Sports Shorts, Aug. 20, 2015

Sports Shorts, Aug. 20, 2015

Deweyville wins tournament

The Class 3A No. 6 Deweyville Lady Pirates won their first volleyball tournament in more than 12 years when they captured the Woodville Eagle Tournament trophy Aug. 15 by defeating 6A Beaumont West Brook in the finals 25-17, 25-23. Kennidee Willis was named the MVP.

During the tournament, Deweyville defeated both Jasper and Splendora by the score of 2-1. In the win over Jasper, Shayline Dupuy had 31 assists while Willis added 22 kills and 14 digs.

In the Splendora victory, Dupuy had 15 assists, and Willis netted eight kills and five digs.

In the championship game with Jasper, Dupuy led the team with 25 assists, and Willis recorded a double-double with 18 kills and 13 digs.

The Lady Pirates (8-1) will next compete in the Hamshire-Fannett Tournament on Aug. 20-22.

Karate competition in San Antonio

Three students from Mike Berryhill’s Texas Karate Academy in Beaumont recently competed in the Alamo All-Star Karate Tournament in San Antonio. Jonah Fortenberry placed second in Kata and second in Fighting; Jacob Fortenberry was third in Kata and third in Fighting; and Chase Bridgeman was fourth in Fighting.


Several young golfers participated in the STPGA Junior Championship at The Woodlands with more than 300 golfers playing Aug. 12-13 at The Woodlands Country Club-Palmer Course.

In the Boys 15-18, Cameron Keith of Port Neches finished tied for 38th with a 161, and Josh Elmore of Port Arthur shot a 162 to tie for 43rd. Troy Lopez of Corpus Christi won the division with a 140.

In the Boys 13-14 Division, Orange native Jack Burke was seventh with a 154, followed by Colin Lietzke of Sour Lake at 22nd with a 169, and Buna’s Caleb Folmar finished 27th with a 176. Maxwell Martinez of Jersey Village was tops with a 142.

Karlei Hemler of Groves was the top finisher of all the locals. Hemler finished fourth in the Girls 15-18 Division with a 154; Houstonian Tiffany Nguyen won with a score of 147.

In the Girls 13-14, Elizabeth Townsend of Kountze was seventh with a 193, while Elise Parel of Kingwood won with a score of 143.

The Big Cup Challenge at Henry Homberg Golf Course is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. There will be a two-man format flighted by handicaps.

Awards will be given to first, second and third places in each flight, and there will be a closest to the hole contest at all par threes. The competition will be open to the first 50 teams that sign up.

For more information, call (409) 842-3220.

Lamar Football Banquet on Aug. 23

Legendary football coach Bobby Bowden will be the guest speaker for Lamar’s annual Football Banquet on Sunday, Aug. 23, at Ford Arena at 6 p.m.

Still one the most recognizable names in college football, Bowden has more than 400 wins in his career and is most known for building the Florida State University football program into the powerhouse that it is today, winning more than 300 games and two National Championships.

The cost of the dinner will be $100. There will once again be a live and silent auction, which will take place during the banquet.

Lamar fans will have a chance to get an early look at the 2015 Cardinals on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium when the team hosts a scrimmage that is free and open to the public. 

LU will also be hosting a Fan Fest in conjunction with Saturday’s football scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. There will be games for the kids, and free Kona Ice Treats available, along with picture opportunities with the coaches, players, and members of the LU spirit squads. Fans will also be entertained by the LU marching band and free LU mini footballs will be handed out while supplies last.

For more information, call (409) 880-7157.

Local boxer gunned down

Former professional boxer Chris Henry was shot and killed Aug. 15 in Houston. Police say Henry, 34, was shot after an argument outside a convenience store at 7:25 p.m. in Southwest Houston by a man wearing a bandana and baseball cap and was pronounced dead at the scene. Houston Police Department has yet to release name of the shooter or the motive.

Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Henry moved to Beaumont as a child and graduated from Ozen High School. As a freshman at Ozen, Henry began boxing and won the 1998 Junior Olympics 19-Under Division then turned pro in 2005 and won his first 21 professional fights, most by knockouts. A man in the boxing world then gave Henry a nickname — Hard Hittin’.

Henry fought for the WBC world lightweight title in 2008 but lost to undefeated Adrian Diaconu in his home country of Romania via unanimous decision.

Henry often trained in Orange at Golden Triangle Boxing Club with C.L. Richard. 

“Chris had a great sense of humor,” said Richard. “He was a practical joker. Once in his amateur boxing days, he was late to the gym. All the kids were already training when he got there. He threw some firecrackers in the doorway and hid around the corner. Scared the heck out of all the kids and me, too. Chris laughed and laughed. He was a great talent.”

Henry’s funeral will be Saturday, Aug. 22, at Gabriel Funeral Home in Port Arthur. Visitation is 9-11 a.m.