at taxpayer expense.

For more information, call (866) 468-7826 or view blm.gov/nm/whb.

Sign up now for Earl Thomas football camp

The annual Earl Thomas Football Camp will be held Friday, June 26 – Saturday, June 27, but the signup deadline for the free camp is Thursday, April 30. Applications to sign up can be picked up at the KOGT Studios at 5304 Meeks Drive in Orange and the WO-S and LC-M athletic offices. The camp will be held at Dan Hooks Stadium on the campus of West Orange-Stark.

Charity golf tourneys

Girls’ Haven has announced that the annual Girls’ Haven Benefit Golf Tournament will be Monday, May 11, at Beaumont Country Club. Last year the Annual Benefit Golf Tournament raised $110,000 for Girls’ Haven.

The course will open up at 11 a.m. for practice and there will be a lunch held at the Country Club Grill at 11:30 a.m. There will be a shotgun start for all of the teams at 1 p.m. and refreshments will be provided and an awards ceremony will follow.

For more information, contact Alice Teeler at (409) 832-6223.

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Lions District 2-S1, will host the 23rd annual Lions Eye Bank Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 2 at Sunset Grove Country Club in Orange.

The Lions Eye Bank of Texas at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston within the Texas Medical Center was founded in 1953 by Baylor and the Lions Clubs of the Texas Gulf Coast. The Lions Eye Bank of Texas is committed to advancing sight restoration and providing quality donor eye tissue for corneal transplantation and research.

The golf event will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start and a variety of food, drinks, prizes and contests will be included in the event.

For more information on the Lions Eye Bank Golf Tournament, including sponsorship opportunities, visit lionsgolftournament.org.

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